Sunday, August 26, 2012

Tina Dico: Moon To Let

After a busy decade spent alternating her time between London/Copenhagen and touring the world (incl. many gigs with Zero 7 in 2004), Danish singer-songwriter Tina Dico has found a life partner in fellow musician Helgi Jonsson whom she first met in 2008 when they each opened for Teitur at a show in Canada.  This year Dico and Jonsson settled down together in Reykjavik, Iceland where Helgi was born and raised and where their son Emil was born last month.

Her fifth studio album "Where Do You Go To Disappear?" drops the first week of September; all of the 12 tracks were recorded in her new home studio in Reykjavik.  The first single "Moon To Let" was released July 16.

Dico has two gigs scheduled in Zurich and Vienna in mid-October in between numerous shows in Germany.

Helgi Jonsson:

"Moon To Let" was shot around Nuuk, Greenland by Martin Skovbjerg and Jacob Møller of SaunaCigar; the Copenhagen based team also did "Warrior/Worrier" for Outlandish.

NOTE to Dico's Danish fans: a lengthy interview was published in Politiken yesterday.

Friday, August 24, 2012

The Heavy: What Makes A Good Man

'The Glorious Dead' is the third album in five years from UK band The Heavy who are currently touring the U.S.  (two gigs in Canada are scheduled for late September).

Two videos were shot for the new single "What Makes A Good Man".

Friday, August 17, 2012

Two Door Cinema Club: Sleep Alone

Two Door Cinema Club of Bangor, Northern Ireland will be very busy in the coming months with shows in Europe, the U.S., Canada and Australia.

Their second album 'Beacon' was recorded in Los Angeles; it will be released the first week of September.

The video for the first single "Sleep Alone" was directed by Paris based directors' collective AB/CD/CD.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Vacationer: Trip

Singer, bassist, and guitarist Kenny Vasoli has explored various genres and sounds in a multitude of rock combos and continues to do so, most recently in Philadelphia band Vacationer.

The video for the first single "Trip" off the 2011 debut album 'Gone' was uploaded to YouTube a week ago.  It's a great example of how a band/artist can reach out to the world by shooting a relatively low-budget visual companion piece to a great track that might otherwise not get the same degree of exposure due to the sheer volume of music makers offering up their goods in this day and age.

After a Hoboken, New Jersey gig on August 18 with Body Language, Vactioner takes a break before supporting Bombay Bicycle Club for several weeks around the U.S. in October, finishing with one show in Canada.  See link below for details:

The 'Trip' official music video was shot in Oahu, Hawaii by Dave Homcy on the very cool old-school-yet-very-21st century Lomography LomoKino analogue cameras.

An excellent live version of the same sunny song was shot in the studios of U. of Minnesota college station Radio K.

Listen to Radio K at 770 AM, 100.7 FM and 104.5 FM, as well as online at

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Rumer: A House Is Not A Home + Sara Smile + Slow + Am I Forgiven

A goosebump inducing, heavenly mix of Karen Carpenter, Dusty Springfield, Eva Cassidy, and Joni Mitchell, Rumer had her full-length debut 'Seasons of My Soul' released on Atlantic Records November 1, 2010; she wrote or co-wrote all except one track.  A second album entitled 'Boys Don't Cry' dropped May 28 of this year; on it she covers 12 (16 on the special edition) of her favorite songs from the 1970s.

Born Sarah Joyce in Islamabad, Pakistan in 1979 to a British mother and a Pakistani father, Rumer began writing songs at age 20. In recent years she has played with Elton John, Jools Holland, and Jamie Callum and in May she performed at the Burt Bacharach/Hal David Library of Congress Gershwin Prize concert at the White House.