Northern Disco Lights – The Rise and Rise of Norwegian Dance Music – really cool new documentary about the rise of the Norwegian electronic dance music scene, affectionately known as “Trømso-techno” or “Space Disco”. It also has an awesome soundtrack featuring artists like Biosphere, Bjørn Torske, Prins Thomas, Mungolian Jet Set, Mental Overdrive, Rune Lindbæk, Lindstrøm and more!

Northern Disco Lights tells the untold story of a group of teenagers in the arctic city of Tromsø, who set off a chain of events that would go on to transform their country. To escape the boredom of growing up in a remote outpost they created their own music scene, setting up radio stations, parties, building synthesizers and making tunes. Word spread as like-minded souls recognised the call to arms and inspired a generation of kids who would go on to change dance music and Norway forever.

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Some really uplifting reading; the Bandcamp 2016 year in review.

…every aspect of Bandcamp’s business was up in 2016. Digital album sales grew 20%, tracks 23%, and merch 34%. Growth in physical sales was led by vinyl, which was up 48%, and further boosted by CDs (up 14%) and cassettes (up 58%).

Unfortunately, times are not so great for the artists overall with the rise of streaming services.

As more people subscribe to music rental services, the already paltry rates paid to artists are going down (and no, artists don’t necessarily make it up in volume).

Buy your music directly from independent artists, and don’t let the record companies decide what is available to you!

Source: Everything is Terrific: The Bandcamp 2016 Year in Review « Bandcamp Daily

Sourced from over forty hours of 80s commercials pulled from warped VHS tapes, Memorex is a deep exploration of nostalgia and the cultural values of an era of excess. It’s a re-contextualization of ads – cultural detritus, the lowest of the low – into something altogether more profound, humorous, and at times, even beautiful.

[Hello Saferide]

Hello Saferide

I went with my friends Tor and Marianne to see Hello Saferide play live at Skuret last night, with support by Maia Hirasawa. It was a fantastic concert and we had a wonderful time. Since Skuret is such a small place, it was quite intimate and cozy… I hope to see both Maia and Annika again in Oslo soon! Be sure to check out some of their music below.

The music weblog Do Copenhagen has a list of the Top 50 Music Videos of 2005 – plenty of beautiful, creative (and sometimes just weird) video-art there. There’s downloads for every one of them, so this is sure to keep me busy for a long time this evening. It’s good to see a couple of norwegian artists on the list as well – Röyksopp’s ‘What Else Is There’ is definitely one of my favourite tracks of the year.

Aphex’s Rubber Johnny has to be one of the most disturbing music vids I’ve ever seen, but not exactly unexpected fare from him – watch it with the lights off (if you dare)…

Also check out no.23 M83 – Don’t Save Us From the Flames; very poetic and moving.

[Joachim Nielsen]

Joachim Nielsen

Last Thursday late Norwegian rock legend Joachim Nielsen aka Jokke would have celebrated his 41st birthday. His death in 2000 was a big loss for the Norwegian rock-community – he was a great song-writer, and one of the few artists who have managed to write good norwegian lyrics that everyone can relate to.

During the years from 1986 to 1999 he released a line of classic rock albums with the bands Valentinerne and later the Tourettes.

His birthday was celebrated with a big tribute concert at Rockefeller and the release of the double-CD tribute ‘Det beste til meg og mine venner – en hyllest til Joachim Nielsen‘, with 50 (!) bands covering his songs. Of course, with that many bands the result is bound to be varied, and not everything has turned out well, a big disappointment is Turbonegro’s unimaginative version of ‘Her Kommer Vinteren’, but all in all it’s well worth the money.

Also, the profits of the release goes to benefit the Rainforest Fund, as wished by Jokke’s family, so you are really supporting a very good cause by buying this CD!

Below are three of the more outstanding tracks on the tribute, and there are plenty more like this!

When reading about the very tragic consequences of hurricane Katrina in the US and looking at pictures of flooded streets and houses I couldn’t help but thinking about the lyrics to Led Zeppelin’s ‘When The Levee Breaks’:

If it keeps on rainin’, levee’s goin’ to break
If it keeps on rainin’, levee’s goin’ to break
When the levee breaks I’ll have no place to stay

Also, on a related note: Why is it that black people “loot” food while white people “find” food?