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Ennis, Jack, and Groucho

Word. Saturday morning. Johannes, Kari, and Teemu are packing things up in the studio and in the control room. The sessions are done for now, and we leave back for Helsinki in about an hour. Yesterday's fifth and final day lasted a total of 18 hours, from about 11 AM to 5 AM. The first part of the day was spent working on "Tex", but in the afternoon we switched to some more swinging country, one of Kari's compositions that goes by the working title "Dirt". I spent most of the day in my own recording booth writing and trying out lyrics for it. I had an idea for a chorus and two nearly finished verses for it from before, and managed to quickly put together a third as well as fix some of the previous bits. The text has had a pretty strong cinematic feel to it from the start, and it's turning into a sort of an ode to old and bitterly proud men.

At first, the visual image of the narrator was of someone sort of like the dying old man who played Julianne Moore's husband and Tom Cruise's dad in "Magnolia". But in the course of writing, more images came to mind. One of them was of an interview with Groucho Marx on BBC (I think), done sometime in the 70's. The aged comedian was asked if he had any regrets or if he wished he had done anything differently, and his response was an unwavering: "No. I was great." I also thought of a next door neighbor from my childhood, an old retired architect, who always swore he would poison the apple tree he had in his front yard after the neighborhood kids had been picking his apples. He was also adamant about the fact that he would one day shoot our adorable but slightly simple-minded cat Topi with his shotgun. Johannes also suggested I add the name John Ross to the text, as a tribute of sorts to the one and only JR. Which sounded like a perfect name for my fictional narrator. So... whether it sounds credible or not, the song has turned into a first person account by an old man approaching the final hour with both of his middle fingers held high.

While I was immersed in the writing, some beautiful things were taking place in the studio. Johannes added some saloon-type piano takes, and Kari was recorded playing the snare drum with some dish brushes. But by far the sweetest moment was walking into the control room only to see assistant producer T-mu Korpipää playing some old time country bass with pieces of foamed plastic stuck in between the strings. What began as a really stripped down acoustic tune has quickly bloomed into a very traditional sounding country song, the closest thing we've ever done to a Johnny Cash tune. Sort of. While working on the track, we were also listening to all kinds of different country music to pick up some good sound references. And, almost as a quirky twist of fate, "Brokeback Mountain" was on tv that very same night. I couldn't help thinking to myself — while tossing some more logs into fire under the sauna stove — that the stars seemed to be perfectly aligned for making country music.

After Kari had spent a good two-three hours on alternative guitar takes, we finally got around to recording some vocals as well. Starting around two or three AM. Among some more serious efforts, we even tried what country music would sound like if sung with a distinctly British accent. Very funny, if not quite something to put on a real record.

So the first five day stint here is through. We will be coming back for another one once Juuso and Tero have returned tanned and well-rehearsed from their percussion winter escape to Cuba. It feels like we've done tons here this past week, but on the other hand, a daunting task still lies ahead... The number of tracks still in the works is, well, pretty ridiculous. A lot of tough decisions and a lot of editing needed.

Time to step on over to the control room to listen to some fresh versions. Father Metro signing off. Peace.

Tommy
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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

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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

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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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