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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,…

New Black Metal

My brother’s black metal outfit has just released its first EP, Arcane Secrets. Check out Astrophobos for some furious yet epic tunes with lyrics inspired by H.P. Lovecraft! And tell me how you like the record! Spotify – Myspace – iTunes Question to the Dear Reader: how do you go about getting your album onto…

A Message From Uncle Norm

I got an ambiguous greeting from Norm Sherman when I bought his latest CD (2 for $10!). He is messing with my mind.

Thanks to Pär for the tip-off. OM’s singer/bassist used to be a member of the legendary doom band Sleep.

Synthesiser Mind-Meld

Apples in Stereo mastermind Robert Schneider demonstrates his latest technical combo: a vintage 80s synthesizer hooked up to a recently released EEG game controller, which allows him to change the pitch of the synth’s output with his thoughts. I particularly like the non-glitzy surroundings. The guy is sitting in shorts and t-shirt on a beat-up…

Simon’s Mix CD

I put together a mix CD today for Simon who’s celebrating his 60th birthday. He’s the husband of a colleague of mine, and all I really know about him is that he’s English, he’s a semi-pro musician and he likes Keith Jarrett, Juan Gilberto, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and Hermeto Pascoal. So I thought I…

The other night my wife suddenly hummed a familiar melody line. After some mental searching I identified it as a slightly modified version of French Canadian synth-poppers Trans-X’s 1983 hit “Living on Video” that I haven’t heard in 20 years or more. But my wife said, “No, it’s this Robyn song I heard on a…

Californian Roy Zimmerman is a satirical singer in the vein of Tom Lehrer (who endorses him). He recently released his seventh solo album, Real American, and I’m happy to say that Zimmerman has lost none of the brilliance us fans have come to expect. The disc has 13 tracks of which 3 are spoken political…

In My Earbuds Lately

The increasing number of podcasts I subscribe to has tended to crowd music out a bit from my earbuds in recent months. But I do have some good albums to recommend. Here’s what’s on my smartphone right now. Fleet Foxes. Fleet Foxes. 2008. Folky guitars and complex vocal harmonies. Heavy Blinkers. Better Weather. 2002. Bacharach-obsessed…