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This ‘N That

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 ShinsWincing 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!

Math And Physics Club – Darling Please Come Home (MP3)

The Windmills – Drug Autumn (MP3)

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).

This ‘N That

New free song from Finland’s Cats On Fire. Download Letter From A Voyage To Sweden; their new album, Our Temperance Movement, will be released on March 14th.

Cats On Fire – Letter From A Voyage To Sweden (MP3)

My Best Album Of 2008, Youth Group‘s The Night Is Ours, will finally be released in the US on April 7th. Don’t miss! Infos here.

Youth Group – All This Will Pass (MP3)

The Raveonettes have also announced a new album for August/September. The duo has started writing new songs after finishing their tour. Hope they’ll visit Switzerland again on their next leg!

And more album news: Tick Tock, the latest offering from Norway Progressive band Gazpacho, will be out on March 15th. Tick Tock is built around a story by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, and it will only contain 4 tracks… but as you can see from the playing time below, we will get more than enough music!

Tracklisting Tick Tock:

1. Desert Flight (7:39)
2. The Walk (13:41)
3. Tick Tock (22:24)
4. Winter Is Never (4:55)

Gazpacho – Chequered Light Buildings

Best Album Of 2008

As promised, the final fight. I have once again two albums that made a big impression this year. Let’s take a look at the contestants:

In the blue corner, we have the Australians Youth Group with their latest baby, The Night Is Ours. And in the red corner, Scots Glasvegas are getting ready with their stunning, self-titled debut. Let the games begin!

Good TimeFlowers And Football Tops
Although Good Time is merely an intro, this point goes to the Youth Group just for the fact that singer Toby Martin perfectly defines the things to come with his vocals.
1 : 0

One For AnotherGeraldine
There’s no way around social-worker Geraldine; one of the best songs this year.
1 : 1

Two SidesIt’s My Own Cheating Heart That Makes Me Cry
Another point for Glasvegas… the song just bursts with energy!
1 : 2

Dying At Your Own PartyLonesome Swan
My favourite song from The Night Is Ours, so clearly this point goes to Australia.
2 : 2

All This Will PassGo Square Go
Hard one… Go Square Go is another perfect piece of music, but All This Will Pass has one of the most memorable lines. One for Australia.
3 : 2

FriedrichstrassePolmont On My Mind
Hmmm… I have to give this one to Youth Group, too. It has a great build-up and perfect lyrics.
4 : 2

A SignDaddy’s Gone
Musically, I’d have to choose A Sign, but Daddy’s Gone is one of the top-songs on the Glasvegas album.
4 : 3

Babies In Your DreamsStabbed
I think Babies… is a great song, but has just a tiny bit too much Kitsch in it. Stabbed on the other hand is a reduced and gripping gem… Scotland gets the point!
4 : 4

In My DreamsS.A.D. Light
A great chorus against a rather depressing tune; my heart just beats more for In My Dreams.
5 : 4

What Is A Life?Ice Cream Van
Two perfect album closers; Ice Cream Van is nice, but could also have been a Hidden Track, while What Is A Life? brings the whole album to a perfect ending. Australia it is!
6 : 4

So here we are; technically, Youth Group has more points. But I’ll give Glasvegas one more for the release of their great Christmas EP, A Snowflake Fell. Still, there’s one point missing for the top spot, so the winner of Music Of The Moment’s Best Album Of 2008 is

Youth Group – The Night Is Ours

Glasvegas is very very very close behind, and would have been a worthy winner as well. They definitely have a bright future ahead of them!

And like last year, there was one album that slipped in last minute, and could have been another contender for the top spot if it were around a bit longer (better said, if I had discovered it earlier). So here’s the honorable mention of

Get Well Soon – Rest Now Weary Head! You Will Get Well Soon

A great album that needs some time, but rewards you with some of the most beautiful tunes you’ll ever hear. And like Glasvegas, the album is now available with an additional Christmas EP; not to be missed!

That concludes the Best-Of-lists for this year; I sadly won’t be able to list my favourite songs, but if you check my Last.FM-account or re-read the blog, you’ll find out what I loved in 2008. Here’s to a great music-year!

More Of This And That…

Next to the Fleet Foxes‘ debut, my favourite summer album was from This Is Ivy League. Now there’s a new remix from the French Horn Rebellion; they have turned London Bridges into a quite appealing dance track. Check it out and let me know what you think!

This Is Ivy League – London Bridges (French Horn Rebellion Remix) (MP3)

Morten‘s back from his holiday, and the blogosphere is eagerly awaiting his updates!

I still can’t get enough from Youth Group‘s latest album The Night Is Ours (check here). There really is not one bad song on it, and thus this will be a definite candidate for a medal at my year-end-list. You can still listen to some songs on MySpace, and I urge you to do so!!!

Here’s a fine tune by L.A.-based band The New Room. They’ve drawn from post-punk/new wave/glam/indie-dance-rock, and this mixture sure sounds intriguing. Well, give it a listen!

The New Room – Pretty Little Things (MP3)

While I’m still getting used to the new Last.FM, they finally managed to get the free downloads up and running again. So as promised a few weeks ago, here’s a selection of my recommendations.

The Guggenheim Grotto – Philosophia

Eagle*Seagull – You Can’t Call Yourself A Secret

Surrounded – Great Unintentional Lapse

The Arrogants – Heroine

Dead Heart Bloom – Here We Are

Red Orkestra – Red Stars

Stream the new Franz Ferdinand song Lucid Dreams right here. Not too bad, me thinks. What about you?

The Night Is Theirs

Been listening to the new Youth Group album, The Night Is Ours, for a few times now, and my, what a mighty fine album this is! Never have James… ahm, sorry… Youth Group sounded more Britpop-influenced than now! Singer Toby Martin has that special sad timbre in his voice which gives each song fragility, and sometimes you even get the sudden urge to give them a hug and let them know life’s not so bad at all (just listen to Dying At Your Own Party, and you’ll know what I mean!).

I would have wished for some more songs (there’s only 10), but then again, quality rules over quantity, and I can definitely subscribe to that with The Night Is Ours. And there’s still the repeat button…

If you’re not convinced yet, just head over to the band’s MySpace and listen to the complete album. If you don’t, you might miss one of the best offerings of this year!

From Casino Twilight Dogs:
Youth Group – Catching And Killing (MP3)
Youth Group – Dead Zoo (MP3)
Youth Group – Sorry (MP3)

From Skeleton Jar:
Youth Group – Skeleton Jar (MP3)
Youth Group – Shadowland (MP3)