AI and sampling end the “quality vs quantity” discussion for good

Remember when Daniel Ek (king of Spotify) said that musicians need to make more songs than they currently do to survive in the music business? I’m NOT interested in that statement, but I’m interested in how people reacted to it. They reacted like it’s impossible to make more stuff than they currently do, and ifContinue reading “AI and sampling end the “quality vs quantity” discussion for good”

Creating things that don’t exist yet – ft. Josef Fares’ attitude

I played the game “It Takes Two” with my friend, and realized that: This game is unlike all other games. So now you may wonder, did Josef Fares, the creator of the game, read any books on how to create games before making It Takes Two? No! 😀 “Well, I never read books on howContinue reading “Creating things that don’t exist yet – ft. Josef Fares’ attitude”

Red Velvet’s songs confuse people until they love them

People really thought “Zimzalabim” by Red Velvet was a bad song when it came out. Even though it’s a great song! Isn’t that incredibly insane and weird?? That’s because with every new song, Red Velvet goes outside their comfort-zone to make innovative stuff, which makes people not understand them and call them “weird” at first,Continue reading “Red Velvet’s songs confuse people until they love them”

What is really timeless? ft. Kanye West’s tweets

Remember the 80s/90s/00s/10s? We were/looked/said so stupid! That’s because the “now” becomes the past after a while, and that shit (time) is scary. I don’t want that, I want to be timeless! And stop viewing the past as older times and start treating it like it’s a couple of events de-attached from time. I wantContinue reading “What is really timeless? ft. Kanye West’s tweets”

Jisoo is the most attractive K-pop singer

A short background if you don’t know who Jisoo is: BLACKPINK is the world’s biggest girl group and Jisoo is one of their four members. She’s talented and wholesome and when such a person gets to influence the world through fame we must celebrate it, and that’s why I write this!! Jisoo is super-charming, whichContinue reading “Jisoo is the most attractive K-pop singer”

How does Youtube look without comments?

Just like it usually does, but without the comments! But what’s interesting is that by turning off the comments on Youtube (which I did with this Chrome addon) the world pre-2000 comes back, where you can get away with saying whatever you want just because you have a media channel, because the viewers don’t haveContinue reading “How does Youtube look without comments?”

Consider this before uploading a game to Steam

To upload a game to Steam, you have to (except giving them $100) sign an “NDA” (non-disclosure agreement = don’t spread any secret information we give to you), and when you’ve signed that, you also have to sign their “SDA” (“Steam Distribution Agreement” = probably containing rules about how you’re allowed to distribute your gameContinue reading “Consider this before uploading a game to Steam”

What makes K-pop music videos so great? Here’s the answer!

How come K-pop music videos are so great? This question has boggled scientists (me) for years (about a month), and to find the answer I decided to dig deep. During an intense month I watched all music videos by over 100 K-pop girl groups (around a third of all of them, according to the K-popContinue reading “What makes K-pop music videos so great? Here’s the answer!”

Top 100 K-pop music videos by girl groups (2009-2022)

NOTE: Because 100 embedded YouTube videos was too much for browsers to handle, I use small thumbnails that you can click on instead to watch the videos. Here it is: The list! I’ve locked myself into the magical world of K-pop, and used the whole last month to binge-watch almost all K-pop music videos (byContinue reading “Top 100 K-pop music videos by girl groups (2009-2022)”

Watching every episode of Pewdiepie’s Minecraft series was fun and I also learned a lot about storytelling

This text could have been about playing Minecraft. But since Pewdiepie’s Minecraft series from 2019 is so much more than just him playing Minecraft, this text will be more than just reviewing him playing Minecraft: It will be about how he brought life and purpose into an almost pointless game by creating his own storyline,Continue reading “Watching every episode of Pewdiepie’s Minecraft series was fun and I also learned a lot about storytelling”

Rebellious trap metal artist $ATSUKI is back with an album about Jesus

Six months ago, the Korean rapper $ATSUKI made music like this (read more about $ATSUKI’s old music here): Now she’s like this: Smiling, happy and practicing religion directly on her Instagram account! What happened? What happened to $ATSUKI’s extreme trap metal aesthetic and music? She found Jesus. When I heard the news, I got afraidContinue reading “Rebellious trap metal artist $ATSUKI is back with an album about Jesus”

What I learned from watching 50+ hours of Super Mario 64 speedruns

Here’s a clip of the speedrunner “KANNO” beating the old Nintendo 64 game “Super Mario 64” in 6 minutes: Here’s me beating it in 15 years: What’s the difference between the two? Answer: One of them is a normal guy who takes a long time to beat Super Mario 64, and the other one isContinue reading “What I learned from watching 50+ hours of Super Mario 64 speedruns”

The best songs of 2021

If you’ve been a fan of my quarterly reports series during 2021, I’m about to disappoint you: There won’t be any more of them this year (only three texts for a quarter-based series? So unpure!!). Instead I’m making a whole-year list with 2021’s absolute best songs! The happy-go-lucky style of the quarterly reports (where IContinue reading “The best songs of 2021”

Are you _really_weird? (not just conventionally weird) – then you’re an artist! ft. Kanye West, Grimes and maybe some more

Listen to the album “Yeezus” by Kanye West. It’s weird. No one has ever sounded like Yeezus, either before or after it came, which makes it a truly unique album. Yeezus is weird, and it’s weird for real. What does that mean? Well, many other things may be weird in a conventional way (that couldContinue reading “Are you _really_weird? (not just conventionally weird) – then you’re an artist! ft. Kanye West, Grimes and maybe some more”

My life changed after watching Chiaki Mayumura do this (synchronize the audience’s clapping)

Watch this: Chiaki Mayumura ends a song, and starts a dance to match the audience’s clapping, probably just out of spontaneous fun. Then she does weird things to see how the clapping reacts, and when she finishes with three quick jumps, the crowd claps exactly like her jumps: It’s perfectly in sync, it’s fast, it’sContinue reading “My life changed after watching Chiaki Mayumura do this (synchronize the audience’s clapping)”

My 40 favorite Jun Togawa moments

Since my Jun Togawa texts seem to go very well on this site, here’s another one! If you want Jun Togawa, you’ll get Jun Togawa. And since it’s also less than a month until 2022, the year Jun Togawa celebrates 40 years since her first album, I’ve compiled a list of my 40 favorite momentsContinue reading “My 40 favorite Jun Togawa moments”

I got obsessed with this song by starling so I talked to starling about it

I heard the mashup song “EPIC IV” by starling, and got immediately hooked. This is the kind of music that gets me the most excited: when it’s filled with constant subtle twists and turns, and every millisecond seems to have a thought behind it. And since I’ve been obsessed with this song for a whileContinue reading “I got obsessed with this song by starling so I talked to starling about it”

Steam vs itch.io – which one is the best? (and can you even compare them?)

When I want to play a game, I search for it on the web and look for a button where I can “play”, “download” or “buy” it, and often I find what I’m looking for on the game store Steam. Steam is kind of a standard hub for PC gaming, but the thing is thatContinue reading “Steam vs itch.io – which one is the best? (and can you even compare them?)”

How was this music video made? Here’s my guess (“Pink Life” by Pink Guy)

Hi! Have you ever looked at a music video and wondered how it was made? Apparently, that’s easy to figure out. A great example of a good music video is “Pink Life” by Pink Guy (also known as Filthy Frank, also known as Joji). Let’s start with a diagram: You’ll understand later. Here’s the actualContinue reading “How was this music video made? Here’s my guess (“Pink Life” by Pink Guy)”

Second-person and third-person music (feat. You’ll Melt More!)

In the music video for “Hamidashi PARADISE” by You’ll Melt More!, you’re encouraged to take part of it like a game. You choose your favorite member, “drag” the screen to make choices, and get a unique storyline depending on it (and you’ll probably get a bad ending). It’s the most interactive music video I’ve seen:Continue reading “Second-person and third-person music (feat. You’ll Melt More!)”

Quick announcement: “Suki Suki Daisuki” by Jun Togawa now exists in higher quality than 240P

Whoa! Look at that! Someone has finally uploaded a 1080P version of Jun Togawa’s “Suki Suki Daisuki” music video that they’ve been sitting on for years! A big day for all Jun Togawa lovers, and a day we thought we’d never see. A part of me even thought that the 240P version of the musicContinue reading “Quick announcement: “Suki Suki Daisuki” by Jun Togawa now exists in higher quality than 240P”

I played Undertale and now I have some demands on the video game industry

Yes, I write about games now too. Get used to it. I do whatever I want! I played through Undertale, also known as the game where you get different endings depending on how many monsters you choose to kill or spare. It’s created mostly by one single person, Toby Fox, and is probably most knownContinue reading “I played Undertale and now I have some demands on the video game industry”

I saw NECRONOMIDOL in Stockholm (it was nice)

The “ultra dark Japanese idol group” NECRONOMIDOL travelled to Stockholm, Sweden to perform, and I travelled there to see them. Before October 23rd I didn’t know much about the group, except that they have some seriously great songs, but now I know that: • I love them.• Their names are Meica Mochinaga, Malin Kozakura, HimariContinue reading “I saw NECRONOMIDOL in Stockholm (it was nice)”

“Bitch Lasagna” is best song, according to critics

Don’t know the backstory? The year was 2018, and the Swedish YouTuber PewDiePie declared war against the Indian music company T-Series, who were about to pass him in having the most subscribers on YouTube. With the diss song “bitch lasagna” he proved that one single man can destroy a big corporate entity if he usesContinue reading ““Bitch Lasagna” is best song, according to critics”

I made a new soundtrack to The Legend of Zelda – Ocarina of Time

Yes, I did. “But it already has a soundtrack?” you say. Yes, but I made a new one. I wanted to make music for video games, but how do you get someone to trust your abilities in doing it if you haven’t ever made music to a video game before? You start by making musicContinue reading “I made a new soundtrack to The Legend of Zelda – Ocarina of Time”

3 questions to TORIENA about her new album “TORIENA makes me smile”

In my last text about TORIENA, I talked about her 2020 album “PURE FIRE”, which I described as “a hard electronic album, full of instrumental rave music that seems to have no limits to its heaviness”. PURE FIRE was such a unique album and an intense experience from start to finish, so when I heardContinue reading “3 questions to TORIENA about her new album “TORIENA makes me smile””

My Quarterly Report of Q3 2021

Time for the quarterly report! During Q3 I have used my time to play video games, so there aren’t as many music picks here as usual. But the ones I’ve found are guaranteed to give you a good time, at least if you’re the exact same person as me (which you are). Music that hasContinue reading “My Quarterly Report of Q3 2021”

My first reaction to $UICIDEBOY$

Ruby and $crim were two cousins who rapped on their own songs separately, but neither of their careers didn’t really get off before they started writing songs about their life troubles, formed a duo and started calling themselves “$UICIDEBOY$”. The group’s career started on Soundcloud in 2014, where they got a good amount of traction,Continue reading “My first reaction to $UICIDEBOY$”

Seiko Oomori releases self-cover album “PERSONA #1”

Seiko Oomori, a Japanese singer-songwriter that I have written about before, has had a really productive year. She’s usually recognized by her high-energy music and unpredictable voice, and you’ll get more of that on her recent album “PERSONA #1”, even though some aspects of it is different. PERSONA #1 is a “self-cover” album, in whichContinue reading “Seiko Oomori releases self-cover album “PERSONA #1””

Trying to understand reality

Let’s face a current problem in the music industry: Musicians don’t make enough money. Or do they? And, do they even have to? A pretty normal, and contradicting, view coming from striving musicians is one where art is the most important thing to them and because of that they should be paid to make it,Continue reading “Trying to understand reality”

10 iconic Jun Togawa fashion moments

Jun Togawa is an ingenious singer from Japan, mostly active in the 80s and 90s, whom this website has already covered a few times (read about her approach to art and lyrics, her intense growl-pop song “Punk Mushi No Onna” and her view on love). Today I’m gonna write about something else regarding her: herContinue reading “10 iconic Jun Togawa fashion moments”

Frej Larsson – korta tankar om vad som gör honom speciell

Efter att ha lyssnat igenom en massa låtar av Frej Larsson, så tänkte jag försöka förstå vad det är som gör honom ständigt aktuell och aldrig passé, vilket han i mina ögon varit under de senaste 15 åren. Vad är det som gör honom så äkta, tidlös och intressant? Frej Larssons liv är något avContinue reading “Frej Larsson – korta tankar om vad som gör honom speciell”

Mange Makers – R3UNION (recension och analys på svenska)

Mange Makers är tillbaka! Efter att ha varit borta sedan 2016 visar de sig åter i offentligheten, och har under året släppt både en dokumentärserie, några musikvideos och allra senast det nya albumet “R3UNION”. Kulturellt sett kan de påstås ha varit borta ända sedan 2011, eftersom de äntrade musikvärlden som en 2011-meme, förblev en 2011-memeContinue reading “Mange Makers – R3UNION (recension och analys på svenska)”

HANABIE. – Independence, “Girl’s Reform Manifest” and colorful music videos

HANABIE。 (“花冷え。”) is the Japanese metal band on the rise with the crazy gimmick:y music videos: They mix heavy metal with classic J-pop cuteness, which they absolutely aren’t the first at, but what differs them from many others is that their gimmicks don’t have any super-obvious calculations behind them. And do you know what thatContinue reading “HANABIE. – Independence, “Girl’s Reform Manifest” and colorful music videos”

First Summer Uika – her music, her career and her personality

Who is First Summer Uika, you may ask? Maybe this could give you an answer: No? At first I was drawn to First Summer Uika’s quirkiness and weird behavior on stage. But I dug deeper and found other parts of her – she’s not only cool, unfiltered and funny – she’s also very professional, pragmaticContinue reading “First Summer Uika – her music, her career and her personality”

My Quarterly Report of Q2 2021

Half of 2021 has passed! These are the music pieces that have created the most good vibes during the second half of the first half (Quarter 2) of 2021. No particular movements have flourished, no eras have ended or begun, and no patterns can be found. Here it is: Redman – 80 Barz. The 80sContinue reading “My Quarterly Report of Q2 2021”

$ATSUKI

Hey! Watch this Korean rapper: Her name is $ATSUKI, and she is pretty extreme. For example, on her song “이랴이랴!” she shouts “I am a boss and you are a slut! you suckin another dick. bitch i’m boss you are a slut!”, and it’s almost impossible to count how many times she says “shibal” (“씨발”,Continue reading “$ATSUKI”

A more complete text about hy4_4yh

In my last text about the Japanese rap group hy4_4yh (read it!), I described them as “80s rappers, but in Japan, in the 2000s, rapping mostly over Indonesian rave music (“funkot”), or rock, or punk, or pop, or hip hop.” I focused on their time with the hyperactive “funkot” genre in the mid-2010s, but IContinue reading “A more complete text about hy4_4yh”

Have you listened to the lyrics on “Far Beyond Driven” by Pantera?

After the heavy “Cowboys From Hell” and the heavier “Vulgar Display of Power”, Pantera decided to release the even heavier album “Far Beyond Driven” in 1994. It topped the U.S. Billboard 200 Chart, and Pantera got called an “overnight sensation” after being an active band for 13 years. Far Beyond Driven is an album whereContinue reading “Have you listened to the lyrics on “Far Beyond Driven” by Pantera?”

“Mad Maria” by ELLene

ELLene’s debut EP “Mad Maria” from 2020 sounds way too good to be a debut EP. That’s because it kind of isn’t one. It may be the first work that “ELLe” and “Ené” have made together, but seperately they’ve made more stuff before. The singers ELLe and Ené are diverse and talented in their ownContinue reading ““Mad Maria” by ELLene”

Toriena breaks expectations and changes style on “Pure Fire”

In 2020, Japanese artist Toriena released a hard electronic album called “Pure Fire”, full of mostly instrumental rave music that seems to have no limits to its heaviness. It’s a great album, but I don’t want to stop at that conclusion, because Pure Fire is more than just a great music album, and Toriena isContinue reading “Toriena breaks expectations and changes style on “Pure Fire””

My Quarterly Report of Q1 2021 – Part 2

Read Part 1! Since too many videos confuses a post I divided My Quarterly Report into two parts. This one is just as wild as Part 1 (if you thought it was wild at all). Here are some more things from the first quarter of 2021 that I enjoyed: Japanese pop duo Elleene made aContinue reading “My Quarterly Report of Q1 2021 – Part 2”

My Quarterly Report of Q1 2021 – Part 1

What’s good in 2021? Which subcultures are on the rise? What genre is the most prominent, and where is the most fresh music created? I don’t know, it mostly seems to be random. Here’s some stuff I’ve enjoyed from the first quarter of 2021: Frej Larsson‘s cyphers/freestyles. Swedish rap including a couple of great rappersContinue reading “My Quarterly Report of Q1 2021 – Part 1”

Yumi Nakashima (of GO!GO!7188 and chirinuruwowaka) is a consistent songwriter

“GO!GO!7188” was a Japanese band active between 1998 and 2012, with music varying between different styles of rock, punk and pop. Most of the music was written by Yumi Nakashima, now active in the indie rock band “chirinuruwowaka” (“チリヌルヲワカ”) and the more experimental project “YAYYAY”. To me it doesn’t matter what band she is in,Continue reading “Yumi Nakashima (of GO!GO!7188 and chirinuruwowaka) is a consistent songwriter”

After 4 years of searching, I finally found “ロッカチェリー白書” by Rock-A-Cherry

Back in 2016, I was surfing Youtube, and found a random live video by the garage punk rock band “ROCK-A-CHERRY”. They were really cool. Just listen to this great song! Hear the sloppy guitar solo! And the lovely voice crack at 0:35! (see the video under the paragraph) I immediately loved their music and coolContinue reading “After 4 years of searching, I finally found “ロッカチェリー白書” by Rock-A-Cherry”

The endless party-hype:ing of early 2010s K-pop – featuring 2NE1

The album “Collection” by K-pop group 2NE1 is actually an album in Japanese made for the Japanese market, but at the same time it’s a pretty accurate summary of K-pop from around 2008-2012. The video “The music that defined the 2010s” claims that music from this time was hard and loud, which also seems to be trueContinue reading “The endless party-hype:ing of early 2010s K-pop – featuring 2NE1”

Going into the 90s as an 80s band – featuring Bon Jovi

How do you make the transition from 80s to 90s as a hair metal band? No one has a definitive answer, but Bon Jovi was there and tried the best they could. They were really big in the 80s, but wasn’t very good until they released “Slippery When Whet” in 1986, according to Jon BonContinue reading “Going into the 90s as an 80s band – featuring Bon Jovi”

The timelessness of Lee Jung Hyun

Even though the album “007” by Lee Jung Hyun starts off with 3-4 loud gun shots followed by Lee Jung Hyun whispering “bad boy…”, it isn’t as unique and crazy as her earlier works. It’s great pop with great hooks (“dididididi it girl, daradada dadada, dididididi it girl…”) that’s not always instantly nice or distinct, but itContinue reading “The timelessness of Lee Jung Hyun”

Why Phil Anselmo is one of the greatest (starting at “Walk Through Exits Only” by Philip H Anselmo & The Illegals, but then covering everything else but it)

“Walk Through Exits Only” by Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals is still one of the weirdest albums I’ve heard. Confusing chaos. Totally impossible to predict what rythm or part is coming next. What I love is that this isn’t the underground album he made before he got famous, it’s the one he made atContinue reading “Why Phil Anselmo is one of the greatest (starting at “Walk Through Exits Only” by Philip H Anselmo & The Illegals, but then covering everything else but it)”

The mystery of Lee Jung Hyun’s “pinky mic”

It’s time to talk about Lee Jung Hyun’s “pinky mic“. A great mic. But has she ever used it? It’s obviously a stage prop, but in the small extent it is spoken about on the internet, it’s spoken about like it’s a real mic. So, is it real? Is it fake? Is it partly realfake?Continue reading “The mystery of Lee Jung Hyun’s “pinky mic””

A quick look at “I <3 Natural" by Lee Jung Hyun (2002)

“I ❤ Natural” is one of the more straightforward and clear albums from the legendary K-pop star Lee Jung Hyun. Even though the unclear “wildlife” theme confuses a bit. Everything’s either brown or toned-down, which doesn’t at all align with the music, that is her usual colorful and powerful eurotechno-pop. Overall less video/image niceness seems toContinue reading “A quick look at “I ❤ Natural" by Lee Jung Hyun (2002)”

Listening to Lee Jung Hyun’s nameless second album (“II”? “Peace”? “Nuh?”)

This album from 2000 by the K-pop legend Lee Jung Hyun is so conceptional and still it doesn’t have a clear concept. Because there’s too many of them. And what is the album called? “Peace”? “Lee Jung Hyun II?” “Nuh”? I don’t know. Listen to the whole album on Youtube! The song “너” (“Nuh”) has an “Egypt”Continue reading “Listening to Lee Jung Hyun’s nameless second album (“II”? “Peace”? “Nuh?”)”

I Accidentally Promised Myself to Listen to All Songs by The Decemberists

I promised myself to listen through The Decemberists’ whole discography – I had no idea who they were, I just chose a band by random on a list – and it didn’t start off easy. I was about to go through a dense wall of folk guitars, a mission few before had done. It seemedContinue reading “I Accidentally Promised Myself to Listen to All Songs by The Decemberists”

Hyuna IS cool, no matter what her EP says (Hyuna – I’m Not Cool)

HyunA just released her new EP “I’m Not Cool”, and I must clarify that she IS cool, no matter what she says. She’s so cool I don’t feel the need to cover up my excitement for her with intellectuality (just look at 1:06 and tell me you don’t love her). She seems to have this effect on everyone, whyContinue reading “Hyuna IS cool, no matter what her EP says (Hyuna – I’m Not Cool)”

Throwback: The Pink Panda

Why am I so obsessed with The Pink Panda? They’re cool, but not extraordinary in any way. A poppy and accessible punk rock band, that didn’t get very famous and only released a few independent records in the mid-2000s. But something about the total charm of the individual members is irresistible. And at times theyContinue reading “Throwback: The Pink Panda”

The name “14th Generation Toilet Hanako-San” says it all

As a person in constant search for weird eccentric artists, could I find more of a jackpot than a little girl who sings (screams) brutal hardcore, spits rotten food at audience members and is called “14th Generation Toilet Hanako-San”? No. 14th Generation Toilet Hanako-San (十四代目トイレの花子さん) is a 444 years old living dead, who got herContinue reading “The name “14th Generation Toilet Hanako-San” says it all”

Throwback: “old” No Doubt

While No Doubt was called “ska punk”, they were always something more than that. Something different, something else. Being a ska punk band by only following the conventions with a trumpet, a backbeat and a punk sound isn’t very punk, and neither is playing in a fast pace without giving out any authentic energy. NoContinue reading “Throwback: “old” No Doubt”

Kenneth & the Knutters breaks nine years of silence

On the first Kenneth & the Knutter’s song in nine years, vocalist Kickin’ Kenneth sings about a girl being so hot it causes him to faint. Wow! New young love, or a praise for his wife? Neither, it turns out the song is about a motorcycle, according to an interview. Not surprising coming from aContinue reading “Kenneth & the Knutters breaks nine years of silence”

hy4_4yh – the most overly-Japanese group out there?

hy4_4yh (Hyper YoYo) is a weird group. They’re in a way like 80s rappers, but in Japan, in the 2000s, rapping mostly over Indonesian rave music (“funkot”). Or rock, or punk, or pop, or hiphop. They’re incredibly… like they are. Wearing cool hiphop hats, doing dope dances and signs, and screaming “Tickeeeee” and “Yavay!” (see footnote)Continue reading “hy4_4yh – the most overly-Japanese group out there?”

Yoneko – I Have a Little Hangover

Who is Yoneko? An ex-member of alternative idol groups MIGMA SHELTER and Bellring Shoujo Heart, who went solo and thereafter completely independent by expressly leaving the “idol” life. But what does Yoneko say about Yoneko? Yoneko says this about Yoneko:– “An alternative singer-songwriter who doesn’t play with a single guitar.” (Twitter)– “Independent. There is no adult on the back. I wantContinue reading “Yoneko – I Have a Little Hangover”

Six Japanese rappers in a ZOOM call – can I join? (Zoomgals)

No, unfortunately. But both you and I can listen to Zoomgals’ songs! The name “Zoomgals”? They started in the beginning of the pandemic and created positivity out of something negative, taking turns performing verses in a Zoom group meeting with fun backgrounds. The Zoom concept seems to have faded away since, because lately they’ve gone overContinue reading “Six Japanese rappers in a ZOOM call – can I join? (Zoomgals)”

Kaachi – K-pop from Europe

Is it K-pop? Or European-pop? What is it?? Short explanation: No, Kaachi isn’t from Korea, but they still make K-pop, and for this they got a ridiculous amount of criticism. What is K-pop? “Pop music from Korea”? Way too simple. The Japanese group NiziU is categorized as J-pop but since they draw such clear influences from K-popContinue reading “Kaachi – K-pop from Europe”

Mikl Shea & Phat J from Brokencyde are back!

A reunion of current Brokencyde and former Brokencyde! I wonder what the “I can’t believe Brokencyde is still making music?!” people will say when they see Phat J is back, and he’s back dancing in a crocodile outfit?! Probably: “Wow.” “Mirage” is a nostalgia EP which isn’t aiming to sound like 2009, but rather trying to bring 2009Continue reading “Mikl Shea & Phat J from Brokencyde are back!”

Why I love Jun Togawa’s view on love

Suki Suki Daisuki is one of Jun Togawa’s most famous songs, and a gateway into her other creations. People find the song and like it, without understanding the lyrics (“kiss me, as if you’re punching me, until my lips bleed”, “say you love me, or i’ll kill you!”), and then they’re trapped. This was theContinue reading “Why I love Jun Togawa’s view on love”

Kid Rock has always been the same damn guy

Kid Rock always shifts style but is still always the same damn guy. He has gone from hiphop to country via rock – from 80s rap kid to western cowboy – for the last 30 years, without making any sharp turns, a transition I didn’t know was possible. The genres seems to change to fitContinue reading “Kid Rock has always been the same damn guy”

Why I love “Punk Mushi No Onna” by Jun Togawa

“Punk Mushi No Onna” is a timeless song and no doubt Jun Togawa’s most hardcore moment. The growls sound futuristic, the 80s delay feel dated and the melody is timeless – even though it came 300 years before the song itself. “Probably the last thing Pachelbel thought his music was going to lead to”, saysContinue reading “Why I love “Punk Mushi No Onna” by Jun Togawa”

Throwback: Baby VOX

Baby VOX was a cool group. They made a lot of hiphop influenced pop, not too unusual for a K-pop group in the 90s, and were more musically edgy and eclectic than many of their Western counterparts. At first they were promoted as a Korean version of Spice Girls, but according to Wikipedia people wasn’tContinue reading “Throwback: Baby VOX”

Seiko Oomori is insane once again on “Kintsugi”

“Kintsugi” by Seiko Oomori starts as an “evening” instead of a “morning”, and Seiko talks about music being “a five-dimensional thing that can change the time axis”. Time has apparently inspired her writing for the album, and I guess it’s up to people like me and you to figure out how the music has been affectedContinue reading “Seiko Oomori is insane once again on “Kintsugi””

“Let Me Reintroduce Myself” and some hope for a new Gwen album

The headline “Singer releases first new non-Christmas, non-duet track since 2016” says a lot about the state of Gwen Stefani last time. She hasn’t released anything really exciting since 2012, and that wasn’t nearly as exciting as her solo stuff from the middle of the decade. And now, after a few years of being primarilyContinue reading ““Let Me Reintroduce Myself” and some hope for a new Gwen album”

Weird things Jun Togawa do on “Dial y wo Mawase”

“Dial y wo Mawase” is a pretty mixed synth-pop album, held together by the many songs about spies and secret agents. In Men’s Junan (Men’s suffering) Jun Togawa threatens to commit ritual suicide by the famous sword “Kiku no Honzan”, and is overall a really wacky and horrific stalker (“I followed you all the wayContinue reading “Weird things Jun Togawa do on “Dial y wo Mawase””

“Brokencyde Will Never Die” – a misunderstood album?

Ten years later – is it really that bad? No, it’s very good. And weird. The metal screams aren’t what’s weird, what’s weird is to use them for screaming the words “it’s boppin’ for sure”. They distort and autotune the screams, and use them in all places possible (compared to before and after this periodContinue reading ““Brokencyde Will Never Die” – a misunderstood album?”

Ungdumshälsan – 8 anledningar att hata ett band (recension & reflektion)

Albumet “8 anledningar att hata ett band” av underground-hiphop-duon Ungdumshälsan (bestående av Organismen & Öris) innehåller våld och mord (“det är en hårfin gräns mellan oliktänkande och döda”), förvirrande liknelser (“du är jag när vi två ligger o myser“), mer våldsdrömmar (“lyssna nu, människor ska dö, djur ska dö…“), flerstaviga rim (“jag ska nita enContinue reading “Ungdumshälsan – 8 anledningar att hata ett band (recension & reflektion)”

SCANDAL is unclear and great in “Kiss From the Darkness”

Six out of the eleven songs of “Kiss From the Darkness” have a music video (and one has a lyric video), which makes “Kiss From the Darkness” feel like a live show, or a movie, or a prolonged music video. We see Scandal rocking away in colored rooms, dancing in the street, and most notablyContinue reading “SCANDAL is unclear and great in “Kiss From the Darkness””

Deep dive: Gucci Mane

Schoochie! He’s not the most well-known rapper, and he hasn’t really created any critically acclaimed masterpieces, but he kind of created the whole trap genre. He may sound similar to many others in the genre today, but in the early 00s he was quite unique. Not even “Trap Musik” by T.I., known for being theContinue reading “Deep dive: Gucci Mane”

Sugar-sweet rock with SCANDAL on “Honey”

“Honey” is a rock album with introspective and emotional lyrics, sometimes bordering to punk and sometimes to balads. Soundwise they have ditched most of their pop influences, but it’s still present in their choruses, with guitarist Mami Sasazaki giving the album a lot of hit quality with her catchy lead melodies. All together the fourContinue reading “Sugar-sweet rock with SCANDAL on “Honey””

Deep dive: Toby Keith

I remember him from Swedish television, late 00s. He refused to look up from under his hat, and got verbally attacked by Swedish comedian Sissela Kyle, who didn’t like Keith’s patriotic views. “You’re allowed to love your country, but you don’t have to view yourself as better than everyone else”, she claimed. “Who wants toContinue reading “Deep dive: Toby Keith”

Tier 4 – four streamers get massive critique and make a new video

In the spring of 2020, Korean Twitch streamers HAchubby, Jinnytty, Yuggie_TV and Yunicorn19 came together to form a k-pop group. HAchubby being the most charismatic of the four, and while it comes in weird and humorous forms on her Twitch channel, like overly-cute personas, bad English and memes, she shines for real when she sings.Continue reading “Tier 4 – four streamers get massive critique and make a new video”