Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Jethro Tull coming to Nürnberg!!!


Yes, even after 24 years Ian Anderson and his fellas are not getting tired of touring (Rock 'n' Roll!!!!). They are returning to Nuremberg's SERENADENHOF on August 16th 2009.
There are still some tickets left! Get them at www.argo-konzerte.de or call 01805/607070 (12ct/min).
And for some background info about the band, their official press release for the German tour:

1968 schließt sich eine Gruppe junger Musiker in Luton, Nord-London, zusammen. Hungrig im Herzen, verarmt und mit mit bescheidenem Optimismus emporgestiegen aus den Überresten verschiedener, erfolgloser, regionaler Bands. Mit allgemeiner Liebe zum Blues, gegenseitiger Akzeptanz und Offenheit gegenüber diversen Musikformen, begann der Erfolg bei einem kleinen, aber enthusiastischen Publikum in verschiedenen Pubs und Clubs Süd-Londons. Der Durchbruch kam als ihnen der feste Auftritt Donnerstagnacht in Londons berühmtem Marquee-Club in der Wardour Street, Soho, angeboten wurde.
Die frühen "Jethro Tull" veröffentlichten ihr erstes Blues-orientiertes Album, „This Was“, in den späten 1968igern, um sich dann mit mehr Eigenständigkeit und eklektischen Anstrengungen mit der Veröffentlichung von „Stand Up“ und einer Menge von Single-Veröffentlichungen, eingeschlossen „Living In The Past“, auf dem UK-Markt nach oben zu bewegen. „Benefit“, „Aqualang“ und „Thick As A Brick“ folgten, und der Erfolg der Gruppe wurde international. Verschiedene Bandmitglieder kamen und gingen, aber der charismatische Frontmann und Komponist, Flötist und Sänger, Ian Anderson machte weiter bis heute, die Band kontinuierlich durch ihre verschiedenen, musikalischen „Inkarnationen“ zu leiten. Jethro Tull war Mitte der Siebziger einer der erfolgreichsten Live-Acts weltweit, rivalisierend mit Led Zeppelin, Elton John und sogar den Rolling Stones. Wirklich überraschend für eine Band, deren hochgestochene und entfaltete, stilistische Extravaganz weit entfernt war von der Rock- und Pop-Norm jener Zeit.
Mit nunmehr über 30 Alben auf ihrem Konto und Verkäufen von mehr als 50 Millionen Tonträgern, haben die augenscheinlich unkommerziellen TULL nie aufgehört, zu den Fans der ganzen Welt … nah oder fern … zu reisen. Nach vierzig Jahren am Boden, ganz oben und verschiedenen Ebenen dazwischen performt TULL immer noch auf typische Art mehr als hundert Konzerte im Jahr. Ian Anderson und Martin Barre verbleiben im Zentrum einer Band mit manchmal wechselnden, aber immer hochbegabten, wenn nicht sogar exzellenten Musikern. Gegenwärtig: Doane Perry, Veteran-Drummer von TULL mit 24 Jahren Erfahrung, zusammen mit John O´Hara am Piano und Akkordeon und David Goodier am Bass. An vorderster Front begeistern sie das Publikum und führen das Vermächtnis von TULL´s Music fort mit seiner reichen Variation und tiefen Expression. Wo immer Fans … jung und alt … Rock, Folk, Jazz und klassisch inspirierte Musik für Erwachsene hören wollen.

Thursday, 25 June 2009

Behind the scenes of "Rosey"


Director David Jackson talks about the making of Hoarsebox' quite outstanding music video for "Rosey".
This is a feature by the brilliant American video site

99dollarmusicvideos.com.

It's a bit short, but quite funny and worth watching with some witty anecdotes and tips for prospective movie-makers ;)


Monday, 22 June 2009

Digital Music News about the German Popkomm


I saw this article on Digital Music News written by publisher Paul Resnikoff today. And, as you may guess, I totally agree with him. Really really liked how he described the whole "situation" in the music indusrty at the moment, and hope, you will, too:

Be thankful that Popkomm got canceled. At least the organizers had the balls to wait till next year, and the honesty not to take your money. Instead of half-filled floors, half-filled panels, and lots of lost productivity, Popkomm is wisely taking a break. And that means that would-be attendees and advertisers can save the travel, setup, and time costs, and focus on their core businesses - at home. The cancellation may have been surprising, though the reasons are obvious. Piracy is just one part of the equation, one that squarely affects major labels, retailers (traditional, online, and mobile), and everyone else tied into the recording (and yes, publishing) industries. But suddenly, dumb money is nowhere to be found, and VCs are wisely being quite cautious around music. Doom-and-gloomy? No, just realistic. Either way, the silver lining is important to recognize. In the absence of hype-filled startups and bloated investments, the post-disruptive reality starts to arrive more quickly. The scrappy, bootstrapped startups you need to know about are just getting started - and they can't afford expensive conferences anyway. And what about the other mega-events? The pressure now shifts towards Midem, an event that was ill-attended in January. Will there be another South of France flyaway in January? Taking a year off is a serious move, but justifying this event is tough - especially following the Popkomm decision. In the new climate, leaner executives are increasingly questioning the wisdom of huge get-togethers like Popkomm and Midem. Are these serious business events with real dealmaking, or parties? And what about South-by-Southwest? A much different animal, SXSW still had a healthy crowd last March, albeit with far more college kids than industry executives. But SXSW has always been a local event, one less dependent on A&R and digital professionals. And the rest? Some of the smaller events will continue to struggle through, with lower-than-normal crowds. But the tenor of these events is also shifting - does anyone really need glowing show-and-tells from struggling companies? The frothy days are over, at least for now, and the less-romantic future belongs to leaner companies with sustainable models. Popkomm has wisely decided to stop pretending.


Sunday, 21 June 2009

Petition against new GEMA fees


The fees for the German collecting society GEMA are to be reorganised and, there is a public petition running against it at the moment. I personally think, that everyone, who likes good, handmade, independent music should support it. Why? A friend of mine wrote the following to give you the answer:

Es läuft zur Zeit eine Petition des deutschen Bundestages bezüglich der Neuregulierung der GEMA Gebühren bei Veranstaltungen und Konzerten. Der Vollständigkeit halber sei hierzu auf die Pressemitteilung der GEMA verwiesen:

http://www.gema.de/presse/pressemitteilungen/pressemitteilung/archive/2009//browse/7/select_category/13/?tx_ttnews[tt_news]=790&tx_ttnews[backPid]=73&cHash=c5a0c13b5f

Um es kurz zu fassen worum es geht:

Durch die Neuregulierung der Gebühren stehen für Veranstalter Gebührenerhöhungen von bis zu 600% (!) im Raum. Hintergrund ist derjeninge das die GEMA erkannt hat das die Musikindustrie - wenn überhaupt - nur noch im Konzertbereich Geld verdient und auf diesem Wege versucht die "Urheber" mehr an diesen Umsätzen zu beteiligen.

Dieser noble unterstützenswerte Ansatz geht jedoch leider zu einem guten Teil an der Wirklichkeit vorbei. Wenn überhaupt kommt diese Gebührenerhöhung vielleicht noch den Top-Acts zu Gute.

Die meisten Veranstalter von kleineren bis mittleren Konzerten sind froh wenn Sie halbwegs auf Ihre Kosten kommen, bzw ein kleiner Gewinn übrigbleibt, der sich dann auch meist auf die Gagen / Merch der auftretenden Künstler positiv auswirkt. Die Gebührenerhöhung wird dazu führen das dieser Bereich wirtschaftlich enorm belastet wird. Und damit ist einer Gruppe am Allerwenigsten geholfen........den Urhebern, Musikern und Künstlern.

Wer diese Gebührenerhöhung unverhältnismäßig findet (so wie ich) kann sich gerne die Petition genauer unter folgendem Link durchlesen und sich beteiligen und diese ggf. unterzeichnen. Ab 50000 Unterzeichnern muss sich ein Ausschuss des Bundestages damit befassen. Sie läuft bis Mitte Juli.

https://epetitionen.bundestag.de/index.php?action=petition;sa=details;petition=4517

Thursday, 18 June 2009

Facebook bigger than MySpace!


Facebook has overtaken MySpace in the US. comScore stated that Facebook now has more members than MySpace.
Quite a turning point actually! In May Facebook had 70.278 million unique visitors whereas MySpace "only" had 70.255 million.
It remains to bee seen if and how this developement will affect the music scene (especially the smaller alternative and unsigned bands); I myself think that this is definitely an issue to keep an eye on over the next few months....

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Anne's Saw of the Day


"I just realized that Alicia Keys' song "Falling" does not only contain a little bit of the lyrics of James Brown's ballad "It's A Man's World", but actually sounds like a plain cover of it, if you listen carefully. Now I don't like Mrs Keys anymore.... "

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Life’s Soundtracks – “Sun Clouds & Rain”


Today’s soundtrack is for those summer days, that are not too sunny at all ;) You know the mood of a gathering thunderstorm? The sun, the clouds and finally the rain… these tracks sound like all three together. A bit rainy (listen to the guitar riffs ;)) a little bit depressive but still ... hmmmm ... light.
Let’s start with Venice Queen. I was told that some people don’t even know this great song by the RHCP. Well, we’re here to change that, right? And it has the sound of a beginning thunder storm in it, so it’s perfect for being the first song of this compi.
After that Radiohead’s There There also sounds a bit like falling rain to me and is a proper no. 2.
Bush also has to appear on a soundtrack about erratic summer weather. I personally think that all of their tunes would fit here, but I chose the two I like best, which are Solutions and Head Full Of Ghosts.
When you think of gloomy but chilling music most people also think of Muse’s tunes and of course they are featuring here as well.
And when you think of Muse, Placebo immediately is in your head as well. I myself tend to mix them up all the time ..., so here they are on no. 10 with their remarkable You Don't Care About Us.
Also, some of you may probably not know the German band MCF. They unfortunately split up a few years ago, but their music (and especially their live gigs) are unforgettable. Their song Lullaby really fits in the mood of “Sun Clouds & Rain”, so enjoy it on no. 8.
On no 12 and 13 I placed two songs by QOTSA, just in the same order as they appear on "R". You know them, and you know that they fit in a windy, rainy mood and there is actually nothing more to say about them (except that QOTSA rock as noone else, but I’m sure you knew that as well).
Then we got a second little musical “couple” here. On no. 14 there is Franz Ferdinand covering Air’s Sexy Boy and after that, I thought, the original performers should have a word as well. So I picked Talisman by Air to be no 15. I love this song, I just love it! It lets the sun shine even if it rains, and I guess, that’s what everyone of us needs from time to time.
Last but not least this compilation is concluded by an astonishing song from the Soundtrack of “The 5th Element”. It’s Little Light Of Love performed by RXRA and should lift up you mood like the first sunny spells after a rain storm ...

1. RHCP - Venice Queen
2. Radiohead - There There
3. Bush - Solutions
4. R.E.M. - The One I Love
5. Muse - Hysteria
6. The Strokes - 12:51
7. Bush - Head Full Of Ghosts
8. MCF - Lullaby
9. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Red Eyes And Tears
10. Placebo - You Don't Care About Us
11. Keane – Bedshaped
12. QUOTSA – Autopilot
13. QUOTSA – Better Living Through Chemistry
14. Franz Ferdinand - Sexy Boy
15. Air- Talisman
16. RXRA - Little Light Of Love