In my last day in Gdańsk i had a few Złoty left and there was a record store near the bus stop, so i spent the Złoty on CD’s. There’s only one Polish band with which i was actually familiar – Myslovitz, whose lovely song “The Sound of Solitude” was played quite a lot on MTV in the early 2000′s:
The original Polish version of the same song is just as nice:
After i got “The Best of Myslovitz” CD, i had money for a couple more. I didn’t have any time to search for anything in particular, so i just tried picking something with a nice cover and immediately came upon this:
Miloopa - Unicode
A record with such a title cannot be bad, i thought, so i immediately got it. And indeed, it is very good. Miloopa‘s music strongly reminded of the Israeli band J.Viewz: a female singer with a nice voice, singing in English, mostly electronic beats, good for chillout. Probably every non-English-speaking country has such a band.
The last one i bought was a record named “No! No! No!” by a band called “No! No! No!“. It’s a rather conventional and good indie band, singing in Polish. The lyric sheet for one song literally cites the Wikipedia article Voight-Kampff machine – that couldn’t be more appropriate.
I just watched a WikiMovie. (Read on, this post doesn’t have significant spoilers.)
I watched Cashback once when it came out and enjoyed it immensely.
There was one thing that bugged me though. In a climactic scene towards the end “Power of Love” plays in the background. It is a good song and it is more or less fitting, but there’s one song that would fit much better.
The movie is British. It deals with the subjects of love and reality. Most of the it takes place in a supermarket. A climactic scene.
All this can only mean one thing: “Fake Plastic Trees“, 2:30.
So today i watched it, and at that scene i muted the movie and played it instead. It was perfect.
Seriously, the wiki idea should be enhanced to all things in life.
me , music
For the first time in my life i am enjoying a Nine Inch Nails song. This is NOT a good thing. I do not envy the people who enjoy it on regular basis.
Tags: Dream Theater, MIDI
For years my geek friends forced me to listen to Dream Theater. I hated it.
Yesterday they played in Tel-Aviv. The reviews are good. Oh well.
I just listened to Pull Me Under on YouTube and now i finally understood what does it sound like: like a demo song of a MIDI keyboard.
home , Microsoft Windows , music
I am living in a four-story house. In front of my window1 there’s a fifteen-story house and it blocks the view.
It basically sucks, but a violinist lives in that house, and she2 practices all day long, which is very pleasant.
1 I wrote “Window” first. Why would i do such a thing? :)
2 Does this make me sexist?
literature , music
Tags: Arctic Monkeys, Danger Mouse, Decemberists, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Interpol, Libertines, M.I.A., Shins, Timbaland
Kanye West wrote a book. That’s what he has to say about it:
“Sometimes people write novels and they just be so wordy and so self-absorbed. I am not a fan of books. I would never want a book’s autograph. I am a proud non-reader of books. I like to get information from doing stuff like actually talking to people and living real life.”
I am a proud non-listener to hip-hop.
Hip-hop is not a crime. Hip-hop is not bad music. Occasionally i listen to a hip-hop song and enjoy it.
But i don’t get why some people talk about “innovative” hip-hop. Nothing changed in hip-hop in the last twenty years or so.
I heard a lot of talk about Kanye West lately. I haven’t heard any of his songs. So i tried a few on YouTube.
Fuck it. Kanye West is not innovative. M.I.A. is not innovative. Timbaland is not innovative. Eminem is not innovative. Dr. Dre is not innovative. Danger Mouse in not innovative. None of them have ever been innovative. Some of them are good artists, but none of them is innovative, never been.
And no, there hasn’t been a lot of innovation in rock music for many years now. Interpol, Elbow, Decemberists, Shins, Libertines, Arctic Monkeys – none of them are innovative. Some of them are good artists, but none of them is innovative. That’s unfortunate, but at least nobody makes such a big deal out of it as it is with hip-hop.
Wagner’s antisemitism and use of his works by the Nazis caused him to be banned in Israel: he’s not played on Israeli radio, and playing him in a classical music concert is a sure way to be booed and to be mentioned on the front page in the next day’s newspapers.
As far as i know, Wagner had sick opinions, but didn’t kill anyone.
Now: Will “Let It Be”, “Imagine” and “Jealous Guy”, produced by an alleged murderer, be banned from Israeli radio? Or from BBC? I think not.
What do you get if you search for Soundgarden’s “Pretty Noose” video? The “Alternate Version” – the one where the band just performs. So the song is awesome, but the interesting original video is not on YouTube.
But what’s interesting is what appears in “Related Videos”. After a bunch of Soundgarden videos you get: Radiohead – Creep; Weezer – Say it Ain’t So; Roxette – Listen to Your Heart.
At this point i am supposed to write a Russian cuss word, but actually i can’t deny that Marie Fredriksson looks a lot like Thom Yorke. I’d love to say that it ain’t so, but it is too.