Audio heaven

When I want a piece of audio heaven, I click these links:

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New from The Staxx Brothers: ominous, blow-the-house-up funk! (with lyrics)

 The Staxx Brothers – the best brothers in entertainment since Blues Brothers – just launched (August 14, 2104 on YouTube) the first single of their next album. The single is titled “Black & Mild” and the album “Hot Chocolate”.

Of course, nowadays a new single is more than a single, it’s a story.

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One book at a time – my favorite recent ones

Child 44 – by Tom Rob Smith

Set in the Soviet Union in 1953, this stellar debut from British author Smith offers appealing characters, a strong plot and authentic period detail. When war hero Leo Stepanovich Demidov, a rising star in the MGB, the State Security force, is assigned to look into the death of a child, Leo is annoyed, first because this takes him away from a more important case, but, more importantly, because the parents insist the child was murdered. In Stalinist Russia, there's no such thing as murder; the only criminals are those who are enemies of the state. After attempting to curb the violent excesses of his second-in-command, Leo is forced to investigate his own wife, the beautiful Raisa, who's suspected of being an Anglo-American sympathizer. Demoted and exiled from Moscow, Leo stumbles onto more evidence of the child killer. The evocation of the deadly cloud-cuckoo-land of Russia during Stalin's final days will remind many of Gorky Park and Darkness at Noon, but the novel remains Smith's alone, completely original and absolutely satisfying. Rights sold in more than 20 countries. (May)

Set in the Soviet Union in 1953, this stellar debut from British author Smith offers appealing characters, a strong plot and authentic period detail. When war hero Leo Stepanovich Demidov, a rising star in the MGB, the State Security force, is assigned to look into the death of a child, Leo is annoyed, first because this takes him away from a more important case, but, more importantly, because the parents insist the child was murdered. In Stalinist Russia, there’s no such thing as murder; the only criminals are those who are enemies of the state. After attempting to curb the violent excesses of his second-in-command, Leo is forced to investigate his own wife, the beautiful Raisa, who’s suspected of being an Anglo-American sympathizer.

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Nu beau, ca inca nu s-o ridicat mira

“Nu beau, ca inca nu s-o ridicat mira”, ii raspunsesem unei june care m-a imbiat cu o bere la exact 11:47. Mi-a raspuns cu o privire alba.

“Copiii trebuie educati”, am meditat, cu buza insetata.

Asa ca am facut o vizita de documentare in Cuba, loc unde este mira la kil si pentru toata lumea. Si-acu o dau tuturor educatorilor pasionati.

Mai adaug doar ca – precum in filmarea de mai jos – am intrat si io foarte brusc din mira in program, la 12:00 cu un Urquell.

 

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Romanian funk metalists Dirty Shirt win second place at Metal Battle Wacken 2014

Wacken (W.O.A.  – Wacken Open Air) is, of course, the mother of all metal festivals in the world.

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If your band gets to play Wacken, it doesn’t need anything else in the resume.

Your band winning at Wacken Metal Battle, well…that’s like sitting at the table with the metal gods.

 

And, in AD 2014, my beloved hometown Romanians DIRTY SHIRT did just that. They won second place.

Which makes me wanna see them here in Canada even more!

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Here is the story, in pics and video:

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Bad times are ripe with great rock: introducing CONTRABANDA, the Spanish heroes

These are not good times in Spain: the economy breathes as rare as a yogin in trance, unemployment soars high and dark, like the fierce birds in The Wall.

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Bad times, no kidding.

But the lotus flower grows out of the mud and blossoms above the muddy water.

(shameless copy/paste from one of those rarely breathing, trance inducing yogin websites)

So is rock music, and my favorite places to look for great rock nowadays are the ones in dire straits!

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Summer ideas!

Here is a collection of SUMMER articles previously published on this blog.

Let me know if you like any of the ideas, and long live SUMMER!!!

Summer 2013: cottage life near Orillia, Ontario

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Baia Mare 2014: wrought iron and rose gardens.

I was born and raised in Baia Mare, a mining town with a history that goes beyond medieval times in Northern Transylvania, Romania.

Each time I visit in June, a trademark of my hometown pops up everywhere, reminding me of the happy childhood in the 1970s, and the beautiful people that populated it. It is the well manicured front yards, delimited by stylish wrought iron fences covered in roses.

Have a look!

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Tanya Tagaq at Luminato 2014: deep, quintessential performance!

The Luminato festival in Toronto never fails to bring at least one revolutionary performance each June. Laurie Anderson, the Kronos Quartet, Einstein On The Beach are just a few.

This year, it was “Tanya Tagaq presents Nanook of the North”

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Exhausted, hungry and thirsty after the performance, beautiful Tanya Tagaq took a moment to have her picture taken with myself (right) and friend Raz Constantine (left). Can you not love such an artist? Her new album, ANIMISM, was just released.

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Free today! Opening Night at the Luminato Festival Hub

Pan American Tropical Triple Bill Featuring: Interactivo, Emeline Michel and Jesse Cook with Special Guest Amanda Martinez

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