Archive for September, 2008

A little “Heartache On the Side”

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

I’d hate Swedesplease to be typecast as a Swedish indie pop blog. I’m open to writing about just about anything. In fact I would feature much more jazz if the artists and labels were open to it. But jazz seems to be about the last genre to fully embrace mp3 blogs. Luckily Gothenburg based jazz singer Patrick Rydman took a chance and sent a couple songs from his debut record I Will Do It. Maybe he didn’t realize I’m a big fan of Kurt Elling, Patricia Barber and the Green Mill (Al Capone’s speakeasy – now jazz club extraordinaire) here in Chicago.

Check out that Blue Note-esque cover art above and the breezy song “Heartache On The Side” below. You can buy the new record here.

A Heartache On The Side

The first single from Tvärvägen (riyl Beirut, Madlib, Fog) (plus news of EST and Theresa Andersson)

Monday, September 29th, 2008

My Swedish Smiths week is over but my love of melancholy pop is not. That brings us to the new song from Tvärvägen. “September” is a sad song with intervals of noisy clattering instruments. Tvärvägen is being called a one man orchestra and if that is true this song and the coming album is even more impressive.

The new record, Sånger från Tvärvägen, is out in November on Knoppar Records. You can find the first single, “September”, below.


P.S. There’s been lots of Swedish music in the news of late. I can’t keep up with all of it but I did find these two articles interesting:

Esbjorn Svensson posthumous gift to music…

Theressa Andersson – Talented down to her toes…

The final installment of the Swedish version of “Hail To The Smiths” week with Twig

Friday, September 26th, 2008

Twig’s debut record on the Peruvian indie pop label Plastina Records is out now. The record is entitled Life After Ridge and combines new songs with songs that have been bouncing around for awhile. This continues and evolves out of the romantic guitar pop sound the band first introduced through homemade cdr’s and then 7″ on Cloudberry.

If you hear any literary references it shouldn’t come as a surprise since the lead singer is a librarian and is surrounded by great books all day long.

Helen Of Troy

“Ciau Ciau Bomb” live at the Stockholm Public Library

Swedish Video Video Roundup (Tony Clifton, Norma, Double Park, Pär Hagström & Cirkus Transmopol and Days)

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

Tony Clifton “Deliverance”

Days “A Part Of The World”

Days “Stupid Clown”

Double Park “Moving To The City”

Norma “Waste”

Armand Mirpour’s brand new video for “Curly Boys Law” (fwiw cute swedish girls, dorky guys and a game of dodgeball)

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

This video has a chance to go viral. It’s got the three essential elements – a cute girl (s), a catchy tune, and a Swedish dodgeball game. Come on, how could it not! This was so special it had to go up on it’s own, but don’t fear the rest of the weekly Swedish Video Roundup will follow shortly.

Amand Mirpour “Curly Boys Law”

More of “Hail To The Smiths” week with Cocoanut Groove

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

I’m going to continue my Swedish “Hail To The Smiths” week with a new song from the London based Swedish artist known as Cocoanut Groove. I know this sounds a bit more like the summer of love somewhere along the California coast but I’m committed to my theme and I’m not turning back. I’m sure if you listen close you can hear a little Moz in this soaring pop.

Cocoanut Groove is Olav Antonsson from the band Everyday Mistakes.

Midsummer’s Dream

Björv The Band (The start of “Hail to The Smiths” week)

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

This may be the start of “Hail to The Smiths” week here on Swedesplease. Bjorv the Band’s song “Many But Lonely” has all the requisite requirements to start the week off (mainly charm, longing, self loathing, etc, etc,). Besides Morrissey and The Smiths, this band lists its influences as The Beatles, Jonathan Richman and The Beach Boys.

Man I like these guys from Göteborg.

Many But Lonely

New EP from We & Lisa

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

Here’s the We & Lisa playbook:

1 part Californian 60’s pop

1 part British 80’s guitar/synth pop

1 part today’s indie rock/electronica

They are the mellowest thing I could find to write about on this Monday morning in which I struggle to find the energy to start the day. After listening to “Ana” and now “Too Close For Comfort” I’ve decided to roll back over and sleep a little bit more. Good night….

Too Close For Comfort

Gothenburg Strikes Back – Tennishero (edit)

Friday, September 19th, 2008

With of all things a mash up of Spanky and Our Gang and Sebo K.

(Via Tennishero (edit) blog CheesyNotCheesy.

Like To Get To Know You

Malmö is the new Göteborg (New Music From Bakers At Dawn and The Argument)

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

It seems that way with all the collaborations and cross polination that’s going on. For instance there is a new record from experimental pop group Bakers At Dawn, as well as something from a new group comprised of Marcus from Bakers At Dawn and Niklas from Big Strong Union. That group is called The Argument.

You can download a .zip of the new Bakers at Dawn record here or listen to a new song at their Myspace page. Here are the songs I like from each group.

First You See Me, First You Don’t

The Argument

Forget About The Politics

The Social Services first single an indictment of Sweden

Monday, September 15th, 2008

The Social Services first single off their forthcoming LP was released today via their London based label Stereo Test Kit. It’s an pretty stark indictment of Swedish society. The song is called The Baltic Sea and it compares the Swedish people to that cold barren sea, while at the same time complimenting the country on it’s “furniture and storage solutions”.

I’ve written about “Baltic Sea” before so I also include the album track “The Final Countdown” below. The new record is called It’s Nothing Personal, It’s National Security and is out Oct. 6.

The Baltic Sea


The Final Countdown

Swedish Music Video Roundup – Three big new videos from Hello Saferide, Val Venosta and Those Dancing Days! (plus some dude in his apartment with an acoustic guitar)

Friday, September 12th, 2008

Tim Koch – “Fifteen Steps”

Hello Saferide – “Anna”

Those Dancing Days – “Home Sweet Home”

Val Venoata – “Kaleidescope” {These guys have my vote for best new band of 2008 and now best (ie most appropriate) video}

The Swedish Electro Hip Hop Of Ghostpony

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

Ghostpony went live on Myspace yesterday. They have no comments yet and only a couple friends (influential ones though like Lykke Li, Juvelen, and Rigas). Needless to say the band (one guy?) doesn’t have much of a biography/discography yet, which is good because I don’t have any time to parse it (I’ve got to work out and then pick up the kids at school). What I do know for sure is that these two songs below are on a 5 song EP that’s due out in November. Contact the band through MySpace for more info.

“Love To Hate” isn’t mindless techno. It tells a cute little story of a relationship gone bad. The synthesized guitar solos and groovy beats are a nice addition. Think a more deranged Depeche Mode, Prince in his Black Album period, or a subtler, more refined NIN. So what do you think? Don’t leave me hangin’ in the comments section.

Love To Hate


The Best (Charmingest) Swedish Song of the Year (plus something new from Pinto, and a remix of Marit Bergman by Monster Bobby)

Monday, September 8th, 2008

Shit! How do you say that in Swedish? Busy, busy, busy, and things are falling through the virtual cracks. Here’s an update with more reader recommendations. Goddamn I think I like this new format.

Erik Hallden has listened to a ton of British pop. I hear so much of Jazz Butcher that it’s uncanny. Erik’s new song “If I Ever Get Married” somehow name drops John Cale, Lou Reed and Harry Bellefonte (somehow rhyming Bellefonte with Del Monte and John Cale with cocktail). I haven’t heard a better indie pop song all year, how `bout you? RIYL Pelle Carlberg, Jonathan Richman, Jens Lekman and/or even The Smiths.

If I Ever Get Married

Lofi early stuff from Erik Hallden

Do The Right Thing

When My Broken Heart Was Modern Art

The Jungle

Barely SFW video of “If I Ever Get Married”


Pinto sent over his new song and it’s a lovely spinoff of “Little Drummer Boy” called “Restless Heart”.

Restless Heart


UK artist Monster Bobby sent us his remix of “Out On The Pier” by Marit Bergman. He’ll be appearing in Sweden. Here are the dates:

Landet in Stockholm on the 18th
Nationernas Hus in Linkoping on the 19th
Debaser in Malmo on the 20th

Out On The Piss

Exclusive song from Armand Mirpour’s upcoming debut record “Boy Will Sing For Directions Home” (plus a video game challenge!)

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

Most of the great music this week comes thanks to reader suggestions. I couldn’t do it without you, so thanks. I’m especially grateful for the recommendation to check out the Stockholm based band Armand Mirpour. The band is centered around Armand and creates pop music influenced by The Smiths, Belle and Sebastian and The Decemberists.

The band is releasing their debut record in a few months called Boy Will Sing for Directions Home. It’ll be a concept record with a storyline that you can follow from song to song. In this way it reminds me of Billie The Vision and Dancers, as well as Ramona Cordova. The song that undoubtedly will be the hit single is called “Curly Boys Law”; it’s streaming on MySpace and I should have the video to share in a week or so (cross fingers).

The song below may or may not make the final cut. It’s exclusive to Swedesplease so let Armand know what you think in the comments.

Lucky Lady Hotshot

P.S. Armand asked me to relay this video game challenge to Swedesplease readers:

Oh! Did I mention – I really enjoy videogames? Super Smash Bros in particular. My friendcode is 4725-9375-8797. Anyone who wants a good challenge can send me theirs on MySpace.

New music from Björn Kleinhenz, Fredrik and Jonas Lundvall

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

I have lots of small little bits of news clogging my email inbox. I’m going to try to free things up a little bit this morning. And as a byproduct share some pretty great Swedish pop with you.

1) Björn Kleinhenz has a new record coming out on Tomt Recordings. In lieu of releasing the album for free like many others are doing Bjorn and his label are releasing two cover versions of his new songs each week. So, while the band Kid Icarius is from Germany, here they are covering one of the new songs off of Björn Kleinholtz’s new record Quietly Happy and Deep Inside.


2) Kora records has announced the upcoming release of the new record by a side project of The LK’s. The band is called Fredrik. The new album Na Na Ni will be released in the fall. The song “Black Fur” doesn’t have any of the electronic dance pop sounds we’re become familiar with from The LK. But the layered vocals, cello and other odd instrumentation make this a charming song.

Black Fur

Jonas Lundvall is a singer songwriter based in Gothenburg who performs under the name Klifton Filente. He’s released his new ep and it is now available for free over at Last.FM. The loungy indie piano pop of Deux will appeal to fans of Brian Wilson, The Pernice Brothers and Joel Alme.

To Make Things Right

Swedish Video Roundup (Pets, Air France, Maia Hirasawa)

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

Pets “A Good Day For Telling Lies”

Air France – “Collapsing at your Doorstep”

Maia Hirasawa – A homemade video for “Crackers”

Adventure Kid – “Delorean Motor Company”

Detektivbyran – Signing the pre-orders of the new album to the tune “Camping”