Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Grace Jones - I've Seen That Face Before

Grace Jones is Grace Jones, and there´s honestly not even someone to compare her with. Grace Jones is the only Grace Jones ever and there will never be another Grace Jones. There´s no nightclub, no scene, where she´s not The Queen. Sex, music, clothes, borders – the weird rules that enslaves the rest of us means nothing to Grace Jones. She is her own set of rules. And above all, she´s Grace Jones.

Grace Jones was a central hub in the New York party scene that spun out of Studio 54 back in the early 80´s as well as an icon for the gay and queer-movement. Her breaktrough album, outside the world of disco, ”Nightclubbing” was voted album of the year by NME and contained the hit singles ”Demolition man”, ”Libertango” and ”Pull up to the bumper.” She combined further hit albums like ”Living my life” and "Slave to the rythm” with her work as an actress and model. Her fascinating persona and eclectic mix of electronica, funk, jazz, r´n´b and reggae has influenced generations of new artists. Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Lorde, Grimes and Santigold being among those naming her as a hero.

Little over a week ago did this Queen stand on the Flamingo stage at Way Out West, did she rule, oh yeah! With her band she just took over the raining forest of peoples in "Slottsskogen", every single foot, body was shaken to the rhythms of her classic disco music.

Here is a picture from Way Out West, sorry for the poor quality.

Today's tune "I've Seen That Face Before (Libertango)" is a single by Jamaican singer Grace Jones, released in 1981.

The song juxtaposes "Libertango", an Argentine tango classic, written by bandoneonist Astor Piazzolla and first recorded by the composer himself in 1974, against a reggae arrangement and new lyrics penned by Jones herself and Barry Reynolds. Lyrically, it describes the darker side of Parisian nightlife. The song includes spoken parts in French: "Tu cherches quoi ? À rencontrer la mort ? Tu te prends pour qui ? Toi aussi tu détestes la vie..." which translates "What are you looking for? For death? Who do you think you are? You hate life, you too..." Jones also recorded a Spanish language version of the track entitled "Esta cara me es conocida", and an English version with the French passage recited in Portuguese.

Recorded in Nassau, Bahamas, with Sly and Robbie, Wally Badarou, Barry Reynolds, Mikey Chung and Uziah "Sticky" Thompson, aka the Compass Point Allstars under Chris Blackwell's and Alex Sadkin's direction, "I've Seen That Face Before" was released as the second single from Jones' album Nightclubbing, after "Demolition Man" made no chart impact.

The song was featured in key moments of the 1988 thriller movie Frantic, set in Paris, directed by Roman Polanski and starring Harrison Ford. The track however did not make it onto the film's accompanying soundtrack album. It also features in Raw Deal.

"I've Seen That Face Before (Libertango)" has been described as "one of the highlights of Nightclubbing" and "one of the highlights of Jones' musical career".

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Negură Bunget - Nametenie

In the middle of last week I did a quick trip to Romaina for some work at Bucovina Rock Castle, an old castle where the festival was placed in the wall grave next to ruins of the castle, odd, creepy and very black metal (:

During the evening a few Romainan bands played and one of them caught my attention. The Romania's NEGURĂ BUNGET. A band that fuse folk music from their home country with the grim musical stylings of black metal.

NEGURĂ BUNGET originally formed at the end of 1994 under the name WICCAN REDE, as a duo of NEGRU (Gabriel Mafa) on drums and HUPOGRAMMOS DISCIPLE (Edmond Karban) on guitars, vocals, and keyboards. Both musicians had previously been members of MAKROTHUMIA. WICCAN REDE released one demo, 1995's From Transilvanian Forests, before changing their name to NEGURĂ BUNGET. In a 2004 interview, Negru explained the symbolism of the name:

"NEGURĂ BUNGET is a black fog coming from a deep dark dense forest. The name tries to picture somehow the kind of atmosphere, both musical and spiritual we'd want to create through our music. It has also an esoteric nature, standing for the inexpressible parts of our ideology. The two words are also from the Tracic substrate of the Romanian language (the oldest one, containing about 90 words) as the interest for our local history and spirituality is something of crucial importance and meaning for us as a band".

Today's tune "Nametenie" is taken from the sixth studio album Tău, released on February 27, 2015, by Lupus Lounge, a sublabel of Prophecy Productions.

When it was first announced in 2013, the album was listed as the first part of a planned "Transilvanian Trilogy".

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Metallica - Hardwired

METALLICA is back! One of the most famous, influential and arguably greatest metal band of all time is returning this November with a new album called "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct". It will be released (November 18, 2016) by the group's independent label Blackened Recordings. It will be Metallica's first studio album in eight years since "Death Magnetic" (2008), marking the longest gap between two studio albums in the band's career.

A long-awaited album where the hope is that they find the right sparkle to create something really good, and with their first single release it looks bright, see it below. The upcoming album is 80 minutes long, splitted on a three Vinyls or two discs and was produced by Greg Fidelman along with James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich. (The deluxe edition includes a third disc with “Lords Of Summer” and a bunch of “riff origins” tracks.)

Today's tune "Hardwired" is the first single from their 10th studio album, a blistering high-speed thrash throwback to their ’80s glory days. The song was released to the radio and for digital download on August 18, 2016. The song was first played live during the encore at US Bank Stadium, August 20th 2016.

“Shit outta luck! Hardwired to self destruct!”

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

The Last Shadow Puppets - The Age Of The Understatement

When ARCTIC MONKEYS frontman Alex Turner joined forces with his friend, THE RASCALS Miles Kane to form THE LAST SHADOW PUPPETS in 2007 they blew the music world away. Epic Ennio Morricone soundtracks met garage rock and sixties baroque pop, with two magnetic frontmen to lead the charge. THE LAST SHADOW PUPPETS entered the "Way Out West" stage a week ago, it’s was one of the most vital rock acts playing live this summer.

THE LAST SHADOW PUPPETS, are an English band consisting of Alex Turner (ARCTIC MONKEYS), Miles Kane (THE RASCALS), James Ford (SIMIAN), and Zach Dawes (MINI MANSIONS). The band released their debut album The Age Of The Understatement in 2008. Following a lengthy hiatus, they returned with their album Everything You've Come To Expect in 2016.

Today's tune "The Age of the Understatement" is the first single released by THE LAST SHADOW PUPPETS. It was released on 14 April 2008 in the United Kingdom on Domino Records. The song is the title track from the band's debut album "The Age of the Understatement".

The Video was Directed by director Romain Gavras, their debut video is as big as Mother Russia, following our intrepid heroes' adventures in Moscow and includes ice skating, an Orthodox priest, Soviet tanks and a chorus of Russian Soldiers.

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