long time – Swedish Music Shop http://swedishmusicshop.com/ Mon, 14 Mar 2022 16:43:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://swedishmusicshop.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-1.png long time – Swedish Music Shop http://swedishmusicshop.com/ 32 32 Jack White: new albums, “Fear of the Dawn”, “Entering Heaven Alive” https://swedishmusicshop.com/jack-white-new-albums-fear-of-the-dawn-entering-heaven-alive/ Mon, 14 Mar 2022 12:51:57 +0000 https://swedishmusicshop.com/jack-white-new-albums-fear-of-the-dawn-entering-heaven-alive/ The musical Willy Wonka has mellowed – 2022 Jack White Laughs; 2022 Jack White hasn’t had sugar in two years; 2022 Jack White has been transformed over the past two years. “There has been a complete rebirth on all levels of my life throughout the pandemic,” he says. “I made it my goal that no […]]]>

The musical Willy Wonka has mellowed – 2022 Jack White Laughs; 2022 Jack White hasn’t had sugar in two years; 2022 Jack White has been transformed over the past two years.

“There has been a complete rebirth on all levels of my life throughout the pandemic,” he says. “I made it my goal that no matter how long it lasted, I would come out of it with a totally different scenario to look at life.”

The proof is in a new double album, of sorts, that runs the gamut of old-school White Stripes, Beatlesque experimentation and American jazz brilliance: fear of dawn, April 8 and Enter alive in paradise, July 22. The accomplished frontman has taken a break to polish his upcoming albums even though they’ve pledged to wax – donda-style – and shop at big-box retailers to talk about her transformation.

You recorded two LPs during the pandemic. Was it hard to stay still for so long?
I don’t usually write much about myself, but I wrote a song a few years ago [“That Black Bat Licorice”] about a hospital, a prison, an asylum, any place I could lay on a cot and clear my vision and clear my head. I push myself so hard that sometimes I find myself in the middle of a 16 hour day. I might dream of breaking my leg, that way I’m forced to lie in a hospital bed and forced to take a break and reevaluate what I’m working on.

I have to rework on some furniture [during the pandemic], and it cleared my head. I didn’t write a song for eight months. Creatively, it took me to a place I had missed.

So why two albums?
I started writing a lot of songs, and they went in all directions: some incredibly heavy; almost some like speed metal; some seemed so sweet. I ended up with 20, 25 songs. People don’t react well to double albums these days. I wanted to release them the same day, but there’s no way to squeeze all that vinyl and release them the same day.

You made your first foray into sampling on fear of dawn, specifically Cab Calloway on “Hi De Ho”. How did it happen?
I heard this Cab Calloway song on the radio in the kitchen one day, and I thought, “I love this song; it’s so powerful. So I sampled it, then played a drum beat that seemed to go with it. Then I grabbed a bass and wrote a bassline for that drum beat, and it just went on and on. Pretty soon I thought, “Man, this is so interesting. I wonder if Q-Tip would find anything interesting about this? »

Five minutes later, he threw his own scatting back at me. I like to synthesize different moments, different areas of music, different eras. Best of all, everyone I played it to kept thinking Cab Calloway was me. I thought, “Do I really talk like that?” So it was absurd.

Where do you see rock going?
The genre has been done by thousands and thousands of artists, and some of the greatest people to ever do it did their thing a long time ago. But look at the hope that we have, because people thought hip-hop would only last a few years, and look at how long it lasted. They still do amazing things. Like what Kendrick Lamar is doing with hip-hop right now, it’s amazing. It still has room to grow, but it takes that kind of angst, ambition, and youthful, adolescent energy. And that really means people walking into a room and playing music together, sweating it out.

What was the piece of which you were most proud during these eight months of work on the furniture?
[A bench called] My sonic temple. He came from a Masonic temple a hundred years ago. I rebuilt it from scratch, and you can plug an instrument into the side and play music through this bench. I did it for Johnny Walker; we arrived together on the Detroit garage-rock scene. I never explained what made it make the sound. It’s very mysterious.

Do you have anything special planned for the vinyl editions of your records?
There are going to be a lot of variations. I’m really glad that pop stars have embraced this and released several variations of their records. Nothing gets me more excited when I walk with my kids to Target and say, “Listen, you can buy a Ramones t-shirt here, and you can go buy a Sex Pistols vinyl record here.” I mean, it’s amazing. I think it’s very, very cool to make this available to as many people as possible.

I’m on a campaign that I want to air in every interview I do this year, which is to beg the majors to put their money into building new factories like they had 40 years ago. They have more money than God.

So tell us about your new hair. I like blue !
I don’t know… but it’s really nice to no longer be recognized by a target! Let me buy my Ramones t-shirt in peace, please! No just kidding. People have always been nice to me. I’m not complaining. Everything was a rebirth for me. I have a new team that I work with. I don’t suffer anyone who seems to bring negativity. And I guess that’s also illustrated by my appearance. Everything is new to me.

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Long & McQuade opens second store in Greater Victoria https://swedishmusicshop.com/long-mcquade-opens-second-store-in-greater-victoria/ Sat, 05 Mar 2022 11:00:00 +0000 https://swedishmusicshop.com/long-mcquade-opens-second-store-in-greater-victoria/ The national music retailer has a store on Hillside Avenue in Victoria; he opens a second store on Jacklin Road in Langford Long & McQuade, the national music retailer with an established location in Victoria and a 40-year history in the region, is opening a new purpose-built store in Langford. Chief executive Mike Arensen said […]]]>

The national music retailer has a store on Hillside Avenue in Victoria; he opens a second store on Jacklin Road in Langford

Long & McQuade, the national music retailer with an established location in Victoria and a 40-year history in the region, is opening a new purpose-built store in Langford.

Chief executive Mike Arensen said the company is keeping up with the region’s growing population growth, the addition of several new elementary and secondary schools and the growing number of musicians living in Langford, Colwood and other West Shore areas. .

The new Long & McQuade is under construction at 3108 Jacklin Rd., on the site of the old Trading Post building near Sooke Road. The 10,000 square foot two-story building is in its infancy, with a steel frame.

Arensen said the new store is expected to open Dec. 1.

He said it will be set up similarly to the Hillside Avenue store, with musical instruments, sheet music and electronics on the first floor and a large music lesson space above.

“We’ve been looking at the West Bank for quite a long time – it’s part of our long-term strategy,” Arensen said. “We have a lot of long-time customers who live there and many students participate in group programs, so we’re happy to bring a store closer to them.”

He said the increase in the number of new schools in Langford and Colwood will lead to a growing demand for rental instruments and band lessons – a large part of Long & McQuade’s business, as the company supplies everything from violins and saxophones to drums and guitars.

It will be a homecoming for Long & McQuade, which opened its first Greater Victoria store in Langford between the West Shore RCMP Detachment and the old Langford Fire Station in 1982.

Long & McQuade employee Shaun Wilson, who has worked for the company for 32 years, grew up in Langford and recently returned as a resident. He plans to work at the new store when it opens and says he looks forward to “closing the loop” and working in his hometown.

This will be the fourth location on the island for Long & McQuade, which also has stores in Nanaimo and Courtenay.

The company, which has approximately 90 locations across the country, is owned by the Long family of Pickering, Ontario, and is still led by 92-year-old Jack Long, who founded the company in 1956. Jack McQuade left the company in 1965.

dkloster@timescolonist.com

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Sweden pays tribute to star DJ Avicii with a museum | Music | DW https://swedishmusicshop.com/sweden-pays-tribute-to-star-dj-avicii-with-a-museum-music-dw/ Sat, 26 Feb 2022 15:23:17 +0000 https://swedishmusicshop.com/sweden-pays-tribute-to-star-dj-avicii-with-a-museum-music-dw/ Four years ago, the dance music scene lost one of its greatest DJs: Avicii died suddenly in 2018 at just 28 years old. He had committed suicide while on vacation in Oman. News of the untimely death of Swedish star DJ, real name Tim Bergling, has rocked the music world. His legacy, however, continues to […]]]>

Four years ago, the dance music scene lost one of its greatest DJs: Avicii died suddenly in 2018 at just 28 years old. He had committed suicide while on vacation in Oman.

News of the untimely death of Swedish star DJ, real name Tim Bergling, has rocked the music world. His legacy, however, continues to reverberate to this day.

“Avicii Experience”: an interactive overview

From February 26, the interactive museum “Avicii Experience” in Stockholm will offer insight into his life and artistic work. Visitors can not only see his photos, videos and personal belongings, but also listen to unreleased music from the star DJ and relive intimate moments of his life. His childhood bedroom, for example, where he started making music as a teenager, has been faithfully recreated.

Per Sundin is CEO of Pophouse Entertainment Group and co-founder of “Avicii Experience”

In an interview with DW, Per Sundin, co-founder of “Avicii Experience”, emphasizes the interactivity of the exhibition. “You can walk into the studio where he recorded all of his great songs and into his house in Los Angeles with virtual reality glasses.”

In the virtual studio, for example, visitors can even record a version of the song “Wake Me Up”. “There are also videos and interviews with Tim. We have some demo songs and you can hear how they sounded before the producers finished them,” Sundin added.

Avicii’s musical legacy

Although four years have passed since his passing, Avicii’s musical legacy is still felt today. His fans celebrate the discography he left behind and his influence remains strong in the music industry as well.

In fact, in 2019, just over a year after his death, Avicii’s third studio album “TIM” was released posthumously. Its twelve tracks were completed and recorded using notes and messages from the DJ.

Posthumous Avicii-Album: Tim

The studio album “TIM” was released posthumously in 2019

Shortly after, video game developers Hello There Games, in collaboration with Avicii’s father, Klas Bergling, immortalized the DJ’s exceptional vision to experiment with his music in a new game called “AVICII Invector”.

A previous version already existed during Avicii’s lifetime – and game makers were inspired by it. With “Encore Edition” of the game, a sequel hit the market in January 2022 that made fans’ hearts beat faster. In it, players can immerse themselves in the Swedish DJ’s world and navigate through various music tracks from Avicii – with the task of hitting the “musical beat”.

Many other projects pay posthumous tribute to this electronic dance music or EDM DJ: a wax figure at Madame Tussauds in New York, a biography released in 2021, and in Stockholm itself a well-known event hall has been renamed Avicii Arena. There are also plans to erect a statue in his honor in Östermalm, the district of Stockholm where the DJ grew up. Yet what made it so popular?

Revolutionizing dance music

Avicii had long demonstrated through his music that the opinions of others had no impact on his creativity.

This was evident in 2013 during the Ultra Music Festival, for example, says Avicii biographer Mans Mosesson in an interview with DW. The 23-year-old performed several tracks from his debut album “True” in Miami. Among them was one of the biggest hits of his career – “Wake Me Up” – a mix of electronic dance music (EDM), soul and country music beats, also known as folktronica.

“When he first performed his song ‘Wake Me Up’ in Miami in 2013, people were surprised,” Mosesson recalled. “The crowd thought he would just play a normal set – maybe with a few new tracks. But he was playing with a full live band, complete with acoustic guitars, fiddles and banjos.”

Cover of 'Tim Avicii's Official Biography' by Mans Mosesson

In 2021 Swedish author Mans Mosesson published an official biography of Avicii

It was too much for the audience, who were just expecting normal house music from the DJ booth, the biographer continued. “People were confused by this, even angry. Many started tweeting: ‘What kind of shit is this?’ To their ears, the music sounded strange at the time, even though Avicii played many tunes at the concert that later became legendary.”

When the album was released in September of the same year, people reacted differently. “Wake Me Up” has topped the charts in over 60 countries. In six months, “Avicii has gone from being booed to becoming a global pop star, which is crazy,” says Mans Mosesson. “And that’s what makes him so special. He was really at the forefront of house music, something that went from the club scene to something that was played on radio stations around the world. whole.”

Create waves long after his death

His discography contains tenacious earworms: “Wake Me Up”, “Hey Brother”, “Waiting For Love” or “The Nights” are hard hits to forget once you’ve heard them. “Wake Me Up” remains one of the most streamed songs of all time on Spotify.

There have been frequent speculations about Avicii’s unreleased music. Per Sundin, who has worked closely with Avicii for a long time, says that on Avicii’s private laptop there are “over 100 song drafts, demos, ideas and half-finished songs. All of this, unfortunately, will not be heard in the ‘ The Avicii Experience exhibition.’

Stockholm Konzert in Gedenken and verstorbenen DJ Avicii

American soul musician and rapper Aloe Blacc produced the worldwide hit “Wake Me Up” with Avicii

His creative collaborators, like Aloe Blacc, are pushing for more Avicii work to see the light of day. Fans can expect that to come true. A Swedish national television-commissioned documentary on Avicii is due out in 2023, with never-before-seen material. So it’s highly likely that we’ll hear more about Avicii’s legacy in the years to come.

Helping other artists with mental health issues

After Avicii’s tragic death due to ongoing mental health issues, her family acted quickly. They sought to speak to artists in need and continue to offer assistance today through the Tim Bergling Foundation.

In a 2019 interview with CNN, Avicii’s father, Klas Bergling, commented on his son’s death, saying a grueling and grueling touring schedule was one of the reasons for his deteriorating mental health which ultimately led to his suicide. “Our theory is that he didn’t plan the suicide. It looked more like a traffic accident,” Klas Bergling said.

Avicii Experience |  Klas Bergling +++ SPERRFRIST beachten +++

Klas Bergling, who founded the Tim Bergling Foundation in 2019, was also instrumental in creating the “Avicii Experience” exhibition.

While on tour, Avicii could not have received adequate care due to a lack of resources to adequately address these issues.

That’s why his family started the Tim Bergling Foundation, which has made it its mission to help at least other artists recognize the early signs of deteriorating mental health so they can seek treatment.

Commemoration of a national idol

“Tim’s psychological issues are also addressed in the ‘Avicii Experience’ exhibit,” says Per Sundin. “We’ve set up a room where you can understand the stress in Tim’s life. There you can understand what it’s like to constantly fly and get on stage.”

Sundin added that at the end of the exhibition there is a kind of church where visitors can “sit and think about what you have seen in the exhibition”. Next, he said, is a wall, a prop from the Tim Bergling Foundation, with information about organizations that can help with mental health issues.

Avicii’s father, Klas, helped conceptualize the exhibit. “We discussed everything with him,” says Sundin. “Today, just before lunch, we gave a special visit to the whole family. They were very touched, but also happy, and said to me: ‘It was Tim’. They had tears of joy and sadness in the eyes.”

The exhibition is also a way of coping with mourning — for a father and for an entire nation. Because in Sweden today, Avicii “is really considered one of the greats now – just like ABBA or Roxette”, underlines Mans Mosesson.

This article was originally written in German.

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People in the news | News, Sports, Jobs https://swedishmusicshop.com/people-in-the-news-news-sports-jobs/ Sat, 12 Feb 2022 06:17:56 +0000 https://swedishmusicshop.com/people-in-the-news-news-sports-jobs/ Kylie Jenner announces the birth of a second child with Travis Scott NEW YORK — Kylie Jenner announced the birth of her second child with rapper Travis Scott in a Feb. 6 social media post — with a blue heart indicating it’s a boy. The 24-year-old reality star and makeup mogul hasn’t revealed […]]]>

Kylie Jenner announces the birth of a second child with Travis Scott

NEW YORK — Kylie Jenner announced the birth of her second child with rapper Travis Scott in a Feb. 6 social media post — with a blue heart indicating it’s a boy.

The 24-year-old reality star and makeup mogul hasn’t revealed the new baby’s name.

The child was born on February 2, as the Instagram post was captioned with the date “2/2/22.” The black-and-white photo shows the newborn baby’s hand apparently held by her big sister, Stormi, who turned 4 on February 1.

Jenner also posted flowers sent to her and Scott, 30, by notable family members like her older sister Kim Kardashian-West.

Jenner and Scott have been dating since 2017, but the couple reportedly split in 2019 and continued to co-parent their daughter. They reconciled in 2021. Jenner announced she was pregnant in September and had a baby shower in January.

NYPD honors whistleblower Frank Serpico – 50 years late

NEW YORK – More than 50 years after Frank Serpico testified about rampant corruption within the New York Police Department, the department has finally acknowledged his service and injury in the line of duty with an official certificate and a medal of honor inscribed.

The former undercover detective, 85, received the honor in the mail on Thursday, the New York Daily News reported.

Serpico testified in December 1971 before a panel appointed by Mayor John Lindsay to investigate police corruption, breaking the “Blue Wall of Silence” the protection that other officers sometimes give themselves, such as refusing to testify.

Al Pacino went on to portray him in the hit 1973 film “Serpic”, and his story is also told in a book by Peter Maas.

Current Daily News and former Associated Press reporter Larry McShane interviewed Serpico in December about the 50th anniversary of his appearance before the Knapp Commission.

“I felt like I was finally going to tell the world and no one would interrupt me” Serpico told the newspaper, speaking from his home in upstate New York. “I thought, ‘I know the truth.’ … Every word was mine and it came from the heart.

Serpico was shot in the face during a drug arrest in Brooklyn in 1971 months before testifying and maintained that the other officers he was with had never called for a “police down.”

While the department presented Serpico with a medal acknowledging his injury in 1972, it was presented without ceremony or an accompanying certificate, he told the newspaper.

In recent years, the department has awarded medals to recipients at major annual public events.

Mayor Eric Adams responded to the coverage saying that Serpico “Bravery inspired my career in policing. Frank, we’ll make sure you get your medal.

On Thursday, Serpico tweeted a photo of the framed Medal of Honor and certificate that reads in part, “in recognition of an individual act of extraordinary bravery performed in the line of duty.”

He has continued to speak out against police corruption and abuse since retiring in 1972 and says he has supported and listened to other whistleblowers over the years, including those who have testified about the policy stop and search now complete.

In 2017, he publicly supported quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who protested racial injustice while playing in the NFL.

Winfrey’s New Book Club Pick

is by lifestyle coach Beck

NEW YORK — Oprah Winfrey’s New Book Club Pick is a best-selling book by a Harvard-educated sociologist sometimes referred to as Winfrey’s “life coach.”

It is also his first selection since 2019 that has not been announced in partnership with Apple.

Winfrey announced on Tuesday that she had selected Martha Beck’s “The Path to Integrity: Finding the Path to Your True Self.” She was due to promote the selection on Tuesday evening through an interview with the author on her monthly livestream “The class of life you want”, on OprahDaily.com. Beck has known Winfrey since the early 2000s and was a long-time contributor to O, Oprah magazine.

“For more than 15 years, I have looked to Martha Beck for her wisdom and marveled at how she helps people through the crises of their lives with such grace, insight and humor,” Winfrey said in a statement. “As we all navigate this defining moment in our collective history, ‘The Way of Integrity’ provides a roadmap on the path to truth.”

Beck, whose book was published last year, said in a statement: “To have my work recognized in this way is so exciting, it’s almost surreal. I think it’s also a statement about the desperate need for integrity in our public and private lives. Oprah Winfrey embodies that value, and for that reason alone, I can’t imagine a greater honor.

Winfrey’s recent picks such as Richard Powers “Perplexity” and Honoree Fanonne Jeffers’ “W.E.B. Du Bois’s Love Songs” had featured exclusive author interviews on Apple TV+ and other special content through Apple. But Tuesday’s announcement does not refer to Apple. A spokesperson for Winfrey, asked if the Apple deal was still in place, said “Apple will continue to amplify selection in its Apple Book and Apple News verticals, but OprahDaily will host virtual livestream events with authors in the future.”

Winfrey launched her book club in 1996 and quickly became a singular force in publishing, her endorsements generating hundreds of thousands or more in sales of works ranging from contemporary novels such as Jane Hamilton “The Book of Ruth” to older works such as John Steinbeck “East of Eden.” She ended her original club in 2011, then relaunched it a year later as Oprah’s Book Club 2.0.

Conductor Simon Rattle receives Germany’s highest honor

BERLIN — Germany’s president on Tuesday awarded the country’s highest honor to British conductor Simon Rattle, the former conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra who is set to take up a new post in Munich next year.

President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in presenting Rattle with the Order of Merit that the 67-year-old “became ‘our’ Simon” for 16 years at the head of the Philharmonie.

“You are a personal advertisement for music, for the music that you bring to life in your orchestras”, said Steinmeier. He also praised Rattle’s efforts to introduce family and children’s events to Berlin.

Rattle, who lives in Berlin and now has German citizenship, said he was “Deeply grateful for this honor.”

He noted that he will soon have “another musical house in Munich,” where he is due to take over the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra next year. He is currently Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra.

Rattle said that “At the moment, one of the few benefits of COVID is that people barely have time to deal with Brexit.”

“Regardless of the current situation in my native country, most musicians feel deeply European”, said the bandleader, who has been among critics of post-Brexit restrictions on British musicians touring the European Union.

Iggy Pop, Together

Intercontemporary Prize Winner

STOCKHOLM — American rocker Iggy Pop, known as “the godfather of punk”and Ensemble Intercontemporain, a contemporary music orchestra based in Paris, have won the Polar Music Prize 2022, a Swedish music prize.

The jury said on Tuesday that rock icon Iggy Pop, a singer and songwriter whose real name is James Newell Osterberg, has “created furious rock music by blending blues and free jazz influences with the roar of Michigan’s auto industry.”

Iggy Pop, 74, is often considered one of the founding fathers of punk rock with his band The Stooges, which started in the late 1960s. The jury said he paved the way for the emergence of punk and post-punk and that he was a role model for bands like the Sex Pistols and the Ramones.

The Ensemble Intercontemporain was founded in 1976 by composer Pierre Boulez. The ensemble focuses on contemporary art music and has become known for exploring new musical fields and artistic expressions such as dance, theater and technology.

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Björk’s SF concert mixes politics and emotions https://swedishmusicshop.com/bjorks-sf-concert-mixes-politics-and-emotions/ Mon, 07 Feb 2022 12:04:57 +0000 https://swedishmusicshop.com/bjorks-sf-concert-mixes-politics-and-emotions/ What is going on in Björk’s brain is one of the great mysteries of our time. Is his interior monologue accompanied by floating flutes? When she closes her eyes, does she see watercolors or 3D graphics? Does she think about trees almost all the time? Or maybe her fierce but fragile inner voice is comfortably […]]]>

What is going on in Björk’s brain is one of the great mysteries of our time. Is his interior monologue accompanied by floating flutes? When she closes her eyes, does she see watercolors or 3D graphics? Does she think about trees almost all the time? Or maybe her fierce but fragile inner voice is comfortably surrounded by fluffy white clouds.

At the Chase Center on Saturday night, the Icelandic artist gave the audience a view inside. The Cornucopia tour, based on his album “Utopia”, arrived in San Francisco after three performances in Los Angeles. There’s a second show in SF on February 8 (tickets are still available), which will be the conclusion of the short five-date series. An SF crowd dressed for the occasion, with outfits ranging from bright pink monochrome bodysuits to ‘Black Swan’ ballerina outfits, alongside many buttoned up boyfriends in dark sports jackets.

Björk performs onstage during her ‘Cornucopia’ Tour at Chase Center on February 05, 2022 in San Francisco, California.

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The show began with an a capella intro by a Los Angeles choir called Tonality. Draped in white, they set an ethereal base for the ensemble, complemented by the Viibra flute septet adding a layer of fantasy. A percussionist with minimal kit and an arsenal of digital drums flanked one side of the stage, in front of a synthesizer control center with custom instruments like those used in it biophilia tower. A harpist completed the ensemble with a cascade of delicate notes. Brooklyn experimental musician Serpentwithfeet made a brief appearance for a duet.

Bjork's Utopian Flute Septet 'Viibra' performs with Björk on stage during the 'Cornucopia' Tour at Chase Center on February 05, 2022 in San Francisco, California.

Bjork’s Utopian Flute Septet ‘Viibra’ performs with Björk on stage during the ‘Cornucopia’ Tour at Chase Center on February 05, 2022 in San Francisco, California.

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Björk, now 56 but still looking eternally young, floated around a tiered stage that looked something like the mossy top of a scenic plateau. She wore an oversized dress that looked like it was covered in sparkling loofah (but make it fashionable), and an elaborate mask that obscured her face. Animated graphic projections complemented the stage show, with the visuals oscillating between abstract waving DNA strands and blooming pastel flower petals. One of the few downsides to the elaborate production was that the only video close-ups of Björk projected onto the screens were digitally enveloped in color washes. If you wanted to watch the legend but weren’t seated close, well, you were out of luck, but flashy visuals and lively choreography made for an enjoyable experience no matter where you were seated. (tickets start at $49.50)

Björk performs on stage during her tour

Björk performs onstage during her ‘Cornucopia’ Tour at Chase Center on February 05, 2022 in San Francisco, California.

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The set list was heavy with “Utopia” songs, so fans who ignored her 2017 collaboration with Venezuelan experimental musician Arca might not have been familiar with much of the material (if you go to the show on 8 February, it would be worth revisiting). Older hits were revamped, suitable for the flute and choir ensemble, including “Venus as a Boy”, “Pagan Poetry” and “Hidden Place”. The latter proved to be the highlight of the show, as the choir enveloped Björk, encircling her as she viscerally struggled on the floor with an emotional tenor unmatched by any other performer of her generation.

There were no onstage banter except for a few charming examples of Björk expressing her gratitude, “thank you for tonight” and simply saying “San Francisco” a few times, to thunderous applause. After about an hour of set, she left the stage and the music stopped, replaced by a gigantic projection of Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg giving a long speech on environmental responsibility that was inspiring (and more than a bit ashamed). Then Björk returned to close with “Tabula Rasa,” drawing perhaps the biggest cheers of the night as she intoned the lyrics, “Let’s clean up, break the chain of father f—k-ups, it’s time, for us women to get up, not just go to bed.

Björk performs on stage during her tour

Björk performs onstage during her ‘Cornucopia’ Tour at Chase Center on February 05, 2022 in San Francisco, California.

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By the time the lights came on, it was pretty clear to everyone what Björk was thinking lately. Abstract moving graphic projections reminded the crowd that their minds are still firmly rooted in the future, even if it is a nature-oriented future where forests battle against cities. There were moments of Matmos-style noise, but the electronic experimentation of his earlier work largely shifted to beds of quivering flutes and choir harmonies. These delicate soundscapes are what so many superfans love about Björk, the emotional tapestry she’s woven over her 30-year career. Beyond her music, she’s a long-time activist for environmental and political causes, and it’s clear from Thunberg’s inclusion that after decades of exploring her inner world, today’s Björk is just as anxious to look outward.




Björk performs on stage during her tour

Björk performs onstage during her ‘Cornucopia’ Tour at Chase Center on February 05, 2022 in San Francisco, California.

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF COLCHESTER’S OLDEST MUSIC SHOP – Grace Capel, Colchester Sixth Form https://swedishmusicshop.com/a-brief-history-of-colchesters-oldest-music-shop-grace-capel-colchester-sixth-form/ Sat, 29 Jan 2022 17:28:14 +0000 https://swedishmusicshop.com/a-brief-history-of-colchesters-oldest-music-shop-grace-capel-colchester-sixth-form/ In this exclusive interview with Tim Mann, owner of Mann’s Music, Grace Capel uncovers the incredible story of the family business and how it has been impacted by COVID. During the pandemic, the nation has sought a sense of escape and relaxation: whether it’s getting lost in a book or watching a favorite TV show. […]]]>

In this exclusive interview with Tim Mann, owner of Mann’s Music, Grace Capel uncovers the incredible story of the family business and how it has been impacted by COVID.

During the pandemic, the nation has sought a sense of escape and relaxation: whether it’s getting lost in a book or watching a favorite TV show. Remarkably, many Britons have turned to the comfort of music, which has brought many people together during such an isolated time. For this reason, I interviewed Tim Mann, the owner of Mann’s Music, who has an impressive, long and interesting legacy.

Tim is the great-great-grandson of Frederick Mann, who started the business 167 years ago, in 1854. This makes Mann’s Music one of the oldest music stores under the same owner in Britain, and possibly even the world!

Even though Mann’s music started a long time ago, it only moved once. In 1891 the company moved to its current location and has remained there ever since! Before that, Tim told me they were posted “Across Main Street”. and that “If you walk into Metro Bank and look at the old picture on their wall, you’ll see our store. It said ‘Mann’s Pianos’ on the front. It was around where the German Doner Kebab is. I guess we moved to bigger premises and eventually to buy rather than rent the property”

Due to the pandemic, many businesses have fallen on hard times. However, Tim states that “Thanks to our internet presence, we have been able to maintain business during COVID.” and “A lot of people got back into music or decided to learn, so guitar and piano sales were good.”

Another effect of the pandemic has been the introduction of walk-in Mann’s Music physical store. “Since COVID we have learned that we can run more efficiently with the door locked. Anyone who knocks on the door and wants to make a purchase is always welcome to come in! »

“Being a fairly large store spread over three floors makes security an issue when the door is left open with our current level of staff.”

“This means that serious customers who often travel a good distance receive the best possible service without interruption”

I was also interested in how important it was for Tim to have a physical store, to which he replied “It’s not really. Managing a music store with heavy and bulky products is difficult from our location and a large warehouse on the outskirts of town would suit our needs much better. »

Colchester has had its fair share of well-known bands and musicians, so I was eager to see if any celebrities had already purchased from the store. Tim told me that the 2010 BGT winner “Matt Cardel bought us a classical guitar” and even “David Rowntree from Blur bought us his first snare drum”!

Times have changed in its 167 years of existence, but it remains strong and loved, especially by family. Tim says “Manns Music is a treasure in our family. In recent years it has not been as profitable, but we continue to run it with pride and pleasure.

In an age of technology and online business, it’s great to see a truly loved family business on our high street that encourages all aspects of music and brings people together.

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Pop Shop Podcast – Billboard https://swedishmusicshop.com/pop-shop-podcast-billboard/ Wed, 26 Jan 2022 19:01:12 +0000 https://swedishmusicshop.com/pop-shop-podcast-billboard/ “Who knew ‘We Don’t Talk About Bruno’ was going to be a hit?” says songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda. the Encanto The song quickly rose to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the second highest-charting song from a Disney animated film (behind only No. 1 “A Whole New World”, by Aladdin, in 1993). “Well, he’s […]]]>

“Who knew ‘We Don’t Talk About Bruno’ was going to be a hit?” says songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda. the Encanto The song quickly rose to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the second highest-charting song from a Disney animated film (behind only No. 1 “A Whole New World”, by Aladdin, in 1993). “Well, he’s a certified bop. I’m amazed to be in such incredible company.

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Miranda – who wrote the eight songs featured in Encanto and on his soundtrack – joins the Billboard Pop Shop podcast (listen to his full interview below) to talk, of course, about “Bruno” and to share his reaction to the Encanto soundtrack reaching No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Additionally, Miranda details how he worked with the Encanto animators and creators to help tell the film’s story through song and his songwriting process for the film. Plus, with the film’s “Dos Oruguitas” shortlisted for the Oscar for Best Original Song, Miranda explains why this song was the right song to submit to the Academy as the film’s performance – over all the other songs. that he wrote for Encanto.

Here are some highlights from Miranda’s interview with the Pop Shop Podcast:

‘Talking’ about a success: the Encanto the soundtrack returned to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 (dated January 29) for a second nonconsecutive week at the top. It first topped the list dated January 15, after the Disney+ movie premiered on December 24, 2021.

“I knew it would have a bump on Disney+,” Miranda says, “because I saw it happen with ‘Moana’. For example, ‘Moana’ has become a top babysitting tool for kids. people. ” [Laughs]

“But then I went on vacation – the first ones I’ve taken in a very, very, very long time, and when I came back the soundtrack was all over the place. It kind of started with lyrics from my friends of their kids singing the songs and then it started being like friends I hadn’t heard from since college sending me videos of their the children sing the songs. It’s just amazing.

‘What music can do’: How did Miranda participate in the story process of Encanto while the film was developing? “My job is to raise my hand and let this room of animators and incredibly creative people know what music can do,” he says. “Like, here’s what I think these songs can cover. I think this is where I can run the ball and get some real estate.

“Your job as a musical dramaturge in this room is kind of to say, here’s where I think music can uplift and help tell our story.”

“Dos Oruguitas” is “the heart of the film”: Was it difficult for Miranda to choose a song from her family to present as the song at the Academy? And why “Dos Oruguitas”?

“I try not to think of it as ‘what song could win?’ Because that part that you really can’t control… What you’re trying to do is kind of pick the song, or submit the song that you think best exemplifies the spirit of the movie,” he said. “And so with ‘Dos Oruguitas’, this song kind of covers the basic emotion and the moment when this family started. And, so, it made organic sense as a song to submit. It also makes my wife cry, and my wife is a harsh cry. It’s very difficult to make him feel things. (Laughs.) So, I was kind of like, ‘Well, that’s the song that, you know, feels like the heart of the movie.'”

“It was fascinating to see people’s reactions, because, you know, you look at people and they’re like, ‘Oh Abuela, why don’t you let anyone live?!’ And then you see what she went through, and it really forces you to reconsider. It’s the best example of what I think art can do, which is to engender empathy. And that’s when it happens. So it made organic sense to us.

the Billboard Pop Shop Podcast is your one stop shop for everything happening Billboardweekly charts. You can always count on lively discussion of the latest pop news, fun chart stats and stories, new music, and guest interviews with music stars and people from the pop world. Casual pop fans and chart junkies can hear BillboardAssociate Editor, Digital Katie Atkinson and Billboard Senior Charts Manager Keith Caulfield weekly on the podcast, which can be streamed on Billboard.com or uploaded to Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcast provider. (Click here to listen to the previous edition of the show on Billboard.com.)

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Spotify continues to dominate as YouTube Music seduces Gen Z https://swedishmusicshop.com/spotify-continues-to-dominate-as-youtube-music-seduces-gen-z/ Sun, 23 Jan 2022 06:47:01 +0000 https://swedishmusicshop.com/spotify-continues-to-dominate-as-youtube-music-seduces-gen-z/ Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music, Amazon Music… Online listening platforms are constantly developing, becoming the main means of distributing music. So much so that subscriptions to these services increased by 26.4% in the second quarter of 2021, according to a study by the analysis firm Midia Research. Some 521.3 million music lovers subscribed to a music […]]]>



Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music, Amazon Music… Online listening platforms are constantly developing, becoming the main means of distributing music. So much so that subscriptions to these services increased by 26.4% in the second quarter of 2021, according to a study by the analysis firm Midia Research.

Some 521.3 million music lovers subscribed to a music streaming service at the end of the period studied by Midia Search. This figure is up 109.5 million from the previous year. Surprisingly, this increase is not due to the giants of online listening like the Swedish Spotify but to… YouTube Music.

For a long time, artists and record labels looked down on Google’s video hosting service. Although it earned them millions of views, they often complained that they weren’t capitalizing enough on this popular buzz. Things have changed a lot since then, however, and YouTube even launched its own music streaming platform in 2018.

And it seems that a growing number of music lovers are embracing it. While YouTube Music’s market share is only 8%, Midia Research observed an increase of over 50% in the 12 months to Q2 2021.

It is the only music streaming player in the West to have recorded such an increase. YouTube Music owes this impressive result to members of Generation Z and young Millennials, two targets particularly coveted by Spotify and company.

Revenge of Asian streaming services

However, Spotify retains its number one position. The Swedish group alone accounts for 31% of the global paid streaming market share, followed by Apple Music at 15% and Amazon Music at 13%. But Spotify’s massive dominance in the industry may be coming to an end as Midia Research sees a slight slowdown in its growth in recent years.

He is increasingly betting on podcasts to increase his global subscriber base, and counts former President Barack Obama as well as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in his catalog.

Spotify will have to redouble its efforts if it does not want to be overtaken by its competitors in the near future. Emerging players such as Tencent Music and NetEase Cloud Music in China are leading the way. They represent 18% market share, although they are only available in China, and had 35.7 million subscribers over the period analyzed by Midia Research.

Meanwhile, Russia hasn’t been left out of the equation with Yandex Music. This streaming service saw its number of subscribers double in the last year, giving it a 2% share of the global streaming market. Proof that this sector is becoming an increasingly diversified market.

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A Wartburg professor records an album in honor of the organ https://swedishmusicshop.com/a-wartburg-professor-records-an-album-in-honor-of-the-organ/ Sat, 22 Jan 2022 06:12:44 +0000 https://swedishmusicshop.com/a-wartburg-professor-records-an-album-in-honor-of-the-organ/ WAVERLY, Iowa (AP) — Karen Black pulled out all the stops to honor the 25th anniversary of the Wartburg Chapel Dobsonian organ. The Wartburg College organ professor has recorded and released a new album, “Ein feste Burg”. The album includes seven works that celebrate the organ, designed by Lynn Dobson and built and installed in […]]]>

WAVERLY, Iowa (AP) — Karen Black pulled out all the stops to honor the 25th anniversary of the Wartburg Chapel Dobsonian organ. The Wartburg College organ professor has recorded and released a new album, “Ein feste Burg”.

The album includes seven works that celebrate the organ, designed by Lynn Dobson and built and installed in 1996 by Dobson Organ Builders in Lake City, a highly respected organ builder who designed and installed organs nationwide. It also honors Wartburg’s heritage as an institution of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and as a college founded by German immigrants.

“It’s the organ I play every day. This is where I teach organ lessons, where we have worship. This has been my home for 25 years,” said Black, who is Rudi Inselmann organ professor at Wartburg College. She teaches organ and church music, music theory and auditory skills. She is organist for the weekday chapel and Sunday services and conducts the Kantorei choral ensemble and the Handbell Choir.

Black told the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier that she was impressed with the quality of the Dobsonian organ every time she sat down to play it.

“I think it’s a combination of a really wonderful builder, Lyn Dobson, both on the build side and the musical side, and it’s a wonderful instrument to play. The action – the feel of the keys under your fingers – and it’s easy to play, coupled with wonderful acoustics in the chapel that allow the sound to flourish in the space,” she explained.

Until last year, the idea of ​​recording an album with his already busy schedule seemed like a pipe dream. “I’ve wanted to record this album for a long time. It was a very time consuming project and I set a firm 25th anniversary deadline to commemorate the installation.


The challenge, according to Black, was to reduce the secular value of the organ repertoire. “I didn’t want to record too many of the top 10 organ songs that have been recorded a million times by a million people. I wanted to find less recognizable pieces, like the very pretty Telemann Trio Sonata.

Other works on the album include a 2002 composition by Pamela Decker commissioned by Wartburg College and pieces from the Bach Circle. Bach was born in Eisenach, Germany, home to medieval Wartburg Castle. “And he was baptized at the church where our Wartburg College musical groups are going to perform,” Black noted. “I wanted to reflect our heritage, but also show that the organ, like our college, is alive for today’s students by reflecting a broader view of organ music and composition.”

With encouragement from his colleagues, Black also included one of his own compositions on the album, “Reflections”, which uses the college loyalty song as the musical melody. The recording took place over a period of several days in the chapel with Black playing the Dobsonian organ.

As a child, Black learned to play the piano. When she was 16, the church she attended in Minnesota installed a pipe organ, and the church organist offered her lessons. “That’s how I fell in love with the organ. It was the sound. It can be very quiet or as loud as a symphony orchestra. Then there is the wide range of literature from early musical history to pieces written for the organ today. The organ covers all human expression,” she explained.

Black is an active recitalist and clinician and has performed in the United States and abroad, including Germany at Wittenburg Castle Church and St. George’s Church in Eisenach. She is Regional Councilor North-Central of the AGO and has published works for choir and organ with Augsburg Fortress.

She received her Bachelor of Music in Church Music from St. Olaf College in Minnesota, and her Masters of Music and Ph.D. from Indiana University. Prior to coming to Wartburg, Black held positions as music director at Lutheran and Roman Catholic churches in Minneapolis, and as associate director at Trinity Episcopal Church in Indianapolis.

CDs are $15 and can be purchased from Sarah Bouska, Wartburg Music Touring, Camp and Promotion Manager, by emailing sarah.bouska@wartburg.edu. CDs can also be purchased at the Wartburg store, located in the Saemann Student Center on the Wartburg campus. The album will be available to stream on Spotify, iTunes and YouTube this month.

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Sean of the South By Sean Dietrich: Last Words of the Old Year, First Words of the New https://swedishmusicshop.com/sean-of-the-south-by-sean-dietrich-last-words-of-the-old-year-first-words-of-the-new/ Sun, 26 Dec 2021 02:25:15 +0000 https://swedishmusicshop.com/sean-of-the-south-by-sean-dietrich-last-words-of-the-old-year-first-words-of-the-new/ 10:40 p.m. – New Year’s Eve. Hank Williams is on my radio. My wife sleeps in the passenger seat. My coonhound dog is in the back seat. To return to the year, we went for a ride on the county roads that wind along the bay of Choctawhatchee. There are no cars outside. The highway […]]]>


10:40 p.m. – New Year’s Eve. Hank Williams is on my radio. My wife sleeps in the passenger seat. My coonhound dog is in the back seat.

To return to the year, we went for a ride on the county roads that wind along the bay of Choctawhatchee.

There are no cars outside. The highway is vacant, except for police cars. I have never hosted in a year like this.

As a boy my dad and I brought hunting rifles on vacation. We would walk to the edge of creation and shoot 12 gauges at the moon. Then I sipped Coca-Cola; he would sip something clear.

Another year goes by without him.

11:02 p.m. – My tank is on E. I stop at a gas station. The pump card reader is broken. My wife is still not cold.

I go home to pay. The clerk is a young girl with purple hair. She wanted to be with her kids tonight, but someone called about a sinus infection.

I buy a Coca-Cola in a plastic bottle.

I also buy a scratch-off lottery ticket. The last minutes of the year, I feel lucky. I use my keys to scratch the ticket. I earn $ 5. Suddenly, I bought two more. I earn another dollar.

“You’re in luck,” said the cashier. “I wish I could buy one, but that’s against store policy.”

To hell with politics. It’s New Years Eve.

I buy him one.

She slips a coin onto the take-out tray. She itches. She earns $ 10. We hit it.

It’s only $ 10, but seeing her win makes my year.

11:28 p.m. – I’m driving. My wife is still sawing logs. I ride in the woods of North Florida, sipping a Coke. The trees grow so tall that you can’t see the moon. It’s almost like poetry.

A long time ago, my college professor told us to choose a poem to recite in class. The students chose noble selections from among the greatest. Whitman, Dickinson, Frost.

I looked at Daddy’s Hank Williams songbook. He had given it to me before he died. He had wanted to be a guitarist once, but he was horrible. He gave me the instrument.

I recited “I am so alone that I could cry” and I made a D.

I wasn’t doing it for the teacher.

11:40 p.m. – My Coke is almost empty. I parked by the bay to watch the fireworks. My coon dog looks at me with red eyes. And I write to you, as I do every day.

Look, I don’t remember how I started to write, or why. I have nothing valuable to say, I don’t know the big words, and I’m as straightforward as they come. But I’m not going to lie to you, it was precious to me.

And you too.

These are my last words of the old year, my first words of the new one:

I love you.

Good year.

Sean Dietrich is a columnist and novelist best known for his commentaries on life in the southern United States. He is the author of nine books and is the creator of the “Sean of the South” blog and podcast.


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