If you’re bored with your current diet of music and would like to try something different, may I perhaps suggest some Swedish home-made sausage?
Swedish state-operated radio has been getting into the Internet space in a pretty big way, and has, amongst other things, created a stream of only Swedish music. Some of it is great, some is middling, and there are a few tracks that are … well … not quite so good, if you catch my drift. Still, it’s all in all a pretty cool thing, and a good antidote to US radio boredom.
Most of the tracks are in some kind of English, some pretty broken and some very American-sounding, and a few are in Swedish. But since you’re no doubt the kind of hipster that loves a challenge, you’ll have a good time hearing the Swedish, deriving the Germanic and Latin roots, and figuring out what it is they’re saying. Actually, the game is most fun if you’ve studied Icelandic, the root of all Scandinavian languages, but you, dear reader, are no doubt smart enough to figure it out anyway. Or you could simply not care about the lyrics and just listen to the music. Your choice, Cha-Cha.
You have two way to listen, one of which will involve your trusty web browser and give you a live playlist update, and one which will give you the stream but without the playlist. Your call. To listen to the stream in your Real Player, click here. To get the playlist and also to get a choice between Real Audio and Windows Media Player, go to www.sr.se, then click on “webbradio” in the blue bar. This will launch a popup window, which presets to using Windows Media Player and station P1, which is sort of like NPR on really bad Quaaludes. If you don’t have Windows Media Player, click on “Byt ljudformat” and select Real Player. (No, there is no mp3 stream, because that would be a good use of Swedish taxpayer money, and that can’t be tolerated, so your only choices are WMP and Real.) Either way, at this point click on “P3 Svea” and current Swedish pop will flood your speakers.
At this point you’ll be all cool and Euro, and if you’re really talented you can phonetically memorize phrases from the songs and impress girls in bars. Don’t say I’m not here for you, ok?
Listening to: Real Player (ick!) Stream from P3 Svea.
Posted Sunday, 05 December, 2004 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.