Category Archives: Various Stuff

Look Here!

I’m back from holiday and from the first underwater encounter with these guys here:

It was a short, but nonetheless impressive moment when five of these dolphins swam right between my dad and me, and it definitely was the highlight our dives. You sometimes just have to be on the right side at the right time!

Speaking of The Right Side: just how cool is that new song by 80’s heroes OMD?

Morten already wrote about the album and sums it up pretty well… nothing especially new, but a pleasant and entertaining trip back in time.

In other news: Welsh singer/songwriter Yestyn Griffiths aka Glass Pear is currently working on his next album and already offers a pretty damn good first song for free. Get Touch The Stars below. The album will be produced by Tom Welham from Thirteen Senses, who themselves are putting the finishing touches to their next album Crystal Sounds right now. It will be released somewhen by the end of the year, but you can already listen to it on their homepage.

Glass Pear – Touch The Stars (MP3)

Bits And Pieces

Another 10 days since the last post, and another little boost for the blog… and with another holiday coming up this Friday, things won’t change for the next two weeks (but at least I have a different excuse now! 🙂 ). So here goes:

Happy Birthday, CIC!

Here’s a pretty special song by singer/songwriter Fielded: Another Day (MP3)

Don’t really know if I should like or loathe new hype-combo Hurts. Some of the songs on the album are just really cheesy (Stay, Blood, Tears & Gold) while others are damn good (Better Than Love, Wonderful Life). Think I’ll just enjoy the better ones and skip the cheese.

Are You In The Mood For Love? is the title of Danish singer/songwriter Jacob Faurholt‘s latest album, released just a couple of days ago. Sounds like a perfect soundtrack for those gloomy and foggy autumn days.

Jacob Faurholt – A Fish In A Bowl (MP3)

Jacob Faurholt – You Sing No Louder Than A Little Bird (MP3)

This ‘N That

It’s bright and shiny outside, but Viola nonetheless sing about Puppies In The Rain (MP3).

A Swedish double: Degrees tell us about Punchdrunk Sweethearts (MP3) in their latest free offering, while Stars In Coma wants us to stay In Your Prison (MP3).

One of my favourite songs at the moment comes from Wild Nothing. Get Golden Haze here.

Over two years ago (see here), I’ve written about Swedish band Garmisch on this blog. Their song Glimmer is still popping up in my playlist regularly, and now, after various EPs, Garmisch have finally released their self-titled debut album. It has been put out under Creative Commons License which means that you can get the whole album for free. Nice one! Check BlocSonic for various formats including booklets and covers.

Garmisch – Glimmer (MP3)

Hey There!

You can’t imagine how many times I intended to write a new post during the last few weeks, but always ended up with nothing… the mixture of work, writer’s block and constant heat really doesn’t go well together. But then I’ve had these lean periods before, so I guess I will be back posting more again soon. No worries! 🙂

My mailbox has been growing constantly, and I have to apologise to so many artists that have written to me and like to be featured here. I’m not a fan of just throwing around MP3s without any more information about the artist, but it looks like I’ll have to go that way for the coming weeks as it doesn’t look like I’ll have more time on my hands soon. Well, I’ll just see what comes around… after all, this is Music Of The Moment.

So to pick things up, here are a couple of songs from Welsh singer/songwriter Yestin Griffiths aka Glass Pear, taken from his latest 8-song-EP Sweet America. Read more about the artist on my previous post, and if you’re interested, you can buy or download the EP at CDBaby.

http://www.myspace.com/glasspear

Glass Pear – Loveable (MP3)

Glass Pear – Say It Once (MP3)

Glass Pear – Sweet America (MP3)

Reloaded, Redeemed, Returned

So I finally reloaded all my old posts from the Blogger-account (here‘s the whole story if you’ve not yet heard about it) to WordPress. All the links are still there, but I guess quite a few won’t work anymore. And I will also start to remove all “dubious” links over the next few weeks (probably months), to prevent any legal actions. I have to admit that I really got comfortable with WordPress, and hearing about Blogger still deleting blogs out of the blue only confirms my decision to switch.

Viola have redeemed themselves after the rather terrible freebie Chaos Shall Reign! from last month (click here if you’re brave enough!). Leave It All Again, this month’s freebie, combines Kate Bush, Faith No More‘s Evidence, Phil Collins, Jan Hammer, 2. Maanantai and contemporary R n’ B, so they say. It’s definitely much much better than last month’s chaos!

Viola – Leave It All Again (MP3)

Last but not least Swedish indie-pop-combo The Concretes have returned with a new song called Good Evening. Apparently, a new album is in the making, and if Good Evening is anything to go by, it could be a great one. Download the 6:27-monster from Bandcamp.

There And Back Again…

so yes, I did make it back from Copenhagen Popfest. But what a weekend that was! Switching to the train instead of the plane for getting to Copenhagen was the easiest thing, as we soon learned. Although the train itself was pack-jammed from Hamburg to Copenhagen (we spent the 6 hours either sitting in the children’s compartment or on the floor…), we arrived with only one hour delay. But then the whole volcano misery started to unfold, and it became pretty clear that we wouldn’t fly back home on Sunday. There was no chance on getting a train ticket at Copenhagen train station which was flooded with stranded people. So it was only Sunday morning when we coincidentally heard of a minibus driving down to Frankfurt at midday, and we quickly grabbed the last two available seats. After a 12-hour-ride, we arrived in Frankfurt after midnight where we spent another night. Thankfully, the situation at Frankfurt’s train station had already calmed down, so we easily booked two tickets back to Switzerland, and at around 5pm on Monday, the adventure ride that was Copenhagen Popfest 2010 came to an end… talk about “the journey is the reward”!!!

Of course the whole situation afflicted our Popfest experience, as that thought about the journey home was always lurking somewhere in the back of our minds. And if that wasn’t enough, I also got a sore throat starting Friday which even got worse the following days (and actually has turned into a cold now). And all that was leading to the worst thing: I missed the gig from Northern Portrait, the one I was mostly looking forward to! But late that Saturday night, I just wasn’t able to pull through anymore, as my throat took a turn for the worse and started to hurt. It was probably the hardest decision of the weekend, and reading Morten‘s blog-entry doesn’t give me any comfort either. I was able to speak a few words with Stefan from NP, and I was really looking forward to see how this humble and down-to-earth guy would turn into a pop-star on stage. I just hope that I’ll get another chance of seeing him and his band live one day…

Due to our early departure, we also missed Sunday’s line-up, but what we saw on Friday and Saturday was more than adequate compensation for our troubles. No More Heroes and The Electric Pop Group both gave brilliant performances, Stars In Coma were more than just a stopgap, Death Valley Sleepers wowed the crowd, and Ampel gave a solid performance. The festival was perfectly organized, with practically no dead times between the gigs, an interesting line-up and no signs of resignation even if a handful of bands and expected audience didn’t show up due to the flight cancellations. So a very big thumbs-up to all the people behind Copenhagen Popfest 2010, first edition!

Of course I have to thank Morten for organizing the whole thing for us, and for keeping up with us two sick Swiss guys. I wish I could have been more participant in the events, but you know how it was. But I’m confident that there will be other occasions where we really can enjoy some time together with the whole gang!

And that sums up what must have been one of the strangest and weirdest weekends in my life… and definitely one I won’t forget! Here are some pics from the VolcanoFest 2010:

PF-Lineup

Of Volcanoes, Planes And Pop Festivals…

What a day! The plan was to board a plane tomorrow morning, a nice and easy 1 1/2 hour flight to Copenhagen, but then… Iceland’s nature decided to mess up air traffic in Northern Europe for a bit! So after some hours of phone calls, rearrangements and quick decisions, I will now board a train in about 3 hours and will then spend the next 17 hours travelling through Germany to reach Copenhagen tomorrow afternoon. The flight back to Switzerland on Sunday evening is still on time, but who knows… maybe I will spend Sunday night and most of Monday in a train as well. And what for, you might ask? Well, first of all I was looking forward to meet blog-buddy Morten for a long time now, and then there’s this Popfest, which was the whole idea behind the trip in the first place.

I’m still looking forward to this weekend with friends, good music and hopefully a few beers as well, although I might be a little bit on the weary side tomorrow. But then, we all know the old saying: the journey is the reward!

Stay tuned for my coverage next week… if I get back home, that is!!! 🙂