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Music for the Ocean: Asura – Life^2

We’ll spend a lot of time at sea over the holidays, so I was thinking about music with a nautical theme. Turns out, there’s nothing among my favorites. So I chose a record which I find ideal for looking at the ocean: Asura’s Life^2, released in 2007. Asura is a[…]

3 Is A Band: Fun Lovin’ Criminals

This article in the 3IsABand series could be as well in the Live Soundtrack series, since it’s quite the “Throwback Thursday”, given the fact that the band’s first studio album came out in 1996. I picked the CD up at the Times Square Virgin Mega Store on my trip to[…]

PHOTOS: MOTHXR live at Pianos

The shows I usually go to, hold a nice balance between female and male audience. Granted, there are  shows that  appeal more to one or the other but usually it’s somewhat evened out. Not totally to my surprise, this was quite different on Wednesday at Pianos. The 160 people venue was[…]

2014 Top 5 to 1: Elke’s Choice

5. The Kooks – Listen Everybody remembers Ooh La from The Kook’s debut album Inside In/Inside Out, no?! Well, I do and I truly loved this album and awaited the follow-up eagerly. Sadly, I didn’t really like it. Even worse with The Kook’s third effort. So, when Listen, their fourth studio[…]

2014 Top 5 to 1: Oliver’s Choice

5. Banks – Goddess Banks did everything right with this album: she took very personal and intmate songs, which she reportedly wrote in her bedroom on a toy keyboard and enlisted help to wrap them into gorgeous tracks that fit perfectly into the musical trends of 2014. While this is[…]

NEW MUSIC: Adryelle – Rainbows

Adryelle plays a new song on a bunch of keyboards and a drum machine in what looks like her room in Baltimore. She has also an exceelent EP Waiting Room out at Bandcamp

3 Is A Band: Fiction Plane

In today’s preparation for our #3IsABand series, I wanted to do something special and decided on a band, who I came to love in early 2009: Fiction Plane.  I was lucky enough to see Fiction Plane performing live on August 13th 2009, at Mercury Lounge. It was an early show and I made[…]

2014 Top 10 to 6: Elke’s Choice

10. Royal Blood – Royal Blood Before the album officially came out in late August, there were at least two songs of this upcoming record being played in heavy rotation on streaming radio like Shazam or Spotify: Out Of The Black and Come on Over. Both are strong, high energy songs with a[…]

2014 Top 10 to 6: Oliver’s Choice

These are the our first yearly top ten lists under the glamglare umbrella, but we still chickened out before the prospect to having to agree on a single selection of albums. In any case, we put our money where the mouth is and have bought every album listed here on[…]

NEW MUSIC from Germany

New Music from Germany We’re off to a holiday visit to our home country and that s a good reason to introduce some new music from Germany. However, when I compiled the World Cup playlist this summer, to my surprise I realized how hard it was to find contemporary Germany[…]

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Blonde Redhead – Dripping

It was not too easy to find a video of the week this time. Blonde Redhead, after we went to their show last week, felt like a little too obvious choice and it is in the end just a classic band performance video. But the overall video selection is small[…]

3 Is A Band: Ballet School

Since I’ll be heading to Germany in a couple of hours, thinking of a three piece band, Ballet School from Berlin came to mind. Rosie Blair (vocals, guitar), Michel Jun Colett (guitar) and Louis McGuire (drums) are a band since 2011 and together they’re not only relentlessly touring Europe but North America as well.[…]

Blonde Redhead live at Music Hall of Williamsburg

The thing with Blonde Redhead is that they have been around for 21 years, since 1993. That is long before the Internet became mainstream and even longer before anybody could think of how technology would change music and the rest of the world. Much of the the audience (Elke and[…]