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?

[Timbuktu Live]

Timbuktu Live

I went to see Swedish rapper Timbuktu at Rockefeller last night. His live sets are famous for their musical energy and good vibes, and I was not disappointed.

The backing band Damn!, also funked up the show and set it miles apart from a regular Hip-hop concert. It was definitely one of the best concerts I’ve been to, I had a great time, and I recommend to everyone to check them out if they get the chance!

For those missed it here are a couple of tracks from the live album released last year:

[Man-Made cover art]

The new album from Scotsmen Teenage Fanclub – entitled Man-Made, is out on May 9th here in Norway, and I’m definitely buying it as soon as it hits the stores. But like the slavering fanboy I am, I’ve already gotten a ‘sneak listen’ to the album, thanks to the wonders of the internet. Here are a couple of the stand-out tracks for your listening pleasure:

  • Cells – beautiful uptempo ballad with an acoustic intro.
  • Born Under a Good Sign – 60’s psychedelia influenced rocking stomper, with a good grungy guitar jam at the end.

All in all, Man-Made is a pretty good album, although not the greatest they’ve released (that would surely take some doing). Strongly recommended for all fans, others are probably better off getting the great compilation Four Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty-Six Seconds: A Shortcut to Teenage Fanclub to fully appreciate the magic of The Fannies.

Baby I'm Bored cover

Baby I’m Bored

Evan Dando of 90s indie-rock heroes The Lemonheads played yesterday at John Dee, and I went along with Tor to see him. It was a good concert – only Dando himself on stage with a guitar.

He played a set consisting of the good old Lemonheads tunes, a couple from the Baby I’m Bored album, as well as a selection of the Gram Parsons and Big Star covers he does so well.

I had a great time, and people were singing along to the songs, but just sometimes I had a kind of sad feeling that Evan was just another ‘jukebox’ just churning out the hits. I would have liked to hear more new songs (if there are any), and might have preferred a band there like the last time I saw him.

On the other hand, those great indie-pop songs are what everyone (including me) wants to hear so I can’t complain… He’s still an extremely talented songwriter and guitarist and got to show he’s still got what it takes to move an audience.

Nouvelle Vague

Nouvelle Vague

French musical project Nouvelle Vague takes a selection of New Wave and Punk-Rock classics from the early 1980s, with bands like The Clash and XTC, and gives them a workover in the style of jazzed-up 60s Pop and Bossa Nova. The title is French for New Wave (and Portuguese for Bossa Nova, apparently) and I guess it also refers to the French New Wave film movement of the early sixties.

Surprisingly enough, the result turn out to be very listenable given the sometimes radical style-changes involved. It’s also funny to see how these originally quite angry, noisy, punk rock songs from the Dead Kennedys or Joy Division still sound good in their “easy-listening” versions. Here are a couple of examples, with the originals to compare with:

Piracy funds terrorism

Piracy funds terrorism

The always brilliant Boom Selection has put M.I.A. and Diplo’s new collaborative mixtape Piracy Funds Terrorism vol.1 available for download. 21 songs, just under 60 minutes of pure mixtape madness.

The quality of the mixes is top notch as always, a sort of screwed up hybrid of current hip-hop, electro, grime, mash-ups and more, with MIA’s vocal stylings over it all. Pitchfork Media has a review and also rates it the 12th best album of 2004 in its yearly review. And rightly so, as mixes go things don’t get much better than this… As always – get it while it’s hot!

There’s also the latest Radio 1 essential mix from those hard-working Soulwax guys available as a torrent (~170MB ogg, 120 mins). Fantastic stuff.

Oh, and a Happy New Year to all by the way!

The Kleptones invite you to … A Night At The Hip-Hopera – Symphonic rock meets hip-hop as Queen gets the mash-up/tribute treatment, and the result is quite amazing! Another potential copyright nightmare for the music industry of course, which (ironically enough) probably will cause more sales for both Queen and the other sampled artists (Full track list)…

Quick, go download this work of pure genius before Disney’s lawyers use their evil powers to close down the rest of the mirror sites!

I’ve recently started listening to the US band Brian Jonestown Massacre after they were higly recommended on a local radio station, and I downloaded all their stuff from their mp3 page.

Their music is influenced by many different styles – 60s pop, 70s psychedelia and 90s indie rock/shoegazing with a bit of that great psychedelic indian sitar sound thown in. Named after the legendary Rolling Stones guitarist and the town of religious fanatics who committed mass suicide in 1978, they’ve existed since the early 90s, which kind of makes me regret I had not heard of them earlier…