2007


…from a badass Santa in Paris!

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‘Santa’ Boss was coming to town…

After a 2 and 1/2 hour show and a long ride home, some rest, and my voice not as hoarse as yesterday, I’m still speechless and borrow a review from Backstreets (couldn’t agree more):

December 13 / Cologne, GER / Koln Arena

A smoking show, both literally and figuratively — the Koln Arena must be one of the last such venues where lighting up is still permitted, and when the lights came up they revealed quite a cloud overhead. A surprisingly simlar set to the previous night, considering it’s just a couple hours’ drive. But the enthisiastic Cologne crowd, on their feet all night, set this one apart — and who can complain about “Because the Night” two nights in a row? “The Promised Land” had that newly added “People Get Ready” gospel coda again, too. “Kitty’s Back” was absolutely smoking, particularly Roy’s solo — a killer, jazzy improvisation, which Bruce echoed as he followed it with an extended solo of his own.

The end of “American Land” brought a patented James Brown routine, as Bruce fell over backward, “exhausted,” still on the floor as the band went into a bonus “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town.” Nils and Steven helped him up to sing, and a special guest joined in, too. “Wolfgang, do you believe in Santa Claus?” Bruce cried to Wolfgang Niedecken — like Joe Grushecky in Pittsburgh, you can pretty much bank on Niedecken joining in when Bruce comes to Deutschland. The German rocker didn’t really seem to know the song, rarely stepping to the mic, but all eyes were on Bruce anyway, especially once he put that Santa hat on. How does he manage to make that thing look good? Tilting it at a rakish angle, twirling the pom-pom around like a helicopter… no one wears a Santa hat like Bruce. Hey, the guy’s a professional.

Setlist:
Radio Nowhere / The Ties That Bind / Lonesome Day / Gypsy Biker / Magic / Reason to Believe / Because the Night / She’s the One / Livin’ in the Future / The Promised Land / Waitin’ on a Sunny Day / The River / I’ll Work for Your Love / Devil’s Arcade / The Rising / Last to Die / Long Walk Home / Badlands
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Girls in Their Summer Clothes / Kitty’s Back / Born to Run / Dancing in the Dark / American Land / Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town

Clips from Cologne 

Eine weitere bahnbrechende Kollaboration zwischen Designer und Programmierer, quasi die perfekte Symbiose von Mensch und Maschine, hat das Licht der (Web-)Welt erblickt:

comfort sugaring

Und falls jemand seinem Winterpelz auf die Pelle rücken will… that’s the way to do it!

Amy Winehouse by Hedi Slimane

… my new wallpaper: shot of a great singer (A.W.)
by a great photographer (H.S.)

I’m trying to use a WordPress blog as content management system. So, I created pages that are no blog entries, finally customized the urls via permalinks, and also found a nice breadcrumb plugin.

Best test bed for this seemed to be all time favorite list

“I’m reorganizing my records tonight. It’s something I do in times of emotional distress. When Laura was here I had them in alphabetical order, before that, chronologically. Tonight, though, I’m trying to put them in the order in which I bought them. That way I can write my own autobiography without picking up a pen. […] What I really like about my new system is that it makes me more complicated than I am. To find anything you have to be me, or at the very least a doctor in Rob-ology. If you wanna find Landslide by Fleetwood Mac you have to know that I bought it for someone in the fall of 1983 and then didn’t give it to them for personal reasons. But you don’t know any of that, do you? You would have to ask me to…” * (Nick Hornby, High Fidelity)

Danny Federici to take leave of absence…

‘Phantom’ Dan — stay hard, stay hungry, stay alive!

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Final night in Boston: flickr slide show

PosterFatih Akin’s second ‘big’ movie after “Head-On” (Gegen die Wand) is definitely one of the best this year. Not as outstanding as the first (of a supposed trilogy), but more subtle, pensive. And once again, Akin proves his talent for casting fresh, but great actors!

At first view, he’s using known elements: Altman’s short-cut episode style, the German-Turkish theme, a love story… But then, one realizes it’s not really about Turkish immigrants, not really about Turkish politics (though it still is also about these things) — in the end there’s just a great movie about a universal generation conflict, love and forgiveness between kids and their parents. It’s the same story, from ancient times (Ibrahim/Abraham and Ishmael/Isaac to the 21st century, in Turkey and Germany — the same inner conflict, regardless of age or gender.

November 7, 2007 — Berlin, Germany, Schiller Theater

WestThe greatest female singer/songwriter in country-blues-rock in a theater? A concert in chairs? I was very sceptic…But then, I had 4th row tickets, expected a more quiet show with a focus on that great voice, and was going to see her live again!

So, how was the show? Simply amazing! With the first slow songs of her new album, you understood the intention of playing here: a very attentive audience, no yelling, shuffling around, no beer or bathroom breaks — just her voice filling the room.

And how could one describe that voice? Well, she did rightaway when interrupting her first song to start again: “There are good cracks and bad cracks in my voice, that was a bad one!” But from there on she unveiled more and more of the ‘good cracks’. A goose bumps voice, rough and soft, broken and clear, and so powerful!

It’s funny, you listen to the saddest songs ever (“You want dark, I give you dark!”) — with a big grin on your face, ’cause it’s so beatiful!

As she was getting more and more into the show, Lucinda loosened up and enjoyed herself (she seemed not to in Hamburg before), talked about her songs and experiences. The band was amazing too: great guitars (Doug Pettibone shouldn’t sing, though), groovy bass and wondeful percussion and drums. Towards the end they really made some joyful noise!

Two hours — yes a long show — happy faces all around, on stage and in front of it!

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Halloween in Ostberlin,
hier schwofen die Gespenster.
Halloween in Ostberlin -
hier füllt man sich die Wänster…

 

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