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ShitKid – Sugar Town – new video

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , on June 25, 2017 by dc

Oh yes. Like The Runaways meets The White Strips via Sweden…

Mirrored Tree House in Sweden

Posted in Art, Buildings, weird and the wonderful with tags , , , , , , , on November 22, 2012 by dc

I’ve always wanted to go and see the Northern Lights. One day soon I shall. But in the meantime here’s a photo of a really cool hotel that you can stay in whilst you visit. My new dream is to sample its magic at some point:

This mirrored tree house is part of the TreeHotel in Harads, Sweden and it’s called The Mirrorcube.

Thanks to Chris for bringing it to my attention!

New Discovery – Goat

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 21, 2012 by dc

There’s nothing like a good back story to make a newly discovered band all that more exciting and intriguing. Swedish band/collective Goat are the perfect case in point.

Legend has it that Goat is a collective of musicians who hail from a remote village in deepest darkest Sweden. For centuries, the inhabitants of the village were dedicated to the worship and practices of Voodoo. This seemingly unlikely activity is rumoured to have been introduced into the area after a travelling witch doctor and a handful of her disciples were led to the village by following a cipher hidden within their most sacred of ancient scriptures. Their Voodoo influence quickly took hold over the whole village and so they made it their home. This was until their non-Christian ways were discovered by the Church and they were burned out by the crusaders, the survivors cursing the village over their shoulders as they fled.

The Voodoo curse laid upon the village can supposedly be heard throughout World Music, Goat’s debut album – released on Rocket Recordings yesterday.

The albums nine songs draw on a number of influences from afro-beat to (shamanic) funk, and from psych-rock through to post-punk – it’s riveting and head-noddingly awesome stuff – whether the mythology that forms their back story is true or not.

Check out one of the albums stand-out tracks, Goatman below:

And while we’re at it, here’s another tune from their new album – Let It Bleed:

What do you think?

The Stone Roses reunion so far…

Posted in Gigs, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 20, 2012 by dc

So, how’s The Stone Roses reunion shaping up as we count down to their Heaton Park gigs in just over a week’s time? Well, it all looks fairly promising. Six gigs in and no-one’s left yet. But it’s all a bit nervy isn’t it?

For those of you, like me, who’re desperate for the Roses to pull off a stunning comeback, the nerves aren’t helped by rumours of Reni storming off stage at their recent Amsterdam gig, Ian Brown calling him a c*nt and whispers that management are desperately trying to keep the peace in the Roses camp and make sure they complete their 20-odd gig schedule. And that’s before fans can even start to dream of ‘new material’.

There are plenty of positives though. All of their comeback gigs in Warrington, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Sweden and Denmark have been well received. The snatches of footage I’ve seen and heard show a band enjoying performing the tunes that first set the UK alight over 20 years ago. Ian Brown is in fine voice and there’s lots of smiling too.

But are they really happy? The tour is clearly their chance to make some serious money and the amount of nostalgic love being generated in Manchester alone shows how excited people are about the renuion most thought would never happen. But is that enough? Reni and John Squire have spent almost 15 years away from music and the pessimistic side of me keeps wondering whether they’ll both make it through all the gigs. And then there’s the music press who will no doubt be sniffing for stories of arguments and disharmony.

Join with me in crossed fingered hope – love spreads…

(The illustration above, ‘The Resurrection Starts Here – The Stone Roses’ is by Howard McWilliam and features in the June 2012 edition of Word magazine).

Drunk elk in a tree

Posted in Nonsense with tags , , , , , , , on September 10, 2011 by dc

You might have already seen this but ‘drunk elk stuck in a tree’ deserves another viewing.

The elk was found in Gothenburg on the 6th September. Swedish Police believe the hungry beast got stuck after becoming intoxicated eating fermented apples from the tree.

The elk was eventually freed by police officers and after a snooze on the lawn, he sobered up and returned to the nearby woods.