Dienstag, 3. Mai 2016

Continental Tuesday # 7

Bildergebnis für paul pötsch trümmer

The latest hype in German independent music is Trümmer (ruins). Deeply based in the sound and tradition of influential German bands like Tocotronic, Blumfeld or Die Sterne from the mid 90's they make a real good and for German conditions an unique sound. I like the way they play their guitars and the way they arrange their songs. But I can't get any access to their lyrics. Many critics call them revolutionary and the voice of young German rebel kids but for me it is only prases of pubescent kids. But maybe it's only because I am too old to understand what a twen feels in these days. Anyway, it is up to you who don't speak German to form an opinion of your own about their music.


Montag, 2. Mai 2016

Crazy For You

Bildergebnis für 70s fashion

In addition to my yesterday post by Minor Victories I grabbed out Pygmalion the third and last album by Slowdive released in 1995. Away from their former dreamy guitar sound they reduced their sound to a more minimalist guitar influenced ambient sound. A perfect sound for a time on your own and still good to listen to them songs almost decades later.

Sonntag, 1. Mai 2016

Scattered Ashes

Bildergebnis für minor victories

Minor Victories released new songs these days from their coming first record. They are a collaboration of members of Slowdive, Mogwai and Editors. The vocals on Scattered Ashes were by James Graham of The Twilight Sad. Many call the an independent supergroup but for me it is just another charming band playing frisky songs. Some ethereous  but always with a reluctant guitars. I really like the choir and the strings on this record.

Freitag, 29. April 2016

Funky Friday

Bildergebnis für fad gadget

Back in the mid 80's it was a fine line between New Wave and electronic/industrial music. Not every fraction loved the other. But one all could agree was Frank Tovey aka Fad Gadget. He was one of the first who combined synthesizer sounds with the sound of found objects like bottles. Germany's Einstürzende Neubauten was another one and therefore it is reasoned that they had a guest appearance on Collapsing New People. It is one of the songs that coined the sound of the early 80's. Typing these words I remember one Fad Gadget's performances I was lucky enough to watch them live.

Donnerstag, 28. April 2016

Live Music In German Television

Bildergebnis für curtis mayfield

Me and my parents got an agreement that I could watch every first Saturday Beat Club in German Television. Although I was a young kid these days I remember the performance of Curtis Mayfield back in 1972. I remember that because it was one of first times that someone gave an interview and his words were translated in German language. That was the first time I heard any words about the problems coloured people have in the US. Listening now to this music make me smile in a sentimental way and make me happy to see a great artist again.

Mittwoch, 27. April 2016

All The Colours Of The Dark

Bildergebnis für marissa nadler

Marissa Nadler announces her new album Strangers to be released next month. I always liked her voice, singing in a mezzo-soprano. Many songs sounds atmospheric and the words sometimes were more breathy than sung. I once read about her voice:

She has a voice that, in mythological times, could have lured men to their deaths at sea, an intoxicating soprano drenched in gauzy reverb that hits bell-clear heights, lingers, and tapers off like rings of smoke. Hardly anyone considers Nadler a folk musician.

Dienstag, 26. April 2016

Continental Tuesday # 6

Bildergebnis für herman brood

Once again I feature Herman Brood in this series. It was in the late 70's when Herman Brood came across the border from the Netherlands to our place with a drug influenced mixture of classic blues-rock / new wave sound. He brought us true and sweaty rock with full live performance. It was pre-punk like European New York Dolls on speed and a lot of lads I knew agreed to this sound almost 40 years ago. And I have to agree that this sound feels fresh and alive nowadays. Hermann Brood died 15 years ago.