Salma Gandhi

August 23, 2008 at 1:57 pm

I’m sitting down with my headphones on, but I feel that I just want to get up and drift away doing some unknown dance! I want to be Travolta, but can only see myself as Uma Thurman???!!!…strange! I realize that the supercool Malmö band Salma Ghandi (just look at the name!) would fit in any Tarantino movie.

I’m sorry to say that I seldom listen to instrumental music, but when this psychedelic jazz-rock goes on and on, I just feel pure joy!
As a hot tip I can tell you that right now, Salma Ghandi is in the studio, producing a full length album. Exactly how they will realease it, is, according to the bass player Alex, not yet decided….but…how about releasing it as a free download!?

For updates about this, check out Salma Ghandi on Myspace.

Listen and download:
Loathing On the Misty Mescalin
Salma Hayek’s Delayed Nipple

Keep cool,

(translated by Pär/Blindmen)

Pär Enqvist

August 23, 2008 at 12:00 pm

It is with pride and joy that I now enter my Meadow blogging by presenting Pär Enqvist’s album “Här och Nu” (“Here and Now”, for those of you who don’t speak Swedish) as a free download.

This is straight, honest country smelling rock music from an artist that’s sure of what he does best and has refined that expression to it’s perfection. We get suggestive darkness in the opening track “Jag Tvekar” (“I doubt”), shuffle rukus in “Vinter Hos Mig”, (“Winter by me”) after thought in “En Starkare Man” (“A stronger man”), and some life embracing “come-into-my-arms-baby-and-you’ll-see-some-hot-stuff-rock-n’-roll” in “När Hon Är Hos Mig” (“When she’s with me”). We are told stories from deserted small town hotels. About the scaffolders on the roof tops of Stockholm. We get ponderings of life and love over a last shared cigarette, and it burns like its ember when promises are broken. Everything presented by the voice that at times feels as large as life itself.

I have turned this cd for some 18 months now and I sincerely see no signs of tiring! On the contrary, I constantly find new favourites! “Här och Nu” (“Here and Now”) is a collection of Pär Enqvist’s previous studio material. For those interested, I would like to recommend the official web site. (in Swedish)

Don’t miss out on Pär Enqvist!

Pär Enqvist on MySpace

Pär Enqvist – Här och Nu

1. Jag Tvekar
2. På Den Yttersta Gränsen
3. När Hon Är Hos Mig
4. Järva
5. Skål
6. Som En Ängel
7. Ta Hand Om Varann
8. Vinter Hos Mig
9. Vägen Till Stockholm
10. Bröder På Taken
11. En Starkare Man

The entire album in a zip file (65 Mb)

(translated by Clint Hell)

Billie the Vision and the Dancers

August 22, 2008 at 9:40 am

Billie the Vision and the DancersYou probably recognize that feeling of exaltation, that comes when you have discovered a new song or a band that’s so good that you know for sure that you will never grow tired of it. And you just want to hear it over and over again.

That’s exactly what I felt like, the first time I listened to Billie the Vision and the Dancers. I was also totally convinced that I alone had discovered a new great band…(don’t we all have a talent-scout inside of us?;-)). I was soon to discover though, that the band had been very productive, that they had released a number of albums, all free for downloading, and that they had thousands of fans. Well, my joy grew even bigger then!

Billie the Vision may be the coolest band on earth!

For more info and free downloading of all of their albums:
Billie The Vision’s home page
Billie The Vision on Myspace

A few songs to enjoy:
One More Full Length Record
Lily From the Middleway Street

Keep cool,

(translated by Pär/Blindmen)


August 21, 2008 at 12:00 pm

Skuggan i replokalenThe band Skuggan is a new pleasant musical acquaintance. This is a band that has started over afresh, they made a control-alt-delete, as they themselves describe it, from the roots in the previous band Shade Tree. Below, you can listen to “Rör vid mig i igen” (“Touch Me Again”), a melancholic, beautiful, atmospheric, pensive song – expressed by Carl Jönssons light and soft voice.

At their current restart they have been mentioned on several other good music blogs, such as jacksoncage (in swedish) and skivgrisen (in swedish). Check them out.

What is perhaps equally interesting about Skuggan is how one can follow them on their journey on their web site, which is in blog format. They purvey a feeling of movement, a sense of who they are through what they write about. One can follow the development of the songs from early scetch, to rehearsal demo to the version you can listen to here. One can read about the band, personal thoughts and what they see and feel. Compared to traditional band sites where there are long bios and a separate news section, one can create one’s own image of who they really are and where they are going. And they are there with you, as they are only a comment away. I hope that more artists realize the strength of this concept and follow their example. (note: Their blog is in swedish)

Other songs you can listen to at the site, in different versions, are “Västergatan” and “Buena Vista” – the latter with pleasant Joni Mitchell vibes in my ears. And it is most likely that, by the time this piece is written and published, you will find new tracks to listen to, new stories to read and new reflections to take part of.

Visit Skuggan on their homepage

Rör vid mig igen

(translated by Clint Hell)

Shotgun Crackers

August 20, 2008 at 12:00 pm

What the Lund based band Brainpool left in the 90’s and the Gothenburg based band Bad Cash Quartet picked up at the beginning of the 21st century is now taken a step further by Shotgun Crackers from Norrtälje, north of Stockholm!

Don’t be fooled by the slightly metal sounding name. Shotgun Crackers offers a fantastic mix of great melodies, marvellous vocals (in that extremely cool childish way), accomplished musicians…..and….hand claps…..(there should definitely be more hand claps in songs!!), combined with pop music that, at times, closes in on the Beatles.

That’s what i think…

…make up your own mind:

Blood Tears and Dreams
The Worst Love
She Wouldn’t Mind

You’ll Find Shotgun Crackers on Myspace

(translated by Clint Hell)

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