30 songs: 24

24: A cover song.

This is one of my absolute favorites when it comes to covers:

Anna Ternheim – Shoreline

And this is the original song:

Broder Daniel – Shoreline. This is an iconic song in Sweden.

I have a Spotify playlist for covers, in case you are interested. Click here to listen and follow!

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2017 in music

Sure, 2017 held a lot of great new music, but to me it mostly stands out as a year of two great disappointments. Sadly. As I wrote in this post from November 2016, blink-182 were supposed to visit Sweden in 2017 to play their first full show here in 17 years. With just three weeks to go they canceled the show with no decent explanation. I am well aware that blink-182 do not owe me an explanation in any way, but after having looked forward to this intensely for more than six months (and, well, basically for the more part of my life) it was a huge let down to say the least. After the news that they weren’t coming I lost the inspiration and lust to attend concerts in general. A weird feeling to me, who is used to going to shows regularly. Up until then, live music had been one of my most important contexts and showing interest in shows had sort of been a way of identifying myself. Writing this post now I feel quite ridiculous; a band has canceled a concert, god damnit; stop with the silliness reserved for the privileged who have nothing more important to worry about. But still, this has affected my year and still affects me somehow. During my vacation that summer I only went to one concert and this fall I don’t think I’ve attended more than three shows and one festival (to compare: last fall I went to twelve shows and one festival). Okay, I should stop writing about this. It sounds dumb now that I see it on print. I should let it go and move on with my life. So, here’s the final closure on this matter: fuck you, blink, and I still love you to pieces.

Now to the second disappointment. In August I was out of my mind because Brand New had released a record that I claimed to be pure genius. From the very first seconds of Science Fiction I knew I was going to love it deeply. Honestly, just looking at the album art before even listening to it made me positive. Incredibly dreamy. It was literally impossible for me to stop listening to the record because it had everything I could ever wish for when it comes to Brand New and, well, music overall. I was a Care Bear with colorful hearts shooting out of my stomach. In November that would all change in a second when the headline “Woman Accuses Jesse Lacey of Soliciting Nude Photos From Her at 15” came across my screen. From that moment, I had lost Brand New – one of my all time favorite bands – forever. Don’t get me wrong; I think the world of these women who have come forward to tell the truth about someone I’ve admired and idolized for so long. It makes me sick and disgusted that someone who has brought me so much joy throughout the years has caused others anxiety and pain. Realizing this about Jesse Lacey has been exhausting. I know that’s nothing compared to the victims and of course I am not at all important in this, but that doesn’t change the fact that the news about Jesse had an impact on my life. Finding other music to listen to instead of Brand New won’t be difficult – the world is full of smashing songs – but it’s still sad that those songs that I cherished are dead to me now. I haven’t listened to Brand New since I found out about Jesse but I’m quite sure that I will do so one last time later on. Closure, in some way. I’ll listen to their discography once again, and since my brain is the same I’ll undoubtedly still like the melodies and the vocals but I imagine none of it will bring me any joy anymore. All meaning will be lost. It will be sad, but okay. I will always be grateful for what Brand New’s music has meant to me in the past; it has helped me discover more great tunes and genres, it has inspired my own songwriting more than any other music, it has been part of creating awesome memories and starting discussions about music and production and fandom and worship. But while my past cannot be changed, in my present and my future there’s no room for Jesse Lacey, his disgusting actions or Brand New’s tainted legacy. I wish the victims my best and I hope they are well despite all. If you are interested, you can read about the abuse here and here. One of the victims’ stories can be read here. I also recommend reading “The End Of An Emo Era Is Breaking My Teenage Heart” by Shannon Keating, “The Specific Betrayal Of Brand New” by Zoe Camp and “Unraveling The Sexism Of Emo’s Third Wave” by Jenn Pelly. Thoughtful pieces.

With the above I simply wanted to state that 2017 was a stormy year. And from that I’ll move on to the yearly stats, captured from my Last.fm profile:

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Tiny Moving Parts – “Caution”

Tiny Moving Parts released a new video and I like it very much.

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Exceptional promotion

When I read the headline “Liam Gallagher’s solo album is being promoted with posters of his best tweets” over at NME, I immediately knew everything about that article was going to be flawless.

(Picture borrowed from NME.)

This is brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.

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30 songs: 23

23: A song that reminds you of your parents.

Benny Anderssons orkester and Tommy Körberg – Fait Accompli

MUM: This was one of my mum’s favorite songs. She would turn up the volume every time she heard it. I especially remember one time when we were in the car on the Swedish country roads and Fait Accompli came on the radio. The saxophone in the intro started playing and mum was all “I LOVE this one!” and sang along with Tommy Körberg throughout the song. I’ve loved it too since that very moment.

Gipsy Kings – Djobi, Djoba

DAD: Friday nights meant cooking a nice dinner and listening to music when I was a kid. Just hanging out together, basically. We would listen to anything from mum and dad’s record collection, but a handful of those records were the ones we constantly returned to, year after year. During my early years I remember dad would often pick Gipsy King’s Greatest Hits record for these nights. To me, it became very associated with weekends and a special feeling of being home (safe and happy). As I grew older I found myself picking the very same record more often than many others.

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Brand New – Science Fiction

My Saturday night: I turn off all lights. I light one candle. I sit down in a chair in the living room. I put headphones on and plug them into my iPhone. I open the Music app. I listen to Brand New’s Science Fiction for the first time ever, a record I had almost lost hope for. The moment is sacred and I am completely present. Only here, only now. I shut my eyes and let the music flow through me.

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“Oh please, I bet everybody here is fake happy too”

I’ve been listening to Paramore’s new record After Laughter all day. It is truly addictive. My favorite tracks so far are Hard Times, Rose-Colored Boy, Fake Happy and Tell Me How. Especially Fake Happy. Do I like it more thanks to the bridge reminding me of Would I Lie to You? by Charles & Eddie? Well, probably.

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Indian skateboarders

WILD BEASTS – ALPHA FEMALE from Sasha Rainbow on Vimeo.

What a great way of combining some of my favorite things: music, skateboarding and breaking gender norms.

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30 songs: 22

22: A song that describes you.


Hello Saferide – Travelling With HS

I’m not stupid, I understand that
It would be convenient if
I was better at conversation

I’ve learned to master the skill throughout the years
Small talking, but after an hour or so I mentally die

I mentally die

And I try, I try, I try, I try
But I can’t help but loving more
When being on my own and watching everyday lives
And I try, I try, I wish I wanted
To go see local churches with you
Or to go clubbing where the young ones do
But all I really want to do is watch the everyday lives

My friend, nothing is ever the matter with you
I’m glad to see it though I don’t believe it
You won’t have to worry, I’ll soon have figured you out
I won’t tell you when I have but I’ll find your weak spot
Your weakest spot, oh, I’ll find it

And here is mine: I try to pretend that I like to be part of it all
And that I enjoy going out with you and you and you and you and you

And I try, I try, I try, I try
But I can’t help but dreaming of
Sitting by myself and watching everyday lives
And I try, I try, but I just want to spend more time
With my mind
It always surprises me every time
And none of you ever do
It doesn’t mean that I don’t love you
It doesn’t mean that I don’t love you
It doesn’t mean that I don’t

And I try, I try, I try, I try
But I can’t help but loving more
When being on my own and watching everyday lives
And I try, I try, but I just want to spend more time
With myself
I always surprises myself every time
And none of you ever do
It doesn’t mean that I don’t love you

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30 songs: 21

21: A song you want to dance to at your wedding.

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30 songs: 20

20: A song that reminds you of somewhere.


Kungs vs Cookin’ on 3 Burners – This Girl

Croatia, summer 2016. Before the trip I didn’t think much of this song at all, I might even have found it a little meaningless. Hearing it every day in the hotel room watching VH1 in the morning or before going out to dinner changed my mind, however. It totally fit the spirit of a summer trip in Croatia what with the music video showing the cliffs and crystal clear water and all. Whenever I hear This Girl now I’m immediately filled with happy thoughts. It holds great meaning to me nowadays.

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30 songs: 19

19: A song you’re currently obsessed with.

I find it impossible to stop listening to You With Me by Jimmy Eat World because it has one of the best choruses I’ve heard in years. Just one hell of a song, really:

I also find it impossible to write about this song without mentioning the elephant in the room: Jimmy Eat World were clearly influenced by Eros Ramazzotti while writing You With Me:

Right?

Just one more thing… Is it weird that I kind of like You With Me even more thanks to the intro being very, you know, Ramazzottian? Jimmy Eat World goes Italian pop made for moms. That’s cute.

But seriously, I feel like the You With Me intro also reminds me of yet another song. Perhaps this one?

Maybe. I’ll update this post if I find I was actually thinking of something else than Badly Drawn Boy.

(Hey, what if Jim Adkins, Eros Ramazzotti and Damon Gough got together to write a song? Or start a band, even? And they were called Eros Eat Boy? Isn’t that what parallel universes are actually for? I’m just brainstorming over here.)

Update January 29: I think I’ve found it:

kent – Ingenting

Yet another similar intro. Too bad this Vevo upload isn’t HD, because Ingenting is a beautiful music video. You might as well watch it and hope to find it in better quality later on.

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30 songs: 18

18: A song from a movie.

Besides being a great movie, This is England has a terrific soundtrack. Clayhill covering The Smiths, Since Yesterday by Strawberry Switchblade, Come On Eileen (you can’t deny it’s catchy!)… But most of all: Toots and the Maytals. Has anyone ever had enough of 54-46 Was My Number? I highly doubt it.

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30 songs: 17

17: A song from your favorite album.

blink-182 – Stockholm Syndrome

My favorite album of all time. One of the best blink songs ever.

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30 songs: 16

16: A music video that you like.

I’m a big fan of documentary music videos; those featuring live footage and the band/artist just hanging around or being on tour or whatever. Closer to the Edge by 30 Seconds to Mars is one of them:

Why does this give me the chills? It’s neither a band nor a song I listen to a lot. Weird how the mind works sometimes.

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