Saturday, October 11, 2014

Dasha Gold

ph: Ryan Yoon

Window faces

Regensburg, October 2014

Gertrud Hegelund

ph: Oliver Stalmans

A day in the life, Oct 9

A day in the life, Oct 9, Regensburg by night

Hailey Hasbrook

From my vaults: Dalai Lama

Zosia Nowak

New York

Julie Newmar

First Lines: Italo Calvino - The Cloven Viscount

There once was a war against the Turks.

Femke Oosterkamp

Rarely Heard: Intelligence - Secret Signals

"Seattle-based noisenik Lars Finberg has played in some of that city's noisiest, weirdest bands, including the A Frames, Unnaterual Helpers, and the Dipers, but as the Intelligence he throws downright poppy melodies in with jagged beats and shards of new wave and no wave guitars and keyboards. The Intelligence began in 1999. Finberg recorded the Intelligence's earliest work in his bedroom, playing his five-year-old son's drum kit and slathering everything in reverb and distortion to get a distinctive lo-fi sound." ( They're still around today with a slightly more poppier sond, their last album is from 2012.

Lina Zhang

ph: Wee Khim

A day in the life, Oct 8

A day in the life, Oct 8, standing outside looking inside

Mathilda May

Concerts: Hedvig Mollestad Trio

This was the second time I got to see the Hedvig Mollestad Trio, as a fan I'll never miss an opportunity to see them. This time they played at the Regensburg Alte Mälzerei in their Underground room, which is fairly similar in size and atmosphere to the cellar at the Lederer where they had performed in the previous years. I brought along some friends, also fans of the band, and we all had positive but slightly differeing opinions. I had the impression that this concert was even better than last year's (which had me enthused as well),  the Trio seemd in a terrific good mood and were enjoying the concert just as much as we were. Some will call their music due to the heavy sound rock, but it is jazz in the best sense of the world, and Hedvig Mollestad plays some of the best guitar you'll ever be able to hear. I hope they stick to their regular anual performances in Regensburg, and I'll certainly be there, too.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Sabina Smutna

ph: René & Radka

Down (2001)

When the express elevators in the Millennium Building, one of New York's most famous landmarks, start to malfunction and behave in erratic ways, an  elevator mechanic is sent out to find the cause of the problems.

Remake of the director's own 1983 Dutch movie is meant to be tongue-in-cheek, but is still rather silly and unsuspenseful.

Lisa Fonssagrives

ph: George Hoyningen-Huene

Concert: The Town Heroes

The Town Heroes are a Canadian duo who played as support for the Hedvig Mollestad Trio at the Alte Mälzerei in Regensburg last Tuesday. Most of the audience including myself hadn't heard of the band before and was mainly there for the main act. Of course, this is a common disadvantage for support acts, many simply ignoring the performance or appearing later to arrive for the second concert. The Town Heroes took those present by surprise with a blasting start which scared some to leave the room. It's a pity, since they missed a great inspired concert of a driving rock sound with great melodic passages. I'll be getting their CDs for certain.

Zenia Sevastyanova

ph: Lelaina Pierce

The Addams Family

A childhood favourite I'm still extremely fond of!

Bettie Page

New Stuff: Nature

Who's That Girl?

Photographer: Ray Leighton

Gabriele Regesaite

A day in the life, Oct 7

A day in the life, Oct 7, Regensburg by night

Natalia Vodianova

From my vaults: Jeffrey Dahmer

Kristina Salinovic

ph: Van Mossevelde + N

New York

Plaza Hotel, NYC, 1912

Magdalena Wrobel

First Lines: Luigi Meneghello - Deliver Us

It begins with a thunderstorm.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Katlin Aas

ph: Anthony Maule

Rarely Heard: His Name Is Alive - Are We Still Married?

His Name Is Alive are an experimental rock band from Livonia, Michigan, founded in the late 80s and debuted their first album with the great 4AD label in 1990. I came across the band when the company I worked for gave away stuff they wanted to get rid of and I got me a promotional copy of their EP The Dirt Eaters which had me instantly intrigued. (I also came across Broght Eyes and Pram the same way). Throughout the band's long history, leader wARREN Defever has been the only constant member, with a variety of musicians and singers contributing over the years. Their music is hard to describe, since they successfuly integrate many different genres into their sound. As I see they will be relasing anew album at the end of this month.

Zaklina Olonicheva

Window faces

Regensburg, October 2014

Bekah Jenkins

ph: Anne Menke

A day in the life, Oct 6

A day in the life, Oct 6, Regensburg by night

Aurelia Gliwski

Invitation to a Gunfighter (1964)

Frontier town enlists half-black gunman to rid them of uncontrollable Confederate veteran.

Above standard western with some diffuse political and existentialist pretensions, but it has a moody atmosphere and Yul Brynner does a great job in the lead role as a complicated gunfighter.

Halliwell*: "Predictable, rather self-satisfied Western with a studio look. Smart script and performances."

Maltin**1/2: "Cast surpasses turgid, talky script..."

Marie Liljedahl

New Stuff: Jimmy's Hall

Another Ken Loach movie depicting an event in Irish history.

Sara Emilia Bernat

The Zodiac (2005)

An elusive serial killer known as the Zodiac terrorizes the San Francisco Bay in the late 1960s, while detectives aim to stop him before he claims more victims.

Directed with style and with a good cast this movie describes bleak prospects to solve this murder mystery, but has been surpassed by David Fincher's take on the same story a few years later.

Maltin*1/2: "Earnest but flat examination...Well-defined feel of the late 60s is undermined by a bland performance by Chambers as a cop struggling with a puzzling case, made more intense by a panicked community and the ensuing media pressure. Film is as unsatisfying as the real-life status of these crimes."

Chantal Jones

ph: Carmelo Donato

New Stuff: Calvary

New movie from the team who also made The Guard so I just had to get this DVD.

Devon Aoki

ph: Daniel Sannwald

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Outer Limits: Corpus Earthling (1963)

Parasitic advance guard from outer space strive to kill a physician, the only human who can hear them.

If you can accept  the premise that talking rocks are actually English-speaking alien invaders, then you might find this episode intriguing and well-played.

Andrea Ojdanic

ph: Stefan Armbruster