Archive for the ‘ENG’ Category

1534

Juli 20, 2021

Concert in the woods

starts with a divine version

of Tried to Tell You.

[The Weather Station – tiny desk home concert]

1528

Juli 16, 2021

„… busy lately

… you haven’t found the time to

open up your mind“

[Joan as Police Woman – Out of Time (Blur)]

Low

Juli 1, 2021

The first album I got at the time was „Long Division“ and I found it quite dull. Then I heard their version of „Transmission“ (on the Joy Division cover album „A Means to an End“) and was stunned. Just by slowing it down, they added something to the song. Listening to their cover was like watching a flower open up to the sun in the morning in real-time. I also loved that making a song slower also usually makes it longer which is perfect if you love the song. Yesterday I listened to their first album „I Could Live in Hope“ for the first time and was totally overwhelmed. A perfect album for last night when the storm and rain hit hard outside. So warm and cosy, like a warm blanket to cover yourself with and hide from the tough world around.

[Self quote from: I Love Music – Low: Classic or Classic?]

1503

Juni 24, 2021

Indie heaven lies

a generation later

still deep down under.

[The Goon Sax – Psychic]

1496

Juni 22, 2021

From harmonic chant

to clipped microphone signal

to floating in space.

[Low – Days Like These]

1422

Mai 19, 2021

Chess blitz tournament.

Inside Brian Williams:

Pawns are for pussies.

1378

Mai 7, 2021

Kevin Shields‘ guitar

on Loveless stirs up the clay

and it sticks for good.

1369

Mai 3, 2021

Schlohweiß, ausgezehrt

kommt Nachbar die Treppe hoch.

Covid shows its face.

1368

Mai 3, 2021

Why the heck do I

continue to buy books on

Dillon, the show-off?

[Look Out Kid, Bob Dylans Lieder, unsere Geschichten]

1356

April 29, 2021

After a second

all the memories are back.

The fire crackles.

[Teenage Fanclub – Home, the single edit from the new album Endless Arcade]

New rules for an old game

April 18, 2021

The bishop can move in any diagonal direction. He doesn’t, though, because he knows that it’s in his and his community’s best interest to stay at home.

[How to play Covid chess by Laura Mishkin in The New Yorker]

1313

April 13, 2021

Crossing the desert

in a dark convertible

during the late night.

[The Colorist Orchestra & Howe Gelb ft Pieta Brown – More Exes]

1247

März 26, 2021

Dreamy tenor sax.

Impressionist piano.

Waves lapping the shore.

[Joe Lovano – Chapel Song from the new album Garden of Expression]

1155

März 6, 2021

Music: Only thing

that can enter your psyche

without permission.

[Andra Day]

1115

Februar 22, 2021

Woke up in clean sheets.

Bed made of jangly dream pop.

Fluffy ear candy.

[The Luxembourg Signal – The Morning After from the album The Long Now]

1107

Februar 19, 2021

Sweaty, murky sound.

Primitive, demonic groove

from Danish cellars.

[Iceage – Vendetta from the album Seek Shelter]

1091

Februar 13, 2021

Let’s bounce and have fun.

Smile and stare into the sun.

Wait, what did you say?

[Girl Ray – Show Me More from the album Girl]

1087

Februar 12, 2021

Some music sends chills

down my spine, other music

sends down waterfalls.

[Meshell Ndegeocello – Waterfalls (by TLC) from Ventriloquism]

1082

Februar 11, 2021

Please sing me to sleep

with your soft, gentle whisper

full of serene love.

[Joan Shelley – Teal from the wonderfully named album Just Like the River Loves the Sea]

1079

Februar 10, 2021

Luscious chamber pop.

Everything falls into place.

Warming my cold ears.

[Lo Moon – This Is It]

1073

Februar 9, 2021

When they don’t rock out

their knack for sweet melody

is unstoppable.

[The Beths – Jump Rope Gazers]

1069

Februar 8, 2021

Ready for a trip?

A descent into the night

where noises abound.

[CS + Kreme – Mount Warning from the album Snoopy]

1066

Februar 7, 2021

How rage is transformed

into vibrant energy.

A guilty pleasure.

[Hayley Williams – Simmer from the album Petals for Armor]

1064

Februar 6, 2021

Take back all the days.

Children carrying balloons.

There’ll be no 21.

[The Apartments – Twenty One from the album No Song No Spell No Madrigal]

1059

Februar 5, 2021

Listening to this

wil make you a better mensch.

Trust me, dear reader.

[Alabaster DePlume – Visit Croatia from the album To Cy & Lee: Instrumentals Vol. 1]

1047

Februar 3, 2021

Lost in tuneful noise

from heavy guitar riffing

with ramshackle drums.

[Hum – In the Den from the album Inlet]

1043

Februar 1, 2021

Anyone a lift

into the big open space

without return ride?

[Ana Roxanne – A Study in Vastness from the album Because of a Flower]

1040

Januar 31, 2021

The handy displays

eighteen twenty-nine and then

eighteen twenty-eight.

1038

Januar 30, 2021

Slow food for the soul.

Bass driving into the night.

Sudden, open end.

[Sault – Wildfires]

(1034)

Januar 30, 2021

„In her loving look,

the whole universe contained.

Love the universe!“

[Adam’s (the robot) first haiku for Miranda in Ian McEwan’s Machines Like Me.]

1032

Januar 29, 2021

During all our lives

we are searching for something.

Is it just a note?

[Keith JarrettBudapest Concert, part VIII]

1022

Januar 27, 2021

More soul than disco.

Killer bass line, strings galore.

Seventies‘ comeback.

[Sault – Fearless]

1018

Januar 26, 2021

A lullaby by

a reborn Arthur Russell.

Slow, soft, soothing, sleek.

[Westerman – Blue Comanche]

1015

Januar 25, 2021

This cool river flows

right into the middle of

the tropic ocean.

[Jorja Smith – Rose Rouge]

991

Januar 20, 2021

A kick-ass anthem

to start a presidency

with lots of good vibes.

[New Radicals – You Get What You Give]

968

Januar 14, 2021

To switch off the news

right away when they mention

a specific name.

962

Januar 13, 2021

.. god, what a sunset

Blood red floods the Atlantic

.. how can I touch this?

[The Weather Station – Atlantic from the new album Ignorance due out in February]

913

Dezember 24, 2020

Vier Pfoten rutschen

den blanken Felsblock runter.

She has lost control.

911

Dezember 24, 2020

Im Morgengrauen

sachte gejoggt wegen Knie.

Canigou in clouds.

Joni Mitchell – Favourite Colour

Dezember 18, 2020

I met a child a year ago

Whose eyes would never see.

She asked me with a timid smile,

„What colour is a tree?“

[lyrics, performance 1965]

889

Dezember 16, 2020

Twenty-five faces,

seventeen rectangular,

eight three-sided points.

885

Dezember 14, 2020

There is a flower

blossoming in the heavens.

This is how it sounds.

[Roger and Brian Eno – Spring Frost from Mixing Colours]

880

Dezember 13, 2020

I hope they play you

your floating music when you

knock on heaven’s door.

[Robin Guthrie & Harold Budd – Perfect Fire]

871

Dezember 7, 2020

Years ago you said

I had stamina. A word

which was new for me.

864

Dezember 4, 2020

As vulnerable

as a cellophane wrapper

on a pack‘ of cigs.

[Joni Mitchell on the state she was in when she wrote Blue]

838

November 26, 2020

Good vibes. Joy of life.

Dancing to the Afrobeat.

What a horn section!

[Fela Kuti – Water No Get Enemy]

829

November 23, 2020

Take the late Talk Talk

and transplant them to Texas.

Somnambulistic.

[Loma – Ocotillo]

828

November 22, 2020

Polyrhythmic trance

in the Senegalese night

to forget the world.

[Paradise Cinema – Possible Futures]

824

November 20, 2020

Don’t say I don’t care,

I do. Just not in the way

you want me to-hoo.

[Ailbhe Reddy – Looking Ready via Fingertips]

811

November 17, 2020

To con-vey one’s mood

in se-ven-teen syll-able-s

is ve-ry dif-fic

[John Cooper Clarke]

810

November 16, 2020

Such an upbeat song

on a rather downbeat album,

a real miracle.

[Laura Marling – Strange Girl]

Tapes

November 11, 2020

I was kind of parsing the grammar.

„There has been a problem.“

What does that mean?

[Tamara Lindeman on the story behind one of her songs]

747 Il faut imaginer Sisyphe heureux

November 6, 2020

Better four years of

vote counting and recounting

than four years of Dumb.

693

Oktober 17, 2020

Dense chamber jazz rock.

Dance and dream meet in the woods.

Like the late Talk Talk.

[The Weather Station – Robber]

690

Oktober 15, 2020

CB: Some day we’ll all die.

S: True, but on all the other

days we will not (die).

[The Peanuts turned 70!]

675

Oktober 12, 2020

Life is nothing but

a mound of earth you dig now

from future to past.

667

Oktober 5, 2020

Lyrical, warm sax

surrounded by complex rhythms

and bouncing keyboard.

[Nubya Garcia – Source]

Glockenklang

September 26, 2020

On nights you can’t sleep, sit up in bed

And draw the blankets around you

Stare into the darkness

And let your eyes adjust

And you’ll see me

You’ll see me

[The Montgolfier Brothers – Une Chanson du Crépuscule]

617

September 16, 2020

Make a song your own:

Sing the tune, improvise, let

it fade out slowly.

[Lambchop – Reservations (Wilco)]

Late to the party

September 10, 2020

Now that I’ve met you

Would you object to

Never seeing each other again?

[Aimee Mann – Deathly, born on Sep. 8th, 1960 ]

603

September 9, 2020

Thank you, Bernard for

making me feel half as old

as I really am.

[New Order – Be a Rebel]

577

August 31, 2020

Just stretch time into

eternity and there won’t

be any problems.

443

August 10, 2020

And housed within the

song’s design is the ghost the

host has left behind. 

[Purple Mountains – Snow Is Falling in Manhattan]

438

August 7, 2020

Sokrates improved:

„Ich weiß, dass ich fast nichts weiß“,

sollte es heißen.

435

August 7, 2020

A cool summer breeze.

Chiming guitars all around.

Jangle Pop heaven.

[Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – Cars in Space]

415

Juli 31, 2020

Where man and machine

meet and create mystic sounds:

pitch-black savanna.

[Jon Hassell – Seeing through Sound (Pentimento Volume Two) ]

407 R.I.P.

Juli 27, 2020

Sounding warm, deep, blue.

Peter Green’s Gibson Les Paul.

A guitar with soul.

[Fleetwood Mac – Black Magic Woman, live 1970]

Life sign from down under

Juli 17, 2020

„Some fall in love.

Some fall in loneliness.“

[The Apartments – Pocketful of Sunshine]

371

Juli 16, 2020

„These days I’m struggling

to stand my own reflection …

And now I’m lighter …“

[The Beths – Dying to Believe]

370

Juli 16, 2020

„From a pious West

to the wooded North, … the real

freaks live in the East.“

[Protomartyr – Michigan Hammers]

318

Juni 29, 2020

„You say you wanna

go slower but I wanna

go faster, faster“

[Gasoline from Haim – Women in Music, Pt. III Live]

312

Juni 27, 2020

Invite a monkey

to a glass of beer and he’ll

tell you his secret. 

258

Juni 6, 2020

„Across the mountains …

something of a good luck sign …

… we all break the same.“

[Distance, Light & Sky – Slowed It to a Stop]

218

Mai 20, 2020

Peter Hook played the bass

one octave higher as he

didn’t hear the low notes.

208

Mai 16, 2020

Joy Division still

the greatest band of all-time

after all these years

68

März 29, 2020

Social distancing?

It’s physical distancing,

stupid! Understood?

Hairy monster dance

Dezember 15, 2018

My favourite video of the year. That comes from someone who has hated music videos from the start on, the first one I ever saw was around 1985 in Niš in Ex-Yougoslavia. Don’t remember what it was but I didn’t like it. Especially the fact that it transferred a huge part of the attention from the music to the film.

In praise of … the Rain Tree Crow album

Juni 8, 2018

This late album by most members of Japan – which I didn’t really know beforehand – has totally enthralled me during the last couple of days. Mick Karn’s warm and bubbly autodidactic electric bass (plus wonderful bass clarinet). The sluggish drumming of David Sylvian’s brother, Steve Jansen. Either the drums sound like trash cans or living wood. The general slowness of things. The slightly meditative East Asian world feel of the music. The breath-taking and the pauses. Music to get enlightened to. The final touch of the synthesizer flourishes of Barbieri (he seems to be their Eno). This album is the missing link between Peter Gabriel’s fiery and tribal „Passion“ and Talk Talk’s subtle chamber rock album „Laughing Stock“ which was released in 1991 (what a year for music!) as well but slightly afterwards. And two of the best things about this album are that David Sylvian does not sing too much and when he does his vocals often are not as mannered as usual (esp. on his solo albums). Example: „Boat’s for Burning“. He does not have to disguise his voice. This album is a miracle.

Gallon Drunk live

April 10, 2014


I posted this on I Love Music a week ago:

I saw them last week in the Magnet Club under the Oberbaum bridge in Berlin. They were great, very intense, James shouted like in his best times. They were loud especially the bass and I tried to wear ear plugs but the music didn’t sound right. It was like drinking a wine without alcohol, this kind of wild, hypnotic music needs to be loud otherwise it is rubbish. When listening to the music without ear plugs i suddenly had this idea that the music you love most is the music that you have to hear so loud that you become deaf. In that way it will also be the last music you have ever heard. Strange thoughts. The drums were loud too, the drummer Ian White played very motoric and energetic, Jaki Liebezeit came to mind. Actually in a way they reminded me a little of Can around 1970, see the can thread with the concert in Soest. The music was more about texture than melody or harmony. It was very dense and powerful, slower and heavier while less bluesy than in the earlier days. The stage presence of James Johnston reminded me of Jeffrey Lee Pierce (rip). There is something diabolic and shamanistic about him. Their new album The Soul of the Hour is pretty good. I bought the cd and a t-shirt. The cover is great. And Gallon Drunk is such a cool name. Gallon Drunk is how you feel after having drunk eight pints of beer, you have attained a certain degree of merriness but you are not totally pissed out of your head yet. You are ready for the next eight pints after the first eight though.

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The Smiths rehearsal tape May 1983

März 18, 2013

Some great versions of „Reel around the Fountain“ (where Morrissey sings „mountain“), „Handsome Devil“ et al.. Altogether pretty mellow compared to the ones released on „Hatful of Hollow“. Morrissey’s voice is less histrionic than later on but his falsetto often mutes into a screaming – esp. on the last song „Miserable Lie“ – probably because the mike does not capture it well.

Two guitars having slow sex

Februar 27, 2013

A recent post on Plain Or Pan reminded me of The House of Love, a band from London which started just when The Smiths finished and finished (more or less) when Britpop began. They tried to make a career starting from the third Velvet Underground album and failed though they had a following of die-hard fans. The song which was featured in four different versions on Plain Or Pan was their 1988 single Destroy Your Heart and I am totally enchanted by the demo version which is quite different from the Peel, the live and the single versions. The two guitars, apparently Gibsons are soaked in reverb and sound like two church bells chiming in stereo. They have an unreal quality to them like aural fata morganas which seem to lead somewhere but don’t. There is also something about the slow playing which adds an effect of estrangement, in places the guitars seem to tremble as if the recording has been sped up and sped down. Guy Chadwick’s voice has been sent through a vocoder or something, it is unusually low here, he sounds like someone very old and wise. The lyrics add more weirdness as they are about a love gone wrong, something you wouldn’t expect happening to such an honorable person. This version is totally enthralling, the guitars intertwine in a way that you can’t tell which is which, like in good sex when you don’t know anymore if you are up or down or when you have forgotten if you are the man or the woman.
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Jessie Ware – If You’re Never Gonna Move

Januar 24, 2013


I listened to and watched this for the first time this morning just past 5 o’clock and I totally fell in love with the singer, her voice, the tune, the video, even the car she drives away with at the end (not the guy though). The song and video are both kitschy in a romantic kind of way, her mellifluous whisper is sexy and clean at the same time, there is so much wrong about this song and especially about the video but they both still work for me.

Low 2013

Januar 9, 2013

Low, the best band from Duluth, Minnesota and already for quite a while my favourite live band (they will play the Zoom Club in Frankfurt/M. on May, 10th) have a new album out on March, 19th. It’s called The Invisible Way (produced by Jeff Tweedy, Dave Fridmann and Steve Albini among others) and the first song they put online is rather promising. It has this typical warm and soothing Low sound, rich vocal harmonies by Mimi and a melody which makes my heart melt. How do they succeed in making still such inspired music which is so simple and straight but has this strong spiritual feeling? I think one of their secrets is the slowness. Not only of the music itself but also of their releasing speed. In twenty years they have put out just ten albums. Not one too many. The song is called Just Make it Stop and can be streamed or downloaded here. Plastic Cup, a great duet of Alan and Mimi with acoustic guitar and piano can be streamed here (there is a small audio ad before).

Advice for smokers

Januar 31, 2012

Don’t stop smoking if you want to continue telling everyone including yourself that if you wanted you could easily stop but as it would be so piss-easy, you see no point in pulling the plug.

Retro music & retro post

Oktober 10, 2011


I spent more or less the whole month of July 1979 in the United States very close to New England. It was my first encounter with US American culture and people and it made a big impression on me. The family I lived with had a wooden summer house on the Truesdale Lake in South Salem, New York. The next town was Ridgefield, Connecticut which was maybe 5 miles away and we went there occasionally to have a sundae, an ice-cream with a delicious, very rich chocolate sauce. The family had three sons, one older than me, one younger than me and one my age. Robert already had a driving license and he had a Bug. Nobody said Beetle, of course. Sometimes he drove the family car, a huge American road cruiser, no clue what brand it was. We also went to Bridgeport, Connecticut (and probably Stamford) where there was a university. Anyways this band called the Stepkids is from Bridgeport. The song which they perform live in the video is by far the best on their first album which was released a couple of months ago and which I purchased today. Call it psychedelic funk in the 2010s. The extremely groovy track could have been recorded in the early seventies, I still cannot help thinking that it is a cover but I haven’t found the original yet. It definitely sounds like a an old classic, especially the killer bassline after about half a minute which immediately hooks the listener without ever releasing him again.

P.S. Now I am almost 100% sure that there is a very similar tune by Lansing-Dreiden, another very derivative, eclectic band originally from Miami but now based in New York. I am too lazy now to check the iPod and nail it though.

6:05 Maximum Joy – Let It Take You There (1982)

März 24, 2011

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A forgotten band from Bristol – long before it became famous for trip-hop – with a funky and vibrant post-punk track. Is there a more adequate way to finish off a project which stayed an insider tip for more than a year from the beginning to the end? Thanks for the comments, especially from here, here and here. Next will be the book of course (Nick Hornby will be put to shame) and then the audio book consisting of four cd-roms with all songs in 192 bit+ mp3 quality plus my avid and erudite comments read by myself. I am still thinking about the film but it will definitely feature all musicians – if still alive – which have been performing the music. There is a lot of organisation involved which will keep me busy for the next twelve months. Merchandise will include cups with implanted chips and loudspeakers, a teddy bear reading the posts and a card game with 365 singing cards. Some more thanks go to Charles Babbage and Tim Berners-Lee for inventing the computer and the internet, the Fraunhofer institute for the mp3 compression algorithm, WordPress for the blogging software and the servers, Google also for its servers, Apple for the iPod, Bose for the ear plugs, all the musicians and composers, my readers and listeners, the evolution for my ears and fingers, my teachers for teaching me how to write in German and English and finally my parents for making me. Did I forget someone?

(The list of all 365 selections since 1st February 2010 is here).

6:03 Bark Psychosis – Shapeshifting (2004)

März 22, 2011

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All you people make me ill
You’re not really touching me

Just one comforting thought when I left the apartment this morning: At least I am not alone. I have got some good company which does not leave me. Never. My blues.

***

Sorry to Mark Tranmer and Roger Quigley from the Montgolfier Brothers. I could have chosen the simple and melancholic Between Two Points from Seventeen Stars as well. And I could have written more or less the same words. Sad music is so soothing.

(The list of all 363 selections since 1st February 2010 is here).

6:01 Talk Talk – Tomorrow Started (1984)

März 20, 2011

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I’ve said I’m wrong when I’ve been right
I’ve seen times when I’ve been sure but still I find
I’m just the first that you take

Not all of the synthesizer music in the eighties was rubbish. On this song there is a two note motif – which is played first after hundred seconds – so full of yearning and longing that it is impossible not to fall for it if you have a soft spot for romantic feelings. Like a cork-screw it drills deep into my heart. But this is just a tiny part of the gorgeous song. There is also Paul Webb’s cosy, bubbly electric bass and the omnipresent drumming and percussion. Not to forget the trumpet solo and last but not least Mark Hollis singing which is rather restrained and confident here. The marriage of pop music with other genres like jazz, world and classical music has hardly ever been as convincing as on this track.

***

A question for my English readers. Are you actually reading what I write here or does this not reach you at all? For the last couple of weeks I have alternated between German and English but I didn’t get any feedback of English-speaking readers so I wondered if there is a point in continuing the English exercise. Thanks for answering.

(The list of all 361 selections since 1st February 2010 is here).

5’59 Blonde Redhead – In Particular (2000)

März 19, 2011

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Lying on my back,
I heard music,
Felt unsure & catastrophic,
Had to tell myself it’s only music,
It blows my mind,
But it’s like that.

That verse could almost be about me. Kazu Makino, Blonde Redhead’s Japanese high-pitch voice, sings about an Alex but apparently it is the teenager from Anthony Burgess A Clockwork Orange who gets a kick from listening to Beethoven. At one point of the story Alex is subjected to an overdose of classical music and tries to kill himself by jumping out of a high window. That it is a setting I have always been afraid of. To be driven crazy by having to listen to my favourite music forever. The biggest nightmare imaginable for a music lover.

(The list of all 359 selections since 1st February 2010 is here).

5’57 The Gun Club – Cry to Me (1993)

März 16, 2011

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Yes I’ve heard
of your misfortune
Our misfortunes are nothing new
Yes it’s true
I’m watching you
It’s my wish to be with you
Cry to me

One of the swan songs of Jeffrey Lee Pierce from Lucky Jim, the last album of his band. The groovy keyboards and the guitar sound very much like Carlos Santana but the track is still 100% Pierce. Quite unlike the early, demonic stuff which was in between punk, blues and rockabilly though. Here he seems to have found his peace of mind after all the sex, drugs & rock’n‘ roll. Three years later he died of liver failure. He was thirty-eight years old.

(The list of all 357 selections since 1st February 2010 is here).

5’55 The Cure – A Forest (1980)

März 14, 2011

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Suddenly I stop
But I know it’s too late
I’m lost in a forest
All alone
The girl was never there

How do you say Schnapszahl in English? I don’t know of any song which defined a band better than this one. The Cure without A Forest would not have been The Cure for me. I wrote about A Forest before when I chose my fave 1980 album. There is not a lot to add here. Maybe one thing. The guitar sounds so snakelike on this one, I never really thought about it before but the guitar is extremely smooth – I wanted to write the French „souple“. And the later dance remix is great as well. I don’t remember any cover of this. I don’t think this song can be separated from Robert Smith and his group.

(The list of all 355 selections since 1st February 2010 is here).

5’53 Ilhan Mimaroğlu – Fragmentation (1973)

März 12, 2011

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Today I read an interview with Henryk Broder in Die Zeit where he said something about the angst of the – even after 47 years I hesitate to write ‚us‘ – Gernans. He thinks the Germans are still waiting for the punishment for what they have done to the world and especially to the Jews 70 years ago. In the meantime another nation which fought on the same side as the Germans has been punished twice. First in August 1945 when the Americans dropped two atomic bombs on two Japanese large cities: a cruel operation which was totally useless in terms of military logic. And for the second time yesterday morning. One of the strongest earthquakes ever hit the main island, a tsunami followed and a nuclear plant only 240 km from Tokyo has apparently exploded. We don’t know what will be the next terrible news from Nippon but I am sure the cherries will blossom in the next two weeks like they do every year. Nature is simply stronger than death.

(The list of all 353 selections since 1st February 2010 is here)

5’51 Death – Politicians in My Eyes (1975)

März 10, 2011

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Always trying to be slick
When they tell us their lies
They’re responsible for
sending young men to die

Death were a black trio from Detroit who made some kind of hard rock in the early seventies without any success. They were soon forgotten and were rediscovered a couple of years ago. Here they basically repeat one huge bass riff ad aeternam, use lots of beautiful distortion and sing about what they think about politicians near the end of the Vietnam war. Today one politician, the German ex-minister of defence, Mr Guttenberg received the grand tattoo (Großer Zapfenstreich) which is played by the military marching band. He had resigned from office last week because of a copyright scandal concerning his dissertation. For his sending-off he could choose three pieces of music and one of them was Deep Purple’s Smoke on the Water which surprised some people as he is known as a huge AC/DC fan. He should have chosen this Death song instead as not only the music is superior to the old histrionic and bombastic Deep Purple riff which has been played to death a long time ago but the lyrics would have fit almost exactly on his hopefully short career as a politician.

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P.S. Somehow this Death track reminds me of Golden Earring’s Radar Love which is older – from 1973 – and used to be one of my favourite songs they played in the cellar disco I went to in the mid-seventies. When the song began the girls used to kneel down and started to spin their heads and whirl around their long hair. It was phantatstic. Just listened to the song again, it did not age well at all.

5’49 The Smashing Pumpkins – Window Paine (1991)

März 8, 2011

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Window paine
Around my heart
Shadows streak
Around my heart

Do what you got to do
And say what you got to say
Do what you got to do
Yes, start today

There was a short period of time when I thought Billy Corgan and his Smashing Pumpkins were the greatest band on earth. The reason for this slightly exaggerated evaluation was their first album Gish. An amazing debut fusing heavy metal, psychedelic rock, goth rock, prog rock and something else hard to pin down. You could call it mystic. Additionally there is a lot of quiet-loud dynamics on this album – less on this song which stays pretty disciplined all the way through. Tracks are usually hardly audible in the beginning, get louder slowly and peak later. A little like post-rock though there is a hardcore element here. I used to listen to this album after having drunk and smoked with a friend. I always listened on my own on headphones. And each time it was an expedition into some weird continent which I somehow associate with snakes and magic. As I read just before starting this entry Billy says that Gish is a spiritual album. And other people think it was made under the influence of LSD. All that makes a lot of sense to me. The paine in „window paine“ seems to be an amalgam of pane and pain. At the same time the window is an object made of glass to look through and something which causes pain, maybe when the glass is broken. The quoted verse also reminds me of my favourite line by Blixa Bargeld of the Einstürzenden Neubauten.

Nagel mein Herz ans Fensterkreuz
(Nail my heart onto the crossbar)

I still think this song has hold up quite well against the ravages of time. Especially Billy’s voice is still bearable, later on his high-pitch singing (a typical heavy metal trait I abhor) became totally insufferable.

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5’47 Portishead – Threads (2008)

März 6, 2011

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I’m worn, tired of my mind
I’m worn out, thinking of why
I’m always so unsure

I am tired and unsure too, so I know what Beth is singing about. This song closes Portishead’s amazing comeback Third from almost three years ago. It is the last song we have heard from them – I think – and from the mood it joins their stark and oppressive debut; it is quite an antidote to yesterday’s shiny High Llamas song. Today we walked near the lake of Tegel which was still frozen at the parts not exposed to the current. Here in Berlin it is still bloody cold, they have announced minus eight for tonight. Additionally there was a lot of chilly wind hitting us hard in Lübars, the last remaining village of Berlin which must have a horse population significantly higher than the number of inhabitants. The sun which shone brightly kind of reconciliated us with the winterly climatic conditions.

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5’45 Mark Hollis – Watershed (1998)

März 4, 2011

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Come my love
Kick the line
Afield lies nothing but squalor to turn on

There are great days, there are normal days and there are shitty days. Guess what kind of day was today? I am glad that it is over and that I can hide under my blanket now, a blanket made of Mark Hollis voice, some percussion, guitars, harmonium and a trumpet.

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5’43 Howe Gelb – This Purple Child (1998)

März 3, 2011

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there’s some monster within slipping from sleeping to arise.
and there’s some angels there too down and deep within darkening eyes.

In memoriam von unserem Ex-Verteidigungsminister, der gestern wohl die weiseste Entscheidung seines Lebens getroffen hat. Glückwunsch nachträglich. Drei Zitate ohne Quellenangabe. Sozusagen ein Plagiat mit Ansage. Beim letzten Zitat bin ich mir nicht sicher, ob es nicht auch schon ein Plagiat war. Da kursiert so ein Gerücht in den sozialen Netzwerken, das eigentlich zu schön ist, um wahr zu sein.

About the song:

There is this horn section sample after 2:50 which sounds like an intruder from outer space in the balanced song. For the next two minutes I just wait for this extraterrestrian to come back. And it does.

Von einem, dem die Zeit wie Sand durch die Hände rinnt:

Traum: Auf der Oberfläche der Sonne verursacht eine von der Erde ausgesandte Sonde eine Störung. Zuerst sieht man nur einen kleinen schwarzen Fleck, der sich aber rasch ausbreitet. Schließlich erlischt die Kernfusion auf der Sonne ganz. Im Dunkeln suche ich mit C. nach Kerzen. Aber sinnvoll scheint das nicht. Es kann nur noch Tage oder Stunden dauern, bis die Temperatur auf diesem Planeten für immer bei minus 273 Grad angekommen ist, da helfen Kerzen jetzt auch nicht weiter. Wir resignieren.

Last but not least:

Ich war immer bereit zu kämpfen. Aber ich habe die Grenzen meiner Kräfte erreicht.

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5’41 Captain Sensible – Wot (Maxi 1982)

März 1, 2011

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It went bang – I said rap up.
Well I’m aware that the guy must do his work
But the piledriver man drove me berserk.

It’s strange but I am having all these flashbacks in the last couple of months. Mostly totally unimportant memories which suddenly come and go. Do I have an example? Yes, for instance the first time I drank alcohol. I must have been around 13 and there were all these blokes sitting at a long table at a friend’s house. We were maybe eight or nine altogether and IIRC everyone had two glasses of beer. I remember that I was disappointed as I hardly felt anything except a slight relaxation but nothing mind-bending. Why do I write this? Because if I had to choose one year, I would go for 1982. Not because of Captain Sensible’s one hit wonder, I heard it first a couple of years later. No, it was the end of school and I decided to make a cut. It was the best decision of my life. What an amazing Greek summer. Later on in November or something I came back to Germany. In retrospect it probably was the right thing to do but at the time I was in doubt. Now I can still dance to this song and it brings back myriads of memories. What more can you ask from pop music?

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5’39 Tord Gustavsen Trio – Tears Transforming (2005)

Februar 26, 2011

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Tord Gustavsen has been my favourite jazz pianist for quite a while now. In the early eighties it used to be Keith Jarrett (cf.). One difference between them is that whereas Keith Jarrett used to moan during his solo concerts, Tord Gustavsen remains perfectly quiet and only plays his instrument. The trio is a perfect place for him. Bass, drums and piano, it really is a minimal setting but absolutely sufficient to create the kind of intimate chamber jazz music I adore. Like Jarrett Gustavsen is on the Munich ECM label and he definitely belongs there with his introspective sound. I listened to this phantastic understated piece this morning on our leather couch with the B**e ear plugs and it was a revelation. The tender melody starting the piece, the subtle cymbals, the slow unfolding of things. Marvelous stuff, just listen and forget about these superfluous words…

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5’35 Blur – Miss America (1993)

Februar 22, 2011

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Miss America sits in the shower
She’s plucking hours from the sky
Picks up the telephone into another home
Don’t ask me why

When you think it’s over, it has just begun. I have become addicted to post music on a daily base. I started a little more than a year ago with My Bloody Valentine’s 5’34 song I Only Said – which is still online btw – and counted down until 0’00. What now? The most obvious thing to do would be to count up from where I started. And that is what I am going to do. The whole thing will stop when I have no more tracks on the hard disk with the demanded length.

In the beginning I wanted to choose Yo La Tengo’s beautiful ballad Today Is the Day which immediately gave me the heebie-jeebies but then I went for this Blur track from their second album Modern Life Is Rubbish which is actually my favourite of theirs. Today’s song is not typical for that rather uptempo and rocking album. It would have fit better on Thirteen, the more sophisticated and varied later release.

It begins with someone shouting „Michael“. Apparently it is Graham Coxon, the guitar player, who calls the producer. Then someone else laughs. Immediately we are in a lively setting, the studio is not the clean, perfect place you’d imagine, no the studio is alive. The whole recording seems rather imperfect, the music starts with some seemingly disconnected tones, they just hang there in the room. And then the melody slowly unfolds. The piece is dominated by the warm sound of the acoustic guitar strings, the chord changes can be heard, the atmosphere is intimate. The melody is sweet and tender, to me the track is like the foreplay, it never really explodes, until the end it stays in slow-motion. And of course that is the charm of it, I recently listened to it when waiting to board an airplane on Frankfurt airport on Monday morning and I was immediately hooked and could not refrain from smiling while moving my feet very slowly. The rhythm had caught me and I closed the eyes to retreat into the music; my brain did not want to share it with the visual perceptions of my eyes. There is also a dozy and somnambulant quality to this song which is underlined by Damon Albarn’s gentle singing. And at the same time the guitar strings vibrate as if they were slightly drunk. In the good old cassette days I would have said the tape wows and flutters.

Concerning the lyrics the interpretation that he does not care about Miss America as he loves his (probably) British girl-friend, seems most likely. The words are occasionally cryptic and surreal, could that have to do with the inability of the narrator to understand American girls and especially the apotheosis of them, Miss America? In any case this is an uplifting love song and that makes it even more attractive and powerful. Magic music if there is any. Great to fall asleep to or wake up to.

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