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Hi folks. I know it's been a bummer of a week. It was great to see so many of the shows on our SubModern panel taking some time to share the music of Prince to honor his legacy and hopefully educate some listeners who might be too young to realize what an impact he made on music and just what a loss to the world this truly was. I can't claim to be a Prince expert. During his biggest years in the 80's I was too young to care, and then in the early 90's, if it wasn't grungey, I wasn't interested. The Prince songs that I knew best were all related to a certain caped crusader and his appropriately purple nemesis. It's probably time for me to change that, under these saddest of circumstances.

While that's been top of mind for so many, we carry on with our business as usual and check out the week's specialty charts where The Last Shadow Puppets are back on top with Everything You've Come To Expect as the #1 album once again, as well as "Aviation" tied for the #4 single. The week's top single though comes from Austin / Toronto duo Black Pistol Fire with "Bad Blood," the first taste of their upcoming record. Continuing down the singles charts, I'm quite pleased that my second favorite band of all time Garbage debuts their new single "Empty" at #2, tied with Hot Hot Heat's "Kid Who Stays In The Picture." The Coathangers are up next at #4 (tied with the Shadow Puppets) with "Make It Right" which comes from the week's #2 album, Nosebleed Weekend.

Back over on the album chart, Twin Peaks shows up at #3 with a few tracks having been pre-released from their upcoming Down In Heaven, one of them being "Butterfly," which is at #8t.Then M83's Junk is in at #4, followed by a tie for #5 between Bleached with Welcome The Worms and Kristin Kontrol's forthcoming solo debut X-Communicate. Both of those feature singles in the top ten as well, those being "Wednesday Night Melody" at #6t and "Show Me" at #8t, respectively.

I'll leave it at that for today. You can, of course, check out the full charts at FMQB.com/SubModern. Keep reading here for new music coming your way and my interview with Norwegian band Death By Unga Bunga, along with their live SubModern Session performance. Til next week, let's all do our best to get through this thing called life.

~ Josh Landow
Twitter: @JoshTLandow


After releasing three albums in their home country of Norway, the guys of Death By Unga Bunga have finally made it to the States with their latest, Pineapple Pizza. I recently got to chat with several of the members, Sebastian Ulstad Olsen, Preben Sælid Andersen, and Stian Gulbrandsen about their name, their songs, and their attitude. Plus the band performed some songs live for another exclusive SubModern Session.

JL: Congratulations on the new album coming out here in America! You've been a band for seven or eight years, right and you all got together in high school?

DBUB: Yeah, We've been recording and giving out albums for the last five years. We were kids and we played for a long time of course, but it takes time to find the right formula. But the last five or six years has been serious.

JL: And you call got together while you were in school?

DBUB: Yeah, we all went to the same high school and started hanging out and drinking beer and listening to rock n' roll.

JL: I have to ask how'd you come up with the name Death By Unga Bunga? I think we all know the joke.

DBUB: They don't know the joke back in Norway. That's the thing. We get away with it there, but now that we're here, it's like "oooohhhh..." There's a band called The Mummies from the west coast and they had an album in the 90's called Death By Unga Bunga. We thought it was a killer name so we just went for it and then we heard about the joke so we had no idea. It's not a good joke. People don't really laugh, they just get sick. It's just a sick story that's not true.

JL: But you're stuck with it.

DBUB: Yeah, but it's a good name.

JL: Is Pineapple Pizza more like your live shows than your previous albums?

DBUB: It is. For the first time we did the whole record live in the same room in five or six days in this cabin in the northwest of Norway. We just recorded the whole album.

JL: Is that a lot faster than you'd worked previously?

DBUB: Oh yeah, I think it was forty-six days on the second album. So that's an improvement. We were just much more efficient on this one. We knew the songs and had been gigging a lot. We produced them ourselves. Less compromises!

JL: So do you think this is the best representation of your band?

DBUB: Definitely! No doubt!

JL: And is that why it was time to break here in America?

DBUB: Yeah. It took us some time to find out how we're gonna sound on a record because we know how we do it live. Now I think we've found a good format.

JL: Coming here wasn't a huge culture shock for you though, because you grew up on American pop culture. What were some of your favorite things from America when you were growing up in Norway?

DBUB: Just watching MTV. That was a thrill for me. I was skipping school to go home and watch music music videos. But then they stopped showing music videos, but back in the 90's I guess. We learned a lot from Baywatch, and what's the Al Bundy show?

JL: Married With Children.

DBUB: Yeah, that's my favorite. Those jokes are so not cool now. They're sexist. It's hilarious.

JL: But I certainly wouldn't call your band politically correct. You're a little edgy and dirty.

DBUB: We want to stay far away from the political. We're not U2. People need fun music and fun bands. We want to say things when we write our songs, but it doesn't have to be about how depressed you are because you broke up with your girlfriend. Rock n' roll is about having fun and not giving a $#!+ about anything. The lyrics on this one are mostly based on things we've experienced ourselves now that we've been touring a lot. Melted cheese is a song theme and a ride to space. Just fun stuff.

JL: Yeah, "Lady Fondue" is the single. How did you think to compare love and cheese?

DBUB: Well, my favorite cheese of them all is melted cheese. So we wrote a love song about melted cheese and it kind of works the same way as if it was with a girl. Maybe people think it's about a girl, but we sing about cheese, but I guess it's the opposite way where we sing about the lady, but it's actually about our intense love for cheese.

If you didn't catch Death By Unga Bunga on tour in the U.S., you can hear them performing songs from Pineapple Pizza for our latest SubModern Session. Find out more at DeathByUngaBunga.Tumblr.com and JansenPlateproduksjon.no. Check out their video for "Lady Fondue" here.




By Josh T. Landow

Death By Unga Bunga
Pineapple Pizza
(Jansen Plateproduksjon)

Updated 4/27/16
# Artist Track Label
1 BLACK PISTOL FIRE BAD BLOOD MODERN OUTSIDER
2t GARBAGE EMPTY STUNVOLUME
  HOT HOT HEAT KID WHO STAYS IN THE PICTURE KAW-LIGA
4t THE COATHANGERS MAKE IT RIGHT SUICIDE SQUEEZE
  THE LAST SHADOW PUPPETS AVIATION DOMINO
6t BLEACHED WEDNESDAY NIGHT MELODY DEAD OCEANS
  HORSE THIEF DROWSY BELLA UNION
8t KRISTIN KONTROL SHOW ME SUB POP
  TWIN PEAKS BUTTERFLY GRAND JURY
10t CHRIS CORNELL NOTHING COMPARES 2 U MAVERICK
  THE CLAYPOOL LENNON DELIRIUM CRICKET AND THE GENIE ATO
  TOKYO POLICE CLUB NOT MY GIRL TEAM 8 / ADA
13t THE AVETT BROTHERS AIN'T NO MAN REPUBLIC
  DJ SHADOW (FT. RUN THE JEWELS) NOBODY SPEAK MASS APPEAL
  M83 GO! MUTE
  NEW BEAT FUND NO TYPE RED BULL
  SERATONES CHANDELIER FAT POSSUM
18t AURORA CONQUEROR GLASSNOTE
  BETH ORTON 1973 ANTI-
  BRASS BED MORE THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE MODERN OUTSIDER
  BRICK + MORTAR DEAD MOON SELF-RELEASED
  BRONCHO SENORA BOREALIS DINE ALONE
  ENTER SHIKARI REDSHIFT PIAS
  THE KILLS DOING IT TO DEATH DOMINO
  KONGOS TAKE IT FROM ME EPIC
  LOW CUT HIGH TOPS LET'S RUNAWAY SELF-RELEASED
  NOTHING VERTIGO FLOWERS RELAPSE
  PARQUET COURTS BERLIN GOT BLURRY ROUGH TRADE
  RUFUS DU SOL YOU WERE RIGHT FOREIGN FAMILY COLLECTIVE / INGROOVES
  WHITE LUNG KISS ME WHEN I BLEED DOMINO
  ZACK LOPEZ BONZO RATHET BRIGHT ANTENNA
 
Updated 4/27/16
# Artist Album Label
1 THE LAST SHADOW PUPPETS EVERYTHING YOU'VE COME TO EXPECT DOMINO
2 THE COATHANGERS NOSEBLEED WEEKEND SUICIDE SQUEEZE
3 TWIN PEAKS DOWN IN HEAVEN GRAND JURY
4 M83 JUNK MUTE
5t BLEACHED WELCOME THE WORMS DEAD OCEANS
  KRISTIN KONTROL X-COMMUNICATE SUB POP
7t FEAR OF MEN FALL FOREVER KANINE
  PARQUET COURTS HUMAN PERFORMANCE ROUGH TRADE
9t FRANKIE COSMOS NEXT THING BAYONET
  FRIGHTENED RABBIT PAINTING OF A PANIC ATTACK CANVASBACK / ATLANTIC
  GREYS OUTER HEAVEN CARPARK
  TOKYO POLICE CLUB MELON COLLIE AND THE INFINITE RADNESS, PART 1 TEAM 8 / ADA
13t BRASS BED IN THE YELLOW LEAF MODERN OUTSIDER
  CAGE THE ELEPHANT TELL ME I'M PRETTY RCA
  THE KILLS ASH & ICE DOMINO
  MODERAT III MUTE
  MOVING UNITS DAMAGE WITH CARE METROPOLIS
  NOTHING TIRED OF TOMORROW RELAPSE
  STEP ROCKETS FUTURE NATURE HARBOUR / CAROLINE
  WHITE LUNG PARADISE DOMINO
  YEASAYER AMEN & GOODBYE MUTE
22t ANDREW BIRD ARE YOU SERIOUS LOMA VISTA / CONCORD
  AURORA ALL MY DEMONS GREETING ME AS A FRIEND GLASSNOTE
  DREAMERS YOU ARE HERE EP FAIRFAX
  KEVIN MORBY SINGING SAW DEAD OCEANS
  LITTLE SCREAM CULT FOLLOWING MERGE
  OXFORD & CO. BY OXFORD & CO. METROPOLITAN GROOVE MERCHANTS
  VARIOUS ARTISTS DAY OF THE DEAD 4AD
 
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