Artist: Ebba Grön

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Skitsystem vs Ebba

Apparently just released a 7" of Skitsystem covering Ebba Grön:
No idea where you can actually grab one, but then again, with only 228 copies they probably won't last long.

Spotify in the US: first impressions

First of all, it sounds good and works more or less as-advertised aside from a few small hiccups. The ads are minimally intrusive and I can easily see how nice it would be on a mobile device, though I'm not a gadget guy by any stretch of the imagination. On the other hand, I find it incredibly annoying that I can't search by label. Unless there's something I'm missing? It's also annoying that a Sweden-based music service would be so lacking so much classic Swedish music (examples abound, but Ebba Grön is notably absent for one, along with much of Popsicle's discography), but of course that's the fault of short-sighted major labels, not the service itself. Overall I'd say the experience is good though, despite my complaints. The Bear Quartet's entire catalog is available along with most everything else from every other decent current Swedish indie label. Can't beat that. Will I shell out for the premium service? Eh, doubtful but we'll see.

The Bristles spelar Ebba

Swedish punks The Bristles pay tribute to Ebba Grön with a free two-track single:

Top tens for 2010: Robert Bäckström (Skrammel)

Masshysteri - s/tMasshysteri
Ny Våg/Feral Ward


I didn't really expect an album consisting of melodic political punk anthems sung in Swedish to be my favourite album of the year, especially not the second album from a band whose debut I wasn't really that into, but Sweden's Masshysteri's "Masshysteri" is the album I've kept on returning to continually in the last 4-5 months. Despite the album only being 10 songs and about 28 minutes long, repeated listenings don't seem to do it any harm, only the opposite -- the songs now feel like an extension of my spine. Masshysteri are not doing anything new music- or lyric-wise, and there are a some similar Swedish bands (e.g. Pascal), but the frenetic energy and the heavenly melodies on this album are just mind-blowing. I'd rank this album alongside any of Swedish punk pioneers Ebba Grön, which is mighty high praise. It's just a great shame that more people haven't heard it!
- Stefan Nilsson

5-10-15-20 with Love is All

Pitchfork interviews Josephine Olausson of Love is All in their "5-10-15-20" series covering the important artists they've loved at various junctures of life:
PS, it's "800 degrees" by Ebba Grön, not Evergrön.

Presenting: Farsta (ex-Ebba Grön!)

Check out Farsta, a new Swedish act featuring Gurra from Ebba Grön plus ex-members of Grisen Skriker:

Tysta Mari - Sverige casinoTysta Mari
Sverige casino


A lot has happened to Tysta Mari since their previous release. "Sverige casino" features a more confident and creative band now that they've once and for all stepped out of the shadow of old Swedish ghost Ebba Grön and are walking confidently down their own path. They experiment more on this album and go back and forth over the borders, but somehow they are still able to stay within the frame of mainstream punk and they do so with ease. In the end, isn't that what Swedish punk is all about anyway? To embed insults and obscenities into catchy tunes that won't leave its victim alone for weeks? Their last effort "Tjugo minuter över tre" had almost everything I wanted in a record: the politics, the right amount of shouting and the mainstreamed punk mindset. With "Sverige casino" Tysta Mari takes another step towards perfection. Almost there now.
- Morten Frisch

MP3: Bruket - Stockholm kallar

Confirmed for the next It's a Trap! Clubnight at Debaser Malmö on June 20th: Bruket. Listen to their debut single "Stockholm kallar" and you won't be surprised to learn that it was produced by The Hives' Almqvist brothers (that's Pelle and Niklas), especially considering the Fagersta connection (The Hives' hometown), but I think they're less inspired by slashing garage-pop-punk than classic Svensk punk. Think Ebba Grön or Docent Död with echoes of The Clash and other similar-era acts -- heavy on the pop with huge anthemic choruses. They throw in a dubby breakdown, too. 2009, 1979, whatever. I'm sure it'll be a great show.

Bruket - Stockholm kallar

MP3: Thåström - Linnéa

Once I settled on the idea of dedicating this week to quiet/mellow-er material for my mp3 posts, I quickly realized I had way too many worthwhile qualifying tracks, but one artist stands head and shoulders above the rest and that is Thåström. Embarrasingly, I am nowhere near as familiar with his back-catalog as I should be, but I made sure snag a copy of the vinyl LP (#348/500, thank you very much) at my first opportunity since I dug Thåström's recent work with Sällskapet so much. I don't regret it one bit either -- "Kärlek är för dom" has been on steady rotation here ever since it showed up a few weeks back. For those unfamiliar with Joakim Thåström and his long career from fronting Ebba Grön to his work with acts such as Imperiet, Peace Love & Pitbulls and so on, I can only describe his current solo work as "industrial blues" though that really doesn't do it justice. Yes, it's bluesy and industrial, but it's so much more. It's funny, my wife has commented multiple times that he sounds almost like he's singing with an Irish brogue when his voice echoes out my office, despite singing in Swedish, though I guess perception from a distance can be funny that way. Regardless, it's not too outlandish a claim to be considered. I can certainly hear it; his voice has a roughness fitting for a damaged poet from anywhere.
It's hard to pick a track to share, though "Linnéa" is a definite standout, the steady pulse of the underlying synthline is so ominous and haunting. The mystery and the darkness, the questions unanswered; it hangs thick like fog. As the vocals strain and stutter, it's emphasized further, even moreso considering the restraint of the arrangement. It's all struggle without resolution. There's just one thing I don't understand: how can something so dark and powerful also be so popular? Life so rarely seems to work out like that. Only in Sweden, I suppose.

Thåström - Linnéa

MP3: Hanna Hirsch - Ingen kommer sakna oss

This song is proof positive that great music transcends language barriers and really, that's one of the main reasons I started this damn site. Hanna Hirsch, the self-described "awkward Buzzcocks", understand that strong melodies win out about all, whether you understand what they're saying or not. For the record, Google Translate tells me it's "No one will miss us", but like I said, you don't need to know. Especially since it's not true. I file it right next to Ebba Grön, Håkan Hellström; two other artists I love to sing along with in a pathetic, phoenetic fashion.
Hopefully people won't ignore this like they did with Diskret Förlag's previous release "Har du hört den förut? 29 Svenska artister tolkar Förmögenhet". That's another great album that should appeal to most everyone, whether you know Swedish or not.

Hanna Hirsch - Ingen kommer sakna oss

Sirius playlist week #51

Here's the playlist for this week's (all-punk/hardcore) radio show:

01. Darkthrone - Hiking metal punks
02. TALK 1
03. Ebba Grön - Staten & kapitalet
04. Massgrav - Jävla fittor
05. Disfear - Live the storm
06. Samtidigt Som - För jag tror att ingen annan kan känna såhär för dig
07. TALK 2
08. We Live In Trenches - Autonomy clinic
09. MABD - Kom kom
10. Black Sheep - Crazy world
11. C.Aarmé - Ti ca tu a
12. Sods - Television sect
13. TALK 3
14. No Hope for the Kids - Rainy day
15. Frivolvol - Take it from the beginning
16. Hanna Hirsch - Ingen kommer sakna oss
17. Silver - Drenched in comfort
18. TALK 4
19. Randy - Win or lose
20. Victims - Your division
21. Smalltown - Warning
22. Lögnhalsmottagningen - Bodybuilder
23. M:40 - Sista tiden
24. TALK 5
25. Hebosagil - Cosmic

Reminder: my show airs every week on Sundays and Mondays at 11pm ET on Sirius XM U. That's channel 26 on Sirius, 43 on XM and 831 for DirecTV subscribers. Next week's show (December 28/29) will be all jazz.

New Thåström album next March

Thåström (Ebba Grön, Imperiet, Peace, Love & Pitbulls, etc.) will be releasing a new solo album on March 4, the 21st album of his 30+ year career. A Swedish tour will follow in mid-March:

I almost forgot, but here's the playlist for this week's radio show:

01. Jesper Norda - Tommorrow you'll be forgiven but tonight you will have your teeth knocked out
02. TALK 1
03. On Volcano - Out of sight
04. Monday Monkey Riot - Go ape
05. Dmitry Fyodorov - Warcollapse!
06. TALK 2
07. Wired for Mono - Don't look down
08. Small - Come around (vs Hippo remix)
09. September Malevolence - ...accidents happen so fasr
10. TALK 3
11. Dead Letters Spell Out Dead Words - Facelessness erase every trace of humanity
12. Napoleon - Send me a woman
13. Rigas Den Andre - I am crane
14. TALK 4
15. Mist - Subjective pop song
16. Ebba Grön - Tyst för fan
17. Neveres - Pause
18. Pascal - Cadillac
19. TALK 5
20. Komeda - Blossom (got to get it out)

Reminder: my show on Sirius Left of Center (channel 26) is now on Sundays at 11pm ET with repeats on Monday.

Interview: Peter Jandreus (The Encyclopedia of Swedish Punk 1977 - 1987)