For all the Typo-Lovers out there.

I just discovered this great new web-tool via derstandard.at: Wordle! It’s a small and clean web page but with great possibilities: You can insert a text, enter the url of a blog or enter a del.icio.us user name. Just hit “Submit” and the fun starts! You get beautiful and, most important, editable tag-clouds that you can mess with for hours!

I put in all the lyrics of the LCD Soundsystem album “This Is Happening” – and look what lovely cloud came out. I just can say “POW”!

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Goodbye Summer of 2010.

It’s the last of August, it’s raining cats and dogs and it’s about 13 degrees Celsius out there – I can’t fight the feeling, that autumn may be coming. So – I think I sould say goodbye to a really good summer 2010. But before I do so, here are some more statistics:

I traveled…

  • 920 km by plane
  • 944 km by car
  • 1.355 km by train

I bought these new albums…

  • Kate Nash “My Best Friend Is You”
  • Mumford & Sons “Sigh No More”
  • Citadels “The Chemical Song”
  • Die Fantastischen Vier “Für Dich immer noch Fanta Sie”
  • Jack Johnson “To the Sea”
  • Jónsi “Go”
  • Sigur Rós “Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum endalaust”
  • LCD Soundsystem “This Is Happening”
  • Mumford & Sons, Laura Marling & Dharohar Project
  • LCD Soundsystem “Sound Of Silver”

I saw this bands live…

  • Jónsi
  • Mumford & Sons
  • Muse
  • Gogol Bordello
  • Tocotronic
  • Element of Crime

I went for a swim…

  • at Brigittenau, Wien
  • at Grado, Italy
  • at Freibad St. Pölten
  • at Weißensee, Kärnten

I spent many glorious evenings in the warm summer air with beloved friends and colleagues. My favourite summer drinks were beer and Aperol Spritzer. My favourite pair of shoes were my sandals, my favourite bargain this red sunglasses I got at Frequency festival. But – after the summer comes the autumn and I wish you all and myself a great one!

Goodbye summer of 2010!
You were great fun!

From this position I can see the whole place.

New day – new things to like out there!

First, and very personal pick are my shiny new red sunglasses I bought at Frequency festival last weekend. You got this kind of glasses every where on the festival area and so most of the kids were wearing them. And although they seem a little cheap and random – I totally fell in love! They remind me of the kind of sunglasses you wear as child and they have a perfect red color.

Secondly – Mr. James Murphy aka LCD Soundsystem! As you already might know, I saw LCD Soundsystem at Frequency festival, totally fell in love, now am proud owner of his last CD “This is Happening” and can’t stop dancing! Check out the website or maybe this lovely interview on NYMag.

“Keys Of Life” – I discovered the artworks of the amazing artist Dale Edwin Murray today on the web and can’t stop looking at them! They’re cheerful, colorful, simple and just hit the perfect place in ones heart! Go and visit Mr. Dale Edwin Murray’s website and see for yourself! It’s just perfect!

Last but not least: A new blog I discovered today which gives you for 365 days of the year 2010 one collection a day. I love collections and I wish I could have more collections myself without ending up in a complete mess – this blog offers inspiration every day, and my home stays (more or less) tidy!

Frequency – Day Two & Three.

It’s Sunday and we’re back from St. Pölten and this time also back from Frequency festival – and we had an awesome time there. But I’ll start from the beginning…

Friday started with a little dissapointment: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club had canceled. But, this things happen, what can you do. Next stop on our list were the Klaxons but they didn’t really hit us. But – great thing when you are on a festival – there is always another band playing on another stage in walking distance so we tried our luck with Yeasayer. And they were a lot of fun – really good and fun music to watch and to dance to.

And then the first main act of the day entered the stage: LCD Soundsystem. To my shame I have to admit, that I’ve never heard about them before – and I cannot thank Sebastian enough for introducing me to this great project! They rocked the festival crowed extremely and I still catch myself singing “Pow pow pow pow pow…”. James Murphy is amazing and his live band is superb! Can’t wait to see them hopefully soon again!

Then our evening held a very difficult decision for us: Massive Attack OR Tocotronic? Sebastian wanted to see Massive Attack – I wanted to see both. But as very very old and faithful Tocotronic fan I also couldn’t bare the thought to not go to see them. But my beloved partner in crime and knight in shining armor agreed to go with me and see Tocotronic – although I knew his heart burnt a little bit. But: Tocotronic was great!

I’ve seen them several times and for the first time I saw them playing “Bitte gebt mir meinen Verstand zurück” sung by Mr. Arne Zank! And this really made it worthwile! And there were more big hits like “Let there be Rock”, “Imitationen”, “Mein Ruin”, “Drüben auf dem Hügel”, “Die Idee ist gut doch die Welt noch nicht so weit” (von Dirk als “modern classic” passend betitelt), “Jungs hier kommt der Masterplan” and a lot more that culminated in “Freiburg”.  Dirk was wearing his Buffy T-Shirt and was a little bit more of a diva then I remembered from last time – but I love them! It’s like scrolling an old photo album for me… I was perfectly happy.

Well… for day three there was only one band left for us: Element of Crime. The last time we both had seen them was 2006 in Wattenscheid, Germany – almost exactly 4 years ago. It’s a little bit frightening how time flies. Anyway – they played a great concert, only some of the festival crowd were extremely annoying  during this wonderful evening.

But that’s the same old story with festivals – there are always people who give a crap for the band that’s playing up there. And if it is a loud act like LCD Soundsystem or Muse it doesn’t matter how much they moan and scream. But if it is a more quiet act like Element Of Crime – the rest of the audience is having a hard time. But they shut up eventually and Mr. Sven Regener and his partners in crime made a perfect last festival act for us.

And Mr. Sven Regener said: “So ist das. Und macht keinen Scheiß.”