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Breaking the Law

After unloading some of our personals, and changing out of flight-wear into something more comfortable, the first afternoon is spent strolling around the Playa Blanca village. There isn't really much to see, and it doesn't seem like the busiest tourist spot in the world. Which is good. The majority of tourists seem to be British. We decided to go for our first lunch in a restaurant by the seaside promenade, having some fresh fish and boiled potatoes canaries style (with lots of salt, and some mojo sauce).

After the lunch we stacked up piles and piles of food at a local supermarket, with the intention to do a lot of home cooking while here. Things get a little rough while exiting out of the parking facility. Our rental car is climbing up a very steep ramp, when all of a sudden either Johannes or the gearbox abruptly malfunctions. In any case, we start going backwards, and pretty much take out the barrier gate behind us. We sort of slide down through it going... well, backwards. Surprisingly enough, the manly looking parking attendant doesn't seem too bothered. He just walks on over and jolts the gate back into more or less its original shape. He does, however, motion towards us with gestures that can only be interpreted as: "Ever driven a car before?" Finally, Johannes manages to take hold of the blue Opel once more, and we quickly flee the scene of the crime. At least we have a full week to come up with a good explanation for any possible scratches.

It's already dark when we get back to the villa. Johannes and Kari start building up our studio in the living room. We've traveled pretty light this time around, at least in comparison with our last recording travels to Portugal in 2005 (when we took off with over 200 kilos of gear). While the fellas get on with the build-up, I decide to make friends with the kitchen by putting together a big feta cheese salad. The producers run into some unexpected trouble with an audio interface that refuses to work, and things are off to kind of a rough start. But Kari and Johannes decide they'll worry about it tomorrow, and quickly climb into the hot tub out on the terrace. The pitch black sky is an amazing sight at night. You can see a gazillion stars.

Coming here, to the Canary Islands of all places, has been such an absurd idea from the get go, that it was hard to imagine what it would feel like once we've arrived. Well, clearly this place is no touristic inferno, far from it. It's a quiet small island beside the African continent with some of the most beautiful rugged landscapes you can think of. There is no doubt that a week from now, we will leave this place loaded with inspiration and motivation for the last couple of months ahead. And with a well-deserved refill of Vitamin D. And if the record sounds as good as we feel right now, then it's all been worth it.

Johannes and Kari exit the jacuzzi for a light evening meal of sausages and salad. After that it's finally bedtime. This day has seemed like an eternity. Turn off the lights (and disconnect the cables).

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

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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


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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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