The Sound Of Stavanger

Feb 2010

New tracks on Bandcamp

As a part of the label / artist promotion at By:larm this year we decided to leave the cd´s at home. Instead we have launched a CCAP promosite at You can stream and download tracks by Christer Knutsen, The List, Skanksters, Sebastian Waldejer, Hovering Orville, The Brigade, Christer Wulff, Sleepyard, Rub A Dubs, Helldorado, Egg3, Poor Edward, Atlars, Frekk Tunge & Stiv Kuling, Ragnhild Skaar and Tor Kvammen.
Free streaming, a small fee for downloads. If you feel extra special and are of the opinion that you should get these tracks for free, drop us a line at and tell us why. We might just send you promo codes...

Anti Olympic & Norway Tour


As you all know the Winter Olympic Games is held in Vancouver / Whistler this year.
Now, Vancouver is a beautiful city, and we Norwegians love the Winter Games, but there is a dark side to the games.

Our Canadian friend Geoff Berner is one of many Canadians strongly opposed to the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. There are many reasons to the opposition, government funds are being used to host the games in stead of taking care of the rising social problems in the city of Vancouver being one of the most important issues.

A couple of years ago Geoff Berner wrote a song abut the Olympics, governments spending and more specifically: that the city closed the official investigation into the deaths of 700 children, they felt the money was better spent on the Olympic Games.

The song is called: «Official Theme Song For The 2010 Vancouver / Whistler Olympic Games (The Dead Children Were Worth It!)»
Official video on YouTube
Live Video on YouTube
MP3 / Free download


On a happier note, Geoff Berner accompanied by Diona Davies and Wayne Adams is coming back to Norway for a few gigs in February:
March 3 - Trondheim - Familien March 4 - Oslo - MIR March 5 - Oslo - MIR Pre-sale tickets go on sale at MIR Feb. 1!
March 6 - Bergen -Victoria Bar
March 7 - Stavanger - Cementen
March 8 - Kristiansand - TrashPop / Charlie's Bar
March 10 - Arendal - Munkehaugen Kultursenter

Dear Everybody,
I hope you're enjoying the new decade so far. Or at least surviving it.

Thanks to all the lovely drunken dancers who came out to our shows throughout Europe in November and December. This was my dream and it came true, which is more than a person can reasonably expect from this unjust world.

I'm preparing for 2 separate tours, one on the Canadian Prairies, one in Norway. They're both with the Klezmer Trio! More drunken dancing! There's a nice link between the two territories: the virtuous social democrats of Norway have a major investment, by Statoil, the Norwegian national oil company, in the dirty nasty capitalist Mordor-like Alberta tar sands! Here's some info about that: www.tarsandswatch. I guess that the common ground between lefties and righties is a kind of gooey, dark bitumen. Just as I suspected.

I'm touring the Prairies with Rae Spoon. I want you to understand something very important: Rae Spoon's Polaris Prize-nominated album, recently released on vinyl, "Superioryouareinferior", is a perfect record. Every song on it has a majesty to it, a greatness, and they all work together as a whole to create a fierce melancholy, the fierce melancholy of a vast northern landscape. Catchy, too.
I am such a picky jerk when it comes to lyrics, and I know that a lot of you are, too. It's part of why I like you. So I hope that you'll remember to thank me for introducing some of you to this unique voice, inventive and piercing. Try this one from the song "My Heart is a Piece of Garbage. Fight, Seagulls, Fight."
"And the Calgary Tower stands up in the sky Like a giant fist that sticks up with all of it’s might. And the Calgary tower is shining in the night Like the mast of a ghost ship on its inaugural flight."
If you've never been to Calgary, trust me, love it or hate it, it's pretty darn hard to muster an elegaic tone about it. Maybe only Kris Demeanor is comparable. Rae Spoon. Come see him play on a double bill with me on the Canadian Prairies.
"Let the Devil in your heart, You will never be alone." Don't cheat yourself: go to this link and hear Rae Spoon
You're welcome.
I also want to let you know about the big Apocalympic Cabaret I'll be hosting in Vancouver, at the height of the Olympic madness. It's a benefit for PIVOT legal society and the legal defense fund for arrested protesters. That's Saturday, Feb. 27 at the WISE Hall in Vancouver. Organized by Neworld Theatre.
Get in touch with the event organizer, kenji, at, if you'd like to volunteer to take tickets, decorate, etc. We still need more Burlesque dancers, too.
More about that next month. If you're interested in protesting the Olympics, please look up Olympic Resistance Network.
Did you hear? We had a little run-in with Nazis in Denmark!
Here's what happened:
1000fryd is a sort of youth club/culture centre/community house in Aalborg, a small city in the north of Denmark.
It used to be a squat. That is, the punks took over a big old abandoned building in the middle of the city, put it in more-or-less working order, and made it into a place that people could go to if they were a bit different, a bit not buying the general awfulness of mainstream monoculture.
In a brilliantly subversive maneuver, before the city could get around to shutting them down, the 1000fryd people managed to actually buy the building. So it's a permanent space in the centre of Aalborg that belongs to the punks and weirdos. Nice.
Here's a shocker for you: Nazis don't like that. Funny how the likes/dislikes of civic governments and skinheads so often co-incide.
So every now and then, the Nazi skinheads like to come by 1000fryd and cause trouble. Once or twice, they even got in and broke up the place. Mostly, though, the punks are ready for them, and keep them out. The punks are brave.
Diona and Wayne were out having a lackadaisacal smoke with the nice people, after our fun, packed, fun-packed show where everyone got drunk and danced. I wasn't out there. I was in the bar, drinking, where musicians belong. I believe that my beliefs are clearly on the record on that subject.
Some skinheads came by. They were genuine, honest-to-goodness White Power skins, right down to the white laces on their Doc Martins.
They started singing their little songs, all about hating people and being white and stuff, I suppose.
The punks started singing their little songs about how the Nazis should fuck off and how they lost the war and all. The tension was building.
Some regular mainstream culture nice-dressing young fellows came up the street. They were drunk and also big and sporty, so they didn't alter course when they found themselves walking into the makings of a rumble.
Being regular, mainstream-culture-presumably-Nickelback-loving, nationalist-party-voting fellows, they of course instinctively sided with the Nazis.
As they walked past, the biggest fellow, who I will call "Horst", decided, out of nowhere, to sucker-punch Wayne in the chest, knocking him to the ground.
Sensibly enough, and in a rebuke to those who say that the coming generation represents a decline in moral values, the punk kid next to Wayne picked up a beer bottle and threw it at the the big closet Nazi. Well done, youngster!
Unfortunately, in an affirmation of people's concerns that physical education programs in the schools lack the necessary rigor, he didn't throw the bottle hard enough to knock the guy out, but instead only made Horst angry.
Horst turned around and marched back towards the smattering of punks. The punks tensed for a confrontation.
But rather than use his steroid-enhanced strength to engage in a cinematic fist-fight with the skinny punks, a fight which he might have won but would have inevitably got him at least a little hurt, Horst chose an alternate strategy: He reached over to the nearest bicycle, which was conveniently leaning against a wall (Danes love their bikes), picked it up over his head, and hurled it at Diona. Then he and his friends ran away as the mass of punks, queers and weirdos came out of the bar to defend 1000fryd.
Wayne and Diona were mostly unhurt. DD got a scrape on her nose but mostly blocked the bike with her hands. Her hands were unhurt. Thank God.
Some valuable lessons we can learn from this episode:
--Every day, we discover new ways in which Smoking is more dangerous than Drinking.
--Some Canadians wrote in to me when I first reported this incident on facebook and asked, "What caused the fight?" and also "Did the police catch them?" Haw haw haw. Canadians can be very funny sometimes.
--Diona is indestructible. Maybe immortal. Doctors mistakenly diagnose her with cancer, a giant Nazi throws a bicycle at her, she just keeps going. Don't let the military get ahold of her DNA, or they might construct a secret regiment of invincible violin virtuoso super-soldiers!
--People who say that Europe is just a wheelbarrow-full-of-euros-per-carrot away from another Holocaust maybe ain't just whistlin' Dixie, as my old colleague Bugs Bunny used to say. After this incident, the minaret referendum in Switzerland, the bulldozing of the "jungles" in Calais, and the recent events in the boot of Italy, I respectfully suggest that Europeans might want to take a short break from talking about how xenophobic, ignorant and narrow-minded Americans are. Just saying.
But don't get mad, Europa. You know it's because I love you so much that you just make me crazy sometimes. Good luck!

CCAP at By:larm

We are looking forward to By:larm in Oslo this weekend. This year we have established a «Stavanger HQ» at Food Story in Thorvalds Meyers gt 61 at Grünerløkka. Please come by and grab a beer or coffee, have a meal (20% discount for delegates and artists), and say hello:

Thursday 18. Feb - Saturday 20. feb
17.00 (5PM) - 20.00 (8PM)

Thursday is by invitations only (get in touch if you need an invite!), Friday and Saturday everyone is welcome

Live program
Friday 6pm
Sebastian Waldejer
Friday 7pm
The List

Saturday 6pm
Christer Wulff
Saturday 7pm Sebastian Waldejer


If you would like to get in touch or set up a meeting with CCAP at By:larm, please send a mail:

Thomas Dybdahl newsletter Feb 2010

Newsletter from Thomas Dybdahl

Hey all,

Hope this little entry finds you all well, just enjoying the lovely smells and sounds that follow the torrential rainfalls in Singapore during the rainy season. I am here, just writing, relaxing and preparing for what seems to become a pretty hectic year.

As soon as I get back home to Stavanger, in Norway, I will start mixing my next record with co-producer Morten J. Olsen and mixer Joergen Traen. The record is my fifth studio album and follows 'Science', which was released in sep 06. It seems like such a short time ago, but almost 4 years in this crazy business is a long time and I am really excited to see what happens when we release it.

Do people love it/hate it, do they think it's different, how much have things changed in regards to the way you reach out to your fans and people that might dig your stuff? The record is definitely different from what I've done before, but it's not a conscious choice or anything, it just reflects what kind of things I have been listening to and been into lately. But long before that record comes out, I hope to go on the road more in Europe and the Uk (I know, technically Uk is part of Europe, but when I speak to British people they always seem to make this distinction clear...Island people are crazy:)

Also, we will try to keep you as updated as possible and at this moment I am talking to my long time friend and film maker Rune Hagerup about documenting most of 2010 as there are a lot of things that could be interesting to get on video. Things could go to hell, things can go never know.

That's it for now, pop back in to see the final mix sessions for the new album last week of feb, we will be putting snippets out almost every day,


Sleepyard reviews

Reviews of the Sleepyard album Future Lines

A translation to English of the French review in Rockittothemoon:

"Strange and cool at the same time, Future Lines, norwegians Sleepyard's fourth album, is the ideal material to reach some kind of sweet meditative and serene torpor. The perfect spliff in a way.

Aerial drones, psychedelic suggestions and inspired melodies overlay on each over along those 12 tracks often leading to daydreaming. Voices are generally subtle - only Saturation and Bionic Exercice (wonderful ditty between mantra and pop song) are really sung - and join the music with delicacy forming etheric choirs close to things the Beach Boys could do. Even the "cover up" bass à la Brian Wilson can be heard at some point (Roll the Dice). But beyond the influences, Future Lines gives a real impression of unusual and free inspiration. The simple beauty of One Pristine Morning with those bird sounds, those incredible piano notes and those tactful and precise arrangements is probably the best example.

Sonic Boom's involvement to this album is not surprising and should attract the attention of the ones who loved Spectrum's Highs, Lows and Heavenly Blows. The atmosphere and the general feeling are alike. Cool and floating.

A pure diamond that smells weed."

Stavanger Aftenblad (in Norwegian)

Bare å gi seg over

Det starter med en skuffelse. De tidligere platene til Sleepyard er nemlig så bra at det føles feil at bandet nå går nye veier. 

Men som på Sufjan Stevens nye album, er det egentlig bare snakk om å legge fordommene bak seg. Godtar du at avleggeren Third avenue nå forvalter musikken til Sleepyard, åpner det for at Stavanger brødrene Oliver og Svein Kersbergen tar gamle Sleepyard i ny retning. 

Det gjør de ved å invitere folk fra store deler av verden med på platen. Selvsagt er det et stort kupp å få med David Bowie`s gamle pianist Mike Garson og det skader heller ikke å hente inn den gamle Spacemen 3 helten Sonic Boom på keyboard. Lukas Devita fra Litauen er nok en tangentspiller, mens  Yani Martinelli synger. Svenske Lydia L. Ashton spiller fiolin og lokale folk som Øyvind Berekvam, Gaute Storsve og Eirik Lye forankrer det hele. 

Musikalsk er dette beslektet med pinorer som Claude debussey, George Gershwin og Karlheinz Stockhausen og nyere utøvere som High Llamas og nevnte Sufjan Stevens. I tillegg skinner den gamle Kersbergen beundringen for Beach boys gjennom på kutt som "Bionic exercise". Det hele er uhyre lekkert gjennomført og burde komme reseptbelagt fra apoteket som balsam for ørene. 

Etter å ha kommet over den umiddelbare skuffelsen og deretter blitt forført av kersbergen komposisjonene, er det bare ett ankepunkt som gjenstår: Flere av kuttene her er så bra at de fortjener å være mye lenger. To-tre minutter blir for snaut. Heldigvis finnes det et knippe lengre spor her også.

Beste spor: "Less than zero", "Rainy day vibration", "Bionic Exercise", "Tangerine road"

Geir Flatøe , Stavanger Aftenblad

Furoreiahare (in Norwegian)

«Zzzzzzzzove nå.
En instrumentalskive er av og til helt fantastisk eller dørgende kjedelig. Riktignok inneholder "Future Lines" litt vokal her og der, men den havner et sted midt i mellom. Første gang tenkte jeg at dette var en skive jeg skulle spille hver gang jeg hadde problemer med med å sove, noe som er tilfellet hver eneste natt til mandag året rundt. Plutselig innså jeg etterhvert at skiva har helt andre kvaliteter også.
For dette er deilig å høre på. Du flyter på de deilige komposisjonene og tenker i farger, en ypperlig plate å slappe av til. Skiva er best i sin helhet, men når vokalen setter inn på "Bionic Exercise" skjønner jeg at enkelte spor på skiva gjør seg utmerket aleine også. Jeg vil også mene at på en riktig dag er dette bedre enn massasje og Aku Aku-drinker til sammen. På en gal dag er det som om et program om ulike veveteknikker på NRK på tidlig nittitallet.
Sleepyard har ikke laget en plate for de store anledningene, men heller for de litt mer døsige kveldene etter en stressende dag hvor alt du er hypp på å gjøre er å ligge i vater på en sofa med øynene halveis oppe før du sovner. Tro du meg, det er mange av de dagene også

Erick Ellectrick , 18.desember 2009

New videos at You Tube

New videos by Sleepyard, Atlars, Sebastian Waldejer and Skanksters - CCAP playlist at YouTube

New Sleepyard video

New Sleepyard video on You Tube: Afternoon Suntrap.
Both the track and the album are on CCAP´s Top 10 January 2010 list

Great review on the album on French site Rockittothemoon (scroll down the front page to find the review)

CCAP Top 10 January 2010

Top 10 CCAP releases – digital download & streaming – January 2010

position - artist - track - label

1. Tor Kvammen - Øyeblikk EP (CCAPlokal)
2. Sleepyard - Future Lines (CCAPknirk)
3. Skanksters - Shaven Not Stirred (CCAP)
4. Jackman - Jackman (CCAP)
5. Skanksters - This Man EP (CCAP)
6. Atlars - Veien Framigjønå (CCAPlokal)
7. Poor Edward - Soldiers and Sundays (CCAPlokal)
8. Helldorado - The Ballad Of Nora Lee (CCAP)
9. Various Artists - (Not Just) Another X-Mas Album (CCAP)
10. Rub A Dubs - Frozen Light (CCAP

CCAP top 10 releases January 2010 – SPOTIFY playlist
(unfortunately Tor Kvammen is not available at Spotify yet. We´ll add his tracks as soon as they are avaiable)

Top 10 CCAP tracks – digital download & streaming - January 2010

position - artist - track - release - label

1. Skanksters - Life Is Here Today (single - CCAP)
2. The Colors Turned Red - All The Way Up (All The Way Up - CCAP)
3. Adele - Don´t Get Me Started (POP08 - CCAP)
4. Sleepyard - Afternoon Suntrap (Future Lines - CCAPlokal)
5. Christer Wulff - Jolene (Until We Meet Again - CCAPlokal)
6. Tor Kvammen - Ingen veier tilbage (Øyeblikk - CCAPlokal)
7. Tor Kvammen - Gå forbi (Øyeblikk - CCAPlokal)
8. Tor Kvammen - Øyeblikk (Øyeblikk - CCAPlokal)
9. Helldorado - All My Tears (Lost Highway - CCAP)
10. Endelig - Tor Kvammen (Øyeblikk - CCAPlokal)

CCAP top 10 tracks January 2010 – SPOTIFY playlist
(unfortunately Tor Kvammen is not available at Spotify yet. We´ll add his tracks as soon as they are avaiable)

Some artists are not included on these lists due to the fact that CCAP don´t hold the digital rights. Among these are Thomas Dybdahl, Cloroform, Geoff Berner and Micke From Sweden. Downloads and streaming through Napster, iMesh, iTunes,, Spotify, MSN, Aspiro, RealNetworks, TDC Musik, You See & more. Downloads through Musiconline are not counted on these lists