Music Monday #5: Love Parade Tragedy

On Music Monday this week:
1. Introduction
2. Favorite Listings
3. Top 5 Most Played Songs on Music Player
4. Drop me a line.

Usually I’m not too fond of too much techno/dance music at once (although with some exceptions) – but I think the events in Duisberg over the weekend deserve some attention. Yet again, I’m postponing the already promised post on classical and hiphop/R’n’B – and also a spark of inspiration from Friday to do a Josh Groban theme. So sorry if you’re disappointed, but this is how it is!

DR Nyheder: Aldrig mere Love Parade
DR Nyheder: Dødstallet i Duisburg er steget til 20

BBC News: Stampede at German Love Parade kills 19
BBC News: Germany’s Love Parade discontinued out of respect

CNN: 18 killed amid panic at Germany’s ‘Love Parade’
CNN: Number of dead, injured at German music festival rises
CNN: After deaths, German music fest won’t continue
CNN: Merkel orders ‘intensive’ investigation into festival stampede

19 20 dead. At least 342 injured. One festival less in the future.

My thoughts go out to everybody affected by this.

Go here to sign the book of condolences.

As I said (or at least tried to express earlier), I’m not too good at techno/dance. But here are a few of my fave dancables with an inhumanly steady groove:

Five For Comemorating
Tiësto: “In My Memory” (watch/listen @ YouTube)
— “Face me, sitting in my memory/Hold me, I remember […] I feel uneasy, under this thing/Thoughts away/The heavenly” – I’ll let the lyrics speak for themselves. Tiësto performed during the Love Parade.

Röyksopp: “What Else Is There? (Trentemøller Remix)” (watch/listen @ YouTube)
— I’ll let the lyrics speak for themselves.
I remember this one from the start of my studying for my higher preporatory exam (HF/secondary school/high school); we were planning on making an acoustic version of it in the extracurricular music class, but never made it that far.

Fatboy Slim: “Right Here, Right Now” (watch/listen @ YouTube)
— as in: There is nothing like the present when standing in an overcrowded crowd.
I still remember Fatboy Slim from my days of next to constant MTV, and later on the Roskilde Festival. A handful of tracks of the Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars album was considered for this entry – among them “Drop the Hate” (… Aw, heck: watch/listen @ YouTube. Drop the hate, forgive each other!).

Basshunter & DJ Mental Theo’s Bazzheadz: “Now You’re Gone” (watch/listen @ YouTube)
— …
Found by neat cooperation between vague memory and checking up on Sash!, having forgotten Basshunter’s name completely, but remembering “Boten Anna”. I was certain that I had known another version of “Boten Anna”, a version I thought I had heard before “Boten”, but… *sigh*… Admittedly, I must have heard the commercial for Crazy Frog before any other version – “Now You’re Gone” came after, as far as I’m informed by now.

Sash!: “Adelante” (watch/listen @ YouTube)
— “Porque la vida es corta.”
Again, doin’ some diggin’ from my MTV-days of the late 1990s.

The Top 5 most played on my portable music player is as of right now:
1. “Slow Me Down” (Emmy Rossum)
2. “Teardrop (LP Version)” (Massive Attack)
3. “Come Around” (Timbaland feat. Mia)
4. “Stay” (Emmy Rossum)
5. “Give It To Me” (Timbaland feat. Nelly Furtado & Justin Timberlake)

Got any reactions? Suggestions? Requests? Comment/reply away!

Music Monday #4: Catching Up

On Music Monday this week:
1. Introduction
2. Favorite Listings
3. Etta Cameron homage
4. Top 5 Most Played Songs on Music Player
5. Drop me a line.

Finally, I took the time to catch up on things.

First of all, I promised to do a Brocktour-themed Music Monday. The idea was really to round up the bands I remember from the Rock Services in Brorson’s Church – and given that it has been a couple of months since then, and the latest passed Friday was the last Rock Service of the season, not only is there a bigger number of bands to pick of – it’s a perfect occassion to pick up on it.

Second of all, I thought I’d do a little homage to Etta Cameron, who passed away in March.

Starting out with the Brocktour (Brorson’s Rocktour) theme, I picked from what I remember from the Rock Services and Tours throughout my two years in Brorson’s Church:

Five Brock-bands never escaping my memory
LIPS (www.myspace.com/thelipsdk)
This is one of the two first bands I remember experiencing at a Rock Service. Actually, it’s the first one I remember clearly – perhaps mainly because the activity coordinator at the time, Loa, who was also on my first Brocktour (which was last year), is the singer of the band. The present activity coordinator, Ulrich, who was on my second tour (which was this year), is on the keys in the band.
They have a sort of dance/disco-quality to their music – and in spite of not being too crazy about too much reminding me of the 1980’s music-wise (with very few exceptions – I think I’ve been environmentally damaged in both directions), I actually like it!

Niepoort (www.myspace.com/niepoort)
Niepoort was the band who joined us for the Brocktour in 2009. It’s the first time I remember experiencing the accesability of a band like I did, although I often sensed it at other Rock Services with other bands. You just seem to get a better sense of people if you spend more time with them, I suppose.
As for their music, I remember them using a tiny megaphone to sing through at one of the songs, which gave a pretty nifty effect. Besides that, I find that the lead singer (Gustav Niepoort – another Dane with a Dutch last name!, I love! ;D) has a voice I’m not really sure how to describe, although I love it. Take a listen – can anyone help me coin a description?

Black Rose Trick (www.myspace.com/blackrosetrick)
Black Rose trick was with us at our latest Brocktour – and how great it was to experience! I’ll never forget blogging, tweeting, sorting photos, or napping to the sound of Guitar Hero in the salon in the back of the bus.
Listening to their recordings, they sound more ambient than they do live; albeit still having an ambient-like sound even then. Also, they do have some good hooks in their songs – which we were more than likely to be singing along to every night.

A Road to Damascus (www.myspace.com/aroadtodamascus)
In the end of March this year, our activity coordinator was down with a concussion. Our usual Reverend was off duty for some reason. And the band which was supposed to play had cancelled. But we were in luck – we had a previous temp taking the place of the activity coordinator, Reverend Asser Skude (who is known for his work for homeless people and running for Bishop of Copenhagen back in 2009) to take Per the Reverend’s place, and a voluntary who had a connection to A Road to Damascus, who were able to bring their energy to the Church.
And what energy! During a Rock Service, the band is situated in front of the altar, which is on a raised platform with two steps down to the floor of the rest of the Church. Not only did they perform from the platform, but also jumped down in front of it. I don’t think I’ve ever experienced so much energy from a band performing at any service in Brorson’s before!

Turnip Greens (www.myspace.com/turnipgreens)
I was really impressed with their sound – being really south state/R&B/country/blues-y; I never heard that in Brorson’s before, making Turnip Greens standing out in my memory for a long time to come.

Five songs never escaping my memory
White Pony: “Falling” (Watch @ YouTube)
I remember this song from the 2009 Brocktour. One of the volunteers couldn’t get it out of her head – especially the “There’s only one right side, and that’s the downside…” part – and she had to bless us by playing it out loud…
Black Rose Trick: “Black Water” (Listen @ MySpace)
This is one of the songs I was talking about in the space above – although some of us would by the end of the tour end up telling them to get the damn bird out of the water and get on with it.
The song is still on their page at the time this entry is published.
Black Rose Trick: “By the River” (Listen @ MySpace)
This one, though, I believe was the absolute favorite of the giv-et-år medarbejder (give a year employee) and I – singing along to the gorgeous “oo-ooh, a-ah-a-ah-ah, oo-ooh, aa-ah…”-hook. I still get into the spirit of the Brocktour when listening to it.
The song is still on their page at the time this entry is published.
Black Rose Trick: “On My Knees” (Listen @ MySpace)
Not only one, but two catchy “ooh”-based hooks was on the live version of this, as the lead singer had taken over the melody in the end of the song. But what caught me was the subject of being on one knees in front of a “Majesty” – which was the only word I caught of the song to start with, thinking of the higher powers as Majesties. And it still pops into my head for no reason whatsoever every now and then.
The song is still on their page at the time this entry is published.
A Road to Damascus: “Sweetheart” (Listen @ MySpace)
I have to admit that I was trying to find the song by Niepoort where Gustav was singing through the tiny megaphone – but couldn’t find it (so much for the song not escaping…). And again – ARtD to the rescue! This is not because they’re second to anyone – they are second to noone – they’re just that good (proven by the fact that I remember their energy and performance over the circumstances of the service they played at).
What strikes me about the song is that its vibe is opposite the vibe I got from the performance at the Rock Service – and yet it’s the one of the three on their MySpace page that illustrates their performing enery during the service.
The song is still on their page at the time this entry is published.

Etta Cameron Homage
Etta Cameron hat a decent part of gospel history in Denmark – even collaborating with one of the first idols of mine, Stig Rossen. Although I think I prefer gospel with her kind of voice, she did have a decent talent for jazz as well – proven in this video I found on YouTube.

There is a translation of what she says below the video.

“The music has been like medicine to me. I was so young when my mother died, and that was not that long after my father. And when I was very, very, very sad or scared, because I was alone, I just sang. No matter if it was jazz or it was gospel or blues or whatever. It’s something that I have always appreciated, and I always will. But it has meant medicine to me. Really. It was big, has always been big to me, the music.” – Etta Cameron.

Taped on Copenhagen Jazzhouse, aired on TV2 Charlie.

The Top 5 most played on my portable music player is as of right now:
1. “Slow Me Down” (Emmy Rossum)
2. “Teardrop (LP Version)” (Massive Attack)
3. “Come Around” (Timbaland feat. Mia)
4. “Walk This Way” (Aerosmith & Run DMC)
5. “Stay” (Emmy Rossum)

Got any reactions? Suggestions? Requests? Comment/reply away.

Dusting off the blog

As you can see, a little bit has happened here and there.

I’ve changed the theme (=Wordpress-lingo for look or skin) of the blog a couple of times, and now I have found something I think will last for a long time to come: a theme both pretty and random enough for what I intend with the blog (…the wonder that is an organized mess).

Besides that, I’ve been organizing the links of my Follow Fridays, so in addition to the usual Blogroll (which also includes a couple of blogs I need to introduce to you in a following Follow Friday or two), I added a Twitterroll (with all the people I believe you should be keeping an eye on on Twitter) and a Podroll (with all the podcasts I believe you should know so far – of which one link, De Sorte Spejdere, leads to a 404/Not Found, but I would find it odd NOT to have it there. It can be found through iTunes, though – plus one that I will have to introduce later).

Something else I need to do is to make a menu (OH YES! The new theme is custom-menu compatible! Yay!) – something with the links/categories I find to be important and odd enough NOT to be left in one of the boxes in the sidebar. So far there’s only “Home” (directing you to the blog) and “About…” (leading you to the page about me). It’s gonna be good!

Besides that, I need to

  • fix a better way of making a gallery (flickr sucks, I couldn’t get all of the pics from the Brocktour up), and speaking of which…
  • finish off the last part of the Brocktour (there are a couple of bits and pieces in my mind I want up here).
  • dust off some of the drafts I’ve got lying around here… Somewhere… Where’s the damn hatbox?!

Did I miss anything??…
Ah, well. I’ll think of it if I did. Though I do know that I got a bit of inspiration for a following Follow Friday (besides whatever is on the blogroll)!

Oh – and I might have to mention to you that due to skipping a Monday, the theme I was teasing for recently isn’t up for Music Monday tomorrow, but next week instead.

Music Monday #3: Roskilde Festival (hindsight)

*sigh* Lateness… Sorry.

On Music Monday this week:
1. Introduction
2. Application for blogging during the Roskilde Festival
3. Favorite Listings
4. Top 5 Most Played Songs on Music Player
5. Drop me a line.

As promised, here’s the Roskilde Festival-themed entry!
This is inspired by applying to blog at the festival’s homepage; what they needed to know was one’s taste in music – and I ended up not only listing what dominates my preferences at the moment, but also mentioning my memories of Roskilde as a testimony of a (hopefully) diverse/eclectic taste in music. I’m trying to use that in this post.

Anyway – here’s the application to start with:

Hi, I’m Unna L. Wildt, I’m 26 years old (27 by the time of the festival) and hailing from Nørrebro in Copenhagen. I’ve been more ore less a regular at the festival since 2002 (only missing 2003). Since then, the festival has been a part of my year – just like Easter, Christmas, and New Year’s; it’s inevitable.

As for placing my taste in music, I’m having a bit of a hard time. My taste and preferences have morphed several times up to the present moment. As I write, I’m listening to Yoav, whose album I downladed from iTunes after hearing him in a podcast of De Sorte Spejdere (The Black Scouts – alas, I discovered the quality of that radio program too late to listen to it live, God bless podcasting). I can listen to much – which my memories of Roskilde are testimonies of – but these days it’s mostly centered around R’n’B/neosoul, hiphop/rap, raggae/ragga/dancehall, and vocal. Singing in a gospel choir, gospel music doesn’t quite escape my everyday, either.

The reason why I started blogging is that I love writing, and I love sharing my thoughts, experiences, photos, videos – even recipies – and receiving responses, maybe even discussing. From what I hear, I’m good at it, too. When it comes to photography and video, I’m an avid photograph; on my phone, which has been in my possession since early November last year, I already took close to 1500 pictures.

I’ll let you judge the quality of the entire thing: http://unnawildt.wordpress.dk

Unna.

EDIT (Feb. 25th, 2010): Of course, I meant http://unnawildt.wordpress.com!

Looking back on Roskilde, my picks this week are:

Five acts in clear memory
Coldplay (2005, 2008)
My memory of Coldplay at Roskilde goes back to 2005. I remember their song “Speed of Sound” roaring over the camp areas of Camping East day after day – and it was (and still is) the perfect soundtrack for the camping areas to me.
Then they came, they saw, they conquered at RF’s Orange Stage last year (2009). They closed the program of Orange Stage with a concert worthy to be played Friday night, Saturday night, AND as the last one of the Orange Stage! LOVING these guys!!!

Green Day (2005)
Oh, c’mon, just HOW can you forget a concert like that?! I don’t know how they do it; as far as I remember, it was their third concert within 24 hours, and still they manage to pull off a show worthy of the six of six tents it got in the next day’s paper.
They pulled up three members of the audience – but not without checking if they could play before being pulled up – and had them play a number with Billie Joe singing the lead. I forgot which song it was, but it was excellent. Billie Joe even gave his guitar to the guy playing it!

Jamie Cullum (2005)
The first I heard of Jamie was the sound of one of his music videos playing on VH1 way back in 2004/2005. It was one of those moments when you just HAVE to get a pen and paper and stay glued to the screen to get the facts down – I did, anyway, without having heard of him or his music before. And he’s stuck to me since. His music reminds me of good times (mainly at the school I attended back then – and what a wonderful school it was, too).

The Royal Danish Opera (2004)
I remember being at the festival with a friend, and we accidentally happened to come by one of the stages (which I double checked at the homepage of the festival – it was at Arena, apparently) where the Royal Danish Opera were already at it. We were fascinated by the presence of opera/classical music of all genres at a rock festival – they were received like true rock stars, and they looked like they felt awesome and just like true rock stars; flattered and humbled, but with humor and damn well proud of and happy to be there, too.

Fatboy Slim (2004)
I still remember dancing like I never danced in public on my own before.
I had gone to the concert starting at 1 AM, ending up in the secondary pit. Fatboy Slim went on DJ’ing, not playing any of his own works – but that was okay, because we were all dancing, having a good time. I remember looking towards the stage to catch a glimpse of him, but couldn’t see him – but finally, I realized that he was at a podium located conveniently at the center, towering over the separation barriers between the mosh pits and secondary pit. I moved closer and closer, and ended up standing as close to Fatboy Slim as I’ve ever been to any other performing artist at Roskilde; almost right under the podium.

Five acts I’d love to experience again
Jamie Cullum
Liam O’Connor
The Streets
The Royal Danish Opera
Coldplay

I don’t dare wishing for Green Day again, as my expectations may just run a bit too high after 2005. Just like RHCP, I think it’s an experience not likely to succeed twice, so let’s just leave it at that.

My Top 5 RF Soundtrack
“Speed of Sound” (Coldplay)
I remember this roaring over the camp area of Camping East in 2005, and to be honest, I’ve kinda missed that ever since. For one thing, the echo in the song makes it perfect for this purpose!

“All At Sea” (Jamie Cullum)
I’m not sure why, but it may contain some longing to get to the sea with no possibilities of contacting the dry land; getting out of your own little sandbox, as you usually do at Roskilde. Plus, there is a bit of echo here, too…

“O Sole Mio” (any given well-trained, talented, operatic tenor with a sense of humor)
This was sung during the concert with the Royal Danish Opera back in 2004.
As it was presented, it was clarified that it isn’t an actual opera aria, but a song widely used by tenors to show off – and boy, did the tenor show off! *LOL* I loved it!

“Road Tripping” (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Actually, I would initially have picked this one for a trip to a summerhouse in the Danish countryside – probably somewhere on Zealand. But thinking about it, I wanted something by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and I thought it fits a calm, lazy, sunny day at Roskilde just as well.

“Hospital” (Nephew/L.O.C. (Liam O’Connor))
The one concert saving my night back in 2007 was actually recorded and commercially released on DVD; the live concert at Orange Stage, 07.07.07, with the Danish band Nephew. Not only do I think the World of Nephew, but suddenly, L.O.C. walks out on stage and takes part of the action on this track. Absolutely gorgeous.

The Top 5 most played on my portable music player is as of right now:
Somehow I managed to do… Well, something… Anyway, the playlists on the portable music player cleared, so now the list is different, new and shiny!
1. Slow Me Down (Emmy Rossum)
2. Teardrop (LP Version) (Massive Attack)
3. Stay (Emmy Rossum)
4. 2 Times (Original Radio Edit) (Ann Lee)
5. Falling (Emmy Rossum)

Reactions? Suggestions? Requests? Feel free to comment!

Music Monday #2: MySpace

On Music Monday this week:
1. Introduction
2. Five Picks
3. Top 5 Most Played Songs on Music Player
4. Drop me a line.

Can’t we just pretend it’s still Monday?

Today, my focus is on MySpace – since I think it’s an excellent place for music (and comedy and whatnot). And no, I don’t think I’ll be focussing on big names already released on big time record labels.

Here are my five picks this week:
Maja Toudalhttp://www.myspace.com/majatoudalmusic
Maja Toudal is a singer/songwriter with a crystal clear voice. She started writing poetry, making music as a pre-teen and – as far as I’ve understood – she lives and breathes for it.

Nadja Loranhttp://www.myspace.com/nadjaloran
Here’s a girl I remember from being a teenager; back then I didn’t know what would become of her if she didn’t become a singer. She’s bright, intelligent, so I have no doubt she would make it at whatever she puts her mind to, but yet again we have a case of someone wanting something enough – and having the talent to do it.
Personally, I enjoy the sweet attitude and the sense of the Danish term hygge in her music.

Emilie Delancehttp://www.myspace.com/emiliedelance
The first time I heard Emilie sing was at a gospel workshop in Jerusalemskirken back in 2007. The workshop was a joint venture between the adult gospel choirs of Gospelkirken/Jerusalemskirken; Emilie was in one choir, I was (and am still) in another. I was blown away by the depth of her voice, and was thrilled to find her on MySpace – even while she only had that one song up there, and (though also regrettably) continues to have it that way.

Farven Lufthttp://www.myspace.com/farvenluft
Speaking of the gospel choir I sing in, the director and the pianist of this choir are in a band called Farven Luft (meaning: the Color Air). If asked, I would initially have reacted by describing them af avantgarde jazz, as I know that both Sofie (the director and lead singer) and Anders (on the keys) are into that. But listening to them again, I agree more to the categories they have put on MySpace: alternative, pop, and experimental.
Although it may not be typically within the borders of my musical taste and I may have a certain weakness for the band because of Sofie and Anders, I still do enjoy the experimentality (so to say) and the bohemian girlishness/princess-ity that Sofie sometimes adds to it, and the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory/Lemony Snicket-like gloominess that are also present every now and then (just watch the video for “Circus”, and poof! there it is, the stuff I’m talking about).
They’re making a new record, thus there are a few pre-master tracks up on their profile.

Mames Babegenushhttp://www.myspace.com/mambab
Mames Babegenush is a band playing Balkan folk music – but consisting of Danish musicians. This is the kind of music I never thought I’d enjoy listen to for long, but somehow I’m drawn to it again and again.

The Top 5 most played on my portable music player is as of right now:
Actually, they’re just the same as last week…:
1. A-Gusta (Safri Duo)
2. Snakefood (Safri Duo)
3. Samb-Adagio (Safri Duo)
4. Take Me To That Place (KEFAS)
5. I Got Joy (KEFAS)

Just to amuse you (or is it myself?…), here are the most played songs on my portable player right now (BESIDES Safri Duo and KEFAS!):
1. Slow Me Down (Emmy Rossum)
2. Teardrop (LP Version) (Massive Attack)
3. Canto Alla Vita (Josh Groban/The Corrs)
4. Stay (Emmy Rossum)
5. Beep (Pussycat Dolls)

Got any reactions? Suggestions? Requests? Comment away!

Music Monday #1!

On Music Monday this week:
1. Introduction
2. Favorite Listings
3. Top 5 Most Played Songs on Music Player
4. Drop me a line.

This may just be a teeny-weeny bit delayed in this part of the World, considering that it’s 2:30 in the morning, so it’s been Tuesday for about 2 ½ hours here in Denmark as I post. But anyways, I’ve spend too much time on this not to post it by now.

Twitter is usually celebrating mondays with the tag #musicmonday – and with the inspiration of wanting to do Top 5s (perhaps from watching “High Fidelity” once too many, I don’t know), I decided to introduce Music Monday to this blog. This also becomes procrastination from writing that monologue for Church and studying for my next exam.

Of course, I got this neat portable/mobile music player with a fruit on the back (you’ll hear me mention it again sooner or later – and yes, a daily fruit keeps the doc away). This also means that I have the very compatible software enabling me to work with neat things like podcasts on Follow Friday (also a tag from Twitter – #followfriday).

Anyway. This summer, a very famous soda company was working with the company providing goodies for my portable music player, which meant that out of a sudden I was able to download a LOT of songs for free. So first of all, these are my favorite downloads:

Five for walking Nørrebro
Beautiful Liar (Beyonce & Shakira)
Give It To Me (Timbaland feat. Nelly Furtado & Justin Timberlake)
Come Around (Timbaland feat. Mia)
That’s Not My Name (The Ting Tings)
Mr. Wendal (Arrested Developement)

Five for looking back
2 Times (Ann Lee)
Saturday Night (Whigfield)
Take On Me (A-Ha)
Manic Monday (The Bangles)
Walk This Way (Aerosmith & Run-DMC)

Five for the sake of it
Teardrop (Massive Attack)
Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen)
Gold Digger (Kanye West feat. Jamie Foxx)
Walk This Way (Aerosmith & Run-DMC)
Rock This Party (Everybody Dance Now) (The Allstars/originally by Bob Sinclair)

And a sixth… Just for the sake of it: That’s Not My Name (The Ting Tings).

Five EPs/albums
Let It Snow! – EP (Michael Bublé)
Emmy Rossum – EP (Emmy Rossum)
Teardrop – EP (Massive Attack)
Charmed & Strange (Bonus Track Version) (Yoav)
Give It To Me (feat. Nelly Furtado & Justin Timberlake) – EP (Timbaland)

The Top 5 most played on my portable music player is as of right now:
1. A-Gusta (Safri Duo)
2. Snakefood (Safri Duo)
3. Samb-Adagio (Safri Duo)
4. Take Me To That Place (KEFAS)
5. I Got Joy (KEFAS)

Surprisingly so, considering how much seasonal music and Aaliyah for the past couple of months. Then again, I do listen to Safri Duo and KEFAS a lot.

ANYWAY. Got any reactions? Suggestions? Requests?