and a review from this month’s Wire mag by Byron Coley:
Jake Blanchard and Hellvete split also on bandcamp..
Note the early start and finish! Show in Leeds.
This split with Ignatz has sold out from the label and Norman Records. I think there are a couple with No Magic Man in Nottingham and Eclipse in America but I have a few (5) left at home if anyone wants one off me. Click on the old buy it now picture and that’ll take you straight to paypal to pay £6. I’m away over Christmas so best to order before the 16th December if you want one before 2014. Get in touch if paypal isn’t your thing at email@example.com. I’m hoping to do the same with my Exotic Pylon release Labyrinth in the next couple of days so email me if you want to wait and get both.
Update: 16/01/14 This release has now sold out from myself and Tor Press.
This n that:
Really chuffed with this review of Labyrinth on Australian website Cyclic Defrost. Check it out here: http://www.cyclicdefrost.com/blog/2013/12/sophie-cooper-labyrinth-exotic-pylon/
A track off Labyrinth called Lady Lilac got played on The Wire radio show, I’m well made up about that. Hear the show here: http://thewire.co.uk/audio/on-air/adventures-in-sound-and-music5-december-2013
First show of 2014 will be an afternoon gig in Leeds on the 19th January at Wharf Chambers along with Phil Todd and Foldhead. On the 1st March I’m playing in Shipley on this bill: http://www.goldencabinet.co.uk/events/ekoplekz2014-03-01. Always open to suggestions on the gig front so drop me a line if you have any ideas.
Mint! Ok, bye 🙂
As promised, a new tape out just yesterday on the great Tor Press label. This one is a split with Ignatz who is an awesome musician I’ve been slightly in awe of for a while now so this tape really means something to me, so pleased it’s come out. I’ve called my side ‘Landscape at Large’ named after a collage by Paul Nash. As ever lots of love and thanks to Jake, Bram and Andie for making it happen x
This tape is kind of a duel release on Tor Press. It’s ideal partner, which has came out on the same day, is a split by Hellvete and Jake Blanchard. I’m playing a bit of trombone on one of Jake’s tracks. You can buy both from the Tor Press website by clicking on the picture below. It’s also available at Norman Records.
Hope things are going well where you are in this big world. This is my first winter back in the north west and I’d forgotten how sporadic the weather is here. I spent a lot of time at university carrying a coat around because it was cold when I left the house but would get really hot in the afternoon. I’d also be able to tell how much rain had fallen that day by looking at how far up the back of my flared jeans the water had soaked in. I’m really not into this whole rain/hot/cold thing so ten years on I own something magical called “waterproofs”, which helps, but I have been missing the consistency of London weather, anyway…
I played a gig on Friday in at St. Margaret’s Church in Whalley Range supporting Duane Pitre. I met Duane and played trombone in his drone orchestra a couple of times in 2008 so it was an absolute pleasure to see him again. He’s a really talented musician so try and catch him on tour if you can!
My friend did a video recording of my set which you can watch here or here:
In other news I finally have a release date for my new tape Labyrinth on Exotic Pylon records which is the 14th November. Jonny did a news bulletin on his website which has all the details. I’m getting copies but I’ve already dished them out to folks so best to buy directly from Exotic Pylon if you want one.
I don’t think I’m going to be playing live before 2014 now. I’ve got so much family stuff on and I’m out of the country for most of December. I’ve got a couple of shows brewing in London and Leeds but more details about that when I know. I’m open to suggestions for 2014 gigs at the moment so drop me a line if you have any thoughts: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tor Bookings shows. We have one on Thursday this week in Todmorden – Faaaacebleurghbook page here. Cath and Phil Tyler, Chris Hladowski and Stephaine Hladowski. I’m really looking forward to it especially having such an excellent time at the recent N.Racker, Pascal Nichols & 2 Koi Karp show we hosted. Thanks to everyone who has been so supportive of these shows so far. Again, I don’t think there’ll be another this side of the NY but we have a few ideas for 2014 cooking already.
I’ve got a picture published in this months episode of The Wire mag which I’m sure my old photography tutor ‘Darkroom Dave’ would be pleased with! I’m chuffed to say the least. It’s a photo I took (and published on this blog) of my pal Ellen Mary McGee and her mate Nick Johan Davies next to the article about Woolf Music.
That’s all for now I think. Hope your shoes are water tight.
Come one come all! Me and Bridget Hayden have organised this event to take place on the 18th May in Todmorden.
REALLY looking forward to it. We’re going have cake and cocktails on sale, DJ some great music, and everyone gets to take home some new clothes = best day ever.
Donations on the door. All proceeds going to fund Woolf Music in Wiltshire (we’re both playing it and need the train fare guys!)
Great poster supplied by Jake Blanchard.
Hope you can make it, Sof x