May 29, 2014 § 1 Comment
My soundtrack for today has been Last of The Big Time Spenders by Turner Cody. I have a couple of his older records, so I was well aware that Turner Cody is a pretty great New York-based singer-songwriter. This 2013 album had managed to fly under my radar until I somehow stumbled on it at Bandcamp today. After a couple spins, the mouse I was holding found that buy now button and I haven’t regretted that decision. This is I Know How I Feel About You from this little masterpiece.
If that Turner Cody album was today’s favourite, last night my favourite was the new album World Of Strangers by country singer-songwriter Zoe Muth. I’m kind of ashamed that I haven’t really listened to Zoe that much until now. Only a few songs here and there over the years. Why the hell wasn’t I paying attention? This is excellent and totally the kind of music that I love. World Of Strangers just came out on Signature Sounds. This is Zoe’s drinking song for moms, Mama Needs a Margarita from the new album.
And let’s end this little blog post with some classic country music. Sturgill Simpson’s High Top Mountain got a great reception last year and took a top 10 place on pretty much every country blog I follow. I joined the party a bit later when Loose Music released that album in the UK/Europe earlier in 2014. Now there’s more reasons to party, because the brand new Sturgill Simpson album Metamodern Sounds In Country Music came out a few weeks ago and I picked up a copy from the local record store last weekend. This is so damn brilliant country music. Here’s Life Of Sin from the new album.
May 29, 2014 § Leave a comment
I wasn’t aware that Common Tones was still alive. I just assumed that the members were focusing on their other musical adventures (Klasu, Koria Kitten Riot etc). However, a few days ago I got an email that told me that they’ve released a new single called Shine and a full-lenght album will follow later in 2014. I was able to listen to that forthcoming album several hours yesterday and I really liked it. I liked it even a lot more than I expected. I’ve seen them play live many many moons ago. Probably at least five years ago. I liked them, but I didn’t think they were anything that special. This new album on the other hand is damn good. The possibilities are that a) I was a clueless twat back then b) they’ve gotten better over the years. Most likely it’s the combination of both. This one below is the new single Shine that you can buy from their Bandcamp page. If you want to help me, you can say what 90s or early 00s power pop band comes to mind when you listen to Lasse’s vocals in the verse. This thing is driving me crazy. There’s something so familiar.
May 28, 2014 § Leave a comment
The Zebras is a band that I really like. Their album Worry a Lot is a little indie pop masterpiece in my books. That beautiful thing came out in 2007 and equally magnificent EP New Ways Of Risking Our Lives followed a year later. After that it has been awfully quiet but thankfully these Australian indie pop heroes are now back and are ready to release their new album Siesta on June 27th. Siesta will be co-released by Australian The Lost and Lonesome and US-based Jigsaw Records. I can’t wait to hear the whole thing in a month or so. This is Try from the forthcoming album.
South Carolina’s The Explorers Club already called it a day once, but they are now back in this ball game. And I couldn’t be any happier, because their earlier albums are wonderful. What the world need is love and amazing pop music. I’m not familiar with their love making capabilities, but they certainly master this thing called pop music perfectly. New digital single Don’t Waste Her Time is out now on Burger Records. This slice of pop heaven goes like this.
And let’s end this little blog post with something Finnish and fabulous. Is This Really Me charmed us with their debut 7″ single last year. A week ago they released a new song Sun, which is even better than the songs on that single. I’m looking forward to hear their next release. This is Sun by Is This Really Me.
May 20, 2014 § Leave a comment
I’ve followed Milwaukee-based singer-songwriter Joseph Huber since the last The .357 String Band album. His magnificent song The Days Engrave was the highlight of that album. I never got totally into his solo debut, but I really enjoyed his second solo album Tongues Of Fire back in 2012. Joseph Huber just released his third solo album. The new album is called The Hanging Road and I’ve had this excellent album on heavy rotation for the past few weeks. This is Coming Down From You from The Hanging Road.
Ryley Walker is a really convincing new folk singer-songwriter from Chicago, IL. This might not be the kind of music that I usually listen to all day long, but Ryley’s new album All Kinds Of You is still extremely impressive. People often compare him to Bert Jansch and Tim Buckley and I can fully understand that. This is Great River Road from his new album All Kinds Of You that came out on Tompkins Square in April 2014.
Canadian folk group The Olympic Symphonium and their latest album Chance To Fate was on heavy rotation a couple of months ago, but I wasn’t really writing the blog at the time. So better late than never and all the other cliches. This beautiful folk album came out on Forward Music Group back in March. This is one of my favourites. A song called Jasper.
May 19, 2014 § Leave a comment
I’ve been mostly exhausted for a month, because the day job has been a bit of a nightmare. Therefore I haven’t even selected a new album of the month until now. But of course I knew it all along that it was going to be this debut album Ei ole helppoo by Gim Kordon. Heck, this thing pretty much kept my body running and mind somewhat sane during those 10-12 hour shifts. This isn’t entirely flawless, but damn it feels good to listen to this. In some way, I come from the same place as this album. This is influenced by the same music that reshaped my heart back in the 90s and early 00s. A bit of US indie, a bit of Australian indie and a whole lot of Finnish obviously. This is my youth squeezed into a box. Despite all this, it doesn’t feel like this is something old and borrowed. I do find Ei ole helppoo unique and original 2014 album. And damn how I love listening to it. The early singles Ei ole helppoo and Sä oot mun unelma, beibe still sound perfect to me. Other big favourites are the candy machine -flavoured Kaikki on hyvin and Sateessa which has my favourite chorus of the year. I can pinpoint that exact moment in my life.
Ei ole helppoo by Gim Kordon is a wonderful album. It was released by Soliti Music on 9th of may, 2014. You’ll find a few samples below. First Sä oot mun unelma, beibe and then the video of the title track Ei ole helppoo.
May 19, 2014 § Leave a comment
One of my favourite Canadian labels You’ve Changed Records (home of Daniel Romano, Marine Dreams, The Weather Station, Shotgun Jimmie, Baby Eagle..) announced last week that a new Marine Dreams album Lemon Tree will hit our hearts on the 22nd of May. This is big news for me, because I absolute loved the previous album Corner Of The Eye. I spent hours and hours listening to it and Marine Dreams ended up on my top 10 for the year 2013 in both the best albums and the best songs category. This Ian Kehoe guy is just so damn good at this thing called music. I can’t wait to hear the new album Lemon Tree in a few days. This is the first outtake from the forthcoming album Constant Love. Another future classic for sure.
May 18, 2014 § Leave a comment
Hey it’s finally hot out there. So we need a summer single. Finnish pop group The Lieblings can take care of this small matter. They are currently working on new material and released a brand new single Big Girls (Of Summer) a week or two ago. Sounds mighty good as always. Big Girls (Of Summer) goes like this.
Swedish master of melodic pop music David Myhr released a wonderful solo album Soundshine back in 2012. His new release Record Collection EP came out on few weeks ago on Lojinx. This is a digital only EP. You can get it from his label Lojinx (or iTunes). There’s also a lyric video for the excellent title track. I’m sure this will make most pop geeks (like yours truly) smile. This is Record Collection.
The JAC is back with a new single called Love Dumb. This thing came out in March 2014, but yeah. I’m kind of slow these days. The JAC is a project led by Australian pop superhero Joe “Big in Finland” Algeri. The debut album was a solo effort, but nowadays The JAC seems to be a band. This is Love Dumb from the forthcoming second The JAC album.