Monthly Archives: April 2008

Kiki Pau

“Why can’t we communicate?”

I’m off for the next 16 days to backpack around Italy and Greece, and I thought it only fair that I sneak a post in before I leave. Often times I open my inbox to a slew of band solicitations that, if I even bother listening at all, leave me unimpressed. However, Finland’s Kiki Pau made it to my ears somehow…thankfully so, at least. I couldn’t help but notice their (strange) penchant for my hometown of Minneapolis, and on top of that, their (not so strange) penchant for the Replacements. Anyone who sings Westerberg’s praises is more than alright by my standards. These Helsinki boys have a few of EPs out, all of which can be purchased from the link below. I highly suggest listening to some of the other tracks they’ve posted as well.

Kiki Pau – Going Steady

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4 or 5 Magicians

“…that’ll teach me. No one else did.”

Sorry, I hadn’t realized it’s been over two months. I’m still alive and well! Still in London, in fact. Been having a good time bumming around Europe, for what it’s worth. I’m off for another two weeks on Thursday, but I’ll try to get a couple more posts in before then – I owe you at least that much, yeah? I’ve some stuff that I’ve been dying to share. ANYWAY, I suppose it’s only appropriate that I post an English band. They’re not Londoners, but I love 4 or 5 Magicians them all the same. Their 2007 EP “Forever On The Edge” has been in heavy rotation since I downloaded it from e-music last week. The music is an interesting mix of pop and post punk, if there ever was such a thing, with some really great angular guitar tracking. Singer and songwriter Dan Ormsby has penned some fantastically dismissive and self deprecating lyrics as well. It’s charming, really. The EP was released on Oxford based indie label Big Scary Monsters imprint Alcopop! last year. However, it looks as though the band has some new tracks in the works…

4 or 5 Magicians – Forever On The Edge
4 or 5 Magicians – Orderly Queue

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