Category Archives: iLiKETRAiNS

Merry Christmas!

iLiKETRAiNS – Last Christmas (MP3)

Woohooo…

…that has been quite a long break! Although it seemed to me that I have been listening to music constantly, I couldn’t really concentrate on what I was listening to. Shame, really, as there’s been quite a few good things around, like the arrival of Northern Portrait‘s clear-vinyl 7″-single Life Returns To Normal (aahh… the good, old vinyl-collector’s days… 🙂 ), or the announcement of Champagne Riot‘s new EP, to be released on that wonderful Matinée label. Blog-buddy Morten has already covered those stories, so I don’t have to repeat it.

Northern Portrait – Life Returns To Normal (MP3)

Of course, the mailbox has been growing constantly as well; I managed to listen to some of the stuff (but once again, not really concentrated), and found that other blog-buddies have already been covering these stories, like Peter 1 with i am poet, or Peter 2 with iLiKETRAiNS. So instead of writing some more about the same, I’m just going to tell you that you should check out these articles and artists.

Something no indie-pop-lover should miss is the new release from Eardrums Pop, the Tiny Fireflies EP. Three beautiful songs that will make your heart smile. Go and get ’em!

There is still more stuff I’d like to cover, but with so much going on besides music, it really is hard to concentrate. Keep your fingers crossed that things might be looking up again over the next few days and weeks. In the meantime, here’s one of the most beautiful songs from 2010… aptly named Concentrate!

The Guggenheim Grotto – The Universe Is Laughing (MP3)

Mixed Bag Of News


iLiKETRAiNS
will release their first album, Elegies Of Lessons Learnt, on October 1st. A single called Deception will also be released, on September 10th. Head over to the band’s MySpace to listen to Victress, the B-Side of the single. And here’s the tracklist for the album:

1. We All Fall Down
2. Twenty Five Sins
3. The Deception
4. Voice of Reason
5. Death of an Idealist
6. Remnants of an Army
7. We Go Hunting
8. Come Over
9. Spencer Perceval
10. Epiphany
11. Death is the End

Sweden’s Moonbabies will finally release their new album At The Ballroom in Germany, Austria and Switzerland on August 31st. Niiiiice!

The Moonbabies – Sun A.M. (MP3)

Swiss melancho-rockers Mañana will be going into the studio to record their debut album. If you haven’t heard of the band before, you should definitely check out the sound clips below, and if you’re a videogamer, you might already know their brilliant signature tune Miss Evening, which was on the soundtrack to Fifa Football 2005.

Mañana – Fast Days (MP3)
Mañana – Miss Evening (MP3)
Mañana – There It Goes (MP3)

Danes Spleen United are also giving the finishing touches to their second album. It will be released early 2008, and if it’s just nearly as good as the debut album, it will be a smash hit. Let’s keep our fingers crossed!

Another bit of news from Denmark, but not good ones: JoyceHotel have called it quits and no longer exist as a band. No news if any of the members will go solo. Sad news indeed!

The end of a band doesn’t necessarily mean the end of it all though. Brits Belarus are living proof. The band decided to split up a few months ago, just before their debut album was about to be released. Now the fine folks at Play Dead Records have put in an effort to save the works of Belarus, and finally, the album is ready to order! My copy is already on the way, and I’ll write about it when it’s here. In the meantime, please visit the band’s two myspace-sites and listen to some of the finest Britpop-tunes from this great band!

http://www.playdead.co.uk/

http://www.myspace.com/belarusband
http://www.myspace.com/belarusband2

And to complete this post, here are a few new songs that I recommend… full and free as ever! 🙂

Little Big Adventure – The Easiest Thing (MP3)

Northern Portrait – What Happens Next (MP3)

Sambassadeur – Subtle Changes (MP3, via Pitchfork)

Red Sleeping Beauty – Don’t Say You Love Me (MP3)

Short… But Not Really

Instead of reading something here, I ask you to spend the next 9 1/2 minutes watching and listening to this new piece of art by iLiKETRAiNS:

absolutely marvellous!!! The single is out on March 26th, and you can preorder it here.