December 2006



If you were making a mix for our readers, what would be the first three songs you’d select?
Don’t Look Back into the Sun – The Libertines
I Was A Lover – TV on the Radio
Alex Chilton – The Replacements

Name any musical influence(s)?
We all hold Radiohead in very high regard.

What new music are you currently listening to?
Peter, Bjorn and John is a new favourite of Dave and mine. Also, the Hold Steady’s new album is fantastic.

Name a band (current or defunct) that would be your dream act to open for on a major tour?
Well, it would be a dream to open for Radiohead, but even in our dream we’d feel very unworthy of sharing a stage with them…

Who, if anyone, would you like to collaborate with?
Born Ruffians or the Meligrove Band… possibly We’re Marching On. We’ve never tried to collaborate on anything with anyone before though, so I’d be really interested to see what we’d come up with.

Tell us something about you that we can’t find on Google.
Graham, Josh and I were in a high school play together that involved a scene where we play strip poker… that’s where I first really got to know them.

Band
MySpace

CBC Radio 3 recently posted their Top 94 Tracks of 2006.

I thought I’d be kind and allow you the opportunity to download the Top 9(4) seeing John hasn’t won satellite players for us yet. Remember kids, these mp3s are for your listening pleasure. Please, support these artists and buy their music!

1. Joel Plaskett Emergency – “Nowhere With You”
2. Malajube – “Montreal -40c”
3. Islands – “Rough Gem”
4. Cadence Weapon – “Oliver Square”
5. The Hidden Cameras – “Awoo”
6. The Stills – “Destroyer”
7. Amy Millan – “Skinny Boy”
8. Final Fantasy – “This Lamb Sells Condos”
9. Meligrove Band – “Our Love Will Make the World Go Round”

The new Clap Your Hands Say Yeah album Some Loud Thunder will hit store shelves on January 30th. If you’d like to hear their new opus before then, pre-order it here.

Beginning January 16th, all customers who have pre-ordered will receive an email with a special secret link – follow the link to download the Some Loud Thunder MP3s for FREE (link valid only until January 29th) – your Some Loud Thunder CD will be shipped to you on January 30th. Cool, huh?!

Tracklisting:

1. Some Loud Thunder
2. Emily Jean Stock
3. Mama, Won’t You Keep Them Castles in the Air and Burning?
4. Download: Love Song No. 7
5. Satan Said Dance
6. Upon Encountering the Crippled Elephant
7. Goodbye to Mother and the Cove
8. Arm and Hammer
9. Yankee Go Home
10. Download: Underwater (You and Me)
11. Five Easy Pieces

I’ve never heard The Sick List, so I can’t tell you they’re a great band. What I can tell you is that Emily Lazar is one helluva sweet gal that’s working her ass off promoting her band and I’ve really enjoyed the exchanges I’ve had with her. Emily was kind enough to send us an mp3 of her band’s song “Sorry” which I added to the playlist. Check it out and tell her what you think.


If you were making a mix for our readers, what would be the first three songs you’d select?
the first three songs on the mix i would make are….well, since i’m a shameless self promoter, hahaha… i would have to say my band’s (the Sick List) song, “Sorry” followed by (and well this changes every day depending on the mood i’m in) Alkaline Trio “Sadie” and then a lil Smashing Pumpkins “Bullet With Butterfly Wings”

Name any musical influence(s)?
Musical Influences? hehe so many…. but lemme give this a try… alkaline trio, foo fighters, distillers, face to face, hole- courtney fukkin love, nirvana, pixies, joan fukkin jett, souxsie and the banchees, AFI, MCR, thursday, dead boys, smashing pumpkins cause well billy is a god heh…. there are so many….

What new music are you currently listening to?
New music in my player….Foo fighters: LIVE Skin and Bones, 30 Seconds to Mars: A Beautiful Lie, AFI Decemberunderground, MCR:THe Black Parade, From First to Last: Heroine

Name a band (current or defunct) that would be your dream act to open for on a major tour?
Dream band to open for…. I’d have to say I would love to open for Alkaline Trio or My Chemical Romance or AFI … yup that would be a killer show.

Who, if anyone, would you like to collaborate with?
I would love to collaborate with Billy Corgan or Linda Perry, yup total sweet dream.

Tell us something about you that we can’t find on Google.
Something you cant find out about me on google??? I could live off gummy bears and heineken if you twisted my arm, heh.

MySpace

Oppenheimer’s first full-length self-titled album is as earnest and straightforward as one could expect from a band whose first album is a self-titled one. The Belfast duo gives the listener the same infectious and catchy music that brings to mind the sounds of Manplanet or Grandaddy, distilled into sugar-loaded gumballs of synth-pop joy. If the vanilla-chocolate-strawberry coloured CD art is any indication, this neopolitan flavoured band brings together their influences with no pretense.

Did I mention that it’s catchy? I was drumming on my knees for the entire duration of my first listen. If androids devised the perfect stratagem for pop music, they’d put Oppenheimer in their equation. Swirling moog synthesizers and spot-on percussion dominate this album.

And their inner geeks shine through! The band’s logo, according to their Wikipedia page, is a direct reference to the Death Star in Star Wars. The album’s cover art features, amidst a swirling array of technological devices, an old-school Nintendo Gameboy. Needless to say, I was impressed.

If you want this year’s summer soundtrack a few months early so you can memorize the songs (which won’t take long, for sure), pick up Oppenheimer’s self-titled now.

Oppenheimer’s Official Site
Oppenheimer on Myspace

If you were making a mix for our readers, what would be the first three songs you’d select?
Well, I would say that they should check out “Don’t Leave Me Blue” by none other than the Blue Van;)

Other than that 3 songs could be:

The Black Keys – Your Touch
The Divine Comedy – Lady of a Certain Age
Girl Friday – Apple Lime Ginger(unsigned artist, can be found on myspace)

Name any musical influence(s)?
The Small Faces, The Kinks, Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, The Rascals…

What new music are you currently listening to?
The Divine Comedy’s new album “Victory for the Comic Muse”, Dr.Dog, Little Barrie, Mando Diao, etc.

Name a band (current or defunct) that would be your dream act to open for on a major tour?
Well, The Stones would be an obvious choice. – The list is f**cking long, but if I should choose a couple of old bands, it would be Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac(the one and only), Free…

Who, if anyone, would you like to collaborate with?
Hmm…that’s tough. There are alot of people that we admire and would love to collaborate with – and it had to be some that we all could agree on. Dan from The Black Keys would be fun, our friend Nic Cester from JET would be a blast as well, Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin…James Brown would be insane, but it’s a little to late for that;)

Tell us something about you that we can’t find on Google.
Per collected pieces of glass as a child, I(steffen) hate horror movies, Allan enjoys going fishing and Søren secretly sings Alicia Keys in the shower.

Love
Steffen – The Blue Van

Band
MySpace

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