This wonderful online app remembers all the fallen music heroes of 2012
Eria Lubacov made a wonderful podcast with the same theme:
The year is almost over so it’s time to look back…these are my 20 tracks of 2012. It’s always a hard job to make the longlist of about 60 songs to an endlist of 20, especially because i’m still discovering great new music by looking into the yearlists of others. Well enjoy this selection, maybe you discover some new artists along the way. I wish you nice holidays and all the best for 2013!
|About You – Xxyyxx||1|
|Something Good – Alt J||2|
|The Hours – Beach House||3|
|Tell Me A Tale – Michael Kiwanuka||4|
|Yet Again – Grizzly Bear||5|
|Hail Bop – Django Django||6|
|Super Rich Kids – Frank Ocean||7|
|Get Free – Major Lazer||8|
|Fineshrine – Purity Ring||9|
|Five Seconds – Twin Shadow||10|
|Yes I Know – Daphni||11|
|Simulation – Roisín Murphy||12|
|Inspector Norse – Todd Terje||13|
|So Will Be Now (Feat Pional) – John Talabot||14|
|Cyan – Kindness||15|
|Not Listening – Maya Jane Coles||16|
|DDD – Machinedrum||17|
|Running (Disclosure Remix) – Jessie Ware||18|
|Kadenzaffkt – Affkt & Mathias Kaden||19|
|Locked – Four Tet||20|
Fifty and still going strong….The sexy mf is back with a new single. Typical Prince material, let’s hope that a decent new album is on it’s way.
Rock and Roll love affair live on Jimmy Kimmel:
If he is stiil having a Rock and Roll love affair with protegé Andy Allo, i don’t know. She has just released an album and single People Pleaser, wich was on the setlist on most of the Prince concerts last year. She has the looks but not the voice 😦 but still, a very funky tune.
I never had the chance to see the German French pop-duo Stereo Total live. Last september they were booked at the intimate venue Bitterzoet, so i decided to buy two tickets. As expected we had so much fun that evening.
Stereo Total is a Berlin-based multilingual, French-German duo comprising Françoise Cactus and Brezel Göring. Their music is a playful, wildly eclectic mash-up of synth-pop, new wave, electronica, punk rock and pop music. The most consistent element in their cut and paste compositions is a retro-hip European 1960s style, with references to psych and garage-rock as well as to 1960s French-pop in the vein of Françoise Hardy, Jacques Dutronc, France Gall, and Brigitte Bardot. Some of their most recognized tracks are kitschy lo-fi covers of pop, rock and soul songs, such as their self-consciously trashy version of Salt-N-Pepa’s electro rap hit “Push It.”
Their songs are primarily sung in German, French and English, but some of their output also features a number of other languages, such as Japanese, Spanish and Turkish.
I think their closest moment to pop-chart succes is “Liebe zu dritt” about the advantages of a threesome:
The Baltimore dream-pop duo Beach House played at Paradiso last november 19. Needless to say it was wonderful and fairytale-like.
Zebra of the album “Teen Dream” was one of the highlights:
Here the same song shot from a different angle (i filmed this with my iphone):
The Internatinal Documentry Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) is an annually held festival in my hometown. This year there was a special programm for music documentry’s. I went to see three of them and gave them my personal rating.
1. SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MEN *****
The story of the artist Rodriguez is so incredibly touching and unbelievable that it is easily one of the best documentries of the festival. If you have the chance to see it you must not miss this one!
This award-winning documentary charts the extraordinary and inspirational story of mysterious 1970s musician Rodriguez.
In the late ’60s, a musician was discovered in a Detroit bar by two celebrated producers who were struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics. They recorded an album that they believed was going to secure his reputation as one of the greatest recording artists of his generation. In fact, the album bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome on-stage suicide. But a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, it became a phenomenon. Two South African fans then set out to find out what really happened to their hero. Their investigation led them to a story more extraordinary than any of the existing myths about the artist known as Rodriguez. This is a film about hope, inspiration and the resonating power of music.
I was so overwhelmed by the music of Rodgriguez that i bought the re-issue of his first album Cold Fact on vinyl.
Now in his seventies, Sixto Rodriguez finally gets more recognition and he played a few shows in the US and Europe over the last years.
2. THE SOUND OF BELGIUM ****
The Sound of Belgium’ explores the rich but untold story of Belgian dance music.
From the dance halls with Decap organs to the golden days of Popcorn; From EBM and New Beat to Belgian House and Techno. A chronicle of unique popular music, ‘The Sound of Belgium’ goes in search of the spirit of a nation and the people that danced to it.
I am old enough to know most of the New Beat hits. Altough the genre produced a lot of rubbish the R&S label is responsible for some of the best classics of 90’s dance music. CJ Bolland plays an important part in the Belgian techno scene. Camargue is one of his finest releases and something i would still play in a dj set.
3. AN AFFAIR OF THE HEART ***
The first-ever feature documentary about Grammy Winning musician, songwriter, actor, and New York Times best-selling author Rick Springfield and his ardently loyal fan base. Film focuses on some universal human desires, such as the importance of connecting with like-minded friends and the ability to create new memories as adults reminiscent of the carefree days of our adolescence. The film highlights Springfield’s unique connection with his fans and how this relationship has been a source of happiness, comfort, and inspiration.
The IDFA showed the world premiere of this movie. Afterwards there was an Q& Awith the filmmakers and the one and only Rick Springfield in person. He also played some songs on his guitar for us. Here’s a clip of his biggest hit: Jessie’s Girl
Last monday i unexpectedly went to a concert of Allen Stone. This American white soul nerd, who’s a son of a preacherman, has an outstanding live reputation and he had the audience in his control from the the very first notes.
Together with his band he played a modern soul-revue somewhere between Prince, D’Angelo and Stevie Wonder.
I was so glad that i didn’t missed this concert! (and i loved the Sly Stone t-shirt he was wearing).
His support acts were (Magnus) Tingsek (Swedish Soul singer songwriter) and Lisa Lois (dutch X-factor winner). Tingsek joined Allen Stone on stage to perform this beautiful song by him.