Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Give Me Fire vinyl

I collected my Mando Diao vinyl today and was surprised by the addition of two extra tracks on side 2B, these being the amazing double-track Alone With Molly and In The Valley. These two songs make for great listening beginning with a slightly ABBA-esque piano intro (think Money Money Money slowed right down). As Alone With Molly blends into In The Valley the music starts to get darker as Gustaf Norén gives way to Björn Dixgård's vocal chords.
The new additions sit inbetween Go Out Tonight and You Got Nothing On Me.

Ray Davies, who Mando Diao have named as a 'mate', is bringing out a collaboration album featuring the likes of Gary Lightbody (Snow Patrol) and Bruce Springsteen. Bringing back a piece of MTV Unplugged in Berlin (during which Mandos invited up Davies to perform Victoria) the album will feature a studio collaboration between the two. Looking forward to that!

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Southside Festival with Mando Diao

So I've finally got around to writing a recap of Mando's performance at Germany's Southside Festival with turned out to be an enjoyable performance with an amazing crowd. Even though I didn't attend myself, the online stream showed what was an electrifying moment in music history. Coming on stage with The Quarry, the Swedish quintet played through a setlist including recent chart smash, Dance With Somebody as well as old crowd pleasers like The Band and Long Before Rock 'n' Roll. Southside 2010 was one of the first to kick off this year's festival season and to employ Mando Diao as a headline act was a great way to get things started. For a band that has received acclaim in both Sweden and Germany, they can look forward to success in the UK and maybe after that, who knows?! The hour or so spent on stage included a cover of Simon and Garfunkel's Bleecker Street as part of an acoustic encore featuring Gustaf and Björn. They proved just how beautifully their songs can be put across which is hard to describe just how amazing they sounded. It just felt so much how I was a part of an amazing evening even though in reality I was sat in front of my computer screen with my headphones in laughing at people commenting calling Billy Talent 'kindermusik'. I wish I could have been there to experience it in real. This one moment has stuck in my head since June and will be there for months to come. Listening back proves just how amazing and talented Mando Diao are musically. (And they are very nice to look at too!). In all, it was an amazingly brilliant night.

Sunday, 19 September 2010

JLS Condoms

An epic fail. Aren't we supposed to be DISCOURAGING children from having sex? Look at the age range of fans. Don't think I've seen anyone over 16 wearing a JLShit hoodie. And they are called 'Just. Love. Safely.'

Friday, 17 September 2010

Monday, 6 September 2010

All they ever wanted can never stay the same

Ace. Inbetweeners back on next Monday, what better way to celebrate than listen to this.

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Friday, 3 September 2010

I am drunk YASSS

Strong stuff. At first GLANCE I was expecting it to be more like an alcopop, such as Smirnoff is in it Smirnoff Ice incarnication but this stuff is pure vodka.