Anders F Ronnblom – Ramlosa Kvarn

August 30, 2012

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Second installment in Swedish finds from 2008. This record is Ronnblom’s second record whose title could translate to “Frameless Mill” The record is not really my bag and is making the journey from my room to the shop, but has a couple downerish tracks that are alright. According to the google translation of the Swedish wikipedia page, Ronnblom’s lyrics move between the ironic and vulnerable but have also been criticized for being too difficult and overly introspective. Two other tidbits – discussing influences “Grateful Dead is a pronounced beacon.” and apparently his super fans are called f-heads.

“Poem”

girl
which has just been
kissed
sitting quietly
with a rose in the left
hand
boy
leaves no
track
there he goes
in the morning wet
sand

the other song is about playing cards at night and dreaming about naked lovers. too long to type out into google translate.

Price: five euro or less.
Location: Northern Europe.

Poem

Dromde

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Jan Hammarlund – The Forest Was So Cold

February 21, 2012


Jan Hammarlund is a political Swedish folksinger who was involved in the Progg scene in the 1970s. One of the earliest openly gay Swedish musicians, he also became active in the Chilean struggle. This song is a real downer, like most ballads. Here’s a translation of a version from 1812…

Pehr Tyrsson’s daughters in Vänge
The forest was so cold
They slept a sleep too long
While the forest came into leaf
The youngest one woke up first
The forest…
And so she woke up the others.
While the forest…
Then they sat up on their beds.
So they braided each other’s locks.
So they put on their silken clothes.
So they went to the church.
But when they came to the Vänge hill
They met three highwaymen
“You either be highwaymen’s wives,
Or would you lose your young lives?”
“We do not wish to be highwaymen’s wives,
We’d rather lose our young lives.”
They cut their heads off on a log of birch.
There soon three wells sprung up.
The bodies buried in the mud,
The clothes taken to the village.
When they came to Vänge farm,
Lady Karin met them in the yard
“And would you buy silken shifts,
By nine maidens knitted and stitched?”
“Untie your sacks and let me see,
Perhaps I know all three.”
Lady Karin beat her chest in pain,
And went to find Pehr Tyresson.
“There are three highwaymen in our yard,
Who have our daughters slain.”
Pehr Tyrsson grasped his sword,
He slew the eldest two.
The third he left alive,
And then he asked him thus:
“What is your father’s name?
What is your mother’s name?”
“Our father is Pehr Tyrsson in Vänge,
Our mother is Lady Karin in Stränge.”
Pehr Tyrson then went to the smithy,
And had iron crafted ’round his waist.
“What shall we do for our sins?”
“We shall build a church of lime and stone.
That church will be named Kerna,
And we will willingly build it.”

Never heard of the iron crafted round waist self-punishment before….

Price: five euro or less.
Location: Northern Europe.

Per Tyrsons Dottrar I Vange


Meitenes Dziesma Latvijai

April 15, 2011


These ladies are a long way from home.

This is a family band with daughter Lolita singing this track. Nice to see Bill Scream on moog and Ron Reagan on saxophone.

Price: $1.99 or less
Location: portland thrifting

Ticet Taviem Vardiem


De Tahiti a Moururoa

March 24, 2011

Bought this the other day out in the suburbs before having Korean noodle. Du Kuh Bee is open late and the waiter knows my order before I sit down. Finding a restaurant like this starts to make me feel like a place is my home.

Sometimes it can be a little hard finding music from the south pacific that was recorded and marketed for more than just the tourist market. Its hard to tell with this one.

After enjoying some of the artists on this label sampler record, a short unsuccessful search on the internet was followed by an email to the label in Tahiti, tried out some wickedly bad french in the hopes of tracking down old vinyl copies of records by Poline or Suzanne.

The owner of the label Yves Roche was kind enough to respond and relate the unfortunate news that all their vinyl was long gone. He recommended some cds.

Moururoa is a small atoll that starting in 1966 was used extensively by the French government for nuclear testing. There was 41 above ground nuclear tests with 35 of them detonating in helium balloons. The government of New Zealand pressured France into stopping these in 1974 so their solution was to move them underground for the next 20 years.

Price: $2.95
Location: crappy beaverton record store.

Maeva – Suzanne
Ta’u Pinia – Poline et les Surfsiders
Motu Uta – Suzanne


Johnny Baker

February 16, 2011

Many people in music are concerned with realness. I’m not really but from the cover photos on his three records that currently live in my room, it appears that Mr. Baker was a pretty impressive rodeo cowboy. It was nice of a friend to have a record shop and not like these records enough to price them over $3 each. They all have their moments but the sweet reverby oooh-wooh-oooh backup vocals on Rodeo Call make it an easy favorite.

Price: $3
Location: a short flight of stairs up from my basement dungeon.

Rodeo Call


Elpida Karayiannopoulou

September 16, 2010

Elpida is the greek word for hope. This is her second record from 1973. She has represented both Greece and Cyprus for the Eurovision Song Contest finishing 8th for Greece (1979) and last for Cyprus (1986). Most of this record is pretty straightforward but this song has some cool sounding keyboards.

Price: $2.95
Location: House of Records

Taxa Ti Zhotyn


Dale Kennedy – The Storm and I 45

March 26, 2010

I bought this forty-five the other day cause I thought the song title would yield something interesting. This kind of wrong headed thinking has caused me to flush countless dollars down the thrift store toilet. I don’t know this sounds alright to me, but maybe its just relative to all the other junk that I’m buying. Who knows (or cares)? My camera is temporarily on the fritz so until I can get it figured out how bout this picture of a tape. This is instrumental new age jazz mixed in with wolf sounds. I was fully ready to buy until it was discovered that Ace of Base’s classic album The Sign was actually inside.

Location: Thrift Store

Price: $0.49

Storm and I