Catch-up With Casiokids

The beauty of CMJ is just the astounding amount of bands that end up playing there. The Norwegians from Casiokids were not about to miss the party and we were not about to miss out on the chance of chatting with them while they were here, especially since their newest album, Aabenbaringen Over Aaskammen, just came out on Polyvinyl! We spoke to two members of the band, Ketil Kinden Endresen and Omar Johnsen, in a hallway at Pianos last night and here’s how it went!

Modern Mystery: How many times have you been part of the CMJ line-up? How do you like it?

Ketil Kinden Endresen: This is our second time here, we last came in 2008. It was also our first show in New York, at Cake Shop. But we’ve been in New York many times since then. I think this is our 10th mini tour in the U.S. Playing in New York is definitely one of my favourites.

Omar Johnsen: It’s nice when we’re playing things like CMJ or South by South West, you can stay in one town too. It’s so much easier.

KKE: It gives you time to enjoy the city as well.

MM: So where do you like to hang out in New York?

KKE: We spend a lot of time in Williamsburg. We try to go see museums, go to Central Park and roam around Manhattan.

MM: So your songs are in Norwegian, which can’t be easy for everyone to pronounce. Which place had the oddest pronunciation of Norwegian?

KKE: Probably Russia.

OJ: In a way it was the best and the worst [laughs]. They were very into it but it did not sound like Norwegian!

KKE: Still it was pretty special, they were very passionate. But mostly outside of Scandinavia, there is more dancing than singing along. In Scandinavia, they sing more.

MM: What is your biggest musical influence?

OJ: It’s hard to pin down because everyone is from different places. There is some overlap but I think it comes out through our music. It’s like a pot of stew.

KKE: Well, there is this Swedish band called Bobhund that we all like. There’s also electronic pop like New Order, Kraftwerk, Cornelius…

OJ: I guess also krautrock like Neu… Everyone likes these bands at least [laughs].

MM: Anyone you’re excited to see here at CMJ this year?

KKE: I haven’t really looked at the program to be honest but generally I like to rely on luck. Like tonight we got here and then went upstairs and realized our friend was playing!

MM: So your new album, Aabenbaringen Over Aaskammen, just came out. How would you describe to someone who’s never heard your music?

KKE: It was inspired by the story of Dr. Tarzan Monsoon and his discovery of a secret rainforest. It’s quite varied and with electro and dance rhythms. Our stories are in Norwegian and we use a lot of harmonies in our vocals.

OJ: It was also made differently from our past albums. Before, the albums were more like compilations of singles. It’s quite diverse but it’s still a sound that sounds like us. It’s also better produced; we have our own studio so over the years, we’ve learned more and got better.

MM: I hear you’re going to Japan next month! What are you most excited about?

KKE: Yes, on November 6th! I’m excited about the food. Japanese food has to be my favourite food in the world.

OJ: I want to discover the culture, I find it very inspiring. Maybe it’s because I’m half-asian so I have a special attraction.

MM: Do you know when you’ll be back in New York after CMJ?

KKE: Not yet. But we’ll definitely be back sometime in the spring.

Catch Casiokids during the rest of CMJ here:

20.10.11: Glasslands
21.10.11: Spike Hill
22.10.11: AAM Inc party 14:30 @ Knitting Factory


Polyvinyl Records @ SXSW

Polyvinyl Records Official SXSW Showcase

3/19 – Austin, TX @ The Parish (214 E. 6th)
* 21+ (Wristband / Badges + limited amount of tickets at the door)

* Facebook Event:

STRFKR (1:00 am)

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin (12:00 am)

Asobi Seksu (11:00 pm)

Casiokids (10:00 pm)

Joan of Arc (9:00 pm)

w/ Special Guest – Yip Deceiver (8:00 pm)

Polyvinyl Bands At SXSW

Asobi Seksu
3/16 – Windish Showcase @ ND Studios A (501 N IH-35) – 1 AM
3/17 – Prefix Magazine Party @ ND at 501 Studios (501 N IH-35) – 2 PM
3/18 – My Old KY Blog Party @ Perkerhead’s (402 E. 6th St.) – 6 PM
3/19 – Filter / Dickies Party @ Lustre (97 Rainey St) – 2 PM
3/19 – Polyvinyl Showcase @ The Parish (214 E 6th St) – 11 PM

3/16 – Radio Day Stage @ SXSW Convention Center – 1 PM

3/16 – Moshi Moshi Party @ Beauty Bar – 1 AM
3/18 – Redefine Magazine Party @ House of Commons (2610 Rio Grande St) – 9 PM
3/19 – Torchy’s Party @ Torchy’s Taco Pavilion (1311 S 1st St)
3/19 – Polyvinyl Showcase @ The Parish (214 E 6th St) – 10 PM

Joan of Arc
3/17 – Music 4 U !!! Party @ -The Blue Theatre (916 Springdale)
3/18 – Bearded Ponies Party @ The Grackle (1700 E. 6th St.)
3/19 – New Granada Records Day Party @ The Ghost Room (304 W. 4th St.) 12:45 PM
3/19 – Stem and Leaf Party @ Khabele School (801 Rio Grande.) – 5 PM
3/19 – Polyvinyl Showcase @ Parish (214 E 6th St) – 9 PM

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
3/17 – Twangfest @ Jovita’s (1619 S 1st St) – 12 PM
3/17 – Billions Day Party @ Mohawk – 5:10 PM
3/18 – Music By The Slice @ Home Slice Pizza (1415 S Congress Ave)- 4:40 PM
3/19 – Polyvinyl Showcase @ The Parish (214 E 6th St) – 12 AM

3/16 – My Old Kentucky Blog Party @ Peckerheads – 4:30 PM
3/18 – Friendly Fire Party @ Lipstick 24 – 6 PM
3/18 – Redefine Magazine Party @ House of Commons (2610 Rio Grande St) – 9:30 PM

3/19 – Terrorbird Party @ ND at 501 Studios (501 N IH-35) – 2:30 PM

3/19 – Polyvinyl Showcase @ The Parish (214 E 6th St) – 1 AM

The Elves of Heaven Perform at Seaport Tree Lighting

Normally, cheesy Christmas events are accompanied by equally cheesy Christmas music, but this is certainly not the case at this year’s Seaport tree lighting ceremony. It seems South Street Seaport’s resident musician Martin Clancy has re-formed his band The Elves of Heaven to perform at the ceremony; you may recognize him from the set he played last month at the Witness Protection Programme where he shared the stage with Black Lips, Sea Wolf, Casiokids and others.

Taking place November 26th at 6 pm, the band will be accompanied by a 40-piece choir and soul singer Darlene Love. The band will be performing songs from their EP, This Christmas, which is was released this week.

New York City’s Weekend Show Round Up

Saturday – October 2nd

Menomena, Suckers, Tu Fawning @ Webster Hall

Radio Happy House With Born Ruffians @ (le) poisson rouge

Born Ruffians, Winter Gloves, First Rate People @ Bowery Ballroom

Mirah, Tami Hart @ Bruar Falls

Efterklang, Inlets, Xylos, Nonviolence @ Glasslands

Foals, Girl in a Coma @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Van Dyke Parks, Clare & the Reasons @ The Bell House

The xx, Warpaint, Zola Jesus @ United Palace Theater

Sunday – October 3rd

Gayngs, Glasser @ Bowery Ballroom

Casiokids, Brahms, Bikini, VonChina @ Glasslands

Motel Motel, Zambri, Shilpa Ray, ArpLine @ The Rock Shop

Casiokids Return To U.S. This Weekend

casiokidsCasiokids may have had good reason to cancel the remaining (a once in a life-time show), but they are making it up. The quartet will be back in the states for a select slew of shows.

The band spent the summer winning respect from pop veterans a-ha, even wining some cash from a fund started by the pop stars to help Norway’s up-coming pop stars. After winning the contest, the band was invited to play one of a-ha’s farewell shows in Norway.

The band will be playing a few shows this week all over the country, even taking part at Filter magazine’s Culture Collide festival in Los Angeles.

As if making amends for their canceled shows, the band recently release their newest single “En Vill Hest,” along with two remixes and their music video.

Tour Dates:
10/1 – Washington, DC – DC9
10/3 – Brooklyn, NY – Glasslands Gallery
10/5 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
10/7 – Los Angeles, CA – Spaceland (Filter Culture Collide Festival)