Thursday, December 31, 2009

Krashen on national television!

It seems that the new year, 2010, will be off to a great start! Swedish national television (SVT) has announced that they will air Kraschen (sic), a three episode documentary about one of the, if not the, greatest, most influential, yet sadly forgotten bands of the last decade: Krashen. Starting on Monday the 4th of January the episodes will follow during the week. According to the press release the film will take us from the band's birth just south of Colby, Kansas to their decline and fall on Prince Edward Island.
After seeing the press screening of the series, the most memorable scenes might be just those from the last episode, that very episode in which the band tries to arrange their great outdoor concert. The concert was to take place on the great, green meadows just outside of Avonlea on Prince Edward Island, but instead of a band at its peak all we really can see is a band in sad disorder. Many fans believe that this event marked the end of the band, and from what is shown in the film this might be true. Of course the concert never took place, and a few weeks after the band announced that they would split. Yet another touching, but maybe a bit more heartwarming, scene from this last episode is where we follow one of the founding members of the band, Molly Mole, while searching and finally finding a new home in Avonlea. After the band split it is believed that Molly moved to Prince Edward Island and has lived there since.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Lo-Fi X-Mas

Start of December 2009

Hello everybody as you might you know there is from a couple of years back a christmas calender the lo-fi way, if you've missed it here it is, For you who thinks of a calender with chocolate bits for everyday might get disappointed instead you get a new freshly song (mostly) everyday. Talking to feliz felix he was telling me the aim has always to been to be in the calender and have one of his songs representing one of all the days in december before christmas. It finally happend and he found this youtube clip of a certain family (not his own by the way) and mixed it up all together with his music skills (at least he thinks). The song it's called family christmas and can be found here, feliz felix - family christmas , enjoy!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Late night recording

Exclusive: Oh My God, What the Fuck?!?

Late night recordings with feliz felix is always a blast. Though the history behind this song remains uncertain. The rules of certain things always change and are pushed forward, back or remain in the exact same position. A late night quarrel and misunderstanding leads to either great songs or/and a big hole in you heart, perhaps something in between or something completly different. Sometimes our friend feliz felix looks like a sheep and stand with his muzzle between his hoofs. We have not heard from our ethnical friend in quite a while, therefore I'm delighted to give you this new song from feliz felix going back to basics. All you need is a tape recorder, a guitar and a song. So here we go again, as Stakka Bo would have said.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Exclusive: Molly Mole speaks out about the new School, Sweet School recording

In this exclusive interview Molly Mole, former member of Krashen, gives her views on School, Sweet School and her participation on their new recording.

Q: Hi Molly. I think a lot of people wonder what you have been doing since the breakup of Krashen. Tell us a little bit about that...

A: Well, I have two children now and I live on Prince Edward Island. It is everything you imagine it to be. I guess you have read the books.

Q: ... and even more people probably want to know what really happened when Krashen split up...

A: Well, I guess it was a matter of us, or some of us, failing to cooperate. You cannot imagine the hours we spent trying to write songs, with someone just strumming the same chords over and over again. I mean for hours. Imagine that with a bear in the same room. For years and years. It just didn't work out.

Q: OK. Do you have any news on the other former members, what they have been up to since the band split? I heard Bear Paw lost his mind again.

A: I didn't know that he ever did. But no, I have not had any contact with any of them. Until now, that is, when I got to play with Jerker and his new, I have a hard time saying it but it is what he calls it, band.

Q: Yes, that takes us to School, Sweet School and the new recording which you where an important part of, as I understand. First of all, what is your opinion of this new band, or what you want to call it?

A: Honestly, I think it is a disaster. You shouldn't call it a band, really. You can hardly call it a duo even. It is still just this guy playing the same chords over and over again and hoping that something will happen. Just like it was before. And this other member, Lobster Girl, I never quite figured what she really does, what function she fills. If any. I don't really “get” her. On the other hand, I don't really “get” any of them. On the yet another hand, I think their “Bladen Brinner”-record is amazing, a masterpiece.

Q: OK. Tell us a little bit about the song you recorded together. I understand that you were a part of writing the song.

A: Yes, I wrote the lyrics, although it got changed a little during the recording. In the first version the “getting high”-bit was actually “Gettysburg” and “Hindenburg”. Then Lobster Girl held a lecture about “the new raw sound of School, Sweet School” and said we had to change the lyrics. Actually I think it was the only thing I heard her say during the whole recording, and it was quite funny. We changed the lyrics though, first to “getting high” and “Hinseberg”, then it became only “getting high”. I think Lobster Girl thought that sounded cool. The music was written in the usual fashion, he plays those same chords for hours and hours until he finally opens his mouth and starts to sing.

Q: Oh, so you wrote the lyrics. Did you ever write “songs about your parents”?

A: No. I don't speak about my family. And that is not the point.

Q: OK, so what is the point then?

A: Look behind you, a three-headed monkey!

Q: OK. Could you tell us a bit about the recording session? I hear the recordings were made under quite special circumstances.

A: I arrived at this weird place called Hinseberg. Later I was told that School, Sweet School had made a tour of Swedish prisons for women during the summer. And this Hinseberg-place was their last stop. On the recording I played the drums first. Then Jerker tried for hours and hours with the guitar. That guy has no sense of rhythm whatsoever. Lobster Girl, I guess she did... Lobster Girl stuff. And oh, there was this woman who came and played the flute. Everyone called her “Tyskan” and they all seemed a bit uncomfortable with having her around. But she seemed OK to me. Maybe she was a prisoner or something. She sure could play the flute, though.

Q: So, one final question, what did you make of Sweden?

A: I didn't really see much more than that prison we stayed in. I watched some TV. It was OK. And I heard about this guy called Evert Taube. What an awful, awful man! I hear he is quite popular in your country, and I just can't see why. I guess he is dead now, but you really should stop liking him anyway.

OK. Thank you.

And here is that song they recorded.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

I Bring You

Realizing he has a grammar test Monday morning, our hero decides to update the good ol' band blog. Yes ma'am I am lo-fi.

That Thing You Do

Speaking of which, the best speakers of Swedish are Finnish. Proof.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

I Bring You

A tragicomedy in 2 acts, originally recorded for 2008's MTV Unplugged, but left out in a futile attempt to avoid the parental advisory sticker. It's about one man's attempt to break with convention, and the sad realization that convention isn't ready to break with him.

I Do What I Wanna Do
II Fuck Who I Wanna Fuck

And as if to justify the above, here's something a little more "fresh":
People Turn to Ghosts

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Let's Go to War

So my friends kidnapped me for my bachelor party this Friday. But they were pretty nice to me. We went to our rehearsal space in Kvarnholmen and played some songs with the Models Inc. Extended Family School Orchestra of the Damned. This monster below was caught on tape. It sounds a bit like a bunch of mentally challenged people going at it (but then again, it often does):

Video courtesy of Jocke Baseball Field.
Oh, and "slut" means "the end" in Swedish, by the way.

Afterwards we had tapas and beer, and then more beer. I think there must be compromising nude photos of me all over the Internet now, since the night ended with a swim in Årstaviken. Thanks, you guys.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

You are Breeding a Monster

In celebration of how much I hate sunglasses in general and people wearing them in particular I have recorded a song on that very subject. I think they deserve it.


Oh, some of our international (or otherworldly, as i prefer to see it) friends asked if we could make the page a little more accessible to them. Okay, we'll try to post in English from now on.

(Translation of previous posts may or may not come.)

Monday, July 6, 2009


Okej, eftersom det bara är cirka 12 dagar kvar till att jag ska knyta Hymens band kan jag slänga in den här lilla biten "på köpet". Som en bonus till er som inte är bjudna, och till er som är bjudna också förstås.

jssfrk - Church Wedding Song

Å, och Kapten Bligh kom förbi med en låt han hade tutat ihop. Jävla giga och skit. Det kör vi på. Tacka kan vi göra sen.

Kapten Bligh - Stycke i E [...]


Earlier still, before the world yet had turned evil, there was an experimental rock band. They called themselves Pneu, after the silliest French word ever. And they were good, very good. They released a cassette. It is good, very good.

It is called THIS IS THE YEAH!


Ännu något tidigare, innan världen ännu var ond, fanns det ett experimentellt rockband. De hette Pneu, efter det löjligaste ordet i det franska språket. Och de var bra, mycket bra. De släppte en kassett. Den är bra, mycket bra.


The One Happy Camper

Once, at the dawning of time, Jerker gave me a cassette. It had a whole bunch of great songs on it, and I could not comprehend how they could all be so good. So I listened and listened, and at the same time, we both frantically started writing and recording songs - alone, together, and with Niklas and Jorge. Soon afterwards, Models Inc. was a fact. Or possibly a factoid.

Most of the songs from that first cassette are now available in other versions, and some of them were released through more accessible channels as they were, but anyway, here is some of the good stuff from the cassette.


En gång i tidernas begynnelse gav Jerker en kassett till mig. Det var en massa bra låtar på, och jag kunde inte förstå hur de kunde vara så bra. Jag lyssnade och lyssnade, och samtidigt började vi i frenetisk takt skriva och spela in låtar på var sitt håll, tillsammans, och med Niklas och Jorge. Strax därpå var Models Inc. ett faktum, eller möjligen en faktoid.

De flesta av låtarna från den där första kassetten finns numera i andra versioner, och en del andra gavs ut på mer tillgängliga medium precis i det skick de var, men här bjuds i alla fall på några av godbitarna från kassetten:

Army Dad
Avril's Fans
Bret (The Hitman Heart)
Bruised Toes

I Started Pounding
Lilje 4ever (Oh John)