Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The Power of The Dark Side

I see this and I melt!

/ M

Monday, September 29, 2008

Lights, Camera, Action!

Today, my new camcorder arrived. A Sony HDR-HC9. And so it begins. My friend and co-producer Johan Kronlund is in Greece for a week. So we've put the studio sessions on hold and will pick it up this weekend. Which is good, cause I'll get a chance to really check it out and learn how to use the camera. This whole filming buisness is kind of making me a bit nervous. I've never done anything like i before. Hopefully it'll work out fine. I'm throwing a party this friday. I guess that would be a good thing to start off the film with!

Here's a list of songs we are recording for the third album:

1. Welcome to Stalingrad
2. Last Year in Marienbad
3. One Kiss
4. Click Click
5. Dancing Shoes
6. 10 years ago, 10 years from now
7. Unknown Pleasures
8. The Stares of The House That Haunted This Town
9. My Valentine
10. Anything can happen in California
11. Do You Remember Annabelle?
12. I Love You Annie

Looks good.
/ M

Sunday, September 28, 2008


Today, Linda and I are going to the Nobel Museum. We are going to have a look at an exhibition about Ingmar Begman, entitled Bergman In Focus. I studied film when I was 20 and (just like everyone else) I fell in love with Persona and especially Cries and Whispers. That's when I started collecting his films, books of him and about him and also a lot of screenplays. I'm really looking forward to the exhibition, as I'm sure they've put together a nice coffee table book with all the pictures of him. It would look so good in my bookshelf.
/ M

Friday, September 26, 2008

Once every Autumn

No matter how much you try, you just can't plan days like these. They just happen. For me, once maybe twice each year. See, I got off work early and my plans to have lunch with Patrik Berg got cancelled, so I thought I'd just stop by my favorite book shop, Papercut, before I'd head home to get some more work done. But then I found myself turning left, instead of right by the end of the street and as the leaves slowly fell towards the pavement I put on Miles and Sonny Stitt, live in Stockholm '61 on my iPod. I walked around for two hours, inhaling the architecture in the south part of my hometown. This awkward, grand, small-minded, embracing, inhibited, anxious and beautiful city. I bought three issues of The Believer and some OJ. I'll spend the rest of the day on my balcony, reading.
/ M

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Are you ready to Believe?

I'm an addict. Dave Eggars, you bastard! I picked up one of the latest issues of The Believer a couple of months ago and I just couldn't put it down. Now my collection of the back catalogue is slowly growing and I must say, it's probably the best magazine ever. In the fifthy fourth issue, there is an awesum interview with Kristen Schaal (Mel from Flight of The Conchords). Brilliant! They have also published parts of Michel Houellebecq's "Against nature, against life" about H.P. Lovecraft. Very intreging and well written.
Here's a clip with Kristen Schaal from the Edinburgh Festival. Hilarious!

She's my idol. Anyway, The Believer. You really should check it out. Well, anything published by McSweeney's Publishing is worth both your money and your time, I promise you. They also make a terrific DVD magazine, Wholphin. It's collections of short movies and documentaires. What can say, I'm swept off my feet.
/ M

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Modesty Blaise in a new suit!

I'm proud to announce that you can now hear the re-recorded single version of the song "Modesty Baise" on my myspace. It's released in the UK only by the beautiful lable Ruffa Lane.

/ M

Your right to Comment!

My god! I had no idea that my blog had the "only-google-members-can-leave-a-comment" nonsense. Anyway, it's gone now. Thank you Erika for mailing me about it. And please speak your mind! / M

When will we start writing real songs again?

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Would-be hipster's alright with me

Yesterday wouldbehipster.com posted a review of "Introducing... the best of Montt Mardié" which will be released early next year in the UK. Here's the whole review:

"I cannot take a man seriously if he's a)Speedo-clad, b)holding a crayola-colored drink with a tiny umbrella, or c)singing excessively in falsetto. While I don't consider the first two to necessarily be to my detriment (quite the opposite actually), chances are "c" has caused me to miss out on more than a few compelling musical artists. Thankfully, Montt Mardié (pronounced mar-dee-yay), who's non-music goals include "make[ing] a frame-by-frame remake of ‘When Harry Met Sally’ with him playing the role of Harry," doesn't ask that you discover the meaning of life though his music - only that you listen.

Full disclosure: there is currently no USA release date for Introducing the Best Of. I hate when people run stories about artists and forget to mention this important little fact. Thanks for getting me excited over nothing. Jerks. However, both of Mardié's previous efforts, Clocks/Pretender and Drama, are available on both iTunes and eMusic. Buy them both and cherry pick your own favorites. Yes, that is an order.

For those who aren't flush, or are simply looking to test the waters, Introducing the Best Of is a strong introduction to Sweden's latest golden boy. Weeding out multiple versions ("Smile Charlie" finds a home on the album, bumping the less compelling, nearly identical "Bag of Marbles"), we're left with seventeen single-worthy pop gems. Turns out falsetto isn't such a bad thing - I can sing along!

And sing I do. The world Mardié lives in is hopelessly cinematic, even when singing about his own romantic ineptitude. Somewhere between pleading to have his name written in the clouds after his death and asking the untouchable girl next door to the prom, Mardié still finds time to duet with fellow Swedish musical royalty Hello Saferide and Jens Lekman, again lending credence to the belief that all that musicians in Sweden do is sit around in rooms together being made of awesome. It's a rough life, as evidenced by the aforementioned smooth-as-silk falsetto. (I know, I know, this is the third time I've mentioned it, but the sweetness of his lyrics is directly proportional to the unnerving quality of the boy's range.)

There's a name for this type of music. A name that I've been violently shoving to the back of my mind as repeated Introducing the Best Of listenings have threatened to bring it forward, allowing it to spill over my lips and escape into the world. Oh how the truth burns! Here it goes.... What Montt Mardié has created is boy band music. But, it's boy band music at its hookiest, ear-wormiest finest. There. I said it. Oh heck, grab me a stool and get the guy in the Speedo to order me one of whatever he's drinking. I'll be here awhile."

Damn straight! And thank you.
/ M

Are you filming this?

The idea is that I'll be filming everything that goes on while we (me and Johan Kronlund) are working on the new album (!) and that I'll eventually turn it into a "behind-the album"-documentary. Thing is, "everything that goes on" is pretty unflattering business. Mood swings, comfortable (and oh-so-ugly!) clothes and 35 takes for each line that I'm singing. Do I really want people to see that? Of course, I could cut all that out, but then the film would just be a couple of guys drinking coffee talking about their girlfriend troubles and telling bad puns. Well, I guess I'll just have to start wearing a tie to the studio.

I've been trying to come up with a title for the new album. Right now I'm kind of keen on just calling it "Montt Mardié". Clean and simple. If you have any other suggestions, please share! We could make into a competition. The one who comes up with a name for the album gets the "very special thanks to" in the liner notes. Are you up for it?
Talk soon.
/ M

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Sing along with Pat Boone

I survived the night. I sang myself to sleep at around 6.45 and woke up at 10.00 with a song in my head. "Speedy Gonzales"! What a great tune! It might have some racial issues, and it absolutely plays around with a very stereotype picture of espanic people, but still it's a marvelous song. Pat Boone, 1962. You can sing along if you like:

Awh, terrific! I will spend the rest of the day playing Star Wars: The Force Unleashed on my xbox360. Thank God for George Lucas and for his direct and fearless path towards becoming the worlds greatest sell-out of all time! I love every second of it!
/ M

Insomnia, 25 and David Sedaris

I can't sleep. It's 5.29 and I can't sleep. I close my eyes and a reel of thousand thoughts start spinning. So I read. I read David Sedaris' "When You are Engulfed In Flames" and I cry. I'm 25 now. I turned 25 last week. The early twentys are gone forever.

I've started to record another album. Krille Eriksson just laid down the guitar tracks for a beautiful number entitled "Elisabeth by the Piano". I'm sure it'll be one of my favorites. I also just finished writing my very own "Walking on Sunshine", I named i "Welcome to Stalingrad". Wonderful.

People keep telling me that if I want this whole blog thing to work I need to update twice each day, instad of once a month. Well, we'll see.

Don't fall asleep.
/ M