Lorenzo & his humble friends

The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool

Tag: music

Bands, 2019

Alt-J, Andrew Bird, Angus and Julia Stone, Antony and the Johnsons, the Arcade Fire, Balmorhea, Beach Boys, Ben Howard, Bloc Party, Bob Dylan, Bon Iver, Bruce Springsteen, the Cat Empire, Cat Stevens, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Dan Mangan, the Dave Brubeck Quartet, the Dire Straits, Eddie Vedder, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Esbjorn Svensson Trio, Gaslight Anthem, Grandbrothers, Jack Johnson, Jack Savoretti, Keith Jarret, Kings of Leon, Leonard Cohen,  Lucio Dalla, Metric, the Queen, Silversun Pickups, We are Augustines, White Buffalo.

Elva

Ola and Elizabeth, whose wedding on a sunny November day of 2013 I attended both as a friend and official translator of the municipality of Fiesole, are about to publish the first album born out of the collaboration of their bands, Allo Darlin and Making Marks and Sunturns. The title is Ghost Writer and it is dedicated to their newborn child. You can listen one “jaunty, upbeat” song and read some very wise words from them through this link to an American magazine.

Nine albums

Last Leaf, A Humdrum Star, Lanterns, Transangelic Exodus, Johnny Cash: Forever Words, Carrie & Lowell Live, The Best of Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground, <|°_°|>, Wildness.

Cold apartment

Laetitia Tamko is a wonderful, well-rooted in herself artist. She sings short, delicate, and fierce songs.

 

Bands, 2017

Alt-J, Andrew Bird, Angus and Julia Stone, Antony and the Johnsons, the Arcade Fire, Balmorhea, Beach Boys, Ben Howard, Bloc Party, Bob Dylan, Bon Iver, Bruce Springsteen, the Cat Empire, Cat Stevens, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Dan Mangan, the Dave Brubeck Quartet, the Dire Straits, Eddie Vedder, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Esbjorn Svensson Trio, Gaslight Anthem, Grandbrothers, Jack Johnson, Jack Savoretti, Keith Jarret, Kings of Leon, Leonard Cohen,  Lucio Dalla, the Police, the Queen, Silversun Pickups, Son Lux, Sufjan Stevens, We are Augustines, White Buffalo.

Settembre/Ottobre

Carrera Bikes, Arvier, Aosta, Lucio Dalla, Konstanz, Flaked, sophrologie, gruyer, Neuchatel Xamax, qualche posizione yoga qua e là, Giovanni Allevi, Radio France Culture, NIP Radio, Saint Ouen, soldatini di piombo dipinti a mano, Gore Vidal and William Buckley Junior.

Underwear

The President of Iceland, Mr. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, often speaks of the special nature of the Icelandic people. In his mind, the most treasured commodity among Icelanders is their “Viking” spirit—their passion and enthusiasm for conquering new ground and reaping the benefits of their adventurous and courageous natures. This is obviously a load of nonsense and has absolutely nothing to do with FM Belfast, who just just to be your friend.

It took this outstanding icelandic band to change me like the weather over the weekend. I was moody and listless on Saturday morning, when I left for Dusseldorf. I went with Matic, Vaida and Asgård who kindly invited me to listen to their colleague Egill, one of the frontmen of FM Belfast who was about to play at the Open Source Festival. Egill is indeed a very nice guy and a one-man-show, who you can see portrayed in some of the pictures below.

We stayed for the whole festival, which lasted for about 12 hours. We even made new friends playing table football. FM Belfast’ concert was an energizer. The band is astonishing when performing live. Their secret is not being Vikings. As they write on their biography, they do not pillage and plunder. Instead, they give, and they care. With simple, delicately crafted melodies, unpredictable beats and humorous lyrics, including the one that follows.

 

We drove back to Brussels after a very long night and we were back on Sunday leaving one man behind. I am staying here until Thursday and then I will be off to Germany for a long weekend before flying back to Italy. While counting the days, I won’t necessarily have to run down the street in my underwear. But I might, if I am to listen carefully to FM Belfast’s Icelandic wisdom.

Late morning update: Asgård noticed that both Egill and us made it to the headlines.

Five songs and one album

Ieri suggerivo a Stefania di farsi consigliare cinque canzoni e un album da ogni amico, per creare una libreria musicale originale e variegata. Comincio io con cinque canzoni da ascoltare e ri-ascoltare per ricordarsi che ci sono momenti che valgono molto di più del denaro.

  1. Old pine: un fuoco con gli amici in spiaggia durante una lunga notte di luglio.
  2. Long as I can see the light: due scarponi e una lunga camminata per raggiungere un rifugio caldo dove giocare a carte e bere grappa con gli amici.
  3. Radio nowhere: uno zaino Salomon pieno di vestiti sporchi dopo un mese su e giù per un Paese sconosciuto.
  4. Le Vent Nous Portera: un campo di girasoli e il sole della tarda primavera.
  5. How to build a house: un albero nel giardino di casa.
  6. Tea for the Tillerman (album):  non so cosa rappresenti di preciso, ma quest’album mi ha sempre aiutato a essere una persona genuina, o almeno a provarci.

Yesterday I suggested Stefania to seek advice from friends to create an original and varied music library. I’ll start with five songs to listen and re-listen to remember that there are moments that are worth much more than money.

  1. Old pine: a fire with friends on a beach during a long summer night.
  2. Long as I can see the light: two boots and a long walk to get to a warm haven where playing cards and drinking grappa with friends.
  3. Radio nowhere: a backpack full of dirty clothes after a month up and down through a foreign country.
  4. Le Vent Nous Portera: a field of sunflowers under the late spring sun.
  5. How to build a house: a tree in the backyard.
  6. Tea for the Tillerman (album): I do not know exactly what it represents, but this album has always helped me to be a genuine person, or at least to try.

I am, you are

Today I am flying to the UK and before leaving I want to post something that is not about politics, eventually.

The VeryShortShorts is a really good Italian band I randomly listed live some months ago. This clip came out from some hidden part of my laptop and I thought it was worth sharing it with you. Their musical style reminds me a lot of another band I really like, the Swedish jazz piano Esbjörn Svensson Trio.

Comfortable in my skin

After so many serious political posts, here’s a little break. This is a song by one-man band Xavier Rudd, whose fan base is particularly strong in Australia and in Canada. I’m sure this is cool music for the sensitive soul of  my friend James, who just turned 22.