February 25, 2015 § Leave a comment
Something pretty amazing is happening in a few months time. Canadian songwriter Ryan Boldt will be touring in Finland in May 2015. Ryan Boldt released a great solo album last fall and he is also the front man of The Deep Dark Woods. His band colleague Clayton Linthicum will play with him on these Finnish dates. A huge thanks to 8raita and Fredrik Johansson for bringing Ryan & Clayton to Finland.
Ryan Boldt Finland Tour:
May 6/2015 – Elmun Baari, Helsinki
May 7/2015 – Telakka, Tampere
May 8/2015 – Bar Kuka, Turku
May 9/2015 – Bar Edgar, Loimaa
May 10/2015 – TBA
I’ll get back to this closer to the tour dates, but here are some samples to get you interested. You can’t go wrong with any of the Ryan Boldt and The Deep Dark Woods releases. My own biggest favourite is The Place I Left Behind which was the album of the year 2011 on this little blog and like I’ve said many times, I still rate it as the best album that has been released during this current decade.
Love Is Pleasin’ from Ryan Boldt’s solo album Broadside Ballads (2014).
18th of December from The Deep Dark Woods album Jubilee (2013)
Sugar Mama from The Deep Dark Woods album The Place I Left Behind.
And a bit of live action as well.
The Deep Dark Woods singing Red, Red Rose (from Jubilee, 2014)
February 23, 2015 § Leave a comment
Porter & The Pollies, but separately this time around. I’ve been listening to Chris Porter since The Back Row Baptists days. Broken Hearts & Bad Decisions by The Back Row Baptists, Some Dark Holler’s album and that Porter & The Pollies EP/mini-album. I’ve really enjoyed all of those releases. Porter is currently getting ready to release his solo album This Red Mountain and I’m very confident that I’m going to like this one as well. The release date has been set for March 10th 2015, but the first outtake has already been out for a while. It’s called Hardest Healing and you can hear this great song below.
The Pollies are also releasing a new record this year. I learned this over at Bucketfull of Nails today. I had already decided to write a post about Chris Porter, so when I noticed this, it was almost too obvious decision to team these together under the same post. Sorry about that. Anyway, I really dig this sweet song Lost from the forthcoming The Pollies album. This has pop sensibility all around it and like the title of this blog says, I’m really a pop guy at heart and therefore it’s no wonder I’m liking this a lot. The Pollies album will be released by Single Lock Records later in the year.
February 22, 2015 § Leave a comment
Time to get back to the basics of this website/blog and post a couple of great Finnish pop songs. Heartjet are working hard on their debut full-length and just released a second single from the forthcoming album called Under The Spell / Picture. I’m a long time fan of this power pop duo and really like these new songs as well. Under The Spell is available at Bandcamp.
Egotrippi doesn’t really need an introduction. They are one of the finest pop bands in the country and unlike 99% of the bands covered on this blog, they are also somewhat famous. That’s the only reason why I haven’t written that much about them over these 13 years I’ve been writing this blog. They don’t really need my help and there’s nothing that I can add that hasn’t already been said. Nevertheless, they have new single out there called Uusi aamu and I think it’s absolutely wonderful. Their new album Vuosi nolla drops into our hearts on the 20th of March. Here’s the music video for the lead single Uusi aamu.
February 22, 2015 § Leave a comment
One of the musical highlights of the year, Couch By Couchwest festival kicks off on the 15th March. CXCW staff is already working their socks off and have started taking your submissions. The deadline for those submissions is 12:00pm Noon Eastern/9:00am Pacific time March 21th, but I’m sure they appreciate it, if you send them in advance. It would give the unlucky and overworked CXCW intern at least some free time during the festivities that he/she could spend on preparing tacos and carving haikus to his/her desk.
CXCW is open to everyone and that’s the beauty of it. You don’t need to be world famous to participate. Sure some big names like Neko Case and Rosanne Cash have participated which has been awesome, but some unknown father-daughter duo singing their heart out can be just as important at CXCW. All genres are accepted, but no Wagon Wheel covers (unless your D.Rucker) or something very offensive like Nickelback covers. Some Finnish folks have also appeared on the stage. Robin Pahlman, Jerry Lindqvist and Marty The Random Guy have all played on the festival. I hope the audience will see a couple of Finnish entries at CXCW 2015 as well.
Here are quick guidelines from their website:
“Musicians: Please upload your unique to CXCW 2015 video (i.e. for the CXCW festival) to YouTube or Vimeo and send the link to us via the below form or to cxcwest at gmail.com (think of this video as your performance for the Couch by Couchwest audience).
Videos do not have to be recorded on a couch, but they should be recorded essentially anywhere but a stage (we strongly encourage creativity).
Submitted videos should be unique (i.e. for the CXCW audience). Please do not send us promos, EPK’s, live concert footage, music videos, slideshows, etc…”
And here’s Marty The Random Guy singing The 1800 at CXCW 2014
February 20, 2015 § Leave a comment
That one above was one of the best albums released last year and definitely showed that Caleb Caudle is a first-class songwriter. Caleb is currently in the process of making a follow-up called Carolina Ghost and has set an indiegogo project to help covering the costs of making this future classic. Watch Caleb Caudle singing Tuscaloosa below and if you like that as much as I do, consider participating his indiegogo campaign for Carolina Ghost.
And of course I have to take this opportunity to recommend that wonderful album Paint Another Layer On My Heart. This is Trade All The Lights from that beautiful record.
Aaron Lee Tasjan also had an indiegogo project a while back. I didn’t participate and I’m already regretting that wholeheartedly. I certainly would have loved to hear his full-length debut in advance, but now I just have to wait until it hits the shops. I’ve been aware of his existence for quite some time, but didn’t fully start paying attention until now. During the past few weeks I’ve been listening to Aaron a lot. I’ve listened his Daytrotter session several times, watched a lot of youtube videos and listened to this song called Living Proof countless amount of times (this soundcloud clip + various live videos). Such a damn good songwriter. Here’s that Living Proof + another favourite Judy Was A Punk Jesus Freak from Live and Breathing’s excellent video vaults.
February 18, 2015 § Leave a comment
I’ve spent a big part of the past year listening to Freschard, Stanley Brinks & The Burning Hell (Mathias Kom, Ariel Sharratt) and I have become seriously addicted to their music. They also have a collaboration project called The Fox and they released their The Fox debut in January. If being brutally honest, The Fox doesn’t reach the same level of earthshaking brilliance as their individual efforts (only a few things actually do). Nevertheless, it’s still a lovely little album and it’s a whole lot of fun to listen to it. This one is This Beer from the self-titled The Fox album.
And here’s a song that I love from each of these magnificent songwriters and performers.
The Burning Hell – Nostalgia from their 2011 release Flux Capacitor.
Parking Lots from Stanley Brinks and The Wave Pictures album Gin (2014)
And finally the almighty Freschard and her song Not Ready from her 2011 classic Shh..
February 18, 2015 § Leave a comment
Great Peacock from Nashville is getting ready to release their debut full-length Making Ghosts. It will hit the stores and our hearts on the 12th of May and it will come out via the most excellent label This Is American Music. Expectations are high after that awesome EP that surfaced a few years back. As a taste of great things to come, they recently released a first outtake from the forthcoming album called Broken Hearted Fool. This has a couple of moments that reminds me a bit of Finnish alt.country band Ben’s Diapers. I count that as a good thing.
Portland-based Hip Hatchet aka Philippe Bronchtein is also releasing a new album this spring. The album Hold You Like A Harness will drop into your soul on the 14th of April. The first outtake Coward’s Luck has been a big favourite in this apartment during the past week and I’m really looking forward to hearing the whole thing when the days get warmer and longer. Coward’s Luck goes like this.
Last but not least something that is already out and available. We are still sticking in Portland, Oregon where folk group Grand Lake Islands have released their debut full-length Song From Far. I already liked their earlier EP, but never featured it on the blog. So it’s time to make amends by posting a song from this really good debut full-length. This one below is Monterey from Song From Far. If you want to make further studies, you can find the music video for the song Diamond Eyes by hitting this link.