Friday, 30 November 2007

We'll get bicycles

Promotional video for 'Sideways' by Sam Isaac. Directed and filmed by Nicholas Bentley. Food by the women who built a Skoda out of cake for that TV advert. Believe.

Thursday, 29 November 2007

Holidays are coming...

December is but a few hours away now and BSM is celebrating the festive season in style this year!

We've joined forces with our friends at Xtra Mile Recordings to put together a Christmas tour package featuring Dartz, Secondsmile and This Town Needs Guns, with a little cameo from Frank Turner in London! Dates can be found on the tiny flyer below, click it and you'll see a bigger one...



At each of the shows you'll be able to pick up a FREE sampler CD, featuring 8 tracks from each label. Click here to check out the tracklisting.

And as if that wasn't enough, we've just launched our new Friend of The Family mini-site. Joining costs nothing and it'll give you access to loads of free MP3s, videos, special offers and more, including the BSM Advent Calendar (which begins on 1st December, giving you even more free stuff everyday throughout December) and the first BSM podcast (which will be up online in the next couple of weeks). Everyone who joins Friend of The Family before the end of 2007 will receive a free £1 gift voucher to spend at the BSM shop, so get on it. Now.

Wednesday, 28 November 2007

Meet Me In Camden

It feels like ages since I last wrote on here. Sorry for the neglect. Today I'm struggling with my second hangover in as many days, this one twice as bad as it's predecessor. A half-empty bottle of horrific, toxic-looking TVX Blue is sitting in front of me. It symbolises the error I made in drinking again last night, but will probably be finished by the end of tonight. Learning from mistakes was never one of my strong points.

Monday night was the Meet & Greet launch night at The Enterprise in Camden. It was a fine evening of punk rock fun, featuring awesome live sets from Meet Me In St Louis (their last with Toby), The New 1920, Sam Isaac and Tubelord, plus Jack (Alcopop!) and Ivano (BSM) laying down some phat beats between them all. Despite everything which could possibly have gone wrong, going wrong, we made it through and finished the evening dancing on stools with a bottle of champagne in hand. The venue floor, which usually holds 100, bowed under the weight of 150 people, the air sucked out of the room and a sigh of relief puffed out as the remaining 50+ ticket-less people were disappointingly turned away. Even health and safety has to be considered in the end. Sorry to all of those who didn't make it inside.

Stealing the show with an emotional goodbye set for vocalist, Toby, Meet Me In St Louis ripped through the best part of 50 minutes, with sing-alongs, crowd surfing, fists pumping and encores, it was the perfect way to mark the end of the bands first chapter, and the beginning of the next. Here are the final moments:




Thanks to Kirk Harrington for the photos.


In other news: I saw the "holidays are coming" Coca-Cola Christmas advert for the first time this weekend. It's official: the season is upon us... Sam Isaac is continuing to pick up lots of lovely radio plays and with some nice press set to run shortly, it's a good looking end of the year for the up and coming singer-songwriter... House of Brothers EP is amazing. Believe... The wardrobe holding the BSM CD stock cracked under the weight a couple of days ago. I now have 40-something boxes of CDs sitting at an angle, looking right at me threatening to tip over. I feel as though I'm locked in a battle of wits with a bunch of plastic cases, yet worse than that is the fact that they're going to beat me. I'm going to cave in and fix the situation soon, surely... Series 2 of Heroes is starting to really hot up, although the current TV strike action in the US is worrying my planned viewing... I've won 4 out of 5 football bets so far this week, and on a related note, 4 or 5 Magicians (whose single is out now on Alcopop) were demo of the week on Steve Lamacq's Radio One session last week.

That's it for now. I'll post more guff before the weeks end

Thursday, 22 November 2007

Yndi Halda guest blog

I've decided that my rants and ramblings simply aren't enough to give you a true reflection of what's going on at BSM, so I've decided to invite the bands to join in and post guest blogs from time to time, telling you about what they're upto and talking about whatever happens to be on their minds.

The first one up is James from Yndi Halda...


Hello world,

here are a few things:

1 - We are very much looking forward to our final shows of the year.One of which is the Electric Lands Festival in Lagny-Sur-Marne, Paris,on the 15th of December. Details are
here

2 - Another last show of the year will be on the 22nd of December at the Holy Trinity Church in Leeds. We tend not to do one-off showsoutside London because they're often difficult to get to, but thisbeing a church and a charity event we couldn't turn it down. We aregoing to make this show as special as we can. We may play the entirety of enjoy eternal bliss in order, and we'll probably film it.

3 - We have one more show planned, but not in any detail yet.

4 - We are playing alongside Sylvain Chauveau in Paris on the 15th.He's one of our favourites, and the record he wrote with his partner,Felicia, will be released on O Rosa Records early in the new year.We'll start taking pre-orders soon. You can hear some of that record at
www.myspace.com/orosarecords

5 - There will be a new A Lily release in February 2008 (details soon).

6 - Our friend Hannah is very clever and made
this

I think that's everything for now.

Goodbye world.


yh x

Monday, 19 November 2007

Announcement

9am Monday morning seems an excellent time to make a statement:
Meet Me In St Louis have announced details of their final show with vocalist, Toby. It takes place at the Enterprise in London (Camden) on 26th November, rudely intruding on the already confirmed BSM Meet & Greet launch show. The band, who will be continuing instrumentally after this show until they find a replacement singer, will play a special, longer headline set, rolling out the fan's favourites from their debut 'Variations On Swing' record, as well as hits from their previous EP.

Support comes from The New 1920 (celebrating the release of their new single), Sam Isaac (as heard on Jo Whiley) and Tubelord (who are just finishing up their stunning debut single right now). Doors are at 7pm and tickets can be bought right here

Seeya down the front


Sunday, 18 November 2007

Defeated

It's been a good couple of weeks since I last recommended you, dear listener, a fine new band, so please accept this by way of an apology:

The Defeat hail from Reading, well, at least that's where they're based, I've heard rumours that they actually originate from Norwich. Wherever, the fact is that they're great. They straddle the post-rock and indie genres in an Appleseed Cast-esque way, offering moments of instrumental beauty side by side with toe-tapping melodies which almost sound like early Biffy Clyro. Still early days but keep an eye on these.

Download: A Sad Mass' Mountain from www.myspace.com/thedefeatuk

Friday, 16 November 2007

Peru, pull your socks up!

I've just been having a quick look at the blog stats and it makes for quite shocking reading. To this date, apart from the thousands from Europe, hundreds from North America and assorted few from Australia and Japan, we have only received one viewer from Peru, one from El Salvador, and one from Vietnam! Frankly, it's just not good enough. Thanks to the three people from Bahrain who've made this post possible. Much love.

Wednesday, 14 November 2007

Radio killed the video star

Screw video, we own the radiowaves!

Monday Steve Lamacq played Sam Isaac on his Radio One show, last night Colin Murray did the same (for the third time!) and this lunchtime, in a shocking turn of daytime radio events - as first reported on the Alcopop! blog - Jo Whiley has jumped onto the bandwagon/pledged her allegiance/added us as a friend/whatever term is currently popular to effectively say "hell yeah!"

Describing the single as "gorgeous", as well as promising to play it again, we're all pretty chuffed. Buy the single now from www.bsmrocks.com/shop - Make Jo happy!

The good news radio vibes don't end there either... Tune in to John Kennedy's Xfm show tonight to hear Meet Me In St Louis live in session, recorded just 24 hours ago in their Leicester Square studios. The four tracks, all taken from the band's 'Variations On Swing' record, will be Toby's final recorded output as a member of the band. Don't miss this little piece of history. Grab your wireless or click to www.xfm.co.uk/ between 10pm and 1am tonight



Blompetition

It's been a long time since we last ran a competition, so how about we make up for that right now? If you'd like to win copies of the as yet unreleased CDs from House of Brothers and Sam Isaac, plus some posters and other bits and pieces (ie whatever I decide to grab and throw in with the package), simply answer the below question:

On this very blog, I recommended a Chicago band described as a cross between Sufjan Stevens and The Polyphonic Spree - who are they?

Email your answer to bsmrocks@googlemail.com - Winner drawn at random on 1st Dec.

Another post is coming later including some pretty nice news

Sunday, 11 November 2007

Exposed

My jeans are broken. 2007 has seen me go through my three favourite pairs of jeans as I look set to end the year in tatters. Literally. And what mates it even rougher is that I didn't even get to replace any of them. My number one, favourite pair ripped, so my number two was promoted. Soon after, they were also destroyed, which saw the previous number three find it's way into the dizzying heights of the top spot. Clearly struggling under the pressure, not only do they now look like something from Jon Bon's wardrobe, my flies are broken. The stupid things just won't stay up. Roughly every 5 minutes/20 footsteps (whatever comes first) they will creep down, often leaving me unknowingly flashing some poor old woman in the street, a close family member or anyone else I happen to strut past. I've already lost count of the amount of embarrassed zipping moments I've had to endure, let alone the number of half confused-half aroused looks I've had from strangers. Unfortunately the salary of an independent record company boss doesn't include a jean budget, so for the forseeable future, my former number threes and my drafty knees will just have to cope.

Santa, if you're reading, help a brother out.

Friday, 9 November 2007

Testimonial

On March 3rd 2008 my all-time favourite dance song turns 10 years old. 'Renegade Master' by Wildchild had it all. Fast, catchy lyrics, pounding bass, breakdowns and an unstoppable energy that, at the age of 14, I just had to throw my arms in the air and sing-along to. At 24, nothing has changed.

How do I celebrate this landmark release? A day dedicated to Wildchild? Ask one of the BSM bands to cover the song? Publish a host of 'Renegade' offers and promotions on the website? Perhaps some rememberance day armbands would be apt? Maybe I should write to the Prime Minister and request the day be made a public holiday?

After a small amount of research this morning I'm said to discover that Roger "Wildchild" McKenzie, the genius producer behind the original version of the track, unfortunately died in November 1997. The track was first unleashed on the world in 1995 but I, unfortunately, did not discover it until 1998 when Norman Cook, AKA Fatboy Slim, gave it a second life with a rousing remix.


If you would like to spend 3rd March 2008 celebrating with me the 10 year anniversary of the greatest ever dance song, please get in touch with your ideas about how best to celebrate the occasion. I look forward to hearing from you.

P for power.


Wednesday, 7 November 2007

I am massively hungover

Have you ever crammed into a north London phonebox with a pal to share a bottle of vodka, Orangina and Irn-Bru? No? Well you haven't lived then have you?

Richard Walters recently trekked up to Manchester to record a live session for the Channel M television channel. He played 'Elephant In The Room', a favourite from this year's 'Pilot Lights EP', along with a new song. Watch them.



'Pilot Lights' is available to buy from itunes now, if you're one of those digitalaholic-types

Tuesday, 6 November 2007

Alcohol enduced creativity

Sunday night we had the first of this weeks three planned Alcopop! meetings. The night began with a trip to the Purple Turtle in Oxford to check out goFASTER, a brilliant indie pop band from Liverpool. Imagine The Young Knives crossed with The Wombats, but influenced by the likes of Make Believe, Owls, Cap n Jazz etc, and throw in a butt-load of cheeky scouse charm. They played a blinding set then we crushed them at table football, twice, before saying our goodbyes and returning home to tackle the second tack on our agenda: Alcopopular Vol. 2's artwork.

Alcopopular Vol. 2, the second in our line of compilations on alternative formats, is a 16 track cassette due out on 1st January 2008, limited to just 98 copies. It was supposed to be 100 but an ex-housemate destroyed 2 of the tapes with vomit. Between the hours of 12am and 3am we sat in my kitchen spraying 30-something tapes, heads spinning from the toxic fume and alcoholic combo, yet too afraid to open a window due to the artic conditions of the outside world. I fell off my chair as my head clouded over and then we had a late night in-depth discussion about the state of the music industry. A successful meeting behind us, we had outrageously designed cassettes, painted fingers and inspired ideas to carry forward.

Today is the second of this weeks meets, this time with a changed location of London. Ahead of us lays 12 hours in the city, 2 buses, 6 trains, 2 gigs, an all you can eat Chinese buffet, 2 hipflasks, lots of picking up/dropping off of CDs and a couple of hours of flyering action. All of this fitting in around the continuation and moving forward of our drunkenly creative, hazy, Sunday night ideas.


Friday, 2 November 2007

Bad mood

I can't even be bothered to think of a decent title. Pure and simple, I'm in a bad mood. I woke up in one and I'll go to sleep in one, it's just one of those days where I feel like I hate the world, for absolutely no reason whatsoever. It's frustrating to the say the least, especially as not even this will cheer me up:





So, it's Friday again eh? Seriously that comes around quicker every week. Anyone get tricked or treated this week? Halloween's always a bit of a non-starter for me, never could give a crap about it.

You know your mood's bad when even this won't sort it:


Sam Isaac's new single 'Sideways' had a nice play on Colin Murray's Radio One show last night, and not one but two from Huw Stephens the night before. Unfortunately his single launch gig has been booked for 13th December, the same night as the BSM Christmas Party. That was poor planning wasn't it?

I'm starting to think I must be dead inside:



This weekend is looking fairly busy. Tomorrow morning I have a date with my computer and a pile of post, followed by the usual festival of football in the afternoon and a few drinks in the evening. Sunday I'm off 'scouting' for Alcopop! as myself and Jack hit a couple of Oxford venues watching some awesome sounding bands, before heading home to cut, fold and glue some CD sleeves. Always a pleasure, I can tell you.


Incredible:




I've had the best Christmas idea of all time. The wheels are turning and, fingers crossed, it should all come together nicely, albeit with a lot of hard work. Keep em peeled