Saturday, 28 February 2015

The Ramones – Live at German Television – The Musikladen Recordings

I’d thought I had heard every Ramones record but when I recently received the 1978/79 Musikladen Recordings LP in 180 gram vinyl plus the live DVD, I was blown away.  Not only is the record remarkable considering it was recorded live using late 70s technology, but the DVD includes an additional 14 minutes of material and is a nice touch to this collector's item. The gatefold cover art depicts the live show and close-ups of the band in grainy VHS video stills.  The Ramones play 25 songs in under 50 minutes with only Dee Dee Ramon’s iconic rapid fire “1-2-3-4” as a breather between takes.  That left a stunning 2:00 minutes or under for each song.  The band starts with “Rockaway Beach” and storms through the set list with a ferocity that only the Ramones were capable of, ending with “We Are A Happy Family”. 

Here’s a few of my fave Musikladen vid clips.


Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Vikings – Season 3 Premier “Mercenary”

I got my fill of the terrific tv series “Vikings” starting with the Season 2 marathon, then with Behind The Shield Wall and topping off with the Season 3 premiere “Mercenary”. Episode 1 opens with Lagertha consulting with The Seer and receiving a foreboding and ominous prophecy.  After killing King Horik in the Season 2 finale, Viking chieftain Ragnar Lothbrok rises to become king of the Viking tribes of medieval Scandinavia.  King Ragnar sails his longships back to Wessex to claim the 5,000 acres of farmland promised to him by King Ecbert.  Amongst his army are his first wife Earl Lagertha, his son Bjorn and Bjorn’s love interest the warrior Porunn.  In Wessex, Ragnar once again leads his forces into battle as allies to King Ecbert.

Saturday, 14 February 2015