Dec 7 2016

Årets 7 bästa album 2016

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Här är den. Svaret på dina önskningar. Krysset i boxen. Motoroljan i din F-150. Sanningen och extasen. Mästaren och Margaritan. Poesin från underlandet, tonerna från Kentucky: Listan med stort L. Tack för att du läser och lyssnar, du syster, du bror. Tillsammans är vi starka.

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1. Sturgill Simpson – A sailors guide to Earth

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Vår kille från Kentucky har ägt 2016. Vi har haft turen att se honom och bandet live några gånger under året och det var det svängigaste, tajtaste och mäktigaste stunderna. Plattan släpptes på big ass label Atlantic och är nio koncentrerade brev till Simpsons son. Det är country, outlaw, rock n roll, blås och soul. Kryddat med en Nirvana-cover är det här Kentuckyseven’s solklara nummer 1. Känslan är att Sturgill kommer fortsätta äga vårt universum många, långa år framöver. Vi är bara glada att slå honom följe längs den dammiga vägen.

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2. Mandolin Orange – Blindfaller

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De första krispiga tonerna från Country-westerngitarren, banjon, och sen – Emily. Jag är hemma. Emily Frantz, den kvinnliga delen av duon som utgör grunden i Mandolin Orange, har en röst som förändrar luften runt tonerna. Ensam eller som backing vocal lyfter hon fram den där riktigt genuint klara känslan i musiken.

Andrew Marlin är den andra självklarheten i bandet. Marlin ackompanjerar Frantz på ett sätt som gör att man bara förutsätter att de har levt hela livet tillsammans, och kommer göra det för all tid framöver. Skivan är ett fantastiskt varmt och på ett naket sätt, politisk Country-Bluegrass-Folk-mästerverk som kommer att fortsätta vara med mig resten av mitt liv.

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3. Margo Price – Midwest Farmer’s Daughter

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Debutplattan från Margo Price, släppt på Jack Whites Third Man Records är ingenting annat än en sensation. Redan i första låten fastnar vi i hissen och känner hur den inre världen öppnar sig. Margo sjunger “When I rolled out of town on the unpaved road, I was fifty-seven dollars from bein’ broke”. Sen åker vi med 32-åringen från Aledo, Illinois genom honky-tonk och country-western. Musiken är självklar, den går fram som en ångvält genom Nashvilles terräng och etsar sig fast som ett av 2016 allra vackraste ögonblick.

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4. Drive-by Truckers – American Band

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Det finns rockplattor och så finns det rockplattor. När ett band eller en artist får en nytändning, ett mål, en motivation utöver det vanliga slår det ibland gnistor. Vi såg det på Bruce Springsteens 9/11-platta The Rising från 2002 och vi ser det igen på Drive-by Truckers nya LP. Det 20 år gamla alt-country bandet från Athens, Georgia knäckte oss med en riktad spark rakt i solar plexus. Skivan går igenom Amerikas existentiella kris på ett modigt och ärligt sett. Patterson Hood och Mike Cooley skiftar framför mikrofonen, gitarrerna skapar ljudväggen, och det är så satans genomarbetat bra.

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5. David Ramirez – Fables

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”Om någon köper en av mina skivor, får de en del av mitt liv. Mina memoarer. Personen kommer att förstå vem jag är.”

David Ramirez skriver personligt, om sig själv, sitt liv. Det är verkligen som han säger, man får en bild av personen när man hör hans musik. Låtar om att bli vuxen, att skapa ett liv, sluta ljuga, förälska sig. Det är intimt och äkta, och otroligt vackert. Det är tre år sen förra skivan kom ut, och det hörs att Ramirez haft tid att skapa. Skivan är producerad av hans vän, och en riktig Kentuckyseven-favorit, Noah Gundersen. Det är en platta som tar sig in i hjärtat utan att be om ursäkt eller att fråga. I vissa låtar hör samma storhet som när man hör Ryan Adams – Heartbreaker… Det bådar gott.

 

6. Matthew Logan Vasquez – Solicitor Returns

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Frontfiguren i Delta Spirit visade 2016 att han har den fullständiga solokraften. MLV spelar alla instrument själv på debuten i eget namn och har skapat ett vax som fullständigt stinker av allvar. Det är mörkt och vackert, rivigt och komplicerat. Det är i Neil Young, Gram Parson och Kurt Cobain. Det är svårt att sitta still när han drar i gång Maria, Personal eller Everything I Do Is Out. MLV bor i Austin med frun Marthe och sonen Thor och jobbar redan på flera nya projekt. Vi kommer att lyssna på varenda ett. Now, that’s a promise.

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7. Marlene Oak – Live In The Studio

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Vi tror på framtiden när vi lyssnar på Marlene Oak. Debut-EP:n släpptes i december, den 20-åriga Stockholmstjejen pluggade in en Fender och gav oss fyra folk-spår med två boots i blå blues. Vi kan inte låta bli att tänka på Anna von Hausswolff när Marlene Oak tar ton. En innerlig, känslosam, bråddjup, mörk, vacker, sökande, självsäker, osäker, definitiv röst som ger magont och lycka. Samtidigt. Det är drabbande musik. Det är oväder på horisonten. Vi tar skydd i Marlenes musik.

7 close calls! Här är 7 plattor som vi också älskade under 2016:

  • Sam Outlaw – Angeleno
  • Natural Child – Okey Dokey
  • Conor Oberst – Ruminations
  • Joe Purdy – Who will be next
  • Ray LaMontagne – Ourobouros
  • Whitney – Light Upon The Lake
  • Marit Larsen – Joni Was Right

Dec 8 2015

7 Best Albums of 2015 – According to Kentuckyseven

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We know you have waited. We for sure have. Well here it is, on December 8 when else? The best albums of the year, the epic music year of 2015. Thanks for reading, tonnes of brotherly and sisterly love to ya´ll.

1. Dawes – All your favorite bands

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”I hope your brothers El Camino runs forever.” Hearing the line from the titlesong on Dawes new album we knew the contest was over. We had a winner. The LA-band created the best album of 2015 – no doubt. First and foremost this is an album, the way they used to be back in the days. 9 song united, depending on each other. We saw the band live – and man they folk-rocked the shit out of us. Produced by Dave Rawlings, the sound is pitch perfect, the songs very Springsteen-esque, very beautifully damn good. So thanks to the brothers Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith, Wylie Gelber and Tay Strathairn, you made our year. We hope you always stay togheter!


2. Florence + The Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

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Everytime Florence + The Machine release a new album you instantly know that it will be filled with magic. After seeing her energy on stage in Slottskogen at Way Out West this year, I am sure. She is the one. This album is an a to z album, every song is so real. My favorite song?  ”Queen Of Peace” and all of the other… For me, this is an instant classic.


3. Daniel Norgren – Alabursy

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Swedish blues-crooner-americana-folklorer Daniel Norgren broke us down into pieces this year. He took a big leap into divine earthy heartfelt music and we followed him all the way into eternity of the green woods. This guy is pure genius and we’re  proud being along for the ride. May Daniel Norgren forever do whatever he is doing.


4. Natalie Prass – Natalie Prass

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Debut albums, gotta love them. This is no exception, except that this sounds like someone who has found her sound a long time ago. Natalie Prass self-titled album is filled with so much emotions and instruments that is just fill upour chilled-dark-frozen Nordic hearts with warmt and hope. Though melancholic in lyrics there is a joy in the sound. Brilliant. Just brilliant.


5. Houndmouth – Little Neon Limelight

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Houndmouth got us all fired up. All four bandmembers share the microphone and made an album so full of vibrant life that we just wanna hit the street and raise our glass to the future. It’s Dylan back in the heydays, it’s The Band and Buddy Holly all intwined with producer Dave Cobbs rooty sound. Can’t stop listering to this one, pure gold.


6. Father John Misty – I love You, Honeybear

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Josh Tillman, former Fleet Foxes drummer (2008-2011) created a great story-telling album and added humour to that… The result, something very comfortable, sticky and dirty. And totally awesome. Old school sounds in a new dress. Father John Misty made a large album, with extra cheese. Orders up!

Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear from Bella Union on Vimeo.


7. John Moreland – High On Tulsa Heat

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Big man John Moreland does what every singer-songwriter out there aim for. He makes it raw, honest and unique. The songs hits our soul with every bit of temper. It’s down to the core, a knockout of emotions, and an album that we’ll keep close to our heart forever and ever.


7 close calls – 7 great albums we also adored 2015.

  • Gill Landry – Gill Landry
  • James McMurtry – Complicated Game
  • Jason Isbell – Something more than free
  • Joe Pug – Windfall
  • Banditos – Banditos
  • Slowgold – Stjärnfall
  • Kristofer Åström – Fine Line

Dec 1 2014

7 Best Albums of 2014 – According to Kentuckyseven

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1. Joe Purdy – Eagle Rock Fire

• Joe Purdy made the best album of 2014, no doubt in our mind. His talking blues wanders the tender streets of Townes van Zandt, Bob Dylan and Kris Kristofferson. The LA-mans 12th album over 8 years shows he’s on top of his game. Listening to this record, we remember what music is all about; why Kentuckyseven is still around. A humbling experience – thanks Joe.

 

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2. Broken Twin – May

• Sometimes music gets deep under your skin, into your gut. Broken Twin, the wonderful Danish 25 year-old songwriter Majke Voss Romme, does exactly that. It’s a lo-fi wholeness, an important piece of haunting art, back to basics. A divine debut record to really care about.

 

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3. Gary Clark JR – Live

• This blues rocking Texas guitar man got the balls to release a double disc live album. And man, he delivers. 15 songs that create a six-string thunder, a raw edged monster of a record. Gary Clark Jr is building his house brick by brick as a modern day travelling blues man. We’re forever in his yard.

 

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4. Eli Rhodes – Running Out Of Jesus

• Nashville-singer/songwriter Eli Rhodes debut EP had us from the get-go. Five songs that are easy-going yet troublesome, tales that sum up the emotions of a young man. He got the swift air of greatness about him, a clean-cut record that made our everyday life a bit more wonderful.

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5. Horse Thief – Fear in Bliss

The Oklahoma band that totally swept us of our feet this year. The album Fear in Bliss was released in April and has been spinning ever since. This is the sound that will keep us listening to music. There is hope for the future. For all lovers of Band of Horses, The Magic Numbers or My Morning Jacket… This is for you. This is the next generation.

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6. I’m Kingfisher – Avian

Thomas Johnsson, the Swedish genius that released one of 2010’s absolute greatest album came back with nothing less than a masterpiece, once again. The Swedish melancholy mixed with tunes that are so in tune with the now that it is almost frightening. And mr Johnsson’s voice is probably the only one that can accompany that. An album that only needs a larger audience.

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7. Strand of Oaks – Heal

Just when you thought that you found the cure. This album came back with an itch. I love the way it keeps changing and growing. Synthezisers join classic guitars, and everything just blends in a magical harmony. Timothy Showalter has created something that leaves no one unaffected. This year we really felt the love. And we will go on loving.

#CloseCalls – 7 Great Albums We Also Absolutely Adored 2014

• Noah Gundersen – Ledges

• Jamestown Revival – Utah

• Josh Nolan – Fair City Lights

• The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream

• Hurray for the Riff Raff – Small Town Heroes

• Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

• Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams

 

 


Dec 17 2013

7 Best Albums of 2013 – According to Kentuckyseven

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1. Jason Isbell – Southeastern

Jason Isbell made the best album of 2013. Full stop. A full-lenght album with full-strength. You feel this, it took all of Isbells powers, all of his energy and force – through the pain and wonders of everday life. This is a complete and perfect record with lyrics that ring true, we can only thank the Alabamaman. For fans of Ryan Adams, this is the record who should have followed the era of Heartbreaker and Gold. For fans of everyone else, this is masterpiece.

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2. Phosphorescent – Muchacho

We had the pleasure of seeing Matthew Houck and his compadres this summer at Way Out West festival. A magical performance in the rain. The way his songs just grows on you it is unbelievable. From the first listen to Muchacho, it was clear that this album was going to end up on this list. As well as on many other EOY’s around. The mix of sounds and emotions on the album, the diversity, just makes it all make sense. This man is a genius. Pure and true.

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3. Possessed by Paul James – There will be nights when I´m lonely

Genius Konrad Wert, aka Possessed by Paul James, made a bewitching album. This one-man-alt.country-folk-trooper found the essence of Kentuckyseven along the way. Bewildering music, goose-bumps the size of Louisville, stuff that makes you wanna find love and never ever look back. The soundtrack of brilliance. Chillin´, straight-shooting, bone-crunching stuff. We bow to a seven out of seven supreme.

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4. Kurt Vile – Wakin on a Pretty Daze

When artists like the Philly son Kurt Vile releases albums, the only thing you can be sure of is that it will be at least awesome as hell. Though the sound is very familiar, and few surprises are laid out on the table, the feeling of satisfaction is present. That particular guitar sound that eludes from the strings on this album is no exception. This is an album to carefully place next to the other golden ones from mr Vile, and keep for a long long time.

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5. The Shouting Matches – Grownass Man

The title of the record says it all. This is nothing for the average teenager. Hero Justin Vernon turned bluesrock, a galaxy away from Bon Iver, and created a smashing and wonderful 10-pack of songs. Starts out with the Back In Black-inspired opener Avery Hill and it´s a smooth slope from that point. Heavy shit, very groovy. Dancemusic for the wicked. Serenades of boloney. Every grain of sand from the desert of laidback awesomeness.

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6. I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch In The House – Mayberry

Who would have known that 2013 would be the year of humming ”They don´t make men like Andy Griffith anymore”? The song Mayberry sticks like glue, a absolute treasure in the big ocean of treasures this record provides. The Portlandband is, among other things, the voice of Michael Dean Damron and harmonica twang of David Lipkind. Great lyrics with a blackened and unpolished sense of America unveiled. It makes us shiver and shake.

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7. Holly Williams – The Highway

Being the granddaughter of Hank Williams, daughter of Hank Jr and half-sister of Hank III, you have some stuff to live up to, if you wanna be a country artist. Holly Williams really wanted to be a model, and had no interest in music growing up. But happily for all of us, she decided to give it a shot. This last album, her third, is more mature than the earlier, rich in sound and feel. The songs are very intimate and private, and real. Dark yet melodic and crisp from a to z.

 

 


Dec 30 2012

7 Best Albums of 2012 – According to Kentuckyseven

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1.    Jake Bugg – Jake Bugg

2012 wasn´t hard. It wasn´t even close. It was the year of Jake Bugg. He´s the gold medal winner of great influences and got the boldness to mix his own drink. He made an album for the ages.This 19 year old fella from Nottingham, born Jacob Edwin Kennedy, started playing the guitar as a 12-year old. Let´s beg he will never stop.

2.    John Fullbright – From the ground up

John Fullbright was born 1988 in Oklahoma. Raised on a 80-acre farm in Woody Guthrie-heartland. He takes the Townes Van Zandt-road and creates an raw Randy Newman-twang with his piano. This is dusty Americana songs from a rusty  rebelvoice, outlaw shit. John Fullbright made a stunning debutalbum.

3.    Jack White – Blunderbuss

This dear man keeps spreading his genius around us. With or without him we will not function. He is a part of us, this tenderloin you call Kentuckyseven. He got us by the balls, he is our heart and soul. His debut soloalbum should get every man, woman and child jealous. It´s 13 songs of asskicking revolving doors. Thanks, Jack.

4.    Rival Sons – Head Down

Calirockers Rival Sons got the 70´s bluesrock in their veins. Singer Jay Buchanan´s voice is a gift from God. Or the Devil. We don´t really care cause the Rival Sons will take over the world as we know it. It´s big emotions and big thunder guitars. We´re getting behind the wheel, aiming at the mountain wall at maximum speed.

5.    First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar

The sisters that took the whole wide world in one album. Every tune, every breath from the young swedes, seem to be enchanted. Every line of those country-smelling storys, that tells storys of a life in Stockholm or wherever, beeing a young woman, just hits you right in the face. It is pure magic, and then some.

6.    Goodnight, Texas – A Long Life of Living

If you wanna know what real folk-rock-americana sounds like, you only need one song from this album. Pick any one. For us, this is the way it was intended. Jesse, who got caught in the mine, who was supposed to get married… Working on Maggies farm, forever. The sound of this band is so real you can taste it. The drums will show you how to stomp those torn boots.

7.   Of Monsters and Men – My Head is an Animal

The icelandic sound has completely entered Kentuckyseven ground. From the first review from Icelandic Airwaves in 2011, this band has totally blown us away. The sound is perfected and the vocals are just icing on the geyser-cake. Marvel at the lyrics on this album. Jeeez, this is poetry on weed…

Some epic 2012-albums who almost made the K7-list:

Mono – For My Parents, Shooter Jennings – Family Man,  The Lumineers – The Lumineers, The Avett Brothers – The Carpenter, Perfume Genius – Put your back N 2 it, Father John Misty – Fear Fun, Shovels & Rope – O´ be joyful, Black Prairie – A Tear in the eye is a Wound in the heart, Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson – Wreck & Ruin, Bill Fay – Life is people.


Dec 9 2011

20 Best Albums of 2011 – According to Kentuckyseven

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1.    The Head & The Heart – The Head & The Heart
This band did it for us this year, first an amazing live performance and then the album. Mr Jon Russel and the other geniuses play good old Folk/Americana/Roots you name it, but with a smell of greatness that excelled throughout the year. This is the album of the year.

2.    Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
Imagine an orchard. The sun setting. You are among friends and lovers. You take a glass of the local wine and you think about the trees, the harvest and the moon. It´s all here. Fleet Foxes made a true masterpiece that will stand the test of time.

3.    Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo
Mr Vile, took some time to get to know. But with this massive ring of smoke he got the full attention. Some Dylan some BRMC and a lot of clean guitars to go with it. Damn this man is something else.

4.    Bon Iver – Bon Iver
Having released pure gold for the last couple of years since the debut, it came as no surprise that Justin Vernon had another batch of magic to send out to his flock of followers. File this under “Golden”.

5.    Maxim Ludwig & The Santa Fe seven – This round is on Me EP
As the title of the record implies – Maxim Ludwig and his band equals buddies you´d love to hang out with. The music is brilliant and very American, Springsteenish and Pettyish. Very, very, very dear to us.

6.    City and Colour – Little Hell
With no fear, in a darkened place, this album lits up wherever you will go. It spills of melodies that lingers and creates the genuine sound of that music that can inspire and still keep you wanting more.

7.    The Far West – The Far West
The Far West got under our skin. It´s country as it´s supposed to be, old-time yet interesting. Heartland stuff. Song titles as “Bound to Loose” and “Bitter Drunk & Cold” tells a story – crank up the volume and hear about it.

8.    My morning Jacket – Circuital
Sometimes, not very often, an album comes along that is bigger, better and more brutal then other things in life. MMJ made that record. This one is thoroughly made, 100 % full proof. It´s a rock n roll album and we´re just glad to smell the napalm.

9. The Black Keys – El Camino
To follow up a massive success like Brothers (2010) is hard. But these fellas are the ones to pull it off. Even if it doesn’t really fill up the void that has been since the last album, this is real. This is what rock is supposed to be. Still with that garage rock feeling to it. The Keys will rule the genre for a long long time.

10.    John Hiatt – Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns
Where to begin? John Hiatt made one of the absolutely best songs of the year in the opener “Damn This Town”. Fateful down to the core. The album is a tour de force, old school and beautiful, a true companion. A keeper.

11.    Israel Nash Gripka – Barn Doors and Concrete Floors
This dude from Missouri keeps Americana alive. Creedence, Crazy Horse and Ryan Adams; sure – we got his influences in our veins. But this is the real deal. Mr Gripka got us dancing on our graves.

12. Florence + The Machine – Ceremonials
Waiting for this album has been painful. Lungs from 2009 was one of the best albums of that year, and when Ceremonials finally was released, it was like love began all over again. The dog days are over. Florence is back.

13.    Joe Fletcher & The wrong reasons – White Lighter
Joe Fletcher is probably the coolest cat around. Together with his reasons they got a sound that many great bands would sell their souls for. I write this with my foot stomping the floor. Heavy Country!

14.    Yuck – Yuck
You can hear Smashing Pumpkins, Pixies, Dinosaur Jr, Pavement and other great influences while examining the DNA of Yuck. What a debut from this UK-band who swings at the USA-90´s – hitting it out of the stadium.

15.    William Elliott Whitmore – Field Songs
WEW always got a place in our Kentuckysevenheart. We believe every word he sings. The banjo, the voice, the earth. The honesty, the tales, the late-night-comfort. Listening to Field Songs pretty much sums it up.

16.    Dolorean – The Unfazed
Al James of Dolorean is one the most talented storytellers we’ve ever stumbled upon. This album is no exception. Makes you wishing you could just move to Portland, sit on a porch, and just listen to that real country guitars and piano all day. Masterpiece.

17.    The Apache Relay – American Nomad
Feetstomping feel and severely addictive album, from the bearded and supertalented indie root musicians who are the Apache Relay. You can’t help yourself, you just listen and get sucked in.

18.    Jeff the Brotherhood – We are the champions
True, raw and that kind of sound that you wish you could have created yourself. These guys have a way of creating music that few could upbring. It’s simple, yet right on the money. The Buzz is still building up.  Stay Up Late, and listen.

19.    Times New Viking – Dancer Equired
This one itches, hits you hard in the belly and will not go away. An awesome band from Columbus, Ohio who makes their lo-fi-punk-songs in their own special way. Extremely cool.  TNW is talent with a stiff upper lip.

20.    Explosions in the sky – Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
Seeing the band at Way Out West this year just proved once again why this band is so great. With just tunes, the music tells stories that you would never have read anywhere else. It’s all over the chart. It’s just that great.

7 great that could have been up there with the other magic albums…

¤ Tom Waits – Bad as me
¤ Feist – Metals
¤ Gillian Welch – The harrow and the harvest
¤ The Cave Singers – No witch
¤ Drive-By Truckers – Go go boots
¤ Wye Oak  – Civilian
¤ War on Drugs – Slave Ambient


Nov 22 2010

7 bästa plattorna 2010, enligt Magnus

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1. Deer Tick – The Black Dirt Sessions

Det är svårt att ta ut  7 plattor på ett år. Men att The Black Dirt Sessions skulle hamna på den här listan var solklart.

Skivan har snurrat i min spelare sen den kom ut, och det känns inte som den kommer att försvinna på rätt länge. John McCauleys röst, melodierna, känslan och soundet är magiskt. Magiskt på så oerhört många sätt. Det är en lugn och rätt mörk platta, men med en nerv som talar om vad det här gänget är kapabelt till. Deer Tick kommer att bli ett band som kommer att betyda nåt. För mig. För många.

2. Wolf People – Steeple

Psych-rock är som jag tidigare har skrivit om, balanserar ofta på en tunn linje. Lätt att tippa över, mest åt fel håll.

Steeple, som är brittiska Wolf People’s debutplatta, är på rätt sida om gränsen. En platta som dånar, klirrar och får en sugen på att skaffa en afghan-päls. Ett suveränt sound rätt igenom.

3. John Grant – Queen of Denmark

Efter att ha fastnat fullständig för Midlake efter deras senaste alster, The Courage of Others, blev bekantskapen med John Grant helt naturlig.

Grant har lyckats göra ett album som påminner, känslomässigt, mig om Anthony & The Johnsons debutalbum. Skört, sorgset och väldigt personligt. Jag är glad att ha fått lära känna John Grant, för det är så det känns efter att ha lyssnat till hans musik. Lyssna bara på ”I Wanna Go To Marz”, vill man inte bara åka med?

4. Phosphorescent – Here’s To Taking it Easy

Phosphorescent med Matthew Houck från Athens GA, känns stort redan på namnet.

Phosphorescent, som för övrigt är oerhört lättstavat, är bandet som vet hur man lirar, hur man gör en riktig countrydänga. På den där sköna bluesiga tonen. Houcks röst känns som den är gjord för att sjunga denna musiken. Fanns det något val? Bästa på skivan: Mermaid Parade, och alla andra låtarna.

5. Mountain Man – Made The Harbour

Molly Erin Sarle, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig och Amelia Randall Meath, har lyckats med sin debut. Amerikansk folkmusik när den är som allra bäst.

Det är svårt att inte förtrollas av harmonierna, rösterna och gitarrspelet på detta mästerverk. Saknar ingenting, när jag hör Mountain Man, det känns komplett. Bruset fyller en funktion. Ljudet när fingrarna flyttar från ett band till ett annat. Svårslaget.

6. The Tallest Man on Earth – The Wild Hunt

Precis när man trodde att, det är omöjligt att följa upp en sån debutplatta, släpper Tallest Man nytt.

Och som han gör det. Helt omöjligt var ordet. Det är inte mindre Dylanesque än tidigare, det är inte mindre svängigt. Om man kan lyssna på den här skivan utan att klappa på knäna, stampa med foten, gunga med huvudet, så har man inte riktigt kontakt med sin musikaliska ådra. Omöjligt säger ni, jag säger Kristian Mattsson, det är inte slut med The Wild Hunt, det är säkert.

7. I’m Kingfisher – Arctic

Thomas Denver Johansson, var för mig ett rätt okänt kort innan I’m Kingfisher. Men nu.

Det är häftigt när man hittar plattor som man bara gillar från första tonen. Arctic är en sån skiva. Det är som att den är skriven för mina öron, Kentuckyseven-musik. Texter och melodier är rättigenom ärliga, vackra och lagom lågmälda. Med en känsla av vinter, mystik, rött vin och kärlek förmedlar Arctic nåt som känns nordiskt på det där sättet som vi är stolta över. Inte det andra. Bara att svepa in sig och lyssna.


Nov 22 2010

7 bästa plattorna 2010 enligt Jonas…

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1. Håkan Hellström – 2 steg från Paradise

Tio år efter debutplattan har Håkan gjort ett mästerverk. Varken mer eller mindre. Här finns texterna, musiken och känslorna 2010.

Höjdpunkterna är många, det är en klassisk fullängdare. Främst är det en helhet. En genomlevd och imponerande samling låtar som alla spelar roll.

Håkan plockade fram årets mäktigaste skiva när det behövdes som bäst. Jag är innerst inne bara glad över att ha fått vara med när det hände.

2. Deer Tick – The Black Dirt Sessions

Ett gäng bråkstakar från Providence, Rhode Island har fixat en platta fylld av Kentuckysevenmusik. Deras svarta sessioner fastnade som smuts på mitt hjärta.

Folk som sett Deer Tick live påstår att bandet är på en mission. Att de håller på att rädda livemusiken. Att de spelar som om varje kväll var den sista.

Jag vet vad jag hör. Ledfiguren John McCauley III blandar blues, folk och rock på ett sätt som får mig att tro honom. Allt det han säger.

3. Justin Townes Earle – Harlem River Blues

Justin Townes Earle driver på med sin honky-americana. Den där alt-countryn med gospelsväng som inte går att värja sig emot.

Son till Steve Earl, döpt efter Townes van Zandt, och i herointräsket redan som tonåring. Den ärrade bakgrunden hörs i låtarna.

Jag kan inte sluta stövelstampa när han skruvar upp Harlem River Night eller Workin´ for the MTA. Det är bra, på riktigt.

4. Anna von Hausswolff – Singing from the grave

Anna von Hausswolffs debut golvade mig direkt. Här finns en kraft, en rak höger som gör att jag får kippa efter luft.

Jag såg henne i Annedalskyrkan en varm sommarnatt. Hon sprang fram till flygeln och det var religion, det var hela jävla kosmos.

Jag vet inte var AVH hittar sin styrka. Jag vet att den är unik, att den gör ont och att den behövs.

5. Neil Young – Le Noise

Det är bara Neil Young och en distad gitarr. Inga andra musiker, inga Crazy Horse eller doatjejer. Det är årets intressantaste platta.

Producenten Daniel Lanois (U2, Bob Dylan, mm) har fått fram ett galet och modigt ljud. En matta med ”le noise” som bara den ljusa gubbstämman bryter igenom.

Det är en urladdning. Jag hör texten i Hitchhiker och inser att den här plattan hänger med mig vart jag än styr mina steg framöver.

6. Delta Spirit – History from below

Delta Spirit spelar 300 gig per år. De har plåtlock och skrot med sig på scenen. De är uppvuxna på musik som inte görs längre.

Det är härligt amerikanskt, lyssna upp guldkorn som St Francis, Bushwick Blues och Vivian. Fucking asbra.

7. Tweak Bird – Tweak Bird

Redan i öppningsspåret sjunger Caleb och Ashton Tweak sitt statement: “In our minds we are the chosen ones”.

Illinoisbröderna gör riffrock med lika mycket attityd som en tigertank i öppen strid. Det är bara att stoppa in cigarretten i mungipan och hänga med. Annars kan det nog sluta illa.


Nov 22 2010

7 best albums of 2010, according to Magnus

Magnus

1. Deer Tick – The Black Dirt Sessions

It’s hard picking out 7 albums from one great year in music. But the choice was clear, The Black Dirt Sessions is on top of the list.

This record has been in my player since the day it got out. And it will stay there for a long long time. John McCauleys voice, the melodies, the emotions and the sound. It’s magic. Magic in so many ways. The album is mellow, pretty dark but with a nerve that tells us what this band is capable of. Deer Tick is band that will mean something. Something for me. For many.


2. Wolf People – Steeple

As I have said before, psych-rock is often balancing on a thin wire. Easy to fall over, in the wrong direction.

Steeple, british Wolf People’s debut, is right on that line. And stays on top of it. An album that with thunder, ratteling and mysterious sounds. Get’s you wanna get out and buy a fur west. An extraordinary sound, all the way thru to the other side.


3. John Grant – Queen of Denmark

After the complete and utterly love for Midlake, after their latest album, the connection with John Grant became unevitable. And and natural.

Grant has managed to create an album that reminds me emotionally of Antony & The Johnsons debut. Fragile, sad and very very personal. I am glad to have got to know John Grant, on that level, thats the way you feel after listening to his music. Just listen to ”I Wanna Go To Marz”, don’t you wanna go?


4. Phosphorescent – Here’s To Taking it Easy

Phosphorescent with Matthew Houck from Athens GA, you get the feeling, just by the name.

Phosphorescent, with the hardest spelled name in the business (for us swedes), is the band who knows how to do it right. How to make country become huge. On that sweet bluesnote. The voice of Houck is born to do this. This kind of music. Was there really any choice for the man? Best song? Mermaid Parade, and the rest of the songs on the album.


5. Mountain Man – Made The Harbour

Molly Erin Sarle, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig and Amelia Randall Meath, made the perfect debutalbum. American folkmusic at it’s best.

It’s hard not to be mezmerized by the harmonies, the voices and the guitars on this masterpiece. I miss nothing, when I listen to Made The Harbour. The white noise has a purpose. The sound of fingers moving across the strings. Hard to beat.

6. The Tallest Man on Earth – The Wild Hunt

Just when you thought that releasing an album after a debut like that was impossible, The Tallest Man does it again.

And what a followup. Impossible is the word. It’s as Dylanesque as before, and exactly as rockin. If you can listen to The Wild Hunt without slapping your knees, stomping your feet, bobbing your head, you are not in touch with your musical side. At all. Impossible you say? I say Kristian Mattsson from Dalarna, Sweden. You haven’t heard nothing yet.


7. I’m Kingfisher – Arctic

Thomas Denver Johansson, was to me, a blank page before he turned into I’m Kingfisher. Now he’s my best friend.

It’s amazing when you find an album that you love, from the first note. Arctic is one of those albums. It’s like it is written for my ears only. Kentuckyseven-music at its core. Lyrics and melodies are honest, beautiful and at a perfect melancholic key. With a sense of winter, mystique and red wine in front of a campfire, Arctic tells you something about the great of the north. The thing us swedes are proud of. Not the other stuff. Just wrap a blanket around you and listen.


Nov 22 2010

7 best albums of 2010, according to Jonas

Jonas

1. Håkan Hellström – 2 steg från Paradise

Ten years after his debut, Håkan Hellström made a masterpiece. No more, no less. Meet the lyrics, the music and the feelings of 2010.

This is a classic album, most of all a unity, a ensemble of songs that really matters.

Håkan did the most powerful and impressive album of the year. I´m just glad being around when it happened.


2. Deer Tick – The Black Dirt Sessions

A gang of racketeers from Providence, Rhode Island has made a record full of Kentuckysevenmusic. Their black sessions stucked like dirt to my heart.

People tell me that Deer Tick is a band on a mission. That they´re about to reinvent livemusic as we know it. That they play every nite as it were their last.

I love the sound. The band leader John McCauley III mixes blues, folk and rock in a way that makes me a believer. In every word he sings.

3. Justin Townes Earle – Harlem River Blues

Justin Townes Earle keeps thrivin his honky-americana. That alt-country gospelstuff , impossible to turn down.

Son of Steve Earl, named after Townes van Zandt, drugproblems all over. A scarred background gives his songs an extra dimension.

I can´t stop bootstompin when Harlem River Night or Workin´ for the MTA hits the stereo. It´s good, it´s for real.

4. Anna von Hausswolff – Singing from the grave

Anna von Hausswolffs debut knocked me right out. A hard hit on the head, made me loose my breath.

I saw her in church on a hot and weary summernite. She hit that piano til it became religion, it was cosmos right there.

I don´t know where AVH finds her strenght. I know it´s unique, I know it hurts, I know I need it.

5. Neil Young – Le Noise

This is only Neil Young and a disted guitar. No fellow musicians, no Crazy Horse, no doo-wop-girls. It´s the most intresting record of the year.

The producer Daniel Lanois (U2, Bob Dylan) has made a brave sound, a wall of noise that only the old mans voice could break thru.

It´s a discharge. I listen to the words of the song Hitchhiker and man, this album is turning into a friend.

6. Delta Spirit – History from below

Delta Spirit is a fantastic rockband. They play almost 300 gigs every year. They pick up the trashcans and bring them out on stage. They grew up listening to great music, and they are giving it all back.

It´s darling american, it´s sweet sweet music. It´s epic songs like St Francis, Bushwick Blues och Vivian. It´s fucking awesome.

7. Tweak Bird – Tweak Bird

Already in the first song of the album Caleb and Ashton Tweak make their statement: “In our minds we are the chosen ones”.

The brothers from Illinois are rocking their kind of riff n´roll with the attitude of an tigertank. It´s World War 3 right here. I´m lightning up my cigarette and enjoying the ride. This could turn ugly.