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Music For One Apartment And Six Sick Drummers

This is how Swedes had fun in the 70s while ABBA was out of town. Though I continued to expect it to turn into an Ikea commercial– yes Ikea dominated the north country in those days, too– a quick Googling shows this to be a bona fide Swedish short…

Taxi Taxi – Floating Forever

Meet Taxi Taxi, two great artists from Stockholm who just started their own label, Delicious Demon Records. The two beautiful ladies are twin sisters, Johanna & Miriam Tewolde Berhan.

Their new video, for a power ballad called “Floating Forever,” was filmed on a night out by director Simeon Frohm (previously worked for Swedish artists . . . → Read More: Taxi Taxi – Floating Forever

Sweden’s New Queen of Stoner Pop: Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation – Anything So Bright

I’m really starting to love this tune and the accompanying vid. Give them a chance, they’ll grow on you.

Despite only one EP and two singles under their belt (Diamond Waves 12 EP, “Sunny Afternoon” and “Tell It To The Wind” 7) Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation are on a blazing roll. To . . . → Read More: Sweden’s New Queen of Stoner Pop: Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation – Anything So Bright

Red Sleeping Beauty – Merry Christmas, Marie

As a Christmas gift for you, Red Sleeping Beauty is releasing “Merry Christmas, Marie,” their first new song in 17 years.

Red Sleeping Beauty is a semi-legendary Swedish bedroom pop band. They released two albums and numerous singles on classic pop labels around the world between 1992 and 1997. Highly rated by pop connoisseurs, . . . → Read More: Red Sleeping Beauty – Merry Christmas, Marie

What Every American Needs to Know About Eurovision, By Linda Newman Andersson

I’ve recently moved to Everett, WA, but I find myself in Sweden again for a couple of weeks and just in time to be caught up in the voting for Sweden’s Eurovision candidate. A quick Wikipedia search will tell you that Eurovision has gone on since 1958 and launched careers for among others ABBA, . . . → Read More: What Every American Needs to Know About Eurovision, By Linda Newman Andersson

Zara Larsson – Uncover

Born in 1997 and 14 at the time of this video, singer Zara Larsson entered the public eye by competing and succeeding on a Swedish TV show similar to America’s Got Talent called Talang 2008 when she was ten years old.

Elin Ruth – Bang – Papercup Words

Here’s another great musical act from Sweden. There’s Van Morrison all over “Bang” and she pulls it off. It’s a delight for the ears. Go ahead and listen.

After four celebrated records, numerous award nominations and a dozen chart hits in her native Sweden, Elin Ruth is back at the beginning. Last year she . . . → Read More: Elin Ruth – Bang – Papercup Words

Tracy Irve – I Can’t

Meet Tracy Irve, a brother-sister pop duo from Sweden whose video for “I Can’t” is trending in the US today.

A Child Is So Much More Than A Test Score, By Holly Homan

First of all, I’d like to know what constitutes a “good” teacher. Do you think it’s test scores? Do you realize that Sweden is purported to have the best performing schools in the world. They do not use standardized tests,, they pay their teachers a livable wage, they have socialized health care, they put . . . → Read More: A Child Is So Much More Than A Test Score, By Holly Homan

Soso – I Never Thought You’d Come in Summer

Soso – That Time I Dug So Deep I Ended Up In China – Entire Album Available as Free Download

Emerging Swedish indie pop act Soso takes DIY to a whole new level– she wrote, recorded, and self-produced each track on her new album in the bedroom of her Stockholm apartment. The result is a record that is lyrically raw, yet undeniably pop. Released May 1st, Soso’s debut album, That Time I Dug . . . → Read More: Soso – That Time I Dug So Deep I Ended Up In China – Entire Album Available as Free Download

Agnetha Fältskog – Vart Skall Min Kärlek Föra

BEAUTIFUL SÁMI FOLK MUSIC – Ruoššajievja

The following is from the artist’s Youtube description:

Sámi artist Elle Márjá Eira performing in Sami Grand Prix 2009 in Kautokeino, but not as a part of the competition. She is singing/yoiking “Ruoššajievja”.

Sami Grand Prix is a part of the Easter Festival in Kautokeino.

The Sámi people:

Sami people, also spelled Sámi, . . . → Read More: BEAUTIFUL SÁMI FOLK MUSIC – Ruoššajievja

Alicia Dara’s 100 Songs in 100 Days – José González – Down the Line

“Down the Line”- José González. Haunting acoustic riff + honey-sweet vocals, suffused with longing and love. Try to resist!

– Alicia Dara – @thevolcanodiary – #100songs100days

NATIONWIDE CASTING SEARCH FOR AMERICANS WITH SWEDISH ROOTS!

Meter Television is searching for Americans with Swedish ancestry for a reality TV-show. After the major success of Great Swedish Adventure-Allt för Sverige (the Swedish title of the show) season 1, we are now casting for season 2.

The producers of the Swedish version of American Idol and Minute To Win It are . . . → Read More: NATIONWIDE CASTING SEARCH FOR AMERICANS WITH SWEDISH ROOTS!

Sweden’s Tractor Jazz Band

Anna Ternheim – Walking Aimlessly ft. First Aid Kit

On Reddit, the music of Anna Ternheim has been described as, “[folk rock] Sort of like a Swedish Neko Case (i.e. awesome). :]”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPUPpok62Jw

Behrang Miri ft. Alexandra – Give Up

http://youtu.be/u7Ncd_FkQNs

Here’s the artist info from his Youtube page:

ARTIST: BEHRANG MIRI SONG: GIVE UP MUSIC VIDEO PRODUCED BY: MANUEL CONCHA ****************************** Behrang Miri is a Swedish artist, with a mindblowing sound and a unique approach. He continues to find new directions with his music and he is part of the world music scene. . . . → Read More: Behrang Miri ft. Alexandra – Give Up

Kapten Röd – In Kommer Ting

Friskis & Svettis Norrköping Flash Mob – Lady Gaga – Judas

Friskis & Svettis is a Swedish health club. Norrköping is the tenth largest city in Sweden. It’s not clear why these flashmobbers chose to dance to Easter Gaga at Christmas: