Music

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I’m bothered by odd redundancy in an 80s song lyric. Millas mirakel advises us that “It is better to light the fire of life than to never be allowed to be yourself”. Yes, and? That turn of phrase should compare two undesirable things, like “It is better to lose one toe than to lose both…

Flute Clock Reborn

My part-time employers the Academy of Letters are charmingly unworldly in a muscular way. They’re not a government body and are beholden to nobody except King Gustav III who laid down their bylaws in the 18th century. He hasn’t cramped their style in quite a while. And they are quite comfortably funded indeed through various…

New Single From Qoph

Qoph is an excellent heavy psych rock outfit from Lidingö not far from where I live, and I’m really excited to learn that their third album is on its way! Here’s the first single. I like it!

My musical taste spans half a century, but like many people I have a particular soft spot for musicians of my own age and the albums they made during our 20s. I really love 90s neo-psych. It was disconcerting when these musicians started putting out divorce albums (of Montreal’s brilliant 2007 Hissing Fauna, Are You…

New Rolling Stones E-Book

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Rolling Stones’s first gig, at the Marquee Club in London. Journalist Hanspeter Kuenzler and Bavarian e-book publishers The eBook People GmbH celebrate the occasion with a massive illustrated two-volume biographical anthology in English on the band. Counting the pages in an e-book is of course difficult. But…

In My Earbuds Lately

Black Keys – Brothers (2010). Soulful vocals and psychedelic guitars. Brimstone Solar Radiation Band – Solstice (2005). Melodic Norwegian psych. David Bowie – Low (1977). Soul rock interleaved with ambient instrumentals. Howlin’ Rain – Magnificent Fiend (2008). Soulful vocals and psychedelic guitars. Lightships – Electric Cables (2012). Teenage Fanclub bassist goes solo. Norm Sherman –…

Pitch-Perfect Pixies Homage

This musical style was invented by the Pixies in the mid 80s. Their early work was a main source of inspiration for Curt Cobain of Nirvana. Now Cage the Elephant have recreated the early Pixies style from its blueprints and written a song about Cobain’s birthplace in Washington state. I like it! In other rock…

Bizarre musical development. The drum and base genre of music was created when people turned up the tempo on drum machines to insane speeds. But this guy plays drum and base beats live! Ree-spect!

Soul Warrior

This past weekend the Swedish Skeptics celebrated our 30th anniversary with a two-day conference in Gothenburg. It included the annual business meeting of the society at which I was reelected as chairman for a second year. And at dinner, I sang a song about how I view my role in the society, and the Swedish…