Archive for March, 2009

Win a pair of tickets to the Hinterland festival

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

Sometimes we despair about what editors think constitutes important news. Fair enough, the story about the Home Secretary inadvertently claiming expenses for the two porn films her husband ordered is the funniest scandal ever to happen in British politics, yet the lack of publicity surrounding the one event that affected every single one of us today – the clocks going forward by an hour – is nothing less than dumbfounding.

Surely the fact that TIME HAS CHANGED is just a bit more relevant than being informed Jade Goody is still dead.

While we’re on the subject of things you really ought to know (seamless link there), the HINTERLAND music and arts festival is set to hit Glasgow for the first time on Thursday, April 30 and Friday, May 1.

One ticket gives you access to over 100 live acts in 15 city-centre venues during the two days, although the organisers are keeping where each individual artist will be playing under wraps for now.

While The Fall are undoubtedly the biggest name on the bill, we’ve drawn up our own top 10 of must-sees over the two days…

THURSDAY……………………. FRIDAY
Brigade………………………….. Broken Records
Copy Haho…………………….. De Rosa
Fanfarlo………………………… Eugene McGuinness
Fangs……………………………. .Foxface
Little Man Tate……………… Good Shoes
Mitchell Museum………….. Ou Est Le Swimming Pool
Pearl And The Puppets….. Paper Planes
Popup……………………………. Sons & Daughters
The Xcerts……………………. .Team Waterpolo
Tommy Reilly……………….. We Were Promised Jetpacks

Tickets are on sale just now but the generous folks at Hinterland are big fans of The Pop Cop and have kindly given us a pair to give away to one lucky reader. To be in with a chance of winning, just answer this question – which country’s flag is this:


Now email thepopcop@gmail.com with the subject Hinterland Comp and include your name, address and answer. Over-18s only. Closing date is Sunday, April 5 at 23:59. Good luck!

4 BrigadeStunning
4 De RosaNocturne For An Absentee
4 Eugene McGuinnessRings Around Rosa
4 FanfarloYou Are One Of The Few Outsiders Who Really Understands Us
4 Good ShoesMorden
4 Ou Est Le Swimming PoolDance The Way I Feel
4 Team WaterpoloSo Called Summer

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So what’s The Goss?

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Spring is usually the time to have a clearout but we’ve decided to head in the opposite direction and make things a whole lot busier in The Pop Cop.

We’ve introduced a sexy new section on the left-hand side of this site called The Goss, in which you can expect to find regularly updated snippets on topics such as:

  • Hot gigs that have just been announced
  • Breaking news on Scottish artists
  • Last-minute ticket offers
  • The newest additions to a festival line-up
  • Informed gossip (that’s not a paradox)

In short, The Goss is the place to read about exciting things that need to be told as soon as we find them out, day or night, seven days a week.

If you know something we don’t and want to tell us about nuggets of news with a Scottish flavour then fire anemail our way.

4 Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsMore News From Nowhere
4 American PrincesWatch As They Go (for no other reason than it’s such a damn good tune)

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Picture the scene…

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

When we are interested a band, we write about them; when you are interested in a band, you listen to them; when JENNY SOEP is interested in a band, she goes along to their gig, gets out her pencil and starts drawing.

The results are startling, given that she only has about half-an-hour to get her work done and has potential obstacles such as awkward lighting, overexcitable youngsters and stray alcohol hindering her progress.

You might have spotted the 29-year-old, who is from Oban but lives in Glasgow, at one of Scotland’s music festivals sketching the likes of Bjork, M.I.A., LCD Soundsystem and the Beastie Boys, but she more regularly devotes her attention to homegrown acts and her back catalogue includes Arab Strap, James Yorkston, De Rosa, The Dykeenies and The Cinematics.

Jenny will be drawing at the first PodCart event on April 11 and is also organising a big event in October which she tells us is “hush hush”. Keep an eye out for more details on her blog, where you can also order originals and prints of her work.

And if, like us, you love the pictures at the top of this post, you’ll no doubt be keen to hear the three songs that inspired them.

4 The PipettesPull Shapes
4 The HollowaysMalcontented One
4 Emma PollockAdrenaline

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