Tag: Berlin

Listening booth — Amy Winehouse (Tränenpalast, Berlin, Germany 2004)

Listening booth — Amy Winehouse (Tränenpalast, Berlin, Germany 2004)

Listening Booth, Music
I'll cop to not being the biggest Amy Winehouse fan in the world, but there's no denying the incredible talent she possessed. That talent is on display during the concert I'm sharing with you today. This is from a July 29, 2011 broadcast on Deutschlandfunk, a German radio station. It captures Amy performing in support of her debut album, Frank, on September 28, 2004 at the Tränenpalast in Berlin, Germany. This is the Amy that fans will likely want to remember. Before the scandal, before the very public -- and ultimately losing -- battles with addiction, and before the days of mysteriously canceled shows and poor performances. Here, she's in great voice and hits a groove with her sterling backing band. (These are all in .mp3 format by the way. If you want to download the show in .F
Vintage View-Master: Germany (Nations of the World series), reel 1

Vintage View-Master: Germany (Nations of the World series), reel 1

Ephemera
My recent trip to Cape Cod yielded an unexpected treasure from a local flea market -- a large stash of vintage View-Master reels. Longtime readers of this site will have seen my postings of New Jersey and New York View-Master slides from the 1950s. Up next we hop on a plane (or boat) and head over to Europe to pay a visit to Germany of the early 1960s. Or at least I'm guessing it's the early 1960s. There's no date printed on the reels or the booklet but the latter mentions the Berlin Wall, which was built in 1961. Further, these reels were published by Sawyer's back when they owned View-Master, which was true until they were acquired by the General Aniline & Film (GAF) Corporation in 1966. So there you go. So let's get going already. Here's the first of three reels depicting Germ...
Book report: The Murrow Boys: Pioneers on the Front Lines of Broadcast Journalism

Book report: The Murrow Boys: Pioneers on the Front Lines of Broadcast Journalism

Books
It's hard to imagine, especially for those of my generation or younger, but broadcast news was not always a wasteland of vacuous celebrity gossip, shallow political "analysis", or crude sensationalism.  There was in fact a time when the men and women who called themselves broadcast journalists were actually journalists first, broadcasters secondly.  A time when networks valued the insight and knowledge these broadcasters brought, with not nearly as much regard for profit. And for a period of almost 20 years starting in the late 1930s, there was one group of broadcast journalists more insightful, knowledgeable, professional, and popular than all others.  They were the Murrow Boys, started and led by the legendary Edward R. Murrow.  While most people still know his name, the names of the
Listening Booth – Alice in Chains, “A Looking in View”

Listening Booth – Alice in Chains, “A Looking in View”

Listening Booth, Music
Because EMI is a bunch of tight-asses and won't allow embedding of the official video for "A Looking in View", I'm presenting a live version from an August Alice in Chains show in Berlin. Damn that's tight.  A full review of Black Gives Way to Blue is forthcoming, but I need more time to absorb the return of one of the greatest bands from the '90s.  I can say with full confidence, however, that this song absolutely owns and is among the best in the band's catalog.  Layne is of course sorely missed, but William DuVall ain't no slouch.  Love those harmonies with Jerry Cantrell.