27 Sep 2007

Sandy Mouche's new ideas (III): SM's dinner has begun!

We have great news today. According to Martinique Josefsson, in SM Official News, the band has begun the process. We will have a new Sandy Mouche's album in 2008, with Helena, Martinique, Per and Ola.

It has begun! This evening we sat down and made plans for the upcoming album. In two weeks we will start rehearsing and then we will hit the studio. Two songs at a time. You will be able to follow the process here on the Official site.

The album will be fast-floating, clean, angry, sad, happy, soft, and some ballads hopefully. But I dont really know, the songs will have it their way I suppose.

Martinique Josefsson (Sandy Mouche)

20 Sep 2007

HJ's 2007 Fall (II): Popkomm Berlin

One of the top three concerts of my life so far, the one in Berlin!
Helena Josefsson (Sandy Mouche)

Some fans (Nicole and Heike from Germany; Billy from Sweden) were in Café Zapata, Berlin, yesterday night.

Nicole has written these words in the Official forum:

Hi everybody!

Heike and I are back from Berlin! And what can I say? It was great! Even it was a veeeery long evening!

Here´s what happened yesterday evening:
First the band "Division of Laura Lee" was on stage. They were really nice, like all the bands, that were there! After a break "The Sunshine" came on stage and started playing. A few minutes later I turned around to see what´s behind me and saw Helena standing behind me. Shocked As you can imagine it was a little shock in a positive way. I haven´t expected her in that moment. Very Happy She recognized us and gave us a hug. Cuddle I presented her our present. We gave her the banner, we made for the EHM-Tour, which we had signed before, a photo-cd with all the photos I have made during the EHM-Tour and 2 marzipan-pigs. She loved it! We couldn´t talk to her that moment, because it was too loud. So she went outside the café, but we didn´t follow her.

We didn´t see the other bands, because it was too loud and very hot there. The café had a lounge, where we sat down and waited for Helena´s gig.

Helena´s show was great! During the show Helena looked on us and said "Thank you for the pigs!". Of course, she meant the marzipan-pigs. That was really funny, because no one else from the audience could know, what she was talking about! Laughing When she sang Sleepyhead, almost the whole audience sang "Can you feel the sunlight" on and on. Helena has really catched the people with her voice. At least as long as she hold her microphone on my mouth and shouted "Nicole, sing!". That was cool, even if I can´t sing at all! But it was good enough for some seconds!

After the performance we went outside. 40 minutes later we wanted to go home in the hotel. Then we saw Helena and the whole band in front of Café Zapata, how they were drinking and talking. So, we went to them to talk a bit and say goodbye. She thanked us for the present again and introduced us her band. We said hello to them. I told her, that some members of this forum really would like to be in Berlin too, but are not able to. So, I asked her, if she wants to write a message to them. And of course she did want to!

You can find it here: Message from Helena to all forum members!

Martin made some pictures of us with his mobile, when we were talking to Helena. And finally we made some photos together with her!

You can look at all my photos here: Photos of Helena at Café Zapata in Berlin

I hope you like the short story and pictures!

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I just arrived from Popkomm, the music messe/festival in Berlin! What a cool city! The "messe" took place in Messe Berlin, a huge building with great big halls full of people working in the musicbusiness in one way or another. I met a lot of interesting people and had a few meetings with Mourice Plusquin and Bruce Smith by my side. I handed out CD's with my songs to companies who showed interested in what I do.

I spent my evenings at Café Zapata on Oranienburger Strasse. A very cool little bar/club. On Thursday there was a Swedish night and I saw Helena Josefsson and Soundtrack of our lives perform. Helena is awesome! Really like her voice! The keyboardplayer turned out to be be MY future keyboardplayer, Christoffer Andersson!! What a coincidence! He did a great job by the way! Berlin, I'll be back! For sure!
Mariette (MaryJet)
Mariette Hansson, from Halmstad, SE - MaryJet


Good photos by Emma Sonesson ("Billy"), from Sweden 2 Thumbs Up BiLLY wrote about it: "Hey, don't forget me! I was there too. Me and Erik. We didn't sleep for three days. It was me that sang in the mix. Did I sing well? It was really fantastic, GOSH that fun! I didn't think it would be that wonderful ... Give me mooooore microphone! I've taken this wonderful pics, which I think are the best pics I've ever made. You have to have a look. Helena is soo cute there."

Hello all of you wonderful persons! I just want to tell you how much I appreciate what you do & all the smiles I feel from you! Puss puss! Helena

Helena Josefsson (Sandy Mouche)

Helena wrote these lines to you at Café Zapata in Berlin after the show, where we (Heike and I) had the chance to meet her.

Hope you like her message!


By the way,BiLLY (Emma Sonesson), a fan from Borlänge (Sweden), has developed lots of designs with merchandise about Helena Josefsson.

You can find the Merchandise information here.

And you can also visit her Unofficial fanclub with Forum.

3 Sep 2007

HJ's 2007 Fall (I): in Berlin: 2007/09/20!!!

During the Popkomm Messe in Berlin! www.popkomm.de
In the oldest club in east Berlin. www.cafe-zapata.de Oranienburger Str. 54; 10117 Berlin, Germany

Four other Swedish acts will perform this evening such as Soundtrack of Our Lives, Böss and more!

ROCK ME! come on let´s deconstruct that ABBA complex
The days of ABBA fame are well and truly over, but when it comes to indie rock, Sweden is still right at the top. If you need convincing, Division of Laura Lee and The Sunshine will be happy to oblige. BÖSS vs. Gods of Blitz represent a German-Swedish collaboration. And Helena Josefsson delights with indie-pop tunes. Headliners The Soundtrack of Our Lives (photo) have conquered the hearts and ears of their fans with a 60s-infused rock sound.

21:00 – 21:30
Division of Laura Leewww.myspace.com/divisionoflauralee (Punk, Alternative)
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21:45 – 22:15
The Sunshinewww.myspace.com/thesunshine (Indie, Pop)
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22:30 – 23:10
BÖSS - www.myspace.com/bossofsweden (Rock, Alternative)
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22:30 – 23:10
Gods of Blitzwww.myspace.com/godsofblitz
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23:25 – 23: 55
Helena Josefssonwww.myspace.com/helenajosefsson (Indie, Pop)
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00:10 – 00:50
The Soundtrack of Our Liveswww.myspace.com/officialtsool (Rock)
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presented by Le Bongoat
Aftershowparty: DJs Micki & Stess

Time : 21.00-01.00
Helena with full band is on stage 23.25!

2 Sep 2007

P, C & C are shopping with mother (II): Kung av sand - En liten samling 1983-2007

Today Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet has a special treat for their buyers - If you have bought Aftonbladet between Thursday and Sunday you can buy a specially made CD by Per Gessle for 79 SEK (€9). The CD, named "Kung av sand - En liten samling 1983-2007", has been compiled by Per himself and is available in 110,000 copies for only four days and only if you buy Aftonbladet.

Besides a few new live tracks, taken from the "Mazarin" live DVD there is a new demo on the album. "Ingen kan som du" demo from May 28 2003. This is not to be mistaken for the demo from the album "Demos."

The album only includes three songs from Per Gessle Solo - pre-Roxette times (1982-1986), with Marie Fredriksson as backing vocals :
  • 5. Tända en sticka till (From "Per Gessle", 1983)
  • 9. Segla på ett moln (From "Demos", 1982-1986)
  • 10. Blå december (From "Scener", 1984)
There are also three songs from Mazarin Live Tour 2003 previously recorded by Gyllene Tider. These songs were played live by Per Gessle's Mazarinerna band (Clarence Öfwerman, Chris Lundquist, Helena Josefsson, Jens Jansson, Anders Herrlin and Jonas Isacsson):
  • 1. Kung av sand (Live from the "Mazarin" DVD)
  • 6. Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång (Live from the "Mazarin" DVD)
  • 8. Småstad (Live from the "Mazarin" DVD)
Two songs were demos recorded by Per Gessle during Mazarin project:
  • 3. Inte tillsammans, inte isär (demo 28 juni 2003)
  • 7. Ingen kan som du (demo 28 maj 2003) [new track]
Finally there are two songs outtaken from the last Per Gessle's solo albums with SOAP band:
  • 2. På promenad genom stan (From "Mazarin", with Marie Fredriksson)
  • 4. Hon vill sväva över ängarna (From "En händig E.P.")
We can also consider this album a small compilation by "Per Gessle's solo band:" seven songs (of ten) were recorded by Gessle's solo band. By the way, Christoffer Lundquist remembered "En Händig Man" Tour and how he felt being hated by some fans of Roxette.

2007.09 Lotta Wenglén - In the core

Christoffer Lundquist has recorded, mixed and produced the new album of the singer from Malmö Lotta Wenglén, "In the core", that will be released on September 10th, 2007. Lotta (born 1971) played in the bands "Ba-Ba-Loo" (1995-1998) and "Bobby Ray" (1999-2000). Then she released three solo albums: "Golden Green" (Dundret Studio, 2000; Adrian Recordings, 2001), "Paintbrush" (Min Studio, Malmö, 2002; Margit Music, 2002) and "Ask Harry" (Hököpinge Kyrkby, 2003-2004; Margit Music, 2005). Lotta moved into Malmoe in 2005 and wrote new songs. She had no plan of making them into an album. Instead she recorded songs and released them the next day on myspace. When she found out that she had been granted financial support from Statens Kulturråd to produce an album, she decided to record her songs at AGM Studios with Christoffer Lundquist. Lottas soloband contains great musicians such as Måns Wieslander on guitar, Magnus Sveningsson (Righteous Boy, The Cardigans) on bass and Carolina Carlbom on drums.

I hadn't read Roxette related websites until I stumbled upon one site, I think it was "The Daily Roxette" during the "En Händig Man"-tour. And I found out that there are a lot of people who think I'm the worst thing that happened to Per Gessle ever! They really think I suck BIG TIME! And I also understood that a lot of people think Helena Josefsson sucks equally bad. Which of course is totally OK but nevertheles a little hurtful when you read about it? I guess before the internet we said those things to each other when we were talking about music at home and the person we were speaking about would never know what we thought. Only now we say the same things over the internet publicly and we express ourselves maybe a bit like we would talking to a friend, not like we would if we were writing an article to be published in a magazine. It does look different when it's written and published for anyone to see. Of course I have had loads of similar opinions about the bands I love and I've said a million very harsh things about certain band members that I believe are ruining a favorite band of mine so I completely understand and respect it. But to be honest I don't want to read about myself like that, maybe I'm just too sensitive? So now I try to avoid it actually. I should mention that I (like many artists and musicians) try to avoid reading reviews of the music I do since I tend to get hurt by the bad ones. Music is magic for me and I basically I only do it for the satisfaction of doing it, it's the little thrilling magic moments when you do something that sounds great to you and hear it for the first time in the speakers that keep me going. I want more of them! Of course I dream of everyone loving what I do, I want every person in the world to feel as strongly as I do about the music I make. But of course that's not the way it works at all and it's not my main reason for making music. So I keep away from the forums after that experience.
Chris Lundquist (Junk Musik)
Christoffer Lundquist - AGM Studios

Favorita was the lost band of Magnus Börjeson and this is one of their lost songs.

Luke Jackson (Popsicle)

1 Sep 2007

Sandy Mouche's new ideas (II): Spiderweb suit (Live Göteborg)

Yesterday, Helena Josefsson played live at d'n'a, Korsgatan, in Göteborg. But she was not alone: Martinique was also there. So it was also an opportunity to remember some songs from Sandy Mouche before they join with Per and Ola Blomgren for a new album.

Helena Josefsson + Martinique Josefsson

1 sept 2007
d´n´a, Korsgatan, Göteborg
KONSERT OCH 2 ÅRSJUBILEUM! Concert and picnic at 18:00.
Design and Art is Lhina and Theresia Hansson's boutique in Göteborg.
# Korsgatan 2 (Drottninggatan 26) 411 16 Göteborg

HJ's spreading summer light (IX): Göteborg

Waterlily love (live)

1 sept 2007
d´n´a, Korsgatan, Göteborg
KONSERT OCH 2 ÅRSJUBILEUM! Concert and picnic at 18:00.
Design and Art is Lhina and Theresia Hansson's boutique in Göteborg.
# Korsgatan 2 (Drottninggatan 26) 411 16 Göteborg