Archive for December, 2011

Albums of the year 2011

Friday, December 16th, 2011


Another year in music is over… It’s time to look at our favourite albums of 2011. It’s been a tricky one. There have been a lot of albums we’ve ‘liked’ but to ‘love’ means so much more. So after much deliberation we have now chosen. We will of course be offering a special person the full set. All you have to do is watch this video on YouTube and answer the following question…

Q: In the Bigtop video (below), where do 2 of the Rubettes relieve themselves at the end off the video?

Send us your answer by email or fill in the contact form. On Monday 9th January, at 2.31pm, we’ll put all the correct entries into an empty wheelie bin and pick out the lucky winner.

Eleanor Friedberger – Last summer
Chosen by Lauren
Parks. Inns. Bikes. Trains. New York. How can you not get lost in Eleanor’s tuneful tales. Yes I do love it.

Josh T.Pearson – Last of the Country Gentlemen
Chosen by James
Based on a survey I carried out, 99.9999999999999% of the population would not like this album. To stand a chance of liking this album you need to listen to it at least 35 times. And then you probably wouldn’t like it. I suppose it’s not easy to like, but then I like that. It’s sparse, miserable and not at all likeable. In fact, I didn’t like it much until I saw him at the Green Man Festival this year. He was funny. Very funny. Not how I had imagined he’d be. Now I like it a lot. You might too.

Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
Chosen by Amy
I fell in love this summer – a warm August night, a bottle of beer in my hand, wearing nothing but a poncho, a bird mask and a pair of wellies. …   The object of my hearts desires? Fleet Foxes playing at The Green Man Festival. Although I always loved them, that night confirmed them as The Band for me, The Band for 2011. No more needs to be said.

Bright Eyes - The People’s Key
Chosen by Daniel
On 14th February this year, Conor Oberst and co. gave Bright Eyes fans the best valentine gift they could of hoped for… the release of their seventh (and rumoured to be final) studio album. The People’s Key moves away from the rootsy sound and poetic imagery for which he became best known, and takes Bright Eyes somewhere quite different altogether. With a SciFi/Supernatural theme prevalent throughout, the main messages behind the album seem to be of belief, love, forgiveness and unity. The People’s Key will divide fans and critics, but for true Bright Eyes fans it’s a genuine return to form and sees Oberst’s songwriting come to fruition. An album which i find I don’t have to be ‘in the mood’ for and that’s easily my most listened to album of 2011. For those reasons alone it’s a true album of the year.

Wild Beasts - Smother
Chosen by everyone at Bigtop
We all love the Wild Beasts. Well almost all of us. Daniel doesn’t love them as much as the rest of us but he still does like them at least.

Bigtop Christmas cards are here …

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Is it a year already?

Yesterday, the printers delivered a box of the 2011 Bigtop Christmas cards … would you like one?

Apart from year one when Lauren, James and me sat in the dining room gluing glitter to cards (happy days) the Bigtop card has seen us skiing, Strictly Come dancing, circus performing, funkin’ fitting and so much more. If you’d like to see all the old ones, you can look here. If you’d like the latest one, well, we’ll be posting them out next week and so if you don’t think you’re on our mailing list, please let us know and we’ll add you!

Watch out for the latest video release too!

Have a good weekend


PS this isn’t the card … but we may or may not have worn these shoes.

A Pew with a View

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Friday night turned out to be a bit of a bigtop outing. None of us could resist a trip to see Fionn Regan at St.Barnabas in Oxford. What a great venue. The interior of the Italianate church was lit up brightly for the occasion. Mulled cider and a retro warm-up from Louise and the Pins settled us in nicely ready for the main event. Fionn was amazing. We were glued to our seats as he serenaded us. To top it all off some of us popped for a delicious curry after the gig at The Standard in Jericho. It’s just been updated with a modern look, but serves the same great food it always did, and has the same cute 70′s lamp shades. A 10/10 night.