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[29 Jan 2015 | No Comment | 153 views]
Marine Dreams – Producer’s Wonderland

There’s a lot of wonderful 2015 releases already out there. For example yesterday was a rather good day. Finnish singer-songwriter Klasu released his debut single (we will get to that in a few days) and a long time Canadian favourite of mine Marine Dreams released a new album called Producer’s Wonderland. Ian Kehoe is a very prolific songwriter and seem to release a full-length every …

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[25 Jan 2015 | No Comment | 262 views]
Viljami Kukkonen – Jos Rakkaus tapahtuu

You might have been wondering where is that post about new Viljami Kukkonen album Jos rakkaus tapahtuu. This is not actually it, but I already put this beauty on that album of the month box in the right frame. I plan to write that album of the month piece about it sometime during my winter holiday (the first week of February). However, because I’m a …

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[22 Jan 2015 | No Comment | 358 views]
Video of the Day #155: Tomi Nordlund & Syvä Joki

I’ve been meaning to write a little post about Tomi Nordlund & Syvä Joki for months. They are a fairly new Tampere-based group, but the members have been making great Finnish pop music for many years in various shapes and forms. Tomi Nordlund had Cry Bar, Antti Suonio fronted The Props, Mikko Levonen has a power pop duo Heartjet and Noora Porola is a member …

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[22 Jan 2015 | No Comment | 343 views]
Vähäsarja – Vähäsarja

Vähäsarja’s debut album will see the light of the day next month when it comes out on Helmi Levyt. I’m really looking forward to this one. This guy isn’t just another good singer-songwriter. He stands out from the crowd in a good way. There’s something unique and captivating in his songs every time. I’ve only heard two songs from the forthcoming album so far, but …

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[21 Dec 2014 | No Comment | 1,701 views]
Top 30 Albums of the Year 2014 – Internation Edition (Part Two 15-1)

Moving on to the second chapter. If you didn’t catch the part one you can find it here. Anyway, here we go. 15 more albums to go.
Top 30 Albums of the Year 2014 – Internation Edition (Part Two 15-1)

15. Sloan: Commonwealth
One of my all-time favourite bands Sloan can kick off this second chapter. Each of the four songwriters in the band wrote one side of …

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[14 Dec 2014 | No Comment | 1,592 views]
Top 10 Finnish Albums of the Year 2014

Another day, another list. This time it’s Finnish albums of the year 2014. I suppose there are a few surprise omissions. For example Mirel Wagner and Pepe Willberg albums are awesome and worth all the hype, but I didn’t really listen to them that much during the year. Objectively speaking they probably are better than let’s say that Common Tones album, but I did listen …

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[12 Dec 2014 | No Comment | 1,375 views]
Top 10 Finnish Songs of the Year 2014

Another day, another pointless list. This time I give you my favourite Finnish songs of the year 2014. This was a tough one to make and it really hurts to leave out many of my favourite bands. Thankfully most of them will appear on the forthcoming Finnish albums of the year list.
10. Swaying Wires – Some Blue Sky
First we have Swaying Wires and the title …

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[12 Dec 2014 | No Comment | 1,219 views]
Top 10 Songs of the Year 2014 – International Edition

It’s time to get this listing party started. I don’t think anyone actually cares, but I still love making these. Let’s start with my favourite songs of the year. I didn’t spend ages on this one, because that album of the year list is going to take a huge amount time. The top three are obvious and I kind of agreed on them (with myself) …

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[10 Dec 2014 | No Comment | 657 views]
While No One Was Looking – Toasting 20 Years of Bloodshot Records

One more thing to do before those year-end lists. It’s time to celebrate 20 years of Bloodshot Records. They have given us a huge amount of wonderful music during their existence and they are still one of the finest labels out there. While No One Was Looking – Toasting 20 Years of Bloodshot Records is a new compilation where 38 excellent artists cover classic songs …

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[8 Dec 2014 | No Comment | 722 views]
Red Jacket Mine, Paul Gonzenbach & Naïm Amor

I should start making those year-end lists, but I still have a few dozen 2014 releases that I haven’t featured at all. Some that even might appear on those lists. So I try to shortly go through some of them before writing those lists later in December.

Red Jacket Mine is a Seattle-based group that has been featured here a few times over the years. Their …