• Topp 5 Wilmer X-låtar

    Set 7 2009, 21h04

    Svårigheten med att lista fem favoritlåtar med Wilmer Xär inte att de gör låtar som är jävligt mycket bättre än alla andras, jag har artister som jag föredrar ganska rejält men med vilka det är om inte enkelt så åtminstone lättare att knopa ihop en dylik lista med. Svårigheten med Wilmer X är att deras material håller en väldigt jämn hög nivå. Ruskigt, nära nog skrämmande, jämn. Därför är den här listan någorlunda spontan, relativt tillfällig och sorterad efter längd på titel (även om låten med den näst kortaste titeln egentligen är den tveklöst bäst):

    Kungen Heter Bo
    För sina sköna titel och sitt sköna gung, den här låten är inte riktigt som andra Wilmer X-produktioner.
    Vem är den flickan?
    Pop rakt in i hjärtat och en känsla som är alldeles för bekant för en kärlekstörstande ung man. Det knäcker precis som bra pop ska göra.
    Hon är ihop med en insekt
    Ett bra typexempel för en viss sida av Wilmer.
    Älska Mig Gick Inte Alls
    Apropå att det går rakt in i hjärtat, jag antar den här får stå för flertalet andra tematiskt liknande låtar ur Wilmers arkiv, men det är också en som tenderar tilltala mig lite extra.
    Jag är bara lycklig när jag dricker
    Bra melodi, finurlig text, och duett med sveriges bästa pop-konstnär Olle Ljungström. Tillsammans med låten med den näst kortaste titeln var det här den enda som hade garanterad plats på listan.

    Jag vill redan byta ut och hålla på, det är givet, det är så det alltid går.
  • Nils Lofgren is Breaking My Soul

    Nov 8 2006, 23h26

    I was going to go to bed early tonight, because I felt like I need it, and was just gonna listen a little to Acoustic Live. Just a the beginning of a few tracks, to hear what it's all about.

    And god damn it, I heard what it's all about. There's no way I'm going to bed yet.

    I've hardly even heard of Nils Lofgren before. I like Bruce Springsteen, a lot, just never been into the man enough to really dig out stuff on the E Street Band, so it was a pleasant surprise when I got a hold on Lofgrens latest solo album Sacred Weapon. I loved that one pretty much from the start, but it's nothing against this. And I say that without, as of these words, even having listened completly to the fourth track.

    Amazing. I thought the first song, You, would break my soul.

    Simply amazing.
  • The Way of the Fastball

    Out 19 2006, 19h53

    I was looking through some old stuff today and stumbled upon All the Pain Money Can Buy, and I remembered how I loved The Way, the hit single, and felt pretty meh about the rest.

    So it was with surprise I notice how much I actually enjoy it. Just listened to the whole album, for the first time in probably 6 or even 7 years, and it's really great. Whoddathunkit?!

    Heard there were rumours about Fastball returning to the studio. Hope there's some truth to that, I'm quite curious as to how they sound now.
  • Tori Amos - Leather (Alternate Mix)

    Out 7 2006, 0h11

    The chills this song brings down my spine is insane. I'm in love, again.
  • Here's Me, Taking it Piano

    Out 4 2006, 7h10

    I never was a die hard fan of Tori Amos. Probably noticed her thanks to Neil Gaiman, listened and liked a lot, but never truly loved.

    Well, not until now. I haven't gotten through A Piano: The Collection, but something about it hooked me from the first track on the first CD. Now I can't get enough of this box, I really can't and it's such a shame that my good headphones choose this time to start glitching now when I feel the need to bring it with me. Still, even with my cheap substitutes I can enjoy Tori while walking without losing to much. Yes, she's that good.
  • A Little Bit of Nellie

    Set 29 2006, 10h00

    Yesterday I listened to Nellie McKays debut album for the first time in a very long time. It's still amazing.

    I was somewhat disappointed by Pretty Little Head, though, a good album that i thought would grow more on me than it has, but it's missing something very vital. I'm not sure what that is yet, but I know Get Away From Me has it in spades and shovels.

    And she's still cute as hell. What a smile on that pretty little head of hers!
  • The Invisibles

    Set 13 2006, 12h42

    Since my travels in the orient (okay, that was a filthy lie - the furthest I've been from Sweden is Poland, and that's basically around the block - in truth I've been commuting daily to a very boring place for a very boring unemployment assignment, but that's a story for someplace that isn't a music journal), I haven't been listening to music on my home computer much. I do listen, more than ever it seems, on my sexy little portable flash-based player, but it's a shame that there's no way to get the information on to Last.fm. So while I get my daily dose of Metric, Lisa Miskovsky, Lily Allen and Division of Laura Lee (and, quite possible, since I just started to get into the man, John Vanderslice), there's no way for anyone else to see! And my lists get stale.

    It ain't easy being an on the road, constant traveler, man of the world, Last.fm addict.
  • Lisa Miskovsky - Change

    Set 5 2006, 12h32

    In all honesty, I don't know if I ever heard all of Lisa Miskovsky's self-titled first album, but the hit single Driving One of Your Cars was played pretty heavily here in Sweden and I hated it. Really, really hated it. I still don't care much of the studio version, though the live version I heard in concert last year was actually great.

    Much to my own surprise I fell in love with Lisa's second outing, Fallingwater, especially the first track - Lady Stardust. Which is the reason why I looked forward to here latest CD, Changes, released last week.

    It did not disappoint.

    While Changes doesn't have a Lady Stardust, it's overall a better and stronger album than Fallingwater. Lisa has grown quite a bit as an artist since the last time, and I think that she might finally have come into her own. I look forward to her next record even more, now.
  • Reviewing Music

    Ago 30 2006, 9h10

    Reviewing music is not an easy thing to do. I don't know if it's because, for me, music is so much more about those abstract things, like feelings, soul, spirit and emotions than, say, movies. Or maybe it's because I wasn't really into music. Always listened and liked it, of course, but only began to gain a genuin interest a couple of years ago.

    I love movies. It's my great, big, passion in life. I can get deeply emotional about them, but also quite intellectual. My interest in movies has been around for a long time now, I've read, studied and reviewed on a semi-professional basis. I can make references to film history and cultural stuff in a way I don't quite can when listening to songs.

    Maybe that's the big difference. I know movies but I feel music. Maybe that's about to change, as I keep listening and keep learning, soon I could know and feel both my passions. I hope so, because I would love to review albums on a regular basis, I just don't know how to.

    Not yet, at least.
  • 5 Reasons to Love Metric

    Ago 30 2006, 7h25

    Number 5,
    Lenny Bruce

    Number 4,

    Number 3,
    Grow Up and Blow Away

    Number 2,
    If this is the life, why does it feel so good to die today?

    Number 1,
    Emily Haines