Tuesday, July 26, 2005

More Waters Down the River

For some, Pink Floyd ceased to exist when Roger Waters left the band. For others, Pink Floyds "Division Bell", the record the three remaining members made after Waters left is the ultimate record. While the original Floyds dont seem to care about what the fans think, their amazing 5 track live set at Live 8 in London has spurred quite some hope of another possible full-fledged Floyd record in the near future. Waters, of course, wouldnt dream of talking about this stuff, but tried his best to sell us his opera: A pretty commercial piece telling the history of how the French got revolutionized. The title is in french, the rest, for, erm, commercial reasons, in english. Of Course, it sounds good, sometimes there are even those little choirs that remind us of The Wall. But there aint no Gilmour on guitar. No psychedelic drowning in notes. Nothing new, in fact. The message, Waters says, is to learn how to empathize more with others. Man, if you really wanna empathize with us, get off your high horse and go produce a new record with your mates, Roger!

Monday, July 18, 2005

Direct Link Between NYC and Zurich Discovered!

Helsinki Club in Zurich shapes up to be the direct link between Europe and New York City. There must be some kind of secret tunnel between the two cities - since all the cool NYC acts seem to play there regularly! While Blues Explosion played the by now famous Rote Fabrik (in a grandiose routined manner, as we hear), Theremin star Dorit Chrysler delighted the audience at the packed Helsinki with lots of new material. Blues Explosion Guitarman Judah Bauer (left in the pic) even made it for Dorits third set. The live act was followed by three hours of fine music from Techno to Country and back, records spun by our beloved revolutionary author and rocker Mr. Privateman (right in the pic). Chrysler, Heer and Bauer, who all know each other from the Apple, noted some more NY celebrity: Ladybug Transistor drummer San Faydl was in the audience, too.
Oh, and yeah: Whoever doubted Helsinki (no, not the Finnish capital) was really cool: The Wall Street Journal recently called Helsinki THE place to go in Zurich (next to the Migros Museum the Restaurant Alpenrose). Now that's something to write home about! Thanx to Frank for the infos, we are looking forward to hear more!

Thursday, July 14, 2005

The New Sounds of the Subways

Despite all security concerns, the subway is the place to be in the coming weeks: French singer/songwriter Veronica Antico and Kerry Kennedy, formerly of the Blue Sparks have announced a new project, which will take them back to where the music happens: The underground. Literally: The two plan to play the subway of New York with two acoustic guitars and their angelic voices. The pre-listening party revealed a set of classics such as Oasis' "Wonderwall", Cindy Lauper's "Time After Time" or even "Knocking on Heaven's Door". We hope they play some of their own songs, too! More on when and where they gonna be in the tube later!

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

More Shows Wanted In Europe

The wait is finally over...two nerve wrecking weeks of sluggish internet access, Time Warner finally believed me and exchanged my modem, which instantly solved the problem, after them telling me for days that its my computer. Its a mac, dont you get it? It doesnt just crap out. But enuff. There much to tell.

Let me start with the planned tour for Morex Optimo and The Roman Games this summer. We are touring from August 25th to September 6th and are going to Switzerland, Austria and Hungary. We want to play as many shows as possible and are therefore looking for more gigs. We have six so far, that leaves us five more open nights. Anybody with an idea or friends in Switzerland and Austria, please let us know - just comment below!

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

July Comes in Rocking

No more country: The Droves
Originally uploaded by romangame.
Yes, we are definitely over the warm and fuzzy melancholic winter campfire music and the fresh green spring pop - full grown straight forward adult rock is on! Witnessed this weekend: The Droves at Galapagos, with charismatic front man Christian Gibbs belting out some classics, backed by a very able band, including mixmaster Quentin Jennings, Melomane beat Kenny Savelson and Hightower Smith. The fraternity kids who stumbled into Galapagos that night left with ringing ears and their wish for quieter music unfullfilled. Rightly so.
At the same time, Morex Optimo gave the Knitting Factory a taste of what intellectual punk can do to you. Must admit I missed the show, but since ill be touring with Morex in August and September in Europe, I will get to know their set by heart and will soon be able to delight you with a word game from Kristofers songs here and there. Promise.
Fourth of July landed me on the roof of the Domino Sugar Factory in Williamsburg where 14 acts were performing, most notably the great "Favourite Sons", who not only sound like Echo and the Bunnymen during their heyday, but also have powerful songs with catchy hooklines. Keep your ears open for them!
Last, I want to apologize for being gone such a long time, I had problems with my wireless service and spent hours on the phone with Time Warner. The problems should be solved now, so herre we go again!