1920s Style: Max Raabe!

Max Raabe’s music is really unique: His German songs in the style of the 1920s/1930s are simply mood-lifting and always have a distinct humor that makes me smile. He just released his latest album Der perfekte Moment… wird heute verpennt. It includes the wonderful song Guten Tag, liebes Glück – one of my favorite songs at the moment.

Happy listening!

From his new album: Der perfekte Moment… wird heute verpennt:

And an older one – Küssen kann man nicht alleine:

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Stage Hog Udo Lindenberg!

Udo Lindenberg is a national icon – every tourist in Hamburg will be told at least one time that he lives in the Atlantic Hotel at the Alster. I am grown up with lots of songs from him – my father played Sonderzug nach Pankow and told us about the political implications of the song, Hinterm Horizont was everywhere when I grew up and in the last years Udo impressed with new interpretations of his old songs and new German rock hits.

And yes, Udo also paints and there’s even a musical. But there is one thing that really impresses me: This man is more than 70 years old and he rocks the stage heavier than any 20 year old I know.

I saw him at the Frankfurt book fair two weeks ago, where he presented his and Tine Acke’s book Stärker als die Zeit. It was hilarious to see this big entertainer on a stage, surrounded by suit-wearing bookish people …and in the end, everyone was moving to his unmistakable voice.

Have fun listening!


Mein Ding – one of his latest hits


Udo at the Frankfurt Book Fair (Look at all those mobile phones!)

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What I’m Listening To Right Now!

It’s time to present you once again the songs that are on my personal playlist right now. There are some old favorites of mine but also two new discoveries.

Have fun listening!

Always and for ever: The National! With the song Day I Die from their just released album Sleep Well Beast:

A fun track – Another Weekend by Ariel Pink:

Relaxing dream pop – Heavy Eyes by Palm Ghosts:

Last but not least: Another  favorite of mine – The War On Drugs with the song Up All Night from their new album A Deeper Understanding:

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Si jamais j’oublie by ZAZ!

“Si jamais j’oublie – Les nuits que j’ai passé – Les guitares et les cris – Rappelle moi qui je suis – Pourquoi je suis en vie – Si jamais j’oublie – Les jambes à mon cou – Si un jour je fuis – Rappelle-moi qui je suis – Ce que je m’étais promis”

A song that’s an attitude of life: Si jamais j’oublie by  French singer-songwriter (and everybody’s darling) ZAZ. It’s from her 2015 live album Sur la route. The message of the song is simple and important: Never forget where you come from and all those wonderful experiences that created yourself, your dreams and your personality. A perfect mood-lifter for rainy late-summer days!

Happy listening!

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Everything Now – A New Arcade Fire Album!

Arcade Fire concert on July 2, 2017 in Berlin. Pic by Franzi. See more on Instagram.

Arcade Fire’s new album Everything Now will be released on July 28, 2017. At the beginning of the month, me and two of my best pals were at the Arcade Fire concert in Berlin. It was a big party, where they not only played their old indie-rock hits but also some of their new tracks. If you never saw this band live, you definitely should put this onto you bucket list. They are incredibly powerful on stage and are creating a wonderful atmosphere in the audience. The few new songs, that I already listened to, only intensified my anticipation of the album.

Have a wonderful new week and happy listening!

 

 

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Song of the Month: Ganz Paris träumt von der Liebe by Caterina Valente!

This month’s song is a true “oldie”: Ganz Paris träumt von der Liebe by the Italian 1950s star Caterina Valente. It just reminds me on this special summer feeling that’s already in the air: warm and heavy and wonderful…

Have a wonderful new week and happy listening!

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Song of the Month: I Belong To You by Lenny Kravitz!

This month’ song I Belong To You by Lenny Kravitz is one of two wedding songs from Isa and André. So, let’s celebrate the two a bit more and dance through this fresh week.

Happy listening!

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Song of the Month: Cloud 9 by Jamiroquai!

The British band Jamiroquai is back – with their brand-new album Automaton! Today’s song Cloud 9 reminds me – in a good way 😀 – on my teenage years in the 1990s (Jamiroquai was everywhere back then!). The song is funky, dancy and mood-lifting. So, let’s meet on the dance floor!

Happy (funky) listening!

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Fly Me To The Moon by Frank Sinatra!

Last month I heard Frank Sinatra‘s song Fly Me To The Moon during an elevator ride to the viewing platform of Rotterdam’s Euromast. What a funny choice of a song! I wish you a good start into the fresh week with those mood-lifting and jazzy tunes!

Happy listening!

And do you know Angelina Jordan’s interpretation of the song? It’s amazing!

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Spotlight on: Musketeer & his new EP Seven Long Years!

Musketeer

In his just released studio EP Seven Long Years Australian singer-songwriter Musketeer (who very recently moved to Hamburg) explores quite a dark time of Australian and European history: It follows the journey of a 19th century British convict sent to the prison camps in Australia. The record combines old sea-tale story telling with a nu-folk musical sentiment. It’s no secret that I have a soft spot for singer-songwriters, especially if their music, voice and stories sound as authentic as Musketeer’s. Seven Long Years instantly had my attention. Luckily, I had the chance to ask him two questions:

Your EP deals with quite a dark time in the Australian and European history. Why did you decide on this topic?

Musketeer: I wrote this EP at a time when I was living in Australia’s second oldest city, Newcastle. I was considering the history of the place and my own European ancestry. Newcastle was a city built on mining and chain gangs. The British ravaged the landscapes and displaced the existing communities there. You can still see the same mining going on there today and the effect it has on people. I guess I thought that was something worth exploring and so I wrote a song about it, and then another, and it kind of transformed into this dark journey which you can now listen to on the EP.”

You just moved to Hamburg. What makes this city unique for you? Do you already have any favorite places?

Musketeer: “Hamburg is beautiful. I guess what makes Hamburg unique for me is that I am now one step closer to becoming a notorious pirate, plundering the choppy waters of the Elbe. Haha. Not really. But I love the river and there is a seaworthy grunginess to this city that I find very interesting.

There are also a lot of cool bars close to the river that I have slowly being discovering. I haven’t been here long enough to pick and choose the best ones yet, but Weinladen in St Pauli has very tasty wines… I guess I am more of a coffee gent. There is an abundance of delicious places that I like to go to. I would recommend Nord Coast, they roast their own coffee and have excellent waffles. Less Political is also pretty damn great. You can find them in the Schanze. The staff are warm hearted and hilarious and make a fine coffee. Can’t go past that.

Enjoy listening!

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