I bought this CD in London in 2002. At that time I attended an English course for professors in Saffron Walden – a small village in the south of London near Cambridge. This course ran for a total of 4 weeks. The weeks themselves went by relatively quickly, but on the third weekend, on Saturday I went stir-crazy and just wanted to go home.
I sat in my room at my host family’s house in the morning and cultivated my frustration.Not feeling like having a frustration weekend, I decided to go to London, visit the British Museum, and then just walk around the city.
The museum visit was a special experience as usual and shortly after I ended up in a cheap CD store. And there I found, among others, this CD for £1. I discovered on it many favorites out of my punk phase. At that price I didn’t have to think long, I just bought it.
Back in Saffron Walden I grabbed the CD player of the host family, put in this CD and felt really young again. The frustration was gone, I looked forward to the last week with excitement and everything was good again. Have fun listening:
Last Friday it was finally time again. The dance floors were opened again. At just before 3 in the night – as the crowning glory of the entire evening, in a way – I couldn’t resist playing my absolute favorite techno track, Prometheus by Alan Fitzpatrick. It crossed my path in 2013 or 2014 (I don’t remember that exactly) as one of the very first tracks from this genre. Before that, techno for me was Wsetbam, Dr. Motte or Marusha. Didn’t like all of them. And then Prometheus came and changed everything. Have fun listening:
I was already a fan of classical music – at least a secret one – when I was young. However, every month I had to decide whether to invest my pocket money in current music or in classical music. Well, you may guess three times what the outcome was. When I started to study, I could give in to my enthusiasm more often. After watching the lovely romantic movie “Zimmer mit Aussicht” (Room with a View, 1985!), it was clear to me what investment I would make shortly after: Madame Butterfly by Puccini. Here we are. An ancient CD. What I love about Italian operas? The lively, sparkling sound; like a Prosecco. Quite the opposite to the operas of Wagner. Those have never been my cup of tea. Have fun listening:
Friday was again a sorgenfrei evening on the agenda. Again a lonely highlight in these dull Corona times. It was such a great evening and here are the first 1.5 hours. Enjoy listening.
Drop The Pressure (Extended Version) – Mylo, Claptone The Game (Extended Mix) – Brokenears I Will Pray – Alaia & Gallo & DJ Rae It Is What It Is (feat. Elise LeGrow) [Club Mix] – Vintage Culture Been a Long Time (Mark Knight Remix) – The Fog & Chus & Ceballos Love Is the Cure (feat. Tobirus Mozelle) [Michael Gray Remix] – Homero Espinosa Love Like This (feat. Hassib) – Ordonez Drivin’ Da Phunk – Phuture Of Da Phunk You & Me (Extended Mix) – KC Lights Never Let It Go (Extended Mix) – Johan S & Reza House Feelings – Anfunk Get Busy (Rubber People Remix) – ATFC The Oooh Song – Kevin McKay Happie – Crazibiza Pump It Up (Jax Jones Midnight Snacks Extended Remix) – Endor Let It Go (Club Mix) – Deep City Groove No Rules (Max Chapman Remix) – De La Swing Can You Party? – Royal House
Sunday evening, not much time and furthermore there is no story about the track. It’s just good stuff. Calm, ideal for the end of the week. The photo is misleading, but the track is the highlight of this sampler. Have fun listening:
There was cake and techno for tea. Nobody danced, because there was no one – thanks to Corona!. Stay at home, become lonely, and don’t catch a depression. Music is the best medicine against a depression. Have fun listening.
Sirius – Metodi Hristov Aviator – O.C & Verde Need to Know – Melody’s Enemy Bigger Than Prince (Siege Remix) – Green Velvet Dark Rooms – Jay Lumen We Want It – Reform (IT) Rollin’ – The Reactivitz Mad Max – Maae Danzer – Darius Syrossian Under the Lights – Raffaele Rizzi Strange (Original Mix) – Konrad (Italy) Wren – Gary Beck Ego – Alan Fitzpatrick Another Club – Radio Slave Ego Death – Nuwa Tribunal – Joyhauser Black Hole – Frank Arvonio Sugar Coated Beak – Jon Gurd
Today we dive a little deeper into my music history. Not as deep as with “The Cure”, but a few years later. We are in the 90s, in the middle of the Darkwave, Electro Wave, New Wave and Post-Punk era. I have no idea how I stumbled across the formation Deine Lakaien, but from the beginning I liked the combination of the dark, yearning sound, the focus on electronic instruments and the singer’s sonorous voice.
This week’s album of the week is a live album, recorded in 1995. What I like most about this album is that, for once, there are only vocals and piano. Not electronic, only analog. For me personally very exciting interpretations of the classics released up to that time. While researching on the Internet I found out that I am the proud owner of a limited edition. Quite a long time ago. Have fun listening:
On May 26th this year, it was finally allowed to visit a museum again after the long lockdown. After a short inquiry it was clear to me that I absolutely had to see the exhibition of Phyllida Barlow at the Haus der Kunst. The brief description promised an exciting experience in art:
Phyllida Barlow‘s sculptural structures are unwieldy and difficult to take in: timber, cardboard, cement, clay, plastic pipes, and colorful textiles pile up, spread out, or block the visitors’ way. The view ranges over these landscapes made of everyday materials, unsure what to hold on to, and drifts up to grasp their enormous dimensions. Barlow‘s works pose a constant challenge; they conquer the space as if they led a life of their own. They invite viewers to reconsidering spaces, perceive volume, and hear the language of architecture.
The museum’s website has a lot more really fascinating information, videos, pictures, etc. about the exhibition. Worth seeing!
My expectations were accordingly high and in no way disappointed. I was totally thrilled by the dimensions of the artworks and especially by the wacky ideas of the artist. I’ll just let the photos (see gallery) speak for themselves and refrain from commenting. However, one experience left a lasting impression on me. As I strolled around one of the artworks, a museum employee approached me and told me that it was allowed to go inside the artwork. What a fascinating experience. I made a video about it, it can be found on YouTube and in the Instagram story accompanying the post. Enjoy looking at the photos.
Last year, during one of my expeditions into the depths of Beatport, I once again stumbled across a new artist, Zimmz. this was one of the few matches that day.
The music stands out – in contrast to the usual suspects in the Beatport top 100 – not with the ACIDish croaking that is common at the moment, but with an interesting, cinematic sound. The first time I played this track was on 3/13/2020. It will always stay in my memory, because this was the last (legal) gig with a full dance floor and some guests asked me what kind of track this was. Obviously it went down well with the audience. A long time ago. Have fun listening to it:
She came, saw and played. Who? Tante Techno, of course. Her set was so powerful, so impressive and enraged Thor. A storm came up, the first lightnings twitched and then it rained cats and dogs. The world was floating away, the end was near. The people begged for mercy. Then Tante Techno swung up and showed Thor who really holds the hammer in his hand. In the end, all was well again.
Nice story, isn’t it? Unfortunately, the short version is not so spectacular: I recorded the set in the sorgenfrei during a thunderstorm. But the story is funnier. Have fun listening to it.
Never Back – Frankyeffe Immersion – Charles Fenckler La Noche (Mario Ochoa Remix) – Coca & Villa Sun Flares – Mind Conspiracy Lost Galaxy – Hollen Shibuya – Skiver The Dregs of Society – Christian Bonori & Paul S-Tone Till Dawn – Roberto Capuano Siam – Hidden Empire Awake – Joseph Capriati Night Rider – DirrtyDishes & Laika & Strelka Mistery (Original Mix) – The Rares To the Moon – Dhar V Rain – O.C & Verde Sinematic – Zimmz