• My Top 10 - 2010

    12 déc. 2010, 22h15m par smilin_star

    01. Wallis Bird
    02. Mark Gillespie
    03. 3 Doors Down
    04. Clueso
    05. Eastmountainsouth
    06. Terra Naomi
    07. Dispatch
    08. Florence + the Machine
    09. Archive
    10. Katie Melua
  • Cool, Not Cool

    17 mars 2009, 20h20m par pfloriana

    Mon 16 Mar – Scott Henderson
    Cool: having the chance to see such great artists in such small venues, always gives me shivers.
    I got to know and love Scott Henderson from one beautiful heartbreaking track called Tore Down House, and though what he did yesterday night was something completely different, still I could sense the same kind of feeling I got from that song.
    Of course, he's a freaking good guitarist, I can't even get to appreciate properly his incredible technique, I'm just not musically prepared enough to do it.

    Not Cool: the way he refused to exchange guitar picks with a fan after the gig. It's probably a silly thing to ask, that of exchanging picks, still I can somehow relate with the guy's request...after all, music speaks to us, and sometimes it may hit on us so deeply and truly that we just can't help seeking some kind of connection with the person who wrote that music.
    I hate to be judgemental, and I don't want to be, just because to do so would be like ingnoring the fact that a musician is a person with his/her own personality and his/her own private life.
    Still I think that when you lose the ability to understand a fan's need of introducing himself, shake your hand, take a picture, you probably lost one big part of what makes music something so special.
  • My 2009 jam is Newton Faulkner

    2 jan. 2009, 13h52m par pfloriana

    Here is my recent discovery, Newton Faulkner.

    This is a Massive Attack cover, Teardrop, I have always loved the song, not being a Massive Attack fan myself; I find his version very nice, I think it's amazing just how he makes it all by himself, and I don't see any trace of effort in his performance, I mean, he's a natural.
    The whole album Hand Built By Robots is cool, a bunch of catchy songs, simple and yet original, more than fairly played on guitar, great powerful rock vocals.
    I would love to see him live, they say he's a great performer, and a huge man!
  • I wouldn't go to Rome to see me!

    26 nov. 2008, 15h13m par pfloriana

    No need to say, it was an amazing concert; I loved every single new song and it was so nice to hear everybody in the audience singing to the "old" ones; I was afraid she was gonna speak a lot of german during the show, but fortunately she didn't and she was as nice and funny as ever in between the songs.
    Listening to older live tracks and videos on youtube I realized how much she has improved both on vocals and guitar, not that she was bad before, but what I saw in Karlsruhe was just pure class and quality; the whole band is just amazing, Christian Vinne gotta be my favorite, but I have a bias on that. Anyway it was even better than I expected.
    Once again she called me by my name when I went to say hello after the gig (unbelievable, I just met her twice) but she definitely hadn't realized I came all the way from Rome just to be there, maybe because my name has some german when I told her she went "fuck off! I wouldn't go to Rome to see me!" and gave me a big hug and offered me beer, so I told her she should instead go to Rome to see ME, and hopefully play a gig here someday. We'll wait and see, or I gotta be travelling again in a few months.
    Last but definitely not least, it was so nice to finally meet some of the group members in the audience, and some other people I had met through myspace and stuff like that.
    Here is a video I made, hope you enjoy it.

    Oh and the supporting act, The Life Between, was nice too.
    Sat 22 Nov – Wallis Bird, The Life Between
    Wallis Bird
  • Collecting Steve McQueen songs

    11 nov. 2008, 18h53m par thafranz

    Well, I don't know what makes the guy such a big reference point, but ain't it odd, that there are some many songs with "Steve McQueen" in the title? And that most I know are pretty good?

    I really love

    Doctors & Dealers - steve mcqueen (my label would be twee folk)

    Lambchop - Steve McQueen (well, Lambchop style obviously)


    Julian Velard - Jimmy Dean & Steve McQueen is fairly good as well (hmmm, crooner songwriter?)

    Sheryl Crow - Steve McQueen (TOP 40 pop) is not a big deal but I don't mind listening to it. And somewhere deep down i think, Quicksilver Messenger Service had a song by that name as well, gotta check that later.

    If you got any idea why there is so much referencing or know other songs, just let me know (yeah i know, i could just search, but it's more fun that way!)
  • Wallis Bird

    5 août 2008, 22h02m par pfloriana

    I finally got to see Wallis Bird playing at the Innocent Village Fete in London last Saturday, it was a short and yet intense gig, it was just her and her guitar and she played Counting To Sleep, Moodsets, Country Bumpkin, The Circle, You Are Mine and Blossoms In The Street; she was amazing on stage, funny, original, and just so true; she was also incredibly nice after the gig...
    I just believe she deserves great achievements, and I am so going to see her playing again, as soon as I can and hopefully with the whole band.
  • Wallis Bird - Schorndorf/Manufaktur

    13 mai 2008, 23h21m par starrise

    Fr., 9. Mai. – Wallis Bird

    You can read everything here...

    Feeling the moment

  • Answer with songtitles

    9 avr. 2008, 20h29m par starrise

    Rule: Choose an artist, and answer with songtitles from the band/musician...

    artist: Wallis Bird

    female or male: Fat Chick
    describe yourself: Blossoms In The Street
    what do others think about you: Beep Beep
    how do you think about yourself: Bring Me Wine
    describe your ex: Moodsets
    describe your boy/girlfriend: You Are Mine
    where would you like to be at the moment: Oklahoma
    who would you like to be: The Circle
    describe your lifestyle: Just Keep Going
    describe how you love: All For You
    last words: Slow Down
  • I fell in love with the beast...

    12 mars 2008, 10h23m par starrise

    [video artist=Angus & Julia Stone]The Beast[/video]

    Here you can check Angus & Julia Stone out. They're from Australia and make some great music. My favourite so far is Silver Coin from the upcoming album A Book Like This.
    Their new single will be Wasted

    Hope you like it :)
  • Dieter's Mixtape

    26 fév. 2008, 19h15m par pfloriana

    In relation to this.
    Some notes about the songs I chose:

    SIDE A

    1. Better Than: I just love this song, it cheers me up when I am down and indulges me when I am happy;
    2. Steal My Kisses: lighthearted lovesong, incredible bass line, and more, it is the first Ben Harper song I ever listened to.
    3. Let's Get It On: not much to say, beautiful song, sometimes I imagine life itself being as straightforward and intriguing at the same time as this song is.
    4. Sledgehammer: all you do is call me, I'll be anything you need; perfection.
    5. Straight To My Heart: definitely my favourite Sting song; every time I listen to it I hear something new, maybe a little thing in between the notes, and I never get tired of it.
    6. You Can Call Me Al: I love the way Paul Simon sings his loaded verses, I feel reassured by the chorus and those keyboards don't bore me at all!
    7. Something Beautiful: sometimes a pop hitsong like this can make it to the heart of my ears, or the ears of my heart :-) and this is one of those I love to listen to when I come across it.
    8. Swimming In Your Ocean: funny, aerial and romantic.
    9. Too Young: I love Phoenix, this song is dancing alone and waving arms while dressing up or doing something else at my place.
    10. Santeria: I think Dieter mentioned this song in his journal about MY mixtape, so here it is.
    11. I'm Not Down: I love The Clash's funky songs...I've been beat up, I've been thrown out, but I'm not down!

    SIDE B:

    1. Amazing: one of the most enduring relatioship between me and a song.
    2. Bold As Love: I think no one covers Jimi Hendrix as John Mayer does, I fell in love with the song by his version.
    3. Missed the Boat: melancholy and humour.
    4. Lay Down Sally: at first I thought this song was funny, maybe even a bit ridiculous, but then I found myself listening to it over and over and I started loving it.
    5. Tiny Dancer: I didn't know this was Elton John when I first heard this song on the movie Almost Famous, I just love the scene on the bus when everybody starts to sing, and I easily fell in love with the song too.
    6. Old Man: 24 and there's so much more, live alone in a paradise that makes me think of 2...
    7. Good Love Is on the Way: heartening song, incredibly good album.
    8. Pride & Joy: this is one of the few songs that I play with my band and am not tired of listening; probably my favourite song.
    9. Tore Down House: vocals by Thelma Houston; this song is wow.
    10. Pantala Naga Pampa: at times of cassettes, I searched for short tracks to fill up space on the tape, and this was a classic; anyway it is also coherent with the rest of the tracklist.