This weekend (May 17-19) A.K. Hansn, I Like This Wind and Agata & Me will perform at the Hjortshøj Festival outside Aarhus, Denmark. All Saturday 18th. A.K. Hansn will besides his solo show also be performing with his band Singvogel. More info at www.hjortfest.dk.
Also: Sister Chain & Brother John will hosting their second night at the FireWater Closet in Berlin on May 22nd (Haus1 next to Hallesches Tor).
Sister Chain & Brother John are rounding off their trip to Denmark and we have put together a few videos and photos from the shows, from recordings and various other things on this feature page.
Sister Chain & Brother John are visiting Denmark next week to do a mini-tour. Here are the dates!
DARLING HAMLET TOUR - DENMARK APRIL 2013:
April 4th: Uteater, Odense, 20:00 (FB)
April 5th: Slagtehal 3, Aarhus, 19:30 (FB)
April 6th: Badstue Rock, Aarhus, 13:30 (in-store concert) (FB)
April 12th: Klub Møtrik, Maskinen, Svendborg, 20:00 (with Singvogel and Medicinmanden & Multikunstneren) (FB)
Marzipan Marzipan will play a show in Bologna, Italy, on March 29th. A bit of a "homecoming" show, it seems. So don't miss out if your in the neighbourhood of MODO Infoshop around 19.00. More info
If you like your Valentine's Day sweet (you should!) then there is no excuse not to drop by Soupanova in Berlin on February 14th. Around 22.00 in evening Marzipan Marzipan will be performing live. More info in the Live Calendar.
Also: Don't forget that Marzipan Marzipan a.k.a. Zelda Panda is still doing radio shows at Reboot.fm, which you can stream here.
Oh joy! Three shows by Sister Chain & Brother John coming up in Germany. First is on February 9th in Berlin. In March they play Aschaffenburg and in May they are back in Berlin playing with Lene Lovich Band. Check the Live Calendar for details.
Stay tuned for news about more shows in Germany and Denmark soon!
In case you are in need of SOPA's postal address, you should know that we have moved headquarters to a new location. Henceforth snail mail and other such enquiries should go to:
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Happy New Year, everyone!
We thought you would like to know that Marzipan Marzipan plays at Sputnik Kino in Berlin on January 11th.
And on March 16th Sister Chain & Brother John will journey to Aschaffenburg to play at Beatbaracke.
Check the Live Calendar for details. More shows are in the works. Stay tuned!
Sister Chain & Brother John are having a christmas competition at their Facebook page. They write:
"To satisfy our vanity and your wardrobe we announce a Christmas Special:
Let us know your favourite SC&BJ song and why it is simply the best (before December 25th).
The best answer - chosen by our objective manager Mr. Dideriksen - will win an exclusive signed "Tea & Distortion" t-shirt. The last one existing out of the original five we made.
Merry christmas, everyone!
Sister Chain & Brother John
Yet another new music video! This time it's the animated video for A.K. Hansn's "Mellem To Elstole" by Afgrund Film (a.k.a. Emil Brahe who also plays with the band).
A.K. Hans & The Valley of Fear also performed at the Spoken Word Festival in Odense, at the venue Uteater. At SOPA's YouTube channel you will now find not one, not two, not three, but four live videos with songs from the coming album. Enjoy!
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We're proud to present the brand new music video from Sister Chain & Brother John. It's for the song "Satan Said" and it was shot in Victoria Park in Kreuzberg, Berlin, by SOPA-founder Lars Kjær Dideriksen (who also shot the recent Marzipan Marzipan video). One of Denmark's best music websites, Undertoner, premiered it. Read more here.
We made this page on the SOPA site for it.
Marzipan Marzipan and Resident Tourist had a bit of fun at the Berlin Marathon in late September. So now you can enjoy a music video with running feet, fluffy ears and the words of John Lennon!
We know it sounds like far off, but it always creeps up on you before you know it. Fact is: Before you can say merry x-mas you've had the chance to see AK Hansn play live six times and Sister Chain & Brother John two times. Where might that be you may ask?! Well, Aarhus, Odense, Aalborg, Hannover and Berlin. First show is already October 5th. So hurry up and check the Live Calender!
Sister Chain & Brother John played four shows at the Live At Heart Festival in Sweden and the audience loved it. Some even shot videos from the shows: One in the church (amazing space), one in the town square and two songs at the hotel.
The festival radio Jennebo Radio was very excited and did an interview with the band which you can listen to here. A quote from the pre-interview broadcast:
"All the staff at the radio fell in love with them. They are fantastic. You have to see them live. Now that I have heard and seen I'm thinking: Everyone must love this. This is damn good! Sister Chain has a fantastic voice. It was magic."
We at SOPA certainly think the same.
The photo on the left is by Jennebo Radio.
Sister Chain & Brother John are at the Live At Heart Festival in Örebro, Sweden, this weekend. They will be playing four shows:
Friday 20:00 St Nicolai Kyrka (church)
Saturday 12:30 Järntorget
Saturday 19:00 Harrys vån 3
Saturday 00:00 Grand Markurells
See live calendar or Live At Heart website.
AK Hansn & The Sign of Four will be playing in the Aarhus Festival Week. This will be at Den Gamle By (The Old Town) in the 'venue' Helsingør Teater on Wednesday September 5th. Also playing is the string quartet Mira-Kvartetten. It starts at 20.00. More info at the festival's website.
Sister Chain & Brother John will be playing at the Live At Heart Festival in Örebro, Sweden, again this year. The festival runs from September 6th to 8th. The band will be playing a series of shows - on which you will get more details on this site very soon.
We forgot to tell you that the lovely Zelda Panda a.k.a. Marzipan Marzipan is hosting a great radio show on Berlin's Reboot.fm station. The programme is called "Music For My Saguaros" and it's pure magic. Take a trip with her among the great saguaro cacti of the Arizona desert and hear her talk about this amazing place, the animals and plant life there... and listen to the great music she plays for these majestic prickly things.
You can stream the podcasted shows from this site.
AK Hansn & The Valley of Fear will be playing Svendborg Festdage in Svendborg this Friday. This is alongside Clean Boys (feat. Vagn Remme) and Vita Wrap Manden. It all goes down at Gerritsplads between 15.45 and 17.30.
For more info on this and other events in town visit www.svendborgfestdage.dk.
Still photos of a table in a garden... a rocking music video concept, obviously. Emik Brahe and Andreas Hansn have made this great new film for the song "Styrmanden" - which will appear on the coming A.K. Hansn album called "Heroicus Interuptus". See below or on YouTube.
Mr. Hansn and Mr. Brahe have also documented a scientific experiment on video about what happens when you play a guitar louder and louder. Go here and explore The Other Side!
We have a great live video for you from A.K. Hansn & The Valley of Fear's show at Hjortshøj Festival last month. The song "Mellem To Elstole" from the coming album "Heroicus Interuptus" from SOPA. Check out the acoustic drum machine! ;-)
A message from Sister Chain & Brother John:
Did you miss the chance to get the free magazine that came with The Androgyne Show at the release party, and have been in agony ever since? Well, cry no more! The digital edition of the first volume of our infamous newspaper The Gambler is now available!
Read an interview with Brother John. Learn to write a sonnet like Modern Love. Find out if you are lazy with our exact personality test. All this and more in The Gambler!
Leaf through it on this link where you can also download a pdf.
A.K. Hansn is playing a show at Hjortshøj Festival on Saturday May 26th! Read more about it and all the other artists playing at www.hjortfest.dk. The Hansn gig is at 17.00.
Sister Chain & Brother John play a show in Aarhus, Denmark, this coming Friday May 4th at 20.00. This will be at the SPOT OFF 'guerillafestival' right next to the official Spot Festival. After that they head off to the UK for four shows there.
the SOPA Live Calendar for more info. And see Facebook for more info on the full SPOT OFF event.
To coincide with Spot Festival we have put together a delicious mixtape for you. 20 amazing tracks from SOPA artists and a lot of other talented people we know. As a special treat the mixtape also contains an exclusive preview of the song "Mellem To Elstole" (Between Two Electric Chairs) from A.K. Hansn's coming album "Heroicus Interuptus". Listen and/or download it all at Soundcloud.
We have just sent out our latest newsletter (read it here!)
In it you can read about Girls Love Rallie's Copenhagen gig tomorrow as well as Sister Chain & Brother John's show in Denmark and tour of the United Kingdom. Also: Agata & Me's new album and release party, new web features, the "On The Roof" music video and a clever new piece of technology called Bandloot.
But yes, Sister Chain & Brother John are in fact playing a whole four shows in the UK. Check out
the SOPA Live Calendar for more info on all of the above.
Today we present the online world premiere for the music for for Sister Chain & Brother John's "On The Roof". It was made by Henrik Vagner and Michael Ersted of NoButt Productions.
You can see it at www.sopa.dk/ontheroof.
We also have a set of "behind the camera" photos from when they filmed the video. You can see them here.
And yes, also another web feature with photos from Sister Chain & Brother John's release concert in Berlin for "The Androgyne Show" in March. See it here!
Also: Our Live Calendar has been updated with an extra UK gig in May for Sister Chain & Brother John. More might come. Stay tuned!
The entire SOPA catalogue is now available at Bandcamp for streaming and download. All the compilations are free to download (or you can kindly donate whatever amount you feel like).
The last of the lot to make it onto Bandcamp was SOPA's most popular, best reviewed and biggest release "SOPA Deliciosa". Go to Bandcamp here!
Denmark's biggest music magazine Gaffa has reviewed "The Androgyne Show" and given it 4 stars:
"Berlin-based Sister Chain & Brother John is a most peculiar and rather unique acquaintance. Victorian glam rock meets dark cabaret moods of the duo's strange, seductive, macabre and highly dramatical theatrical universe. There is something absolutely alluring about Sister Chain & Brother John's peculiar world. (…) There is a constant lurking danger in Sister Chain’s shrill tremulous voice that complements the disturbing universe perfectly. (…) There are glorious highs in the spinning Satan Said, the title number with playful bass, the doomsday heavy When It All Comes Down and the delicious fingerpicked On The Roof."
Gaffa also reviewed "Son of Rock'n'Roll" giving it 5 of 6 stars:
“There is room for both evocative and discreet background organ, strings, brass, bongos, banjo and beautiful and rough singing on the eclectic album that is primarily driven by strong songwriting, melodiousness and ingenuity. (...) The girls have all the reasons in the world to love Rallie. Ten extremely lovable poprock songs of the alternative kind.”
And so did Geiger:
“A little gem of a pop album with both sugar, edge and salt for the ears. (...) The sadness in the lyrics are lifted up by the catchy tunes. (...) The album contains bittersweet rock and mostly pop and enough good melodies and hooks to make experienced pop composers envious. For example, the excellent “Remember Uncle August” whose
falsetto chorus is some of the best pop music I’ve heard in a long time. Son of Rock’n’Roll is a fine album. It’s as simple as that.”
We now have the "Son Of Rock'n'roll" cds in stock ready to go. BUT... we also have a brand new surprise release for you! And the crazy thing is: It's free!
After spending lots of time recording "Son Of Rock'n'Roll" Girls Love Rallie went to the city of Aalborg and recorded the whole thing again on lo-fi equipment - in one day!
"Son Of Beat/Folk" and it's the companion to and twin of "Son Of Rock'n'Roll. This album contains the same songs as the original album. It's very much the same album, but very much a different album. It just goes to show that Rallie's songs are so strong that whatever you subject them to (lo-fi or hi-fi) they always shine through. Read more, download it and listen to it here!
Sister Chain & Brother John had an eventful tour of Denmark last month. We have collected plenty of videoes and photos from it all in our new feature. See it all here!
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Okay, folks! We're about ready to unless the brand new album by Sister Chain & Brother John on the world. "The Androgyne Show" is in fact also the very first vinyl release from SOPA. We're very proud.
For a preview of some of the album check out the website we made for it at www.sopa.dk/theandrogyneshow.
And we also have a Danish tour in store for you!
FEB 17: Beta, Copenhagen
FEB 18: In-store, Stereo Studio (Købmagergade), Copenhagen
FEB 24: HeadQuarters, Aarhus (release concert)
FEB 25: Studenterhuset, Aalborg
The official Berlin release
party will be at Kugelbahn on March 16th. For more info on the shows see our Live Show page.
Exciting new stuff in the SOPA shop!
First up is the utterly charming old school 7" from Big Daddy Mugglestone And His Cheap Paper Toys. Big Daddy kickstarted the SOPA DELICIOSA-compilation way back when. Read more.
And do you remember the amazing "The Tension Slip" by Per Hoier on the SOPA CURIOSA-compilation? Well, here's the brand-spanking new 12" and CD single from the popmeister himself. We're very proud to stock this gem in the SOPA shop. Individually and unique handmade cover 'n' all. Read more.
Happy New Year everyone!
Let's start the year of with some great news. First off Girls Love Rallie just got a five-star review of "Son Of Rock'n'Roll" in Denmark's biggest music magazine Gaffa. Read it here!
And Sister Chain & Brother John have finished recording their second album "The Androgyne Show" and it's on the way to the pressing plant. And might we say: The music on this fine piece of vinyl is truly amazing!
We will be celebrating the release on Friday February 24th at HeadQuarters in Aarhus, Denmark. More info on Facebook and our Live Show page.
Okay, here it is, folks! The brand new album "Son Of Rock'n'Roll" by Girls Love Rallie is released as digital download today! A cd will follow shortly. Buy, pre-order, read more or listen to the whole thing at Bandcamp. We hope you like. We certainly do. In fact we love it! :-)
Here's the deal... we don't what you to feel cheated:
For 8 euro you can buy this album as digital download in various formats.
BUT it's actually a "8 euro or more" donation option. If you choose to pay 10 euro or more AND at the same time include your postal address with your payment, then we will send the limited first pressing of the cd version to you as soon as it's made (we are working on it right now).
Should you experience any problems with this procedure don't hesitate to mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here's the line-up for your next SOPA Night! It will be at the Berlin venue Antje Öklesund on December 15th.
On stage: Marzipan Marzipan, Sister Chain & Brother John, 9, Lenny Davies, Big Daddy Mugglestone & Margareth Kammerer and Capt. Daydream (DJ).
Remember that AK Hansn plays at HeadQuarters in Aarhus tonight, that Sister Chain & Brother John play Bristol on November 24th and Marzipan Marzipan
play Kugelbahn in Wedding, Berlin, on December 9th. See you out there!
For your listening pleasure here is an exclusive preview of the brand new Girls Love Rallie album "Son Of Rock'n'Roll" - which will be released by the end of this month.
We also made a website for the album with exclusive content such as acoustic live versions of some of the songs.
Go to www.sopa.dk/sonofrocknroll.
We are so close (so close it's almost painful) to releasing the new pop masterpiece by Girls Love Rallie. The album is called "Son Of Rock'n'Roll" and features ten brand new songs. The whole shebang was produced by Rune Hedeman (formerly of the band 1234). Dare we say, that SOPA is releasing a record with serious hit potential? In a perfect world, in one word: Yes!
Rallie has recorded a video (filmed in the garden) with a beautiful acoustic version of the song "The Loving Season". YouTube link here.