A Swedish folk duo consisting of two sisters, Johanna and Klara Söderberg. From their sound you would never guess they
were Swedish, though. They sing american-ish folk and country songs in a really soothing way, and their voices form some
of the best harmonies I have heard. Their story is what
modern technology has made possible: they uploaded themselves singing duettos on MySpace and were subsequently picked up by a record
label. I was never really into this kind of music before, but instantly got a liking to their albums. I really recommend
checking them out.
A remarkable band of four women from Norway. An amalgamation of talent in both singing and playing, the band members
play a total of fifteen instruments, which they switch between seamlessly during their live gigs. Their music is really
something different, hard to describe and hard to put a label on. That is why I won’t even try to pick a genre for them,
they need to be heard to truly know. A total shame, though, that their latest album, Rockland, failed to live up to
my expectations and was quite toned down from the previous two. It wasn’t bad, it was just… ok. Here’s hoping they will
release more music in the future and catch some of that spark again.
Trio Töykeät are the name to know in Finnish jazz. Extremely well crafted jazz pieces played with precision and
finesse. The musicians themselves are the best Finland has to offer in the genre. I can’t find more words to describe
their special qualities, so maybe let the examples speak for themselves.
To me, Bo Kasper (Bo Sundström) is the J. Karjalainen of Sweden. Maybe that’s a blasphemous statement to some, but I
find many parallels between them. At the very least I enjoy listening to both of them equally. Bo Kaspers Orkester have
consistently upped themselves through the years, creating some awesome jazz, rock and pop songs. Personally I have
enjoyed each record more than the last one, culminating in Du borde tycka om mig.
A huge name in Finnish rock music, he is also a very prolific singer-songwriter that has covered rock, blues, country
and other genres with success. Some of the most memorably tunes in Finnish music have come from his inventive mind. He
has a very recognizable singing voice and deals with all kinds of different themes in his songs. Personally I enjoy the
big variety of his discography and his signature harmonica sound, which can be heard in many songs.
EDIT 2015-11-17: I decided to split these up to different posts for easier referencing and easier updating later.
See the tag music-i-like to view them all.
Since this is a blog about stuff I want to tell people, I thought I’d make a series of posts about something I love: music.
These posts will also serve as a reference for the odd occasion that I tell someone what I like to listen to. My taste in
music is somewhat varied and my music library has a lot of stuff in it. That’s why I will only cover some of the the artists I like
listening to most. One could kind of approximate it from my last.fm statistics, but I tend
to listen using “Shuffle All” nearly all the time, so the stats will be skewed in favor of artists with lots of tracks
(such as 植松伸夫). For each artist I will tell
something about them and then add a couple of examples from YouTube. The artists I post about are not in any particular
Leevi and the Leavings (1978–2003)
This may be somewhat strange for the international crowd. A very prolific Finnish rock/pop band that released album
after another. They were pretty popular in Finland and many of their songs are still very popular in the radio, even
though they disbanded after the death of the band’s lead, Gösta Sundqvist, in 2003. A couple of noteworthy facts: every single one of
their songs was composed, written and arranged by Gösta, and the band never officially did a single live concert. Their
songs are very Finnish in their content, usually dealing with the daily struggles of ordinary “little people”.
Personally I like Gösta’s lyrics that often highlight things you don’t think about in a tragicomic way, and his catchy
melodies in many songs.
UPDATE: I wrote a new post with newer and faster benchmarks.
After the Snowden revelations, I personally started looking more into encrypting my online activities and making sure
sites that ran on my server were (relatively) secure. Eventually I put this blog behind HTTPS as well, not really for
any security benefit, since I’m not talking government secrets and the blog has no admin panel, but rather for learning
about TLS and how to set it up properly. Problem was, it seems I did not read about things properly. This blog post
describes one result of that ignorance.
So I went and ordered myself a new server. My old one was a VPS from
Linode with 1 core, 1 GB of RAM and a 24 GB disk. The new one is a dedicated
server from online.net with 8 cores, 8 GB of RAM and 1 TB of hard disk space.
At the same time it is only slightly more expensive so I jumped at the opportunity. How reliable it actually is will
only be shown with time, but I like living on the bleeding edge. So I thought I would write a blog post about all the
stuff I run into when setting up the new server. Note: This post is meant for reference only, not as a guide. Be sure
look for recommendations from people wiser than myself regarding any security settings.
Whatever you think of Internet scammers, they sure are inventive. They keep figuring out new ways to scam people for
clicks, money, or whatever it is they want. Today I noticed a new type of auto-sharing spam page that was unwittingly
shared by a Facebook friend of mine. It takes form as a regular looking clickbait page that lures you in with its title,
but when you go to the page, it fools the user into sharing it on their own page.
For some reason, while browsing the Interwebs, I stumbled upon
Carolina Eyck, a German
theremin player. The theremin is a fascinating electronic instrument played
by moving hands in front of the instrument, without touching it. It has a very unique space-y kind of sound. Even though
I am not musical in any way, after seeing a few videos, I suddenly had a great urge to get myself one and learn to play
it. To save everyone’s ears, I won’t be doing that, but will just settle for listing some fun videos.