Thursday, October 25, 2007


I shipped of a bunch of plush for the Stuffed show today. Next stop: New York! We're going there for the weekend. Pictures in a few days.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Daniel's Favorite Tunes of 2007 (so far) Part 7!

Last but not least in this week long parade of the best songs of 2007 (even though the year is not over yet) is a song from this years best album; Southerly's Storyteller and the Gossip Columnist. The song is called "Soldiers".

Thank you Southerly.

Review can be found here.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Daniel's Favorite Tunes of 2007 (so far) Part 6!

It's been a while since good traditional techno was created, so long it seems like a dead genre. That's why Motor is such an important band. With their album Unhuman they gave new life to this purest of electronic genres.

You'll understand what I mean when you hear "Bleep #1"

Review can be found here.

More Spok-spok! is yet another place where you can geta hold of your very own Spok-spok!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Daniel's Favorite Tunes of 2007 (so far) Part 5!

Maps is a one man project from the UK, and it just happens he made one of this years best albums, We Can Create. "You Don't Know Her Name" is the best song on that album, and that qualifies it for Best Song of 2007 (although it's not over yet).

Ladies and gents, I give you Maps.

Review can be found here.

We had a good 8 months.

One thing I don't like about running your own business and freelancing is that you always feel that you should work. Whether it's evening or weekend, you always have that nagging feeling that you could do something, and it's very hard to relax. Today it's Sunday, and I've decided I'm not gonna work. So there.

I finally washed my Cheap Mondays yesterday, after 8 months of wear. They really started to stink, and they had kind of a hard greasy surface to them. I washed them at the perfect time, they look great.

Here are some close ups.

Now I'm looking forward to finding another pair with a great cut, so I can break those in as well.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Teenage flashback.

One of the greatest things about the interweb is that you can find almost anything from your teenage years if you just want to. There's a veritable treasure chest of nostalgia out there just waiting to be re-discovered.

This video is one of those instant recallers of childhood memories. It's late summer 1988, me and my friend Johan got the excellent idea to harvest the rhubarbs growing by my house, and make rhubarb creme. As a sweet mix of rhubarbs and sugar boiled away, we listened to a mix tape stolen from my sister. One song was a given favorite of ours, and once the song was over we pressed rewind, just to listen to it all over again.

That song was Lili & Sussie's "Robert and Marie".

Daniel's Favorite Tunes of 2007 (so far) Part 4!

"Sisters in The Struggle" is next up on my list. It's the opener for Lesbians on Ecstasy's third record We Know You Know. LoA is all about feminist electro punk, "Sisters in The Struggle" is however one of their more down tempo tunes, and is perhaps not the best example of their sound. It is however a mighty fine song.

By the way, it's past midnight, and I can't sleep, so what better way to waste the night away than to write this fourth entry in my bullet train of beautiful noise.

Review can be found here.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Daniel's Favorite Tunes of 2007 (so far) Part 3!

Today I choose Oreskaband's "Yeah! Ska Dance" for the list of this years best songs. Oreskaband is a Japanese ska band, and "Yeah! Ska Dance" was also used in a Pocky commercial, which is very apparent in the video. It's been a while since ska sounded this good.

Review can be found here.

More fan art!

Here's some more fan art, this time from Singapore.

I like the ones where they're using their bags as rain coats. Spok-spok is such a versatile toy.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Daniel's Favorite Tunes of 2007 (so far) Part 2!

Here's the second installation in my Best Songs of 2007 (even though 2007 isn't over yet) list. This time we get to meet Von Sudenfed, and listen to their song "Fledermaus Can't Get It" from the album Tromatic Reflexxions. Even though it's their debut cut, the members of Von Sudenfed are not new to the music industry. Mark E Smith, frontman of The Fall, and electronic experimentalists Mouse on Mars make up Von Sudenfed, and you can definitely hear where they come from in "Fledermaus Can't Get It"


Review can be found here.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Daniel's Favorite Tunes of 2007 (so far)!

I'm gonna start doing something very geeky, namely post the videos to some of this years best songs. It just feels like a good idea, and it's nice being able to share quality music with the people who read this (btw, who are you? Leave a comment on this entry and make yourselves known).

First out in this nerdiest conga line of mine is Hans Appelqvist, with the song "Tank Om Himlens Alla Stjarnor", taken from the effort Sinfantin och Morkret.

Review can be found here.

Yay. Scary. Giggles!

Great news! A big UK chain (which I don't want to name here yet) is gonna carry the Spok-spoks! They have stores in the ten biggest cities in the UK, and hopefully we can have them out in stores in time for the christmas rush.

I'm watching The Da Vinci Code on DVD right now, it's not very good. Earlier this evening I watched a documentary on youtube about Varg Vikernes, better known as Count Grishnak. He was one of the central figures in the Norwegian Black metal circuit, not to mention a murderer and church burner. A scary documentary about a very disturbed person. It's an interesting portrayal of the Black Metal subculture nonetheless.

I also watched this clip.

Up next in our carnival of maturity, Daniel eats a booger!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Longest Entry Ever.

This is one of the most amazing videos I've ever seen. The guy's name is Dan Osman, he was a "free-solo" climber (a climber not using any safety gear). Ironically he died at the age of 35, whilst bungee jumping.

I don't have anything new to write about, nothing overly exciting has happened lately. A steady stream of people are e-mailing me asking where they can find Spok-spok in Sweden, which is fun, I only wish they were available in more places in the old country. They're selling well at the few stores that carry them, though, which is fun.

Blah, I wish I had a CD to review, that's always fun. Whenever I'm bored, writing about music cheers me up. But nothing new so far. I have a shitload of CD's due to arrive in the mail, but nothing at home. Well, I do have Dave Clarks "I Love Techno", but the release date is not for another month, and I prefer writing about a release one week before it's due.

Here are some toys I want to satisfy some strange inner craving.

This is Mr TTT Burger from Friends With you. I have FWY's Baby Bumble Grump, and TTT would be a nice addition.

Here's a crazy unpolished version of Devilrobots' "Evirob". this sucker is so limited, though, probably already sold out, which is good, since the price tag reads $160.

Here's a cute little blue thingie from my competitor Shawnimals. I really like Shawnimals, they make all their stuff by hand, and it has a really nice crafty home made feel to it.

Here's the more polished version of Evirob. Amazing, as always with Devilrobots, and not as expensive.

And of course a Cheburashka. This one is plush and big, and no geeky toy list would be complete without one.

I'm gonna watch some FLCL now.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Paint, paint, paint.

I need to work more on my show in LA in February. There's no hurry yet, but the months just fly by. 6 out of 12 pieces are pretty much done, and I've started on a few more, and I like them. Have to start working harder, however.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Spok-spok this, and Spok-spok that.

The Spok-spoks are selling like crazy in Sweden! I'm shipping off another box full of them today.

On Friday a thousand more are being delivered. Jeeze.

Now it's high time to be creative for a few hours. The deadline for a show in LA is approaching, and I hate having to do things last minute.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Body Aches.

I'm sick, my body aches, and I'm dizzy. It comes and goes, but at least I don't have a fever. I hate being feverish.

At least I got some work done today. Lots of e-mailing back and forth, stores wanting to stock up on Spoks for the Christmas rush, etc. I also made a first version of a t-shirt for an upcoming secret project. It looks good, but there are way too many colors, so I have to remake it. It's also a tad to busy. Less is, as we all know by now, more.

*I see now that the text and the outline of the heart on the shirt is blue! that's not how it's supposed to be. Does it look blue or yellow on your computer? Let me know.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Get your Spok-spok on!

Monkeyhouse Toys is another place where you can get your very own Spok-spok!

Friday, October 5, 2007

Fan Art.

Fan art is another reason to keep working. This warms my Scandinavian perma-frost heart.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007


It's things like this that keeps me motivated.