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More music

Today, I would like to talk about some more fantastic music which recently attracted my attention. It’s music written Michael Sanders or Mikey Maramag (you will find both names circulating in the internet, and both are related to the artist), an artist from California who is better known under the pseudonym Blackbird Blackbird.
By the way, it’s quite hard to find out much about his background. But still, here are a few pieces of information which can be figured from different websites:
Blackbird Blackbird’s first album Summer Heart was released in September 2010. Compared to his latest work, this album is much calmer and in my opinion it also sounds a little darker. Anyway, it’s very good electronic music, which can also be related to many other genres, from pop to chillwave. And that is what I especially like about Blackbird Blackbird’s music: it’s a mix of very different styles. Above all, it’s anything else but boring. Sometimes, it has a slight bitter sweet touch, which makes it  for me exactly the kind of music I want to listen to at the end of summer, when I’m looking back at all the events that took place and all the funny moments I’ve had. The two titles, which I definitely see as post summer music and which made me immediately fall in love, are It’s A War and All. They are both on the EP Boracay Planet which was released in October 2012.

And here are the video clips of the songs I like the most:

If you want to get some further information on Blackbird Blackbird, I recommend you to have a look at his official homepage or his Facebook Page, where you will also find many links to other websites. For more music you should definitely visit his profile on Soundcloud.



PS Paris Fashion Week

Since I kind of announced it in y last post, I think I should actually share the few pictures I did mention. So here they are: One picture showing André Leon Talley after the show of Maison Rabih Kayrouz, and three more pictures of bloggers whose style I highly appreciate.

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Paris Fashion Week – thoughts & weird situations II

It’s been a while since Paris Fashion Week is definitely over, but still I haven’t shared all my thoughts, yet, which is mostly because of my very down-to-earth job that unfortunately takes way too much of my time and which has nothing of the eccentricity of the sparkling and exciting world of fashion. So I’m a little late on my report, but I start to recognize that this might not be too bad, since there are maybe not as many competing texts circulating than only two weeks ago. By the way, this actually brings me right to the topic I want to discuss, because quite a huge part is about the competition which is related to blogging. Although I didn’t believe it, I gave in to this competition much faster than I thought. And so, I did the exact opposite of what I announced in my last post just a couple of days later: I actually took pictures of other bloggers. Even worse, I became one of those celebrity stalkers who were running from fashion show to fashion show, hoping to get a glimpse and maybe a picture of some famous person who would attend. The only defense I have is that I really liked the outfits you can now see on my pictures. And since I was already there, why not taking a picture of some celebrities as well? Thinking about it, it also seems rather stupid to me not to take this or that kind of pictures just as a matter of principle. But even though it still feels as if I somehow betrayed myself, I could also notice a clear difference between my behavior and the conduct of other bloggers and photographers and I suddenly realized, how hard it is to make people notice you as a blogger, photographer or even as a journalist. There are just so many blogs, articles, fashion magazines, and every single one comes up with a huge special about Paris Fashion Week. The only way to survive in this struggle is to get as many likes and re-posts as possible. And unfortunately, all it needs to get there is a bunch of pictures; they don’t even necessarily need to be good, more important is that a famous name is tagged to them. And it perfectly makes sense: why shouldn’t people get excited about Iggy Azalea’s see-through top she was wearing at the Maison Martin Margiela show and that gave a very explicit Idea of her nipples? And so, star hunting seems to be one of the main occupation of photographers and bloggers, and it couldn’t have been more obvious than on that Sunday, 29 September. It was actually a very quiet day, compared to Friday and Saturday. Probably this was due to the fact that the venues were scattered all over Paris instead of being all in the same area and since it took more time to get from one show to another, I guess that star hunters were more selective by choosing the places they wanted to go. But still, when Olivia Palermo was spotted after the Chloé runway show, she caused a huge traffic jam. People went totally crazy and started to scream her name, chasing her, trying to get a picture. It was ridiculous. In contrast to that, when André Léon Talley showed up at the exit of the Maison Rabih Kayrouz show at Palais de Tokyo, people almost overlooked him. No screaming, no hysteria. It was as if there was a kind of disconnection: every one of the present crowd seemed as if they wanted to belong to the fashion scene really bad. But I got the impression that it was just a shallow behavior because those bloggers and photographers clearly were much more interested in the hype about Paris Fashion Week, and so, a few powerful personalities, who maybe don’t have the same notoriety as people who regularly appear in the yellow press, were slightly ignored. And this made me think of something else: How do all the people who are actually invited to the fashion shows actually experience this whole craziness? I’m really wondering if it’s not awful at some moments. Imagine, you get your invitation, which is awesome, and you already think about being part of an exclusive crowd who has the great chance to see one of the most beautiful spectacles of the year. You dress up as it befits a rich, important and elegant person, you take your beautifully designed invitation which was sent to you by post, not by e-mail, and you’re ready to go to the biggest event there is in the glamorous fashion scene. But then, when you get out of the luxury car which happens to be your personal taxi, you have to face the humongous crowd of hungry photographers and bloggers who are craving stardust, not hesitating attacking their prey and shoot as many photos as they can.
I used to work with a guy who had an invitation to a few Paris Fashion Week shows in 2012 and he was hesitating going there. Of course I told him he should go, and I nagged him about taking me there, too. In the end, he told me he was too tired and that he just wanted to spend a quiet night at home instead of being surrounded by hundreds of people. At that time, I thought that this was the craziest thing he could have ever said and I didn’t understand at all why he didn’t want to go to splendid Paris Fashion Week. Now I do understand.

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Jonas Alaska

Since I metioned him in my article about Mikhael Paskalev, I somehow have the feeling that I should definitely also shortly present the equally talented Jonas Alaska, who has already had some great success in Norway. With the release of his debut self-titled album in 2011, Jonas Alaska was nominated in three different categories for the Norwegian Grammy and he finally won in the categorie of the « Best New Act ».
Recently, Jonas Alaska released his second album If Only As A Ghost in Norway. The album’s first single I Saw You Kid immediately became one of the top 5 hits in the radio charts. After having listened to this single, I can say that it’s perfectly understandable why it became such a hit in such short time. What I especially like about this song is the fact that there’s some sort of discrepancy between the melody and the lyrics, which are very intelligent by the way. All of his songs sound very light and relaxed, but then the lyrics are quite serious. And it’s this funny mix that makes his music so interesting.
To give you a small foretaste of his music, you can find a short list of song which are my favourites below (besides the two great songs that I mention above, of course).

In the Backseat
Dark At Last

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Mikhael Paskalev

While you’re waiting for the latest streetstyle pictures (which will come up soon), I have some great music for you. The guy I will present is one of my favourite artists, if not even my favourite. His name is Mikhael Paskalev, and his career as a musician immediately took off when he released his first platinum winning single I Spy, for which Paskalev also won Norway’s national award for Best Unsigned Act in 2012. It’s been a while since I listened to the song for the very first time and since I watched the clip, but I’m still addicted to it. And it’s a perfect remedy against the bad mood a Parisian summer can cause (to be precise, Parisian summer is a synonym for pouring rain). Mikhael Paskalev’s second and already very popular single Jive Babe is not less addictive, and every time I listen to it, I want to go on a road trip really bad and drive a Red Ford Mustang Convertible. The clip to this song is inspired by Tarantino and Twin Peaks, and I have to admit that it’s a rather strange clip, but still, it has something. And the song is really great, anyway. And since I’m a big fan since I listened to his first track, I’m really happy that Mikhael Paskalev finally released his first album What’s Life Without Losers in February this year.

To give you a first impression of how great Paskalev’s music is, you can find a short list of songs that I personally like most right below:

I Spy
Jive Babe
What’s Life Without Losers
I Saw You Kid (here, Mikhael Paskalev performs together with another talented musician, Jonas Alaska)
Hidden Track (also with Jonas Alaska)

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Har Mar Superstar

It’s always nice when being disconnected from your gadgets for a couple of days, because even after a short time, being connected again opens a whole new world for you and so much interesting stuff is suddenly going on and there are plenty of things to discover.  This is how I felt when I lately logged in to my Deezer account. After just a couple of days where I hadn’t been logged in, so many new albums had been released. It was like Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory for nerds and music addicts. And I was Augustus Gloop in this huge music library filled with new tracks. And I discovered this charmingly weird album Bye bye 17 by Har Mar Superstar.
It’s not the kind of music you expect to be in the charts, nothing to be compared to synthetic sounding so-called music you can year on some dance music radio channels. And amongst all this purely commercial music which, thanks to all the audio editing that’s done after recording a track, always sounds the same, Har Mar Superstar’s music clearly stands out and is uncommonly refreshing. Listening to it, I felt transported to the groovy and colourful 70s where I met The Caterpillar and Austin Powers in his bright suit. And it somehow made me also think of Creedence Clearwater Revival and The Virgins.
But have a look on your own: