Lyrical Healing

Kara Parrot
Me, earlier today.

Today, I’ve been recuperating by singing along with some old favourites. I love many kinds of music but, ultimately, it’s the lyrics of songs that I most connect with. If you’d been round mine today, you would have heard me yowling:

“Like a bird on a wire, like a drunk in a midnight choir, I have tried, in my way, to be free”

“I’m going back to the place I was born, my favourite hood”

“Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way”

“This is why every day is the same, every day this silence seems to say”

“What happened to our love, it used to be good?”

“How can this be love if it makes us cry?”

“You were too busy steering the conversation toward the Lord”

“And you said, ‘Your life’s too good to be true, I think I’ll ruin it for you'”

“I got mad at the kids who ran away until I ran away myself”

“Clothes and records on the floor, the memories of the night before”

“I got the music, I got the lights, you got the figure, full of delights”

“There is no choice, what I must do, nothing is greater than to be with you”

“Wish I could be dancing now in the arms of the girl I love”

“You see, you’re the only star in the film I never made”

“I’m looking in on the good life I might be doomed never to find”

“Well, you didn’t wake up this morning ’cause you didn’t go to bed, you’ve been watching the whites of your eyes turn red”

“Saw it written and I saw it say, pink moon is on its way”

“Metropolis has nothing on this, we’re breathing in fumes I taste when we kiss”

“Who needs money when you’re funny?”

“All the buildings I have loved are barely standing, all the children, too young and thin, sing bamboo music”

“Don’t kid yourself you’ve seen it all before, a million mouths have said that too”

“When the cat befriended the mouse, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house”

“I was thinking to myself, this could be heaven or this could be hell…”

“So send me a man from Argentina to make me the happiest girl in the world”

“If I’ve no faith in my bus timetable, how can I have faith in the holy bible?”

“There’s a golden boy inside you, not a punched-out tramp”

“I kind of cover myself up, can I come and watch you strut?”

“Step down from the balcony, son, the seagulls may well take you”

“I killed the party again, I ruined it for my friends.”

“In my mind and in my car, we can’t rewind, we’ve gone too far”

Now, you could google those, of course, but is there any point? If you don’t recognise them straight away, discovering where they’re from won’t mean anything to you. There are a lot of ’80s-tastic songs there because that’s when I first got into music independently of my folks. And there’s also a lot of recent Swedie indiepop because, obviously, Sweden owns pop music at the moment.

I can’t fully explain how much a day of singing all these fantastic lyrics has cheered me up. There’s something that a perfect lyric does to me that nothing else can equal. I think the happiest I am in my life is when I’m singing faultless songs! 😀

Now… if you had a similar lyric-therapy day, what would you pick?

Sony: Yes, We Were Twats

Nasty Sony!

Sony BMG will pay $750,000 in penalties and costs and reimburse California consumers whose computers were harmed by antipiracy software on some CDs sold by the record company, California officials said on Tuesday.
(Source: CNET)

The sheer arrogance of Sony over all this is unbelievable, thinking they have the right to infect public computers with their malware. It’s a typical psychopathic multinational corporate attitude: these organisations believe they are above the law.

I believe Sony’s attitude is linked to their current downturn. Sony used to be one of my favourite manufacturers but after endless trouble with their VAIOs and other over-hyped, over-priced products, I’ve given up on them. Probably why I avoided their recent dabbling in explosive consumer gadgets. I now positively avoid Sony products as I think they’re less well-manufactured, innovative and durable than, say, Samsung.

Sadly, I think Apple are now following Sony’s lead. Look at all the recent auto-rebooting laptop hoo-haa and their arrogant and intransigent response. Not to mention the number of mates I’ve got with faulty Apple products. It would help if Apple weren’t so resolutely un-green. And I won’t even rant about how Apple have ruined what used to be the best sequencer on the planet.

If only evil corporations realised that their evil inevitably hastens their own demise. Perhaps they’d be good for purely selfish economic reasons?

In Hospital

In Hospital

If you’re a regular Groinker, you might have noticed that I’ve been in quite bad pain with severe parotitis since the middle of November. Hence progressively more deranged pain-related artwork. 🙂

Last Monday I was emergency admitted into hospital for possible surgery. I came out yesterday, thankfully no surgery necessary (the antibiotics worked).

It was a quite terrifying experience but I’m back at home now with a nice cup of tea. All the staff at the DRI were lovely but I have to single out the nurses, all of them were absolute gems. I know it’s a cliche but they do such a difficult job for so little pay compared to some bastards I could mention.

Anyone who knows me personally knows what a whinger I am, I’m a terrible patient but the nurses dealt with me perfectly, re-assuring me and humouring my stupid questions.

Hope you’re all happy and healthy! Now to try and catch up with my derailed Crimbo shopping! 😀 Whoops! My mrs. just reminded me that I’m meant to take it very slowly for at least two weeks, according to the consultant. Dang, that means I’ll miss the Christmas shopping crowds…. ah well! ;-P

Svensk Indie 1988 – 2006 En Kärleks Historia

I got the above compilation this morning and it’s fucking brilliant.

Regular groinkers will know that I have developed something of an obsession for Swedie indiepop. Even before I gigged there, I loved the more famous Swedish indie bands like Komeda and The Wannadies. And the best album of last year was this Swedish stunner.

As I’ve tried to find more Swedish indie and been educated by Swedes (and Finns!) who actually know that scene, I’ve fallen deeper in love with the Swedish sense of melody. At the same time, Brit indie has been going through one of its most lazy, self-referential and dull phases since the abomination that was "Britpop." Every week I hear some new Swedish band who have melodies to rival the Beatles and Beach Boys and every week I hear some new bunch of Mockney chancers doing Chas’n’Dave on guitars. Badly. The contrast could not be stronger.

And then Lintumies told me, via Last.fm, about a compilation he said I should check out. And that, my little fat tadpoles, is how I’m now listening to shedloads of gorgeous, shiny pop music, the atrocities of last night’s MTV2 viewing fading into the distance.

Now, I’m sure hardcore Swedish indie kids will find many omissions and perhaps questionable inclusions. But from my position of relative ignorance, this compilation is absolutely, sublimely wonderful!

Here’s the tracklisting:

Artist – Song
Happydeadmen – Silent Sigh City
The Wannadies – The Beast Cures The Lover
Easy – Cloud Chamber
Eggstone – Wrong Heaven
This Perfect Day – This Friendship Of Ours
Popsicle – Hey Princess
Brainpool – At School
Suredo – Average Cell
Bob Hund – Fem Meter Upp I Luften
The Cardigans – Rise And Shine
Hardy Nilsson – Hela Hjärtat Mitt
Broder Daniel – Luke Skywalker
Honey is Cool – Georgia
Kent – När Det Blåser På Månen
Fireside – Left Rustle
The Bear Quartet – It Only Takes A Flashlight To Create A Monster
Cloudberry Jam – Elevator
Souls – Expensive
Yvonne – Modern Love
Drowners – Summer Break My Fall
Bad Cash Quartet – Amuse You
Club 8 – Missing You
Doktor Kosmos – Le Punkrocker
Pluxus – Elektroplux
Håkan Hellström – Känn Ingen Sorg För Mig Göteborg
First Floor Power – We Are The People
David & the Citizens – Now She Sleeps In A Box In The Good Soil Of Denmark
Hell on Wheels – Soda
Silverbullit – Magnetic City
The Knife – Kino
The Embassy – It Never Entered My Mind
Marit Bergman – This Is The Year
Differnet – Conflictionary
The Radio Dept. – Against The Tide
Suburban Kids With Biblical Names – Rent-a-Wreck
Andreas Tilliander – Back In The U.S.A.
Jens Lekman – Maple Leaves
The Tough Alliance – Take No Heroes
Audionom – Dc2
El Perro del Mar – This Loneliness
Frida Hyvönen – Once I Was A Serene Teenage Child
The Concretes – On The Radio

The comp covers a lot of ground, going from twee singalongness through chugging Fugazi-esque rock to electropop. It’s very varied but it’s all catchy!

So, if you’ve yet to discover the wonders of Swedish alternative music (or you’re actually part of the Swedish Indie Mafia but haven’t got every single track above), please search out and buy Svensk Indie 1988 – 2006. If you’ve ever loved the pop known as indie, you won’t regret it! 😀

Alpha-Amino-3-Hydroxy-5-Methyl -4-Isoxazole Propionic Acid Receptors

It is becoming increasingly clear that synaptic plasticity in pain-sensitive pathways has many features in common with better understood forms of synaptic plasticity, such as hippocampal long-term potentiation. Now Hartmann and colleagues have shown that AMPA (alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazole propionic acid) receptors, which are vital mediators of hippocampal plasticity, are also important modulators of inflammatory pain and of synaptic plasticity in the spinal nociceptive system.

Most AMPA receptors in the central nervous system — those that contain the GluRB subunit together with GluRA, C or D subunits — have low permeability to Ca2+. However, receptors that lack the GluRB subunit have much higher Ca2+ permeability, and many of these receptors are found in the spinal dorsal horn. AMPA receptors in the dorsal horn are also unusual in that they are found presynaptically on the axon terminals of primary sensory afferent neurons, and activation of these receptors depolarizes the afferent neurons and thereby reduces neurotransmission from afferent fibres to second-order neurons in the spine.
(Source: Signalling Gateway Org)

I concur. Plus, it hurts like fuck.