Electric Guitar

Planning to buy an electric guitar, and have decided not to spend too much on my first electric guitar.
Therefore, Fender, Gibson, PRS and the like are out.

May buy a fixed bridge Ibanez or a Yamaha.

Radiohead – In rainbows – free download

Listening to the new Radiohead album, “In Rainbows”. I read a report that although it is available for free, or rather, for the amount you would like to pay, most people still download it “illegally” using file sharing programs.

I decided on the following strategy:
1) Get it for free, which I did: Went to the Inrainbows website, committed on paying 0 pounds, and downloaded it for free. 2) If I like it (which I do), will go back there and either pay for the album or buy the Box set.

How much should I pay?

Blonde Redhead Concert

On the 5th of July, I went to see Blonde Redhead perform live in Hanger 11, Tel Aviv.

Summary: Disappointed. Completely agree with the review in Ynet (Hebrew).

The doors were opened at around 21:00. I guess i forgot what rock concerts are like in Tel Aviv, so I actually arrived at 21:10. Tickets were waiting in the counter. (200 NIS + 10 NIS commission, about 45$). Drank beer, and waited… and waited.

At about 22:00 Rockfour went on the stage, and wasted my time. I didn’t enjoy their show. I remember watching them about 5-6 years ago, and they were good. Maybe the stage/place was too big for them.

And then, I waited some more.

At 23:00 Blonde Redhead started their show… and my first impression was: “Hey, they use playback”. Guitars were live, Drums were live… but, they used playback for effects and additional instruments. WHY?

Their semi-live performance sounded exactly like their albums. I could just stay at home and listen to the CD. Could save me a lot of money and back ache. Stayed longer, enjoyed the songs from 23 and previous albums, including from “Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons”. Listened and swayed with the music when I had another revelation. They don’t speak. Kazu Makino said “Shalom” once, and one of the guys said: “Thank You”. Wow!

Left at midnight, about 1 hour before the show was over (according to Ynet).

Blonde Redhead Ticket

Countdown Japan – Salyu

One of the performers I have seen in Countdown Japan 06/07 was Salyu.

Salyu became famous when she portrayed the role of Lily Chou Chou in the very successful and acclaimed movie: “All about Lily Chou Chou” by Shunji Iwai.

She went on stage wearing a very funny and festive dress which the audience loved. When she started singing I was captivated.

She opened with a single from her new album “Terminal” to be released 2007.01.17. The song is “Tobira” and you can watch the PV on youtube:

Countdown Japan 06/07

Went to Countdown Japan 06/07 Rock Festival. Well, I went only on the 29th of December.

It was GREAT. Good music, great crowd.

I will try to review later some of the bands I have seen, but in the meantime just wanted to share some photos from the event:

Entrance - outside

Entrance

Area Map

Rock

Countdown Japan 06/07