The Swedish have a special charm don’t they? They make inexpensive furniture, LEGO toys, meatballs. And awesome musicians like The Knife, Robyn and Moneybrother, who happens to be today’s Stomping Grounds feature.
Anders Wendin, aka Moneybrother, takes some major influence from Elvis Costello and his fellow Swede Jens Lekman. You might have heard his song “Born Under a Bad Sign” (not to be confused with the original and oft-covered hit of the 60s). Anyway, we caught up with him to ask him what it’s like to live in the beautiful city of Stockholm, Sweden. Check it!
What’s your town’s nickname?
Not really a nickname for Stockholm.
What’s your nickname for your town?
Why do you live there?
Never thought about it really.
Did you grow up there? If not, what brought you there?
No, I grew up in a small town in Sweden. Stockholm is the biggest city in Sweden so I figured it would be a good place to meet some new friends.
What’s the weirdest thing that has ever happened to you there?
There’s tons of weirdness going on up there. Don’t get me started.
What is your favorite local attraction (monument, park, etc)?
I like Kungsträdgården on the first day of spring. People look so good it is crazy.
What is the best time of year to be there?
Make sure to avoid the winter there.
Who is your favorite local celebrity?
Linus Hallenius, the scorer in my local football team (that is soccer team for you).
Where is the best place to drink and what’s their specialty or happy hour?
Beers at Indigo.
Who has the best jukebox (and what’s in it)?
Jukeboxes have not made their way to the North Pole yet.
Do you play music there? If so, where is your favorite place to play?
Yes, I play in Stockholm. My favorite places are Cirkus or Södra Teatern.
Does where you live influence your music?
I guess, but then again who knows where inspiration comes from?
What is your favorite local band?
There is a great ska band called Club Killers.
What is your favorite diner or restaurant and what is their best dish?
Pasta at Cafe Dello Sport.
What is your favorite record store and what was your best find there?
Micke’s Skivor is the best; buy all my records there!
If you could live anywhere else, where would that be?
Probably over here in the US. Maybe New York, LA or Portland.