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In particular, Broward & Miami-Dade County, and the cities of Hallandale Beach, Hollywood & Aventura. Trust me when I tell you, this part of Florida is NOT the Land of Lincoln. Photo in upper-left is Hallandale Beach's iconic beachball-colored Water Tower on State Road A1A, September 2008; March 2018 photo below of North Beach, looking left-to-right, looking north, HYDE Condominium, Etaru Japanese Robatayaki restaurant, and Hollywood Beach in the distance, with umbrellas. All photos by me, © Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved.

Friday, November 18, 2011

What's that beautiful sound coming from the woods? Sweet harmony! First Aid Kit - "The Lion's Roar"; Wow!

First Aid Kit - The Lion's Roar. November 1, 2011. Directed by Mats Udd.

Så grymt!
There's just no substitute for genuine talent and harmony!

The Lion's Roar is the title track to Johanna and Klara Söderberg's second album, a new 10-track effort that was recorded in Omaha, and which will be officially released on January 24th, whatever 'officially' means these days.

First Aid Kit "The Lion's Roar" Trailer, September 2011.

First Aid Kit -Ghost Town (Acoustic, LIVE) at The Mercury Lounge, New York City, November 16, 2011

The "Hat Tip" for today goes to Sveriges Television's (SVT) PSL blog, who fortuitously for me, posted this video of "Ghost Town" along with some notes first this this morning, Stockholm-time.
When I stopped by SVT's website this morning shortly after I woke-up, as I often do, there it was just waiting for me on a silver platter, as if they'd been reading my mind: Tack!

Today at their official website, http://thisisfirstaidkit.com/ Klara and Johanna announced some March & April dates and locales for their 2012 North American Tour.
So far, naturally, they have nothing at all planned in Florida, because we are, in 2011 -STILL- terra incognita.
As of today, the closest venue they'll be performing for that effort is at The Black Cat in D.C. on March 30th. http://www.blackcatdc.com/

Hopefully, that will change over the next few weeks and somebody in a position to do so in Gainesville, Tallahassee, Orlando, Tampa and and yes, maybe even Miami or Ft. Lauderdale, will get off their ass and get moving and make that show a reality.
Must we always be orphans down here, reduced to only watching YouTube videos of genuine new talent?

They have three dates left in the U.S. touring with Lykke Li promoting her Wounded Rhymes album, before returning to Sweden, and then hitting Germany, the U.K., the Netherlands and then, next year, Australia.
Australia is gonna love them!

To hear Lykke Li's amazing cover of The Righteous Brothers "Unchained Melody"
performed LIVE for triple j Radio in Australia in October, click and take a listen

Lykke Li - Silent My Song (LIVE), CBS-TV's The Late Show with David Letterman, November 16, 2011.

That's the Sisters Söderberg backing-up. I didn't see this myself until last night.

If you are a regular reader of the blog and have a good memory, the name Mats Udd, the director of The Lion's Roar video, may ring familiar.
Udd was also the talented director behind the video for Roxette's catchy "She's Got Nothing On (But The Radio)" single from their comeback album Charm School, which I featured in a blog post back on January 15th of this year titled, Look who's back to rock some more? Marie & Per! Roxette - She's Got Nothing On (But The Radio); The Look (LIVE) -Stockholm, 2010.
That blog post also included a few noteworthy videos, including their performance of "The Look" for Crown Princess Victoria and her-then fiancé Daniel Westling, backed by the Swedish Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the music gala the night before the Royal Wedding last summer.

Roxette - She's Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
The official YouTube Channel for First Aid Kit is at:

Their Facebook page is at:

Lykke Li's official website is at http://lykkeli.com/

See more Mats Udd videos at http://vimeo.com/matsudd

Roxett's official website -and in English- is at: http://www.roxette.se/

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#HollywoodFL based photographer/entrepreneur Esther Chuang

#HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy
Thumbs up! What a night! #HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with a very elated Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy at his Victory Party, held at Leo Anato's Atelier3/AT3 on Harrison Street & S. 19th Avenue, Hollywood. AT3's great environment and the amazing variety of food prepared by chef Kevin Dreifuss, former owner/chef of now-closed ENDS MEAT restaurant, was SUPERB! November 8, 2016 Esther Chuang, Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2015
Above, perhaps my most-favorite photo ever of Esther, which is really saying something considering the THOUSANDS that I've actually seen of her, from all over the world. But despite the fact that you can't actually see it here, trust me, her amazing smile and inner and external beauty are there. This photo is an even more amazing achievement when you know the backstory of what it took for Esther to get to the top of the mountain, since it's NOT for the faint of heart. Next time you see her, ask her about that! Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on her birthday, July 10, 2015. That's the Christ The Redeemer statue way out in the horizon on the top of another mountain, to the left of her head. To the right is the world famous beach of Ipanema and to the left is the equally famous beach of Copacabana. �� In case you forgot what the Christ the Redeemer statue looks like, up close, here's yet another Brazilian beauty to connect-the-dots for you: Gisele Bündchen, aka @Gisele.

Abençoado por Deus e bonito por natureza!✨ ������

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View of Rio De Janeiro from my room.

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