Category archives for Music

Esoteric Order of Sherman

I’ve written before about the prolific and many-talented Norm Sherman: a podcaster, multi-instrumentalist, song writer, singer and comedian with a truly unique voice. Several unique voices actually, thanks to his ear for accents. He occupies a position in geek-orientated on-line music and podcasting similar to that of George Hrab, another one of my favourites. But…

Self-Referential Ethan Miller

I’ve been following Californian rock singer and guitarist Ethan Miller off and on since Comets on Fire‘s 2002 album Field Recordings from the Sun. I love his singing and psychedelic song writing. And so recently the song “Nomads” from the 2008 album Magnificent Fiend (with Miller’s current band Howlin’ Rain) has been playing in my…

Great Sesame Street Song

Somehow I suddenly remembered the Sesame Street album I loved when I was a kid, 1977’s Signs!. And sure enough, all the songs are on YouTube now!

Roy Zimmerman: You’re Getting Sleepy

I’ve been following Roy Zimmerman‘s output of musical satire since his 2004 album Faulty Intelligence, and I was certainly not disappointed by the recent You’re Getting Sleepy. The CD’s title is shared with the opening song and refers to the hypnosis that must be going on when half of the US electorate votes for the…

The Kinnardlys, “Easy Peasy”

This song is just irresistable. Check out The Kinnardlys’ web site. Thanks to the Spiel gaming podcast for the tip-off. Always good tunes between segments there!

In My Earbuds Lately

Here are some albums that I’ve been listening to lately. (The previous peek into my listening habits is from May 2010!) Daikaiju. Daikaiju. 2005. Virtuoso instrumental surf rock. Dungen. Skit i allt. 2010. Psychedelic 70s prog. Graveyard. Hisingen Blues. 2011. Bluesy and psychedelic 70s metal. Jobriath. Jobriath. 1973. Piano-heavy folk/glam rock. Jobriath. Creatures of the…

Tonight A Demon Came Into My Head

Blues & metal fans, take note. The album you need to get right now is Hisingen Blues by Swedish sensations Graveyard. And check out the Aardvarchaeology Merchandise Store!

Bellman’s Pale Rhenish

Dear Reader, please try saying “ENSKTBLEH”. Yes, six consonants in a row. ENSKTBLEH. OK? Now sing it, loudly and happily. Go! I’ve spent three happy days at the first ever Picture Stone Symposium in Visby, listening to papers, moderating some bits and giving a presentation of my own that went down pretty well. And one…

I was reminded of this timely song when discussing an odd 7th century burial at Norsborg with my friend Dr. Ing-Marie Back Danielsson. The buried individual has been murdered, which triggered the association.

Juniorette Sings Cohen

Juniorette is a precocious seven years old. Here’s her rendition of Leonard Cohen’s 1984 song “Hallelujah”, with the Swedish lyrics by Py Bäckman. The performance is influenced to a certain degree by another young Swedish singer’s version, Molly Sandén’s on her 2009 album Samma himmel. While Cohen’s beautiful lyrics deal mainly with broken love affairs…