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Pastis are an emerging five-piece from Helsinki, taking influence from genres such as Britpop/rock, merseybeat and modern indie-rock. Finland’s Pastis, an emerging quintet whose delivery takes the bold rock grandeur of Cool Britannia and filters it through other styles and sounds that range from American indie rock to ’60s Merseybeat. It’s a riveting package straight out of Helsinki, and Pastis’ latest offering is the catchy-as-all-hell new single “Around Here”.

“As creatures of habit, we tend to live everyday more or less doing the same things, thinking the same thoughts, perhaps not challenging ourselves enough to dive in to the unknown,”Around Here’ is kind of an encouragement to break that circle and go for something new. It’s important.”

The infectious track will be included on the band’s forthcoming debut album Circles, which hits in February. It’s a nice reminder that the sound we grew up with doesn’t need to be an ode to yesterday; instead, these harmonies that live inside our heads have been with us all along.

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“Inca Roads” is one of Frank Zappa’s most cherished, covered, and appreciated pieces. It allied his ability to write a catchy song with his mastery of complex music forms, making it a favorite among progressive rock fans and virtuoso ensembles. The lyrics begin on a UFO theme: “Did a vehicle/Come from somewhere out there/Just to land in the Andes?,” referring to South American architectural structures some believed were landing sites for flying saucers. But quickly the song takes a dive into “life on the road.” The word “vehicle” is replaced by “booger-bear,” a title given to the band member who ended up with the ugliest groupie the previous night (which makes it the contrary of “Bwana Dik”). The name of drummer Chester Thompson comes up in regards to that, as it will again under similar circumstances in “Florentine Pogen.” The song ends with a tutti “On Ruth!,” a wink at percussionist Ruth Underwood’s .

“Inca Roads” was the opening track of the Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention 1975 album, “One Size Fits All”. The song features unusual time signatures, lyrics and vocals. The marimba-playing of Zappa’s percussionist Ruth Underwood is featured prominently. The song was played in concert from 1973 to 1976, 1979 and 1988. “Inca Roads” uses mixed meter time sequences.

The song starts with dominant vocals, drums, and marimba, but soon features a massive, iconic guitar solo performed by Zappa in late September 1974 at a live performance in Helsinki, Finland. An edited version of this solo recording (and part of the bass and drums accompaniment) was “grafted” onto the KCET track and forms the backbone of the One Size Fits All version . Later, George Duke plays an equally complex solo in . On the video, Zappa is seen smiling gleefully, as he plays the backup chords. After a short marimba solo, “Inca Roads” reprises its snappy intro. The song ends with the lyrics “On Ruth, on Ruth, that’s Ruth!” acknowledging Underwood for her leading on the marimba.

In an interview vocalist and keyboard player George Duke said that Zappa pushed for him to sing on “Inca Roads” and that beforehand Duke had no intentions of singing professionally and was only there to play keyboards. He went on to explain how Zappa had bought him a synthesizer (an instrument which Duke had disliked) and told him he could play around with it if he wanted. This led to Duke playing the synth part on “Inca Roads” as well

This re recorded version was featured on the Eagle Rock Entertainment Vdeo release in conjuction with the Zappa Family Trust first official release of A TOKEN OF HIS EXTREME, an original program created by Frank Zappa for TV. Recorded on August 27, 1974 at KCET in Hollywood.

“A Token of his Extreme” features Frank Zappa with five incredibly talented band members for this extravaganza of live music. The line-up exists of Frank Zappa—guitar, percussion, vocals; George Duke—keyboards, finger cymbals, tambourine, vocals; Napoleon Murphy Brock—sax, vocals; Ruth Underwood—percussion; Tom Fowler—bass; Chester Thompson—drums.

I always end up emotionally overwhelmed at the unparalleled majesty of this band’s musicianship. Ruth Underwood percussion is amazing, This is truly one of Frank Zappa’s greatest compositions. Not only is his solo jaw dropping but the band are just scorching hot too. All that knotty odd time, crazy harmony and difficult vocals just shows how great these guys were. George Duke just absolutely burns on this song.

The track was taken from the Program, as edited and thoroughly tweezed & produced by Frank Zappa for Honker Home Video includes these delights: The Dog Breath Variations/ Uncle Meat, Montana, Earl Of Duke (George Duke), Florentine Pogen, Stink-Foot, Pygmy Twylyte, Room Service, Inca Roads, Oh No, Son Of Orange County, More Trouble Every Day, A Token Of My Extreme. Stereo Mixes Produced by Frank Zappa with Kerry McNabb at Paramount Studios, 1974.

“This was put together with my own money and my own time and it’s been offered to television networks and to syndication and it has been steadfastly rejected by the American television industry. It has been shown in primetime in France and Switzerland, with marvelous results. It’s probably one of the finest pieces of video work that any human being has ever done. I did it myself. And the animation that you’re gonna see in this was done by a guy named Bruce Bickford, and I hope he is watching the show, because it’s probably the first time that a lot of people in America got a chance to see it.”- FZ appearing on the Mike Douglas Show, 1976 Because ‘Token’ has never been commercially released until now, it is one of the most sought after Frank Zappa programs.

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  • Frank Zappa – guitar, vocals
  • George Duke – keyboards, synthesizer, lead vocals
  • Napoleon Murphy Brock – flute, tenor saxophone, vocals
  • Chester Thompson – drums
  • Tom Fowler – bass
  • Ruth Underwood – vibes, marimba, percussion

Bruce Springsteen’s ongoing live archives series finally landed on his 2002/03 Rising tour with the release of Helsinki, Finland June 16th, 2003. The show came nearly a year into the Rising tour and features classics like “Born in the U.S.A.,” “Prove It All Night” and “Badlands” mixed in with tracks from the Rising album like “Worlds Apart” and “Into The Fire” along with a cover of the rockabilly classic “Seven Nights to Rock.” It’s a bit of a surprising pick since fans never saw it as a particularly noteworthy show and the set list doesn’t contain any real surprises.

Fans have been clamoring for a Rising tour release ever since Springsteen began releasing vintage live recordings in late 2014, but technicals issues made it very difficult. “Rising” tour recordings were made on what was then a state-of-the-art DSD (Direct Stream Digital) system, the first to offer high-resolution audio in an easily transportable, multi-track recording unit,” reads a note on nugs.net by Erik Flannigan. “But 15 years later, the proprietary nature of the software and hardware elements in that system have caused what might best be described as forward-compatibility issues, making it challenging to restore the original recording files. Helsinki is the first successful result of ongoing efforts over the last several years to address the problems.”

Other recent Springsteen live releases include Chicago 9/30/99, London 6/5/81, Los Angeles 7/7/78 and New York 11/8/09. Nearly every tour from his long history has been spotlighted at this point, though they’ve yet to feature a show from the 1988 Amnesty International Human Rights Now! tour or anything from his pre-fame days in Steel Mill or the Bruce Springsteen Band.

Bruce Springsteen has spent the entirety of this year focusing on his Broadway show, which wraps up December 15th.

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Finland’s Flow Festival have revealed the first additions to this summer’s line-up and it doesn’t dissapoint, with Kendrick Lamar and Patti Smith topping the bill.

The talented pair will be joined by St Vincent, Sigrid, Mura Masa, Bonobo and a ton more will be in Helsinki on the weekend of 10th-12th August for some Finnish fun.

Flow Festival delivered an incredible line-up last year with Lana Del Rey, The xx, Frank Ocean, Flume, Young Thug, Ryan Adams, London Grammar, Goldfrapp, Danny Brown and Aphex Twin all appearing, with this year shaping up to be just as good.

View the full list of Flow names below.

Kendrick Lamar, Patti Smith, St. Vincent, Grizzly Bear, Bonobo, Mura Masa, Alma, Sigrid, Brockhampton, Helena Hauff, Moodymann, Kube x Eevil Stöö, Vesta, 3TM in 3D, Onni Boi

“We hadn’t made a traditional ”band playing a song” type of music video before, so this is our first take on that. It’s shot in the center of our hometown Helsinki, in an empty building built in the early 1900’s.The song, Sunday TV, is the last track off our upcoming album, Blaze on a Plain. ”

Black Twig’s third long player Blaze On A Plain finally lands via Soliti on April 15th 2016.

K-X-P – ” Freeway “

Posted: March 13, 2016 in MUSIC
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Born from the ashes of seminal Finnish groups  Bastards and And The Lefthanded.
“It’s the antidote to normal bands. Its an anti-band.K-X-P esoteric space rock band from Helsinki, Finland. They mix electronics, kraut, noise, pop melodies and even techno into a hypnotic and minimalistic groove with references to bands like Spacemen 3, Vangelis, Mr. Fingers, This Heat, 23 Skidoo, Suicide and Neu!

K-X-P can be considered as “a perfect synthesis of disco glitterball and skull drinking. The music has been described as “incredibly rhythmic, and their grooves– paranoid dark disco and motorik— deep