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The best charity song I ever heard

Are you a Flight of the Conchords fan? If not, you probably should be. Why? Because they will make you laugh. A lot. And after all, they are New Zealand’s fourth best comedy folk duo (they said it themselves). Flight of the Conchords, with their particular brand of Kiwi comedy (I’m always interested to know how far it translates to other parts of the world? We’ve introduced many a foreign friend to the joys of The Distant Future, their BBC Radio series, and both seasons one and two of their HBO show) always make me laugh, and when I was feeling really sick with the flu last week, I couldn’t have been happier to find their latest song, Feel Inside (and stuff like that). Sure, I am always  happy to hear the (strangely) comforting tones of the Kiwi accent whilst I am so far from Aotearoa, but forget about fourth best. This is the best charity song I ever heard (so cool these guys are using their powers for good! Big ups!). Oh and the kids in the video are ridiculously adorable and hilarious. You’ll see what I mean. If you are in the mood for a laugh, get watching below!

CIA

Shabazz Palaces live in Amsterdam

A few weeks back we had the chance to see Shabazz Palaces play live in Amsterdam. We were excited; since getting a copy of their most recent album Black Up, the sounds of Shabazz Palaces has been a go-to album over the past months. What made this concert even more exciting was the opportunity to see them play in a such small and gezellig venue which, as far as concert venues are concerned, can only really hold a handful of people. Pre-concert, the anticipation built; it was clear from the minimalistic stage set-up that we were going to cut straight to the main event (no support act here!).

Then, all of a sudden, the waiting was over, as this dynamic duo caught the waiting audience off-guard, making an entrance from the back of the club, playing instruments, sashaying their way through the small but dedicated crowd and up onto the stage. Read more

An Australian, a New Zealander and a camera walk into a church…

It sounds a bit like a joke. It isn’t a church anymore, but Paradiso is a fine concert venue. We were reminded that Boy & Bear were going to be back in the Netherlands by reading a post on another blog. It was Rabbit Song that convinced me at the end that this was a band worth paying attention to.

And we were not at all disappointed. The greatest highlight for us, from this Australian band, was the cover of Crowded House – a Kiwi-Aussie crossover point that had us captivated.

My camera work is very amateur, so maybe it’s better to close your eyes.

PJD

Filming by PJD at Paradiso, Amsterdam; yelling at the end, CIA. Also, special mention of the Canadian guy who wouldn’t shut up until I told him to stop being a dick – “oh great!”, he said in the middle of the song, “some Canadiana!”. Way not to be cool, man.

That’s my favourite bit…what’s yours?

Sometimes on the train, I really just need some light entertainment. Lately, I have been playing FIFA 12. On my phone, it’s not always the smoothest game to play, but I really enjoy it. And besides, everyone is allowed a secret (or less secret) vice, right? Aren’t they?

On the way home today though, my phone battery couldn’t last the distance. I was instead listening to my portable MP3 player. Suddenly, out of nowhere I heard something familiar:

I first heard this song when a friend of mine sent me a link:

There’s more… I’m sure.  You know Crystal Castles, right?
w/ Robert Smith – Not in Love
Without Robert Smith – Celestica

For any of you who are also FIFA Soccer 12 (as it is also known, to Americans) players, secret or otherwise, you will recognise the song. It’s part of the title music in the game.

But they use the Robert Smith version.

Which is, frankly, and in spite of my past Cure fandom (another vice, how did this post end up so revealing?!), inferior*.

So, as I listened to the version in the YouTube video above, I was wondering what it is about one almost identical version that made it so much better than the other? I sensed that the non-Smith version was a little faster-paced; a little more relentless; a lot more compelling. The indistinct and heavily modified vocal adds a hefty dose of creepy. The “waa, waa” at 2:07 epitomises this feeling for me. The change of melody at 2:35 also draws me into the song, but then comes the best bit, my favourite bit, at 2:49 as layer after layer has accumulated to a delightful, synthesised overdose of musical goodness. I hope I get to catch Crystal Castles live somewhere sometime…I can completely envisage going crazy for this song in particular.

And that leads me to this last segue: what is it about certain songs that have certain moments that sucker-punch that gets you every time? (Think perhaps, of the gravelly baritone that opens up The National’s Fake Empire; or maybe when Cut/Copy’s Pharaoh’s & Pyramids shifts from odd funky number into dance floor killer, at 3:40). What is it about these kinds of moments that leads CIA to yell out “That’s MY FAVOURITE BIT”? And that make me to grin quietly on a train, as the person sitting across from me wonders what on earth is making me smile so much?

What other moments in other songs are there, that catch you out every time?

PJD

There is no photo to credit, for once. But I am in the habit of attribution now, so thanks, instasquid, for the links that led me here.

*I apologise for complex sentence structure, and will take this chance to express gratitude to those who keep reading regardless; this applies to all posts previous, and all posts future.

You know that thing we said about the shoes?

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We weren’t kidding.

PJD

Photo by CIA or PJD (it was definitely on PJD’s phone), after Zürich Openair

Another Zürich Openair panorama: with mud

We had such a great time on the third night – Bloc Party (more on whom, later) blew us away; a soggy Mogwai had to finish early for safety reasons, which was very sad, but they delivered a set of ferocious intensity, before which, we tried to capture a sense of the muddy chaos produced by the torrential rain of the night before.

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Nevertheless, Zurich Openair is a place of beauty, fun and adventure. Just don’t wear new shoes.

PJD

Photos by PJD, Samstag, Zurich Openair, 2012. Just wait until you get to see our shoes.

Zürich Openair – Panorama

Tonight we found our new favourite band (of right now), Soulwax. Sometime between Soulwax and White Lies, we took this Openair panorama. At this point, it was a beautiful evening, later the skies opened up, but enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PJD

Photos by PJD, grateful that, for this first time in his adult life, he had a proper raincoat. For those who pay attention to these things, it’s the “warm vintage” setting on the HTC Desire S. Looks like instagram, I guess?

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