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Lightning Bolt – Pearl Jam new Record to be release October 15th 2013

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Pearl Jam will release their much-anticipated tenth studio album, Lightning Bolt, on Monkeywrench Records on October 15*, 2013 in the US. Internationally, the album will be released on October 14, 2013. Produced by Brendan O’Brien, Lightning Bolt marks Pearl Jam’s first studio album since Backspacer, which was released nearly four years ago in September of 2009.

Lightning Bolt is available for pre-order now at www.pearljam.com. The first track off the album, “Mind Your Manners” will be released today worldwide on radio and as a digital single.

Ten Club Members pre-ordering Lightning Bolt at www.pearljam.com will receive an exclusive piece of digital content delivered to your Ten Club account on street date (10/15).

Check out this cool video of Pearl Jam in the studio.

The first song, Mind Your Manners is also out, check the video below. I quite like it.. an energetic track the hits you right in the face 🙂

Please also have a look at the first review of the song from our friends over at TSIS.

Zurich by Holga

Only after walking through Zurich during Christmas with my Holga and a 400ISO film that I realised who spoiled I am with my digital gear and the light sensitivity of a 50mm f/1.4 🙂

Despite the deep black images the Holga took, I found them somehow interesting.

Location: Zurich, Switzerland, December 2012
Gear: Holga CFN120, Ilford HP5 Plus 400

DIY Lense Filter or How I got my Ingress Invite Code

On my hunt through the internet for an Ingress invitation I stumbled upon the Ingress Google Plus Community where you can submit Ingress-related artwork and, with a little bit of luck, get an invite.

I decided to embed it within some other pictures I made with some DIY Lens filters. Just cut out some shapes (hearts, stars, etc) and put it in front of you lens. The bokeh then has the form of your cut.

I then submitted it to the community and voilà, the next morning, I got my invite 🙂 I’ve been hooked by the game right from the tutorial… I met lots of nice people while playing… from both factions, went to the Google HQ in Zurich for a user meeting and extended my way to work through Zurich quite a bit, just to visit some more portals 🙂

If you wanna know more about the game, here are some links:

Review: Die Toten Hosen, Hallenstadion Zurich 2012

Review

I’ve seen a lot of band getting lost within the huge Hallenstadion, especially if the gig isn’t sold out. Thence it was nice to see the the Hosen sold out the place in a couple of weeks, selling all the 13’000 tickets. And the band didn’t disappoint. From the beginning, the band connected with the audience, which is nothing special for the Hosen… after all, they are doing it now for over 30 years. I haven’t seen them live now for a couple of years, but the haven’t lost a single step.. still improvising during the songs.. getting a fan on stage to sing the second verse or Campino walking / climbing up to the seats during one encore. The setlist was very well balanced and even the Ärzte-Song Schrei nach Liebe was played. A great evening with a great band who doesn’t seems to get tired. See you next time! 🙂

Photos


Also check out the official photos by the Hosen at dietotenhosen.de. Sorry about the bad quality.. only got my mobile with me. Anyone know how to get a press card? 🙂

Press

Tagesanzeiger, 06.12.2012
Tagesanzeiger, 06.12.2012

Setlist

Die Toten Hosen Setlist Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland 2012, Krach der Republik

Holga Lomography – Taking blurry pictures before Instagram

I’ve got my Holga CFN120 now for quite a while, even took her with me for the last wedding I shot as a secondary camera. Although is quite cumbersome at times (taking pictures, waiting till the film is full, having them developed..), it’s a lot of fun to see, what ended up in the frame. If you’re interested in purchasing an Holga, please visig klangundkleid.ch where you can get a nice starter kit. You even get duck tape to make the holga lightproof :).

Equipment

 

Pictures

Fuerteventura 2012 – The Dolphin Session

Dolphins in Fuerteventura

I took these pictures during a catamaran trip to Lobos Island from Corralejo, Fuerteventura. They told us, that they see dolphins about once a month, so we were stoked to see these beautiful animals in the wild.

Gear: Canon EOS 7D & EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM

 

How to take group pictures – Tips and Tricks

ISO

Watch your ISO. With a high ISO you might end up with lot’s of noise. If you can, put the ISO to auto but limit it to max 1600 (depends on the camera you have. Some can even handle higher ISOs without too much noise).

Speed

Shoot like a machine gun. Fortunately, my EOS 7D can make 8 pictures per second, because someone will always have their closed eyes 🙂

Location

Reconnoitre the location you are at or where the shoot should take place. If possible, take someone with you to test the the light / shades / distance, etc.

Lenses

Especially if you’re shooting indoors, take something fast with you. I’d like the 50mm 1.4 or the 40mm 2.8. These lenses give you a nice light-sensitivity. But be careful about the narrow depth of field when going lower than f/2.0. For outside shots I prefere the 70-200mm f/4. Being able to take a step back, the group does not have you / the lense right in front of them when you can gain some distance.

Post-Production

Take your time, sort out good and only provide the really good ones. Play with the image clipping. Sometimes you’ll be surprised  how much you can gain with the right clipping.

Smile 🙂

If you smile, they will smile. Also talk to them and tell them what to do. Usually, you don’t get much time for you shoot.. Nevertheless, take the time and have a quick look at the last batch of pictures you’ve taken. Nothing worst then realising afterwards, that you missed something (Spinach between the teeth, an open fly or mysteriously changed settings of your cam)

Here are some of my latest shooting for the company I’m currently working for (no, not as a photographer).

Jobup AG, Pic 1, 2012


Jobup AG, Pic 2, 2012


Jobup AG, Pic 3, 2012


Jobup AG, Pic 4, 2012


Jobup AG, Pic 5, 2012


Jobup AG, Pic 6, 2012


Jobup AG, Pic 7, 2012


Jobup AG, Pic 8, 2012


Jobup AG, Pic 9, 2012


Jobup AG, Pic 10, 2012

What is your experience? What are your tipps and tricks?

Manchster 2012 – Chris Cornell & Pearl Jam

Chris Cornell – 06/16/12

Review

Arriving in Manchester at the day of the show, we weren’t surprised that the weather wasn’t as good as back home in Switzerland. The Capitol of Rain showed us, how the English Summer looks like. Chris Cornell on the other hand felt like being back home im Seattle and joked about the little hole in the clouds where one could see a little bit of blue sky every once in a while. Right from the beginning it was clear, that Mr. Cornell was in a good mood. Never thought he’d be such a funny guy. He was talking quite a lot between the songs and it was a pleasure to listen zu him. Best part of the show was, when Chris (after careful consideration) invited a fan to the stage who requested to play guitar with him. Turns out he’s a guitar player from a band from Nottingham, UK called The Blind Thieves.

As you can see below, the setlist was amazing.. Music from the last 20+ years of Chris including stuff from Audioslave, Temple of Dog (Wooden Jesus was phenomenal!), Soundgarden, Led Zepplin, … The Lowry presented itself as an ideal location for such a concert. Very good acoustics and a really good view. The only thing I couldn’t figure out were some of the attendance in our block: How the hell can you get up to either pee or to get more beer every 15 – 20 minutes? I know it’s a vicious circle.. 🙂 but I wouldn’t miss a second of the 2+ hour show.

Setlist

Video

 

Pearl Jam – 06/20/12

Review

Finally, the big day arrived… after five long years of live abstinence… I was told that I was a little nervous…pacing around in the hotel and checking the tickets every 5 minutes.. sorry for that :). The seats at the end of arena weren’t as bad as I expected them to be. It was a relatively new experience for me to have a seat on a concert and not being able to move around as much as usual. The advantage was, that you can see everything at every moment. I seldom felt so homey with 21’000 other people around me.

As soon as the light went out and the show begun, I was covered in goosebumps. Releaseas an opener was fantastic. It really set a perfect mood where everybody could freeze in awe for a second. Other highlights for me were: Immortality, Even Flow, Black, State of Love and Trust, …

The band seemed to be in a playful mood and Eddie’s voice sounded great. Mike (as always) was full of energy and looked at times like a caged animal, walking in circles :). A special moment was when they played Black. I had to go to four shows to first see this song live, a song the play more often than not during their carrier. It’s amazing how much the songs gain played live. Overall an amazing experience I wan’t forget so fast.

 

Photos

“X” playing in Machester, June 20, 2012
Pearl Jam in Manchester, June 20, 2012

Setlist

 Video

 

Pearl Jam – 06/21/12

Review

The second show and after a great one the day before and I had high expectations. Other than the first gig, this one started with a punch. Go, Animal and Hail Hail almost blew off the roof of the MEN Arena. As soon as they started you knew that this night’s gonna be different.

Only 4 songs were played on both nights (Even Flow, Just Breath, Alive & Better Man – that makes 2 shows, 48 different songs). This alone shows the extremely high standard and is something special. They also found a song they didn’t play live before (ever) and I was stoked to hear Hitchhiker live. Don’t know how well they practiced this song, but they seem to have fun with it as well :). Present Tense and Off He Goes, two rather ‘soft’ songs closed their corresponding blocks and fitted perfectly in the set.

These two utterly different shows together formed an unbelievable experience, a complete picture of Pearl Jam 2012.

Photos

Pearl Jam in Manchester, June 21, 2012
Pearl Jam in Manchester, June 21, 2012

Setlist

Video

Big thanks to sboraston who taped 22 songs of the second Manchester show. Enjoy 🙂

 

 

Links

Air pressure and cluster headache

Going through some old stuff I found this little project from back in the days during my time at ETH Zurich.

My office colleague at the time was suffering from Cluster headache. Since he had no idea on what the causes could be, we did, was we did best at the time 🙂 Collect and process data 🙂

The charts shows the air pressure in Zurich from March till May 2009. The values were collected via a cron-script, extracted and logged into a file. The script then plotted the data using gnuplot. Every time he had another attack, he noted the time and we completed the graph with the dots (red = strong attacks, green = not so strong attacks).

Unfortunately, we didn’t see any correlation between the air pressure and his headaches. Nevertheless, a good logbook for his doctor and a nice exercise for me 🙂

 

 Here’s the gnuplot-code:


set term png enhanced
set output "/scratch/duffduff/output.png"
set ylabel "Luftdruck in mB"
set xlabel "Zeit"
set term png size 3300,700
set timefmt "%d.%m.%Y %H:%M:%S"
set xdata time
set format x "%d.%m.%Y"
set xtics ("06.03.2009","08.03.2009","10.03.2009","12.03.2009","14.03.2009","16.03.2009","18.03.2009","20.03.2009","22.03.2009","24.03.2009","26.03.2009","28.03.2009","30.03.2009","01.04.2009","03.04.2009","05.04.2009","07.04.2009","09.04.2009","11.04.2009","13.04.2009","15.04.2009","17.04.2009","19.04.2009","21.04.2009","23.04.2009","25.04.2009","27.04.2009","29.04.2009","01.05.2009","03.05.2009","05.05.2009","07.05.2009","09.05.2009","11.05.2009")
set yrange [995:1035]
set y2tics mirror
set xrange ["06.03.2009":"13.05.2009"]
plot '/scratch/duffduff/cleaned' u 1:3 w l lt 8 lw 3, '/scratch/duffduff/cleaned' u 1:4 lt 1 lw 4 pt 6, '/scratch/duffduff/cleaned' u 1:5 lt 2 lw 4 pt 6

And the little Bash-Script to cleanup the data and plot it:


rm /scratch/duffduff/cleaned
sed 's/mB,//' /scratch/duffduff/pressurelog >> /scratch/duffduff/stats
sed 's/CET 2009//' /scratch/duffduff/stats >> /scratch/duffduff/stats2
sed 's/,/ /' /scratch/duffduff/stats2 >> /scratch/duffduff/cleaned
rm /scratch/duffduff/stats
rm /scratch/duffduff/stats2
gnuplot /scratch/duffduff/plot.plot

Grunge Vacation 2012

After getting tickets to both Pearl Jam Shows in Manchester this June, I was even more exited to see, that Mr. Chris Cornell announced his European leg of his Songbook-Tour and that he also visits Manchester during this week.

Now that’s what I call a Grunge Vacation:

Hey, I got an idea! What about some surprise special guest appearances 🙂 Keep your fingers crossed.

Sarah Blackwood – Wait It Out Vol. 1

Finally the vinyl of Sarah Blackwood’s record “Wait It Out – Vol. 1” has arrived, # 241 out of 500 copies. The cover is amazing.. you can actually feel the different layers of paint. You can see how Sarah created these here.

Artwork

Songs

Wait It Out

The title track of Sarah’s newest album & a great tune.

Drowning

Released in November 2011 Drowning marks a rather melancholic and dark song on the record. Sad & beautiful at the same time.

Go Ahead

I like the guitar on this one. Helps to lift the mood a little despite the rather sad lyrics.

Adore You

Folky, Gypsy… like it 🙂

Links

Now go + buy some great music:

The Sarah Blackwood Chronicles

Walk Off The Earth

I’m sure by now most of you have seen the Walk Off The Earth-Video of the Song Somebody That I Used to Know.. quite a performance. If you’re not one of the 36’940’306 views (as of January 25, 2012) of this video, here it is:

Make sure you also check out their YouTube-Channel here.

The Creepshow

Browsing a little further I found some kick-ass videos from a band called The Creepshow. As it turns out, Sarah “Sin” Blackwood (the girl in the video) plays guitar and sings in this band. She took over as her sister got pregnant in 2009.

Here’s the titletrack of their 2010 release They All Fall Down:

Now that’s Rock’n’Roll 🙂 Have a look here at their discography.

Sarah Blackwood Solo

 


Just a couple of weeks ago, on January 6th, 2012, Sarah released a new song of her’s called Wait It Out. A beautiful and easy-listening song. Not quite what I expected after listening to The Creepshow over and over again, but very good nevertheless.

Finally, I’d like to post another video from her, where you can see that the creative process reaches further than “just” creating good music:

And in case you’re wondering how you can get your hands on one of these vinyls, watch this. Ms. Blackwood herself explains:

Pearl Jam’s Eurotour 2012 Update

What a week… let’s try figure out, what happened….

03 Dec 2011

A post on the PJ-Forum started the first rumors about an upcoming European Tour 2012.


08 Dec 2011

Pearl Jam announces the much anticipated Euro-Tour and confirmed the following dates / cities:

  • June 20, Manchester
  • June 23, Isle of Wight
  • June 26, Amsterdam
  • June 29, Werchter
  • June 30, Arras
  • July 4, Berlin
  • July 7, Stockholm
  • July 9, Oslo
  • July 10, Copenhagen

As usual, their will be a pre-sale for 10C members, this time provided by Crowdsurge.com. 10C pre-sale starts 13 Dec 2011, 5.00 pm GMT. We decided to try an get tickets to the show in Manchester.


13 Dec 2011, 5.00 pm GMT

Crowdsurge.com opened the 10C-pre-sales and were overrun (or so it seemed at the time) by the fans. For about 2.5 hours it went like this:

  1. Login at crowdsurge.com & select the Manchester Show
  2. Wait in some kind of a queue
  3. Select tickets & put it in your cart
  4. Checkout
  5. “You cart is empty, please place some items in it an try again”
  6. Return to Point 3 while screaming at you computer…

After 2.5 hours, they stopped the pre-sales due to technical issues beyond their control. They will try to put the site back online asap.


14 Dec 2011

Pearljam.com announces on their homepage that they terminate the 10C presale since neither PJ nor CrowdSurge can conduct a successful presale within the time limits before the public on sales begin (16 Dec 2011). The unsold tickets are being released to the public. As of the cause, the blog-post goes as followed:

Given that Tuesday’s pre-sale system failure mirrored that of the Ten Club ticketing failure earlier this year — on entirely different systems, and unrelated to server capacity — all involved now strongly believe that there has been an act of sabotage from an outside source that has prevented fans from executing their ticket purchases. CrowdSurge and TenClub will conduct further investigation into this matter.


15 Dec 2011, 9.00 am GMT

Without the 10c-presale I had to use normal channels to get my hands on a pair of tickets. My first chance was last Thursday morning when the first public pre-sale was conducted at livenation.com and ticketmaster.co.uk. I tried but was again unlucky… no tickets yet…


16 Dec 2011, 9.00 am GMT

Public sales… 5 minutes in I had my pair of seating-tickets… not the best places in the venue, but after such a week I’ll take what I can get.

Later that day, a second Manchester show (June 21) was announced via Ticketmaster.co.uk!. No announcement from 10C or Pearl Jam but directly on Ticketmaster.

The same day, PJ-Manager Kelly Curtis himself (much obliged, Mr. Curtis) logged into the Pearljam.com Forum to answer some of the questions of the fans. Please visit www.theskyiscrape.com for a nice abstract.


17 Dec 2011

A second Amsterdam-Show is announced on pearjam.com.

After careful consideration we decided to buy another pair of tickets for the 2nd Manchester show. We have to travel > 1’000 km, so we let’s make it worth it.


Conclusion

I’m totally stoked to have the chance to see Pearl Jam on two consecutive nights, but the whole situation this week leaves you a little bit frustrated. I hope the band gets the information what happened the last couple of days. Maybe they will surprise us with something special 🙂

On the other hand, I can’t understand all the fuss going on in the forum. I’v been a 10C member for the last 8 years and not just because I can buy tickets earlier but to show my support and dedication. Which other band fights for fair ticket-prices or provides bootlegs of all their shows or allows you to record you own or organised a two-day-festival or or or…

After the first disappointment I’m now happy to see PJ after four years of abstinence 🙂 See you in Manchester!!