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Swedish Grammy Nominees The Radio Dept set their sights on a Triumphant 2011 with their January 25 release and North American Tour this February

Swedish Grammy Nominees The Radio Dept set their sights on a Triumphant 2011 with their January 25 release and North American Tour this February

Passive Aggressive: The Singles “2002-2010”

(January 25 Labrador/Caroline)

Sweden’s favorite indie pop troupe The Radio Dept certainly has loads to celebrate. The trio has been nominated for two Swedish Grammy Awards, including “Album of the Year” and “Band of the Year”. In addition, they are one of twelve nominees for the first annual Nordic Music Prize. A list which includes Robyn and Jonsi. All very exciting news as they embark on their biggest tour in North America to date and prepare for the release of their double disc collection “Passive Aggressive: The Singles 2002-2010, finally giving both long time and newly gained fans a chance to hear all their hard to find singles and rarities in one collection.

THE FADER “Please help us keep our sanity in the comments section and buy this album when it comes out.”

In celebration, The Radio Dept who always score the #1 Most Popular song on the Hype Machine are offering you a new Free MP3 Download “The One” from Passive Aggressive.



Please take note that there is a change of venue in New York due to a scheduling conflict. The new venue and additional SF date are announced:
Feb 02 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Wiliamsburg
Feb 14 San Francisco, CA The Independent
(All tickets purchased for NYC February 3 will be honored for MHofW)

Feb 01 Washington D.C. Rock N Roll Hotel
*Feb 02 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
Feb 04 Boston, MA Middle East Downstairs
Feb 05 Montreal, QC Petit Campus
Feb 07 Toronto, ONT Lee’s Palace
Feb 08 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
Feb 09 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry
Feb 12 Seattle, WA Crocodile Café
Feb 13 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
*Feb 14 San Francisco CA The Independent
Feb 15 San Francisco, CA The Independent
Feb 16 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre
Feb 19 Mexico City, MX Teatro de la Ciudad

NEW YORK TIMES: “Neatly made pop…The Radio Dept. hark back to the guitar-and-keyboard grids of New Order and the urbane whispers of Pet Shop Boys. Arrangements that were full-bodied but never overstuffed. Every so often the band allowed itself a dance beat or a major-chord crescendo approaching the lower elevations of U2” (On their Sold- Out December 2010 Bowery Show)

About “Passive Aggressive: The Singles 2002-2010”:

Even their own label has called them “indie as fuck” and despite the challenges of supporting such a demanding band over the years, their faith has never wavered. By the sound of “Passive Aggressive” it would be worth the effort even if it hadn’t started to pay off.

The selection of songs contained on Passive Aggressive features singles and rarities from The Radio Dept.’s catalogue that includes their debut album “Lesser Matters”, (2003), which became an underground success both in Sweden and internationally. The buzz that grew to give the band worldwide recognition came with a little help from XL Recordings who released the album in large parts of the world some time later. Two EPs were released, “Pulling Our Weight” in late 2003 and “This Past Week” in 2005.??The second album and much critically acclaimed “Pet Grief”, was released in the spring of 2006 and showed a slightly more dreamy, less noisy, side of the band. The album reached #11 in the Swedish charts and continued to give The Radio Dept. new listeners all over the world. Sofia Coppola’s film Marie Antoinette (2006), featured three songs, ‘Keen on Boys’, ‘Pulling Our Weight’ and ‘I Don’t Like It Like’. During these years, the trio released the politically satirical single ‘Freddie And The Trojan Horse’ in May 2008 as a foretaste of the album. A year later the single ‘David’ followed.

Finally their follow up album, Clinging To A Scheme surfaced in spring 2010, on which the band has combined the most unequalled components from their previous output. Humbly and honestly, most reviewers were thrilled. Influential site Pop Matters names “Clinging to a Scheme” their #1 Indie Pop LP of 2010, declaring, “The Radio Dept. once again demonstrate the flexibility within their distinctly fuzzy style of pop music. They do their version of reggae, their version of the 1980s soft-pop ballad. While musically the album seems especially playful, even experimental, their songs carry a heavy weight”.

Watch Never Follow Suit HERE

The Radio Dept topped many prestigious year-end lists with their April 2010 release “Clinging to A Scheme” including Pitchfork, Pop Matters, Under The Radar, and countless others.


PITCHFORK “Heavenly subversion” (The Top 100 Tracks of 2010)

MAGNET “Honing its atmospheric, dream-pop sound while sharpening its skills as serious songwriters,” (Top 20 albums of 2010)

UNDER THE RADAR “Another near-classic mediation on the complexity of youthful sadness. “(Top 50 Albums of 2010)

POPMATTERS (“On their third album, the Radio Dept. once again demonstrate the flexibility within their distinctly fuzzy style of pop music.” No 1 on “The Best indie pop of the year 2010”-list)

PITCHFORK “Best new music ..repeat plays reveal this record’s almost bottomless depth” (8.3/10. Best new music)

BROOKLYN VEGAN “Passive-Aggressive: Singles 2002-2010 which culls eight years worth of non-LP, out-of-print greatness onto CDs”

BOSTON PHOENIX: “Phoenix fans will swoon over the shimmying, glimmering flawless dreampop”

Check the effect yourself when they roll into one of these theaters near you this February and please don’t be Passive Aggressive about “Passive Aggressive”.

“you’ll have plenty of time to catch up on who they’ve been over the last eight years before you catch them live. January 25th sees the release of their two-disc singles collection, Passive Aggressive: The Singles 2002-2010. Compiling singles and rarities from their three albums and multiple EPs, the collection will teach you why they’ve hung around so long and why their labelLabrador has called them “indie as fuck.” Consequence of Sound

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