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26-04-2013 // Track: The Boxer Rebellion - Keep Moving


The Boxer Rebellion are releasing their 4th album Promises on May 14th and after their 1st great song Diamonds was shared with us last month, I've received the 2nd song "Keep Moving" in my email last night and it's another great song. That upcoming album is becoming more interesting with every song they release, is it May already?!

25-04-2013 // Track: The Rest - Who Knows (video)


One of last years highlights was SEESAW and The Rest are still releasing videos for the album in an attempt to eventually have a video for each song on SEESAW. This is video number 4 and it's a great vid. Cool images, weird story, birds and explosions. And off course the great song that comes with it and supports the images very well. Watch it. Enjoy it. Watch it again. Best remedy for those dreadfull days Thursdays tend to be..

24-04-2013 // Track: Beccy Owen - You Know Who You Are


Music doesn't get more beautiful than this. Breathtaking.

20-04-2013 // Album: Björn Kleinhenz - The Fall of Discontent


So here's one for the relaxing Saturday evening or easy-going Sunday. Man and guitar: the basic ingredients for a fine album by Björn Kleinhenz. Björn is a Swedish singer-songwriter of the purest kind and I found it impossible not to be completely in love with his music the very first time I heard it. For a little over half an hour, stop what you're doing and give this a spin.


Opening track "The Beard Man" reminds me a lot of Nick Drake, a name that comes to mind a few more times during this album. Just like Plug in, Baby!-favorite Pickering Pick is definately close several times throughout the 35 minutes of the 9 songs on this album. This was released a year and 3 days ago and I had planned to write this on it's birthday, but Saturday evening is maybe even a better moment for an album like this. I've just finished reading a good book (onto the next one in a few minutes), there's a glass of red wine from a fine bottle on the table, the light is weak, the kitty is softly sleeping at a safe distance. The mood is perfectly set for a beautiful slow album like this.


But if you're out dancing or enjoying your Record Store Day-purchases, put this on your reminders-list. Come back tomorrow morning, enjoy a warm Sunday morning in the sun with a hot cup of coffee and the sweet sounds of Björn Kleinhenz. It'll work as good as it does on Saturday night, because that is how beautiful music works. It'll get you in the mood for it, regardless of the situation.


This is a Beautiful Album. It deserves to be heard, to be carefully listened to. And you might just fall deeply in love. I have.

17-04-2013 // Track: Said The Whale - I Love You


New Said The Whale-song from their upcoming EP I Love You, to be released June 18th (and a new album later this year) is a beauty. My love for this band is still fresh, but it's very alive and they are amongst my favorite new bands. This new song proves Little Mountain was not a lucky shot. Great song! Eagerly awaiting the full EP and album!

16-04-2013 // MixTape: Harvest Star Collective - Harvest Star Vol. 3


Harvest Star Folk Collective is a group of "like minded folk musicians" (their own words) from the south coast of the USA releasing music together. They've recently released their 3rd compilation album called Harvest Star Vol. 3 and it's every note perfection.



The base is Americana/Folk, but the 12 songs are all very different. Best example of the wide range of this compilation is "Dead Horses" vs "Billy Dyer", exciting experimental Tango-esque vs back-to-basics Country Folk (not sure why I use capitals dor music styles, but who cares..). Both equally beautiful, as you can hear for yourself. Justin Cross sounds a LOT like Ray LaMontagne, which can be considered a big compliment from the RLM-fan that I am.


Only familair name is Fire Mountain, who released a great album back in 2011, called Off The Dust. And they do a fine job here, just as the other 11 acts do. This is a great collection of music! I've been able to track down several of the artists already. There's more where this came from and you'll be hearing more soon. I'm already enjoying the result of my investigations.

For now: Great. Fucking. Compilation.

15-04-2013 // Track: Paper Aeroplanes - Little Letters


One of my all-time favorite discoveries since I started writing Plug in, Baby! is Paper Aeroplanes and they have a new album coming out on Mat 13th. It is called Little Letters, just like this 1st single, which was released last week. As expected this a great song and it makes it even harder to be waiting another 4 weeks for the release of their 2nd full album, that will also include one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard: Multiple Love. Paper Aeroplanes are without a doubt on their way to greatness, and they deserve it like (hardly) no other band ever has..

15-04-2013 // Monday Morning Kick-Off: WEEKEND RIOT CLUB - Things Are Looking Up Again


A new Monday, a new week. Last week was completely fucked up, but the weekend was pretty okay and things are looking better for this week. The hot water should be fixed today (back to warm showers again, yay), I'm expecting another vinyl beauty in the mail, my best (female) friend and I are on speaking terms again, my right foot is healing pretty decent ánd I have the day off today. How's that for a start of a new week?! I'd say "Things Are Looking Up Again" by WEEKEND RIOT CLUB pretty much sums it up for me, so I've caught myself dancing to this for the last 30 minutes.

Have a good week!

13-04-2013 // Track: Joywave ft KOPPS - Tongues


I love it when these 2 acts work together. Perfect Saturday night dance tune. Fuck everything; Dance!

13-04-2013 // Album: City and The Sea - Action Figures EP


Just good old rock music is hard to find these days. City and The Sea does a fine job at it on their 1st EP as a renewed band. They have the perfect setting for it, four guys playing guitar, bass and drums, screaming their lungs out.


This is music to move to. Don't think, don't read, don't do anything else but dance and scream along to the fine tracks. Forget everything. It's Saturday night and we're loving it!

11-04-2013 // Album: Mars Water - Tempus Fugit


So this was released in July last year and I've been listening to it for over 3 months now. They have even released a new album already in January called "Mars, Je T'aime". But great music is great music and needs to be heard. So give it a spin: Tempus Fugit by Mars Water.


Tempus Fugit is a real Summer record. Best enjoyed wearing sunglasses, wearing only a thin shirt, while holding a cold can of your favorite beer, hanging out by the pool. This album has the same Summeresque vibe as Real Estate's Days had back in 2011. To be honest, it's the 1st album since Days that comes close to that feeling.


Listen to "Stay" and find Real Estate's "All The Same" and you'll hear what I'm talking about. Is this a bad thing? Not at all! Real Estate's album was among the best albums of 2011, just like Tempus Fugit is among the finest releases of 2012. It just took me a little longer to discover it.

With temperatures finally rising next week, this album will become of an even greater value. So get a copy, load it onto your mp3-players and portable radios and take it with you to that poolside. I know I will!

10-04-2013 // Album: Little Tybee - For Distant Viewing


Without a doubt once of the best releases of the year. I know it’s a bit strange to tell you how this post ends in the 1st line, but there is no way I could not start off like this. Until a few weeks ago I had never heard of Little Tybee, but once I heard this record, everything changed. I’ve been singing a lot of these songs constantly, like the title track lines on ‘for distant viewing’ and everything that comes after that (you never win..).


Eventually, people that work with me, drink with me, sleep with me, eat cheese with me or visit places with me, all started asking about the songs I continued to be singing. Mainly because I annoyed the shit out of them with the a-rhythmic unknown things I’ve been humming and singing, but they were also intrigued. My father asked what was playing in the background over the phone last week, so did a good friend, also one of my finer ex-girlfriends. The answer was always: Little Tybee. Their response was always: who? What? When? Where? To which I replied: Little Tybee, perhaps the finest revelation of 2013.


I remember the first time I received an email about this album, I was told I had never heard anything like this. And that is a pretty lame and standard line in PR-emails, even for a tiny, pretty much useless blog like this, but Paper Garden Records hit a home-run on that one. I have never heard anything like this. And that is as good as it get. Little Tybee is like the insanely pretty girl I have a date with this weekend. We’ve just met, and I’m crazy about her, and I am 100% convinced we’re going to have a great time together this weekend. And on the even bigger plus side: I know Little Tybee won’t be breaking my heart. It’ll be unconditional love. From both sides.

Great. Fucking. Record. And one more for the road (although I’m a cat-person):


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Music for Reading
I love reading. I hate silence. Play these records softly and enjoy a good book. Works for me.
 
Ps. They also sound great on their own.