Stick a fork in me, I'm done. After 10 years of near-daily blogging I have decided to walk away from It's a Trap!, a decision that I have weighed for quite some time and one that did not come easily. This site has been a major part of my life the past decade and while I treasure that time greatly, both via the music and all of the absolutely lovely people I've met along the way, I've become increasingly tired, burnt-out and simply far too busy to give it the attention it truly deserves. So, rather than let you bear witness to my slow descent into a crispy shell of bitter cynicism, I'm getting out while the getting's still good. Thanks to all of the amazing bands and labels who I have worked with and whose art has inspired me, thanks to everyone who ever contributed an article, review or even an email recommendation, thanks to Jonas for handling the clubnights so admirably and most of all, thanks to YOU for reading! I doubt I'll ever stop caring about music, Scandinavian or otherwise, so I'm sure I will eventually resurface somewhere else before long. Until then, keep in touch!
Should have posted this days ago, but it got lost in the shuffle. Raw metal/punk from Sweden released on cassette, just as it should be. Look for a split 7" with fellow crust-metallers Bombs of Hades in the near future.
The young jazz piano trio Moskus is Listen to Norway's latest band of the week: http://www.listento.no/mic.nsf/doc/art2012092512363985846646
New music from Dinner aka Danish artist/producer Anders Rhedin, probably best known for his work behind the scenes with Choir of Young Believers and also as an ex-member of Jong Pang. "You are like LA" is the title track of the first of two EPs to be released via .
Swedish music distributor is finally up on SoundCloud and the first thing they have posted in the excellent new track from Swedish goth/postpunk/shoegazers Then Comes Silence.
has announced that they'll be doing a number of digital re-releases from the old archive via the new imprint . First up on October 15 will be Soviac's albums "GMC out in the fields" and "Trilogy sexlife rodeo friscotti" plus The Price of Ink's self-titled EP.
Apparently Oslo and Stockholm are ahead of the curve when it comes to music discovery (and rejection): http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2012-04/18/cities-musical-taste
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: https://www.facebook.com/DenSvenskaSynthen
Swedish-only unfortunately, but that's the way these things go.
Death metal in-jokes abound! This is the title track of the band's upcoming 7" EP, due out November 6 via .
Presenting the Ligetizer, a new 6-metronome instrument designed and constructed by Espen Sommer Eide of Alog/Phonophani. Full details here.
has signed Swedish heavy rockers Dödaren and will be releasing the band's debut full-length "Maen" this coming December.
The fascinating Swedish jazz/experimental/spiritual label has announced that the long-awaited debut album "Nattens lovsång" from Andreas Runeson's project Ensemble Lakonia will finally be out later this year as part of the label's "Compunctio box". As for the video above, I can't say that I know much about it except that it includes music from the aforementioned act starting at, I believe, around minute 8.
Presenting NEØV, the band once known as Neufvoin and now newly signed to . Look for the album "Orange morning" to be released this fall.
Coming November 5 via , the new EP "Variations" from Danish artist CTM aka the solo alias of Cæcilie Trier (Chimes & Bells, Choir of Young Believers). A 2nd EP will follow in early 2013.