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New York, New York!

Back in Helsinki. There's but a few weeks until the album comes out and every day is filled with excitement now. Gigs get confirmed, lots of interviews ahead, practising and configuring sounds for the tour... Spring is definitely in the air!!

The trip to New York was fantastic, although the result is a bit surprising this time around: we mastered the album both in New York and in Helsinki and as a result of a very careful listening and comparing process decided to use the Helsinki version. This kind of thing is quite normal in the music business and our trip was a resounding success anyway: in addition to the great and instructive mastering experience with Chris Athens it was nice to hang out in New York for a week and celebrate the finished album in Nobu 57, one of the coolest Japanese restaurants in town!

The mastering session was a great experience. Right from the start Chris proved to be a very cool and funny guy with a good sense of all genres and music in general. He liked the mixes a lot and put his full attention to the album as a whole. The end result maintained the basic nature of the initial mixes by being a bit on the dark side in terms of equalization and a bit quieter than some of the modern records being done these days. Every song had many delicate eq adjustments and analog compression to strengthen and support the overall sound. Here's a short explanation of the mastering process for those interested. In addition to the great mastering experience it was fun to stumble upon the members of Green Day eating apples in the kitchen of Sterling Sound with producer Butch Vig while mastering their forthcoming album...

The version mastered by Svante Forsbäck at Chartmakers in Helsinki was a bit more aggressive in terms of sound and volume. Svante also made a couple of distinct corrections to a couple of songs that he felt needed them. Some songs went through tape, some got parallel and/or multiband compression and so on.

We really enjoyed both interpretations of the source material and deciding was actually kind of difficult in the end. After long blind tests and listening we however ended up choosing Svante's version as a starting point and fine-tuned it with him for a whole day in Helsinki. When the final version was shipped to the record plant in Germany the feeling was once again TOTALLY surreal: over a year of album making had ended in a flash!

The album cover, artwork and layout were finished somewhere between New York and Helsinki, meaning a 36 hour non-stop Skype connection between our hotel room and Matti's (our graphic designer) office in Helsinki. Johannes did most of the work while me and Tommy just voiced our opinions every now and then — while our eyelids were still open, that is. The end result satisfied everybody. A white background, lots of fun photos inside and a whole new typography on the cover. Nicehh!

The rest of our trip was spent lying around in Central Park with brown paperbags in our hands during "the first day of Spring in New York!" as a local guy put it, spending some fun time with Tommy's friends living in NY, shopping a bit and of course listening to the new album in a lot of different places. For example "Time Machine" sounded great during a nighttime subway ride to Brooklyn, and "Rush" was a blastin' experience in pouring rain in the middle of Manhattan! The warm spring sunshine really augmented "Take You Home"... "Dey Don't" took wing in the bustle of a swarming crowd, and "All Hope" worked best in a dark hotel room. "Dirt" on the other hand really seemed to be in its element inside any rapidly moving vehicle with sceneries and landscapes flying by. That equals a successful country song to me. :)

Well, it must be admitted that at this point we're RIDICULOUSLY eager to receive all kinds of feedback concerning the new album. The first comments from Universal, the management, and other close acquaintances of ours have been confusingly positive without an exception! Hmmm... smells quite fishy when you think about it.

In the end, the whole album making process at times filled with exuberant perfectionism, could be best summed in a relieved quote that has been in overuse in our studio space lately, and which I clearly remember a sherry-sipping Johannes reciting in a very cozy coffee room in the corner of 9th Ave and 47th Street: "Hey, it's only music!"

Kari
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Biography

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Taking Every Detour There Is
Let's do the math. You've been out of school for several years now and I bet you've missed it. Don Johnson Big Band comes from a country populated by 5.5 million people. They've sold an amount of records equivalent to roughly 2% of Finland's population. Reflect upon that, because it's kind of insane... read more!

Tracklist

01. L.L.H. 4'15
02. Check The Record 3'34
03. Get It Right 4'39
04. Dirt 4'07
05. Take You Home 3'39
06. Rush 4'15
07. Dead Man's Hand 7'48
08. Time Machine 3'55
09. Running Man 4'33
10. Dey Don't (Don't Dey) 4'03
11. Tugboat's Call 4'26
12. These Walls 3'08
13. All Hope 13'00

Studio Videos

Video Diary, Part 3
Breakfast for Pekka Kuusisto, late-night electro house jams, recording a whiskey bottle in a bathtub, working out at the gym...
Video Diary, Part 2
Petrax Studios in Hollola, Finland! Turun prinssi Felix Zenger, epic sounds, five hour sleep, glamorous big band horns...
Video Diary, Part 1
Lanzarote, the place to be and write hip hop music! Pan pipes, cold sausages, champagne, acoustic jams by the pool...
Video Diary, Intro
Warming up for the sessions! Kari and Johannes decide to write some rap lyrics for Tommy. Get ready for The Lindgren Rap...
More videos...

Music Video

L.L.H. w/ Tero Saarinen
The video for "L.L.H." is here! Directed by Akseli Tuomivaara, it features an exhilarating solo dance interpretation of "L.L.H." by Tero Saarinen, one of the most gifted contemporary dancers of our time.

According to the artist himself, the video represents the men- tal extremes and overloaded mind state of a man-on-the-edge, about to step into the unknown.

Is it art? Is it hot? Does it rock or does it not? Go watch the video and see for yourself...

Watch: YouTube (HD)

Download: iPod (MPEG-4)

Read: Tero's interview

Photos: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

More information: TSC

Tour

28.04.

HKL Tram

, Helsinki
29.04.

Wapprobatur 2009

, Pori
07.05.

45 Special

, Oulu
08.05.

Nightclub Calle

, Kokkola
09.05.

Record Shop X

, Helsinki
13.05.

YleX Studio B Live

, Helsinki
19.05.

Tavastia Club

, Helsinki
21.05.

Kellari

, Joensuu
22.05.

Yo-talo

, Tampere
23.05.

Klubi

, Turku
29.05.

Vaakuna

, Kouvola
30.05.

Henry’s Pub

, Kuopio
06.06.

Katinkulta

, Vuokatti
07.06.

Kivenlahtirock

, Espoo
13.06.

Provinssirock

, Seinäjoki
20.06.

Himos Festival

, Jämsä
21.06.

MTV3 PKK

, Tampere
04.07.

Ruisrock

, Turku
10.07.

Tammerfest

, Tampere
15.07.

Huvila

, Savonlinna
18.07.

Ilosaarirock

, Joensuu
22.07.

Nuoriso-olympialaiset

, Tre
25.07.

Tavastia Club

, Helsinki
29.07.

Down By The Laituri

, Turku
31.07.

Kokkolarock

, Kokkola
07.08.

Välipuistorock

, Lapua
08.08.

Jurassic Rock

, Mikkeli
08.08.

BePop

, Porvoo
15.08.

Jyväskylä Rock

, Jyväskylä
20.08.

Tivoli

, Rovaniemi
21.08.

AGWC

, Oulu

All tour dates...

Album

Records Are Forever Cover Art

Album title

Records Are Forever



Release date

May 6, 2009



Featuring

Anna Abreu

,

Felix Zenger

,

Pekka Kuusisto

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Tuomo

,

Emma Salokoski

,

Petteri Sariola

,

Johanna Juhola

,

Janna

,

Verneri Pohjola

...

Studios and locations

Casa Rondel (Lanzarote)


Petrax Studios (Hollola)


Dick Tank (Helsinki)



Producer

Don Johnson Big Band



Label

Universal Music


Photos

Order

You can order the album as a CD, vinyl LP or in a digital format from these well-equipped webstores:
Amazon
iTunes Store
DJBB Webshop
Record Shop X
Stupido Shop
Epe's Store
CDON.com

L.L.H.

L.L.H. Vote: YleX, NRJ
Watch: YouTube (HD)
Listen: MySpace
Buy: iTunes / MTV3 / NetAnttila / Poimuri

Poll

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