• The Magical Review Tour, Part 2 : Carmaig de Forest - El Camino Real

    5. Mai. 2008, 19:02 von Bastard1

    Yup, it's more than half a year since last time, but due to boredom the Magical Review Tour is back on track! If you didn't catch us (me...) the last time, you can check out the first part of the 'Tour [URL=here!

    This time around, the subject matter is the third studio album by the California-bred singer-songwriter and ukulele-guitar-harmonica-violin-and-thousands-of-other-instruments czar of the U, S & A, Carmaig de Forest. If you've never heard of Carmaig before, it's not a big surprise. He's relatively unknown, with only 56 listeners on last.fm as of press time. However, don't forget that ancient saying - listeners are useless. Errr..?

    Anyhoo. Carmaig de Forest became known to me through another genius of singing and songwriting, the Quentin Tarantino of , Geoff Berner. Geoff is a bit better off with listeners. Anyway, at a lot of his live shows, Mr. Berner covers songs written by Mr. de Forest. Seeing as how Geoff Berner kicks ass, I assumed Mr. de Forest would as well. And boy hey howdy was I right.
  • Review! Geoff Berner - Live in Oslo

    12. Feb. 2007, 14:23 von Bastard1

    Heh, you won't believe how long I've been looking for this. I was overjoyed when I heard from Geoff Berner himself, at a concert, that he was going to "do something" about this requested and sadly, rare live album. Now, I found it on Zunior.com, and I thank you. Have a kudos cookie.

    Anyway, if you don't know who Geoff Berner is, you're missing out on the world's cleverest, funniest and generally a nice goddamn jew (his own words...) on accordion. The guy also has a voice that stands out, and somehow compliments his bizarre lyrics. He is here accompanied by Diona Davies, violinist from Po' Girl and Wayne Adams, drummer from Zolty Cracker. I personally discovered Berner while he was working as the warm-up for the rock kings of Norway, Kaizers Orchestra, and has grown to love his music.

    "Live in Oslo" (recorded in Cafe Mir, Oslo) , technically, is not a wonder. It was recorded by minidisc, but nobody cares. The dodgy audio quality also compliments Geoff's squeaky voice…
  • Geoff Berner - Live at the Sound of MU, Oslo, 06.11.06

    7. Nov. 2006, 20:21 von Bastard1

    Well. Having discovered the genius of Mr. Geoff Berner, legendary Great Accordionist, with the help of Kaizers Orchestra, I started listening, and couldn't stop. Then I heard that he was gonna play in Oslo. Had to go.

    Sound of MU, is easily one of the smallest places to play any kind of music in Norway. I was a bit nervous, with there being an age limit at the place and suches. But I got in. After waiting for some time (had to go there early to catch a good seat) Mr. Berner arrived. I had to go talk to him. He's really a very nice guy, and I bought his 'instruction booklet' and a CD. Even though I had the songs already, c'mon, the guy deserves all the money he can get. Then he started, with a very good setlist that goes as follows. Some new songs, some old, and a special one that I asked him to play.

    1. Good Luck Now
    2. Weep, Bride, Weep
    3. Iron Grey
    4. Widow Bride
    5. I Don't Know What She's Thinking (Carmaig de Forest)
    6. Song Written in a Romanian Hospital