Since the band’s founding in 1990, Garmarna have been one of the most prominent names in Swedish folk music. Their modern take on traditional Swedish folk tunes and ballads led them to moderate success in Sweden throughout the ’90s. However, they — and the Scandinavian folk scene as a whole — have remained relatively unknown elsewhere in the world. I discovered Garmarna completely by accident, during one of my frequent escapades down the YouTube rabbit-hole. I’ve become a pretty big fan of their music since, and today I thought I’d do a little spotlight on three of their albums: Vittrad, Guds Spelemän, and Vedergällningen.
Manufacturer: Status Audio | Year: 2013 | MSRP: $49 | Buy from Amazon
Until now, I’ve never owned a pair of headphones. I’ve always been content with using the Apple earbuds/pods that come with Apple devices, but when I saw a good deal on these Status Audio headphones, I thought I’d give them a try. I’ve now been using my Classic HD Ones to listen to music, play video games, and watch YouTube videos for the past month and I feel I can give them an honest review and tell you whether or not you should buy them.
Developers: PopCap Games | Year: 2009 | List Price: $19.99 | Buy from Amazon
Looking through the archives, I can’t believe we haven’t done a review on Plants vs. Zombies (shame on us!). I have played the game since it came out, but didn’t have the chance to buy and actually finish the game until it came out on the Mac App Store a little over a year ago.
For those of you who haven’t heard of Plants vs. Zombies (shame on you!), it’s a game aimed at kids where you place vicious plants on your lawn to defend yourself against the oncoming zombie attack. There are many plants to try, and quite a few levels to progress through. It is very creatively funny at times, and there are many things that, though unnecessary, really make the game much more enjoyable (like Crazy Dave or the music video). Although it seems quite kiddish and simple on the surface, it actually has quite a bit of strategy involved and there is a Survival mode for ultimate replay value.
Possibly even better than the game itself is the in-game music. It’s all composed by Laura Shigihara, and it’s surprisingly melodic for such a kiddy game. It embraces all the facets of the game; the composer said the three main themes are macabre, cute, and funny. The tunes are certainly creepy, but definitely not too much so, and they are very catchy. You can listen to all the songs at this YouTube channel (performed by the composer) and buy them here.
So I hope this short little overview has convinced you to try the game if you haven’t already done so, and if you have the game, why not play a level right now?
List Price: $19.99 | Buy from Amazon
Which is your favourite track from all the Harry Potter movie soundtracks? Here’re some good ones: