30 July 2009

HepCat and Movits! in Helsinborgs Dagblad

Helsingborgs Dagblad has an article on Movits! and how the HepCat Store became their unofficial international distributor.

Click here to read it!

and Sydsvenskan

29 July 2009

How Heptown Helped Movits! get on TV in the US

If you attended the ten year anniversary of Club HepCat in Lund you caught a performance by Movits!, a Swedish jazz/swing/hiphop act.

Movits at Club HepCat. Photo by Malin Sjöberg.

As always, we bought some copies of their cd "Äppelknyckarjazz" to carry in the store. We sold one or two, then all of a sudden all the cd's we had in stock were gone. When we checked, we saw that they had all been sent to addresses in the US. What the heck?

After some detective work Håkan found this post on aurgasm.

“Django guitar, windy street swing; music for both art directors and for your mother” is how MOVITS! describe their sound. Well-known in Sweden, but unheard of elsewhere, they fold together elements of 1930’s big band swing, roma swing and rhythm & blues, then drop hiphop vocals on top for some serious energetic firepower. The ability to seamlessly interweave a number of genres reminds me of The Cat Empire, but while MOVITS! could relax on their catchy beats, they expertly drop variations (i.e. 2:00 in the video above) that’ll keep you smiling throughout the song.

And it the comments section we noticed that someone had found out that we sold their cd and shipped internationally. Anyone outside Europe who wanted to order the album could only get it from hepcat.se. So that's why we got all these orders...

We sold all the records we had in stock and tried to order more. The label didn't have any more records and neither did their distributor, but we finally got some directly from the band.

But then we ran out of "Äppelknyckarjazz" again and we are now waiting for the re-pressing of the album.
This is not just because of the blog. Movits! were guests on American TV show the Colbert Report this Monday.

Movits! with Colbert.

Click below to see Movits! on the Colbert Report. The first clip is the interview, the second is their performance of "Fel Del Av Gården".

Movits! Interview

Movits! "Fel del av gården"

The news of American interest in Movits! was first brought to the bands attention when we called them and asked for more records.

The news of Movits! performance on American TV and the heads up they got from HepTown Records has been reported by the following sources;
Their record label BDpop; Movits! intar New York!
The Colbert Report bokar Movits!
Whoa.nu; Movits i New York på Colbert Report!
Sydsvenskan; Movits slutsålt efter succé
Helsingborgs Dagblad; Movits succé i USA säljer slut på skivor i Lund

Click here to order "Äppelknyckarjazz".

28 July 2009

Carling Family - Hot Jazz

Check out the latest release on HepTown Records, Hot Jazz by the Carling Family.

The Carling family is back with composers such as Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Richard Wagner plus five songs self-penned by Hans Carling.
Wether it be in a smooth, laidback way or a leg-jerking way, it's certainly all served in the famous Carling 'Hot Jazz' way.

Click here to check it out.

A-bombers Old Style Weekend

The Saint 21 crew is getting ready for A-Bombers Old Style Weekend.

We're bringing Skratch, J.Tex and a bunch of other cool people. As always, the HepCat Store will be selling magazines, records, cool clothes and pomade.

Be there or be square.

20 July 2009

Burlesque Poster Design

We've got a fabulous new book in stock, Burlesque Poster Design - The Art Of Tease.

Great reading for graphic artists, dancers and anyone else interested in the history of burlesque.

Some are subtle as a fan dance, while others are saucy as twirling tassels, and they're all collected here - the finest, raunchiest, most teasing burlesque poster art, from the Follies Bergere of 1880 to the London Burlesque of 2008.
More than 150 poster designs illustrate the history of bumping and grinding, flirting and subverting.

Wanna see if you got what it takes to shake your stuff and twirl those tassels? Check out the dvd "Burlesque for Beginners".

18 July 2009

Psst! Hey Ladies! (and Gentlemen?)

Seriously, if you haven't seen this already you should look it up right NOW: specials on t-shirts, hoodies and even some sweet Lola Ramona heels, get them while you still can!!!

15 July 2009

All You Need For A Cool Summer

We wish everyone a great summer with plenty of time to relax, work on your cars and bikes, flirt, dance and listen to good music.

We have the items that will make your summer even sweeter. Check out our shorts from Pace, Dickies and DePalma, the cool caps and t-shirts from Swedish skate brand Locals Apparel and the sweet and sexy dresses from Pace and Brixton.
Click here to see all the dresses we have in stock.

Heading to the beach? Grab a beach towel from DePalma and something to read. We've got new issues of Bachelor Pad Magazine and Greasy Culture.

Need some cool music? Check out the new album from Lil' Linn & The Lookout Boys.

09 July 2009

J.Tex - Misery

HepTown Records artist J.Tex just released his new solo album called Misery.

A man and his guitar.

This is what J.Tex himself had to say about the new album;

This time we wanted to catch that special summer night feeling we had experienced, a feeling that includes music, dust, old-time cars and a great crowd. And to make it just right, we found the greatest little studio located in an old schoolhouse near Lund, Sweden. The studio is now known as “House on the Hill” with Carl Granberg as the man in charge.

These twelve songs were recorded in three days. I asked my best and oldest buddy, Frank Borg, bass/banjo player and singer-songwriter, to cross the sea that third and final day and join in on this album. Andi Almqvist, a Swedish singer-songwriter from Malmö and also a dear friend, came by, making the song "Union Army" sparkle with his voice and musical talent. To make the day just perfect, Svante Sjöblom joined the party and was thrown in on “One of these days”.

All in all, this album was made in the true family & good friends way. I hope you will enjoy this album. And that not only this album, but all music you may listen to, will shine on you and make every day a better day.

Music Rules!


Click here to listen to some of the songs on myspace.

You can buy the album here.


Snutjävel tee and hat are avaliable at the HepCat Store.

Have you seen the great stuff from Swedish punk band Snutjävel? We've got t-shirts, hats and music.
Don't forget to check out their latest single Punksvin, out now on HepTown Records.

Linje Lusta

Hey kids, don't forget to watch Vivien Leigh and Marlon Brando in "A Streetcar Named Desire" tonight! The film from 1951 is known as "Linje Lusta" in Sweden.

It airs on Swedish SVT2 at 22.30.

08 July 2009

Zoe Scarlett's Blog

Our friend Zoe Scarlett has joined us in the bloggosphere. You can check out her tattoos, the latest images from her foto sessions and see what's going on in her life.

You can find her at zoescarlett.blogspot.com

Don't forget to check out Zoe Scarlett's merch in our shop.

Moving Images from Pace Day

We found this over at the pace blog. Some cool images from our Pace Day at Saint 21.