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Sun & Pretty Flowers

Straight to the point, straight from the studio, straight up from the drummer boi. As I write this, there are A LOT of songs in the works. It's pretty hard to define just how many, but about 20 to 30 is a pretty close estimate. Which is really good, but really bad too. They still keep coming. And we all know it will be excruciating to pick which ones make it to the album, and which ones don't. It ain't gonna be pretty...

Tommy has been working his Garage Band material so much lately, it's actually getting scary. He seems to have a new idea for a song every other day. One track with the working title "Sympathizer" began as a guitar riff he had conjured up, using GB's own Classical Acoustic guitar preset sound. It has since turned into a brutal mix of heavy electronic sounds and some fast paced tango instrumentalism. With the emphasis on mental. Juuso dropped by the other day, with his dreads wrapped in a Moroccan scarf, and slammed in some ultra aggressive percussion takes. Felix responded in kind by recording some heavy beatbox snares and difficult breathing sounds while chilling out on the floor of the Tank. Tommy's rapping on Sympathizer seems to pay homage to Snoop Dogg and maybe just a bit to Blackalicious as well. Soooo, all things considered, just your average DJBB track in the making I guess.

Slow acoustic country type material seems to produce itself almost too easily. Two of these that go by the names "Wish" and "Rough", seem to have some pretty atypical DJBB elements, and might turn into something new and interesting for us. It remains to be seen what shape they end up taking. Johannes's newest track goes by the very fitting name "Boogie", and represents something of a return to our roots in relying heavily on blues and old school hip hop influences.

So far, all the album work has been done in the Dick Tank, and there's a growing need for some change of scenery. As a result, we've booked some different locations in December, and will even venture outside the borders very soon. Something similar to our Algarve sessions before the previous album. More info coming up in future entries!

The album release date has already been set for early MAY 2009, at which time we will also be hitting the road for a release tour. Official press releases will go out once we get around to 2009 and all the exact dates are known. We've met and mingled with our label heads, who treated us to the usual luxury of coffee and rolls, and responded with cheers upon hearing some of the new material. Good vibes all 'round!

The most newsworthy bit for now may be the fact that a special teaser site for the upcoming album will be online in January 2009. The site will follow the final months of the recording process in real time, with videos, photos, wallpapers, updated information on all the songs being worked on, an interactive blog style diary etc. We've already recorded a lot of video footage in the Tank, but much of it still remains unedited. This will all change in January.

As many of you have already noticed, we've had to pass on our traditional Christmas tour this year because of the demands of our studio schedule in December. Alas, no need to despair, we will most likely be sending out a very special video greeting, AND the date for a Very Special Johnson Christmas at Helsinki's Tavastia has already been booked for 2009! :) The annual webshop Christmas Campaign will also be launched soon. Our current partners Globe Hope and Secco will be joined by the cool Myssy label.

Sun & pretty flowers to all,

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

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Felix Zenger

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Pekka Kuusisto

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Tuomo

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Emma Salokoski

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Petteri Sariola

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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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