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Golden Silvers

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The Golden Silvers are a band from London in the UK which has gotten my attention a few weeks ago when I was listening to BBC Radio 1 web radio. They were advertised as one of the leading bands of Radio 1’s Big Weekend that took place this year in Maidstone, Kent, England. So, their very catchy song “Arrows of Eros” was aired several times in the past weeks and I have to say, I fell in love with it. Just the beginning is absolutely wonderful. It starts off with that synthesiser-like three-note theme, that repeats itself over and over again in different variations. And then the singing part takes off: ‘There was a girl who lived in London To-ho-hooown…’ – amazing. What could be a better start for such a typical Britpop song.

Well, I think you should check them out for yourself, which you can either do through their MySpace profile or through their official website. Oh, and by the way, their single “Arrows of Eros” officially comes out on July 14th, 2008. So, pre-order it now at the Young And Lost Club for just £ 3.40 + postage! And no, I’m not getting paid for this.

Now go and enjoy their music, it’s bloody awesome.

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Written by Henning

June 24, 2008 at 3:42 pm

Girl Talk does the Radiohead

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Artwork by Andrew Strasser/Illegal Art

This is big news folks. Girl Talk does the Radiohead!!!

About three months ago, my good friend Jakob told me about Girl Talk, a mash-up artist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who only uses his Dell laptop to create the biggest crazy-awesome parties you can imagine. Not only does he really know his thing, he also has an awesome taste of music coming from a very broad variety of genres. And that’s really what you get – a huge mix of musical genres.

Girl Talk, whose original name is Gregg Gillis, until today, had released three albums with “Night Ripper” from 2006 being the one through which I got to know his music. And it blew me away. You can put it in your iTunes and play it from beginning to end and it will never bore you. Because it’s changing all the time.

Now today, Girl Talk released its 4th album called “Feed The Animals”. But it’s kind of an unusual release which at the same time isn’t that unusual these days anymore. Because Gregg and his label Illegal Art use the “Radiohead model” which means in fact that you, the listener, choose what to pay for the album.

If you choose to not paying anything, for whatever reason, you get the full album as a free download including all tracks as DRM-free 320 kbit/s MP3 files and a high-res cover artwork. If you pay $5 or more, you’ll get the whole thing as a CD-quality FLAC download + a one-file seamless mix of the album and finally, paying $10 or more, you’ll get all the stuff mentioned above + a packaged CD as soon as it becomes available.

I chose to pay nothing at first, but only because I have to wait until the money arrives on my (prepaid) credit card, so, no worries.

Girl Talk at the Wired Rave Awards
Photo by matthew.hickey (CC license)

The new Girl Talk album “Feed The Animals” is one hell of a great album, that’s for sure. Unfortunately, Mr Gillis missed to rick-roll us all. Although he put a sample of Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” into his track “Like This” he didn’t play a single part of the oh-so-important chorus. Too bad.

Anyways, check it out, download it and choose yourself how much you want to pay. Here’s the link:

Girl Talk – Feed The Animals

Please, bands of the world, participate in this new way of independent and listener-friendly distribution. Believe me, it’s so much better than iTunes etc. – and that’s an Apple Fanboy talking here.

Thanks Gregg, you made my evening!

Written by Henning

June 20, 2008 at 3:17 am

Casino

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Last night was a great night. Me being in Hamburg at the moment, we went to the Casino Esplanade, located right in the center of Hamburg and only a few steps away from the famous Jungfernstieg and the Binnenalster. I know, this sounds like a commercial, and it is in a way. But only because I want to advertise this place, not because I get paid for it which I don’t. But anyways.

We went there because my mate Jan got about 45€ (≈ US$70) in chips for his birthday just a few days before. And since I would stay in Hamburg until Tuesday morning, I came with them, that being Jan, my mate Niklas, and two of their friends. We drove there by car, all of us dressed up in suits or at least really exalted clothings.

When we arrived I was completely blown away. This place is huge. And when I say huge I mean huge. It really looks like a castle or something or yeah, it rather looks like a real full-scale casino. I went in there with my sunglasses on (it was after midnight) and took them down right at the moment I started talking to the admission guy. He checked my passport and after I paid the 2€ (≈ US$3,10) entrance fee I was free to go.

I had never been to a casino before. It was all glamourous and upscale decorated, even in the ground floor where they had the one-armed bandits and the other childish stuff. No, I’m only kidding, it can be fun too I guess. But we went right upstairs to the second floor. There they had all the poker and black jack tables and the roulettes.

I have to say, I really felt kind of uncomfortable there during the first time. It didn’t feel like it was my thing really. I’m not the kind of a guy who does all those expensive things like, uhm, yeah, going to the casino probably. But it turned out to really being an “extremely enjoyable experience”.

Looking at all those rich people running around there was real fun actually. I remember one guy, probably the son of an Arab oil sheik or something, who constantly put another 500€ banknote (≈ US$780) on the table every five or ten minutes. Another one was probably drunk because he ran around shouting really loudly and asking people if they wanted to be sponsored by him. Crazy times.

But I for myself didn’t spend any money that night. Not because I din’t want to in the end, but because we left too early. OK, it already was 3 am at the time but that was the moment when I felt comfortable enough to do some roulette myself. The two hours before that moment I was only checking out the place and messing around with the people there. And of course I tried to get behind the game. Which I actually did – in my imagination I bet on the number 24. And then it actually appeared to be the number to be chosen by the roulette that turn. Betting only 2€ I could have won 70€ (≈ US$110). Too bad.

So, looking back at the event I really wanted to go to a casino again in the near future. And I knew that there was one in Leipzig, right next to the biggest cinema in town. But oh dear, what a crappy place this seems to be. They have no entrance fee, no dress code and, that’s the worst, no actual roulettes or poker tables but only gaming machines! What the bloody hell?! I can only imagine the people in there: random idiots clothed in bad hip hop outfits giggling in front of the fucking electronic roulette. What shitty place is that? And that’s the only casino in Leipzig! They don’t have another one!!!

Well, I’ll probably go in there one day impersonating a bloody rich snotty youngster from New York whose father is on a business trip to Leipzig. And then I’ll behave like a drama queen that they don’t have any actual cashiers and then they’ll fall down on their knees begging for mercy! YEAH!!!

Fuck Leipzig.

Hamburg rocks!

Written by Henning

May 18, 2008 at 7:55 pm

“I can’t keep doing this on my own with these… people…”

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There Will Be Blood Title Treatment
Title Treatment | Copyright

A few days ago I finally watched the movie “There Will Be Blood”, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and distributed by Paramount Vintage and Miramax Films, first released on December 26th, 2007 in the United States. It first came to my attention when I heard about the winners of the 80th Academy Awards, broadcast on February 24th, 2008. The movie received two oscars in total – the award for Best Actor went to protagonist Daniel Day-Lewis as Daniel Plainview and Robert Elswitt received the oscar for Best Cinematography.

Now, over two months after the Academy Awards, I got to the point where I said: Peter, you have to watch this movie. That was mostly driven by the fact, that I wanted to see other movies starring Paul Dano whom I really liked in his role as Dwayne Hoover in “Little Miss Sunshine” (2006).

So, to give you a first impression of what “There Will Be Blood” is all about, take a look at the official trailer.

To make my point right here at the beginning: I absolutely loved this movie. Only very very rarely have I seen such passion in acting and impersonating as done by the actors in this movie, particularly by Daniel Day-Lewis as Daniel Plainview, Paul Dano as Paul Sunday and Eli Sunday (two roles) and Dillon Freasier as H.W. Those people have shown me, what passionate (and that means exhausting) acting is all about.

In an interview Paul Dano talked about his experience shooting the final scene of the movie:

“It started out quite fun and then it turned dark and emotional and then very scary. We did it without any constraints and suddenly I was dodging bowling balls and Daniel was coming at me pretty strong. It was very intense and exhausting and at times, terrifying.”

I can absolutely understand what he is talking about. Not only in that particular scene, but in almost every single part of the movie you can see, that they did it the raw way. They pull each other to the ground, they jostle the other one into the sludge – even if it is maybe just very good acting, you have the feeling that there is no safety net, no false bottom.

Daniel Plainview and H.W. on their way to the Sunday Ranch
Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis) and H.W. (Dillion Freasier) on their way to the Sunday Ranch | Copyright

I heard quite a lot of people saying that the movie was too long or it sometimes got boring over the time of its 160 min. But I have to disagree. I think that the quality of a movie does not depend on its length. The whole time I saw “There Will Be Blood” I was curious what would happen next. There was some kind of mystery around the whole plot that I could not understand, and still there is something I like about it but that I cannot define.

Interestingly enough, there is only one person in the whole movie that I can really sympathise with, and that is H.W., the adoptive son of Daniel Plainview. He is the only one, who really seems to be trying to “think with his heart”. Not only when he is young, but also when he is grown up and wants to leave his father.

There is probably much more to say about this movie but at the moment I can only quote Daniel Plainview: “I’m finished!” There are certain things about “There Will Be Blood” that I don’t understand, that frighten me in a way. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t like them.

Go and watch it and find out yourself why you like or dislike it. I can only recommend it very very strongly.

Eli Sunday (Paul Dano) in \'There Will Be Blood\'
Eli Sunday (Paul Dano) in Plainview’s mansion | Copyright

If you want to watch “There Will Be Blood”, you can either purchase it or rent it through the U.S. iTunes Store, order or download it through Amazon (Affiliate Link) or, if you like, purchase it through someone else using e.g. Google Shopping.

Find out more about the movie “There Will Be Blood” on the official movie website.

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