Monthly Archives: August 2012

Juppy’s Mixtapes (1)

Because some songs from last Thursday’s concert still reverberate in my head and leave me in a music mode, I thought I’d share some of the mixtapes I’ve been making for a friend who’s hosting our irregular PnP RP sessions. Here’s to you, Juppy! Thanks for sharing your living-room, even if we don’t always leave it in the best of shapes.

Now, for sharing those mixtapes, or essentially the playlists, here, I was looking for a good social networking app that could basically just take my iTunes playlists, make them browsable, link some related information, and potentially offer samples. Unfortunately, I didn’t quite find one that worked well for me. I looked at mixtape.me and playlistify.org, but the former didn’t know about a lot of songs I was looking for, the latter could parse my iTunes playlists, but didn’t adhere to the track order. Being somebody who believes that there is not just such a thing as a good song, but also the right time for a song, changing a handicrafted order is a plain no-go to me. Then there is spotify, but especially after hearing how little artists get paid for airtime on spotify, I decided against that, too. That eventually leaves me with a good old text table.

This first mixtape, I suppose, though generally trying to cross it all over, is a bit Indie-ish — trying to introduce Juppy to The Bravery in various phases of their band development and the corresponding, quite distinct sounds. If you buy all the songs, they should fit snugly on a single audio CD.

Name Artist Album
Rock & Roll Queen The Subways Young For Eternity
God Must Hate Me Simple Plan MTV Hard Rock Live
Mit freundlichen Grüßen (MfG) Die Fantastischen Vier 4:99
Time Wont Let Me Go The Bravery The Sun And The Moon
La Tristesse Durera (Scream To A Sigh) Manic Street Preachers Gold Against The Soul
Books From Boxes Maximo Park Our Earthly Pleasures
The Kids Aren’t Alright The Offspring Americana
An Honest Mistake The Bravery The Bravery
Up All Night Blink 182 Up All Night
Welcome To The Cheap Seats The Wonder Stuff If The Beatles Had Read Hunter…The Singles
I Predict A Riot Kaiser Chiefs Employment
Your Ex-lover is Dead Stars Set Yourself on Fire
The Drugs Don’t Work The Verve Urban Hymns
Bad Sun The Bravery The Sun And The Moon
I Miss You Blink 182 Blink-182
Perfect Simple Plan MTV Hard Rock Live
Ours The Bravery The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
On The Ropes The Wonder Stuff If The Beatles Had Read Hunter…The Singles
Alcoholic Starsailor Win When You’re Singing (Sampler)
Vaya Con Dios Gavin Rossdale Love Remains The Same (Single)
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Bush in Frankfurt (ii) … A Review

Short version: A-mazing!

To elaborate: Of the four musicians who went on stage around 9:00 PM, only two were with the band when they released their last album, ten years ago. Of the original founding nucleus, only singer Gavin Rossdale is left. The other two apparently couldn’t be bothered to go on tour, again. With some band reunions or comebacks, esp. when there is essentially only one person left, you get to wonder why do it? You ask yourself, who needs that, anyway? Imagine Billy Corgan get some new musicians and call the band Smashing Pumpkins … oh wait, bad example, that’s what he’s doing. Imagine Dave Grohl change the Foo Fighters’ name to Nirvana. Ridiculous? Definitely no need. With Bush, however, after hearing the new material and having been to this concert, the only thing I keep asking myself is: Why did he wait so long?

Bush at the Gibson (i)

Gavin Rossdale, as Bush perform Machinehead

I, for one, didn’t miss a thing. The new Bush sounded like the old Bush, and yet at the same time current and alive. Of course, some say, it’s always sounded like Bush when Gavin Rossdale went on stage, even solo. I’m not sure, I totally agree. Partially, yes, but I distinctly remember hearing Rossdale say, in an interview around the release of his album Wanderlust, that that album sounded different because he’d grown fed-up with noisy guitars. And I kept thinking: Right, what a shame. With a couple of loud guitars, Wanderlust could have been not just a decent but a really cool album. Well, there’s no mistaking he’s discovered his taste for guitars, again.

The songs they played were a pretty good mix, covering new stuff (such as Sounds of Winter, All Of My Life) as well as all the important milestones of the band’s history. The concert started furiously with the Sixteen Stone song Machinehead and everybody knew where this night was going. I didn’t have time nor leisure to write down the whole set-list, but I remember hearing the following songs, too: Everything Zen, Glycerin, Alien, Swallowed, Cold Contagious, The Chemicals Between Us. There seem to have been some issues with the band equipment, which upset Rossdale a little, but I cannot say I noticed anything detrimental.

When the band stopped playing after somewhat more than an hour, I was the slightest bit disappointed I hadn’t heard Comedown, but then there was the encore. To see and hear Bush come back on stage and perform Pink Floyd’s Breathe and the Beatles’ Come Together both in very special ways was charming, hilarious and altogether awesome. They added a few more songs and concluded the concert with the song I’d been waiting for performed with just as much energy as the opening track and letting me leave the concert drenched to bone in sweat and deeply satisfied.

Bush at the Gibson (ii)

Gavin Rossdale without the red jacket that he definitely didn’t need after the first song

While queuing two hours before the band started to play, I was already thinking how great it was that a 90s-band that hadn’t released an album in ten years, could still draw such a crowd. After the concert, I was surprised and delighted to see how many of those people could also sing along. All in all a night to remember and worth every single Euro.

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Bush in Frankfurt … and Me

It’s finally happening and I’m so excited: Tomorrow is the day that Bush are going to play in Frankfurt … and I’ll be there!!!

If you’re reading this and thinking you wanna go, too, you’re too late. The club they’re going to play in is only large enough for a maximum of a thousand people. So, it’s going to be cozy. I’m a little concerned I don’t have the right kind of protective footwear, anymore, but maybe it’s not going to be as bad … good … well, dangerous to feet.

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