Iggy Pop biography: Open Up and Bleed by Paul Trynka

I finished reading the Iggy Pop biography Open Up and Bleed by Paul Trynka some time ago. An interesting read, and it covers most of the Godfather of Punk’s life, music, triumphs and misadventures — but how can a book about Iggy fail to mention his superb and slightly surreal performance in Jim Jarmusch’s stylish […]

The music video for MGMT’s Time to Pretend, inspired by Alejandro Jodorowsky

I recently read a news item in DN – one of Sweden’s finest morning papers, about a young up-and-coming director called Ray Tintori. He had apparently made a couple of original, colorful and psychedelic music videos for the band MGMT. One of them, Time to Pretend, had references to Alejandro Jodorowsky’s (who influenced David Lynch […]

Dancing to gypsy punks

The past six months or so, I’ve listened to Gogol Bordello’s Tribal Connection hundreds of times. I actually wrote two entire home-exams for my music history course while having it on repeat. I’m especially fond of the accordion. If the lyrics were a bit better, it would probably be one of my favorite songs ever. […]

My hands on the Neon Bible

“Every spark of friendship and love/Will die without a home/Hear the soldier groan/’We’ll go at it alone’”. I am overwhelmed. Regarding their recent release, Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Perry said: “Do you remember how music used to make you feel? Our new album will make you feel that way again.” I read somewhere that he […]