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Self-Portrait: Dinner

Anders Rhedin Provides a List of Personal Things - Playing Under the Radar's Official SXSW Showcase This Saturday at Central Presbyterian Church

Mar 18, 2015 Web Exclusive Bookmark and Share

For our recurring Self-Portrait feature we ask a musician to take a self-portrait photo (or paint/draw a self-portrait) and write a list of personal things about themselves, things that their fans might not already know about them. Anders Rhedin, who releases music under the name Dinner, submitted this Self-Portrait. The Danish musician (now based in Los Angeles) is set to release Three EPs, 2012-2014 on Captured Tracks on April 14. As the title suggests, it collects his three EPs. Read on as Rhedin talks about his love/hate relationship with a genre, his diet, and a celebrity crush.

Also read our Pleased to Meet You interview with Dinner. Dinner is playing Under the Radar’s official nighttime SXSW showcase at Central Presbyterian Church this Saturday, March 21, at 7:30 PM.

I meditate daily for at least 40 minutes. I’ve been doing so for 10 years. Currently, I’m doing daily walking meditations in my garden, in LA. I slowly and serenely lift one leg. I focus on the beginning, the middle, and the end of the movement. Then I lift the other leg-and so on. I do this only wearing my bright colored bathing trunks. It works great on many levels. I get tanned, and the neighbors get to look extensively at a semi-naked skinny guy walking very, very slowly. Kind of meditative for them too, one could hope.

I hate musicals. I feel every manifestation of creativity is a manifestation of energy. A “spirit” if you will. And some spirits, once evoked, just attack my personal energy field. They don’t get along well with my personal guardian spirits. And musicals do that. So, don’t get me wrong-I’m not saying that a musical can’t be a powerful manifestation of energy, a powerful spirit. It can! So powerful that it makes me queasy. I love the musical Annie. Yes, I know I’m contradicting myself. Who says I can’t. A few weeks ago, I was in my car listening to a song from Annie, “New Deal,” and I started crying. In the musical Annie visits FDR who is about to announce the New Deal. The cabinet members take turns singing about the bright promises of tomorrows in general. Wait, no, that’s “Tomorrow” not “New Deal”. Anyways-same premise. When FDR starts crooning on that song it really gets to me. I feel that it’s the whole concept of rebirth-of resurrection-it touches upon. Such a powerful statement; such a beautiful theme (and one deeply rooted in Western mysticism, one could argue). I think I know every melody line from Annie by heart.

In January I decided to only live off white food for a month-like Eric Satie. Chicken, white beans, white bread etc.-or to paraphrase Satie: “eggs, sugar, grated bones, the fat of dead animals, salt, coconut, fruit mold.” I lasted half a day on that diet. Now I’m back to living off smoothies and Soylent instead.

I have a crush on St. Vincent/Annie Clark. I just can’t believe that anyone with such a magnificent bone-structure could have anything but a kind and beautiful soul.


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July 14th 2016

Wow, this is very interesting. I was completely convinced until reading this that Parnell should be the closer (I’m not yet unconvinced but I at least have con.Yrns)ceour level of nuance in analysis is admirable and should encourage other sports writers and fans to always dig deeper. Nicely done.