Friday, January 30, 2009

Noel Gallagher praises The Smiths - with hilarious effect!

Noel Gallagher is a huge fanboy and has never hesitated to pay credit to his influences. Here he spills the beans on just why The Smiths is "a great great great great band". This guy has a unique way of praising his idols - for instance he explains how not even Johnny Marr is as good a guitar player as Johnny Marr.... Don't miss this one!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

There's something cooking in Denmark (at last) - Presenting Mellemblond

I probably spend too much time bitching over the lack of exciting Danish music. I can't even remember the last time we presented a Danish act here at Indie Laundry. 

However, we have entered a new year, have got a new President in the States and then I discover a new Danish band that checks all the boxes: Melodies, energy, sound (produced by Nikolaj Nørlund)... well, the works. The band is Mellemblond and 'Ude af mine hænder' is their brand new debut album. Mellemblond is a Copenhagen based three-piece act playing no-nonsense bluesy rock with dreamy lyrics - in Danish! 

The genre has Black Rebel Motorcycle Club written all over it but Mellemblond's melodies are strong enough to give the songs their own distinct flavour. And if you do not speak Danish you will miss out on some fine poetic qualities in the mould of Danish heavyweights like C.V. Jørgensen and Steppeulvene. There are titles such as 'The Trees' Triumph' and 'Ice hand', and lines like 'At every corner of life, there is an edge'. I sedriously doubt if my sub-quality translations here will do any good but I couldn't help myself... 
Check 'em out at Myspace.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Owls and their lovely folkish pop

Knowing their musical heritage The Owls creates a lovely and subtle modern folkish pop that looks back on the 1960's pop-rock scene. A lot of other bands do the same, but with less luck in getting beyond the pathetic curse of plagiarism. Having played it over and over for quite some time it have revealed the ability to keep the boredom at a distance. A personal favorite is the tribute to Peppermint Patty "Peppermint Patty". But I really like the general impression of their lastest record "Daugthers and Suns" with all it's lovely bone-dry attitude and comments on snaps of everyday life.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Take on Me - literal version of a-ha

If you havn't already seen this literal version of a-ha's classic 'take on me', then go see. It's brilliant and makes this stand out pop song even more classic!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Jon Brion - Synecdoche, New York

My newfound superlove for Jon Brion (check Katy Perry version below and you would be convinced) reached new heights today while surfing the way too small amount of YouTube clips available with this amazing talent. He'd done music scores for Punch Drunk Love, Magnolia and produced a hell of a lot of different stuff. Kaney West etc.
Not only did I find beautiful pieces of music, but I read about a movie, which I've never heard of. It is a limited movie - 'Synecdoche, New York', directed (debut) my one of my favorite scriptwrites, Charlie Kaufman.

Trailer for Synecdoche, New York here!

Little Person - Jon Brion on piano - soundtrack 'Synecdoche, New York

Check out his performance at the Late Night Show here:

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Barack and Michelle and Beyoncé

We do never feature Beyoncé on our site. Nor do we feature presidents or their wifes. But this threesome is too sweet and sexy to forget. Barack and Michelle Obama's "first dance" at the Neighborhood Ball on Inauguration Day - January 20th, 2009. Aired on ABC TV.

You rawk #44!

Monday, January 19, 2009

I kissed a girl - awesome version

Jon Brion ditching the lyrics and redeems “I Kissed A Girl”. YES!

John Bonham drumsolo for mondays

Indielaundry played a strong setlist on saturday at Cafe Salonen downtown Copenhagen. A special night which ended with livejazz at La Fountaine. The set included quite a lot of drumsolos and today I got to think: the best drummer around must without a doubt be John Henry Bonham. Check out how fast he is with his right foot on the bass drum. Powerful!

So let's hear it from the master - John Henry Bonham (RIP) - Moby Dick Drum Solo! Enjoy!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Live treasure!

Hell, NPR are worth linking to. Their concert-archive is amazing. Among other great stuff are full-length concerts with:

Tom Waits
Conor Oberst And The Mystic Valley Band
Of Montreal
Fleet Foxes
Lou Reed
Okkervil River

...and many others. And if you subscribe to their podcasts you can download them as well. Wow!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

M. Ward - Hold Time - new release

I first recently discovered that we were soon to be blessed with another album from singer-guitarist Matt Ward. And now it's almost here. 'Hold Time', but release is feb. 17. But now you can listen to it in full at NPR. For now at least.

While we loved - and still are loving - M Wards adventures into '50s pop with actress-songstress Zooey Deschanel on She & Him's Volume One, he now returns to his contemplative self. Now with added keyboards, strings and scattered percussion.

Watch the slow motion video for the titletrack 'Hold time'(directed by M. Ward) below. It's really beautiful and lonely. I guess Bon Iver hasn't made M Ward a single bit more hardcore, happy or full of ska. But thank God for that. This is an artist in full control and I just can't wait to buy the album.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Bodies Of Water - Under The Pines

This video is awesome! Bodies Of Water’s new vid for “Under The Pines” off 2008’s A Certain Feeling. - What a fuckin' amazing dog and what cool clothing this little family are wearing!

Thursday, January 08, 2009

The beauty of stop-motion

If you also need a break from work check out these two videos. Excellent Blitzen Trapper has released a cool stop-motion video from their new album Furr. That made me think of an argentinian stop-motion movie I saw a while ago. And that's really art - I was deeply fascinated by the art and the music that makes the 'story' work som magically.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

What a New Year! My Morning Jacket at Madison Square Garden

An awful lot of people consider My Morning Jacket to be the best live band on the planet. They spent this New Year evening at Madison Square Garden (in New York, if you were in doubt). And what a party it was!! And you can listen to the entire spectacle right here! (If the player doesn't show, try this).

My Morning Jacket provides an extensive 2-set show, including some unusual and very well-chosen covers of Sam Cooke, Curtis Mayfield etc. But most of all it is the explosive versions of their own songs that really kicks. The Jackets cancelled a show here in Copenhagen last fall to much frustration among the Indie Laundry crew. I would suggest that their New Year resolution would be to reschedule a new date a.s.a.p. What about Roskilde Festival, eh? MMJ would suit the orange main stage perfectly.  

Set 1:
1. intro music - What Are You Doing New Years Eve
2. Move On Up (Curtis Mayfield)
3. Evil Urges
4. Off The Record
5. Gideon
6. The Way That He Sings
7. Thank You Too
8. I'm Amazed
9. Golden
10. Librarian
11. You're All I Need (marvin gaye)
12. Express Yourself (charles wright)
13. Wonderful Man
14. Lay Low
15. Phone Went West
16. Look At You
17. Dondante
18. Smoking from Shootin->
19. Touch Me Part 2->
20. Run Thru
21. The Wanderer (Dion)
22. Dancefloors
23. Magheeta

Set 2:
1. new years' countdown
2. Celebration (kool & the gang)
3. Get Down On It (kool & the gang)
4. Wordless Chorus
5. Highly Suspicious
6. Cobra
7. Islands in the Stream (Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers)
8. Bring It on Home to Me (Sam Cooke)
9. Cold Sweat (James Brown)
10. Anytime
11. One Big Holiday
12. Auld Lang Syne (sung by Jim James over a prerecorded backing track)
13. outro music - We'll Meet Again