Hollywood 1946. Cult screen goddess Maria Christina Aumont is born to actress Maria Montez, the Dominican-American “Queen of Technicolour” whose own position as the colourful Latin siren of such ostentatious and camp classics as Arabian Nights (1942), Cobra Woman (1944) and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1944). Tina’s father was the equally illustrious Jean-Pierre Aumont, the French actor and pin-up, whose film credits included Heartbeat (1946) with Ginger Rogers and Lili (1953) with Leslie Caron. This promising childhood picture was ripped apart when at the age of only five Tina suddenly lost her mother, who died of a reported heart attack in the bath at their family home in France. When her father remarried (actress Maria Pavan) Tina was sent off to school in Switzerland. She re-emerged a few years later into a Paris of the early 60s where she soon set about finding congruous souls to soothe the cravings of her tearaway heart.
Helen Donlon explores the musical adventures of the late Rowland S Howard. Australia's 'Little Band scene' stoked the late 70s for new music lovers in the Fitzroy and St Kilda suburbs of Melbourne, and produced a surge of experimental bands, of which The Boys Next Door were one of the most consistently stirring. Initially largely a bunch of choir boys who'd met at school, the band quickly evolved into the perfect line-up: Nick Cave on vocals, Mick Harvey on guitar, Tracy Pew on bass, Phill Calvert on the drums and Rowland S. Howard, also on guitar. The extended coterie included local musicians Anita Lane, Marie Hoy and Pierre Sutcliffe.
So with a new Rory Brattwell produced album on the way in May, and a first single fresh in the inbox, it seemed like a nice idea to see in the good year 2013 to show off the brand new Stagecoach track ‘Threequel’ – and send it to some of our favourite bloggers around. Buuuut – y’know free downloads are fine and all, but another link to another free download does not necessarily a forward thinking music scribe excite! So we thought it would be much more fun to add some extra rad elements (cats) (hats) and (more Alcopop! Bands) – to create 49 different 5 track compilations, personalised and all featuring a different cat.
And believe me, there are some AWESOME cats….So we’ve gone out to each of the 49 sites who were part of the ‘blog sound of 2013’ and done just that – trying to slightly mould the songs around the recipient where possible - and use the revealing of the Stagecoach track to hopefully introduce them to the sounds of Alcopop! They’re all free to download for your listeners should you care to share, and if you dig any of the bands on them and want to hear more – let us know and we’ll get some stuff over to you!
Thank god for Soundcloud! From the Canadian slacker punks of Oh No! Yoko, to the delicate folk delights of Katie Malco, in total about 25 tracks have been used to make the compilations, so you will see similarities, - but each (we hope) will show off at least a segment of current bands on the roster, to give an impression of what Alcopop! Records are all about. Luckily, as we all now know, guitar music is not dead (phew…) and it seems to us that the more loving and genuine the label, the better they get on……and we genuinely love cats in hats (and these bands. http://soundcloud.com/alcopop/sets/pop-cat-in-a-hat-2013-for-16