Scandinavian Indie Digest Vol.1 Issue #15



Scandinavian Indie Digest      Sat Oct 29, 1994          Volume 1 : Issue 15

There are 24 messages totalling 981 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

  1. the new Bob Hund album
  2. New Puffin CD (4)
  3. Stina Nordenstam remixes
  4. Seashells & Marsh Marigold
  5. Cardigans
  6. Ray Wonder (3)
  7. Green Live
  8. Bob Hund single?
  9. where's everyone gone? (2)
 10. deep turtle (3)
 11. West Side Discography v1.2
 12. Mana Mana
 13. The Bear Quartet Discography v 2.0
 14. Carpe Wade Live (2)
 15. SKYLTEN, Linkoping Autumn 1994

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Date: Sat, 20 Aug 1994 19:41:10 +0200 (MET DST)
From: Robert Cumming 
Subject: the new Bob Hund album

Hej/Terve/Blessadur everybody,  I've made it to Sweden, and the new
Bob Hund is out.  OK I missed Hultsfred, but they wouldn't pay me soon
enough :-(

The LP's called 'Bob Hund' again, it seems, so maybe we should call
last-year's 20-minute album 'The Sheep album' and this one 'The Bread
Album' just so we can tell the difference...  Anyway, it's really, really
good.  BH are perhaps closer to Pavement than anyone else I can think of,
and 'Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain' was my favourite of 1994 so far, but the
Bread Album has a range of emotion and rhythm and feeling and invention
that even Pavement can't quite match. Here there's a more of the standard
indie sound than on the Sheep album ('100 }r', 'L{nge l{nge') but Bob Hund
play with sound and noise that makes even the most normal tracks here
sound completely unnormal.  Little tunes arrive and disappear again,
Thomas Oberg sometimes screams, sometimes whispers, and harmonises with
himself in what seems to be the only technological change between this and
the first album.  The harmonies are what make 'Ett gipsat l|fte'
beautiful, and what make bits of 'Den Nollgradige' almost remind me of the
Beatles' weirder moments. 

'Ett gipsat l|fte' starts the second, brilliant, half of the album; it's
followed by my favourite track right now, 'Det skulle vara l{tt f|r mig
att s{ga jag inte hittar hem men det g|r jag; tror jag' ('It would be easy
for me to say I don't find my way home, but I do; I think').  Here in the
long, gloriously energetic coda there's the same mix of joy and pain that
James put into 'Sit Down' -- a way of getting absolute certainty out of
uncertainty, without stopping being uncertain... 

Oberg's lyrics seem much darker than on the first album.  Gone are the
simple images and ideas -- here nothing is clear except a lot of pain and
confusion, and a kind of surreal escapism.  In the end, it's not
frightening at all, but consoling:  Bob Hund understand the dark things,
and their music is a way through them.  Hopeless still, perhaps, but a way
through. 

'Just when you things everything's sorted itself out/you want to be
happier/a simple melody alternately minor and major/can get something more
than words from between shame and fortune' (from the final song, 'Dur och
moll omvartannat')

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Robert Cumming                                           robert@astro.su.se
Stockholms Observatorium,                                tel   +46-8-164471
S-133 36 Saltsjo"baden, Sweden                           fax +46-8-717-4719
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Date: Sun, 28 Aug 94 14:44:59 MET DST
From: magnus@ling.umu.se (Magnus Astrom)
Subject: New Puffin CD

Puffin release their second album on West Side, on October 17th.
It's called "Soundtrack" and, as usual, features 16 tracks that
will hopefully take you by happy surprise. ;-)

Place your orders now at your local record shop! :-) :-) :-)

Magnus

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Date: Sun, 28 Aug 1994 08:18:19 -0700 (PDT)
From: vilexile 
Subject: Stina Nordenstam remixes

Can someone tell me about this new remix disc of hers that was put out? 
It was given single of the week on the Melody Maker "Orbit" secion or 
whatever it's called, a few weeks back. Also, in case there are any new 
subscribers here, I'll mention again that I'm desperate for a copy of 
Another Story Girl, if anyone can help me with that...

thanks

e

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Date: Mon, 29 Aug 1994 12:12:16 +0300 (EET DST)
From: Kimmo S{{skilahti 
Subject: Re: New Puffin CD

According to Magnus Astrom:

* Puffin release their second album on West Side, on October 17th.
* It's called "Soundtrack" and, as usual, features 16 tracks that
* will hopefully take you by happy surprise. ;-)

Well, what kind of stuff can we expect?  Any radical changes from
"Carnivore"?  When will Puffin play in Finland (hopefully Tammerfors?
:-) 

Kimmo

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Date: Wed, 31 Aug 94 07:46:00 GMT
From: Peter_Hahndorf@hb2.maus.de (Peter Hahndorf)
Subject: Re: New Puffin CD

Hi Kimmo

>Well, what kind of stuff can we expect?  Any radical changes
>from "Carnivore"?  When will Puffin play in Finland (hopefully
>Tammerfors? :-)

What is Carnivore ? This only Puffin release I have is a five-track CD on West
Side called "Medium Cool EP"

Pete

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Date: Fri, 02 Sep 94 21:38:00 GMT
From: Peter_Hahndorf@hb2.maus.de (Peter Hahndorf)
Subject: Seashells & Marsh Marigold

Hi folks,

I just got a new CD by Swedish band SEASHELLS on Marsh Marigold. As it is the
seventh release of a Swedish band by this German label I wonder how popular and
known these bands are in their home-country. I'm talking about:

 - Acid House Kings
 - Red Sleeping Beauty
 - Seashells
 - Poprace
 
along with some of the Snap/Soap bands these are my favourite Swedish bands.
"The boy still dreams" by the Acid House Kings was definitely one of my summer
hits.

Pete

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Date: Mon, 05 Sep 94 16:30:00 GMT
From: Peter_Hahndorf@hb2.maus.de (Peter Hahndorf)
Subject: Cardigans

Hi

Last night they played "sick and tired" by the Cardigans on 120 Minutes, what a
great song, the perfect end of the summer-hit.

They don't have any Cardigans stuff at Rhythm, so I thought this list is the
perfect place to gather information about the band and their releases.

Is there a cool mail-order where I can order Swedish records which are
unavailable outside Sweden?

Are there any other videos by them?

take care

Pete

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Date: Thu, 8 Sep 94 13:39:15 +0200
From: ludde@kore.lk.se (Ludvig Borgne)
Subject: Ray Wonder

Hi!

Can someone please give me some info on Ray Wonder?!

I heard they share a member with Puffin, and are supposed to sound a bit like
Pavement, and that sounds like a perfect combination to me!

Also, does anyone know if Crush still aren't signed to a label?

/Ludde, impatiently waiting for October 17th...

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Date: Thu, 8 Sep 94 16:27:25 +0200
From: Marten.Sahlen@eua.ericsson.se (Marten Sahlen)
Subject: Re: Ray Wonder

> From: ludde@kore.lk.se (Ludvig Borgne)
> 
> Can someone please give me some info on Ray Wonder?!
> I heard they share a member with Puffin, and are supposed to sound a bit like
> Pavement, and that sounds like a perfect combination to me!

Saw them in Hultsfred, but weren't too impressed. I think the drummer used
to play guitar in Puffin. Since he is not schooled in drumming his style was
kind of odd. They would probably have benefited from staying in the rehearsing
room a little longer. 

Don't know about the comparison with Pavement. I only heard a few songs by
them and disliked them all.

> /Ludde, impatiently waiting for October 17th...

So what's happening the 17th? Did I miss something?

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Date: Wed, 14 Sep 94 08:33:55 +0200
From: ludde@kore.lk.se (Ludvig Borgne)
Subject: Re: Ray Wonder

  >> Can someone please give me some info on Ray Wonder?!
  > Saw them in Hultsfred, but weren't too impressed.
  > Don't know about the comparison with Pavement. I only heard a few songs by
  > them and disliked them all.

Well, since i LOVE Pavement (anyone in scandinavia who missed their scandinavian
tour should be ashamed of themselves...! :) I reckoned they would probably suit
my tastes better, so I bought "Hooray" yesterday anyway.

And, I like it. Quite a lot, I think. (Only listened to it 3 times.)
It reminds me more of Archers Of Loaf than of Pavement, but that's not
necessarily a bad thing.
It's also quite jazzy in places, and IMHO at least a very interesting album.
Something that can't really be said about much music at all these days...

  >> /Ludde, impatiently waiting for October 17th...
  > So what's happening the 17th? Did I miss something?

Oh, just the new Puffin album coming out.
Something everyone should look forward too! (At least I hope so... :)

/Ludde

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Date: Tue, 20 Sep 1994 13:06:17 +0200
From: chief@lysator.liu.se
Subject: Green Live

NOTICE:             GREEN are playing live at Herrgar'n, Linkoping
                    this thursday (22/9 1994).

                    At the door: 40 SEK (or ROCK THE NATION member card)
                    Age: 20+

  /Erik

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Date: Tue, 4 Oct 1994 16:19:07 +0100 (MET)
From: Robert Cumming 
Subject: Bob Hund single?

Hej/moi mina tysta v{nner!

Making my way at high speed through this month's 'N|jesguiden' I saw
that one of journalist Martin Gelin's recommendations for 'B{st just
nu' is a single by Bob Hund on the Dilettante label called 'Edvin
Medvind'.  Does anyone know anything about this?  Why is it not
on Silence records?  

I was going to ask about that song anyway, because it was one of about three
that they played at their gig in Stockholm a month ago that I didn't
recognise (another was 'H{r {r en hand}' I think).  Are these tracks
available anywhere?  The gig was utterly wonderful, by the way, the
best I have EVER seen.  I was pretty much emotionally and physically
exhausted for days after... (that's my excuse for not posting a review here,
sorry =])

...and if anyone's going to see Hedningarna at Gino next week, give me a
shout (come to that, if you're in Stockholm, give me a shout: det skulle
vara kul f|r mig att tr{ffas med n{gon n{ra hemma, s{ det vill jag, tror
jag)...

Robert

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Date: Thu, 13 Oct 1994 15:35:30 +0200 (EET)
From: Sami Rouhento 
Subject: where's everyone gone?

Hi folks,

is this list dead or just sort of hibernating? Is there absolutely
nothing happening on the scandinavian indie rock field anymore these
days? Or have I been taken off the list? Somebody please say 
something...

ObMusic: Read in the Rumba magazine a couple of days back that
the mighty Deep Turtle will be (or will have been, now) the very
first Finnish band to record a Peel Session. Cool. Now, what I'd
like to know is whether there is a British person on this list who
could do me a huge favour by taping that thing for me when they 
broadcast it... e-mail me and we'll work out the details.

Sami
 
-- 
...absoluuttinen mies...

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Date: Thu, 13 Oct 1994 16:41:10 +0100 (MET)
From: Robert Cumming 
Subject: Re: where's everyone gone?

/Hi folks,
/ 
/is this list dead or just sort of hibernating? Is there absolutely
/nothing happening on the scandinavian indie rock field anymore these
/days? Or have I been taken off the list? Somebody please say 
/something...

Well _I'm_ still here anyway!  And still far more ignorant about Swedish
indie music than I'd like to be (I mean, I haven't even heard any
_Popsicle_ yet!) because of not knowing what to listen to on the radio
here.  OK, there's P3's musikkanalen, but they waste so much time playing
Traste Linde'ns Kvintett (sp?) and so on.  Oh for a svensk version of
Radio Mafia... 
 
/ObMusic: Read in the Rumba magazine a couple of days back that
/the mighty Deep Turtle will be (or will have been, now) the very
/first Finnish band to record a Peel Session. Cool. Now, what I'd
/like to know is whether there is a British person on this list who
/could do me a huge favour by taping that thing for me when they 
/broadcast it... e-mail me and we'll work out the details.

Well, this British person is still in the wrong country to help you. So
what are Deep Turtle like then?  My knowledge of suomalainen indie stops
at Aknestik (kiitos, Kimmo) I'm afraid. 

Robert

PS and if you're a Tampere translation student, then I think 
a friend of mine is visiting you (ish) right now...

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Date: Fri, 14 Oct 1994 11:47:49 +0200 (EET)
From: Sami Rouhento 
Subject: deep turtle

Robert wrote:

> Well _I'm_ still here anyway!  And still far more ignorant about Swedish
> indie music than I'd like to be (I mean, I haven't even heard any
> _Popsicle_ yet!) because of not knowing what to listen to on the radio
> here.  OK, there's P3's musikkanalen, but they waste so much time playing
> Traste Linde'ns Kvintett (sp?) and so on.  Oh for a svensk version of
> Radio Mafia... 

Oh, well... Radiomafia is okay, I guess. They play far too much 
meaningless techno pop (2 Unlimited etc.) but at least they have 
a couple of decent shows, like the John Peel show I mentioned. 
The commercial radio stations around here are totally worthless, so
that makes Radiomafia seem like a heaven on earth in comparison, but I feel 
they could do better still...

> what are Deep Turtle like then?  My knowledge of suomalainen indie stops
> at Aknestik (kiitos, Kimmo) I'm afraid. 

A definition of Deep Turtle? Boy, that's a hard one. They've often
been filed under the fusion core category, as if all they ever did
was listen to Nomeansno records for inspiration, but lately they've
pretty much grown out of that and are now a very original mix of 
ethnic (latin american and oriental), hard core, jazz and pop
influences. Sort of difficult to describe, actually! "Somersault
Twist" was a term used for their music once, and it sounds somewhat
correct to me. New album _There's a Vomit Sprinkler In My Liver River_
out now on Bad Vugum.

Sami

> Robert

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Date: Fri, 14 Oct 94 12:20:27 +0100
From: Marten.Sahlen@eua.ericsson.se (Marten Sahlen)
Subject: Re: deep turtle

> From scan-indie-request@lysator.liu.se Fri Oct 14 11:05:38 1994
> From: Sami Rouhento 

> > Well _I'm_ still here anyway!  And still far more ignorant about Swedish
> > indie music than I'd like to be (I mean, I haven't even heard any
> > _Popsicle_ yet!) because of not knowing what to listen to on the radio
> > here.  OK, there's P3's musikkanalen, but they waste so much time playing
> > Traste Linde'ns Kvintett (sp?) and so on.  Oh for a svensk version of
> > Radio Mafia... 

If you are in the Stockholm area, you should definitely tune in Radio Bandit on
105.5. Their airplay is clinically free from techno and hit list stuff, and they
play a lot of songs by Dinosaur Jr, Breeders, Lush, and the likes. I even recall
hearing Popsicle on Bandit.

> > what are Deep Turtle like then?  My knowledge of suomalainen indie stops
> > at Aknestik (kiitos, Kimmo) I'm afraid. 

Speaking of Finnish independent music: can anyone tell me what happened to the
incredible band Mana Mana, from Joensuu I think. Their album 'Totuus Palaa' (sp?)
from a few years back was so impressing, but I haven't heard anything since then.
I seem to remember that Mana Mana shared a few members with the equally great
Joensuu band Psychoplasma. 

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Date: Fri, 14 Oct 1994 12:56:11 +0100 (MET)
From: Robert Cumming 
Subject: Re: deep turtle

Martin wrote:
/ Robert wrote:
/> > Well _I'm_ still here anyway!  And still far more ignorant about Swedish
/> > indie music than I'd like to be (I mean, I haven't even heard any
/> > _Popsicle_ yet!) because of not knowing what to listen to on the radio
/> > here.  OK, there's P3's musikkanalen, but they waste so much time
/playing
/> > Traste Linde'ns Kvintett (sp?) and so on.  Oh for a svensk version of
/> > Radio Mafia... 
/
/If you are in the Stockholm area, you should definitely tune in Radio
/Bandit on 105.5. Their airplay is clinically free from techno and hit
/list stuff, and they play a lot of songs by Dinosaur Jr, Breeders, Lush,
/and the likes. I even recall hearing Popsicle on Bandit. 

Whaaaaat?  I have to say I've been avoiding Bandit, because while they
don't play any 2 Unlimited they seem to make up for it by playing vast
amounts of crap American rock.  And the quality of the DJs is really
rock-bottom -- it's a relief when the adverts come on.  Maybe the
Stockholmers find it entertaining having stupid Americans doing their
radio for them, but I find it almost unbearable. 

Maybe I'll try again though...

Robert
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Date: Fri, 14 Oct 1994 19:34:24 +0100
From: chief@lysator.liu.se
Subject: West Side Discography v1.2

A WEST SIDE FABRICATION                                      v1.2  13-Oct-94
Label discography                                    by chief@lysator.liu.se
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Catalog#  Form  Year Group/Artist            Title

We 001    MC    86   West European Politics  God's Name In Vain
We 002    7"    87   West European Politics  Delirium Is A Disease Of The Night
We 003    MC    87   Compilation             Musikfabriken
We 004    MC    87   This Perfect Day        Christ, Marx, Wood and Wei
We 005    7"    88   West European Politics  Dej Vu
We 006    7"    88   Genre Happy             Hit The Happiness
We 007    7"    88   This Perfect Day        Songs About Love And Affection
We 008    7"    89   Tekman                  Welcome
We 009    7"    89   Wannadies               The Beast Cures The Lover
We 010    LP    89   West European Politics  Slugging For...
We 011    7"    89   West European Politics  Women
WeTS 012  TS    92   T-shirt                 Popmusic Ruins Your Brain
We 013    LP    90   Compilation             From A Northern Place
We 014    7"    90   This Perfect Day        Balcony Love
We 015    7"    90   Livingstone             Half A Lifetime
We 016    7"    90   Mary*Go*Round           Plays Golden Hits
We 017    MP    90   Holger Danske           Holger Danske
We 018    7"    90   The Waiting Rain        Sail
We 019    7"    90   Mindre Modiga Mn       Tysta Mn
We 020    7"    91   The Boom Band           Osynlig Vn
We 021    LP    91   Compilation             A West Side Fabrication Vol 2
We 022    7"    91   Holger Danske           Water From The Moon
We 023    7"    91   This Perfect Day        Postcard Summers
We 024    7"    91   Tins & Cans             Mission
We 025    7"    91   Send No Flowers         Learning French
We 026    7"    91   Mindre Modiga Mn       Vackra Ann
We 027    LP    91   Tins & Cans             Trancemission
WeCD 027  CD    91   Tins & Cans             Trancemission
We 028    LP    91   Mindre Modiga Mn       Lgnerna Och Sanningen
WeCD 028  CD    91   Mindre Modiga Mn       Lgnerna Och Sanningen
We 029    MC    91   Popsicle                Popsicle
WeCD 030  CD    92   Compilation             This Is A West Side Fabrication
WeCD 031  CD    92   Compilation             15 Songs To The Spring
We 032    LP    92   Cod Lovers              Pretty Things
WeCD 032  CD    92   Cod Lovers              Pretty Things
WeCD 033  CD    92   Popsicle                Template
WeCD 034  CD    92   Mindre Modiga Mn       Snlla Mamma
We 035    7"    92   The Bugs                Bumble Bee
WeCD 036  CD    92   The Waiting Rain        Another Mental Earthquake
WeCD 037  CD    92   The Bear Quartet        Penny Century
WeCD 038  CD    92   Blithe                  Pagan Rituals Under A Midnight Sun
WeCD 039  CD5   93   Holger Danske           I Am Here
WeCD 040  CD5   93   Mindre Modiga Mn       Lyckligare D
WeCD 041  CD    93   Stardog                 Champions
WeCD 042  CD    93   Pleasurehouse           Marseille
WeCD 043  CD    93   Holger Danske           Hank vs Hank
WeCD 044  CD    93   Mindre Modiga Mn       Kgedalen
WeCD 045  CD    93   The Bear Quartet        Cosy Den
WeCD 046  CD    93   Compilation             West Side Strikes Back Vol IV
WeCD 047  CD5   93   Stardog                 The Godrats EP
WeCD 048  CD5   93   Holger Danske           Pitch Vs Frequenzy EP
WeCD 049  CD5   93   Mindre Modiga Mn       Sa Dom P Radion
WeCD 050  CD5   93   Hardy Nilsson           1973/Hon Som Gr Bredvid
WeTS 051  TS    93   West Side Fabrication   Got A Cooler Sounding Name
WeTS 052  TS    93   The Bear Quartet        Cosy Den
WeTS 053  TS    93   A Shrine                Friendly Friends
WePO 054  PO    93   Stardog                 Stardog
WePO 055  PO    93   Compilation             Got A Cooler Sounding Name
WeCD 056  CD5   93   A Shrine                Glace
WeCD 057  CD    93   Blithe                  Head Is Mighty
WeCD 058  CD5   93   Hardy Nilsson           Popsng/Din Match
WeCD 059  CD    93   Mufflon 5               Boca Juniors
WeCD 060  CD5   93   Fireside                Softboy
WeCD 061  CD    93   The Bear Quartet        Family Affair
WeCD 062  CD    93   Puffin                  Carnivore
WeCD 063  CD5   93   Blue                    Popsong EP
WeCD 064  CD    93   Hardy Nilsson           r Det Vrt Det?
WePO 065  PO    --   Compilation             Never Trust A Teenage Popstar
WeMC 066  MC    --   Compilation             NS West Side
WeCD 067  CD5   --   Carpe Wade              Porch Light
WeCD 068  CD5   --   Hardy Nilsson           Gud I Mikrofon EP
WeCD 069  CD5   94   Puffin                  Medium Cool EP
WeCD 070  CD    94   Carpe Wade              Full Circle
WeCD 071  CD5   94   The Bear Quartet        Revisited EP
WeCD 072  CD5   94   Fireside                Jupiter
WeCD 073  CD    94   Compilation             We're All Part Of A Family
WeCD 074  CD5   94   A Shrine                48k
WeCD 075  CD    94   Fireside                Fantastic Four
WeTS 076  TS    94   Compilation             We're All Part Of A Family
WeCD 077  CD5   94   Carpe Wade              Snow
WeCD 078  CD    94   A Shrine                Hansel
WeCD 079  CD    94   Stardog                 Stardog
WeCD 080  CD5   94   Popundret               Popundret
WeTS 081  TS    94   Compilation             We Are The Family
WeCD 082  CD    94   Penniless People of B.. Mould
WeCD 083  CD5   94   Blue                    Calling
WeCD 084  CD    94   Compilation             Making New Friends
WeCD 085  CDMP  94   Blissfull               Greatest
WeCD 086  CD    94   Blue                    Sitting On The Sofa
WeCD 087  CD    94   Puffin                  Soundtrack
WeCD 088  CD    94   Mufflon 5               6:am Mantra

(West Side together with Telegram Records:)

WeT 1     CD    93   A Shrine                Li & Friends
WeT 2     CD    93   Blue                    Blue

(West Side under the JAZZ BEAT label:)

JB 01     CD5   93   SUSS von AHN            River Of Love
JB 02     CD5   94   SUSS von AHN            Bet I Would Fall In Love Again
JB 03     

(West Side under the BUFFEL label:)

BUF.S 01  CD5   94   Garp                    Faller En, Faller Alla... EP
BUF.  02  CD    94   Garp                    Tillten Frn 16
BUF.S 03  CD5   94   Mindre Modiga Mn       Till Dom Som Har Frlorat Allt
BUF.S 04  CD5   94   Hardy Nilsson           Hela Hjrtat Mitt
BUF.  05  CD    94   Hardy Nilsson           Att Ha Och Inte Ha
BUF.S 06  CD5   94   Mindre Modiga Mn       D r Bilen Bra
BUF.  07  CD    94   Mindre Modiga Mn       Utan Att Rodna

(West Side under the SPEECH label:)

SP.S  01  CD5   94   Boolteens               Perfect Smile

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Date: Fri, 14 Oct 1994 19:36:07 +0100
From: chief@lysator.liu.se
Subject: New Puffin CD

News about the new Puffin CD - "Soundtrack" reached me yesterday through
Jocke (Mr West Side) when Carpe Wade played live here in Linkoping. He
told me it had been delayed for another two weeks (so it'll be out at
the end of this month).

 /Erik

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Date: Mon, 17 Oct 1994 14:59:48 +0200 (EET)
From: Sami Rouhento 
Subject: Mana Mana

Marten Sahlen wrote:

> Speaking of Finnish independent music: can anyone tell me what 
> happened to the incredible band Mana Mana, from Joensuu I think. 
> Their album 'Totuus Palaa' (sp?) from a few years back was so 
> impressing, but I haven't heard anything since then. I seem to
> remember that Mana Mana shared a few members with the equally great
> Joensuu band Psychoplasma. 

Yes, Mana Mana, definitely a legend. Unfortunately they are no more,
since the guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Jouni Mommo died a couple of
years ago, apparently during his stay at the hospital where he was
treated for his schizophrenia. A major loss, no doubt, even though 
the word has it that toward the end he was pretty much out of it, 
and probably would not have been able to keep the band going anyway.
I don't recall them having released anything after _Totuus Palaa_,
but I might be wrong. There was a tour, however, some time after
Mommo's death, with the rest of the band (including Otra Romppanen
of Psychoplasma fame) playing old Mana Mana songs, as a tribute
to the deceased.

Sami

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Date: Mon, 17 Oct 1994 15:14:21 +0100 (MET)
From: Petter Tiilikainen 
Subject: The Bear Quartet Discography v 2.0

The Bear Quartet Discography. version 2.0
=========================================

Last update: 17th of October '94.
Compiled by Petter Tiilikainen (burrito@ludd.luth.se)
Thanks to Ludvig Borgne for info about the EP and the demos.
Some of the info is inconsistent, if you have
additional info, please contact me.

Updates posted to alt.music.swedish-pop,
                  alt.music.alternative,
		  alt.music.independent.
        mailed to the scandinavian indie list.
                  (scan-indie@lysator.liu.se)
Also available via www from
http://www.ludd.luth.se/~burrito/

Contents:
  o Ordinary releases
  o Compilation cuts.
  o Known demos
  o Short history of the band.

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199? 12" (CEI027) on [Ceilidh]
"Headacher" / "Tendervision" // "Spoon" / "Elvis Beach"

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1992 CD (WeCD 037) on [A West Side Fabrication]
"Penny Century"
	The Juiceman / Headacher / 20 / Hrrn Hrnn /
        Spoon / Bob / Private Sue / Dead Speedy /
	Tenderversion / Elvis Beach / I got the door /
	Sandi Morning / Broke

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1993 CD (WeCD 045) on [A West Side Fabrication]
"Cosy Den"
	Guilt Jazz / High Noon / Pup / Mountain /
	Gone Gone / Lude / Suits on for Sandi /
	Kept Fine / Fencecleaners / Straw / Blizzard /
	Drop me Anywhere / Memo / For I don't know /
	Is he dead is he dizzy

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1993 7" (Sticky1) on [Sticky Fingers]
"Blizzard / Headacher"
	Blizzard / Headacher

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1993 MCD (WeCD 061) on [A West Side Fabrication]
"Family Affair"
	Carsick / Big Stretch / Revisited / 
        Slope Goings / Who's knocking /
 	Left on the bank of the river / Smallest /
	Boss Dawn / Cross Yawn / Twinreciever

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1994 CD5 (WeCD 071) on [A West Side Fabrication]
"Revisited" 
	Revisited / I'm Slow / Wear that jacket /
	Hot Meal / Capital Breath

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Compilation tracks:
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1993 CD (WeCD 046) on [A West Side Fabrication]
"WEST SIDE. strikes back vol IV"

Bear Quartet track: 
'Great thing'                  (previously unreleased)

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1993 CD (RMCD 3020) on [Rainbow Music]
"Life's a joke"

Bear Quartet track:
'7th'       		       (previously unreleased)

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1994 CD (WeCD 073) on [A West Side Fabrication]
"We're all part of a family"

Bear Quartet track:
'the core of prescence'        (previously unreleased)

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1994 2CD (NEJCD 94) on [Rosa Honung Records]
"Nej till EU"

Bear Quartet track:
'Capital Breath'

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1994 7" (Sticky ?) on [Sticky Fingers]
Split 7" with Blithe, A Shrine and Puffin

Bear Quartet track:
'Capital Breath'

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Known Demos:
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1989?/9?:  
1st demo, all I know is the song "7th" is (probably) on it

1990:
"Spoon" with the songs :
Headacher / Tendervision / Hairfruit + some others

1991:
"Moonbody"

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Short history:
--------------
1989:	tBQ formed in the summer in Lulea, Sweden,
 	with the line up:
	Mattias Alkberg - guitars, voice.
	Jari Haapalainen - guitars
	Johan Forsling - guitars
	Peter Nuottaniemi - bass guitar
	Mats Olsson - drums
1993:   Urban Nordh replaced Mats Olsson on drums
1993:  	Recorded a live session for John Peel's 
	radio show at BBC Radio-1, UK.

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Date: Mon, 17 Oct 1994 21:45:54 +0100
From: chief@lysator.liu.se
Subject: Carpe Wade Live

CARPE WADE - Live at Herrgar'n, Linkoping, Sweden 13-Oct-94

Playlist:    |- Blade
             |- Bucket Hand
                Headdown
                3000 (sri sausen)
             |- Snow
             |- Spit
                Down Enter
                Urin
                Waisted
                Spots Before My Eyes
                --------------------
                .... (Fredrik Enqvist only)

  Key:
      |- these two songs played
      |- without pause between

Titles and notes from the band's own playlist (ie. hard to tell what it
said sometimes).

I don't remember that last song, but it was a "known" one - ie. a cover of
Magnus Uggla or something like that. It started as Beastie Boys "Sabotage"
(on request) though. :)

For those who haven't heard Carpe Wade - They're compared with Rage Against
The Machine, Pearl Jam and Red Hot Chili Peppers (all in a mix). I'd say
"Hardcore with a twist".

Songs like "Waisted" and "Headdown", from their latest EP definitley sound
like Rage - others have influences from everything between Matthew Sweet
and Red Hot Chili Peppers. They do have a point about the Pearl Jam AND
the Red Hot Chili Peppers AND Rage Against The Machine-influences on the
"Porch Light" EP (their first EP - first track "Porch Light" - a bit like
Pearl Jam, second track "Medicine" - a bit like Red Hot Chili Peppers, third
track - "Wanna Be" - a bit like Rage Against The Machine) and fourth,
"Waisted", like I said earlier - a _really_ Rage-comparable track.


Jocke (the owner of the West Side label) was with them and had loads of
things to say (which he did as well). I don't know what to write from all
of that, but it looks like Hardy Nilsson is the best selling West Side
band at the moment. If you don't count the Swedish-singing bands, The Bear
Quartet came at #1, Carpe Wade at #3 and A Shrine at #4. Now that I write
this I can't remember if Fireside came #1 or #2. Well, the first and second
place could be mixed. Read it as you please. Jocke was very surpised that
Puffin hadn't made it to the top 3 though (as surpised as I was) - maybe
an example of not-so-good marketing, he thought. He also revealed who wrote
Mufflon 5's songs - but I don't know if I can tell anyone. They made it
sound like a "trade secret". I have to ask Jocke about it first.

They have signed their first "outside Sweden" band - "Penniless People of
Bulgaria" - and will release a full-length CD with them any day now. I
just can't remember where they came from, though I think they were from
Finland.

Got their latest marketing-purpose folder, titled "When it all comes down to
this: you're alone - A West Side Fabrication [Sample]" with photos by Sofia
Dahlgren, which included a discography (that's why I posted a new one a few
days ago :)) with yet-to-come releases such as new full-length'ers from Blue,
Puffin and Mufflon 5. The 'West Side' introduction text says:

 "A West Side Fabrication -is an independent company based in northern Sweden.
  The label, since founded in 1987, has taken the position as being the most
  inventive and radical label in Sweden. A West Side Fabrication were first
  to sign and promote bands such as Popsicle, The Wannadies, and This Perfect
  Day; today, these bands are a part of the elite of Swedish popmusic. 17 bands
  are signed to the label. Many of which have gained an enormous amount of
  attention both in Sweden and abroad. The Bear Quartet, Mufflon 5 and Blithe
  are bands that habe recorded live sessions for the John Peel Show in England.
  With all this focus on the label, many fans have been made from all over the
  world; some fans have written letters expressing their love and affection as
  real fans do. A West Side Fabrication has started three daughter labels,
  Jazz Beat for a jazzy sound and with a special focus on singer/songwriters,
  Speech is a friendly friends label and Buffel is a label for bands that sing
  in Swedish. A West Side Fabrication is the guarantee for new and exciting
  music. It's the trademark for personality, and a chance for an artist to
  develop and release records. [got a cooler sounding name]"

Jocke had three copies of a new Promo they were distributing to who-knows
including new songs from Puffin, The Bear Quartet, A Shrine etc, but wouldn't
sell any of them. I'd get one in the mail later though he promised, so I'll
write a review of that one when I get it.

Partly _Good News_ on the Estonian indie scene as well - I told him about
Bizarre and Morningrise from Estonia, and he was interested to hear them
so I promised to send what I had (which I did today). He thought my
definition of Bizarre (ie. "better than Slowdive even") sounded promising
enough, though he had about 50 tapes (a week?) to listen through.

I won't write anything about the rest of the night but that if you like
to party - get to know these guys. :)

Interesting facts:
1. Daniel Soderberg who play guitar in Carpe Wade, play bass in A Shrine.
   (if I didn't get all of it completely wrong).

2. Everyone (including Jocke) agreed that Blue's song "My Day" on the
   "West Side strikes back vol IV" compilation is _really, really_ good.

3. Ekan (from A Shrine) is West Side's best song-writer.

4. The reason why we don't see A Shrine on tour is - no-one requests them!
   (EVERYONE OUT THERE - PLEASE TELL YOUR LOCAL "live" PLACE TO DO THIS!)

5. Fredrik wanted to have a contest with Jocke to decide who would drive
   back to Skelleftea (about 1000 kilomteters). (Jocke drove to Linkoping).

6. Trastocksfestivalen 94 (Woodstock (uhm.. in Sweden)) was free - and no-one
   liked the fact that Expressen (a big evening newspaper here) had said the
   fee was 230 swedish crowns.

7. Next year (for the Trastocksfestivalen), they had been told they had to
   build a bridge to some island, and have the whole thing there (or was it
   just to get the campers a place to sleep? Something like that.)

8. Jocke got two tickets to the Hultsfreds Festival this year - but he didn't
   have time to go, so he gave them away to Fredrik (Carpe Wade) and Ekan (?)
   (A Shrine). They showed up, and was interviewed on MTV's Headbangers Ball
   while they were dead drunk. Jocke's comment: "heh, good spokesmen for the
   West Side label...". Someone said he was ashamed about the whole thing. :)

 /Erik

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Date: Mon, 17 Oct 1994 21:48:49 +0100
From: chief@lysator.liu.se
Subject: SKYLTEN, Linkoping Autumn 1994

Here's the schedule for Skylten here in Linkoping ->

21/10  Souls + Broder Daniel
 3/11  Lag Wagon + Strung Out (U.S.)
 5/11  Surfcaster Beach
12/11  Lars Demian + Jambalaya Trio
26/11  Bob Hund + Halo
17/12  Christmas Party (bands to come later on)

 /Erik

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Date: Tue, 18 Oct 1994 09:28:54 +0200 (EET)
From: Sami Rouhento 
Subject: Re: Carpe Wade Live

Erik the Chief wrote about A West Side Fabrication:

> They have signed their first "outside Sweden" band - "Penniless People of
> Bulgaria" - and will release a full-length CD with them any day now. I
> just can't remember where they came from, though I think they were from
> Finland.

You're right there. Penniless People of Bulgaria are indeed Finnish
and have released over here one album on Poko Rekords and later two
on their own. Haven't really heard any of them so I can't comment on 
sound (but I've been told they're sort of Pixies-influenced).

> Partly _Good News_ on the Estonian indie scene as well - I told him about
> Bizarre and Morningrise from Estonia, and he was interested to hear them
> so I promised to send what I had (which I did today). He thought my
> definition of Bizarre (ie. "better than Slowdive even") sounded promising
> enough, though he had about 50 tapes (a week?) to listen through.

Umm, I'm sorry for not having kept you posted but the sad fact is that
Morningrise have split up. Bizarre, on the other hand, have released
an "official cassette version" of their demo -Beautica- backed with
a couple of brand new songs ("Pearlshell Fairy" and "Paint the
Silence") which sound at least as good as anything they've done
before. I don't have the address here at hand, but if anyone wants
to know how to obtain a copy, just say so.

Sami

>  /Erik


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