August 21, 2009
Technology is something I often despise, mostly because I can’t seem to keep up with it. I find more and more that I enjoy things that have a simple button or two, nothing virtual. I want things to be tangible! Until it’s helpful to me that is… and then it’s my best friend. Yes, I’m a fair-weather friend! So, here I am.. writing this from a speeding train, tearing through the Swedish countryside on the internet! Part of me feels proud of myself for partaking in this modern indulgence and the other feels sickened that I’m writing emails instead of admiring the awe-inspiring scenery as it flashes past. Perhaps I’m overthinking it all a little.
I’m somewhere in between Gothenburg and Stockholm. Just went through Skovde I believe.. I even took a photo for you using my computer’s camera… (I know, I’m amazing you with my technical know-how!)
I’ve been enjoying reading some interviews with Tom Waits at the moment.. a collection called ‘Innocent When You Dream’. I’ll leave you now with a quote because my conscience won’t let me waste anymore of this scenery by spending more time on this computer… This is something he said to a member of the audience when they yelled out that they couldn’t hear him loud enough while he was playing a show.. “Well, I’m hollerin’ my fool head off” rasped the seedy man of the hour, “Ain’t screamed so loud since the pigs ate my little brother”.
August 18, 2009
I write to you from the sunny (although rather cold and windy) seaside town of Malmo in the South of Sweden. I’m back on Swedish soil after a week in Denmark, but I’m hopping back to Denmark again next week when I head to Aarhus. My time in Copenhagen was nice, it’s a great city and hopefully I’ll get a chance to play there one day. I went to see an American band called Deerhunter on Sunday night (they’re from Atlanta, Georgia I believe, with hints of Death Cab & Sonic Youth) at a place called Vega. I bumped into a friend of mine from Australia at the show.. he was working for the band after doing some shows with them in Australia. Considering I’d only decided to go to the gig on a whim, it was a strange coincidence. It was a pretty good show. On another note.. I must say, Danish money looks very pretty (gosh the word play is priceless in this blog). The coins with a hole in the centre are worthy of being a pendant on a necklace. Between my time in Denmark & Sweden, I’ve been eating more hard bread, crayfish and mayonnaise than one person from the Southern Hemisphere has ever encountered… just to get more coins of course.
Thanks to those who showed up to our performance at Debaser in Malmo last night. It was most enjoyable. Great to play with those guys again. For those who didn’t manage to get their hands on a sampler CD, you can now order my albums through the merchandise link on my website.. www.sarahblasko.com.
So, I’m staying another night in Malmo and the town is festive in look and attitude (the festival runs all week). There’s lots of kids and some of those Dutch pancake stands – that kind of thing! Tonight ‘A Camp’ were playing (Nina Persson from the Cardigans features) in the main square, and I had a lovely walk in the gardens surrounding the castle this afternoon. It’s so green here at this time of the year.
Well, my next Scandinavian performance is this Saturday evening at Lasse i Parken in Hornstull.. it looks like a very nice outdoor restaurant and I’ll be doing a brief show from 6-6:30pm I believe. I don’t think there’s a door charge, so spread the word..
August 16, 2009
Yes, still in Scandinavia… Denmark to be precise. I’m leaving Copenhagen tomorrow for Malmo in the South of Sweden to play the Malmo Festival. I’ve been quite a tourist this week wandering around the city… and over the weekend I visited the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, (by the sea a little bit North of Copenhagen). Saw some Pollock, Warhol, Picasso, Rothko, that kinda thing! I must admit I’m a bit of a weirdo in an art gallery. I haven’t quite perfected my art-gazing stance. It’s difficult to know whether to rest your hand on your chin, to tilt your head, squint or to frame the image on display with your hands – sorry, maybe that’s just what film-makers and photographers do?! I always feel that my reaction to the paintings should somehow be more exaggerated. And I want to know how much time is enough to spend gazing at a particular painting and how much distance there should be? Perhaps there are no “rules” but I’m sure you can sense my inner dilemma!
After spending so many months working on a production of Hamlet last year, I thought it was only fitting for me to make a quick trip to Helsingor (Elsinore) and checked out the Kronberg Castle too. Being the cheapskate that I am, I decided not to pay the entry fee to go into the castle itself but instead decided to do the free walk underneath the Castle. I have to admit, I was terrified! It was so dark down there and sometimes you could hardly see where you were treading. Because I was on my own I was panicking, I almost tripped and then bumped into a mannequin of a soldier that some maniac thought would be a great idea to put down there. I eventually caught up to a German family that I followed closely behind for the rest of the trek. It didn’t help that the children kept making ghost sounds the whole way. Thoughts of Hamlet and his Father’s ghost could not be expelled from my mind, plus apparently there’s a resident ghost. I found out later that it’s supposed to be one of the most haunted castles in the world. Super. As I stepped out into the sunlight I tried to gather my composure… but I’m pretty sure I looked like someone who’d just seen a ghost.
News from Australia is that we’ve put a second show on sale at the Forum in Melbourne! The 4th October I believe. Now, that’s a place that looks like it’s haunted… I’ve heard there’s all kinds of crazy things down underneath the stage. I’ll be sure to take someone down with me if I decide to do a little tour of the theatre.
August 12, 2009
I had two enjoyable shows in Stockholm over the weekend, one at Landet and another at the Folklore Centrum. I played with fellow Australian, Pikelet who’s on a bit of a world tour. Thanks to those people who came along, particularly the lovely lady who came all the way from Berlin. I’ll need to make a stop there next time!
Next Monday I play in the South of Sweden in a town called Malmo. I think the guys who played with me the other night – two of whom played on ‘As Day Follows Night’ will be joining me for the adventure. In the meantime I’m checking out Copenhagen. At least I’m trying to… it’s been raining since I got here! I was thinking of going to see the new Lars Von Trier film ‘Antichrist’ because I am in Denmark, but I’m not sure it’s the kind of film one should see alone in a foreign city! Lars Von Trier films are usually quite an ordeal.
July 30, 2009
Hey there, sorry it’s been a while.. I’m just recovering from the excitement of the record finally being out here in Australia. I also had a ball at Splendour In The Grass, so big thanks to everyone who showed up to see us play. And wow, we were so rock’n’roll!.. Jeff smashed up his drum kit at the end of our set! I just wish I’d rehearsed some cool rock moves to match. Instead I stood there with my hands covering my mouth. It was his beautiful old kit after all! Anyhow, I was glad to see some great music over the weekend.. Dappled Cities, The Middle East, Bridezilla and The Flaming Lips were highlights for me.
I write this from Cooktown (Far North Queensland) where I’m about to do a bit of an avant garde classical operatic kinda thing (as you do?!) It’s part of the Queensland Music Festival and the performance is called ‘Laid In Earth’. There’s quite a large group of us.. two percussionists, violin, saxophone, clarinet, flute, piano. It’s very windy up here so we’re hoping the outdoor stage will work out to be a good idea come Saturday night. We’re performing from a stage that looks like a ship. It’s right near the water and the sunset was pretty fantastic this evening as we were rehearsing. I don’t want to make you jealous, but it’s going to be 25 degrees up here tomorrow. I might even get a tan.. although I guess that’s unlikely.
In other news, I’m heading back to Sweden next week to play some shows. I’m also playing in Denmark and one in London on the way home. So, spread the word if you’ve got friends in those parts of the world.
July 9, 2009
One last sleep and then As Day Follows Night is on the shelves of record stores in Australia. In the meantime, here’s a link to some versions I did of some of songs from the album for Shoot The Player. We recorded this a couple of days before I left Sydney for Stockholm to record… www.shoottheplayer.com.
July 7, 2009
There’s a couple of short clips that have been put together about the making of As Day Follow Night. Click on the link below to see one.. it features some little interviews with myself, Bjorn (Producer) & Lasse (Mix Engineer).
In other news, I’ll be performing ‘All I Want’ on ‘Sunrise’ on Channel 7 on Friday morning at approximately 7:40am.
July 5, 2009
As Day Follows Night is the feature album on Triple J all this week. I feel very proud. This week feels a bit like Christmas with the record out in Australia on Friday. So, to begin the exciting week ahead I’ll be waking up very early (just like Christmas morning) to talk about it all on Triple J. So, if you want to get up early too, I’ll be on the radio at 7:30am tomorrow (6th July).
June 30, 2009
Gosh my headlines are funny!.. Clearly I’m entertaining myself.
Just wanted to alert you to the grate (ha ha) brooches and badges that John Patterson (from the Grates..) has been designing… there’s even a Woody Allen one! I’m so excited.. www.sniffleco.com