fredag 30 december 2011

Warrior (cool title, isn't it)

Already from the heading you might suspect my sentiments on this one. Another movie about people hurting each other inside a rink. Some good scenes with Nick Nolte (yeah, I know, I thought he was just an urban legend myself) but all in all, the work of Gavin O'Connor rushes through the story line and culminates in a mushy ending that you can probably predict already after 10 minutes of watching the movie. It is not a bad movie, but flawed much like Clint Eastwood's "Million Dollar Baby" and not nearly as captivating as Darren Aronofsky's "The Wrestler" or David O. Russell's "The Fighter". But I guess if you like fight scenes and you are not too interested in a decent storyline... Go for it!

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

One of the funniest books you will ever read, together up there with Luke Rhinehart's "The Dice Man", Vladimir Nabokov delivers humoristic reference upon reference without ever compromising on advancing the story and yet always, as the kids say, keeping it real. Not only a perverted love story between Humbert and a under-aged "nymphet" but also a complete recollection taken from the heart of a man that gazed too long into an abyss. Reading this fine piece of work will put you clavicle-deep into the struggle between sanity and gay old times secretly asking yourself "So, was it based on a true story or..." even though you know the answer yourself. The hallmark of classic novels are that they are modern even decades after their creation. This one could have been written last week.

PUMA - get with it

Get your pume-on at the Puma Store, aka Gebrüder Dassler Schuhfabrik created by Adolf and Rudolf Dassler in 1924. Crazy contemporary design with some of the most modern features seen every season. The stores are small which allow the odd and risky segments as well. I have now found my sportive complement to ZARA. And it is PUMA.

Inkonst in Malmö

InkonstIf you ever find yourself in the south of Sweden (Malmoe) looking for a place in which to get your groove vertically challenged, well then you are generally in trouble. Unless you enjoy kids on hormones, occasional restroom brawls and sausage - not fests - but festivals. Inkonst is no exception - although, to its defense, it does provide three separate dance floors - one of which is so secluded and hard to find that there is no one in there. Ever. Seriously, you could dump plutonium in there and get away with it. I think Usama was hiding there for a fortnight or so way back when. True story.

Metronomy at the English Riviera

Finally, the Brits are producing music again. Long awaited. And all the songs sound so good! Although they are sung in an American accent, the style is the modern one, influenced by Arcade Fire, MGMT, Band of Horses and so on and so forth.

Listening to this album you will see that all tracks flow into each other, from e.g. "Everything Goes My Way" to "The Look", but without sounding monotonous. Heavy on the imagination, these chaps are. Oh yes. Do not underestimate the Brits when it comes to the plinging and the plonging. I did. I had no idea. Get the Metronomy. Get the English Riviera.

onsdag 9 november 2011

Sausage stew

Dedicated to German YouTube and Germans all over the world - the coolest and nicest people ever!

fredag 4 november 2011

Eurocrats get a run for their money shows a representative picture of our dear members of the European parliament here that earn a fat 14 000 Euros per month, directly from tax payers, for not even showing up at work. But who needs to work, when you can stuff your face instead?

Do you still believe that EU remains the transnational cooperation it once was? I say, Eurocracy to the max.

måndag 31 oktober 2011

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary

David Sedaris, also known as Amy Sedaris's brother, compiled some short stories so he could say he has written yet another one. This one says a lot about the demographic of this author - most likely, this book is read just to fulfill a certain annual quota - much like the reason it was written. Further, if you have something personal against written words, this book might be just what you need; I promise that when you finish you won't even feel like you've read a book at all. If you already have read it, I assume that you suffer from some sort of attention deficit or lack general direction in life, much like myself. But golly, is it fun to read...

Squirrel seeks chipmunk is basically what The Simpsons used to be before they started sucking. This book even comes with fine illustrations by Ian Falconer, to distract you from the letters and sentences. Give it a go, Joe!

onsdag 26 oktober 2011

lördag 22 oktober 2011

Martin Solveig acing a smash

If there is one thing the Frenchies know, it is how to make good house music. Martin Solveig manages to do so as well, despite his questionable Scandinavian heritage. Not only is a portion of beats served, but also an infusion of dubstep. Be sure to listen to the über hit Hello and the stupid video, also Ready 2 Go with a similarly genious vid. Check it, peepz.

lördag 8 oktober 2011

Spelunking with the Cave Singers, but without wiccas

Kicks ass album by the Cave Singers "No witch", may be a joker to follow in the future. No song like the other on this 12 track album with Seattle boy Pete Quirk on vocals. Be sure to check out "Outer Realms" and "Haller Lake" - not to mention the song from their first album "Invitation Song", called "Dancing on our graves" - swinging like nothing else!

torsdag 6 oktober 2011

Dead Weather swimming in a sea of cowards

The Dead Weather - Sea of CowardsÜber-group Dead Weather consists of Jack White from White Stripes, Alison Mosshart from The Kills, Dean Fertita of Queens of the Stone Age and Jack Lawrence of The Raconteurs and The Greenhorns. The album "Sea of Cowards" provides deep base and strange guitars, and it works. Especially with Jacks voice being more high pitch than that of Alison. Such a good combo. Try out "The Difference Between Us"

Foster the people with torches?

"Torches" is the album from another LA band - Foster the People, in competition with Broken Bells I guess? Some good tunes, such as "Pumped up kicks" that also exists in raaaad Dubstep version right here. Have a go, apparently the alternative scene has still some imagination to offer. Not bad.