Onechord.net strikes 15 today: Viljami Kukkonen – Mörönsyötti

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One Chord to Another is now 15 years old. Huge thanks for everyone who has been with me on this little journey through music. No matter whether you’ve red this blog the full 15 years or just browsed through a couple of post somewhere along the way. It means a lot to me that you’ve visited this and it makes the countless amount of hours I’ve put to this worthwhile.

I had this little anniversary thing going on for the past few weeks. I seriously run out of time, because I meant to do one or two each day, but I just didn’t have the energy to keep that going during 50+ hour work weeks. So very significant ones like Ochre Room, Daniel Markham, John Moreland, Topi Saha, Frontier Ruckus, Small Houses, Myriam Gendron, Lac Belot, Ilona V, Hezekiah Jones, The Deep Dark Woods, Koria Kitten Riot, Chris Bathgate are still missing. Maybe I continue doing these posts during the rest of this year. Not that anyone else than myself care that much if some significant onechord.net favourites are missing. Oh and the biggest inspirations behind this blog were mostly covered during the 10 year anniversary. The Sugarrush, Bridget, Cats On Fire, Office Building, The Rollstons, Penniless still rule my world.

It was clear from the start of these anniversary posts that I wanted to post something about Mörönsyötti by Viljami Kukkonen on this birthday. I’m forgetting my rules here a bit, because I couldn’t pick just one song from this wonderful album. It’s a friend to me that has been with me during the longest nights that thanks to Mörönsyötti always led to daylight. This album knows things about me that I might not even recognise myself by the time the morning comes. Sure the album has its fair share of sadness, but it’s presented is such a way that for me Mörönsyötti has always been a kindhearted shoulder. I so needed that when I had some heavy medical worries. Still do on some level, but Mörönsyötti and thyroid medication has significantly helped the situation.

Onechord.net has never been about music critique or writing analytic pieces about music. That is important and relevant too, but I don’t have the skills for that. Onechord.net is just about loving songs and albums so wholeheartedly that I want to tell the world or the 7 regular readers about them. Mörönsyötti by Viljami Kukkonen is an album that I’ve loved the most during these 15 years of One Chord To Another.

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Onechord.net turns 15: Andy Shauf – Wendell Walker

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Wendell Walker was the first Andy Shauf song I heard back in 2013. It instantly grabbed me and haven’t let go over the years. Back then I wrote that “I’m almost scared to find out more, because how can anything live up to this”. Well apparently it did, because Andy’s 2016 album The Party has been sitting on that album of the month slot for months and might well be my album of the year so far. Anyway, here’s a stunning live version of Wendell Walker. You can find the song from the previous Andy Shauf album The Bearer of Bad News.

And here’s an outtake from the new masterpiece as a bonus. The Worst in You from The Party. Out now on ANTI- (US/Europe) and Arts & Crafts (Canada)

Andy Shauf Website

Onechord.net reaches 15 years on September 17. Leading up to that, I will be sharing some songs that I hold dear. Songs that I’ve loved the most during the years I’ve been making this. So basicly just some nostalgic crap, but with a damn brilliant soundtrack.

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Onechord.net turns 15: Freschard – Cheese and Crackers

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This song was such a huge addiction couple of years ago and I still sometimes find myself singing the words Cheese and Crackers out loud in public places. Jesus Christ this song is one of the greatest and most pleasant earworms I can think of. It’s forever stuck in my head, heart and bellybutton and I don’t even want to get rid of it. I know that I’ve perhaps spent too much time praising this particular song, because there’s several similarly brilliant songs in the Clemence Freschard song vault, but how could I not go with this one in this anniversary thingy. However, the albums Shh.. and Boom Biddy Boom are filled with gorgeous songs and there’s a new and most likely great album coming out this fall. I can’t wait to hear it.

And here’s the classic Tweet Tweet video from Wowsers Trousers as a bonus.

Freschard Website

Onechord.net reaches 15 years on September 17. Leading up to that, I will be sharing some songs that I hold dear. Songs that I’ve loved the most during the years I’ve been making this. So basicly just some nostalgic crap, but with a damn brilliant soundtrack.

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Onechord.net turns 15: Barna Howard – Turns Around the Bottle

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Sticking in Portland for the time being and could stay there for several entries on this anniversary thingy. The whole Mama Bird family could and should be here and then there’s Huck and Richmond Fontaine and ton of other things. Portland rules my world. Actually Adam Selzer from the previous entry produced and recorded Barna Howard’s second album Quite A Feelin’. While that one is just as wonderful, I have to go with a song from the debut on this. After all, the self-titled Barna Howard album is one of the dearest and nearest to my heart. Besides being a magnificent album filled with the finest songwriting, it was my introduction to my current favourite record label, Mama Bird Recording Co. During the past five years they’ve released a lot of albums that I hold oh so dear. Myriam Gendron, Widower, Vikesh Kapoor etc. Just wonderful. And their 2016 releases from Courtney Marie Andrews and Birger Olsen are both among the year’s finest. I don’t really have an absolute favourite song on Barna’s classic debut, because I love all of them. Maybe I might be the most fond I’ll Let You Pick Window, but I’ll go with this live version of Turns Around the Bottle.

And here’s the first single Promise, I Won’t Laugh as a bonus.

Barna Howard Website
Mama Bird Recording Co. Website

Onechord.net reaches 15 years on September 17. Leading up to that, I will be sharing some songs that I hold dear. Songs that I’ve loved the most during the years I’ve been making this. So basicly just some nostalgic crap, but with a damn brilliant soundtrack.

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Onechord.net turns 15: Norfolk & Western – At Dawn or After Dusk

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I have selected only fairly new crushes so far, so here’s one love affair from the early days of One Chord To Another. This affair turned into a lifelong commitment and this album is still very dear to me. Even though I know all songs by heart I still regularly listen to this 2004 album from Norfolk & Western. Adam Selzer has done a lot of great things both as a songwriter/musician and as a producer, but for me Dusk in Cold Parlours is his masterpiece. It’s been about 12 years since this came out on Hush Records, so I suppose it’s already safe to say that this is one of my all-time favorites. I’m fond of almost every song on the album, but if I have to pick just one, it has to be this album closer At Dawn or After Dusk that perfectly wraps the album together.

Onechord.net reaches 15 years on September 17. Leading up to that, I will be sharing some songs that I hold dear. Songs that I’ve loved the most during the years I’ve been making this. So basicly just some nostalgic crap, but with a damn brilliant soundtrack.

Adam Selzer Website

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Onechord.net turns 15: J.E. Sunde – A Blinding Flash of Light

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A Blinding Flash Of Light by J.E. Sunde was a huge addiction a couple of years ago and while I might not be listening to it every day anymore, I still hold it in extremely high regard. This song became a part of who I am and I will carry it with me as long as I live. If this site still exists in 2020 and I decide to pick the top 50 songs of the decade or something, I’m confident that this will be among my first picks. The whole album Shapes that Kiss the Lips of God is a treasure and this song is the brightest diamond on it. The album came out on Cartouche Records back in 2014. Also the earlier The Daredevil Christopher Wright stuff is awesome. Oh and the song Rabbit Rag and I that isn’t on this album is also unearthly brilliant. I can’t wait to hear more music from J.E.Sunde.

J.E. Sunde Website

And here’s a music video for the song Easy Kid as a bonus.

Onechord.net reaches 15 years on September 17. Leading up to that, I will be sharing some songs that I hold dear. Songs that I’ve loved the most during the years I’ve been making this. So basicly just some nostalgic crap, but with a damn brilliant soundtrack.

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