"It is wonderful to be able experience art without understanding how it was meant or what makes it good." (Kim Boekbinder said that during an interview I did with her) I might not have the biggest knowledge about music but I have a great passion for it. Passion is what counts.
I live in Berlin, Germany (born, raised and still resident) and this is my personal blog about music and other things that cross my way. Things I love to be exact. And even though I am German and my English is still not perfect, this blog is in English.
To be honest: I am not quite too sure about what I think about a “new” Johnny Cash album. The song “She Used To Love Me A Lot” is taken from the never released album “Out Among The Stars” (release due 25th of March) who he recorded in the early 80’s with Billy Sherill. “Pop Country” is what John Carter Cash, son of June Carter and Johnny Cash called this album when he talked to the Associated Press. I really don’t know-maybe it has to grow on me.
But what I find amazing is the video, directed by Cash-fan John Hillcoat. For me it perfectly reflects Cash….these dark, desperate, depressing pictures - looking old but are very modern. And in between: reminiscences of Cash. It fit’s him perfectly, I think. But have a look yourself:
For round about 25 years The Notwist are making music together. The core of the German band are Martin Gretschmann, Andi Haberl and the brothers Markus and Michael Acher. Last week they played at Heimathafen in Berlin a sold out concert and it was amazing. The crowd danced throughout for over two hours and three encores. And what counted was their music. They didn’t put on a huge show or were saying anything except for ‘many thanks’ and stuff like that. They are engineers - they look like a bunch of men who spend their days in a cellar working like (insane) engineers on their music and and just ocassionally leave it to play an amazing concert…. ok, they’re on tour around Europe for some weeks to promote their first record in six years, “Close To The Glass”.
Their mix of electro and rock is rather eclectic which could easily drop into a completely mess but they know how it works. They’re very good at wandering on this fine line with they electro fiddeling, drums, bass guitar and their very own xylophone player - that’s something I haven’t seen to often on Rock concerts to be honest.
I brought some photos with me - they did have some extra lights:
Thanks for reading,
10 Mar - D-Stuttgart - Wagenhallen
11 Mar - F-Lyon - Epicerie Moderne
12 Mar - F-Nantes - Stereolux sold-out
13 Mar - P-Paris - La Maroquinerie
14 Mar - F-Lille - Le Grand Mix
15 Mar - UK-Manchester - The Deaf Institute
16 Mar - UK-Glasgow - Mono
17 Mar - UK-Bristol - The Fleece
18 Mar - UK London - Village Underground
19 Mar - B-Brussels - Botanique
20 Mar - D-Köln - E-Werk
05 Apr - IT-Milano - Magnolia
06 Apr - IT-Foligno - Serendipity
07 Apr - IT-Roma - Parco della Musica
08 Apr - IT-Bolgna - Estratgon
09 Apr - IT-Padova - Mame
10 Apr - SL-Ljubljana - Channel Zero
11 Apr - HR-Zagreb - Mochvara
12 Apr - A-Linz - Posthof
13 Apr - D-München - Circus Krone
25 May - D-Berlin - Astra
26 May - D-Berlin - Astra
27 May - D-Hamburg - Laeiszhalle
28 May - NL-Amsterdam - Melkweg
9 Jun - US-New York - Webster Hall
10 Jun - US-Philadelphia - Theatre of Living Arts
11 Jun - CAN-Montreal - Societe des arts technologiques
12 Jun - CAN-Toronto - Lee’s Place
13 Jun - US-Chicago - House of Blues
14 Jun - US-San Francisco - Regency Ballroom
15 Jun - US-Los Angeles - The Fonda Theatre