Sweden’s P3 Guld Sets the Bar for Award Shows

Dear Grammy’s, MTV VMA’s, AMA’s, and every other music related awards show out there. If you want to impress, surprise, bewilder, shock and/or give the public something to talk about, you better get working right now. The bar for award shows has been raised to a whole new level.

Sweden held it’s annual P3 Guld Public Radio Award show this past January 19th and in doing so, showed the rest of the world just how far musicians can push the envelope if you let them do whatever the hell they want. I could go on trying to describe what went on but it’s probably better that you just take a look for yourself.

Check out the videos below of Fever Ray giving the strangest acceptance speech you will ever see for the “Best Dance Artist” award, an entertaining costume filled performance of “Backseat” by Staygold ft. Robyn, Spank Rock, & Damien Adore, and the Teddybears performing “Rocket Scientist” in full on bear masks. Lady Gaga you better step your game up, you are officially not the weirdest awards show presence anymore.

Hear Four Tet’s New Album “There Is Love In You”

Four Tet aka Kieran Hebden has a new record There Is Love In You (album art above), that is being released next week on Jan. 25, 2010 via Domino Records (which we discussed before here).

Kieran has posted the album on Soundcloud to stream for FREE for this week only, so go check it out while you can. If you end up reading this later (after the stream is taken down), then go and buy the album already, it’s fantastic.

Edit: Four Tet’s Soundcloud stream has been removed. However, for the time being Domino Records is also streaming the record on Soundcloud here.

In anticipation of There Is Love In You, Four Tet has done a few interviews lately and given the the eclectic taste Kieran Hebden is known to have, they are always an interesting read. Check out his recent interviews with Pitchfork and BBC (wordpress won’t let me embed the BBC video interview so go see Four Tet’s site for that). In both interviews Kieran mentions Joy Orbison (if the name doesn’t ring a bell you can familiarize yourself with Joy Orbison’s music here) and Floating Points (check out the Floating Points myspace) as two new producers he’s been a fan of lately.

Visit Four Tet’s website for the album stream, BBC interview, information on his upcoming tour dates (he’s touring the US and UK), and everything else Four Tet related.

Maybe I’m just giddy from hearing the Four Tet album before it’s released, but I’d have to say that There Is Love In You is an early frontrunner for 2010 album of the year. Yes, it’s that good.

And while I’m on my Four Tet binge, check out this 2009 XL8R interview where Four Tet discusses his inspirations and gives some insight on the evolution of his sound leading up to There Is Love In You.

Panda Bear Unveils New Tomboy Material Live

Animal Collective’s Panda Bear (aka Noah Lennox) has recently finished up a short European tour on which he played almost entirely new/unreleased songs, which are thought to be from his next upcoming solo record (that is rumored to be titled Tomboy, there were also shirts sold at his shows with the aforementioned title and “Panda Bear” on them as well).

Recently on 1/15/2010 at Hebbel Am Ufer in Berlin, Panda Bear’s entire set was recorded and has found its way onto the internet for your listening pleasure (see link below). The quality is not great, but it’s enough to give you a feel of how his new songs are sounding and what direction Panda is heading into for the future.

Panda Bear Live Set at Hebbel Am Ufer 01-15-2010

In addition, videos for two of the new songs and a rendition of “Daily Routine” (see below) have found their way to youtube, which show Panda Bear with a guitar strapped on his shoulder in addition to his usual setup of samplers and background visuals that we have come to know and love.

The new material sounds quite different from that of his highly acclaimed solo album Person Pitch; however, if you’ve been following him for a while, you’ll remember he played those songs (in similar short european tours) a couple years in advance of the actual album release so it’s hard to tell where the new songs are in the evolutionary process. In all likelihood they will sound much different whenever they are actually released; but until then, one can only wonder.

The Best Leftover Albums of 2009

Ok, so of course there were many many albums that did not grace my Top 25 Albums of 2009 list. While some barely missed the mark, others suffered from the honest fact that I simply didn’t listen to them (or even know they were released in a few cases…yikes!).

Well, thanks to friends, critics, and the internet (who have all informed me of quality releases I missed), I have decided to give some of these other records their fair due (instead of retroactively changing my “Best of 09” list, which would set a precedent I don’t want to follow).

Call them leftovers, honorable mentions, or whatever you like, but these 2009 albums are also all worthy of your ears time, so go and check them out!

Oh No – Dr. No’s Ethiopium [Stones Throw]

Nosaj Thing – Drift [Alpha Pup]

Hudson Mohawke – Butter [Warp]

Miike Snow – Miike Snow [Downtown]

Wild Beasts – Two Dancers [Domino]

A Sunny Day In Glasgow – Ashes Grammar [Mis Ojos Discos]

Odd Nosdam – T.I.M.E. Soundtrack [Anticon]

Tortoise – Beacons of Ancestorship [Thrill Jockey]

The Slew – 100% [Ninja Tune]

Blockhead – The Music Scene [Ninja Tune]

Little Dragon – Machine Dreams [Peacefrog]

The Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca [Domino]

MSTRKRFT – Fist of God [Dim Mak]

Bear In Heaven – Beast Rest Forth Mouth [Hometapes]

Junior Boys – Begone Dull Care [Domino]

The Flaming Lips – Embryonic [Warner Bros]