and there will be a new album later this year. Oh Oh indeed!
and there will be a new album later this year. Oh Oh indeed!
Viola is getting us in a festive mood with their latest free release, This Year It Will Be Different.
Here’s a new one from Sweden’s Le Sport:
Kashmir‘s next album will be called Trespasser, release date is February 1st, and here’s the video to the new single:
Here’s the new single Walls from the Shout Out Louds, taken from their next album Work, due in February 2010. Cool song, following the tradition of their last album Our Ill Wills.
Shout Out Louds – Walls (ZIP-File)
Morten has already caught the Christmas bug and started his annual post of Christmas songs. Expect to find some great new (and old) songs there throughout December!
And the Half Hearted Dude offers a fine Christmas Mix with tunes from the 40s through the 60s… everything you need for a pleasant holiday with Mum and Dad! 🙂
I was thinking about the unavoidable year-end-lists today (I’ll give you the reason for that further down below), and I remembered that I wanted to check out what two of my former best-album-winners are up to right now. Well, whilst Youth Group have announced that they will take a year off in 2010 and return in 2011, The Shins have no real news whatsoever on a new album. Sad news from both parties, I think… at least, the Shout Out Louds and Get Well Soon, two other favourites from the past years, will come up soon with new stuff. So it looks like I’m stuck with Youth Group‘s The Night Is Ours and The Shins‘ Wincing The Night Away for another while, but that really isn’t such a bad thing as I still enjoy both albums!
Youth Group – Sorry (MP3)
The Shins – Phantom Limb (MP3)
Morten briefly mentioned Matinée Recordings in his post today, and while I’m also looking forward to some of those releases (especially Northern Portrait), I also found these two beauties on the label’s homepage. Perfectly innocent autumn-pop for this gray day!
Oh yes, the reason for me thinking about year-end-lists: as you might or might not know, I’m an occasional DJ at virtual radio station Radio Schweden. The station is a community project of people from Sweden, Germany and little Switzerland. And on the following weekends, we will have a special show called – you guessed it – the Best Of 2009. Each of us was appointed two hours to fill with the songs we liked best this year, and we will broadcast these series in two parts. So this coming Friday, November 27th, at 8pm CET, one of my German friends will start with the first hour, and from 9pm, it will be my turn. Look for the MiniMix: Best Of 2009 Vol. 1! On Saturday, November 28th at the same time, my two other co-DJ’s will present their hits. In a weeks time, we will scramble these series (so I’ll probably be on with the same show on Saturday), and the week after that, we will present Volumes 2. You don’t have to keep all these dates in mind (just the first ones this weekend! 🙂 ), as I’m going to announce the schedule again here in due time. So, mark your calenders and tune in to Radio Schweden!!! (Of course, the playlist will be published here as well… somewhen in December).
Finally, some good news from the fabulous Shout Out Louds:
In the case that you were wondering, we have spent the past few months recording our third album with one producer Mr Phil Ek.
Recordings began on a hot August morning in a ghost ridden barn called Bear Creek Studio, in a truck riddled small town called Woodinville, outside the salty city of Seattle in the ever so green state of Washington.
Additional recording and mixing is taking place in Stockholm at this very moment, still with Phil Ek who was kind enough to pack up his resort season sunday best and travel all the way here to finish us off properly.
It will only be a matter of days until the five of us get to listen to the whole thing in it’s almost perfected form, a matter of weeks until we might accidentally spill some of it to extremely close friends and family, and of only a few short months until it will all be yours to keep for as long as you want.
At the moment we are still sworn to secrecy, but here is a little crumpet of absolute truth:
It’s the best thing we have ever made. On our mothers’ graves.
With that said, keep in mind that we never brag and very rarely drag our mothers into our filthy affairs.
And so good people, prepare to prick up your ears and wash them out first because you are not going to want to miss a single note of what’s coming your way. And we aint just whistlin’ dixie.
I’m really looking forward to the follow-up of Our Ill Wills, one of my favourite albums of 2007!
As promised yesterday, here’s the battle for the best album of 2007. Yes, battle… because I’ve got two contenders this year, and I just can’t pick one. So here’s what I’ll do: I’ll let the songs battle it out! Ladies and Gentlemen, take your seats and witness The Shins from the U.S. of A. in the blue corner fighting against the Shout Out Louds from Sweden in the red corner. Wincing The Night Away or Our Ill Wills… who will it be? Let’s get ready to rumble!
Australia Vs. Parent’s Livingroom
This one’s for the Shins. Great chorus on the SOL track, but overall, Australia’s better!
Shins : SOL 1:1
Pam Berry Vs. You Are Dreaming
Well, Pam Berry really isn’t a proper song (but a great introduction to the next one!), and You Are Dreaming is my favourite SOL-song, so this one’s clear.
Shins : SOL 1:2
Phantom Limb Vs. Suit Yourself
I guess Phantom Limb’s my favourite 2007 song, so I can’t give the point to SOL.
Shins : SOL 2:2
Sea Legs Vs. Blue Headlights
Two dark horses, but Sea Legs wins with a nose’s length!
Shins : SOL 3:2
Red Rabbits Vs. Impossible
Impossible’s just too good to not win, even if Red Rabbits is a very nice one, too.
Shins : SOL 3:3
Turn On Me Vs. Normandie
Has to be Turn On Me, my second-favourite song from the album. Sorry, Normandie…
Shins : SOL 4:3
Black Wave Vs. South America
This one goes to SOL once again… South America is one of the coolest tunes this year!
Shins : SOL 4:4
Split Needles Vs. Ill Wills
Hmmm… this is hard. I think I’ll go for Split Needles. Yeah, that I’ll do!
Shins : SOL 5:4
Girl Sailor Vs. Time Left For Love
Once again, a very hard decision. Both songs are exceptionally great. Ah, damn… I’m voting for the Shins because that song kept following me for two weeks on my holiday this March!
Shins : SOL 6:4
A Comet Appears Vs. Meat Is Murder
Oh well… A Comet Appears is nice, but Meat Is Murder is just a bit nicer… point for the SOL!
Shins : SOL 6:5
OK, what do I do now? The Shout Out Louds have one song left, and it’s quite a good one. Based on points so far, The Shins are the winners, but there’s Hard Rain… and a decision has to be made. Hmm…
Well, here’s what I’ll do: since I’m calling the shots here, and there really are no rules for such lists, I’m gonna make a double-winner this year! Easy as that! So here it is:
To finish this year’s best-of-lists, I’ve got one honourable mention that probably would have made the top spot if it would have been around for a bit longer. Here goes:
Thanks to the work and effort of a small label called Playdead, the debut album of Belarus was released even when the band had broke up earlier this year. And we would have missed one of the best britpop-albums in years if it wasn’t for Playdead! Eleven britrock-gems that easily surpass most of the hyped releases of 2007. If you’re buying one last album this year (or are looking for the first one to buy in 2008), I highly recommend that you invest your money in Belarus! Visit Playdead‘s website for more information, and listen to Belarus‘ music on these two MySpace-sites:
Stay tuned for a special Christmas treat tomorrow!!!
The latest additions on Music From Denmark:
Check the complete list here, and keep the suggestions coming!
About that concert on Thursday: it would have been fun, but it started so late that I could only watch 30 minutes of the Shout Out Louds before I had to run to the train! I was really pissed off, and I wrote the club afterwards that it’s impossible to travel by train (as they suggest on their homepage because there are no parking facilities around!) and see the full concert. I did not expect to get an answer, but I was wrong. I’ve received a very detailed mail about what happened on that day. As it turned out, I was lucky that I got to see the SOL and The Concretes at all! The bands apparently had a really troubled day, starting with the tour bus breaking down, traffic jams and and and… they finally arrived at the location at 6 hours late and still had to set up the stage. The Concretes even did their gig withouth having had dinner before! Sometimes you just don’t see behind it all, do you?
Well, it was at least a slight comfort for me, and the nice lady from the club also offered to put me on the guest list for a next concert. Nice one! And what I saw from both bands was ace, btw.!
Next up on my concert list are The Raveonettes, supported by the Havana Guns. Next wednesday is the date, and I will definitely travel by car this time! Don’t want to miss any of the Raveonettes‘ set, and I’m really curious what show the Guns will pull!
Don’t wait for the Lazy Sunday Mix tomorrow… and you can fully blame Morten for it! 🙂 I’ll be meeting him and his family and will show them some sights in and around Lucerne. Should be a fun day, weather forecast is good, too… nice opportunity to chat and have a beer or two by the lake! 🙂 Expect a few pics next week!
That’s it for now, have a good weekend, my dear friends!
… it’s gonna be an easy week, things turn out completely different! I have only one week to go until my holiday, and somehow people just started to pile up work on my desk… even those that don’t know that I’ll be on holiday soon! Curse them!!! 😦
Anyway, no use complaining, at least I’ve got a nice evening to look forward to: a Swedish double-pack with The Concretes and the Shout Out Louds! Should be fun! 🙂