Sep 28, 2011

IDA MARIA





NesnaNorway
Ida Maria (full name Ida Maria Børli Sivertsen, b. July 13th 1984) is an indie rock/punk artist from Nesna, Norway, currently living in Sweden. Her first album,Fortress Round My Heart, was released in Norway and the UK on May 5th, 2008.


Ida Maria won Zoom Urørt in 2006 and the Urørt-competition in 2007 (both are Norwegian competitions for unsigned artists) and played some of Norway`s biggest festivals. In 2007 she also won Alarmprisen (Norwegian music awards).


Her band consists of:
Ida Maria: guitar, vocals, bass 

Stefan Törnby: guitar, backing vocals
Olle Lundin: drums, backing vocals
Johannes Lindberg: bass, backing vocals








Sep 26, 2011

THE CULTS - NY

 

    Cults is an indie pop duo based in New York City, consisting of Madeline Follin (vocals) and Brian Oblivion (guitar and vocals). The film-students-turned-musicians from San Diego create a nostalgic buzz with their 1960s-sounding tunes about love and loneliness.

    At the age of twelve, Madeline Follin was offered a record deal with Recess Records after hanging out in the studio with her stepfather, Paul Kostabi’s band Youth Gone Mad. However, her parents declined. Oblivion and Follin originally formed The Cults as an outlet for their music experiment and a fortnight after posting their electro-pop breakout tune, “Go Outside”, to their bandcamp.com site, the song landed on Pitchfork, and the duo received emails from interested record labels.

    The band signed to ITNO/Columbia and Forest Family Records in 2010 and have been parlaying a momentum from successful appearances at South by Southwest and FYF Festivals 2010, in support of their self-titled debut album released in May 2011.





    The duo are best known for their debut single “Go Outside”, which was named Best New Music by Pitchfork. According to Pitchfork, ” ‘Go Outside’ has the innocent and balmy feel that brings to mind Swedish indie pop, with a tinkling glockenspiel cutting through humidity, an appealingly lazy bass line, and joyous sing-along vocals.’ Released as a limited edition 7” on bright yellow vinyl, the single (b/w ‘Most Wanted’) sold out at the pre-order stage and re-pressing. It can be heard and downloaded for free at bandcamp.com.








Sep 24, 2011

BRAIN POLICE


Based in Reykjavik the men of Brain Police are Icelandic citizens but with the souls of American rock gods. Fueled by a desire to play dirty, kick ass rock and roll BP (as fans call them) rose like a comet in the night from relative obscurity in their home country to become one of Iceland biggest rock acts.

It’s hard to find higher praise about Brain Police than this quote from fellow Icelandic musician Jónsi (Sigur Rós) “Brain Police is definitely one of Iceland’s greatest bands – one of my favourite. The music is driven by magnificent force and great personal charisma.”

It all began, like most bands do, back in 1998 when Jón Björn Ríkarðsson, Gunnlaugur Lárusson and Hörður Stefánsson got together and started jamming some seriously heavy tunes. Very quickly the boys realized they had something special going on. They snagged a name from the Frank Zappa catalog and began honing their skills by assaulting the local touring circuit.

2000 saw the release of their mightily impressive debut “Glacier Sun” which was followed by, what else, more savage touring inside Iceland. Amazed by what they heard Icelandic label “Sena” snapped up Brain Police in 2003 and over the next four years released three more albums of BP’s down and dirty style of Icelandic stoner rock. Each successive album starting with 2003’s self-titled “Brain Police” brought the boys more and more fame in their native country not to mention several top 10 radio hits.

In 2004 they released their 3rd full length “Electric Fungus” and shared the stage with Metallica at Iceland’s biggest ever show, playing to more than 18,000 fans. In 2005 they embarked on their first tour outside of Iceland, expanding their legend and leaving a wake of awestruck crowds across Europe.
In 2007 they got the attention of Small Stone Records who released their fourth album, “Beyond The Wasteland;” on the 28th of January 2008. A dense and thick smorgasbord of riffs and rock that truly showcases the bands growth as both musicians and as songwriters. Having honed their playing sharing the stage with many of the most talented and respected bands in the world, such as Mastadon, Alabama Thunderpussy, Dozer, NOFX and Alice Cooper “Beyond The Wasteland” shows Brain Police can hold their own with the best of them and maybe teach them an Icelandic trick or two. What else can you say about a band when their motto is “We come from the land of ice and snow…” 






Sep 23, 2011

FILTHY DUKES







Filthy Dukes are an electronic band from London, UK.


Filthy Dukes were originally the duo Olly Dixon and Tim Lawton. For the past five years they have deejayed around the world and promoted a club night called Kill Em All at fabric in London.


Olly and Tim were joined by record producer Mark Ralph in 2005. They started remixing and producing music together and signed to Fiction records in January 2008.


They have been influenced by contemporaries such as Hot Chip, Simian Mobile Disco, Soulwax, and by older bands like Can, Tangerine Dream and Roxy Music. Filthy Dukes produce all their music on the mixing desk originally built by the producer and Krautrock legend Conny Plank.


They released their debut single Tupac Robot Club Rock in November 2008. The track features rappers Plastic Little and remixes by Oliver $, L-VIS 1990, and Plastic Little.


The Filthy Dukes debut album is entitled ‘Nonsense In The Dark’ and was released on March 16, 2009. It was preceded by the single This Rhythm on March 9, 2009. The album showcases Filthy Dukes’ unique analogue-electro-indie-kraut-pop. A host of artists lend vocals to the album including Samuel Dust (Late of the Pier), Orlando Weeks (The Maccabees), Brandon Curtis (Secret Machines), Tommy Sparks, frYars, Plastic Little, Foreign Islands, To My Boy, and Mauro Remiddi (Sunny Day Sets Fire).


Filthy Dukes are in-demand remixers with recent commissions for Late of the Pier, Bloc Party, White Lies, Kevin Rudolf, Operahouse, Heloise & The Savoir Faire, The Rakes, Temper Trap and Vagabond.


For details on their live shows and further information, visit www.filthydukes.com.








Sep 6, 2011

TUNNG

    


    Tunng are an experimental folk band which formed in 2003 in London, England. They are often associated with folktronica due to the electronic influences evident in some of their work. The band consists of Mike Lindsay (vocals, guitar), Becky Jacobs (vocals, percussion, synths), Ashley Bates (banjo, guitar), Phil Winter (electronics, sampling, keyboards), Martin Smith (percussion, keyboards/piano) and Simon Glenister (drums).

    Tunng started when Sam Genders met Mike Lindsay in the latter’s studio in a Soho basement below a clothes shop. Genders was a singer/songwriter, and Lindsay had a studio, making electronica and making a living through producing advert music. They both found that Lindsay’s distinctive way with twinkling sounds and tight production enhanced the folky songs they were both writing to no end, and a signature sound developed.

    Tunng’s first album ‘Mother’s Daughter And Other Songs’ was released by Static Caravan in 2005. But since Genders made at first the choice not to play live, Lindsay found Becky Jacobs and Ashley Bates help with live shows. Over time Phil Winter and Martin Smith became part of the band and have all contributed more to recordings: first on ‘Comments Of The Inner Chorus’ (2006), but far more so on ‘Good Arrows’ (2007).

    The latest album ‘…And Then We Saw Land’ (2010) has been the most successful to date and was recorded in the semi-legendary Play Industries Studio, Shoreditch, with access to its vast collection of vintage synthesizers helping develop a more delicate and inter-woven production style. Simon Glenister added live drums to the gigs from 2009 for a heavier sound , a long way from the seated studio project tunng once was.












Sep 4, 2011

SIGUR ROS





    Sigur Rós are an icelandic post-rock band. The name is derived from the name of lead vocalist Jónsi Birgisson’s little sister, Sigurrós. They hail from the same creative and vibrant Icelandic music scene as múm and Amiina. They released their first ever foray into film-making with their tour documentary, Heima in late 2007.


    Jón Þór Birgisson (Jónsi), Georg Hólm, and Ágúst Ævar Gunnarsson formed the group in Reykjavík, Iceland in August 1994. They soon won a record deal with a local record label, Smekkleysa (Bad Taste). In 1997, they released Von (Hope) and in 1998, released a remix collection named Von Brigði. The name is Icelandic wordplay: Vonbrigði means “disappointment,” but Von brigði means “hope alteration.” (In English, the album is sometimes known by the alternative name “Recycle Bin.”)


    International acclaim came with 1999’s Ágætis byrjun (“An alright start”), for which the band were joined by Kjartan Sveinsson. The album’s reputation slowly spread by word of mouth over the next two years. Soon, many critics worldwide hailed it as one of the best albums of its time and the band was playing with Radiohead and other big names. Drummer Ágúst left the band after the recording of Ágætis Byrjun and was replaced by Orri Páll Dýrason.


    After the release of Ágætis Byrjun, the band became perhaps most well known for Birgisson’s signature style of playing guitar with the bow from a cello, accentuated with reverb, creating a sweeping, fluid sound that is unique for an electric guitar.


    In early 2001, Sigur Rós set out to record some songs in their newly-completed álafoss swimming pool studio with their friend Steindór Andersen who is a fisherman and chairman of the Icelandic poetry society, Iðunn. Steindór is a chanter/singer of the traditional Icelandic epic poetry form, called “rímur,” for which the band named their next EP, Rímur. Only 1000 copies of the EP were printed and sold in the spring tour of 2001.


    In 2002, their highly anticipated follow-up album ( ) was released. Upon release all tracks on the album were untitled, though the band later published song names on their website. Famously, all of the lyrics on ( ) are sung in vonlenska (“Hopelandic”), nonsensical vocalisations which resemble the sound of the Icelandic language. It has also been said that the listener is supposed to interpret their own meanings of the lyrics, which can then be written in the blank pages in the album booklet.


    In October of 2003, Sigur Rós joined Radiohead in composing music for Merce Cunningham’s dance piece Split Sides; Sigur Rós’s three tracks were named “Ba Ba,” “Ti Ki,” and “Di Do” and released in March of 2004 on an EP titled Ba Ba Ti Ki Di Do The three songs are separate tracks, but the band intended that all three be played at the same time to form one single song. The band’s 1997 debut album Von also finally found a United States and United Kingdom release in October of 2004. Their latest full-length album, Takk… (Thanks…), was released on September 13, 2005, with a free legal download of their first single, “Glósóli,” made available on August 15. For North American fans, “Sæglópur” was made available for download on August 16.”Hoppípolla,” the second official single from Takk…, was released on November 28 alongside a new studio remake of “Hafsól,” a song which was previously released on the band’s 1997 debut, Von.


    Sæglópur EP was released on July 10th in most parts of the world and on August 8th in the United States. Its original release date was May 8th, but because of the sudden demand of “Hoppípolla,” especially in the UK due to its inclusion on BBC’s “Planet Earth,” it was pushed back from that date. Sigur Rós recorded three new songs for the EP: “Refur,” “Ófriður,” and “Kafari.”


    The Hvarf/Heim double album was released on November 5, 2007. Hvarf contains reworkings of songs dating back to the bands’ first album, whereas Heim contains live acoustic versions of more well known songs. The double album was an accompaniment to the film Heima. Heima is a documentary showing footage of the band’s tour of Iceland, including live footage and interviews. The official web site is www.heimafilm.com.


    Sigur Rós has sold over 2.5 million albums worldwide.


    On June 23, 2008, they released Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust.
The single “Gobbledigook” was available for a free download on their website.


    In January 2010, the band began a hiatus, and they are now working on new material. On August 11, 2011, the band’s website showed a trailer for a project called Inni. A week later, the project was revealed to be a new live album and DVD, although the release date is currently unknown.


Websites
Both websites include discography, band trivia, song lyrics, and news: http://www.sigur-ros.co.uk and http://www.sigurros.com.