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Some Chords, some Tunes and a PowerPoint presentation – Sarah Bettens on Tour
November 21, 2008, 1:18 pm
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Knowing that she has never been the person of grand words or an overwhelmingly communicative behaviour, it should not have been so much surprising that she chose a tape recorder to connect her stage performance with the expectations of the listener, visually accompanied by some black and white PowerPoint slides. It were great words by great artists, mostly spoken a long time ago, mostly reflecting stardom or the music business in general. Once someone else finished his or her meaningful quote, Sarah played a couple of chords and started to sing again, which she is just great at, don’t get me wrong. However, as soon as the song was over and a shy smile later, the next PowerPoint slide lit up and some clanging speakerphone voice went off to say something meaningful again. 

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A Songbird with New Songs: Wallis Bird Rocked the Gleis 22!
November 19, 2008, 2:31 pm
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Whoever of you thought “Ah … nah, can’t come, got something else planned.” Well, … wrong decision people, wroooong decision!

Wallis was beyond great as usual. It took her two minutes to make the venue a dancing palace, people just loved her. About half of the set contained her new stuff and it never occured to me once that something sounded raw or unfinished. I am convinced that you don’t even need to buy the next album to get into the songs more, because they grow on you live in an instant. (Which does not mean that it wouldn’t be money well spent to actually buy the album.)

Wallis Bird and band

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Kletter-Filmfestival bei – Moves ‘n’ Movies Preisverleihung am 29. November

Die Redaktion glänzt mit Schnittraffinessen und feinsten Layout-Techniken. Wo? In ihrem neuen Trailer zum Moves ‘n’ Movies Festival in Stuttgart.
The Usual Madness ist dabei und wird folgendermaßen angekündigt:

The usual madness: 12 min. Bouldern und mehr, irgendwo im Münsterland. Auch das gibt es. Und es sieht gut aus.”

Hier seht ihr den offiziellen Festivaltrailer:

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Das Festival startet am 29.11. um 19:30 Uhr in Korb bei Stuttgart. Der Eintritt beträgt 10,00 Euro. Wer großartige Ideen bezüglich eines Boulder-Sight-Seeings in Stuttgart hat, nur her damit. The Usual Madness muss es auch in anderen Städten geben … . 😉

How Neo-Folk met Jazz, Soul and 60s Sciencefictiontrash…
November 16, 2008, 8:03 pm
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… and gave birth to a new era of live performance.

The most stunning woman live, Joan Wasser

When I went to see Joan As Police Woman, I was prepared to see a good Neo-Folk / Indie-Rock concert and expected nothing else. As Joan sneaked through the crowd 20 minutes before taking the stage, ducking in a pink down cloak, I frowned a bit. 30 minutes later I decided to join the mesmerized crowd, just starring at what she dragged along with her on stage: an extraordinary bass player with the most beautiful eyes, heavy makeup and the most stunning breast hair and this little Mexican-looking drum wizard – both painting a wonderful acoustic picture of what could be Soul-Jazz / Avant-Garde, always in perfect timing and with just the right amount of arrangements … spilling nothing but joy.

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Breaking NEWS – The Usual Madness selected for Moves ‘n’ Movies Festival in Stuttgart
November 14, 2008, 2:15 pm
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I guess I lied a bit when I said that The Usual Madness would premiere in Münster on the 6th of December as the supporting movie for the E.O.F.T. Now it is going to premiere – one week earlier – on the 29th of November in Korb / Stuttgart at Moves ‘n’ Movies, the first German film festival for climbing movies and here’s what I found in my mailbox earlier today from the festival committee.

Wir hatten insgesamt 19 Einsendungen, viele davon von nicht- bis semi-professionellen Nachwuchsfilmern. Insgesamt vier davon werden wir am 29. November prämieren, im Abendprogramm zeigen werden wir 9 der 19 Filme. […] Euer Film “The Usual Madness” ist dabei in die engere Auswahl gekommen, wir werden ihn beim Filmfestival zeigen. Welche Filme wir am 29. November  tatsächlich prämieren werden, können wir euch aber verständlicherweise noch nicht sagen. Es soll ja noch ein bisschen spannend bleiben für alle.

Of course we are more than flabbergasted and off to Stuttgart in two weeks to attend the whole thing. A detailed report will follow. 😉

Wallis Bird to play at the Gleis 22 – Reminder
November 14, 2008, 11:44 am
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Hey everybody,

this is me tugging your sleeves and saying: Go to the box office around your corner and pick up some concert tickets for Wallis Bird. She’ll play at the Gleis 22 for the second time this year next Tuesday, 18th November 2008 at 8:00 PM. Not going would be a damn shame, let me tell you this.

You’d miss this wonderfully talented, incredibly amazing, madly beautiful, flabbergastingly gorgeous and purely brilliant girl:

She will play some of her new songs and she’ll be there with her band. So: no singer songwriter guitar / stand alone act but a full concert. And I promise that if you’ve seen her once … you wouldn’t wanna miss her a second time. Now go, get out and buy your ticket. I’ll see you there.

Btw. here’s a link to a recently published interview with her, copied from one of the local newspapers and one-side long! I still wonder who that lucky girl was who got the chance to interview her. Huh ?!

Great wording – part 2
November 10, 2008, 12:03 pm
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Die Süddeutsche Zeitung vom “Wochenende”. Erste Seite. Letzter Absatz. Christian Zaschke.

Über den Herbst:

Das ist er also, der große Unverstandene. Er kennt den Lauf der Dinge wie niemand sonst, und er ist entgegen den Klischees ein großer Schöpfer. Gerade hat er es schon wieder getan und dafür gesorgt, dass Barack Obama Präsident der USA wird. War es nicht ein schöner Moment, als sie im Fernsehen sagten: “Ohio geht an” – Pause, Pause, Pause – “Obama!”. Auf geschichtsträchtige Tage versteht sich niemand so gut wie der Herbst.

Er wurde bedichtet von den großen Misanthropen und nimmt es mit Humor, er steht so sehr im Leben, dass der Wechsel von Werden und Vergehen ein Teil von ihm ist. Er ist so wenig eitel und so sehr klug. Wahrscheinlich ist der Herbst eine Frau.”

Und zynisch ist er auch noch. Herrlich!

Oh, say can’t you see …?
November 6, 2008, 1:21 pm
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The united states of America have voted! The 44th president is Barack Obama and I am happy for all Americans. … despite of what Sarah Palin might say. Actually, what did she say? I haven’t heard a lot from her recently. I wonder why that is. Well, at least she’ll be back in Alaska right in time for moose hunting season.

Dissertation – Teil 3
November 6, 2008, 3:28 am
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So langsam wird es rund, auch wenn noch ca 15 % Inhalt und 5 % Umfang fehlen aber it’s coming along, slowly, slowly but it’s coming along.