Tag Archives: Sweden

Annoncement: Robyn

First: I’m sorry that I haven’t made any posts in a while.. Not that there’s anyone who cares..

You allready know that I will make some posts about James Bond(I’ve started to watch them, and the first post will come soon). I will also make a post about Robyn in the near days, so keep your eyes open!

That was all for today.

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Placebo

>>>>>NOTE: God damnit! Finally got a comment, and it was spam. GRRRR<<<<<

The special voice of Brian Molko and the sweet, distinguishing music makes Placebo easy to like, if you’re in to alternative music. I found out about them around 2007, which appearently is the year I found most of the band I listen to today. It was my brother who played one of their albums, and I borrowed the CD very often when he didn’t listen to it.

They only had conserts far away, so I had to watch them on the TV or on the internet, and pretend to be there. In 2009 I didn’t need to pretend anymore. But sadly, I wasn’t really in the mood for a consert. But I saw them, and I’m happy for that, it’s a memory that can’t be wiped away easy, even though it would be nice with another consert when I’m in the mood.

And a little note is that Stefan Olsdal, the bassist in the band, is from Sweden.


Familjen

Finally I’ve come to Familjen(translates to The Family). Familjen is Johan T Karlsson‘s one man band, with Andreas Tilliander(another big Swedish electro-artist, but sadly not given as much attention as Familjen) as sidekick at the live shows. Familjen got a strong fanbase from the start, especially in his home town, Hässleholm. He released the big hit Det snurrar i min skalle in 2006, but it was named Ivanhoe & Rebecka until 2007 when he made a more live-friendly version of the song.

I lived in Kristianstad at the time, the neighbour city, so I was there from the beginning. It’s pretty cool to see this happen, a guy playing at the local concert-house and then spreading like a fire to become one of the big artists in Sweden. I wass there at one of his first shows, and I’ve followed him pretty close, going to his shows when playing in the neighbourhood.
In these four, soon five years, I’ve seen Familjen live at least 10 times, not being disappointed once! It might be the Scanian, but I think it is the beat that makes us all dance and the melody that’s so tempting to sing to!

In his newest album, he has a song called It began in Hässleholm, it’s insprired from the song It began in Africa by The Chemical Brothers.

If you’ve never heard of this man, go check him out! A Scanian man is hard to say no thanks to.

Familjen, Johan T Karlsson, with his companion Andreas Tilliander.

Familjen – Det snurrar i min skalle

Familjen – Det var jag

Familjen – Huvudet i sanden(Was my personal favourite since I heard it for the first time)


Carl Norén

Carl Norén, singer in Sugarplum Fairy and brother of Sugarplum Fairy’s Victor Norén and Mando Diao’s Gustaf Norén, are now making a name in a solo-career. He made his solo-debute last year with the single The Anger. It made it in to the Tracks-list in Sweden. A very nice song, I’ve been playing it alot the last few days. I didn’t start to listen as soon as I heard of him, but when I saw that he will be playing live in Lund in March, I had to give some attention to see if he’s worth a visit. He definatly is. It will be a 3 hour train trip, but that doesn’t matter, I have waited 12 hours sitting on a bench in the hot sun for one song by Johnossi, so this won’t be a problem!


The Norén brothers, Victor, Carl and Gustaf.

Sugarplum Fairy has been a favourite band for a long time, and I hope that Carl will continue as he’s begun, so he’s solo-career will be in the top with his band!

Listen to this, You won’t regret it!


Joakim Thåström(+”Ebba Grön”, “Imperiet” and “Peace, Love and Pitbulls”)

Joakim Thåström‘s music has always been played in the background through my whole life. He was the singer of the two bands Imperiet and Ebba Grön during the 80s. Both of the band were very successful in Sweden, most people know about the bands, escpecially Ebba Grön. In my younger years, my parents played Ebba Grön’s music every now and then, and I liked it. They also played some songs from Imperiet, but I can’t recall them ever playing anything from his solo-music. I discovered that music just a couple of years ago. I’ve almost always known his name and that he was the singer of Imperiet and Ebba Grön, but that was about all.

The lyrics are often critical about the society and religion. For example, Die Mauer is a critical song about the Berlin wall in Germany. I separated familys and friends.
The song Mamma pappa barn on the other hand, is about the relations in a family, especially between a man and his parents. They say “In the house where I live, noone knows eachother. In the house where I live, it’s quiet as in a grave”.

During the later years, people have said that he is very boring live. But I can say that he didn’t make me disappointed at all!! He is not the youngest man in the buisness, but he still got the spark! And one of the funniest things is that his voice almost haven’t changed a bit!

When I “researched” (I checked his birthyear and such, even though I didn’t used it) I found out about a band he had in the 90s. They were called Peace, Love and Pitbulls. Appearently, they played Industrial Rock, quite different from Thåström’s earlier and current work. This band did not get any big response in Sweden, but they made a name in France and some other European countries. Marilyn Manson have said that PLP had a part in inspiering his music. That something I didn’t know before!
Here are some music from Thåström’s career!

Thåström – Alla vill till himmelen

Thåström playing the Ebba Grön song Häng Gud(Hang God) in a church.

Imperiet – Du ska va’ president


The Plan.

This is a post that I have planned (get it?) to make since I started the blog. But that wont help to make it better, I haven’t really come up with anything interesting to write. I’ve listened to this wonderful band in five, soon six, years. Int the fall of 2005 I heard one of their songs, and I was mesmerized.

All the caos, the off pitched notes, the squeeky voise, it was amazing! I couldn’t stop listening!

In 2007 they came to Sweden. And better yet, to a town just 20 minutes away. To a festival i already had a one-day-ticket for. And it just happened to be that I had a ticket for the day The Plan was playing! I was really hyped, me aand a friend took the train early so we would be sure that we didn’t miss it!(I was the only one of us that liked The Plan)

I thought it was to good to be true. A favourite band, live.

We walked the 15 minutes to the festival-area. My friend had forgot his ticket at home. We walked back to the station, and found an internet café, so we could print out his ticket from there, good.

We walked back to the festival. We walked the way behind the stage were The Plan played. They were playing their last song. I was very disapointed that I missed the show, but at least I heard one of their songs! And it was one of my favourites, Embrace my baeuty.

So, here you go: The Plan – Embrace me beauty

The Plan – Mon Amour

The Plan – Foggy Days


Bruket

Okej, I will continue with another Swedish band!

Bruket are quite new, they made their debute 2010 actually!

I don’t know much about them and I’m very bad at genres(they write Alternativ / Punk / Rock” on their Myspace).
You really should listen to them. They sing in Swedish, but you doesn’t allways need too understand what they’re singing about.. You can translate the lyrics if you feel like it though.

 


The Sounds

First of all. I’m sorry that I haven’t uppdated the blog. I have been very busy with my studies lately.

Now to the topic of today: The Sounds

The singer, Maja, and her band are one of the most successful Swedish bands. They released their debute album in 2002, and the word about them spread fast, not only in Sweden but also in The US and other countries. For one band to grow so fast in popularity abroad are not very usual in Sweden.

They are definatly one of my favourite bands! And I will give an review of the band after their show on the Siesta! festival this spring.

Watch these videos if you haven’t heard about them or just want to here more of them!

One of their most popular songs, and their first hit!

This one has been among my top 3 of their song since I heard it for the first time!


Journey.

For many years I’ve heard their song without thinking “what band is this?”.

But a couple of years ago I heard one of their songs on the radio, and they said that Journey made it. So I looked up more songs with them, and most of them was great!

I love the 80’s, adn I listened to alot of 80’s music without knowing many artists. I listened to radiostations that played 60’s to 80’s music. And my dad have vinyls with Madonna, Cyndi Lauper and many more. Now I got a small collection of my own! (My girlfriend has a much bigger though…).

This summer, Journey comes to Sweden and to the festival called Peace & Love.  I’m hopfully going to be there!


Kristofer Åström

Kristofer Åström is a great singer-songwriter born in 1974 in Luleå, Sweden.

He started his career as a singer and guitarist in the hardcore band Fireside. The band is not disbanded, but they are not really active. Kristofer says that they might be active in the future, but the drummer arn’t that sure of it.

Kristofer started his solocareer in 1998 with the album Go, went, gone. He didn’t want to go solo, but I think it was one of the best things happening.

In 2009 he released his 8th album, Sinkadus. I have 3 favourites, “Loupita“, “Go, Went, Gone” and So much for staying alive. You really should check them out.

I’ll add 3 songs for you to listen to. They are quite different from eachother, but both of them shows how great he really is.

Gilded

Just Another Lovesong

Conjure Me