apr 15 2011

What are you listening to, Thomas?


One of 2010 best albums,  came from this man. Thomas Jonsson, AKA I’m Kingfisher. The album, ”Arctic” was released by Playground Music, the harbour of great swedish music. I’m Kingfisher is one of the greatest in that crowd.

The man has toured with artists like Ed Harcourt, and has recorded stuff with artists such as Rosie Thomas (one of my all time favorites) Damien Jurado, Ned Oldham and other great acts.

He is currently on tour with Damien Jurado, and will be playing @ Pustervik (Woody West, again with the majestic bookings) and later in Malmö and Stockholm.

Thomas is a man with a plan, Arctic is just a part of a trilogy plan, and one can only imagine the great stuff that is coming our way. We’ll be waiting. Impatiently, but still.

Got a word with the awesome swedish singer-songwriter that is I’m Kingfisher…

What are you listening to right now?

– A lot of instrumental drone stuff. I just fell in love with Earth’s newest album ’Angels of darkness, demons of light I’. This year I think Earth, Mogwai, Tennis, Thomas Hine and James Blake have done really good stuff.

I’ve also recently listened a lot again to last year’s best album ”St Bartlett” of Damien Jurado, since I just got it on vinyl after our show in Copenhagen a couple of days ago. And oh, it has also been a lot of Efterklang’s newest.

Best book read during 2010?

– Der Ganze Weg by Kristin Berget, Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer, Fantasiön by Henrik Brandao Jönsson and Poetry of Birds (anthology)

Your hopes for this year?

That I will tour as much as I want while finishing the recordings of my next album, as well as an album with a new Swede-Swede-French collaboration project I’m a part of. That mink farming will be banned once and forever. That sound engineers on my shows from now on and forever will set my guitar sound as loud as I want without questioning me.

Three artists who inspire you?

Recently: Victoria Legrand, singer of Beach House.
For the Arctic album: Six Organs of Admittance. Forever: M Ward.

Who deserves a breakthru in 2011?

– Dear Euphoria, my favorite Swedish band, whose 2010 EP ”This Night will Flee” contains ”Rescue”, one of last year’s two best pop singles (together with Sleigh Bells’ ”Rill Rill”). It’s on Spotify!

I for one, is going to see I’m Kingfisher on sunday, and I know for a fact that you can still pick up some tix.

Listen to the magic that is ”I’m Kingfisher”…

I’m Kingfisher – Artic by Playground Music

Nov 4 2010

Sju just nu


1. Laddar för fullt inför Håkan på Scandinavium på lördag.

2. Lyssnar på Al James musiktips. Lightning Dust (LD – spotify), Damien Jurado (DJ – spotify) och Woods (W – spotify) blir fina höstvänner.

3. Kentuckyseven har stora planer på gång, drömmar att besanna. Vi kommer att uppdatera er – älskade läsare – så fort något blir klart.

4. Var på ölprovning med Mangan och Stolpe i tisdags. Smakade sex amerikanska hantverksöl inne på systembolaget. Hittade aromer jag inte visste fanns.

5. Har fyra intervjuer att skriva ut, blir att brygga nytt kaffe och ta tag i tangenterna. Någon som är grym på att tyda gamla anteckningar?

6. Gais klarade sig kvar i Allsvenskan. Jag var aldrig orolig. Nu gäller det att ta 11-platsen. Ja, vi slåss för den.

7. Jag hör gong-gongen för 2010. Snart dags att presentera årets sju bästa plattor.