Sunday, 12 April 2009

Clockwork Noise rock the balcony ;)

One more great band above the streets of Dublin: Clockwork Noise were performing on on Good Friday. "The Brink", on of their new songs, is very emotional and perfectly arranged; all in all, I thought, just a beautiful Easter present for all of you:

If you are in the mood for some more tunes now, Clockwork Noise are playing at the Greystones Theatre on April 24th. Step by if you get a chance!
You'll also find some of their songs at Clockwork Noise's MySpace.
Enjoy and HAPPY EASTER, everyone!

Thursday, 9 April 2009

Anne's Saw of the Day

"Bloggers are not the Avon counsellors of the 21st century."
(Taken from a book about Web2.0)

Great Flashmobbing

Yeah, flashmobs are still quite usual although the (media) hype about these fascinating mass events has been over for several years.
I saw this one on Facebook (thanks to Richie) and just couldn't stop laughing. It's absolutely brilliant how this one in Antwerpen worked out and to that it's really fascinating how such a "thing" can bring people together.

One more? Sure, I found this one on Youtube... this flashmob was staged at Great Central Station, NY and is also very amazing to look at:

By the way, if you are now in the mood for joining a flashmob in you town, check the global listings on Flashmob Today and find out when the crazy people come to you ;)

Saturday, 4 April 2009

Life's Soundtracks: All Time Good Time

The summer has arrived! Well, at least in good ol' Franconia ;) But even if your days are not filled with sunshine and cloudless skies at the moment, there are quite a lot of songs that make the sun shine anywhere. So, to get you all in a mood of sunny summer days, this week's compilation has become the All Time Good Time set of 17 great tunes to make your day.
And, sure, most of them are related to the summer, the sun and good times in general. Loving Is What I Got for example: feeling good across the board ;) Some tunes are taken from the Soundtracks of the German movies "Sonnenallee" (Get It On and Give Me A Ticket For An Aeroplane) and "Schule" (this movie is about what students do in the summer before their A-Levels, i.e. sex, drugs and going swimming ... The Only One I Know and Get Wild Tonight are perfect songs for this).
Also, I put some other older songs on it like Superman, Heaven Is A Halfpipe (What happened to OPM, by the way??) and Another Day Goes By, they are not played a lot, what I think is a real shame (after all I remember Dakota Moon being number one in the German charts for weeks some time back in the 90s....).
Others, like Bohemian Like You, Walking On The Sun or Allstar just never get boring (for the radio stations AND for myself ;) ) and so they should be included in this little collection as well.
Anyway, here we go, this is my "All Time Good Time" compilation - a soundtrack for your sunny day, and I hope you like it.

Sublime – Loving Is What I Got
David Jordan – Sun Goes Down
The Charlatans – The Only One I Know
Dynamo 5 – Get It On
Plewka – Get Wild Tonight
Mark Ronson – About To Get Ugly
OPM – Heaven Is A Halfpipe
The Dandy Warhols – Bohemian Like You
REM – Superman
Crazy Town – Butterfly
Dakota Moon – Another Day Goes By
Jefferson Airplane - Give Me A Ticket For An Aeroplane
Smash Mouth – Walking On The Sun
Paolo Nutini – New Shoes
Gorillaz – Be Happy Inc.
Smash Mouth – Allstar
Fat Boy Slim – Praise You

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Youtube Germany starts blocking music videos

Sounds kind of familiar, doesn't it? About two weeks ago youtube started blocking music videos in the UK due to contractual disagreements with the English PRS.
Now nearly the same things are happening in Germany: YouTube's contract with the German collecting society GEMA is ending today and for the new one the GEMA are demanding 1 Cent per play of each music video (of GEMA artists). Too much for YouTube Germany, though. They claim that they would have financial losses with every play.
So YouTube will block all music videos on its German site until further notice.

So where to go now to watch some rockin' videos? Luckily some guys from Ireland had a good idea last year and established a video plattform just for music bands and their fans and called it MUZU.TV. They have no contracts with collecting societies, but direct ones with the artists resp. their (major) labels. Everyone is welcome to join and watch and upload music videos, interviews, fan videos, etc. MUZU. TV was an immediate success in Ireland last year and can now be watched from nearly everywhere (whereas the access to the site had been limited to Ireland and the UK for quite a time last year). And with the developements on YouTube it is becoming even more important as a platform for music lovers.
So why not have a look there? Click: