Monthly Archives: May 2011

Mike & The Ravens – Pretty Polly

The origin of our favourites Them Bird Things is in the songs of American rock and rollers Mike Brassard and Steve Blodgett, who had their heyday as Mike & The Ravens in the pre-Beatles era. Even though, Mike and Steve never stopped writing songs, they only recorded their first full-length in 2007 when Mike & The Ravens reformed under the supervision of Helsinki-based producer Will Shade. On 15 June, Mike & The Ravens are releasing their third, and possibly last, album From Pillar to Post, a non-stop collection of in-your-face garage rock tunes that feature Them Bird Things’ singer Salla Day on several tracks. Listen to the first single off the album, a rocking version of the traditional English folk murder ballad Pretty Polly.
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Introducing Steafán Hanvey

With an acoustic guitar, a bag full of songs and a peculiar name, Northern Irish boy Steafán Hanvey travels from Dublin to Helsinki and to New York, living the life of a rambling singer-songwriter. Nowadays he is based in Ireland, but for many years he lived in Helsinki, where he left some music connections and old loves. Regularly, Hanvey returns to Helsinki, crushes in some friends couch and plays some gigs with his old band while finishing some details of his upcoming album. During his last visit to the North, we shared a coffee at Bar Loose. Read what he has to tell after the break.
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