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What will all tomorrow’s parties be? A bike-ride in Utrecht, The Netherlands? Maybe.


Moonface. Photo: Elizabeth Radzikowska.

On Monday I came back from a long lovely trip with two of the world’s best festivals ringing in my ears. All Tomorrow’s Parties hosted two last weekends of their marvelous concept where they let one band chose what other bands should play. This next to last weekend however was curated by themselves and their friends at the Primavera Sound festival (the very last the weekend after was curated by Loop). I had been to one ATP before, when Slint reunited, back in 2005. Now I made my way to Camber Sands yet again. Camber Sands is a beach resort for the English working-class but during the winter it occasionally transforms into a music nerd Mekka. I booked my ticket on a whim when I heard that they were about to sell out and I so very badly wanted to see Television perform their masterpiece Marqueen Moon in its entirety. One of the reasons I haven’t made it back to ATP since 2005 is the sleeping situation. You normally have to buy a whole room, a chalet. This time however, you could share a 4-berth room so I bought a ”half-chalet” and hoped someone would come to their senses this time and join me. It’s gotten a lot easier finding peeps to tag along to these fests with because of twitter and the lovely little Primavera Sound Crew group on Facebook, a group for people who are nerdy enough to go to festivals in other countries on their own and there meet up with kindred folk. A Swedish guy, Mattias, whom I had just spoken to once in person, took the chance to join me. We arrived with a crowd-funded bus (We can go dutch, I love y’all for that!) with a few of the others from the PS group. An hour later our new flat mates, Charlie and Ollie, two young brits, showed up. Naturally they would have to cuddle up on the sofa bed. Me and Mattias had gotten their first and in true viking manner just taken the two single beds.

I’m not gonna go into detail about all the bands, you can check out tiny little ”reviews” on every one of them at instagram.com/llamalloyd if there’s something special you would like my take on. The Thursday started with me trying to figure out if it really was Scout Niblett in a wig behind the drums at Magik Markers. Of course it wasn’t, she was upstairs and when I got up there she and her guitar gave me goosebumps, the very best thing that a band can give you. Icarus Line blew me away while Low made me so sleepy I literally went to bed, even before they had finished. I felt incredibly old.

On Saturday me and Mattias took a stroll along the beautiful beach and it was all sublime. We left for Eraas, which I just found out is the new duo behind postrock band Apse. I was happily surprised and then blown away by the marvelous instrumentalists Tortoise. The other band to give me goosebumps was of course the old men in Television during the title track of Marquee Moon. Brilliant stuff, still. Then laying down in the back listening to Godspeed You! Black Emperor was just blissful and someone brought a pet dino to Feel the pain with Dinosaur Jr.

Sunday’s lineup felt a little weak, but if you look at it in a positive way, then it felt like these were the band that were the future, instead of old-timers like Dinosaur Jr and Television (except for Los Planetas, enough with them already, Primavera!). These were the new noise-makers; Haxan Cloak and Pharmakon being the two who made the most, and most fucked-up noise. I liked Forest Swords, who had realized it’s much more fun to watch a guy with a bass instead of just having a bass track on his computer. Hebronix had really beautiful passages and stood for the best party trick at the entire festival when he came in to one of the chalet parties that played pretty awful music and asked to plug in his toaster. When he finally found an outlet the thing short circuited the stereo and everything went quiet and black. Brilliant!

Leaving the fest, hung over as the queen in Maida Vale fellow PS Crewers Joao, Blanca and me endured the bus ride and chilled a few hours at a Syrian restaurant. Our minds were pretty empty and it was lovely to just stare into the air for a while. I took a more comfortable than I had thought bus to Amsterdam (£1.60!) over night and continued chilling with the obvious visit to Rijksmuseum and Anne Frank house and a visit to the Documentary film festival and the lovely film Everyday Rebellion before it was time for the next festival.

On Thursday morning I got an email from the ceo of Spinlister, a site where you can rent locals’ bikes that my rental in Utrecht would be the first bike rented in ”Amsterdam”. I wonder what the good folks in Utrecht would say about that! Utrecht is a lovely university city about the size of Gothenburg half an hour away from Amsterdam. Here the festival Le Guess Who? takes place every year at different venues throughout the city, you could say it’s like Way Out West’s club programme Stay Out West but without all the massive queues you get with 25000 people. The biggest venue is about the size of Pustervik (appx 1000 people). I heard that the festival started as a birthday party and that it celebrated Canadian bands (hence Le Guess Who?) the first year and the next year they cheated with Beach House and Jana Hunter (both American). There’s still a lot of Canadian bands on the lineup and a lot of garage rock. My friend Ola was there last year and I agreed that they had a remarkable sense of what was ”up and coming” so I bought an Early Bird ticket for this year’s fest. I felt that they would give what I wanted and yes, the lineup made me smile.

When I got to Utrecht I walked to a part of town with schools and little family houses everywhere. I rang the door bell of one, where Wouter, the manufacturer of the interesting bike I had rented answered and led me out the back where he had these new chainless bikes he had designed and made. I rode with a backpack on my back and a smaller one on my tummy until I made my way to my Couchsurfing host, Eduard. Le Guess Who? has realized that the amount of hotel and hostel rooms in Utrecht is limited but they have an almost unlimited amount of students so you can actually ask for a couch directly on their site! Love that! Anyways I met three little Poles that were also couchsurfing at the same place and we got along very well, one of them, Szymon, runs a music blog called Kilof. A fun bunch. We all stayed in the attic of this kid Eduard who wasn’t really going to the festival until we were… Not the best situation, but yeah yeah. Wednesday started with the brilliance that is King Khan and then a little older brilliance by The Fall and after a little bike-ride to a smaller venue where there was a, mostly Norwegian, line, we saw Night Beats who performed last year as well. I can really see why they let them come back again. It’s always a good bet to go see a band that gets booked two years in a row. Biking around in the darkness a little drunk is fun and frankly, that’s exactly what I did at Stay Out West this year too. And you do manage to get into more than one club that way. In Utrecht everybody bikes. It’s the way to go.

Friday started with a few so-so bands before the marvellous Braids filled my heart with soul and my body with goosebumps. Sheer brilliance. I stuck around for The Black Angels instead of going directly to the Ty Segall curated night and they’re always a treat but in hindsight I feel that maybe I should’ve checked out Magnetix because if they were anything like the band Ty chose after them, J.C. Satán, I would’ve loved them too. J.C. were amazing, one of the best garage acts I’ve ever seen. Brilliant guitarist and it never got boring which garage can get sometimes if it’s too repetitive. None of that. Good shit!

On Saturday there was something called Le Mini Who? which meant free gigs at little art clubs and cafés throughout the city. Me and my new couchsurfing host Dominique (I couch-jumped – didn’t stay the whole time at one person’s home) went to see ZZZ’s but they had swapped times with Pins who were awesome, really good stuff. They had been on my ”first band of the itinerary” but this way it was ok that we had so much Mexican food that we didn’t get there in time for their ”proper” gig. Unfortunately the upstairs was full, too bad, I really would’ve wanted to see Thao & The Get Down Stay Down but the goosebumps from Scout Niblett once again was more than enough downstairs. The only Swedish band on the lineup were The Thing, the jazz trio Neneh Cherry made a brilliant album with recently. On their own they play so incredibly loud and fast you almost get sweaty just watching them. Fire! in a condensed form. Happy to be a Swede. After them even Metz sounded kinda lame. A bike ride over to ZZZ’s and a little queueing before I managed to hear the last two songs these Japanese noise women performed. Great stuff.

The Sunday was suitably timed a lot earlier with Matt Elliott, Moonface and Destroyer as my opening trio in a modern church. The Moonface album Julia with Blue Jeans On that landed about a month ago took my friend Madeleine by storm and I remember thinking ”What the hell” when she gave it 9/10 a few hours after it had been made available. It took me a little longer to come to realize she was completely right and when Spencer Krug performed these piano pieces I was in a trance and was very close to crying. Between these remarkably beautiful pieces he seemed to be another man, though, joking about getting shat on in Lissabon and whatnot. I got to think it through, but that might very well have been the concert of the year. The fact that I’m thinking about going to London just to catch see him again should tell me ”yes, it was”…

I sat through most of Destroyer but mostly it felt like just watching a drunk getting more drunk. It wasn’t getting better with Spencer Krug refilling his whiskey. Speaking of sad, the next act was Damien Jurado, whose songs might be the saddest of the bunch. The man himself, though, was very jetlagged and had been up 24 hours. In spite of that he was a lot of fun joking around and speaking about his artwork for the Le Guess Who? totebag that was inspired by ads of companies doing their ”final” sale. In between that he sang his songs while the entire Tivoli fell quiet. I realized I haven’t listened to him in years and that it was time to correct my mistake.

Maybe the biggest name on the bill was Yo La Tengo, who I hadn’t seen for ten years. They played for an hour and a half and I especially enjoyed The Story of Yo La Tengo off my favorite record of 2006, I’m not afraid of you and I will beat your ass. Love it.

I had already returned the bike so I started walking back, the Poles taking the bus and on the way was the other Tivoli, where Wooden Shjips were playing their psychadelia. I couldn’t NOT swing by. It was as packed as ten sardines in a condom. I went for the bar, that’s a good excuse to get into a crowd like that with your coat still on and that Beck’s beer might very well have been the best beer on-site during this, my new favorite festival, Le Guess Who?

PS. The best lager all-in-all was the Hertog Jan! I heard the festival was still doing minus on their account. This should be their beer sponsor!

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YAST lagar mat på samma sätt som de gör musik — med feeling!


För några år såg jag videon till Summertime med YAST som gav mig Yo La Tengo-vibbar och en vilja att hänga hela sommaren i Malmö och kanske till och med lära mig skejta. Dan innan min födelsedag i vintras släppte de så sin debut-skiva med fantastiska singeln Stupid samt en låt som heter Robin. En kan ju inte annat än att älska dem! De spelar kvart i tolv i Way Out Wests Weekday-scen på lördag och givetvis har vi jiddrat lite mat med dem!

Vad är ni sugna på just nu?

Att se Neil Young på Way Out West med en insmugglad öl i handen.

”I hate the mornings more than I hate you.” Vad är värsta frukosten ni upplevt?

På ett hotell i Rostock serverades det en hemskt frukost bestående av vitt rostbröd, mehrfruchtsaftgetränk och blaskigt kaffe. Frukosten ingick ej i hotellpriset.

Vad är det konstigaste ni ätit på turné?

En gång så fick vi halloweenmiddag på en nation i södra Sverige. All mat skulle liksom se ut som nåt äckligt. Tomatsåsen skulle väl vara blod och nudlar skulle se ut som hjärna. Lundaspexigt.

Var har de godast käk på Sveriges spelställen?

Vi fick jävligt god mat i Visby en gång. Hette det stället Bolaget? Jag tror det. Annars så uppskattas Gurras lasagne eller punkgryta på Kungen i Sandviken.

Odlar ni nån mat själva?

Några av oss har väl nån chiliplanta i fönstret på sin höjd. Niklas hade en kolonilott förra sommmaren, men orkade inte cykla dit och vattna.

Har ni nåt gött recept att ge oss?

Njä, vi lagar bara mat på feeling. I med goda grejer bara!

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Första halvårsrapporten 2013!


Trogna läsare vet ju att jag brukar göra kvartalsrapporter, men tyvärr blev var det ett tag sedan så denna gång blir det halvårsrapport! Fatta hur hungrig jag är nu när den är klar! ^_^ Många av låtarna finns på Spotify i den här listan.

A Camp — I Can Buy You

Den här gamla goingen är inte dum alls.

Atoms for Peace — Before your very eyes & Ingenue

Thom Yorkes nya ”supergrupp” med Nigel Godrich och Flea från Red Hot Chili Peppers har gjort en finfin skiva och var en av artisterna jag hade med på mitt blandband med de akter jag vill se på Way Out West som jag gav till Luger i våras.

Babian — Ta det till domstol

Babians platta Heja dom som vinner kom i slutet av 2012, och cementerade Tobias Allvin som Sveriges bästa och roligaste textförfattare. De är däremot rätt sega på att svara på matfrågor…

Baths — Worsening, Miasma Sky, Ironworks & Ossuary

Will är min favoritbög, så enkelt är det. ”First boyfriend, you live in my house and we share a toilet seat and I’m not the least bit drawn to your heat [..] Scared of how little I care” sjunger han på Incompatible tillsammans med sin mycket speciella knastriga musik. Skivan Obsidian är nästan lika bra som fantastiska Cerulean.

Beck — Corrina, Corrina, Everybody’s gotta learn sometimes, Leopard-Skin Pill-Box hat & Stormbringer

Jag är sjukt pepp på att jag äntligen ska få se Beck i helgen. Senast släppte han ju ett nothäfte (!), Song Reader, och jag ska ärligt säga att jag inte lyssnat in mig så mycket på de olika artister som spelat in dessa låtar. Portland Cello Projects version är väl den jag lyssnat lite grann på, mest för att Jolie Holland sjöng på ett par stycken.

The Black Angels — Evil Things

The Black Angels senaste, Indigo Meadow, fortsätter i samma stil som de tidigare plattorna fört, ett mörkt psykadeliskt driv som knockar de flesta. Varför ändra på ett vinnande koncept?, tänker jag.

Bob Dylan — Saved & What Can I Do For You?

I vintras avslutade jag ett halvår tillsammans med en av världens bästa tv-serier, The West Wing. Ett avsnitt avslutades med titelspåret på en av Dylans gospelplattor, Saved. Bra skit.

Bob Marley & The Wailers — Version of Cup

En go gammal baktakt!

Cat Power — Bully (live on Jools Holland)

Boy, you’re a bully! Jag ser verkligen fram emot att se Cat Power igen på Way out west. Den här nya låten spelade hon på klassiska Later…. with Jools Holland.

Cayucas — High School Lover

Jag gillade verkligen drivet i den här singeln, men resten av skivan samt deras spelning på Primavera var tråkiga som fan. Funkade dock bättre på parkspelningen de gjorde, det här är så solsken det kan bli.

Cheap Time — Kill the Light

Härliga Adult Swim gjorde en gratis samlingsplatta där jag upptäckte den här goa garagestänkaren.

CHVRCHES — Recover

Det är nog dags att fråga om matintervju med de här fina britterna igen nu när P3 spelar sönder dem.

CocoRosie — Gravediggress

Det är fan dags att lyssna mer på senaste CocoRosie-skivan, jawohl!

Cold Specks — Winter Solstice & Blank Maps

Egentligen borde hela skivan I Predict a Graceful Expulsion från förra året vara med här. Helt klart förra årets miss, denna platta platsar helt klart på top 10 år 2012. Hon har själv kallat sin musik doom soul. Upptäck genast om du inte gjort det och håll tummarna för att hon kör en europaturné snart.

Daft Punk — Giorgio by Moroder, Contact & Get Lucky

Bättre albumrelease kan en inte göra år 2013 och visst har skivan några bra spår. Dessa är mina favoriter.

Dan Friel — Scavengers & Thumper

Inte varje dag jag gillar det här, men ibland är det fantastiskt.

Daughter — Youth, Tomorrow & Human

Daughter gjorde några fantastiska EPs förra året och till slut kom albumet If You Leave och de har skrivit årets textrad: And if you’re in love, then you are the lucky one, ’cause most of us are bitter over someone.

David Bowie — The Stars (Are Out Tonight) & Where Are We Now?

Jag har ärligt talat inte lyssnat så jävla mycket på The Next Day, men singlarna satt som ett smäck!

Elephant Stone — The Sea of your mind

Go psykadelika. Döpta efter en Stone Roses-låt dessutom?

Ellen McIlwaine — Higher Ground & Crawling King Snake

Ellens version av Stevie Wonders Higher Ground hade David Holmes med på en mix-platta en gång och den har nog spelats fler gånger än originalet hos mig.

Foals — My Number

Foals senaste skiva Holy Fire är värd fler lyssningar och det ska vi ta itu med strax, haha.

Foxygen — Teenage Alien Blues, No Destruction, On Blue Mountain, San Francisco, Shuggie & Oh Yeah

Jag föll handlöst för Foxygens senaste skiva. Ryktet säger att skivbolaget fick dem att göra massa extragrejer när de var i Europa i våras såsom Take Away Shows etc. Av den anledningen ställde de tyvärr in på Primavera och Way Out West och nu har de istället valt att turnera i USA…

Fuck Buttons — Brainfreeze & The Red Wing

Jag tror allt det gömmer sig fler fyror på Slow Focus, Fuck Buttons första skiva sedan 2009. En av de starkaste minnen jag har från alla år på Primavera var när jag, efter deras spelning 2008, åkte hem till min polare Frans och krämade på Bright Tomorrow högt som fan, givetvis till hans förtret då klockan väl var fem på morgonen…

George Harrison — Deep Blue

Ett finfint bonusspår från Living in the Material World.

Haim — Better Off

Way Out West har lagt Haim i parken! Värt! Då kommer ingen missa dessa underbara damer. Det enda vi nu vill ha är ett album, ok?

Honey is Cool — Gran Canaria, If I Go & For the Sun

Kommer ni ihåg när Karin Dreijer sjöng Soundtrack of Our Lives-covers till Håkans trummor?

I Am Kloot — Shoeless

För sådär tolv år sedan eller när det nu var I Am Kloots första platta kom, köpte jag en för liten t-shirt med bandnamnet i stora bokstäver och sprang omkring på Hultsfred och sa att det var jag som var Kloot. När de skulle spela på dansbanan var det en ung tjej som tyckte att jag inte förtjänade att stå så långt fram då jag ännu inte köpt deras skiva. Det gjorde jag så småningom av Gunnar som hade CD-arkivet i Uddevalla. Åh, vilka fina tider det var när jag jobbade natt och ringde honom i Simpsons-reklampaus 17.40 och frågade om jag kunde komma förbi efter stängning och köpa nån skiva av honom. Jag kommer starkast ihåg en sommardag när han för en gångs skull sa ”Nej, prick 18 så åker jag till Lindesnäs och badar!”. Jag mötte honom där och köpte Beatles vita. Fint så.

The Jesus and Mary Chain — Just Like Honey

Deras i särklass bästa låt.

Jim James — Of the Mother Again

My Morning Jacket-frontmannens soloskiva är inte alls dum. Tänk att få se honom och Cold Specks som öppningsakt, som alla lyckliga amerikaner kan göra för tillfället!

Kaja Gunnufsen — Au

Kaja har jag skrivit om förut, och pratade även lite norsk mat med henne.

King Khan & The Shrines — Take a Trip, Bite My Tongue, Got The Itch, Land of the Freak & Welfare Bread

King Khan spelar på Summerfest på tisdag, missa för allt i världen inte det. Han och sina skrin spelar en underbar soulig garage, kommer bli fantastiskt bra!

The Knife — Full of Fire

Shaking the Habitual var jävligt ojämn. Som en tacopaj, ungefär.

Kurt Vile — Wakin on a pretty day, Was all talk & Girl called Alex

Vi älskar alla Kurt Vile, det här har varit min vårskiva, underbar. Live var han dock lite tråkigt på alltför stora scenen på Primavera. Tror han kommer bli bättre på Pustervik i höst.

Laura Mvula — Green Garden

Den här damen är främsta anledningen jag skulle vilja åka på Stockholm Music and Arts. Perfekt skiva att ta en cykeltur till stranden med.

Little Wings — Sunburned Eyes

Kyle Field är nog mest känd för sin låt Look what the lights did now, som fick ge namn åt dokumentären om Feist. Deras version tillsammans ger mig gåshud varje gång och Kyles egna musik är inte alls dum den heller.

M.I.A. — Bad Girls

Nåt av det dummaste jag gjort de senaste åren var att sitta och dricka öl på Linnéplatsen när M.I.A. spelade på Way Out West för några år sedan. Årtiondets facepalm.

Mariam the Believer — Invisble Giving

Mariam, som ju utgör halva Wildbirds & Peacedrums har gjort en strålande skiva vars drivande trummor vi alla kommer få njuta av i en stor Göteborgspark i augusti. Pepp!

Mark Kozelek & Jimmy Lavalle — What Happened to my Brother?

Kvinnotjusaren Kozelek tillsammans med blippblopp-postrockarn The Album Leaf är en utmärkt duo. Me like.

Marnie Stern — You don’t turn down & Nothing left

Jag vill helst inte tänka på Marnies spelning på Villa Belparc för några veckor sedan. By Haart, WWDIS och Woody West hade en gemensam tillställning dit tyvärr mest By Haart-folk som nyss tagit studenten sökt sig. Medan de väntade på sina älskade JJ sjöng de på andra låtar framme vid scen där Marnie försökte få spelningen överstökad med fotografer PÅ scen och förskräckligt ljud. Årets mest smärtsamma spelning.

Matmos — Very large green triangles

Jag föll för Matmos när de hjälpte Björk med Vespertine. De har gjort massa galenskaper som en hel skiva bara med samplingar från plastikoperationer, men deras mästerverk är helt klart en platta som heter Civil War. Kolla upp den. Med den här singeln kom det tillbaka efter några års tystnad. Välkomna tillbaka!

Matthew E. White — Big Love, Gone Away & Steady Pace

Jag vart helt betagen av Matthew E. Whites platta i sommar. Folkig soul som jag till och med lyckats få en del vänner att lyssna på, haha (mina vänner gillar generellt sett inte samma musik som jag). Den här skivan är för alla. Verkligen. Det är nog därför Dirty Records fortfarande inte fått in min beställning av den. Beställde den på Record Store Day så den borde ju kommit nu. Jag vaskade hans spelning på Primavera då det var en av festivalens stora krockar, men jag kommer inte för allt i världen missa honom på Pustervik i höst.

Mattias Alkberg — Skända Flaggan

Årets bästa svenska låt fick vi redan i vintras.

Metz — Get Off

Metz är en jävla go trio. Och Alex Edkins fick mig att skaffa senilsnoddar som inte syns (det gör dock hans).

Mice Parade — Pretending

Mice Parade är mys.

Mikal Cronin — Weight, See it my way & Piano Mantra

Summerfest tar hand om den mesta intressanta garagerocken i sommar, men Mikal Cronin väntar med ett besök till Way Out West. Kolla även upp hans samarbete med Ty Segall om du missat det.

Mikhael Paskalev — Jive Babe

Norge har aldrig låtit lika mycket Born Ruffians. Bra så!

Mire Kay — Reverse

För ett drygt år sedan testade jag att göra ett kafferep, en videointervju (givetvis om mat!) med Emelie och Victoria när de spelade in sin debutskiva The Rising Tide Lifts All Boats. Det var rätt mycket jobb med ljud och bild, jag fick ta hjälp av Frans, en dokumentärfilmande vän som just nu jobbar på en film om hans finska vemod.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds — We No Who U R & Jubilee Street

Mycket reklam, men tja, den satt som ett smäck i mina öron. Gött så.

Nick Waterhouse — Is That Clear?

Grym oldschool soul vars spelning på Primavera som jag bara såg nån låt av. Hoppas på göteborgsspelning snart!

Nils Frahm — You & Do

Hela Nils Frahms skiva Screws är helt jävla underbar. Min vän David sade att han aldrig hört någon vara så i symbios med sitt instrument och han har sannerligen en poäng, Nils och hans piano är ett.

Parquet Courts — Stoned and Starving

På onsdag kommer dessa Brooklyn-herrar till Trädgårn och WWDIS Summerfest! Gött!

Peaches — Fuck the pain away & Sucker

Denna gamla klassiker gjorde en renässans i mina öron.

Phosphorescent — Song for Zula

Jag ska lyssna mer på Matthew Houck innan Way Out West. Var så säkra.

The Polyphonic Spree — It’s the Sun (KCRW Morning Becomes Eclectic version)

Åh, jag kommer ihåg att jag lyssnade till Polyphonic Spree när jag gjorde den allra första matgrejen för webben, min pannkaksskola! Den ligger fortfarande kvar här, haha. Den här versionen är med på Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind-soundtracket och visst fan blir en glad?

The Postal Service — A Tattered Line of String & hela Give Up

En av 2000-talets bästa skivor, sidoprojektet Ben Gibbard från Death Cab for Cutie gjorde med Jimmy Tamborello, som oftast kallar sig DNTEL, fyllde 10 år och då fick vi höra de två låtar de gjorde för fem år sedan när de försökte göra en uppföljare till vad de själva refererat till som The indie world’s Chinese Democracy. Om de får ihop det hela igen och gör en skiva till hoppas jag verkligen att de lyckas göra nåt bättre än det Axl och hans vänner till slut fick ihop…

Public Service Broadcasting — Spitfire, Signal 30 & Everest

De här slynglarna fick öppna för Rolling Stones i Hyde Park med sina samplingar och repetitiva bitar. Jag gillart!

The Radio Dept. — Why won’t you talk about it?, Where damage isn’t dome & Freddie and the Trojan horse

Hittade en singelsamling Radiodepartementet släppt.

The Rapture — How Deep is your love? & It takes time to be a man

Hittade en deluxe-version av förra årets fina platta In the grace of your love. How deep is your love? var för övrigt en av de allra bästa låtarna på Primavera förra året. Kan få igång vem som helst när som helst.

Rhye — Open & The Fall

Jag blev lite besviken på albumet när det till slut kom. The Fall är fortsatt en av förra årets bästa låtar.

Savages — Shut Up, I Am Here, City’s Full, She Will, No Face & Husbands

Ja, jag tror postpunkarna i Savages har gjort årets skiva. Och live är de fullkomligt fantastiska!

Sleater-Kinney — Jumpers

Det här med att jag lyssnat mer på Wild Flag än Sleater-Kinney? Kanske skulle göra nåt åt det.

Sonic Youth — Theresa’s Sound-World & Sugar Kane

Dirty dök upp och var härligt dirty.

Steve Mason — A lot of love & Oh my lord

Två underbara låtar från ett oerhört ojämnt album. Come on, 20 spår? Kill your darlings, mate.

Stevie Wonder — Living for the city

Innervisions hamnade faktiskt inte på min lista över 1973 års bästa skivor…

Suuns — 2020

Suuns betyder Nollor på thailändska. Det och mer matnyttig info hittar du här.

Sweet Baboo — If I died…

”And Daniel Johnston has written a hundred of great tunes, and I’ve got six, so guess that’s some catching up to do” är årets finaste homage i den här allra sötaste av söt pop.

Teeth of the Sea — A.C.R.O.N.Y.M.

Mojo slängde med en skiva modern psykadelika som den här var med på.

Temples — Shelter Song

På samma skiva fanns även Noel Gallaghers nya favoritband. Inte alls dumma, sjukt 60-talsdoftande, gött så.

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down — We The Common (For Valerie Bolden)

Jag upptäckte Thao när hon gjorde en platta med min gamla musa Mirah. Thaos nya är inte alls dum. Banjo and oh-oh!

Thee Oh Sees — Toe Cutter/Thumb Buster, Maze Fancier, Minotaur & Wax Face

Det här att jag vaskat det här bandet två år i rad på Primavera. Förra året började Wilco spela Jesus Etc när jag skulle gå över och i år väntade jag förgäves på att Kevin Rowlands skulle svälja sin stolthet och spela Come on Eileen, men tvingades istället genomlida årets sämsta teaterpjäs. Mitt omdöme ibland, alltså…

U.S. Girls — Jack

Fick ett tips om Meghan Remy av Dirty Beaches. Jag föll handlöst för denna singel, men inte lika hårt för albumet GEM.

Villagers — Nothing Arrived

Jag tröttnar ett par låtar in i den här skivan, men denna är inte dum alls.

Voice of the Seven Thunders — Kommune

Kommuuuuun!

White Fence — Pink Gorilla & White Cat

Hypade och goa, nästa vecka ser vi dem, yeah.

Widowspeak — Ballad of the Golden Hour

Golden Hour! Fototerm! Eller?

Wolf People — Hesperus

Än mer 70-talsdoftande folkrock. Grymma live för några år sedan. Kom hit igen.

Wooden Shjips — Flight

Nu är jag trött på att skriva om all psykadelika, haha.

YAST — Stupid, Believes & Joy

Svenska Yo La Tengo! Sommarlycka i notform.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs — Sacrilege

Ännu en skiva jag borde spisa lite mer…

Young Galaxy — Out the Gate Backwards

Vad är det med mig och kanadensiska band? En kärlekshistoria.

Youth Lagoon — Mute, The Bath & Dropla

Förra sommaren upptäckte jag sent omsider Youth Lagoon, lyssnade på The Year of Hibernation innan jag avslutade min sommarflört. Nya skivan är lite muntrare, således inte riktigt lika bra, haha.

!!! — One Girl / One Boy

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Way Out West fick igår en analog playlist med bandare och allt!



Igår gav jag Way Out West en present till deras kontor med de band som jag vill de ska boka, givetvis på ett kassettband. Givetvis med en bandare. Tyvärr råkade jag spela över King Khan med trafiken från Övre husargatan, men jag är rätt säker på att de hört dem redan. Dessutom har Atoms for Peace ramlat ifrån artistlistan. ^_^

Kompletta listan:
King khan & The Shrines — Land of the Freak
Mattias Alkbergs Begravning — Skända Flaggan
New Order — Age of Consent
Atoms for Peace — Judge, Jury and Executioner
Rhye — The Fall
Suuns — 2020
Unknown Mortal Orchestra — Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark) √
Yo La Tengo — Before We Run
Kaja Gunnufsen — Au
Youth lagoon — Dropla
Cat Power — Ruin

Sida 2
Beck — Sexx Laws
Divine Fits — What gets you alone
Lianne La Havas — Is your love big enough?
Matthew E. White — Big Love
The Wave Pictures — Long Black Cars
Daft Punk — Aerodynamic
Yeah Yeah Yeahs — Bang
Born Ruffians — What to say
Iron & Wine — Grace for Saints and Ramblers
M.I.A. — Bad Girls
Death from above 1979 — Romantic Rights
Babian — Skaka röv

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Veckans tips 8-14 oktober.

Tisdagen den 9:e oktober: Doclounge: The Imposter, Storan, kl 19

Doc Lounge har nu snurrat runt halva stan och till slut hamnat på Storan. Ni känner antagligen det geniala upplägget med en dokumentärfilmsvisning i ”klubbmiljö”. Innan filmen om en snubbe som säger sig vara en försvunnen pojke värmer The Happysad Orchestra upp. FB.

Torsdagen den 11:e oktober: Blandbandets dag, på din gata, hela dagen.

På första Knarrholmen ville jag se Ikons, så jag valde att funkisjobba. Jag och den andra lite äldre människan, Karin, bland funkisarna fick den ansvarsfyllda uppgiften att sälja drinkbiljetter i form av plektrum. Det slutade med att vi lekte bandleken i timmar och senast jag fick ett blandband av henne var temat Härskartekniker. På torsdag fyller hon år och då har hon hittat på att man ska fira blandbandets dag. Hon och några andra lägger ofta upp band på Blandade band. När gjorde du ett blandband senast?

Fredagen den 12:e oktober: Kulturnatta, hela stan, hela kvällen.

Jag blev pepp på bandet Lamagaia, som tydligen har haft en spelning i tågtunneln på Ringön. Krautigt, brötigt och gött. De spelar på Brända tomten vid Brunnsparken klockan åtta. FB.

Lördagen den 13:e oktober: Författarfrukost med Sara Granér, Restaurang Trappan, Folkets Hus, kl 10.

Det gäller att inte bli allt för sen på Kulturnatta för att orka med Sara Granérs författarfrukost. Jag tänkte köpa mig ett ex av All I want for breakfast is planekonomi. Konsumera mera! FB.

Lördagen den 13:e oktober: Björn Kleinhenz + Pete Thompson, Spider + Sheperd eller Palpitation + Boat Club, Teater Uno, Trucken respektive Foajébaren.

På lördag är det massa fina spelningar: Björn gör fin pop, Spiders verkar göra rätt rak rock, men man går väl oftast till trucken för atmosfären, no? Och Palpitation, tja, vad ska man säga om dem — att de under tidigare nämnd Knarrholmskväll försökte byta ett av sina plektrum mot ett ölplektrum. Kul kille.

PS. För att rättfärdiga bilden lite till (det är ju ett blandband, no?) så kan jag ju påminna om att Yo La Tengo snart släpper ny skiva och på Spottan finns nya singeln Stupid Things.

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Primavera Sound 2012.

Sleigh Bells, photo: Robin Olsson

Sleigh Bells, photo: Robin Olsson

Since there aren’t any Swedish vowels on this keyboard I’ll just do this in English, otherwise I would have to tell you about “Navel”.

Wednesday.
The festival started with a free gig for all at Arc de Triomf. It’s a very nice idea to have free gigs since a lot of the young in Barcelona can’t afford coming to the festival any more. When I was here for the first time, in 2006, Swedes were so rare that when I ran into José González he thought I was in one of the other Swedish bands, I’m from Barcelona. These days, 40% of the festival-goers are from abroad and you can hear Swedish everywhere.

The first act was Jeremy Jay at the packed park, he went by without striking any chords with me, after that The Wedding Present played their beautiful album Seamonsters, it was alright, but pretty much just another reunion show. The Walkmen were ok, but they seem to have had their hay day. Black Lips, who closed the park are always fun, but I prefer them on album. We took a taxi but still had to queue for an hour or so to get into the “secret gig” at Apolo with very good Chairlift, so-so Beach Fossils and boring Kindness.

Thursday.
Thursday means the first day at the beautiful Parc del Forum, last year it started with a wonderful gig with Spanish postrockers Toundra, it’s the best slot for Spanish bands since nothing else is playing. This year it was an electronic duo called Pegasvs, it was decent, but an hour later another Spanish band, Unicornibot, played the stage right next to it, they had tinfoil around their heads and played wonderfully bizarre music that made me think about Lightning Bolt, but they had a full band, this year’s Toundra, for sure! I went over to the stage right next to it, to check out one of the most hyped bands at the moment, Purity Ring, who were a girl in an old-school dress and a guy playing these strange lights, it was a strange but rather beautiful thing, I liked it, but went back to see another dose of Unicornibot and then onto boring Baxter Dury, whom I left to burn away in the sun. Way over at the Mini stage Friends were playing. No, no, not the Bert Karlsson bullshit, this was group of friends from Brooklyn who played a very nice ESG-influenced indie-disco, the singer Samantha Urbani sat on a security guard’s shoulders and sang a song moving around the audience. Fun with friends. After that the boring Danish kids in Iceage performed, I couldn’t really care less. I was mostly just waiting for one of my highlights, Grimes, who were to perform at the same Pitchfork stage. She had some sound problems but we had had just the right amount of beer to get to dancing. My friend Éric took the lead and took us up front and he was waving his flag in support of the Montréal protests, the flag wandered to the hands of Grimes’s brother who were dancing on stage with some other friends, it was a lot of fun.

When I saw this year’s lineup I was intrigued to see Death Cab for Cutie again, it’s been eight years since I saw them last, but then I made a podcast where Lars recommended White Denim, this rock trio from Texas. I ended up choosing them over Death Cab, who’s last album is quite dull anyways. The Texans had an extra guitarist along and the four of them jammed forever, it was great to see, really marvellous musicians! Then I saw the last song by Mazzy Star which was a lot louder than I thought it would be. Good stuff, then onto well-known and well-seen Wilco, who I was about to leave for Thee Oh Sees, but then Jesus Etc came on. You just can’t go then… The night continued with a dash of nicely done hardcore from Refused, a little of boring The XX, then some desert rock from lovely Bombino, dull rap from A$AP Rocky, a lovely set from Spiritualized with it’s mix of shoe-gaze and gospel. Then we closed the night with a little dance with Spanish electro-man John Talabot.

Friday.
We were early to get our hands on Jeff Mangum tickets and hung out in Auditori with Nick Garrie doing his nice singer-songwriter album The Nightmare of J.B. Stanislas. I almost fell asleep. I kinda tried to be honest. Laura Marling was more interesting and “Alas I cannot swim” gave me goose-bumps. After the gig the queues for Jeff Mangum were huge and I got really annoyed with people jumping it. After a while I had to realize this isn’t Sweden and the world (Sweden included) is becoming a really terribly egoistic place. Jeff Mangum was all by himself, just a few guitars, a chair and a mic. Todos. With this he performed most of his masterpiece with Neutral Milk Hotel, In an Aeroplane over the Sea. More goosebumps! Best grade you can get! After that there was one of the biggest clashes; I Break Horses and Lower Dens. I started with the Swedes, they were good but I went over to Lower Dens and came in the middle of the lovely “Brains” and thoroughly enjoy them. Then a little African Cubanese music with Afrocubism, loads of guys on stage. A nice rhythmic detour from the indie scene. Then straight into straight rock with The War on Drugs. It was very straight, not gay at all. The Cure were kinda boring, but we might not have giving them our ears’s full attention. We mostly attended our mouths with beer in the VIP section. The beer weren’t free anymore and I will probably not buy the VIP next year since the first “normal” tickets go for a lot less and I prefer to drink my beer where I can see the bands. I left a while in to go see Sleigh Bells who I really enjoyed, I was a bit intrigued to see if there was gonna be a live insane drummer or not, it was just a bunch of Marshall stacks instead but I loved it anyways, danced like a mad man. Went over to the clashing Dirty Three, had a beer and I totally loved the brilliantly alarm that was Some Summers They Drop Like Flies which closed their set. A friend had told me that I had to see M83, who I think has a good song here and there but live was kinda dull so I left after a few songs. Codeine were a lot better, sounded like Slint. Good stuff. SBTRKT were boring and I fell asleep to The Men. When I woke up Éric had texted me four times and he had been kicked out because of the flag, you see it’s a red square without any text so naturally people here in Spain won’t know that it represents a solidarity to the kids in Quebec, I can totally see it rings differently here. But he got in again when they found my booking in the computer. I’m glad he could come in and enjoy this festival’s best gig; The Rapture, they were totally amazing, I really love the bass player and highlights included “House of Jealous Lovers” and the track that stood out from last year’s album In the Grace of your love; “How deep is your love?” To answer that question is easy; very.

Saturday.
We hung out in the park for Dirty Beaches, who Éric did an interview with. It was a little slow and minimal, but hanging out in a park is always nice. I met a girl I made friends with when I gave her my Sufjan Stevens ticket to last year’s amazing gig in the Auditori. A little more sedative Nick Garrie again and some nice rock tunes from Obits. Bleached were the shittiest band I’ve seen in quite some time. Straight outta their mother’s basement where they spent an hour or two.

We went over to the Forum area and had the same kebab as the day before, we’re Swedish after all. Being Swedish I went to see Jeff Mangum play another, different, set. This time with more b-sides and rarities than before. Before that I passed by the dull Sharon van Etten and the equally boring Tall Firs. After Mangum I checked out Buffy Sainte-Marie, the indian singer most well-known for the classic track “Universal Soldier”. Her new approach was a lot more rock, but when she did her stuff from the sixties it was a lot more satisfying. All in all quite boring, though. Saw The Olivia Tremor Control perform “Jumping Fences” and then went over to Mini where almost everyone seemed to be watching Beach House. They’ve gotten too big, I liked them a lot on smaller stages and you know what you’re going to get so I went over to another gig where you know what you’re going to get; Shellac.
Their annual gig seems to always clash with something, I saw most of it where they performed two new tracks and it was the usual bliss that Steve Albini, Todd Trainer and Bob Weston gives us. When they did “The End of Radio” I jumped the fence and ran over to Chromatics and saw them do their last three songs. It was insanely packed. For the first time in Primavera history (at Parc del Forum at least) they sold out, 42 000 people were around this day, normally it’s around 30 000. Chromatics were good and closed their set with “Into the Black”, their beautiful cover of Neil Young’s “Hey Hey My My”. I finally understood where the VIP section at Mini was and I felt a bit awkward having a secluded area right by the stage. Yo La Tengo started a bit boring but came to and did great versions of “Mr Tough”, “Autumn Sweater” and the wonderful noise of “Pass The Hatchet, I Think I’m Goodkind”. The last went on for more than the normal 11 minutes I believe. Just lovely noise. On the way back I saw some of the old dudes doing the punk that is The Pop Group. So-so. Had two chocolate pancakes and hung out in the food court, checked out boring Neon Indian and bought a poster from a nice German before heading back.

Sunday.
Milk Music were a rocky bunch that didn’t catch my ears at all, Zacharias filmed the gig, though, so I guess he liked it. Girls Names were pretty nice and I liked the twee that is Veronica Falls. Then we wrestled in the park and I won over Zacharias in a sprint. Good park fun. We continued with orange fights instead of the packed gigs at Arc de Triumf. Finally there was truce and we saw a little of boring Yann Tiersen and the Morrissey-esque Richard Hawley. Took a perfect break for the rain with sangria. I still suffer from that, or maybe it’s the six days drinking that I’m suffering from. All in all, this was the less interesting Primavera I’ve been to, especially Saturday was quite uninteresting, I want to be blown away a few times more. Better luck next year.

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Podcast #1. Lars guide to Primavera Sound 2012.

We’re gonna try something new, we’ve made a podcast. The first episode is with me, Robin, calling a friend who I met through various visits to the Primavera Sound festival.

First off is Lars, a German friend, whom I last met when we both traveled to London to see The Stooges play Raw Power a few years ago. Before that we had both been to a few Primavera Sounds. I suggest you download this free app and stream it in your iPhone on your way to work. If you don’t have one of those phones I suggest you listen to it while having your morning coffee (there’s no Android app yet I’m afraid).

If you wanna peak at what’s in store, you can check the thing over at MixCloud.

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Primavera Sound 2012, Barcelona eller Porto? Båda!

Death Cab for Cutie

En polare säkrade efter många timmars idelt reloadande på ticnet Bruce-biljett. Jag ska steloperera benen bredare och gå på Ullevi för första gången någonsin. Gött. Och till på det släpper Primavera ännu fler band. Jag skulle dock rekommendera er som inte har biljett till PS Barcelona att överväga att köra på PS Porto, lineupen är ungefär samma och det kostar 75 euro istället för 160 euro (och den går upp till 170 på fredag). Personligen blir det nog båda två!

Av de nya banden är jag personligen faktiskt mest pepp på Death Cab for Cutie. Jag har inte sett dem sedan 2003/4 och nu när Ben Gibbard har skiljt sig från Zooey Deschanel kanske han gör heart-break music igen? Håll tummarna för att nåt gött kom ur det, då Codes & Keys var en besvikelse så när som singeln You are a Tourist.

De som spelar både i Barcelona och Porto är just nu (uppdaterad 5 dec)
Beach House (US)
Björk (IS)
Codeine (US)
Death Cab For Cutie (US)
Franz Ferdinand (UK)
Jeff Mangum (Neutral Milk Hotel) (US)
Neon Indian (US)
Other Lives (US)
Shellac (US)
Siskiyou (CA)
Spiritualized (UK)
The Drums (US)
The Olivia Tremor Control (US)
The XX (UK)
Veronica Falls (UK)
Washed Out (US)
Wilco (US)
Yo La Tengo (US)

Och bara i Barcelona:
Archers Of Loaf (US)
Death In Vegas (UK)
Godflesh (UK)
Guided By Voices (US)
Josh T. Pearson (US)
Lisabö (SP)
Mudhoney (US)
Numbers showcase: Jackmaster, Oneman, Deadboy, Spencer, Redinho ()
SBTRKT (UK)
The Dirty Three (AU)

Och bara i Porto:
Explosions in the Sky (US)
The Walkmen (US)

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Yes! Björk och Jeff Mangum till Primavera Sound 2012!

Primavera sviker aldrig! I slutet av maj nästa år åker jag på min sjunde PS och njuter av Mangum som kör Neutral Milk Hotel, Yo La Tengo som kanske snurrar ett hjul och hamnar på ”spela upp ett helt avsnitt av Seinfeld” eller än hellre I am not afraid of you and will kick your ass i sin helhet! Och Björk! Och dags att kolla upp Guided by Voices. Yay!