Monthly Archives: August 2012

Get your song on the Music Alliance Pact’s 50th edition

The Music Alliance Pact turns 50 in November 2012, so we are preparing a very special and exclusive post. You can take part of it. I will choose the Finnish representative on that month’s post through a competition, opened up for any Finland based artist or band.

Since Jason, from The Pop Cop in Scotland, started this project in October 2008, artists from nearly 40 countries have shared more than 1500 songs which have been featured in nearly 40 different blogs based in as many nations around the world. Even though Glue would not join the pact until a few months later, I want to participate the celebrations and help preparing the most exclusive MAP post ever.

The plan is that all the MAP blogs will post an exclusive/unreleased/never-heard-before song from their native lands on the November 2012 edition. As this is a Helsinki based blog, Glue will submit a song by artists from, or living in, Finland.

What we’re after is a knockout track that hasn’t been made public before, so whether that’s something recorded specifically for this competition or a song that has never previously been shared with the rest of the world, now’s your chance to get it heard.

How to participate

Just email your mp3 (properly tagged please) no later than 20 October 2012 to with the subject title “MAP competition“. The entry that I like the most will be asked to represent Finland. Easy as that.

How does the Music Alliance Pact work?

A group of music blogs from six continents pick their favourite song from their own country and cross-post the entire selection once a month, thereby multiplying the exposure of each artist by the number of blogs in the project, which currently stands at nearly 40. All MAP songs are free, legal downloads.

When is MAP posted?

The 15th of every month.

When did the project begin?

October 2008.

When did Glue join?

April 2009

Which acts have been part of it?

Hundreds… and often long before they’ve gone on fame and fortune. Here are some you might be familiar with: Admiral Fallow, Alabama Shakes, Alt-J, Anna Calvi, Ben Howard, Cloud Nothings, Dan Mangan, Here We Go Magic, James Vincent McMorrow, Janelle Monáe, King Creosote & Jon Hopkins, Lisa Mitchell, Mumford & Sons, Ólafur Arnalds, Phoenix, Sleigh Bells, The Temper Trap, The xx, Twin Shadow, We Were Promised Jetpacks.

Which Finnish acts have been part of it?

Artists of many different genres shared their latest songs since Glue joined MAP. The list of Finnish acts comprises: Delay Trees, TV OFF, Neufvoin, Astrid Swan, Keramick & Lobo, The Capital Beat, Cleaning Women, Rex Willer, Vishnudata, Kiki Pau, Flannelmouth, Kärtsy, Captain Cougar, Kim Curly Band, Pintandwefall, Hi-Horse, Big Wave Riders, 70vierailijaa, The Friend, On Volcano, Moses Hazy, Blackbird, NT’s White Trash, Mummypowder, Satellite Stories, Revival Hymns, The New Tigers, Koria Kitten Riot, The Saturnettes, Zebra And Snake, Greymouth, Black Twig, Cats On Fire, Weepikes, All Will Be Quiet, Minttu & Olli.

Which blogs/countries participate in it?

They’re all listed the bottom of this website, take a peek. The Guardian Music Blog wrote a neat article about MAP before they themselves became part of the project as England’s ambassadors.

Skip Zone – I Forgot To Say I Love You

Skip Zone‘s debut EP comes with one of the most beautiful artworks I’ve ever seen. The digipack is made of recycled cardboard and handpainted by one of the members of the band, making each copy a truly unique item. Mine is done by vocalist Maria Pääkkönen in a nice blue and gray colours that nicely fit the brown cardboard. The music is also nice, as a matter of fact, it is very nice. Skip Zone perform mid-tempo cosmic americana songs with some outstanding vocal harmonies and catchy melodies. Think Ryan Adams, think The Jayhawks, think early Wilco and think a little bit of American Beauty era Grateful Dead. The three vocalists provide a great dynamism to the songs, and instrumentally, the band hits the right notes with gentle electric pianos, harmonica solos and some inspired guitar parts that create very refined songs. With just a little extra punch and some more miles behind, Skip Zone will become a very strong band.

If you cannot get your hands on the gorgeous digipack, just head to the Skip Zone’s SoundCloud and listen to the whole EP for free.

Them Bird Things – I Know Who Killed Robert Johnson

The life and death of bluesman Robert Johnson is one of the major myths in American music. Not only he sold his soul to the devil, but he was (allegedly) poisoned to death at the age of 27. At the time, the death of a black musician did not deserve to be investigated and therefore the possible murdered was never found.

Almost 75 years later, Finnish band Them Bird Things has solved the mystery. Singer Salla Day claims I know who killed Robert Johnson when singing the band’s latest release, a stomping acoustic blues number with barrelhouse piano and washboard.

I Know Who Killed Robert Johnson is included in the band’s forthcoming third album Pachyderm Nightmares, which will be out this autumn.

Music Alliance Pact – August 2012

It is 15th of August and this means we can dedicate the rest of the day to listen to another edition of the world’s greatest mixtape. This month we welcome new United States representative We Listen For You and Lukasz Kusmierz Weblog from Poland. The great indie band Satellite Stories represents Finland with a track from their upcoming debut album.

As usual you can download all the songs in one go or stream them individually.

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Quick guide to Flow festival

Flow Festival starts now! It is the largest summer festival dedicated to cutting edge indie, summer loving pop and blistering electronic music. It gathers hipsters, latte drinkers, Pitchfork readers and  Apple Nokia fanboys during four days of music, dance and Instagram instants.

Apart from the crowd pleasing international acts (Bon Iver, The Black Keys, Feist and Björk, among many others), Flow festival is a great opportunity to catch some of the most interesting Finnish acts. Insteading of following the crowds, checking out the smaller stages might reward you with surprising new music.

These are Glue’s do-not-miss Finnish artists at Flow festival 2012.

Joose Keskitalo ja Kolmas Maailmanpallo

Opening for Bon Iver on Wednesday, Joose Keskitalo is a very peculiar songwriter, who goes a step beyond the traditional Finnish pop music . Even if you do not understand the lyrics, you may find some surprising twists in his songs.


Come early on Saturday and enjoy Miau’s foolish garage rock with cute melodies. It’s all fun and will get start the Saturday party.

Black Twig

Raised in the Soliti label factory, Black Twig will bring some loud guitars and noise. High quality distorted rhythm music.


Aku Raski is one of the most reputed electronic music producers and Huoratron is his best known project. Intense and aggressive, his set will take your energy.

Atlético Kumpula

These gentle Finnish folk pop will ease your hangover on Sunday. It’s elegant and well crafted.


A few months ago this electro duo made some noise with the song Scars. If your feed don’t fail you yet, you may have a last dance to Phantom’s beats.

Kemialliset Ystävät – Ystävälliset miekat

In a recent interview Henry Rollins admitted he’s a fan of a bunch of psych folk Finnish bands. One of them is the experimental band Kemialliset Ystävät, which translates into English as Chemical Friends. Since the mid nineties, this is the project Jan Anderzén, who has enlisted many different musicians over the years to create musical collages with the most diverse instrumentation. Listen below to one their latest tracks.