Sunday, 22 March 2015

Test your musical knowledge - Rock the Quiz in March

Noisy Crumb - Rock the Quiz Part III


Hi all,
welcome to my Musical Quiz Part 3! Test your musical knowledge and maybe learn new facts to impress your friends ;-)
This time it's not only about great band, musicians and songs, but also about comics and movies.
Have fun answering and feel free to challenge your friends! Good luck :-)

Test your musical knowledge with Noisy Crumb!

  1. One of the most popular songs of 3 Doors Down has a superhero as a protagonist. Which one is it?
  2. Batman
    He-Man
    Superman
    Aquaman

  3. The world's probably most famous milk carton can be seen in the music video of what song?
  4. The Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar
    Kelis - Milkshake
    Sascha - Cemical Reaction
    Blur - Coffee and TV

  5. Where is the drama taking place that The Raconteurs are singing about in one of their masterpiece songs?
  6. A gas station in South California
    A junk house in South Carolina
    A bus stop in South Dakota
    A bar in South Korea

  7. Famous musicians in legendary movies - which of these cameos did NOT happen?
  8. George Harrison in "Life of Brian"
    Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers in "The Big Lebowski"
    Jack White in "Ocean's Eleven"
    Meatloaf in "The Rocky Horror Picture Show"

  9. Where did the band Kasabian get their name from?
  10. From a Thai toilet sign
    From the villian in a Bud Spencer and Terence Hill movie
    From a book about the mass murderer Charles Manson
    From a Tarzan comic book from 1985
The right answers will be published here in the next couple of days so make sure to check back here soon ;-)



Thursday, 5 March 2015

My Musical Sci-Fi weeks – Part 2

Songs in and about Sci-Fi Movies

Welcome to the second part of my musical Sci-Fi journey, which takes us back to the 30’s, the 60’s and also good auld 2010 :-)

Music in and about Sci-Fi movies

Star Wars

I’ve not overcome the fact, yet, that “Darth Vader’s Theme” is actually a swing song from the 30’s – Al Bowlly’s My Woman - well at least heavily inspired by it. For all who have not seen it here, check it out below:



Isn’t this amazing? Also, we see the same theme in a complete different set – the 1997 pop-style one hit wonder by White Town called “Your woman”:



So – does Star Wars now makes you thing of the swingin’ 30’s? Or of 90’s synthie pop? Or the other way round? Either or, it’s a great song!

And – same as for Star Trek – wow! There is really a lot of musical fan stuff in the web! I am really happy to have found Israel Curtis feat. Ryan Richardson - The Star Wars That I Used to Know. Why? Because 1) I totally agree with the lyrics – the first three movies were a great deal better then Episone 1 and the following CGI-junk and 2) I never really liked (nor probably understood) that music video Gotye made for his No 1 Hit back in 2012. And what do you most like about things you don’t like? When it’s parodied :-)



2001 – A Space Odyssey

Musical wise, what do you think of when you hear 2001 – A Space Odyssey? Probably classical - Strauss vs. Strauss? Or “new music” by György Ligeti (which would sound “unusual to most of us”)? Probably. But wouldn’t you also think of Pink Floyd? The long, cut-less and often mysterious seeming scenes, the somehow psycodelic 60s appeal that some of the scenes are conveying…. Just think of the PINK chairs at the Space Station, where Dr FLOYD is talking to other scientists … haha got ya! And then of course the Time Travel of Dave Bowman – the 26 mins scene, which can perfectly be synced with Pnk Floyd’s “Echoes” from “The Dark Side of the Moon” – well what a coincidence, what a similarity! After all, Pink Floyd apparently wanted to distribute the music for 2001, but Kubrik said no.
Would that movie have been better then? Well, decide for yourself – here it is: the perfect Krubrik-Floyd-Match:



Tron – Legacy

I just recently watched this newest sequel of Tron (one of the first ground breaking movies with regards to computer animation and the usage of Backlit Animation) and have to say that its music really struck me. And then, at the “End of Line Club” scene, I saw the club DJs and realized why: “gosh, that is so Daft Punk!” Oh yes, it is! Of course it is. They do not only make this guest appearance, but even better: they composed the whole soundtrack of the movie! Yey, that is why it sounds so awesome! And after their – for me quite disappointing, almost slumberous – most recent album Random Access Memories from 2013, discovering this so undtrack from 2010 actually was like discovering a new in-old-manner-rocking Daft Punk album.
Enjoy this scene from the movie and you’ll see what I mean:



BTW: I really like that after this scene we get a fight scene which is ended by “The Dude in his dressing gown” entering the club and trying to save the day with what looks like magical powers stolen from Gandalf…. Actually from this point of view, it’s really quite funny, don’t you think?

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

My Musical Sci-Fi Weeks – Part 1

Songs in and about Sci-Fi Movies


Yey, great film, great story, great effects! And what about the music? Really when it comes to the movies, good rocking music is such an important factor for me. I am not just talking about the film music itself but also about radio songs used in movies – this surely can quite a “style clash” sometimes, but for me it actually makes the difference between a good and a top movie ;-) Being quite into Sci-Fi, I decided to dedicate this and the next blog post to songs in and about my most favourite “space movies” – Here. We. Go.

Star Trek

One thing that totally got me in the Star Trek Movie from 2009 was the scene when little James Tiberius steals a classical car (well, as the film is set in 2233, yep I would say it’s an utmost classical car!) to go for a joyride in the country side. And what would be the ultimate fitting “classical” song for this? Right! He chooses “Beastie Boys - Sabotage” from the playlist and then gets into a car chase with the police. Awesome! It really is a brilliant scene and believe it or not, whenever I hear this song, it makes me think of a very certain spaceship….



Also, there is of course tons of fan-songs and musical parodies of Star Trek out there! The one I find best is from Warp 11 “It's Dead Jim” – lol I guess the title say it all! Warp 11 is actually a punk rock band from the US. They entirely play their own songs, but the lyrics are all about Star Trek. Other songs by then have such sophisticated titles as “Suck My Spock Some More” or “I Don't Want To Got To Heaven As Long As The Have Vulcans In Hell”. Hillarious! Bring it on guys!



Guardians of the Galaxy

Ok this film is full of 80’s music, as its main character Peter aka Star Lord (geez, really!) is listening to the charts' music mixtape his mother gave him for his walkman - shortly before her death - during all his adventures (well at least when he is out of jail ;-)). So this rather calm, relaxed and to us of course familiar soundtrack somehow clashes with the futuristic, intergalactic space-crime- and-chase-adventure-scenes we see on screen, which is totally stylish if you ask me! Remember the “style clash” I was talking about in the introduction? See for yourself and decide if you like it:



Apart from Redbone’s Come and Get your Love my absolute musical favourites from the film are

Logan’s Run

One of my absolute favourite Sci-Fi movies / books ever. And – keeping in mind the new technologies and effects it came up with (including some synthie-stuff!), which were then also used in Star Wars and some of the other “big ones” -  I also think, sometimes this is not getting the appreciation it actually deserves. I even watched the complete series “Logan’s Run” (even despite the horrible theme song!) recently and truly, there are a lot of parallels in it to newer series. Of course we also see some stuff in there with is clearly reminding you of 2001 A Space Odyssey or even the classic  Star Trek series (some of the cast and scenery are actually the same) – so I think it’s give and take as with all great movies. Being as influential as Logan’s Run just is, of course some bands wrote songs about it and these are two I would highly recommend: Henning Ohlenbusch - Logan's Run - geez, isn't he right??



And if you like it a bit more Garage Rock: Bad Astronaut - Logan's Run:



Also I’d like to mention the two popular songs Kasabian - Shoot the Runner and Delorentos – Sanctuary, which are not 100% about Logan’s Run, but I wish they were ;-)

Until next time! Watch out for Star Wars, 2001 A Space Odyssey and more in Part 2 of my Musical Sci-Fi Weeks.

Monday, 9 February 2015

Riot Tapes and Buffalo Sunn live in Munich – The Irish Rock Tour


So here we were on a freezing evening at the Backstage in Munich which was the first gig of Buffalo Sunn’s / Riot Tapes’ Irish Rock Tour. And I tell you guys, these two bands have everything to warm you up on such a cold night!


I was really happy I went down there early to see Elaine Doyle from Riot Tapes (@EllyTapes on Twitter) on stage first (it was a solo acoustic performance, the rest of the band join in to the tour some days later). Man, what a voice and what passion she is putting into her performance! I actually did not “miss” the rest of the band that evening ;-)

Singer Elaine Doyle


Sure, Riot Tapes themselves play their songs in a rather electro-pop style, but the acoustic versions by Elaine are not less passionate and rocking in any way. My friends and the whole crowd were as impressed as myself!

Irish 5 piece Buffalo Sunn

After a short break finally the five lads from Buffalo Sunn took over the stage. They really are an awesome live band as well and gave a great performance, not only playing songs from their album “By The Ocean By The Sea”, but also from their upcoming releases. At one point the whole band left the stage except for Daniel, the lead singer, who gave a nice solo acoustic performance as well.

Concert in Munich with Buffalo Sunn

After “brushing up their make-up” (Daniel), the others returned and gathered around Daniel’s mic in a circle. Interesting you may think? Definitely! And brilliant, if you ask me – the band sang acoustic songs backed by Daniel’s guitar which resulted in a strong, effective, pervading performance. At the end of the gig the crowd was so impressed that they kept clapping for an encore. And apparently the band was impressed as well, stating it would be the first time they played an encore.

All in all a perfect evening! The next day the guys were heading for Berchtesgaden were their even was sold out! More of upcoming tour dates for both bands are:

10/02/2015 – Chemnitz, Subway to Peter
11/02/2015 – Hannover, Rocker
12/02/2015 – Hamburg, Rock Café
13/02/2015 – Berlin, Magnet

I highly recommend you catch them at one of these gigs – your surely won’t be disappointed. Also make sure to check out their tunes on Soundcloud here (Riot Tapes) and here (Buffalo Sunn).

Enjoy :-)

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Test your musical knowledge - Rock the Quiz II

Noisy Crumb - Rock the Quiz Part II

Another month, another quiz! Test your musical knowledge and maybe (hopefully!) smile about the answers - this is my Rock 'n' Roll Quiz Number Two. Have a rocking February everyone!

Noisy Crumb's Rock n Roll Quiz

  1. Which of these music videos was produced without a single cut?
  2. The Verve - Bitter Sweet Syphony
    The White Stripes-The Denial Twist
    BRMC - 'Whatever Happened to My Rock 'N' Roll
    The Prodigy - Smack my Bitch up

  3. "A lot of words, a lot of cards and just classicly brilliant" - which song do I mean?
  4. Elvis Presley - A Little Less Conversation
    Steely Dan - Do it again
    Bob Dylan - Subterranean Homesick Blues
    The Zombies - She's not there

  5. "Smithers, have the Rolling Stones killed" - quote from Mr Burns in a Simpsons episode. But which band is he actually referring to?
  6. The Ramones
    The Streets
    The Kinks
    The Who

  7. True story: What did Ryan Adams do on one of his live gigs when a guy in the second row did not stop shouting "Play Summer of '69!" at the top of his voice?
  8. nothing
    He asked that guy to come onto the stage, gave him back his money & told him to go see Brian Adams
    He threw a plastic bottle at the guy.
    He played Summer of '69 and everybody joined in.

  9. "Show your face in a strange place and throw a shape on a strange face" - which Irish song is it?
  10. U2 - Ordinary Love
    Heathers - Waiter
    The Kooks - Bad Habit
    The Spikes - In love no more
The right answers will be published here in about a week or so, so make sure to check back :-) See your resilts here:

UPDATE! Please find the right answeres of the quiz in my comment below :-)

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Wolfmother? Royal Blood? Danzig? No. It's the Diamond Dukes, who have it all!

They are just so good – this the only way for me to describe an actually very new emerging band from Munich. The Diamond Dukes. I just recently saw (or should I say discovered?) them at the Open Stage Night at Munich’s Cord Club – not just me, but also the whole good crowd there were absolutely amazed seeing so much musical talent, passion and rock’n’roll spirit on this stage. Keeping in mind, this band has just been formed about a year ago, I am sure there is a stellar career waiting for them :-) As chance would have it, they are working on their debut EP just now and I am sure neither you nor me will be disappointed from it.

Stevey of the band gave me some more insights in the interview. You should also check out some of their demo recordings below – just be warned, the quality is a bit poor. Best you go to see them live in any around Munich in 2015 and check out their Facebook Page for updates (and give them a thumbs up ;-)).

Enjoy!

The Diamond Dukes live



When and how did you originally get together as a band?

We all met in a bar in Munich in spring of 2013. So it was more or less a spontaneous idea when being drunk to make some music together. Now and then we met afterwards for little jam sessions - just to make some music and without any targets. In the end of 2013 we started to write own songs and decided to rent a rehearsal room. Short time later the Diamond Dukes were born. About half a year later (May 14) we had our first gig at the Festival “Lange Nacht der Musik” at Sendlinger Tor in Munich.  Since then we had a couple of other club gigs in Munich.

You call your musical style “Independent Desert Rock” – well, how does that sound like? What are your most important musical influences?

Our style is influenced by the different genres that every member brought into the band. Marco, our drummer, comes from Jazz. Michael used to play in a Metal band. The other Michael and me come from Stoner Rock. The combination of those different music styles ended up as the sound we have now in our songs. Of course it is always different to explain the exact style when writing own songs but to give you an answer we would say it is basically kind of dirty garage sound.

Bavarian Rock band Diamond Dukes
You played a number of live gigs already, filled with enormous musical talent and passion (if you ask me ;-) ) – still you “only” have 50 fans on Facebook and apparently no homepage – how come? Would you call yourself an “offline-band”?

The most honest answer in terms of Facebook would appartently be: Laziness ;-) Due to the fact that we were more into song writing and playing music instead of “being online” we started very late with Facebook & Co. Nevertheless the plan is to improve our online presence after the release of our fist EP “The devil has found his way” (Spring 2015). Because we see us more as a live band this EP should be an appetizer for the people. It should give a first impression of what to expect at a gig of the Diamond Dukes.

Music Band Diamond Dukes
Any releases, tours and/or gigs coming up in 2015?

For 2015 we are thinking of some short trips to different locations in Germany. Additionally the plan is to have some further club gigs in Munich and is surrounding cities. And our new EP of course! Be ready for that!

Some of my favourite Duke-songs - tell me what you think! How do they sound to you? Comments and shares welcome :-)

https://soundcloud.com/diamond-dukes/the-devil-has-found-his-way ok, Wolfmother maybe?
https://soundcloud.com/diamond-dukes/out-of-time - check the guitar solo at 4:30!!
https://soundcloud.com/diamond-dukes/minds-have-no-rules - love the intro! (well and the rest of it as well, reminds me of the band Danzig)
https://soundcloud.com/diamond-dukes/start-again - and this somehow reminds me of the Vines ;-)

Monday, 19 January 2015

The Pad.

Seriously, what does this picture remind you of?

Lounge pad :-)

Well, yes, in the first place this surely is a very nice toy for adults that blinks and makes noises ;-) And some people - of which some are more talentad and some are not - even can make awesome, chart-breaking, mind-blowing tunes with it!

But when I saw it in Alex' room for the first time, I was more reminded of this:

(c) microscopics.co.uk
Remember the Light Organ from Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"? I am jsut wondering, which was there first... the idea for the pad or the organ? Well, someone else will have to find this out ;-) But anyhow, I wonder, if our pad can entice aliens from the outer space....

Have a rockin' evening everyone ;-)

Sunday, 11 January 2015

In your ears around the world - Interview with Riot Tapes from Dublin

A while ago I aleady told you some stuff about the new emergent Irish electro pop band Riot Tapes here. Now Chris O'Brien from the band gave me an interview for Noisy Crumb and told me some more rocking details about the band their recently released single "Cardinal Rules" and - most important - about their future plans to musically conquer the world :-)

Since when are you making music together and how did you originally get together as a band?

We have been a band about four years, more or less. We met online and immediately realised there was some pretty special potential.

How does it feel having your first single released just some weeks ago and listening to it on the radio?

It's an amazing feeling. We feel very lucky to have had such a great response and hope it continues into 2015.

What are the reactions of the crowd on your gigs like – is “Cardinal Rules” their favourite song already?

Yes and no. People know it's the single, yes. But we're really proud of our entire set and feel there's a lot more to the band than just that song, or any one song.  

 

Your new single is a tune to be played and celebrated in clubs all over the world, if you ask me – what are your plans for “getting it out there”?


First - that idea of Cardinal Rules being played in clubs around the world - it's makes me so excited to even consider that possibility. I'd really love nothing more than to walk into a random club in Germany or Japan or Johannesburg and hear it being played.
As for plans - it's getting a big proper national media push in Ireland starting in a few weeks. We'll be doing our best to support it with gigs anywhere they'll have us and hope to be doing a number of festival this summer. We also hope to be out in Asia and hopefully in Germany and the US at some point this year as well. Fingers crossed. 




What was the greatest thing ever happened to you guys as a band so far?  And what was the biggest letdown?

Hearing our song being played every day in national radio has to be a highlight. It's early days, but that's still a thrill. Getting signed to a label that actually supports musicians and try's to help bands make a career is also pretty huge.
The biggest letdown ... We had plans to go over to the UK last year and they fell through and that caused a few other problems as well. Pretty disappointing. Hopefully that'll change in 2015.

What should fans be expecting from Riot Tapes in 2015?

Touring, as much as possible. Two more singles at least and finally, FINALLY a debut record on the shelves. Hopefully we'll get to Germany and connect with a lot more music fans like yourself!


Thanks so much for the interview, Chris! As for you, my dear readers, make sure to check out their music and gigs  - a little preview is their video for "The Key" - enjoy :-)



Sunday, 4 January 2015

Test your musical knowledge - Rock the Quiz!


Noisy Crumb - Rock the Quiz Part I

Welcome to my musical quizzes to challenge your Rock 'n' Roll knowledge! Only one answer is correct for each question. Are you ready? Here we go! Good Luck :-)

Noisy Crumb's Musical Quiz

  1. In the radio version of one Franz Ferdinand song you can hear a horse neighing - which one is it?

  2. Take me Oot
    No you Girls
    Treason! Animals
    Goodbye Lovers and Friends

  3. Listen closely! Which of these two songs sound most alike?

  4. "Alicia Keys - Falling" and "Smokey Robinson & the Miracles - I Heard it throught the Grapevine"
    "The Doors - L. A. Woman" and "The Guess Who - American Woman"
    "Teddybears - Rock 'n'Roll Highschool" and "Beck - Youthless"
    "Royal Blood - Figure it Out" and "Electric Six - Danger! High Voltage"

  5. Which song by Alt-J was written in just 20 minutes?

  6. Every Other Freckle
    Matilda
    Hunger of the Pine
    Left Hand Free

  7. How many albums did the White Stripes publish, before their groundbreaking album "Elephant"?

  8. 1
    2
    3
    4

  9. What is Blur's "Song 2" actually parodying?

  10. US-Americans
    Grunge
    The Simpsons
    The Who

Thanks for taking the quiz - let's see your results!

PS: the right answers will be published here in about a week or so, so make sure to check back :-)

UPDATE: Please see the correct answers in the comment below :-)

Sunday, 28 December 2014

The Rock 'n' Roll New Year's Resolution

What a year, huh? Just getting to know and quoting the movie "The Room" was worth it ;-) But I am not a big fan of sentimental year's review's, still less, as my 30th Bday is coming up! What I really like though is making New Year's resolutions, as I think they give you a great perspective in how to realise your dreams - so this is what I am gonna do! And as you know me, there always needs to be some good rock'n'roll in it ;-)

So here we go:

Gigs - 2015 will be my personal festival year - so many great bands are coming to rock the city. Alt-J, Royal Blood, Ian Anderson, Buffalo Sunn - to only name a few. And just to think of all the great acts I'll discover when I am over in Ireland again! And Kasabian. Oh yes. They were so totally awesome when I saw them here back in November so I promised myself to see them in 2015 again - no matter where I have to travel. Have you ever seen thm live? If not - go go go! They put so much energy and dedication to their shows so that you can have an unforgettable "party with the rock stars".

Our new Indie label - Last year Alex discovered his passion - and more important his talent! - for making electronic music. We've come a long way and so far we have 9 songs almost ready to go. He did most of the "plunking" and I also created some elements and gave some help with the arrangements. Therefore I really hope we can open our own Indie label next year and...



Publish an album - As his workroom has turned into something that looks like the core of HAL9000 over the last couple of months - with lights blinking and screens, keys, buttons and pitch wheels everywhere - why not take all this equipment and record our first album? I am totally in for this and hope that all works out :) As I said, 9 songs are almost perfectly done already.... 


People - just get on with them! - One lesson I learned - once again! - this year is, that it doesn't matter how much time you spend with a person - true friendship and care is not always adequate to the time spent together and the perception of this can vary very very much depending on what person you talk to. I don't want to hassle any love-bird-relationships here! I just want to point out: there are some people you happen to see quite rarely - maybe just every couple of months - and still the time you then spend together is freakin' awesome and in the end you have the feeling that "we truly went through a lot together"! You are tuned-in and therefore don't need a lot of planning - just be spontanious and off you go!Then there is the other kind - you haven't seen them for longer then a year - for you it seems nothing is more important then to have an unfogettable couple of hours / days with them as well. However need a lot of planning with them -months and weeks and in the end you find out that they are too busy and it won't work our anyway - no spontaneity, no spirit of frinedship whatsoever. You think. You though they would want to spend time with you as urgently as yourself, but instead you find out that you are not as important as you should be to them. Apparently. Guys, of course you don't get your time paid back and of course just syaing yes to an invitation is the best way of reducing the waste-of-time so many of us have to fight with daily. But don't  be angry with the people around you, don't stress yorself and don't be angry if other people need more planning for a simple meet-up than you do. Better get on with people as they are as this truly makes a real friend , don't you think? I've decided to take such situations just as they are and not to stress myself out about everyting "not-rocking" in 2015. Why? Because this is the most useless waste-of-time you can ever face in a new year.


Have a rocking 2015 everyone!