January 2006


29 january 2006

a new moon
marks the lunar year

welcome the dog

looking upon the same moon
where ever we all may be

and on the dark side
is a crater name fitzgerald

– uto iha

Hammersmith '75 I know, nobody is interested in this, but anyway, it looks like Bruce Springsteen will follow up his Born To Run 30th Anniversary edition (1CD+2DVDs) with an audio CD of the 1975 London concert! Great music, folks, and recorded just four and a half months after I was born…

… is a project by famous photographer Annie Leibovitz, resulting in a great book and exhibition. Now 68 of these incredible portraits of American musicians are shown at c|o Berlin gallery.

Annie Leibovitz: American Music Last Sunday I’ve been visiting the exhibition and was blown away! I’ve seen many of Annie Leibovitz’ great pictures before (some are shown here again) and admired here book project Women a few years before. American Music, of course is exactly ‘my business’… a journey from its roots of (Delta Blues, New Orleans Jazz, Bluegrass, and Country Music) over Rock music to Hip Hop.

While standing in front of these photographies, you really can hear the music — and this is not a cliche (would have been nice if the gallerist provided some sound samples, though) — since Leibovitz was trying to capture the artists music and personality in this one picture. Some of them may touch stereotypes, but these artist are ‘types’ and icons themselves, right. When I see Tom Waits among his odd instruments or Lyle Lovett in black and white on a front porch, that’s exactly how I’ve imagined them.

The best idea of this exhibition was to provide comments of Annie Leibovitz to the pictures: you get a litte mp3 player and you can hear her explain the story behind every picture! (I also like this best about DVDs: watching the movie with the director’s comments.) This adds so much to the experience, since you get a glimpse into the artists method and idea of photography. Although some pictures appear like (great) snaphots and are very natural, the setting is deliberately chosen in advance. She is trying to make the musicians comfortable (not a sterile studio) and also to capture an essential part of their selves, she’s taking Dr. John fishing or or takes a picture of Johnny Cash with his family on Maybelle Carter’s front porch.

The exhibition is shown in Berlin until April 2nd, and might come to your town too…

Here’s a very nice preview of 27 photographs from Andrews Smith’s Gallery.

K-College rocks!

Rock’n'Roll is dirty, Baby, and without MUD its festivals would be almost as clean as a Tyrolean Heimatabend (any translation for that?)

Found by Karina Liebenstein in the November 25, 2005 magazin of Germany’s newspaper Sueddeutsche!

… sagt der MDR:

06.01.2006 / Potsdam
Potsdam ist nicht das teuerste Pflaster

In den neuen Ländern haben Rostock, Stralsund und Radebeul höhere Mieten

Potsdam ist nicht die teuerste Wohnlage im Osten Deutschlands. Nach Recherchen des Mitteldeutschen Rundfunks (MDR) hat Brandenburgs Landeshauptstadt mit 5,44 Euro je Quadratmeter die vierthöchste durchschnittliche Kaltmiete in den neuen Ländern. Spitzenreiter ist Stralsund mit 5,94 Euro, gefolgt von Rostock und dem sächsischen Radebeul (beide 5,66 Euro). Verglichen hat der MDR sanierte Wohnungen in mittleren Lagen mit 65 Quadratmetern. Quellen sind örtliche Mietspiegel sowie Aussagen der Wohnungswirtschaft und des Deutschen Mieterbundes. Die drei vor Potsdam rangierenden Kommunen sind die einzigen im Osten, die über dem Bundesdurchschnitt von 5,55 Euro liegen. Auch Berlin schafft es nicht mit nur 4,88 Euro. Teuerstes Pflaster ist München mit Kaltmieten von 8,44 Euro. Die hohen Preise in den Hansestädten Rostock und Stralsund führt der Immobilienverband Deutschland auf gute Infrastruktur, hohe touristische Nachfrage und geringe Bevölkerungswanderung zurück. V.Kl.