You covered his eyes with your hands. “Do we
have to do this?”
“You make it sound like I’m leading you to
slaughter,” you chastised, hating that your hands were otherwise occupied and
couldn’t smack him. “At least pretend to be excited.” You maneuvered your boyfriend
down the hall of your apartment, leading him to the bedroom. This surprise had
been weeks in the making, a million things that had had to fall into place for
it to happen perfectly.
“Okay, hold on.” He said, squaring his
shoulders. “I’m ready.” His mouth widened, a false but hilarious smile emerging
on his lips.
You laughed. “Jerk.” You led him to the doorway
of your bedroom and paused. “Okay, now.” You removed your hands and moved to
stand beside him, to watch the change in his expression.
Because your bedroom was cluttered with boxes.
All of them were different sizes and took up every inch of space and all of
them were labeled with Swedish names and pictures of what it promised to look
like once you finished putting it together.
Yoongi blinked, his expression unreadable. “Do
you like it?” You asked, excitement evident in your voice.
He glanced at you and then back at the boxes. “You
went to IKEA.”
“So our old furniture?”
“Gone,” you told him with an eager smile.
“And this stuff?”
“All stuff we’d talked about buying before.” You
looked around at the mess. “It’s our dream bedroom.”
He nodded, looking pleased, but not nearly as
excited as you.
“We’re gonna build it all together.” Your voice
lost its bounce and your smile fell. “You don’t like it?”
“It’s the perfect gift,” he said, walking
toward you. His tone was too collected and you wondered if he was faking it, if
he was just being nice to spare your feelings. “You know me better than anyone.”
“Then what the hell, Yoongi?” The pout in your
voice was unmistakable.
He shrugged. “It’s just that my surprise is
Your face contorted in confusion. “Your
He took his hands out of his jacket and you
finally took the time to notice how he’d had his hands shoved deep in his pockets
since he’d gotten home. You could see that he was toying with something in
them, but you hadn’t thought to ask him in your excitement.
But now, with his hand drawing out the small black box, with his
fingers popping open the top and revealing a small brilliant ring, you realized
you should’ve asked.
His gaze locked on yours, his voice steady, and if you didn’t
know better, a little excited. “My surprise.”
On the 13th of February 2010 in Sweden, Per Nordkvist was getting money from a cash point with friends when he was approached by a gang of youths aged between 15 to 18. Immediately he was beaten and stabbed. Sadly hours later Nordkvist died from his injuries.
The Swedish media labelled it as a possible hate crime due to the fact Nordkvist was a goth.
At trial. the 18 year old received 7 years whilst a 17 year old involved received youth care
Edmond is described as a stylish combination of Swiss design and Swedish
Wednesday evening, the new Swedish watch label Carl Edmond was presented. Founder
Ali Nouri, in collaboration with Swedish Hollywood actor Joel Kinnaman, has
developed a watch together with “some of the industry’s most respected
designers”, the Swiss Eric Giroud and Adrian Glessig, writes the company
in a press release. Kinnaman
is the company ambassador and likes the company’s message.
- What appealed to me was the classic design and boldness of the brand. Carl Edmond’s message is “Be
you.“ And that’s exactly how I live my life and I’m honored to represent
the brand,” said Joel Kinnaman, who has been a part of the brand since its
The watches in the bracelet come from
Swedish Tärnsjö, a company that has been around for 140 years and still stands
for environmentally-friendly traditions and processes.
Ali Nouri with Joel Kinnaman. The
Carl Edmond Granite. The Carl Edmond Ryolit.
watches will be available in stores from 22 September.
Things That Are Different in Finland: Putin cheese
100 000 units of cheese intended for the Russian market are now stuck in Finland because of the Russian sanctions. Today these so-called “Putin cheeses” began to be liquidated in selected Finnish supermarkets.
I totally didn’t feel awkward taking pictures of this because it’s such a once-in-a-lifetime-(hopefully) thing that I’m sure I’m not the only one taking pictures for the record.
The only thing different about them is that the packaging (but not the shipping box) is in Russian, so at the supermarket a notice points this out and provides translated labeling, as legally required, on the shelf:
There is one other difference. It’s very cheap. Nobody is buying the identical, regular Finnish-labelled version:
But if you had the choice, why would you pay 5,85e for the exact same cheese just with Finnish/Swedish labeling when you can get a Putin cheese for cheap!!??
ANSEL ELGORT [Caleb Prior] most recently starred in Academy Award® nominee Jason Reitman’s film Men, Women & Children, opposite Adam Sandler and Jennifer Garner.
Elgort also starred in the recent Fox feature The Fault In Our Stars, based on the New York Times bestselling book by John Green. The film topped the box office in its opening weekend and has since grossed over $300 million worldwide. For this performance, Elgort won a number of 2014 Teen Choice and Young Hollywood Awards including Choice Movie Breakout Star and Fan Favorite Actor.
In March 2015, he reprises his role as Caleb in The Divergent Series: Insurgent, the sequel to the Summit Entertainment feature Divergent, starring opposite Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Kate Winslet.
A graduate of LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts, Elgort’s first professional acting job was in Manhattan Theater Club’s production of Matt Charman’s play Regrets, directed by Carolyn Cantor and starring opposite Alexis Bledel, while finishing up his senior year of high school. His performance received rave reviews, including Bloomberg’s “Elgort is a magnetic presence destined perhaps for the multiplex.” Prior to the closing of the play, Elgort was cast as the role of Tommy Ross in Kimberly Peirce’s Carrie, opposite Julianne Moore and Chloë Grace Moretz.
Elgort found his love for performing through dance. He was featured tap-dancing at the CFDA Awards in 2011, and as a child he performed both in The Nutcracker and Swan Lake at Lincoln Center with the New York City Ballet. As a singer, Elgort has worked with many composers including Jason Robert Brown, Glen Roven, and Louis Andriessen.
He is also an electronic dance music producer and DJ. Elgort’s first official release “Unite” released via Staar Traxx, reached #17 Overall on Beatport. His second single “TOTEM” was released on Steve Angello of Swedish House Mafia’s SIZE label. “TOTEM” peaked at #1 on Beatport’s Top 100, and #9 on the iTunes Dance Chart.
After embracing 80’s tunes on their last album, 1D is back with another killer single. Will casual fans care that One Direction is no longer a pop band?
When all is said and done, what will One Direction’s legacy be? Surely the U.K. quintet will be remembered as one of the biggest boy bands in the history of pop music, capable of selling out stadiums and birthing a new No. 1 album every year. But will 1D be remembered as one of the best boy bands ever, the one that distanced itself from the loathsome qualifiers often tied to industry-formed pop collectives and actually evolved into a genuinely enjoyable act? One Direction is miles away from where it started when it formed in 2010 and was slinging out tasty pop-rock treats, and now holds the title of World’s Greatest Classic-Rock Band That Doesn’t Really Play Instruments and Wasn’t Alive in the 1980s. I don’t know how we got here, and I don’t know how much if it can be chalked up to Harry, Liam, Zayn, Niall and Louis, but here we are.
On Monday (Sept. 29), One Direction released “Steal My Girl,” the first single from their upcoming studio album Four and the heir apparent to their awesomely bombastic 2013 single “Best Song Ever.” Like that song, “Steal My Girl” is an ode to an unflappable girl with bodacious moves, and also like “Best Song Ever,” One Direction’s new single could be snuck onto your dad’s favorite rock radio station between Van Halen’s “Jump” and The Who’s “Baba O'Riley.”
The ostentatious guitar riffs of “Best Song Ever” aren’t there this time, but “Steal My Girl” has very “Cherry Pie”-esque lines like “Kisses like a queen, her walk is so mean/And every jaw drops when she’s in those jeans,” delivered in between avalanches of piano-led power-pop and stomp-clap beats. The chorus is a pints-up sing-along at a packed bar, with all five One Direction members coming together to remind everyone not to mess with their girl(s): “Couple billion in the whole wide world/Find another one, ‘cause she belongs to me.” It’s a ridiculous concept and revisits a problematic gender dichotomy (if only 1D had changed the last line to “she belongs with me”), like most great hair-metal singles. And it’s not even a particularly innovative song, as Paramore’s Hayley Williams correctly points out. Still, “Steal My Girl” is One Direction’s most deliriously fun single since “Kiss You,” a chunk of rock music so chewy that it can dominate your whole afternoon if you’re not careful.
This moment has been in the works for a while. One Direction’s debut album, Up All Night, arrived in the U.S. in March 2012, and since that carbonated opening statement (led by the group’s top-notch debut single “What Makes You Beautiful”), the former X Factor finalists have slowly but surely moved away from bubblegum pop. Instead of whooshing down the hip-hop/R&B slide and calling Nelly or the Clipse — as *N SYNC and Backstreet Boys did back in the day, respectively — One Direction landed on rock music as their next target. Sophomore album Take Me Home flaunted the group’s new intentions: “Live While We’re Young” nodded to the guitar riff of the Clash’s “Should I Stay or Should I Go,” and “Little Things” was co-written by Ed Sheeran. Following the album release, 1D recorded a medley of Blondie’s “One Way or Another” and the Undertones’ “Teenage Kicks” for charity; most of the members got new tattoos and started dressing like the members of Blink-182. One Direction was still working with the same producers asUp All Night, and remained ostensibly controlled by The Machine that assembled them when they were reality show contestants. Yet there were clearly nudging their sound into more guitar-based territory, and their handlers (management, labels, Swedish producers) all seemed okay with that choice.
One Direction’s third album, Midnight Memories, was its first out-and-out rock project, a smattering of upright folk (“Story of My Life,” “Through The Dark”) and fuzzed-out anthems (“Little Black Dress,” “Midnight Memories”) that came from a more diverse pool of songwriters, including Jacknife Lee, Teddy Geiger (!) and Ryan Tedder. There isn’t a lot that stalls on Midnight Memories — the album might be a little long, but 1D is crushing its genre appropriations and sounds giddy taking swipes at adult themes. One Direction was also taking more ownership of its music: Midnight Memories had the boys contributing lyrics and adding their influences to 12 songs on the standard edition’s 14-song track list. Those influences, naturally, skewed toward a time before the 1D boys were alive: “I love that ‘80s rock vibe, I’m a massive Eagles fan,” Niall Horan told Billboard last year. “Love Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, The Who.”
Midnight Memories boasts more guitar-playing from Horan, who brandishes his instrument at One Direction’s stadium shows with a pleased look underneath his blonde mop, as if to point out, “We are not a boy band, boy bands don't shred.” If the shrieking pre-teens and lovingly intense fan signs tricked you into thinking a One Direction stadium show was a new-school Backstreet Boys concert, 1D’s lack of choreography, solo-prone backing band and reliance on laser lights constantly remind its audience that it is not BSB. What’s the difference between a One Direction concert and Mötley Crüe concert in 2014? The Crüe crowd may be older and the group members might actually be creating the riffs to which they’re head-banging, but from a musical standpoint, the two experiences are becoming less discernible.
“I think it’s just a progression on the last stuff we’ve done,” Zayn Malik said aboutFour earlier this month, and “Steal My Girl” certainly confirms that assertion. Fourwill be a rock album, and if One Direction makes another a fifth album, that probably will be, too. But how long can this last? Those screaming fans populating One Direction stadiums are getting older, and history tells us that the market for a boy band’s new music diminishes greatly once its younger followers move on to more grown-up fare. One Direction’s problem is that they’re already creating adult music (with PG-rated lyrics, of course) but, as a boy band, lack the perceived “authenticity” to bring in adult consumers and establish longevity, no matter how many songs they co-write on an album or how many times Horan waggles his guitar at their shows. And who knows if One Direction even wants to grow old together? It’s easy to forget that 1D has pumped out four albums in four years while maintaining a mind-numbing touring schedule. Even if its members don’t want to go solo, something’s got to give at some point to slow down productivity.
It’s unlikely that this highly enjoyable phase of One Direction’s career will last forever, or even for that much longer. And when the group’s magic finally runs out, casual fans will likely recall the band’s enormity, the crying tween girls at their stadium shows and a few of their catchier hits. But the secret of One Direction’s second phase is that it’s been dominated by big, dumb rock influences, and has produced some big, brilliant songs. If you want to disregard “Steal My Girl,” that’s fine; just know that you’re letting one of the better rock tunes of the year pass you by.steal