Monday, December 31, 2007
We will see you next year with more groundbreaking stories. Hopefully we will be able to break the news that Led Zeppelin and Van Halen will guest the legendary Roskilde Festival. If anyone has enquieries, please feel free to contact us via the link provided in the right bar.
Enjoy the video below. It's fun pop-up book puppetry.
Friday, December 28, 2007
Today I've heard an evil liveconcert with Black Sabbath from Pittsburgh Civic Arena dated back to september 2. 1978. They have Neil Young concerts, Byrds stuff, Beach Boys, Led Zeppelin from Fillmore East and bunch of other totally vintage-style concerts. The flash-based player is way cool, allowing you to play only tracks, view bandinfo, post to friends etc. Just sign up for free and get in. It's the link of the last week this year, I'd say.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Just check out the song Parentheses below - it's a absolutely gorgeous song set in a supermarket and helps its lovesick protagonist through the store, with a heartbreaking verse: "If something in the deli aisle/ Makes you cry/ You know I'll put my arm around you/ And I'll walk you outside." Better late than never, right?
Monday, December 17, 2007
I game for getting this the number one christmas hit. So merry christmas!
An as an extra christmas bonus, it should be mentioned, that as a celebration (?) of the closing of the Arab Strap website, Aidan Moffat and Malcolm Middleton is offering a free download of a previously unreleased song. Again, merry something. To all good night (mp3)
Sunday, December 16, 2007
The equation factors in the artist, how "underground" they are, the social character of the company, and how wealthy the artist is. Interesting! (via snarkmarket)
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Of Montreal - Heimdalsgate Like A Promethean Curse
Tim Williams - Novel
The Shins - Phantom Limb
Emily Haines & the Soft Skeleton - Our Hell
The Little Ones - Ordinary Song
Trentemøller - Moan
Arcade Fire - Antichrist Television Blues
Radiohead - Ceremony (New Order)
LCD Soundsystem - All my friends
Feist - 1 2 3 4
Blonde Redhead - Top Ranking
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
So if you want to be inspired for the season or just want to know more about hick music, alt. country, bluegrass, hillbilly fillies, western swing or are curios on country gospel, you have just found yourself an ever-expanding source of reviews.
Below some YouTube from some old Johnny Cash holiday shows. Enjoy. It's a bit corny, but what...
Johnny Cash Christmas Show '77 - Cash, Orbison, Perkins, Lee
Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash 10th anniversary Christmas
Saturday, November 24, 2007
But while waiting I should (and not at least: you should!) have a look at La Blogotheques Take Away-shows. Here you will find some acoustic live videos directed by blogger, director and much more Vincent Moon, who also directed some of The Nationals videos. The videos are lo-fi, shot in daily locations, but often with a original twist (and with the recognizable Vincent Moon aesthetics).
#12.3 The Kooks - Ooh la
Sendt af lablogotheque
#73.4 - A HAWK AND A HACKSAW - Fernando's Giampori
Sendt af lablogotheque
#40.4 - THE NATIONAL -Ada
Sendt af lablogotheque
Monday, November 19, 2007
Should I mention some bands alike, stuff like Flaming Lips, Clap Your Hands, Arcade Fire and Wolfparade would pop up.
Menomena are a trio from Portland, Oregon and plays experimental rock. They create most of their songs using a homemade computer program that loops their instrumental riffs and the bass and drums play off one another intricately, blending punk- and funk-inspired beats with more straightforward rock emphases.
But they do have melody lines as well. More than most indiebands. A lot of stuff is going on on the album, but if you check out the mp3 below you will be delighted. It might be conventional, but it's memorable and varied. The textures beneath the vocals are constantly shifting. And listen to the piano passage over two completely different rhythm tracks. It's... well... awsome.
Her debut album 'Just Another Diamond Day' is widely regarded as a hippie-folk classic, especially among popular freak-folk acts as Devendra Banhart and Animal Collective. Perhaps, their succes has ease the way for the return of Vashti in 2005 where the succesful 'Lookaftering' came out. A couple of week ago a combilation of her 60's singles, 'Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind' (the title of her Jagger/Richards-penned debut from ´65) was released.
This is extremely pleasurable music. Acoustic, simple, free and if you liked the vocal of Cocteau Twin's Elizabeth Fraser on Massive Attack's hit 'Teardrop', this could easily be right up your alley! Just lend your ear to this:
Vashti Bunyan - 'Rose Hip November'
Vashti Bunyan - 'Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind'
Vashti Bunyan - 'Winter Is Blue'
Friday, November 16, 2007
Just yesterday I received his newest release 'Mugiboogie' and it's absolutely just as wonderfull of the same folksy electronica, acoustic guitar and impassioned vocals I've come to like on his debut Lonely Mountain and Mugimama, Is This Monkey Music?
I can strongly recommend this album. It's like strong acid! Check it out for yourself below from icelandic tv (RUV). Song is the grungy and loveable 'To the bone'. Guitarplayer is Pétur Ben.
Buy the album here and have it shipped without any costs. You can also buy it on mp3 for less.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
The evergorgeous Kylie Minogue will release album 'X' very soon and besides being hot she actually has a certain nice something on her comeback single '2 Hearts'. At least this mix.
The single is worked together with swedish electronic duo Studio and has an understatet popappeal. Kylies voice sits rather uncomfortably in the mix here, secondary to Studio’s guitar flourishes and glitter effects. As they gradually move even further away from the song they were tasked to re-interpret, the track becomes thicker and more interesting. Try it out. And we will be back with indie-stuff very soon! Sorry!
Sunday, November 04, 2007
'Heima' is a homage to their homeland Iceland's nature and culture from which the group has drawn inspiration to craft their unique blend of atmospheric soundscapes and thunderous noise. Similarly 'Hvarf/Heim' is a combination of new editions of some of their very earliest and largely unknown songs (Disc 1) and acostic versions of songs from their four main albums (Disc 2). Right now, you can stream the entire double album at SigurRosSpace. That, I can only recommend!
Also, do not miss this hilarious interview where the four guys absolutely torment an interviewer on NPR. I guess, they basically just want to let the music do the talking...
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
If you think you only have time for one song, make sure it is this one: the very cool 'Master of None':
NB: For our Danish readers - Beach House actually visit Denmark next Saturday, the 20th. However, they play in Fredericia... which is just about the strangest thing I've ever heard. But If you live nearby I strongly recommend you to go.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
An interessting discussion on the subject here.
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Check out Teardrop - a new Gonzalez-cover. This time Teardrop from Massive Attack.
Below I also put some links for some very interessting all new music videos for Gonzalez. These videos are directed by the very interessting directors Mögel & Andreas Nilsson adding some both surreal and beautiful characters.
Sunday, October 07, 2007
What puzzles me most about this album is why it hasn't been leaked yet? Every normal release would have been released so few days prior to a launch-date. More on that subject here.
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
I don't know if this will help any bit, but Made of Buildings is from Århus and has a fine debutalbum out called 'The World has been stolen by cynics'. It's indie and it's not of the happy go lucky kind of indie, which I'm not sooo crazy about. This is a bit darker and has some very nice minimalist melodies on it. The vocals works pretty good and in glimpse Made of Buildings reminds me of The American Analog Set and The Album Leaf. So in the good spirit of the band and our footballteam AGF - go visit and support these boys.
Monday, October 01, 2007
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Wednesday, September 26, 2007
We salute the Jack White-Bob Dylan collaboration with the YouTube video below. A stunning version of Dylan's modern classic.
Also it's said that Bob Dylan has announced that he'll kick off the second season of his acclaimed radio programme very soon. Guestlist includes Jack White.
"Lucas With the Lid Off" was a smash hit in 1994 and featured the half danish rapper Lucas, which no one have heard of since then.
The single is quite irresistible, full of crazy beats, reaggae scats and great horn loops. It's kindof fun. But what is more cool is the unique video, directed by a young Michel Gondry. It's just as weird as the song; shot in one continuous take while moving between several sets.
I guess this must be the first artist Gondry has directed that hasn't been able to ignite anything but matches since his debutalbum. Btw called Lucacentric?!?!
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Each year the Crown Prince has an important say in who is to perform. The two previous years has presented no other than Nick Cave and PJ Harvey. Not bad taste, indeed! On this picture he shows just how much he rates Damon Alburn and his new mates in The Good, The Bad & The Queen:
Some of us also attended last year's sterling concert by PJ Harvey where she gave a very early taste of the stunning 'When under ether', first single of her brand new low-key album "White Chalk". Watch that performance here:
Ok... it just wouldn't be fair of me to not give you some of the good-bad-queenies as well so enjoy this:
The Good, The Bad & The Queen - The Bunting Song (acoustic version)
I know that The National is a great band live, so what I'm really interessted in here is the warm-up. The canadian musician Hayden Desser is that man and he is so compelling that I'd almost wish he would put on his own concert. Or at least play for more than an hour.
In 2004 he released Elk-Lake Serenade which is his best album to date. And it is beautiful, small but large. Hayden loves detuned guitars, his lyrics are clever and has a certain talent for building some very intimate acoustic landscapes. The music is mellow with subtle strings and handclaps and has this lazy late-night feel to it. His voice and his way of vary the simplicity makes it feel really really good in your ears.
Hayden is combining elements of both rock and folk music and has a voice that is able to channel both the falsetto highs of Neil Young and the wavering raspy low tones of Leonard Cohen.
Hayden has his own recordlabel Hardwood Records and a new album is in the making, due for release in 2008.
Remember to check him out and make friends with him on his MySpace profile. He has only 192 friends due to a servercrash!
On new website NowPlayIt you can in fact have him as a teacher for 4£ for a song. ALex James and lots more are available for drum, guitar and bass teaching so you can play with the best. Of course you don't wanna pay for this, so just go for the preview-section. And Alex James is in fact quite funny on these small clips. Mostly because he just looks as if he doesn't give a shit about what he is doing in Blur. Maybe he isn't really doing anything at the moment because the band is on pause. Or are they? BTW: Alex James has a book out.. it looks like good fun.
While we wait for new material, I'll go see The Good The Bad @ The Queen in the Royal Opera on sunday. My expectations are high. Below you'll find a couple of nice Blur-songs and one of their really good videos (clockwork orange-style) and most likely, best songs.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Probably the best of them, ´85's 'Steve McQueen', has just been released in a remastered edition including a bonus cd of new acoustic versions of the songs.
Like most indie music this album didn't create a lot of havoc on the charts but the critics drowned it in superlatives. This is no surprise as these very slick songs, effectively manage to cover all sorts of influences, from 1940's cabaret style to bossanova, and doing it without ever loosing sight of McAloon's masterful melodies.
What strikes me most is how well this music has stood the test of time. Here is some opportunities to judge for yourself.
Goodbye Lucille (Johnny Johnny)
Prefab Sprout - Desire As
Prefab Sprout - Appetite (acoustic version)
Thursday, September 13, 2007
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Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Silje Nes, which I layed my ears on today. Silje grew up on a tiny town called Leikanger, in Sognefjord, the largest fjord in Norway. Then she was studying and now she is signed at the cool label FatCat Records - the label from which Sigur Rós took off to EMI.
She is one of these girls exploring all kind of instruments, mixing and matching acoutic instruments with electronic sounds, making the result both organic and very human and fragile. It sounds very nice and her debutalbum will be released pretty soon.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Flight of the Conchords is in fact not a tv-show, but a folk, pop, and comedy duo composed of Bret McKenzie of the rock band The Black Seeds and Jemaine Clement of The Humourbeasts.
The two are billing themselves as "Formerly New Zealand's fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo"
The combination of witty banter, characterisation and acoustic guitar moments is very good fun to watch. ALso pay attention to the musical references, such as Fleetwood Mac's "Love Square" in episode 1. Try it out.
This YouTube-video is Flight of the Conchords performing Business Time.
Friday, August 24, 2007
In 2005 they released the ep Lazybones and showed which road they were heading down. I'm not sure this upcoming release is the final destination, but it's certainly a very promising band debuting in october. The sound is picked up in the 60's and the influence is without a doubt from that of Beach Boys, surf and indie. The vocalwork works fine on most of the songs and the use of two singers - Bjarke Bendtsen and Martine Madsen - add some original harmonie flavour to the mix, which often consists of some very swooping basslines, divers drumming and swinging guitarrifs and creatively use of percussion, pedalsteel, ukulele and even the surreal instrument - the theremin! It's really very enjoyable and must be brilliant live.
All in all the album is full of life and happy orchestral poppitude. Sometimes a bit over the top, I must add. For example on Shivers, which really feels like being run down by a collegeband on speed packed with ukules, flutes and whatever was on the shelf. The melodies works on most parts brilliantly, even though the vocal work sometimes makes it a bit boring. But it's good vocals. Warm and powerful. Have a listen to Obvious below. The clapping on that track is awsome! Love it.
The band is based in Copenhagen and recently signed with german recordlabel Tapete. The album will be available in Scandinavia through swedish Dotshop.se.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
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Thursday, August 16, 2007
The group is from Denver and has been descriped as a crossbreed between numerous influences; cabaret, spaghetti Westerns and dance music from eastern Europe. DevotchKa operates in the most beautiful and enjoyable corners of the indie-genre. They hit some kind of fame when they did the score for the superb indiemovie 'Little Miss Sunshine'.
DevotchKa has just released their 2004 record 'How it ends' in Europe on ANTI Records. It's a brilliant album featuring Nick Urata doing vocals sounding like the Moz and Sufjan Stevens. DevotchKa song has this backwood feel, a bit of Calexico and of course the sounds from their homeland the Ukranians.
Last year DevotchKa released 'Curse your little heart' and that EP is not available in any stores - at least I havn't found it. But it's great, featuring four coversongs. Check out the oft-coveret The Velvet Underground 'Venus in furs'.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
I was waiting a very long time in front of the building for my friend. So long time that the already late-arriving Albert Hammond Jr. from The Strokes arrived even earlier. Albert Hammond Jr. (playing Copenhagen tomorrow) tried to be more late, so we stood all alone in front of the venue and smoked, but his friend wanted him in. Therefore we arrived a little later and became the latest! So much for rockattitude from NYC!
Well, in Radiohuset, which is this amazing architectural gem (built in the 30's by the leading exponent of functionalism Vilhelm Lauritzen) the Boredoms ensemble turned a ferocious energy towards us. I had nothing but arty expectations towards this evening.
Boredoms has three drumkits as mainfocus, adding surreal sounds, trance-inducing drones and powerchords. It's all really like a wicked sonic sideshow. It's really hard for me to explain the music, because it sometimes isn't really music, but just pure noise! Boredoms sometimes embrace traditional rockstructures, but then again it's more tribal, electro-driven and chaotic.
In periods the three drummers painted some pretty weird visions for my ears, leaving me all jawdropped. At one point they sounded for 10 minutes like a marching circus-orchestra on acid, other times they just beat the hell out of some distorted neon-city-reality and layered it with some groovy housevocals and an almost human rythm. But most of the time it was just about screwing with our minds and creating chaos, destroying and rebuilding.
They played at Roskilde Festival some years ago where the lead-"singer" broke his legs during the perfomance.
To me this concert is undeniable one of the most disrupted experiences I've had at a concert, and I don't really know if I ever will listen to them again. If I would it should be Maybe Vision Creation Newsun or Super Ae. Boredoms disconnect themselves from any rules in music and breaking barriers in a sonic overdrive isn't very boring at all.
Thursday, August 02, 2007
Stream the great album here. I recommend to start with "Say Hello" with Sufjan. Or try this great song which, like several other songs on the record, has New York as scene.
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
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This morning the sky is grey, it's monday and I'm not working. It's fantastic. So these next few lines about Calvin Harris, a young scotchman, creating floor fillers in a truely charming manner. Exactly what you'll need on a quiet monday or maybe on a sweaty saturday in the club. His electrobeat single 'Acceptable in the 80s' has spun a bit on our national popstation P3, and his album 'I Created Disco' is in the same sleezy drummachine genre. In some interludes it's not that funky, but for most parts it's just pure synth-entertainment. See it as nothing more than a snack.
Well. We promise you to bring you more rock. Right now on my playlist is Figurines, Ryan Adams, Bob Dylan 'Nashville Skyline', Beastie Boys, Kings of Convenience. More about fantastic danish indieact Figurines very soon. Thank you for reading.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Arcade Fire - The opening concert in the big green tent. Small sound problems, but fantastic concert, that almost made me cry and dance at the same time. Here they are live in an elevator!!
The National - Fantastic concert. Songs got even more deepth live. Click here for great NPR-stuff about National, where you can download a concert with the great great band.
Brian Jonestow Massacre - Off course chaotic concert. But brilliant when the band was playing and not arguing. Rumors said tha Anton Newcombe drank 2 bottles of disgusting danish booze before entering the stage. Cooool!! Click here to go to the bands brillinat website, where you can download all their albums.
Wilco - Showed their brilliancy sunday afternoon. The concert were just a couple of hours too short. They made the rain go away...
Sky Blue Sky mp3
Friday, July 20, 2007
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Friday, June 29, 2007
Even though not brand new, it is definitely worth lending your ear and eye to her latest video 'Konichiwa Bitches'. I may not like much pop but when it is this fun and creative, I surrender.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
I dug into the news that they are putting Strangefolk out in august. And by the looks of the top notch video Second Sight I'm pretty pleased. Also about the music. It takes me back to the 90's post-britpop era reminding me of Hurrican #1 and still twists with phychedelia swirling guitars. The video and music of Second Sight combined gives me strong associations to the late 60's music and to none other than Austin Power! Their new take on the tune shows ironi and humour and that is enough for me to embrace them once more. Just for the fun of it, because I don't ever think that I will be a fullblown Kula Shaker fan. But, you go Crispian Mills in you Bruce Lee Enter The Dragon-style!
Note: While googling around I found that the British political magazine Open Eye in the spring of 1997 denounced Mills as one of Britain's "New Age Nazis", revealing that Mills' unsuccessful previous band, the Objects of Desire, had used the motto "England will rise again", and had performed at a 1993 conference at Wembley called "Global Deception" where speakers included the anti-semitic propagandist Eustace Mullins and the American writer and conspiracy theorist William Cooper. Link here. Well, just if you're interested!
Sunday, June 24, 2007
The mother of all crazy summerfestivals - The Glastonbury Festival - is ending tonight with The Who playing. 180.000 people are there! In mud! Glasto has some of the same acts that soon will enter danish ground. So here is link for reviews. I would have liked to hear Conor Oberst shout "Can you turn that violin up?", but hell, I'm more than satisfied with the years Roskilde programe.
Musically, since their explosive burst onto the top of rock stage in ´92, the grunge veterans have found a steady and more healthy level of succes. Accomplished later albums such as 'Riot Act' and 'Pearl Jam' is proof of a band that masters the combination of maturity and inner rock'n'roll fire.
All along Pearl Jam has steadily grown into a world class live act. This awesome site contains career spanning recordings of their live shows. Finally, here is little gem showing Pearl Jam at Roskilde 1992 -at the zenith of their popularity!
Sunday, June 17, 2007
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Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Brian Jonestown Massacre
Don’t miss the fantastic songwriter Anton Newcombes chaotic band. Guaranteed entertainment!
Neon Bible is the second best album in 2007 so far.
Cold War Kids
New and cool rock.
Belle and Sebastian go home!
A sad story with a happy end.. hopefully.
Never has boring music sounded better!
Still got the blues...
Soulsavers feat. Mark Lanegan
Mark Lanegans vocal makes all artists better.
Best album in 2007 – without a doubt.
+Flaming Lips, Björk, Grizzly Bear, Artic Monkeys, LCD Soundsystem, Whistest Boy Alive, etc. -
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Kazu Makino is haunting and in this new video for single Top Ranking put your ears to her vocal harmonies turning almost futuristic girl group . I like the stopmotion video as well. Directed by Mike Mills and features an absolutely gorgeous Miranda July.
Friday, May 25, 2007
Earlier on he has worked as a ice van driver and a hairmodel. But he has also done bassplaying with Ninja Tune Recordings band Ladytron.
You really should check this guy out. There is something timeless to his freaky style of combining genres.
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Hjaltalín recently topped the Icelandic X-id chart with "Goodbye July / Margt að Ugga", a very unique track sung in two very different styles, both in English and in Icelandic. The English part sounds like a modern indie track, very catchy and then the Icelandic part sounds like a traditional old lullaby.
"Goodbye July / Margt að Ugga" is available for download at Hjaltalín's MySpace profile, have a listen and leave your comments.
The band got pretty nice reviews at Iceland Airwaves 2006 and are set to release an album sometime late this summer. They just performed a track from the new album live on a local tv show "Kastljós" tonight so I'm including a link to that as well.
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
photographer Anton Corbijn. Unfortunately it isn´t released until september. But then again, who f..... cares. Go to the source itself, therefore I recomment the original. It´s maybe not joyful and happy days, but there is not a lot to smile about in a world dominated by western ignorance and lunatics.
And if you insist on getting a small taste of "Control" and Anton Corbijns ideas.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
I really can't recommend this album enough - it's got everything you want and in all the right places. I havn't been this excited about a dance album since I first got Royksopp's "Melody A.M"!
Check out some tracks from the new album below:
..and here's the video for D.A.N.C.E, enjoy!
Saturday, May 19, 2007
In the video for this song we are forced to hear the words and digest the lonely emotion of his facial expression behind this metallic paint. As you think you've had enough the video breaks and we are enthralled in a burst of colors, mirrors and rain. Enjoy.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
The song is a simple techno melody, but what really makes it worth while are the lyrics - Dan Le Sac lays down the rules of the music scene, preacher style!
Monday, May 14, 2007
Copyright free downloads - Björk, Taxi, Slaraffenland, Architecture in Helsinki, Arctic Monkeys etc.
The show, which is one hour, is available in in superb quality. Get it every week in your iTunes with this string: http://podcast.dr.dk/p3/rssfeed/deb.xml or join here if you use iTunes.
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