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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…

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…

When skeptical darling George Hrab released his latest album, Trebuchet, he placed a golden ticket in the sleeve of one copy that went into regular distribution. On the ticket was Hrab’s phone number and a promise to come and play a gig for free at the venue of the recipient’s choice. When the call came,…

Amnesia Was Her Name

Junior, who is a digital native and knows way more about current net fads than I do, turned me on to the multi-talented Neil Cicierega and his band Lemon Demon. Excellent synth pop that should hit the sweet spot of any Apples in Stereo fan. I know it hit mine! Here are the beautifully clever…

Last night I attended Junior’s school concert in the church of St. Catherine in Stockholm. Here are some of the lyrics sung by the 13-14-year-olds in front of the altar. Because the world is round it turns me on Because the wind is high it blows my mind “Because”, Lennon & McCartney And Night-time sharpens,…