Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Eskilsphenia 2014.

Eskilsphenia has now become somewhat of a tradition on the Swedish scooterscene. What started out as a small get together for friends has grown by each year, and now onto it's seventh year it is actually considered one of the bigger annual happenings with about 70-80 scoots (and a lot more people) participating each year. That may not sound much, but if you consider the fact that Eskilstuna is a rather small town with only about 100.000 inhabitants and only a handful of people into this sort of stuff it kind of puts thing in a different perspective.

Being a cityrun it sort of divides it's focus between the scooters during the day and clubbing at night. This year, as we have the last two, we decided to combine it with my "own" clubnight, The Melting Pot during which I shared the decks with Mamba from Malmö, Charming Charlotte from Stockholm and Eikedelic from Berlin.

All in all the event went well, without any major glitches (although a few small mishaps are alway to be expected). As usual when it comes to scooterruns I will not write to much about, and rather let the photos do the talking instead.

Thanks to all who came and to my colleagues in our local scooterclub, Blacksmiths SC, for helping
out in tying it all together!

Since I was rather busy organizing so somewhat less photos than usual was snapped, but if you want to see the rest of those they can be found here.

 My brothers and sisters in Sweden Blues SC were there too. Of course. 

Munken and Tjompen of Stockholm Mods posing by the scoots by the scooters during the rideout.

My partner in crime, brother from Blues SC and semiregular DJ -companion - Mamba.

Eikedelic made sure the dancefloor got going. 

And of course Charming Charlotte - busy on the dancefloor when not behind the decks.

Song of the day:
Harvey Scales & The 7 Sounds - Love-I-Tis

Monday, September 15, 2014

On the turntable: Larry Williams & Johnny Guitar Watson - Too Late

The fullength album was released in -67, but the promo I have is from -76.

Ok. Here's the setup: Larry Williams, rhythm 'n blues and rock 'n roll singer, mostly remembered as the guy who wrote Bony Moronie and Dizzy Miss Lizzy. And Johnny "Guitar" Watson, guitarplayer extraordinaire, often quoted as a major influence of Jimi Hendrix and Frank Zappa (actually, Johnny Watson deserves a post of his own at some point). Two bad boys if you like. Bad boys who were really good friends and thought: "Hey, we both like to have fun and cause a ruckus. And we like to play music. Why not record an album together?".

Actually, I have no idea if that is what they were thinking, but I would really like to think that's how it happened because it's what their album "Two for the price of one" sounds like. Especially this single, Too Late, which is somewhat of a classic on the northern soul scene and one of my favourites in the genre. A duet between the two men in which one is the guy who's woman just left him for another man (probably due to him not being a very nice guy) and the other one is his friend. The music may be upbeat, but the lyrics although funny in a sense are pretty dark and contains sentences such as "she'd done mess you around a made you an alcoholic", "don't need no woman to help me starve to death" and "you don't want nobody that don't treat you right - she's got to love you every night". Basically it's like listening to two good friends with dubious opinions when it comes to women and relationships getting a little too drunk and bitter at the local pub late at night translated into a song.

 Oh, and did I mention that it has a driving beat layered with strings?

Song of the day:
Larry Williams & Johnny "Guitar" Watson - Too Late

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Sinful Mod Weekend Gothenburg 2014 - photos galore!

Summer has a tendency to make you focus on other things than writing on a small blog on the internet. Especially if you reside in a country where summer only last for a little less than three months. There's just too many other, more significant things to do out in the real world during those warm weeks than spending time indoors in front of a computer screen. However, autumn is coming and things are slowly returning to normal so expect slightly more regular posting from my behalf on here now.

For starters: I began my summevacation by going to Gothenburg for the first installment of the Sinful Mod Weekend in more than a decade. Three days of spending time with old and new friends from all over sweden as well as the rest of europe, filled with scooterriding, drinking and dancing at all-nighters. A close to perfect weekend and a not just a little hard to describe in words - hence I'll let the pictures do most of the talking this time.

There are quite a few photos in this post, but those of you who wish to see even more of the photos I took during this wonderful weeken on the westcoast of sweden can do so here.

Round and round we go.

My mate Acke shows once again why smoking, unhealthy as it may be, will always be the quintessential of cool in a photo.

And my brother in Sweden Blues Scooter Club, Robin, doing what we do best.

Mirrors, mirrors and more mirrors.

Mingling in the middle of Gothenburg. Mods, skins, soulies, rudeboys etc all as one. 

The Alloy Six treated us to some livemusic during the rideout. 

Well...why not? 

 Great friends and drinks in the park during a warm summer evening before heading of to the final allnighter. Hard to beat.

Suit up and get 'yer 45s out!

Dance to keep from crying.

Song of the day:
Dobie Gray - Out On The Floor