onsdag 30 april 2008

Way Silly

Hey, what is going on here? What is the big fuss about this picture? Are some peeps in the USA living in 1850 Victorian England? I don't get it, but congrats to Miley Cyrus for getting tons of media attention, and propeling on to intergalactic celebrity-dom!
Too bad I bought it and also wrote somtehing about this nonesense.

måndag 28 april 2008

What? Poor Conan!

Jimmy Fallon replaces Jay Leno, who retires, not Conan O'Brien, as said before. That's a surprise, but ok with me. fallon is very funny. Conan does good interviews though, have no idea how Fallon is. Wonder why? Conan was very goofed out during the writer strike, maybe he flaked out so much that his true persona came out too much, and he lost ratings? Anyway, he'll be around and get his slot some day, is my guess.

Way Freaky Fun from th G'N'R paralell universe.

Did I say I am totally amused by anything Guns'N'Roses? Well anyway, Axl worked for a few years with a guitarist called "Buckethead", who is just this totally freaked out person. Here is a superfunny clip from Rio with Buckethead. He starts out the show by breakdancing, and then juggling a pair of nunchakus. Just the weirdest I've seen in a long time. It is hard to understand how an egomaniac like Axl Rose can let someone else have so much stage time? And the most fun about Buckethead is that he wears skater clothes, has the body of Snoop Dogg, and wears a white mask over his face plus a paper bucket from KFC as a hat. And when he plays guitar, he is just shredding the whole time (solo-ing) like some an Yngwie Malmsteen from outer space.

Tracey Ullman? Tracey Ullman!

Tracey Ullman is back at the age of 47 with a show about the USA called "State of the Union". Haven't seen any episodes yet, but saw a few of the celeb-spoofs she does. This one of Rene Zellwegger is just spot-on and devastatingly brilliant:

söndag 27 april 2008

Why? Why? Whyyyyyy?

Kids in Stockholm are camping outside a game-store for up to three weeks waiting for GTA4 that will be released this tuesday, april 30th. Won't they feel like suckers when they hear non-camping kids are already playing the game, since it's up for grabs on the web?

torsdag 24 april 2008

Photoshop Sugar Rush

So here are my 50 cents on David Lachapelle and his exhibition in Stockholm:
First I'd like to say I think DLC:s work is cool, rad and pretty gnarly. What he is doing right now is leaving the magazine and advertising world to get inte the art world. Wise choice, and he seems to be off bringing trunkfuls of cash to the bank. People are buying his posters and prints like icecream on the first day of summer.

The work he is showing has almost all been shot for various ad campaigns, fashion- and music magazines. Next to the beautiful super-tecnicolor prints are little signs in English and Swedish explaining all the concepts Lachapelle has been trying to get into his photos. The signs are telling us how to interpret his art, putting all kinds of social commentary into his fashion and pop star work. Now I can get a feeling that David is trying a little too hard to prove that he is a fine artist, and not so much a commercial one.

After half the exhibition one feels a bit like after having eaten a huge bag of candy. A little sugar-rushed, a bit like the brain is busy processing all the impressions of all those oiled up supermodel or superstar-bodies, buried under all kinds of fast food and so forth. I mean, the stuff is fantastic, the LA-colors, the LA-light, the LA-modified bodies and freaky LA-characters, it is truly amazing. I really like it. But I wouldn't put him close to someone like Andy Warhol. He is a bit too Disney for that. When Andy hung with Velvet Underground, David hung with Madonna, when Andy hung with Bianca Jagger, David hung with Pamela Anderson. See my point?

And one thing that leaves me no rest is that if you look closely on his work, you can see that a whole lot of it is Photoshop work, that he clones in people, cars, inflatable hamburgers or whatever. Now, isn't one part of being a fine Photographic artist that your pictures are not "fake"? That what you see on the print is really what was there when the picture was taken. Ok, they lok great, but shouldn't he call them collages or something?

Whatever, I like his work, and hugely recommend for anyone interested in pop culture seeing the show. However, I'm impressed of DLC as a LA-pop culture phenomenon, but not as impressed of his aspirations to turn his commercial portfolio into fine art.

onsdag 23 april 2008

...and workwise

Just finished illustrations for Affarsvarlden, and Position magazine. Will now start a comic strip for IDG mag CIO on the theme CSR. Right after that I will elaborate over Lachapelle, i hope! DN just called, and I will work for them with news graphics tonight, tomorrow day and friday day/night.

tisdag 22 april 2008

David Lachapelle in Stockholm

David Lachapelle does large exhib in Stockholm. Will spill a few thoughts about it tonite.

måndag 21 april 2008

New Madonna-album: Floss Hard!

While I'm at it, here's a quick review of the nu Madonna album:

Candy Shop: Sounds ok. Timbaland? Quick beats. Dorky text, she's too old for "Come into my candyshop!" And isn't that 50 Cent's line?

4 Minutes: Well you've heard it. Justin and all, some sticky shit.

Give It 2 Me: Strange 80's beat, Neptunes? Sticky, I guess. Dodgy synths, kind of lame. Some Pharrell sayings in ending, don't help much.

Heartbeat: Timbaland? A bit slower. Justin. Lotsa synths. Silly.

Miles Away: Acoustic guitar, human beatbox. Timbaland? Sticky. Boring if you ask me. Give me a nasty beat, Maddie!

She's Not Me: Handclaps, Chic-like funk guitar. Timbaland? Strings. Way boring! Ace of Base-bad!

Incredible: Timba? Quick weird beat. Some synths on top. Uninteresting. Nice & Soft.

Beat Goes On: Neptunes? Sounds like Pharrell singing background vocals. Also soft & nice.

Dance 2night: Justin raps, a slow disco beat, cool bass, Justin sings, lyrics ripped off from Prince's Kiss. Like all songs, more pop than house/club. Soft & Nice. Best song so far. Good groove. Neptunes?

Spanish Lesson: Timbaland? Quirky beats. Spanish guitars. A flirt with the latin world. Good? Not really.

Devil Wouldn't Recognize You: Ballad. Second to last track. Anybody care? Boring!

Voices: Justin, Timba? (quirky beats). Boring? Yes.

All in all: A surprisingly dull album. Where did Angry-donna go? The only thing that can save this is to let some creative people like maybe Justice remix the crap out of it. Who'd want to buy this album? I have no clue. Listen to it for free? No thanks.

söndag 20 april 2008

A world scoop: The first Guns N' Roses Chinese Democracy Review

Somehow I got hold of ten songs that leaked out on the internet last year, what is known to be Axl Rose's upcoming album under the Guns N' Roses flag.

First off, I'd like to state that I am a GNR fan, who listened to them already back in 1987. Even though I mostly then listened to early hip hop, punkfunk and bands like Big Audio Dynamite. This is to explain that I am not a metalhead, but can appreciate good music of various genres. I loved GNR's early music, before the "Use Your Illusion"-albums, when they were this gritty Rock'n'roll band that sounded fantastic, and looked just too cool for any school whatsoever. The Illusion-albums were overproduced for my liking, with too many synths.

So, what I have is not the final album, but ten songs, that is definitely with Axl Rose on vocals, and are rumoured to be the not yet completed album. The cover picture shown here is something I found on the net, probably not the final cover (I hope, it is quite dodgy).

Anyway, the album has been in the making for thirteen years, and the title has been puzzling, to say the least. China is anything but a democracy, so what's up with that? There is one track called "Chinese Democracy", that seems to be critical of the Chinese government. The lyrics are a bit vague but disapproves of an Iron fist beating up the people. Amazing, what a coming of age for a guy who mostly sang about drugs and encounters with nasty women on Sunset Strip!

So is it a theme album? No, the songs are on various subjects, and Chinese Democracy is probably a name that got tagged onto the album early on. A guess is that Axl saw the events with the students and the tanks on Tianmen Square, and somehow got engaged.

The first song is called IRS. It has already been used in Harley-commercials, so it's an official GNR-song. Of course Axl would sing about IRS, the US tax authoirities, being a rock millionaire, he is probably not the most eager tax payer. An okay song however, with great guitar. Super-guitarist Buckethead worked with Axl for a few years, it might be him playing. The soft parts sound a bit like the Eagles! This is grown up rock, it's okay, but nothing like the fresh off the LA-streets early GNR.

The second is "Chinese Democracy". A hard rocker also, sounds allright, very heavy guitars, kind of the same sound as Nirvana on "Smells..." mixed with Soundgarden at their best. It's a good one, and kudos to Axl for saying something political.

Song three is called "Better". Is it? The guitarplaying is amazing. Buckethead? The guitar really rocks like some Tom Morello on fire. The tuffest guitar in a long time! The song is pretty strong, I'd say this could work fine in a car stereo. A grower. Axl sings whiny in the beginning and end. Pretty cool!

"There Was A Time" is entry four. Begins a bit slow, but soon starts rockin' hard. The softens up, lots of strings, this one is pretty good too, a bit melodramatic. Then a Bowiesque stick in the middle with strings and piano. A break up-song, get your lighters up! I thought" November Rain" sucked, This one is way better, but in the same vein. Goes on a bit long.

"Madagascar" is a funny name for a GNR song. Starts out with horns and strings. Slow tempo, in the beginning Axl sounds a bit like Swedish viking-singer Nordman. The lyrics is about being lost on a ship in a storm, really sad stuff. Pretty silly song, still an okay ballad, if you're into that. A cool break comes after a while, with what sounds like Martin Luther King samples mixed with lots of voicovers. Suddenly the song got much better, but soon it goes back to the lost ship stuff again.

"The Blues" starts out with a happy little piano Elton John-stylee. The lyrics are about someone Axl loved who is gone, but he keeps thinking of her every day. He's got the blues, but the song is pretty happy anyway. It's got this chirpy 70's vibe, with lots of strings and gazillions of overdubs. Wall of sound! Some guitar solo overlays gets it a little bit rockish. Okay song, very retro, especially if you like pompous November Rain-Axl.

"Catcher In The Rye" is also very 70's retro, with that wall of sound again. Maybe Axl got together with Phil Spector? Could be an interesting combo however! The song never really takes off, so I wouldn't really say it is that good. It's a very nice and soft Axl you're hearing here, with la-la-choruses and all. Where's the rock?

"Oh My God" is where the rock is at! He must have listened to Marilyn Manson one day, and said to himself: Hey, I can do that harder, faster, more evil! And he was right. This is a hard, fast rocker with the patented bad day-Axl lyrics, where he is just the most pissed off person in the world. Fun!

"Riyadh And The Bedouins" is a live uptake of a quite strange song in the same style as "Oh My God", but wit extremely high pitched singing. This a bad live uptake, but properly produced, this is probably good. Great guitarplaying (Buckethead?). The lyrics are very confusing, one can tell Axl's been working on this album a long time, since some songs have these "ethnic" themes.

"Silk Worms" is also a live uptake, in the beginning Axl introduces the song, and a Chinese woman translates, she doesn't have a clue. Anyway, Dizzy is in it! Funny! The song is a rocker, has some synths in it, there was talk about Axl doing "Industrial" music, this could be it. The singing sounds like John Lydon (Sex Pistols), probably Izzy! The chorus goes "What can I do, with a bitch like you". It's a breakup song, and Axl was in a bad mood writing this song.

All in all I would say this is going to be a surprisingly good album, with more than half of the songs really good. Some lame efforts, but hey, GNR didn't produce hits all the time either. Axl still has the coolest voice in hard rock. Too bad he has such a hard time releasing the songs, they're not THAT much of a big deal. But if you ask this blogger, he's positively surprised. Now all one could wish for is a reunion with the original GNR, or that Slash could find a decent singer. One that sounds like the cassette tape ending's whiny noise, like when he first heard Axl's voice, and thought there was something wrong with the cassette tape.

Carbon/Silicon - Hairplug-time?

My old hero Mick Jones from The Clash and Big Audio Dynamite was on Conan O'Brien the other night with his latest band Carbon/Silicon. He was sporting a comb-over! Now Mick, with a band-name like that, it might be time to either wear a baseball cap like you did in BAD, or shave it all off! Because a comb-over don't look good on anyone, not even on Donald Trump! Comb-overs are known as SAAB-hairdo's in Sweden, btw.

fredag 18 april 2008

Jon La Joie - techno funny average dude

This guy is really on a roll now!

Tommyland VS. Slash

Just started reading Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee's biography Tommyland. The Slash-book was a Dante's Inferno of a demise in a drug-infested (but endlessly fascinating) hell, it is going to be interesting to see how Tommy pares up. While Slash seems to be a very nice, bit somewhat mumbly, guy, Tommy is more the gung-ho springbreak party-animal gone totally haywire. But he still seems to be a basically nice guy, under a carpet of tattoos. But Slash never beat any women. 1-0 to Slash so far.

Resumebar & lotsa work

Gettin busy again y'all with work for Position Magazine (2 ill's) and 1 för magazine Affarsvarlden. Next friday I will work for Dagens Nyheter.
Last night I went to Ad mag Resumé:s media bar, lots of media-fryers, then to Riche and Prinsen. Decided me and two pals will start a spoof-blog together.

tisdag 15 april 2008

He's been dancing with Dr. Pepper

This is pretty hilarious, what we in Sweden call a "Snackis":

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Many have tried, but so far nobody has been able to pry the decade-in-the-works Guns N' Roses album "Chinese Democracy" from the hands of lone remaining original member Axl Rose.

Now, Dr Pepper thinks it's up to the challenge. The soft drink company says it will give a free can of Dr Pepper to "everyone in America" (excluding ex-Guns members Slash and Buckethead) if "Chinese Democracy" arrives anytime during the calendar year 2008.

Rose responded on his band's web site (http://www.gunsnroses.com) that the band was "surprised and very happy to have the support of Dr Pepper." But the offer did not prompt him to rose to the challenge.

"Chinese Democracy" was most recently scheduled for release in March 2007, but promptly vanished from the schedule without a new date being set. Rose said at the time that all the recording had been completed, but there were some "scheduling difficulties."

It will be the first album of fresh Guns N' Roses material since the 1991 sets "Use Your Illusion I" and "Use Your Illusion II." Rose has reportedly burned through $13 million in recording expenses for "Chinese Democracy," and also burned his bridges with the bandmates who helped him turn Guns into one of the biggest rock groups in the world by the early 1990s.

Axl Rose has responded to Dr. Pepper’s offer to give everyone (except Slash and guitarist Buckethead) a free can of soda if Guns n’ Roses finally release the long-awaited Chinese Democracy this year. In a press release, Rose says, “We are surprised and very happy to have the support of Dr. Pepper with our album Chinese Democracy, as for us, this came totally out of the blue. If there is any involvement with this promotion by our record company or others, we are unaware of such at this time. And as some of Buckethead’s performances are on our album, I’ll share my Dr. Pepper with him.” Slash will still have to buy a can, apparently.

fredag 11 april 2008

Something I did, hope you dig

A fun (hopefully) first "spoofmercial" for my web-project Cellytown.com, that is about Free music for cellphones. Some people dig it, anyway, the quality gets choppy when added to Youtube:

onsdag 9 april 2008

Better than Adam Tensta

Here's the next, and better, Adam Tensta. Wozzup widdose kids from da Swedish Projects (Miljonprogram), how can they be so talented? This video can't be embedded, so you have to click
here to see it.
Anyway, groovy video with cool graphics. Very funny when Lazee "drives" his limousine through the moonroof. The text though, seems kinda dorky, a salute to a bunch of rock bands, but hey, a good tune is a good tune.

Rock on, California

Gotta love that state, and it's cool people (California is not like Heartland, USA).
Picture borrowed from Dagens Nyheter/AP.

tisdag 8 april 2008

Ace of Base - I saw the sign of a Dodgy Wardrobe

The "kids" are back, without the blonde chick. Ulf sporting a pair of polished very high Doc Martens and bleached hair combed forward like it's 2002. The big guy promotes a Magnum-moustache, and the brunette sister thinks goth-hair and a Celine Dion-makeup will do the job.

måndag 7 april 2008

The Mighty Boosh Funniest episode so far

The funniest Mighty Boosh episode so far is #3 of season 2. It's where the guys become goths to date two goth girls, and unleash the most evil power of all evils just to impress the girls. Super funny, here is a trailer of Nanageddon:

torsdag 3 april 2008

Bowie Revival?

Ziggy played guitar... some young kids in an outdoor burger joint in Åre were playing old Bowie. It's been awfully quiet around Bowie considering that many people thought he was just the greatest ever about 15-20 years ago. I guess his problem is that he's still around churning out some pretty mediocre artyfarty stuff. If he could just stay away from releasing new material we'll have a gigantic Bowie/Ziggy/Aladdin/Hunky Dory revival any day now. Remember where you read it first.
And I have got Ziggy Stardust The Motion Picture at home. Didn't even know there was one. Check out this video, pretty damn cool stuff, and that screwed down hairdo, like some cat from Japan...

onsdag 2 april 2008

Back 2 da Future with Moby

Moby is back with an album sounding very much like his cool song "Go". As always, his stuff is interesting, with good backup vocalists and samples. Worth a listen. Housey late 80's early 90's sounds. A bona fide background sound for me, who am working on a ski resort article for a bigger newspaper.

Great Swedish Mag

Just got hold of new Swedish pop culture magazine Filter. Read the Jesper Kouthoofd-interview which was just fantastic. Worth the cost of the mag alone. If you're Swedish, check it out:

tisdag 1 april 2008

Raconteurs are back, this time they bring the RAWK

The Raconteurs, Jack White's side project with a bunch of old friends, the guys who never made it while he went globotronic, have a new album out. While the old one (Broken Boy Soldiers) was too much of a team effort, where Jack stood back to just be a band member was just not really that good. If you ask me, I'd say it only contained one good song; "Steady As She Goes". But on this new album, "Consolers Of The Lonely" it is clear who has the talent, both songwise and on handling the axe. It is more like a White Stripes with a full band. Much better, and a whole bunch of good songs. Hope they will play Stockholm, should be great. Check out this excellent garage-y video:

Busy workin

Been busy working since getting back. Right now with an illustration for FTF magazine. Have to check out some Pop Culture soon! Seeing Wayne's World 2 from 1994 with the kids don't count, does it? Kim Basinger, yeah I can see why she was such a huge star.