Samstag, 30. März 2013

What The FAQ IV: Tumbl Questionnaire

I found this questionnaire on Tumblr....

01. Tell me the truth, what mad you start liking the person you like right now?
A: I have no idea what you are talking about.
02. What on your body is hurting or bothering you?
A: Bad skin.
03. What was your last though before going to bed last night?
A: Who's next? (I was reading an Agatha Christie novel and it says that there are three murders, but I'm already beyond page 200 -out of 300- and just one murder has occured)
04. What are you listening to?
A: Kraftwerk - Die Roboter
05. What's something you're not looking forward to?
A: Getting old.
06. Where do you think your best friend is right now?
A: In front of her computer. Working. Poor thing.
07. Have you kissed anybody in the last five days?
A: Nope.
08. Favorite song?
A: "In My Life" (The Beatles) and "Love Song" (Simple Minds)
09. Kiss on the first date?
A: Why not?
10. Is there one person you want to be with right now?
A: No.
11. Are you seriously happy with where you are in life?
A: No.
12. Is there something you would like to say to someone?
A: Yes.
13. What are three things you did today?
A: (1) Taking a shower (2) shopping (3) cleaning
14. Would you rather sleep at a friend's or have them over?
A: Have them over. I prefer my own bed.
15. What is your favorite kind of gum?
A: Um... Wrigley's whateverit'scalled.
16. Are you friends with any of your ex girlfriends?
A: Yes. Luckily.
17. What is on your wrists right now?
A: Nothing.
18. Ever liked someone you thought you didn't stand a chance with?
A: Yes.
19. Does anyone have strong feelings for you?
A: Define "strong". I have no idea.
20. Are you slowly drifting away from someone?
A: I'm always drifting.
21. Have you ever wasted your time on someone?
A: Yes. Axxxxxx and Txxxxxxx come to mind.
22. Can you do the alphabet in sign language?
A: Nope.
23. How have you felt today?
A: Blank.
24. You receive € 60 without any reason, what do you spend it on?
A: Books. Or records.
25. What is wrong with you right now?
A: I'm drunk.
26. Is there anyone you're really disappointed in?
A: Yes.
27. Would you rather have Starbucks or Jamba Juice right now?
A: Gimme an ice cold cola anytime.
28. Why aren't you in "love" with your last ex anyomore?
A: (1) She dumped me (2) She was/is much smarter than I am (3) I felt inferior to her.
29. How late did you stay up last night and why?
A: See # 3
30. When was the last time you talked to one of your best friends?
A: Feb 16th
31. What were you doing an hour ago?
A: Watching TV
32. What are you looking forward to in the next month?
A: Finally receiving Bowies latest album.
33. Are you wearing jeans right now?
A: Yes.
34. Are you a patient person?
A: Yes.
35. Do you think you can last in a relationship for three months?
A: Hope so.
36. Favorite color?
A: Blue.
37. Did you have a dream last night?
A: Cannot remember.
38.Are you wearing jeans, shorts, sweatpants or pajama pants?
A: See # 33
39. I someone could be cuddling you right now, who would you want it to be?
A: Scarlett Johansson
40. Do you love anyone who is not related to you?
A: Yes. I think.
41. If someone liked you right now, would you want them to tell you?
A: Yes. I think.
42. Do you like meeting new people?
A: Sometimes.
43. Are you afraid of falling in love?
A: Yes.
44. Ever self-harmed or starved yourself?
A: Yes.
45. Has anyone ever told you that you have pretty eyes?
A: Don't think so.
46. Have you ever felt liek you weren't good enough?
A. 24/7

Samstag, 23. März 2013

LP # 675: Off The Record

Ziemlich "krafty" wie die Engländer sagen würden. Karl Bartos war mal Mitglied bei Kraftwerk. Nun gibt es ein neues Solo-Album von ihm. Und das ist schon sehr kraftwerk-ig. Macht nichts, denn es zeigt wie wichtig Karl Bartos für die Gruppe gewesen ist. Viele (alle?) dieser Songs sind auch schon damals entstanden bzw. waren im Entstehen begriffen als sie (aus welchem Grund auch immer) verworfen worden sind. Karl Bartos hat sich nun offenbar in sein Archiv begeben (dresscode: red shirt/black tie?) und ein famoses kleines Elektronikalbum gebastelt.

Es gibt auch ein nettes kleines Video, welches hier und da mit Symbolen aus der Kraftwerk-Ära spielt. Ob diese wirklich "history" ist wie er in "Without A Trace Of Emotion" behauptet? Vermutlich schon, nach all den Jahren dürften sich Herr Hütter (letztes Original-Mitglied der Gruppe) und Herr Bartos vermutlich wenig zu sagen haben. Während Kraftwerk sich in der Vergangenheit (nicht zu Unrecht) suhlen und mittlerweile in Museen auftreten und sich selbst genug sind scheint Karl Bartos doch immer wieder den Blick aus dem Fenster zu brauchen. Kollaborationen mit Johnny Marr und Bernard Sumner sowie DJ- und Remix-Tätigkeiten zeugen davon. Das tut ihm gut und offenbar auch der Musik. Kaum ein Stück klingt hier wirklich zehn, zwanzig oder gar dreißig Jahre alt. Man hat eher den Eindruck jemand wolle der deutschen Elektronikkapelle namens Kraftwerk die Ehre erweisen ohne sie einfach kopieren zu wollen. Wie schon gesagt: Karl Bartos war wichtig für Kraftwerk. Auf seinem Album kann man hören WIE wichtig er gewesen ist.