The midsummer festivities are near and some of the MAP bloggers are already enjoying a well-deserved summer vacation, so this month’s MAP edition shrinks to 28 songs and countries. Still it is a very enjoyable selection of the best music around the globe, so while you pack your swimming suit and sunglasses, listen to what MAP has to offer this month. As usual, right-click to download individual files or choose the zip file at the end of the post. The Fin-Americana of Kim Curly Band represents Finland this month.
In the autumn of 2009, we were fans of Them Bird Things debut album to the point of almost being shameless groupies. Less than a year later, the Helsinki band has recorded a new batch of songs by unsung sixties heroes Steve Blodgett (on the photo) and Mike Brassard. The album, Wildlike Wonder, will be out in August, but Underground, the first single, can already be heard on the band’s MySpace and purchased on iTunes. The lineup was augmented by the arrival of two new members, bassist Jarmo Vähähaka and multi-instrumentalist Arttu Tolonen who will help to recreate the rock, folk and psychedelia mixture of Them Bird Things. Accompanying the single, there is a new video beautifully shot by Lawrence Dolkart. Enjoy the song and the cross-dressed band after the break. Watch those legs!
Americana, or alt country or roots music or whatever label you want to use for the music done by the likes of Ryan Adams and Lucinda Williams, is a quite unexplored genre by the Finnish artists. Or perhaps is that when it comes to singer-songwriter stuff, it makes more sense to go the Finnish folk way. Whatever the reason, we were pleased to received on our mailbox the debut album by Kim Curly Band and listen to a bunch of traditional American rock tunes. With the alias of Kim Curly, singer Kimmo Numminen delivers a songwriting that alternates intimate moments with the piano and the acoustic guitar with the full-band americana inspired by The Jayhawks, Wilco and The Wallflowers. Clocking at just 35 minutes, this first album feels a little bit short and we can only hope that the Kim Curly Band will have the chance to develop their skills with a prompt second album. Click to watch the band performed Passerby live at the YLE M1 studio. Continue reading
Rubik is slowly becoming the most international Finnish band, at least when it comes to the indie scene. Dada Bandits, their second album, was released in Finland a year ago already, but it keeps on being released in different countries while the band tours around the world and collects good reviews. Let us go back to Dada Bandits once again with a very special live version of the song Goji Berries filmed at the Botanical Garden in Oslo for the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. Watch it right after the break.