This photo was taken at Helsinki’s Viiskulma (Five Corners), right outside POPPARIENKELI (Pop Angel) record store on 23 April 2000. Twelve years ago today.
Popparienkeli was one of the first local record stores to carry our debut album, Support de Microphones – back when we didn’t have a label, and would just handle distribution ourselves, on foot, straight out of our backpacks. And back when, mysteriously, posters and yellow striped stickers like these would repeatedly pop up on the city streets to promote the ambitious little album by a band nobody had ever heard of.
And Popparienkeli didn’t just pick up a few copies of our non-label album – they played it repeatedly inside the store and gave it a prime spot on the window shelf, for everyone passing by to see. These things meant the world to us as a young, up-and-coming band. They still do. And we are forever in debt to Popparienkeli and its wonderful owner, Mr Timo Saarikivi for all the support.
The times they are a-changin’, and this week Popparienkeli is closing its doors for good. On Friday 27 April, after more than 19 years of dedicated service. If you’re in Helsinki, go and drop in before it’s too late. All the remaining albums are marked with a 70 percent discount. All of them. And there’s still plenty of good music left!
On behalf of the whole band: THANK YOU, POPPARI. Thank you, Timo & Pauli. Records are forever. ♥
The good folks at Luomustudio recently asked us to pick a tune from our latest album, strip it down to bare essentials, and then perform it for them on camera in a location of our choice. So we asked the amazing Petteri Sariola to grab his mom’s upright bass, got the incredible Tuomo Prättälä to hop on a train from Pori after a late night show, and dragged the young rhyming master Noah Kin out of bed on a lazy Sunday afternoon – and did this.
Rip It Up feat. Noah Kin, Tuomo & Petteri Sariola ORGANIX STYLE. On the Helsinki Metro! (Where else would Father Metro & his posse go?) We think it came out great. And no, music isn’t allowed to be played on the trains, and yes, we were notified about causing a disturbance. So sorry, we won’t do it again! Check out the end result right here:
Alright, it’s not exactly a new song, in fact it’s all of six years old, but still new in the sense that most of you will not have heard it before. Rain No. 968 was released back in 2007 as a bonus track on the Limited Japanese Edition of the self-titled album Don Johnson Big Read More
Vuosi 2013 jysähti mahtavasti käyntiin Groningenissa, ja pian panokset kovenevat entisestään. Pääsiäisenä Don Johnson Big Band tekee historiaa Helsingin Nosturissa: lauantaina 30. maaliskuuta Suomessa ensimmäistä kertaa koskaan järjestettävä livebändin “Silent gig” on nimensä mukaisesti äänetön keikka. Yleisölle jaetaan sisään tullessa langattomat Sennheiserin kuulokkeet, joiden kautta koko keikan ääni välitetään. PA:sta ei siis tule ääntäkään. Mahtava Read More
The Johnson Tweet!
@christine_ameh Haha! You're welcome! :) Life Under Construction sounds grrreat. Will be in touch. #1love (Thanks @JTVDigital),2013/05/08
Check out this nice review of "Fiesta" by @guestlistdotnet! "A shit load of fun to listen to." Yeah! http://t.co/0WTyxpHzLL,2013/05/02