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A surplus of geekery by :: Fred Abercrombie

Fredrik: Spin the New Album, Go for a Spin

What a great way to preview a new LP—following a little wolf from the forest wonderland into town. Beats starin’ down a static album cover any day (unless it’s Ween‘s Chocolate & Cheese, of course).

This dreamy trip perfectly captures the vibe of the album, too. Not as wintery as See the rest »


MP3: Lost In The Trees, Young Buffalo, Gypsyblood, Alex Turner, and Fredrik:: Friday 03.25.11

Somehow, between all the beer and all the work, we survived this week. Here’s what popped up on our radar in the process. Enjoy thoroughly.

Lost In The Trees “Fireplace”
from Police

Young Buffalo “Catapilah” (Demo)

Gypsyblood “Take Your Picture”
from Cold In The Guestway

Alex Turner “Stuck on the Puzzle”
from Submarine

Fredrik “Rites of Spring”
from Flora

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Beer: Nøgne Ø Winter Ale

While IsItSnowingInSanFrancisco.com still says No, we’re pretty damn close to getting that foreign substance I knew as a lad called “snow”.  What better time to crack into this snowflake-laden Norwegian import.

Nøgne Ø (which means “naked island”) is a craft brewery in Grimstad, a barron, desolate region of Norway. Hence the name. They’ve been getting more exposure Stateside thanks to an infusion of American stylings in their quality brews and interesting collaborations with the likes of Stone, Jolly Pumpkin, and gypsy import, Mikkeller.

Read and listen …


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Music to Drink Glögg to: Fredrik “White on White”

If you’ve never had Glögg it’s the Nordic version of mulled wine (warm, spiced, yummy). The perfect libation for thawing out after a Chicago winter’s day. Or San Francisco summer. This new Fredrik tune has the same effect. Beginning cold and wintery with a howling wind chorus and falling snowflake chimes. Finishing warm and soothing. Like, torrential blizzard outside and you’re too glögged to care.

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Fredrik “White On White” from Origami EP [follow]

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Our friends at The Kora Records sent this little surprise over early this week and I’ve been listening to it ever since. Was gonna include it on today’s Friday Five but decided it needed its own spotlight.

Hailing from Sweden and beginning as a duo, Fredrik Hultin and the awesomely bearded O. Lindefelt have added singer and instrumentalist Anna Moberg for their latest release. It’s only an EP but it provides a good taste of what’s to come from their new full length due in March 2011.

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MP3: Friday Five 02.05.10

It’s been a long year, everybody. But we’re gonna make it. Look it’s already February …

Aloha “Moonless March” from Home Acres

Kite Club “Going Swimming” from Esoterica

Fredrik “Mujina / Locked In The Basement” from Trilogi

M. Ward “Sadie” (Joanna Newsom cover) live take

Peter Gabriel “Flume” (Bon Iver cover) from Scratch My Back

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