Video of the Day #2: Darren Hanlon

July 31, 2010 § Leave a comment

Australian singer-songwriter Darren Hanlon has a new album entitled I Will Love You At All. I think it’s already out in Australia and in september Yep Roc will release it in the states. Darren Hanlon is a fantastic songwriter and I can fully recommend his whole back catalogue as well. This is a guy who can write a moving pop song about a kickstand or make squash sound like the most beautiful game ever. The first single of the album is All These Things. The song is wonderful and this music video is so adorable and beautiful. The best music video I’ve seen all year.


Darren Hanlon Website
Darren Hanlon at myspace


Video of the Day: The Sugar Stems

July 31, 2010 § Leave a comment

A whole lot of pop fun for a change. Thankfully I’m not totally lost in the country zone and pop music can still make me excited. First I “only” liked this, but after a couple of listenings I’m already loving it. It’s The Sugar Stems from Milwaukee and their debut album has just been released. I think I need to buy it..


The Sugar Stems at myspace

Flavour Of The Month set list

July 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

Flavour Of The Month was a blast. Both bands were brilliant. Go and see them play, if you have a chance. Also looking forward to some kind of Petty Crimes release, because that gig was just so damn good. I’m not sure can you say the same about the DJ, but this is what I played:

The Gaslight Anthem: American Slang
Elvyn: Lotta Lies
The Fox Hunt: Good Girl
The Fox Hunt: Troublemakin’ Woman
Bobby Emmett: Queen Of Hearts
Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit: Good
Two Cow Garage: Folksinger’s Heart
Teenage Fanclub: Baby Lee
Betty LaVette: What Condition My Condition Is In
The Black Keys: Tighten Up
The Black Keys: She’s Long Gone
Kasey Anderson: All Lit Up
The Wylde Mammoths: Help That Girl
The Hijackers: When I Get Home
The Hold Steady: Soft In The Center
Carolyn Mark & NQ Arbuckle: Downtime
The Brogues: I Ain’t No Miracle Worker
The Litter: Action Woman
The Turtles: Outside Chance
West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band: If You Want This Love
The Exploding Hearts: I’m a Pretender
Old Crow Medicine Show: Wagon Wheel
The Rationals: Look What You’re Doing (To Me Baby)
The Nerves: When You Find Out
Gentleman Jesse & His Men: All I Need Tonight (Is You)
The Sonics: Strychnine
El Goodo: Be My Girl
Tom Tall: Stack-a-Records
Vince Taylor & His Playboys: Brand New Cadillac
Peanuts Wilson: Cast Iron Arm
Stiv Bators: Not That Way Anymore
Teenage Kicks: Restless
Social Distortion: Cold Feelings
Jason & The Scorchers: Mona Lee
The Red Button: Cruel Girl
The Posies: Flavour Of The Month
The Minus 5: You Don’t Mean It
The Screaming Tribesmen: Ice
Mark & The Spies: But I Do
Nick Lowe: Heart Of The City
Anssi 8000 & Maria Stereo: Bachelorism
The Beat: Walking Out On Love
The Only Ones: Another Girl, Another Planet

These were not in any order and I might have forgotten a few. Mostly same old shit (albeit fantastic shit) as you can see, but some newer stuff as well. Anyway, now it’s time to hit the sack, because in 4 or 5 hours our baby kitten wakes up and does some kind of Simon’s Cat imitation if I don’t take her outside for a walk.

Pete Molinari’s Finland Tour With Flannelmouth

July 28, 2010 § Leave a comment

This just hit my mailbox:

Live Nation and Kaiku Agency proudly present joint tour of British country blues genius Pete Molinari and Helsinki indie act Flannelmouth. Tour Dates are as follows: August 18 Helsinki, Virgin Oil Co. August 19 Turku, Bar Kuka. August 20 Porvoo, Bar Soho. August 21 Tampere, Telakka.”

Pretty excited about this and I definitely will go to the concert in Turku.

Pete Molinari Website

Pete Molinari at myspace

Flannelmouth Website
Flannelmouth at myspace

Review: Justin Rutledge – The Early Widows

July 28, 2010 § Leave a comment

Justin Rutledge: The Early Widows (Six Shooter, 2010)

Canadian Justin Rutledge is one of my favourite country and folk troubadours and I’ve been following him since falling in love with his debut album some years ago. The Early Widows is his fourth album and it’s again utterly wonderful. I’m certainly still in love with that gentle, sensitive voice that makes me feel so good and comfortable. Mr. Rutledge is also more than able to write stories. He draws little wings to the carefully chosen words, wraps them into a beautiful melody and let them fly to the core of your heart. It’s all so subtle, pure, captivating, poetic and yet so easy to listen, love and enjoy. In a way fragile and broken, but a curling arena full of heavy metal friendly musicians couldn’t create anything as strong and powerful. The first half of the album is worth of all the hearts in the world, the latter half is slightly weaker but still really good. The only thing that I don’t personally like is the addition of the gospel choir to several songs. It’s not that they don’t sing beautifully and well. They really do. It’s just a personal preference that I usually prefer that things stay quiet and small and the gospel choir make the songs grow too big for my own taste. Nevertheless, The Early Widows is again a wonderful album and Justin Rutledge easily keeps his place in the coffee table for the greatest modern country & folk singer-songwriters.

Justin Rutledge Website
Justin Rutledge at myspace

Review: The Wynntown Marshals – Westerner

July 27, 2010 § Leave a comment

The Wynntown Marshals: Westerner (Charger Records, 2010)

Another reviewshine favourite of mine is The Wynntown Marshals from Edinburgh and they deliver high quality scottish americana and After being addicted to scottish pop music and in general for the past ten years, The Wynntown Marshals often sounds oh so familiar.  Sometimes I think of records as my friends (just how sad is that) and I surely can form a strong friendship with Westerner, because it seems like we come from the same place and know groups like The Jayhawks, Uncle Tupelo, Teenage Fanclub, Richmond Fontaine by heart. Despite that familiar sound, The Wynntown Marshals aren’t mindless copycats. They just have better influences than most and have been able to create a versatile album that works beautifully as a whole. There’s this kind of lighter country jangle with pop melodies and (should-be) hit potential, slower and moodier country balladry and everything in between. Maybe that one completely stunning and outstanding song is missing, but there’s a bunch of really good songs and I like everything that is on the record.


The Wynntown Marshals at myspace

Review: Teenage Fanclub – Shadows

July 26, 2010 § Leave a comment

Teenage Fanclub: Shadows (PeMa, 2010)

Good stuff.


Teenage Fanclub Website
Teenage Fanclub at myspace

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