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Todd Rundgren, Emil Nikolaisen, & Hans-Peter Lindstrøm – “Put Your Arms Around Me (Stereolab/The High Llamas Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

I’m about to throw a lot of names at you, but bear with me, they’re all important and very, very cool in combination. Runddans is the project of Todd Rundgren (American classic rock legend), Emil Nikolaisen (frontman of Norweigan alt-rock band Serena-Maneesh), and Hans-Peter Lindstrøm (Norweigan producer and Todd Terje collaborator). Their debut release RunddansMore »

By: Grace Birnstengel / June 9, 2015 - 9:08 am

Todd Rundgren, Emil Nikolaisen & Lindstrøm – “Put Your Arms Around Me”

Lately, an unlikely trio of studio wizards — ’70s rock mastermind Todd Rundgren, space-disco warlock Hans-Peter Lindstrøm, Serena-Maneesh guitar-mangler Emil Nikolaisen — has been working on a collaborative album called Runddans. The album comes out next month, and it plays out as an uninterrupted single song, though it’s separated up into different tracks. The grou… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 21, 2015 - 10:38 am

Todd Rundgren, Lindstrøm, Emil Nikolaisen Announce Single Track Runddans LP

More than a year ago now, we learned that three very different studio rats were combining to form a deeply intriguing supergroup. ’70s smart-pop master Todd Rundgren, space-disco astral projectionist Hans-Peter Lindstrøm, and Serena-Maneesh shoegazer Emil Nikolaisen had joined forces to make an album called Runddans, and that was all we needed to know. Those… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 4, 2015 - 11:11 am

Todd Rundgren, Lindstrøm, & Serena-Maneesh Frontman Team Up For Album

Todd Rundgren is the Pennsylvania-born studio-rock wizard who helped define how American big-money rock music sounded in the 1970s. Hans-Peter Lindstrøm is the Norwegian space-disco producer whose burbling deep-groove tracks helped open dance music up to lusher and more psychedelic sounds in the mid-’00s. Emil Nikolaisen is the frontman of the Oslo shoegaze band Serena-Maneesh,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 12, 2014 - 12:17 pm

The 11 Best Videos Of The Week

Just like last week, here are this week’s attention-worthy videos. New ones from Serena-Maneesh, Antony and the Johnsons, Gatekeeper, Gordon Voidwell, James Blake, Kid Cudi, Mark Ronson, Torche, and Warpaint, along with a cute/creepy kid video from Foals and a cute, not-creepy cat filled video from Holy Fuck. Enjoy:… More »

By: jessica / October 15, 2010 - 1:58 pm

Serena-Maneesh – “D.I.W.S.W.T.T.D.” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Don’t take parenting tips from the fresh-faced couple in Serena-Maneesh’s “D.I.W.S.W.T.T.D.” video. But please do note the play on “S&M.” Then spend the rest of the clip coming up with potential meanings for “D.I.W.S.W.T.T.D.” (Make sure to watch it until the final swing of the bat.)… More »

By: brandon / October 7, 2010 - 12:07 pm

Serena-Maneesh – “D.I.W.S.W.T.T.D. (Stereolab Mix)”

Serena-Maneesh’s “D.I.W.S.W.T.T.D.” sorta sounds like Stereolab in its original form: This remix of the S-M 2: Abyss In B Minor track picks up on that, brings it home. Stereolab’s reclamation appears on the first of a series of limited-edition S-M 12″‘s with mixes of other Abyss In B Minor songs by Melchior and Lindstrøm. Peng! More »

By: brandon / September 9, 2010 - 1:09 pm

Serena-Maneesh – “Opium Priest”

The 7-minute “Opium Priest” comes from Serena-Maneesh’s Best split 12″ with Fucked Up (who contributed “Here Lies“). It’s a previously unreleased track from the S-M 2: Abyss in B Minor sessions that’s not quite as tough as an Opium Warlord. We’re told Henry Olsen handled the cello, that the bass is by “[the] bass player… More »

By: brandon / August 2, 2010 - 10:07 am

Serena-Maneesh/The Depreciation Guild @ The Troubadour, Los Angeles 3/22/10

Serena-Maneesh started their tour proper last night in L.A., after doing five shows for SXSW. Their album, S-M 2: Abyss In B Minor is out Stateside today, and after a five-year wait, it’s good to see (and hear) them back. Photographer Andrew Youssef says Medicine guitarist Brad Laner played with Serena-Maneesh for a few songs,… More »

By: jessica / March 23, 2010 - 5:57 pm

SXSW 2010: Wednesday In Photos

Here’s a tip if you’re going to one of these industry festival type things: If IAMSOUND is having a party, you should attend that party. Just like this past CMJ, the L.A.-based imprint owned their night, pulling together an eclectic lineup that showcased the right bands, all having a moment: Scott already posted some videoMore »

By: Amrit Singh / March 18, 2010 - 6:59 pm

Serena-Maneesh – “I Just Want To See Your Face” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Like 2005’s “Sapphire Eyes,” the gorgeous, pleasantly disorienting Serena-Maneesh No 2: Abyss In B Minor standout “I Just Want To See Your Face” brings together the competing impulses in S-M’s arsenal — pristine, bright-lined pop and shadowy, often bleak noise eruptions — in a short burst of optimistic (then grimly overdriven) shoegazer sweetness. It i… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 10, 2010 - 2:50 pm

New Serena-Maneesh – “I Just Want To See Your Face”

After a five-year anticipatory build-up, Serena-Maneesh are most definitely back. They played a staggering set at Mercury Lounge Friday night, the precursor to a U.S. tour they’ve announced today which you should hit if you’re into having your face melted. (This girl knows what I’m talking about.) They’re promoting the forthcoming S-M 2: Abyss InMore »

By: Amrit Singh / January 27, 2010 - 11:29 am

New Serena-Maneesh – “Ayisha Abyss”

When we posted a live take of “Reprobate” from Serene-Maneesh’s anticipated new album, we didn’t have a name or exact release date for the Norwegian noisemakers’ sophomore collection. Now we do: S-M 2: Abyss In B Minor hits shelves 3/23 in the US. On top of those details, we can also pass along a 6-minute… More »

By: brandon / December 17, 2009 - 3:05 pm

New Serena-Maneesh – “Reprobate” (Live On P3tv)

Two albums over ten years is a pace few bands can sustain without falling under the weight of their own perfectionism/strained-band-relations/lethargy. But Serena-Maneesh has always been built like that, a band of friends and siblings serving at the pleasure of mastermind Emil Nikolaisen, a mercurial noise/pop lover who’s been as busy tweaking the finer point… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 2, 2009 - 10:46 am

The 25 69 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2010

This year in music was great and we’rea gonna let it finish (sorry), but in terms of notable album releases the ship has sailed. No offense, 30 Seconds To Mars. While the Gummys’ virtual poll booth remains open for a few more days (did we mention filling out the ballot enters you to win the… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 24, 2009 - 5:41 pm

Band To Watch: I Was A King

The Norwegian band I Was A King is the brainchild of Frode Strømstads. The new self-titled album, which follows 2007’s Losing Something Good for Something Better, features Serena-Maneesh’s Emil Nikolaisen on bass, drums and a co-production credit, alongside guest spots from Sufjan Stevens, Danielson and Ladybug Transistor, among others. But even without “star” contributions, the… More »

By: brandon / January 27, 2009 - 11:11 am

Reminisce With Oh My Rockness

Here are a few choice selections from the list of what rocked Oh My Rockness this year. They’re representing with a group of Stereo-faves and perfectly articulate those tough-to-pinpoint things that make us love these bands so.Best Rock Band Full of a Bunch of Married People – The Big Sleep

It was a very… More »

By: Stereogum / December 14, 2006 - 5:40 pm

New Serena-Maneesh – “Sapphire Eyes” (Skikkelig Remix)

Here’s a holiday gift from the always thoughtful Serena-Maneesh, who wrote us a lovely Xmas letter from Norway, the “polar bear fjords kingdom.” Maneesh-mastermind Emil commissioned a remix of their self-titled debut’s standout “Sapphire Eyes” from British producer Brendan Lynch (Primal Scream, Paul Weller), and in typical-perfectionist fashion, the Serena songwriter “tweaked and destroyed” it,… More »

By: Stereogum / November 30, 2006 - 9:58 am

Evangelicals/Serena-Maneesh @ Bowery Ballroom 9/8/06

There’s a middle aged dude who works security at Bowery Ballroom; he usually sits on a stool at the stage-access door near the front of the room, and he uses the density of his torso (and of his scraggle of hair) to ensure that no party crashers make their way backstage. We should know thi… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 11, 2006 - 3:01 pm

A Day In Norway With Serena-Maneesh

Every time I venture into a new city, I can’t help but think, “Sure, this glitzy street with MacDonald?s and Starbucks feels authentic enough, but where do the rockers hang out? What do the cool kids get up to?” And maybe I’ll have a few friends in town that qualify as “locals” and would-be-scenesters who… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 18, 2006 - 7:51 pm
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