Wednesday, July 02, 2014

june: memories of beaches brew

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Friday, May 30, 2014

may: festivals in other cities

le guess who

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

april = atlanter (and other norwegians)

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

march: iceland and norway

full post on its way. about norwegian bands on the radio and icelandic bands in the flesh. well, just one:




more soon.
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Thursday, February 06, 2014

finnish february

february is so finnish, i gave it a hashtag.

#finnishfeb

(go search for it in twitter and see if i'm not telling the truth)  (ok, so i did, and i didn't even find my usages of it... doh... but there are a few tweets that still remain with my invented hashtag!)

so, after having written about the new album of delay trees (a band from finland) for NV at the end of january (see here), this inspired me to focus all my attention on finland during february. for the OFPM show this week (on fri 7 feb), the tracks i will play are gonna be from finnish-only bands, and actually features bands all off the same helsinki-based label (soliti):

-black lizard (FI) - desolation kids
-delay trees (FI) - the howl
-black twig (FI) - pastel blue

then, on the saturday night of this very weekend (8 feb), i am going to see this man playing. that man being spencer krug aka moonface, who currently resides in finland.
post-gig edit: this gig was my favourite so far of this year (not that i've been to many!), and mr krug didn't disappoint delivering one of my favourite albums of last year. it's been stuck on repeat even moreso since seeing it performed live.

now the question remains, will i get to see this band live this year:



(and no, the rest of february wasn't particularly finnish, but at least it got off to a flurry at the start)

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Saturday, January 04, 2014

looking back

it is around this time of year that i stop and ponder the year just gone, although as i've said before i am not so fond of writing lists (but i manage to do it sometimes, see here and here).

in 2013, i don't think i went to as many gigs as usual (there was a lot i didn't get to, despite having a ticket: my biggest regret? probably not getting to phosphorescent at bitterzoet for no good reason in particular other than sometimes i'm not in the mood to go to another gig on my own; & i was sad i didn't get to hear efterklang call my name out at the amsterdam gig in january!), and i certainly didn't take as many photos at gigs as a result, but i did do more writing/talking about (nordic) music, so it's not surprising a couple of my lists are nordic-related (yeah... i don't 'do' lists ordinarily, but if i'm going to, i may as well not do one, or two, but three!! right??)...



my top 5 gigs:
-volcano choir at paradiso (this gig was bonkers, they practically raised the roof!)
-efterklang at eurosonic (little did i know this would be my last time seeing them!) (pic of my first NL show)
-daniel norgren at paradiso (small room) (pics) (this gig was life affirming!)
-asgeir at bitterzoet (i'd been impressed at eurosonic but this was more intimate, and i got some great shots!)
-burning hearts at nordic delight festival (pics) (i loved their 2012 album and was finally happy to get to see them live, not once but twice in february!)

(& if it wasn't for the 'sound of the dutch underground' night at melkweg, i wouldn't have discovered nouvelle vague, my new fave dutch band)



my top 5 (recorded) musical moments of 2013 by nordic artists (see more explanations of this list here):
-indians (DK) - somewhere else
-alice boman (SE) - skisser
-daniel norgren (SE) - buck
-small feet (DE) - liar behind the sun
-junip (SE) - junip



my top 5 (non-nordic) records of 2013 (listed alphabetically):
-daughter - if you leave
-moonface - julia with blue jeans on
-phosphorescent - muchacho
-tunng - turbines
-volcano choir - repave

(& special mentions to these nordic albums: sin fang (IS) - flowers; tilbury (IS) - northern comfort; & this is head (SE) - the album id)



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Thursday, December 12, 2013

nordic songtresses

this month so far, it's been all about nordic songstresses.
at the start if december, i featured three lovely ladies (and their bands) with these tracks on the radio:
-sumie nagano (SE) - show talked windows
-ice cream cathedral (DK) - an armful of rubies 
-therese aune (NO) - in my quiet place

&  then a few days ago, i wrote an article about therese aune's album, an extract of which is below:

therese aune: billowing shadows, flickering light
Therese Aune (photo courtesy of artist)
Therese Aune is a musician who hails from Norway. Her voice has a haunting quality, that also soars with cinematic grace before taking dramatic twists and turns. These changes of direction are evident on a number of tracks, with my stand-out being ‘In My Quiet Place’. This has all the elements of a track to accompany a film sequence of running through a Nordic forest in a snow storm, which is almost precisely how the video captures it, except the running is swopped for cycling and the forest for a fjord in the rain. I wouldn’t mind that being my quiet place to escape to, or any of the locations that feature in the video actually (which all can be found around Stavanger, in southern Norway).

(a full version of this article can be found on NV here)