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Book tip: Den Svenska Synthen

Check out the Facebook page for "Den Svenska Synthen", an upcoming book by Bengt Rahm (one of the founders of ) on the Swedish synth scene including interviews with tons of bands, labels and more:
Swedish-only unfortunately, but that's the way these things go.

2012 Manifest Award winners

Here are the winners of the 2012 Manifest award, Sweden's indie/alternative Grammy:

Folk/Ballad: Siri Karlsson - Gran Fuego ()
Experimental: Hanna Hartman - H ^ 2 ()
Punk: Obnoxious Youth - The Eternal Void ()
Dance: Jonsson/Alter - Samlad årsproduktion ()
Hardrock: Opeth - Heritage ()
Rhythm: Simone Moreno - Planetas ()
Singer/Songwriter/Country/Americana: Ane Brun - It All Start With One ()
Rock: Pascal/Mattias Alkberg - Allt det här ()
Best Unsigned: Death By Armborst
Jazz: Jonas Holgersson - Snick Snack ()
Hip-Hop: Mofeta & Jerre - Briljanter & Smaragder ()
Synth: Necro Facility - Wintermute ()
Pop: Azure Blue - Rule of thirds ()
Best live act: This is Head ()
SKAP/Manifest Prize for best lyrics: Philip Ekström - Det Vackra Livet ()
SKAP/Manifest Prize for best composer: Maria Lindén - I Break Horses ()
Manifest Prize for best indie: Popkollo

The Mary Onettes - Love's taking strange ways

has posted a new song from The Mary Onettes for free download:

New music from Sambassadeur this spring?

Swedish indiepop act Sambassadeur is reportedly working on a new album with producer Mattias Glavå for release this coming spring via .

2012 Manifest Award nominees

The nominees for the 2012 Manifest Awards, Sweden's alternative/indie Grammy, have been announced:

Marin/Marin – Småfolket ()
Merit Hemmingson – EQ ()
Navarra – Nya fönster ()
Siri Karlsson – Gran Fuego ()

Skudge – Samlad årsproduktion ()
Jonsson/Alter – Samlad årsproduktion ()
The Field – Looping State of mind ()
Pallers – The Sea Of Memories ()

Sju Svåra År – Storma varje hjärta ()
Obnoxious Youth – The Eternal Void ()
Vånna Inget – Allvar ()
Black Feet – Black Feet ()

Mofeta & Jerre – Briljanter & Smaragder ()
Ison & Fille – För evigt ()
Mohammed Ali – Vi ()
Roffe Ruff – Barrabas ()

Hans Appelqvist – Sjunga slutet nu ()
Hanna Hartman – H ^ 2 ()
Ophir – Opus Operatum ()
Midaircondo feat. Michala Østergaard-Nielsen – Reports on the Horizon ()

In Solitude – The World. The Flesh. The Devil ()
Opeth – Heritage ()
Terra Tenebrosa – The Tunnels ()
The Haunted – Unseen ()

Syster Sol – Kichinga! ()
Simone Moreno – Planetas ()
Kapten Röd – Fläcken Som Aldrig Går Bort ()
OK Star Orchestra – The Beat and the Melody ()

Azure Blue – Rule of thirds ()
Jonathan Johansson – Klagomuren ()
Korallreven – An album by Korallreven ()
Loney Dear – Hall Music ()

Pascal/Mattias Alkberg – Allt det här ()
Kajsa Grytt – En kvinna under påverkan ()
Bob Hund - Det överexponerade gömstället ()
Tramp – Indigo ()

Henric de la Cour – Henric de la Cour ()
Necro Facility – Wintermute ()
Mr Jones Machine – Monokrom ()
Covenant – Modern Ruin ()

Jonas Holgersson – Snick Snack ()
Parti & Minut – Från klart till halvklart ()
Priming Orchestra – Deep Blue ()
The Splendor – Delphian Palace ()

Best Unsigned:
Death By Armborst
Schizo and the Personalities

Brothers of End – Mount Inside ()
Ane Brun – It All Start With One ()
Promise & the Monster – Red Tide ()
Lars Bygdén – Songs I Wrote ()

Best live act:
Kriget ()
This is Head ()
Graveyard ()
Mattias Alkberg ()

Interesting to see and dominating their respective niches. Winners will be announced on February 3 at a ceremony at Nalen in Stockholm. Read more:

Top 10s for 2011: It's a Trap! Contributors

The Mary Onettes collaborate on new EP with Dan Lissvik

Swedish indierock act The Mary Onettes have recorded a new EP with Dan Lissvik of Studio (RIP) called "Love Forever" which apparently finds them stripping away the reverb to find a more organic sound. It will be released on February 29 via and will be available either as a digital download or on 12" vinyl.

Gaffa SE top 30 Swedish album highlights

Swedish highlights from Gaffa SE's top 30 albums of 2011:

3. Mattias Alkberg - Anarkist (Teg Publishing/)
4. Anna Järvinen - Anna själv tredje (/)
5. Skriet - Det Beslutande Organet (/)
8. Invasionen - Saker som jag sagt till natten (/)
12. Graveyard - Hisingen Blues (/)
14. Deportees - Islands & Shores (/)
16. I Break Horses - Hearts (/)
18. The Field - Looping State of Mind (/)
20. Syket - With Love (/)
21. Jonathan Johansson - Klagomuren (/)
28. Movits! - Ut ur min skalle (/)
29. Det Vackra Livet - Det Vackra Livet (/)
30. Ison & Fille - För evigt (/)

See the full list: (in Swedish)

TLOBF interviews Amanda Mair

The Line of Best Fit interviews ' latest signing, the 16yo singer/songwriter Amanda Mair:

Labrador confirms new Amanda Mair single

will release the new Amanda Mair single "Doubt" on October 19.

Television Personalities to guest on new Acid House KIngs single

Dan Treacy and Texas Bob of perennial indie faves the Television Personalities are guest-stars on the upcoming Acid House Kings single "Heaven knows I miss him now" b/w "Lost and found", out October 18 via , both on 7" and digital.

Pallers album preview

A video preivew for Swedish act Pallers' upcoming album "The sea of memories", due out September 27 via :

Stockholm belongs to us - A Labrador Records compilation

Swedish indiepop label has a new 22-track comp/label sampler they are giving away as a free download:

Early Radio Dept. gets vinyl treatment

For vinyl nerds who like their shoegaze dreamy and underwhelming, has reissued the first three albums from The Radio Dept. on 180g vinyl:

Pallers confirm new single, album

Look for the new Pallers single "Come rain, come sunshine" to be released on July 26 via with the album "The sea of memories" to follow on September 27.