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I took this picture with my cellphone earlier in April. Nice concert indeed it was, and after treating the original picture with Photoshop for Android it turned out quite nice. I like how the concave line of the solid mountain ceiling helps draw a shape reminiscent of an Egyptian eye. The concert venue is a former bomb shelter cave beneath Nygårdshøyden, the hill where the University of Bergen has spread out most of its campus.


Every now and then, when I’m tired after a long day I need some calming music. That is when I put on Intro by The XX. At least these days. It’s melancholic, dreamy and groovy at the same time. But it’s too short. 2:07 minutes is not enough to get in the calm mood. Then I found a version on Youtube that is 6:54 minutes long. Now we’re getting somewhere. But I need more. So I churn it through the machinery at endlessyoutube.com. And get peace in mind. Here is a short link just for you my friend:

bit.ly/peaceinmind

This summer I’ve been playing drums again, and it has been great. It has been about 6 years since I played actively in a high school band that I have mentioned before, Breaking News (…). We played mostly punk including covers of classics like Louie Louie and Brand New Cadillac plus some self made songs. We actually did a couple of gigs in town and the peak, or maybe anticlimax of my career with the band was at NoName Bar in Kristiansund. According to the guitarist, Øivind Røe, the bar owner said we were pretty decent. I can’t remember hearing anything about that. We then dissolved as high school ended and people spread out to military, civil service and university.

Now 6 years later and home on my summer break, I got together with my old guitar comrade and my Finnish friend Krister Sandvik to play some music. Krister started playing the guitar about the time I stopped playing drums and has become quite a decent metal guitarist. I’m kind of the jazz type, but what do you get when you mix a jazz junkie, a metal head and a redneck punk? Maybe something like this: A sort of a post rock theme that we only played a couple of times before we tried to record it. Be warned, it’s pretty psychedelic, and a little rusty.

The movie is an outtake of another high school project I had a part in. The director, who later went to study movie making also happens to be the suit that recorded our, what to call it, Post Rock Jam Session. Thanks Jan Helge Skjerven! The name of our new band is Grew Up In Curtains and the next jam session is scheduled for Christmas break.

Back in my high school days I was the drummer in a band called Breaking News. We played rock and punk, such as covers of The Clash as well as self-made music. We actually managed to get a couple of gigs at some bars in our town. Yes I admit, it’s a tiny town and the bar was not raised high (neither the literal nor the idiomatic one…). Anyways, I haven’t really played much since then. I do love playing, but military, travel and university has been taking up too much time and energy. Now that I’ve come to Japan I’ve finally decided to start playing a little bit again. To get access to a drum set I have joined a band playing club at uni, and today I went to an instrument store and got a pair of brand spanking new drumsticks. More beneath the picture. Funky Sueyoshi Pearl Drumsticks made in JapanThe brands in store were the usual American ones but at least I made sure to get a pair made in Japan. A thousand yen is about half the price I would pay in Norway. As the list freak I am I have compiled a list of about 30 tunes that I want to play to. Bands in the list include Black Diamond Brigade, Bright Eyes, The Clash, Gogol Bordello, Johndoe, Kaizers Orchestra, Steely Dan and Trang Fødsel.

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