Búið að staðfesta alla listamenn á Iceland Airwaves

Þá hafa verið kunngjörðir allir þeir 222 listamenn sem fram koma á Iceland Airwaves í Reykjavík dagana 31. október til 4. nóvember en miðar á hátíðina seldust upp um miðjan ágúst, heilum ellefu vikum fyrir hátíð. Undirbúningur fyrir Iceland Airwaves 2013 er þegar hafinn.

Endanlegt lineup má sjá á vef Iceland Airwaves.

Hér að neðan má heyra tóndæmi með nær helmingi þeirra listamanna sem fram koma á hátíðinni.

Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros – Here

Eitt það áhugaverðasta sem borist hefur mér til eyrna nýverið erlendis frá er nýja platan frá nýaldarhippagenginu í sveitinni Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros. Á henni hefur þessum hárfagra og skeggjaða hóp tekist á einstakan hátt að hræra saman hinum ýmsu stefnum og straumum í afar bragðmikla tónasúpu sem, eins og allar góðar súpur, bragðast ávallt betur þegar hún er hituð upp daginn eftir (myndlíkingin er kannski orðin frekar óljós en ég held flestir viti hvað ég meina).

Platan mun koma formlega út núna eftir helgi en hana má þó heyra í heild sinni hér að neðan í boði NPR.

Sigur Rós “Valtari Hour” kl. 19 í dag

Eftir um einn og jálfan tíma hefst alþjóðlegt hlustunarpartý á netinu á nýjustu plötu Sigur Rósar, Valtari.

Kl. 19 í öllum tímabeltum heimsins geta aðdáendur sveitarinnar farið inn á heimasíðu sveitarinnar: www.sigur-ros.co.uk og hlustað á plötuna í heild sinni. Aðdáendur sveitarinnar eru hvattir til að tísta og pósta myndum á Instagram frá hlustunarpartý-unum sínum með #valtarihour auðkenninu.

Á sama tíma munu fjölmargar útvarpsstöðvar í Bandaríkjunum halda upp á “Valtari Hour” með því að spila plötuna í heild sinni kl. 19 í sínu tímabelti.

Valtari kemur út 28. maí.

Reykjavík Music Mess haldin í annað sinn

Tónlistarhátíðin Reykjavík Music Mess verður haldin í annað sinn helgina 25. til 27. maí næstkomandi. Hátíðin mun fara fram á Faktorý Bar og Kex Hosteli. Meðal þeirra sem munu koma fram á hátíðinni eru Benni Hemm Hemm, Snorri Helgason, Jarse (FI), My Bubba & Mi (DK), Cheek Mountain Thief (UK/IS), Legend, Úlfur og fleiri.

Miðasala á hátíðina er hafin og fer hún fram á www.midi.is. Athugið að frítt verður inn á þá viðburði sem haldnir verða á Kex Hosteli.

Music Allience Pact : Mars

Þá er komið að þeim tíma mánaðarins að músíkbloggarar víðsvegar um heiminn taka höndum saman og skella í eina alþjóðalega fimbulfærslu. Sem fyrr er allt á ensku (sem ætti nú ekki að vefjast fyrir nokkrum íslendingi) en tónlistin allavega og allskonar í öllum regnbogans litum og á mörgum framandi og skemmtilegum tungumálum.

Click the play button icon to listen to individual songs, right-click on the song title to download an mp3, or grab a zip file of the whole 38-track compilation here.

ARGENTINA: Zonaindie
YataiansWhat A Man’s Got To Do
Yataians is a Buenos Aires-based band with a rocksteady sound heavily influenced by Jamaican artists from the 60s and 70s, such as The Ethiopians, The Gaylads, The Heptones and The Paragons. It’s also a product of global age, with members from France, Colombia, New Caledonia and, of course, Argentina. This song is from their first album, Ô Tulop, which came out a couple of months ago, courtesy of the independent label Estamos Felices.

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AUSTRALIA: Who The Bloody Hell Are They?
Shady LaneDumb Hope
Dumb Hope is the gorgeous lead single of Shady Lane’s forthcoming album, Built Guilt. Once the solo guise under which Sydneysider Jordy Lane put out a diverse range of odds and ends, Shady Lane has grown into a four-piece (officially?) with more hooks, vocals and a nostalgic pop sensibility not unlike fellow New South Welshmen Belles Will Ring.

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AUSTRIA: Walzerkönig
GiantreeCommunicate
With past major label experience, the founding members of what is now Giantree found a new home on an indie label, but without denying that what they are doing is pop in capital letters. Their debut album We All Yell comes with synthesizers and catchy hooks. Communicate, a song about fragile beginnings, was a radio hit in Austria.

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BRAZIL: Meio Desligado
DJ CremosoSay It Ain’t So
In the film Be Kind Rewind, Jack Black and Mos Def produce their own lo-fi version of movies, which they call “sweded” versions. What DJ Cremoso makes is like that, “bregalizing” songs – turning international hits into tecnobrega rhythms (a popular style from northern Brazil). There’s almost always the same beat and silly synths are its trademark, as we can hear in this tecnobrega of Weezer’s 90s hit Say It Ain’t So. DJ Cremoso’s identity is unknown – all he has is a profile on 4shared with his remixes.

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CANADA: Quick Before It Melts
Bronx CheerleaderCamelot
Bronx Cheerleader have been a regional treasure in and around their hometown of St. Catharines, Ontario, for years now but their new album, Real Punks Don’t Sing About Girls, deserves to be heard by a wider audience. Camelot is a deliciously dirty lo-fi anthem-in-waiting, and one of the stand-out moments on this record, of which there are many.

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CHILE: Super 45
Matías Cena & Los FictionsRaíz
Matías Cena used to be a solo artist from the folk scene in Santiago, and he made himself relatively known via an acoustic guitar and MySpace. Gradually, Ryan Adams and Conor Oberst’s influence diverted him to the ensemble format, which has developed into this six-piece that shines in a land not used to country-like rock. Raíz is a taster of Matías Cena & Los Fictions’ second album Arauco Cajún.

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CHINA: Wooozy
Modern ChildrenMongolia
Modern Children is a six-piece band based in Hong Kong that formed in 2006. “Colorful” is the best word to describe them. They play music in different styles, from indie-pop to post-rock. Their songs are filled with all kinds of sounds by using a wide range of instruments, from guitars and bass to rainbow bells and erhu. The band released their self-titled debut album in January.

COLOMBIA: El Parlante Amarillo
1280 AlmasAntipatriota
1280 Almas is the biggest cult band from Bogotá. More than 18 years of history, six albums and a life of independence on the underground make them local legends. Now, they present a new song called Antipatriota (“Unpatriotic”), a declaration of national nonconformity.

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DENMARK: All Scandinavian
Ring Them BellsWhen I Hear That Whistle Blow
A MAP exclusive, When I Hear That Whistle Blow by Ring Them Bells is only the second great taste of the quartet’s loud combination of 90s noise-rock and 60s psych-pop in circulation. The other, titled Technicolor, is also available for free at the band’s website, and both will most likely be part of Ring Them Bells’ debut album slated for release later this spring.

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ENGLAND: The Guardian Music Blog
SubmerseLove You Down
Rob Orme alias Submerse is a 23-year-old DJ and producer from Runcorn, now living in Tokyo, who happens to be making some of the most heartbreakingly beautiful (dance) music anywhere on the planet. Influenced equally by 2000-era UK garage and Japanese pop (J-pop), it combines the skittering rhythms of 2-step with sad female vocals and wan melody to make J-garage. If you thought Rustie was a maximalist, try this ADHD pop. It’s like bubblegum Burial, Orme filling every second of space with infinitesimal bursts, droplets, clicks, spasms and lovelorn cries, dubstep given a sugary coating.

Love You Down

ESTONIA: Popop
Lack Of EoinsSudden Death Mode
Lack Of Eoins came together in late 2005 and recorded their first demos the following year. In 2008, they won a garage band contest in Estonia and recorded their debut album, which was mastered at Abbey Road Studios. They’re back now with the single Sudden Death Mode, which was released along with three remixes as a free download on the first day of 2012.

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FINLAND: Glue
Cats On FireA Few Empty Waves
Many argue that Cats On Fire are the best indie-pop band in Finland at the moment. This bold statement may easily be true thanks to well-crafted pop songs with a melancholic and dreamy twist, solid lyrics and distinctive vocals. This month, Cats On Fire release their third album All Blackshirts To Me. It is their best yet. So good, in fact, that the band can afford a terrific outtake like A Few Empty Waves.

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FRANCE: Yet You’re Fired
Rhum For PaulineI Can Reach The Top
Rhum For Pauline are an indie-pop band formed in Nantes in 2009 who released their first mini-album, Miami, in 2010, and their first EP, Can Reach The Top, in January. Their upbeat songs are incredibly enjoyable, the kind you like immediately after the first listen, the kind you’ll put on repeat for days. Be sure to check out the very cool video for I Can Reach The Top, directed by The Incredible Kids.

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GERMANY: Blogpartei
Juli KapelleTreiber
Juli Kapelle is a collective from lovely Aschaffenburg, built around mastermind Achim “AS” Sauer. They are guitar-driven, reminiscent of a laid-back and bit krauty Dire Straits. All in all, music for a sophisticated afternoon.

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GREECE: Mouxlaloulouda
Playground NoiseThis World
Playground Noise’s new single, Swinging Lowdown, is a delicate combination of finely arranged brooding melancholy and redemption. The two indie-pop songs infuse soaring guitars with a tense, literate sense of foreboding, adding strings and brass to strike the perfect balance between moody, underground noise and melody. They are built on restraint, tinged by poignancy and wrapped up in poetic human emotion that sticks with you long after the final note. Their sophomore album is set to be released later this year.

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ICELAND: Rjóminn
1860For You, Forever
For You, Forever is the third single from 1860’s self-released debut album Sagan. Drawing inspiration from bands such as Fanfarlo and The Avett Brothers, the song has a modern folkish vibe to it, with small-town sentiments featuring heavily in the lyrics. The song was recently included in the short documentary Íslander by Grasshopper Films.

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INDONESIA: Deathrockstar
BromocorahBromocorah
Bromocorah means “repeat offender”. They’re a thrash metal recidivist and I don’t think they’ll be changing their way of life any time soon.

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IRELAND: Nialler9
Young WonderTumbling Backwards
Ian Ring and Rachel Koeman recently teamed up as a producer/vocal duo under the name Young Wonder. Their sound is hard to define as any one genre but is recognisable by its big beats, euphoric synth rushes, pitched vocal samples and emotive lead vocals from Koeman. Yet another excellent new Irish band to watch. A debut EP drops on April 14.

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ITALY: Polaroid
Man On WireA Thousand Legs
The name of the band is a reference to Philippe Petit, the French acrobat who walked on a rope between the Twin Towers, but their sound is definitely Americana. Man On Wire play that kind of warm and emotional folk-rock that you can find in certain songs by Arcade Fire, Wilco or The National. Their debut album is a rope from the music to your heart. And they are walking on it.

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JAPAN: Make Believe Melodies
Occult YouPsychic Feelings
Tokyo artist Occult You loves to explore new sounds, each new release from this moniker and his other alias Taquwami (Google it, totally worth it) sounding like a new artistic swerve. Psychic Feelings is one of the newest tracks from the young producer, an irresistibly funky jam recalling the synth-heavy songs created by Ford & Lopatin and the Beverly Hills Cop theme tune. This is not needless nostalgia, though, rather a great song from a promising contemporary artist.

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MALTA: Stagedive Malta
The ShhSo Over
The Shh’s music emerges, in secret, from a place in between the city of Paris and the island of Malta. Their debut EP, The Burning Love, evokes surf-rock sounds with warm Summer Of Love-esque vocal melodies.

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MEXICO: Red Bull Panamérika
Descartes a KantConvince Me
Descartes a Kant is about to release their sophomore album Il Visore Lunatique, a lovingly crafted treat of madness from this exquisite riot grrrl band. While their music speaks for itself, Descartes a Kant has brought to the surface a collection of fears and obsessions through very tight and twisted imagery filled with schizoid violent punk episodes, cabaret, electronic glimpses and a disturbing cheerleading attitude embraced in a well-accomplished match between roughness, eroticism and femininity.

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NETHERLANDS: Unfold Amsterdam
Kim JanssenTors
Singer-songwriter Kim Janssen has had plenty of international experiences to date. He has recorded and performed around the world with The Black Atlantic (a previous MAP tip), he has followed his parents around Asia as a youngster, and even experienced English boarding school life. It’s the latter that most influences his lush and gentle new album Ancient Crime. He describes it as “a concept album that takes place in an old idyllic school, in a remote village in north-west England during the winter”. Like traditional folk, it’s a mixture of history, myth, memories, old and new verses. Along the way he’s aided by Marla Hansen’s Oriel Quartet and a 100-piece choir, resulting in ambitious, delightful arrangements.

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NORWAY: Birds Sometimes Dance
The AvalancheThrow Away The Rest
The Avalanche play noisy pop with both feet firmly planted in a classic shoegaze tradition. Catchy melodies hidden beneath endless layers of distorted guitar, driving drums and fuzz bass paired with the wonderful sound of dying synths throws the listener back and forth between waves of delicious pop and dirty noise. Their debut album will be released this autumn.

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PERU: SoTB
I Am GenkoBobblehead Sphynx
I Am Genko is a live electronica act from Lima consisting of one person and some machines. They all get along pretty well. Bobblehead Sphynx, from Awkward Teenage Years EP, is a really fun, exciting song – a succession of catchy beats that take us back to our youth or childhood.

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PORTUGAL: Posso Ouvir Um Disco?
A JigsawThe Strangest Friend
A Jigsaw, named after a dEUS song, are from Coimbra and have already won an honorable mention in the 2009 International Songwriting Contest. The Strangest Friend is the first single from their third album, Drunken Sailors & Happy Pirates. They have received enthusiastic reviews in Les Inrockuptibles (France) and Heaven Magazine (Holland) and will gather many more fans after this month’s MAP.

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ROMANIA: Babylon Noise
Lights Out!Origin
Lights Out! are a bunch of high school kids from Cluj (the heart of Transylvania). In the past two years, since existing as a band, they have kept growing, managing to make a name for themselves among Romania’s alternative/indie bands. The start of this year found them in the studio, recording their first material – Patience EP – which is about to come out. With the smooth combination of psychedelia, dreamy guitars and indie sounds, topped with Teo’s amazing voice, Lights Out! could be one of the best musical products Romania has to offer.

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RUSSIA: Big Echo
Human TetrisSilver Tears
Moscow-based post-bunk band Human Tetris have just finished their debut LP, Happy Way In The Maze Of Rebirth, and a European tour that covered Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland and France. As cold and raw as the Russian winter, Silver Tears cuts right to the bone.

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SCOTLAND: The Pop Cop
Mike NisbetNot Long
Originally from Oban, Mike Nisbet possesses an enchanting backstory that could give Justin Vernon a run for his money. Living a genuine nomadic existence, acoustic guitar in hand, this wandering troubadour has a Dylan-esque timeless quality to his songwriting, a voice that soothes and shatters hearts, and a gorgeous debut album, Vagrant, that could/should earn this remarkable 23-year-old talent devotees in any continent, any generation, any decade.

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SINGAPORE: I’m Waking Up To…
ShelvesStar Alright
The much-anticipated debut album by Shelves was released this month on both vinyl and digital, resurrecting not just the choicest cuts of Britpop and college rock, but the very essence of the 90s Singapore scene. Yet the record sounds anything but dated, with its clever balance of crisp melodies and generous distortion pointing the way forward for indie rock today. That vision is epitomised in Star Alright, a song that rides above the crackle and feedback to poke fun at the studded-leather ironies of pop stardom.

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SOUTH AFRICA: Musical Mover & Shaker!
Sterling EQBach’s Kittens At Play
Sterling Electric Quartet, affectionately known as Sterling EQ, burst on to the scene with their genre-defying musical style and sensational live performance. What started out in 2007 exploded into a musical phenomenon that has continued to take the South African entertainment industry by storm. Bach’s Kittens At Play shows off their eclectic stylings and versatile influences. It takes you on a lovely journey. With a twist. Simply delightful.

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SOUTH KOREA: Korean Indie
No ControlTime
Noise-rock band No Control started out making loud punk explosions, but have since learned the importance of harmony. Influenced by Sonic Youth and with some post-rock and shoegaze thrown into the mix, their first studio-recorded release will be out this month, but already we can savor the captivating sound of Time.

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SPAIN: Musikorner
KokoshcaLa Fuerza
If there’s a band that can show off the creation of a hymn for those Spaniards who usually party like there’s no tomorrow, that band is Kokoshca. They are a three-piece from Pamplona and they have already released five records (some demos, a live album and EPs). Heirs of the biggest Spanish pop bands of the 60s but with an irreverent, garage spirit, Kokoshca have recently re-released their well-known single, La Fuerza, via Elefant Records, an indie-pop institution in Spain.

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SWEDEN: Swedesplease
Fucking Werewolf AssoKeep My Adresse To Yourself, Cause We Need Secrets
Honestly, I think I’m mainly posting this for the shock value. Both the band’s name and their odd amalgam of genres are, to say the least, unusual. Have you ever wondered what 8bit electronica and punk might sound like as a mash-up? Well, wonder no more. Here’s a new song from Fucking Werewolf Asso.

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SWITZERLAND: 78s
Castling Queen’s SideRise And Fail
The starting point for six-piece Castling Queen’s Side was an Arcade Fire gig in Zurich in 2005. There they got to know each other and decided to form an indie band. Now, seven years later, they have their debut record Cinema ready with 11 splendid songs full of depth, melancholy and catchy crankiness.

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TURKEY: WEARTBEAT
The Away DaysDressing Room
The Away Days carries influences from Northern music sounds and actually presents an unfamiliar style for us in this terrain, which is indie-rock. What distinguishes them from other bands in Turkey may be their desire and aim to make themselves known in Europe. While The Away Days is preparing to release their first EP in a couple of months, we can also see the band perform in various festivals during the summer. Dressing Room has an exceptional unity of quality structure, lyrics and music that can’t be ignored.

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UNITED STATES: I Guess I’m Floating
Hundred WatersMe & Anodyne
There’s not really much you can say about Hundred Waters that will do justice to their brand of experimental dream-pop. You’ve really just got to hear it for yourself. Me & Anodyne is from Hundred Waters’ self-titled debut, an early album-of-the-year contender.

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VENEZUELA: Música y Más
BuenaparteCon Lucy In The Sky
Buenaparte formed in mid-2010 and released their debut album, La Caída De Lucy, in 2011. Third single Con Lucy In The Sky is a love song with lyrics inviting us to get lost with the person we desire.

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Nýtt frá Beach House: Myth

Hljómsveitin Beach House birti óvænt í morgun nýtt lag á heimasíðu sinni. Lagið “Myth” mun væntalega vera á næstu skífu sveitarinnar, sem verður sú fjórða sem bandið sendir frá sér (eins og lesendur muna þá var Teen Dream plata ársins hér á Rjómanum árið 2010 og Devotion skoraði einnig hátt á árslistanum 2008).

Enn sem komið er hafa hvorki sveitin né útgáfufyrirtækið Sub Pop sent frá sér tilkynningu um plötuna, en óstaðfestar munnmælasögur segja að gripurinn komi út um miðjan maí og muni bera heitið Bloom.

En þangað til … streymið “Myth” hér…

Nýr og dularfullur listamaður stígur fram: Gabríel

Sumir hafa kannski tekið eftir glænýju lagi sem kallast “Stjörnuhröp” og hefur dreifst milli Facebooksíðna og blogga á síðustu sólarhringum. Lag þetta gefur tóninn fyrir nýtt afl í íslensku hiphopi; en það er íslenskur listamaður sem er heldur betur dularfullur. Hann gefur út lagið undir listamannsnafninu Gabríel og vill ekki láta síns rétta nafns getið. Í tilkynningu segir að listamaðurinn hafi um árabil verið virkur í íslensku tónlistarlífi en feti nú nýjar slóðir undir þessu listamannsnafni. Merkilegt það! Einhverjar kenningar hafa heyrst um hver listamaðurinn knái geti verið, en myndir sem fylgdu tilkynningu sýna hann með grímu svo erfitt er að bera kennsl á andlitið.

“Stjörnuhröp” er einkar áhlýðilegt popplag sem auk Gabríels skartar þeim Opee (O.N.E., Quarashi, Original Melody) og Valdimar Guðmundssyni (Valdimar). Kannski ekki úr vegi að leyfa ykkur bara að heyra hér að neðan og svo má finna Gabríel á Facebook hér. Einnig má niðurhala laginu frítt í takmarkaðan tíma á heimasíðu Gabríels.

 

Streymdu: Mark Lanegan Band – Blues Funeral

Í dag ákvað tónlistartímaritið Mojo að streyma nýjustu plötu Mark Lanegan, Blues Funeral, í heild sinni á heimasíðu sinni.

Mark Lanegan stökk fyrst fram á svið tónlistarinnar árið 1985 með hinni liðnu gruggrokksveit Screaming Trees en hefur alla daga síðan verið iðinn við útgáfu með listamönnum á borð við Isobel Campbell (Belle & Sebastian), Soulsavers, Twilight Singers, Gutter Twins og Queens of The Stone Age. Auk þess sem hann ljáði dimman barka sinn í gruggsúpergrúppuna Mad Season árið 1995. Lanegan sendi frá sér sína fyrstu sólóplötu árið 1990 (Winding Sheet) en stærsta sólóplata hans er án efa platan Bubblegum frá árinu 2004 sem varð sú sjötta í röðinni. Áttunda platan, Blues Funeral, hefur vægast sagt tekið sinn tíma í mótun og hafa aðdáendur Lanegan beðið hennar með mikilli eftirvæntingu. Fyrsta smáskífa plötunnar, The Gravedigger´s Song, kom út nú rétt fyrir jól og er Blues Funeral væntanleg í hillurnar þann 6.febrúar nk.

Takið forskot á sæluna og hlýðið á þennan dimma barka flæða hér.

 

 

 

Music Alliance Pact : Desember

Rjóminn tekur í desember mánuði í fyrsta skipti þátt í Music Alliance Pact en þar taka tónlistarblogg um allan heim sig saman og kynna tónlist frá hverju landi. Þessi gjörningur er orðinn nokkuð þekktur og fá þeir listamenn sem valdir eru hverju sinn talsverða athygli í netheimum fyrir vikið.

Fyrir Íslands hönd í þetta skiptið er það góðvinur Rjómans, Ryan Karazija, eða Low Roar eins og hann kallar sig.

Textinn er birtur eins og á ensku hjá flest öllum þátttakendum og mun Rjóminn gera það að þessu sinni.

Njótið vel.

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ARGENTINA: Zonaindie
The Empire Of The MoonTransition
The Empire Of The Moon is the new project of Juan Sábato, a former member of Brian Storming, a band that was featured in the first edition of MAP (and, by the way, the grandson of writer Ernesto Sábato). Transition is the first single from The Empire Of The Moon’s just-released debut EP, Saturday Children, for which he wrote all the music, lyrics and beautiful pop arrangements.

AUSTRALIA: Who The Bloody Hell Are They?
Tim FitzThe Line
Tim Fitz is a 21-year-old producer/instrumentalist/singer from Sydney. He put out his first EP, Infinite Space, in March but his latest release, Beforetime, is definitely a rich picking. Some might hear genre spanning and others will hear indecisiveness, but there’s a great feel to this collection of tracks. The Line is a good example of Fitz’s kaleido-instrumentals. Just as the flouncy percussion gets into the proper swing of things, we get bombarded by drive-high fuzz around the one-minute mark. Fitz’s sound is original, but the way he has put his sounds together is still familiar enough to catch on to.

BRAZIL: Meio Desligado
Nana RizinniNice Figure, Dangerous Heart
It’s almost 2012, but listening to this song from singer/drummer Nana Rizinni can take you back to the 90s with an awesome “sounds like The Breeders feeling”. Nice Figure, Dangerous Heart is from her first album, I Said, which is available to download from her website.

CANADA: I(Heart)Music
FeversPassion Is Dead (Long Live Fashion)
Fevers’ debut full-length (which is currently free via Bandcamp) is a wonderful blend of disco-pop and ambient Stars/Young Galaxy-style space-rock. This song, the title track from the album, falls firmly into the former category. It’s five and a half minutes of a glorious, life-affirming, wave-your-arms-in-the-air anthem, and it sets the stage for one of the best albums of the year.

CHILE: Super 45
Tio LuchoIlusión Rebelde
Even though Tio Lucho had an aggressive, non-conformist punk sound when they started, it has developed into a more danceable and, clearly, more passive format. Produced by Chalo González, their new album Innombrable, released through Cazador, has a strong new wave influence. Ilusión Rebelde is its first single.

CHINA: Wooozy
Mini Train HeartJust This Feeling
Formed in 2009, Mini Train Heart is a peculiar band based in Wuhan. The band is noted for their unpredictable drumbeats and manic vocals. Also, you can’t easily tell who their influences are. We recommend you just drown in the lo-fi atmosphere and enjoy their uniquely dry humor in how they see this generation.

DENMARK: All Scandinavian
AnchorlessA Step Too Steep
Comprising members of bands such as Lack, The River Phoenix and The Fashion, indie-rock six-piece Anchorless are currently finishing their debut album, which I assume will be released early-ish next year. Until then dive in, dig and download A Step Too Steep from their six-song eponymous 2010 debut EP, which you can in fact download in full through this link.

ENGLAND: The Guardian Music Blog
Citizens!True Romance (Populette remix)
This is an exclusive remix of the debut single, True Romance, by a London-based five-piece who have just signed to French electronic/indie label Kitsuné. Their debut album, due early next year, has been produced by Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand. The video to the single was directed by LA’s High5Collective, the team behind shorts for The Weeknd and Odd Future. And they believe that “pop is not a dirty word. It’s a holy one”. For Citizens!, pop is something David Bowie did in the 70s – they conflate glam-era Bowie and Bowie in Berlin with some of the tart arrogance of Suede and louche energy of Franz.

ESTONIA: Popop
Shelton SanWell-Behaved
Noise-rock band Shelton San started rocking the small Estonian indie scene in 2002 and, almost 10 years later, they are stronger than ever, creating massive, raw, hypnotic atmospheres, always polished, but never sterile. In 2006, they received the Estonian Music Award for the best punk/metal artist. Shelton San’s second LP was released on December 12.

FINLAND: Glue
Zebra And SnakeBurden
Matti and Tapio, best known as Zebra And Snake, positioned themselves as the next big thing in Finnish electro-pop in 2010 and since then, the duo has been carefully crafting their debut album while playing anywhere from Iceland to Indonesia. Burden, the first single off Healing Music (out in spring 2012), is an epic pop song with a Blood On The Dance Floor beat, analogue electronic hooks and powerful Bowie-esque vocals.

FRANCE: Yet You’re Fired
MaraudersGalley-Slave
Marauders formed in the late 80s in Strasbourg, and have been making garage rock ever since, before it was cool and re-popularized by The Black Keys. The quartet, who have released two LPs and appeared in various compilations, play short, edgy songs and are pretty awesome live. Galley-Slave is a sweet, soft-rock ballad that deserves some attention.

GERMANY: Blogpartei
Kraków Loves AdanaSilver Screen
The Black Forest, a myth. Since Kraków Loves Adana come from Freiburg, we can all speculate whether the forest has its influence or not. Hence, the sound of this duo is outstanding. The voice of Deniz Cicek is remarkably dark and complex, the use of the instruments is deliberate, creating deep and slightly ominous songs. Silver Screen is a MAP exclusive from their upcoming second album, which will be released in early 2012.

GREECE: Mouxlaloulouda
2L8Let It Go
A collective led by K the Clown and comprised of talented Greek musicians, 2L8 is a bold and electrifying project that has come to be categorized by their radical stylistic shifts between albums. New Battles, Without Honor And Humanity is packed with feverous instrumental intensity and florid arrangements based on bursting guitars, pounding drums, subtle and luminous climaxes, dramatic strings and brass, hypnotically simple melodies, inner monologues and trembling, frantically passionate vocals, desperate and bleak lyrics about resistance, equity, freedom, love and equality coupled with a sense of hope.

ICELAND: Rjóminn
Low RoarFriends Make Garbage, Good Friends Take It Out
Low Roar is the personal project of Ryan Karazija who, almost two years ago, moved from San Francisco to Reykjavík to follow the love of his life. His self-titled debut chronicles the challenges of starting anew in a foreign land and the struggles to acclimatize, find work and support his family in the Icelandic winter. Friends Make Garbage, Good Friends Take It Out, one of the highlights of the album, is a haunting, emotive and slightly melancholic song with a melody that will undoubtedly keep playing in your head long after the song is over.

INDONESIA: Deathrockstar
Stars And RabbitWorth It
Stars And Rabbit are probably one of this country’s most promising indie acts. The duo mix some soul from Joan Baez, the cuteness of Lisa Mitchell and the playful touch of Björk to produce catchy, beautiful pop songs.

IRELAND: Nialler9
Come On Live LongElephants And Time
Formed last year, Come On Live Long have picked up a steady pace in no time as evident on the release of their latest EP entitled Mender. They make far-reaching alternative songs with considerable melodies, synths and a strong singular sound. Production by Nouveaunoise electronic maestro Conor Gaffney helps too. Ones to watch.

ITALY: Polaroid
DistantiAstronomie
Distanti sing in Italian, but even if you don’t speak our old and praiseworthy language, I’m sure you’ll understand – in fact, you will totally feel the way Distanti tear up their post-punk sound. Visceral. Urgent. Clever. They just released a new EP, Mamba Nero, which you can get at To Lose La Track. And try to catch Distanti live, they’re amazing.

JAPAN: Make Believe Melodies
Love And HatesParty Trash
Love And Hates is a collaboration between Yuppa and Moe, two of the best indie artists in Japan today, from HNC and Miila And The Geeks respectively. Love And Hates finds them teaming up to make rap music with indie-pop touches, or kindergarten hip-hop as they dubbed it. Party Trash, with its cutesy chopped-and-screwed intro and solid structure, is not a lame dorm-room joke but rather a fun, appreciative stab at the genre. UGK they are not, but they still feel like a blast.

MALTA: Stagedive Malta
nosnow/noalpsFar Into The Night (Without You)
nosnow/noalps began its journey over mountainous terrain in early 2007 with their poppy indie-rock seasoned with punk, reggae and ska. Soon after, the quartet hit the live circuit with an energy and force comparable to an avalanche at a Swiss ski resort. The band’s first EP, Just Rock, came out in 2008 and they released their debut album, Romantikpolitik, this August.

MEXICO: Red Bull Panamérika
3Ball MTYRitmo Alterado
The city of Monterrey, in northern Mexico, is struggling in a war against drug-mafias: despite the violent context, a new musical genre is rising thanks to 3Ball MTY. Led by veteran electro-cumbia DJ Toy Selectah and a crew of skillful producers in their early 20s, the collective have created a new sound by merging polka, reggaeton and acid-tribal-techno. But the most peculiar thing about this trend is the style of dancing – like dodging bullets – while wearing ultra-long pointy boots. Curious? Just google ‘Pointy Mexican Boots’.

NETHERLANDS: Unfold Amsterdam
SpoelstraPallets
An alternative to the schmaltz of typical Christmas sounds, enjoy a dose of Spoelstra. He’s a collaborator with Dutch experimental label Narrominded, which specialises in all sorts of fantastic non-profitable sounds, from full-on noise rock to electronic warbles. And Spoelstra is a perfect fit, as he’s proven capable of both. His latest album Pallets was released earlier in the year. Packaged as a cassette and a book about everything you can imagine about pallets, it showcases a full rack of effects and a wonky mind. Part chip tune, part drunken country improv, part toy noise, this uneasiness is how Santa feels come Boxing Day.

NEW ZEALAND: Einstein Music Journal
The EversonsI’m A Conservative
Fronted by Mark Turner (ex-Little Pictures) and with Chris Young (Insurgents, No Aloha), Tim Shann and Blair Everson, The Eversons have a crisp, clear garage-rock vibe that strongly recalls Art Brut and American college rock with its undeniable catchiness and the immediate satisfaction this brings. With classic guitar riffs and day-in-the-life-style lyrics, their debut five-song EP is instantly likeable. This is one of those bands that doesn’t muck around, delivering a top-class release very early in their career, which makes us excited about future things to come from them.

NORWAY: Birds Sometimes Dance
SunturnsHallelujah (Christmas Is Here!)
Sunturns can perhaps be labeled an indie supergroup – or not just an indie super group, but a Christmas indie supergroup. It’s something as rare as a full-time Christmas band and is comprised of some of the best musicians from the Oslo indie scene, with members from bands such as mylittlepony, Monzano and The Little Hands of Asphalt. They sing about both the nice and the more melancholic sides of Christmas. Their debut album, cleverly titled Christmas, is out now.

PERU: SoTB
Gris VoltaYou Go Behind The Truth
Formed at the beginning of 2008, Gris Volta have too many influences to place the band into one genre – you can find anything from indie-rock to jazz themes and experimental music in their songs. Their debut record Monochrome is without doubt one of the best Peruvian albums released this year.

PORTUGAL: Posso Ouvir Um Disco?
Julie & The CarjackersMr Williams
One year ago, Julie & The Carjackers released their debut EP. Now the first album by João Correia (vocals, guitar, percussion) and Bruno Pernadas (guitar), with the help of some friends (none of them called Julie), is available. Parasol has been warmly welcomed by Portuguese press and blogs as a surprising and refreshing debut in the local indie scene.

ROMANIA: Babylon Noise
AbsurdcusPuppy Slippers
Absurdcus is the solo project of Transylvanian bass player/multi-instrumentalist Laszlo Demeter. His music has been a continuous work in progress since 2003, when he first started recording bits and pieces under this pseudonym. His music stylistically ranges from alternative rock and funk to electronica and even metal. You can download his debut album here.

RUSSIA: Big Echo
ArktorPier ft. Didjelirium
Just like the original story by Philip K. Dick, Arktor’s album Retreat Syndrome recreates the atmosphere of madness and insanity, combining truth and despair with the skills of his mate, jazz pianist Ilz. Pier is recorded with a special guest, Shanghai rapper Didjelirium.

SCOTLAND: The Pop Cop
Café DiscoTerra Nova
I’ll never forget the first time I heard Terra Nova by Glasgow-based newcomers Café Disco. It was on a shaky YouTube clip filmed in June 2011 during one of the band’s earliest gigs. “Contains the peachiest guitar riff I’ve heard in ages” is how I described the song on my blog back then – and that verdict hasn’t changed with this studio recording, which was funded by The Pop Cop for the sole purpose of giving it away through the Music Alliance Pact, together with this rather fun promo video.

SINGAPORE: I’m Waking Up To…
SonicbratBed Of Forty Winks
Sonicbrat is the enduring moniker of sound artist Darren Ng, whose work is characterised by an intricate tapestry of field recordings and found sounds, strung together by subtly processed acoustic instrumentation with a classical bent. Gentle, stirring and complex, Ng’s music is the sort that invites itself into and comfortably inhabits one’s imagination. His latest release, Hana, is his musing on the life of a flowering plant and is available as a free download on the Totokoko label.

SOUTH AFRICA: Musical Mover & Shaker!
The FrownThe National (Yesterday’s Pupil remix)
The Frown makes a curious mixture of folk and electronica. With their song The National, Yesterday’s Pupil’s remix adds a special touch to it, with a heady mix of soaring strings and orchestration, low tempo colliding beats, dark and menacing basslines and the fragile yet commanding vocals of Eve Rakow. Ethereal and enigmatic, it’s one of the year’s most exciting songs.

SOUTH KOREA: Indieful ROK
Kim Mok InScene
Kim Mok In started out as the guitarist of playful lo-fi folk quartet Cabinet Singalongs over a decade ago. This month he released his first solo album, Song Of Musician’s-self, with an updated sound and better production that still shouldn’t leave any old fan disappointed. Scene is a song about the Korean music scene which finds Kim Mok In’s voice and guitar accompanied by a sturdy piano.

SPAIN: Musikorner
Doble PletinaCruzo Los Dedos
Doble Pletina, a five-piece from Barcelona, were born from the ashes of Abrevadero (a one-of-a-kind cover band that would play songs of almost any genre). Thanks to their simple yet carefully crafted melodies and everyday life-inspired emotional lyrics – as in their latest single Cruzo Los Dedos – they have broken into the city’s local independent scene. They are, basically, what we would expect from a good indie-pop band.

SWEDEN: Swedesplease
Let’s Say We DidGalaxies
If your idea of Swedish music is something exotic like Lykki Li, First Aid Kit, Little Dragon and/or Jens Lekman, the music of Let’s Say We Did might surprise you. On the whole, the new record hews closer to Big Star meets Wilco dad-rock than the drum and bass electronica music coming out of Sweden of late. Sebastian Fors is one of the main men behind the band. He has been contributing to the Swedish music scene for a few years in multiple projects. Let’s Say We Did’s new self-titled album, though, is some of the best stuff I’ve heard from him.

SWITZERLAND: 78s
Alejandro JiménezDie Fragestellung In Frage Stellen
Alejandro Jiménez is actually more poetry slam than singer-songwriting. He also had the honour of playing in the most famous theater in Switzerland for cabaret artists. On his second record, Nabelschau, he recorded 11 songs which have one thing in common: they’re raw and personal.

TURKEY: WEARTBEAT
Toz Ve TozKara Mamba
Founded in November 2007, Toz Ve Toz make experimental songs that combine elements of jazz, surf, punk and Turkish classical music. The trio use guitar, synthesizer, drums, harmonica and bağlama – a Turkish instrument with three double strings. They have released two albums – the first featured music for a theatre play called Sahici İnsanlar Plastik Ölümler (“Real People Plastic Deaths”) in 2009; the second is a home recording called Ev/Home. Their third album will be released from their own record label soon.

UNITED STATES: I Guess I’m Floating
GracieSisters
Philadelphia’s Gracie is an intriguing project to say the least. There is bedroom pop and garage rock, but the vibes coming from Gracie match more of a bomb shelter banger sound. Haunting, effervescent, glitchy, mesmerizing echoes, and driving beats that propel your ears forward straight through tangles of sonic cobwebs. Can’t wait to snag this unique release via Small Plates soon.

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Ben Frost & Daníel Bjarnason gefa út SÓLARIS

Platan SÓLARIS eftir Ben Frost & Daníel Bjarnason er komin út á alheimsvísu á vegum Bedroom Community. Hún er þegar farin að fá prýðis dóma, til að mynda 8 stjörnur af 10 á hinni virtu tónlistarsíðu Drowned in Sound.

Um er að ræða tónverk eftir Ben Frost og Daníel Bjarnason en íslenskur frumflutningur á verkinu var á Listahátíð í Reykjavík í júní síðastliðnum. Það var Unsound hátíðin í Kraká sem pantaði verkið í tilefni þess að fimmtíu ár eru liðin frá útgáfu skáldsögunnar Solaris eftir pólska rithöfundinn Stanislaw Lem, en verkið er unnið fyrir Krakársinfóníettuna.

SÓLARIS er samið fyrir þrjátiu strengja- og ásláttarleikara, gítara, rafhljóðfæri og breytt píanó. Um kvikmyndaverk með tónlistinni sáu Brian Eno og Nick Robertson þar sem unnið var upp úr römmum úr Solaris-kvikmynd Andrei Tarkovsky frá árinu 1972.

Dad Rocks komin út

Platan Mount Modern með Dad Rocks! kom nýverið út hér á Íslandi sem og í Bretlandi og Danmörku. Platan er gefin út hér á landi af Father Figure Records í samvinnu við jaðarútgáfuna Kimi Records. Dad Rocks! er sólóverkefni Snævars Albertssonar en hann hefur verið búsettur í Árhúsum undanfarin ár og meðal annars getið sér gott orð sem liðsmaður dönsku sveitarinnar Mimas. Snævar hefur safnað í kringum sig 8 manna hljómsveit og komið fram á virtum tónlistarhátíðum undanfarna mánuði, meðal annars Great Escape í Brighton, Spot hátíðinni í Danmörkum PopKomm hátíðinni í Berlín, Iceland Airwaves og hinni virtu CMJ tónlistarhátíð í New York.

Nýtt mixtape frá ritstjóra

Það hefur verið frekar rólegt hjá okkur hér á Rjómanum undanfarið sökum anna ritstjórnarmeðlima. Til að bæta lesendum okkar færsluskortinn henti ég í eitt einstaklega áheyrilegt mixtape með eðal 60’s og 70’s sýrupoppi og blúsaðri freak-folk stemmingu. Smellið bara á “play” og njótið.

Nýtt og gott: Sandro Perri – Impossible Spaces

Líklega besta nýja platan sem ég hef heyrt í nokkrar vikur er platan Impossible Spaces með Toronto-búanum Sandro Perri. Sandro tekst á lúmskan hátt að blanda saman tilraunamennsku og pabbatónlist. Hann notar bæði jazzhljóma, pólýryþma, blásturshljóðfæri og elektróník til að búa til vinalega dramatískt þjóðlagapopp. Kannski hljómar þetta ekki spennandi, en stundum eru það einmitt hlutirnir sem virka ekki á blaði sem virka fullkomlega í hljómi. Það er hægt að hlusta á Impossible Spaces í heild sinni á heimasíðu Constellation Records útgáfunnar, eða þá bara hérna fyrir neðan. Þú gætir allavega notað næstu 10 mínútur í mun heimskulegri hluti en að hlusta á lagið  “Wolfman”.