March 31, 2014 § Leave a comment
Canadian country/folk singer-songwriter Zachary Lucky will be heading over to Finland next month. Big thanks to Fredrik Johansson for making this happen. I’ve been following Zachary Lucky for a few years and I’m really looking forward to see him perform at Bar Kuka on the 17th of April. You can check out the full tour schedule below.
Zachary Lucky Finland Tour 16.4 – 20.4
4/16 – Helsinki (Tavastia)
4/17 – Turku (Bar Kuka)
4/18 – Loimaa (Bar Edgar)
4/19 – Turku (8raita instore)
4/19 – Parainen (PIUG)
4/20 – Vaasa (O’Malleys)
I first got into Zachary Lucky a few years ago through Slowcoustic, which was my primary source of music information at the time. I bought the beautiful folk ep/mini-album Saskatchewan back then and have been a fan ever since. Last year Zachary Lucky released his latest album The Ballad Of Losing You. He took a turn towards country music with the new album, but it wasn’t a wrong turn. The song material is excellent and I love the way the album sounds. Even my digital download sounds incredibly warm. I need to buy a vinyl copy after the concert. You can stream Zachary’s music over at Bandcamp, Spotify. 8raita.fi also has the CD in stock already and vinyl later. Here are a few examples.
Lawrence High School Classroom Sessions: Zachary Lucky – Leaving pt 1 (from Saskatchewan)
Zachary Lucky – “Ramblin’ Man’s Lament” on Exclaim! TV (from The Ballad Of Losing You)
Zachary Lucky – Waitin For The Day (from The Ballad Of Losing You)
March 28, 2014 § Leave a comment
How did I miss this completely? Nobody told me that The Hotel Alexis released a new album last year. I just found out 10 minutes ago. I know what I will be listening to for the next few days. I really loved The Hotel Alexis years ago and truly adored the first two albums. If I’m not mistaken, The debut album The Shining Example Is Lying On The Floor got the full five hearts here at onechord.net back then in 2004 or 2005. I was revisiting that album today and saw the news that a new album Raised On Fire came out in 2013. I haven’t listened to the full-length yet, but based on this video song Gold Tonight, Sidney Lindner is still able to create wonderful music.
March 25, 2014 § Leave a comment
The facts were these: Flavour of the Month’s Springtime Jubilee. Friday 28th of March at Pikku-Torre, Turku. Flannelmouth & Klasu share the stage. More information in the Finnish press release below. See you there.
Klasu – Herttaisin
Flannelmouth – What A Comeback
+ Flavour of the Month DJ team
pe 28.3. 2014 klo 21-03
Pikku-Torre, Yliopistonkatu 30, Turku
Maaliskuun Flavour of the Month-klubi järjestetään perjantaina 28.3. Tuolloin esiintymisvuorossa ovat pitkän linjan indieveteraanit Flannelmouth sekä mielenkiintoinen uusi sooloartisti Klasu.
Helsinkiläinen Flannelmouth aloitti uransa jo hamalla 90-luvulla suuren brittipopvillityksen jälkimainingeissa, mutta on kunnioitettavasti säilynyt hengissä ja eläväisenä näihin päiviin asti. Nykymuodossaan bändin sointi on saanut alkuaikojen britpop-vaikutteiden päälle roimasti tummempia tunnelmia ja jylhempiä sävyjä. Yhtye on juuri saanut valmiiksi uuden täyspitkän albumin, joka ei ehdi ilmestymään ennen FOTM-vierailua, mutta jolta lienee odotettavissa maistiaisia livesetissä.
Klasu on yhtä kuin Helsingissä asuva laulaja-lauluntekijätulokas Lasse Toimi, joka on tuttu soittajana (ja Flavourin lavaltakin) bändeissä kuten Common Tones, Wojciech, Traffic Island ja Koria Kitten Riot. Toimi on pitkään haaveillut suomenkielisten kappaleidensa äänittämisestä ja esittämisestä. Nyt tekeillä on ensimmäinen soololevy ja keikkailukin on käynnistynyt; taannoin Klasu mm. lämmitteli Samuli Putroa Turun keikalla. Hieno näyte Klasun materiaalista on lupauksia herättävä single ja video Herttaisin, jolla mukana kuullaan herkkää jousikvartettia.
March 19, 2014 § Leave a comment
Still going through my early 2014 favourites in hope of catching up before the year is over. During the last year, I’ve backed 4 or 5 Kickstarter / indiegogo projects. Ben Fisher is a great young folk singer-songwriter from Seattle, WA and his new full-lenght album Charleston was one of the projects that I backed. Charleston came out in February and has been in heavy rotation ever since. The quality of the song material is high throughout the record. I’m especially addicted to a couple of these songs. The opener Mason Jar is really gorgeous and what about Dublin Blues Pt. 2. I think it’s still my favourite Ben Fisher song. It already appeared on the Roanoke EP, but how could one leave that out. That song. Everything about that song. And then there’s this one below. The excellent title track and first single Charleston. You can stream / buy the whole thing at bandcamp.
March 18, 2014 § Leave a comment
I have a confession to make. I kind of filed Pietarin spektaakkeli into the kuuntelematta paskaa -category. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Thankfully Aki had this playing at 8raita record store while I was there and it was an instant love affair. There was not a chance I was going to leave that store without the record in my bag. A few hours later I filed Rakkauteen by Pietarin spektaakkeli into the best thing ever category.
Rakkauteen is a magnificent album and I can’t seem to get tired of it at all. And I’ve tried real hard by listening to it for hours and hours. The video song Tyttö lähtee tanssimaan is my least favourite and maybe that’s why I had some doubts about the overall quality of the album. Nothing really wrong with that either and everything else sounds perfect to me. Easy going blues, 70s/80s Suomi-rock, hip hop. A refreshing combination. I’m not good at describing it, but I’m loving it wholeheartedly. I usually stay far away from the hyped albums, because I hardly ever like them that much. But this thing is so worth all the hype and more. I can already guarantee that this will be on my top 10 Finnish albums of the year 2014 list and even though many of my favourite bands will release an album this year, I wouldn’t be surprised if this takes the first place. I don’t really write proper reviews anymore, but I still have to add those hearts below, because Rakkauteen is so worth all those five hearts.
Pietarin Spektaakkeli – Puerto Rico (haaveissani)
Pietarin Spektaakkeli – Maalta kaupunkiin
March 18, 2014 § Leave a comment
I briefly mentioned folk band Joutomies Aleksei back in 2010 after hearing the song Kolmipäinen koira. I haven’t really followed them that closely during the recent years, but today I was on a coffee break at work and saw their FB status mentioning the release of a debut album. When I closed the factory door behind me, I searched it on Spotify and had the most enjoyable drive back home. I liked it so much that I couldn’t leave the car before the record was over. Burning unnecessary gasoline was not an option, but I just sat there in the parking lot listening to Joutomies Aleksei until it finished. I laughed a little, I cried a little and I liked it a lot. Joutomies Aleksei’s excellent debut album is out now on the small but excellent Ei-No Records. This is the opening track Kolmipäinen koira.
March 17, 2014 § Leave a comment
Finnish folk rock / americana band Ochre Room has been a huge favourite of mine during the last couple of years and their forthcoming album is definitely one of my most anticipated 2014 releases. Thankfully I don’t have to wait much longer for it, because the album called Box, Bar & Diamond will hit the stores and our hearts in April. A new single Other Side of the Town came out yesterday and it sounds wonderful. This is the new music video for the song. Directed by Sami Pöyry / Monadi-Filmi.
(Ochre Room photo: Sami Pöyry, 2014)