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Oh Jens

Jens Lekman is my favourite musician ever. He calms me like no other, takes me to a better place. He writes and plays with no pretenses. Just heartfelt music. About slicing avocadoes and spilling beer all over the atmosphere and dancing the funky chicken. And sweet sweet love.

The genre is described as Swedish Indie Pop (but he sings mostly in English); it may not be for everyone, as I don’t even know a soul who likes him as much as I do. For the longest time I had to content myself with downloads and bootlegs, but a couple of years later, Jens FINALLY finds himself in Manila. How incredibly special it is to be in a room full of people who seem to know and love his work as much as I do.

What a lovely lovely show.

30.Mar.2010 SaGuijo Jens Lekman setlist:

  1. Sipping On The Sweet Nectar
  2. Sweet Summer’s Night on Hammer Hill
  3. An Argument With Myself
  4. Put Your Arms Around Me
  5. It Was A Strange Time In My Life
  6. Black Cab
  7. Sylvia (with Erlend Øye)
  8. The End Of The World Is Bigger Than Love
  9. Postcard to Nina
  10. Golden Key
  11. The Opposite of Hallelujah
  12. Into Eternity
  13. Sipping on the Sweet Nectar (repeat)
  14. Maple Leaves
  15. You Are The Light
  16. I Remember Every Kiss
  17. Pocketful of Money (encore)

31.Mar.2010 NBC Tent Jens Lekman setlist:

  1. Sipping On The Sweet Nectar
  2. Postcard To Nina
  3. Sweet Summer’s Night On Hammer Hill
  4. Argument With Myself
  5. (new song about Erica)
  6. It Was A Strange Time In My Life
  7. Black Cab
  8. The End Of The World Is Bigger Than Love
  9. Golden Key
  10. The Opposite of Hallelujah
  11. Into Eternity
  12. Sipping On The Sweet Nectar (Repeat)

The Kings of Convenience show was also great. No pictures from the unfortunately, even if we were near the stage, how stupid of me. Erlend Øye is such a strange, adorable, talented creature.

31.Mar.2010 NBC Tent Kings of Convenience Setlist:

  1. Until You Understand
  2. Cayman Islands
  3. Love Is No Big Truth
  4. Don’t Know Where I Can Save You From
  5. (?)
  6. Me Inside You
  7. Sing Softly To Me
  8. Rule My World
  9. Mrs. Cold
  10. Peacetime Resistance
  11. Boat Behind
  12. Renegade
  13. Misread
  14. I’d Rather Dance With You (With Jens Lekman and Raquel on tambourines)
  15. Justin Timberlake Song (encore)
  16. It’s My Party – Lesley Gore Cover (encore)
  17. Homesick (encore)

These two evenings with my favorite musicians ever. Really one for the books.


Every now and again sometimes I get lost on the wind of a dream.

The possibility of having musicians I like come to the country are few and far between, and it makes me feel deprived in a way. So many of my favourite artists come to Singapore and HK, but skip the Philippines altogether. That being said, I was torn about getting tickets to the Katy Perry concert when I found out that Mae was part of the lineup. (I’ve liked them since 2004.) I wasn’t really sure if it’s worth my while, I didn’t really care for Katy or the other artists. (She put on a great show, she’s SO great-looking and I enjoyed watching her, so that’s a good bonus.) I’m glad I still came. Trin saw Mae play in a music festival, and she said it right, it felt quite like the best 30 minutes ever. Even if I was the only one from my area singing to the songs and bopping my head. (I was surrounded by prepubescent chinese gay boys who are obviously there to see KP.) Seeing them live and reading their tweets made me appreciate their music all the more. I really wish more artists of the non-popstar variety would come here.