Jens Lekman

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Jens Lekman has contracted H1N1! What???

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Man Out of Time

If anyone had any doubt about the ridiculousness of Billy Corgan, I’m pretty sure this should put that to rest. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

Passion Pit, I like you. In fact, I’ve liked you for a while now. But I’m scared you’re blowing up too fast, what with your PSP commercial over the holiday season and all. That kind of “skyrocketing” freaks me right out! But alas, I cannot help but still like you.

Sweden has a Pirate Party and they won two seats in Parliament. Perhaps there is hope for the world yet, and that hope is named Sweden!

Speaking of Sweden and its many delights, last night I saw Jens Lekman at Richard’s on Richards. He and his band were completely delightful and charming, which seems to be consistent with all the Swedish crooners I have seen. It was all so… nice. Just NICE! There was sing-along-ing, dancing, and head-bopping from side to side.I smiled throughout the show and even as I waited for the bus after it was over. If a show can leave you smiling while waiting for the bus, I’d say that’s a win. I wish there was more merch though. I know getting over the border with merch can be a challenge, so bands don’t always have a full variety when they come up here. There was one t-shirt design in a couple of different colours, some CDs and vinyl, and that was about it. I was hoping to get one of these keys, but they sold out before they got up here. Blast! Oh well, it just gives me another excuse not to miss him the next time he comes through town.

I’m not sure what the name of the opening artist was. He was a tall, slender guy with his acoustic guitar which he softly plucked. He wore an oxford shirt with khakis that were rolled into small cuffs right above his ankles. Oh, and also some loafers with no socks. He seemed like he would be from somewhere like Nantucket. I wish the sound had been better during his set, as his voice sounded very soothing and pleasant from what I could hear.

Matt & Kim made a video where they get nekkid. I would like to know more about this. Were they really nekkid or were they wearing strategically-placed flesh-toned garments that, when blurred out, would make one appear to be nekkid? Were those real cops laying the beat down on Matt? Kim sure as hell didn’t get hit by a bus, obviously, but so many questions…

More cuteness from The Boy Least Likely To:

And something to inspire some bopping around, courtesy of Pains of Being Pure At Heart.

Take All You Can Take

Sigur Rós has a video out for Við spilum endalaust. Not all that exciting of a video but Sigur Rós nonetheless.

Rivers Cuomo might be full of himself and pompous, but goddamn if he isn’t a talented mofo with some darn catchy songs. I have a soft spot for Weezer, though I doubt my love for them will ever reach the same peak it hit during the Pinkerton days. Anyhow, his second solo album, Alone 2 – The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo comes out on the 25th and you can preview a new track on his myspace page.

Beck has a new video for “Youthless” that is pretty great.

Boyz II Men was a group from my youth and I will admit, they did their thing and did it well. I mean, can anyone deny “End of the Road” or “On Bended Knee”? How soon we forget the catchiness of “Mowtown Philly”! You know who didn’t forget? Jens Lekman, that’s who. Here he is covering “Water Runs Dry” live. I want to give him a great big hug.

Another band from my past is Pearl Jam. I had the major hots for Eddie Vedder back in the day and actually even have a light switch plate featuring Mr. Vedder in my apartment. Pitchfork has a cover he did with Corin Tucker of the John Doe and Kathleen Edwards track “The Golden State” which you can find here. It’s quite lovely.

Why? has an awesome video for “A Sky for Shoeing Horses Under” up at Pitchfork as well.

The Hives are doing a Christmas duet with Cyndi Lauper. Believe it.

If you have an appreciation for hip-hop, these 13 minutes are for you. All I can say is, De La Soul, Mos Def, Kanye West, Will.i.am, Nas, Damon Albarn, and freestyle. Go. Go now.

Life In Marvelous Times

I enjoyed Be Kind Rewind. I lovelovelove Michel Gondry, so that should be no surprise. Now, I have seen Mos Def in a few things and he is a pretty all right actor, but let us not forget his roots. He’s got a new track streaming online and I’m into it, even early on a daylight savings switch-over Sunday morning.

Lukestar is a band I’ve had my ear on for the last few months. They are from Norway and you can get a free download of their track “White Shade” here.

Jonathan Johansson is also now on my radar thanks to this track titled “En hand i himlen” (A Hand In Heaven). Sweden just keeps on giving with Love Is All‘s video for “Wishing Well“. It’s a fun video featuring the band playing on the beach. They are a good time when the occasion calls for it.

Adding still to the Swede stampede is Jens Lekman. He played a free benefit show at Northampton High School Auditorium yesterday. The show was put on for a girl who lost her legs when she was hit by a drunk driver. High school was not this cool when I went. Do we thank The O.C.? No, that can’t be right. But mad props to Jens Lekman, that’s for sure!

I am not a big fan of the Dresden Dolls, but I did get a giggle out of singer Amanda Palmer’s video for “Oasis“. Her album was produced by Ben Folds, so I suppose the appeal shouldn’t be all that surprising. I should probably warn you that there is brief, simulated sex so maybe not the best to be viewed at work. Oh yeah, and there are also some brief, non-simulated hairy armpits.

Sofa King

Hallowe’en is coming up fast. I carved my first pumpkin last year and it was fun and messy. It made me feel like a surgeon being elbow-deep in all those gooey bits. Ray Villafane takes pumpkins to a whole new, ridiculously amazing level, and his site also offers a bit of a tutorial on how you can attempt to make your own ridiculously amazing pumpkin. He’ll be appearing on Food Network Challenge this coming Sunday the 26th, so check it out. I’m sure it will be ridiculously amazing.

I am the kind of person who wants to listen to a 40-minute interview with Nick Harmer from Death Cab for Cutie. He is great. Don’t judge me.

Black Kids recently did a Daytrotter session, as did Aimee Mann. The Octopus Project also did a session which I managed to miss back in August. Thank goodness for the Daytrotter archive!

In what has to be the most appropriate Black Cab Session to date, Jens Lekman performs “Black Cab” for chapter sixty-two.

Super fun-time band Matt and Kim have a new video out for “Daylight”. How in the hell did he get into that freezer?