November 20, 2016 § Leave a comment
Guy Capecelatro III has a new album out called The Smallest Darkest Things. The new album is dedicated to the memory of Brown Bird’s Dave Lamb who passed away in 2014. The album contains several amazing originals plus cover versions of Brown Bird’s song This Mountain Road and Jason Molina’s Long Desert Train. This special release ends to Guy Capecelatro III’s beautiful and moving tribute to his dear friend. There are no words to properly describe How to Begin (for Dave), but it is a loving and personal tribute filled with warmness and human fragility. I’m not sure should I even post such a personal song, but I do think it’s a song that everyone should hear. Guy Capecelatro III and stunning How to Begin (for Dave).
November 13, 2016 § Leave a comment
Mitä helvettiä nyt taas is a new Vaasa-based guitar pop group and they just released their debut single Tässä kylmässä kaupungissa. The band might be new, but you might know the members Timo, Andy, Ove and Paati from other great bands such as The Sugarrush and The Lieblings. If you’ve enjoyed anything I’ve done here at onechord.net over the past 15 years, you probably should send them a thank you note, because these boys and the music they made in the late 90’s and early 00’s were a big reason why I started this site back then. Unfortunately I haven’t had the chance to praise them that much over the years, because they haven’t been the most active musicians at least when it comes to releasing the material they’ve written. I’m already on the verge of quitting and I’m still waiting for the first The Sugarrush full-length to actually come out during the existence of this blog. But hey, now is not the time to convince them to release the unreleased The Sugarrush albums, because we have a new song out and available from their new group and it’s mighty good. Mr. Ken Stringfellow also plays guitar on this awesome pop song, if you need some extra motivation to hit that play button right now. Such a brilliant song.
November 6, 2016 § Leave a comment
It looks like we’ve again reached that time of the year when one can only see the daylight through a factory window. It’s dark when you go to work and it’s even darker when you get back home. So as an addition to overdose of vitamin D pills, I’m gonna need a hefty dose of bright and refreshing indie rock to keep my spirit up. Thankfully I remembered that I still haven’t bought the latest Shotgun Jimmie album Field Of Trampolines and I finally did that last night. It came out very early in the year on the always great Canadian label You’ve Changed Records and as expected it’s a damn good way to fight the darkness. Catchy melodies, witty lyrics and a whole lot of fun. Might well be the best album this fine gentleman has released. Difficult to understand why the hell didn’t I purchase this instantly when it came out, but better late than never and all the other cliches. Here’s a couple of great ones from the album.
October 30, 2016 § Leave a comment
Aaron Lee Tasjan – Silver Tears (New West Records, 2016)
I’ve been eagerly waiting for this one. The first outtake Little Movies dropped me on my knees a few months ago and because I wasn’t able to get up, I’ve spent the past weeks mostly looking up to the sky waiting for the cosmic ALT cowboy to come and pick me up with his new album Silver Tears. The day arrived last Friday 28th of October when the new Aaron Lee Tasjan album came out on New West Records. The vinyl didn’t arrive to the local store in time, so I only have this spotify thingy for the time being, but I’m already so loving this album. Americana, country, rock’n’roll & blues, but also Beatles and Randy too. Sure might almost feel like a mess, but if that’s the case then damn if it isn’t the sweetest kind of mess I can think of and a beautiful monster of an album. Works wonderfully from first chord to last word. Well done Aaron.
October 27, 2016 § Leave a comment
I don’t even seem to have enough time to listen to music let alone write about it. Well other than this short midnight entry about Itä-Hollola Installaatio, because I freaking love this so much. New single Tyttöystävä is out now on Sound Of Finland. You can hear that beauty on any of those stream thingies. It’s damn good and some of the other stuff that is on Youtube and Bandcamp is even better. Whether it’s the band or Robert Ensio Niemistö solo, it’s all so good. Why the hell it took me so long to start listening to this kid? The man is like a genius.
October 23, 2016 § Leave a comment
Chris Porter and his bandmate Mitchell Vandenburg passed away in a horrible car accident on Wednesday. My deepest condolences to their families, friends and loved ones. I didn’t know Porter aside from small online interactions, but I love the songs he wrote. This is devastating, heartbreaking and I’m finding it almost impossible to accept the fact that we lost such a gifted songwriter and kindhearted human being way ahead of his time.
October 16, 2016 § Leave a comment
These days I probably mostly feature country songwriters from East Nashville, but there’s still great things happening in Finland as well. This debut full-length The Iron Door from Is This Really Me easily falls into that category. According to the press release the key to opening The Iron Door is a psycho-analytical reading of Dostoyevsky’s novel The Brothers Kamazarov. My personal Dostoyevsky education is limited to The Idiot and Crime and Punishment, so I’m not entirely sure did I find the door key, but at least the music found a window to my heart and I’m loving this album. This Helsinki-based band takes influence from folk music of the late sixties and early seventies. I think you can hear a fair share of pop melodies just as well. There’s definitely traces of indie pop in there and maybe someone like 80s -era The Go-Betweens is lurking somewhere close by. Well no matter, if I want to call it folk or pop or folk-tinged indie pop. The thing that matter is that the album is great and extremely highly recommended.
The Iron Door just came out on the Marsu on Paras label and it’s a beautiful LP+CD combo. You can buy a copy directly from them (info is on their facebook page) or from Levykauppa Äx. Here’s a couple of examples from the album.