December 28, 2010

A West End Pet Shop...

While on the treadmill last night I heard this one and suddenly my brain started wandering and took me back to late 1985 remembering school, dates, friends and those great times we had back then. At the same time (still on the treadmill and soaked in sweat) I couldn’t help imagining how fantastic it would be if I indeed was back in 1985 and my body was 16 once again!

December 26, 2010

Offer of the day...

Just read this Facebook wall post by the brilliant Mariage Blanc: "Happy Holidays! Snag our new record for whatever price you feel like (including free)." If you're tired of Christmas tunes and in need of a healthy dose of catchy pop songs, I can only recommend that you go download a copy!
+ Whatever You Say I Am
+ Rag To A Bull

December 23, 2010

Shorties...

Today is only a half working day, so I better do this short, as I have a sinister suspicion that they expect some work from me today!

Emerald Park frontman Tobias Borelius shares a track from his upcoming solo album album name Du känner mig för väl, farväl. It’s in Swedish and it’s good!
+ Hiro

Me like the new Iron & Wine track Tree By The River. It can be yours for the price of an (not just any, but yours) e-mail address.

Last night I tried to grab the free to download Walls Hold Me Remix of recent White Lies single Bigger Than Us, but only available for UK residents. Fuck!

Danish electro-pop trio Tiger Baby shares the Xmas 2010 edit of new track You, which will be included on their forthcoming album. It's business as usual when it comes to Tiger Baby, as the song is dreamy, catchy and totally brilliant!
+ You (Xmas 2010 edit)

The “kickstart The Blueflowers new album” project is progressing well. With 46 days to go $847 of the $1,000 goal has been pledged.

Check this really fine RAC remix for the new Psychic Powers single Dreamboat.
 Dreamboat (RAC Remix) by psychic powers

That's it...

December 22, 2010

This and that...

Chances are good that the computer back home will (finally, finally) be up and running later today. Try having two kids at home who are suffering from severe computer abstinences, and you’ll realize the seriousness of the situation and fully understand that it will be no less than fantastic having the damn thing fixed before things turn traumatic.

Following the mandatory whining, it’s time to move on to the more important stuff…actually the above IS rather important, but so is music, so…it’s a tie!

Coast is Clear has news on Mark Greaney (ex-JJ72 frontman) and direct us to the webpage of Mr. Greaney for more updates and the chance to stream some new tracks (as well as a few older ones). Including a couple that would have been included on the third JJ72 album had it ever been released (I know time is supposed to heal all wounds, but I'm still heartbroken). I honestly hope that whoever it was at the record label that made life miserable for the band has been axed! If not, it's my sincere wish that your dismissal(s) will be your Christmas present(s) this year...!

Watch A Classic Education give an inspired live performance of Toi (Gilbert Bécaud cover). My original thoughts on the cover version can be found here.


+ Toi (Gilbert Bécaud cover)

December 21, 2010

On the radio this morning

So, so beautiful...



Every morning when the girls and I are having breakfast the radio is on, and from time to time it does happen that some really fine stuff is aired, thus helping to make the start of the day a good one. The “On the radio this morning” posts are my humble attempt to make your start a good one as well!

December 20, 2010

Think about it...

Anyone remember the colorful psychedelic video for the wonderful The Nana Song by Jonka? If you don’t (shame, shame on you) check it here. Now a video for a second track off their debut album Slow and Steady Wins the Race has been published and though Think About It isn’t quite as lovely as The Nana Song (how could it possibly be), the video is equally arty and fun to watch. Been told that a sophomore release is due next year!

December 19, 2010

Never follow suit...

Since I'm quite a fan of The Radio Dept. I thought I would try to draw people's attention towards the new video for Never Follow Suit; even though I have very little (or rather no idea at all) of what the video is about.


+ Never Follow Suit

December 18, 2010

Shine on you crazy diamond...


No words will do justice, but last night's concert was fantastic...

Zimmerman remix...

Entakt shares this Dub Tractor remix of their recent single Zimmerman. Pretty cool although really, really different from the original (watch the video below). More remixes are in the making (according to the band's blog).
+ Zimmerman (Dub Tractor Remix)

December 17, 2010

ho ho ho...

Yawn! So here's yet another Christmas themed post in the blogger universe compiling endless of useless Christmas tunes. Dull I know, but since I promised to post one a while ago, I definitely intend to keep my word. So today (it's the 8th), tomorrow, the day after and so on, I'm going to scan my mailbox, computer, the www etc. for nice Christmas tunes to share (and will do my utmost only to post the real good ones, meaning that I'm probably going to include several from years before). Will also try to share only what's already available for free (or freebies from previous years) since this holiday season is all about giving and not about stealing bread from people's mouths. Please note that whenever new songs are added this post will be bumped to the top!

+ Liam and Me - Winter Paradise (I Miss You This Christmas)
In my adult life I’ve never really been a fan of Christmas, but in recent years I’ve eagerly been awaiting the arrival of December, just to be able to listen to this song!

+ One Weekly Gun - One Xmas Song
In a perfect world this would be a seasonal classic and included in every Christmas compilation.

+ Strawberry Whiplash - Santa Needs A Holiday
Wonderful track found on the highly recommended The Matinée Holiday Soirée EP.

+ Viola - Wayne Coyne, Be Our Santa Claus
This has to be one of the best titled songs ever!

+ I Like Trains - Last Christmas
Finally this classic sounds miserable; exactly as it should!

+ TIAC - It's Christmas But Not For You
Another reminder that Christmas can indeed be a miserable time for some...

+++

Run like hell...

Check out the video of what I'm going to see tonight. In general I'm not a fan of cover bands (99% are shit or worse), but I saw this band earlier this year (in February) and my are (the Scandinavian) Pink Floyd Project great! So if you happen to be in the neighbourhood tonight...

December 16, 2010

A day off...

Having the day off work today, so thought it would be appropriate to post this one! Sadly Danish indie/new wave act El Video split-up ages ago, but a handful of tracks are still free to download via BandBase.
+ A Day Off

December 15, 2010

Music and life...

Not sure for how long those Roskilde “excursions” will continue. Yesterday was my fourth and last one of the year, but probably will have to go there once a week in January as well as in February (at least). What I’m doing there you ask? As written before it (unfortunately) has nothing to do with a well-known festival. Instead it's a tad more serious, as I’m the "stand-in" for a colleague, who underwent a rather complicated operation earlier this month. He’s doing fine now, but his recovery is going to take a while or longer (whatever that means exactly).

Enough about the challenges of real life and let’s shift our focus back to some music...

Two tracks by Crushed Stars are currently listed among my current favorite tracks (check the right column, if you don’t know what I’m talking about) and if I could I would add the entire Convalescing In Braille album to the list. But a) I’m not allowed to share more tracks than the two already shared and b) it would look pretty stupid; wouldn’t it? The album is dark, moody, melancholic and stunningly beautiful!
+ Eyeliner
+ Crushed Stars
+ 99 Red Ballons (Nena cover) (non-album track)

It’s been a long time coming (release party was held more than a year ago), but the debut album Australia by Tellus about the Moon is finally available for purchasing. Released by new indie label Dalahäst (Dalecarlian horse) Records, which I assume (but obviously don’t know) is the band’s own?
+ Golden Rule

December 14, 2010

Out of office...

In Roskilde again, so I'm afraid this is all I have to offer today. Hopefully things will be better tomorrow!

December 13, 2010

On the radio this morning...

I know I've posted it once before, but as I wrote way back when; the video is simply wonderful and be sure you watch it till the very end!



Every morning when the girls and I are having breakfast the radio is on, and from time to time it does happen that some really fine stuff is aired, thus helping to make the start of the day a good one. The “On the radio this morning” posts are my humble attempt to make your start a good one as well!

December 12, 2010

Some Velvet Coast Compilation...

My favorite German blog Coast Is Clear has teamed up with Some Velvet Morning and put together the Some Velvet Coast Compilation. 31 free tracks for you to check out on (what I assume is) a lazy Sunday in December.

December 11, 2010

There you go...

Ivan and the rest of those friendly people in The Boombox Hearts share this nice new demo. And quite “demoish” it is, as “there’ll be drums, bass, acoustic guitar, some cello and backing vocals” when it’s recorded “4 real”. Looking forward to hearing the "4 real" version!

There you go demo by The Boombox Hearts

December 10, 2010

Kickstart The Blueflowers New Album...!

Still cannot help being somewhat sad that Ether Aura decided to split up a few years ago. As I wrote back then it probably was a direct result of the band abandoning their shoegaze inspired sound and thus needing a new band name. The new constellation was named The Blueflowers and despite all changes the debut album Watercolor Ghost Town turned out to be quite brilliant. Now the band is ready to record a second album, but finances are sparse, so in an attempt to finance the new album they've set up a Kickstart account. As it would be thrilling to hear a second album, I've obviously decided to pledge a small amount!
+ Ether Aura - Twist
+ The Blueflowers - Watercolor Ghost Town

December 9, 2010

Open season...

Great video for one of this year's best songs...



+ Open Season

On the radio this morning...

Dance pop is not something I normally feature around here, because as catchy as those songs might be, they often get real tedious after a few listens. However this is one of the few exceptions (to me at least) and even though you've been bound to hear it at least once every day (radio, TV, shopping mall etc.) the past couple of months, I thoroughly enjoy it every time!
I'm not chaste or anything, but they need to make a new video for the song!

Clara Sofie & Rune RK - Når Tiden Går Baglæns

Every morning when the girls and I are having breakfast the radio is on, and from time to time it does happen that some really fine stuff is aired, thus helping to make the start of the day a good one. The “On the radio this morning” posts are my humble attempt to make your start a good one as well!

December 7, 2010

Thunder...

Fallulah remixes/interprets Vagn Holmboe for this month’s edition of mixtoverdener.dk (mix two worlds). The result is quite a beauty!
+ Thunder

December 6, 2010

Out of office...

In Roskilde today. Not going to write anything about what I'm doing here, because you really don't want to know, since it has absolutely nothing to do with a certain Festival. Unless of course you're so truly bored that my working life could be of some interest, though I seriously doubt (and hope) that anyone can be that bored? Instead I suggest you enjoy this video clip for a truly underrated song that popped up on the iPod on my train ride this morning...

December 4, 2010

Staten Island Tugboat Graveyard...

The new video by Leland Sundries for their track Elegy is both spooky and fascinating at the same time. Probably no secret that trespassing was involved, but the Staten Island Tugboat Graveyard really ought to evolve into a new, interesting, though admittedly rather odd NYC tourist attraction! And the song itself is pretty nice too...

December 3, 2010

Champagne news...

I know I’ve mentioned Champagne Riot quite a few times recently. But for a real good reason as things are happening. Good things!

First of all the duo will be supporting The Drums on their European Tour in December. They’ll be at a sold out Lille Vega on the 9th. Bring it to the masses boys!

The first or (as the band prefers to call it) debut EP as a duo will be out on Matinée Recordings sometime in January and will be named Confessions of a Poker Pro. To be a 5-track affair featuring the tracks Confessions of a Poker Pro, Heart Stab, A Friend of a Friend, The Champagne Anthem and Ingrid Bergman. Especially the decision to include the last (and my definite favorite) track made me all smiles!

On a side note. Paris and I, which was the actual debut EP of Champagne Riot, is still available from Shelflife Records.
+ Scandinavian Warfare

Finally the band offers new track Moonstruck as a free download. Plans are to include on some later release (most likely as a stand-alone single), but for now it’s a freebie.
+ Moonstruck

December 1, 2010

Back on the horse...

OK! No more whining about the computer at home not working. If I stop turning the blind eye to the truth, fact is that 95% of the blogging I do is done from work, so what’s the big deal really? Nothing I admit, but it just feels good whining every once in a while and as you’ve probably noticed I never waste an opportunity to do just that. But I give you my word that this will be it for now.

Yes I know it is December and yes I know I (sort of) promised to I would post my annual Christmas post, but I’m afraid it won’t happen today. But do check back tomorrow and maybe then...?

Horse Shoes remixes the Champagne Riot the A Friend Of A Friend. It’s surprisingly interesting (Knut says it’s amazing) despite being really, really different from the original. Stream both versions below!
A Friend Of A Friend (Horse Shoes Remix)

A Friend Of A Friend

Emerald Park frontman Tobias Borelius will release his debut solo album early next year (January 14 to be exact) on Smaragd Records, which I suspect must be his own label? The album will contain 9 tracks “with an acoustic/electronica touch” all sung in Swedish. Stream the track Hiro below and another 4 on Facebook.
Hiro

November 30, 2010

But...

the computer at work isn't...and I promise that I'll be back posting for real (or whatever you'd call what I'm doing) tomorrow!

November 26, 2010

Various bits (part II)...

I mentioned Bristol band The Felts and their cover of Enjoy The Silence in my recent “Sunday music” post. Really owe to tell that the band’s own track The Connoisseur is worth a listen.
The Connoisseur

The 12 track VUF compilation #6 is now up for grabs. For free of course and features interesting artists like Sleep Party People and I Got You On Tape to mention a few. It's quite good btw!

The steady flow of new (free) and amazing releases by EardrumsPop continues.
+ Baffin Island - You Invited Me

Stream the nice debut single Bollywood by The Olympics, which was released last week by Speed of Sound.
Bollywood

That's all I'm afraid...

November 25, 2010

Various bits...

Champagne Riot writes that the track Moonstruck has been added to the P3 playlist. And indeed it’s true. In the same post they add that they (like the rest of us) have given up on Myspace!
Moonstruck

Anyone heard of (or perhaps remember) Kind of girl; a band I used to hype? If you haven’t, now is a good time to say hello as every track released by the band is free to download at last.fm. Come to think of it; the band has been awfully quiet for a long time.
+ Poetry Boy

More than once I’ve asked myself if The Pains of Being Pure at Heart is capable of doing anything wrong. Now that I’ve finally (as probably the last living soul on the planet) given new single Heart In Your Heartbreak a listen the question still rings true.
Heart In Your Heartbreak

The sophomore release (which conveniently will be titled just that) by Bubbegum Lemonade will be out on Matinée Recordings on Monday (November 29). Two intriguing promo tracks are available to sweeten the wait.
+ Caroline's Radio
+ You Only Leave Twice

If you scroll down you’ll see that I’ve (once again) added Google ads to the right column. I believe the deal is that I’m not allowed to encourage anyone to click the ads, so I won’t...

Check back for part II tomorrow.

November 24, 2010

Tetris=Therapy and the viral challenge...

Kasper of fabulous, but sadly overlooked, Danish band Tetris=Therapy has written an interesting (rather funny and somewhat sarcastic) piece on how the band failed “going viral” (trying to stomach the fact that the video for Seasick has been viewed a measly 1,830 times on youtube). All leading to a statement that they best way to promote just about anything virally on the interweb these days is to include pictures of adorable kittens. A hard lesson has clearly been learned, so with no further ado; this is the new promotional video for the CD release of the band’s debut album Acquaintances.
P.S. Who's Justin Bieber?????





+ Seasick
+ Same Sullen Summer Sound
+ A Lack of Concentration

November 22, 2010

November 21, 2010

Sunday music...

Some music and a few (very few) words.

+ Psychic Powers - Brighter
Excellent track sounding like something that could have been released by Sarah Records.

+ The Felts - Enjoy The Silence (Depeche Mode cover)
Pretty good cover, though I doubt this is a track anyone could ruin.

+ Mariage Blanc - Whatever You Say I AmThese lads write seriously catchy songs.

+ Bleeding Heart Narrative - Perun
So unbelievably cool, but people at last.fm seem to have some difficulties tagging the band!

+ California Wives - Purple
Stupid band name, but a great indie-pop-post-punk-new-wave (somewhere in-between) song!

November 20, 2010

OMD vs. The xx...

Never been a fan of cover versions and probably never will be. But from time to time a few interesting do come along and (my) childhood heroes OMD covering The xx certainly wasn’t something I saw coming. Isn’t the normal procedure that new upcoming bands cover songs by bands they’ve been influenced by? And not the other way round? But nice for a change! Although OMD has labeled it “rough mix”, their cover of VCR sounds like it could easily be a lost track from one of their recording sessions 30 years ago. Doesn't it?

OMD - VCR (rough mix)

November 19, 2010

News from the valley...

Stream premixes of three tracks from the forthcoming Death Valley Sleepers debut album below. Still no news on when and how the album will be released, but judging from the premixes the album will definitely be worth the wait.

Left Me High

Small Town Bells

Into My Mind

Breakfast of Champions...

Boston quartet Breakfast of Champions mailed me earlier this week suggesting that with my ongoing crush on The National (surprisingly someone out there was actually paying attention!) I should perhaps try giving their music a listen as well. Since they’ve actually read a few words before mailing I thought why not check them out. However now that I’ve listened numerous times to the four tracks available (all of them free to download at bandcamp), I still have to figure out how exactly The National comes into the picture. I’m not being snide or anything, because I'm honestly enjoying the music of Breakfast of Champions. But especially the recently published (and quite brilliant) track London Fashion has a sort of melancholic sound that reminds me far more of I Like Trains than of The National. Then again; you could perhaps say that there is a slight hint of said band on a track like The City? Always been absolutely hopeless at this, so check the band out and decide for yourself what they sound like. It always works better that way!
+ London Fashion
+ The City

Bigger than us...

Bigger Than Us is the first single from the forthcoming White Lies album Ritual (out on January 17). The video is both strange and funny, but cannot really hide that the song is weaker than any track on the debut. The band will be at KB-Hallen on March 1 (just bought tickets; disappointing first single or not).

November 18, 2010

On the radio this morning...

As mentioned a few weeks ago. This is one of just two decent songs released by the band since the incomparable Violator.



Every morning when the girls and I are having breakfast the radio is on, and from time to time it does happen that some really fine stuff is aired, thus helping to make the start of the day a good one. The “On the radio this morning” posts are my humble attempt to make your start a good one as well!

November 17, 2010

It’s (not yet) Christmas...

Think I will stick to tradition and wait until December 1 before posting my annual Christmas post. And as hard as it may be, I’m trying not to listen to any of previous year’s Christmas favorites either prior to that day. However I’m going to somewhat bend my own rules and post an early heads up on what arguably will be the most interesting Christmas compilation of 2010; The Matinée Holiday Soirée featuring seasonal tracks by 5 different artists (Math And Physics Club, Northern Portrait, Strawberry Whiplash, Bubblegum Lemonade plus newcomer Champagne Riot) from the Matinée roster. To be released sometime in December, but if you're impatient just like me, the (stunningly brilliant) EP can be streamed in its entirety from the Matinée page. Thank you Stefan for keeping me updated...

November 16, 2010

A murder mystery...

The nice people in New York quartet Murder Mystery gives away brand new track Problems, and in the same breath adds that they like to think of it “as Aphex Twin meets Madonna”. I’d probably add a twist of Pet Shop Boys to that description, but in the end; does anyone really care about descriptions, as long as a song is this gorgeous? And Problems just happens to be one of those (really rare, but absolutely) lovely and instantly catchy songs you wish you’d come across more often...
+ Problems

On the radio this morning...

Not In Love by this rather interesting constellation has been chosen as the "unavoidable" track of the week by Danish P3. The track is free to download at RCRD LBL and I can only recommend that you grab it! No "real" video seem to be available, so this will have to do!



Every morning when the girls and I are having breakfast the radio is on, and from time to time it does happen that some really fine stuff is aired, thus helping to make the start of the day a good one. The “On the radio this morning” posts are my humble attempt to make your start a good one as well!

November 12, 2010

Cleaning...

Been too busy listening to a certain band this week (promised not to mention their name for some time), meaning that I've ignored everything else sent my way. So I'm going to spend the next hour (maybe more, maybe less) cleaning out the mailbox. The good stuff (if any) will end up here.

+ Young Galaxy - Peripheral Visionaries
+ Modern Skirts - Bumper Car
+ Simian Ghost - Transparent Is OK
+ High Highs - Open Season

Over and out...

Last night...

Obviously the quality of the video isn't the best, but this was a bloody marvellous experience. And these (I promise) will be my last words on The National for quite some time.



Some reviews:
Gaffa (6 stars)
Soundvenue (4 stars)
Ekstra Bladet (5 stars)

November 11, 2010

On the radio this morning...

Almost impossible to express how much I’m looking forward to the concert tonight. As Anyone’s Ghost was on just before 7 o’clock this morning the timing of P3, once again, was impeccable.



If you didn’t download the cover by Silver Swans of the track the first time I posted it, this is your (second) chance. Not half as good as the original version, but that has more to do with the quality of the original.
+ Anyone's Ghost (The National Cover)

Every morning when the girls and I are having breakfast the radio is on, and from time to time it does happen that some really fine stuff is aired, thus helping to make the start of the day a good one. The “On the radio this morning” posts are my humble attempt to make your start a good one as well!

November 10, 2010

Various bits...

Been feeling awful since Friday, but seems like the cold is retreating. Perfect timing, as I’m going to see The National at KB-Hallen tomorrow night. Wouldn’t really be the same if I was sneezing, coughing and having a stuffy nose! Should be (definitely will be) a blast!
+ Bloodbuzz Ohio
+ Fake Empire

New single Zimmerman by Entakt has been added to the P3 and P4 playlists. Unfortunately it's yet not available for streaming (or buying if anyone does that anymore) anywhere, but the video for the song will be published next Saturday (November 20). Worth noting as the band has have difficulties in the past getting airplay!

This is somewhat unusual. A Danish band singing in Danish has a song remixed by a fellow Dane. OK perhaps that’s not quite unusual. But said remix being released by a major US music website certainly is! Though you can of course argue that no one understands a word what Under Byen is singing anyway, thus making the whole "singing in Danish" part irrelevant. Download the Kasper Bjørke remix of Alt Er Tabt at Stereogum.
+ Alt Er Tabt

November 8, 2010

On the radio this morning...

Rather surprised to hear this one as it was released (made available to the public) less than two weeks ago. Mind you that P3 in one of the largest radio stations in Denmark with a share of 34% of the listeners between the ages of 12 and 50. But still they continue having their fingers on the pulse and unlike the commercial radio stations they are not afraid of playing upcoming and somewhat lesser known (to the masses) acts. That said; they did play Lady Gaga as well this morning, but no way am I going to post anything by her.
+ Lykke LiGet Some



Every morning when the girls and I are having breakfast the radio is on, and from time to time it does happen that some really fine stuff is aired, thus helping to make the start of the day a good one. The “On the radio this morning” posts are my humble attempt to make your start a good one as well!

November 3, 2010

This and that...

So I ended up not going to the Warpaint concert last night after all. I’m dead tired today, so going would probably have killed me. And staying at home watching the Champions League game between FC København and FC Barcelona wasn’t the worst imaginable alternative. Check Frank's review of the Warpaint debut album The Fool.

Pitchfork shares the lead track of the forthcoming single by Acid House Kings. Are We Lovers or Are We Friends? is the first new release by the band since ages. Out on Labrador on December 7 and right now I’m just waiting for the mandatory promo mail and the free download!
+ This and That

Update: Here we go...
+ Are We Lovers or Are We Friends?

Tempomatador shares the pre-mix of new track Det har jeg lært (så det er sandt). Actually the song is not quite new, as it's an updated (and even better) version of De sidste glade dage af Romerriget, which was originally recorded under the alias Mikkel Max og Drømmenes Bodega. The band seems to be gaining momentum and will be playing at Rust on Saturday and at Huset on November 17.
+ Det har jeg lært (så det er sandt)

Childish Delight is Eumig & Chinon's contribution to this month's edition of mixtoverdener.dk. One for the dance floor I'd say!
+ Childish Delight

November 2, 2010

On the radio this morning...

Am really busy today, so here's another song heard on the radio. And a pretty good one I'd say!


+ O.N.E.

Every morning when the girls and I are having breakfast the radio is on, and from time to time it does happen that some really fine stuff is aired, thus helping to make the start of the day a good one. The “On the radio this morning” posts are my humble attempt to make your start a good one as well!

November 1, 2010

On the radio this morning...

Classic!



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October 31, 2010

From the mailbox...

Spent a couple of hours last night reducing the size of the mailbox from 3,922 to 3,697 mails. Summed up you can say I spent the time on reading, deleting, downloading, listening, deleting again (most of the time) and cheering (not that often). Here's what I have to show for my efforts:

+ Baby ScreamNicole
+ The Grand Opening - Be Steady
+ Drew Seeley - Into The Fire
+ Milks & Rectangles - Auction Block
+ Violens - Violent Sensation Descends
+ Englishman - Angels and Earthworms
+ Crushed Stars - Black Umbrellas
+ Silver Swans - Anyone's Ghost (The National Cover)

and this video for Nothing But Clues by The Migrant.

October 30, 2010

On the radio this morning...

I never waste an opportunity to rip Depeche Mode, as I seriously think that they’ve only released two decent songs the past 20 years (one / two). But in 1990 (and before that) it was a completely different story. Back then they hit it often and they hit it hard!



Every morning when the girls and I are having breakfast the radio is on, and from time to time it does happen that some really fine stuff is aired, thus helping to make the start of the day a good one. The “On the radio this morning” posts are my humble attempt to make your start a good one as well!

October 29, 2010

Catching up - part III...

Didn't quite keep my promise from Wednesday, but there was no time for writing catching up posts yesterday. One day late, but here we go…

First of all thank you Chris for the heads up on Champagne Riot’s forthcoming release plans. So I did get the Matinée part right, but the EP won’t be called Moonstruck as I predicted (which really wasn't something I predicted, but rather something I assumed as the band itself called it just that). Instead it’ll be named Confessions of a Poker Pro and “will be a compilation of our best recordings from fall 2009 through to summer 2010”. Plans are that the EP will be released before Christmas and (my) hopes are that this one will be included (the tracklist has yet to be revealed).
+ Ingrid Bergman

Tempomatador (the sister band of The Boombox Hearts) has been rather busy lately recording songs and having their first official band photo taken. Pre-mix versions of two songs are free to download and Tidsfordriv (which means something like pastime in Danish) especially is really, really great! Assuming (here we go again) that all the hard work is supposed to lead to some kind of release…eventually?
+ Tidsfordriv

This is really how things should always work. I mentioned The Wonderland Washouts in a post 2 weeks ago and even though it was brief, it was enough to catch the interest of Peter. He decided to feature the band in his blog, which then made the band share links to both our blogs on their Facebook page!

Today Like Glass by the abovementioned The Wonderland Washouts is BandBase track of the day and on November 12 the band will play a concert at Hillerød Ny Teater, which I just realized is located in the same building where I worked from 1995 to 2001! Sometimes it really is a small world!
+ Like Glass

Sister Mary Says is the second single lifted from the OMD comeback album History of Modern. Sounding like vintage OMD and a fairly close relative to Enola Gay. The demo version of the track is still free to download from the official webpage.

October 28, 2010

On the radio this morning...

It's "play-Danish-music-day", so there'll be nothing but music by Danish artists on the radio today. When scanning the playlist I cannot help being somewhat impressed by the number of fine artists we have in our small country!



Every morning when the girls and I are having breakfast the radio is on, and from time to time it does happen that some really fine stuff is aired, thus helping to make the start of the day a good one. The “On the radio this morning” posts are my humble attempt to make your start a good one as well!

October 27, 2010

Catching up - part II...

Anyone remember the three fine live recordings by The Boombox Hearts at The Copenhagen X Sessions I posted last month? If you do and enjoyed them, you'll probably be thrilled to learn that the recordings are now available as free downloads. Plenty of other stuff to download there as well including recording by Giana Factory, Kissaway Trail, Sleep Party People, just to mention a few.
+ The Boombox Hearts - Secret/Girls

The four tracks that will be included on the forthcoming Moonstruck EP by Champagne Riot can be streamed at Soundcloud. As always the songs are electronic, lovely and catchy! No official release info to be found anywhere online, but if the small flyer I found in a parcel recently received from Matinée Recordings is to be trusted, the EP will (at some point) be out on the world’s finest indie label. Awaiting verification…

Moonstruck by Champagne Riot

What was in that parcel you ask? The new Northern Portrait 7” single Life Returns To Normal. In a stunningly beautiful cover, pressed on clear vinyl and just one of a thousand copies made. Wish “life returns to normal” meant a return to the 80’s, where collecting limited edition singles like this was great fun. Not going to comment on the songs, as it must be rather tedious reading the exact same raving comments every time I’m mentioning the band.
+ Life Returns To Normal

Has yet to make up my mind whether or not to buy a ticket for the Warpaint concert at Loppen Tuesday evening. Would love to go and I know I’ll regret it if I don’t. But the concert will most likely start 11 p.m. or later meaning that I’ll be home and in bed at around 1.30 a.m. And the outlook of spending the following day regretting that I went (because it’s hardly rocket science to predict that I’ll be very, very tired) isn’t really that appealing.
+ Undertow

Planning to post “Catching up – part III” tomorrow.

Catching up...

What a truly awful week it has been so far. Had last week off from work and a lovely week it was, spending it with the family doing all the stuff families normally do (I guess); museum, zoo, cinema, theater etc. Ending it in a proper manner (without the family though) with that wonderful The Divine Comedy concert Saturday evening. But back at work Monday morning, I learned that my colleague had been ill all of last week (and she has not returned yet), meaning that no (zero, zip, nada) work in my department had been taken care of. So the past two days I’ve been more than busy trying to clean my desk (and my colleague’s), as well as preparing for (and attending) a couple of meetings. Did I ever say that work is highly overrated? Sorry about the whining. Will post some proper stuff later today!