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Quite frankly, I wouldn't know where to look at with a stage show like this:  :o
However, youtube seems to have a problem with some of their live vids...
I didn't know much about them before I heard about this gig. (Made me wonder how they put on such gigs in a rather "sleepy" little town in Swabia!)

Quite frankly, I thought The Franklys sounded quite good (they're gonna play Stuttgart next week w/ another band from Japan - this gig I knew about before the one in Obermarchtal).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n33_rvBhmAs

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Will see what comes along...

Hm, tonight in a small town called Obermarchtal: The Soapgirls and The Franklys... could be fun...

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World Chat / Re: Brian James
« on: October 09, 2018, 03:24:16 PM »

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TV Chat / Re: New Album 2018
« on: October 06, 2018, 12:45:00 PM »
I can't repeat often enough how great this album is; I've listened to it at home, at work and in the car!

A German review:
https://www.bierschinken.net/review/3299-tv-smith-land-of-the-overdose

A Dutch one:
http://www.rockportaal.nl/tv-smith-land-of-the-overdose/

(Google translate Dutch>German worked pretty well with this one - except when "drummer" became "trompeter"...)

On amazon.co.uk I found this nice review:
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Simply beautiful.

Infectious tunes.

Creative poetry.

Radical honesty.

Truth spoken.

Land Of The Overdose is a triumphant partner to the In The Arms of My Enemy and Coming In To Land trilogy.

TV Smith’s Purple Patch.

Buy it.

Play it.

Love it.

Thank you Teev.

Tim, Lisa & Ziggy

Does anyone remember Tj?

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World Chat / Re: The TUTS Jukebox > What Are You Playing This Week?
« on: October 06, 2018, 11:37:21 AM »
Apart from TV's excellent new one, I've been playing Alejandro Escovedo (with Don Antonio) "The Crossing": beautiful album!
https://www.austinchronicle.com/music/2018-09-28/alejandro-escovedo-the-crossing/
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While preview single "Outlaw for You" plus word of cameos from James Williamson (Stooges) and Wayne Kramer (MC5) indicated Alejandro Escovedo's 12th studio LP might lean punk, The Crossing doesn't boomarang back to the Texan's slam-rock roots. Instead, teamed with Italian cinematic rockers Don Antonio, he and group leader Antonio Gramentieri become Mexican Diego and Italian Salvo searching for the America of the New York Dolls, Ramones, and Jack Kerouac. "I saw the Zeros and they looked like me/ This is the America I want to be!" exults Diego on "Sonica USA," alluding to Javier Escovedo's L.A. punks. Trump's America unfolds in proxy: "America is beautiful, America is ill," snarls Escovedo on "Teenage Luggage," one of his most withering songs

https://americansongwriter.com/2018/09/alejandro-escovedo-crossing/
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A cameo from the MC5’s Wayne Kramer on first single “Sonica USA,” with its twisted sax and grinding guitar, is another highlight on this hour-long, widescreen venture. Escovedo is in fine, emotional voice throughout, especially on ballads like the lovely “Cherry Blossom Rain.”

As with the best concept sets, you don’t need to follow the story, or even know there is one, to enjoy these songs, since most stand on their own. They may not be the best or catchiest ones Escovedo has written, but this is one of the most passionate, relevant, politically charged and personal projects he has released in a career pushing 40 years. It’s injected with fire, fury and a thoughtful treatise of the immigrant issue from firsthand experience. But most importantly, he puts the music first, as it always should be.

Other than these new ones, I keep listening to any "old" stuff that crosses my mind: Blondie, Suzy & los Quattro, Sonny Vincent, The Saints, "Twin Peaks" soundtracks...

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The Nightingales are a rolling mawl of a band, taking no prisoners and no breaks.

They're gonna play a bar in Ulm in November, I heard. Not sure if I can make it. Saw them once before, in 2009, that was a pretty good night out.  8)

Dirtmusic have a few dates nearby - one of them I will got to, just not sure which one yet.

Other than that, no big plans. Will see what comes along...  8)

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World Chat / Re: Johnny Rotten / Lydon Interview
« on: October 04, 2018, 09:14:26 AM »
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/28/style/johnny-rotten-john-lydon-sex-pistols.html
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With his return to the public stage, Mr. Lydon’s girth has become a subject of tabloid reports. “John Lydon, 62, looks barely recognizable,” read a recent headline in The Daily Express in London. The Daily Mail said he “looks worlds away from his hell-raising rail-thin punk heyday.”

Mr. Lydon, for his part, isn’t about to start caring what people think. “Sometimes I bloat because I’ve got a thyroid problem,” he said. “It’s really nice when your pants expand, and you can wear them after, when you thin back down.”

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TV Live / Re: TV Gigs 2018
« on: October 01, 2018, 05:06:59 PM »
I'm glad too - had some work to do today, but with the energy of a TV gig behind me, it always goes quite well!  8)


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TV Live / Re: TV Gigs 2018
« on: October 01, 2018, 09:10:15 AM »
Sunday afternoon and I had time on my hands. Took a scenic drive across the "Schwaebische Alb" down to Balingen (90km). Why not combine two things I like to do: going to a gig and "taking in" the beauty of our countryside here?  :)
(And it added to another "hobby": taking photos.)
After a look around in the town centre I drove up to the mountains in the southwest, a steep climb from a parking lot later I was on top of a rock/mountain with a great view.

When I arrived at the venue (not the "Sonnenkeller" for once, but another pub/bar named "Doppeldecker") Ilona and Wolfgang were already sitting inside, so I sat down too. Nice place, reminded me a little bit of the "Anyway" in Essen.
A while later Sally joined us; TV said a quick hello, before he had to go onstage. No-one seemed bothered about the early start, in fact I think for many this was convenient on a Sunday night!

TV started with the (very apt) "Not A Bad Day". Setlist will come later, TV has it. I'll explain why: as we were seated, I had the great idea of writing it down, but I'd left my pen in the car; nobody around me had one (going back to the car during the show was not an option!), then Sally got out her phone ("is she looking for the pencil-app?" I thought to myself) and opened a text program and wrote it all down (I took over when she left for a short time). She passed it on to TV, who just sent it to me:

Not A Bad Day
No Time To Be 21
No Control
We Stand Alone
Green Zone
What If
Replay
I Delete
Lion And The Lamb
Never Again Until The Next Time
Useless
Expensive Being Poor
Immortal Rich
No Hope Street
Last Lost Sheep
The Drink
Generation Y
Pushed Again
The Day We Caught The Big Fish
Sunny Side Up
Land Of The Overdose
My String Will Snap
Gary Gilmore's Eyes
Bored Teenagers
One Chord Wonders
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Only One Flavour
Keys To The World
Runaway Train Driver

I thought this gig was much better than the one on Saturday (and I was glad those who were there the night before agreed with me)! The audience was much more into it and showed lots of enthusiasm, clapping and singing along at times. They loved the new songs (there was a girl who lip-synched the words to the old and the new songs). During "Pushed Again" someone provided great backing vocals ("in my head...")!  8)
Apparently the new CD was sold out at the end of the evening.

Thanks to Wolfgang for buying me an alc-free beer (back in the day that was a "no-go", but nowadays I like it sometimes)! Thanks TV for a great gig and Sally for taking care of the setlist (& the merch).

My photos of the gig are quite blurry (I'm better at taking pics of landscapes or buildings). Maybe there is one I'll be able to share later...

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TV Live / Re: TV Gigs 2018
« on: September 30, 2018, 09:51:11 AM »
When I arrive at the "Esperanza" (after taking a wrong turn in the town centre of Schwaebisch Gmuend - I should've known better, as I'd been to this club a few times!), the 'usual suspects' are already there: Ilona & Wolfgang, TV & Sally, Meike & partner, plus a few people I don't know.  8)
Gotta admit, for a Saturday night (!) it could/should be more people in... what's up with Gmuend?

Anyway, support band Ashpipe (who came all the way from Italy) start their show. They play punk/reggae/ska...
Apart from the typical drums/bass/guitar/vocals line-up they have a crazy guy on mandolin/fiddle/vox, who adds that "special extra" folk flavour. Not bad at all.

Soon thereafter TV starts playing to an attentive audience (well maybe apart from the 2 guys who chat loudly during the songs). I don't have a complete setlist (sorry) with the correct order (sorry again), but these were played: Not in my name, No control, We Stand Alone, No Time To Be 21, We Who Wait, Keys to the world, Coming In To Land, Replay, Lion and the Lamb, I Delete, No Hope Street, Expensive Being Poor, Immortal Rich, Land Of The Overdose, Last Lost Sheep, It's warming up, The Drink, Pushed Again, My String Will Snap, Generation Y, GGE, Bored Teenagers, One Chord Wonders
Encore: Only One Flavour, Runaway Train Driver

Afterwards, we chat a bit (e.g. about the early start in Balingen - TV likes the idea of not starting late, for once) and say bye (until the next time).  :)

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TV Live / Re: TV Gigs 2018
« on: September 29, 2018, 04:19:40 PM »
Tonight it's off to "Esperanza" in S.Gmuend (a place TV has played quite a few times).

Anyone planning to go tomorrow (Balingen)? Don't come at 9pm (as usual), apparently it's an early start at 7pm!  :o
Not sure if I can make that one.

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Was that a "spoiler"?  :o
 ;D
If that will happen, I will turn it off. Worst/unnecessary thing in "Fargo S2" was that UFO...  ::)

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World Chat / Re: MC50 - Kick out the jams 2018
« on: September 28, 2018, 04:50:31 PM »
https://www.austin360.com/entertainment/music/wayne-kramer-never-expected-tour-years-later/

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Asked if he or his bandmates ever entertained the possibility that they’d be shaping musicians five decades into the future, Kramer said the likelihood of self destruction – both for the band’s members and for the country in an escalating Cold War – prevented them from looking or thinking about what the future could hold.

“During the height of the nuclear arms race we really doubted we were going to make it another 20 years, let alone another 50 years,” he said. “I thought if we could make it another 20 years we would go on to this beautiful, creative, utopian existence. Not only did that not happen. … look at the mess we’re in today.”

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