Tag Archive: Music

Neneh Cherry

“For her first time in Australia, it would have been good to have some more of her older songs”, my friend said, as we made our way out of the Sydney Opera House… Continue reading

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Melodifestivalen 2015 #3

Even though I’m no longer part of the culture of “Friday Afternoon Work Drinks”, I do remember this stage of my life very well. You would go to the pub, talk about work,… Continue reading

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Melodifestivalen 2015 #2

I’m quite a fan of the Swedish pop singer, Magnus Carlsson. To be precise, Magnus who was in Swedish pop bands Barbados and Alcazar, not Magnus Carlson (one “s”) who was in Swedish… Continue reading

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Song Of The Year – Tove Lo Habits

Of all the new music I saw/heard in 2014, this was the one that stood out. Yeah, of course it’s from a Swedish artist, and I love the fact she doesn’t try to… Continue reading

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The Vinyl Lounge

As I entered the room (a few minutes late) they were playing some early-70s rock music from Rod Argent. Shortly afterwards, they played some Captain Beefheart. “Oh dear, this is not my kind… Continue reading

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Monica Z

The last couple of weeks have been reasonably busy, and so I haven’t managed to immerse myself in the Scandinavian Film Festival as I’d hoped. There was one film, however, I definitely wanted… Continue reading

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Walking In The Rain

I first heard/saw the song “Walking In The Rain” when the video clip of Grace Jones performing the song was first played on Countdown. I was about seventeen years old at the time… Continue reading

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Musical Favourites for 2013 – The Year of Oskar Linnros

As I’ve sat down to look at the most commonly played tracks for the year, I’m kinda surprised it’s the song “Plåster” by Oskar Linnros. Not that I dislike the song, but I… Continue reading

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Jonas Holmberg

Just because I have the complete recordings of ABBA in my record collection, it doesn’t mean I stopped listening to new music in 1982. But that’s what online music stores often presume. I… Continue reading

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Lycka till Sverige!

It’s no wonder Sweden won last year. Loreen had a great song in “Euphoria” which she performed very, very well. In ten or twenty years time, I’m pretty sure it will be regarded… Continue reading

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Agnetha Fältskog – A

Three songs have emerged as favourites for me, as I’ve listened “properly” to the new album by Agnetha Fältskog over the last couple of weeks. The first single, “When you really loved someone”… Continue reading

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Radio Days Europe 2013 – Presentation

This is the presentation I made at Radio Days Europe, March 18, 2013 as part of a session on pop up radio stations. The slide you can see behind you now is a… Continue reading

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Melodifestivalen 2013

“I’ll bet they’re not an official licence by ABC Commercial”, I said to my friend, Patrick tonight as we entered Friends Arena in Stockholm for Melodifestivalen, the Swedish competition which chooses the song… Continue reading

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Stockholm Under Construction

I swear there must be a secret plan for Stockholm to put in bid to host the Olympic Games. That, or they’re expecting a Swedish economic crisis, so they’re doing as much now… Continue reading

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Have Arrived in Stockholm

Aside from a slight hiccough over the seats, the flight from Sydney to Stockholm via Beijing went off without a hitch. The hiccough with the seats had nothing to do with Air China.… Continue reading

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Melodifestivalen 2013 #4

“What a bunch of bogans”, I thought to myself as I watched how the Swedish public voted in the Heat 4 of Melodifestivalen, the finals which choose the song which represents Sweden at… Continue reading

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Melodifestivalen 2013 #3

“It’s Björn Ranelid all over again”, according to one of the blokes they interviewed on the web-only after-show coverage of Melodifestivalen. I think he was a newspaper journalist, and he was referring to… Continue reading

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Melodifestivalen 2013 #2

The songs in the second heat of Melodifestivalen 2013, the competition which chooses the Swedish entry for the Eurovision Song Contest, were considerably better than those which featured in the first heat last… Continue reading

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Melodifestivalen 2013 #1

“There’s certainly no Loreen in that lot”, I thought to myself as I watched Melodifestivalen #1 this morning. Melodifestivalen is the multi-heat competition which chooses the Swedish entry for the Eurovision Song Contest.… Continue reading

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Bang A Boomerang – ABBA Special

“Are you watching the ABBA special”, my friend Yvette texted me tonight. “Watching it? I’m in it, briefly”, I told her. There’s a scene very near the beginning where, if you squint, you’ll… Continue reading

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