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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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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A Song For Tuesday: Sweet Thing by Pixie Geldof!

Today’s song Sweet Thing by Pixie Geldof comes from her just released album I’m Yours! A little indie, a little melancholic and a lot of beauty is what makes her music sound this wonderful…

Have fun listening!

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A Song for Tuesday: Door by Nice as Fuck!

The song Door by Nice As Fuck (NAF) made it instantly into my ears… and then into my legs, and those started dancing only one second later. This doesn’t happen too often! I guess the band name can be seen as a understement ;).

Have fun listening!

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A Song For Tuesday: Bottom of the Barrel by the Forlorn Strangers!

The music of the Nashville-based band Forlorn Strangers got me instantly. It’s acoustic country-indie kind of sound fits perfectly to those (slightly rainy) summer days on the sea. Their first album just came out. Today’s song Bottom of the Barrel is the first single from it.

Have fun listening!

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A Song for Tuesday: Portugal by Little Big Sea!

Little_Big_SeaOn stage at the #dico16. Pic by Franzi.

Austrian band Little Big Sea were the music act at the #dico16 and really got me into a relaxed mood! I love their laid-back attitude, the dream-like voice of singer Marlene as well as their catchy tunes! They reminded me a bit on Memoryhouse but were still unique! Hopefully, we will hear more about them in the future! Their first album will be released this year :).

Have fun listening!

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A Song For Tuesday: Love Test by The Growlers

“You know they say it ain’t easy loving the same woman forever
Wish you luck on finding a good one on your heart’s endeavor
But nothing is easy
Love isn’t easy as it seems”

Love Test by US band The Growlers is a good mood tune with down-to-earth commentaries about the old topic of love: It isn’t easy as it seems (but it’s fun anyway).

Enjoy listening!

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A Song For Tuesday: White Daisy Passing by Rocky Votolato!

Today’s song is (again) a recommendation by my pal Birte: White Daisy Passing by the US-based singer-songwriter Rocky Votolato. Since I cannot resist any folk tunes his music fits perfectly: A bit singer-songwriter, a bit folk, a bit indie and a bit country. Thanks Birte!

Have fun listening!

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A Song For Tuesday: The Woodpile by The Frightened Rabbit!

Today’s song was recommended to me by Birte: The Frightened Rabbit, a Glasgow-based indie rock band. Their pure and lazy sound fits nice with the first day of December!

Have fun listening!

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A Song For Tuesday: Little Talks by Of Monsters and Men!

Today’s song Little Talks by the Iceland-based band Of Monsters and Men was on my 2011 playlist – long before it was a big hit in 2012. Lately, I heard it on the radio and now I have it in my mind again. So here it comes…

Have fun listening!

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