I'm back home again and back at work after a two-week Swedish excursion -- thanks to all my friends, new and old, for hanging out and being awesome! In the meantime, I've got myself a mountain of junk to climb out from under so expect updates this week to be terse. I'll be back on top soon enough.
Been meaning to get this written up for over a week now, but I haven't found the time and now that I'm about head out on vacation to Sweden for a couple weeks, I figure I need to get at least something up. So without further ado, here's my picks for the best releases of 2012 so far (in alphabetical order):
Agent Side Grinder - Hardware () Beastmilk - Use your deluge () Diskoteket - Det ska se ut som slutet () Magnus Ekelund & Stålet - Supernova EP () Nitad - Rastlös & vild () Susanne Sundfør - The silicone veil () Tvärvägen - Staring directly into the sun () Vånna Inget - Jag ska fly tills jag hittar hem ()
On the cusp/too early to tell: Anchorless - Every nook and cranny () Norra Kust - s/t () Westkust - Junk EP ()
Reissues: Missbrukarna - Zooma in en zombie () Ratsia - Jäljet ()
Listen to a selection of these records below via Spotify:
has announced the signing of new act Birthgiving Toad, the moniker of young Danish artist Lasse Bækby Buch, and will be releasing three of his records this coming year -- the full-length albums "For awkward company" and "As fruit hat" plus the EP "Music for young centaurs".
Check out this trailer for the upcoming Efterklang album "Piramida", due out this September via /. The clip features footage of the band in the abandoned Russian island of Spitsbergen, an Arctic island near the north pole where the namesake ghost town of Pyramiden is located.
Göteborg-based experimental/dark music label is expanding beyond their existence as a cassette-only label with their very first set of vinyl releases which will feature LPs from Krökta Rum, The Copper Roof Houses and Blodvite. Details http://www.järtecknet.se/news.html
The Washington Post Express offers up a quick preview of the excellent Nordic Jazz Fest taking place in Washington DC this weekend: http://www.expressnightout.com/2012/06/nordic-noise/
Though I know it's not possible to attend for many of us, it is worth noting that a number of the artists appearing will be doing other US dates while they are over here so check local listings.
is a new Norwegian label founded by a couple of the guys at dedicated to licensing music from abroad for their home market. Their first singing: Danish electropop hype Battlekatt. Read more: http://norgesvenn.no/