Music is the BEST

Coldplay’s The Game of Thrones

Whether you are or you’re not a fan of GOT, you GOT to see this video.

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Because:

1. It’s smart and humorous and innovative.

2. Jon Snow. The sexiest man alive (hope for all seasons).

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For a proof, go to 5.55″ of the following video.

3. Jame Lanister is the no. 2 sexiest and great sense of humor. Go to 9′ .

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I hope he stays in one piece too.

3. Khaleese sings in the 12th minute.

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4. And Tyrion, has such a distinct personality.

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Just watch it all!

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Success The Unsuccessfuls

Live in Athens @ Red Sea Reggae House – Saturday May 9

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This is a London based Reggae/Ska band. I love their music. It’s different, yet you pick up the rhythm and the melody from the very first tunes.
Meet the band
  • brothers Al and Emil Potamianos
  • John Mckenzie (Eurythmics, Dexy’s Midnight Runners)
  • Karlos Edwards (Duffy, Michael Buble)
Playing their own brand of Reggae Rock with elements of Ska & Blues, the band are currently working on their debut album with Producer Simon Barnicott (Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, Placebo).
Live in Athens
The Unsuccessfuls will perform live @ the Red Sea Reggae Club, 23 Potamianou str (Ilissia).
Saturday, 9 May, 10.30 pm.  
Meet them at The Unsuccessfuls site.
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Poetry in motion

Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron danse for the gold

<> on March 27, 2015 in Shanghai, China.

It is said that Mozart wrote Piano Concerto no. 23 for his wife. To me this is of the most sensitive and romantic concertos.

Gabriella Papadakis and her partner had an amazing performance in the recent World Figure-skating Championships, dancing to this music. I find amazing, not only the choreography and technical ability of the athletes but also the expression and theatrical interpretation of Gabriella.

It’s magic. To make something so difficult look so easy, like a feather dancing in the wind.

That’s what champions are made off. As Katarina Witt said, there are good athletes and a champions. Both kinds are good in rehearsals. But in the real competition a champion is the one who delivers.

Let the champions speak for themselves.

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She has the Power

Patti Smith, Philip Glass, Debbie Harry and Laurie Anderson rock @ Carnegie Hall for Tibet

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The annual Tibet House benefit concert is a family gathering for the Seventies avant-pop downtown scene, presided over by Philip Glass.

This year Debbie Harry – who Glass introduced as “an icon of American soul” – flanked Tibet House stalwarts Laurie Anderson and Patti Smith alongside other fellow travellers.

It’s a measure of the community’s enlightened cool that when an off-duty Miley Cyrus, in a modest black pantsuit, slipped onstage between pal Wayne Coyne and some saffron-robed monks for the group finale of Patti’s “People Have the Power.”


Source, read more

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2015 Grammy Awards: Simply, she’s the One

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I found freedom in the ugly truth

That have fallen apart, what was lost, now I’m found
I picked up my crown, put it back on my head

That’s all folks. She is @ the centre of attention, once more in the last 35 years.
Source:http://www.directlyrics.com/madonna-living-for-love-lyrics.html

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I came up with the idea to write this, reading about the global debate about abolishing copyright laws and the protection of intellectual property. The recent debate on Stairway to Heaven, brings to light the eternal question of  justice, music and mystic melodies of the universe.

 

Chariots of  Violets or City of Fire?

“I will take this melody to my grave”.  Mr. Justice Whitford, British Court, 1987

1975: Stavros Logaridis composes the music for the Greek TV series “City of Violets” (Μενεξεδένια Πολιτεία)

1981: Vangelis Papathanasiou composes the music of the film “Chariots of Fire”. He wins an Academy Award for Original Music Score.

1987: EMI Music Publishing Ltd, publishers of Logaridis, files a lawsuit against Vangelis’ three publishers, Spheric BV, Warner Bros Music Inc of California and London based Warner Bros Music Ltd, for copyright infringement.

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Vangelis and Stavros had been long time friends, composing music together for years.

Vangelis’s defense claimed that although he admitted that he had received tapes of City of Violets sent by Stavros, he had never listened to them. He said that his score of Chariots of Fire had been based on his previous work.

The trial lasted for 30 days, a very long time period for British courts. No publicity was allowed according to the law.

Mr. Justice Whitford ruled that:

Although it was not unlikely that Vangelis had heard the music of “City of Violets” by Stavros Logaridis, it was impossible to conclude that he had either consciously or unconsciously copied it.”

The ruling left room for Logaridis to appeal and that was exceptional for British law.

He did not.

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Piano Solo: Markos Alexiou

EPIFOTICIC: "… a dream come true, with God's help"

EPIFOTICIC: “… a dream come true, with God’s help”

Live in Parnassos theater

The first Greek jazz album

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The Chanel of IT: Happy birthday Mac

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My relationship with technology started in the late ’80s. DOS floppy disks. Insert the yellow, work with the red one. I liked the logic in Word Perfect and I still use some of its comments control+V, Control+C. Using the keyboard for commands is a sign of older age and I love being an archeological sample, or, even better, a Vampire.

Then I met Apple and loved the Macintosh.

Then I fell in love with Microsoft and forgot all about the rest.

But as life moves in circles, Microsoft stepped back, even though I still admire the company and above all Billg. Now the Mac and Apple products are my new fascination, the Chanel of IT. And yes, I realize the value of Open Source for research. Health competition means progress. For all.

All though I find both Mac and PCs equally useful, I do applaud the creativity of some of Mac ads. Smart stuff.

Happy 30th birthday Mac

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Tamuz Nissim’s new CD is unique

The music stays in a dream

Get it online: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/tamuznissim

Find more about her in http://www.tamuzmusic.com/

Once you meet her you never forget her

Once you meet her you never forget her

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5 βινύλια που σημάδεψαν τη ζωή μου

και οι ιστορίες πίσω από αυτά

Με αφορμή τo πολυαναμενόμενο event “Vinyl is Back”, στην Τεχνόπολη  31/10 – 2/11, ο συγγραφέας και δημοσιογράφος Γιάννης Αλεξίου μοιράζεται τις αναμνήσεις του, αποκλειστικά στο inocohen. http://vinylisback.gr

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THE BEATLES – WHITE ALBUM (1968):  Αφορμή μιας μακρόχρονης φιλίας

Το αιώνιο δίλημμά μου:  ποιο είναι καλύτερο αυτό ή το «Exile On Main Street» των Rolling Stones;  Πότε μ’ αρέσει περισσότερο το ένα, πότε το άλλο. Πάντως γι’ αυτό που είμαι βέβαιος είναι ότι το «White Album» είναι το αγαπημένο μου από τους Beatles. Αν και ήταν το πρώτο που άρχισαν να γράφουν τα μέλη τους ξεχωριστά στο στούντιο, είναι αριστουργηματικό.  Αρχές 80s, στο γυμνάσιο, μου το είχε γράψει σε κασσέτα, ο Κώστας ‘το Άλογο’, γιατί ήταν από τους δίσκους των Beatles που δεν είχα, κι εγώ του είχα γράψει τους δίσκους των Beatles που δεν είχε επίσης σε κασσέτα. Οι Beatles ήταν η αφορμή μιας φιλίας που κρατάει έως σήμερα. Άγνωστοι μεταξύ μας, γράφαμε κι οι δύο στο θρανίο με στυλό τραγούδια και στίχους των Beatles, σε διαφορετικά ωράρια στο ίδιο σχολείο.

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ROLLING STONES – EXILE ON MAIN STREET (1972):  Την εποχή που πήγαινε ο ένας στο σπίτι του άλλου, με 5-10 δίσκους παραμάσχαλα.

Μου το χάρισε ο Τόλης, που ήταν τρελλός με τους Lynyrd Skynyrd (άλλο αγαπημένο γκρουπ).  Κάποια στιγμή απέσυρε το πικ-απ του σε μια μετακόμιση κι έτσι αποχωρίστηκε τα λίγα βινύλια που είχε και μου χάρισε το καλύτερο, ίσως, βινύλιο της δισκοθήκης μου. Αν και ήταν το πρώτο άλμπουμ που έκαναν οι Rolling Stones που απευθυνόταν στο αμερικανικό, κυρίως, κοινό και είχε ένα άλλο ήχο που ξέφευγε από τον βρετανικό ήχο τους, ωστόσο είναι εκπληκτικός. Έχει μέσα και το αγαπημένο μου κομμάτι τους, του «Sweet Virginia» που περιέχει όλες τις μουσικές τους επιρροές.

WHO – WHO ARE YOU (1978):

WHO – WHO ARE YOU (1978): Τα Χριστούγεννα ο παππούς μου έδωσε χρήματα να πάρω ένα δίσκο για να δούμε πώς ακούγεται το πικ-απ.

Το πρώτο βινύλιο που αγόρασα. Ήταν Χριστούγεννα του 1978. Το πρωί ο πατέρας μου, ο Δημήτρης, μου δώρισε ένα καινούργιο πικαπάκι Dual 1224, και μόλις το έφερε σπίτι, ο παππούς μου, ο Κώστας, μου έδωσε χρήματα να πάρω ένα δίσκο για να δούμε πώς ακούγεται το πικ-απ. Έτρεξα στο δισκάδικο της γειτονιάς, την Πυραμίδα, κι αγόρασα το δίσκο που είχα ακούσει στη ραδιοφωνική του εκπομπή του Πετρίδη, Ποπ Κλαμπ. Μου άρεσε πολύ! Μόλις είχε κυκλοφορήσει κι έμελλε να είναι ο τελευταίος των Who με τον ντράμερ τους Keith Moon, ο οποίος πέθανε λίγο μετά την κυκλοφορία. Μέχρι σήμερα ακούω το «Who Are You» και συγκινούμαι.

MOTHERS OF INVENTION – FREAK OUT (1966):

MOTHERS OF INVENTION – FREAK OUT (1966):  Η δυσκολία να αγοράσεις ένα δίσκο τότε δικαιολογεί και το γνωστό πια «λιώναμε τους δίσκους».

Στις αρχές του ’80 προσπαθούσα να μαζέψω 2.500 δρχ. για να αποκτήσω, το σπάνιο τότε, διπλό βινύλιο του Frank Zappa με τους Mothers, το οποίο είχε στον τοίχο του δισκάδικού Happy Sad, στο κέντρο της Αθήνας, ο Παναγιώτης. Με το ζόρι μάζεψα 2.450 δρχ. και πήγα ελπίζοντας σε μια έκπτωση για να το πάρω. Δεν μου την έκανε, καθότι ο δίσκος ήταν δυσεύρετος. Έφυγα απ’ το δισκάδικο άπραγος και στεναχωρημένος. Τελικά συγκέντρωσα όλο το πόσο και πήγα να τον αγοράσω με αγωνία μήπως τελικά πουλήθηκε. Ευτυχώς στάθηκα τυχερός. Ο Zappa είναι από τις επιδραστικότερες προσωπικότητες στη ζωή μου και είχε τότε μεγάλη επιρροή στην παρέα μου. Όλοι είχαν δίσκους του και μιλούσαν γι’ αυτόν. Ωστόσο ήμουν ο πρώτος που απέκτησα το Freak Out που τότε μόνο σε παράνομη κασσέτα μπορούσες να το βρεις που την πουλούσαν στα Προπύλαια του Πανεπιστημίου Αθηνών.

Μισοκοιμισμένος ,άκουγα στο τραζιστοράκι μου την ραδιοφωνική εκπομπή του Γιάννη Πετρίδη, μέσα σε μια σκηνή στο κάμπινγκ στη Ραφήνα, όπου παραθερίζαμε οικογενειακώς τα καλοκαίρια. Ξαφνικά ακούω ένα εκπληκτικό σόλο στην κιθάρα και μια οικεία φωνή πετάγομαι επάνω! Ήταν ο Γιάννης Σπάθας και ο Αντώνης Τουρκογιώργης. Περίμενα ν’ ακούσω με αγωνία ποιοι ήταν αυτοί, στο τέλος του τραγουδιού. Η χαρακτηριστική φωνή του Πετρίδη είπε ότι ήταν το τραγούδι Lady από καινούργιο δίσκο των Socrates. Έπαιξε κι άλλα κομμάτια. Έπαθα πλάκα. Περίμενα πώς και πώς να γυρίσουμε στην Αθήνα για να πάρω το βινύλιο αυτό. Μου άρεσε τόσο που το πήγαινα δώρο στα πάρτυ γιατί τότε ήταν άποψη το βινύλιο και το συνηθιζόταν να πηγαίνουμε ένα δίσκο δώρο σαν μουσική πρόταση.

*Το καταπληκτικό βιβλίο του Γιάννη Αλεξίου “Βινύλιο: Τα καλύτερά μας χρόνια” μόλις κυκλοφόρησε από τις εκδόσεις Φαρφουλάς, Μαυρομιχάλη 18. Μου άρεσε ότι αυθόρμητα γράφει συναρπαστικές ιστορίες με απλό στυλ και οι ανέκδοτες αφηγήσεις γνωστών Ελλήνων και ξένων μουσικών.

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Frank Zappa vs. Parental control to music

I’ve first heard that song when I was 16. It stayed forever in my memory. Frank Zappa’s hard interpretation of tender words.

Then when I moved to the US there was a big fight between the lobby group Parents Resource Center and Frank Zappa. In 1985, the Parents Music Resource Center was a committee aiming to increase parental control over the access of children to music deemed to be violent, have drug use or be sexual via labeling albums with Parental Advisory stickers [Wikipedia].

Being a father of many kids and a rocker, Frank just spoke up and laugh at them, something others did not dare to do. He said that his albums had a content “which a truly free society would neither fear nor suppress”, and a “guarantee” which stated that …

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The lyrics of my songs wont cause eternal torment in the place where the guy with the horns and pointed stick conducts his business.

R E S P E C T

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Vera Cruz Express

Kaos by Taviani brothers: Memories are here to stay

I’ve dreamt of my father coming to me, swimming from the sea. I often see him in my dreams and he talks to me.  But I never remember what he said.

When I was a child, I was convinced that the dead remain around us in a parallel world separated from ours through a glass wall. A film that had profound effect on me  is Kaos by Taviani brothers. In the last scene, the son talks to his dead mother.

I don’t cry because you are dead for me.  I always think of you.  But since you are dead and you no longer think about me. I feel that I no longer exist for you.  It’s me who’s dead. I’m dead for you.

The mother replies:  ‘My memories live inside you.  You see some things through my eyes.  I’m alive inside you.  As long as think of me.’ Then the son recalls a memory of his mother, when as a child she went to trip in Malta.  You’ll hear an aria of Mozart about a girl who lost her needle. An every-day subject but still the music is so sad.

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Lola Ran: Never give up

There were 3 options in the same story. I go with option no. 3. It takes guts. Of course Lola and Manni are going to die sometime, somewhere. That’s the predictable end. What makes the difference is they wont die alone.

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Blade Runner: Moments lost in time, like tears in rain… Time to die.

Dedicated to the memory of Vassilis G. with whom I’ve first seen this movie

The final monologue of replicant Roy been described as “perhaps the most moving death soliloquy in cinematic history”. At the end, dying Roy respecting the value of life lost, spares the life of his hunter – the guy who killed all his friends and lover. The speech in the film has been improvised by R. Hauer, the actor who delivered it. When Hauer performed the scene, the film crew applauded and some even cried.

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Blue Jasmine: Blanche Dubois wears Channel

A victim or perpetrator? Is she responsible for her misfortunes? Or lifestyle had a hard price to pay? Cate Blanchet created the Blanche Dubois of the millennium. Congratulations to Woodie Allen for giving to the Actress the freedom to express.

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He was “following orders”. The banality of evil.

I saw the film Hannah Arendt about the life of philosopher and political theorist who reported for The New Yorker on the war crimes trial of the Nazi Adolf Eichmann.

As one of the major organizers of the Holocaust, Eichmann managed the mass deportation logistics of Jews to extermination camps. He was tried in Israel for  crimes against humanity, found guilty and executed.  Eichmann’s defense that he was simply following instructions when he ordered the deaths of millions of people. I was excited to see this film because during my studies in the US, I wrote an essay whether Eichmann was guilty or not.

Hannah Arendt used the phrase “the banality of evil”.  She argues that evil is just a thoughtless tendency of ordinary people to obey orders and conform to mass opinion, without a critical evaluation of the consequences of their actions or inaction. She caused considerable controversy and animosity.

Then came the Milgram Experiment.

This experiment has been conducted in the US by Yale University psychologist Stanley Milgram.  Not in Nazi Germany.

Milgram started his experiments in 1961, shortly after Eichmann’s trial, raising the question: “Could it be that Eichmann and his million accomplices in the Holocaust were just following orders?”

Let me tell you about the experiment:  The participants were 40 men recruited from newspaper ads. Each of them had the role of a “teacherwho would deliver an electric shock to thestudent” every time the student gave an incorrect answer. While the participant believed that he was delivering real shocks to the student, the student was actually an actor, pretending to be shocked.

As the experiment progressed, the participant-teacher would hear the student begging to be released because he was in terrible pain. Yet the participant had to increase the level of shock according to the incorrect answers.

Most participants asked the experimenter whether they should continue. The experimenter told them they should. And they did.

How far do you think that most participants were willing to go?

65% of the participants delivered the maximum shocks. Many of them became angry at the experimenter. But they continued to follow orders all the way.

Think about your self.

Was there a moment in you life when you felt that you did the wrong thing but did it any way, because you were told that this is the right thing to do? 

Or because “everybody else does it too”?

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The Bling Ring:  The kids are not all right

Sofia  Coppola gets a lot of criticism about her work but she deserves credit for her original ideas. The Bling Ring is about the true story of a bunch of  teenagers who burglarized the homes of celebrities, including Paris Hilton and Orlando Bloom.  Kids obsessed with TV reality shows, luxurious brands, the lifestyles of celebrities.  The victims were their own fashion icons. They referred to their burglaries as “going shopping”.Consumerism can seriously damage teenagers’ brains and lives.

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Γιάννης Μπουτάρης: Ένα Βήμα Μπροστά

Boutaris:  “I feel like I’m outside of my body looking at me.”  Our ‘life’ is partly our physical presence in the world, which is what we call the ‘real life’ and partly a dream.  One step ahead.  One step at a time.  The story of the campaign of the mayor of Thessaloniki.  May he have the time and the power to fulfill his vision.

One step ahead from his wife’s death.  One step ahead from alcoholism.