Bob Hund’s Fantastiskt’s only has 30 plays in it

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By Chris Nolan in New Trends on Thursday 26 November 2009

Swedish rock band Bob Hund have released their latest single Fantastiskt (Fantastic) on a once-off print vinyl record that can only get played up to thirty times. The band then enlisted Martin Kann Design to design a suitable casing. So taking it literally he put it in a record player and etched lyrics to the song on the case. The record and the player were then listed on eBay and sold for a staggering US$3,650 to become the most expensive record ever in Sweden.

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The Mirage by Kjellgren Kaminsky

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By Casper Johansson in Architecture on Monday 15 June 2009

In 2006, Fredrik Kjellgren and Joakim Kaminsky won the International Competition for their vision for a new dance hall in Falsterbo, Sweden. Now the building, known as the Mirage, is to be inaugurated. The design placed considerable emphasis on creating ‘spaces with extraordinary acoustic qualities. A custom made damping wall was designed in collaboration with an acoustic expert, consisting of a black acoustic felt covered by white wooden boards of various dimensions’.

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Luke Jackson’s debut album, And Then Some

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By Casper Johansson in New Music on Tuesday 27 January 2009

In the Spring of 2006, a seven-year email correspondence culminated in the meeting of Luke Jackson and Magnus Börjeson. Jackson had long been a devoted fan of two of the Swedish musician’s former bands: Beagle and Favorita, and the two songwriters finally met in Paris where Börjeson was mid-tour playing in The Cardigans. By the […]

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Sweden’s Ice Hotel

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By Casper Johansson in Architecture on Sunday 25 January 2009

This remarkable construction is located in the Swedish village of Jukkasjärvi and is built entirely from scratch every year. It features 10,000 tonnes of ice from the nearby Torne River, and 30,000 tonnes of snow, covering more than 30,000 square feet in total. Oh, it even has its own ice chapel. But be sure to bring your winter woollens. It could get a little, errr, chilly at night.

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Playsam toys

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By Tristan Eaton in New Products on Saturday 24 January 2009

When it comes to toys, these guys really know what they’re doing. Playsam is one of my favorite toy companies. They’re based in Sweden and they make extremely polished, minimal toys for children. Their designs are classic and extremely expensive, but well worth it. When I have kids, I’ll spoil them with these.

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Tallest Man on Earth

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By Francis Andrews in New Music on Tuesday 6 January 2009

Tallest Man on Earth, the rasping Swedish folk singer-songwriter and one of the unsung heroes of 2008, recently recorded the beautiful song A Field of Birds, a nice adjunct to his summer album release, Shallow Grave. His sound is so loose and unmanicured, and carries a poignancy reminiscent of the rusty, early Bob Dylan.

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Pain

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By Gerry Mak in New Music on Wednesday 29 October 2008

Metal icon Peter Tägtgren has produced the harshest and most underground music of the European metal scene — Immortal, Dimmu Borgir, Celtic Frost, among many others. His own band, Hypocrisy, is one of the most revered melodic death metal bands in the world.

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Alexandra Falagara

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By Kate Barnett in New Illustration on Tuesday 28 October 2008

Preferring to focus on the content of her pictures rather than the style is a refreshingly honest approach to design. It’s worked out brilliantly for Swedish illustrator Alexandra Falagaras, whose works are easy to spot with their sharp graphic style. My favourite piece of hers is a contribution to The Book of Dreams, a project […]

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Diablo Swing Orchestra

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By Gerry Mak in New Music on Wednesday 20 August 2008

Diablo Swing Orchestra are a Swedish band straight out of a Tom Waits nightmare. They sound exactly like their name suggests, making dirty, raucous swing, updated with some punky power chords, but the operatic Swedish vocals and nearly death-metal growls separate the band from the swing revivalists of the late ’90s. Definitely not the kind […]

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Keith Shore exhibiting in Malmo

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By Zolton in New Art on Wednesday 13 August 2008

Keith Shore has his first solo show, ‘Jersey Knit’, coming up in Malmo, Sweden starting September 6th. ‘They are a few in a large series of paintings based off of photographs I’ve taken in my old neighbourhood of Lambertville, New Jersey’, he says.

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Lifelover

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By Gerry Mak in New Music on Sunday 3 August 2008

Anyone who thinks black metal is too rigid and narrow a genre to have room for innovation would do well to check out Lifelover, a Swedish band that defies every convention of black metal while still remaining miraculously kvlt. The sextet wafts between languid, hallucinatory grooves that channel Iggy Pop and latter-day Cure to unhinged […]

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Jenny Morsell sharpens her pencils

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By Zolton in New Illustration on Saturday 2 August 2008

We checked in with Swedish illustrator Jenny Mortsell recently and asked her whether her work space was strictly conducive to productivity, or inspiration, or both? ‘The biggest pro is that it is a method for me to get dressed before noon, as opposed to when I used to work from home. Even though it is one of the few privileges you have as a freelancer to get properly dressed whenever you want, it’s nice to look presentable to other people once in a while. It’s practical in the way that I have my scanner, printer, and cinema display, which I need for work, there, and inspiring in the sense that I share it with some fantastic people: Sara Teleman, Erica Jacobsson, Bo Lundberg, Otto Degerman, Jens Magnusson, Jan Cafourek, Johan Lindh and Sabina Wroblewski-Gustrin. Because of them, it is also a much more organized place than I could ever manage to maintain by myself, which helps if you want to get work done instead of cleaning up after your latest experiments’.

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Paula Hagerskans

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By Stacey Howard in New Fashion on Monday 12 May 2008

Swedish designer Paula Hagerskans has a cool masculine-edge to her female fashion lines. But it’s her attention to detail that really blows my mind. Her perfectly tailored jackets, along with her flat dress shoes, make dressing up fun, comfortable and classy. When asked what she keeps in mind while designing, Hagerskans responds, ‘Bohemic music lovers, […]

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MTWTFSS Weekday

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By Carolyn Dempsey in New Fashion on Friday 2 May 2008

Cheap Monday are arguably one of the biggest revolutions in denim since Levi’s. They’re pretty much the uniform second skin for the music totin’, cons scuffin’ youth of today.

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The Tough Alliance dig Dr Dre

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By Francis Andrews in New Music on Thursday 1 May 2008

We wrote about hot Swedish electro duo The Tough Alliance a little while back, so we thought it was time we had a chat with Eric Berglund, one half of the group.

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