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Sun and mud at Arvika festival
Marilyn Manson at Metaltown

Marilyn Manson at Metaltown

The onslaught of summer heat has arrived in the city and it’s festival time. I missed Marilyn Manson last time he was in Gothenburg, but this time he performed at the Metaltown festival, on a pier so close I would have heard it from my balcony so I just had to be there. It was quite entertaining but I think Manson has passed his prime long time ago and the last two albums are rather dull.

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Spotify increases bitrate

Spotify increases bitrate

I use Spotify on a daily basis and I think that the premium account without commercials is worth every penny. A few days ago the Spotify team announced that premium users can now increase streaming bitrate up to 320 kbit/s using Ogg Vorbis.

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The final Tinitus

The final Tinitus

This weekend I visited the last ever edition of Tinitus festival. The lineup was strong and the festival had been extended to two days. We defied the sunny spring weather of Stockholm and descended into the dark fog of Münchenbryggeriet for the 10th year edition of Tinitus.

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Fave concerts of 2008

I tend to visit a lot of live concerts, since most bands manage to perform something special on stage that make them come alive and ascend from the flat compact discs. I often rediscover a band when I see them in the flesh.

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Morrissey proven wrong

Morrissey proven wrong

I usually never write about politics, but this is an exception. In the song “America is not the world” from 2004, Morrissey sings: “In America, the land of the free, they said, and of opportunity, In a just and a truthful way, But where the president is never black, female or gay”

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Way Out West post mortem

Way Out West post mortem

The time had come to visit the overpriced frenzy of Way Out West. It turned out to be just as I thought it would be. It’s quite comfy to visit a festival at the heart of your home town. At any time you can walk home to your own bed instead of crawling across the mud into a ravaged tent. This fact unfortunately also turns the festival into a very calm and somewhat boring place.

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Back from Arvika festival

Back from Arvika festival

It’s been a couple of years since last time, but it felt good to be back in the forest. The first days were scorchingly hot but the last one surprised us all with a lightning storm that came from nowhere and almost swept the festival away. Incredible amounts of water started to pour down on us. I was fortunately under a roof listening to a band when it started, but I found a video of the mayhem that ensued at the camping area.

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An evening with Tom McRae

An evening with Tom McRae

Even though I visit a lot of concerts, I very rarely write anything about them. This will be an exception. The British singer-songwriter Tom McRae visited Gothenburg for the first time ever this evening, a welcome exception to the kind of concerts I usually attend.

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Wazzup in Vaduz

Wazzup in Vaduz

"Vaduz Castle is overlooking the town from a hill, a short walk from the center. It’s really a postcard view with the alps in the background, which I’m sure the prince enjoys as he sips his morning coffee while towering above his loyal subjects."
The streets of Paris

The streets of Paris

"One of the advantages of repeated visits to a place is the leisure pace of awe and discovery while drifting slowly down the worn streets of the French capital."
Memories of Skye

Memories of Skye

"The countryside is charming and some places even have coffee."
Eating my way through Basque country

Eating my way through Basque country

"Not too bad to wash it all down with a local Txakoli, the young white wine typical of the Basque country."
Historic locations in Gothenburg

Historic locations in Gothenburg

"Hundreds of houses were quickly build, but unfortunately all of it was burned to the ground in 1611 by Danish forces."
On the Trans-Siberian

On the Trans-Siberian

"Since the toilets were locked during the seven hour stop, we had to bribe the provodnitsas to use the facilities. Then came the Mongols."

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