Monthly Archives: iunie 2009

Ist das etwa der Tod?

De curand, David Lynch a fost invitat la KCRW, sa o faca pe dj-ul pentru o ora, timp in care a discutat despre cantecele care l-au marcat.

I’m going to go to Richard Strauss. We’re getting into long haired stuff now. I was in a really swank Mercedes Benz in Germany one night. Black, deep black and snow flakes the size of silver dollars coming down. And I’d been left in the car – I forget who I was with but they had gone into a building and I had been left in the car – and I turned on the radio and I heard this thing. And it thrilled my soul. This particular piece of music at that particular time, I saw in my minds eye, my four year old son coming down a flight of stairs and it made me start crying.

Richard Strauss: Vier Letzte Lieder / Four Last Songs
Gewandhaus Orchestra, Leipzig, l982

Evening’s Glow (Eichendorff)

Through trouble and joy we have
walked hand in hand;
we can rest from our wanderings
now, above the peaceful country-side.

The valleys fall away around us,
the sky is already darkening,
Only a pair of larks still rise
dreamily into the scented air.

Come here, and let them fly
For soon it will be time to sleep
and we must not lose our way
in this solitude.

O broad, contented peace!
So deep in the sunset glow,
How exhausted we are with our
can this then be death?

Im Abendroht (Eichendorff)

Wir sind durch Not und Freude
Gegangen Hand in Hand,
Vom Wandern ruhen wir beide
Nun überm stillen Land.

Rings sich die Täler neigen,
Es dunkelt schon die Luft,
Zwei Lerchen nur noch steigen
Nachträumend in den Duft.

Tritt her und laß sie schwirren,
Bald ist es Schlafenszeit,
Daß wir uns nicht verirren
In dieser Einsamkeit.

O weiter, stiller Friede!
So tief im Abendrot ,
Wie sind wir wandermüde –
Ist das etwa der Tod?

Au crépuscule (Eichendorff)

Nous avons dans la peine et joie
Marché la main dans la main,
De notre errance nosu reposons
A présent sur une terre paisible.

Autour, les vallés s’abbaisent,
L’air s’assombrit déja,
Seules deux alouettes montent
Revant dans la nuit parfumée.

Approche et laisse-les battre des ailes,
Il est bientot temps de dormir;
Que nous ne nous égarions
Dans cette slitude.

O vaste paix sereine,
Si profonde au crépuscule.
Que nous sommes las d’errer –
Serait-ce donc la mort?


Kazuki Tomokawa


Kazuki Tomokawa – Once I Stared Afar

Nu o sa spun lucruri pretentioase despre „Blue Water, Red Water”, albumul de anul trecut al lui Kazuki Tomokawa (友川 かずき). Cert este ca acest artist e enorm de subestimat de toti care se invart prin muzica probabil datorita profunzimii si texturii baroce a cantecelor.

Acesta e unul din momentele in care imi doresc sa inteleg japoneza. Iata cateva versuri traduse:

„Ikiterutte Ittemiro”

A filthy, sodden towel tied
Around your waist, dawdling home
It’s not like you’re dead yet
Pausing in front of your own house
Summoning the courage to open the door
It’s not like it’s hell inside

Go on, try saying you’re alive
Go on, try saying you’re alive
Go on, try saying you’re alive

Loneliness, kindness, and suffering
The painful melodrama of this world…
It’s not like it’s a slaughterhouse
Hippies, street kids, beggar kids
Dabbling in the ecstasy of grief
It’s not like you’re a cripple

Go on, try saying you’re alive
Go on, try saying you’re alive
Go on, try saying you’re alive

Dreams and reality dangling
Tears and loneliness your companions
It’s not like you’re a voiceless doll
With your long hair and your affected cool
Where’s the depth of your roots?
It’s not like it’s a tombstone

Go on, try saying you’re alive
Go on, try saying you’re alive
Go on, try saying you’re alive

Music Alliance Pact :: Iunie 2009

La jumatate de an de MAP vă prezentăm Luna Amară. Ştiu că majoritatea ştiţi deja de trupa asta, dar băieţii tocmai au lansat un album nou excelent, aşa că merită menţionaţi peste tot 🙂 În rest, ca de-obicei. Muzică multă şi diversă, din toate colţurile lumii.

AMERICA: I Guess I’m Floating

Janelle MonaeSincerely, Jane
The name Janelle Monae might ring a bell – she has guested on several OutKast songs and recently signed to Diddy’s Bad Boy label. After seeing her energetic performance at Bonnaroo a few days ago I can say that she’ll be one to keep a close eye on. Even if Sincerely, Jane doesn’t do much for you, check out some live clips on YouTube to get the whole picture.

ARGENTINA: Zonaindie

Le MicrokosmosEs Un Hermoso Verano Lunar
Guillermo Beresñak and Pablo Retamero got together in January 2008 in Buenos Aires. From this union came Le Microkosmos, an electronic ensemble in constant search for new musical experiences with synths, programming, instruments, vocals and orchestral sampling. This quest led them to create their own cosmos from each sound, such as this acoustic-electronic ballad taken from their brand new album, Y Vas Donde Sonrisas Te Dan Esos Encapuchados De Un Mundo Nuevo.

AUSTRALIA: Who The Bloody Hell Are They?

Dappled CitiesThe Price
One of Australia’s, if not the world’s, most exciting indie-rock bands, Dappled Cities are back with their third album, Zounds. It was written and recorded after an extensive period of touring their previous offering Granddance, a classic album in the minds of many critics. The Price is a fantastic taster for old and new fans alike, worthy of immediate playlisting.

BRAZIL:Meio Desligad

Júlia Says
Júlia Says have just released their second independent EP, Menos é Mais („Less Is More”), in which the duo go deep inside electronica with some strong influences of dance-rock. The name of the band was taken from a children’s story and it’s a thing that helps us to connect to the fragile melancholy and beauty of Cá.


WildlifeSea Dreamer
How awesome is this song? So much so that when I saw them perform it during a soundcheck at a show in Ottawa recently, everyone in the room just watched in stunned silence and then exploded in wild cheers when it was done. To put that in context, that kind of thing never happens. But Sea Dreamer, in all its pounding, pulsing, marching-gleefully-into-the-apocalypse glory, is amazing enough to be the exception.

CHILE: Super 45

Valentina FelCirco Podrido
Full of aggressive beats, explosive sampling and social protest lyrics, Valentina Fel is the most logical evolution of a riot girl – punk almost in the realm of grime, do-it-yourself attitude with dancehall as a commodity and flamenco-injected defiance. Her long-awaited upcoming debut -to be release in the next few months – promises to be a massive earthquake in the dancefloor that nobody could anticipate.

DENMARK: All Scandinavian

Vomit SupremeVersus Love
A new project by Mattis Jakobsen and Malte Hill of Straight To Your Face, Rock Hard Power Spray guitarist Frederik Valentin and recently joined by bassist Karsten D. Johansen (Strawberry Slaughterhouse), Vomit Supreme have long been an All Scandinavian favorite. Punk aggression spoon with pop hooks and with the mighty Versus Love spearheading their campaign, world domination should be nigh.

ENGLAND: The Daily Growl

FanfarloI’m A Pilot
I’m A Pilot, the opening track on Fanfarlo’s debut album Reservoir, sets the scene for what’s to follow. It’s a rich, heady brew of heavily orchestrated indie-pop which at times even feels like it’s pulling its punches. It’s the sound of a young band comfortable in their own grandiosity and as Reservoir carefully unfolds, it’s impossible not to be swept along. From now until July 4 you can download the album from the Fanfarlo website for just $1, so you’ve no excuse for not owning it.


TV OFFCar Is On Fire
What a summer hit song! Cool and sexy! Singer Sara delivers delicious pop melodies over Markku’s electro bits and sounds. This duo from Helsinki are putting the final touches to their debut album, but they have already gained attention around the world, playing in London and Tokyo. Soon TV OFF will take over the world.

FRANCE: ZikNation

For too long Phoenix have been overshadowed by Daft Punk and Air, but no more. Even though Phoenix are four albums into an increasingly fruitful career, 1901 is possibly the most immediate and loveable thing they’ve ever created. An anthem for indie kids, a dancefloor filler for disco dwellers. It’s for everyone really.

GERMANY: Blogpartei

High Voltage HumansLaser Symphony (Catastrophy)
High Voltage Humans are a Munich-based electronic duo. The featured song is heavily energetic and balances guitar riffs with synth melodies sounding a bit like 80s space electro. It’s a concrete four-to-the-floor flour-dust explosion.

ICELAND: I Love Icelandic Music

For A Minor ReflectionÓhljóð
For A Minor Reflection are a quartet from Reykjavík who play energetic, melodious, instrumental post-rock. They have earned comparisons to Explosions In The Sky and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Óhljóð, which means „discordant noise”, is taken from their 2007 debut album Reistu Þig Við, Sólin Er Komin Á Loft… („Rise and shine, the sun’s up…”) on Guitarist Kjartan Holm’s older brother Georg plays bass in Sigur Rós, whom they supported on tour last year.

IRELAND: Nialler9

Sleep ThievesOsumi
Taken from It Was Only A Satellite, the debut EP from this Dublin three-piece, Osumi showcases the bleep-assisted electronic edge of their sound before diverting into heady post-rock guitar progressions, while singer Sorcha repeats a mantra atop like a prototype Natasha Khan. Their yearning indie-electronic-pop sound is reminiscent of Lali Puna, Broadcast and The Notwist.

ITALY: Polaroid

My Awesome MixtapeMe & The Washing Machine
I would have never expected to listen to an Italian band mix diverse sounds such as Anticon and The Postal Service, but when I heard My Awesome Mixtape I just had to change my mind. Infectious melodies and tight grooves, these young kids just seem to be unstoppable.

MEXICO: Club Fonograma

Los AmparitoPor Medio De La Lectura
Los Amparito is the mind-blowing, eccentric and absolutely sublime project of Carlos Pensina. He is relatively well known in Mexico’s indie scene for his more electronic act Pepepe, but Los Amparito have enormous potential to break into international boundaries. This sound is like a distorted Mexican mirror of traditional music mashed with its own repetition, flourishing vocals and colorful sequences resulting in something between Animal Collective, Amparo Ochoa and El Guincho.

NEW ZEALAND: Counting The Beat

Lisa CrawleyBrother
Lisa Crawley is a multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter who stands out from the crowd because of her voice and the playful arrangements of her folk-pop songs. Brother, from her second independently released EP Hello, Goodbye And Everything Inbetween, would be great on the basis of its plinky-plonk piano alone, but it’s the trombone that lifts it to another level.

NORWAY: Eardrums

Firetop MountainHow Can You Dance At A Time Like This?
Firetop Mountain are four boys and a girl from the Oslo area, who play indie-rock with a strong melodic focus. Just last week they released their debut album Indians Aren’t Afraid Of Heights on their own label. Their music is sometimes powerful and energetic – songs you want to jump around to – and other times more laid-back and sensitive. Good songwriting all the way.


Mi Jardín SecretoYo No Quiero Bailar Esta Noche
Mi Jardín Secreto’s debut album, La Ciencia Y El Arte De La Falsificación, contains 11 songs that flit between new wave, alternative rock and the sound of modern bands. The theme of the lyrics is a mixture of the warmth and coldness of the city of Lima, with characters who have adventures in a place and climate familiar to us all.

PORTUGAL: Posso Ouvir Um Disco?

:papercutzA Secret Search
What started as Bruno Miguel’s music project is now a trio with female vocalist Marcela Freitas and multi-instrumentalist Francisco Bernardo. After appearances on various international compilations :papercutz are now signed to Montreal’s Apegenine label, who released their debut album Lylac in February. In April, they were winners of the ‘off the beaten track’ category in The People’s Music Awards in London.

ROMANIA: Babylon Noise

Luna AmaraFloodmoses
Luna Amara have been around for almost 10 years, during which they’ve managed to create an image and a name for themselves in Romania. From mellow alternative to angry metal sounds, their music is powerful and never fails to deliver its message. Floodmoses is taken from their recently released third album Don’t Let Your Dreams Fall Asleep.


The Seventeenth CenturyTraffic
If Arcade Fire’s Wake Up moved you to your core then get ready to fall in love with Traffic. It has that soaring choral majesty, that sprawling orchestration and The Seventeenth Century clearly possess ambitions that are no less lofty. Having had a listen to the young Glasgow band’s forthcoming In The Place EP, we can say without hesitation that you’re looking at the best new band in Scotland.

SINGAPORE: I’m Waking Up To…

Concave ScreamFiction
We visit one of Singapore’s finest indie bands of the 90s with Concave Scream. Fiction, taken from their third album Three, hints at the flavors of DJ Shadow, The Cure, U2 and Butler-era Suede. It is a fine tune that could sum up the entire record with its use of ethereal vocals, otherworldly chorus-effected guitar lines and a blistering rhythm section. These days, Concave Scream are pushing the envelope of their musical whimsicality by releasing an instrumental fifth album that can be found on their website.


The Plastic DayI Miss Me Myself
Post-punk/grunge trio The Plastic Day released their first full-length album, 30 Seconds Between The Dreamer And The Realist, only last month but already they’ve gotten unusually high coverage in Korea-related English language media online. With an intense rock sound paired with English lyrics, there’s no reason why they won’t get even further. I Miss Me Myself might be one of the softer songs on the album, but it’s one that instantly spawns an impulse to hit the repeat button.

SWEDEN: Swedesplease

Chuck MorganThe Best Of You
I don’t know if there’s a term for the sound of Chuck Morgan. The last post I did on this Gothenburg-based troubadour tried to peg him as „romantic indie-pop”. His new song, The Best Of You, continues that sound but adds even more electronic beeps and blips to the mix.

To download all 24 songs in one file click here.

Inapoi in Africa


Zap Mama – Singing sisters (feat. Sylvie Nawasadio and Sabine Kabongo)

Refugiata in Belgia dar pe jumatate africana, Marie Daulne si proiectul sau, Zap Mama, creaza de cativa ani o punte intre muzica africana si cea occidentala, subminand influentele muzicale ale artistei: muzica pop occidentala si cea africana.
Re:creation, noul album trece de capitolul „celebrare” a radacinilor muzicale la cel al „fuziunii” mature si complete a genurilor: soul, hip-hop, afro-beat, salsa, french-pop, samba, Tony Allen, Vincent Cassel, Bilal si multi alti artisti. In acelasi spirit, dupa cateva auditii pot spune ca muzica se intoarce la mama eterna, in creuzetul multicultural unde nasc si mor sunetele. Say Hello To Mama, girls&boys!

Tony Allen – Swift

De la Babilonul muzical de mai sus, la cel mai pur stil afro-beat…albumul „Secret Agent” al lui Tony Allen, bateristul lui Fela Kuti din Afrika 70. Si el are multe colaborari pe acest album (printre care si AYO), dar e departe de fuziunea stilistica a belgiencei, desi ar avea toate premisele, fiind stabilit in Franta de multa vreme si colaborand, cel mai recent, la proiectele lui Damon Albarn (The Good, The Bad and The Queen).
Un album bun, la fel de bun ca intoarcerea discografica a lui BB King de anul trecut – percutie precisa, suflatori, arpegiind in jos si in sus pe pentatonica majora, chitarile ce flageleaza portativul, reminiscentele anilor ’60 in muzica de astazi; versuri in engleza si diverse dialecte africane cu aceeasi tematica sociala, o multime de prieteni din Africa invitati…un party din Lagos transpus pe album ce imi aminteste de o seara muzicala pentrecuta cu niste jamaicani, cand aproape toti din acea camera, cantasera cu formatia un cantec.

I’m not gonna die in 4/4 time

Mi se facuse dor de nebunia frumoasa a lui Moondog, de refuzul oricaror forme stabilite de societate, de libertatea enorma pe care o ai cand ratacesti ca un orb pe strazi, stergandu-ti in furnicarul de contraste al junglei, propriul id, pentru a-ti regasi identitatea.

De la Moondog la alti nebuni frumosi din Indonesia care la inceputul anilor 90 formau Kantata Takwa, o miscare care transcendea muzica, in dimensiuni sociale si politice, o trupa de art-rock cu un mesaj destul de puternic.

Trebuie sa vad si documentarul despre ei candva.  A fost difuzat acum un an in Olanda si a durat 17 ani ca sa poata fi vazut de public, din cauza conditiilor politice din Indonezia anilor 90.

Moondog a inventat cateva instrumente muzicale neobisnuite, la fel ca si Keith Rowe, fost membru al formatiei AMM(un grup britanic ale carui concerte erau cunoscute prin estetica libera si improvizatii).

so you came like a missile

Dacă văd poza încep să cânt piesa în minte. Dacă aud piesa, se mişcă poza prin faţa ochilor mei.

So you came like a missile,
Leaving me the whole world in exile,
Think you’re giving but you’re taking my life away

(IAMX Missile)


poza: M. C. Escher

Klaus Maria Schultze has striked again

jam jam