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  • A new kind of group... The Radio Room!

    13 mars 2009, 8h34m par musinum

    I've created 14 groups at last.fm, and a dozen artist radios to go with them, some the traditional tag radios and others the newer Library Bot radios.

    I've decided to put them all together under one roof here at The Radio Room, a listening room for all the radios with descriptions and links to the associated groups.

    Come to listen and sample the sounds and feelings of the groups! Hear before you join!

    If you like the concept and would like to see it spread, please join The Radio Room!
  • Leonard Cohen Live

    30 jui. 2008, 12h33m par persio78

    Articolo pubblicato su Crakweb

    Quando qualche divinità ha distribuito i talenti, noi tutti dovevamo essere distratti, in seconda fila, mentre questo signore di Montreal si accaparrava tutto o quasi quello che c’era da prendere. Straordinario poeta, scrittore, intellettuale, studioso, musicista, cantante dotato della voce più seduttiva che sia mai passata attraverso un microfono.
    Oggi Cohen ha 74 anni, e torna sulla scena dopo essere stato ordinato monaco buddista a Mount Baldy, dove ha preso il nome di Jikan, il Silenzioso, ennesimo geniale paradosso della sua vita di cantante.
    Della sua vita dice semplicemente che continua la ricerca ‘...per capire perchè in certi momenti mi sento così malinconico...’, e quella malinconia è stato il motore di tutti i capolavori della sua carriera, da ‘Suzanne’ fino a oggi.

    Quando Cohen entra nella cavea dell’Auditorium puntualissimo alle 21, l’emozione è palpabile, perchè insieme a quell’omino magro con gilet e cappello, entra la sua leggenda.
    E bastano le prime note di ‘Dance me to the end of love’ per capire che la leggenda è viva, sta benissimo, ha ancora voglia di cantare e di divertirsi.
    Segue ‘The Future’, dall’omonimo album, su cui sarà costruita buona parte dell’ossatura del concerto. La band suona a meraviglia, gli arrangiamenti funzionano, con forse qualche eccesso di cori, che abilmente mascherano la voce ancora fredda di Cohen.
    Poi ‘Ain’t no cure for love’ e ‘Bird on the wire’, e così via, avanti e indietro nella straordinaria carriera del canadese, tra le ‘vecchie’ ‘Hey that’s no way to say goodbye’ e ‘Who by fire’ e la nuova ‘In my secret life’, fino alla chiusura del primo tempo con la bellissima ‘Anthem’, con Cohen che recita il ritornello ('Ring the bells that still can ring...) prima della canzone.
    Nell’intervallo ci si sente già soddisfatti, ma il meglio deve ancora venire.
    Quando si ripresenta, Cohen cambia marcia. La voce si fa ancora più profonda e definita, e sembra cesellare il bellissimo testo di ‘Tower of song’, quasi un testamento ironico scritto in vita (...Well my friends are gone and my hair is grey/ I ache in the places where I used to play...).
    Non si fa in tempo a disperdere l’emozione, e, solo al centro del palco, Leonard attacca ‘Suzanne’. Il pubblico segue in religioso silenzio, con il fiato sospeso, prima di applaudire per un tempo che pare infinito.
    Si riprende fiato sulla nuova, non memorabile, ‘Boogie street’, ma subito dopo arriva ‘Hallelujah’. E a sentirla dal vivo si capisce perchè così tanti musicisti la considerano una delle più belle canzoni di ogni epoca (e molti l’hanno cantata, da John Cale a Jeff Buckley, passando per Bob Dylan).
    L’interpretazione di Cohen è intensa fino allo struggimento, e allo stesso tempo di incredibile pulizia. Un capolavoro.
    La fine del secondo tempo è affidata a ‘Democracy’ (ancora da ‘The Future’, alla fine saranno ben 4 le canzoni estratte dall’album del 1992), ‘I’m your Man’ (meravigliosa) e ‘Take this waltz’.
    Cohen esce e ritorna sul palco quasi correndo, evidentemente soddisfatto e in ottima forma.
    Per i bis ha tenuto da parte ‘So long Marianne’, ‘First we take Manhattan’, ‘Sisters of Mercy’, e ‘If It Be Your Will’ (lui recita la prima strofa, poi affida la canzone alle bravissime Webb Sisters).
    Ma non è finita, giocando con i titoli delle canzoni e con il pubblico, Cohen chiude con ‘Closing Time’ seguita, dopo una finta fuga, da ‘Tried to Leave You’, con le ultime parole dette alle prime file: ‘...Goodnight, my darling, I hope you're satisfied, (...)...And here's a man still working for your smile...’
    Ultimo applauso preso a centro palco con tutta la band, intonando in coro ‘Wither Thou Goest’, canzone popolare il cui testo è tratto da un passo della Bibbia.

    Tre ore di concerto memorabile, di una intensità a tratti quasi insopportabile (chi più di Leonard Cohen è riuscito a generare emozione con il solo uso della voce?).
    Sarebbe ridicolo cercare di dare un voto, e infatti non lo farò.

    Chiudo citando le parole di Bono degli U2, che parlando di Cohen disse: ‘E’ troppo umile, nemmeno si rende conto che tutti noi musicisti faremmo qualunque cosa per avere scritto anche l’ultimo dei suoi scarti...’



    LA BAND:
    Roscoe Beck (basso)
    Rafael Gayol (batteria e percussioni)
    Neil Larsen (tastiere),
    Javers Mas (mandolino, chitarra flamenco)
    Bob Metzger (chitarra elettrice e pedal steel)
    Dino Soldo (sax, armonica, tastiere e cori)

    CORISTE:
    Sharon Robinson
    The Webb Sisters
  • Il y a longtemps que je t'aime, jamais je ne t'oublierai

    7 jui. 2009, 12h38m par hyacinther

    Lundi 6 juillet, 19h. Enfin, ce jour attendu depuis des mois est enfin arrivé... Dans quelques minutes, je vais voir Leonard Cohen en concert, concert qui sera sans doute l'un de ses derniers. Arrivé devant les portes du Zénith de Nantes, première mauvaise surprise, on m'annonce que les photos sont interdites durant le concert, y compris sans flash. Je range avec déception mon appareil au fond de mon sac, en me disant que je n'aurai que me oreilles et mes yeux pour me rappeler ce qui risque d'être l'un des plus beaux concerts de ma vie...


    Une fois arrivé dans la salle, je m'assieds dans mon siège et apprécie la situation dans laquelle je suis, pile au milieu de la scène, au 12e rang du parterre, juste en face de ce qui sera dans quelques minutes la place de Cohen. J'ai aussi une pensée pour les malheureux qui se retrouvent tout en haut des gradins, à plusieurs dizaines de mètre de la scène. Dans une salle de cette taille, l'absence de diffusion du concert sur écran est regrettable. Du coup, je réalise encore plus la chance que j'ai d'être assis ici.

    Enfin, le moment fatidique arrive... Les lumières s'éteignent, la scène s'illumine et les musiciens font leur entrée, suivis des choristes et enfin du grand Leonard, dans son sublime costume, coiffé de son habituel chapeau. Sa montée sur scène engendre une standing ovation, avant même que le canadien ait pu prononcer le moindre mot...

    Puis, le concert commence. Ouverture du bal avec Dance Me to the End of Love. Petite pensée pour ma cousine, qui me confiait la veille que c'était sa chanson préférée. Je remarque alors que de nombreux appareils photos sont sortis. Face à l'absence de réactions de la part des services de sécurité, je me décide donc à prendre quelques photos, afin d'imortaliser le moment. Le show continue avec The Future, ou Leonard esquisse quelques pas de danse (« And a white man dancing ») et est imité quelques couplets plus tard par les sublimes Webb Sisters qui font une roue sur scène lorsque Cohen modifie ses paroles en « And the white girls dancing ». Il poursuit ensuite en suivant à la chanson près le début du CD live enregistré l'été dernier à Londres (Ain't No Cure for Love, Bird on the Wire, Everybody Knows, In My Secret Life, Who By Fire) mais fait malgré tout l'effort d'introduire la plupart de ses chansons en récitant les premiers vers en français. Who By Fire marque déjà un grand moment dans le déroulement du concert. L'introduction est jouée par Javier Mas au Luth. Afin de faire profiter au maximum le public de cette performance artistique, la scène est quasiment plongée dans le noir, seul Javier Mas est éclairé par de petits projecteurs disposés juste devant lui au sol, ce qui projète une magnifique ombre portée sur toute la hauteur du voile blanc accroché en fond de scène. L'interprétation de la chanson est tout aussi magnifique, tout en retenue de la part des musiciens, et laissant place à de nombreuses nappes musicales et solos dignes de l'album live enregistré en 1979 (Field Commander Cohen: Tour of 1979). On apprécie la virtuosité du bassiste et directeur musical, Roscoe Beck, ainsi que la choriste Hattie Webb qui ponctue la chanson de petites touches de harpe.


    Pour terminer ce qui constituera la première partie du concert, il nous gratifiera de deux chansons qui ne sont pas présentes sur l'album de la tournée, Chelsea Hotel #2 et Waiting for the Miracle, tirée de l'album The Future... Il conclue en récitant le début du magnifique Anthem, accompagné à l'orgue Hammond B3 par Neil Larsen, avant que le reste du groupe ne le rejoigne pour la chanson. Le maestro nous congédie pour une vingtaine de minutes, en français toujours, et retourne en loge pour se reposer de cette heure de concert.

    Pendant l'entracte, les techniciens viennent disposer devant la scène un vieux synthé, qui servira pour donner le rythme de Tower of Song, qui ouvre la deuxième moitié du set. Leonard nous rassure, cet instrument « roule tout seul ». En effet, il lui suffit d'appuyer sur une seule touche pour que le clavier joue automatiquement la partie rythmique de la chanson. Il nous offre même par deux fois un petit solo de ce même synthétiseur, tout en simplicité mais néanmoins très applaudi. Évidemment, une salve d'applaudissement fuse lors de « I was born with the gift of a golden voice ».

    Il enchaîne avec l'inévitable Suzanne, puis Sisters of Mercy.

    Vient ensuite ce qui reste sans doute la surprise de ce concert : The Partisan. La chanson ne pouvait être mieux choisie, puisqu'en plus de comporter une partie de paroles en français, raconte l'histoire d'un résistant en France, à la manière d'une déclaration d'amour à notre pays « J'ai changé cent fois de nom, j'ai perdu femme et enfants mais j'ai tant d'amis ; j'ai la France entière. »

    On apprécie ensuite l'habituelle virtuosité vocale de Sharon Robinson durant l'ouverture de Boogie Street a cappella. Viennent à suivre Hallelujah (durant laquelle il modifiera les paroles « I've told the truth, I didn't come to Nantes to fool you »), I'm Your Man et Take this Waltz, à la fin de laquelle il quitte la scène en dansant... avant de revenir quelques minutes plus tard devant une foule compacte et debout (de nombreux spectateurs des gradins étant descendus dans les allées du parterre) pour entonner le tube indémodable So Long, Marianne en coeur avec le public et accompagné à l'harmonica par Dino Soldo. Puis, la foule toujours debout a dansé et chanté sur First We Take Manhattan, toujours accompagné par Hattie & Charley Webb, et Sharon Robinson. L'artiste quitte alors une nouvelle fois la scène, et revient sous les applaudissements pour un rappel un peu plus calme composé de Famous Blue Raincoat, qu'il conclue telle une lettre par un simple « Sincerely, L. Cohen ». S'ensuit une version particulière de If it Be Your Will, dont le début est récité par Cohen, puis sublimement chanté par les Webb Sisters, avec Hattie de nouveau à la harpe et Neil Larsen au Hammond B3, qui constitue une nouvelle fois un grand moment d'émotion. Cohen revient sur le devant de la scène à la fin de cette chanson, sans doute aussi ému que nous, pour attaquer sur Closing Time, qui clôturera ce second rappel. « So I guess it is closing time ! », dira-t-il avant de quitter pour la troisième fois la scène accompagné de ses musiciens.


    Mais avec beaucoup d'humour, il reviendra une dernière fois en démarrant par « I tried to leave you, I don't deny ». Cette chanson permettra une dernière fois à tous les musiciens chanteurs et choristes d'exprimer leur talent de virtuose : Bob Metzger à la guitare, Dino Soldo au saxophone, Neil Larsen au Hammond B3, Javier Mas au luth, Sharon Robinson et sa voix si particulière, les Webb Sisters, Roscoe Beck à la basse et finalement Rafael Bernardo Gayol dans magnifique solo de batterie aux balais.

    « Goodnight, my darling, I hope you're satisfied, the bed is kind of narrow, but my arms are open wide. And here's a man still working for your smile. »

    Cette dernière phrase précedera l'arrivée sur scène de toute l'équipe de la tournée, techniciens, backliners et régisseurs pour saluer ensemble le public et entonner a cappella, sous le symbole des deux coeurs entrelacés, Whither Thou Goest.


    À la fin de cette petite chanson, Cohen nous salue, dit merci et au revoir, et termine en disant : « Il y a longtemps que je t'aime, jamais je ne t'oublierai. »

    Cette fois, c'est bien fini. J'ai encore des frissons en revoyant ce sourire béat de Leonard, ravi de revenir sur scène, après presque 15 ans d'absence, chanter pour les gens qui l'aiment et qu'il aime.

    Retrouvez toutes mes photos du concert dans mon album flickr



    Liste artistique :

    Leonard Cohen : chant, guitare et clavier
    Roscoe Beck : directeur musical, basse, contrebasse, choeurs
    Rafael Bernardo Gayol : batterie et percussions
    Neil Larsen : claviers
    Javier Mas : banduria, luth, guitare à 12 cordes
    Bob Metzger : guitare, pedal steel
    Sharon Robinson : choeurs
    Dino Soldo : instruments à vent, harmonica, clavier


    Setlist :

    1re partie :
    Dance Me to the End of Love
    The Future
    Ain't No Cure for Love
    Bird on the Wire
    Everybody Knows
    In My Secret Life
    Who by Fire
    Chelsea Hotel #2
    Waiting for the Miracle

    2e Partie :
    Anthem
    Tower of Song
    Suzanne
    Sisters of Mercy
    The Partisan
    Boogie Street
    Hallelujah
    I'm Your Man
    Take This Waltz

    1er rappel :
    So Long, Marianne
    First We Take Manhattan

    2e rappel :
    Famous Blue Raincoat
    If It Be Your Will
    Closing Time

    3e rappel :
    I Tried to Leave You
    Whither Thou Goest
  • TOP 100 SONGS OF MY 2000'S

    2 jan. 2010, 18h16m par SirNeilGlen

    My favourite listens of the first decade of the second millenium a.d.

    http://open.spotify.com/user/sirneilglen/playlist/2SAY0evILZ5R9hUbrmFoOC

    1. Radiohead - Paranoid Android
    2. Muse - New Born
    3. Elbow - One Day Like This
    4. Mew - The Zookeeper's Boy
    5. Lemon Jelly - Page One
    6. Radiohead - Idioteque
    7. Massive Attack - Teardrop
    8. Mr Scruff - Get A Move On
    9. The Strokes - Reptilia
    10. Arcade Fire - No Cars Go
    11. The Go! Team - Junior Kickstart
    12. Sufjan Stevens - Concerning the UFO sighting near Highland, Illinois
    13. Leonard Cohen - The Stranger Song
    14. Radiohead - Like Spinning Plates (Live)
    15. The Beatles - Help!
    16. The Flaming Lips - It Overtakes Me
    17. Muse - Knights Of Cydonia
    18. Sigur Ros - Hoppipola
    19. Mr Oizo - Flat Beat
    20. The Cure - The Lovecats
    21. Ralph Vaughan Williams - Fantasia On A Theme By Thomas Tallis
    22. Burial - Archangel
    23. Portishead - The Rip
    24. Keane - The Hamburg Song
    25. Mr Scruff - Fish
    26. The Beatles - Across The Universe
    27. Penguin Cafe Orchestra - Perpetuum Mobile
    28. The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Pt.1
    29. Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
    30. Muse - Plugin Baby
    31. Regina Spektor - Pavlov's Daughter
    32. Mr Scruff - Shanty Town
    33. Jem - They
    34. The Postal Service - Such Great Heights
    35. M.I.A. - Pull Up The People
    36. Coldplay - Til Kingdom Come
    37. Bjork - Triumph Of A Heart
    38. Arcade Fire - Intervention
    39. Keane - Bedshaped
    40. Imogen Heap - Hide & Seek
    41. Elbow - Grounds For Divorce
    42. Air - Alpha Beta Gaga
    43. Pink Floyd - Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-V)
    44. Jean Jacques Perrey & Luke Vibert - Frere Jacques
    45. The Beatles - I Want You (She's So Heavy)
    46. DeVotchKa - How It Ends
    47. Aphex Twin - Flim
    48. Moby - Porcelain
    49. Nujabes - Aruarian Dance
    50. Gonzales - Gogol
    51. Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells II
    52. Julian Casablancas - River Of Brakelights
    53. Guiseppe Verdi - Nabucco (Chorus Of The Hebrew Slaves)
    54. Ratatat - Mirando
    55. Coldplay - Fix You
    56. Air - Alone In Kyoto
    57. Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Lies)
    58. Leonard Cohen - One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong
    59. Daft Punk - Aerodynamic
    60. Muse - Invincible
    61. ELO - Mr Blue Sky
    62. Claude Debussy - Claire De Lune
    63. Boards of Canada - Roygbiv
    64. Grandaddy - He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's The Pilot
    65. Sigur Ros - Staralfur
    66. Phatfish - There Is A Day
    67. Elbow - Powder Blue
    68. Snow Patrol - How To Be Dead
    69. Focus - Hocus Pocus
    70. The Prodigy - Out Of Space
    71. Edward Elgar - Cello Concerto in E Minor
    72. Bob Dylan - Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
    73. Paul Dixon - The Hill
    74. Bloc Party - Helicopter
    75. The Avalanches - Frontier Psychiatrist
    76. Gorillaz - Clint Eastwood
    77. Basement Jaxx - Plug It In
    78. Pixies - Allison
    79. Roots Manuva - Witness (1 Hope)
    80. Manic Street Preachers - If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next
    81. Blur - Sweet Song
    82. Dan Deacon - Pink Batman
    83. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory - Pure Imagination
    84. The Shins - New Slang
    85. David Vandervelde - Son of Gold
    86. The Phoenix Foundation - Sea World
    87. Hard Knox - Fire Like This
    88. The Cinematic Orchestra - To Build A Home
    89. The Stone Roses - I Am The Resurrection
    90. The Animals - House Of The Rising Sun
    91. Joe Hisaishi - One Summer's Day
    92. Pet Shop Boys - The Sodom And Gomorrah Show
    93. Antonio Vivaldi - Et In Terra Pax
    94. Clinic - Family
    95. The Stranglers - Waltzinblack
    96. Sigur Ros - Untitled 4
    97. Aphex Twin - Windowlicker
    98. Coldplay - Don't Panic
    99. Badly Drawn Boy - Nothing's Going To Change Your Mind
    100. The Album Leaf - Over The Pond

    SPOTIFY (the one's that they have...obviously not Beatles or Floyd)
    http://open.spotify.com/user/sirneilglen/playlist/2SAY0evILZ5R9hUbrmFoOC
    if you don't have spotify, please message me and i'll send you an invite before your musical crime is caught by the internet police.
  • Intervention

    25 fév. 2007, 19h28m par FantasticVoyage

    Is it just me or does anybody else think that The Arcade Fire's "Intervention" is one of the most amazing songs of the last few years?

    It really does take you some place else. Great, beautiful song. Can't wait for the album.

    -----

    Btw, does anybody else prefere Johnette Napolitano & Danny Lohner's version of "The Scientist" over the original Coldplay version?
  • I was lying in my bed last night... when it suddenly hit me

    7 mai 2006, 18h49m par FantasticVoyage

    Songs that almost literally hit me while listening
    - in positive way of course, songs that include some special moments for me:

    4 Non Blondes - Pleasantly Blue
    a-ha - White Dwarf
    Antony and the Johnsons - Fistful Love
    Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Lies)
    Bruce Springsteen - Devils and Dust
    Blondie - Maria
    Corinne Bailey Rae - Put Your Records On
    The Beatles - While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Antology version)
    David Bowie - Cygnet Comittee
    David Bowie - Five Years
    David Byrne - Glass, Concrete and Stone
    David Gray - This Year's Love
    The Divine Comedy - Everybody Knows (Exept You)
    The Dresden Dolls - The Jeep Song (OF COURSE!)
    Dusty Springfield - Windmills of Your Mind
    Franz Ferdinand - The Fallen
    Gilbert Bécaud - Nathalie
    Kate Bush - Wuthering Hights
    Kate Bush - Eat The Music
    The Killers - Andy, You're A Star
    Janis Joplin - Piece of My Heart
    Leonard Cohen - Suzanne
    Lou Reed - Street Hassle
    Macy Gray - Try
    Nirvana - Lithium
    Paul Simon - Darling Loraine
    Pearl Jam - Given To Fly
    Pet Shop Boys - My October Symphony
    Pink - Lonely Girl
    Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
    Pixies - Hey
    Radiohead - Creep
    Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Dani California" and "Snow (Hey Oh)" most recently
    Savoy - Any Other Way
    Sheryl Crow - Steve McQueen
    Siouxsie and the Banshees - Kiss Them For Me
    The Strokes - Juicebox
    Tracy Chapman - Telling Stories
    Tom Waits - Shiver Me Timbers
    The White Stripes - Blue Orchid

    what about you? :o)


    Antony and the JohnsonsArcade FireBlondieCorinne Bailey RaeDavid BowieDavid GrayThe Divine ComedyThe Dresden DollsDusty SpringfieldFranz FerdinandGilbert BécaudKate BushJanis JoplinLeonard CohenLou ReedNirvanaPearl JamPet Shop BoysPixiesRadioheadRed Hot Chili PeppersSavoySheryl CrowSiouxsie and the BansheesThe StrokesTracy ChapmanTom WaitsThe White StripesMacy Graya-haPaul SimonPink FloydPink4 Non BlondesDavid ByrneThe KillersBruce Springsteen
  • First Impressions

    23 avr. 2006, 11h55m par FantasticVoyage

    Let me tell you about my first "meetings" with some of my fave artists. The list of them is very random. :o)

    David Bowie
    I think I first heard his "Seven" from 'hours...' and I thought he was some American folk singer. It was some years later when I started to collect his discography when I realised that the song I'd heard just once ages ago and absolutely loved it, was a David Bowie song. :o) Still one of my faves.

    Franz Ferdinand
    David Bowie recommended them to me. Not directly of course. lol So my first impressions after I bought their album were: good, danceble, but nothing much special. In fact I fell in love with them after I heard "You Could Have It So Much Better". And "Better In Hoboken". :o)

    The Dresden Dolls
    First song: Coin - Operated Boy.
    First impression: That's what I've been waiting for. I fell in love with The Dresden Dolls on a first sight. Yes, a first sight not a listening, because I first saw 'em in a music mag and read an interview with Brian. Brian was SO sweat! lol So I had high expectacions when I started to listen to them and they were even better that I'd imagined!

    The White Stripes
    My first TWS song was "Seven Nation Army" and it changed my view on music completely. I thought: two people and such a great music. No comps! Cool!

    Kate Bush
    One day five or six years ago I heard Kate's notorious "The Wuthering Hights" on the radio and was like: WTF? My jaw dropped to the floor. I started a research to find who this singer was. I found her name and found her first album in a store. And I listened to this one over and over and over again. It took me 5 years to collect the whole discography because each album took me some time to get used to it. But now I love almost all of her songs. She is the best female artist, folks!

    Leonard Cohen
    Something similar: I heard his "Suzanne" and fell in love. :o) Some time later I bought some of his CD's and I've been listening to it ever since. ;o)

    The Arcade Fire
    Another recommendation from Mr. Bowie. Rebellion (Lies) got me addicted on the first listening. I listened to it over and over and other of their songs followed soon. When I finally got their album I didn't listen to almost anything else for a week or so. :o) Their songs are example of a pure beauty, it's great to know that there still live people who can make nice melodies. The only "minus" thing is Win Buttler's voice... But, after all, I don't like perfect things. :P

    Jamie Cullum
    I read some reviews and decided to try him. As long as I like Frank Sinatra, I wanted to hear how the modern "pop" jazz sounds like. So? It sounds great. You can dance to it, you can sing along or you can just relax. Jamie's cover versions of old standarts like "I Could Have Danced All Night" or "I Get A Kick Out Of You" sound hot, fresh and contemporary enough. Well, and his own songs... You just have to hear it. :o)He's one of the few artists I really WANT to see perform live, I'm sure it'll be worth it. I've heard only cool things about his shows btw. ;o)

    Antony and the Johnsons
    Well, I also first read about him, and to be honest, I was afraid what I should expect from him. Some fat drag-queen with vibrato voice. Will he/she sing soprano or what? :o))) So this caused that I took the opportunity to listen to him only a month or so ago. But I fell in love. In fistful love. I like his voice very much and IMO he really is one of the best songwriters and performers of our time. Hope he'll go on.

    Pet Shop Boys
    They don't seem to fit in this company though, but I listen to them a lot and I don't deny it. I like good pop, so why not? :o)
    And after all, they're very original in what they do.
    My first song: Go West in 1993. I hated it. It was everywhere. That year Czechoslowakia split up, so this song was a bit of a symbol of us going west finally. My first positive impressions came in 2002 with their album called "Release" and two radio singles "Home And Dry" and beatle-esque "I Get Along". I like Neil Tennant's voice and his almost expresionless style of singing, that's why Pet Shop Boys has been my walkman music since the beginning of this year, which was the time I really started to listen to them. They always bring good mood to me. I love their "Performance" tour DVD or their videos and I usually watch them with "audio commentary on", coz it's such a good laugh with these two gentlemen (and Chris Heath :P). :o)

    Dusty Springfield
    I've known her "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me" for all of my life and everytime I heard it on the radio, I really l.i.s.t.e.n.e.d. to this beatiful song. Her voice has the power to make you cry as well as make you smile. My interest in her has grown after I heard her collaboration with Pet Shop Boys (What Have I Done To Deserve This). I just simply wanted to hear and know more. So now I'm searching and buying. :o)

    Ryuichi Sakamoto
    Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence. My love to David Bowie has brought me to another great artist. I absolutely fell in love with the movie's main theme that was composed by Ryuichi who also played one of the main characters in the movie. Japanese tunes, a bit of sadness and melancholy but also a lot of passion, that's what I hear in his music. Hope I'll get the opportunity to hear more of his songs (they're very hard to get in here).

    David Bowie The Dresden Dolls The White Stripes Franz Ferdinand Dusty Springfield Antony and the Johnsons Jamie Cullum Kate Bush Leonard Cohen Pet Shop BoysThe Arcade Fire Ryuichi Sakamoto