Thursday, March 29, 2007

The National, Boxer, New Album, free mp3

Without doubt one of the most interesting alt. rock bands around these years, The National, is about to release a new album - more specific on May 22, 2007. With the title Boxer it is expected throw a punch or two. The first taster though, Fake Empire, do not throw a full grown punch, but definitely a good punch.

The National Fake Emipre (mp3)

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Mew in Toronto

"I don't drink coffee, I take beer, my dear"...this is one proud Danish alien in Toronto reporting. As I mentioned in my post on Sunday, Toronto is blessed with several top notch music venues - and the top of the pile might just be The Mod Club because of its awesome sound quality. Yesternight, my fellow countrymen from Mew took this stage with their ambitious, multilayered songs, aimed high and hit bull's eye. BIG time!
They took advantage of the excellent sound conditions and lifted their unique, bombastic style - often bracketed with prog rock - to new heights. When a powerful version of "Snow Brigade" went directly into the awkward, yet irresistable "The Zookeeper's Boy" even guitarist Bo Madsen's moustache made sense. A stunning performance! And I haven't even mentioned the effectful visual dimension to the show - and the supreme ending "Comforting Sounds". As one who very rarely has many positive things to say of Danish music I strongly recommend you to check out this one, should they show up at a venue near you.

  • Monday, March 26, 2007

    Bonnnie Prince Billy in CPH

    Unfortunately I did not see BPB's acclaimed concert this friday at Vega. It should have been unique and intense. Last time he visited Denmark was at Roskilde Festival some years ago, where I was at the concert, but didn't hear anything because I was to drunk. Why I am such an ass?

    Sunday, March 25, 2007

    EXCLUSIVE NEWS: Wilco at Roskilde 2007

    This piece of info you won't get anywhere else! - which only proves how right you are in stopping by Indie Laundry every once in a while. In my eternal search for pleasing our readers - and for some other reasons as well :-) - I am currently staying in the great city of Toronto, Canada. This place is blessed with a range of top quality venues and yesterday I went to one of them to check out Autumn Defence (the side project of John Stirrat and Pat Sansone of Wilco). I actually didn't know any of their stuff but their history with Wilco was more than enough to wake my couriousness.

    The harmony-filled catchy pop tunes of Autumn Defence (mostly stemming from their new self-titled album) turned out to be a very enjoyable exerience. One question in my mind was begging to asked, though. Will Wilco play at Roskilde Festival this year? This rumour has been around for some time - well, mostly because I started it myself... Fortunately, I got to talk to bassist John Stirrat after the show and he confirmed that Roskilde was on Wilco's summer tour schedule. And I went home with the biggest smile in Canada.

    Thursday, March 22, 2007

    LCD Soundsystem to Roskilde Festival 2007

    Breaking news: LCD Soundsystem will visit Roskilde Festival this year according to their MySpace site. This news is not announced in Denmark yet - as far as I know at least. But it's good news!
    The punk-fuelled rockers will fire up the danceflor on the opening night of Roskilde Festival - that is 5. july.
    Their brandnew album Sound of Silver is a really rocksteady and exhilarating ride. The bass-lines are razor-sharp and the textures are very tight and James Murphy is cool as ever. It's upbeat and an essential album, so I'll bet it'll be a good starter for this years festival.

  • LCD Soundsystem - Someone Great
  • Wednesday, March 21, 2007

    New mp3 from Efterklang

    This time I just want our readers to enjoy a free brandnew single - Towards The Bare Hill - from danish band Efterklang. It's a give away mp3 before they release their mini-album Under Giant Trees on april 2.
    For those of you who aren't really familiar with this band, it simply should be noted that it's really, really good! Their debutalbum 'Tripper' was released in 2004 and gained rave reviews. They are making laptop poesi and names like Björk, Múm, Under Byen and Sigur Rós immediately pops up, while you are listening.
    They run their own label Rumraket, where they amongst others distribute the lovely stringgirls fromamiina, with whom they btw collaborated on their debut. Tjeck them out - I'm all in for these guys.

  • Towards the Bare Hill
  • Monday, March 19, 2007

    Hail 2007

    I can't hide my disappointment of what I thought was a very poor 2006 - musically speaking. Nothing really made my jaw drop. 2007 seems to be an entirely different story, though. Only 2½ months in, we have been blessed with The Shins' fantastic 'Whincing the night away' and Arcade Fire's 'Neon bible', and don't forget The Good, The Bad & The Queen.

    This week adds two more very accomplished albums in LCD Soundsystem's 'Sound of silver' and 'We were dead before the ship even sank' by Modest Mouse - now strengened with former The Smiths guitar hero Johnny Marr (picture). Marr's contribution doesn't go unnoticed as his extremely melodic work blends perfectly with the spastic, Talking Head-inspired arrangements of Modest Mouse. I haven't been able to listen more than a few times to this but my according to my first impressions these are two sterling records.

    Indie Laundry is happy to give you directions for listening to the two albums in their entirety:

    'Sound of silver'
    'We were dead before the ship even sank'

    I love 2007 - and the upcoming release list almost make me drool...

    Thursday, March 15, 2007

    That´s dj´ing.

    Not much to say. No comments about anything but music. Probably not even news for anyone. Just that the french do everything better. Enjoy this magnificent four-piece playing on and with their recordplayers. Birdy Nam Nam scratchs!

    Monday, March 12, 2007

    Peter Bjørn & John - triple boosterpack!

    Last year they released Writers Block and gained instant love, indiekarma and happy bliss from bloggers all over the world. Personally I too was hit immediately by the hammer of deep and endless love... well okay, not quite, but it's catchy and precise indie from the Stockholmers.
    Now they released their single Objects Of My Affection as video. It's based on a small weird flashgame in which a girl falls through the sky. Wonderful. We bring you this and the two other videos from the lovely Swedes. So this entry is now a complete Peter Bjorn & John video dedicated galore post.

    [thx three pints]

    Friday, March 09, 2007

    Us with millions - demo great

    Check out this new and upcoming band Us With Millions. I kind of really dig them, not at lease because they are from my hometown village Grindsted. They just received the niceness of being demo of the month in danish musicmag Gaffa. They play live tonight at Lades Kælder.

    Thursday, March 08, 2007

    Original Radiohead Creep performance

    How good it is to revisit this old Creep song and a young, blond, angry and not so arty Thom Yorke. Very differently performed than now, especially the end! But still brilliant. Bringes back sweet memories to the happy depressing high school days of grunge.

    Wednesday, March 07, 2007

    Beastie Boys - Roskilde

    As noted here on the page yesterday we guessed that Beastie Boys and Peter Bjorn & Paul would visit Roskilde Festival. We were right. Today they are announced. Look what else we have guessed.
  • Beastie Boys - Cookiepuss
  • Tuesday, March 06, 2007

    Wilco "Sky Blue Sky" mp3s

    On May 15 alt-country heroes Wilco return with their sixth album 'Sky Blue Sky'. I personally can't wait for this one. Especially after listening to these three songs which clearly mark a break from the ever more expansive sonic adventures that dominated much of the otherwise very fine 'A Ghost is born' from 2004. 2007's Wilco go for more traditional jam sections - with breathtaking effect.

    Also a really nice cover, by the way.

  • Wilco - What Light
  • Wilco - Walken
  • Wilco - Impossible Germany
  • Roskilde Festival - Rumors og Rygter, Beastie Boys, The Good, The Bad & the Queen, Scissor Sisters, Peter Paul & John

    Grey is the colour of utter boredom and in my cubicle at work, nothing could be more boring than this morning. So I've flown into dreammode. Besides sunny beaches, fresh lobsters and gallons of mojitos I see some rumors building up for the summerfestivals.
    This years most anticipated event in Scandinavia is still Roskilde Festival and as usual they could be faster in handing us new names for the festival. So far the most interessting to me is - and some of them aren't really that exiting:

    Björk, Dúné, Klaxons, Red Hot, Oh No Ono, The Who

    Now, the rumors has always been essential for the festival so this year I will peer into the crystal and hand out the names that will be added within the next few month. These names are based on intuition, belief, hope, rumors and tourplans. If you need at least some evidence, check out this small Quart-festival in Norway. The bands are:

    Beastie Boys
    , Arcade Fire, Damien Rice, Peter Bjorn & Paul, Datarock, The Good, The Bad & The Queen, Mew, Bloc Party

    You might doubt that all these will show up. I doubt that ALL will be there, but I'll bet you that most of them will. When they do so, you will be happy, ecstatic and thank Indie Laundry for being your new found guide for music in the future. Tuesday is still grey though.

  • The Good, The Bad & The Queen - Green Fields
  • Monday, March 05, 2007

    Arcade Fire - New York Times

    How often have I read a thorough article about bands I really like in New York Times? Not very often. In the weekend I enjoyed reading this piece about Arcade FireOne Very, Very Indie Band - They are all over the place, aren't they?

    1001 Albums

    Last year I had huge fun reading the Robert Dimery edited book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. Of course you can always discuss the selection of albums but you can't deny that this is a phenomenal source of inspiration if you want to dig deeper into the last half century of music history.

    Apparently, I'm not the only one who found the book inspiring. Check out this blog version of the book being developed - complete with reviews of every album, ranking of key tracks, trivia and You Tubing (a new word?). Recently, it was Don McLean's 'American Pie''s turn. The title track was of course a major hit and has been covered in abundance. The extensive use has somewhat fed me up with it even though I actually quite like the song.

    This montage video gives a fine interpretation of the storytelling lyrics, though...