Archive for November, 2005

Sweden’s coolest pop export

November 30, 2005

Cardigans_long_gone
Cooler than an ice hotel, The Cardigans are the best thing to come out of Sweden since IKEA meatballs.
Scandinavian indie queen Nina Persson and, er, some dodgy looking blokes who stand in the background, shot to fame with the quirky lounge-pop of Lovefool and then turned the (pine) tables with Gran Turismo – an album of edgy guitar rock with a slight electro feel.

While we’d seriously recommend the band’s current offering – the awesome Super Extra Gravity – here at PopJunkie we can’t get enough of the band’s tear-jerking 2003 masterpiece, Long Gone Before Daylight.  If you’ve been dumped in the run-up to Christmas, chuck away your Coldplay albums and lose yourself in this gem of an album, instead.  Forget Chris Martin’s meaningless ‘June, moon, spoon’ proclamations and let Nina soothe your soul.

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Sweden’s coolest pop export

November 30, 2005

Cardigans_long_gone
Cooler than an ice hotel, The Cardigans are the best thing to come out of Sweden since IKEA meatballs.
Scandinavian indie queen Nina Persson and, er, some dodgy looking blokes who stand in the background, shot to fame with the quirky lounge-pop of Lovefool and then turned the (pine) tables with Gran Turismo – an album of edgy guitar rock with a slight electro feel.

While we’d seriously recommend the band’s current offering – the awesome Super Extra Gravity – here at PopJunkie we can’t get enough of the band’s tear-jerking 2003 masterpiece, Long Gone Before Daylight.  If you’ve been dumped in the run-up to Christmas, chuck away your Coldplay albums and lose yourself in this gem of an album, instead.  Forget Chris Martin’s meaningless ‘June, moon, spoon’ proclamations and let Nina soothe your soul.

(more…)

Sweden’s coolest pop export

November 30, 2005

Cardigans_long_gone
Cooler than an ice hotel, The Cardigans are the best thing to come out of Sweden since IKEA meatballs.
Scandinavian indie queen Nina Persson and, er, some dodgy looking blokes who stand in the background, shot to fame with the quirky lounge-pop of Lovefool and then turned the (pine) tables with Gran Turismo – an album of edgy guitar rock with a slight electro feel.

While we’d seriously recommend the band’s current offering – the awesome Super Extra Gravity – here at PopJunkie we can’t get enough of the band’s tear-jerking 2003 masterpiece, Long Gone Before Daylight.  If you’ve been dumped in the run-up to Christmas, chuck away your Coldplay albums and lose yourself in this gem of an album, instead.  Forget Chris Martin’s meaningless ‘June, moon, spoon’ proclamations and let Nina soothe your soul.

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Power pop’s finest hour

November 30, 2005

Velvet_crush_symphonies_1
Bandwagonesque?  Frosting on the Beater?  Girlfriend?  Bellybutton?  All recognised early nineties guitar pop landmarks that pale into insignificance next to Velvet Crush’s powerpop behemoth Teenage Symphonies to God.

Named after one of Brian Wilson’s working titles for Smile, and built around the drumming prowess of Ric Menck, Paul Chastain’s brilliant vocals and Jeffrey Borchardt’s crunchy guitar, the group, which had been pumping out tweepop 45’s for years under names like the Choo Choo Train and the Springfields, drafted in Let’s Active legend Mitch Easter to twiddle the knobs and Stephen Duffy and Matthew Sweet to contribute a chord or two on this, their first and last Creation long-player.

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Power pop’s finest hour

November 30, 2005

Velvet_crush_symphonies_1
Bandwagonesque?  Frosting on the Beater?  Girlfriend?  Bellybutton?  All recognised early nineties guitar pop landmarks that pale into insignificance next to Velvet Crush’s powerpop behemoth Teenage Symphonies to God.

Named after one of Brian Wilson’s working titles for Smile, and built around the drumming prowess of Ric Menck, Paul Chastain’s brilliant vocals and Jeffrey Borchardt’s crunchy guitar, the group, which had been pumping out tweepop 45’s for years under names like the Choo Choo Train and the Springfields, drafted in Let’s Active legend Mitch Easter to twiddle the knobs and Stephen Duffy and Matthew Sweet to contribute a chord or two on this, their first and last Creation long-player.

(more…)

Power pop’s finest hour

November 30, 2005

Velvet_crush_symphonies_1
Bandwagonesque?  Frosting on the Beater?  Girlfriend?  Bellybutton?  All recognised early nineties guitar pop landmarks that pale into insignificance next to Velvet Crush’s powerpop behemoth Teenage Symphonies to God.

Named after one of Brian Wilson’s working titles for Smile, and built around the drumming prowess of Ric Menck, Paul Chastain’s brilliant vocals and Jeffrey Borchardt’s crunchy guitar, the group, which had been pumping out tweepop 45’s for years under names like the Choo Choo Train and the Springfields, drafted in Let’s Active legend Mitch Easter to twiddle the knobs and Stephen Duffy and Matthew Sweet to contribute a chord or two on this, their first and last Creation long-player.

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Tunes your postie can whistle

November 22, 2005

Tangled Nick Heyward will always be remembered for his chunky jumpers rather than his knack for penning killer songs, which is a great shame as he’s responsible for some of the finest pop records of the ’80s and ’90s. After the demise of Haircut 100, Nick made a string of great solo albums. All of them are worth checking out – (even 1998’s poorly received Creation ‘comeback’ The Apple Bed has its moments), but it’s 1995’s Tangled that we always return to when we want a fix of classy English guitar-driven Britpop that’s up there with The Beatles and The Kinks when it comes to tunes your postie can whistle.

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Nick Drake on Prozac

November 20, 2005

Nick_garrie As much as we love Nick Drake we can’t help wishing that one he’d hung around a bit longer and that two he’d cheered up a little. Which might be why we love Nick Garrie’s debut album, The Nightmare of JB Stanislas, so much. For while it is a bit OTT describing Stanislas as the River Man on Prozac, Garrie’s masterpiece was recorded at around the same time as Drake was at his peak and he does share his namesake’s love of exquisite string arrangements and delicate melodies. With Garrie though you get a dash of Scott Walker and even, gulp, Peter Sarstedt thrown in too.

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Punk’s tartan roots

November 11, 2005

Rollers_wouldnt
Only the most myopic of Brits now argue that punk was born in the UK. Ok so the Pistols, Ruts and Damned might have bequeathed punk style, panache and a healthy dose of anarchy, but we all know that the movement’s style was patented by four New Yorkers who knew a thing or two about revving up glam rock riffs. But where did they pinch it from? Well you can hear almost everything you need to know about The Ramones in one song – not Sheena or Blitzkreig but The Bay City Rollers’ Saturday Night.

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Punk’s tartan roots

November 11, 2005

Rollers_wouldnt
Only the most myopic of Brits now argue that punk was born in the UK. Ok so the Pistols, Ruts and Damned might have bequeathed punk style, panache and a healthy dose of anarchy, but we all know that the movement’s style was patented by four New Yorkers who knew a thing or two about revving up glam rock riffs. But where did they pinch it from? Well you can hear almost everything you need to know about The Ramones in one song – not Sheena or Blitzkreig but The Bay City Rollers’ Saturday Night.

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