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  • shellac @ w-z, wrocław, poland

    6 May 2008, 21:29

    for a couple of years i hadn't even dreamed about hearing/seeing Shellac live. then i've missed a couple of chances in other european countries. when someone told that they actually come to poland i thought it was an obvious joke but then booked tickets for me and my friends and started waiting.

    we were a bit surprised when the club they were to play in turned out to be rather disco- than rock-style but this proved to be just an unimportant detail. i missed the support and secured my place right in front of the stage, which wasn't very hard even if there were about 350-400 people in a medium-sized room.

    the three men we've been waiting for came to the stage just after Allroh finished (albini in electrical audio-trade-marked overalls), set their gear up. then came back to start shortly past 9 (this time albini as punkrocker with jeans and t-shirt).

    they started with a slow-motion country song which evolved into 'a minute', one of my favourite shellac songs. the sad thing was they didn't bring their original amps with them (weston said it was too costly) but a serial marshall/ampeg combination still did sound good (remember: i've never been to shellac gig before).

    18 songs which followed, came from all of their recordings. 'Rambler Song' the one i was especially waiting for came as fourth with a great dose of tapping. steve's voice was hardly heard but his guitar luckilly was. the crowd cheered mostly 'my black ass' and 'prayer to the god'. i enjoyed mostly 'copper' and 'steady as she goes'. i might try to describe the power of velocity/weight/time but i wouldn't find suitable words in my mother's tongue, let alone in english. the show was closed by 'watch song' (played by steve with one broken string). no encores as bob had announced three songs earlier.

    after they came to the end, there were additional 30 minutes of album and show-poster signing, a thing i've never seen before. you may say it was sloppy to see a band like that besieged by fans but i were among them and weston, trainer and albini showed great patience. anyone who had something to say (or nothing) might then have a chat with the musicians. i hope it was also an effect of the crowd's enthusiasm and to see shellac coming to poland in a couple of years.

    all in all, this was the best music show i've ever seen.

    the (unofficial) setlist: a minute, squirrel song, paco, rambler, my black ass, ghosts, copper, steady as she goes, canada, killers, dog and pony show, wingwalker, the end of radio, prayer to god, crow, spoke, watch song + a cover/a new one i don't know + a couple of polish jokes.

    Sun 4 May – Shellac, allroh
  • ghetto defendant

    30 Dic 2007, 22:25

    of many different acts representing different genres i listen to every day there's not many who write lyrics i really pay attention to. maybe it's lack of concentration - it's hard to chew every line with headphones in your ears while on bus, reading a newspaper and so on. but i think it's also the writing habits.

    for some of them the music is by far more important part, lyrics are needed just to fill in gaps. some totally neglect it, some simply don't sing which might be a better solution.

    and there's one band that makes difference. every song of The Clash makes me concentrate on every verse, think about problems of the people strummer sings about, even imagine how they looked like and what say.

    and i think the clash started the song-making-process from the other end. first came an idea of what the song will be about, then text, and then - melody. and it didn't stop their hits making shake your boots while messages sent via choruses and verses are as deep as the mariana trench. this applies to every single song from London Calling and Combat Rock. for me espacially to Ghetto Defendant even if the text is not written by the clash.

  • well-planned perfection

    18 Nov 2007, 21:00

    the latest interpol concert in berlin could have left some fans disappointed - if they expected some spontaneity on the scene. for all the others columbiahalle on november 17 was the right place and time to enjoy a great show of the band in a good form.

    i think they played long enough to satisfy most of the audience. the setlist included all the 'hits', didn't favor nor neglect any of the three albums. paul bank's voice sounded exceptionally well, dan kessler's guitar provided vital path for the compositions, sam fogarino's drums - the time while carlos dengler put highlits on it. all together - a group of people who understand themselves well and know what they want to achieve by playing live.

    and damn, it sounded so well thanks to the band's skills and also good work of the sound technicians. the lights also created the atmosphere and create a background for the music. everything was logically planned so it was not big deal to guess what would they play next or as encore.

    this might be only drawback of the concert. and also a feature of interpol which doesn't serve them well. 'our love to admire' is more than a decent album but have they made some headway since 2002? have their musical pattern changed compared to 'turn on the bright lights'? if your answer is 'no' all you can do is hope that their fourth record will be some breakthrough.

    all in all, i enjoyed the columbiahalle gig very much, especially that i've never seen them live before. 'c'mere', 'say hello to angels' and 'obstacle 1' impressed me most. i should say that they are professionalists and perfectionists - and that would be true. no doubt interpol is great band. but on the scene they seem to miss a little something.

    ps: blonde redhead should've got much more time to play, at least one hour. in the moment when their performace started to grow, they had to get out of the scene, which pissed me off.

    Sat 17 Nov – Interpol, Blonde Redhead
  • last.fm pop-ulation

    8 Nov 2007, 20:35

    it's been almost two years with last.fm and i really got into it, honestly. sometimes check some sub-sites even if i know there's nothing interesting there.

    i'm really interested in what the other, totally anonymous people have to say about the music i know. so i go through this (near perfect, i would say as an it-specialist)community portal and read.

    an interesting thing is how my homecountry poland is highly representend among last.fm users. i went through statistics of some of the biggest countries in- and outside europe and it looks the poor central-eastern-northern european land is home for many young music-and-internet junkies.

    USA - 392 thou' users / 301,4 mil. inhabitants (wiki)
    Germany - 130 / 82,4
    UK - 125 / 60,6
    Brazil - 84 / 188
    Poland - 73 / 38,5
    Canada - 55 / 33,1
    Sweden - 48 / 9,0
    Finland - 42 / 5,2
    Russia - 37 / 142,3
    Holland - 35 / 16,5
    Australia - 33 / 20,3
    France - 33 / 62,7
    Spain - 32 / 40,4
    Japan - 31 / 127,5
    Italy - 29 / 58,1
    Norway - 19 / 4,6
    Mexico - 14 / 107,4
    Czech Republic - 12 / 10,2
    China - 10 / 1313,9
    Hungary - 5 / 9,9
    Indonesia - 2 / 245,5
    India - 3 / 1095,4
    Nigeria - 0,151 / 131,8

    Radiohead leads in almost every single country in the world, such a pop-band :)
  • trying to find a way to get out!

    13 Jul 2007, 21:53

    laying down and trying to relax after another long week at work, i started searching my music player to listen to something interesting. i found Joy Division's live at factory concert and discovered the recording comes from july 13th 1979 - exactly 28 years ago. then i played all the songs...

    maybe it was the poor quality of the recording but i almost saw the crowd and those skinny boys on the stage, and this singer looking like he's scared of everything and hates everything at the same time. and even though they all use some mediocre gear and the drummer loses his pace a couple of times, this is one of the most powerful live performances i've ever listened to. especially curtis' screaming in the Interzone leaves a very strong impression.

    i've already spoken with many of my friends about seeing joy division live would be an unforgetable thing. but at the same time we knew it will never happen so the dream is just a bit sweeter. it might have happen if curtis would spare his poor life and maybe even become mainstream. the funny thing is that David Bowie inspired him to start making music. and he's still here despite all he'd went through.
  • on my way to god don't know

    20 Jun 2007, 9:21

    i think that many people during last three years have started to explore Modest Mouse's records - backwards. the two recent records made them kinda popular - at least among people who really search for good music. i hope that it won't lead to their earlier songs to be neglected.

    for they deserve a good deal of attention, maybe even more than 'float on' or 'bukowski'. that's where the band's music roots are.

    the old truth that usually the first album is the best doesn't prove right this time. for me, especially from a lyrical point of view, 'The Lonesome Crowded West' is the most interesting with 'Heart Cooks Brain' being the best song they've ever written and recorded.

    the days go very slow, and there's no 'god know what' point on the horizon. it's hard to stick to a chosen path and stay calm as each time you manage to push some worthless thoughts through your mouth, something new comes through your ears. the others also do. it's impossible because brain, the most delicate and complicated structure in the world we call home, steadily gets cooked by heart - a simple pump made of muscles.

    for many people living in the lonesome crowded west it's a huge dilemma. others don't waste their time thinking and therefore are much Fitter, Happier and more productive.

    there's no official video to this song, but on youtube someone posted one that ideally corresponds with it. it's a small part of 7,5 hours long film 'satantango' by bela tarr. the way the camera moves is amazing.

  • an early incunabulum

    25 Ene 2007, 15:58

    i've been quite heavy Autechre listener for last two years or so. i have my favourite tracks from almost every album. but this week i've come to conclusion, that their cd catalogue is another example of the golden (platinum?) rule, that first album is always the most creative ergo the best.

    i love a couple of compositions from their further pieces including arch carrier, c/pach, rsdio, rpeg... but none of them has such high and equal level as Incunabula. samples match each other perfectly and create unique atmosphere - cold, easy, impersonal, but also vivid. rythms well balanced and even though it's no doubt 'idm', go deep in my brain.

    and Eggshell is simply a masterpiece...
  • turn on the bright lights

    14 Nov 2006, 17:29

    the weather doesn't get any better. it already caused quite a cold and fever to me but i'm feeling a bit better now.

    the problem is i still need to cheer up and it is clearly recognizable after what i'm currently listening to. Turn on the Bright Lights is surely one of the best guitar albums i've aver listened to. it wa released already 4 years ago but does not seem any older to me. i think it was a kind of vision many musicians get only once in a lifetime - clear and principled. the only problem is to learn the music and lyrics by heart, book a studio and start recording. and this might be also the problem for Interpol as they remain slaves to the details brought by this great music even if they have some new ideas.

    now my problem is that this record touches me mostly when i'm feeling sad and alone. when i'm feeling satisfaction of beeing alive and proud of everything i do, i tend to think about melancholia as a completely unnecessary thing that makes you unproductive and concentrate on your poor self. but when the moon changes... the moody me turns into a perfect Joy Division fan. it's Human Behaviour...

    the funny and shameful thing is that next day usually brings a total change of mood and that's the time i put interpol off. Basement Jaxx are much better soundtrack for a self-conscious and able graduate. and by the way, Smoke Bubbles is by now my number one from their nearly-perfect new album.
  • die blechtrommel

    18 Sep 2006, 20:25

    it's surely dark. maybe even darker than Musick to Play in the Dark. as a part of the album 'blutopfer' the main theme is drums. they sound like these from a parteitag in the late 30's? maybe. but it was recorded in spain and then electro-processed by the only member of the apoptose. a really impressive piece of minimalist sound. dark, full of rythm and worrying.

    Blutopfer
  • walking with a ghost

    25 Jul 2006, 9:38

    another track which once confined, barricades in your mind and chain-plays all day long. no cure i think. and it of course spreads like germs. 4 days ago i heard it for the first time and since then have already passed to another 5 people. they all sing it now.

    still, to make some interesting music nothing more than interesting voice, a guitar and brains full of ideas are needed.

    Walking With a Ghost