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[22 Dec 2011 | No Comment | 5,508 views]
Merry Christmas and Yuletunes

It’s the 20th anniversary of the best Christmas compilation Yuletunes. The album contains a huge amount of fantastic holiday songs. One of them is my all-time favourite Christmas song, Big People’s Piece For Christmas (a classic among Räkärodeo listeners). Lulu is probably wondering why I’m posting her home video every year. This is Big People and Piece For Christmas.

Herb Eimerman recently made a video for …

International music, News »

[21 Dec 2011 | No Comment | 3,536 views]
The Milk Carton Kids (stunning albums for free!)

First. Big thank you to Norwegian No Deal Music for introducing this to me. I found the The Milk Carton Kids from No Deal Music’s year-end list a few days before finishing mine. I liked them so much I was on the verge of putting the album to my list as well (and on a fairly high place as well). In the end, I decided …

Finnish music, News »

[20 Dec 2011 | No Comment | 1,418 views]
Cats on Fire – My Sense Of Pride

Because I’ve selected the album of the year 2011, I can focus on selecting the album of the year 2012. Cats on Fire’s upcoming third album will be a major contender in that contest. The first outtake from the upcoming album was released today by Soliti Music. My Sense of Pride is again a wonderful song and the finest indie pop band in the world …

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[16 Dec 2011 | 2 Comments | 2,209 views]
Esa Linna featuring Roger Joseph Manning Jr.

Esa Linna’s debut single She’s Not A Human Being is now out and available (at least on iTunes, other digital stores should follow soon). It’s a great power pop song, Roger Joseph Manning Jr. sings backing vocals and plays keyboards, Ty Tabor mastered it and it’s about a cat. I love power pop, I love Jellyfish and I really love cats. So what could be …

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[15 Dec 2011 | No Comment | 2,997 views]
Songs of the Year 2011

My song favourites were already covered in those round-up posts and therefore this list might be a little useless. I still decided to make some kind of list of my biggest love affairs. Because I’m extremely logical person, this time I just put Finland and rest of the world into the same basket and started picking up my favourite songs. Top 10 is a small …

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[14 Dec 2011 | No Comment | 2,585 views]
Video of the Day #81 – Hurricane Fighter Plane

Australian Hurricane Fighter Plane is one of my new favourite bands. I really enjoyed their self-titled EP few months ago and I’ve been a dedicated follower of Hurricane Fighter Plane ever since. New vinyl single I Can’t Win / Leaving Town is coming out soon. Launch gig for the single is on friday 16th of december. You probably don’t need further details about the concert, …

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[13 Dec 2011 | One Comment | 6,623 views]
Albums of the Year 2011 – The International Edition (15-1)

15. Andreas Mattsson – Kick Death’s Ass
It’s certainly wise to listen to old Popsicle records from time to time, because those are some of the best power pop albums ever released, but don’t forget that Andreas Mattsson is still on top form. Nowadays his music is much more peaceful than during the golden Popsicle days, but the quality is still there. Ok, I’m not sure …

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[13 Dec 2011 | No Comment | 2,008 views]
Albums of the Year 2011 – The International Edition (30-16)

30. The Disciplines – Virgins of Menace
Ken Stringfellow and his norwegian pals have some serious rock’n’roll action going on. If I have to choose I prefer the first The Disciplines album, but Virgins of Menace is also damn enjoyable.
29. The Jayhawks – Mockingbird Time
I admit that this is shockingly low position for one of my all-time favourite bands. But it wouldn’t be an honest thing …

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[12 Dec 2011 | One Comment | 8,182 views]
Albums of the Year 2011 – The Finnish Edition

Trying out some new tricks this year and I made two lists. The Finnish edition and the international edition. This is how the real magazines do these, so I suppose it’s alright. I’ve felt that doing these lists separately somewhat underestimates the Finnish releases. As if they are not good enough to make it to the list, if you make just one list. My top …

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[9 Dec 2011 | No Comment | 2,680 views]
Year 2011 Round-up Part 7: Favourite Finnish songs vol 2.

Moving on to Finnish songs that actually came out on a label. More about many of these when I write that albums of the year 2011 list. Not in any order except that Samae Koskinen’s Hän, jolla on kaikki is definitely my favourite Finnish song of the year and Mirel Wagner’s No Death was the clear #2. Otherwise I didn’t think about the order. I …