August 29, 2007
I'll jump the bandwagon and add to the hype, so here's the new track Is There A Ghost by Band of Horses. The band's second album Cease To Begin will be out on October 9 on the amazing Sub Pop Records, which is (another) one of those visionary labels knowing and understanding the importance of giving away a track or two from future releases as "teasers". Judging by the first track one could guess that the new album will be a bit more "rocky", but soon we'll be much wiser. However Is There A Ghost certainly doesn't disappoint (after a few listens), so expectations remain pretty damn high.
+ Is There A Ghost
Want to win the debut album by The Floor Is Made Of Lava? Visit the band's blog and guess who utters "WHO THE FUCK ARE ARCTIC MONKEYS?"! Nice!
Chris explains why we all should donate blood. In a comment I explain why I'll never be a blood donor (it has something to do with needles).
1 2 3 4 is sharing one more track from the band's forthcoming debut album In Your Faith.
Charlie Don't Surf gives away the remaining three of four newly recorded tracks over at Myspace. Wonderful stuff!
+ I'm Surprised By Your Eyes
Best news of the day: Northern Portrait joins Matinee Recordings.
Yep - tomorrow I'll be heading to London with 7 of my very thirsty friends, and during our 4 day stay I expect to gather enough information to be able to write a small booklet about beers and pubs in greater London!
+ Null Device - Walk In London (Null Device Brick Lane Mix)
One of the new tracks by Danish indie rock band I Am Bones is called The Main Thing Is To Keep The Main Thing The Main Thing. I think I'll use the title as a quick test the next few days. As long as anyone can say it without stumbling over the words, he's simply not drunk enough! On a complete sidenote - the song (from the band's forthcoming album The Greater Good) is actually pretty good!
+ The Main Thing Is To Keep The Main Thing The Main Thing
August 28, 2007
Cannot say that I'm surprised that the stores in smaller cities (like ours) are struggling to stay alive, but it certainly is quite frustrating to learn that they are becoming endangered species in the metropols as well. What really strikes, and worries me at the same time, is the quote that no one under the age of 35 is buying CD's (which the owner of my hometown CD store verified, when I told him about the article). I've always looked upon music as something tangible; meaning that when I bought music I received a physical good that I could carry home, store on my shelf (and then re-find 5 years later) etc. But with the current trend in mind, it seems like I have to get used to people considering music as something intangible, which is being stored on computers, iPods etc. and thrown away, when they no longer find it interesting!
Like every other music fanatic, I’ve always enjoyed going through people’s Music collection when visiting new friends for the first (second, third etc.) time, but as I see it, I'm facing quite an obstacle now. Somehow it just doesn’t sound right asking them to turn on their computer or asking if it's possible to borrow their iPod for a minute. And since I will now be unable to gather any information on the music taste of my host/new friend(s), I could end up discussing music with some Robbie or Justin fan(s), which certainly is quite a frightening thought!
The good part is that people still have great interest in music. If nothing else the booming concert industry certainly is the proof of that. But the CD stores are dying and soon the 2nd hand shops will be gone as well, meaning no more dusty shops like the ones in High Fidelity. A sad end to all the hours music geeks like me have spent searching for limited editions, rare releases, out-of-print albums etc. And what exactly are we supposed to do now? Did any of you young people think of that you selfish bastards?
But on Thursday afternoon I will, as a salute to a dying era, take a walk down Berwick Street pretending I'm on the cover of an Oasis album. And then someone please wake me up and put an end to this dream turned nightmare!
August 27, 2007
+ Welcome To Our Town
Swedish new wave/gothic inspired band. Been featured before in the blog.
+ Launching Pad
+ Some One Turning
Nice (partly) acoustic songs by Canadian singer/songwriter.
+ Forget Me...
Recommended to me numerous times, this German darkwave/industrial band must be among Falk's favorite artists?
* Children of the CPU
+ Slay Your Dragons
+ I Spy
Canadian electro-pop duo. The entire Back To BASIC album (which actually is surprisingly good) is available as a free download.
August 25, 2007
Recommended reading is this week's edition of Flashback Friday over at Music Of The Moment. Especially if you're old enough to remember when West End Girls was released!
The William Blakes has made a brand new track downloadable over at Myspace and begun posting stuff in the blog there as well. The new track, The Reality, sounds just fab!
+ The Reality
August 24, 2007
+ Shout Out Louds - Tonight I Have To Leave It
+ Days - Downhill
August 23, 2007
+ Minor Chords
+ Suprising Chills
Fine Danish indie/alternative rock band Mono is now called Noar. Cannot say that I like the new name, but since (at least!) a thousand other bands/artists are called Mono a change of name was obviously the only logic thing to do. Lots of stuff seems to be happening and I'm very much looking forward to the band's next output!
+ Our Dawn
Hopefully none of you wasted any precious minutes of your lives watching Denmark being completely ousted by Ireland in last night's soccer/football game? Embarrassment is the only word I can think of!
I think that I've mentioned a few times before that my boss is a quite knowledgeable jazz fan, who never wastes any opportunity trying to turn me on to legendary acts like John Coltrane, Miles Davis etc. Yesterday we spent a little time in my office listening to A Love Supreme and though I doubt that I'll ever quite grow to like it, it's always fun listening and discussing music with someone who shares the same passion. As a small retribution I mailed him The National's Fake Empire giving him the same advise he's been giving me over and over when I should try listening to jazz music - follow the instruments. He later replied that he liked it, but he's known to be quite well-mannered, so?
+ Fake Empire
It's always interesting to check the Out Clicks stats to see what songs people are downloading. Unfortunately they reveal that there aren't that many visitors interested in unsigned Danish indie bands. But it also reminds me how difficult it is to keep up with/remember all the bands I've mentioned over the years. Like for example brilliant UK inde rock act Indigo that I've sadly forgotten all about.
+ Get In There
I'm once again a Last.fm subscriber, so you can no longer poke around my profile without me knowing it!
August 22, 2007
+ when you said / when I said
+ The Book of Love
August 21, 2007
5 new blogs have been added to the blogroll:
Two songs from the mailbox:
I received a mail promoting Philly chamber pop band illuminea a few weeks back, but I didn't really like the included track Homewrecker the first time around. This morning I received a second mail (call it a "follow-up"), so I thought "what the heck" let's give it a second listen. Turned out to be a wise decision as it is charming little pop gem. It's taken from the album Out Of Our Months which is released today on High Two.
In the same mail I found the track Planet New York which can be found on the Australian singer Sarah Blasko's second album What The Sea Wants, The Sea Will Have (to be released September 11 on Low Altitude Records). This is a surprisingly catchy pop tune that definitely is worth wasting more than a few minutes on.
+ Planet New Year
August 20, 2007
In the mailbox this morning I found the album Different Places by electro pop duo Plastic Operator. The album was released on Fine Day Records 3 months ago and has received some great reviews. And upon first listen it does actually sound pretty good.
+ Another Sound
Danish surf pop band Charlie, Don't Surf has just finished recording 4 new tracks - all of them produced by Ebbe Frej of EPO-555. The first result of this interesting collaboration; Starting Low, Aiming High, is now available to download, and from the first listen it's very clear that this is a quite fruitful combination. We already knew that the boys could write charming pop songs, but with the assistance of a more experienced producer, the sound has been taken to the next level. This is instantly loveable and I'm impatiently looking forward to hearing the remaining four tracks!
+ Starting Low, Aiming High
German indie rock trio Tornister has recorded a new track called A Point Of View that they are giving away for free over at Myspace. The track is a nice follow-up to the previous two tracks published by the band (download).
+ A Point Of View
August 18, 2007
+ former bee-keeper
August 17, 2007
+ Love Astronaut
+ Honey Come Home
+ Grab one more track over at You Ain't No Picasso
Peter wrote in his post yesterday about how convenient it is to receive music in your mailbox. I fully agree - especially when the music is great, as this makes your life as a music blogger a lot easier. The fine new single I Am History by Swedish trio The Bell is just a perfect example of why some promo mails are worth checking out!
+ I Am History
The new single by Sambassadeur is already all over the bloggerworld, but I thought I should mention it as well, as it's exactly as sweet and catchy as you expected it to be.
+ Subtle Changes
August 16, 2007
+ The Papertiger Sound - The Papertiger Sound Forever
+ The Electric Pop Group - My Only Inspiration
+ The Dance Inc. - Dont run to the Suburbs (Erobique Remix)
+ Sunny Summer Day - You're the one for me
+ 1 2 3 4 - Saddest
+ Purplespace - Pretty in Pink (The Psychedelic Furs cover) - Shoegaze
+ Penny Century - Nothing Burns Like Bridges
+ Oliver North Boy Choir - Enola Gay
+ Northern Portrait - What happens next?
+ Northern Portrait - I Give You Two Seconds To Entertain Me
+ Northern Portrait - Crazy
+ Munich - The Young Ones
+ Monomen - Drum Of Glass
+ Hari And Aino - Seasons
+ The Felt Tips - Treat Me Gently
+ Tower of Foil - Faster than your eye
+ Kristoffer August & The Red Apples - Desert Night Sky
+ Daylight - The Morning Call
+ Celestial - Somedays We Are
+ Amazonair - Because Tonight
Update: When I listened to the CD in the car this morning, it felt almost unbelievable that all these great songs are yours to grab, burn and listen to for free...
August 15, 2007
+ Tell Me That I'm Nothing
According to the band's blog Entakt is currently recording new tracks. You all should know by now that I'm quite a fan, so this is great news indeed!
The catchy If You Really Want Me by Velour has been remixed by Emil Høiriss. The remix is absolutely cool, but it's really quite a shame that it's not possible to download it. Instead you can stream it here or download the original version below.
+ If You Really Want Me
Yesterday Peter posted a new track by Swedish shoegazers Fathom 5. Strongly recommend that you check it out!
Sometimes I find the Last.fm recommendation function quite amusing. This morning it suggested that I should listen to a band called Northern Portrait.........hmmm wait a second. That name does ring a bell - doesn't it?
The new and instantly loveable "free download only" single Nothing Burns Like Bridges by Penny Century is released today on Letterbox Records.
+ Nothing Burns Like Bridges
August 14, 2007
+ Streetfighter (Broken Spindles Remix)
+ She Falls In Love With Machines (VHS OR BETA DEEJAYS REMIX)
+ What Happens Next?
Update: The band has sent me a message with a little info that I thought I'd share with you. Northern Portrait is a trio (all members have experience from other bands) that got together/assembled at the beginning of July to record a few tracks written by front man Stefan. The songs are all being recorded, mixed and mastered in his flat, but hopefully someday the band will get the opportunity to do it all in more professional surroundings. Unfortunately the band is not yet planning to perform live!
Update: The songs are now uploaded to Last.fm and it looks like the EP is/will be called The Fallen Aristocracy.
August 13, 2007
+ In This Mess Together (SuperTroels Remix)
Anyone remember The Lukewarm I mentioned a few times last year? The project is currently on hold, which probably is quite logic as the band's only member - Michael - is the drummer in the aforementioned Marvel Hill.
Mushi has begun the recording of new songs. Unfairytales is still one of my favorite albums of 2007, so I'm already looking forward to his next release (though I doubt we'll hear anything soon)!
+ Pieces of Nothing
The entire 2006 self-titled debut album by Under The Influence of Giants is available as a free download at Last.fm.
+ Mama's Room
+ Stay Illogical
August 11, 2007
+ Velour - Rain in the Summertime
+ Tower of Foil - Comedy of summer rain
+ Catch Me I'm Falling - Rain
+ Warm Morning - Silver Rain
Finally - if anyone know who The Legends are singing about - give him a call!
+ He Knows The Sun
+ Velour - Pam And The Important Man
+ CJ Palmer - 34
+ Moto boy - Blue Motobike
+ Charlie Don't Surf - Still No Signs
+ tWAMi - My Spanish Romance
+ Ronderlin - Wake Up
+ Tiger Baby - Sweetheart
August 10, 2007
+ As I Walk Into The Fight (from last year's EP)
Part II of the J.A. recommends post has been postponed for now. But when I look at my mailbox I'm certain there'll be another post like that in the near future.
The great new Tower of Foil EP Faster Than Your Eye is released today. Grab all 3 tracks for free here.
+ Faster Than Your Eye
+ Robin and wrens
+ Soft stars
I've finally made up my mind that I will post a few tracks by Cause and Effect. I just need to find the time to write a "worthy" post. I could of course just post the songs, but wouldn't that be a rather weak solution? Last year the band gave away a remix of Into The Light from the 2003 Sunrise EP for free, so this one will have to do for now...
+ Into the Light (DJ Jeff Barringer & J-Star Remix)
If DJ Jeff Barringer rings a bell it's probably because of this remix that I've posted a few times before.
+ Mighty Six Ninety - Keeping You In Mind (Keeping It Electro Club Mix)
Yesterday Music of the Moment temporarily changed its name to Weather of the Moment. At the same time J.A. is complaining about the heat and drought in Spain. We live in a paradox world - don't we?
In a cyclone of stones has posted a new remix of the Oliver North Boy Choir track Adrenaline. The remix was done by TAT2000 and I agree with Ivan (who runs the blog and more importantly is a member of ONBC) that the remix is darker than the original version (which I probably like better). Big thanks to Ivan for letting me post the remix in the blog.
+ Adrenaline (farm animals remix)
Electronically yours (remember to check out the page for several other interesting remixes) has posted John Von Ahlen's excellent remix of We Live So Fast by Heaven 17. Is it a guilty pleasure enjoying the music of Heaven 17?
+ We Live So Fast - the tenth stage remix 07
August 9, 2007
+ The Papertiger Sound Forever
August 8, 2007
Swedish label Lavender Recordings now also has a weblog. Hopefully more will be posted soon. The blog is written by label "owner" Andreas, who's probably better known for his involvement in Celestial and Northern Fields. His recent project is called my lily of the valley.
One of the bands signed to the label is Swedish indie pop sensations Days. Watch the video of the band performing Simple Thing at the Rip It Up festival. Hopefully the band's debut single/EP will be released in September.
+ Simple Thing
Expectations are high for the debut album by Gentle Touch (no release date available) and Expectations is the very appropriate title of the band's new track (stream it).
Download the 4 track Summer EP 2007 by Swedish Electro Pop trio Joy Serene.
+ Summer EP 2007 (zip)
+ Possible (best track)
The Hourly Radio covers Say Something by James.
+ Say Something
You Never Notice Me by Swedish indie pop duo The Garlands is one of those typical catchy "Swedish ones". The cover version of the Wham! classic Freedom is perhaps best described as "peculiar".
+ You Never Notice Me
+ Freedom (Wham! cover)
The Animation from Sweden released their 3-track debut EP The Grass Is Greener On The Other Side earlier this year. Opening track It's Late inspired by Coldplay, The Killers etc. sounds rather promising.
+ It's Late
Tomorrow could very well end up being a busy one, but hopefully I'll be able to find enough time to post "part II" of this thread!!
August 7, 2007
The entire 2007 album Deranged Minds Unite is available as a free download.
+ Indurain - Hornstull Cinema
Title track of the EP to be released on Cloudberry Records August 21.
+ Le Futur Pompiste - Seeds
The self titled EP from 2001 and The Sound That Surround Us from 2002 have just been made free downloads.
+ Boyfriend Devoted
+ Treat Me Gently
August 6, 2007
+ Faster than you eye
August 2, 2007
+ fool proof and incapable
+ Drum of Glass
MP3 found via Insound, where lots of other interesting and free downloads are available.
August 1, 2007
+ I Give You Two Seconds To Entertain Me