Flavour of the Month – Graceskull, The Soft Rabbit, Marty The Random Guy

February 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

Flavour of the Month is once again just around the corner. I’m pretty excited about this one, because Vaasa boys Graceskull and The Soft Rabbit are hitting the stage along with local roots guru Marty The Random Guy. It will be a great evening. Make sure you visit those links below, if you don’t know these guys. They are all wonderful. Here’s the information in finnish:

FLAVOUR OF THE MONTHIN VAASA-SPECIAL

Turkulaisen indieklubi Flavour Of The Monthin maaliskuun iltamiin 4.3. saapuu vieraita Vaasasta, tuosta Klamydian, Sportin ja pohjalaisen vaatimattomuuden kehdosta. Pääesiintyjänä kuullaan tummasävyistä ja tyylitajuista Graceskull-yhtyettä, joka tekee paluuta sekä levytys- että keikkarintamalla monivuotiseksi venahtaneen tauon jälkeen. Bändin johtohahmo, matalaääninen solisti ja biisintekijä Ove Ritola tunnetaan myös monesti Flavourin alkuvuosina klubilla vierailleesta The Sugarrushista sekä mm. The Conquistadorsista. The Sugarrush-miehistöä pyörii illan aikana lavalla sekä Graceskullin että Sugarrush-basisti Timo “Coma” Silvennoisen sooloprojektin The Soft Rabbitin taustalla.

Illan avaa ei-vaasalainen vahvistus, kun Turun oma Marty The Random Guy saapuu paikalle akustisine soittopeleineen ja juurevan folk/blues/songwriter-materiaalinsa kanssa. Illan henkeen sopivaa, tosin vähemmän vaasalaista, levymusiikkia tarjoilee Flavour Of The Monthin oma DJ-komppania.

lyhyesti:

pe 4.3.
FLAVOUR OF THE MONTH
“Vaasa By Night Special”
Graceskull
The Soft Rabbit
w/ special non-Vaasa guest Marty The Random Guy
+ FOTM DJ team
liput 3€
linkit:
Graceskull Website
The Soft Rabbit at myspace
Marty The Random Guy Website

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Video of the Day #43: Caitlin Rose & Rowan

February 25, 2011 § 2 Comments

Two videos for today. First we have a country singer-songwriter Caitlin Rose from Nashville, Tennessee. The song is called Own Side and it’s from her debut album. I must admit that I don’t really know Caitlin very well. I heard a couple of songs from her earlier EP sometime last year and since that she’s been on my list of artists/bands that I need to pay attention to. But I never really properly listened to her until a little promoter called Rowan entered the picture…

And here’s that little promoter I was talking about. Rowan is a 5-year old girl and she is singing that same song on the video below. Ok, proud parents filming their kids singing their favourite songs. There’s probably thousands of similar kind of videos on youtube. Most of them are probably nice, but it’s very often just the parents, relatives and friends that find these videos really cute and adorable. However, Rowan singing Caitlin Rose’s Own Side Now is pretty much the cutest and most adorable video on the internet. She looks so cute and sings so well. I’ve watched this probably twenty times during the past two days and this just makes me happy every time. Thanks Rowan for introducing Caitlin Rose’s songwriting talent to the world. I will buy her album just because of you.

Caitlin Rose Website

Video of the Day #42: Summer Fiction

February 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

Back to Philly. Summer Fiction is a Philadelphia-based pop group led by Bill Ricchini. Their previous music video Chandeliers also featured in this video of the day section. I loved that song, but never properly checked out the full album. I really need to do that now, because this seem to be totally my kind of stuff. Throw Your Arms Around Me is another wonderful and oh so charming song from their debut album.

Summer Fiction Website

Video of the Day #41: Samae Koskinen

February 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

Ivo Corda has directed a great music video for the latest Samae Koskinen single En anna periks that came out in january. I still love this song and I’m confident that the new album Kuuluuko, kuuntelen (due out 16th of march) will be absolutely wonderful.

Samae Koskinen Website

Review: Mirel Wagner – Mirel Wagner

February 23, 2011 § 1 Comment

Mirel Wagner: Mirel Wagner (Kioski Rec, 2011)

Mirel Wagner proves that pitch black can shine brightly. This young singer-songwriter has created something that you rarely or never hear on these shores. On the river banks of Mississippi in the late-twenties it might have been common, but not so much hundred years later in Finland. Maybe the greatest songwriter ever Townes Van Zandt once said that there are two types of music. The blues and zip-a-dee-doo-dah. This falls into the blues category and a graveyard full of black metal guitarists couldn’t create anything half as heavy and raw as Mirel Wagner’s self-titled debut album. I’m still amazed that there’s a young Finnish woman who can write convincing blues songs about subjects like hanging on to a dead lover and kissing his rotten tongue, because death can’t tear them apart.  Mirel Wagner is a huge talent and already a stunning singer-songwriter. Her restrained and bare, but extremely mesmerizing phrasing sends slow-paced shock waves into my bones and the fragile dark beauty of the album completely captures my attention. Occasionally the dreary gloom of the songs can become so excessive that if I look into the mirror, in order to judge the emotions I’m feeling, I see a slightly reserved smile having just a light edge over a mildly scared grin in their quiet battle. No matter which side is winning, there’s always one emotion that stays the same. It’s the love towards her music.

I admit that five hearts might be a little too much at this point in her career, because a couple of these songs aren’t that memorable if you just consider words & composition. However, her presence, the hauntingly brilliant atmosphere and the way she whispers the words into the air, lift even these less-great songs to a whole another level. The album leans strongly to a  folk & blues songwriting tradition, but you shouldn’t get scared if that’s not your cup of cheese cake. For example, this could well appeal to fans of Mazzy Star or Jesse Sykes, or PJ Harvey, because this hits pretty much the same spot in one’s body. Even though they don’t have the courage to hit it with just a staggering voice and a vulnerable guitar. In overall, this rugged, sad & beautiful blues/folk album is simply amazing. It is able to travel into such deep and muddy waters that sometimes I can just barely see the surface, but I’m still fairly confident that these songs are more likely to heal me than drown me.

Mirel Wagner at facebook
Mirel Wagner at myspace

Jarkko Martikainen and Austin Lucas

February 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

Jarkko Martikainen has recently recorded a cover version of Austin Lucas’ Bells with Finnish lyrics. Kellot was recorded last september with the help of Samae Koskinen and it’s a very good version of the song. I do prefer the original, but also Jarkko nails this one pretty damn well and adds his own vision and style to the song. You can listen to the song on Jarkko Martikainen’s new website. He also has a new album called Usko coming out in april.

Jarkko Martikainen Website

The great Austin Lucas has a new digital single Thunder Rail out now on Last Chance Records and the new album will follow in the spring. I think this was the second time I’ve ever bought a digi-single, but I love Austin and had to get it. The single is fantastic even though a little surprising. He seem to be going towards a full band sound, but I don’t mind at all because this sounds equally brilliant as the earlier country & folk troubadour stuff. I’m really looking forward to the album. Here’s a cool live version of the title track of the previous album Somebody Loves You that was one of the best albums of 2009.

Austin Lucas Website
New single at Last Chance Records

Review: Phil Wilson – God Bless Jim Kennedy

February 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

Phil Wilson: God Bless Jim Kennedy (Yesboyicecream / Slumberland, 2010)

Phil Wilson was the frontman of the somewhat legendary mid-eighties indie pop group The June Brides and now, over 20 years later, Phil returns to this ball game  and shows that he can still handle the art of writing really good pop music. That’s also a small relief, because every now and then one has to face the fact that a past hero returns and releases something that you don’t find interesting at all. Thankfully this is not the case with Phil Wilson. God Bless Jim Kennedy is a great pop album and it seems like quite a logical step forward even though there’s over 20 years in between the last The June Brides releases and this album. He hasn’t abandoned his indie pop roots and a lot of that same magic is still around. However, he is not just trying to relive the past glory by totally copying the old sound, because it’s the only thing he knows how. Not at all.  It’s more like he is just gently modernizing the 80’s indie pop sound and it works beautifully. The album is full of sweet & delicate pop songs which are also catchy and danceable and the whole thing sounds fascinating. Well done.

I Own It:

Phil Wilson Website

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