new single: Rune Lindbœk featuring Kurt Maloo “Wonder”

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Rune Lindbæk will release a new single today, just a week after he became the laughing stock of the yellow press in Norway. Lets hope the urban legend that “all PR is good PR” is true and will lead to more interest for this beautiful song. At least it is Disco Rodent approved!

Update: If you find a store that actually sells a copy, please let me know! It seems like all the stores online is out of stock (even the mp3)…

If you think you have heard the voice of Kurt Maloo somewhere, but cant actual pin point it (like I did), it was probably through the Swiss duo Double and their biggest hit “Captain of Her Heart” (watch it after the jump).

 

Enjoy!

 

Rune Lindbœk feat. Kurt Maloo “Wonder” (official video):

 

 

From the Vault: Rune Lindbæk vs. Röyksopp – the circus has started!

                         Mungolian Jet Set “Moon Jocks n Prog Rocks” (Todd Terje’s version)

 

 

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mp3: John Grant “Black Belt”

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John Grant has moved to Iceland and have teamed up with GusGus’ Biggi Veira for his second solo album “Pale Green Ghosts”. It will also feature the Irish singer Sinead O’Connor on guest vocals. “Black Belt” and the title track (watch the official video after the jump) promise a much more electronic and dirtier sound than the highly acclaimed, but slightly boring debut album “Queen of Denmark”.

The album will be released by Bella Union in UK on the 11th of March and Partisan Records in US 2 months later… And this is what I do not understand! Do Partisan Records expect to sell any copies at all (at least not digitally)? I mean, releasing the album over 60 days after it was made available in Europe is not a good business strategy – especially in an environment where the customer appreciate availability over quality…

 

Enjoy!

 

Update: You can download the song by going here (the embedded code is a do not work for WordPress / stupid listen only on SoundCloud one…).

 

 

From the Vault:

GusGus “Arabian Horse”

video: 22 Pistepirkko “Onion Soup”

   

 

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video: James Blake “Retrograde”

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“Suddenly Im hitten” by a song from James Blake! Im a bit surprised since I couldn’t buy into all the hype around his self titled first album. It was ok, but it was no a life changer (as certain publications would have it). So I’ve found him a bit overrated in the past, but that changed last week when I heard the radio rip of “Retrograde”! If the rest of his new album is like this I might buy into the hype…

“Retrograde” is available from We are Apple, and Take 30%, and is the first single from the up coming album “Overgrown” that will be out on the 8th of April.

 

Enjoy!

 

James Blake “Retrograde” (official video):

 

 

From the Vault: Bruce Springsteen “State Trooper” (Trentemøller remix)

                         new album: Lower Dens “Nootropics”

 

 

Chinawoman “Party Girl” (Gluteus Maximus Remix)

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To celebrate that they have reached 200 000 plays on SoundCloud, Gluteus Maximus share a basically free download with us. DJ Margeir and President Bongo has spun a little magic over the excellent “Party Girl” by Chinawoman, and it can be yours if you go here and “pay” with a tweet or facebook post. Well worth the time and effort me think!

Chinawoman is the Canadian musician Michelle Gurevich, currently based in Berlin. Raised in the Russian hoods of Toronto and compared to Leonard Cohen, add a voice akin Tanita Tikaram there is no wonder that her music can be heard blaring regularly from the yachts of Russian billionaires and as the ringtones of mothers all over the Ukraine.

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

From the Vault:

Gluteus Maximus featuring Högni Egilsson “Everlasting”

Orbital feat. Zola Jesus “New France” (Tom Middleton Cosmos Mix)

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Refused live @ Annexet, Stockholm

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Refused is calling it a day, and MToK sent out our reporter to check out the third last gig ever with them! Let me add that Kvelertak had the honour to be the warm up act, so it was probably a smashing evening on the carpet @ Annexet, Stockholm!

 

This was a long awaited gig…

Refused was one of the bands I got into in my late high school years, just few month before they disband… The Shape of Punk to Come was a shock to my ears back in 1998, but I had to live with the idea that I’ll never seen them play live.

Luckily, in the last decade all these legendary bands started the reunion tours circus. Some of them could easily have been avoided (The Pixies, clearly playing only for money), some were just a dream becoming true (Rage Against the Machine, in 2008)!

After I missed their gig in Paris in October, it was out of the question to miss one of the last (?) 3 gigs ever. So the direction was set for Stockholm and Annexet, in the massive Globen arena. Have to say that I understand the band for choosing a big venue for their last show in the Capital. Something big to end the tour with, but I would have prefer a smaller and dirtier place than Annexet.

Anyway the gig was just awesome! Even if the sound system, like in most of these big venues, was not playing in favour of the band.

The show starting very efficiently mixing songs from “New Shape of Punk” with older ones, the band playing up to 3 or 4 songs without any break, almost like a medley, pure energy.
Well then I kind of missed out on all the Swedish speeches, but people sounded happy.

Anyway the band didn’t lose it’s energy – they play loud, fast and very well. Their songs didn’t get old at all, it sounds that their records just came out few month ago. The show itself was very sharp, perhaps a a bit too much. These guys perhaps played this almost exact show for the whole year. Anyway after 55minutes it was time for a small break, and then the awaited encore with of course “New Noise” (no need to say that the pit went mad – watch it after the jump), “Tännhauser”, and a finish with “Boredom” won’t get me tonight.

Refused was one of the “must-see-live” in 2012, and as they wrote on their website, this should be the last one. Let’s hope they will keep their word. Even if it was an amazing show, and reviews from the whole tour has been ecstatic, it might be the best for Refused to call it a day. Their performance was near to perfection!!

 

 

 

From the Vault:  

The Bloody Beetroots ft. Dennis Lyxzén “Church of Noise”

Kvelertak live @ Tavastia, Helsinki

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Mieskuoro Huutajat – still screaming after 25 years

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Finland is a bit different than the rest of the Nordic countries. They have wast forests and thousands of lakes, but also a fond love for Word Championships! Usual in normal activities such as wife carrying, swamp soccer and cellphone throwing. With this knowledge it shouldn’t really be any surprise that in this country there also exists a male choir that only shout or scream!

Not only does it exist, but Mieskuoro Huutajatit (Men’s Choir The Shouters) has done so for 25 years! The anniversary will be celebrated the 8th of December with a concert in Oulu, where around 80 former and current screamers will participate. The choir led by the conductor Petri Sirviö, and is most know for their loud renditions of Finnish patriotic songs. In 2003 the choir was portrayed in the documentary “Huutajat – Screaming Men” (trailer after the jump) directed by Mika Ronkainen.

 

MToK wishes the Shouters a good (and loud) anniversary!

 

Mieskuoro Huutajat “Oulujoki”:

 

 

From the Vault: Viva Vox‘ A Cappella mix of the Prodigy

                         Kvelertak live @ Tavastia, Helsinki

 

 

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