Tag Archive: Sweden


Kung Fury is a 2015 Swedish martial arts comedy short film that was written, directed, and starred David Sandberg.  The film is an homage to 1980’s martial arts and police action films as well as to 1980’s side-scrolling beat ’em up arcade games.  The entire film was crowdfunded through Kickstarter from December 2013 to January 2014 with pledges reaching $630,019, exceeding the original target goal of $200,000, but missing the feature film goal of $1 million dollars.  The film was selected to screen in the Director’s Fortnight section of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival but lost to “Rate Me” from the UK.

The film is utterly ridiculous in an awesomely bad 80’s way.  With hilarious cheesy dialogue, Nazis, Hitler, machine gun wielding warrior women on dinosaurs, the god of thunder, Thor, a hacker who can hack time and space, and a theme song that is sung by David Hasselhoff, this movie has it all and it is simply amazing that Sandberg was able to make all of it look so polished with only the $630,019 that he raised through Kickstarter.

The best part is that the film is free for everyone to watch through YouTube so check it out below.  I’ll also include David Hasselhoff’s official music video to the film as well.

      

Sources: Info: Wikipedia – Videos: YouTube – Kung Fury – Picture: Google Images

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Urban Cone is a Swedish Indie pop band from out of Stockholm, Sweden that formed in 2010.  The band consists of Emil Gustafsson (vocals, bass), Rasmus Flyckt (vocals, keyboard), Magnus Fulko (drums), Tim Formgren (guitar), and Jacob William Sjoberg (keyboard).  The group formed while all of the members were in high school.  The band’s debut album, “Our Youth” was released on May 8, 2013 in the United States and was produced and recorded in Flyckt’s living room.

The group found initial success in late 2010 when their self-released debut single “Urban Photography” found much popularity through online music blogs.  In fall 2012, the band released their debut EP “Our Youth” and the single off the EP “Urban Photography” reached No. 2 on Hype Machine.  The EP was well received by both the public and critics alike, with Earmilk.com notably writing: “The EP exemplifies what Urban Cone is at its finest, staying true to their roots and presenting honest, gritty, dance/pop”.  Following the release of “Our Youth EP”, Urban Cone made their first tour into the US in January 2013.  They performed in New York, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

On May 8, 2013, the band released their debut album “Our Youth”.  The album, as I said before, was well liked and received across the indie pop scene.  With a strange mixture of upbeat sounds and, at times, rather somber lyrics, it caught many, including myself, off guard, which is probably why the songs stand out from among the sea of sound-alike indie pop.

On May 12, 2015, the band released their second album “Poloroid Memories”.  This album seems to show that Urban Cone has mastered the art of making happy sounding, uplifting pop, that mixes in lyrics about heartbreak, lost love, and other real-life hardships that are usually absent from indie pop music in general.  This album, like the band’s predecessor has too been highly regarded among fans and critics.

This group is only two albums in and they already seem to have perfected deceptive indie pop that seems like its taking you on a fun and happy ride, when really your being thrust into life and the hardships that it can bring.  I love this group and their unique sound and feel like more people need to know about them.  Check out some of the band’s biggest hits below and be sure to pick up “Our Youth” or “Poloroid Memories” if you can.

 

Sources: Info: Wikipedia – Videos: YouTube – Urban Cone – Picture: Google Images