Saturday, January 7th, 2006

We Climb The Wired Fences

Sometimes my posts take weird twisty turns whilst being written. I had intended to devote this one to acts that have seemingly gone missing in action in terms of releasing new music or even doing anything, yet haven’t actually split up or anything (at least to my knowledge), but it’s ended up a distinctly Swedish-themed post instead.

Mainly, I wanted to inquire if anyone had any information on The Radio Dept, who have been very quiet since releasing the This Past Week EP last January. Well a little digging of my own turned up an unofficial MySpace page run by a fan with no concept of aesthetics or not abusing CSS. It’s quite painful. The same person who maintains that page also runs a message board for the band, and the information there indicates a follow-up to Lesser Matters is indeed en route this Winter, confirmed by Labrador and reported by Hits In The Car as coming out March 29. Credible? I don’t know, but I like the sound of it. The recording is done, and it’s just sorting out international distribution and titles. If that all gets worked out favourably, perhaps we could see some North American touring later this year? Maybe? Oh, and while there’s not much traffic on the aforementioned message board, it may be worth registering because people are posting yousendit links to live stuff and rarities, like this song from some ultra-rare Swedish compilation. It’s called “The Hide Away” and it’s freaking gorgeous.

MP3: The Radio Dept – “The Hide Away”

So while that bit of news doth slake my thirst for Radio Dept info, I can’t find a damn thing about their labelmates Douglas Heart. Their cover of Slowdive’s “Alison” for the Never Lose That Feeling shoegaze tribute last year was the last I heard from them. This habit of Swedish bands not having proper websites is really rather annoying.

NPR chats with Jens Lekman, who appears to have backtracked on his promise last Fall to give up music and get a proper job, which is good news for everyone. I picked up his Oh You’re So Silent Jens compilation over the holidays, and though I usually have to be in the right mood for it, the reviewers are right. It’s great.

And finally, this JAM! piece on the dearth of new music releases in the next few months mentions that the Cardigans’ Super Extra Gravity will get a domestic release on February 14. The rest of the piece is fairly amusing when you compare what they (seem) to be looking forward to and what I am. The News Tribune is a little more optimistic about the upcoming year in music, though I have to say that the She Wants Revenge album is beyond awful. Ugh. Can we please, please PLEASE stop with the Joy Division necrophilia? Goddamn. And on topic, John Sakamoto’s Anti-Hit List also looks ahead to this year’s releases aurally.

Anyway, back to The Cardigans, the band has completed a video for the second single, “Don’t Blame Your Daughter (Diamonds)”. It’s not one of the best tracks on the album – “Good Morning Joan” or as Angels Twenty suggests, “In The Round”, would have been better singles. They’re certainly better songs. But I’m going to use this as a segue – it seems that that Yahoo’s video search index has decided that their video for “I Need Some Fine Wine…”, which I linked in my year-end post, is a suitable search engine match for seemingly EVERY query imaginable. Seriously, you’ve no idea how many hits I’m getting from them for people searches for all manner of random videos. And sometimes, those searches are for some very disturbing things which I won’t repeat here. But if you’re one of the people who got here via one of those searchees – and you know who you are – SHAME SHAME SHAME.

To learn more about Swedish pop music, visit your local library – or just go to Hello Surprise. And I guess I’ll save my “missing in action” post for another day.

2006’s first next big thing, coming courtesy of the UK, natch, is the horribly named Arctic Monkeys. They’re releasing their horribly titled debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, in North America on February 21. They’ll be in Toronto touring said record one month later, on March 21, at the Phoenix. Remember the good old days when every band was “the” something? I miss those days.

np – The Meligrove Band / Planets Conspire

By : Frank Yang at 9:19 am
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  1. Carla says:

    Many thanks for the Radio Dept. update and mp3. I have subconsciously been jonesing for new tunes from them, I just didn’t know it till I read this.

  2. Eric Grubbs says:

    Arctic Monkeys just doesn’t have the kind of ring to it to take them seriously. I mean, Oasis, Blur, Stone Roses and Pulp were short, sweet and memorable. At least it’s not Barabbas.

  3. sam says:

    i finally came around to listening to the Arctic Monkeys and actually dug them a lot! this is solely based on two singles, b-sides, and one ep but i liked what i heard, and am anxiously awaiting their album.

  4. Matt says:

    That arctic monkey title is just as bad as modest mouses’ "good news for people who love bad new", but no one gives them crap bc hey their modest mouse!

  5. bozairzere says:

    Hey Frank, I’ll second that opinion on she wants revenge(robert smith called, he wants his photo session back). unfortunatly my new favs right now "monsters are waiting" will be opening for them soon…..
    Yeah, the whole joy division thing is old

  6. blawa says:

    For your daily scandinavian news fix I suggest you read It’s a Trap, , Avi is as well informed as anybody in the business.

  7. Mute says:

    What about Azure Ray? Other than releasing two mediocre solo albums what the hell is up with those girls? And why is Mirah on a year long hiatus from performing? Also why does it burn when I pee?

  8. torr says:

    where can i see the cardigans vid?

  9. Frank says:

    seems to have been taken offline. I think there’s a RealVideo version off the Cardigans website.

  10. stytzer says:

    my source for the Radio Dept. release is one of the bigger Swedish newspapers (if not the biggest – not sure really).
    though I think it’s strange that there is no official date at the labrador webpage!

  11. Glenn says:

    i have it on very good authority that the radio dept full length is indeed coming out around the date you gave.

  12. Frank says:

    new radio dept makes me happy.

    touring radio dept would make me even happier…

  13. tammy says:

    some one pleeease send me where damage isnt already done? looking for it everywhere for months
    Hey frank, seeing that you have one song from the radio dept.., by any chance do you have where damage isnt already done? its like a nonexistent song that i cannot find :(

  14. simon says:

    could anyone send me or write down the lyrics of this gorgeous song called "THe hide away". My english is not bad but all those distortions keep me from understanding well the lyrics! Thank you.

  15. Marissa says:

    I think I posted this on another blog, but because I’m obsessed with the radio dept and have no life I spent the time to get the lyrics down the best I could

    I can’t relive the clou of faith
    In your self, its hard to come by but

    I tried to create some kind of place
    To pull me out to give some fair maid

    Can we begin
    The hide away
    Can we begin
    Somewhere some stay
    The waist of horses
    He doth slay
    It makes me fade into the grave

    I can’t depict
    Cuz I can’t reclaim

    I warn’t them
    Where to unpacking
    The nightlife I’ve tried
    To fail with pride
    Tried again never ever again

    Can we begin
    The hide away
    Can we begin
    Somewhere some stay
    The waist of horses
    He doth slay
    It makes me fade into the grave

    When all this nonsense turns awfully calm
    My feet fell saftly on the ground
    The sound of planes they make me high
    Please add some color to my sky

  16. Simon says:

    Thank you very much, Melissa. The wait was worth it!