One day, the whole lockdown got on my nerves so terribly that I had to express my frustration in a drawing. On this day, I was terribly annoyed in the morning about the closed barbershops. But at least I had something in common with our chancellor that morning, no more hairstyle – just hair. Here is the result of that annoying moment:
And so Hairbert was born. He is thus a full-fledged child of the Corona Lockdown, although his name was found much later through a query in an Instagram story. At the beginning I definitely didn’t think about a series of drawings, but after the positive feedback I started to think about how to express the Corona frustration on the one hand, but on the other hand how to capture a whole issue with a single image.
Hairbert still has an interesting future, let’s see in which direction he will develop.
The cabin-fever-virus has taken hold of me. It leads to weariness and apathy. My doctor advised me to make music and produce a DJ set. I did it, and everything is now o.k. again. Have fun with my March set, just in time for the end of the month.
Circus Bells (Ryan Gatesman 2009 Remix) – Robert Armani Radiance – Dok & Martin Music Controls You – Mella Dee Android – Dok & Martin Trippin’ (Dario Sorano Remix) – Pappenheimer Frozen Room – Charles Fenckler System – roman weber Madness – Nicolas Taboada Pump Up the Swag (AnGy KoRe Remix) – Toni Alvarez & Miguel Do Reis Bassface – A*S*Y*S Let It Go (T78 Remix) – Emanuele Millozzi & Luke Di Lullo Deeper (Filterheadz Remix) – Salo & Bandung Upside Down – Nicolas Taboada Form Reality (Under Black Helmet Remix) – dotwav King – Mark Broom The Andor Voyage (Ramon Tapia Remix) – Metro Dade Motorcity – Mars Bill Escapia – DJ 3000
A little bit more than one year ago I had my last gig. Many people celebrated with me the the last party before the lockdown. We had much fun and we thought “in a few weeks everything will be o.k. again”. week after week and month after month went by and now more than one year ago everything was o.k. Corona sucks! How many clubs will be open again? When will the clubs open again? So many questions and no answer. And many politicians make much money with dubios contracts. That sucks more than Corona! Nevertheless, don’t panic, it’s just a pandemic. Let’s celebrate the breakdown of the club culture.
Revelation (Club Mix) – Mike Vale & Simon Doty Enjoy Music (Riva Starr Remix Edit) – Reboot Just Wanna Feel You – Block & Crown & Tom Boye Francisco – Mark Funk Get Get Down – Kevin McKay & Matt Fontaine You & Me (Extended Mix) – KC Lights Dollar$ (Andrey Zenkoff) – Made In America Wrong (Club Mix) – My Digital Enemy Groove Amigos – Original Club Mix – ATFC Bounce (Original Mix) – Block & Crown, Damon Grey All Out (Club Mix) – Simon Doty & MC Flipside Kalaka (Dave Rose Remix) – Chris Gekä & Tecca Discofunk – House Legion I Don’t Wanna (Dub Mix) – Hack Jack Touch Me – Luke Robbins Extra Trippy – Danny Howard Somewhere Special (feat. Cat Connors) [Club Mix] – OFFAIAH Sanity – Mark Funk
End of winter. Hello Spring. Dreaming of the dancefloor. Dreaming of playing in the clubs again.
Ego – Alan Fitzpatrick Clamp Champ – T78 Hybrid – Raffaele Rizzi Sinematic – Zimmz Kona – Alan Fitzpatrick & CamelPhat Fade Into You – Spektre The Seventh Sense (Roberto Capuano Remix) – Audiomatiques Rain – O.C & Verde Out of Control – Channel X Solar – Audiomatiques & Mars Bill Lost Beyond Streets and Canals – Dave Sinner The Dregs of Society – Christian Bonori & Paul S-Tone La Noche (Mario Ochoa Remix) – Coca & Villa Too Deep (To Bear) – Tiger Stripes Remember – Harvey McKay Lost Time – Aran Burn & Rian Wood Betelgeuse! (Stefano Pelle & Sall Remix) – Rich Venom Star Allies – Spencer Brown & Raito
30 records in 30 days goes into the 26th round: Who is afraid of the haunted house?
The end is near. And we’re hitting another musical hook today, towards rap, hip-hop and (according to Wikipedia) e-funk. Whodini’s album was one of the big surprises during this challenge. I couldn’t remember ever owning anything like it. Grandmaster Flash was still hiding somewhere in the depths of my memory, but this album was off my radar. When I then listened to the songs in iTunes, I was surprised again. They are really good. Nevertheless, I never really warmed up to rap and hip-hop, that’s why I only got two LPs. Tomorrow there will be the next hook.
30 records in 30 days goes into the 25th round: Aren’t we all a bit Shango?
A friend of mine infected me with the funk virus when we were in the army together. In 1982-1984, a few limited-edition records called Funk You! were released on the Metrovynil label. The lyrics triggered red ears and stuttering at the time, but the music was the best you could get out of the funk corner.
Unfortunately, you couldn’t buy these albums at my local record store in my hometown and even in bigger towns it was insanely difficult to get them. I had a quick look last night and you can still get them, but at a sporty price (in good condition, more than 20€). I will probably buy them.
Back to Shango. Infected with the aforementioned virus, I was even more pleased that this record was available in normal record shops. The best song on the whole record is the Message. The raw power of funk packed into one song. Simply brilliant. And today‘s message is “Are You ready for the Weekend? Listen to the message! Listen to Shango!”
30 records in 30 days goes into the 24th round: I am not your Father…
Today I present you a musical hook: Kid Creole and the Coconuts, Tropical Gangsters. Funky, Latin, with a strong touch of disco. The ideal music for these gloomy times.
Time for a musical outing: I openly admit it, I’m a child of the disco generation and I love Saturday Night Fever. The dialogues are senseless, the plot – well. But the dance scenes… Dance to Kid Creole. It’s paaaaaaaarty time.
30 records in 30 days goes into the 23rd round: A piece of your heart can be found in every good car.
Today we will close my musical new wave era with one of the best albums from my whole collection, Hard by Gang of 4. As always, I took a quick look at Wikipedia to get an assessment of the music genre. It was quite surprising what I found about Gang of 4:
“The band played a stripped-down mix of punk rock, funk and dub, with a lyrical emphasis on the social and political ills of society. Gang of Four are widely considered one of the leading bands of the late 1970s/early 1980s post-punk movement. […] Their early 80s albums (Songs of the Free and Hard) found them softening some of their more jarring qualities, and drifting towards dance-punk and disco.”
30 records in 30 days goes into the 22nd round: love will tear us apart, and then we travel to Warshaw.
After talking about the commercialization of punk yesterday, today we’re going to take a step back. Joy Division is for me – similar to Alien Sex Fiend – a missing link between the synthesizer-heavy new wave music and the punk of the seventies. This album is really good, but the group lacks the anarchistic sound and synth experiments of Adrian Sex Fiend.
Don’t misunderstand, this in no way devalues the group’s sound, they are just different. Joy Division are so unexcitingly punk-oriented to me that this album is simply a joy to listen to. Quite typical for me: “Leaders of man” and “Warshaw”. It is also not aggressive (nice sample “Love will tear us apart”), like some other punk records, where you would like to tear down the neighbor’s house after two times listening.