Tag: Music

  • Shane Nicholson album launch

    Shane Nicholson album launch

    I first heard of Australian singer-songwriter, Shane Nicholson about a decade ago (maybe longer) when he recorded a terrific version of the song “Still In Love With You” by legendary Australian band, Dragon. And so, it put a smile on my face, when going to the toilet last night at the Camelot Lounge for the launch of Shane’s latest album, I discovered Dragon are soon doing a gig there.… Read the rest “Shane Nicholson album launch”

  • Combat Wombat

    Combat Wombat

    The first time I saw them play live was in May 2005. In the midst of a week of seeing live performances by popera group, Il Divo and cabaret singer, Tim Draxl, I also saw the Australian hip-hop band, Combat Wombat. They were launching their debut at Sydney’s legendary live music venue, now closed, The Hopetoun Hotel.… Read the rest “Combat Wombat”

  • Melodifestivalen 2016

    Melodifestivalen 2016

    It was another early morning for me, up and out of bed to watch Melodifestivalen, the event which chooses the Swedish entry for the Eurovision Song Contest.

    A decade ago, I would have read the results online, and then waited several weeks for the DVD release, before I actually got to see the event itself.… Read the rest “Melodifestivalen 2016”

  • Melodifestivalen 2016 #4

    Melodifestivalen 2016 #4

    I felt a little sorry for Linda Bengtzing and Martin Stenmarck, as I watched this morningś fourth heat of Melodifestivalen, the contest which chooses Swedenś entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. Martin has previously represented Sweden at Eurovision and was performing in a song co-written by his brother. Linda has previously entered Melodifestivalen, and has usually done very well.… Read the rest “Melodifestivalen 2016 #4”

  • Melodifestivalen 2016 #3

    Melodifestivalen 2016 #3

    Though there’s still no apparent “winner” for me in this year’s Melodifestivalen (the Swedish heats which lead to the final where Sweden’s song for Eurovision is chosen) I thought there were some pretty good songs in the third heat. Once again, I woke early, turned on my laptop and television, and settled back to enjoy the tunes from the other side of the world.… Read the rest “Melodifestivalen 2016 #3”

  • Melodifestivalen 2016 #2

    Melodifestivalen 2016 #2

    First, the good news:  there was only one song which I thought was absolutely bloody awful in the second heat of Melodifestivalen, the contest which chooses Sweden’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. Maybe it was too early on a Sunday morning for me, but 100% by Viktor och Natten did absolutely nothing for me.… Read the rest “Melodifestivalen 2016 #2”

  • Melodifestivalen 2016 #1

    Melodifestivalen 2016 #1

    Over the last couple of years, there’s been an inverse relationship between the quality of the songs and the quality of the program presenters/comedy interludes for Melodifestivalen, the Swedish finals which lead to the Eurovision Song Contest. In recent memory, the combination in 2012 of Sarah Dawn Finer, Helena Bergström and Gina Dirawi was probably the best, combining intelligence, talent, and humour.Read the rest “Melodifestivalen 2016 #1”

  • Country Music in 2015

    Country Music in 2015

    2015 was the year in which I’ve begun to reacquaint myself with my love of country music. As I wrote a few months ago:

    Despite my inner-city reputation, I actually know a fair bit about country music, and I have lots of great “special experts” to draw upon to supplement the areas in which my knowledge is a little short.

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  • På svenska

    På svenska

    This week, Swedish TV SVT, has announced the hosts for next year’s Eurovision Song Contest as Måns Zelmerlöw and Petra Mede. I’m really excited about this, as I like them both very much. But as much as I love Eurovision, I’m more of a fan of Melodifestivalen, the Swedish finals leading up to Eurovision.… Read the rest “På svenska”