Today’s music is…

First Aid Kit, an acoustic folk duo from Stockholm.  I was listening to Huw Stevens’s show on the Norway music scene on Radio 1, and in between laughing my head off at the various artists all conforming to the stereotypically Scandinavian interview style (i.e. telling the interviewer at great length why their hometown is the best possible place on the planet – because why else would they be here now were it not for Oslo/Bergen/The Musicality of the Swedish Language/Iceland’s Mimetic Legacy of Song etc etc), I actually enjoyed listening to some of the acts.

Not all of them, though.  Some were just plain bad.  Casio Kids, on interview, sounded like really nice guys but I couldn’t really reconcile finding the lead singer to be an affable chap with the less than exciting music they offered up.  Maybe it’s just a question of taste.

Mind you, I found it funny that despite visiting a Scandinavian music festival, pretty much all of the songs they aired had English lyrics, and the smatterings of Norwegian/Swedish/Icelandic/etc were limited to wet jingles that reintroduced the host.  That said, I imagine quite a few artists write and release songs in the “international” form of English to approach as broad an audience as possible.

So yes – First Aid Kit.  There is an album up on Spotify, which is always good.

On a side note, extremely weird web stats for this morning, as I’ve had 2 visitors but 66 pageloads.  Methinks the stats counter isn’t too good at spotting spiders.


…German retailer Galeria kaufhof pull all violent media from their shelves, responding to the fallout of Tim Kretschmer’s murderous rampage last week. (link from Reuters, via Kotaku)

I was going to expolde into vitriolic fury over this, but I can’t seem to find the motivation. Much like corrupt politician Keith Vaz, the retail chain is simply acting for the sake of appearing to leap into action, aiming the barrel of their misguided “oh won’t someone think of the children” morality at the first straw man they can find.

What does this change? Nothing. Will people suddenly rise up and shake off the fetters of a media conspiracy to keep us numb and drooling with the violent and gory media that Galeria Kaufhof has shunned?

Not likely.

Update: German retailer Saturn has apparently jumped onto the bandwagon, pledging to pull all 18+ material from its shelves. (source: Gamepolitics)

Meanwhile…Police in the UK arrest a student for writing a protest against infringement of civil liberty, in chalk, on the pavement. “Criminal damage under £5000”.

Ludicrous. It would be funny if it wasn’t so incredibly scary.