Jens Lekman and Marla Hansen!

Seriously people… MY TWO FAVORITE MUSICIANS EVER WILL BE TOURING THE WORLD TOGETHER THIS SPRING. I apologize for the all caps, which no one likes, but I think I almost peed my pants with excitement and I just really needed to articulate just how excited I am. Jens has a knack for selecting super talented bands to tour with him (see: Frida Hyvonen, Beirut, Hello Saferide, etc.) and I’m just so very glad that he saw what we at the ‘Hive saw in Marla.
02-14 Istanbul, Turkey – Babylon
02-15 Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
02-16 Berlin, Germany – Lido
02-18 Turin, Italy – El Barrio
02-19 Ravenna, Italy – Teatro Rasi
02-20 Geneva, Switzerland – PTR-Usine
02-21 St. Gallen, Switzerland – Palace
02-22 Florence, Italy – Viper Club
02-23 Munich, Germany РAtomic Caf̩
02-24 Frankfurt, Germany – Mousonturm
02-25 Nijmegen, Netherlands – Doornroosje
02-26 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
02-27 Paris, France – Nouveau Casino
02-28 Brussels, Belgium – AB Club
02-29 Antwerp, Belgium – Trix
03-01 Cologne, Germany – Gebäude 9
03-02 Hamburg, Germany – Molotow
03-13 Austin, TX – Mohawk (Secretly Canadian SXSW showcase)
03-14 Dallas, TX – Granada
03-21 Los Angeles, CA – Henry Fonda Theater
03-22 San Francisco, CA – Bimbo’s 365 Club
03-23 San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
03-24 Portland, OR – Berbati’s Pan
03-25 Seattle, WA – Neumos Crystal Ball Reading Room
03-29 Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater
03-30 Madison, WI – Music Hall
03-31 Chicago, IL – Logan Square
04-01 Columbus, OH – Wexner Center for the Arts
04-02 Washington, DC – Black Cat
04-04 Boston, MA – Paradise
04-05 New York, NY – Webster Hall (!!!!! YAY !!!!!)
05-09-11 Rye, England – Camber Sand Holiday Centre (ATP vs. Pitchfork) *
05-16-18 Minehead, England – Butlin’s Holiday Centre (Explosions in the Sky ATP)

Jens Lekman

The Opposite of Hallelujah [MP3, 6MB, 192kbps]
Friday Night at the Drive-In Bingo [MP3, 5.9MB, 192kbps]

This 21-year-old Swede spins hopelessly hopeful AM gold from influences as diverse as Harry Nilsson, Nico, and Morrissey. [Added 22 Dec 2004: This kid’s mad prolific, be sure to check out his Department of Forgotten Songs blog where he will be posting outtakes, unreleased tracks, and other MP3 treats until his big U.S. tour in February 2005.]
You Are the Light [MP3, 3.2MB, 128kbps]
Black Cab [MP3, 5.8MB, 160kbps]
Rocky Dennis Farewell Song to the Blind Girl [MP3, 6.2MB, 160kbps]

Cute (That’s Right, I Said Cute) Jens Lekman Video

The opening lines to Jens Lekman’s “You Are the Light” go: “Yeah, I got busted/So I used my one phone call/To dedicate a song to you on the radio.” Seems like my man’s only crime is a silly, sentimental heart and a video to match.

New 3hive Podcast Ready to Fill Your Gadget

3hive Podcast #13: direct download
For the week ending December 3, 2005
Host: Sam
Jens Lekman “Black Cab” (Secretly Canadian)
Machine Go Boom “Captain Obvious” (Collectible Escalators)
Nic Armstrong & the Thieves “If We Can’t Escape, My Pretty” (New West)
Climber “Always Right” (Sparklet)
Au Revoir Simone “Back in Time” (self-released)
Faux Pas “White Light” (self-released)
Gotye “A Distinctive Sound” (self-released)
Blue Bone Express “Sweltering Solar Rag” (self-released)