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 :-)