Swedish producer Christoffer Berg (The Knife, José González, etc.) will be working on the next Depeche Mode album.
Artist: José González
Not sure how I missed it before, but José González will be appearing with Tinariwen at Shepherd's Bush Empire in London for a one-off event on May 3. Both artist will perform solo as well as doing a collaborative set. Tickets here.
Swedish artists José González and I Break Horses will both be playing the ATP "I'll Be Your Mirror" Festival in Asbury Park, New Jersey this coming September.
There's a new episode of SVT Klubbland online today featuring José González performing with The Gothenburg String Theory: http://blogg.svt.se/klubbland/2011/12/09/43-jose-gonzalez-the-gothenburg-string-theory/
Live music at PSL with Mattias Alkberg and Magnus Ekelund. Required viewing, 'natch. Also at PSL, a brief chat with José González about how he's working on his third solo record: http://blogg.svt.se/psl/2011/10/05/extra-extra-jose-gonzalez-spelar-in-nytt/
will celebrate 9 years as a label on March 1 with the release of a new digital-only 41-track greatest hits collection, simply titled "Best of". Featured artists include José González, Promise and the Monster, Zeigeist, Martin McFaul, Melpo Mene, Eskju Divine and Samuraj Cities.
Check out José González and The Göteborg String Thoery performing "Cycling trivialities" together live in the studio. Direct link: http://vimeo.com/19527835
The José González documentary "The Extraordinary Ordinary Life Of José González" will receive its US debut on February 23 at the Noise Pop Fest in San Francisco. Read more: http://2011.noisepop.com/film
José González and The Göteborg String Theory will be doing a one-off gig at Barbican Hall in London on April 11: http://www.barbican.org.uk/music/event-detail.asp?ID=11627
Online video site Big Ass Lens rendezvous with José González and his band Junip in NYC for the last show of their US tour: http://bigasslens.com/home/2010/11/28/junip-profile-live-at-irving-plaza-1124.html
José González' full-band project Junip is the latest featured act on SVT's Klubbland: http://klubbland.se/2010/10/15/08-junip-2/
Días Nórdicos is the name of a new multi-disciplinary Nordic culture festival in Madrid, Spain which kicks off in mid-September: http://www.diasnordicos.com/
Many artists such as Jonathan Johansson, Murder, Moddi and Kaspar will perform live, along with José González who will likewise perform in concert in coordination with a screening of the new documentary "The Extraordinary Ordinary Life Of José González". Full details at the link above.
Both José González and Junip's music is best suited for a seated theater than a standing-room only club, but that didn't stop the latter from putting on an excellent show at the last stop of their premiere US tour in Seattle on Saturday night. Expectations were met and exceeded and the new material sounded great once I let myself get into their hypnotic groove. Great heavy 70s vibe too, with the driving organ and extra percussionist on stage -- definitely got the feeling they could easily let things ramble off into spacier territory with quality results. Maybe next time, in November? When they come back with a more established repertoire?
Though I really did enjoy the show, I still have a few bones to pick. One, and this is more of a general complaint not specific to Junip, the mandatory/expected encore is bullshit. I love seeing a band play a solid, well-planned and focused set; even better if they leave the audience wanting more (and don't give it to them). Second, Mr. González needs to ween off the covers. I fully expected "The ghost of Tom Joad" since the band recorded it for the "Black refuge" EP, but had I left pre-encore, I would have missed it and been none the wiser. In fact, I kinda wish I did leave pre-encore because what they did play was not worth sticking around for. Two covers (the aforementioned Springsteen plus a Nico song) with an unmemorable original sandwiched between? Lame. Shame to go out on a bad note.
Junip - Far away
Chicago Now interviews José González about Junip and their just-started US tour: http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/via-chicago/2010/06/interview-with-jose-gonzalez-of-junip.html
has unveiled the full tracklist for the upcoming album from The Göteborg String Theory, featuring an all-star cast:
01. Ben Lauber - Sadludium
02. Warren Suicide - Fuck off, happy
03. Jmy Haze - Promise
04. Bow & Arrow - Higher
05. Silverbullit - Magnetic city
06. Pacific! feat. El Perro Del Mar - From lips divine
07. José González - Cycling trivialities
08. Wildbirds & Peacedrums - So soft so pink
09. Ebbot Lundberg - There's only one of us here
10. Jaqee - Kokoo girl
11. Fox Machine - Frank Lloyd was wright
12. Jaw Lesson - Rats and rifles
13. Midaircondo - Come with me
14. Studio - Out there
15. El Perro Del Mar - A better love
More info, including samples and preorder details are available here: http://www.kningdisk.com/index_tgst.htm