We Ruined His Birthday With An Invisible Balloon

Big Scary Monsters and Alcopop! have teamed up to put together a BRILLIANT sampler, available as a pay-as-you-like download or as a (limited edition) cd with handmade cover available for half-price when bought with any other item – basically a way to put something for yourself under the tree when doing online vinyl Christmas shopping, I say. Apart from the fact that it features Walter Schreifels and Kevin Devine (hyper-ventilate!) and a bunch of awesome Alcopop bands I partly didn’t do my share of listening to this year due to my terrible organisational skills (sorry Jack), every physical order also comes with a SURPRISE! Surprise means you might get naked pictures of a rockstar in the mail or a phone call on your birthday. Which is sort of cool, even when it’s not Walter Schreifels. Anyway, here’s the tracklisting:

1. Tellison – Edith Wharton
2. Stagecoach – Hieroglyphics
3. Kevin Devine – She Stayed As Steam
4. The Attika State – Sounds of the Stereo
5. Hold Your Horse Is – Welcome to Obscurity
6. Johnny Foreigner – Who Needs Comment Boxes When You’ve Got Knives
7. Talons – In the Shadow of Our Stilted Homes
8. Ute – Innocent Tailor
9. Tall Ships – Plate Tectonics
10. Screaming Maldini – As Dew In Aprille
11. Mimas – La Moustache Formidable
12. My First Tooth – Dubrovnik
13. Walter Schreifels – Open Letter to the Scene
14. Jumping Ships – The Matterhorn

So, to summarise: if you’re cheap, go on bandcamp. If you’re still cheap, but a little less, and want your face on a digital Alcopop sampler (only if you’re good-looking though – please), go for the cd. Merry Christmas!

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