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I just fell in love with the music of Bat for Lashes (mypsace: http://www.myspace.com/batforlashes). Natasha Khan is so gifted and she also has an experimental edge to her music. Her new album is called Two Suns and is released april 6. Daniel is the latest single.

Read an interview with Natasha Khan here

And another one here

Lately I’ve mostly been listening to music while driving taxi (I work as a taxi driver). I just discovered a new favourite record; Big Star’s Third / Sister Lovers. I’ve had it for a while, but haven’t paid much attention to it before now. There’s so many really good songs on that record, my favourite is Blue Moon (not the same as the Elvis song). I had previously heard that song as a cover by 4ad band His name is alive, but didn’t know until now it was written by Alex Chilton.

I’ve been listening to a lot of new norwegian music the last few months. I think the last couple of record’s I’ve bought has been by norwegian bands. There are some good new records out there. The record by I Was a King (released jan/feb 09) got some great reviews, I’ve been listening to it but I’m not all that impressed.. some of the songs are very good but others are just mediocre. Their best song Norman Bleik is very good indiepop music. Anne Lise Frøkedal sings in I Was a King, but her main band is Harry’s Gym, their new record is well worth a listen, it’s more synth-oriented and atmospheric, but it’s got some good songs and ideas.

rocketothesky

Last year’s best norwegian record was IMHO Medea by Rockettothesky. The band is mostly Jenny Hval with some musicians helping her out. The record is experimental and atmospheric, and can sometimes sound a little bit like The Knife, but the sound is more organic and the compositions seems a little more developed than the swedes.

Interview with Jenny Hval on norwegian tv talking about her song Grizzly Man

This video is a live tv-performance with Neon Neon:

I’ve been listening to Neon Neons only record Stainless Style a lot lately. It’s a great sounding record with lots of synths, but some songs are guitarbased too, and there’s even some hip-hop there as well. It’s a side project by Super Furry Animals frontman Gruf Rhys and producer Boom Bip. The record is a concept album based on the life of “playboy” car designer John DeLorean. It’s a great record!

I also would like to recomend the norwegian hardcore band Rumble in Rhodos and their record Intentions from last year. Check it out on myspace.

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Photo of Natalie Curtisby by Claire Greenway/Getty Images Entertainment

Did you ever wonder what Ian Curtis’ daughter Natalie looked like? I did. This picture was taken at a screening of the movie Control in London. The movie is based on the book Touching From A Distance written by her mother Deborah and is about the troubled life of Ian Curtis and the band Joy Division. Natalie was born in 1979, one year before her legendary father took his own life. Since the age of four Natalie has been interested in taking pictures, and she is now working as a photographer in Manchester. “Photographs of Joy Division probably had more effect on me than anything else, especially those by Kevin Cummins and Anton Corbijn” she says in an interview.

Another picture: Natalie and Deborah
A divided joy – Natalies own words about seeing the life of her father on screen
Another interview with her is here
And even more from Natalie herself talking about Control