Ever wondered what it’s like to live in Sweden? And I mean really live in Sweden by facing the mind numbing thought of dealing with institutions and the general vibe that will decide whether it’s actually worth your while.
aka The Oak, Fat town and Sissyville (‘Fjollträsk’)
Swedish music producer and DJ Håkan Lidbo’s hyperactive imagination has brought out 250 releases—everything from house and techno hits for the likes of Fatboy Slim and Yello, to techno ballets, Eurovision contributions, music he’s sent out to outer space and an art project subduing inner city sound pollution, just to name a fraction.
Sarah Assbring, who goes under the artistic name El Perro Del Mar, has been making quality Swindie pop since her debut album Look! It’s El Perro del Mar came out in 2005. The frail and melancholic signature hymns on her first three albums and the few available pictures of her looking like photos from a past era, gave her an air of being a mysterious and forgotten folk-rock singer from the 60′s.
B. Åkerlund is probably the most influential stylist of our time. She’s the architect behind Madonna’s spandex-disco-princess remake and a lot of what you’ve seen her wear since, including the costumes for her grandiose Roman empire inspired Super Bowl performance. Additionally, many of Lady Gaga’s iconic outfits, for example, the see-through plastic dress adorned with pink bubbles she wore on the cover of Rolling Stone. Read More
A decade ago, the options at hand for where to buy groceries in Sweden were limited to established chain stores like Ica and Konsum, basic butcheries, bakeries, bland health food stores and the odd gourmet shop. To say that Sweden has gone through a culinary revolution, which has quickly intensified the past couple of years, is no exaggeration. Read More
Swedes eat on average 50 kilos of bread a year and you’ll rarely be served a meal that doesn’t come with a slice. Despite the past year’s health obsession, Swedes still gobble down the same amount of bread, but it’s no longer the empty-carb white loaf. The sourdough bread trend that started in the early noughties, with a few French specialty bakeries, has grown from a foodie subculture to becoming an established part of urban life in Sweden. Read More
Sara-Vide Ericson graduated from Sweden’s Royal Institute of Art a few years ago and was soon picked up by the prestigious Galleri Magnus Karlsson, in Stockholm, where her first solo exhibition sold out before even opening. Read More
Searching For Sugar Man is a poignant documentary by Swedish filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul, about Detroit folk singer Sixto Rodriguez who recorded and released two epic albums in the 70s that went completely unnoticed.