Presenting: Swedish Music Landscape, the book

Preorder "Swedish Music Landscape", a new French-authored photobook on the Swedish indie music scene featuring pics and interviews with artists such as Frida Hyvönen, Dear Euphoria, Jens Lekman, Peter Bjorn and John, Kristofer Åström and lots more: http://www.microcultures.fr/swedishmusic

Frida Hyvönen - Terribly dark (video)

Here's the video for the new Frida Hyvönen single "Terribly dark": http://svtplay.se/v/2711638

New Frida Hyvönen album in April, first single out now

The new Frida Hyvönen album "To the soul" will be released on April 18. Listen to the first single "Terribly dark" here.

Sonja Åkesson tribute preview

Preview a number of the tracks from the new Sonja Åkesson tribute comp just released on : http://blogs.playgroundmusic.com/sweden/artister/sonja-akesson-tolkad-av
Featured artists include Kajsa Gritt, Sofia Karlsson, Britta Persson, Frida Hyvönen and Annika Norlin (Hello Saferide, Säkert!).

This week's Last.fm chart

Here is the It's a Trap! listening group top 10 artists of the week, unique to our group:

01. Håkan Hellström
02. Markus Krunegård
03. Yeasayer
04. Girls
05. Kent
06. Frida Hyvönen
07. Shout Out Louds
08. Hello Saferide
09. The Mary Onettes
10. Sambassadeur

Do you listen to music on your computer or with an iPod? Please join us and make your playlist count! Go here to learn more: http://www.last.fm/help/

Manifestgalen 2010 nominees are go

The nominees for the 2010 Manifest Awards, Sweden's alternative Grammy, have been announced:

Punk/Hardcore:
En Svensk Tiger - Versace style ()
Troublemakers - Made in Sweden ()
Tysta Mari - Sveriges Casino ()
The Clichés - Monkey see, monkey do ()

Dance:
Minilogue - Samlad årsproduktion
Samuel L Session - The man with the case ()
The Field - Yesterday and Today ()
Tomas Andersson - Stiff Disco ()

Jazz:
Bengt Berger - Beches Brew ()
Jonas Kullhammar Quartet - The Half Naked Truth 1998-2008 ()
The Opposite - Intertwined ()
Plunge With Bobo Stenson - Origo ()

Rhythm:
Calle Real - Me Lo Gané ()
Jaqee - Kokoo Girl ()
Music is the weapon - Music is the weapon ()
Syster Sol - Dömd att bli bedömd ()

Rock:
Florence Valentin - Spring Ricco ()
Makeouts - In A Strange Land ()
Murder by guitar - Murder by guitar ()
Skriet - Skriet ()

Pop:
Anna Järvinen - Man var bland molnen ()
El Perro Del Mar - Love Is Not Pop ()
JJ - JJ n° 2 ()
Jonathan Johansson - En hand i himlen ()

Hårdrock/Metal:
Abandon - The Dead End ()
Candlemass - Death Magic Doom ()
Katatonia - Night Is The New Day ()
Tribulation - The Horror ()

Synth:
Arvid - Andetag ()
Dupont - Entering The Ice Age ()
Emmon - Closet Wanderings ()
Rupesh Cartel - Anchor Baby ()

Singer/songwriter:
Ane Brun - Live at Stockholm Concert Hall ()
David Åhlen - We Sprout In Thy Soil ()
Jonna Lee - This Is Jonna Lee ()
Kristofer Åström And The Rainaways - Sinkadus ()

Folk/ballad:
Taken By Trees - East of Eden ()
Miriam Aida - Letras au Brasil ()
Tore Berger - I huset långt på landet ()
Esbjörn Hazelius - Blunda och du ska få se ()

Hip-hop:
Mohammed Ali - Processen ()
Organismen - Om Gud vill och vädret tillåter ()
Promoe - Kråksången ()
Stor - Nya skolans ledare ()

Best live:
Frida Hyvönen ()
Jenny Wilson ()
Fever Ray ()
Florence Valentin ()

Best unsigned:
Den Svenska Björnstammen
Extended Heads
Fulmakten
Nora

Go here for more: http://www.manifestgalan.se/122.aspx

Top 10s for 2009: It's a Trap!

Fever Ray, Annie, more in Pitchfork top 100 tracks of 2009

Pitchfork has started to post their top 100 tracks of 2009 and so far in the bottom 50 we have Scandinavian artist representation from Frida Hyvönen (#77), Röyksopp (feat. Robyn) (#68), The Tough Alliance (#65), Annie (#64) and Fever Ray (#58). See here: http://pitchfork.com/features/staff-lists/7742-the-top-100-tracks-of-2009/

This week's Last.fm chart

Here is the It's a Trap! listening group top 10 artists of the week, unique to our group:

01. The Bear Quartet
02. Kings of Convenience
03. Frida Hyvönen
04. Loney, Dear
05. El Perro del Mar
06. David & the Citizens
07. Håkan Hellström
08. Lake Heartbeat
09. The Hidden Cameras
10. The Soundtrack of Our Lives

Do you listen to music on your computer or with an iPod? Please join us and make your playlist count! Go here to learn more: http://www.last.fm/help/

This week's Last.fm chart

Here is the It's a Trap! listening group top 10 artists of the week, unique to our group:

01. Taken By Trees
02. Frida Hyvönen
03. The Mary Onettes
04. The Soundtrack of Our Lives
05. The xx
06. Little Dragon
07. Mew
08. Håkan Hellström
09. Kent
10. The Hidden Cameras

Do you listen to music on your computer or with an iPod? Please join us and make your playlist count! Go here to learn more: http://www.last.fm/help/

Pitchfork covers Frida Hyvönen covering Judee Sill

Frida Hyvönen's cover of Judee Sill's "Jesus was a cross maker" is reviewed at Pitchfork: http://pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/11466-jesus-was-a-cross-maker/

This week's Last.fm chart

Here is the It's a Trap! listening group top 10 artists of the week, unique to our group:

01. Mew
02. The Bear Quartet
03. Hello Saferide
04. Frida Hyvönen
05. Anna Ternheim
06. Håkan Hellström
07. Grizzly Bear
08. The Big Pink
09. Yo La Tengo
10. Taken By Trees

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This week's Last.fm chart

Here is the It's a Trap! listening group top 10 artists of the week, unique to our group:

01. The Bear Quartet
02. Frida Hyvönen
03. Detektivbyrån
04. Sally Shapiro
05. El Perro del Mar
06. Hello Saferide
07. Jenny Wilson
08. Fever Ray
09. The Big Pink
10. Timo Räisänen

Do you listen to music on your computer or with an iPod? Please join us and make your playlist count! Go here to learn more: http://www.last.fm/help/

Hotline interviews Frida Hyvönen, Röyksopp

Hotline, the entertainment mag on board all Virgin Trains in the UK, features interviews with both Röyksopp and Frida Hyvönen in its latest issue. Read online here: http://www.ink-live.com/emagazines/hotline-magazine/2009/aug/ (requires free registration)

Frida Hyvönen and Jenny Wilson cover Sonic Youth

PSL got Frida Hyvönen and Jenny Wilson together to cover "Shadow of a doubt" by Sonic Youth: http://blogg.svt.se/psl/2009/07/25/frida-hyvonen-och-jenny-wilson-tolkar-sonic-youth/