Sunday, August 27, 2006
I'm dj-ing myself next weekend together with Kajsa, when The Lucksmiths visit Lund. The club's called Emma's House and you can expect to hear all my favourite songs whether "you've heard it all before" or if you haven't heard of them at all. And you can expect some 60's gems as well. Just because it's kind of a goodbye to Lund and Sweden and all my friends... I've told them all they're more than welcome to come and visit, so I hope some of you will!
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
The Budgies - Train Song (live)
Saturday, August 19, 2006
Being a former church, the acoustics had a potential for a good sound, and it DID sound good once in a while, but some of the gigs just turned into one big muddle. But overall it was a fine evening, although it did get terribly hot inside as there were no windows and the doors had to remain shut to avoid disturbing the neighbours. I remember thinking this is the warmest place I've ever been to that wasn't a sauna! There were 10 Swedish and Danish bands on the line-up, and the best gigs were by (from left to right below) Ampel, Let's Be Honeys (who's now actually changed name to Nils Folke Valdemar Sings:), The Budgies, bare knees and Strip Squad.
Best by far were The Budgies, who did one of their best shows ever. In the program it said that they would play at a "manic tempo" and they did play fast; I recorded the set on my mp3-player, but the first song was over before I could turn it on! (Well, "Dream" is about 20 seconds anyway...) The sound was pretty good then, or it just suited them, giving them a proper Talulah Gosh sound. The recording is pretty good too, after some heavy EQ-ing, so if the band approve I might make it available to the public one way or the other...
Friday, August 18, 2006
Thursday, August 17, 2006
I just have to tell you about the new album by Pipas! It's called Sorry Love and might well turn out to be the album of the year. It's been two years since the Bitter Club EP and some might have given up hope for a new record. Then out of the blue Pipas are booked to the Emmaboda festival and collect all their new songs to make up the fourth release on their own Long Lost Cousin label! I bought a copy at Emmaboda but haven't listened to it properly until now. It's just fab! Perhaps their best yet, at least as good as Chunnel Autumnal and Golden Square. It's much more textured and varied than earlier records and brimful of flowing melodies and shimmering guitars. "Windswept Room" is my favourite at the moment (that's where the title of the post is from). They've done their second song in Spanish, which is good news considering the last one "No suspires más" is one of their finest moments. A hiphop beat has never sounded as good as in "Yrrdbk", which you might have heard live already. What can you say about a line such as "adios to all that came before ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba"? Those two together with "Riff Raff" were on the long lost Long Lost Tour CD and "Riff Raff" can still be downloaded from here. There's a video as well! "Boxes", I think, was on a Matinée compilation earlier. Pipas also have a new website at www.pipasforthepeople.com were you can buy Sorry Love (do it now!) and a fresh MySpace account at www.myspace.com/pipas4real.
Oh, in case you're wondering, it IS less than 25 minutes long.
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
A lot of English was spoken between and during concerts as half of the crowd didn't speak Swedish (I think there were 70 paying visitors). On the morning the following day, before catching the bus home, me and Goof played a song of mine at the "breakfast punk" (a pun on Emmaboda's breakfast pop). We introduced ourselves as the The Bedtime Stories and said that it was our only live performance ever... (New name next time I guess!). On the bus we took home it said "via all stations"...
It was a bit sad saying goodbye to Andrew, Carly and Sterling from Pants Yell! and all our other friends but I hope to see them soon again. Their coming single is a treat, I can tell you. Don't Stop Making Music!
Well, I've returned alive from six arduous festival days. Emmaboda honestly exceeded my expectations by far. I don't think I've ever met so many of my friends in such a short period of time. The weather was much nicer than the forecasts had said as well, it was sunny right up until the Saturday. Which was the day I played with A Smile and a Ribbon... Fortunately it stopped raining just before we were on! The gig went well considering it was our second ever. Our cover of The Chefs' "Sweetie" seemed to be appreciated, and a few shy kids came up to us afterwards to express their appreciation. Andrew from Pants Yell! enjoyed it as well, which was flattering! Back at our camp I discovered a good five centimeters of rainwater in mine and Goof's tent, but luckily Lisa came to the resque when she said that her friend was picking her up in her car that evening! Otherwise I would've had no place to sleep. They dropped me off in Bräkne-Hoby, which you can read about in the next post.
Just before we left I had my best time of the whole festival, watching Camera Obscura in a gentle Glaswegian drizzle. It was the best gig just because I've longed to see them for so long (two years?). They were late and in a hurry, but I had a chat with Gavin who seemed to remember me. I warned him that I was coming to Glasgow to harrass him and the rest of the band quite soon! The second best shows were Pipas, Pants Yell! and The Pipettes. Here's a picture of a tired Lupe and Mark, watching Bobby from The Pipettes play solo. It was lucky they were able to come, as many flights from London were cancelled because of some terrorist wankers. Don't they ever get tired?
We had a very unofficial mini-festival at our camp during the first day as well. As you can see Goof played a few songs in his Razorcuts shirt, and Let's Be Honeys played too as well as 2/5 of Ampel, Andrew from Pants Yell!, Strip Squad's alias Tommy Lindell and ehm... me! I've never done that before so it wasn't flawless, but we didn't have any microphones anyway so anyone outside a five meter radius probably didn't hear a note (not to mention the ones i missed). I did a version of "I Fought In a War", four of my own songs and concluded with "The Year of Driving Langourously" by our favourite Aussies. I met Mark Monnone later, but I didn't tell him. I'll be seeing him again soon togther with the other two (sorry, three it is these days) in Gothenburg and Lund, just before I leave. Which reminds me to tell you that the date is now set: I will arrive at Prestwick on September 8th!
Saturday, August 05, 2006
There's been quite a lot happening over here lately - it's just a month until I'm leaving now. I've already had sort of a farewell party. Perhaps you were there? And two great records came out just today! The LONG-AWAITED Hey Paulette comp on German Firestation Records, and a new compilation from Egg Records featuring bands like Even As We Speak, Baby Lemonade, This Poison! and Remember Fun. Now we're just waiting for that St. Christoper comp on Bus Stop and the secretive James Dean Driving Experience one. I'm going to start writing more on here now. And there'll be pictures, and further on music as well. Keep the faith!
I've made some flyers - 96 of them to be exact. They're numbered of course and come in four different designs. The nicest ones look something like this. I might do some sort of lottery of it later... If you come to Retro in Malmö tomorrow you might get your hands on one. The club for the day is You Can't Hide Your Love Forever with a prestigious guest-dj set from Kajsa of A Smile and a Ribbon/The Budgies/Lätt Som En Plätt fame.
A Smile and a Ribbon had its first gig a couple of weeks ago. It took place at Trädgården in Stockholm, Sweden. It went exceptionally well considering Rebecca and me have never performed live before (the other four members have though). We're now rehearsing for our next gig, at the Emmaboda festival. We're going to do a fab cover, which we will keep secret for the time being... It looks as if it's going to be a great festival this year - everyone's coming, the clouds are clearing up and it'll be really nice to hang out with Pipas and The Pipettes once again. The album "The Boy I Wish I Never Met" is due out sometime this fall, a couple of tracks are available at the website
(www.asmileandaribbon.com) or the MySpace page (www.myspace.com/asaar).