Archive for July, 2008

“New” Stuff from Peace In Our Time and Montt Mardie

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

There are probably a handful of Swedish artists that I just can’t say any more about. I’ve used up all the adjectives in my book, and I can’t praise them any more highly. Montt Mardie and Peace in our Time are two such bands. If you do a search over there on the right you’ll find countless posts about each band. So with out further ado here’s a song off the new Peace In Our Time record A Glimpse Of Happiness out now on Series Two and a Montt Mardie track from his Introducing…Best Of record released in England this week by Ruffa Lane.

Desperate for something to say
– Peace In Our Time

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Set Sail Tomorrow

The Fastest Boy In School

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Do you ever sit and wonder who will be the next impossibly large, incredibly poppy, Swedish indie pop ensemble to rival I’m From Barcelona? Well, wonder no longer it’ll be salut!machaut or at least I wish it could be.

The band is from Malmo, one of the epicenters of Swedish indie pop, and is seven members large. Here’s their new song…see what you think. The band will be performing at the Lidhult Festival on August 23.

The Fastest Boy In School

Bonus from their first demo ep

Tom and Joanna

Train Song

Them Jacks channel Morrissey (only happier, janglier, and with a slight Swedish accent)

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

What if Morrissey had slight Swedish accent and Johnny Marr was more into jangle pop than whatever it was he did on “How Soon Is Now”? What if instead of depressing tales of self hatred and lost love they were slightly more positive and humanistic. Well enter Them Jacks from Gothenberg. This group has an EP under their belt and they’ve just added a couple new songs to their Myspace profile. I love “Out Of Your Head” and I expect you will too.

It’s amazing that here in Chicago(land), where there are more people than in all of Sweden, we can’t come up with a handful of bands to compete with all that Gothenberg has to offer. Why is that!?

Order the band’s EP by emailing them directly here – them_jacks@hotmail.com.

Out Of Your Head

A Summer Single from Second Hand Rumors

Monday, July 28th, 2008

I had a super busy weekend at Six Flags Great America so I’m afraid both of my sites might suffer a bit this week. Luckily the band Second Hand Rumors emailed me their new summertime single “Summer Night Tune”. What stands out to me on this song and from this band is the musicianship and the pop stylings. This song is taken from their 2008 release So Many Steps.

Summer Night Tune

Swedish Music Roundup (Nina Kinert, Marching Band, Air France, Detektivbyran)

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

(Artwork by Ginette Lapalme via Secret Still)

Anyone’s Guess has something new from Nina Kinert.

Everyone’s talking about Marching Band.

Apparently damien is listening to… Air France.

Raven Sings the Blues has some new music from members of Espers and Ghost.

Several blogs seconded and thirded my excitment about the new Detektivbyran including this post form the excellent Eardrums.

Swedish Music Video Roundup

Friday, July 25th, 2008

Niklas Hegfalk “Misleading Eyes”

Making of video with Winny Lee

Winny Lee “So Here We Are”

Vapnet – “Inga faglar”

The Poet And The Drunk – “Mama Shot Me Down”

More thumping robotic electro-(p)funk from Val Venosta

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

This post fits into the “if at first you don’t succeed” category. I wrote about the robotic funk of Swedish group Val Venosta the other week and was soundly ignored. Listen to “Got To Go Home” or go back and check out this earlier post of the songs “Kaleidescope” and “Union” and tell me this group doesn’t deserve your full attention.

Got To Go Home

Bonus:

Carlo In Q Minor

The Heart-Sick Groans sound nothing like their name

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

Let’s get one thing out in the open. Am I good or am I good? Seriously. Listen to this new song from Heart Sick Groans and then answer that question.

This multi-layered bit of pop with it’s interwoven vocals, odd percussion, and heartfelt crooning is a great addition to the just slightly emo Swedish indie pop scene (Loney Dear, Jens Lekman, Pelle Carleberg). Is this your new favorite band, or what?

(Do you like this new conversational style? Just saw a documentary on Hunter S. Thompson so I thought I’d throw myself into the story.)

The Season For Us

The Competition, Sweded (Anti-Dark Knight), And Sofia Talvik

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

The Competition:

Stop Us Not is a relatively new London based Swedish music blog. Swedish bands often play London first or make repeated trips their before crossing the Atlantic. This blog mainly recounts and previews these live opportunities.

Sweded:

I saw the Dark Knight this weekend like every other red blooded American. And while I liked it, it was flawed in several ways. The story had holes, the pacing was odd at times, and while the character of the Joker was all that, we came to see the Batman and only at the end did we get a fair dose of him, his strengths and his weaknesses.

A small film that will stay with me longer than The Dark Knight is Be Kind Rewind with Mos Def and Jack Black. Its take on the creative process is one of the best I’ve ever seen. In the film Jack Black’s character erases all the vhs tapes in a small video store. To solve the problem of the blank tapes Mos Def and Jack Black enlist the odd folks from around the neighborhood to re-shoot the films. They film them in their own odd way and then rent the remake. This process they call “Sweded” after the country of Sweden (I’m not sure if they ever say why?!). Anyway that’s the connection with Sweden, it’s very minor but it gave me the chance to recommend this excellent movie.

Sofia Talvik:

Sofia Talvik and her management are trying hard to make her a star. It’s borderline obnoxious. But I shouldn’t hold her plans for world domination against her shimmery, well produced singer/songwriter pop. Sofia’s playing Lollapalooza this month, but she’s also playing a more intimate show at The Swedish American Museum in Andersonville on July 31 at 7:30 PM. Call the museum for more info – (773) 728-8111.

First single off the upcoming album Jonestown – “As Summers Pass”

Detektivbyrån’s Back!! New LP “Wermland” Available For Pre-Order Now!

Monday, July 21st, 2008

Detektivbyrån used to be the best under discovered band in Sweden. Anything this good (regardless of its lack of mass appeal, limited commercial potential or even the fact that it lacks lyrics) will find a place in the world. Whether this gets discovered through placement in advertisements, film soundtracks, or hopefully written about on countless blogs, Myspace profiles or Twitter updates (I’m looking at you James Gunn, and don’t try to hide Alexandra I can see you too) is up to you. All it should take is a little bump to put this band into the consciousness of the right people that will enable them to reach a broader audience.

I’ve been writing about the band for years, but amazingly their upcoming release, Wermland, is their debut LP. So this is not one of those bands that comes from nowhere only partially formed (Cold War Kids, Vampire Weekend). The songs on Wermland don’t stray far from what got them here. And that is a combination of traditional folk, gypsy, circus and world sounds combined with modern (and not so modern) electronics (often home rigged). It’s so hard not to compare this band’s music to film so I won’t bother restraining myself. “Om Du Moter Värg” starts out like music from the next Tim Burton production, but rather quickly becomes something you’d expect to hear in a Wim Wenders or Werner Herzog film. And that’s because it’s music of dreams. And dreams are what the films of those three visionaries are closest to.

A release date of September 3rd has been set for Wermland, but you can pre-order the record now here (Sweden) or here (Int’l).

Om Du Moter Värg

P.S. If you liked this there’s an ever so slight chance that you’ll be smitten with Kirsty McGee’s “vaudebilly” over at Songs:Illinois (sorry for the shameless cross promotion).

Swedish Music Roundup (Kristoffer Ragnstam, Kitty and the K, Pelle Carlberg, Detektivbyran)

Sunday, July 20th, 2008

(“Nautopilot” by Kathleen Lolley)

Some Velvet Blog has a new song from Kristoffer Ragnstam.

#1 Hits From Another Planet is totally grooving on Kitty and the K.

Like Sugar has the next confessional pop hit from Pelle Carlberg.

The Punk Guy has a info and a new song off of Detektivbyran’s upcoming release.

“No Song” by The Second Band (live blogging this sucker!)

Friday, July 18th, 2008

In what could possibly be a first on the internet I’m going to do a live blog video review of this brand new song by Sweden’s The Second Band. I just got this not 5 minutes ago in my in box so I haven’t heard it or prepared any comments on it. But I’ve loved just about everything the band has done and every direction they’ve taken their music; so let’s hope for the best. Go to the comments section to see my video live blog and feel free to add your own.

No Song
(or download the .zip here)

Swedish Purge (warning – revolting!)

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

(I’m so sorry about the video…I couldn’t resist!)

My inbox is fill with Swedish music that I’ve barely had time to listen to. Instead of ignoring it completely I will share it with you with little or no editorial on my part.

Hanif –

“Talk Is Cheap”

Electro prog-rock from Fontän –

“Early Morning”

Indurain –

“This Moment”

Skuggan (formerly Shade Tree) –

“Rör vid mig igen”

Swedesplease featured in Paste Magazine’s world issue!

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

Here’s the piece I mentioned the other day that’s running now in this month’s issue of Paste Magazine (thanks to Aquarium Drunkard for the heads up). Paste has risen from an also-ran into a great publication poised to overtake Spin and Rolling Stone. And I’m not just saying that because I’m in this month’s issue (oh alright, maybe I am!!)

Happiness.

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

Happiness. has an upcoming Split LP with Tar…feathers on Adagio. It’ll be limited edition 600 lp run of pink and green vinyl. Here’s a song from the lp called “Look At That Rabbit Go”.

Look At That Rabbit Go

Video for “Look At That Rabbit Go”

Swedish summertime hip hop from Stockholm’s Daltone (Netwerks.se)

Monday, July 14th, 2008

Word on the street is Swedesplease got a nice mention in Paste Magazine this month but I haven’t seen it yet. Also Rolling Stone (Germany) linked to our recent piece on Ossian Ekenger (original post here). Let’s keep the good vibes going with this Caribe flavored summer hip hop jam from the Stockholm duo Daltone. It’s called “LaLaLa”:

Daltone – Lalala (Så ni vet)

Swedish Music Roundup (Dungen, Zeigeist, Sad Day For Puppets, Montt Mardie, Juvelen)

Sunday, July 13th, 2008

(“Hug Me” by Rey Ortega)

More Than Milk believes there is a conspiracy regarding the similarities between the Knife and Zeigeist, has two songs to prove it (btw caffeine and music seems to agree).

A Plague of Angels clears up any confusion about the name of the band Sad Day For Puppets.

Here Comes The Flood discovers Montt Mardie and his new UK “best of” album.

Ohh! Crapp falls hard for Juvelen.

Everyone’s talking about the new track/album from Dungen.

Swedish Music Video Roundup (Action Biker, Assid, The Ackermans, Syket)

Friday, July 11th, 2008

Action Biker – “ICA Lappis”

Assid – “When Your Baba Is Black”

Syket – “Grillstugan”

The Ackermans – Song In Your Street”

Sweden’s Val Venosta charges onto the scene with their blend of Electro-punk!!

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

Alright, hold up. Sit down. I never say I’ve discovered the next best thing, do I? I never say I’ve found that one Swedish band that can break out and be adored by Stereogum, GVB, Pitchfork and Discobelle. I usually just present the music and let you decide. Until now. Val Venosta is all that and a bag of chips. They’re all daftpunkblocpartylcdsoundsystemed.

The band’s been a member of MySpace since July 6, 2008. I’m guessing they didn’t expect any press for at least a couple more days. So excuse them for not having their act together (photo, bio, agent, etc, etc). However in only a few days they’ve made their mark and added a number of illustrious friends to their page (Sophie Rimheden, Svart, Oh No Miriam!, Daft Punk, Kent, Hot Chip, Chromeo etc). Sure they may not be the complete package yet, but two of the four songs they have up are marvelous examples of euro electro (f)punk.

The band says they sound like a dry martyini. Sounds more like robots on Ambien chased by tequila with Red Bull.

Anyway here’s “Kaleidoscope” and “Union”.

Kaleidoscope

Union

A smorgasbord of Swedish bands cover hits from the 80′s on Buffet Libre’s “Rewind” series (Friday Bridge covers Billy Idol, We Are Soldiers We Have Guns covers The Go Go’s, Adventure Kid covers Men Without Hats and many more)

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

You’d have to be on another planet not to at least have heard of Buffet Libre’s 80′s cover project. The Spanish website has embarked on the auspicious mission of covering all the great songs from the 80′s. They’ve signed up a ton of great bands and are giving all the music away for free. I’d been staying away until now, but with this Billy Idol cover by Friday Bridge I can remain quiet no longer.

After listening to this sterling cover I now want to go though the entire site and listen to all the bands and their favorite covers from the 80′s. The Swedes are well represented on this four disc compilation, below I’ve chosen my favorites.

Eyes Without A Face

Bonus song: Bryan Adams “Summer Of 69″ by Stockholm based electronic trio PYT (more from these guys tomorrow)

Summer Of 69

Double Bonus: Cloetta Paris’ take on Shakin Stevens’ “Cry Just A Little Bit”

Cry Just A Little Bit

Oh wtf here’s a bunch more Swedish bands covering hits from the 80′s

Our Lips Are Sealed
– We Are Soldiers We Have Guns

All Cats Are Grey
– Band In Box

Safety Dance
– Adventure Kid

Where Do The Boys Go
– Mr. Miyagi

The Final Countdown
– The Social Services

Not Swedish but I just love this dude.

Linda Linda
– Julian Nation