Årsbästalistan 2013

December 9, 2013 § Leave a comment

Kära vänner. Så var det dags igen. Samma gamla musik men en ny lista. Som ett svart töcken över den gnistrande snön.

Jag har försökt plocka lite blandade godbitar ur 2013 utbud av album.

25. Haim – Days are gone

24. Suede – Bloodsports

23. Christopher Owens – Lysandre

22. Free Fall – Power & Volume

21. Arctic Monkeys – AM

20. Kings Of Leon – Mechanical Bull

19. Johnossi – Transitions

18. Eels – Wonderful, Glorious

17. The Silver Seas – Alaska

16. The Embassy – Sweet Sensation

15. Killswitch Engage – Disarm to Descent

14. Jim James – Regions of light and sound of God

13. John Grant – Pale Green Ghosts

12. I Am Kloot – Let Them All In

11. Ashley Monroe – Like a Rose

10. The Winery Dogs – The Winery Dogs

9. Manic Street Preachers – Rewind the Film

8. Mogwai – Les Revenants

7. Tegan And Sara – Heartthrob

6. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories

5. Biffy Clyro – Opposites

4. Rhye – Woman

3. Low – The Invisible Way

2. The Shouting Matches – Grownass Man

1. The Mavericks – In Time

Och så klart finns listan på spotify: Henriks Årsbästalista 2013

Guds fred åt alla på jorden. Låt hens närhet värma oss.

Och jag vill önska en God Jul med årets julsång.

Best albums in 2012

November 30, 2012 § 1 Comment

Once again a year has gone by.

The music year 2012 was not as exciting as last year. Some of my favourites, like Marillion and The Smashing Pumpkins, didn’t even make it to the list. Bleak. Listless.

First an hounrable mention outside of the list. The Sweidish 17 year old kid Yohio. He’s great. I really liked his EP ‘REACH the SKY‘.

The Official Lits of Great Albums of 2012

25. Lana del Rey – Born to Die

24. Mark Knopfler – Privateering

23. Kent – Jag är inte rädd för mörkret

22. Ian Anderson – Thick as a Brick 2

21. Iris DeMent – Sing the Delta

20. Fibes, Oh Fibes! – Album

19. Tom Jones – Spirit in the Room

18. First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar

17. Muse – The 2nd Law

16. Mark Lanegan Band – Blues Funeral

15. Keane – Strangeland

14. Chuck Prophet – Temple Beautiful

13. Marilyn Manson – Born Villain

12. Band of Horses – Mirage Rock

11. MONO – For My Parents

10. Deftones – Koi No Yokan

9. Jack White – Blunderbuss

8. Justin Townes Earle – Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now

7. Rival Sons – Head Down

6. Fun. – Some Nights

5. Mumford & Sons – Babel

4. The Avett Brothers – The Carpenter

3. My Jerusalem – Preachers

2. Flying Colors – Flying Colors

1. Bill Fay – Life is People

I have also made a summary playlist: The Best Albums of 2012.

I would like to wish you all a happy holliday and peace in your hearts.

Solrosor i Växjö

September 16, 2012 § 4 Comments

Var i Växjö igår för att titta på solrosfältet. Det ligger i backen ned mot staden vid Teknikum och “Filialen”.

Tyvärr var fotovädret inte det bästa. Så färgerna blev lite trista.

Men det är en fantastisk upplevelse att gå genom fältet av solrosor. Man känner ett lugn.

Även bina gillar solrosorna.

Och om du har vägarna förbi är fältet väl värd ett besök.

Kotlin Index of Maximum problem

January 28, 2012 § 1 Comment

On the Kotlin demo site there is some problems to solve. Here is my solution to the ‘Index of Maximum’ problem.

fun indexOfMax(a : IntArray) : Int? {

  if (a.size == 0)
    return null

  var max : Int = Integer.MIN_VALUE
  var maxPosition : Int = 0

  for (i in a.indices) {

    if (a[i] >= max) {    
      max = a[i]
      maxPosition = i     


  return maxPosition


I think Kotlin is an intresting attempt at a new language. Now I really would like to try it out in a real IDE.

Doubting the atheists

January 14, 2012 § Leave a comment

I have no objections against atheists. What I do have a problem with is that today’s new atheists say things that they claim is scientifically based, but that is not or that even couldn’t be scientifically based. Atheism (and materialism) is a worldview, among others. It has no special status and it is not superior to or more intellectually honest than a theistic worldview.

By chance I found a video of a lecture by Keith Ward. What a revelation. It is rare to hear such a sharp intellectual, and he’s funny and British!


The top 25 music albums of 2011

December 10, 2011 § 2 Comments

So another year has come and gone. To impress (or rather bewilder) my music friends, I have once again put together a list that is my take on the music year 2011.

It’s been an interesting year. I have probably listened to more music than ever.

I hope I have put together a nice blend on my list. Although there are a lot of old men with beards on it.

This is a list of CD albums. Counting down from twenty five to one. I have illustrated each album with a Youtube clip.

You can also get another slightly different version of this list via Spotify: year list 2011 (Neal Morse’s new album is not available on Spotify so there you will have to buy the album).

25. Jonathan Wilson – Gentle Spirit

Desert Raven is a good song, but the album as a whole is uneven.

24. Noah and the Whale – Last Night on Earth

Simple but nice pop. Music that makes you happy.

23. Opeth – Heritage

Swedish death metal with progressive and folk influences.

22. Iron & Wine – Kiss Each Other Clean

Nice folk rock from the South.

21. Deportees – Islands & Shores

Swedish well-produced pop.

20. Eilen Jewell – Queen of the Minor Key

Americana with blues influences.

19. Christoffer Lundquist – Through the Window

Swedish pop with lovely harmonies from the 60s

18. Feist – Metals

A gentle album from the Canadian singer. Lovley.

17. The Human League – Credo

Retro from the 80’s. But unexpectedly charming melodies.

16. Patrick Wolf – Lupercalia

Baroque pop that sounds very English.

15. R. E. M. – Collapse Into Now

The last death rattle from REM. But a good one.

14. White Lies – Ritual

Indie rock that touches the listener.

13. Uriah Heep – Into the Wild

Old men with a vengeance. But quite fresh and dynamic.

12. Black Country Communion – 2

Good second effort from Glenn Hughes, Jason Bonham, Derek Sherinian and Joe Bonamassa.

11. Neal Morse – Testimony 2

Progressive rock music with autobiographical theme.

10. Ryan Adams – Ashes & Fire

Slightly spooky thirteenth album from Mr. Adams.

9. The Kills – Blood Pressures

A dynamic record from this rockduo.

8. The Decemberists – The King is Dead

Like a shadow between two ramshackle outbuildings.

7. The Dears – Degeneration Street

Listened to this album after a recommendation from a friend. I was not disappointed.

6. Dream Theater – A Dramatic Turn of Events

DT grinds on as usual even after Mike Portnoy dropped out.

5. My Morning Jacket – Circuital

Need I say more.

4. Dir En Grey – Dum Spiro Spero

Japanese alternative metal at its best.

3. Nick Lowe – The Old Magic

Old is the oldest. Stylish and fun pop with lounge feeling from Mr. Lowe.

2. Me and my Army – Thank God for Sending Demons

Beautiful demons. The parsnips have germinated.

1. Times of Grace – The Hymn of a Broken Man

Confessional music? Could it be something? This is a metalcore band, born out of Killswitch Engage, with plenty of attitude and a very clear, but not simplistic Christian message.

And Merry Christmas to you all. May the Spirit guide you to your bliss.

Speaking Christian by Marcus J Borg

September 6, 2011 § Leave a comment

A couple of weeks ago I read Borgs new book “Speaking Christian”.

This is a great book about how we talk about the Christian experience and how that reflects on our theology. Throughout the book he discusses central Christian concepts like salvation, sin, repentance and mercy.

Borg’s thesis is that many of these words is problematic today because we have lost the ability to understand them. He also says that many uses of these words has been distorted in their “common” Christian usage and is not really founded in the biblical text.

For instance today salvation refers to an afterlife while the usage of the word in the Bible more often is about transformations in this current life.

It is easy to follow Mr. Borgs thoughts in the book and the reading is rewarding and fun. I can recommend this book to all who is willing to explore their beliefs.

There are a video about Mr. Borgs’ view about the bible and how we could interpret it, on the tube: