Said the Guests: Agent Simple
by Dan
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Agent Simple made one of the best EPs of last year. Hopefully 3 things will happen: 1. he will make more songs 2. he will tour Canada 3. you will enjoy his thoughts and treasures here today. -Dan

Vapnet - "Ge Dom Våld"

I'm not the kind of guy that walks around punching people in the face on a Saturday night. I have never really been in a fight. If I see anything that even remotely looks like a situation that possibly could turn violent, I go out of my way to avoid trouble at almost any cost. Still, I would say that I have at least as much anger in me as the next person (if not more).

To me, the Swedish band Vapnet ("The Weapon" in English) is about all of that, being full of rage, but too weak or reserved to let it out on someone or something.

Listening to Vapnet's "Ge Dom Våld" makes me want to pick up the chair I'm sitting on and smash it over the head on the next person that happens to walk by. At the same time the song calms me because lyrically, I couldn't have put anything better myself. There's just nothing to add.

Maybe there's no point in explaining this to you without translating the lyrics to English (which I won't), but maybe there's something else besides just the lyrics in the song that makes me feel this way. You tell me. [Buy]

Cake on Cake - "Dreams Will Come True"

A friend of mine turned me on to this girl from the north of Sweden by the name of Helena. She has a solo project called Cake on Cake, to witch I think you should lend your beloved eyes and ears.

In addition to releasing a terrific album on Desolation Records (go get it!), she has made a video for the beautiful song "Dreams will come true" (it might take you a while to download). I love it. It's cold, dark and kind of gross, yet cute, cozy and heartwarming. What the hell is she holding in her arms? I can't tell. Any suggestions? [Buy]

Aside: No matter how good this video is, I'll never see it on MTV or any other network because of marketing reasons, corporate stuff and blah blah blah, you know what I mean. Still, there are loads of talented artists and video directors out there in the world who make great videos that are kind of hard to find for someone who's interested. There should be a homepage or a database of some kind where all these videos are assembled in one place. The artists send in their contributions to this place, and someone else puts it online on a good-looking homepage. I'd do it myself if I had the skills to make a decent homepage.

I'm just throwing the idea out there for you to grab.

Posted by Dan at March 29, 2006 2:35 AM

That website you're looking for is

Posted by Esque at March 29, 2006 7:36 AM is pretty comprehensive and most of the videos are supplied by fans of the bands for the most part.

Posted by flint at March 29, 2006 1:22 PM

Thanks for pointing me in the direction of that video--great tune and really weird, but captivating video. I'll be buying some Cake on Cake now.

Posted by Jonah at March 29, 2006 4:29 PM

There's a new blog by the Good Weather For Air Strikes people at It's a start.

Posted by dizzer at March 29, 2006 11:18 PM

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