Major Matt asks Soléna Toussaint‎ (OJ Summer Intern) 5 questions (#5)


1. How did we meet?
We met at one of your shows in Nantes (France), I think in 2008. But I was too shy to talk to you so we really met the next time you came to Nantes to tour with Schwervon!. Rahim introduced us and I offered to host the two of you at my place. And then I became your intern and that's how we got to know each other really.

2. 3 things that make you happy?
My cat, chilling with my boyfriend and friends, going to amazing music shows.

3. 3 things that make you sad?
When my loved ones are hurting mostly. Sometimes I also hate that the world is so big and people so far from me. Injustices make me sad when I'm not as optimistic as I can be and when I think there's nothing to do about them.

4. What is your favorite color?
Red, definitely. But every once in a while I can have a new fleeting favourite color.

5. 3 people who inspire you? Read more »

Edinburgh Man Podcast #29


Another podcast ramble through the worlds of indie-pop and unsigned / self-released music.

Matt posted a link to the podcast last week, so I thought I'd post an entry for the latest episode. Initially when I started recording this podcast it was just a chance to play music that I was enjoying listening to at the time, and ramble a bit of nonsense. The rationale has become a bit (although not much) more focused over the last 8 months. I try and pick my favorites tracks from recent indie label releases, but I also try and find some interesting self-released and unsigned music too. In general much of the music is new to me, although I do throw in some more well known artists and tracks sometimes.

If there is any method to the madness it's that I play some obvious music to hook people in, and then play some tracks from artists that I don't think they'll have heard before. Read more »

Are there any songs that make you cry?


About a week ago, The Onion's AV Club website syndicated an article about the top 10 songs a survey of men said made them cry:

For those of you too lazy to click, here is the list:

1. R.E.M,"Everybody Hurts"
2. Eric Clapton, "Tears In Heaven"
3. Leonard Cohen, "Hallelujah"
4. Sinead O’Connor, "Nothing Compares 2 U"
5. U2, "With Or Without You"
6. The Verve, "The Drugs Don’t Work"
7. Elton John, "Candle In The Wind"
8. Bruce Springsteen, "Streets Of Philadelphia"
9. Todd Duncan, "Unchained Melody"
10. Robbie Williams, "Angels"

When I saw this list, I had two thoughts -- which are echoed by many folks in the AV Club comments sections: 1) these songs don't make me cry, 2) who cries at songs?

Well, yesterday, I listened to the 2008 album by country singer Jamey Johnson, That Lonesome Song, for the first time, and when it came to a song called, "In Color," I got chills. It's a little obvious and sentimental, but it's not extraordinarily cheesy and expresses something that moved me deeply in what I feel was an evocative way. Read more »

Chris Hedges--One of the best out there right now.


Chris is consistently writing really good articles.
I don't see things exactly as he does 100% of the time, but I find him important.

excerpt----The role of knowledge and art, as the ancient Greeks understood, is to create ekstasis, which means standing outside one’s self to give our individual life and struggle meaning and perspective. The role of art and scholarship is to transform us as individuals, not entertain us as a group. It is to nurture this capacity for understanding and empathy. Art and scholarship allow us to see the underlying structures and assumptions used to manipulate and control us. And this is why art, like intellectual endeavor, is feared by the corporate elite as subversive. This is why corporations have used their money to deform universities into vocational schools that spit out blinkered and illiterate systems managers. This is why the humanities are withering away. Read more »

Distro Gem #2: Double Deuce - Camp Candy


I've taken it upon myself to now and again write little reviews of various awesome items in the OJ distro that might get lost in the immensity of it all. My first entry can be viewed here:

In a just world, there would be no fame and every piece of art would be appreciated purely on its inherent merits. But, even in this unjust world that we live in, it seems particularly egregious that brother-sister duo Double Deuce have not reached even the moderate fame of other sibling musicians like The Fiery Furnaces or ... I don't know... The Osmonds.

Double Deuce is a supergroup consisting of the mind-bogglingly prolific Toby Goodshank and his sister Angela Carlucci (aka Little Cobweb). They have put out only two CDs, one home-recorded and one in the studio. The latter, Camp Candy, ranks as one of the best albums I have ever heard. Focused largely around Goodshank's guitar and the pair's vocals, although augmented occasionally by a full band (including cello parts by Carlucci's bandmate in The Babyskins, Crystal Madrilejos), Camp Candy is full of memorable songs that catch in your brain even if it's hard to decode their literal meaning. Read more »

Helsinki and Train to Russia (Tour Daily 4)


For the next tour entry, go to my other blog.
I inserted a bunch of photos, so it'll be a little difficult to cut and paste all of them.

Stockholm Something (Tour Daily 3)


Long drive to Stockholm from Copenhagen, listening to the Moth, This American Life and finally as we arrive the amazing “Private Press” band The Dandelines. “We’re the children of Sunshine, we come from god the father, we come on down from heaven, to seek our looooove”
Sung by a group of what sound like three 10 year old girls.
(“Private Press” is the newest “inside-tour-joke.”)
During the drive I spot a moose in a field. “Moose! Moose!” I yell. Waking up Jeff in the back who gets to see it as does Dave, who pops his moose-seeing-cherry (he’d never seen one before)

Stockholm is beautiful, but of course we have no time to see any of it. There’s a marathon happening. We’re playing another Debasser club, like we did in Malmo but this one is very stinky. But the food they serve is a lot better. Back in Debasser in Malmo we were served a classic Swedish dish, “The Sandwitch cake” Look it up online. Smörgåstårta. “Like a very big multi-layer sandwich. Comes with many different fillings and toppings” it was not for us. Read more »

Malmo-Copenhagen (Tour Daily2)


Malmo-Copenhagen (Tour Daily2)


Woke up this morning in a hostel and looked out the window to see a goat sticking its head out of it’s little house. Taking its time, not wanting to come outside.
It looks like a little farm just over the fence next to the hostel. Once one goat left his shack anothers head appeared in the doorway, eventually there were multiple goats walking around. Read more »

RIP Martin Büsser


German author Martin Büsser died on September 23rd, after a short illness, at the age of 42. Büsser was a founding member of the Ventil Verlag publishing house and an editor of the critical pop culture magazine testcard for 15 years. He continuously championed strange, weird and uncomfortable musics and artists, and was one of the very few voices in the German music media who introduced identity politics into the political left and music scenes. His 2005 book on Antifolk was the first work that historicized and theorized the NYC community's output. He was a big fan of Huggabroomstik and Dufus, regularly attending their shows at Darmstadt's Oetinger Villa, and featured many Olive Juice Music artists on his Trikont compilation "Side Walk Songs. New Urban Folk". His intelligence, sympathy, and enthusiasm will be missed.

Obituary from Ventil Verlag

Goteberg, Malmo, Oslo (Tour Daily 2010)


Goteberg, Malmo, Oslo (Tour Daily 2010)

9 September 2010 by lvov4bloogs | Edit

I took 2 Tylenol PM before boarding our flight to Oslo., which allowed me to sleep for most of the 7 hour flight. We landed in Oslo.
At the passport control we were a little nervous about saying we were playing shows even though we felt it is usually not a problem in Scandinavia. We went through separately. My customs officer asked if I was playing shows. I nervously said yes, in Sweden and then in Russia. “Oh” she said “that’s a big trip” “yeah I said and France and Italy” “That’s a lot of travel” she said
“Yes it is I said”
She smiled and stamped my passport.
The same happened with Jeff.
We rented a car. I felt pretty rested. We got a stick shift and tried practicing in the parking lot. I was having some trouble finding the sweet spot and the engine started smoking. Jeff drove it a round a little bit and it seemed okay, but then we had to go up a hill to exit and he kept stalling out. Quite stressful as we inched up the hill one stall out at a time. Read more »

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