From Košice to Užhorod

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Ukraine is, in my opinion, an underrated touristic destination. I don’t mean that one should go to the east of this country at the given moment. But consider, how huge Ukraine is! Western Ukraine is one of my favourite places on earth. Everyone, who already spent some time there, might agree.

As I told you before, I wanted to go to Kiev in February to visit some friends. Due to the protests, which reached their peak in the end of February, I reconsidered my plans. But I missed Ukraine a lot. So I decided to go at least to the very west of the country, namely to Užhorod. Read More →

Some Thoughts About the Eurovision Song Contest

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Wow, if the Eurovision Song Contest is an attempt to create a European popular music culture separate from an American one, we really failed big time. It is, perhaps, not simply just a copy of the American one, but even worse and dumber in all its facets. Usually, I don’t care much about this nonsense and if yes, then mostly for social anthropological research. The last years I didn’t trouble myself to watch it, sometimes I looked up on YouTube, which song won, just to push the stop-button after a few seconds. I even wouldn’t have know that this year’s contest took place last week, if there wasn’t a headline on BBC News Europe that Austria won the whole thing – the first headline on this page for the last few months, which was not dealing with the Ukrainian Crisis. So this must be really shocking news then. Read More →

Fresh Music Supply

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Lately I have been quite busy and didn’t find much time to write some articles on theses pages. This shall change now. Finally, I owe you some news on music.

Firstly, Hungarian minimal wave artist Ádám Bérces, Slovakian goth-punks Hysteric Helen finally released their debut albums. I am already quite busy writing some reviews and will keep you, of course, informed, when they will be published.

Minimal artist ZX Electric released his second album Fixed Unknown, a review on this you can find here. Italian darkwavers Christine Plays Viola were also busy and revealed to us their new masterpiece Vacua.

In the following I will present you some new singles and bands, which you might enjoy. Read More →

Some Thoughts on Language

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Music was my first love – and it still is. First and foremost. Music is a certain form of language, it transports ideas and feelings. As I have spent a big amount of my life dealing with languages, linguistics, language teaching and language acquisition (I can communicate more or less in twelve different languages) I guess I can sometimes be a pain in the ass of my vis-à-vis, if he or she is not so much into that topic.

It is always nice to speak to people in their mother-tongue, not least to show one’s respect towards another culture. Language also opens up new views and deeper insights. Recently, I stumbled upon a website with a lot of quotations on language. Some of them I found interesting, some funny. I want to share them with you, not without adding my two cents to them. Read More →

What happened to… Dark White?

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When synthesizers became a good available for the average man in the the early 80s, it suddenly was so easy to make music without a band. It was the prime time of one-man-projects. Since the punk movement D.I.Y. was in trend. New wave brought us some interesting music, which only got its name 20 years later: Minimal wave. You just needed a synth, a drum machine and a nuance of creativity.

A very mysterious project from the mid-80s is called Dark White. Only one release we have got from them, The Grey Area, self-released in 1985 (Dark White Music) with not more than 500 copies. Also an intensive internet research didn’t reveal much about Dark White. Read More →

What happened to… Algebra Suicide?

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The late 70s and early 80s have been a fruitful time for the creation of interesting and creative music, which was generally categorized under terms as “new wave”, “darkwave” and “post-punk”. That makes it difficult to explain, what music and philosophy these genres represent. Those musicians saw that the music scene needed some innovation and that the early 80s were the right time for a change.

Algebra Suicide from Chicago achieved some reputation due to their unique musical style. The duo consisted of Lydia Tomkiw, daughter of Ukrainian immigrants, and Don Hedeker, and was active from 1982 to 1995. Read More →

A Musical Review of 2013

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Another year is almost over, with all its highs and lows. Lou Reed and Nelson Mandela died, there’s a new pope, in Turkey and Ukraine people go on the streets to protest against their governments and Russia does everything to reload the Cold War. But enough about politics.

This page almost has its first birthday, the blog went online on January 2nd 2013. In the last year the page almost got 20.000 views and has an average of 53 visitors per day, which is a great outcome. I want to thank the musicians, artists and writers, who helped me make this project real, and, of course, my friends and readers for their interest, inspiration and support. savetier.eu is a non-profit site (maybe once I will place ads/banners somewhere, but for now I don’t know where they would fit and they are mostly ugly).

This year again I prepared a list of 10 great songs that were released in 2013. As always in no particular order. Read More →

An Alternative Christmas Playlist 2013

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Christmas is approaching and also some snow fell today. I appreciate neither nor. The most annoying thing on Christmas is not its superficiality, let alone the mindless consuming. No, you somehow can escape that – somehow. What bugs me even more is ‘Christmas music’. Fortunately, I am sitting now in a coffee-house, where some bright side of the 80’s is playing. Everything’s better than ‘Last Christmas’ and Bowie’s ‘Drummer Boy’. However, soon it is over.

I tried to make an alternative to the usual Christmas swamp. The following list consists of songs, which in my opinion would also hit the Xmas mood, without being pathetic. Read More →

European Steampunk Music

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The evolution of steampunk-themed music was a very important prompt towards its becoming of a movement. While the whole idea of steampunk was very much an Anglo-American phenomenon through its evolution in the beginning of the new millennium, it was only a question of time that it eventually reached the European continent.

One of the first European steampunk-influenced music groups was Victor Sierra from France, a band which my readers might know already quite well. Another step towards a consolidation of a solid European steampunk movement was last year’s European Steampunk Convention. Additionally, in more and more European cities steampunk nights and events are being organised on a regular basis. Read More →

The Sounds of Romania

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Why is it that people from Western and Central Europe tend to over-see Eastern Europe? Is it the languages? In this English-dominated world many are less exposed to Eastern European languages. People seeking the exotic go far away to Africa and Southern America, but have maybe never been to Poland, Romania, Slovakia etc. But these countries are everything else than grey and boring.

A few months ago I have been the first time to Romania, namely in the cities of Suceava (Bucovina) and Cluj Napoca (Transsylvania). It was a very nice experience to finally visit the place, about which I have read lots of books during my whole life.

Regarding Romanian new wave music I was a complete newbie. Something I intend to change hereby. I researched what the Romanian music scene has to offer and was quite surprised by the amount of great bands. Ten of these bands especially caught my attention and shall be presented in the following.  Read More →