Saturday, 31 July 2010

One More Weekend

This is what weekends are all about! 'New Morning' is easily one of the finest albums Dylan ever released. Often overlooked, but with songs like this, 'If Not For You' and 'The Man In Me' on it, it'll never be forgotten! 1970 was one hell of a year for music!

Slipping and sliding like a weasel on the run
I'm looking good to see you, yeah, we could have some fun
One more weekend, one more weekend with you
One more weekend, one more weekend will do.

Come on down to my ship, honey, ride on deck
We'll fly over the ocean, just like you suspect
One more weekend, one more weekend with you
One more weekend, one more weekend will do.

We'll fly the night away
Hang up the whole next day
Things will be okay
You wait and see
We'll go to some place unknown
Leave all the children home
Honey, why not go alone
Just you and me.

Coming and going like a rabbit in the wood
I'm happy just to see you, yeah, looking so good
One more weekend, one more weekend with you
One more weekend, one more weekend will do, yes you will.

Like a needle in a haystack I'm gonna find you yet
You're the sweetest girl mama that this boy is ever gonna get
One more weekend, one more weekend with you
One more weekend, one more weekend will do.

Panda Bear - TOMBOY/Slow Motion 7"

Panda Bear's first single off his upcoming album, 'TOMBOY', will be the first of several singles released on different labels before the album's release . The A-side, 'TOMBOY', is a murky, fairly repetitive affair with Panda Bear's familiar vocals floating in and out of the mix, whilst the B-side 'Slow Motion' is a twisted hip-hop sounding track complete with looped drum beat ((not too far off that used in Nas' 'I Can') and warped guitars and repeated, mantra like vocals. All it's missing is a guest spot from Gza.

Friday, 30 July 2010

VIDEO: Flying Lotus - MmmHmm

Mountain Man: Jim Bridger

“Once the trapper tasted the wine of freedom,” wrote George Laycock in The Mountain Men, “he could never erase the memories of wilderness from his mind."
Jim Bridger (1804–1881) came west in 1822 at the age of 17, as a member of Ashley's Hundred exploring the Upper Missouri drainage. He was among the first non-natives to see the geysers and other natural wonders of the Yellowstone region. He is also considered one of the first men of European descent, along with Étienne Provost, to see the Great Salt Lake. Due to its salinity, he first believed it to be an arm of the Pacific Ocean. In 1830, Bridger purchased shares in the Rocky Mountain Fur Company. He established Fort Bridger in southwestern Wyoming. He was also well known as a teller of tall tales.

 Hank Williams - Ramblin' Man

Read 'King of the Mountain Men' here for free or read 'Jim Bridger: Mountain Man' below.

Thursday, 29 July 2010


We've had one of the hottest summers in decades and only 20mm rain since May and it's been raining on and off the last few hours and I had almost forgotten how good summer rain feels and smells...

NEW: The Young Sinclairs - We Spoke Our Minds EP

I first listened to The Young Sinclairs only a couple of months back when I managed to get hold of 'The Songs of The Young Sinclairs' and in the first couple of weeks I listened to nothing else. The new EP is equally as groovy and you can listen to the entire EP below Perfect for the warm summer we're having here in sunny Sweden!

Buy it here.


NEW: Endless Boogie - Full House Head

Loose, dirty and raw as it gets. Blend Exile era Stones with The Stooges and a little Captain Beefheart and this is what you'd get. Endless Boogie are back with their follow-up to 2008s 'Focus Level', and is every bit as good. Rock out with your cock out.
"New York’s Endless Boogie cut seven glorious tracks at Rare Book Room studios in Brooklyn, tacked on a goddamn epic rehearsal jam and called it "Full House Head".

Once a hobby, now becoming the powerhouse they were meant to be, and led by Top Dollar, the egoless frontman and master of his instrument, the Boogie cut seven glorious tracks at Rare Book Room studios in Brooklyn."
Listen to 4 albums tracks over at Piccadilly Records.

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

NEW: Jens Lekman - The End of the World Is Bigger Than Love + FREE DOWNLOAD

Jens Lekman is back! This is the first new song since 2007s incredible 'Night Falls OverKortedala.'
It's a song of hope. When love turns it's back on you it's nice to know there's a world out there that doesn't give a shit about your problems. That forces you to keep your head held high and move on. A world that is fragile and beautiful. Maybe it can sound cold to some of you, but let me make it clear that I believe in love, I just get so wrapped up in it sometimes that I need to put it into proportion. It's something you have to do a lot when you're Jens Lekman.


Also be sure to give the playlist Jens put together a listen (See below). You can read more about it here.
Au Revoir Simone - Shadows (Jens Lekman's remix) /// Barbara Mason - Oh How It Hurts /// Thomas Mapfumo - Madiro /// the Morning Benders - Excuses /// dialogue from Gregory's Girl (1981) /// Chad & Jeremy - Everyone's Gone To The Moon /// music and dialogue from Day Of The Locust (1975) /// Eggstone - Birds In Cages /// Pete Drake - Forever /// Armando Mantovani - Around the World /// dialogue from Puberty Blues (1981) /// Jane Morgan & the Troubadours - Fascination /// Armando Trovajoli - L'Amore Dice Ciao /// Sharon O'Neill - Puberty Blues /// Like A Sleepy Blue Ocean

Ansel Adams

The mighty Cold Splinters just put up a short post on Ansel Adams which lead me to finding a documentary on You Tube. If you're at all interested in photography or the outdoors it's a must see. Part 1 is posted below. If you're new to his work, just do a search for Ansel Adams on Google images and be prepared to be blown away and also to feel a sudden urge to head for Yosemite National Park!
"Ansel Easton Adams (February 20, 1902 – April 22, 1984) was an American photographerenvironmentalist, best known for his black-and-white photographs of the American West, especially in Yosemite National Park. One of his most famous photographs was Moon and Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California." 

VIDEO: Lee Hazlewood's Swedish TV Special (1970)


Also check out this video for 'Easy and Me.'

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

VIDEO: Julian Lynch - A Day at the Racetrack

The Greatest Southern Novels of All-Time

I've been reading a hell of a lot  of non-fiction over the past year or so and my fiancee keeps trying to get me to start reading a bit more fiction. I've got a huge wishlist on Amazon of books I plan to read and for the most part it consists of non-fiction, so I thought it's as good a time as any to add a few fiction books to the list. I started thinking about what I'd like to read next and as I'd been listening to Jim White and watching True Blood this past week and because there's just something about the American South I find fascinating, I thought it'd be fun to read a few of the classics from America's southern states. After reading about Mark Twain in Uncut's review of The Felice Brother's 'Yonder Is The Clock' I had scouted around a little and also liked the sound of several Flannery O'Connor's books.

Anywho, during my search, I came across the following list and thought it seemed like as good a place as any to start! I've posted the Top 10 below, but the rest of the list can be seen here. Have you read any of them or have any recommendations? Please let me know in the comments section!

1. Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner (1936)

2. All The King's Men by Robert Penn Warren (1946)

3. The Sound and The Fury by William Faulkner (1929)

4. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (1885)

5. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee (1960)

6. The Moviegoer by Walker Percy (1961)

7. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner (1930)

8. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (1952)

9. Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor (1952)

10. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (1937)

Monday, 26 July 2010

Menomena - Mines (2010)

 I've heard their name mentioned plenty of times, seen there album while flicking through racks in record stores and have always meant to listen to Menomena, but for some reason I just never got round to it. I haven't even listened to this album (which was released today) in its entirety yet, but from the few songs I've listened to that are floating around I think things might be about to change. The album is up on NPR in its entirety too, which makes things easier (see below!) The first track I heard was 'Intil', with it's bleak lyrics and  haunting piano melody and then I took a listen to the epic TAOS and knew I had to hear more... Oh and, as mentioned on Pitchfork, the drums really do sound pretty incredible!

(via Stereogum)

A Perfect Day to Chase Tornados

"A large storm cell moves over farmland between the towns of Ross and Stanley, North Dakota on Monday July 12, 2010. A tornado was reported to have touched down for a few minutes from the cell. (AP Photo/ The Forum, Dave Samson)"

"A severe thunderstorm with a rotating wall cloud is seen over Texas County, Oklahoma near the community of Eva, Oklahoma on Monday, May 31, 2010. (AP Photo/The Guymon Daily Herald, Shawn Yorks) #"

Ducktails - Mirror Image 7"

 Ducktails aka Matt Mondanile of Real Estate released his 7" 'Mirror Image' a couple of months ago and I completely forgot to mention it. Anyway, I am now and you can check out the video to the A-side, 'Applewalk', over on Choc Bobka and take a listen to the B-side, 'Mirror Image Index', below. Perfect tropicala lo-fi goodness to kick back to! You can pick the 7" up over on Shdwply Records.

Mirror Image Index (mp3 from Impose)

VIDEO: Alex Bleeker on Sunday Brunch (Chocolate Bobka)

Sunday Brunch: Alex Bleeker from Ray Concepcion on Vimeo.

As you may have already noticed, I'm quite a fan of Alex Bleeker and pretty much anything on Underwater Peoples. Anyway, I just came across this awesome 10min video of an acoustic Alex Bleeker over on the excellent Chocolate Bobka. Alex is due to play at the Way Out West festival over here in Sweden with Real Estate next month and if I a) had the money and b) had a video camera I would be there in a flash and film something similar, but alas I don't have either, so videos like this are gold to me! Also, may I add that the colours in the video are particularly nice/vivid!

"A few weeks back, in the midst of the World Cup, we rangled a few friends over to view the semi-finals while broadcasting Sunday Brunch on Newtown Radio live from Bobka HQ. It was hot. Very hot. Especialy since our Comfort Zone had just perished. It didn't matter much though, as Budweiser's popped and friends played songs while footballers scored 'sick' goals. The word 'sick' was thrown around a lot. It was a grand afternoon, captured by Ray Concepcion. Take a peek at Alex Bleeker's performance, with more to come very soon."

Sunday, 25 July 2010

The Sami People

"The Sami people, also spelled Sámi, or Saami, (also known as Lapps, although this term is considered derogatory)[7][8] are one of the indigenous people of northern Europe inhabiting Sápmi, which today encompasses parts of northern Sweden, Norway, Finland and the Kola Peninsula of Russia but also in the border area between south and middle Sweden. Their ancestral lands span an area the size of Sweden in the Nordic countries. The Sami people are among the largest indigenous ethnic groups in Europe. Their traditional languages are the Sami languages, which are classified as members of the Finno-Lappic group of the Uralic language family."

I recently read 'A YEAR IN LAPLAND: Guest of the Reindeer Herders', which if you're interested can be read below on Google Books, and have spent the weeks since I read it looking at pictures and reading more about the Sami people. My fiancee's mormor (Ida's mother's mother) comes from a Sami family and we spent a week up in the Arctic Circle last year in the house (the one at the top of the page!) she grew up in and although there was nothing particularly Sami about it, there's something special about living that far north that I just can't describe.

If you want to read more about them, check out this website.

Love In Festival, Alexandra Palace, Saturday July 29th, 1967

I just came across this rare footage from the 'Love In Festival' from 1967. The footage has a really great dreamy feel to it. The clip focuses mainly on the audience, with the camera effortlessly floating from person to person. There's also some pretty cool footage of The Animals performing a segment of 'White Rabbit' and what sounds like 'Toacco Road.' The festival's line-up included Pink Floyd, The Animals, Creation, Arthur Brown and Tomorrow.

VIDEO: Sam Gopal - Sky Is Burning (1969)

Sam Gopal originally formed in 1966 and were named after it's Malaysian singer.The band split two years later and Sam formed a new band which would include Lemmy (Hawkwind/Motörhead). Despite forming in 1966, they didn't release their debut until 1969.

Sunday Morning Duets

And even though this isn't a duet, I just saw this video for the first time and couldn't resist sharing it!

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Blitzen Trapper - Texaco

I'm a pretty big fan of Blitzen Trapper, and there latest album 'Destroyer of the Void' is well worth a listen, but for me this song is still the best thing they've ever done.

Ski Beatz x Mos Def - Cream of the Planet

Apparently '24 Hour Karate School' WILL be released on 7th September.

COMING SOON: J.Tillman - Singing Ax


J.Tillman will release his new album, 'Singing Ax', on September 14th via Western Vinyl and after hearing the two songs below I'm really looking forward to hearing it. Three Sisters in particular is pretty damn amazing and brings to mind some of Bonnie 'Prince' Billy's work. A perfect song to listen to by a campfire at night.

Also be sure to give the playlist from Western Vinyl a listen below:

Friday, 23 July 2010

COMING SOON (ish): Dark Star

Robert Greenfield's Dark Star: An Oral Biography on Jerry Garcia is to be made into a film by Amir Bar-Lev (The Tillman Story). The film will focus on Jerry's life before The Dead and according to Greenfield, is set to be "psychedelic in the best sense."

But the big question is, who will/can play Jerry?? Any suggestions???

    INSPIRATION: The Carolina Mountain Club

    I just came across these guys over on An Ambitious Project Collapsing and and you can read more about them here. There are loads of really great photos on there too!

    NEW: Deerhunter - Revival

     Deerhunter are set to release 'Halycon Digest', their follow-up to 2009s 'Rainwater Cassette Exchange' on September 28th and you can listen to 'Revival', the first track released off the album below.

    Deerhunter - Revival


    If you haven't got Spotify, what have you been doing? It's pretty damn easy to get hold of a free account and whilst it is missing some essential albums, it's a nice thing to have alongside your mp3s, CDs and vinyls. Anyway, here's a playlist for 1971, with a load of excellent albums from the year. I tried to compile it with a little help from RYM. The list includes the likes of Al Kooper, The Doors, America, Amon Duul II, The Band, Black Sabbath, Gene Clark, Funkadelic, Cohen and Isaac Hayes. Misisng anything? Let me know below in the comments section!

    Listen here.

    FREE CONCERT: The Brian Jonestown Massacre live in Köln (12th May, 2010)

    I was pretty gutted to have missed The Brian Jonestown Massacre on this tour and feel even more gutted after watching this complete show in Köln. The band hardly say a word during the concert and go from song to song without interruption. And with Matt Hollywood back in the band, it's nice to hear a few of his songs again. The only disappointment is the lack of newer songs played by the band. Oh well! They're still my favourite band ever! You can watch it here.

    Thursday, 22 July 2010

    VIDEO: Beach House - Walk In The Park

    Beach House - Walk in the Park (Official Video) from Allen Cordell on Vimeo.


    One of the great things about Sweden in the summer is the constant smell of BBQs whifting through the warm summer air. Whether you're out walking in the forest or sat on your balcony at night in the city you're bound to catch the sweet smell of something grilling....

    Documentary: Yellowstone National Park

    Check out this free hour long documentary on Yellowstone, from Image Entertainment.

    This place is up there with Alaska, the National Parks of northern Sweden and Norway at the top of my list of places to visit in the near future. 

    I've been spending more and more time on Google Earth pinpointing National Parks in the U.S. and here in Sweden and zooming in to look at the amazing pictures/videos pinned to various locations throughout each of the parks. If you've never been on Google Earth or have it and haven't used it properly, do a search for Yellowstone and then zoom in and be prepared for hours to pass by without even realising!

    Green Eyes....

    Wavves - Green Eyes from Pizzabox on Vimeo.

    Tuesday, 20 July 2010


    Tjahkkelij, Sarek National Park, Sweden.

    Summer Nights....

    Don't you just love summer nights? I decided to stop thinking so much about my blog and what I post and just go with the flow and try to combine the things I love the most in the hope of creating something half interesting.

    Anyway, we've been having one of the best summer's in centuries/30years (I've heard both!) here in Sweden and there's been a lot of swimming, nights on the balcony and plenty of weekend trips to summer houses and other assorted activities. Last weekend I walked part of the Ridge to Ridge trail (Ås till Åsleden) trail here in the county of Skåne, in southern Sweden. The trail is part of Skåneleden, a series of four subtrails which are joined together in a common trailsystem. We covered roughly 55km of the trail between Röstånga and Åstorp and I have to say I had no idea there was anything like this in Skåne. The majority of our first day was spent hiking through Söderåsens National Park.

    "It is a diverse park with mixed deciduous forests, mighty screes, high cliffs, flowing streams and wide views."

    Monday, 12 July 2010


    I'm insanely busy with work and enjoying the summer, so I've found it hard to keep my blog up to date and I'm also thinking of changing things a bit, so for now I'm gonna have a break and think of what to do next. Cold Splinters is my favourite blog at the moment and is inspiring me to something better! If you like the outdoors and good music, then it's gonna be your new favourite thing!

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