Summarizing the year; I listened to some music

This year is about to end so here is one of my year-
end post trying to summarize the year of 2013. I will be posting one each Monday throughout December, each 
taking a look into a certain area of entertainment. 
It shall be as an autopsy, digging through my guts to find what kind of popular culture I'd put into my 
digestive system during the year 2013. Or maybe it's 
more a list for myself to remember what I did spend 
my time on during the year.

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And a crowd of young boys, they’re fooling around in the corner,
Drunk and dressed in their best brown baggies and their platform soles.
They don’t give a damn about any trumpet playing band.
It ain’t what they call rock and roll.
And the Sultans,
Yes the Sultans play Creole.

Text from: Dire Straits’ Sultans of Swing

The second look-back onto the closing year of 2013, here with the sights on music. It doesn’t feel like I’ve listened to that much new music this year. Of the top of my head I think I can recollect seven new albums which I’ve listened to. The punk-group FIDLAR released their debut self-titled album early this year. It’s fast and sweaty punk-rock with a touch of beach-rock, somehow. The lyrics are themed with consumption of shitty beers (cheap beer), people not being able to surf (max can’t surf) and drug-addiction (no waves). I like it really much and will often go back to the songs if I’m in the mood. FIDLARS often got combined in my play-queue with bands such as The Walkmen and The Black Kids.

Rapper A$AP Rocky whose album also got released quite early in the year. I didn’t listen to it all too much, just a couple of times and got quite bored of it after a while. I probably liked A$AP Rocky’s music more prior to the album. He released a series of mixtapes on the internet the year before his album debut, which I would listen to quite often.

John Grant’s second, more synth-based album Pale Green Ghost’s also very early in the year. He’s one of my favorite people of all time. His first album was a lot more folky than the second album, with a lot of piano and guitar. The comparison of 70’s rock and 80’s synth I think fit well to his two albums. But even though the music differ the brilliant lyrics that John Grant manages to produce is still there, and on Pale Green Ghost the songs are mostly about a failed relationship.

Swedish metal band Ghost’s album Infestissumam. I heard someone mention it as “a metal album for people who doesn’t like metal”, and I can clearly see where that came from.

Ambient music creator Jon Hopkins released a new album, Immunity, this year. I’ve listened to a lot of Jon Hopkins albums this year, mostly his first album, Opalescent, and his latest. The way I found Jon Hopkins was through a collaboration with folk-musician King Creosote. Together they made the brilliant album Diamond Mine, which is one of my favorite albums of all-time.

Daft Punk’s return after so many year without a new studio album, Random Access Memory. A new take for Daft Punk as they threw away their laptops and picked up guitars, can’t help but think of that LCD Soundsystem lyric from I’m Losing my edge as I think about Random Access Memory. I think it worked well enough for Daft Punk, even-though I can’t listen through the whole album I will often pick half the album and put it on a playlist and listen to it that way. You can of-course read my “review” of the album from  here.

And lastly, well-known egoistic rapper, Kanye West’s noisy God-complex album, Yeezus. It’s my favorite album of the year even-though I might not listen to it ever again. It was the same with Kanye West’s last album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy the year when it came out. Yeezus opens with a, some would maybe call it annoying, noisy synth-loop and then the music goes from their. I like the weird sampling and strange structure. The songs often seem to end and then becomes something different, and I would often think it would be a transformation into the next track but then it would often just end abruptly. The themes of egoistic madness that Kanye raps about on the album is almost to grand to be anything other than laughable. There is of course the well-known croissant-line in his song I Am A God “I am a god, So hurry up with my damn message, In a French-ass restaurant, Hurry up with my damn croissants”.

I will be back with another post next week.

See Ya, till then.

-B

CLiP TRiP

Time for yet another collection of videos for your amusement. I hope you’ll like these as well, there’s almost a music themed post this week but some jokes and a how it should have ended video got in the way. Perhaps there’s a better version out there in some other universe that only publishes themed CLiP TRiPs.

Hey you! What song are you listening to? Bydgoszcz, Poland.

Simple idea which probably took a lot of time. I don’t know polish people all that well though I presume there were more failed attempts than successful ones. Also being set in Poland I think gives it something extra, I watch a video that featured speech in my own language and knowing what people say as they are picking up their music-devises somehow ruins the experience. And this video has a much higher quality than most other What song are you listening to videos.

Green Day @ Emirates Stadium – Crowd singing along to Bohemian Rhapsody. 01.06.13

This is beautiful, a great song that I also always sings along to every time I hear it. If you don’t please write a comment and describe to me what kind of a coffin you sleep in at night.

Telling People Corny Jokes

One, seeing people have to go out of their automatic routine to interact with a stranger is pretty interesting to see. Two, if that stranger then tells them corny jokes that range from funny to lame, you have two great things that fit perfectly together. Also what’s up with the woman who didn’t know the ketchup-joke, was she just playing along? If you know this woman who I’m referencing, or if you are this woman, please write in and tell me how big the rock which you sleep under is.

What it’s really like to work at a music store pt.II

Every time I visit a music store I feel ill at ease because it’s a public place and my musicianship is often contained to my bedroom. If you’re looking to buy a new instrument, and want to try it out, the harsh eyes of a music store manager might not be the kind of eyes you want in your head judging your music skills. They always feel a bit tired and grumpy and also have an aura of superiority. Well this video surely explains why this is.

How Man Of Steel Should Have Ended

If you got yourself spoiled by watching this then don’t blame it on me. If the videos titled How Man of Steel Should Have ENDED then I’m not held responsible for your stupidity. But then if you got yourself spoiled this might keep you from watching this rather bad, highly forgettable and boring movie (though I thought the up-close melee fighting looked good).

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It’s weekend and in the middle of the week we all need a little something to get our energy up and let out some laughter. Beneath are five of the more interesting posts I found as I scouted through the great plains of the internet. We have a nice collection with videos with everything from stand-up to famous theme songs, sports, nudity and social criticism. Enjoy!

Have you ever answered the phone without knowing who it was and just pretended to be who ever the person on the other end of the line thought you were? I would guess probably not, but thanks to this stand-up act we get to know what could potentially happen. The comedian is Jay Larson and this was performed during a Conan talk-show episode.

The bicycling competition is pretty much half way through, this I learned by watching this 10 minute video by Infobytes. It’s all explains through amusing animation and a voice-over drenched in a French accent. I really didn’t even know that Tour de France was actually going on right now if it wasn’t for this educational clip.

CRAZY NAKED GUY STREAKS AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR COURSE
(nuff said?)

We all know that the city of Detroit is going through some shit, and in this (some what dated) video we get to see how long it takes for the police to answer a call for help. The news team went over to a victim of a home invasion and took it upon themselves to wait and see how long it would take for the police to show-up.

I LOVE Jurassic Park and as a kid I would watch the movie way to many times. Besides the actual movie the score by John Williams is one of the greatest most memorable pieces of music. In this video musician Thomas Oliver plays it using an unusual instrument.

Missing Spotify Content

So with the recent addition of Pink Floyd to the Spotify-library I wanted to run down a short list of artists or albums I miss from the music-streaming service. These are songs which I’ve searched for thinking, “Maybe this time it’s there”, to no success. They might not be what you think is lacking from the Spotify content list, but that’s OK, we’ve got a comment section for you to express yourself. Also if you don’t use Spotify I’m sorry for always bringing it up in my posts. These track may also change depending (I guess) from country to country. This list is based on the Swedish content for Spotify.

a)
Pixies at the BBC is a set of different live radio session recordings from between ’88 and ’91. If you don’t know the Pixies you might have heard their hit song Where is My Mind?, which has been featured in multiple movies and TV-shows.

This album is short and intense, with most songs under three minutes in length and together the fifteen tracks builds up to a 30-minute compilation. It’s under-produced and a lovely introduction and a characterization of everything that I love about the Pixies.

b)
Nuit Blanche is a 2003 album by the Bulgarian Electroclash band Vive la Feté. I used to listen to them a lot during my high-school years. It was often the album I would put on as I prepared for a night of clubbing and collective alcohol consumption. It’s an album which feels filthy and dirty. Though that might just be based on the sexually charged moans of Mon Dieu.

I like this album and I’ve listened to it quite a lot, though less frequently in later years. But I’ve always had a problem or a feeling of shame for the album’s immaturity. Immaturity, filthy, sweaty and primitive would be how I would end this short text on the missing Nuit Blanche record.

c)
Citizen Kane is the Beatles of music. World of Warcraft is the Beatles of MMORPG’s. The Wire is the Beatles of TV-shows. The Beatles is Shakespeare of pop-music.

The Beatles, the band which is greater than Yeezus isn’t yet on Spotify. Though you can’t fault them for not having access to their discography, few do. It’s only been three years since they appeared onto iTunes online music store.

I’m having a hard time writing about the Beatles. I like them, and I’m not alone in doing so. There’s been oh so many texts and thoughts on the Beatles and their music. But seriously who doesn’t like the Beatles? I’m not going to defend them, they don’t need that.

They are also one of the go-to-bands for music which gets stuck in your head. I spent the whole day yesterday humming the melody for The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill.

d)
The third album, The Moon & Antarctica from rock band Modest Mouse differs from the bands two earlier records. There seems to be a lot more experimentation and less aggressive force. I’ve read that coming of the tour for (the marvelous) The Lonesome Crowded West album lead singer Isaac Brook’s vocal chords needed a rest and that was one reason for the new musical direction.

Spotify’s access to the Modest Mouse catalog has been slowly growing. The addition of the Lonesome Crowded West was a rather pleasant addition, but yet I also want the counter-point which is The Moon & Antarctica. Some of the songs from this album can be found on the live bootleg album Baron von Bullshit Rides Again, but of course it’s no surprise that the sound quality is severely lacking.

e)
You’ve most definitely heard John Murphy‘s music before, I think. His two most used songs In the House – In a Heartbeat and Adagio in D Minor was both written originally for two Danny Boyle movies, 28 Days Later and Sunshine, and has afterwards been used in multiple other films, trailers, commercials and video games.

The two tracks are actually available through Spotify but the entire movie soundtrack is missing. I’ve got a few soundtracks that I listen to from time to time, Escape from New York, Blade Runner, Monsters and John Murphy’s albums would have fitted in nicely with that bunch.

f)
The masters of bombastic rock n roll Led Zeppelin is also missing from Spotify. They made such grandiose energetic music, goose-bump inducing, joyous, mysterious. From John Bonham’s giant drum-sounds to Robert Plants loud and thrilling singing.

In my early teenage years Led Zeppelin was probably my favorite musical band. I to a lot of classical rock but Led Zeppelin stood out as the superior group, and the use of the bombastic Kashmir in the 1998 version of Godzilla was one of the coolest things ever. It’s just now that I’ve come back to Led Zeppelin again and I still enjoy it just as much as I did back then.

g)
Indie rock band Spoon‘s third studio album Girls Can Tell has a special sound and a feel which I’ve had a hard time explaining. It’s certainly got some elements of classic rock and a really calm (in a good way) sound. When I first heard it I would describe them to people as the indie rock version of The Police meets Deep Purple. Now I don’t think that explanation makes that much sense, and it wouldn’t excite people all that much.

h)
Lastly the choice to include only the English versions of the Kraftwerk’s seventh album Die Mensch·Maschine (The Man-Machine) seems like a musical blasphemy. I think that the English versions sung with a German dialect has some value to bestow upon its listener, but I find the original version to be far and above the English version.

There we have it some of the content I find missing in the current Spotify music line-up. It’s a list ranging from some ridiculous choices to some obviously also including some more obscure. I hope you liked it, and please leave a comment with any thought or opinions you might have.

z4 On (Mar – May ’13)

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Aah, the first post on a newly redesigned site. Feels great, feels like a newly ironed shirt still warm. Well, here’s another post in the Organised Noise-series (now shortened to On) where I give you a text with some opinions on what new music came out this past 2nd quarter of the year (March, April and May). I think this edition is way better in multiple ways, for one I took all those single track spotify (I’m sorry if you don’t use spotify) embed codes and put them into a single z4On-playlist. I also think the writing’s actually read-worthy here as oppose to the previous text.
I hope you’ll like it!

haimOpening up with a catchy feel-good guitar lick Psychemagik quickly transforms the original Rnb sounding some from the vocal heavy sister-group to a summery electro-tune. This version feels a lot more stripped down then Haim’s take, which gives it more of a lo-fi sounding feel. I do prefer Psychemagik remix to Haim’s single because it doesn’t feel as forced. I can’t help but feel that the original release of the song feels a little more constructed than the remix, it has it’s peaks but they don’t feel quite as earned.

Haim is a vocal centered rnb-sounding group from Los Angeles with the three sisters Haim in focus. Este, Danielle and Alana has had the band since 2006 with different people on drums and guitar. They released their first material in 2012, the singles Forever and Don’t Save Me, and their latest single Falling which came out in February. They’ve been working on their debut album and has stated that I’ll come out later this summer.

austra“You know that it hurts me when you don’t come home at night” the opera trained singer sings over some simple yet poignant piano-bashing. Later the track introduces some electro-flavor to accompany the melancholic singing/piano playing. Bringing in some fast tempo drumming and a set of string and flute instruments to back-up the powerful voice of the lead-singer and this track is a great follow-up to the groups hit debut single Lose It.

Austra mixes synth-pop with the great singing voice of Katie Austra Stelmanis. The groups debut album Feel It Break topped a lot of music-fans best lists 2011. Yet if their new single Home, made was available back in March,  is any indication of what the upcoming album will bring it seams to be one to have a close eye on. Compared to Lose It the track Home feels richer in sound and greater in size. That’s Austra’s newest single and the album will get released June 18th, so grab it then.

daft punkPanda Bear’s collaboration track with Daft Punk is basically two different line of lyric. One sung with a fast pase and the other with a slower softer quality. He then takes these two and plays around with it experimenting to see what happens when one plays to the other. Very much of his music be it his solo project (Comfy in Nautica), Animal Collective (Brother Sport) or collaborations with other artists (Things Fall Apart) this element is used in one way or another. His music can be likened to the hunting style of that of an Anglerfish (such a cool name) making you focus on one sample being looped over and over while the real work is done underneath. If you haven’t heard the track or the new Daft Punk album by now, it’s been out a while now, you’re really out of the loop.

I first got introduced to Animal Collective in the later aught’s, probably right after the release of Strawberry Jam (one of my favorite albums) really liking the trippy track Fireworks of that album. Also laying down with a pair of headphones in bed just to listen to Person Pitch, it’s something I seldom do.

He’s been popping up without notice from time to time. With a solo-album, Tomboy, two years ago and Animal Collective’s Centipede Hz last year along with some appearances in other peoples work I hope he’ll keep releasing exiting new material for a while longer.

kurt vileOpening track Wakin on a Pretty Day from Kurt Vile’s album Wakin on a Pretty Daze is a warm sounding soft rock track. It’s got a really nice sound with a rich emphasize on the guitars. The slurring voice of the singer and lead-profile Kurt Vile sounds as if he’s yawning out the lyric-lines. And the way the band accompanies Vile like a pillow, when he stops and let out the last word of the line he then nods off and the pillow catches him and takes over for awhile.

The first I heard of Kurt Vile was Jesus Fever as his fourth solo album Smoke Ring For My Halo got released. There as here we get a sleepy man singing over a rock n roll band, making some early psychedelia era inspired rock-music. Some highly sway worthy tunes, sway and man worthy tunes. And I think… I’m just gonna… that I’m just… gonna… leave it… there… Zzz Zz…

dirty projectorsThis posts second and last remix track is brought to you by Joe Goddard of Hot Chip fame. The Socialites is a track taken from the rhytm-manic indie-rock group Dirty Projectors’ album Swing Lo Magellan. Sung by the lovely vocalist Amber Coffman, who by the way also put some magic on the amazing Major Lazer track Get Free, getting backed up by the dance(-music) master who remakes it into a cool electro tune. Cool like a nice cool glass bottle held against your forehead and neck after a round on the club-floor.

Apart from this and Hot Chip Joe Goddard also makes music in a duo called The 2 Bears who put out the little dance-hit Work last year. He also made the brilliant Gabriel the year before, which definitely was one of my favorite pieces of music of that year, brilliant.

You should also check out Dirty Projectors if you haven’t. Their music is quite interesting with a originality which doesn’t feel overly forced. It was after their break-out album and the song Stillness is the Move that I started listening to them. Gun has no Trigger is also a must listen by my standards, I don’t know why but I really think it would be a great song for a James Bond-movie.

alunageorgeAlunaGeorge was mentioned in my previous on-post, then for their collaboration with Disclosure on the track White Noise. Here we get a much more organic and upbeat track by the London duo. Starting of with some kind of flute playing a simple melody, moving on to a beautifully mixed vocal performance from Francis. It’s an airy soft touch she gives us, and before you know it the track ends again back at the flute (still not sure).

The duo meet in London a few years back though they started getting some recognition after the release of the track Your Drums, Your Love. The debut album is still due and is set for release on July 8th. If you can’t wait why not give the new Disclosure album a try, Settle was released yesterday after all. The second track When a Fire Starts to Burn is great and was considered a spot in this edition of z4 On. It’s a sample centered track with a repeated speech given by what I imagine is a preacher of some church located in USA’s southern states.

vampire weekendAlways evolving music-group Vampire Weekend has a new album out, Modern Vampires of the City, which features the single Diane Young. It’s an up-beat fast, some-what chaotic indie-pop song with semi-automatic snare-drum banging and low-pitched vocals. It’s a rich song with many different sections.

Vampire Weekend had a huge hit with their debut single A-Punk from the fantastic self-titled album. I said always evolving because they’ve always managed to have a new direction in their music for every album they’ve put out. To say give their latest a listen isn’t fair because I think all three of their albums are equally worthy of your time.

ghostIdolatrine is a song of the Swedish metal-band Ghost’s newest album Infestissumam. It’s an happy sounding song which sounds more like something from an early era of metal music than any of the modern metal-music (I’m certainly no expert so don’t take my word of it).

This isn’t your regular screamo-core, off-rhytm, 8-string, down-tuned to B metal-band at all. This is a nice album which will reference satan with a wink of the eye. It’s done not because of any religious belief but rather because of an musical loyalty and an understanding of the campy aspects of the genre, or that’s what I like to believe any way. The Swedish group always appear in costume, and here’s a video from a live apperance where we can see frontman Papa Emeritus II and the five nameless ghouls perform the single Secular Haze.

Janelle Monaé has a new album on the way and Queen is the first single from that new album. It’s a funky party-track with some hip-hop flavor, a bass-line which will melt the coldest of hearts. All that an organ, backing choir blasting through your speakers and I dare you to listen to this without getting a desire to dance. I double dare you.

Janelle Monáe’s latest album was 2010’s The ArchAndroid with the great neo-soul song Cold War, which at the time won me over for it’s similarities with the neo-soul duo Gnarls Barkley. The upcoming album is named The Electric Lady, continuing her human-machine naming conventions and hopefully bringing with it some great music. Right now it’s scheduled for a release later this fall.

Here’s a new song, named New Slaves, from the well known super-ego rapper Kanye West. It’s an minimalistic cold industrial-influenced rap song with an raged induced rant on commercialism and racism shouted out at high speed by the super star.

The track was first announced to the public through multiple videos being projected onto buildings in 66 different countries around the globe. The video is a close-up on Kanye’s face all the way through out the entire song, it’s been filmed and made available by fans who went and watched the visual promotion spectacle.

It’s the first release for his upcoming sixth album ‘Yeezus’ which is set to release on June 18th. It’s the follow up to the highly praised My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, an album I though was great back in 2010 but one that I haven’t been going back to that much. I can still get chills just by thinking about Nicki Minaj’s contribution to Monster, though. But wait there’s more, besides the new direction musically, and the promotional stunt there’s also been a ban out on any pre-orders of the upcoming album.

Here’s an video from his live appearance on the american comedy show Saturday Night Live:

There we have it.
Too few of you has utilized the comment section below. If you have any (ANY) thoughts or want to share a track which means a great deal to you, just say so. Share your thoughts so I’ll know if anyone’s actually reading this. Also if you liked the playlist you may subscribe to it as well as the old one.

-Bobo
PS: Ha en bra dag!

Bobo’s thoughts on Random Access Memories

Daft Punk’s newest album Random Access Memories might have been the biggest most anticipated album of this year. To most extent due to their absent from the music market. Human After All being their latest studio album (not counting the duos soundtrack for Tron: Legacy or the 2007 live album) in eight years. But also to the effective marketing behind the album. At first teasing the audience with a small teaser from the albums single Get Lucky. And releasing a set of interviews with people who collaborated on the album. I fell victim to the wide spread hype for this album and was highly exited for it’s release.Random_Access_Memories

I’d been dancing (alone and unseen) to the infinite loop of the fifteen second snippet from the track. It’s warmth and lively disco rhythm felt like nice summer-nights breeze during the later portions of the dark, cold and depressive Scandinavian winter. The interview with singer Pherrell expressing his thought behind the fun, party-loving lyric just further enhanced my longing for warmer brighter days ahead making me look out the window with distaste for Sweden’s dominating freezing-season.

All this hype for a song which I’ve only heard fifteen seconds from wouldn’t last. When the track released all that optimism washed away. In the interview with guitarist and producer Nile Rodgers he talked at length about how he would have all these dynamic little riffs underneath the main sounds of the song to give it extra depth and life. That’s not what I heard when I listened to Get Lucky. All I heard was the same thirteen seconds of rhythm guitar, drums and bass now with some lackluster singing over it. Singing that wants to be catchy, but it doesn’t give me anything. Theirs no depth, life nor love to be found.

Now after this roller-coaster ride going from high hype to disappointing singles the album’s been released. It’s been out a week (as I’m writing this) and I’ve been listening to it over and over and I do like it even though there are some lesser tracks included in the mix. I usually found myself starting the album from track number three and listening from there on out skipping Get Lucky. The third track starts of with an biographical introduction of Giorgio Moroder and the start of electronic music. And as he introduces the use of a click the track goes into an seven minute long exploration which plays and builds until the voice cuts in and explains “there was no preconception of what to do”, after which the track slows down in to an string-heavy portion just to build back up and eventually explode.

Judging from my previous expectations of the album it falls somewhere in-between. I like the album enough, but love just feels like a to strong of an emotion for me to give this collection of songs.

daft-punkI like the weird science-fiction feeling of Paul Williams song Touch where he talks as if a human evolved away from emotion realizing that somethings been lost along the way. And maybe that’s what the Frenchmen wearing the robot helmets feel as well as they try to get back to the old days of electronic music using physical instruments and opening the album with a track named Give Life Back To Music.

When listening to Instant Crush it feels like what Julian Casablanca’s been aiming for ever since the Strokes left the New York punk-rock music behind. A track which feels so 80’s synth-pop/soft-rock featuring the moody singer wrapped in a robot-like form. And the twelfth, second to last track of Random Access Memories shows Panda Bear being true-to-form giving us a dance-able song with few though highly repeated samples.

It might not be the best album of the year, or an innovation in the house-music scene but it’s definitively the best Daft Punk album since Discovery and a enjoyable listen or two. At-least listen to the eight minute third track Giorgio by Moroder.

-B

PS: Ha en bra dag!

Daft Punk or: How I Grew Up And Embraced All Kinds Of Music

I am sitting and listening to Daft Punks liverecording Alive 1997, an 45 minute long recording from an live-set in Birmingham 1997. The Swedish writer Kristofer Andersson wrote an blog entry about the Android-duo for the site Throw Me Away.

Mr. Andersson, you listened to Alive 1997 and I Alive 2007 (because this is the way the begins the text, a fake conversation with Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter)

I thought it would be a clever way to begin this post.

The second half of 2007 was my second year of high-school. My musical interests goes through some changes during this time, I go from mainly listening to Metal and classical Rock to a more wide taste in music.

I went from carrying around a portable CD-player containing Helloween’s Keeper of the Seven Keys, Judas Priest’s British Steel, Jimi Hendrix’s Axis: Bold as Love or any other record from my large CD-collection on which I spent all my money. To having a Mp3-player in my pocket with some Punk-classics like The Clash, Heavy Metal-legends like Iron Maiden and the animated alternative hip-hop group Gorillaz or the radio hit Crazy by Gnarls Barkley.daftpunk2

What I also like about the transition from CD’s (I might have held on to these for longer than what was necessary) to Mp3 is the fact that the last package of records I bought through the internet (I didn’t even buy my music through a record-store, the one thing physical music media had over digital) had both the Strokes and the Killers debut albums. The Strokes with its nude womanly hips on the cover was something I had dismissed until now, I had seen there music video for Heart in a Cage and wrote the off as the kind of music I wasn’t into. And that’s the reason why I dissed them at the Hultsfred’s music-festival ’06.

I would like to say that it was through Queens of the Stone Age that I found a lot of new music to take in. Of course it wasn’t just through QOTSA that I started listening to other music, but they are a good band for a person who likes heavy-metal to transfer to other genres as they do have a mixture of metal, rock and pop in there music. And of course the great, and greatly over-played hit Crazy by Gnarls Barkley which showed me that songs that get air-time on the radio can be pretty great. Must also mention that it actually was through a mistaken google-search of Danger Mouse that I found out about the amazing band Modest Mouse. And it’s also right around this time that I saw the movie Big Nothing for the first time and fully embraced the Eels.

Sometime in December ’07 I woke up and from my bed watched Fredrik Strage’s (a Swedish music-journalist) appearance on Tv. His Tv-presence back then always felt like it came when I needed, I didn’t know he was going to be there but when he was he would share some much needed knowledge with me. Kind of in the same way High Fidelity felt like it would be on just for me and my teenage love problems sake. This time he would share the coming live-album from the french house group Daft Punk and show a video of a big party, with an enormous light show and two robots standing on top of a giant pyramid, performing in front of thousands of people who were dancing, rubbing their sweaty bodies together and just had a good time.

Daft-Punk

It was never like I was going to transform into some other person now, not like I was going to throw away my black leather long-coat and my steel cap boots (over it) to dress more mainstream but rather to just widen my input of music. Some things stick like Daft Punk, Jimi Hendrix or Slayer while other things get uninteresting after awhile and topple off to get forgotten. Sure we all have our personal taste but that shouldn’t keep us from appreciating things outside of our safety sphere. “I want it all and I want it now”.

Daft-Punk-Helmets-Columbia-Album-artworkSo anyway Daft Punk has a new album on the way, an album fans have been waiting for eight years to listen to. And I must admit that I feel an enormous hype for its release, maybe not as huge of an hype like the one I feel for Shane Carruths first film in nine years, but almost. The house-duo has dropped some second-long teasers from the album and now they are releasing a video-series. A bunch of moving pictures where the artist who are involved with the album gets interviewed about their relationship to the androids. Two has been released so far, the first one with an older Italian dance-music producer, Giorgio Moroder, and another with Todd Edwards, a younger American Garage and house-producer.

/Bobo
Ha en bra dag!