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!

Follow Friday #2: Comic Strips and Music!

On Follow Friday this week:
1. Introduction
2. Podcast: Best of MySpace
3. Twitter: Comic Strips
4. Blog: Michael Fry
5. Next Week/Drop Me a Line.

I thought I’d try to pick up on Follow Friday again, since I’ve been trying to pick up on Music Monday – and let’s face it, I could use something steady to keep up the blog. And not to worry, I’ll try to simplify it a bit so I won’t give away as much info/take so much confusing space as I did on the first Follow Friday.

Since the last time we spoke, I have finished listening to all of the podcasts of De Sorte Spejdere – so although I might just be thrown into fits of laughter once more if listening to them again, there is nothing new – only repeats. So I have been jumping the internet source of my podcast software – plus re-visiting DR.dk to download the podcasts of a few more programs after listening to the radio. I have also been adding a few individuals to my list on Twitter. Hopefully you’ll like the ones I picked!

The podcast I would like to introduce to you is Best of MySpace, a show made as a podcast by iCast and hosted by Gill Mills.
It’s made to make the way through the MySpace jungle easier to get through, as you don’t have to stop and smell all the flowers on the way. Gill has, with the help of the listeners, picked the most colorful and less smelly of them for you (which does ends up, as she admits, as a very subjective list of artists and songs – but what the heck, so do my Follow Fridays and Music Mondays).
As a last note, I might add that this podcast might speak more to the rockfans in the audience – although she does throw in a bit of hip-hop and R’n’B now and then – but give it a chance anyway. You may be surprised.

(And no, I can’t promise I won’t be using this podcast as a part of Music Monday in the future! But let me just get properly into it, and then see.)

In the Twitterverse, I have come across Hammy the Squirrel (@Hammyhimself). You probably remember him from Over the Hedge (there’s a Hammys through History-thing going on right now – you can go subscribe to Over the Hedge as a daily comic). “Hammy” sends out cute, funny, and at times philosophical statements – like one of my favorites so far:

Today is the the beginning of the ending of the start of the finish of the opening of the closing of forgetting what I was remembering.

“Over the Hedge” is made by Michael Fry, who I’m also following on Twitter (@_MichaelFry) where he is sending out comments and updates on blogposts, and T Lewis.

Plus, of course, the two of them have a tendency to retweet each other.

The blog I’m mentioning today is actually that very blog of Michael Fry. The blogposts with the Over the Hedge-strips aside, I remember one specific blogpost in particular – How to Lose Weight – where he describes the Mike Fry diet and concludes:

Eat less. Exercise more. Listen to your wife. Savor your treats.

It should only take another ten years to lose the other twenty pounds.

I have no idea what will come up next week. Yet again, I can imagine it having something to do with music, languages, and travelling. Maybe even photography. I have no idea!

Suggestions? Reactions? Comments?

Follow Friday #1!

On Follow Friday this week:
1. Introduction
2. Podcasts: Danish version (one in English) (feat. Rosenkjær-foredrag, De Sorte Spejdere and Det Nye Talkshow, Clement Kjersgaard).
3. Twitter
4. Next week on Follow Friday
5. Drop me a line.

Yeah, I know, I know. Late again. Forgive me for posting this on a young Saturday!

I think I already introduced the concept back when introducing the Music Monday this week. Anyway, here’s a quick intro again:

Twitter have tags on basically anything – mainly, I believe, because the users of Twitter are able to create them themselves – and two of these tags are #musicmonday and #followfriday. This has inspired me to blog on who and what I listen to and follow online; be it music, blogs, podcasts, RSS, Twitter…

First of all, I’ll take a look at podcasts. I know a couple of missionaries, of which I’m sure at least one of them want to keep up their Danish after they return to the US – and since I have a few favorite podcasts in Danish, I think it’s a good place to start! I know that there is a good bunch of excellent podcasts at the website of Denmark’s national broadcasting corporation/public service radio and TV, Danmarks Radio – you can find them right here.

I think I should start with introducing the first podcast I remember subscribing to (at least in Danish, since Jamie Oliver could have beat it to it): the Rosenkjær lectures with Dr.Med. Peter Lund Madsen.

The Rosenkjær lectures are the consequence of receiving the Rosenkjær award. The Rosenkjær award is given to an individual (scientist or cultural personality) being able to communicate difficult and heavy stuff to the public. The award is named after Danmark Radio’s first chief of lectures, Jens Rosenkjær. The position of chief of lectures was founded to have someone to keep track of the lectures being aired; not only when and where, but also who and what. The lectures were often of heavy scientific matter which can’t be made understandable by just anyone – let alone being understood through the radio, ie. with the listeners not having the ability to SEE exactly what was going on.
The recipant of the award holds the right (or rather: duty) to perform a number of lectures, which are then recorded and aired on the radio. You can also check out the rest of the Rosenkjær lectures.

I think that part of the reason why Peter Lund Madsen got the award is the first show he made with his younger brother, Anders Lund Madsen (they made three shows in total up until as I write). They’re both extremely entertaining. While Peter is highly academically educated (dr.med., scientist, professor (I believe, don’t hang me up on it) within the brain, and now educating himself within psychiatry – oh yeah, he’s as much a braniac as unhumanly possible. Litterally!), Anders is quite the unconventional journalist. He DOES have formal training, but he’s unconventional. If you want to check Anders out, take a chance on De Sorte Spejdere (The Black Scouts – Peter has had a couple of appearances through the ages) and the video podcast Det Nye Talkshow (The New Talkshow – which is the only show so far which hasn’t finished yet. Peter has had an appearance on here, too, on the New Year’s special).

Another journalist worth mentioning is Clement Kjersgaard. He may not have the same appearance as Anders Lund Madsen, but is equally entertaining. Kjersgaard has academic degrees from the University of Copenhagen, the University of Oxford, and United World College of Hong Kong. He is critical to just about every single one of his guests, no matter who they are, whether he likes them or not, etc. – one podcast worth checking out is Ugen med Clement (The Week with Clement), another one (which is predominantly in English) is Clement i Amerika (Clement in America).

Receiving the news of Stephen Gately’s death, all media mentioning his last Tweet, I quickly got on to following @theREALboyzone, @ronanofficial, @stephenofficial, and @MRMIKEYGRAHAM. Of course, I DO realize there’s not much point in following Stephen Gately nowadays, but still.

Anyhow, to mention some constructive following (yeah, so sue me for being eclectic enough to like some of the boyband music out there!), I believe that we should keep an eye on the country leaders around the World is doing. Now, I only have a minor handful of them on my following list, but here are some:
@BarackObama
@DowningStreet (the office, not a specific Prime Minister)
@LarsLoekke (the Danish prime minister)
@SFpolitik (my party)
@Christiansborg/politikere (a list of Danish MPs).

I’m not too sure of what I’ll be rambling about next week, but I’m thinking music, languages, or travelling. Whaddyathink?

Suggestions? Reactions? Comments?