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Swine flu goes after indie rockers! Swedish troubador Jens Lekman catches dreaded illness

We haven't heard much on the swine flu front in a while, but the dreaded H1N1 virus is still on the attack: the latest afflicted is adorable Swedish singer/songwriter Jens Lekman, who found out he was sick after fainting on an airplane.

Lekman blogged of his fellow passengers: ''People's eyes were kind but determined, they read 'Poor you, I reallywish you all the best but if you come near me or my kid I will have tostab you with this plastic fork'.'' He's now quarantined for ten days.Wish him well, Music Mixers! And just for old time's sake, enjoy the classic (circa 2003) Jens track about a more benign form of transportation, "Black Cab," below:


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Aqua goes 'Back to the 80s': Who's coming with?

Well, it's official. Thanks to this just-released video for ''Back to the 80s," the new single from "Barbie Girl" creators Aqua, my excitement for '90s band reunions is no more. I'm looking forward to Blink-182 and No Doubt's summer tours. I'm totally okay with the LFO reunion tour that's launching in July. But really — Aqua? What's next, Chumbawamba?

If we can get past the fact that the song is essentially a dance version of Bowling for Soup's ''1985'' (which I'm not sure I can — how many novelty '80s nostalgia songs do we really need?), the video is just a mess of laser backgrounds, hair band costumes, and leopard print. And, as the astute Simon Vozick-Levinson pointed out to me in an email, why is a late-'90s act singing about the '80s? Shouldn't they be reminiscing about platform sneakers and scrunchies instead?

Take a gander below, and tell me: are you as affronted by this audio/visual travesty as I am, Music Mixers? Or are you on board the Aqua reunion train? (Note: If you did, in fact, enjoy this video, are you also holding out for an OMC/Eiffel 65/Len/Vengaboys resurrection?)

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The best song in the world (or at least a big chunk of it)?

Last week, the 54th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest — past winners include ABBA (1974), Celine Dion (1988), and a bunch of other names now entirely eaten by history — unfolded, and with 42 countries participating (welcome back, Slovakia! Sorry about the politics, San Marino!), there’s a pretty massive cross-section of talent. Who do you think took this year’s prize — Ireland? Israel? Poor always-the-bridesmaid Portugal?

In fact, the no. 1 spot went to Norway’s Alexander Rybak and his song "Fairytale," which received 387 points, the highest total score in Eurovision history. Does that, empirically, make "Fairytale" the best song in the world, or at least that large part of it? Is the return of the electric violin to popular music long overdue? Is it OK that Rybak’s knees are that bendy? See below, and make your own judgments, Music Mixers:

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