The Duke & The King

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Being a big fan of Felice Brothers it isn’t any wonder that I instantly fell in love with this. The Duke & The King is Simone Felice’s new band and their debut album will be released by Loose Music in july (in the uk) and by Ramseur in august (in the states). A seven inch single is already out on Loose and there’s a bunch of great songs from the album on their myspace. Sounds like an album that is worth all the hearts in the world. I can hardly wait to be able to hear it. So beautiful..

 

The Duke & The King at myspace
 

Oh.. and because I mentioned The Felice Brothers I have no other choice than to add this beautiful video of Felice Brothers plaing on some field for a few people. I so wish I had been there and I’m so jealous to that small audience. This might well be my favourite music video at youtube and I can just watch it over and over again..

 

The Felice Brothers at myspace

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College Fall (aus) in Finland + FOTM summer edition

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Australian College Fall is currently on an european tour and therefore Flavour Of The Month club decided to organize a summer edition of FOTM. The event will take place at Pikku-Torre, Turku on 27th of june. College Fall will share the stage with Nopat and Jaakko Söderström (Ben’s Diapers frontman’s first solo gig). College Fall will also play in Helsinki at Liberte on 1st of July where they are supporting Mother Goose.

Oh.. and new College Fall album The Curse Of Us will be released next october.

College Fall Website
College Fall at myspace

COLLEGE FALL in Finland:

la 27.6.
Flavour Of The Month-klubi, Pikku-Torre, Turku, 3€, klo 21-03
with Nopat ja Jaakko Söderström, FOTM DJ:t

ke 1.7.
Liberte, Helsinki
Supporting Mother Goose

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Top of the Week 25

TOP ALBUMS:

1. KISS: KISS
2-4. KISS: Dressed to Kill, Destroyer, Love Gun
5. Jason Lytle: Yours Truly, The Commuter

TOP SONG:

KISS: Strutter

Do I need to explain. I can’t explain. Well last week it was midsummer and I did not spend much time listening to music. Except that I bought four KISS albums and spend the sunday listening to them. The summer is usually time when I try to fill some holes in my rock’n’roll education. Believe me, there are huge holes, because I know much more about 90’s power pop and indie rock than about rock history. This education of mine usually happens by just going out and buying a bunch of records in a short period of time. In the summer of 2007 I bought eight The Rolling Stones albums, In 2008 I bought 10 Tom Petty albums. This year KISS seem to be getting the same treatment and I started by buying those four albums. Surely I’ve been listening to a bit of KISS as a teen, but I wasn’t a big fan. And well for the last 12 years or so.. I hadn’t listened to Kiss at all. So it was about time and I’ve been really enjoying listening to them. Especially that debut album seems to be just wonderful. Some of it is actually really close 70’s rockin power pop. Oh.. and Strutter. What a song. First song on a debut album and it’s so damn great. Where do you go from there if you’ve started on the maximum level of perfection. That “Everybody says she’s lookin’ good. And the lady knows it’s understood” part is just perfect pop moment. I think I need to continue introducing myself to KISS by buying at least Hotter Than Hell. Maybe some of the late seventies stuff as well. I think I’m not yet ready to move to eighties. That sounds a bit too scary.

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Record buying habits + Not Lame

I recently ordered Radio City’s lost power pop gem from Not Lame and it made me think that it would be about time to improve my record buying habits again. Especially before moving to Turku I was bad boy and I bought way too much from places like cdwow, play, amazon. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with picking up a few bargains or buying harder to find items from amazon for example, but back then I often ordered some major albums like Ryan Adams, Wilco.. from places like that instead of using finnish record stores. After moving to Turku few years ago I had a great record store 8Raita near me and I decided that if they have a new record that I want in stock, I will buy it from them. I admit that I’m still not a great customer, because if I’m looking for something more obscure that they don’t have on the shelf, I often take the easy way and just order it myself from a foreign online store instead of asking them are they able to order it. So I’m still no customer of the year, but buying those 50 or so indie albums a year from them is still a big step into the right direction. Let’s call it a step one in changing my record buying habits.

Step 1 already happened a couple of years ago, but step 2 in changing my record buying habits is a new thing and involves Not Lame. About ten years ago I ordered some pop albums from Not Lame by sending cash in an envolope to Bruce and dreamt about times when I could afford all those great pop albums. I remember often thinking that I will become loyal customer when I grow up and have more money to spend on pop music. But did it ever happen. I mean the thing about being a loyal customer. There’s been better times. Clubhouse membership in the past and more frequent orders, but I’ve never been a really good customer. Especially lately it’s been more like once or twice in a year and that’s just not good at all. Surely there’s been times that I haven’t bought much power pop, but also few times that I’ve ordered some power pop stuff from Amazon instead of Not Lame and well.. That’s almost criminal, because quite frankly Not Lame is a big part of my power pop education. I red every word of the old mail order catalogs and during the last ten years I have found lots of great bands because of the monstrously and extremely highly recommendations by Mr Bruce Brodeen. The question that remains is why the hell I haven’t ordered more albums? How bad would I feel if one day Not Lame has to quit because of financial restraints and I realise that I haven’t done anything at all to help their survival? This has to change and therefore the step 2 in changing my record buying habits is making a midsummer promise to myself. Starting now I will buy at least one album from Not Lame every month. That won’t make me a customer of the year, but it’s again a step into the right direction. And I’m not doing it just to ease my guilty mind. They carry music that I love and I will get a lot of great power pop in change.

Step 3 should probably be doing something with buying all those used cds. There’s a little bargain bin whore inside me and I buy a lot of used cds. Eventhough I have a policy that I won’t buy used copies of any new CDs that I know for fact that I will love, I still feel a bit guilty. Especially this backfires when the used CD turns out to be really wonderful. For example Langhorne Slim’s album turned out to be my album of the year and I’m still bloody ashamed that I bought it used. This is because buying a used promo copy of an album doesn’t really help the artist much. At least financially. However, I think I’m weak and I can’t quit buying used cds. I’m a hopeless case. A record addict and I can’t afford to buy everything as new. Still I don’t think I should be too guilty about this, because usually I wouldn’t buy that particular record as new anyway. It’s just the moment when you see that $6.99 price with free shipping code that makes you buy it. I hope I one day learn to just leave them be, but of course then I could miss out on new Langhorne Slim

Anyway, Sorry for this rant. I just thought that if I publicly write this it forces me to become a better customer by 1) supporting the local record store (in my case 8Raita) 2) Supporting the indie online store (in my case Not Lame). I will still keep using places like Amazon as well, but the biggest share of the money I use to buy new records has to go to 1 & 2.

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TOP of the Week 24

The Most Useless Lists of the week or things I loved during the week.

ALBUMS:

1. Jason Lytle: Yours Truly, The Commuter
Grandaddy goes solo and I like it a lot.

2. Radio City: Class Of ’77
Can I say classic 70’s power pop if it wasn’t released until now?

3. Cats On Fire: Our Temperance Movement
This is my favourite album of the year so far and therefore it remains on the playlist. Kind of sad that the average life for a new record seem to be something like two weeks in this household, because I continuosly buy records and therefore need to move on to new things way too fast. Thank God I’m even able to stick to something as perfect as this for a longer time.

4. Blue: S/T
This remains on the playlist as well. It’s a stunning pop album. Maybe I could remove 1-2 songs from it to make it pure perfection, but it gets rather close the way it is.

5. Samantha Crain & The Midnight Shivers: Songs In The Night
I still enjoy it.

SONGS:

1. Radio City: Don’t Mistake Love
2. Janne Laurila: Heili
3. Nopat: Rauhaton
4. Jason Lytle: Birds Encouraged Him
5. Bob McFadden & Dor: The Mummy

We were listening to an old Räkärodeo show in the car when driving to Keuruu last thursday and that old classic The Mummy made us both smile. This wonderful song has been stuck in my head ever since, so I want to share this beautiful piece of music with you. You’ll find it for example here.

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Finnish music videos from the vaults part 4: Summer

The theme of the evening is summer and these three bands have been part of my summer soundtrack for a long time.

Karkkiautomaatti: Seikkailuun
The lead single of their third and last album Suudelmilla that was released in 1998. Suudelmilla was and still is one of the greatest finnish albums ever released. Eventhough Seikkailuun isn’t my favourite track of the album, it’s still a marvellous song.
 

 

Poverty Stinks: Summer Will Never End
Poverty Stinks is also a perfect music for sunny outdoor picnics. A criminally overlooked band that created a bunch of great pop albums and a huge amount of perfect pop songs. This single Summer Will Never End from 1993 is certainly one of them.
 

 

Aknestik: Kesällä ei mennä nukkumaan
Aknestik is a band that I rarely listen to during the other three seasons, but in the summertime albums like Onni and especially Säätiedotuksia merenkulkijoille seem like the best thing ever. This summer anthem is from the album Onni which was released back in 1994.
 

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