10 years & 10 reasons: Penniless

August 31, 2011 § Leave a comment

Penniless: A Cab to the City (West Side Fabrication, 2011)

This series has mostly focused on my old favourites, but now when the 10 year anniversary party is three days away, I thought it’s time to blow a bit of that nostalgia away and celebrate the fact that Finnish indie music is still very much alive and constantly producing future classics. A Cab to The City by Penniless is a definitely a future classic and the best Finnish album of the last few years.

Penniless (and formerly Penniless People Of Bulgaria) has been around since the late 80s / early 90s producing a huge amount of great indie rock songs. I found them probably around 1997 when I bought Velocity. Even though I really liked them from the start, if being brutally honest, I don’t think they were that important to me until the single Adam’s Apple Pie and the album Anola came out in 2001. Adam’s Apple Pie definitely was the final enlightenment and the moment I completely fell in love with them. After that I’ve been planning my pilgrimage to Nakkila (which I shamefully still haven’t done) and enjoyed each and everyone of their releases. The back catalog is extremely convincing, but yet they managed to release the finest album of their career last year. A Cab to the City is just damn brilliant. Power, melancholy and beauty wrapped inside glorious rock songs. It might cause a gentle havoc inside you, but that will only help you feel better. The Missing, Hail Of Bullets, Brothers.. There’s a huge amount of utterly wonderful songs. A perfect album.

Penniless Website

Watch Brothers:

Watch Hail Of Bullets:

Watch Panic:

(The reason why I started making One Chord To Another was the fact that I had totally fallen in love with Finnish guitar pop / power pop bands and wanted to make them better known. Nowadays onechord.net seem to cover a lot of obscure country bands from all over the globe, but Finnish pop was the starting point and still is the main reason this website/blog exists. One Chord To Another becomes 10 years old on 17th of september, 2011. It’s been a long journey and therefore I think I’m allowed to feel a little nostalgic. This not-so-cleverly named 10 years & 10 reasons writing series is meant to select 10 albums/releases that were a huge reason why I either started making One Chord To Another or why I’m still making it. So basicly just 10 finnish releases that will always have a huge place in my heart. One every month I think, so it will be december until the nostalgia is over. Bear with me)

The Weather Station – All Of It Was Mine

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Before getting completely lost in the world of power pop it’s good to remember that I do love other things almost as much. For example unique and magical folk music of The Weather Station sounds absolutely marvelous to me. Ok, I can’t say that I’m an expert on Toronto-based The Weather Station aka Tamara Lindeman, because I’m just listening to her new album All Of It Was Mine for the first time. However, I’m already completely captivated and ready to believe that this is a special record. The songs are intimate & amazing and and I love the bare & beautiful sound of the album. Somehow listening to this made me think of Sibylle Baier’s beautiful folk classic Colour Green and I suppose that can’t be a bad thing. The album just came out on You’ve Changed Records, label that only seems to release great records.

Listen to opener Everything I Saw:

Everything I Saw by The Weather Station

The Weather Station Website
The Weather Station at Bandcamp

Power Pop #6: Sloan – The Rest of My Life

August 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

There’s two reasons to pick the wonderful Canadian indie rock / power pop group Sloan tonight. 1) This blog is celebrating 10 year anniversary next saturday at Pikku-Torre and Sloan has been quite a big influence over the years. One Chord to Another is an album by Sloan and another Sloan album Pretty Together was the first album I ever reviewed. 2) Today Sloan informed that they are offering a new digital singles album for free. It’s entitled Sloan – Select Singles 1992-2011, it contains 14 great Sloan singles and you can download it for free from NoiseTrade. It’s extremely difficult to pick just one song from it, because I pretty much love all those 14 singles. But I’m an extremely logical person and therefore I think I don’t pick anything from One Chord to Another or Pretty Together this time around and instead go with this beauty from their seventh album Action Pact (released in 2003).

Sloan Website

News: Doug Paisley at Dynamo, Turku on 10.09.2011

August 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

Oh my. This is something really wonderful. I’ve been focusing on Flavour Of The Month on 3rd of september, but it’s also about time to start promoting this upcoming concert at Dynamo, Turku that takes place a week later (I don’t have anything to do with this concert, I’m just excited about this). Doug Paisley is one amazing folk/country singer-songwriter from Canada. If you loved Damien Jurado’s Finland tour, you will love Doug as well. This guy is fantastic and will play his only show in Finland on 10th of september at Dynamo.

Doug Paisley live at Soundscapes

Dynamon 2011-Klubien sarja tuo Dynamon lavalle jälleen poikkeuksellisen hienoa elävää musiikkia:

Doug Paisley on kanadalainen laulaja ja lauluntekijä, jonka musiikki versoo vahvasti sekä kantrin että amerikkaisen folkin maaperästä. Samalla Paisleyn musiikki on kuitenkin aivan omanlaistaan – kyse ei ole retroilusta tai perinteeseen verhoutumisesta. Paisleyn laulut ovat kauniita ja eleettömiä, tarkkaavaisia ja paljaita, sekä äärimmäisen tarttuvia.

Paisleyn uusin albumi Constant Companion (2010) on saanut paljon huomiota jopa valtamediassa, Mojosta The New Yorkeriin, ja mm. Rolling Stone -lehti kutsui sitä yhdeksi vuoden 2010 parhaista singer-songwriter-albumeista. Levyllä Dougia avustavat mm. The Bandin kosketinsoittaja Garth Hudson ja kanadalainen indietähti Leslie Feist. Levyä seuranneen kiertueen Paisley teki Bonnie “Prince” Billyn seurassa.

Dynamossa Doug Paisley esiintyy yksin kitaransa kanssa.

“…effortless and insightful, full of songs that draw you in with their peaceful, easy surface and then dump a big load of hurt on you.” – Pitchfork, Stephen M. Deusner

“Americana album of the month” – Uncut

“Minä pidän tästä musiikista, tämä tuo minulle rauhan.” – Elmeri Lehtinen, 3v.

Illan aloittaa turkulainen pitkän linjan musiikintekijä Niko Karlson, joka muistetaan mm. myrskyisän Navigations -bändin riveistä, mutta myös mestarillisena äänittäjänä ja studioteknikkona mm. Reverend Bizarren levyiltä.

Power Pop #5: Velvet Crush – Hold Me Up

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After mentioning the legendary power pop drummer Ric Menck in the previous Old Californio post, there’s only one place this power pop section can take me next. It’s obviously Velvet Crush, who were/are led by Ric and Paul Chastain. A really great classic power pop band from Rhode Island that has released so many wonderful pop songs that I could keep this section up for a few weeks just by using their material and the quality wouldn’t drop. The dearest Velvet Crush album to me is their second album Teenage Symphonies to God that came out on Creation Records in 1994. Hold Me Up is the great opener of that record.

Old Californio – Sundrunk Angels

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I first heard about Old Californio when I red that the legendary power pop drummer Ric Menck recommended them. That was a year or two ago.. around the time their previous album came out. Even though I would happily follow Ric to moon and back and value his opinion, I never ended up buying the album. But the name stuck in my mind and a month ago when I noticed that my favourite record store, 8raita, had the new Old Californio album Sundrunk Angels in stock, it was time to get to know Old Californio a little bit better. A wise decision, because this is definitely my kind of music. Picking up plenty from the west coast tradition. Beautiful country-folk, some psychedelic rock’n’roll and a fair share of great pop melodies. It’s not perfect and I won’t start shouting their name from the rooftops at this point, but Sundrunk Angels is a very fine record indeed.

Old Californio Website

Power Pop #4: The Late Show – What Can I Do

August 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

One more for tonight (Don’t worry. I’ll soon forget this whole thing and after that it’s more like once a month than once or twice a day). Anyway, I was just searching information about songs that I will feature on this thing and noticed that one US power pop classic, Portable Pop by The Late Show will be reissued later in the year by Trashy Creatures Records (at least if things go as planned). I’m rather excited about this, because I haven’t even heard the full album (never before on CD and vinyl is obviously out of print). I think this song called What Can I Do is the only song I’ve heard from it. I downloaded it from some power pop website probably 7-8 years ago and I really love it. If the rest of Portable Pop is even half as good, it must be a great album. Portable Pop was originally released in 1980. Based on that Trashy Creatures site they also recorded a second album that was never released, but it will finally see the light of the day sometime next year. The band is also back together. Check out more information on their Facebook page.

The Late Show at Facebook

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