Tag Archives: Nostalgia

Temple of Venus · New Wave from Italy

tovHave you heard about the Italian new wave band called Temple of Venus? About a year ago I reviewed their album Messiah Complex, an impressive masterpiece, which became from then on a constant in my playlist.

Some days ago I got a message from the band that Temple of Venus just released a live album. Freshly out of the post box I am listening now to the record. Usually, I am not a big friend of live albums. I appreciate The Who‘s Live at Leeds and Emerson, Lake & Palmer‘s Pictures at an Exhibition. Well, I guess, Temple of VenusLive 19.04.13 CPA FIRENZE-SUD will be the third on this list, then. Read More →

1984 · Legendary Polish Coldwave

1984-why-not-Again I return to the topic of Polish new wave/coldwave. This time a legendary band, maybe my favourite among many amazing Polish bands, will be featured. It is called ‘Tysiąc dziewięćset osiemdziesiąt cztery‘. For non-native speakers of the Polish language this name might  be a little difficult to pronounce. It means 1984.

During their long history the band 1984 changed their sound several times, whereas the essence stayed the same. A potential explanation for that are the perpetual reformations of their line-up, co-founder Piotr Liszcz being the only constant in 1984, until today. Experimental use of guitar and bass, blended with a rebellious rage and musical audaciousness forms the voice of the 80’s in Poland.

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The Sounds of Slovenia

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Since almost four years I have been living now in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. For a small country with a population of 2 million people the music scene is quite vivid. When I moved here I was surprised by the amount of concerts and venues.

Maybe the most known musical export from Slovenia is the legendary group Laibach. With their provocative style they have gained international reputation and influenced many other bands, most notably Rammstein. Another known act from Slovenia is Borghesia, pathbreaking for EBM. I won’t write now about Laibach and Borghesia, maybe later, in some other article. Here I want to focus on bands, you might not know yet: Melodrom, Silence, Torul and New Wave Syria. Read More →

Ádám Bérces · Cold Minimal Electronics from Hungary

berces1One thing I really like about minimal wave music is that it is de-centralized. That means, there are many musicians out there, singing in their mother tongue, which is not always English. This gives us also access to more exotic language regions.

After a minimal wave concert in Budapest around Halloween 2012, I met with the musician, we had a little talk and stayed in touch afterwards. His name is Ádám Bérces. The following will be a short portrait of this promising minimal wave instrumentalist, his first album and his sound. Read More →

Polish Coldwave · Zimna Fala 2

jarocin-thumbAfter my first article about Polish coldwave/zimna fala (One Million Bulgarians, Psychoformalina, Made in Poland, Madame) I got a lot of positive feedback from you. At this point I would like to express my gratitude for that. I was also reminded that I forgot some of the important coldwave bands from Poland, which is true.

As a non-native speaker of Polish language (it is said to be one of the most difficult to learn, I can confirm that) it is not always easy to understand, what’s written about those great bands, and even harder to find the ‘insider’ music, but with the help of some of my readers from Poland I found out about three bands I want to write about in the following: Wieże Fabryk, Joanna Makabresku and Aya Rl. Read More →

Interview · Clan of Xymox

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Clan of Xymox is one of those legendary bands immediately associated with gothic music. Founded in 1981 Xymox is now contributing to the dark culture for over 20 years now. Charismatic frontman Ronny Moorings, the last still active founding member, is the driving force of the group.

On December 15th Clan of Xymox had a concert  in Vienna’s well-known club Viper Room. The concert was phantastic. Being a huge fan of Xymox for years now, it was an honour and a pleasure to meet Ronny Moorings backstage, where he gave an extensive interview. Read More →

The Overheard Songs

overheard-thumbYoung Mick Jagger once said he would rather die before still playing ‘Satisfaction’ live when being 60. Many bands had a real hit in their history, by which they are measured ever after. This can be very annoying for a musician. Also new wave spawned a couple of stereotypical songs. But these bands’ hits are most likely to shade their other oeuvre and one or the other gem has been just ‘over-heard’. Read More →

Polish Coldwave · Zimna Fala

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The term ‘coldwave’ recently re-appeared as a label for post-punk influenced music, which embraces a dark, gothic-like aesthetic. But what can be found behind this ambiguous term? The article on hand will outline the history of coldwave in general and then the development of a coldwave movement in Poland.

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The Pop-Plex

This article is part of a series about memes in popular culture. If you don’t know yet, what memes and memetics are, you will find the answer in part 1.

popcultureOver a long period in human history memes were spread orally. Only the most successful memes survived then. A first step of conservation of memes was the invention of writing. It is thought that the invention of writing happened in different parts of the world separately from scratch. Writing made way for the development of successful memeplexes, like religions. Considering that during a long time books were hand-copied by the clergy, we can understand, from memetic point of view, why religions have gained such power. Who has power over memes has power over humans. Read More →

The Meme Machine

The Meme MachineIn 1976 Richard Dawkins coined the term ‘meme’ in his book The Selfish Gene and by that caused a revolution in thinking in several fields, most notably in sociobiology and sociology. Although often criticised the term stayed and became a concept to work with. His theory of memetics has since then been developed further, here Susan Blackmore with her book The Meme Machine (1999) shall be mentioned. Read More →