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The Oh Oh Ohs LIVE

These guys are TERRIFIC live! I´ve just discovered them last weekend at the Museumsuferfest RadioX in Frankfurt and they surely deliver what they promise! They pulled out an outstanding and energetic live performance as I haven´t witnessed for long! Hu-hu! Out in the open, against the city skyline and down by the water – the perfect scenario! -, they mastered an hypnotic and compelling show, exchanging between improvisation and interacting with the public. I specially enjoyed their own gestures and how much fun they have doing it. It was just amazing!

According to their My Space profile, the Oh Oh Ohs define themselves as a two men electro-riot band whose sound “varies from techno and drum’n’bass to grime and house beats up to 80s disco and punk”. Unfortunately their My Space page fails short to what they accomplish live!
I want to put on my masquerade costume and follow them where the party goes, fall into oblivion and just be happy!

September 3, 2008 at 12:26 am Leave a comment

Broken People

Control, A Film By Anton Corbijn, 2007
Photo: Google
Joy Division – Love will tear us apart

Control by Anton Corbijn. Ian Curtis. Joy Division.
I feel “irretrievably” broken after seeing the excellent Anton Corbijn´s film on Ian Curtis. I was one year old when Ian committed suicide. What a lost… And yet aren´t we also to blame for? The pressure and expectations we put on others everyday, putting them on a pedestal… Ian was diagnosed epilepsy, according to his daughter he was mentally instable and showed violent humor swings. For the rest of us, who will always admire his music he will keep on disturbing our peace of mind…
He was only 23 years old when he died but he gave us so much…. and so does the film. Thank you Anton! I cannot even talk about it…

Anton Corbijn talking about Joy Division´s influence on his own life, his love for technique and the adventure of becoming a filmmaker >>>>>>

Declarations on occasion of the Premiere at the Toronto Film Festival 2007 >>>>>>

July 14, 2008 at 1:17 pm Leave a comment

Beirut – Scenic World (Live)

“The lights go on
the lights go off
when things don’t feel right
I lie down like a tired dog
licking his wounds in the shade

when I feel alive
I try to imagine a careless life
a scenic world where the sunsets are all

Indeed breathtaking!

July 9, 2008 at 3:22 pm Leave a comment

Final Fantasy: He Poos Clouds (release version)

June 7, 2008 at 8:02 pm Leave a comment

Ben Harper – Walk Away (Live) Good Quality

March 31, 2008 at 3:30 pm 1 comment

ON CLEMENCY – On the reevaluation of values

»Götter, wenn zum Regieren ein hartes Herz nötig ist, nehmt mir entweder die Macht oder gebt mir ein anderes Herz.«

Composed in 18 days and premiered on the 6th of September of 1791, „La Clemenza di Tito“ was Mozart´s last opera before he died on the 5th of December that very same year. As usually happens with final works, this opera was regarded as an inferior effort, for everyone praises the ingenious music but the plot has always been the subject of delicate contempt.

The libretto, adapted by Caterino Mazzolà, was based on a former textbook by Pietro Metastasio from 1734. Its central character, Emperor Tito, has been the source of all controversy, for he forgives everyone around him, which has been seen as an unusual and incomprehensible behavior for an emperor.

When the woman he decides to marry tells him that she loves someone else, he forgives her, when someone admits having attempted against his life – the ultimate crime – he shows mercifulness and so on and so forth. He says, that if the world wishes to accuse him of anything, it can charge him with showing too much mercy rather than with having a revengeful heart. As a re- conciliator, he wants to rule without victims. In the end, he finds himself completely alone.

Some have read Tito´s mildness as a revolutionary attitude offering a new perspective, one of forgiveness, against the vicious circle of violence and brutality taking place during the Ancient Regime. Others, less positive, have classified Tito´s amnesty acts as a feint, as if he would only forgive so that the people are touched and he continues to rule, and this would make him a sort of tragic hero clinging on to an epoch due to to be over. On the contrary, there are also those who have pointed his ability to forgive as a sign that he is only human, no longer invested with the act of forgiving through a sacred higher power, thus stressing a secular and progressive aspect to the plot in syntony with the forthcoming Enlightenment.

I happen to find all this very interesting. On the one hand, who is to say that Mozart wasn´t only fulfilling a commission, his interest being the music in itself and not the plot. I sometimes think that narratives are overestimated – but one would have to research more to find it out. Second, what is interesting about Tito´s character is that one cannot decide if his idealism is either good or bad. Or perhaps that´s the point, that we are left to judge if standing alone is an obligatory price to pay for one´s idealism or, a definitive sign that it makes absolutely no sense to be good-hearted in this world.

One thing is for sure, we are forced here to reflect if our traditional values are still operational or not; we are asked if revenge is a good strategy; if one should stick to one´s ideals passionately (which would justify revenge) or, instead choose not to disturb nor destroy or as Tito, to reconciliate; we are left to wonder the price to pay for one´s own idealism; if it is a good strategy, even if it sometimes implies uttermost loneliness.

February 15, 2008 at 6:35 pm Leave a comment

Kate Nash-Habanera

February 14, 2008 at 4:27 pm Leave a comment

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