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The best albums of 2015 so far

My favourite weekend of the NHL season, the draft weekend is upon us. Therefore I dediced to make my own mid-season rankings of class 2015. I didn’t spend ages thinking about these and there’s a lot of stuff I haven’t even seen on the ice yet. So this might change a lot during the next six months. Of course at least that Howard/Moreland combo is …

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Freschard – Shh.. & Ratboys – Aoid

Uk-based label Wiaiwya will be reissuing Freschard’s Shh.. on yellow vinyl in July. Pre-order is up now.. and well.. you know the deal. It’s Freschard. So it’s absolutely gorgeous. In fact absolutely perfect. It will move you and it will be make you smile. Five hearts any day of the week. Extremely monstrously highly recommended. This is Monsters from this future classic.
Shh… by Freschard
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[26 Jun 2015 | No Comment | 773 views]
The best albums of 2015 so far

My favourite weekend of the NHL season, the draft weekend is upon us. Therefore I dediced to make my own mid-season rankings of class 2015. I didn’t spend ages thinking about these and there’s a lot of stuff I haven’t even seen on the ice yet. So this might change a lot during the next six months. Of course at least that Howard/Moreland combo is …

Featured, International music »

[24 Jun 2015 | No Comment | 517 views]
Leon Bridges – Coming Home & Woody Pines – Woody Pines

The major labels quite rarely get things right, but always credit when credit is due. Leon Bridges sure is awesome and it’s a pleasure to listen to this smooth old-fashioned soul/gospel sensation. This is definitely worth all the hype. If I really want to nitpick (which I don’t), occasionally the overall style, execution and delivery of the song is a bigger pleasure than the song …

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Darrin Bradbury, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Elijah Ocean

A quick post about a few really good new EPs that are worth of your attention.
First there’s Darrin Bradbury’s new Story Of Bob EP that came out last week. I think it was Popa’s Tunes that first introduced this songwriter to me a year or two ago. I’ve been following him ever since and he is getting better all the time. This new EP is …

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Dr Cosmo’s Tape Lab, The Wellgreen & Linden

Some pop music this time around. Scottish pop music to be more precise. More commonly known as the finest kind of pop music.
First have Glasgow-based Dr Cosmo’s Tape Lab and their new beautiful concept monster called Beyond The Silver Sea. Absolutely ludicrous idea to record a psych pop / power pop concept album in your bedroom, but they make it work rather wonderfully. Perfect …

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Wharfer – Acadia & Benjamin – The Bear And The Barn Owl

One of my daily routines is that I go to my twitter account, write bandcamp on the search box, select “from people you follow” and see if the people/bands I follow have either released something new themselves or recommended something new that they like. This is how I found out about these next two.
First we have Wharfer and his new album Acadia. The funny thing …

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Jake Xerxes Fussell, The Weather Station & Kenny Knight (aka a little love letter to Paradise of Bachelors)

North Carolinian record label Paradise of Bachelors has become one of the most trustworthy label. I think you can pretty much buy everything they release without hearing a note beforehand. Whoever is in charge of their A&R, really has a great taste. They’ve definitely earned my trust and money. I’ve bought their latest three releases from the local 8raita record store here in Turku, Finland …

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Dawes – All Your Favorite Bands & Sam Outlaw – Angeleno

This blog entry takes us to California where we are lurking on the softer side folk, country & americana. First we have the new Dawes album All Your Favorite Bands. I’m a long time Dawes fan and really loved the first two records. Especially Nothing is Wrong which was #3 on my Albums of the Year 2011 list. However, I think it’s been a while …

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[13 Jun 2015 | One Comment | 941 views]
Darren Hanlon – Where Did You Come From? & Ben Mason – She’d Need a Heart

A couple of Australian gents on this little blog entry. First we have the legendary pop troubadour Darren Hanlon. A man who can create a moving pop song about pretty much any subject. I’m a long time fan and therefore I’m really ashamed that it took me this long to write a few words about his new excellent album Where Did You Come From?. This …

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Vasas Flora och Fauna – Släkt med Lotta Svärd

No Sideways for me. I’m spending the night at home with my cat and we are listening to Mattias Björkas and I couldn’t be happier about this. Of course, I do have a slight issue with Vasas flora och fauna. My Swedish skills have never been very good and these days those skills are just downright awful. Knowing how good lyrics Mattias can write and …

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[8 Jun 2015 | No Comment | 824 views]
Christopher Paul Stelling – Labor Against Waste

Christopher Paul Stelling signed a deal with ANTI- a while back and his new record Labor Against Waste will hit our hearts on 16th of June. I’ve been eagerly waiting for this one and for example today I watched this video for the song Dear Beast about ten times in a row. A great song and a very impressive delivery of a great song. Straight …

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[3 Jun 2015 | No Comment | 940 views]
Binoculers – Adapted To Both Shade And Sun

Hamburg-based songwriter Nadja Rüdebusch operates under the moniker Binoculers. She has a new Binoculers album Adapted To Both Shade And Sun ready to drop into my heart on 19th of June. I have high expectations for this one, because the previous album There Is Not Enough Space In The Dark was such a beauty. There’s a couple of songs already out there from the forthcoming …