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!

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Follow Friday #5: David Letterman and Roskilde Festival

On Follow Friday this week:
1. Introduction
2. Twitter: The Late Show with David Letterman
3. Roskilde Festival
4. Drop Me a Line.

I was just watching Letterman, and although it’s usually only on a week’s delay, they had a rerun of an episode from March starring Jennifer Aniston. This episode contained a bit and a top 10 on Twitter – so I thought I would check up on it.

Secondly, the Roskilde Festival ended on Sunday – so Monday (or at least sometime this week) would actually have been the proper day/week to start stalking following their planning yet again.

I think there is no doubt that David Letterman wasn’t too into in Twitter to start with – but finally gave in – so now rumor has it that he’s occasionally gives it up on the Late Show’s Twitteraccount, @Late_show.

Here he is, giving it up for the first time:

The Roskilde Festival is well over this year – and for you who were in contact with me around this time know that I didn’t go, contrary to what I said earlier this year. Finances were in question – being a student saving for a trip to New Zealand really tightens up the personal economy.

But now that it’s over, it’s just about time to obsess about what’s going to happen next year.
First of all, you can sign up for the newsletter (which I did a few years back).
You can do this by registrating on their website – link to registration form – where you can opt in on both e-mail newsletter and text messages on your phone. And not to worry if you haven’t worked as a volunteer – this is also an option in the drop-down menu as I write.
Second of all, you can subscribe to the RSS newsfeed.
I found the link on the front page, but here’s the link directing you straight to the feed. You can also dive right into the news archives at the website (where I found the link for the newsletter).
Third of all, check out the blogs on the website! Übercool!
Last, but not least, check them out on Twitter. You can find the festival itself on @orangefeeling – and you can check out relevant posts by going for the keywords #RF10 and #RF11.

I think that this is just what I needed; an RF break. Before this year’s festival, my brain didn’t really find finances and heat compatible with how I felt – but after checking blogs and the comment from Reverend Asser Skude (yes, him again – he was there in his cassock and ruff, helping out Morgencafeen, speaking the case of the homeless and being otherwise Reverend-esque in that subtle, National Church kind of waygood one on ya, mate! (disclaimer: photos snatched from an article at Kristeligt-Dagblad.dk)), I can’t wait to get back in the filth there. I’ll keep you posted.

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Response from the Roskilde Festival

I got their response as I opened my e-mail tonight:

Dear Blogger

Thank you so much for applying and showing interest for our blogging project. We are sorry to inform you that you have not been selected as one of the nine bloggers.

We have received more than 450 applications for the blogger spots, and we have read and evaluated every single one with great interest. It has been a tough job to choose among so many qualified and interesting applications.

Thanks again for your interest in the project and we hope that you will read the blogs at http://www.roskilde-festival.dk/blog/, where you will be able to post your own comments to the nine blogs and thereby be able to influence the project and participate in a lively, interesting and ever ongoing debate about Roskilde Festival 2010.

Best regards

Roskilde Festival

Oh well.

I’m headed there anyway.

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)

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