Monday, 20 December 2010

best albums 2010

1. The Drums – The Drums
2. Radio Dept. – Clinging to a Scheme
3. Best Coast – Crazy for You
4. Wild Nothing – Gemini
5. The Magnetic Fields – Realism
6. Math and Physics Club – I shouldn’t look as Good as I do
7. The Electric Pop Group – Seconds
8. Allo Darlin’ – Allo Darlin’
9. Northern Portrait – Criminal Art Lovers
10. Darren Hayman & The Secondary Modern – Essex Arms
11. Teenage Fanclub – Shadows
12. Stars in Coma – And The Cloud Withdrew From The Sky
13. Soda Fountain Rag – Reel Around Me
14. Belle & Sebastian – Write about Love
15. Sambassadeur – European
16. The Hi-Life Companion – Say Hi!
17. Darren Hanlon – I will Love you at all
18. Trembling Blue Stars – Fast trains and telegraph wires
19. The Mare – I’m so happy
20. CEO- White Magic
21. Lucky Soul – A Coming of Age
22. Le Futur Pompiste – Le Futur Pompiste
23. The Orchids – The Lost Star
24. The School – Loveless Unbeliever
25. The Vaselines – Sex with an X
26. Eux Autres – Broken Bow
27. The Depreciation Guild – Spirit Youth
28. Standard Fare – The Noyelle Beat
29. Horowitz – Popkids of the World Unite
30. Twig – Hourglass

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

David Gedge (The Wedding Present ) Interview

Our beloved Wedding Present return this sunday in athens! David Gedge is talking about their re-birth and his own obsessions.

This year De Castro left the band after 12 years working with you. What did that mean for the style, sound and feeling of the Wedding Present?

It's always sad when people leave the group, especially when they have been with us so long... but we always go through a little ‘re-birth’ when it happens, and this time as been no different. I think the sound has become rockier lately. Louder and harder! Our new bass player is from Switzerland, so maybe our style will become more continental, too… whatever that means!

Which is the motivation for creating music in 2010? Has that changed over the years?

I think it is more an obsession than a motivation! It was never a decision I’ve had to make... I already knew when I was five years old that I would be doing this and nothing has changed. I’m not totally sure what drives me…

You’ve been around for a long time. Are you bothered by those judging (or maybe doubting) your presence on the music scene?

Ha! No… of course not. I am never going to please everybody and I’ve never tried. As long as the people in the band are happy and proud of the music we are making, I am happy.

Your two singles "I'm From Further North Than You", and "Ringway to SeaTac" appeared on an independent film. Is that a direction you would be more interested to take in the future?

I’m always interested in doing anything that takes me off in a tangent. It’s one of the reasons why my ‘job’ is so interesting... you never know what you will be doing next.

Do you follow the current scene? Any new bands you like/would like to work with?

I do. We’ve just had Ringo Deathstarr from Texas on tour with us here in the U.K. and they were excellent. Their influences are obvious…. The Jesus And Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine… but they weren’t even alive when those bands were around!

Are you planning on releasing new stuff?

Well, this year we have been playing our album ‘Bizarro’ live and, in fact, our concert in Athens will be the last time that we do that. We already know this album very well, though… so we’ve had plenty of spare time at rehearsals to work on new songs, which means that we should be able to release some new stuff in 2011. I’ll try and include a new song or two in the set for Greece!

Monday, 13 December 2010

sugar baby

Formed in the streets of Scotland, Sugar Crisis eat tons of sugar in the centre of their own little cute world. Neil Brunton (vocals/keyboard) and Lorna Anthony (vocals/guitar/synth)play with their toys while unfold their sarcastic witty pop comments on the current scene. Compared to bands like Tilly and the Wall, Golden Grays or Burning Hearts they are a name to watch for. Sugar Obsession.

Friday, 10 December 2010

Neil Hannon (The Divine Comedy) Interview

The Divine Comedy will bring their magic this monday in Athens. Neil Hannon was more than polite to answer my questions. Again, Neil you are my hero <3.

Tenth album “Bang Goes The Knighthood”... how would you describe it? Would you say this is your first ‘solo album’?
Well, it's got twelve songs of differing lengths and styles. It's a bit like my other records sometimes and sometimes it's not. Some songs are quite cheerful, some are more gloomy. I wouldn't describe it as my first solo album really. I would have released it under my own name if it was. Having said most of my records are quite soloish. Sorry I can't be more helpful.

Is emotion important and in what ways? Is that your first goal while creating a song?
If a song has no emotion it is utterly worthless. Each song has a different sentiment, a different reason for it's own existence. Some songs don't appear to have a big message or a grand theme. That is because they are supposed to be curious and interesting rather than of enormous importance. My first goal when writing a song is not to bore myself!

Your songs sound like reading a fairytale… is that contrived?
I suppose some are a little fairytale-esque. It's honestly not something I consciously think about when I'm doing them. I simply do what comes naturally and hope for the best.

You often have extensive arrangements with strings and horns… have you thought of stripping out pop music to its simpler melodic forms?
I care little for how simple or complicated the arrangement of a song is. It's the end result that really counts. For example Down In The Streets Below is quite epic in scale, but that seemed the best way to create the mood I thought the song needed. But At The Indie Disco wouldn't have worked like that at all so it's quite simple.

You have been related to the brit-pop era of the 90s... do you reminisce those years? [how do you feel about bands like pulp or blur reforming?]
Pulp or Blur are very different from me. They were proper bands for a start, which means they could actually split up and reform. The Divine Comedy was always me with whoever I thought I needed at the time. I enjoyed the 90's a lot but I've never been one for reminiscing. It was hard work but I thrived on the excitment of being a chart act (even if a slightly strange one). I am considerably happier now however.

Any news/future plans for The Divine Comedy? Other projects you are involved with?
My first musical has just opened in Bristol. It's an adaptation of a 1920's children's book called Swallows and Amazons. This year has been very heavy going with lot's of promo and touring, so I'm going to be more Dublin-centric next year. A spot of writing, a bit more touring, and a lot of sitting around watching the cricket!

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

FM Belfast Interview

Plisskën Fest will be held this saturday in Athens. Amongst other wonderful bands, FM Belfast will bring some of their icelandic cuteness.

Is Reykjavík a city that can bring out your inspirations and in what ways? In the city, underneath the drama and money grabbing free market people, there lies an old attitude. It's an undying optimism and a do-it-yourself type of thinking. Our new mayor is one of these former punks. It's very inspiring.

How do you feel about the Icelandic music scene? It's big compared to population. It is very varied and most people are friendly and try to help each other out.

Is electro pop a genre that can combine emotions and pure physical excitement? Yes, but so is speed metal and rockabilly.

Do you feel stage presence is your strong point? No, I think our optimism is our strong point. Our stage presence varies. It also depends on the audience. We've been very lucky with our nice audience. But we do our best every time.

I read that the members in the band now vary from 3 to 8 depending on who can make it. Why is that? Because the 3 of us have dropped everything to do this and the others can't always make it because of previous commitments. Pretty basic I would say.

Are you sure you will be able to handle Athens right now? It’s still hot here! Really? Woohoo! I was hoping it would be hot. We are in Barcelona right now and sadly it's raining and a bit cold. We are fans of warm weather.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Music for...

Once upon a time, there was a shy little boy growing up in the streets of Hobart, in Tasmania. He spent most of his time circling around in his bedroom studio, dreaming of forming a band and touring the world. Anthony Rochester's room is full of the tender delicate sounds of Burt Bacharach, France Gall, Stereolab, The Carpenters and The Lucksmiths. He plays all instruments on his own and has a new (fourth!) album out called “Hot Hits ’96”. This is not music for librarians, or for relaxation or for spaceships. This is different, yet lovely.

Monday, 15 November 2010

let's scream!

When two smittens hang out in Vermont, something magical happens. Dana Kaplan and Colin Clary don’t like sharing their beds, yet they delve into exquisite bedroom pop. Leaving The Smittens aside for a bit, they call themselves Let's Whisper and they create dreamy melodies which are captured on EP “Make Me Smile” (2008). NEWS is that WeePop! records is about to release their debut album on “giant-sized” cd. Whee!

Sunday, 7 November 2010

the history of orange pie

Pies are yummy. I prefer those with cheese and mushrooms and enjoy eating them throughout rainy days. The History of Apple Pie are sunny, yet very delicious! Formed in London as a duo, Jerome Watson (Hatcham Social) and Stephanie Min have cooked up lo-fi shoegazy delicate melodies, inspired by the like of Galaxie 500, Luna, Comet Gain and St. Christopher. Split Cassette Tape (100 copies only) is out November 15th [Side A: four songs from Sweater Girls and Side B: three songs from The History Of Apple Pie]. Couldn’t find a video of them, so guys hurry up and make one!

Sunday, 31 October 2010


Sea ponies are cute as hell. They swim in Madagascar while are often featured in cartoons with vivid blue and pink colours. However, there is a hidden species in the land of Seattle that doesn’t know how to swim, but instead plays pure 80s-inspired jangle-pop. Seapony are young and sunny and very excited to release first 3 track 7’’, available from label Double Denim Records only in 300 copies! Single “Dreaming” is simply amazing.

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Camera Obscura Interview

They lead the scottish pop scene for the last 15 years. They are sweet and shy and write magic heartbroken songs. An interview with Camera Obscura, via bassist Gavin Dunbar, is all I could ask for. Next week we will see them on stage, at last.

Is indie pop scene still exciting? Are you happy with the recording industry right now?

I think there are always lots of good things happening in the independent scene. We’re not really keen on the description of indiepop, as it seems to have become specifically used to pigeonhole the more C86/twee sounding bands, and because a lot of the indiepop bands these days seem to be quite derivative and unambitious in their sound, which is a shame. The recording industry is changing quite dramatically at the moment and it’s hard to know what’s going to happen next. It’s great that so many bands are taking the initiative and putting out their own music directly, but the problem with that is without experienced record labels who know how to reach music fans, it’s hard to do the best job of letting people hear the music you have been making.

You’ve been around for quite a long time... how much things have changed since 1996?

I guess for us its gone from being something that we did in our spare time when we started, to being something that we did almost as a full time thing along side all working jobs as well, to the situation we are in now where being in the band is our full time job. It’s taken us a long time to get here, and it was a fantastic moment when we got to this point. Hopefully we will continue to be able to make records this way.

Has the constant line-up change affected the band and in what ways?

The line up changes were mainly in the very early days, musically we’ve remained pretty much the same since the first album. Since then we’ve had the same line up, with the exception of John leaving after the second album, which really helped us focus and step up as players a bit. Although Nigel isn’t a full time member anymore, he still plays with us when he can.

Your first album was produced by Stuart Murdoch- how did that come about? [have you listened to B&S last album –what do you think?]

Stuart produced the single Eighties Fan, and arranged strings for that song and Anti-Western and Pen and Notebook. The album (except Eighties Fan) was produced by us. We’d met Stuart the first time we played live, and he liked what we were doing, and we ended up rehearsing in the Church Hall that Stuart was the caretaker of for quite a while. Richard Colburn was drumming for us for a while then too. I just got the new Belles album the other day and have only had the chance to listen to it once, but I liked it on first listen, looking forward to giving it another listen soon.

Name me a book and a movie that would represent your sound and why.

Any film by Mike Leigh would be good, he has such a good feel for everyday experiences and combining happiness and sadness in the one moment. Jack Kerouc, On The Road, cause these days we are.

In terms of songwriting, I know that Tracyanne is the mainly responsible. In what ways the rest seek for democracy within the band?

Well Tracy will tend to bring in the songs and the band rehearse and arrange them together and we get them to the sound that they end up as. We’re quite good at knowing what our parts should be like so it usually comes together quite quickly, occasionally we go through a few totally different arrangements till we get to the way the song ends up.

“My Maudlin Career” was released last year on 4AD. Do you feel you have reached your most mature point with this album?

I think the biggest step forward we have taken as a band was working with Jari on Lets Get Out Of This Country. That was such a big eye opener for us all, and having a producer really helped us get our act together and we got pushed to be better players and that really helped with the album and subsequently with playing live shows. We definitely became a lot more confident as a band after that point. I think when we came to record My Maudlin Career we were a far more confident bunch than we’d been three years earlier, and we were a lot better prepared in ourselves when we went into the studio.

Are sadness and happiness two parts of the same coin?

I guess until you’ve experienced both, you don’t appreciate the happiness as much.

Heartbroken, melancholic, sarcastic, bitter, over emotional – or just POP?

The good thing about great pop is that it can be all those things, and still be set to up beat music that wraps up the sadness. The universal themes that we all feel sometimes.

How has your collaboration been with Swedish producer Jari Haapalainen? What elements has he added to your sound?

He really pushed us, and that helped us really push ourselves, as players and as a band. He helped us sound the way we always wanted to, but didn’t know how to achieve.

Which bands do you like most these days?

We got to play with Yo La Tengo in San Francisco earlier this year and we’d love to do a tour with them. They are one of those bands that just keeps making great records, which is no mean feat after 20 years.

Has Glasgow been a supportive environment for you throughout the years?

Yeah, I think its been great for us to be able to just get on with things in our own way and at our own pace. In Glasgow we’ve always been able to do that without any interference from labels or the media, we’ve kind of just had the freedom to do what we wanted at the time, and there are some great bands like Belle and Sebastian, The Pastels and Teenage Fanclub, that paved the way by not moving to London and being based ‘where the industry is’, which is unfortunately what used to have to happen if you wanted to be seen as serious about a career in music.

Tracyanne mentioned in an interview: “I think these days we're just so much more comfortable in front of an audience than before. I used to have real trouble playing live; Now I understand the audience is already your friend” – what should we expect from your gig?

We’ll try not to make any mistakes. We’re really looking forward to it, it’s been 10 years since we were first asked to come and play in Greece, and it’s taken this long to finally have it happening, so it’s been a long time coming.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

waterflies on top

Fireflies are creatures with long eyelashes. They are in the air, eating little stars that hide in the dark. Fireflies are also Lisle Mitnik’s solo project. He grew up in the tundras of New England playing classical piano, then moved to California where he bought a portastudio and started recording. The Cat's Miaow, Galaxie 500, Her Space Holiday and The Softies are sounds that inspire his lo-fi indie beat combined with classical arrangement. New three-song single full of synths and harmonies from Tiny Fireflies (collaboration between Lisle and Kristine of Very Truly Yours/Tiny Microphone)is now available. Fly HIGH!

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

pascal in reykjavík

Iceland may be bankrupt, still remains rich musicwise. New Morr Music signing is Reykjavík-based Pascal Pinon. Twins Jófrí∂ur and Ásthildur (surrounded by a group of other teenagers) who have cold feet, heavy clothes in their wardrobe with lots of dreams and twee shyness in their bubbles. They formed about a year ago and have already gathered attention for their simple and sincere gigs. Debut album will be released early 2011 but you can now get first release "I wrote a Song" on Morr’s sublabel A Number of Small Things. Pin them down!

Thursday, 7 October 2010

kiss me fantastic

Rachel and Jeremy have never met. Still they are in a band based in different parts of the US. Apart from being excellent kissers, they make and release music though internet. They have a 'thing' for My Bloody Valentine and Cocteau Twins and that’s something they clearly print on their sound, which is dreamy and fragile enough to make you stare at the ceiling for a couple of hours. Note down that Jeremy has also another project called Optimist Park, which is a bit more ambient than Kiss Kiss Fantastic, and don’t forget to download for free KKF’s “The Red/Blue Shift EP”. Fantastic!

Thursday, 30 September 2010

I have a collar.

Bristol has stopped being trip-hoppy ages away. Melodies and fragile guitars have been circulating throughout the city the last couple of years. I Know I Have No Collar are a mainly instrumental lo-fi band, yet with indie pop elements sparse all over. Founding members Aaron and Tom play various keyboard instruments, percussion, ukelele and musical saw.. while Fránçois used to play trumpet and accordion amongst other things. Good news is that the band has finally finished recording their new album, "A little slow, A little late", out now on stitch-stitch records! Better late than never, oh yeah.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Martha & Arthur = L.F.E.

They come with a lot of buzz on the current music blogs. Marthas & Arthurs happen to be a british gang that prefer the minimal way. No proper website, no information on their myspace page, which is full of images from monkeys, butterflies, waterfalls and indian girls. Odd. They delve into melodic forms in the Camera Obscura or Slow Club way, yet they enjoy a non-structutal distinctive manner. "Apes in Aeroplanes" EP is ready for free download. Go and get it now!

Sunday, 12 September 2010

ferns ferdinand

Ferns decided it was time to re-enter the game. A five-piece outfit from Kuala Lumpur, which released debut "On Botany" under Fruit Records in 2007 and then went on crazy holidays for a couple of years. Think of Days, Soft Pillow Kisses and The April Skies, pack them up with some groovy malaysian spirit and there you have a pure indie pop band with a lovely new song and a second album coming out this winter. Ferns shout "Hey,OK" and we have a strong appetite for more.

Monday, 6 September 2010


Using a weird name as their musical umbrella, Kakkmaddafakka drink beers in the small city of Bergen. They like to dance and smile and jump and play music. They bear no similarities with fellows Kings of Convenience, Royksopp and Datarock, instead they wear trash 60s, pop, punk and even ska uniforms. Festival appearances booked from Euro Sonic to Melt! and Montreux Jazz Festival while new songs uploaded on their myspace page. Noted.

Monday, 30 August 2010

standard affair

Originating from Sheffield, three piece act Standard Fare prefer small cottages in the countryside rather than icy cold lofts. Drop the likes of Betty and the Werewolves, This Many Boyfriends, Lemonheads and Belle & Sebastian in the mix and enjoy a cool distinct indie pop cocktail. Debut album “The Noyelle Beat” is out on Thee Sheffield Phonographic Corporation while latest single "Philadelphia" is available on 7" vinyl with b-side "Don't Tell". Juicy!

Thursday, 26 August 2010

still cornershop

Based in London, Still Corners are experts on dreamy noir-pop love songs. They love soundscapes, soundtracks and whatever brings a rhythm and an image together. Phil Spector is their mentor, yet they seem to have developed their own strong writing skills. New song “Endless Summer” mixes 60s production with C86 and is available on the limited Fierce Panda compilation “Gruff Trade”. Also look for new 7” single on the Great Pop Supplement and enjoy pop at its best.

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Interview: Au Revoir Simone

A couple of months ago, the lovely Au Revoir Simone played in Athens.. right before the gig I had an interview with the girls, so here you go! (published only in greek, sorry!)

Προέρχεστε από το Brooklyn όπου αυτή τη στιγμή υπάρχει μια πολύ δυνατή μουσική σκηνή. Πώς νιώθετε γι’ αυτό;

Eίναι αλήθεια πως κάθε χρόνο το Brooklyn εμφανίζει ολοένα και περισσότερους καλλιτέχνες και κάθε χρόνο μοιάζει να παρουσιάζει όλο και περισσότερο ενδιαφέρον, γι’ αυτό και πολλοί μουσικοί μετακομίζουν εκεί… έχει σταδιακά εξελιχθεί και έχει χτίσει μια πολύ σημαντική μουσική κοινότητα.
Είναι ένα καλό μέρος για να εγκατασταθείς αν θες να κάνεις επιτυχία στη μουσική βιομηχανία… κάθε βράδυ γίνονται συναυλίες, έχεις πάντα κάτι να κάνεις, κάτι που μπορεί να σε εμπνεύσει… Και δεν υπάρχει χώρος για τεμπέληδες… στη Νέα Υόρκη αν θες να πετύχεις πρέπει να δουλέψεις σκληρά.. υπάρχει τέτοιος ανταγωνισμός που πραγματικά δεν μπορείς να είσαι τεμπέλης!

Με ποιο τρόπο είναι η μουσική σας ένα μέσο για παρηγοριά, ασφάλεια και σωτηρία;

Δεν είναι εμφανές; (γέλια) όταν ονομάσαμε έτσι τον δίσκο μας το θεωρήσαμε σαν ένα προσωπικό project.. αρχίσαμε να δουλεύουμε πάνω σε αυτόν με μεγάλο πάθος.. οπότε δεν ήταν τόσο σωτηρία για τη μουσική αλλά σωτηρία για εμάς τις ίδιες!
Η μουσική πάντως είναι ένα μέρος που προσφέρει παρηγοριά μιας και μέσω αυτής μπορείς να χαλαρώσεις.. το ίδιο άλλωστε μπορεί να συμβεί με κάθε χόμπυ που μπορεί να είναι δημιουργικό..

Το ΝΜΕ ανέφερε πως εμφανίζεστε στη σκηνή σαν τις αδερφές από την ταινία "Virgin Suicides" και ότι προέρχεστε από μια χώρα όπου τα σύννεφα φυσούν πάνω από κρυστάλλινες θάλασσες.. Παίρνετε τις κριτικές στα σοβαρά;

Νομίζω ότι αυτό με το Virgin Suicides είναι πολύ αστείο μιας και ηλικιακά δεν έχουμε καμία σχέση με τις πρωταγωνίστριες! Επίσης, είμαστε σύγχρονες γυναίκες που ζουν στην πόλη οπότε δεν μπορούμε να ταυτιστούμε με αυτό το σχόλιο.. Πάντως, όσον αφορά στις κριτικές, εκείνο που μας αντάμειψε στο τελευταίο άλμπουμ "Still Night, Still Life" ήταν ότι ο κόσμος κατάλαβε το νόημα, έπιασε τα μηνύματα που θέλαμε τα δώσουμε και αυτό ήταν ό,τι καλύτερο για εμάς.
Ίσως αυτό να είχε να κάνει με το ότι για πρώτη φορά ηχογραφήσαμε τον δίσκο όπως ακριβώς τον θέλαμε. Πάντα ταλαιπωρούμασταν με το να κάνουμε τον ήχο περισσότερο DIY, αλλά στον τελευταίο δίσκο η παραγωγή έγινε ακριβώς όπως την είχαμε φανταστεί και είμαστε ίδιαίτερα χαρούμενες γι'αυτό. Επειδή δεν προερχόμαστε από αυστηρά μουσικό background, χρειάστηκαν πολλοί πειραματισμοί μέχρι να βρούμε αυτό που θέλαμε..

Χρησιμοποιείτε πολλά synths και keyboards στη μουσική σας... Έχετε σκεφτεί να εμπλουτίσετε τον ήχο με περισσότερες κιθάρες;

Είμαστε τρεις και καμιά μας δεν παίζει κιθάρα, οπότε γι'αυτό δεν έχουμε συμπεριλάβει τον κιθαριστικό ήχο.. η αλήθεια είναι πως θέλαμε να βάλουμε περισσότερα ακουστικά όργανα στον τελευταίο δίσκο αλλά μας άρεσαν τόσο πολύ τα synthesizers που τελικά εγκαταλείψαμε την ιδέα..
Παίξαμε όμως με τους Air όπου είχαμε μπασίστα και ο ήχος ήταν γεμάτος.. είχε πολύ πλάκα οπότε μπορούμε να μας φανταστούμε με περισσότερες κιθάρες.. θα ήταν υπέροχα!

Υπάρχουν πλάνα να συμβεί αυτό στον επόμενο δίσκο;

Το ελπίζουμε!

Έχετε ξεκινήσει να τον γράφετε;

Λίγο.. αλλά δεν έχουμε ολοκληρώσει ακόμα τα κομμάτια...

Είναι η μελαγχολία ένα ισχυρό κίνητρο για να γράψετε μουσική;

Ναι... το να είμαστε λυπημένες για κάτι, είναι συνήθως ο τρόπος που σκεφτόμαστε.

Συχνά η ποπ ταυτίζεται με ηλιόλουστες μελωδίες, αλλά νομίζω πως η δική σας είναι συνδυασμένη με πιο μελαγχολικές καταστάσεις..

Ναι, κάποιοι μας λένε πως μπορούν να ταυτιστούν με τη μουσική μας γιατί εκφράζει και τα δύο.. είναι χαρούμενη και ταυτόχρονα μελαγχολική. Αυτός είναι και ο τρόπος που σκεφτόμαστε για τη ζωή, η καθημερινότητά μας έχει στοιχεία και από τα δύο.
Δεν έχει πάντως να κάνει με το πώς θα έπρεπε να ακουστούμε! Ποτέ δεν κοιτάξαμε ένα συγκρότημα για να το μιμηθούμε.. Έχει να κάνει πιο πολύ με το ότι ανακαλύπτουμε τα τραγούδια και στη συνέχεια αυτά βγαίνουν προς τα έξω.

Υπάρχουν κάποια συγκροτήματα που σας αρέσουν;

Οι The Dirty Projectors μας αρέσουν πολύ.. ο δίσκος των Beach House είναι φανταστικός.. θα μπορούσαμε να ταυτιστούμε με τη μουσική τους.

Είναι η πρώτη σας φορά στην Ελλάδα... τι έχετε φάει μέχρι τώρα; Κυκλοφορούν φήμες ότι τρώτε πολύ!

Έχουμε φάει πολλούς ντολμάδες.. Έχουμε έναν φίλο δημοσιογράφο που μαγείρεψε ντολμάδες από συνταγή της γιαγιάς!! Μας αρέσει το Ελληνικό φαγητό γιατί είναι μια πολύ υγιεινή διατροφή με φρούτα και λαχανικά.. Λατρεύουμε επίσης τις σαρδέλες και τις γεμιστές ντομάτες με ρύζι. Ας φύγουμε όμως από αυτή την ερώτηση.. είναι η χειρότερη για αυτή την στιγμή!

Τι να περιμένουμε από εσάς στη συναυλία;

Θα δώσουμε τον καλύτερό μας εαυτό! Θα παίξουμε τα τραγούδια μας, έχουμε και μια πολύ καλοκαιρινή διασκευή από ένα αμερικάνικο κλασικό τραγούδι που μας αρέσει.. Κυρίως θα παίξουμε υλικό από τον τελευταίο δίσκο.. και χαιρόμαστε πολύ που θα εμφανιστούμε στην Ελλάδα, έχουμε ακούσει ότι ο κόσμος είναι φοβερά ενθουσιώδης!

Ευχαριστώ πολύ!

Κι εμείς!!

Sunday, 11 July 2010

letting up despite small faults

Under the palm trees of L.A., Letting Up Despite Great Faults are set in their own ways. Since 2006, Michael Lee and his partners in crime layer swooping synths with shoegaze melodies, leading magazines like Rolling Stone and Pitchfork to dub them one of the best new dream-pop acts. Having paid their tribute to Blonde Redhead, they released debut “Movement” four years ago and second lovely album "Letting Up Despite Great Faults" last year. Swedish fellow-travellers Radio Dept. should be proud of them. And so are we.

Sunday, 27 June 2010

Arctica takes It!

Antarctica Takes It are not a bunch of polar bears. They are sweet kids that like to kiss, play, clap hands, hug each other and do some awkward dancing. They come from Santa Cruz and, a while ago, they delivered handmade-packaged debut “The Penguin League”. The sound of Tullycraft and The Lucksmiths –accompanied by glockespiel and tambourine amongst others- is all around this band which knows how to produce tender doses of lo-fi indie pop. Singer Dylan McKeever reveals: “I have come here to destroy everything that you held dear.” Lets see if he is serious about that on new album “Constellations” (out now on How Does It Feel To Be Loved). Cute. Cute.

Sunday, 6 June 2010

richard falls

Veronica is a little girl. She has huge starry eyes and a red bow on her hair. She lives in London and falls in love with a ghost. Veronica falls. And then turns into a ramshackle four-piece that plays weird versions of pop romance. The band hails from the now defunct bands The Royal We and Sexy Kids and introduces itself as a new mix of Vivian Girls, The Pastels and Shop Assistants. Debut single “Found Love In A Graveyard b/w Stephen” is out on Trouble Records. Very cool stuff.

Monday, 24 May 2010

cult me

Mystery is pop. Pop and mystery equal Cults. A New York duo that chooses to play with black and white while prefers not to reveal their identity. Cults got signed to Forest Family Records in March 2010 and a month later released first single (Go Outside b/w Most Wanted). The 7'', which is now sold out, was pressed on bright yellow vinyl and was limited to only 400 copies. Pithfork named the single as "best new music". Most wanted 2010 = Cults.

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

new candy bar (5/5)

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Tuesday, 4 May 2010

cuban kids in the streets

British or Mexican, those kids are to die for. Two skateboarders, two girls and a host of pirates who sing recycled songs for a happy environment? Brilliant! Folky pop, cute harmonies, weepop! addiction and an indietracks performance this july. Looking forward.

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

new candy bar (28/4)

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Wednesday, 21 April 2010

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walk like an egyptian

They call themselves a post-pop band and have never set foot in Cairo. Nevertheless, they see Egypt in their mirrorballs and dream about pyramids, camels and girls covered with veils. Egyptian Hip Hop may be a delusion, yet they are very real. Coming from Manchester, these four 18-year-olds (who wear Klaxons bright clothes and expose their asymmetrical hair) know how to give Hacienda sound a whole new twist. Funky, ‘baggy’ indie, dark but upbeat… its all there, packed again in new ways. Think of These new Puritans, Darwin Deez, Is Tropical and add tons of mancunian style. Perfect.

Thursday, 15 April 2010

new candy bar (15/4)

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Wednesday, 24 March 2010

new candy bar (24/3)

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Sunday, 21 March 2010

specific cold

I may still feel very cold, but there are a few bands that can make me warmer. The Specific Heats are one of those bands. Hailing from Brooklyn & Boston, the folk/psych/indie combo first appeared in 2004 having evolved from the solo project of Mathew Patalano. Debut “The Specific Heats Aboard A Spaceship of the Imagination” was released in 2006 while the group will be finishing up their second album “CURSED!” in the coming months. Attention! The Specific Heats are drug-free and only perform in smoke-free environments. Hot!

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

new candy bar (17/3)

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Sunday, 14 March 2010

la la la la la la la

A powerpop suggestion from sunny Madrid. A male gang dressed in pink t-shirts, with painted hearts all over the place. La La Love You sing in spanish, seem utterly cute and ironically childish while have a strong connection with our beloved eurovision contest. Spanish pop can be cheesy but we've been through that before; question is whether we can afford so much love and I think we can. On that note, below are two sugary visual samples. La La La Love them!

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

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Saturday, 6 March 2010


What’s a 34-year old Argentinean doing in the land of Barcelona? Sebastian Litmanovich creates sounds under weird diverse alias such as Amarena Incident, Readme & Anthony, Portatile Room Mobile and Cacahuetes Inc. but MOST OF ALL he releases albums under the name Cineplexx. Expect clashed punk, disco and indiepop with echoes of Beat Happening, Os Mutantes and Belle & Sebastian. New album “Nuevahola” [containing old, new & rare songs, including collaborations with members of BMX Bandits and Teenage Fanclub] is out now on Cherry Red Records!! XX

Monday, 1 March 2010

wild everything

Solo projects are supposed to be in fashion. Wild Nothing is the solo project of 21-year old Virginian named Jack Tatum. He seems quite obsessed with nostalgia, regret and complex powerful arrangements, yet he is sensitive and fragile and introvert and emotional. His penchant for shoegaze and dream-pop melodies is pretty obvious on his stuff and that’s what I like most about him. Wild Nothing have a single out.. buy “Summer Holiday” from label Captured Tracks and get ready for a debut lp next year. wild.

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

new candy bar (24/2)

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Sunday, 21 February 2010

star x 3

Hailing from Huy, Showstar come as the logical continuation of the Belgian music scene. Its been almost a decade that the five-piece is blending britpop with sunny 60s sounds, always in search of “the perfect pop song to appeal to housewives and students, CEOs and motorists stuck in traffic jams for days”. Amongst various releases and radio plays, Showstar have marked slots with the likes of The Rakes, Maximo Park and The Charlatans. Third album “Think Ringo” was released 15th Feb on Vespasonic Records and was produced by Gareth Parton (The Go! Team, Foals, Rakes). Download “Gold Mine” and discover the magic that Belgium is currently exporting.

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

new candy bar (17/2)

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Monday, 15 February 2010

pale tuesday

I was looking forward to Pale Sunday’s new material. When I first listened to them on myspace –that must have been a couple of years ago– I instantly thought they represent indie pop (and all the Sarah references) in the best possible way. Oddly enough, Pale Sunday come from Brazil (from a city called Jardinopólis). They disbanded for a while but luckily they returned from the ashes with a new line-up and -what a delight!!- a new EP… their first release after debut album “Summerime?” in 2005, “Shooting Star” is out on Matinée. LOVE IT.

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

new candy bar (10/2)

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Sunday, 7 February 2010

brick + colage

Bricolage means creation of a work from a diverse range of things. In contemporary French the word appears to be the equivalent of the English DIY. Originating from the blessed land of Glasgow, the band Bricolage began their indie journey round 2005. Debut album was released last year on Creeping Bent (produced by Stephen Lironi, member of the 80s scottish post-punk band Altered Images) and I still cant get enough of single “Footsteps”. Keep checking for new stuff.

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

new candy bar (3/2)

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Monday, 1 February 2010

Im fit and proud of it

Being myself a non-athletic person, I have a major problem with Fitness Forever’s name. Still their music -a combination of Spanish La Casa Azul, The Polyphonic Spree, Bacharach and Gino Paoli- is so sweet and delicate that makes me wanna run to the gym right away! The Italian pop band, with Carlos Valderrama on the steering wheel, released full-length debut “Personal Train” last year on elefant records. Go to the gym. Start training. And listen to Fitness Forever.

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

new candy bar (27/1)

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Sunday, 24 January 2010

savoir vivre vs savoir-faire

Savoir Adore met in New York Uni. They got together round 2006, after fooling around in a home studio and ending up with an improvisational instrumental track. Having been encouraged by the lovely Cantora Records (MGMT’s old imprint), they now are a proper band that enjoys to talk like machines, follow the indie pop rules of savoir vivre and have occasional electric dreams during sleep. Album “The Wooded Forest” was released September 2009. Adorable.

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

new candy bar (20/1)

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Sunday, 17 January 2010

Yuck! YES!

YUCK are covered with a thick mysterious veil; which is sth that annoys me but then intrigues me at the same time. They are a five-piece outfit based in london [even though they ridiculously cite Hiroshima and New Jersey on their myspace] and are rapidly tipped as the new shoegaze/indie pop gem coming out from the british land. OK, there is no discography here, just two single demos! BUT you SHOULD definately LISTEN to gorgeous song “Georgia”; it evokes a certain TPOBPAH feeling and it kicks serious ass.

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