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POST/POP PRESENTS: MERSEY COP – The Greatest Scouse Martial Arts Movie Ever Made

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POST/POP PRESENTS:

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MERSEY COP (+ Q&A with Matt Routledge: writer, star and director!)

VENUE: WHIRLED CINEMA // 259-260 Hardess St, London, SE24 0HN  Get directions

ENTRY: FREE!

DATE: SEPTEMBER 23RD 2014

TIME: 8PM

SYNOPSIS: Taunted by his peers for his Americanised cop persona, Conner Philips is unequaled in the art of fighting crime. Turning chopsticks, trouser belts, socks and towels into unusual weapons to combat crime, he is walking advertisement for the Mersey Police. However the kung-fu kicking scouse detective’s skills are put to the test when a new gangster moves to the north west and is determined to ruin the lives of every police officer in Liverpool. Unmoved by wealth, and motivated by vengeance, his message is a clear one. By placing a bomb at the top of the Liverpool tower, he hopes to lure the police into the building, seemingly to disarm the bomb. But he has other plans in mind for the innocent police officers…

Mersey Cop isn’t just the greatest scouse martial arts movie ever made, it also holds the honour of being one of my favourite films ever made. I know what you are thinking, “That’s a bold claim Jed, why haven’t I heard of it if it’s so good?” Well let me bring you up to speed….

The year was 2007 – September 2007 to be exact – and myself and my then housemates had just come home from watching a band I have no memory of. We were tipsy, tired and most of all hungry. Between the 4 of us, all we had in the fridge were eggs. EGGS. Yes Eggs. Lots of them, and as far as the eye could see (to the back of the fridge), so we decided to do what scientists thought (until this point) was impossible. We looked at each other. We looked at the eggs. We looked back at each other with the mutual sense that something special was going to happen. That was a night that would live on only as whispers in the wind; a cautionary tale that fathers tell their sons around campfires; an urban legend oft misremembered as pure fantasy. This was the night of THE TEN EGG OMELETTE. “But Jed, surely you didn’t make an omelette using ten eggs.. that’s impossible?!” That’s what they told us, but we did it. And we did it to the theme music from the Champions League playing on our tinny 2007 polyphonic phones. “The Chaaaaammmppiiiooonnsssss….” rang out into the east london night as we cracked egg number 10 (some scientists call this the “god egg”) and watched our food, nay mana, cool. Minutes later and we were all eating the ten egg omelette with our fingers, sprawled out across our sofas, while I (being the best with remote controls at 3am – years of insomnia) flicked for something suitably euphoric to watch.

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I flicked past Simpsons reruns, a Bruce Willis Marathon (Now called Bruce Willis Snickers) and alot of soft-core Channel 5-esque porn until I reached a brand new channel I had never seen before. It wasn’t there the other day, and now here it was, today… there. I looked to my housemates for some kind of assistance with this quandary, but they were too engrossed in the aforementioned ten egg omelette. “I must call Guinness Book of World Records in the morning..” I heard one of them say to the other and I nodded as I tried to find out just what the hell was happening to the TV. “They can’t just spring a new channel on me” I said, looking directly at the Sky box. “They need to prepare me for this kind of thing. They need to send me a text or something. What if I were here by myself? What if I were the kind of person who became easily frightened at the thought of something new? Like that time I was on a bus and read that a new series of Red Dwarf was on that night. I had to get off at the next stop, find a bench and sit down for an hour, lost in my own thoughts…” I steadied myself and pressed the info button on the Sky remote. “MOVIES4MEN” it said, and little else.

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We are men!” I said to my housemates who had almost finished the ten egg omelette with smiles akin to scoring in a world cup final. “This channel is for US“. And for the night only, it was. I have little recollection what was on right at that moment, but I could see from the tv guide what was next. “FIST OF JUSTICE“. For 4 slightly drunk guys who had just eaten a ten egg omelette (yes you read right, TEN), those 3 words were like telling us we had got to the front of the cashpoint queue and the person before us had left a £20 note in the machine and was nowhere to be seen. Then I read the synopsis (above) to the other three guys and as I uttered the words “… kung-fu kicking scouse detective…” I already knew we were in this for the long haul.

We settled down and watched Fist of Justice while trying to google anything we could about it. Almost nothing. The IMDB page told us it was aka MERSEY COP and that it was written, directed and starred Matt Routledge but little else. “This is the best british film I have ever seen!” I said, but it was almost like it was a collective decision because we all thought it, just some of us still had remnant of the ten egg omelette in our mouths.

 

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After it was done I checked the Sky record screen to make sure it had saved as I wanted to check it was a real thing we had watched, in the morning, and not some sort of gin-based dream. It wasn’t a dream, it was an explosive british martial arts movie, set in Liverpool with a multi-talented writer/director who just so happened to be an incredible martial artist with the comedy acting skills of Jim Carrey meets Bruce Campbell with a little dash of Benny Hill!

Fast Forward 7 years later and I am finally screening MERSEY COP the way it should be seen, IN A CINEMA as part of the wonderful SCALARAMA festival which runs for the whole month of September. It’s at Whirled Cinema (where I did a press screening of Birdemic 2 last year – yep I produced that!) in South London and features a Q&A with Matt Routledge himself! It’s on September 23rd 2014 and its totally free, just turn up before 8pm as its first come first serve! I am very very excited about this.

The poster was designed by Omar Hauksson (he did the wonderful Raid 2 posters!) and I’m in love with it. Yes that is a Mersey Ferry exploding out of the frame on fire. You’re going to love this film too, so I will see you there! If you need any info about this film or screening, email me: jedshepherd@gmail.com or via twitter @jedshepherd. Also, add Matt Routledge on twitter @kungfumatty.

Connor and Shianne

ALL HAIL SCALARAMA 2014!

 

http://scalarama.com/

http://screeningfilm.com/events/postpop-presents-mersey-cop/

https://www.whirledcinema.com/

 

Jed

 

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Ltd Edition Self-Titled EP for LA’s BEGINNERS – OUT NOW!

It’s been a great summer for incredible pop songs. BEGINNERS have managed to fight their way to my “amazing pop songs that came out of nowhere list 2014″. This self-titled EP is a trojan horse of superbly-crafted earworm-cultivating pop gems that just get better the more you listen. It’s the unforgettable “Who Knows” that you might have heard of before as you’ve browsed gossip hound Perez Hilton‘s site or maybe you know the song from seeing THIS VIDEO on Huffington Post of a man dancing backwards.

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BEGINNERS are Samantha Barbera – Vocals/Bass, Neeraj Kane – Guitar (Keys) and Jason Walker on Drums and they are based in LA. The best thing I can do is point you toward the video to their song “Who Knows” so you get the idea of why I’m releasing this little tape for them!

This self-titled EP is limited to 100 tapes. POST/POP has 50 that’s available in the shop and Samantha has 50 which you should be able to get from the band when they tour (I think they are going to be in europe later this year too!)

Have a look at how lovely the tape looks. Samantha wanted them to be transparent black and I’ve not made tapes with those shells before, but they came out SO good.

 

Buy the tape while there’s still some left by clicking on THIS LINK, or on the picture of HETTIE on the right that says “SHOP” on it! You can also buy it by walking into Rough Trade. You can find out more about BEGINNERS by clicking on the below links:

https://www.facebook.com/BEGINNERS.OFFICIAL

https://soundcloud.com/beginnersofficial

https://twitter.com/_BEGINNERS

You can also buy the digital version of this EP (you know, if for some reason you’re not keen on tapes!) by visiting the BEGINNERS itunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/beginners-ep/id836245945

 

hope you enjoy it guys!

 

Jed

p.s. this is the last POST/POP tape of the summer. Yes, there will be no tapes in August but there WILL be POST/POP tshirts! Why is there a break? because I am saving them all up for Cassette Store Day on September 27th where there will be 5 or 6 releases on one day! Very special releases from some of the biggest bands around today. There will be no preorder for these tapes, and they will be available in all good record stores and this site!

 

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Download the Reddit X POST/POP Collab “Adventures In Home Taping” for FREE! 26 BANDS!

I’m starting to make a habit of this FREE DOWNLOAD hijinx. Last time around POST/POP gave you 1 free song… this time how about 26 FREE SONGS? Not only that, its the much-hyped collaboration compilation album I did with Reddit’s R/Cassetteculture back in March. the tapes SOLD OUT but I get asked about it all the time, so why not just have it!

listen above and click download OR click on the below quote that a girl once said to me on a train:

“What are you looking at? Did you buy me? I said did you buy me? Exactly. So don’t look at me then innit?”

There were 26 brilliant bands on this compilation and I suggest you put each one of them into the search engine of your choice and go listen to everything they have ever done. They are from all over the world, Scotland, Canada, UK, America, Philippines and everywhere inebetween. All genres of music are represented and all bands frequent the dark corners of Reddit’s Cassette Culture where they try really hard not to get downvoted.

It was stupidly ambitious thing to release a 26 song album of brand new bands 1 month into starting the label and it taught me alot. Mostly, never to use TAPELINE ever again, but partly that sometimes strangers can be cool.

jed

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HETTIE! FREE DOWNLOAD! RUSH HOUR! Get it NOW!


As it is now officially SUMMER, POST/POP is spoiling you. Not content to release new tapes by APPLE EYES, PEPA KNIGHT and soon to be announced BEGINNERS, here is a new one from our fave popstar HETTIE!

There is an EP coming out later this year, and you may have heard a few tracks previewed on my radio show (PHOENIX98FM Every Sunday 4-6PM!) and its wonderful. All songs produced by the musical genius that is KENNY LEE! Until then, here is a FREE DOWNLOAD of HETTIE’s cover of one of my favourite 80s songs, “RUSH HOUR”. It’s SO catchy!

It’s a free download but if you want to donate to Hettie’s “I need a new guitar” fund, then donate a few quid, as it all goes straight to her paypal!

Check out more HETTIE stuff using the below links:

https://twitter.com/hettietheyeti
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hettie/428788107186429
https://soundcloud.com/hettiesteinmore
www.hettiesteinmore.com

 

Oh and while we are here, here’s a gallery of a recent gig where HETTIE supported another POST/POP favourite, NO CARS! at London’s PAPER DRESS BOUTIQUE. Yes, that is Haruna from NO CARS on stilts and yes that is her boyfriend dressed like a Harajuku girl.

(gallery to come!)

 

jed

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PEPA KNIGHT: DOUBLE A-SIDE CASSINGLE! “RAHH!” & “CLAMS” OUT JULY 16TH


“Rahh!” is the best song I have heard in 2014. I think that’s a good place to start this. We are halfway through the year and I’ve already heard my song of the summer, nay, the year and it’s all kinds of gorgeous. PEPA KNIGHT, he of Jinja Safari, hails from Sydney, Australia but sounds like he is from another planet, deciding to visit us here on the shiny bluey-greeny thing to bestow the intergalactic gift of POP.

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It’s difficult to explain how much I love this song without hearing it first. Click on that link above the article and within seconds you’ll know what I’m talking about. See? I listen to music most of my waking day (not to mention the dream hours I put in) and go all out to try to find the best songs for my radio show and I can firmly say that, this beats all of them. If I was that way inclined, I’d make this my ringtone, and send texts to everyone in my contacts saying “call now, I’m in trouble, they’ve got my….” JUST to hear “Rahh” once again (and also to test my friends and family – which is an ongoing experiment and the results are inconclusive).

 

So you’ve made friends with your ears, how about giving your eyes a chance?

and you can listen to “CLAMS” here too. It sounds like the euphoric moment before your childhood spaceship crashes into the Okavango Delta and spills out all the harmonies in the world into the endorheic basin of the Kalahari. It’s currently on rotation on Australia’s Triple J so if you are anywhere else in the world, this is for you!

POST/POP is releasing “Rahh” and “Clams” as a double A-side cassingle on July 16th, which is not only the day that Elvis died, but also an ex-girlfriend’s birthday so I am trying to replace bad memories with good ones. Here is the artwork and its every shade of lovely.

 

PRE-ORDER BY CLICKING ON THIS LINK RIGHT HERE

Find out more about PEPA KNIGHT in these places:

https://www.facebook.com/pepaknight

https://soundcloud.com/pepaknight

PEPA KNIGHT MAILING LIST SIGN UP

and if you like the cassette, (or its sold out) check out PEPA KNIGHT’s ITUNES where you can buy and listen to them in a futuristic format!

LTD EDITION (OF 100) CASSETTE DOUBLE A SIDE SINGLES – OUT ON JULY 16TH.

 

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APPLE EYES LTD EDITION TAPE – BODY DOUBLE – OUT JULY 4TH!

I guess you could tape the song off the radio, print out this artwork and then not buy the tape, but don't do that please!
I guess you could tape the song off the radio, print out this artwork and then not buy the tape, but don’t do that please!

 

When I first started POST/POP, Apple Eyes were one of the first bands on my list to approach about releasing a tape, just after SLAYER and the soundtrack to Ernest Scared Stupid. Slayer rudely never came back to me and Jim Varney died (RIP) so I was very pleased it wasn’t 3 strikes out.

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I’ve known Claire and Matt from Apple Eyes for about 10 years (?!), through various different bands including; Fantastic Mr Fox, The Hidden Messages and now Apple Eyes. The one thing that connects all of these bands is the pursuit of pop perfection (high five to all the alliteration-heads out there) and in every iteration, there has been some of the best choruses committed to song. Body Double is no different, and I’d go as far as saying its their most “Immediate” song yet. what do I mean by “Immediate“? It’s how you measure a good pop song; by its immediacy. How quick you say the words “FUCK THAT’S A GOOD SONG!” is where a tune sits on the Immediacy Scale. Even though I’ve only just invented the Immediacy Scale, “Body Double” by Apple Eyes gets a high 9.5.

LISTEN BELOW!

 

Sweetabix right? You can preorder now by clicking on the shop link at the top of the page or on that picture of HETTIE over on the right or by CLICKING ON THESE WORDS.

This single is LTD to 50 beautifully poppy cassettes and Matt informed me yesterday that there is even cassette based easter eggs about halfway through the song. See if you can notice it (I didn’t until I was specifically told!)

Find out more about APPLE EYES using the links below and try not to love them TOO much as they’ll break your hearts with POP.

https://soundcloud.com/apple_eyes
https://twitter.com/Apple_Eyes
https://www.facebook.com/weareappleeyes

jed

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CASSETTE STORE DAY – SEPTEMBER 27TH

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It has just been confirmed that the second ever Cassette Store Day is happening worldwide on September 27th 2014. Last year was big but that was before I had a record label. Now I have one, and I do lovely ltd edition tapes for the best bands around, I am going to make sure POST/POP gets involved. I intend to have a few events around this date, with gigs, meet-ups and multiple tape releases, all in celebration of cassettes!

I know the idea of having 1 day to celebrate tapes has been known to irk some tape labels (“every day is cassette store day to us man….”) but I always think it’s better that people talk about tapes for one day a year than zero days a year. This event is a way to put your label in the spotlight, which can be hard every other day of the year, as we are dealing with an old format in ltd quantities. This is the day when all that hard work you do the entire year can be appreciated by people who might not neccessarily come across it on a rainy tuesday in February. In conclusion I (and POST/POP) think CSD is a very very good thing and fully support the event and people who put it together.

This is the official word from the lovely CSD people:

Open up your Filofax, take out a pen, and save the date because Saturday September 27th 2014 marks the return of Cassette Store Day to your lives!

Following on from last year’s (unexpected) runaway success, the event will now be split between the US and UK/EU to ensure that audio cassette fans on both sides of the Atlantic get to snap up some great releases from musicians, new and old alike.

In the UK/EU Kissability and Suplex Cassettes will return to run things, and in the US, Burger Records in LA will co-ordinate the day from their end. Stores wishing to stock releases or put on an event will be able to sign up for free between June 30th and August 15th at cassettestoreday.com where there will be downloadable guides for how to get involved.

Labels wishing to release a cassette on the day can also sign up from June 30th- August 15th at the same place for a small admin fee for of £10/£10. Anyone outside these territories is welcome to sign up using the UK site.

Jen Long of Kissability said, “When planning this year we really tried to keep cassette labels and fans at the heart of the event. Last year grew far bigger than we had expected so we are thrilled to have Burger involved to help us cover the US side.”

Burger Records said, “Burger Records loves tapes! We’ve built our foundation on the forgotten format and have been preaching the merits of warm analog cassette culture for years. We’re honored to be ambassadors of Cassette Store Day 2014 in the good ol USA! We plan to bring some of our favorite labels to the table and invite everyone to the party and partake in the fun phenomena of releasing top shelf music on cassette tapes in pop culture today!”

Last year’s Cassette Store Day was a huge success with stores participating in over eighty cities worldwide and releases from the likes of The Flaming Lips, At The Drive In, and Deerhunter.

“The Tape Cassette—-

Is the best bet yet

as the go-to medium

for medium-rare

—-or well-done

on-the-spot

playback

or record.” – Van Dyke Parks

“Cassette is a cool medium to listen to music on. Warm and fat. Good bottom end. Yeah!” – Bobby Gillespie

www.cassettestoreday.com

 

 

So if you are a label that make tapes and want to collab, let me know! jedshepherd@gmail.com or @jedshepherd is prob best.

 

Thanks,

Jed

a london record label // a genre // a jed shepherd project

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