Archive for March, 2007

Mixtapes and Cellmates

Friday, March 30th, 2007


No Method Records out of Umea, Sweden have a new website and a new record out now from Mixtapes & Cellmates. This is another Bedroom Records band that’s fortunes may have improved with the shuttering of that label. No Method is doing the big promo push with many interviews lined up, P3 airplay, a video for the song “Quiet” and much more.

They’re even offering the first single, the aforementioned “Quiet”, as a free download. Here it is along with a Cat Burgler powered remix:

Quiet
Quiet (Remix)

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Fresh-assed Skweee from Scandinavia – Flogsta Danshall’s "Museum Of Future Sounds" (March 3)

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

A couple of random thoughts on Skweee:

  • Man it’s a lot of pressure coming up third in a google search for Skweee.
  • I’ve never really loved the whole Wiki thing, but when you need a little more info about Skweee it certainly does come in handy.
  • It’s also nice to know that there are people more knowledgeable than me when it comes to Skweee, particularly when that person, Pavan, is credited with creating the genre!

I was led to Skweee by the Swedish artist known as Rigas. Every time I hear one of his simple, yet I’m sure infuriatingly complex tunes, I can’t help but tap my foot and wish I was at a rave in some cow field outside of Umea. I’ve learned that the beats are slower than comparative electronic music from Europe but at the same time the pure funk factor is very high. Skweee is a new and burgeoning genre, depending on who you talk to there are between 2 and 3 labels devoted to it and maybe a dozen active bands. A swede named Frans Carlqvist is credited with pioneering the sound (a mix of c-64, electronic dance, R `n’ B and dancehall) as well as starting the first label Flogsta Danshall. He performs under the name of Pavan.

Flogsta Danshall has just released the first ever Skweee compilation CD titled Museum Of Future Sound (previously the bulk of skweee releases were 7″). It’s comprised of all Scandinavian artists including from Sweden: Rigas Den Andre, Pavan, Beem and Uday. I can’t recommend this highly enough. This sampler is a great introduction to this futuristic robotic funk. Buy Museum of Future Sound here.

Green Lantern – Rigas Den Andre

The Bird – Pavan

Earlier 7″ from Pavan

Crank Up

There’s even a You Tube video from the non-swede Mesak and their song “Popkumn”

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New song from the Fine Arts Showcase (cover of Rough Bunnies)(Adrian Recordings, May)

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007


This is a strange concept. An established Swedish act recording a covers album of songs from an unknown indiepop band. Perhaps these roles are reversed but that’s the way I see it. Not sure what prompted The Fine Arts Showcase to cover songs by The Rough Bunnies but he’s done it. The Fine Arts Showcase is Gustaf Kjellvander.

I’m guessing in part the idea was to put some production behind songs he’s known and loved by The Rough Bunnies. The original songs are rough, immature, poorly produced, and lovely, life affirming, lofi indie pop. I think they should have be left well enough alone. Decide for yourself. The album will be out in May on Adrian Recordings.

Dance With Your Shadow

Original version by Rough Bunnies:

Dance With Your Shadow

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Best Band In Sweden? Could It Be Detektivbryan?!

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007


Best band in Sweden? It’s a toss up? Most original and creative music? Easy. Detektivbryan. They’ve released another song from their mindblowing ep, Hemvagen, and it’s the magical “Nattoppet”. This sounds like music that would have fit into the creepy world created by the film Pan’s Labrynth.

The band’s just been confirmed for Emmaboda in July. Here’s the new song available from their ep:

Nattoppet

Also in case you missed it:

E18 (may be the standout track)

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Cut City – The worst band from Sweden sounds off on all the other bad Swedish bands

Monday, March 26th, 2007


Cut City is the worst (read: most derivitive) band you’ll ever hear on Swedesplease (except for that time The Sounds snuck their way in). They’re on here at all simply because they took a swipe at the entire Swedish music industry and the “Export Sweden” publicity machine in the most recent Esquire. Here’s frontman Max Hanssen’s take on the whole Swedish music thang:

“People will argue that Sweden is no more a source of great music than it is a reeking cesspool of people collecting welfare to pursue their oh-so artistic careers and feed their peroxide habits,” he says. “Swedish people are not heirs of anything that can be remotely associated with inevitable success. Our gene pool is as mediocre as any other. Due to ignorance and arrogance, though, we tend to believe the hype that surrounds the Swedish music export industry.”

While I wouldn’t argue that Swedes are genetically superior musicians, I would be comfortable arguing that something about Swedish culture (and perhaps it is simply the governmental support system) has helped spurn all the great music coming out of Sweden. Here’s the whole article. Sad that they had to slag the hand that feeds to even grace these virtual pages. Here’s a song from Exit Decades just out in the states on Gold Standard.

Like Ashes Like Millions

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Slagsmålsklubben or SMK ready for world domination (Dolores/EMI, April 11)

Monday, March 26th, 2007


A new record by Slagsmålsklubben appears poised to be the next big thing in Sweden and consequently the world. The new record comes out April 11 and if I understand it correctly is being released in part by Dolores (I’m From Barcelona), EMI and Djur and Mir (50 Hertz). The band goes by the intials SMK and is being described as 6 guys with synths, they’re insanely popular in the Swedish dance clubs even more so now that 4 of the guys moved to Berlin.

This is one of those rare cases when I don’t have an mp3 from the band but check out the single “Malmo Beach Night Party” here on their MySpace or below live on You Tube.

Here’s the album art for the new record, Boss For Leader:

Live video of the first single, “Malmo Beach Night Party”:

Here’s something weird from 50 Hertz in the same vein, only totally messed up.

Med En Sol

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More C64 inspired electronic music – Archie Bell (just added to Emmaboda)

Friday, March 23rd, 2007


I’m right in the middle of a very unofficial series of posts on the upcoming Swedish festival known as Emmaboda (frankly in the hopes that someone over there will notice and invite me to come!). In one of my last posts I called it one of Sweden’s largest fests, but was quickly corrected by a reader. So while not the largest, it is the one most in sync with my tastes. Instead of booking the fest with bands that appeal to the lowest common denominator; they take a more curatorial approach, booking the bands they would like, seemingly with no other considerations (like have they played before, have a cd out, or even if anyone has ever heard of them). Sure this is one way to keep costs down, but it’s also a way to bring in the best underground acts.

Archie Bell is one such band. As you can see from the photo it seems the band coaxes the majority of their sound from a number of computers, keyboards and anything with knobs to twist. The sound has roots in the c-64 movement but also adds some pretty heavy beats to the mix as well as an occasional handclap and vocal affirmation (like yeah or whoa!). If you’re not bopping your head to “The Better Blueprint” you might have a problem.


The Better Blueprint

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(Swedish) Postcards From SXSW – Final Wrap-up bt The Faintest Ideas (Daniel Johnston, White Ghost Shivers, Gore Gore Girls) and Kristen Dunst ;)

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

(Daniel Johnston)

In his last post from SXSW Martin from The Faintest Ideas proves that not all Swedes are gaga for just a diet of indie pop alone. Martin reviews music/shows by Daniel Johnston, Gore Gore Girls, Old Time Relijun, White Ghost Shivers and The Clorox Girls.

“Hi,

I saw that Chris wrote about his last day at sxsw, so I thought I should do the same thing… but with more than just the last day…

As I had a hard time to figure out who were about to play when, it turned out that I got the wrong day for Clorox Girls so instead I went to see Old Time Relijun, who were great as always. The next day (friday) we all went to see the Buzzcocks play a day show which was quite nice, like seeing my uncles playing punk and shout “rock n’ roll” (as often as possible) before I got totally stuck in the poster exhibition where lucky me managed to run into a familiar looking troll named Keith Morris (from Black Flag and Circle Jerks), so I got to shake his hand and got a photo of him and me standing around like we were friends for lifetime. It seems like he is pretty into Turbonegro as he kept asking me about them for the breif minute we spoke, but it just might have been my denim jacket that made him think of them.

Then we had some time to spend before we had to be on stage so Joel, Ilona and I decieded to go and see Thurston Moore play some kind of improvisation jam, but after waiting in line for quite some time without getting anywhere we decieded to check out the band playing next door. And damn! The band was White Ghost Shivers, and they were one hell of an amazing live band! 30 minutes of very outacting jazz was enought thou, so we went back to the venue we was supposed to play to check out the Zebras and BOAT before it was our time to take the stage again. After our show we all hung around andwatched the other Magic Marker bands Manhattan Love Suicide and Tullycraft while watching indie pop celebs from The Lucksmiths, Mountain Goats, Architecture in Helsinki and Ladybug in the audience. I managed to take a photo of Peter from Mountain Goats taking a picture of Tullycraft, which was a bit fun at the moment, but now, I don’t really know why I did it.why I did it.

Saturday was our last day in Austin and as we didn’t have to play we got some time to wander around town and check out shops etc before it was time to see some more bands. We all realized that we lived just next door from an amazing record store called End of an Ear where we spent some time and money, and as usual, I ended up with some more Misfits records… I wonder why that keep on happening to me…? A few minutes after I left the store I was kind of amused with the nice pin I bought there as it said D.I.Y. in big green letters, which turned out yp be so d.i.y. that it fell apart when I tried to stick it onto my jacket! A the same time that happened someone said my name and an unfamiliar looking face turned out to be Jon from Abandoned Love Records who I met briefly few days earlier. So, sorry for not realizing it was you, dude. I have a really hard time to remember faces, so it’s not you, it’s me.

So, finally came the night and I was really into getting to see loads of bands, but instead I stood in line for an hour to see the Buzzcocks again, but never managed to get in, which meant that I missed Meat Puppets as well as they were playing as second band on that bill. Bummer for sure. After wandering around looking for coffee and juice for an hour or so and laughing at the Jesus freaks anti-rock demonstration me and Ilona decieded to go and see Kings of Leon as the line was so short and we wanted something to do before it was time for Daniel Johnston. Unlucky us thou, the short line was for VIP’s only and the real line was massive. At least we got to see KirstenDunst sneaking in to that show.By now we were kind of determined not to miss something more we wanted to see so we got to Daniel Johnston’s show extra early and got to seeVivaL’AmericanDeathRayMusic who turned out to be pretty OK, kind of like an progressive metal version of Victory at Sea.

Daemon Meeting – Old Time Relijun
Mama Said – White Ghost Shivers
You Look Ready – The Zebras
Last Cans Of Paint – BOAT

Saturday was our last day in Austin and as we didn’t have to play we got some time to wander around town and check out shops etc before it was time to see some more bands. We all realized that we lived just next door from an amazing record store called End of an Ear where we spent some time and money, and as usual, I ended up with some more Misfits records… I wonder why that keeps on happening to me…? A few minutes after I left the store I was kind of amused with the nice pin I bought there as it said D.I.Y. in big green letters, which turned out to be so d.i.y. that it fell apart when I tried to stick it onto my jacket! At the same time that happened someone said my name and an unfamiliar looking face turned out to be Jon from Abandoned Love Records who I met briefly a few days earlier. So, sorry for not realizing it was you, dude. I have a really hard time to remember faces, so it’s not you, it’s me.

So, finally came the night and I was really into getting to see loads of bands, but instead I stood in line for an hour to see the Buzzcocks again, but never managed to get in, which meant that I missed Meat Puppets as well as they were playing as second band on that bill. Bummer for sure. After wandering around looking for coffee and juice for an hour or so and laughing at the Jesus freaks anti-rock demonstration me and Ilona decieded to go and see Kings of Leon as the line was so short and we wanted something to do before it was time for Daniel Johnston. Unlucky us thou, the short line was for VIP’s only and the real line was massive. At least we got to see Kirsten Dunst sneaking in to that show.

By now we were kind of determined not to miss something more we wanted to see so we got to Daniel Johnston’s show extra early and got to see VivaL’AmericanDeathRayMusic who turned out to be pretty OK, kind of like an progressive metal version of Victory at Sea.
After that it was finally time for Daniel Johnston again, and once again he was really good, and I got to see him rock it out on guitar in a few songs,which made me glad that I don’t play drums with him.As some of the members from The Manhattan Love Suicides was there as well Iasked them if they felt like getting in a cab and go across the town and seeGore Gore Girls play their set, which they kindly said no to as they weresticking around for the Saints, which I kind of had a plan to see as well, after Gore Gore Girls, but as they were pretty boring and I was so close to home, I just walked home instead, so all in all I did a pretty good job innot seeing even a handful of the bands I really wanted to see.

After that it was finally time for Daniel Johnston again, and once again he was really good, and I got to see him rock it out on guitar in a few songs, which made me glad that I don’t play drums with him. As some of the members from The Manhattan Love Suicides was there as well I asked them if they felt like getting in a cab and go across the town and see Gore Gore Girls play their set, which they kindly said no to as they were sticking around for the Saints, which I kind of had a plan to see as well, after Gore Gore Girls, but as they were pretty boring and I was so close to home, I just walked home instead, so all in all I did a pretty good job in not seeing even a handful of the bands I really wanted to see.

Fox In a Box – Gore Gore Girls

The last funny thing that happened was that I saw Lee Perry at the airport, which was pretty much the last person I excpected to see there. I assumed cthat he travelled by UFO, not by Luft Hansa.

All in all, Austin is a great place but sxsw is a little too much.

OK,

cheers
Martin”

New single from Moder Jords Massiva – A mindmeld of Swedish ska and British trip-hop

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007


My impression of the ungainly Swedish ska collective Moder Jords Massiva has been blown out of the water by this new song from their upcoming album, Ren Ondska, due out in April on Flora and Fauna. Since the heart and soul of a band is the vocals in this case the heart and the soul has been taken up by guest singers Pelle and Annamarie. The deep beats are still present but these vocalists give Moder fresh life and this song, while sung in Swedish, has the universal appeal of the trip-hop of Portishead, Massive Attack or Tricky.

Hart Vader

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Exclusive new song from Rough Bunnies plus the Swedesplease t-shirt is ready

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007


I don’t have much time to write this post. Ironic too since it’s an important one with an exclusive new song from The Rough Bunnies and news of a Swedesplease T-Shirt.

First off there is a new compilation, Let It Bee, from the Italian label My Honey Records. Like it’s namesake the comp is all about honey. The Rough Bunnies contribution is called “Thought Honey” and it’s some kind of lofi-girl-group-hip-hop mashup. Other artists on the comp include Mutt Ramon, Sabastian Fors and Eisenhower. This same label has releases by Mixtapes and Cellmates and Detektivbryan scheduled for the next month or so.


Thought Honey

Bonus:

What A World

So the Swedesplease T-Shirt is done and it came out great. Shirts come in blue with the design in yellow (matches the Swedish flag colors), the shirts are mage by Glidden and are 100% cotton. The cost is $15 (plus $3 shipping), it’s a pretty limited run with three sizes available, so get your order in asap. You can click on the link to the right to be taken to a secure paypal page or email me here – cbonnell@gmail.com – to arrange some other form of payment.

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Old Dog Orchestra (members of Granada and Dungen)

Monday, March 19th, 2007


Old Dog Orchestra has some pretty serious pedigree. The group, if you can call it that, consists primarily of Christoffer from the band Granada and features the drums of Dungen member Fredrik Bjorling. This is a demo from their MySpace page but I’d expect something more formal from them in the coming year.

Late

P.S. I’d like to thank The Faintest Ideas and Marit Bergman for their take on this years SXSW music festival.

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(Swedish) Postcards From SXWSW – The Faintest Ideas wrapup

Sunday, March 18th, 2007

Here’s the wrap-up from Austin by the Faintest Ideas. Thanks guys!

Ok, party is over from our point of view. The show Friday went really well and the other bands were amazing. The turnout was all right too. Before the show Thomas Dybdahl did a good show at Central Presbyterian (why the moustache, though? why!?). Also saw Daniel Johnston at the convention centre, he was wierd but he played “true love will find you in the end”! Yesterday we walked around a lot, only catching one show, the BIll Callahan from smog, very good.

A Lovestory – Thomas Dybadhl

Then before we all went home we failed to see Buzzcocks, the Pipettes, Field music. Everywhere was crowded, and they only let people with badges in (mostly A&Rs). I think that every single show with a reasonably known band only let people with badges in. Had I been a
visitor and not an artist and had payed hundreds of dollars for my ticket I would have beed pissed seeing all theese music industy people passing me by in the lines.

One last thing, SXSW was great. Mark and Curt from our record label: thanks!

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(Swedish) Postcards From SXSW – Marit Bergman wraps things up (and survives the heat and tequila)

Sunday, March 18th, 2007


Marit Bergman proves she’s a honorary Texan by drinking copious amounts of Tequila and not roasting in the heat. Here’s her recap of her time at SXSW.

“Eyes Were Blue” video:

“Today I´m going home. But not really home but to New York. Which is sort of home now though.

Evaluation of SWSX:

I said the word ”Awesome” 3 times. I am so ashamed. Will have to make amends somehow.

Loved the Pipettes.

I recieved one of the best reviews I’ve ever gotten. Maybe not the most overwhelmingly positive one ever, but finally someone got me right!

Texas humidity is good for my skin. I´m a peach! ( or my cheek looks like one)

I found out that I am, despite my not so impressing height, able to drink more than 5 margueritas without falling over. I don´t know what is happening, I don’t understand my body anymore.

Nothing to do with SXSW really but the new Sahara Hotnights album is, well, absolutely not awesome, but brilliant, fantastic, beautiful, and Maria sings like a godess. No, you won´t get to hear it for a while (I have a secret Sahara dealer).

All my bags are packed I´m ready to go.”

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(Swedish) Postcards From SXSW – Marit Bergman searching for Vietnamese food and worshipping Amy Winehouse

Saturday, March 17th, 2007

Thoughts from Marit Bergman on Vietnamese food, Badly Drawn Boy and Amy Winehouse:

“I´m trying to find out what it´s called, the Texan bird that sounds like the strings from psycho. I´ve been searching the internet but I don´t find it. Maybe it´s just too common, so that the bird nerds can´t be bothered to put it up on their sites, because the bird isn’t cool or rare enough. The bird is black and it´s everywhere and it makes, as I said, this psycho noise. Anyone?

Yesterday I saw Badly Drawn Boy and he was cute and played nice well written real songs. And then I failed to see Amy Winehouse. Someone told me she was 19? Thought it was a lie and it was.

Rehab (Hot Chip Remix)

Amy Winehouse is very cool. (And a rare bird). Not because she apparently drinks a lot (nothing original about that) but because she comes off as being powerful and in charge. It´s unbelievable how many Main stream girls that feels like they´d do anything to please (…the 50 year old A&R guy). I´m so tired of it. It´s degrading to us all. It´s like saying ” I give up you win you set the rules and I´m ok with playing by them. ”. It is not ok.

Today I will try to find a Vietnamese restaurant that I had lunch at the last time I was in Austin. From what I can remember it´s the best vietnamese food I ever had.”

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(Swedish) Postcards From SXSW – The Faintest Ideas (Genghis Khan, Sauvignon Blanc and Archicture In Helsinki)

Friday, March 16th, 2007


(The Faintest Ideas playing last night in Austin at the Magic Marker showcase)

“Here’s a slightly hungover report from the three persons in The Faintest Ideas not hallucinating in fever, on the happenings of yesterday.

First of all, the gig went all ight and the other bands at the Magic Marker indiepop hootenany (as martin blogged about yesterday) were fantastic. So were the guys from Magic Marker, our label!

After the gig we found where all that free food and beer that we heard so much about is. First we went to the Japanese trade show and listened to Japanese teenagers in super strange outfits dancing to the song ‘genghis kahn’, now any Swede will know that the swedish dansband Vikingarna did a version of that song in the eighties. The bizarreness almost knocked us over. Anyway, this it turnes out, was the place to get free beer and food. So we indulged in japanese culture and American beer for sometime before going next door to the New Zeeland trade show. The music was a bit more understandable, and they gave us excellent Sauvignon Blanc. Yay for NZ.

After dining with Curt and Mark at some cuban restaurant we hit town and went to see Architecture In Helsinki. We all kind of assumed that we liked AIH but to be honest they were kind of dull. And funky. Why is is that any band with more than eight members on stage automaticly start playing funk? Well, it was a great night, and this is a great
(and wierd) place. Tonight is the big one for us, The Parish II at eleven.”

The Faintest Ideas – Friday, March 16 11:00 p.m. The Parish II (214 E 6th St)

/Christoffer/Joel/Daniel/TFI

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(Swedish) Postcards From SXSW – Marit Bergman Day Two

Friday, March 16th, 2007

“I am not a very complicated person. In fact I´m quite easy to please. This is what I need for happiness:

A stable blood sugar level
Sun
To play music.

The conclution is I´m quite happy right now (would be extra happy if I could be with my boyfriend. I haven´t seen him for a month and a half. But…. soooon!!!).

We had an excellent show last night. Due to shitty equipment I couldn’t hear a word I was singing but you just deal with it, that´s just how it is in these situations.

After the show me and Åsa made a run for Frida Hyvönens show, we were doing backing vocals on some songs. ”Shanghai” = magic.

Went for tacos. I like this festival for a lot of reasons but sometimes it also makes me hate rock music and the men who play it. Everywhere- men, men men. Very loud men.

Extremely unoriginal men. Guitar solos. My ears can´t stand it. I´m an old lady and the 6th street noise is just unbearable sometimes. Sorry.

The jet lag hammer then hit my already hammered head and I fell asleep as soon as I got into the motel room.

Today: interviews. And then… let´s see what the day might bring!”

I Drive My Friend (video) – Frida Hyvonen

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New songs from Eisenhower

Friday, March 16th, 2007


Eisenhower have posted a couple of songs from their upcoming cd on My Honey Records. These songs have that lofi demo sound that tends to ingratiate at first and then turns into full blown love.

Birthday Girl (by Gentle Smiles)
Hallo Baby I Love You

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(Swedish) Postcards From SXSW – The Faintest Ideas goes all twee (TullyCraft, BOAT, and the Manhattan Love Suicides) also a new song from Tullycraft

Thursday, March 15th, 2007


(Editor’s note – a quick update from The Faintest Ideas. They play tomorrow, here’s the info:

Friday, March 16 11:00 p.m. The Parish II (214 E 6th St) )

“This is Martin from (Gothenberg’s) The Faintest Ideas writing to give you a quick update from my perspective on a really weird festival, which is even weirder as I’m hallucinating from the fever I managed to get as soon as we landed…

At least I managed to go into town for an hour or so as we we were doing our first show together with The Manhattan Love Suicides, Tullycraft, BOAT and The Zebras, and during the short hour I was there I managed to see most of Tullycraft’s set and I did get to meet one of the guys who runs Abandoned Love Records.

Gotta run now as Clorox Girls are playing tonight, but we’ll be back.

best,
/Martin

Stowaway – Tullycraft

Kick It Back – The Manhattan Love Suicides

Last Cans Of Paint – BOAT

Lucky Pierre – The Zebras

Boys/Girls – Clorox Girls

Bonus video of new song by Tullycraft – “If You Take Away The Makeup, Then the Vampire They Will Die”

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(Swedish) Postcards From SXSW – The Faintest Ideas

Thursday, March 15th, 2007

Swedish band, The Faintest Ideas (formerly Javelin and now signed to Magic Marker Records) grace us with their first impressions of SXSW. Not a bad group of acts in one long day.

“Got here at noon, Texas turned out to be rainy and not very warm. Nice though, and somewhat looking a bit Swedish, strangely enough. After dumping our stuff at the place
where we’ll stay (fantastic place, fantastic people!) we went downtown to get out our badges and wristbands. We quickly found out that SXSW ia about standing in lines and
getting expensive looking flyers from crappy bands handed to you. Badges and wristbands collected we headed for a quick nap (which Martin never woke up from) and then downtown.

Checked out Emo’s and Emma Pollock (ok, not amazing), after that Beirut (where Joel met his old friend Teitur). Apparently someone told Teitur that Beirut was great, he still left after two songs. At the Central Presbyterian Church Rosie Thomas did an amazing gig, serene and very odd in the middle of the loud craziness that is SXSW, where every window displays a frantic drummers ass-crack. Christoffer ventured into Loney Dear’s (only saw the last song, that was good though) showcase meeting a very firendly Lucksmiths bass-player and the Zebras. Before bedtime Mountain Goats and Blonde Redhead got our attention, both very good.

Now we’ll try to find our record company and play our first SXSW gig. Will let you know what happened.”

The Faintest Ideas:

Capitol Between Brackets

Nosebleeders on the Track

Music experienced by the Faintest Ideas:

Elephant Gun – Beirut

Much Farther To Go – Rosie Thomas

I Am John – Loney, Dear

You Look Ready – The Zebras

(Swedish) Postcards From SXSW – Marit Bergman arrives safely (encounters other Swedes and a Norwegian or two)

Thursday, March 15th, 2007

Marit Bergman’s 2nd entry:

“AUSTIN (Day 1)

Finally! We have now been travelling for two days and two nights. Feels like we´re a gang of hobbits heading for Mordor and not a bunch of Swedes heading for Austin and SXSW. Or at least like some very old fashioned way of travelling and like we might as well have taken the boat. (Would have helped the environmental angst that these flying miles bring along with them!) Anyways, we´re doing fine, and it really could have been much worse. We met the norwegian band Sissy somthing (… action?) at the car rental in Houston and we think maybe, just maybe, they got to their show in time. We, lucky bastards as we are, are not playing until tonight.

DWTSSissy Wish

Busy busy day! Must iron my stagedress, curl my hair, paint my nails, and meet Ladybug Transistor for a recording session. 8 pm we´re on stage at Uncle Flirtys Loft. (Couldn´t find a venue with a cheesier name so that would have to do, for this time). And after that, me and my friend Åsa will make a run for our genious friend Frida Hyvönens show, since we´re doing backing vocals for her.”

You Never Got Me Right – Frida Hyvonen

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