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Motorpsycho live in Haugesund April 4 2014 Photo Special

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Last night was maybe the best Motorpsycho concerts I have ever seen, but come to think of it, I always say that after a Motorpsycho gig. What a band, always interesting, always different and superb all the time!

This is not a review as such, other than to tell you it was incredibly good!  We just wanted to share some photos with you guys.

And seriously, you have to see them if you can. They are spaced out and groovy one minute, drowning us in “guitar walls” the next before they venture into intricate jazzy improvisations. Every concert is a magical trip, it sounds like a cliché but when describing Motorpsycho it is about the only thing close to a fitting explanation.

I loved the acoustic set! Hell, I loved the entire show!

Enjoy the pictures, if you use them please include a link to Johannasvisions.

All pictures taken with a Nikon Coolpix A compact, I’m not too worried about the technical aspects of photography. I want to catch a mood. So put on their last album, look at the photos and sink into the wonderful world of Motorpsycho.

– Hallgeir

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  • Blueberry Daydream
  • Stay Young
  • Sideway Spiral 1
  • Waiting For The One


  • Cloudwalker
  • No Evil
  • Hey, Jane
  • On A Plate
  • Starmelt / Lovelight
  • The Magic And The Wonder (A Love Theme)
  • Hell pt. 1-7
  • Upstairs and Downstairs
  • Cornucopia (…Or Satan, Uh… Something)
  • Serpentine
  • All Is Loneliness
  • Plan #1


  • Kvæstor
  • The Promise
  • Hyena
  • Entropy

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Stephen Simmons live in Haugesund 20 Nov 2013


“This album really started with me and my friends getting together late at night, trying to recreate that ‘70s country feel of a classic Don Williams album,” he says. “I’d bring a bottle of Irish Whiskey, we’d listen to some records, then I’d pull out a song I’d written that fit that era. We’d all play it live, two or three times, and that was it.  It really started out just for fun.”
– Stephen Simmons on his latest release, Hearsay

Last night I went to Haugesund to catch a concert with the singer/songwriter Stephen Simmons. He didn’t disappoint, it was a very nice evening out. We were too few, but we were very happy with the show.

I got to have a little chat with him, what a nice guy. I taped three of the songs on my camera and Stephen Simmons said I could post them here, but first a short bio from his website (in between some pictures from the concert):

Growing up in a small town in central Tennessee, Stephen Simmons kept his radio tuned to the country station, where the sounds of Don Williams and Waylon Jennings were never more than a few tunes away.  Simmons treated those songwriters like school teachers, showing Simmons how to deliver a story, turn a phrase and pack a punch. By the time he released his debut album in 2004, though, Simmons had also learned how to rock.


Years later, Simmons has a few more roots-rock albums under his belt… as well as a new one, Hearsay, that doesn’t fall into the same category. Full of old-school twang and classic storytelling, it’s the sound of an artist getting back to his roots.

I prefer his country/folk tinged stuff to his more heartland rock. Here is a first taste, the wonderful  I ain’t lonely (I’m just lonesome) from the new album Hearsay:

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Photo Special: The Low Frequency in Stereo live in Haugesund 2013


I attended a very good concert last night!

The Low Frequency in Stereo  played through their latest album, Pop Obskura. I don’t have the set-list, but most of the album was played. It is, kind of, a new direction for LFiS and it suits the band, more vocals and very dreamy pop (with som noisy elements of course) After that they did a sweet set of encores, old favorites in a very droning way and at the same time it was, dare I say it, funky! It was a great concert!

The new songs add a dimension to the band, and the contrast to the old stuff is very effective, love the funky bass lines on some of the new songs. When I say funky, I don’t mean in a black-funk sort of style, but more a  Talking Heads, B52‘s or Television “funk”.

Secondhand Nation:

My comparisons are not precise, The Low Frequency in Stereo is a unique band, a band on the verge of something big (if the world is remotely just…). Even if I can hear elements from the past in their music, they sound fresh and very modern. It is what the title on their new album says, obscure pop. Good pop.

It was a dark stage and the shots are what they are, but look at my “artistic expressions” and not the technical stuff.

Put on the album (it is now on Spotify), look at the pictures and relive the concert (or go buy a ticket to their next show if you haven’t seen them, they’re worth every penny).

Supporting LFiS was Palmface, I have written a bit about them earlier (they played support for I Was a King) and they keep improving. A very promising young indie-pop outfit, looking forward to follow them in the future. They did a good job, and I took a few pictures of them. Check at the end of this post.







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Monster Magnet live in Haugesund, Norway 2012

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‘It’s A Satanic Drug Thing – You Wouldn’t Understand’ – warning on the album, Spine of God

Monster Magnet is an American stoner rock band. Hailing from Red Bank, New Jersey, the group was founded by Dave Wyndorf (vocals and guitar), John McBain (guitar) and Tim Cronin (vocals and drums). The band first went by the names “Dog of Mystery”, “Airport 75”, “Triple Bad Acid” and “King Fuzz” before finally settling on “Monster Magnet”, taken from the name of a 1960s toy made by Wham-O, which Wyndorf liked when he was a child. (Wikipedia)

Monster Magnet had managed to become one of the most successful and influential bands associated with the so-called underground “stoner rock” scene. And yet, their influences span much further than that scene’s foundations in ’70s hard rock and metal, delving into space rock, psychedelia, and beyond. (Allmusic.com (by Eduardo Rivadavia))

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Jace Everett live in Haugesund 2012

Jace Everett and his excellent band gave us a sweet but short concert in Haugesund last night, maybe it was because they had caught “The Svalbard Flu” that it was over so fast or maybe that’s the way they do it. I prefer longer shows, but I know a lot of people who prefer them short and sweet.

Mr. Everett clearly struggled with sickness but he gave his best, and we got some great tunes, old and new.

The following song was described as “A blues in E for those of you who keep track of those things” I cannot recognise the song. It might be from his new album, which he described as an album of religious songs, ” it should fit right in here in Norway”.

Edit: Thanks to Lisafemmeacadienne (check the comments) who told me the song was One of them from the 2010 album Red Revelations. How did I miss that! I think  I should also say that the comment about the song and Norway was delivered in a very “tongue in cheeck” manner.

The song has some strong religious images, and it kinda reminds me of a song Tom Waits/Nick Cave could do. Good song.

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