Archive for November, 2010

Kids – “I’m Gonna Miss YOu”

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Usually a record label’s name has little to do with the content of its recordings. For instance you’d never know that Suburban Home Records in the US is a hard rocking americana label from its name, or that K Records is lofi indie from the Pacific Northwest. But in the case of Nineteen Eighty Records’ new act Kids you could make at least an educated guess about their sound from the label’s name.

“I’m Gonna To Miss You” has the sound of a John Hughes soundtrack or early MTV videos or a night out dancing at the 18+ club.

I’m Gonna To Miss You

new songs/album from Le Days

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Le Days (aka Daniel Hedin) has announced the upcoming release of a debut album titled Dead People On Tape. The predominant instrument may be an acoustic guitar but this is by no means folk music. It’s a disturbing blend of over the top emo and confessional rock a la Jeff Buckely. Here’s the first single in all it’s tormented glory.

Ring Baby Ring

Swedesplease Christmas Mix (The Hives, Sally Shapiro, Hello Saferide, et al)

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

So far a lot of these songs are from last year (or years past), hell I even recycled the photo. I’ll do my best to update this mix as new songs appear. I love these songs. They are some of the best Christmas songs you’re likely to hear and for a large part they are ones I’ve dug up first. So Enjoy and Merry Christmas (three weeks early).

P.S. Here’s the zip (

P.P.S. If you are really hard up for more Christmas music you can check out the roots leaning Christmas sampler over at my other site Songs:Illinois.

12/13/10 and a half UPDATE

Oh Snap! I just found this song from Parker Lewis singing “All Alone On Christmas” via the Italian blog Polaroid. I guess it was recorded for this blog. I love Parker Lewis and this whole mix is outstanding. Click here to get the whole Christmas-y compilation (also features Shout Out Louds).

All Alone On Christmas
(via Polaroid blog)

12/13/10 UPDATE This Christmas song was originally meant for friends of Linnea and Joel formerly of Tupelo Honeys. It was released to friends in 2007. Now Tupelo Honeys has morphed into the Swedish band The Forest and The Trees and they’ve decided to release this song for everyone.

Santa Claus Is Coming

12/07/10 UPDATE

The guys at Art Acoustic sent me their little original electronic Christmas song, “Christmas In The Woods”; it’s a great addition to the mix. Thanks guys.

Christmas In The Woods

12/01/10 UPDATE

The Swedish band Holmes originally released this song in 2007 as a sort of Christmas card in audio format to friends and family. This season it’s getting a wider release thanks to the band and Bandcamp (where it can be downloaded for free).

There’ll Be No Christmas Without You

11/30/10 UPDATE

I should have had these three songs in the mix long before this but I’m just getting organized. If you have any other songs you think are missing email them to me at cbonnell (@)

Soon After Christmas
– Stina Nordenstam
Auld Lang Syne
– El Perro Del Mar
– Acid House Kings

11/28/10 UPDATE

Bossa nova beats, chill vocals, and a summertime Christmas theme. Perfect for our first update to this years xmas mix. The Ocean Tango is a collaboration between “French pop craftsman Louis Philippe and Swedish art-pop conceptualists Testbild!”

Christmas in July
– The Ocean Tango


Snow Angel
– Kate And After

It May Be Winter Outside (But In My Heart It’s Spring)
– Lisa Millberg

Christmas In July
– Ossian Ekenger

All I Want For Christmas
– The Genuine Fakes

A Chistmas Duel
– The Hives Vs. Cyndi Lauper

Carol for The Lonely
– Sofia Talvik

Anorak Christmas
– Sally Shapiro

X-mas Carol NYC
– Parker Lewis

Oh What A Christmas
– El Perro Del Mar

Oh Sweet Christmas!
– Oh Sweet Music!

I-Pod Xmas
– Hello Saferide

Christmas On The Beach
– Irene

Holy Night
– Thomas Denver Johnsson

All These Winter Nights
– Higher Elevations

Christmas Peace
– Shade Tree

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
– Bobby Baby

This Christmas (If You Come Back)
– The Carny

A Blue Christmas
– The Perishers

Bon Jovis Jollat
– Montt Mardie

Christmas Reindeer
– The Knife

Last Christmas
– Le Sport, Montt Mardie, Mr Suitcase

Christmas Day
– Strayfolk

Poetry for the Winter
– Komon (hopped up twee on adrenline)

Jingle Jangle Christmas
– Metro Jets

Snodde Julen I Är
– Ish (Sophie Rimheden and CK)

Run Away With Me
– Jens Lekman

It’s Christmas But Not For You

Christmas On The Dancefloor
– Sophia and Sophia (Rimheden & Talvik)

Swedish music video wrapup (Lykke Li, The xx, The Tallest Man On Earth, The Loveable Tulips)

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Museum of Belles Artes – Days Ahead

Museum of Bellas Artes – Days Ahead from Force Majeure Records on Vimeo.

Robert Svensson – Dancing With The Wolves

Robert Svensson – Dancing with the Wolves – InMyKitchen from Mr Tim on Vimeo.

Lykke Li – Get Some

The Tallest Man On Earth – Love Is All

The Loveable Tulips – Fortune favours the brave

New Found Land – Foul

New Found Land – Foul – InMyKitchen from Mr Tim on Vimeo.

Old Amica

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Weird lofi, yet dynamic w/electronics, but reminiscent of Neil Young at times from Sweden. Yes, Please! Old Amica.

Figuring Out

November M.A.P. – The Best Music in the World for the Month of November

Monday, November 15th, 2010

To download all 34 songs in one file click here

ARGENTINA: Zonaindie
Alvy, Nacho & RubinEl Galán De La Paternal (The Magnetic Fields cover)
Alvy, Nacho y Rubin Interpretan a Los Campos Magnéticos is the result of a singular process of research, translation and reimagining of Stephin Merritt’s songs. The project was crafted by three talented musicians from Buenos Aires and Mr Merritt himself revised and approved the adaptation of his songs. El Galán De La Paternal (The Luckiest Guy On The Lower East Side) is the first single and you can download it here as a MAP exclusive. The whole album is available on iTunes.

AUSTRALIA: Who The Bloody Hell Are They?
I’m excited that over the next six months we’ll be getting both a mini-album (in January) and a full-length release from Sydney experimental/glitch/pop crew Ghoul. It’s been a long wait, but Ghoul have grown a lot since self-releasing their debut mini-LP A Mouthful Of Gold in 2008. Both the production and the songwriting have taken epic leaps toward a more nuanced, crisp sound that relies less on jazz streaks and tangential arrangements to maintain attention and more on melody and detail. 3Mark is a sign of great things to come.

BRAZIL: Meio Desligado
Epic, dark post-rock is at the core of Sao Paulo-based band Labirinto, whose first full-length album is already one of the best Brazilian releases of 2010 and is also remarkable due to its gorgeous artwork. Anatema is the main song on the album, which is available from their Bandcamp.

CANADA: I(Heart)Music
Radio RadioDekshoo
On the surface, Radio Radio may seem like a joke: a couple of hipsters from New Brunswick rapping in extremely slangy French about stuff like Kenny G, luggage and, on this song, penny loafers. Dig just a little deeper, though, and you’ll find the band members are actually expert satirists, skewering just about every target they can find (except for Kenny G; their love for him seems serious). With brilliant lyrics and fun music, it’s no wonder the band was included in this year’s Polaris Music Prize shortlist.

CHILE: Super 45
La Reina MorsaFiesta Pequeña
Originally from southern Chile, La Reina Morsa’s members took up permanent residency in Santiago with their own music projects. But their common tastes brought them together to release their debut album Dónde Están Las Jugueterías? (“Where Are The Toy Stores?”), the brand new sensation for the current season. Fiesta Pequeña (“Tiny Party”) is the first single, a great presentation card for this band which creates a pop sound that features acoustic guitar, bizarre animal visions and a sweet, child-like naivety. We strongly recommend you download the full album for free, directly from the Sello Cazador website.

CHINA: Wooozy
JJayNostalgic Melody
JJay’s ear-melting vocals coasting smoothly over dreamy soundscapes peppered with catchy, thudding beats and soaring synths have earned him a serious fanbase. JJay first moved from Beijing to Shanghai to study while also forming several post-punk bands. After earning a master’s degree in science in the US, he returned to Shanghai and met B6 with whom he shared a passion for Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk and Royksopp. Once the voice of IGO with B6, possibly the first synthpop band in China, JJay is now pursuing solo work after the band split in 2009.

COLOMBIA: Colombia Urbana
El TigreQuien Como Yo
Sebastian aka El Tigre is a rapper from Medellin. His new crew, Los Extraditables, are actually giving the world a new theory: Drugs aren’t the only thing that can be exported from Colombia – good music can be too. Quien Como Yo is a classic dancehall track with a nightclub vibe.

DENMARK: All Scandinavian
The KitesSummer Missus
Exactly one year ago I featured quartet The Kites and their very infectious pop-rock in the Music Alliance Pact. A month later they released the great four-track EP, The Kites Are On, and recently they followed up with this bittersweet gem, co-produced by neo-disco prodigy Vinnie Who aka Niels Bagge. Both the EP and Summer Missus are available for free at their website – so go download it.

ENGLAND: The Guardian Music Blog
Trophy WifeMicrolite (acoustic)
Exclusive acoustic version of the Oxford indie-dance trio’s debut single, out on Moshi Moshi Records now. “Four minutes of limpid loveliness that suggests – with its gently insistent electronic pulse, swathes of shimmering synths and aching perkiness – Vampire Weekend playing New Order”, says the Guardian’s new band of the day writer Paul Lester. “It’s our old friend, sad disco, something to dance to even as you ponder the vapidity and meaninglessness of frivolous self-expression.”

70vierailijaaTärkeintä On (Puutarhanhoito)
With a gentle touch of female voices blending together and an elegant progressive instrumentation, 70vierailijaa create charming dreamy pop to melt the cold winter nights. Their recently released self-titled debut album is full of traditional Finnish themes and melodies, but with the refreshing twist of soft indie music, in an addictive mix of old and new and of local and global sounds.

GERMANY: Blogpartei
A ForestA Stereotype
A Forest definitely run the unfair risk of being overlooked. Their musical mixture of souly electronica does not want to paint the town red. Instead, they create cautious, almost fragile songs on their debut album, Leaves Leaves Fall Fall Rain Fall, that get under your skin. The featured single, A Stereotype, is a perfect example for this sound which is founded on jazzy rhythms and soulful voices, especially from Fabian Schuetze. A Forest will release a new, as-yet untitled EP in March.

GREECE: Mouxlaloulouda
Film (featuring Hildur Kristín)Harmur Fuglsins
Harmur Fuglsins, an atmospheric song with cinematic aesthetics that effortlessly creates images of tender, hearth-side warmth, is the bewitching outcome of a collaboration infused by the strikingly contrasting geographical and artistic backgrounds of Film and Rökkurró’s Hildur Kristín Stefánsdóttir. Curling around an eloquently subtle arrangement armed with guitars, delicate noises, pounding drums, sombre sonic textures, melodic synth lines and electronic facets and combined with the marvelous, ethereal vocal touches of Hildur brings out its tremendous beauty with every listen.

ICELAND: I Love Icelandic Music
First we had Sykurmolarnir, known worldwide as The Sugarcubes. Now an Icelandic electronic trio of youngsters from Reykjavik goes under the alias Sykur (“Sugar”). Their shows are fun-filled, sexy and energetic and they collaborate with local rappers and pop and rock singers. Rocketship, which has guest vocals from Útidúr singer Rakel Mjöll, is taken from Sykur’s debut album Frábært Eða Frábært, which was released a year ago on the Icelandic Record Records label.

INDIA: Indiecision
Sulk StationContentment
Bangalore downtempo act Sulk Station define themselves as “mellowdramatic pop”, a term that captures the essence of their ambient soundscapes particularly well. The young duo’s minimal yet stark productions are powered by vocalist Tanvi Rao’s lazy delivery. Contentment grows from a Zero 7-esque drone to a swirling dance track which wouldn’t be out of place at an EDM club downtown.

INDONESIA: Deathrockstar
BangkutamanOde Buat Kota
Ode Buat Kota, which means “an ode to the city”, is taken from Bangkutaman’s latest concept album about hard life in Jakarta – the pollution, traffic, crime, house loans, etc. Their music is influenced by The Stone Roses, The Byrds and The Mamas & The Papas. They are one of the most well-respected bands in Indonesia.

IRELAND: Nialler9
KasetteYou Were More
Kasette consist of a trio of school friends who formed a music partnership while on a J-1 visa in Vancouver. They have just released their debut EP entitled A Mixed Tape which showcases the girls’ brand of chamber folk-pop. Simple and soft, Kasette’s music is in its infancy but it’s already lilting and lovely.

ISRAEL: Metal Israel
Desert (featuring Joakim Broden)Lament For Soldier’s Glory: Order 227
Israel is comprised of many Russian-born people, some Jewish, some not. Lament For Soldier’s Glory: Order 227 by Desert taps into Russian history, describing Stalin’s cruel command that any soldier captured by the enemy was considered a traitor. Its haunting melodies and driving rhythms sonically depict pain and determination. And as all of Desert served (or are still serving) in the Israeli army, they know what it means to fight for survival. Vocalist Joakim Broden of Sweden’s Sabaton (Nuclear Blast Records) lends his talents to the tale of war and blood.

ITALY: Polaroid
SybiannMonsoon Breath
You don’t really want to know where this is going to end up. Kraut, post-rock, noise, Liars, Deerhunter… it’s a scary, puzzling orgy of sounds. The amazing debut album of this young band from the town of Ravenna will fire up the imagination of anyone who has the guts to listen to it.

MEXICO: Red Bull PanameriKa
MovusAl Filo Del Origen
Movus is a five-piece band from Guadalajara. Theirs is a very cinematic post-rock sound, filled with peaks and valleys of instrumental narratives. For their second album Maxa FireKeeper (produced by Jimmy LaValle from San Diego’s The Album Leaf), they were inspired by the Huichol Indians’ myths: Maxa is a deer that guards the mystical fire of the universe. Al Filo Del Origen (translated as “at the rim of the origin”) is as epic as Explosions In The Sky and as evocative as a new soundtrack to the Dr Who sci-fi series.

NETHERLANDS: Unfold Amsterdam
Daily BreadAbout Birds And Bees
This raw trio from the north of the Netherlands label themselves as “sexy garage dance”. They’re certainly sexy, glamming it up at times, banging out taut, fast, noisy grooves reminiscent of Franz Ferdinand or !!! – albeit with a female vocal on top. Particularly live, they’re all about big beats, sweat and dancing. However, About Birds And Bees tunes into a summery Sixties garage-pop vibe instead. And they’ve delightfully avoided any tweeness precedent by writing a deliciously poppy, organ-driven ode to the one-night stand.

NEW ZEALAND: Counting The Beat
DisasteradioNo Pulse
Disasteradio is Luke Rowell’s one-man synthpop outfit. No Pulse comes from his second album Charisma. With this album, Disasteradio has shifted the balance a little more on to songs rather than sounds compared to past releases. The end result is an album with vocodered vocals and a crunchy new wave feel – part Devo, part Gary Numan and part computer game. Charisma is available on Bandcamp and you can watch the video for No Pulse on YouTube.

NORWAY: Eardrums
Young DreamsYoung Dreams
Young Dreams is a Bergen-based collective who make beautiful pop with equal doses of tropical flavours and Phil Spector/Brian Wilson influences. The project started in 2009 and now has as many as 10 members, including profiled musicians such as Matias Tellez and Chris Holm. Young Dreams will release two 7″ singles in early 2011 and their debut album is in the making. They will also perform at the upcoming by:Larm festival.

The SatelliteEl Sol
The Satellite began their activities as a band in 2006 with a slight tendency towards post-rock, fusion and experimentation, using any sound that was available. In 2008, with a consolidated style, they released their second EP, 124, which contains El Sol. The band is currently composing more musical pieces and looking forward to making a debut album which they hope will come out very soon.

PORTUGAL: Posso Ouvir Um Disco?
Emmy CurlSeafire And Its Waltz
Emmy Curl lives in a northeast Portuguese town and has studied classic guitar in a music conservatory. However, her songwriting and singing is closer to a mix of ethereal and alternative folk than to anything classical. Imagine a blend of Lisa Germano and Suzanne Vega. She is one of a number of promising unsigned Portuguese artists and is due to have her first European tour.

ROMANIA: Babylon Noise
Thy VeilsThe KnifeChild
Daniel Dorobantu comes from Timisoara and is the mastermind behind this beautiful experimental/ambient project. A bit dark and somehow persistent, Thy Veils’ music is that soundtrack you always wanted for your weird dreams. And if you have trouble dreaming, visit the official site, where a slideshow of the band’s videos (The KnifeChild included) will help with the visuals.

Bwani JunctionTwo Bridges
You should know fairly instantly whether Edinburgh’s Bwani Junction are the band you’ve been waiting for when I tell you that they sound like a cross between The Libertines and Vampire Weekend. They are unsigned but, given the buzz that surrounds them, probably won’t be for much longer. Two Bridges is already a singalong anthem among their rapidly increasing fanbase.

SINGAPORE: I’m Waking Up To…
Nicholas ChimMidnight
Nicholas Chim is a singer-songwriter who walks the thin line between being absolutely self-indulgent and giving every iota of emotion that he conveys through his music. What results is some of the most earnest songs that shine in their simplicity; yet, the complexity of his arrangements and lyrics come forth distilled and pure. Nicholas is in the middle of recording his second album, Forgiefan, but has kindly shared a contemplative, folksy offering from it entitled Midnight. He hopes you enjoy the music as much as he did writing it.

SOUTH AFRICA: Musical Mover & Shaker!
MerseystateJersey Girl
With a rock sound that has been compared to other stellar acts but is still uniquely their own comes Merseystate. They are the culmination of alternative rock at its best. Jersey Girl officially launched them on to the music scene last year. It’s a deftly-crafted song that tugs at you then whirls into melodic pop euphoria.

Autumn VacationDreamy Even In Deception
Autumn Vacation showcases the songwriting skills of Bobby Chung – the mastermind behind former MAP artist Julia Hart – and the warm, addictive voice of Gyepy, who could previously be heard as the female vocalist of Broccoli, You Too? The duo recently put out a self-titled album full of what they hope to be perceived as thought-provoking easy listening, providing the same sense of peacefulness as strolling in a park. As lovely as anything else from the band, Dreamy Even In Deception is a light and sweet pop tune that is bound to make you crave more.

SPAIN: Musikorner
6pmLetters Play
Formed in mystical Santiago de Compostela in 2003, 6pm are an electronic/indie duo that has found inspiration in ambient/shoegaze bands such as Sigur Rós, Múm, Styrofoam or even The Postal Service. Letters Play, taken from their rather uknown last EP called Tape Worms, is certainly a breath of air in the Spanish ocean of indie music, where we rarely find inspiring ambient electronic tracks. 6pm are working on their sophomore album, set to be released sometime next year.

SWEDEN: Swedesplease
Johan HillblomSneak Preview
Sneak Preview by Johan Hillblom may be underproduced but that doesn’t mean it’s amateurish. The trumpet solos are great, the odd beats cool, and Johan’s crooning vocals clear and crisp. The lyrics are personal and clever without being pretentious. Examples include “you should see the gallery in my cellphone, you look like an angel from every angle” and “once when I was drunk I accidentally poked you on Facebook, and what’s worse you didn’t poke back”. If you are looking for the next Jens Lekman or Montt Mardié (or the next cast member of Glee for that matter), look no further.

The Circle BrothersHands At The Steel
You say Nick Cave, I say Alban Ringli. Never heard of him? Alban Ringli is the singer of Swiss indie-folk outfit The Circle Brothers and he gives his two bandmates (who also happen to be his brothers) a special touch in a Nick Cave manner. They have just released their new record Love & Disorder. It sounds gloomy and anxious but still has a gleam of hope.

UNITED STATES: I Guess I’m Floating
TV GirlOn Land
San Diegan dudes TV Girl know how to make one hell of a pop song. On Land is quickly becoming one of our favorites of the year, matching the earnestness of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s debut with the hooks of MGMT’s most memorable songs. Their debut EP is a free download on Bandcamp. Keep your eyes peeled for TV Girl in 2011, they’re gonna dominate it.

VENEZUELA: Barquisimento
MochueloLa Reina Del Lugar
Venezuelan rock band Mochuelo are known for their electronic sounds and all of the members pour their influences into one unique concept. Their guitar distorsions, contagious rhythms and sweet female vocals saw this band walk away with first prize in the 2005 New Bands Festival. La Reina Del Lugar is from their second album, Un Tanto Mas.

Swedish R&B from Albin Gromer

Friday, November 12th, 2010

I heard Michael Jackson has a new single that he is releasing from the grave. I could seriously care less. Although this song by Swedish r&b artist Albin Grower reminds me a bit of Michael. If I translated the Swedish correctly there will be a video release for this song on Nov. 25. I’ll try to follow up then, but for now enjoy the song “Likadan”. Which means quite simply “like”.


Albin Larslin and The Bad Dressed Arctic Explorers (what else can I say!?)

Monday, November 8th, 2010

I have almost completely given up on MySpace as a place to find new and exciting indie music. It is so riddled with spam, cheesy bad bands, and dating/sex scam advertisements to render it almost completely unusable. But every once in a while I stumble upon someone worthy of your attention. Albin Larslin and The Bad Dressed Arctic Explorers from Karlskoga, Örebro län are a perfect example of one of the diamonds in all that rough.

So what’s their sound? you ask. Hard to say as they are a mix of hand-clapping indie pop, snarly punk pop, and horn driven funk. So in a nutshell Bruce Springsteen mixed with Green Day and add a little Belle and Sebastian for good measure.

I have a couple songs to share; I hope you enjoy them.

Holy Golightly


Ji Nilsson is back with “Good Boy Vs. Bad Boy”

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Ji Nilsson’s song “Lalalovesick” is one of the most popular songs in recent Swedesplease history. I recently saw that Ji had posted a new song on her MySpace page so I got back in touch with her. The new song is called “Good Boy vs. Bad Boy” and unlike most pop songs with this theme the “good boy” actually comes out on top. So for all you good boys out there – there is hope. And for all you bad boys – cut it out!

Like “Lalalovesick” this song feels like it comes from a different time period. And I guess that should come as no surprise as Ji Nilsson’s Myspace page is full of imagery, photos, and styles from the 20′s, 30′s, and 40′s. At the same time it would be perfect (and not out of place) for something like Glee or an off Broadway musical. I’ve been asked before where you can buy these songs and songs from other artists featured on Swedesplease. The quick and easy answer is you can’t, but please do get in touch with the artists through their webpages for more info.

Good Boy Vs. Bad Boy



More new music from Johan Brännstöm

Monday, November 1st, 2010

More Dylanesque poetry-songs from Johan Brännström. The new ep is called My God How The Money Rolls In. It’s available in its entirety here via Bandcamp.

Born On Your Birthday