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Can’t get you outta my mind…

I was watching Brian Setzer’s live at Tokyo on DVD with a friend the other day.

That was when..BANG… it hit me…

I am listening to his albums again and again the whole week.

What a guitar player !

Since he formed his big band after leaving the Stray Cats, Brian is really rocking the world in his own way.

I didn’t know they covered “Brand New Cadillac”…

I am sure the guys are having the time of their lives playing with that orchestra.

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Thanks man, you made my week.

 
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Posted by on July 24, 2009 in Music

 

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Nine Inch Nails live in Athens – July 20 2009

ticketThere are a few things that I realize when I attend to live shows every now and then.

Such as: I have to buy me a camera someday to get some decent photos.

There must be hundreds of better photos out there today than the ones you see on this blog.

The guy that stood in front of me did a wonderful job with his cell phone.

The concert was very successful, had a wonderful atmosphere and some 3000 people turned up at Rocks Theater – Melina Mercuri, maybe more.

Perhaps it was the good vibe set by the opener for both bands, Alec Empire, that got things going so nicely. Alec Empire is the digital hardcore project of Alexander Wilke-Steinhof,  founding member of the German band Atari Teenage Riot.

I have to admit, I had no beer this time but due to the warm summer weather I managed to down 3 bottles of water which made things a lot better.

One thing I have to say here before I talk about Jane’s Addiction.

I never liked their music.

It’s better for me to admit that Perry Farrell is a very nice performer, moving and jumping here and there, endlessly talking and encouraging the audience to participate and all that.

The four of them are very good musicians but their music is not my cup of tea.

No hard feelings.

Everything was working perfectly with all acts going on stage on time.

Nine Inch Nails came on at 10:15 to leave the stage 100 minutes later.

Just like Jane’s Addiction and Alec Empire, that was their first time in Greece and I was surprised of how many people knew the lyrics of their songs.

Great sound, great performance, great stuff…

Trent Reznor and his band managed to set the stage on fire and make people dance and sing and have a great time.

Reznor had a great selection of Nine Inch Nails tracks having the band members using almost every instrument that was on stage in order to perform “Head Like a Hole”, “Mr. Self Destruct“, “Hurt“, “The Fragile“…and I could go on and on writing here song titles.

They didn’t forget to play also the song of their collaboration with David Bowie,“I’m Afraid of Americans” as well as the cover version on Gary Numan’sMetal”.

Bass player Justin Meldal-Johnsen was using his bass guitar switching to keyboards while doing backing vocals, guitarist Robin Finck was running up and down the stage doing backing vocals, playing his guitars and whatever instrument he would come across and excellent Ilan Rubin was…plain excellent – both on drums and at the piano!

Seemed like Reznor was having fun last night.

nin live in athensSwitching from one keyboard to the other, playing the guitar and of course… singing, he proved us all why he was one of the 50 most influential personalities in USA for the 90’s.

It’s a pity that Nine Inch Nails announced they “wave” goodbye.

At least I was lucky enough to see them live on stage and like a friend said last night “so far, this might have been the best live show we’ve seen in years”.

 
 

Anti

tapeAnti were an Athenian rock band that formed in 1980 as part of the original wave of Greek punk rock.  

They were not using guitars or drums at all.

For most of their recording career, Anti consisted of  Costas Aggelidis (lead vocals, keyboards), Dimitris Diplas (bass) and Costas Panagopoulos (keyboards).

During the 80’s, the band participated in several compilations, such as “Sintagi Anti Thanatou” in 1986, “Fragmenta” in 1990.

Anti left behind a split album with the hardcore band Kinonika Apovlita that was released in 1990 and had the title “Anti

Their politicized Greek lyrics and musical experimentation can also be found on the tape compilations of “Chaos Zine 1 Punks Not Dead” (1992), “Greek H.C. Punk” (1993), “Rock Istories No.2“.

Lately, I received this nice vid of the band, through a couple of friends:

More about Anti can be found here.

 
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Posted by on July 14, 2009 in New Wave / Dark Wave

 

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Duo Choriambus – Dialogues

DuoSometimes I find myself listening to different kinds of music.

It’s not happening too often but it happens…

Listening to the Duo Choriambus last night, was on of these times..

This duo is consisted of two ancient instruments which meet not very often through the centuries but always sound captivating acts as a bridge between three Greek and three French composers of different recognition and starting point.

These are the ingredients of this enterprise entitled “Dialogues” which was released during 2008.

Duo Choriambus is the result of a long and fruitful cooperation of two distinguished musicians: Nikos  Nikopoulos, principal flute of the Greek National Opera Orchestra and Georgia Xagara, principal harp of the Athens State Orchestra.

cd coverApart from their personal artistic activity they appear frequently as a duo all around Greece as well as in various festivals and conventions as the World Harp Congress and the International Flute Convention of the British Flute Society.

The Duo performs here:

T. Antoniou – Dialogues for flute & harp (2004)

Nestor Taylor – Little Prayer for flute & harp (2008)

T. Antoniou – Lament for Michelle (1988)

C. Debussy – La Fille aux Cheveux de lin (1910)

C. Debussy – Arabesque No. 1 (1888)

P.O. Ferroud – Trois pieces pour flute (1922)

A. Darlas – Elpinor II, op. 63 B (2008)

Camille Saint-Saens – Fantaisie op. 124 (1907)

You didn’t see that coming, huh ?

 
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Posted by on July 10, 2009 in Music

 

Septic Flesh – Communion

communion coverAs I mentioned a few times in the past, the Greek metal bands are the most successful ones over the Greek borders today.

Two of them are selling thousands of albums all around the world, touring here and there: Rotting Christ and Septic Flesh.

I was reading today that Septic Flesh were on a U.S. tour along with Cradle Of Filth and Satyricon during January and February 2009.

Cool…I wasn’t aware of that…

I followed a link to their official site  to discover that the band will perform again on August 22 at Belgium’s “Metal Mean Festival” and on September 12 at the city of Lamia  – “Therino Theater Lamias”.

Since January 15th to February 28th, 2009 Cradle Of Filth, Satyricon and Septic Flesh, played at: Sayreville, Worcester, Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto, Cleveland, Indianapolis (Septicflesh ONLY), Detroit , Milwaukee , Chicago, Minneapolis, Englewood, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, Modesto, (Septicflesh ONLY), San Francisco , LA , Anaheim, San Diego, Las Vegas, Arizona, San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Orlando, Spartanburg (Septicflesh ONLY) , Asheville, Norfolk , Baltimore and  New York.

I wonder if they had the time for sightseeing…

Septic Flesh were formed in Athens during 1990 to release their first mini LP “Temple of the Lost Race” on December 1991.

Their first full length album was released during 1994 titled “Mystic Places of Dawn“.

In 1995 they released “Esoptron” which was to be followed by “Ophidian Wheel” in May 1997.

Here one can find Lambros Sfyris on the chair of co-producer.

Sfyris was no other but the singer/keyboard player of the Greek band Erevos.

Sfyris returned t co-produce with the band, the album “A Fallen Temple” which was released on March 1998.

Recruiting Natalie Rassoulis for the backing vocals in 1998, the band shot the video of the song “The Eldest Cosmonaut“.

During October 1999 Septic Flesh released the album “Revolution DNA” which was produced by Fredrik Nordstrom.

Sumerian Deamons” was released in 2003 featuring 13 tracks.

It would be the last album of the band that took a break after that for 5 years.

In 2008, Septic Flesh returned with a new album,  titled “Communion”…so, that’s why they are touring for almost a year now…

The album was announced album of the month  for “Rock Hard” (France),  album of the trimester for “Metallian” (France) best album for “Hard Rock” (France), succeeded a 9/10 on “Terrorizer” magazine (UK) and the list goes on and on….

During 2009 they also played at Moscow, Saint-Petersbourg, Helsinki, Oslo, Kiev, Vana-Vigala, Greece, France, Bulgaria, Romania, Belarus and Moldavia.

So, it’s been a busy year for Septic Flesh.

Unfortunately the Greek TV is focused on the local bouzouki artists instead of informing the people about these rock bands that travel around the world playing their music and getting signed to foreign music record labels…

For those out there that don’t know it by now, Greece is not only bouzouki and syrtaki dance….

 

 
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Posted by on July 9, 2009 in Heavy Metal

 

A rare Past Perfect video

Past Perfect supported the Mission UK on the 18th of April, 2004.

We posted a long time ago the history of this great Greek band here, but today I discovered this very interesting video on youtube.

This vid finds Past Perfect playing that night on the stage of Gagarin club in Athens.

 
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Posted by on July 7, 2009 in Goth, etc.

 

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