Wednesday, December 29, 2010

NEW ALBUM || Freelance Whales - Weathervanes

I've blogged on Freelance Whales before when I discovered them a few months back. In the meantime, they've finally released their debut album Weathervanes in late November 2010 in Germany and now you can listen to this whole beauty as stream:


On Stereogum they've already been 2009's Band To Watch. Read more on them here where you'll also find two songs from the album to download.

Plus here's a single that's so new, that it didn't even make it on this album.


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Monday, December 27, 2010

Margot And The Nuclear So and So's - Buzzard

 Here's a little impression by Margot and the Nuclear So and So's from Indianapolis and Chicago.
I think I must've first heard of them from one of the SXSW torrents from 2006 or 2007 where this song caught my attention: "Skeleton Key" from "The Dust of Retreat"



Now they've got a new album out that goes by the name "Buzzard", which is a perfect reason to give them some attention on THIS IS TWEE and spread the word. I have no idea when or where it'll be released in Europe, though.
Baeble Music have caught up with them for a chat and a bit of live music:


This next song is from their previous albums "Animal!/Not Animal": As Tall As Cliffs
        
Download link to "Lunatic Lunatic Lunatic" @ Spinner.com
Download 'New York City Hotel Blues' and 'Bird' @ Spinner
Margot's home 

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

NEW: STEREO IS A LIE - It's Too Late

For all you indie kids out there, who sometimes get reminiscent of the good old indie days of the late 90s, early 00s, I've got a little gem for you that goes by the name STEREO IS A LIE. They are from Austin, Texas, by location but from the UK by heart, since it is Glynn Wedgewood, songwriter and mastermind of the band, who brings in the UK sound to SIAL, being strongly influenced by bands of that formerly mentioned era. A few years ago he moved from Nottingham to the States with his then band IV Thieves (formerly Nic Armstrong & The Thieves) and settled down in Austin.
The rest of the band is made up of Davy Hamrick (drums & percussion), Marcus Piña (bass), Justin Scott (keyboards), and Danny Stapleton (guitars).

Today SIAL have got their first single "It's Too Late" coming out, with the self-titled full-length to follow on February 8th, 2011. It was mixed by Chris Cline (Trail Of Dead) and mastered by John Golden (Sonic Youth, Film School, Japandroids, etc.). Glynn sent me the album in time for the single release to get a full impression of it and I'm excited to announce that there is something fab on the way.

And here are a couple of teasers for what's to come in February:



STEREO IS A LIE by STEREO IS A LIE

STEREO IS A LIE homepage
STEREO IS A LIE on Facebook
STEREO IS A LIE on Myspace


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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Free Download: Dr Dog - 'Nobody Knows Who You Are'

Did I mention that I'm a huge fan of Dr. Dog? Well I am and just so you know, this won't be the last post about these guys from Philly. Here's a link to the fantastic Spinner site where you can download yet another amazing song by Dr. Dog:

Dr. Dog download link to Spinner.com


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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Caribou - Swim vs. Swim Remixes

Listen to the whole Caribou album SWIM in the original and the remixes:

    Swim by Caribouband 

  Swim Remixes by Caribouband 
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NEW ALBUM: Syd Matters - Brotherocean

You don't often hear these sounds coming over the boarder from France, especially since they aren't anything like the French sounds that you'd expect. In fact, they sound very much American and you instantly come to think of acts such as The Dodos & Musée Mécanique.

Syd Matters hails from Paris and is fronted by Jonathan Morali (guitar, piano), next to Rémi Alexandre (guitar, piano), Olivier Marguerit (guitar, piano, flute), Jean-Yves Lozac'h (bass, piano) and Clément Carle (drums). Let me leave it at that though, in terms of band info, and have the music speak for itself. Bye the album and have a listen to it in one go and you'll see it's addictive. But since I couldn't find the album as stream anywhere, these few videos will do to get a first impression on the band and their amazing new album Brotherocean. Hope it'll get you hoocked!


Syd Matters - Hi Life


Syd Matters - Wolfmother 1 by jobology

Syd Matters - 'A Robbery' | Brotherocean by www.yinmagazine.com

Syd Matters - Hadrian's Wall by rocksteddie

Check out their amazing cover of Bowie's "Space Oddity":




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Friday, October 22, 2010

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin on tour in Europe with new album

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin have this fantastic line off of their 2008 release PERSHING that goes: "Sorry if that's twee, it's just tomorrow's hope". I love that line so much.

This year they've released the follow up album called "Let It Sway", which they recorded with Chris Walla. They are currently on tour with it in Europe. On Monday they did a little accoustic live recording for This Is Fake DIY:


...and tonight I'm gonna see them live here in Berlin. Looking forward to that one!

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Saturday, October 9, 2010

NEW ALBUM & SINGLE: Carl Barât - Run With The Boys

My sister keeps asking me whether I want to do an interview with Carl Barât again when he's in town on his solo tour in November. She's a huge fan of his and all the bands he's involved in and she already accompanied me the first time I did an interview with him on the last Libertines show in Berlin. She acted as my photographer and she did a great job! Guess what her plan is... ;)

I didn't have plans of getting him in front of my microphone again because interviews with him are mostly useless for radio due to the fact that he mumbles really heavily. Plus I hadn't listened to any of his solo stuff and was a bit nonchalant. But then I actually got an email from Carl Barât's German radio plugger, asking me if I wanted to do an interview. I thought that was hilarious, explained the situation to him and we made a deal that I'll have it depend on the album. So yesterday Carl Barâts self titled solo album was in my postbox and ever since I started listening to it this morning, it's in my stereo on rotation. I love it!!! His voice is amazing. The songs are all in a singer/songwriter style but not one sounds like the other and most of them have a very strong earworm character. It might have something to do with him having had some helping hands on a few songs who go by the names of Neil Hannon (Divine Comedy) and Andrew Wyatt (Mike Snow).

So I guess it's decided. I'm going to try to get an interview with Mr. Carl Barât, so watch this space.

Here's a little teaser off of his album, the first single:

Run With The Boys from Carl barat on Vimeo.

...and here's a link to listen to the whole album on
This Is Fake DIY
Release date was Ocotober 1, 2010.

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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Admiral Radley Daytrotter session

Oh my god, it's been over a month since my last blog post. So sorry but I've been extremly busy at work and also moved into my own flat at the beginning of the September. Too many things to organise. But now things calmed down a bit.

So my last post was about Admiral Radley and I'm going to continue with them since Daytrotter released the Admiral Radley session last week. That session includes 4 songs off of their debut album "I Heart California" with the title track, "Red Curbs", "Ghost of Syllables" and "Ending of Me". I must admit that Jason Lytle's singing sometimes gets a little off key but if you manage to ignore that it's especially the last track that caught my attention. It's taking me back 10 years to the best Grandaddy days. Beautiful!

Daytrotter session


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Monday, August 23, 2010

Just Discovered: Admiral Radley

Were you also one of those people, who were really sad about Granddady's split up? Well here's good news! Not only did Jason Lyttle release his solo album, but him and Aaron Burtch of Grandaddy and Aaron Espinoza and Ariana Murray of Earlimart have teamed up in late 2009 to form Admiral Radley. They were pretty quick to release their first album "I Heart California" just over a month ago. I'm having my first listen as I write this and I love it already.


Here you can download the opener:

Check out their live set on one of my favourite Radio Stations KCRW:



Admiral Radley homepage

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

INTERVIEW: Spoon

I've been a massive Spoon fan for ages or so it seemed. I think I got aware of them in 2005 with the release of their fifth album "Gimme Fiction" but they've already been around since 1996. "Gimme Fiction" really blew me away though and I'd been wanting to see them live ever since. I must have missed a couple of chances but when they played the Frannz Club in Berlin in February of this year, I took the opportunity to get up close and had a really interesting chat with drummer and founding member Jim Eno.

Spoon are said to be from Austin, Texas, but in fact they live all over the States and by this time probably even the last member of Spoon has moved out of Austin, as Jim mentions in the interview.
We are also talking about their current album "Transference" and got slightly interrupted by pretty young fans, waving from the street.

Spoon Interview Feb 2010 by This Is Twee
Listen to their first single off of "Transference":
Spoon - Written In Reverse by badicalbeats
Spoon homepage
Spoon Myspace site

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Seaside Stars are heading west to play the Nebraska Pop Festival

Omaha in Nebraska will be the host again to this years Nebraska Pop Festival which will take place September 15 to 19. The Berlin band "Seaside Stars" will be heading west for that and their first ever tour through the States.

9/13 Beloit/WI – The Music House
9/14 Chicago/IL – Darkroom
9/16 St. Paul/MN – Big V’s
9/17 Omaha/NE – Nebraska Pop Festival
9/20 Lincoln/NE – Cultiva

Check them out if you happen to live anywhere near those places. And here are a few teasers:

Seaside Stars - KICK OUT from McGuinley on Vimeo.


Seaside Stars - Summer's On My Way Mp3
Seaside Star 5 track zip

Yes, you might hear some strong parallels to Teenage Fanclub and that's due to them being huge fans who've already had the pleasure to support them years ago.
These songs are pretty old by now but the band is currently working on a new album which is said to be due in early 2011.
Seadside Stars homepage

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Sunday, August 8, 2010

First Listen // Arcade Fire - THE SUBURBS



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Saturday, August 7, 2010

NOT SO TWEE // !!! - STRANGE WEATHER, ISN'T IT?

I remember last year I did an interview with WOLF PARADE at the Festsaal Kreuzberg here in Berlin. We were sitting in the backstage room downstairs and there were these electro beats coming through the walls. The drummer, Arlen Thompson, apologized for the noise and said their friends from !!! (Chk Chk Chk) were recording their next album right next door. I was thinking: "Oh my god!", but appeared pretty laissez-faire.

!!! formed in 1996 and will release their forth album "Strange Weather, Isn't It" August 20th in Germany and August 23rd/24th in the rest of the world.

In November last year their drummer Jerry Fuchs (also in Turing Machine, The Juan MacLean) died after falling down an elevator shaft.
Only now did I realise by looking on their Myspace site who is replacing him: Paul Quattrone. Perhaps for most of you that name does not ring a bell, which is fair enough. It must have been in 2001/2002 that my friend was raving on about a band called Modey Lemon. He had seen a gig and absolutely loved it. Next time they played I joined him and was pretty wowed myself. Then I moved to Berlin and they made it over three times, even supporting Dinosaur Jr. once. I got chatting to Paul and we stayed in touch for a while. So I guess you can imagine now what surprise it was to see his name on the !!! Myspace site.

!!!'s first single "AM/FM" off of the album will also be available as a 12" clear vinyl for all you vinyl nerds out there, which is limited to 800 worldwide.

On their website you can get a download of the single "AM/FM" and this is the video:


!!! ( Chk Chk Chk) - The Hammer (short clip) by Warp Records

!!! homepage
!!! Myspace site

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Utah - Strength In Numbers

Last year I was booking the band Utah from Denmark. When I took their album "Strength In Numbers" home to check them out, I just could not stop listening to it for 2 weeks straight. It is so intense and sooo incredibly beautiful that I got really excited seeing them live. Eventually I did, twice, at the end of February 2009 and it's been great days.
Because "Strength In Numbers" was released in 2007, they went back into the studio after they got back from those two gigs in Berlin and started to record their second album. It was meant to be finished by autumn but they've had some problems along the way. The singer got seriously ill so now the recording process is on hold.

Fingers crossed that he'll soon be ok and all the best to him!
I can't wait to listen to the new tracks because I'm sure that they've written some serious earworms again, just like on their first album, where there is one earworm after the other.

Check out their website to listen to the whole album as stream. Here is also a video from the early years but it sounds just like it was yesterday.


Utah is a five-piece band from Aarhus in Denmark. They've been around since 2003, where they won the audience award in Denmark's biggest band competition "Live Contest 2003" and played live at the Roskilde Festival. They soon got noticed by the Danish media and in 2006 they signed a deal with Playground Music, home to Franz Ferdinand, The Artic Monkeys, and The White Stripes. That same year, their song "Crash-Burn" was featured on the US hit show "One Tree Hill".

Utah homepage
Utah on Myspace

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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Kashmir - Mouthful of Wasps

Here's another one of those earworm bands: Kashmir from Danmark.

Formed in 1991 by Kasper Eistrup, Mads Tunebjerg und Asger Techau and joined in 2001 by Henrik Lindstrand, they've released their long awaited sixth album "Trespassers" earlier this year.

Their first single "Mouthful of Wasps" off it is such an haunting earworm for me that it makes it worth writing about. It was on the radio this morning and I've got it in my brain ever since. This is the evil bugger:



Here you can listen to a couple of songs of this album:
Kashmir by Volcano Management

There is another Danish band that I always have to think of when listening to Kashmir and that's Utah. I'll come to them in the next post.

Kashmir homepage
Kashmir Myspace site
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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Arcade Fire - Change of Release Date

Today City Slang announced that Arcade Fire will release their album "The Suburbs" 3 days ahead of the worldwide release. Therefore it's coming out here July 30th.

Arcade Fire homepage

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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Just Discovered: Blind Pilot

I was having a drink with a friend in a bar in Kreuzberg, Berlin, the other day. The bartender put on his compilation, which made me listen up every now and again. And then there was one song that was too beautiful to just let it pass. So I asked the bartender who it was and he answered: Blind Pilot.

Blind Pilo
t, from Portland, Oregon, initially started as a duo with song writer and guitarist Israel Nebeker and drummer Ryan Dobrowski. The idea came when they spent the summer in Newquay, England, and carried on writing songs when they got back to Oregon. They set out to an adventure bike tour with their instruments along the east coast, starting in Vancouver and finishing in San Francisco after their bikes got stolen.
The group then grew to a six piece including Kati Claborn on banjo and dulcimer, Luke Ydstie on upright bass, Dave Jorgensen on trumpet and harmonium, and Ian Krist on vibraphone. By then the album 3 Rounds and a Sound was completed. Since it's released in 2008 they've toured with fellow Portlanders The Decemberists as well as The Hold Steady, among others.

Beware, these songs will haunt you:

MP3 of "Go On Say It"
Daytrotter Session
Blind Pilot on Myspace

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Friday, July 23, 2010

I Am Kloot Play Live Boadcast / New Album: Sky At Night

Last night was special!

Berlin radio station Radio Eins invited their listeners to a live broadcast of the amazing I Am Kloot, who are currently doing the radio circuit to promote their new album "Skye At Night" (release Germany 30.07.2010). The album was produced by Craig Potter and Guy Garvey from Elbow.

But let's start at the beginning. After Agnes Obel's short but sublime support set, I Am Kloot entered the stage at about 8:05pm and played the first half of their set accompanied by a piano player, a guitarist/trumpet player and a sax player. They also added some harmonies to give it more umph.
They played the whole album including a few old songs like "Over My Shoulder" from the 2001 Gods and Monster's album and "Your Favourit Sky" from their selftitled album. With those harmonies, their earworm songs and John Bramwell's incredibe voice, nothing could've gone wrong. Even the fact that John Bramwell was playing most of the first song with his amp off, loosened the atmosphere right from the start.

There was one thing that I found very unusual but brilliant: within about an hour I counted 4 songs in 3/4 time and those where almost the best from their set next to their singles. They have an amazing talent of structuring and arranging their songs.
Listen to the whole Sky At Night album as stream here.

Check out their current single "Northern Sky":

And here you can download this amazing song:


I Am Kloot homepage
I Am Kloot on Myspace

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Earworm - What is it?

"What is an 'earworm'?", everyone from outside of Germany might ask.

I realised that there is no one word in the English language that describes a song that you can't get out of your head and that keeps crawling around for a while. There is, however, a word for it in German and its literal translation is "earworm". I love that word and it is my mission to establish it in the English language. It should be included in the dictionaries as an idiom if you ask me.

When you google the word "earworm" you'll get heaps of links for it. Even Fran Healy from Travis tried to popularise it in English by contributing it to a song by The Clint Boon Experience that he's featuring on called "Do What You Do (Earworm Song)" off of their album "Life In Transmission".



Speaking of Clint Boon and earworms, my regularly reappearing earworm by the Inspiral Carpets is "Saturn 5":


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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Sondre Lerche / Dan in Real Life

The other day when I was watching telly I zaped into the film "Dan In Real Life", which is an amazing film with a very special soundtrack as I realised. Basically, Sondre Lerche from Bergen, Norway, did the music for the whole film.
I remember reading his Myspace blog a few years ago, where he was talking about the film and his soundtrack. The blog post was hilarious and I meant to watch it ever since but somehow forgot until last week. And it made me digg out Sondre Lerche's stunning album "Two Way Monologue" from 2004. But it was his debut album "Faces Down" from 2002 that arouse peoples awareness in Norway and made him reasonably popular in the States. Funny how some artists can make it in the States without causing much of a stir in Germany. But I guess getting signed to the US label Astralworks and him moving to the States did the trick.

So if your into the singer/songwriters of the world and like a good film, you should watch "Dan In Real Life" and listen to Sondre Lerche's albums. Here's a bit of a teaser:




Sondre Lerche homepage

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Forest & Crispian - Modest Sensation

I've been to Sweden recently with a friend of mine and we were staying at friends of hers in Malmö. Their upstairs neighbours Karl-Johan was hanging out with us and it turned out that he's playing in a band called Forest & Crispian. When my friend mentioned that I'm doing interviews and have a music blog he handed me their current album "Modest Sensation". We listened to it the same night and I found myself humming along to it all of a sudden. That's a good sign. Sweet little tunes that remind me in parts of some of my favourite bands. I'm not gonna drop any names to avoid pigeonholing. It's really beautiful as it is anyway:

Forest & Crispian - Dahlia live on Swedish talk show

Forest & Crispian | MySpace Musikvideos


Forest & Crispian on Myspace


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Sunday, July 4, 2010

NEW ALBUM: MGMT - Congratulations

Just in case you haven't been aware, MGMT have released their sophomore album "Congratulations" earlier this year.
I've heard and read mixed reviews about it but make up your own mind. Their third single "It's Working", pretty much just like the rest of the album, is quite "HAIR(Y)", if you get my drift. This single is certainly a grower so give it a few listens before you make a judgement...


The guys from Air put their twiddling touches to that track:

"Flash Delirium" was the first digital release off of this album:


There was a 2000 limited edition single release of "Siberian Breaks" in between those two singles. That one was for vinyl geeks only, since it a 12" blue marble vinyl single featuring the full 12-minute album version of the song. Hence there is no digital version or video of the song to be found on the web, except for the bootlegs.

On the MGMT website you get the chance to listen to the whole album, though, including "Siberian Breaks".


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Friday, July 2, 2010

New ALBUM: Norman Palm - Shore To Shore

Wednesday night I got a chance to see Norman Palm again as support for Junip at the Festsaal Kreuzberg and, oh boy, what a difference to the last time I saw him a couple of years ago. He's released his second album "SHORE TO SHORE" on July 1 and teamed up for his live-set with DJ and producer OBI BLANCHE and engineer Janne Lounatvuori, who runs a recording studio and co-produced this album with Norman. But on his live shows the electro/techno influences of those two Finns come out quite dominantly, which gives his nice little tunes a bit of an edge. To me, Norman Palm was much more worth watching that night than Junip.

His album hasn't quite got this edginess but it's still worth listening to. He's even giving away a free MP3 "Landslide":
Norman Palm - Shore to Shore by Norman Palm

Norman Palm is on tour in September so have a look at my Tour Dates page and check him out at a town near you.

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

The Annuals - Eyes In The Darkness MP3

In my last post I introduced the indie label Souterrain Transmissions to you and apart from Musée Mécanique and Ramona Falls I would also like you to put your attention on The Annuals. These guys hail from North Carolina and have toured with the likes of The Flaming Lips, Bloc Party and Calexico. They'll be releasing their second, self-produced album “Count the Rings” on August 20.

Annuals - Eyes In The Darkness by souterraintransmissions

To download and listen to via the STREAMPAD bar on the bottom of your page: Annuals - Eyes In The Darkness MP3


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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Souterrain Transmissions Free Lable Sampler

Souterrain Transmissions is a pretty young indie label that is co-founded by Christof Ellinghaus (head of City Slang) and counts CocoRosie, Laura Gibson, and Ganglians among others on their roster. Basically, pretty much anything that Christof Ellinghaus puts his hands on is really good stuff.

To introduce the label and their bands, Souterrain Transmissions released an MP3 compilation via Tonspion.

I'm particularly keen on Musée Mécanique at the moment, who I've already had the pleasure to interview late last year. I think their album "Hold This Ghost" is amazing. Perfect day-dreamer-pop:
Musée Mécanique - Like Home by souterraintransmissions
They've already done two gigs in Berlin in the last 6 months but they'll be back again on Sept 26 to play the Crystal Club. Maybe this time they'll bring the whole band.

On the Souterrain Transmissions donwload page you can also listen to all their bands. Like Ramona Falls for example:
Ramona Falls - Russia (The Hood Internet Remix) (feat. Lil Wayne)

www.souterraintransmissions.com
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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Arcade Fire reveal "The Suburbs" tracklist

ARCADE FIRE will be releasing their third album THE SUBURBS on August 2nd in Germany.
The tracklist is as follows:
01. The Suburbs
02. Ready to Start
03. Modern Man
04. Rococo
05. Empty Room
06. City With No Children
07. Half Light I
08. Half Light II (No Celebration)
09. Suburban War
10. Month of May
11. Wasted Hours
12. Deep Blue
13. We Used to Wait
14. Sprawl I (Flatland)
15. Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
16. The Suburbs (continued)

On 31. August they'll be playing a sold out show at the Tempodrom in Berlin and, according to their label, further Germany dates are planned for November.

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Monday, June 14, 2010

INTERVIEW: Eagle*Seagull

These guys have become a lot more dancy. I already realised on their tour in June 2008. I remember thinking that all the new songs sound really cool and upbeat, good songs to dance to, and got excited about their second album. Usually it's the other way around for me. I mostly prefer the first albums of bands and then get bored by the second. Definitely not so here. "The Year Of The How-To Book" has got it all, from the upbeat to the mellow tunes. Eli seems to like it twisted apparently, just like his state of mind. Have a listen to find out what that means:
Eagle Seagull Interview by This Is Twee

And here's the video that we were referring to in the interview:



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Friday, June 11, 2010

INTERVIEW: Johnny Flynn

Johnny Flynn was on tour earlier this year as support for Mumford and Sons. On 15th April I met up with him at the Astra Kulturhaus. He's a charming young man with an amazing talent for lyrical writing, which he proves again in his current album "Been Listening". He's a fan of Shakespeare and can even cite Hamlets soliloquy. But he's also an actor and has toured with the Shakespeare Company so that's not so surprising then.
Johnny Flynn Interview by This Is Twee

Here you can listen to some of his songs off the new album. If you like that folksy sound that's coming from the UK at the moment, you will definitely like this.
Johnny Flynn - Been Listening by cooperativemusic1


Also have at least a look at his first album in vinyl. The album's called "A Larum"  As soon as I saw it, I fell in love with the artwork and bought it straight away. It's a pop-up stage,
double vinyl, and it comes with characters!!!
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Monday, June 7, 2010

Fanfarlo - "Fire Escape" (Dave Sitek Remix)

I'm a big fan of Fanfarlo and I'm a big fan of almost anything that Dave Sitek gets his hands on. I've interviewed both and especially the one with Dave Sitek is one that I'll remember. Maybe I'll post it one here sometime but it's really old. It's from the first TV On The Radio tour.

So anyway, here are both, Fanfarlo and Dave Sitek, combined:
Fanfarlo - 'Fire Escape (David Sitek remix)' by Tim Chester NME
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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Eclipse Soundtrack / Johan Hugo's current project + MP3

OK, I'm quite indifferent about the films but the soundtrack to the new Twilight episode ECLIPSE is pretty decent. I started to realise when I did the latest show for Radio Marabu and, as it happens, I have interviewed three of the bands (The Bravery, Band of Horses & Fanfarlo), four if you count Johan Hugo, who is one-half of RADIOCLIT and one-third of THE VERY BEST.
Speaking of whom, he seems to be a pretty busy guy at the moment. I've found this mp3 that made me laugh. Have a listen and you'll instantly understand... By the way, Johan is Swedish and that explains a lot.

"JAMAICAN GIRLS" TERRY LYNN & JOHAN HUGO of RADIOCLIT from phree music on Vimeo.

MP3 downloadable via RCRD LBL RADIO

Coming back to the ECLIPSE soundtrack, here you can listen to the whole album. It's definitely worth checking out.
Plus keep an eye out for my interview with Fanfarlo that I did just before the show here in Berlin on Tuesday.


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Sunday, May 30, 2010

INTERVIEW: Morton Valence

29 October 2009 Morton Valence played the Magnet Club in Berlin. I met them all in the hotel for an interview. The band and entourage all came to sit in one little hotel room and listened to my questions and Rob's answers. I felt a bit like put on the spot but I think the interview turned out quite well. That's all due to Rob, who is quite a talker.
I did one mistake though: there are 5 members in the band, not 6. The sixth guy in the room was filming their shows.
Check out what Rob has got to say about the music industry, his frustration about their first record contract and their current album "Bob and Veronica Ride Again". It is a great one and in the interview you'll find out why it makes sense to support them by buying their record.

Morton Valence Interview



I love this song!


The band is currently busy working on their next album so if you like what you're listening to, keep an eye out for the next release.
Morton Valence Mysapce



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Monday, May 24, 2010

Voxtrot say 'farewell'

Sad news coming from the Voxtrot camp. The Texas 4-piece have decided to call it a day after one last tour through the states. On their
website you can read up on the whys and hows of their decision.

That aside, in August of last year they self-released the song "Berlin, Without Return". Knowing that Ramesh used to live here for a while, you can take a wild guess what or who this song is about. To have a listen, go to their Myspace page.

But before you do, check out "Trepanation Party", it's typical Voxtrot style, absolutely beautiful:



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Sunday, May 23, 2010

NEW ALBUM: Dr. Dog - Shame Shame

This Philadelphia 5-piece have been on my stereo ever since they played the Magnet Club last time. Their 2009 release FATE just sounds so different and fresh compared to everything else that came out last year. And even though they get thrown into the big swamp of what some people call "indie", I can't really place them anywhere since their sound keeps changing from album to album and from song to song.

For their latest album SHAME SHAME, they signed with ANTI Records, home to Tom Waits, DeVotchka and Spoon. Have a listen to "Shadow Poeple" and "Stranger", the latter being their first single off of this album.



Listen and download "Stranger" @ theFader.com

Tonight they'll be playing the new Magnet Club and I get the pleasure to meet them for a chat so stay tuned.

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Karen Elson - The Ghost Who Walks

... yet another of Jack White's shadow puppets?

Karen Elson, probably better known from the glossy mags and on the catwalk, will have her first album The Ghost Who Walks released in Germany May 28. Luckily her husband is a well known producer and artist, who runs his own label, otherwise she might have had more sticks and stones thrown between her feet.

Don't get me wrong, I really like her voice and I'm not usually a fan of female singer/songwriters. I wouldn't publish this post if I didn't like her songs. The title track pretty wowed me and made me listen up:



However, I can clearly see the Jack White influence there. There's no denying all the parallels to Detroit band Blanche, friends of Jack White with Jack Laurence on banjo and bass. Guess who is on tour with her right now? Half of The Raconteurs and it's neither Brandon nor Patrick...

Puppet or no puppet, you decide. I just hope there is more Karen Elson on that album than it looks like so that people start giving her most of the credit.
She'll be playing a showcase at the Privat Club this Sunday. I'd go if I hadn't have other plans.

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Band of Horses - Infinite Arms

They've finally released their long awaited third full length INFINITE ARMS this month...

BAND OF HORSES formed in Seattle in 2004. Singer Ben Bridwell is the only founding member left in the band, every one else got replaced over the years. They released two amazing albums via Sup Pop "Everything All The Time" with their hit single "The Funeral" and "Cease To Begin", both produced by Phil Ek. In the meantime the band had moved to North Carolina. A year ago they started working with Phil Ek on their new album, which got released via Columbia Records.

The whole album is currently as stream on their website. Have a listen and get dazzled by Ben's beautiful songs. Every time I listen to it there are moments when I suddenly think that what I'm listening to is Nada Surf. In some songs Ben Bridwell sounds exactly like Matthew Caws, don't you think?

I was also lucky enough as to meet Ben Bridwell for an interview on their last tour in Berlin and I think this is a good time to dig it out again.
Band Of Horses Interview
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Friday, May 14, 2010

NOT SO TWEE: The Juan MacLean - Feels So Good - free MP3

The Juan MacLean released his album DJ-Kicks in April this year via DFA Records. He's currently on DJ-tour in Europe. Check his Myspace page for dates.


'Feels So Good' is off of his new album and free to download on:
Spinner.com

I also found this remix of an older track that you might know:
One Day (James Curd Remix)
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Thursday, May 13, 2010

We Have Band - WHB preview

Married couple Thomas and Dede W-P plus Darren Bancroft make up We Have Band from London. Yet another band that proved that a record label isn't necessary for it's popularity to rise. Apparently gigging is their key, as they've told me.
Only in January this year they got signed to French indie label Naive. That doesn't seem to have done them much harm either, though.

Here are a couple of songs from their debut album WHB
WHB WEB SITE PLAYERbyGuillaume_Kayak
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Sunday, May 9, 2010

THE IRREPRESSIBLES - Mirror Mirror

I find it pretty hard to describe THE IRREPRESSIBLES so I'll just let other people do that for me:

"The Irrepressibles are a collective of musicians led by gifted countertenor, composer and performance artist Jamie McDermott and have been causing quite a stir around the capital of late. Their sound has been likened to that of David Bowie and Kate Bush but personally I hear neither in their debut album 'Mirror Mirror', at least not in abundance anyway. The reference points I hear are the towering majesty of Scott Walkers '4' album or the camp, artistically daring, thoroughly OTT musings of Tiger Lilies." (www.tastyfanzine.org.uk)

"An enchantingly theatrical pop extravaganza.” (The Sunday Times)

And here you'll get more goosebump-action:


THE IRREPRESSIBLES HOMEPAGE
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Friday, May 7, 2010

NEW // Health - USA Boys

These guys are getting busy again. For the remix album ::DISCO2 they've recorded the song USA Boys, which will be their next single release.

HEALTH - USA Boys by cityslang
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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Bishop Allen - Grrr

Bishop Allen are yet another band from Brooklyn, NYC, and I can see some similarities between them and The Low Anthem. All founding members used to study at highly prestigious universities where they met and had a radio show on their local college radio station. In Bishop Allen's case Justin Rice and Christian Rudder met at Harvard University and formed the band in 2003.

Their 3rd album GRRR was already released a year ago so this is old news, but I just discovered them for myself.

Have a look on their website for more information and some MP3s:
www.bishopallen.com
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Saturday, May 1, 2010

New Album: The Apples In Stereo - TRAVELLERS IN SPACE AND TIME

There was a time in 2007 when the Apples' album NEW MAGNETIC WONDER was played on high rotation on my stereo.
In April this year they've released their 7th album that goes by the name TRAVELLERS IN SPACE AND TIME via Simian Records/Yep Roc/Elephant 6. I'm sure it'll have the same 'stereo magnetic' effect as the previous one. By the way, Simian Records is Elijah Wood's label so don't be surprised to see him in their video.

At a first listen it doesn't seem all too different from the previous - a lot of vocoder action again.



What I love about them - apart from their songs - is the fact that they put their album as stream on their website so have a listen:





The Apples on Stereo website


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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

NEW // Freelance Whale

A friend of mine gave me a CD recently with the current album of Freelance Whales on it. Thanks Benjamin, this is definitely my favourite!
They formed 2008 in Queens, NYC, and have released their album Weathervanes in March via French Kiss. Very Postal Service-esque, I like it a lot!


Check out their video and stop by their Daytrotter Session which was recorded live at this years SXSW.

Freelance Whales - Generator 2nd Floor

Freelance Whales | MySpace Music Videos


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Monday, April 19, 2010

Lightspeed Champion Is Back With Sophomore Album

Ok, most people might say that the Test Icicles split was a catastrophe but it certainly hasn't done Devonté Hynes aka Lightspeed Champion any harm. On the contrary. He has released his second album Life Is Sweet! Nice To Meet You in February and - oh my god - it's beautiful.
I only just got the album a few days ago and I can't stop listening to it. This man has got an amazing voice. I've completely fallen for it!

Check out his first single "Marlene":




And if you're still not convinced search for his version of Amy Whinehouse's "Back to Black" (I always get some serious goosebump-action).



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Sunday, April 18, 2010

INTERVIEW: The Very Best

On August 13th, 2009 I interviewed The Very Best at the office of their label in Berlin. The Very Best is a band comprised of Esau Mwamwaya and Radioclit, who all met in London. They've released their first album Warm Heart Of Africa last year, with Ezra Koenig from Vampire Weekend featuring on their first single that goes by the same name.
By the way, listening to their album in the winter, while the snow was driving everyone mad, was just THE BEST.


Listen to what they've got to say about them meeting in London and their future plans.

The Very Best Interview 
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Saturday, April 17, 2010

First Aid Kit @ Union Chapel, London



An amazing gig with an amazing encore. A gig I'll always remember.
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Friday, April 16, 2010

Bands I've interviewed (2003 - now)

7 years and about 100 interviews. That might not seem much to some people but since I'm doing this for some free music and a spot on the guestlist I get to pick and choose who I want to interview (well, at least with most of them).
I've tried to list them in chronological order starting in 2003. I might have missed one or two bands. The * indicates the number of times I've interviewed that band/artist, if it was more than once)


Some of them can be listened to on www.myspace.com/trashmansion



The Datsuns ***
David Gray
Aqualung **
The Cooper Temple Clause
Bettie Serveert
M.Ward **
Brendan Benson
Kings of Leon
Cerys Matthews
White Seeds
The Crash
The Von Bondies
The Stands
Jet **
The Singles
McLusky
The Datsuns ***
TV On The Radio
The 5.6.7.8’s
The Libertines *
Sons and Daughters
The Killers
The Mooney Suzuki
The Features
Josh Rouse
And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead
The Kills
The Kaiser Chiefs
The Fever
The Rakes
The Bravery
Riley Kiley
Rufus Wainwright
Arctic Monkeys
New Pornographers**
The Editors *
We Are Scientists
The Kooks
Be Your Own Pet
Forward Russia
Boy Kill Boy
The Feeling
The Magic Numbers
Eskobar ***
The Pipettes
The Shins
Mumm-Ra
Squire
Brakes
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
The Decemberists
Lavender Diamond
Goose
Duke Special
Voxtrot
Tilly & The Wall
Malajube **
The Pigeon Detectives
Stephanie Dosen
The Twang
Cold War Kids
Silversun Pickups
The Wombats
Okkervil River **
Los Campesinos
Nada Surf **
Band of Horses

Holy Fuck
Ladytron
The Long Blondes
The Mae Shi
The Dodos
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
Port O’Brien **
The Virgins
Ratatat
Wolf Parade
Friendly Fires
Ben Kweller
Paul Carrack
Metonomy
The Phantom Band
Filthy Dukes
Malajube **
Official Secrets Act
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
The Maccabees
Health
The Very Best
MSTRKRFT
The XX
Morton Valence
The Big Pink
Musée Méchanique
The Low Anthem
Spoon
First Aid Kit
Eagle*Seagull
Johnny Flynn
We Have Band

The Irrepressibles 
Cocoon
Dr. Dog
Fanfarlo
!!! ChkChkChk
Chromeo
John Grant
Syd Matters
Trouble Over Tokyo
Freelance Whales
The Crookes
The Head And The Heart
Holy Ghost
Dan Mangan
Vetiver
Austra

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The Beginning

Friends often ask me if I've discovered new music recently and there is mostly a long list of bands that I could mention. I usually - very excitedly - give them some recommendations but I'm sure as soon as they get home they've already forgotten. So I though that I should maybe write them all down so that I will only have to refer to my blog in the future. And maybe even some other people like my music taste and get enthusiastic about it.

Since I'm doing interviews with bands and artist for a radio station called Radio Marabu, I get loads of music and get to go to many gigs. Most of the interviews I'm doing are with pretty unknown bands. There's only the odd exception. If you are interested to know what bands I've interviews in the past 7 years, check out my next post.

One more thing before I get started. I'm not much of a writer or particularly good with words but I have a passion for music that I want to share and maybe even support bands and artist with that a little. I hope that's reason enough to start a blog.
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