June 30, 2009 § Leave a comment
Haruko’s album Wild Geese is now out and available. I got my copy this morning and I’m completely in love with the album. A lot more about the greatness of Haruko in the coming days/weeks, but I can already say that Wild Geese is totally captivating and the most beautiful album of the year so far.
June 29, 2009 § Leave a comment
There’s some good news and some bad news about Baby Sweetcorn. Let’s start with the good news:
“The first four sold out recordings, namely Coming Up As the Night Comes Down, Rosary Principle EP, Small Hour Drama b/w Heart of Gold and There and Not Dare can now be downloaded from http://www.mediafire.com/babysweetcorn for free”
This is also a note to self. I need to go and download the first two because I don’t have them and probably have not even heard them. I can fully recommend Small Hour Drama and There and Not Dare. They are really great little records.
Then moving on to the bad news:
“It’s now ten years since Baby Sweetcorn’s inception and as some of you might have noticed we’ve been more or less inactive for the last year and a half. That said, now is as good a time as any to aknowledge and announce that Baby Sweetcorn has retired indefinitely. As always, the future is uncertain. For now, we’ll be pursuing other dreams. Thanks to everyone we’ve met along the way. Be seeing you.”
Ten years is a long journey for an indie band (or any band for that matter), but it’s always a bit sad to see a great band drift into retirement. Hopefully they one day decide to return, but even if they don’t, they can feel good about what they achieved. They’ve certainly left their mark to the finnish music scene. That mark might not be a big glamorous sign that everyone will notice, but a small symbol crafted with love and care is often more meaningful. Baby Sweetcorn wrote that symbol also to my heart with the excellent releases Small Hour Drama, There and Not Dare and Ghosts and Sunsets. Stylewise these three releases were a perfect match with my heart. Thank you Baby Sweetcorn and good luck with pursuing other dreams.
June 29, 2009 § Leave a comment
Time for the most useless lists of the week aka the things I loved during the week.
1. Dinosaur Jr: Farm
No reason to change a good concept. It sounds oh so familiar and it’s a great album.
2. The Lemonheads: Varshons
I love The Lemonheads, but I’ve got to admit that this cover album isn’t very good as a whole. It has its moments like the opener I Just Can’t Take It Anymore, but there just isn’t enough great material for an album. It’s not terrible and one could gather up a very good cover ep out of the material, but it’s still a very dissapointing release.
3. Kiss: Kiss / Dressed To Kill / Destroyer / Love Gun
Kiss addiction didn’t go away in a week.
4. Radio City: Class of ’77
This lost power pop gem is still on the playlist.
5. College Fall: 2009 European Tour EP
A tour EP that also contains a few tracks from their upcoming album.
1. The Avett Brothers: I and Love and You
2. The Lemonheads: I Just Can’t Take It Anymore
3. Kiss: Strutter
4. Duke & The King: If You Ever Get Famous
5. Dinosaur Jr: Over It
According to last.fm I’ve listened to I and Love and You 54 times so far. It seems I’m rather excited about the upcoming The Avett Brothers album. It’s again a really great song eventhough I don’t think that it’s is even close to reaching my imaginary top 5 songs by The Avett Brothers list.
June 28, 2009 § Leave a comment
A while ago I promised that I will buy at least one album from Notlame.com every month. Since then I’ve been waiting for Bruce to add June’s new releases to the website, so I can start living up to my promise. Now the new bunch of records in online and the first thing that caught my eye was this punky power pop group The Leftovers and their new album Eager To Please. It’s been produced by Linus Of Hollywood and it seems like a great summer soundtrack. Especially the songs Get To Know You, Dance With Me and Girlfriend sound pretty damn great on their myspace. Oh and please listen to Dance With Me and tell me what song comes to your mind, because the verse of it reminds me of something and it drives me insane that I can’t figure out what it is eventhough it feels like it something that I’ve heard million times. Maybe some 70’s power pop classic or something even more obvious. Anyway, The Leftovers sound great and I already ordered the album. More about this when the album arrives.
The Leftovers Website
The Leftovers at myspace
I’m pretty excited about this new plan to support Not Lame due to selfish reasons. I think I’ve missed plenty of great power pop discs along the years (and obviously will still miss a lot, because one can’t buy them all), but now this new project forces me to go through the new releases and therefore I might find a few jewels that I might have otherwise missed. Of course there’s a risk that instead of buying 1-3 albums a month, I start buying 10 albums a month and that might be a bad hit to the bank account for an unemployed person.
Oh and last evening /night was quite perfect. First a great football game and then Flavour of The Month club at Pikku-Torre, Turku. College Fall, Nopat and Jaakko Söderström were all great. Yours truly played some records in between the concerts and because I haven’t made these playlists for a while, here’s what I played. It’s not in any order:
Super Deluxe: Farrah Fawcett
The Seeds: Can’t Seem To Make You Mine
The Lemonheads: I Just Can’t Take It Anymore
Cheap Star: Make You Cry
Jason Lytle: Brand New Sun
Popsicle: Hey Princess
Great Lake Swimmers: Palmistry
Richmond Fontaine: Post To Wire
Loudon Wainwright III: The Swimming Song
Luna: Sideshow By The Seashore
Gentleman Jesse & His Men: All I Need Tonight (Is You)
Chatham County Line: The Carolinian
The Zombies: Leave Me Be
The Munsons: Rough Boy
The Lucksmiths: T-Shirt Weather
The Brogues: I Ain’t No Miracle Worker
Neil Young: Tell Me Why
The Bishops: City Lights
Tinted Windows: Nothing To Me
The Posies: Flavor Of The Month
The La’s: There She Goes
Dinosaur Jr: Over it
The Minus 5: You Don’t Mean It
The Mooney Suzuki: Ashes
The Corvettes: Beware Of Time
Teenage Kicks: Restless
Sunnyboys: Happy Man
The Raspberries: Go All The Way
The Byrds: I’ll Feel A Whole Lot Better
The Nerves: When You Find Out
The Sonics: Strychnine
Stiv Bators: Not That Way Anymore
June 25, 2009 § Leave a comment
Big news for the fans of The Avett Brothers. The first single I and Love and You from the upcoming album is available as free mp3 download exclusively at spinner.com. I just listened to it 21 times in a row.. so yeah.. I kind of like it. It’s another stunning song by The Avett Brothers and I don’t know how I’m able to wait for the album. I think I’ve listened this song a few hundreds times by the time the album is actually released.
June 23, 2009 § Leave a comment
Being a big fan of Felice Brothers it isn’t any wonder that I instantly fell in love with this. The Duke & The King is Simone Felice’s new band and their debut album will be released by Loose Music in july (in the uk) and by Ramseur in august (in the states). A seven inch single is already out on Loose and there’s a bunch of great songs from the album on their myspace. Sounds like an album that is worth all the hearts in the world. I can hardly wait to be able to hear it. So beautiful..
Oh.. and because I mentioned The Felice Brothers I have no other choice than to add this beautiful video of Felice Brothers plaing on some field for a few people. I so wish I had been there and I’m so jealous to that small audience. This might well be my favourite music video at youtube and I can just watch it over and over again..
June 23, 2009 § Leave a comment
Australian College Fall is currently on an european tour and therefore Flavour Of The Month club decided to organize a summer edition of FOTM. The event will take place at Pikku-Torre, Turku on 27th of june. College Fall will share the stage with Nopat and Jaakko Söderström (Ben’s Diapers frontman’s first solo gig). College Fall will also play in Helsinki at Liberte on 1st of July where they are supporting Mother Goose.
Oh.. and new College Fall album The Curse Of Us will be released next october.
COLLEGE FALL in Finland:
Flavour Of The Month-klubi, Pikku-Torre, Turku, 3€, klo 21-03
with Nopat ja Jaakko Söderström, FOTM DJ:t
Supporting Mother Goose