Melodifestivalen 2014 #2

There was a real sense of déjà vu in the second heat of this year's Melodifestivalen, the contest which decides which act will represent Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest. In 2005, in controversial circumstances, Sweden chose Martin Stenmarck with his song "Las Vegas" (which I liked a lot) over Nanne Grönvall with her song … Continue reading Melodifestivalen 2014 #2

Melodifestivalen 2014 #1 – The Melfest Crisis

For the last few days I've been struggling. I've been unable to decide if it was the songs or the hosts of this year's first edition of Melodifestivalen which were the most underwhelming. That's why it's taken me a few days to compose a post, whereas I'm normally quite speedy to offer my opinions on … Continue reading Melodifestivalen 2014 #1 – The Melfest Crisis

Chinese New Year Exhibition in Sydney

I had a fantastic time last night at the opening night of "Crossing Boundaries – Chinese New Year Exhibition in Sydney", curated by my friend Kate. As part of the exhibition opening, Kate introduced many of the exhibiting artists, noting the culturally diverse background of the artists. Not only Chinese, but also Vietnamese, Japanese, Korean … Continue reading Chinese New Year Exhibition in Sydney

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 kind of imagined there were other songs I'd played more often the year. That said, I'm using last.fm as my guide, and … Continue reading Musical Favourites for 2013 – The Year of Oskar Linnros