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Tales From The Road – 18 songs later...and Ronaldo is still single-handedly sinking Spain 

Ha! Don't you just love the World Cup?! I love watching players and countries go at it that I usually don't see as often, football that happens outside the limelight of, say, the Champions League or qualifiers here in Europe. My favourite match 'til now though: Argentina vs. Iceland. Talking about the underdog sticking it to the silver medalists from four years ago. Amazing squad performance and amazing goalie! Joel – bless him! – sincerely doesn't give a shit though.

Anyway, on to the music. We set up…

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Tales From The Road – I Can't Alone...in so many ways! 

Wow, so that went well!

Getting a slot at Semifinal was a big deal, and with the help of the other acts (the blissfully mesmerizing Ulla Kolla and Mr. Cool himself Antero Kerkkä) we managed to draw a crowd that even the promoter was satisfied with for a Wednesday night.

But, putting that aside for a minute, this was such a special night in so many ways. First, this was our very first gig as a four-piece with Joel (who's been sitting in on the drums whenever Karza can't make) on keyboards. And boy does…

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Tales From The Road – ...And that's literally the *road* this time! 

Aaaah, festival season!
There's literally nothing better than summer, sun, a whole bunch of tables and booths set up seemingly at random and a couple of stages with different kinds of music. Now that'd be your average kind of festival, but obviously the people of Arabia don't just stop there, but there's all sorts of crazy exhibitions, activities and stuff I can't even begin to comprehend going on while all of the formerly mentioned is also taking place. And that's the Arabia Street Festival (Arabian…

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Tales From The Road – A Step Into The Unknown... 

Okay, so starting work at 5am, playing a gig at 10.30pm, being home at something like 3am and starting the next shift only two hours later – Tuukka wins "Soldier of the Day" hands down. I mean, somebody pin a medal on this guy. On top of that almost inhuman time schedule he also drove us there and back to our first proper out-of-town gig in Lahti (that's a little under 100km away from our neck of the woods). Gotta say I felt a bit silly complaining about performing with an unrested voice after a whole day…

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Tales from the Road – "You guys were the most rock'n'roll show ever!" 

Photo by Lisa Tirkkonen.

Spring has hit our shores. The days are longer and the sun warms your face while in the shadows you can still feel the last chills of winter subsiding. So what better way than to celebrate that spring on a Saturday in pretty much a glass cube at one of Helsinki's numerous bay shores; in other words: Café Piritta?! Rhetorical question, of course.

Also, remarkably, this marked our first gig together with no free admittance. So of course you're left wondering if anyone's going to pay…

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A Sea of Heroes – The Final Chapter 

Wow, what a ride it's been!

Compiling the full series video was like the biggest flash from the past imaginable. All those endless hours trying to get camera angles, lighting, set pieces but most importantly the music to work does take me on an emotional ride. And I have to say, I'm still immensely proud of the whole thing and I'd say I still stand behind 95% of all the stuff. The 5% were just stuff I didn't know how to fix or simply didn't have the time to since we're on a schedule here, but I'm…

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Tales From The Road – The best pizza in town 

Wow! So that actually WAS the best pizza in town at Linko. At least the best I've had in this lovely hometown of ours. Karza only ranked it amongst his Top5 though. Said the best he's had was somewhere in Ogeli. So I guess I'll have to call that place up and tell 'em we're coming over to play and expect to be paid in pizza.

No, but on a more serious note, not only was the pizza great at Linko, but also Ari who handled everything from booking to mixing the gig did such a great job with the whole set-up that…

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A Sea of Heroes, Part 14: Elliott Smith – Wouldn't Mama Be Proud? 

I can still recall clear as day the first time I heard Elliott Smith. It was 'A Fond Farewell' somewhere on a new music compilation. I was shocked both at not having heard of him before and to learn that he'd already passed away. There are just some artists that speak directly to your soul, and I do mean directly; not sometimes or some songs, but every time you put a record of her/him on it triggers an emotional response you're not able to control. You laugh, you cry, your stomach turns... That's what…

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A Sea of Heroes, Part 13: Ryan Adams – Political Scientist 

 

This video is our second last track from 'A Sea of Heroes', and although we only put out about 3 of these a month, time just seems to be flying by. There's just been such a wonderful flurry of positive reactions from all around the world to these covers. I hope this latest track makes no exception!

If you're a singer-songwriter there's no way around Ryan Adams. You just need to know what he does and you have to be able to name your personal favourite Ryan Adams album – me, I'm torn between 'Gold' and…

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A Sea of Heroes, Part 12: Egotrippi – Mies räjähtää 

Okay, so first off: This band is up there with The Beatles for me. Not in terms of popularity, but in terms of importance. For me, mind. They're the band that I've followed (almost) since they started out, I've seen them live more often than any other band, I own all of their albums, but most importantly their music still resonates with me a lot. It feels like I've grown up with them, if you will. Sometimes people and music just click because they click on an emotional, maybe even an instinctive level…

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