Thursday, April 30, 2009

Let's take a trip out to the sea..

The Loch Ness Mouse - Key West
(Perfect Pop Records, 2002)



I had almost forgotten about this little gem. A Norwegian band that sounds like they have been living in Southern California all their lives. Emil Nikolaisen (of Serena Maneesh) plays the drums and people from Of Montreal, Neutral Milk Hotel and Olivia Tremor Control guests. For all the guests, none of them takes the front seat. The driver seat is occupated by the bands songsmith-brothers, Ole Johannes and Jørn Åleskjær.

My favourites on the album are "Hanna & the Twins", "Ceylon Sailor" and the absolute stunningly beautiful "Salty Hair".

The band has been listening a lot to Beach Boys, post Pet Sounds. You can also hear elements of bands like The Turtles, The Zombies and my new favourites The Left Banke. Classic sunshine-pop inspired by the sixties is what you get from The Loch Ness Mouse, and that's a thing that you just can't get enough of.

Since this album they have released the album 11-22, also a great album, but a lot slicker and more in the vein of Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers. More about that album another time. Now get outside in the sunshine with Key West on your earphones.

Man, it's still April and I'm longing for the summer.

So people, if you own this - put it on. If you don't, go dig it up in a record store.

Or you could just listen to it on Spotify

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Top 5 songs by the New Pornographers

# 1. Letter from an Occupant
from the album Mass Romantic (Matador, 2000)



Well, what is there really to say. You can't not like this song, that would mean that you hate great popsongs or something like that. I guess you can not love it, but for me it's love all the way. This is one of those songs that immediately fills me with energy and makes me want to bounce around. At the same time I want to scream out the lyrics. The result of this is that I don't listen to this song that much actually. It is the perfect party song, but at least I get very tired after it's finished. You see, the energy I get when I hear it usually wears off while the song is playing. It could be all the singing and bouncing around..

Anyway, my favourite New Pornographers song. Not suprisingly with Neko Case on vocals.

Now you have seen my favourites, what are yours?

The New Pornographers - Letter From An Occupant


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Top 5 songs by the New Pornographers

# 2. The Bleeding Heart Show
from the album Twin Cinema (Matador, 2005)



The thing I absolutely love about this song is the ending. The way the coda grows and grows into this sing-a-long. I just want to jump up in the air and stay there. Be lifted by the "hey-la's". That, and the fact that Neko Case's voice sends shivers down my spine almost every time I hear it. Great pipes on that girl. I also want to note that the ending wouldn't have been anything to write home about if it hadn't been for the fantastic build up. Heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time.

And finally the two lines in the last verse:

"..that's when we grab a hold
of whatever it is we fell into.."

Those two lines says a lot about a feeling I guess each and every one of us have felt at some points in our lives.

"..we have arived to late to play the bleeding heart show.."

Now listen:
The New Pornographers - The Bleeding Heart Show


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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Top 5 songs by the New Pornographers

# 3. Slow Decent into Alcoholism
from the album "Mass Romantic" (Matador, 2000)



Man, this is a really catchy song. I had kind of forgotten all about it until a night out recently. Some friends of mine were dj-ing at this club and me and some other friends decided that we were going to have a little drinking game. Not really a drinking game, the only thing we did were sign "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" to the dj's for their choice of song. Thumbs up meant that the song they were playing made us want to drink more alcohol - thumbs down the opposite.

Needless to say, this song got a big thumbs up - and that was the start of the decent. We can put it this way, the more you drink - the more thumbs up you will give. You got yourself an downward spiral there. At least that's what you think the day after. Just ask my friend who were going on the morning train after a couple of hours of sleep.

A great night out and the perfect song for it.

"..my, my slow decent..
into alcoholism it went..."

Monday, April 20, 2009

Top 5 songs by the New Pornographers

# 4. All the Old Showstoppers
Taken from the album "Challengers" (Matador, 2007)



Classic New Pornographers. Written by A.C. Newman as almost all my favourites, and still I don't like his soloalbums that much, well - it's a strange world we live in. Great powerpop tune. Reminds me somewhat of a lot of the British popbands from the seventies, i.e. Badfinger, ELO, the Move et. al.

Has the typical man/woman harmonizing that no one does as well as the Pornographers. A bit slower than some of the older material, but still a great footstomper.

As always good tongue in cheek lyrics:

"When Gabriel saw the numbers he fell
Fell through the clouds into the great well
But woke up before he hit the ground
No one had noticed still he looked around"


Take a listen:

The New Pornographers - All The Old Showstoppers


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Monday, April 13, 2009

Top 5 songs by the New Pornographers

# 5. Unguided
from the album "Challengers" (Matador, 2007)



A very untypical New Pornographers song. The typical being a uptempo guitardriven pop n'roll classic in three minutes. This one, a epic clocking in at six and a half minute. None the less one of the very best songs ever being released on a New Pornographers album.

The writer, Carl Newman, describes it this way:

"My first true epic at over 6:30 in length. This is MY New York song, though no one can tell. It is all about August 2005, everything up in the air, it was very hot, and I was camping out in NY for a week. The big bridge at the end, 'why wait for the weakened state to lie next to the weaker sex?', has nothing to do with the rest of the song, just a good line/universal truth. Kathryn is embarrassed that she had to sing it, yet only she could nail it the way it had to be nailed."

And, as he says, I never knew it was a New York song, maybe only he knew. What I did know is that I absolutely love the line he is mentioning, it must be one of the best lines ever. It doesn't necessarily fit the lyrics for the rest of the song, but it does fit the song's mood.

Other favourite lyrics in the same song are:

"..you wrote yourself into a corner safe
easy to defend your borders
a fallen saint into a whispered time.."

I'm madly in love with the melody which starts in the build up to the chorus and the chorus itself. It has got this timeless quality in it. In many ways it reminds me of another little gem out there, The La's song "Timeless Melody". They both got these great melodies going on. And the countermelody in the "weaker sex" line, simply stunning.

Take a listen:


The New Pornographers - Unguided


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