Thursday, February 7, 2013

74-Year Old Legendary Folk Singer HEINO Astounds German Music Scene with New Hard Rock Album "With Best Wishes" ("Mit Freundlichen Grüßen")

David Crossland at Spiegel Online reports on an astounded music scene in Germany in German Crooner Heino Makes Comeback With Hard Rock Album, which relates the story of 74-year old folk legend Heino's newest and completely unexpected ablum, "With Best Wishes" ("Mit Freundlichen Grüßen"), that is setting German online music download sales records.

Monday, October 29, 2012

PSY Gangnam Style and the Korean Wave at The Economist

As reported at the Huffington Post, Gangnam Style has even made NFL Football: see Dolphins' 'Gangnam Style' Dance: Miami Blocks Punt For Olivier Vernon Touchdown vs. Jets (VIDEO)

See The data behind Gangnam Style: The rise and rise of PSY | The Economist

I post this here because I collaborated with the late Kim Youn-Soo in Germany on numerous publications some years ago. Youn-Soo was a Professor in South Korea whose ancestors came from North Korea, as written in a previous LawPundit posting, so I view with interest developments in Korea:

Korea
Seoul - The LawPundit [owner of Make it Music] has edited and co-edited several books with Korean professors including: Prof. Kie-Taek Kim and Andis Kaulins, ed., The Foreign Policies and Foreign Trade of the German Democratic Republic and the Korean Democratic People's Republic. Kiel, West Germany: German Korea-Studies Group, 1979. The book was published by my good friend Prof. Dr. Youn-Soo Kim, who passed away some years ago, but about whom was recently written:

"In the 1980s the greatest activity in the study of the past and present of the Koryo saram was to be found amongst Western and American-Korean scholars. Kim Youn-Soo, a professor at Kiel University (Germany) and Daegu University (Korea), has published a book compiling his impressions, notes from his travels in the Soviet Union, a historiographical review of Korean ethnology in the former USSR and essays on the history and the culture of the soviet Koreans. His only book about soviet Koreans can only be tentatively included among the annals of scientific research, so it has languished out of the view of domestic and foreign Korean studies. Yet merit for publishing the three anthologies of lyric poetry and short novels including this book must undoubtedly go to Kim Youn-Soo."

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Conductor Mariss Jansons and the Music Behind the Notes

At the Guardian, The Observer's Fiona Maddocks reports in an article headlined:

Mariss Jansons: 'The notes are just signs. You have to go behind them:
"Mariss Jansons is regarded by many as the best conductor in the world. On the eve of a visit to the UK with the Amsterdam Concertgebouw he talks about his Latvian roots, his heart attack on the podium, and why he's never satisfied with his performances"

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The BOSS is Back! YouTube: We Take Care Of Our Own (With Lyrics) - Bruce Springsteen

Maybe better than just talking politics....

See Bruce Springsteen on YouTube and
We Take Care Of Our Own (With Lyrics)

Bruce Springsteen's Wrecking Ball is a Populist Vision of the USA, via The Blog at the Huffington Post

Wrecking Ball: Springsteen's Populist Vision of America is the title of Russell G. Smith's review of the new album by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.
Smith writes:
"Taken as a whole, the songs present a stark view of the current state of America...."
Read the entire review.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Quad Loudspeakers Revisited at the Robb Report

Home Electronics: What Hath Quad Wraught? | Robb Report
"With replacement panels no longer available from the factory, owners have sought myriad remedies, from performing homemade repairs to purchasing new panels from the German firm QUAD Musikwiedergabe (www.quad-musik.de), which has been licensed to manufacture the original design since 1996....

To some Quad connoisseurs, the best-sounding ESL-57s are the ones brought back to life by Quads Unlimited of Longwood, Fla. Wayne Picquet...."


Thursday, July 15, 2010

Latvian Tenor Israel Feigelson Sings Verdi's La Traviata with Riga Opera Soprano Elfrida Pakule (1956)

YouTube - TENOR ISRAEL FEIGELSON SINGS VERDI (uploaded to YouTube by fenterp)

Latvian tenor Israel Feigelson (1921-1991) in live excerpts from Verdi's "La Traviata" with Elfrida Pakule (20 May 1912 -- 31 December 1991), in 1956 singer and soloist of the Latvian Opera in Riga (coloratura soprano), plus a recital performance of the Count's Song from "Rigoletto" in 1977.

Elfrida Pakule was a sister first cousin of Emma Pakule, grandmother of Andis Kaulins, owner of "Make it Music".



Friday, July 9, 2010

Sesta Judze ("The Sixth Mile", Sestā Jūdze) : A Popular Country Music Group from Latvia

Agris Gedrovics, my second cousin, is the founder and lead singer of the very popular Latvian country group Sestā Jūdze, which has received many country music awards.

My current favorite is their album Emigrants - which you can download at Hello.dj.






One can also hear some of the group's music for free at their MySpace pages here.

Sesta Judze means "The Sixth Mile" or simply "Sixth Mile". Sestā Jūdze is the correct orthographic spelling in Latvian - pronounced Sess-tah You-dzeh with the emphasis always on the first syllable of each word .

Their album Kalendārs (video ad here) is available for download at Micrec.lv (payment required).

Downloadable songs (payment required) are found at Doremi.lv.

Sestā Jūdze consists of the band members Agris Gedrovics (Gedrovičs), Gatis Leitis, Modris Mikelsons (Miķelsons), Aldis Strazdins (Strazdiņš), Janis Misins (Misiņš) -- the Latvian orthography is in parentheses.

See also a sample YouTube video at Sestā Jūdze Smiltenē (Sesta Judze in Smiltene).

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