“We’re going to a party, it… it’s a birthday party. It’s your birthday party. Happy birthday, darling. We love you very, very, very, very, very, very, very much.” (Conor Oberst, 2005: Bright Eyes – The Bottom Of Everything)
Today marks one year of The Pop Cop’s existence. What began on June 13, 2007 as a Scottish music blog with previews, news, interviews, gossip and free mp3s is now, a full 12 months later, exactly the same.
OK, not exactly the same. The site’s layout has evolved into something we no longer despise (thanks to a littleinspiration from Biffy Clyro) and, more importantly, we’d like to think we have developed a pretty reliable ear for the best of what this country’s unique music scene has to offer.
Given that this a Scottish website it might seem a bit odd that our first ever post was on Arcade Fire, but it was no accident. Regular readers will know we’re just as likely to write about visiting acts as homegrown ones and we’ll continue to adopt that policy. The music has to be worthy enough to deserve a place on The Pop Cop be it signed or unsigned, Scottish or foreign, young or Alex Kapranos.
To date, we’ve given away 396 of our favourite mp3s (keep dreaming, Sandi Thom) for free and, interestingly, not a single record company or band has complained or asked for their track to be removed – which just goes to show that it’s not only the music fans who can see the good in blogs like ours. With that in mind, here are four songs that will change your life.
4 Bright Eyes - At The Bottom Of Everything
b Conor Oberst And The Mystic Valley Band, August 30, Hydro Connect, Inverary (tickets)
4 Sigur Ros - Inní Mér Syngur Vitleysingur
b August 31, Hydro Connect, Inverary (tickets)
P.S. Our birthday wish is for you, lovely reader, to leave us a comment below. Don’t be shy now.