tisdag 7 december 2010

Jane are soaked in...

German band Jane are truly soaked in all sorts of drugs and if it wouldn't be very cynic of me to think so I wish drug addicts should be given drugs to produce music. I don't know if it is the drugs actually but Jane's music does really feel druggy in every sense of the word. The laid back feeling of the drums, the humming vocals and the far out org
an, mellotrons and electric effects. I refer here to the album "Here we are" (1972, Brain metronome, 1032). The pictures of the band in the gatefold reflects the feeling of the album perfectly as well and I can't tell how much I feel sorry for these guys when they woke up the day after. A perfect chill out rock/kraut/psychedelic trip for your slow evenings. There are many sounds and arrangements that reminds me of Pink Floyd but I can't help feeling Jane are better not being so pretentious, more relaxed (if that's what your after at a specific time putting a record on the turntable). I don't have to tell that I do like Pink Floyd as well I guess... Jane do have something personal as well and that is the always surprising rythm cahnges. They can start of a song at some tempo and then suddenly go to something totally different in a vercy Janeish way. Also listen to the brilliant sound of the toms in the drum production. PERFECT!!! and of course with albums I mostly like everything is a little bit out of tune all the time, BRILLIANT!!!

(even the wax of the record smells weed)

onsdag 1 december 2010

Fuzz gives me the blues!

Three albums today: West, bruce & Laing "Why dontcha" (1972, CBS,
S 65314), Bedlam "s/t (The beast)" (1973, Chrysalis Records, CHR 1048) and Leslie West "Mountain" (1969, windfall records, Windfall 4500). Three AMAZING albums connected in many ways through Leslie West and Felix Pappalardi but my reason for tell you about those is the brutally "fuzzified" bass guitar. Albums usually have bass guitar but sadly often they only add the frequenze of bass an nothing else. Here are three examples of bass guitar used in an absolutley personal and unique way. Above all this the three bass guitars here presented uses LOTS of fuzz, to the level that you almost wanna blow your speakers just to come closer to the thrilling sound.

On the first album we have the amazing Jack Bruce on bass guitar, known for being a part of Cream to name something haha. He plays with a beautiful sound and with such an attitude he really is a
n equal third of the band (West sings/screams as usual loudar than a whole army). Bruce doesn't even turn off the fuzz when it is time for the ballads, haha. Listen to the first 40 seconds of the first song and nothing should be hard to understand about this album. You actually find it on spotify, go there! (and of course buy it!)

The Bedlam album is something different in attitude from West and company. It is more heavy psych than heavy blues but how amazing this album sounds and how cool isn't it to have Cozy Powell on the drums? Pappalardi produced this album but didn't play the bass which was handled by
Dennis Ball the brother of the guitar player Dave Ball. This album is somewhat "slick" at times but I think it only adds dynamic to it all and it certainly never gets boring. You can really hear that Pappalardi couldn't help himself to tell that Dennis just had to play along with the melody in the first riff of "the beast". This sounds soooooo Mountain. There's no need telling that this album really makes you wanna get some "whisky and wine" but my favorite song is probably the last track "set me free", how groovy isn't the drums after the first chorus.

The last album is just nothing but a classic. Leslie West, Felix Pappalardi and Norman D Smart. It's just a perfect mixture of heavy psych blues rock and everything and the vocals are screamed out in a way only West can live up to. You only need to hear the first 5 seconds of the first song "blood of the sun" to understand that this is an instant buy (in my world at least). The bass guitar of "Blind man" is so damn heavy you fall of the chair if you listen loud enough. I could write something about every track from this but donät have the time. Just out there and buy..... or listen to it on Spotify.

In all my years of listening to music I've alw
ays been obsessed by the bass guitar and still I am. Even some bass guitar zine contacted me about the bass guitar I recorded for my "Dödsvisioner" album cause they thought it was innovative and very personal. I was really flattered by this cause I know how excited I can be when I hear an album with a good bass production/player. I find this at times in metal as well, the bass guitar Fenriz recorded for Kronet til Konge (1995, Maliciouse records, MR006) with Dødheimsgard is truly brilliant and is absolutly a big inspiration.

Phew, this took a while but I felt I had to share it.

onsdag 24 november 2010

Aahh, like always I don't find the time to write here as often as I would like. This time I have to mention work and related matters. I've bought A LOT of records lately and I can't write about all of them even though I wish to since they're of course very good, ha! To make this blog a little bit more updated I will try to add shorter texts and not read through and correct spelling as much as I did before.

I went through my whole record collection this recent week to find stuff to sell that I don't care about anymore. I found LOTS of records with bands that haven't been played for a long time. I listened to some of it and realized why they haven't been played. I will now try to sell of about 100 albums or so to make room for more interesteing stuff. I also sell albums that I have more than one copy of so not everything is "bad" music. While checking out old titles I also tried to find out what some of the bands are doing today and found out how freaking bored I am of metal these days. There are no substance to much metal music anymore, I am not
nearly as much a pessimist that I was some years ago but can't help feeling this. Sorry for my whining...

I did an interview for a spanish(?) fanzine "
ones negativas" (myspace.com/reaccionesnegativas) that I found really interesting, hope you do as well If you get hold of a copy.

The album I want to write about today is the amazing pop album Everything that happens will happen today (2008, Todomundo Ltd./Opal Ltd., TODO 002) and it's made by two DINOSAURS by the name of Brian Eno and David Byrne. This is so well-made music that I can enjoy the album almost only for that reason. The sounds, the production, the lyrics and the professionalism is astonishing. Brian Eno have always been interseting no matter what he did so I try to check out his releases from time to time and when I heard he had made a new album with David Byrne I thought "this must be REALLY good", it was! David Byrne is more of a changing star in my eyes, I really like his old time
s with Talking Heads but after a couple of albums into their career they lost something, didn't they? He made a really cool album (soundtrack to a ballet or something) with Adrian Belew called the Catherine wheel (1981, Sire Records) and then he has appeared here and there without being as interesting as Eno but look who was fooled now! My apologies mr Byrne and I promise to check out your discography with more attention next week.

I won't say more about the album because it isn't that hard to understand, like or dislike depending on your taste. One thing I don't understand though is the artwork for the album. The only thing I can think of is the horrible story of Josef Fritzl and the house he made for his family. Is this really a referrence to this or I am only think to lively? There are no clues in the lyrics as I understand, they're mostly about sentimental feelings in general, though a bit to angstridden about family in a way. I do
n't get it and this enigmatic aura makes the album even better!

(What is the "everything" that happens that will happen today???)

måndag 7 juni 2010

A long time ago....

!... there was a band called Ruphus. Not so long ago but still too long ago that I wrote something here. EXCUSE me so very much but something more important came up (even more important than records!!!! you understand how serious it must have been!!!) and I had to save my words about fantastic albums for a while, nut now I am back and hope to be more frequent again.

Back to
Ruphus! a band from Norway and it isn't black metal this time. Back in 1973 they recorded an album called New born day (1973, Polydor, 2382 037) and this piece of prog/jazz/heavy/fuzzy-sounding audio journey is damn fine this early summer. It is strange to think of this as Norwegian since my view on music from that country is very coloured by the early 90s but even someone as ignorant as me do see that there must have been other kinds of music before and after the blaze in the northern sky. Ruphus do sound very much like other bands from that time in a way so to say that they should "sound" Norwegian would be exaggerated but still I can't help to feel that there's something about them that is something of their own. The cover with the snow doesn't make me think of UK or US very much either.

My favorite track is without a doubt "Trapped in a game" and it is not because of the bloody brilliant drum intro and not because of the heavy riff at the beginning but instead mostly because of Gudny Aspaas' amazing vocals. Her voice is very well pitched but still somewhat harsh at times and with a beautiful vibrato, this makes me shiver down my spine. I can't help but to think of Jinx Dawnson from Coven and that is certainly something good coming from me.

I am sorry that I don't upload the music I write about like other blogers do but if your interested you'll find the gems somewhere I am sure.

All for now

(The frost of Ruphus)

lördag 13 mars 2010

I've got a thing for Spooky Tooth

Damn you Judas, damn you to hell and back for making so many people belive that the song "Better by you, better than me" was a piece of heavy metal junk from Judas Priset. I don't say that Judas are a totally bad band (I OWN a copy of the 1977 "sin after sin" album and I like it, really!) BUT why did they have to make a cover of a song that simply COULD NOT be "better by them" than (better by) Spooky Tooth???haha...

I know I know damn me as well and send me to hell but I DON'T like Judas Priset very much and I don't like Metallica and I DON'T like Iron Maiden. I've heard it through my both ears several times and I've almost be thrown of a tourbuss saying this thing a bit too loud at one time thanks to the punks in Benediction, haha.

Todays blog was meant to be about Spooky Tooth because they are really a great band. Some of their stuff are not very good though but when they are good they really crush. I am really keen on good vocalists and if Mike Harrison isn't one then I don't know where to turn for one. Some of his works on Spooky Two (1969,
Island records, ILPS - 9098) is unbeliveable, he's got that honesty about him that is hardly to be heard nowadays. I don't really understand him at all time though. What's with that falsetto vocals that comes at times, it's horrible to my ears. IF it is not that Wright who sings them parts, then Harrison must be God! The desperate sound of the chorus of Better by you, better than me is bloody amazing.

If one would like to hear what Harrison is really about than one should hear the far more obscure album Ceremony (1969, Island Records, ILPS 9107) [or my french foldout "much nicer hehe" Philips-pressing (1969,
Philips, 849512BY)] that they did with Pierre Henry. This album does really strange things to you, it is like its an "ordinary" Spooky Tooth album but with a really disturbed french composer adding electronic experiments over the whole thing.... Some things are good but some things are just destroying the otherwise good songs. The songs are as said good but they are very strange as well, I guess affected by the french guy trying his best to make everything hard to be heard. You have to hear this to understand my point. There is actually a chance to do this legally on Spotify!!!!!

Back to Harrison and his amazing vocals. Go for the song Have Mercy on Ceremony and understand the beauty and desperation in his voice. Enough said listen, damn it!!!

(Is this Pierre Henry hammering nails into the brain of Gary Wright who left the band after this wild album??? "Lord, have mercy!!!")

torsdag 11 mars 2010


Two bands today and they're both from the late 60s and almost equally fantastic. First out I would like to recommend Morning Dew (1967, Roulette, SR-42049). This is a nice piece of folk/psych/pop/prog-music of its time, untuned guitars, nice out of tune melodies and an singer who is eerily trustworthy. He is singing these somewhat melancholic lyrics with a passion that makes shivers down my spine. All of the songs are in their own style but with the same mood attached to them. Some more in the vein of blues, some really slow and atmospheric and some just straight popsongs but with that little extra thing that makes this album a 10 out of 10. The beautiful cover that is almost too happy adds a feeling of happy times gone really wrong. Can't really pin down this feeling but it is there in the record that you absolutely have to hear. My favorite songs are Crusader's smile and Gypsy (the guitarsolo at the beginning here almost makes my cry every time).

("Ahhh Shake your tambourine!")

The second band of this day is another psych/prog/druggy/garage-band from San Francisco
called Mad River
and their debut album (1968, Capitol records, ST 2985). This is seriously one of the most competent bands dealing with drugs as much as they must have done. EVERYTHING is trippy as hell, the drums are insanely composed BUT well-played and tight to the other guys doing their job equally perfect. The vocals are really nervous and whining filled with angst and drugrelated depression. I really feel sorry for theses addiction but damn what a nice albums this is. Hope they are doing alright in a rehab center today and don't plan any stupid renunion tours. This time as well a really nice cover, like they did them back in the 60s, almost a touch of black metal if it wasn't for the fully readable logo. On the copy I have (some later release on Edsel Records) there is a picture of the band on the back and the singer, the one in the middle, really doesn't look to know in what part of the universe he belongs, awsome pictuce! My favorite track on this album is not one of the most progy but instead the long atmospheric horribly dark song called War goes on, nothing is happy here but the sounds are as if from another dimension. Go ahead Amphetamine Gazelle!!!

("I'm too stoned to understand anything that goes on here!")
("Why did you put spider in my mind?")

lördag 6 mars 2010

Springtime for black metal

It is almost spring here in the city of Malmö in the most south of Sweden. I just watched the sun shine through our window the way it only does this time of the year. The sun is low but still shines strongly on everything that have become dusty during the long winter. Some years ago when I lived in another place I could watch this phenomena for hours and just listen to music that fitted the feeling that build up inside of me. It is not a sad thing even though the feeling is somewhat sad somewhat happy, melancholic but with somekind of unbounded knowledge/wonder of the most inner essence of everything. I guess the struggle between these emotions is the thing that keept me thinking about it. Describing this I seem very pretentious but this is the true feeling behind my interest in black metal and the feeling that I get from listening to most of the bands I've been doing through the years. Sitting here again with a big cup of black coffee, watching the sunbeams through the window and listening to a compilation I did one of these moments some years ago I would like to share this with whoever that reads this.

The compilation was called "Kadaver i solen"/"A cadaver in the sun" and was made the 8/5 -06.
1. Taake - ...Bjoergvin.. VII (2002, Over Bjoergvin Graater Himmerik, Wounded love records, WLR024)
Taake is a bit different from other bands from Norway and I think and hope it has to do with him, Høst, being influenced by A-ha. It really makes sense listening to his music up two his second album, then it seems Destruction took over sadly. The song starts with rain and I talked about sun, ha... just think about the similar feeling I described and the feeling of "The soft rains of April" by A-ha.
2. Old man's child - Swallowed by a buried one (1996, Born of the flickering, Hot Records, Shagrath 003)
Old man's child was a really good band I think, they made a good demo and a record and then became victims of a too "metal" sound like SOOOO many others. Aldrahn did some amazing guest vocals on this album as well.
3. Bak de syv fjell - De siste tanker (1997, From Haavardstun 7", Edge Circle Prod., EDGE001)
Why didn't this band write and record more stuff? Such an amazing rehearsal and then this 7" and nothing more....such a shame, I hope they come back one day. Even though I have to admit that both Wardruna and Jotunspor is really good stuff as well.
4. Ved buens ende - Autumn leaves (1995, Written in waters, Misanthropy Records, Amazon 006)
Describing this seems stupid since almost everybody interested in "alternative" black metal refer to this album as the best and the one that started this vein. I will be no different but I guess I differ when I say that I don't really see the music of Virus that good, it is not as full of feeling and musicality as the Ved buens ende stuff was, could it be that both Vicotnic and Skoll is missing in Virus?
5. Trelldom - Höyt opp i dypet (1998, Til et annet..., Hammerheart Records, HHR038)
Trelldom is a strange in the way that everything they have done is surrounded by such perfection, the sound, the arran
gements, the soul in the music. And when they released their 3rd album just some year ago the feeling was still there!!!!! how many bands do that when almost 10 years have past. Gaahl may not be the nicest of persons but damn his vocals is groundbreaking!
6. Fleurety - En sikkelse i horisonten (1995, Min tid skal komme, Aesthetic Death/Misanthropy Records, AMAZON 005/ADCD 002)
Here is an album that never is enough mentioned and listened to, I can't describe how much it has meant to me when starting out doing music myself. So many ideas that fit together so perfectly. I even did an almost rip off demo with one of my old bands with songs that sounded just a little bit too much like this, haha... never to be released.
7. Burzum - Der tod Wuotans (1999, Hliðskjálf, Misanthropy Records/Cymophane Productions, AMAZON 021/EY
E 006)
I know that the sound is cheap and so on, all the usual complaints about this album, but that doesn't take the feeling of it. All the nights spend in the forest with this album in my ears would never had been the same without
8. Dimmu Borgir - Under korpens vinger (1994, For all tid, No colours records, NC 003)
They were young, ambitious and evil as fuck but how big they ever become they will never be better than this. Again no perfection but the soul and the feeling is there, and if Aldrahn sung well on the Old man's child album he is VERY far from sining beautiful here, haha.
9. Darkthrone - De underjordiske (Ælia De Capitolina)
(2006, The cult is alive, Peaceville Records, CDVILEF132X)
No black metal compilation without Darkthrone but not necessarily something old, in my ears they are still good. Mostly Nocturno Culto's songs because they always have something melancholic about them. just listen to the guitarlead/solo in this one!
10. Marduk - Opus Nocturne (1994, Opus Nocturne, Osmose Productions, OPLP/CD028)
This is one of the most disappointing bands from Sweden in my ears, up to their third album they were really good and had such perfect vocals and riffs but then everything fell apart and today they are just like everbody else. Sor
ry if I hurt someone here but I do not understand their music anymore. This song is almost something that Opthalamia could have done but this is good and not like all the albums Opthalamia did (except their stuff before the first album that is actually good, haha). On this track Fredrik Andersson shows that he does not have to play at 3000bpms to be heard, haha.
11. Ulver - I troldskog faren vild (1995, Bergtatt - Et Eeventyr i 5 Capitler, Head not found, HNF 005)
Again the demo and the three first albums are the best but I do like the stuff did after as well, Perdition City is an all time favorite but would be very wrong on this compilation. I have always liked the sound/production of this, the drums seems so easily played and good sounding, raw but still very tight and soft hmmm strange.
12. Isengard - Storm of evil (1994, Vinterskugge, Peaceville records, CDVILE 61)
A brillian
t track in a vein that only excisted on this song. It always makes me think of Joy Division and I think it has something to do with the synthlead. Ian Curtis may find his ultimate replacement in Gylve when the Division are about to do their renunion tour? Only true belivers!!!
13. Bathory - Ring of gold (2002, Nordland 1, Black Mark Productions, BMCD 666-18)
Yes I am one of those who like Bathory after his six first albums, there is amazing stuff hidden in them and I always wished Qurthon to do an acustic album with just songs like this. Hope you play on in Valhalla, R.I.P.

That's about it and now the sun has almost went below the horizon and i will continue with red wine and some old 60s psych and prog instead!

(Something that could have been the cover of the compilation)

torsdag 25 februari 2010

God you're a part of me!

With this
nowadays almost controversial title statement I would like to say that the god who possessed Steel Mill to do their only album "Green Eyed God" (1971 Penny Farthing, Bellfon BLPS 19105) is certainly something I would like to be a part of. This album is without doubt one (if not THE) of the best album of all times and I have finally found this gem on black wax. Not the ugly UK version that came about some year later but instead the German actual original. I now that we, meaning music fanatics, say that albums are "the best in the world ever" about almost every album we come arcoss but this time it's for real (I bet you've heard that one as well haha). I think this album has the thing I've been searching for in music since the day I started listen to Queen and Ralph Lundsten at the age of 5 or something. It has an aura of occult magic, heavy guitars and insanly welldone vocalparts and lyrics. This smells and stinks of Lovecraft, occultism, advanced arrangements, guitar and bass out of tune, a sound that matches the essence of the band. There is a feeling of the unknown while listening even though some songs have a strong Beatlesque-feeling about them but that is where most bands went wrong later on in my opinion. Bands, especially nowadays, don't seem to realise the importance of DYNAMICS!!! both concerning the music, lyrics and just about everything that has something to do with the production of an album of music. Phew... I am really praising this album don't I? I do it because it is worth it in any way. ENOUGH already.

Another thing about this blog is that I have made a connection with www.pop.nu to show my 10 latest added albums to my collection. And as you can see the Steel Mill lp is added today haha...

Go find this on the rereleased CD if you don't want to spend lots of money on a vinyl copy.

(Ahh ahh.... Ugh!)

måndag 15 februari 2010

All music have good taste

Allmusic.com really have good taste and to show that they did put "Dreamboat Annie"(
1976 Capitol Record) by Heart as the album of the day! Don't know if it has to do with valentines day and all that, most likely, but still its a very good album. Can't say that I find them unique but there is something about their sound and way of doing songs that i really like. Ann Wilson has THE voice for this band and I think that's why Heart sounds this good without being very unique in their style. My favorite song by Heart though is not from this album so with no shame I have to mention even the second album "Little Queen" (1977, Portrait) and the song Little Queen, here everything is perfect! The drumming, the rythm, the vocals and the guitar arpeggio part in the middle of the song is just bloody brilliant. Give yourselves or somebody you love a valentine present and buy these albums!

onsdag 27 januari 2010

That's what Belew believes in!

There is ohh so much to say about Adrian Belew as a guitar player, vocalist, songwriter and I guess as a person as well. Like many others, I presume, I found out about Belew through his work with King Crimson and I instantly took a liking to his way of using his guitar and also how close his voice is to that sound and way of playing. Of course I had to check out what he'd done before and after masterworks as Discipline and Three of a perfect pair. Few people have had the opportunity and skills to play with Frank Zappa, David Bowie, Talking heads/David Byrne and Brian Eno in only one lifetime and I guess that must have had an effect on Belew's soloalbums. Just like the post I wrote about Tom Verlaine yesterday I will not recommend the debut soloalbum or the "biggest" band he played with but instead a later album.

This time I want to say a few words about the 1992 album "Inner Revolution". It's a very easy album to listen to (compared to the 1986 effort Desire caught by the tail which is really mindblowing!)
but there is so much to it that only closer listning will reveal. The choice of sounds, both concerning guitars and drums, and the sometimes very deep and sometime VERY shallow lyrics. A very diverse man with thousands of ideas and I guess that is equally likeable in my ears than releasing an album of say 10 amazing but all the same compositions. Don't excpect this to be King Crimson or anything else he has done (excpet maybe for some of the stuff he did with The Bears) just listen with an open mind and try to find what I did: a unique composer with constantly new ideas and experiments. Ok, I admit, an artist and an album needs to have some really enjoyable and altoghether good songs as well and in this case I have to chose the second track "This is what I belive in".

(Your love is precious,
give it to somebody who deserves it)

måndag 25 januari 2010

For days like this...

This track is for days like this. The days when yesterday seems to be today, when things are very fluid and grey but still feels comfortable in an unhealthy way. Whatever this is just amazing and needs to be heard thousands of times!

I talk about the track Words from the front by the amazing guitarist Tom Verlaine. Find the 1982 album with the sam name "Words from the front" and float into his empire of odd guitarplaying and desperate vocals. A little twist of Television here and there (of course!!! duh), something that feels like Joy Division and something like Talking Heads as well but I guess that's not very far feetched. Nothing more to say... feel this yourself!


(We move in waves,
As if asleep...)

fredag 15 januari 2010

Eerie Trolls from the 60s

Something really great today! I want to share my thoughts about the band The Troll and their bloody brilliant song "Spirit of the deep" (or "Werewolf and withcbreath" depending on what pressing you find) from their 1968 album "Animated music". This song has everything you want; cool riffs, fantastic drumming, good singer and eerie lyrics. Expect something between Beatles, Death SS and perhaps a touch of Rozz Williams vocals to that. The album cover is a bit different/strange but it kind of suits the whole album and the diverse feelings you get while listening. I can't tell where to find this old piece of music but I can tell you how to not confuse it with all the other bands and called Troll. Since I don't think someone would ever be upset or try to sue you for downloading this album illegally. The song would certainly be worth a trial to hear! The band would probably be very happy if the word gets around and people regognize them again.

Cirith Ungol made a cool track called The Troll on their last and underrated album Paradise Lost but that doesn't count since it is the name of the track.

The Norwegian black metal act Troll has made some cool stuff at the beginning of their career but I don't understand what they are trying to achieve nowadays.

The other Norwegian black metal act Troll has only released a demo that I really didn't understand if they were serious or not?

There is of course even the Swedish pop-band Troll from 1989 with their horrible hit Jimmy Dean.

If you know more bands with the ridiculous name Troll please tell me!


torsdag 14 januari 2010

Copy from myspace

As said in my first post i will re-post what I wrote on the myspace blog

"Spotify is one of those new hip trends (or has it already grown too old for you?) and it is certainly amazing how technology is growing and make things easier for us to use. To make something clear from the start I will assure all that I like and support the activity of Spotify even though Bergraven isn't in there. BUT!!!! There is some advertising (No I haven't got a paid for account and that's of course because I love advertising and not because I'm broke) which says that If you upgrade you'll be able to listen to and buy ALL of your favorite music and this is why I call Spotify fake-ish. YOU CAN NOT AT ALL listen to or buy all of your favorite music unless you are a total ignorant human from Tellus listening only to crap music. The main reason for me to get a Spotify account was with the dream to be able to hear all the music the world forgot, but was I fooled! After listening to some good music (among some the amazing Marlene Dietrich) I felt the urge to hear a song "Mijo and the Laying of the Which" by the amazing old heavy prog band Steel Mill but to my disappontment it was not there! After I settled down I realised the obvious fact that Spotify isn't THE library of all music from ancient time up until today. Of course i was only stupid to ever think such a thought or even to be upset about it but while this thought lasted longer I came to think of all the poor bands who will be something of a B-team (Bergraven for one that is haha) just because they aren't on Spotify and all the people who will never hear them. I also realise that Steel mill is a really obscure band but that does not make me less afraid that some bands will be even more forgotten after Spotify has accomplished to make people belive that they offer "all your favorite music" and nothing else exist (It makes me paranoid that they even think they know anything about my favorite music). Ok ok I am a wino but i send out a plea to all you "music freaks"(Quote Fenriz here this is) to never forget about all the good bands that didn't make it to the A-team of Spotify. Do as i should have done hours ago, instead of sitting here listning to Magnum on Spotify, and go find your old Manilla Road Lps (Open the gates is especially good I think) and think about their feelings realising they weren't good enough for Spotify.

I hope Spotify will be better and that more people will use it and force labels to arrange for more and more music to be heard. During my already endless hours with Spoitfy I came to think of an old recomendation of the band The Sonics and how I love to get that feeling down my spine when I hear good music I haven't heard before. So to start my quest to tell the world what my favorite music is (Don't you dare call me messiah) whether its on Spotify or not I'll give you
The Sonics
The thing I like about them is the sound and their way of playing. It gives me the feeling of a 60s rock'n'roll version of Azhubham Haani and how cool isn't that! This happens to be a band that is partially on Spotify so use your account and find "The savage young sonics" and just let yourself dream away to at least the first four songs there. Then you could check out their debut album which is amazing."


Post 1 (Introduction)

Welcome to O.w.l. (Old winds live). A blog created out of pure music addiction.

Purpose and content:
This will be about and contain recommendations of bands, musicians, songs and albums I like.
I will probably also go on about other aspects of music (like the music industry, record collecting and the hunger to find that good old album so obscure noone has ever heard it!) but that comes with the addiction I guess?

The name:

O.w.l. = Old winds live. Something made up in the shower while thinking but not without making sense. Old because most things I like are old (at least not from this decade). I thought about "Other" at first and that could have made sense but old sounds better to my ears. Other winds than the mainstream commercial wind of musical horror blows even today but I prefer to see their connection to the word old rather than the ugly sound of the word new. As you've probably gathered by now everything here will be my subjective point of view but feel free to argue as you like. I should also say that I am from Sweden and that's why my english will suffer lots of errors throughout this blog. The name of the blog should be obvious after a while if you'll continue to read it.

As many people with a huge music interest I also make music myself. My most known activity is probably my work with the band Bergraven (www.myspace.com/Bergraven). A constantly evolving
metal band. Outside of this I write music that will someday end up on a "solo-album" with everything from quiet ballads to pretentious overdone guitar masturbation I hope. For news on my musical activities keep an eye open on myspace 'cause this blog will only be about others music!

I know that having this kind of blog is nothing new and the reason for you to read this one will only be up to you. If you're too lazy to search for unheard music and happens to like things I like feel free to stop by and imbibe. I will not make any music available through this blog as some do but if I can I will always say where to find it. I started this idea on my myspace blog for Bergraven but I felt that my music addiction doesn't have that much to do with the band to stay there so this will be the solution. My first post there was just about how to get hold of old/rare music and the happiness/sadness I felt using Spotify the first time. I will add this myspace blog post here to just so that you know my point about it.

Ok, enough with all this introduction stuff and down to business!


The look on my face when I really like what I hear
(In this case the singing of birds)