Tuesday, 30 September 2008


"You have to remain faithful to your guitar!"


And so what happens, when you two-time your dear guitar and sleep with a drum set???
This highly philosophical question is answered by Angelo Sommerfeld and Fludid, whom some of you may know as the singer from the former legendary German band MCF. Enjoy! And for those, who don't get the words: Learn the Franconian dialect - "German for gods" ;)

Friday, 26 September 2008


Cockpit Rock 'n' Roll


Today I discovered this great article of "Spiegel online". It's consisting only of true and very funny stories that the "Spiegel" readers experienced while travelling with planes all around the globe. Cows on the runway, Rock 'n' Roll in the thunderstorm, time difference of 100 years and bord computers with the typical Windows XP bugs .... have fun reading:

Spiegel Online

By the way, I am not surprised that most of those funny quotes are from crew members of English or Irish airlines... hehe, no I am not surprised at all ;)

Wednesday, 24 September 2008


*lol* and *rofl* ...


... well that's what I did when I watched this video yesterday nights. Just a very "unique" and well done merging of a lovely (!) song and a TV series so stupid that it becomes just legendary again (I for one really enjoyed it whilst my stay in Ireland). And now you should wonder "Which song? Which series?"..... well, just watch ;)


PS: I just discovered .... this is also great ....oh geez, the accent, the accent!!!

Tuesday, 23 September 2008


Dreamy Late Night Driving


Driving a car at night can be great, really really great (just like late night writing by the way;) ). Presumed that you are not too drunk and not too drained of course (of course;) ). And: presumed that you have adequate music in your stereo that enhances the dreamy, cosy atmosphere a late-night-drive can bring along ..... where the road seems to belong to you and even so does the whole world ..... until your snarling front-seat passenger remembers you that you are not that alone at all ....
Well anyway to have a little selection of these only-to-play-after-dusk-songs ready in any case, I created the following compilation. I guess anyone having a fable for good music has these songs at home, but, I am pretty sure, not in this combination. So tinker them together out of your collection and ..... just enjoy!

1) Depeche Mode - Dream On
2) QOTSA - You got a Killer Scene there, Man...
3) Snow Patrol – Shut your Eyes
4) Starsailor – Four to the Floor
5) DCFC – I will possess your heart (the whole 8:30 mins!)
6) Fields of the Nephilim - Wail of summer
7) My Morning Jacket – Touch me I am going to scream
8) Jethro Tull – it’s up to me (that's a real jewel!)
9) Sniff'n The Tears - Driver's Seat
10) MGMT – Electric Feel (NOT the remix!! Geez...)
11) Timberlake – What goes around comes around
12) Keane - Bedshaped
13) QOTSA - Make It With Chu
14) Air - Talisman
and finally - when the dawn of a new day comes- :

15) Nina Simone - Feeling Good (Yes, it HAS to be the very original, not that version from Muse or anybody else)

Oh, and if you are looking for a name for this compilation, how about "Sunrise Mood"? Nice, isn't it? But unfortunately this is also the name of a different compilation, a friend made for me ages ago. So we just have to name this new one "Sunrise Mood II" and everyone's happy.

Saturday, 20 September 2008


What The New Sound Magazine has to say about Cuckooland:


The New Sound Magazine about Hoarsebox’s Cuckooland (Issue: Sept 2008)

The final offering of the month made the biggest impression. Hoarse Box is a four man band out of Ireland. The EP they sent in has five songs on it in a pop/rock style. The packaging was a simple, mostly cardboard, case with a hand drawn mascot figure as a consistent theme throughout. I liked the simple use of color and art and felt it represented the band well. A track list was on the back and the inside cover had the who-does-what next to hand drawn pictures of the band members. Also contained within was basic contact and production information.

Seeing the band was from Ireland before I listened to it gave me some preconceived thought as to how they would sound. I imagined a U2 or Cranberries type of somber approach, and was surprised by music that was quite the contrary. The arrangements were tight and upbeat. The music was light and full of energy. Overall a complete musical identity was portrayed and the consistent musicianship was a joy to listen to.

These guys are all very talented musicians and while I can't identify one talent above another, this speaks more to the consistency of the band members rather than there being a weak link. Most impressive was the use of jazz progressions throughout while laying a nice rock feel over it. Johnny Holden's keyboards seem to be the glue holding many of these difficult arrangements together, but there are no weaknesses from any of the band members.

I was thoroughly impressed with all four members vocally. While most bands can't put up one decent singer Hoarse Box seems to have four. I really enjoyed the use of dissonance and staccato rhythms that usually expose any vocal weakness. With Hoarse Box, however, it just drew me in and flowed really well. They must have fun writing the vocal arrangements knowing they can do almost anything with it, and pull it off.[…]

Production was very clean and balanced. Philip Blaise Magee and Ger McDonnel stayed true to the sound and presented a great musical picture. There seemed to be special attention placed on each and every note. There was a small lack of depth throughout but it fit the music. I would have liked to hear a heavier bass though.

I enjoyed what Hoarse Box sent and would love to hear more. […]


Written by: J.J. Reimer, published: 9/15/2008, The New Sound Magazine
(and I completely agree!)

Thursday, 11 September 2008


This is .....


... one of the best TV commercials ever made.
Why? Because it's telling the bizarre, terrible, beautiful truth. And every design-/media-student will confirm this for you ......


Wednesday, 10 September 2008


Angry?


Yesterday I stumbled over a lovely song, named "Anger" from the Californian Hardcore band "Downset" (www.myspace.com/downset). Ok, if you know that band, you may think "lovely? Not exactly....". And there you are pretty right. Let's call it "noisy".... but still: somehow cool. Cool noise. And, I guess, when you are really pissed off something (and angry ;)), it's much better headbanging to Downset's drums and smashing your air-guitar than blowing your furnishing or worse.
So let's just thank those guys for their very good piece of aggression therapy!

And let's also enjoy this fantastic movie scene from "Free Rainer" where this song was used to create just the right atmospere ;) (that's why this song sounded so familiar to me by the way!). One of the best German movies ever made! I think Moritz Bleibtreu is just great as the rich, arrogant asshole Rainer, who - Hollywood-like - changes completely during the plot. The following scene is of course from the first half (the cool one ;)) ... and you get some nice views of the Leipzigerstraße in Berlin....

Tuesday, 9 September 2008


Anne and the rockin’ Kid


No, I am definitely not of the opinion, that Kid Rock’s “All Summer Long” is a great hit, although German radio stations and run-of-the-mill record stores keep praising it as the “summer hit of the year”.
No, for me it’s not a hit, it is more a defacement of one of the best songs ever written. And that probably is the reason why all the mainstreamers go for it (because they recognise some well-known-because-well-done tunes)
I mean, there are of course some cover songs (also mainstream songs), that are as good as (but still not better than) their originals; just think of “Cat’s in the Cradle”, the various versions of “Roll over Beethoven”, "Wild Wild West" or “Tainted Love”. But you can’t measure up to “Sweet Home Alabama” so easily ....
And also: you don’t have to! There are really a lot of songs in the (alternative and non-alternative) charts right now, that are just great summer hits on their own (i.e. without imitating others). Wanna have some ideas?
Alright, what about Amy Macdonald’s “This is the Life”, the TingTings’ “That’s not my Name” (hey, they even made it to the new "Bravo Hits" Compilation in Germany) or MGMT’s “Electric Feel”? Some more? The new remix of 2Raumwohnung’s “36 Grad” (was great last year, so why not 2008?), Shaggy’s “Feel the Rush”, Beck’s “Gamma Ray”, .... see?


What the channel "Fox" has to say about Carmel Conway....


... this:

Fox NY about Carmel Conway

Lovely, just lovely!


Our TV-Hero is back


... well actually anyone can buy all those old legendary series, like Parker Lewis ("der Coole von der Schule") on DVD, but, let's be honest, who really buys ALL those series that he or she once liked? Ok, at least I don't ;)
And that's why I am so happy, that Eddy told me about kino.to. Whew, now that's a cool thing. On this (German) website you can watch most movies and series for free or pay a fee and download them in high quality.
And here they also have some episodes of Parker Lewis, the series that everybody in my family was fan of when it was on German TV in the 90s (geez, look at the clothes!). Now I know, what I will do tonight: Watching back-to-back Parker Lewis, eating lots of candy and wallowing in nostalgic memories ;)

Wednesday, 3 September 2008


They are young, they are bored ....


..... and they like the Strokes! Combine all this and you get a video like the following ....

Roley

.....and now you know what kind of entertainment makes the Treuheits-Sisters rolling on the floor laughing. Well ....
.... maybe because we are just too young and too bored these days ;)


Anne's Saw of the Day / Annes Weisheit des Tages


"Metal" is a short term of "Heavy Metal" and it is NOT a genre of its own! No No No!

Tuesday, 2 September 2008

My German Summer Song ...

Yes, yes I know, there are surely many other great summer songs from German artists, that are more funky, rocking and spreading good vibrtions for a hot summer day. One or two may think of "Seeed", "Wir Sind Helden" or the "Waikiki Beach Bombers", when stating their favourite German summer tunes ... and normally I WOULD TOO! But since I heard Sebastian Hämer's "Sommer unseres Lebens" for the first time 2006, it is somehow stuck in my head as my wooohoo-the-sun-comes-out-and-I-want-to-sing-something-German-song.
It's probably because of it's gorgeous (and ver true) lyrics. So gorgeous, that I translated them into English to let all of my readers know - and live - them. But let's start with the originals:

Sommer unseres Lebens

Komm wir tun es heute,
Die Gelegenheit ist gut
Wenn wir werden wie andere Leute
Fehlt uns neben Zeit der Mut
Was wir jetzt nicht wagen
Können wir morgen eh begraben
Oder kannst du mir sagen
Worauf wir noch warten?
Denn der Anfang ist gemacht
Seit wir zum ersten Mal daran gedacht
Ham und die Segel sind gesetzt
Steig halt ein, denn Abfahrt ist jetzt
Zum Sommer unseres Lebens
Komm lass uns einfach gehen
Wir werden ein Leben davon zehren
Dies wird der Sommer unsres Lebens
Wir müssen ihn uns einfach nehmen
Es ist gar nicht so schwer

Solche Chancen gibt es selten
Sag mir wann, wenn nicht sofort
Wirklich glaub mir wir sind Helden
Bitte gib mir nur ein Wort
All die Sorgen, werden zu Schwächen, wie Intrigen und Lästereien
Und morgen wird gestern schon vorgestern sein
Offensichtlich sind wir am Zug
Wir sind jung und doch alt genug
Wir werden reich sein, wenn wir nur wolln
Wir haben Zeit und am Himmel ist Gold
Dies wird der Sommer unsres Lebens
Komm lass uns einfach gehen
Wir werden ein Leben davon zehren
Dies wird der Sommer unsres Lebens
Wir müssen ihn uns einfach nehmen
Es ist garnicht so schwer

Ich und du
Wir müssen es nur machen
Ich und du
Wir können solche Sachen
Ich und du
Wir müssen es nur machen
Ich und du
Glaub mir das Ganze ist längst im Roll’n
Denn wir lieben`s und träumen davon
Jetzt nutz die Chance wenn sie kommt
Unsre Zukunft hat grade begonnen

Dies wird der Sommer unsres Lebens
Komm lass uns einfach gehen
Wir werden ein Leben davon zehren
Dies wird der Sommer unsres Lebens
Wir müssen ihn uns einfach nehmen
Es ist garnicht so schwer

Ich und du
Wir müssen es nur machen
Ich und du
Wir können solche Sachen
Ich und du
Wir müssen es nur machen
Ich und du

And my highly professional translation ;)


Summer of our life

This is a journey into sound ...

Come on, we will do it today, the opportunity is well
Cause if we become like the other people
We won’t have neither time nor courage.

We can bury everything tomorrow that we don’t risk today
Or can you tell me what we are waiting for?
Cause we’ve started it already since we were thinking about it for the first time
And the sails are set
Come on, get in cause it’s departure time now ....

… for the summer of our life
Come on, let us just go
We will draw on this all our life.
This will be the summer of our life!
We just have to take it
It is not difficult at all.

Such chances are rare
Tell me when if not right now?
Really, believe me, we are heroes
Please, give me just one word,
All the worries will turn to weaknesses,
Like intrigues and backbiting,
And tomorrow yesterday will we the day before yesterday.
Obviously it’s our turn
We are young but still old enough,
We will be rich, if we just want to be,

We have time and there is gold in the sky

This will be the summer of our life!
Come on, let us just go
We will draw on this all our life.
This will be the summer of our life!
We just have to take it
It is not difficult at all.

Me and You
We just have to do it
Me and You
We can do such things
Me and You
We just have to do it
Me and You

Believe me, all this has already begun
Cause we love it and dream of it
Now take the chance
When you get it.
Our future has just begun.

This will be the summer of our life!
Come on, let us just go
We will draw on this all our life.
This will be the summer of our life!
We just have to take it
It is not difficult at all.

Me and You
We just have to do it
Me and You
We can do such things
Me and You
We just have to do it
Me and You

And now you surely want to listen to it as well... click here and enjoy: www.sommerunsereslebens.de
By the way, it's is the only song from Mr Hämer I like at all.....