Δευτέρα, 31 Ιανουαρίου 2011

Κυριακή, 30 Ιανουαρίου 2011

Πέμπτη, 27 Ιανουαρίου 2011

Horace Silver - Senor blues


Horace Ward Martin Tavares Silver (born September 2, 1928 in Norwalk, Connecticut) is a world wide known jazz pianist and composer. He is known characteristic funky style and his hard-bop grooves. Silver began his career as a saxophonist, but later switched to piano. His playing was highly influenced by the style of Bud Powell.His music influences excpet Powell are Dexter Gordon, Lester Young, Charlie Parker and general the bebop era.


Πέμπτη, 20 Ιανουαρίου 2011

Lee Dorsey- Do-re-mi



Lee Dorsey was a classical figure of soul rnb artist during the decades of 50s until 70s. Born Irving Lee Dorsey in New Orleans, Louisiana, Dorsey moved to Portland, Oregon when he was ten years old. He served in the United States Navy and began a career in prizefighting. Boxing as a light heavyweight in Portland in the early 1950s, he fought under the name "Kid Chocolate" and was quite successful.
Dorsey met songwriter/producer Allen Toussaint at a party in the early 1960s, and was signed to the Fury record label. The song that launched his career was inspired by a group of children chanting nursery rhymes- "Ya Ya" went to number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1961. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. He recorded other songs for Fury before the label folded, and Dorsey went back to his car repair business.
Toussaint later came back on the Amy label and began to work with Dorsey once again. From 1965 to 1969 Dorsey put seven songs in the Hot 100, the most successful of which was "Working in the Coal Mine" in 1966. It was to be his second and last Top Ten song. In 1970 Dorsey and Toussaint collaborated on an album entitled Yes We Can; the title song was Dorsey's last entry in the singles chart. It was later a hit for the Pointer Sisters under the title, "Yes We Can Can".
Dorsey appeared on an album with Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, which led to more recordings on his own with ABC Records in the late 1970s. In 1980, Dorsey opened for English punk band The Clash on their U.S. tour.
Dorsey contracted emphysema and died on December 2nd 1986 in New Orleans at the age of 61.(wikipedia).

Πέμπτη, 13 Ιανουαρίου 2011

Underworld - Born Slippy

Slacker - Come with me


Slacker thus the term for people who avoids work and the nickname of dj and producer Shem McCauley.  He is an electronic music house, hip hop and R&B producer. He owns Jukebox on the Sky record label. He is also well known under his guise as "Head Honcho". Slacker, who is based in England, UK, has released records on many labels including XL RecordingsLoaded Records, and Perfecto Records.
The following track "come with me " is an amazing remix of Arthur Russell same title song, and can be found in the album "Start a new life".

Τετάρτη, 12 Ιανουαρίου 2011

Delicatessen


In the late 70s, french director Jean-Pierre Jeunet and designer Marc Caro met and found they shared a lot of interests in the visual arts. Their friendship soon became an artistic team that would spent the whole 80s making short films, perfecting their storytelling abilities and visual design skills and preparing themselves to make a career in film-making. Their efforts were crowned in 1991, when they were finally able to take their craft to a full feature length film, in the project that would become their breakthrough in the film industry and the proper beginning of their careers as filmmakers: the post-apocalyptic comedy "Delicatessen".

Written by Gilles Adrien (who also wrote many of the previous Jeunet & Caro shorts) as well as Jeunet & Caro themselves, "Delicatessen" is a wonderfully imaginative tale of sweet romance and hilarious black comedy that gives an unexpected light-hearted twist to a plot that most writers would treat as a serious subject matter. And surprisingly it works. Also visually, the film is simply sublime. Since the directors decided to divide responsibilities, Marc Caro took full control of the production design and the artistic elements of the movie, so with this freedom Caro's inventive artistic vision reaches new heights creating a movie that could be described as a moving canvas. Highly atmospheric, the french duo takes the cinematography (by Darius Khondji) to the next level mixing techniques and showing a whole range of influences that go from German Expressionism to 40s modernism, resulting in one of the most beautiful looking movies ever done. Still, the movie is more than a visual fest, as Jeunet (in charge of guiding the actors) shows a complete domain over his cast & crew keeping the many elements of the film working nicely in the right place.



Κυριακή, 9 Ιανουαρίου 2011

Ulrich Schnauss- Blumenwiese Neben Autobahn


CKY from Battalion Armour on Vimeo.

Ulrich Schnauss was born in the northern German town of Kiel in 1977. During his formative years, he came to love a wide spectrum of music, ranging from My Bloody Valentine to Tangerine Dream, from Chapterhouse to early bleep and breakbeat tracks. There was not much opportunity to see his musical heroes in Kiel, so he moved to Berlin in 1996.

By that time, Ulrich was already a prolific musician in such genres as ambient and drum and bass, with a variety of pseudonyms (most notably View to the Future and Ethereal 77). These earlier works soon caught the eye of Berlin electronica label CCO (City Centre Offices), who took him up.


Παρασκευή, 7 Ιανουαρίου 2011

Der Untergang

"Der Untergang" (The Downfall) is a rare kind of war film which subverts all the cliches and superstision that have dominated the genre. It's a film about the last hours of the Second World War, a film about despair, insanity, bravery and madness but most of all it's an accurate record of the feelings and beliefs of different kinds of people at that time. The film approaches accurately and historically responsibly the way of thinking and the dillemas of people that have been depicted only as caricatures in modern war films like "Save Private Ryan" without falling into the trap of being pro-nazi. The well known Bruno Ganz delivers a magnificent performance of Adolph Hitler and is well supported by both a talented actors' team (especially Christian Berkel and Ulrich Matthes) and supreme photography and direction, aspects which contribute in making the film the best war film of the decade.

Πέμπτη, 6 Ιανουαρίου 2011

arthur russell - i could't say it to your face



Charles Arthur Russell Jr. (1952 April 4, 1992) was an American cellist, composer, singer, and disco artist. While he found the most success in dance music, Russell's career bridged New York's downtown, rock, and dance music scenes; his collaborators ranged from Philip Glass to David Byrne to Nicky Siano. Relatively unknown during his lifetime, a series of reissues and compilations have raised his profile in the 2000s.