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NO CARS // ‘CRESS’ – LIMITED EDITION CRESS GREEN TAPE + FREE PACKET OF CRESS!

The brand new single from the best Japanese girl-band that has a Racoon as a drummer! YES, its POST/POP fave, NO CARS! This is the third release we have done for NO CARS and wont be the last. They are just the best live band in london, and this single is the best translation of that energy onto a rectangle possible.

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In other exciting news, I also directed the music video… and WHAT A VIDEO! The premise is “what would happen if NO CARS starred in a Japanese Karaoke video in the 1980s, but then a spaceship landed and an alien Raccoon tried to steal their CRESS, but then they developed psycho-kinetic powers from eating too much cress, and fought the Raccoon to the death?” This is the sexy result.

NO CARS // CRESS (Official Video) from Jed Shepherd on Vimeo.

This cassette comes in a delightfully green shell, the real colour of the cress found in the forest of Japan + you will get a REAL packet of Cress with it! Yes, you too can now grow your own cress, in the comfort of your own home OR office! You can watch your cress grow while listening to No Cars serenade you with their song ‘CRESS’.

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If you can make it to london tonight (September 4th), NO CARS are playing a free gig at the South Bank Centre and if you go, not only can you buy the tape, but you also get to see me! Also HETTIE will be there too so you can high-five her and then go buy her EP!

Please note: If you listen to the song so much, you actually do get “hooked on my cress”, please do not blame POST/POP. Cress consumption should not be taken lightly and may lead to Salad abuse.

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You can find out more about NO CARS by typing their name into google along with the word “band” or by using these links!

http://nocarsmusic.com/

https://www.facebook.com/nocarsmusic

https://twitter.com/nocarsmusic

https://instagram.com/nocarsmusic/

got another tape out on Monday so stay tuned! (especially if you like HIP-HOP)

 

jed

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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.

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ALL HAIL SCALARAMA 2014!

 

http://scalarama.com/

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

https://www.whirledcinema.com/

 

Jed

 

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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SPOTLIGHT: Emily Capell – Why you should buy her tape released on Valentines Day!

There are many reasons why you should get emily’s tape that is released in a couple of days time.

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1: Its Valentines Day and it would be a great present for a loved one, even if they didn’t have a tape player. It’s the thought that counts right?

2: “Plastic” and its b-side “From the Bombs to the Beatles” are 2 brilliant ways to step into Emily’s world which is all at once a throwback to 60s glamour, mixed with 80s politics and finally sprinkled with 21st century vitriol.

3: This short film I made with her about Emily being the last person left on earth. It’s called Emily Ever After and it’s only a couple if minutes long but fits in a beautiful friendship with a robot, making mixtapes for the dead AND the search for Bill Cosby. http://www.virginmediashorts.co.uk/film/4276/emily-ever-after

I know right? You want that Robot too? Well you can’t have him!

Like Hettie, Emily came on my radio show and sang a few songs, originally in December 2012 I believe and followed that up with another appearance on my brand new Sunday show (4-6pm on 98FM). LISTEN TO THIS SHOW RIGHT NOW HERE

Ouiji boards on a radio show you ask? Yes. Because a new music show doesnt have to just be a presenter reading a band bio off wikipedia, it can also be fun. It SHOULD always be fun.

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Something else that is fun is the video the song that first introduced me to Emily:


Louis Matthews!! Absolutely love this video, but then Clowns are my wheelhouse.

Next video is “My Dad’s a Smith’s Fan” and it sorta influenced the artwork for Em’s single with POST/POP, which you will see in a moment…

So due to our mutual appreciation of The Smiths, I modelled the artwork of her single “Plastic” on POST/POP on The Queen is Dead (which coincidentally is the best album ever).

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Emily’s single is out on POST/POP on Valentines Day (Feb 14th!) and you can buy it now by clicking on this sentence!

Find out more about Emily below:

www.emilycapell.com – website

https://twitter.com/emily_capell – twitter

https://soundcloud.com/emilycapell-1 – soundcloud

 

thanks and hope you all enjoy the tapes!

 

Jed