Vanilla Ninja [Estonia]

I just wanted to make sure you all pay attention to the nice review about Vanilla Ninja that Tofu Hut has posted recently. Let's hope it's not going to be the last post about a popgroup that has an ice cream brand named after them.


Mr.Elvis and The Presley-ladys & gents !!!*

Here`s the second post of series "recent rockenrollers reeling"or "protomotomods have gone lost" or for christ sake "distanced form of doom".

Nevermind, to continue in countdown order** the next in line are boys from Zahir
Started in 1993 as a young noisecore bunch their music isnt much changed, basicaly. Of course normaly the times they are a changin and it changes you with it, but noise, fuzz and distortion are still synonymous for the boys of zahirious.
During that long period they have been suceeded not to take seriously beerbellyed pubmusicians pro-(fessional) attitude (cant measure the cost of lost, of musicians who failed)-sound terribly similar with soundtechnical progression and take it as a rule, or something. (its of course another thesis for musical debate)
They have maintained d'trop blues booze sound bond.

If do categorize so, then they rather belong to the "loud in live" side, than " just good as a studio" side, but theyre not slimey, dubious in studio as well, think opposite.

As rumors spreaded around, theyre in the studio at this very moment finishing the new album.
Probably will be released any time soon.
Plus fellow scenesters from sewercide lo-fi are about to release Zahir`s very first split cassette Dallas/Zahir "Dubbing good morning/Silo". Already gathered raritie status, this is a must have album.
So less words and more sounds, dig here:

Bring me the head of Gwyneth Paltrow
Fuzz Salvation
New Kinda Kick
Betty Ford Clinic

* joke, frequently used by the leader of the zahirious gang, during doing his dutys
**as it frankly mattered to me, to check it(estonian indiependent rock) chronologicaly.


Unarmed Enemies [Sweden]

yesterday i got ep by unarmed enemies. they are swedish, they are making electropop with indiepoppy vocals. i like this videogames music feel of their songs. they are also on euro x-mas compilation. well, enjoy!

missing out (mp3)
eed (mp3)
i saw mommy kissing santa claus (mp3)


Kreatiivmootor [Estonia]

in summer i heard from radio some weird estonian music by artist called kreatiivmootor. it was event to hear something by estonians. only there were no information about them anywhere. few weeks ago i found this page and i thought roomet's email seemed familiar. but suddenly i managed to find even kreatiivmootor's site.
kreatiivmootor is few friends who want to make music but don't know how do to it. well, that's not problem. they have computers and guitars and vocals and good musical knowledge and ideas. folk, punk, idm, bossa, weird, pop. of course, it would be good to undestand estonian listening their songs but on their site are some explanations. their big hit "irratsionaalne" is actually understandable without them. vocals are mainly by roomet who's been big influence in my life. especially thanks to his lectures which made me do some important decisions. well, now he's influencing through music. great!

irratsionaalne (mp3)
sünteetiline suhe (mp3)
kaubanduslikud teadaanded (h.egiptile) (mp3)


My Darling YOU! & EURO X-MAS

My Darling YOU! has put out a couple of nice unplugged recordings for holiday season.

Cold winter & heavy drinking [mp3]
Laura [mp3]

Also, Songs i wish i had written is net-releasing a cute x-mas ep day-by-day including Montt Mardié, Le Sport & others.

Le Sport, Montt Mardié & Mr Suitcase - Last Christmas [mp3]


Ariel Pink [USA]

LA Weekly has published a great cover story on Ariel Pink. Enjoyable reading it is. Go check it out.
Besides, his next album House Arrest will be out in 24 January. Helen is a nice example from it. Beverly Kills is just a good old videoclip.

Helen [mp3]
Beverly Kills [mov]


Popidiot [Estonia]

That ain't the first time for microlips to call atention to Popidiot as they are one of the most notable fresh-sounding acts coming from Estonia these days. Their debut album called 1111 will be released in January 2006 and we are proud to present a great new track from it.

Tallinn Helsinki [mp3]
Popidiot [mp3]


The Capricorns [USA]

At last - The Capricorns.
At least it was so worth waiting.
You can't find something much catchier than that, can you?

The New Sound [mp3]


Luarvik Luarvik [Estonia]

Luarvik Luarvik is originally a name for the character from a soviet sci-fi movie "Hotel of the Perished Alpinist" which is based on a Strugatsky brothers' novel. The band was formed in 1998 by Mihkel Kleis and Andres Lõo (the group's lineup is in constant change ) and is strikingly said to be the leading avantgarde group of new postrock generation from Estonia. Their unique sound has developed through experimentations with very diverse directions in music, proving them as a notable prog-rock and synthpop act as well as a jazzrock and free improvisation musicians. The members of the band are also active as visual artists and share the vision of mixing music and contemporary art conceptions. There are mp3's downloadable from their recorded albums (3 of them, so far) so i'm gonna link my particular favourites from each + one new and unmixed demo track, which is exclusively avilable in microlips!

"Baltic Station Session" (2000)
Tuulte pöörises (In the Tail Spin) [mp3]
Saladus (Secret) [mp3]
Võiduring (Odours of Victory) [mp3]

"Tabamata ime" ("Elusive Wonder", 2002)
AK (Actual Camera) [mp3]
Planeetide paraad (Parade of Planets) [mp3]

"Passioon & Fuuga" (“Passion and Fugue”, 2004)
Tantsib huntidega (Dancing With Wolves) [mp3]
Keskpäeva nokturn (Nocturn at Midday) [mp3]

unmixed bonus track:

Sinistra mano [mp3]