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Young Autists Next Door

My house is near an LSS housing unit. Lagen om stöd och service till vissa funktionshindrade, “The Law of Support and Service for Certain Disabled People”, mainly caters to the needs of people with autism and the like. In 6½ years on Boat Hill, the young people living there have never caused us any trouble…

In My Earbuds Lately

Here are some good albums that I’ve been listening to lately. Country Funk — Country Funk (1970). Not country and not funk: folk psych. GOAT — Commune (2014). Eclectic psychedelia with screamy female vocals and bongos! Opeth — Pale Communion (2014). When black metal ages into virtuoso prog rock. Pixies — Indie Cindy (2014). Eclectic…

In My Earbuds Lately

Here are some good albums that I’ve been listening to lately. Dowling Poole – Bleak Strategies (2014). For all who miss the later Beatles and the Super Furry Animals. GOAT – World Music (2012). Eclectic psychedelia with screamy female vocals and bongos! GOAT – Commune (2014). Again! Mahavishnu Orchestra – The Inner Mounting Flame (1971).…

Arrival Songs

The English language has a rich tradition of songs celebrating the joys of orgasm. Here are just a few examples. Sumer Is Icumen In (anon., 13th century) Come Again (John Dowland, 1597) Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus (Charles Wesley, 1745) Come, Thou Fount Of Every Blessing (Robert Robinson, 1757) Come, Ye Disconsolate (Thomas Moore, 1816) Oh…

The lyrics to Dusty Springfield’s 1970 song ”Spooky” are slightly odd. They have a woman describing her relationship with a fickle, unreliable, flirtatious man. ”Love’s kind of crazy with a spooky little boy like you”. She constantly finds him winking with his “little eye” at other women. “I get confused and I don’t know where…

Five Good Psychedelic Pop Albums

Junior’s buddy expressed an interest in psychedelic pop. Here’s a selection of good albums, one for each decade. There is of course also heavier psych rock with prominent blues guitar in the tradition of Hendrix. 60s. Beatles, Revolver 70s. This decade produced a treasury of psych rock, prog rock and space rock, but I haven’t…

Depeche Mode Meets Tom Lehrer

In your room Where time stands still Or moves at your will Will you let the morning come soon As we dance to the Masochism Tango I ache for the touch of your lips, dear But much more for the touch of your whips, dear There’ll be times When my crimes Will seem almost unforgivable…

Making Peace With Kraftwerk

I used to be kind of angry and disappointed with Kraftwerk. The only album they put out after I started listening to them was 1986’s Electric Café which is OK but not great, and after that, no new material. But now I look at their catalogue and think, hey, from 1974 and for seven years…