Monday, April 14, 2008

TEENAGE KICKS


Listen to TEENAGE KICKS (Live in Studio) by Seabear.

Howdy. Stuart popping by to bring you a week of new Icelandic tunes. Why? For mine, the music coming out of this far flung island is more compelling, unique and fresh than anything out there right now. I'll spare you my tome on why this is for now and instead let the bands and tunes do the talking.

All five of this week's recordings were made in Reykjavik during the last weekend in March. In a 26 hour period I recorded a few dozen songs with 10 bands. I filmed the sessions with a lo-fi point-and-shoot camera and synced the sound that was recorded and mixed for the most part by the bands themselves.

First up is Seabear. I caught the band in their Reykjavik studio during the recording of their second album. They played me a few songs from their debut, "The Ghost That Carried Us Away." This one, a cover of the Undertones' Teenage Kicks, was the third take after Inga tried a couple of different xylophones. The other songs recorded at the session were Seashell and Cat Piano.

(Late update, from the editor: we don't yet have permission to let everyone download the mp3, which is why the link is back to the youtube of the performance. But you can also still stream the song on the right, like usual.)

(Even later update: Permission granted! You can and should download this live track now, at the usual link above. ...plus, enjoy it all properly punctuated)

I hope to see you back here again this week. Enjoy.


Photo: set speed, by Arnþór Snær.

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4 comments:

bill said...

Just a note--we don't yet have permission to let everyone download the mp3, which is why the link is back to the youtube of the performance. But you can also still stream the song on the right, like usual.

bill said...

All right! Here is the live-in-studio mp3 file, for your downloading pleasure.

Philip said...

I love the original version. This is a very understated cover (a nice and sweet one). Interesting choice to open up your primer to current Icelandic music. Look forward to the rest.

Stuart said...

yeah it's all gonna be a bit understated due to the DIY nature of the recording sessions. that's until Reykjavik! hit on Friday.

there's also a bunch of bands i didn't get round to on this trip that i'll be dropping studio tunes by here and there on the blog after this week.

you should check out seabear's album version of teenage kicks. it's a goodie. you can find it at their MySpace which is linked under their name.