Archive for January, 2011

Weekly POPcast #35, Answer Sheet live session

Posted in Live Band Session with tags , , , , , , on 26/01/2011 by Outerbeat

Answer Sheet live Outerbeat session

Answer Sheet on Outerbeat

“Aloha” is Hawaiian for “hello”. And ukuleles are nifty 4-stringed instruments from Hawaii. We haven’t managed to get hold of any Hawaiian pop band as yet, but we did get hold of Yogyakarta’s new uke-toting wonder Answer Sheet in the studio for the regular fourth-week live performance session.

The group consists of two high school seniors, Wafiq Giotama and Mas Gilang Karebet, who both share vocal duties and play the uke. They have released a digital single on the SEA Indie net label which is available as a free download. In fact, it was Tan from SEA Indie, all the way from Thailand, who first told us about these guys! That’s the cyberspace for you, mates.

Their self-titled single had 4 songs, which were recorded in different rooms at their home (one song was recorded in the living room and had the sound of Rebet’s brother washing the dishes). We also discussed some of their musical influence as well as other bands that have incorporated the ukulele into their songs, such as Beirut, Jens Lekman, Allo Darlin, and Billie the Vision and the Dancers. The interview was one of the liveliest, on account of the tweets and text messages pouring in from their friends (they seem to have a considerable fanbase already).

The guys played 2 of their songs live, which had a pleasantly soothing tropical air to them. We all enjoyed the performance thoroughly – and you should, too. We have put up the podcast for you to download. Mahalo!

Popcast #35 > Answer Sheet Live Session by Outerbeat on Mixcloud

Weekly POPcast #33, a Labrador Records special

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , , on 13/01/2011 by Outerbeat

Both from Sweden

To most of us over here, Sweden means IKEA furniture, Jönköping matches, and quality pop music. We were talking about the last on tonight’s Outerbeat.

We went all woof as the show was dedicated to Labrador Records, “Sweden’s and the world’s finest purveyor of pop music” in their own words. Founded in 1997 by Bengt Rahm and merged with Johan Angergård’s Summersound Records a couple of years later, the label has been tirelessly sniffing out good Swedish music and bring it in to us all over the globe.

In homage to the label, we chose 10 Labrador artists and played a song from each artist (trust me, it was hard to pick just ten). We even had requests sent in hours before the show started. We played both old and new artists, ranging from Tribeca‘s synth-tinged pop to Pelle Carlberg‘s amusing parody of… you know who (or you will, when you listen to the podcast). Oh, and Acid House Kings and Club 8 as well, naturally. 😉


Popcast #33 > Labrador Records Special by Outerbeat on Mixcloud

Weekly POPcast #32, New Year’s Giveaway and Heartbreaks Abound

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 05/01/2011 by Outerbeat

Allo Darlin'

What better way to start a brand new year than with a number of good pop songs (and two “heartbreak” songs in a row)? In this episode we had Allo Darlin’ pleading to spend New Year with them, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart (“Heart In Your Heartbreak”) and Brilliant at Breakfast (“Nobody Ever Died of a Broken Heart [but I Don’t Want To Be the First]”). To celebrate the new year, we also gave away a copy of Brilliant at Breakfast’s debut full album, which is to be launched on the 11th,to a lucky listener!

We also had Frente, Horowitz, Asobi Seksu, Wild Nothing, Oláfachada, and an emerging ukulele duo from Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Answer Sheet. Closing the show on a lighter note was This Many Boyfriends with their amusing song “I Don’t Like You (‘Cos You Don’t Like The Pastels)”. Also requests of Club 8, The Drums and Acid House Kings.

Happy New Year.. and enjoy!

Popcast #32 > Brilliant At Breakfast, Horowitz, Answer Sheet by Outerbeat on Mixcloud