Cornershop X Bloomsbury Festival

Two Cornershop events at Bloomsbury Festival next month this October 2017 if you can get to London.

‘What Did The Hippie Have in His Bag?’ Family Workshop

A family workshop with our friend Peter the Librarian and Tjinder Singh based on the Cornershop song and picture book ‘What Did the Hippie Have in His Bag?’

A session involving crafts, poetry, music and meditation. Come and find out what the Hippie has in his bag, in a session that entertains all ages.

11am Sunday 22 October Bloomsbury London Tickets & details here
The essential 7″ VINYL BOOK can be purchased here via our label Ample Play Records

 

URBAN TURBAN – A WALK THROUGH AN ALBUM
Tjinder has had this ‘Walk Through an Album’ idea for a long time. The album being the much cherished Urban Turban, an album of multiple musical and visual collaborations, which lends itself to becoming a physical experience. Bloomsbury Festival listened to the idea and walked it.

Do come and walk with us 18th October until 4th November.
CRUSH HALL, SENATE HOUSE – FREE ENTRY – Details here


 

The ‘Walk Through an Album’ is produced by Ample Play Records, commissioned by Bloomsbury Festival and supported by Arts Council England.

When I Was Born People Tried Their Damnedest To Kill Me

As time goes by the trade off between being known for one song to the detriment of the rest of our catalogue seems like a fake news item that started afore this century, and being called “the most underrated group in Britain” suddenly takes on some charm.  Then articles like this one in The Guardian appear, and all is rosey again.  Radiohead fans that deny When I Was Born was ever Spin Magazines number 1 in 1997 can do one, and a little balance and truth is back again, many thanks Guy Smith.

 

Cornershop Ft The Mike Flowers Pops ‘Born Disco; Died Heavy Metal’ Hold The Corner EP

Cornershop - Hold The Corner E.P. - ample play records

Last year we released our 1994 debut noisy pop album completely reworked as an easy listening vinyl slab. It came out on our label Ample Play Records and you check it out and order it here.

“Cornershop’s creative highs have sometimes seemed like the result of Tjinder Singh’s desire to prove his critics wrong – never more so than on this instrumental reworking of their debut album.” John Mulvey, Uncut

Some stated the easy lounge was reminiscent of Mike Flowers Pops. In the meantime, Tjinder had got to know Mike Flowers drummer, and it was therefore arranged that Mike would do his take on the original lyrics. The result is something that is augmented and fresh – a solid set of tracks for all the family, they are even still in keeping with the politics of the day, if not more so.

To accompany the song, the UK’s most celebrated hoola hoopers Hoop La La especially created choreographed a piece for the video (film and photography by Phil Miller) – Ooh La La Lemmy.

Out 1st of April via all digital plaftorms, including our own Ample Play.

A Springtime PLAYlist

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Selected for you by Tjinder & Ben, the audio equivalent of green shoots, rays of sunshine & pink blossoms. Some punjabi folk, 60’s garage, contemporary psych with The Smoking Trees & Sudden Death of Stars, some Ween, Alabama Shakes, Gap Dream, Jonathan Richman and more.

The Paperhead-Record Collector Review 4/5

The Paperhead release their debut release in the UK, Focus In On The Looking Glass on Ample Play Records on vinyl format only.

On first listen, you may think that you’ve stumbled across some long lost nugget from 1968. In fact, The Paperhead take their name from a lyric in a song by golden-age psychedelic age group July and they deal in lysergic haziness, with a colourfully confusing filter. Yet while the record may have a fairly vintage sound, it was written and recorded in the summer of 2010 by three 18 year old kids from Nashville, Tennessee. It has been championed on a number of occasions by James Endicott and here are what Record Collector and Shindig Magazine say about it: