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A Funky Soul Christmas (Playlist & Videos)

25. Dezember 2014

My feelings towards Christmas are similar to The Grinch‘s (without the greedy aspect). The only thing I like about it are the holiday songs. Therefore I put together a Spotify playlist with great Christmas albums and compilations. Feel free to add yours – the list is shared.


Movie Talk with Irrfan Khan @River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival (Videos)

9. Dezember 2014

For the visitors of River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival Irrfan Khan was the perfect guest: charming, funny and outspoken. I shot some clips during the Q&A sessions for the movies “Qissa” (with director Anup Singh) and “Paan Sing Tomar”, hosted by festival director Selvaggia Velo.
Anup Singh, Irrfan Khan & Selvaggia Velo @River to River. Florence Indian Filmfestival

Americans Try German Food For The First Time: “Licorice Bathed in Sweat”

4. Dezember 2014

Bratwurst: “That’s German engineering at its finest.” / “It looks like something very human.”
Haribo Piratos (salty): “Licorice bathed in sweat, that’s what it is.”
Vitamalz: “It smells like prune juice and beer had a baby.”

Crowdfunkin': Best of Current Funk (Spotify Playlist)

22. November 2014

“Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson (feat. Bruno Mars) is one of the best current funk releases I have heard in a long time:

After mentioning this on Facebook, my funky friends recommended many other great acts to me. I threw in some additional favorites of mine and started a Spotify playlist. Put it into shuffle mode … and enjoy!


Irrfan Khan at 14th River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival / Looking back at last year’s #R2RFIFF

11. November 2014

River to River. Florence International Film Festival 2014

Irrfan Khan

Irrfan Khan (Photo: / Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license)

Just announced: Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan will be the guest of honour at this year’s River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival in beautiful Florence/Italy – always my favourite festival of the year.

The festival will hold a special tribute to Khan who next appears in Colin Trevorrow’s “Jurassic World”. There will be screenings of his films “Qissa”, “The Namesake” and “Paan Singh Tomar”, plus seven episodes of the third season of the HBO series “In Treatment”.

According to Wikipedia, Irrfan Khan has appeared in more than 30 Bollywood films (as of 2013). Khan’s English-language mainstream work includes character roles in movies like “New York”, “I Love You”, “A Mighty Heart”, “Slumdog Millionaire”, “The Amazing Spider-Man”, and “Life of Pi”.

Augie’s gone. Where do the bop go?

26. Oktober 2014

With great sadness, I just became aware of the fact that singer, songwriter, performer and producer Augie Johnson has passed away on October 10, 2014.

I interviewed him in Los Angeles in 1982 after the album “Make Mine Bop” by Side Effects‘ side project L.A. Boppers blew me away. It featured one of my favorite jazz-funk-soul songs of all time: “Where Do the Bop Go”.


R.I.P., Jack Bruce! (George Clinton on patching up things with Cream)

26. Oktober 2014

Jack Bruce (Photo: Christian  Sahm / licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license)

Jack Bruce (Photo: Christian Sahm / licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license)

John Symon Asher “Jack” Bruce passed away yesterday (Saturday, October 25, 2014) at age 71. In his just-released autobiography “Brothas Be, Yo, Like George, Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard on You?” Parliament/Funkadelic’s George Clinton (73) remembers running into Cream’s founder member in the spring of 1993 – before and during the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:

(…) Cream was inducted, which was a kind of brain twist: I got to watch two of my most important influences [Sly Stone was there as well – PJ] and think about the way that I had built Funkadelic on the intersection between their two bands. Jimi Hendrix had it right when he said that Cream was quitting just as everybody else was getting started. I also got to watch how a band acted when they put old rivalries and infighting behind them. (more…)

Come on, Malala haters: How about some facts? (#MalalaWinsNobel)

13. Oktober 2014

Malala Yousafzai at Girl Summit 2014

Malala Yousafzai at Girl Summit 2014
(Photo: Russell Watkins/Department for International Development / Published under the Open Government Licence v1.0)

This Friday, I was happy to see that Pakistani teen activist Malala Yousafzai won this year’s Peace Nobel Prize, together with Indian children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi.

Judging from the media echo, pretty much everybody all over the world seemed to feel similarly – the exception being Pakistan (of all places, since it is Malala’s home country). I encountered quite a bit of nasty criticism of the Norwegian Nobel Committee’s decision, including the utterly despicable hashtag #IHateMala. You can find some examples in this article on India’s dna website: “Instead of Malala Yousafzai, give Nobel Peace Prize to Abdul Sattar Edhi, say Pakistanis”.

You may say: “Okay, but that’s an Indian website – India has an … ahem … special relationship with Pakistan!”. dna did nothing but quote Twitter posts (aka tweets) by Pakistanis – some of whom are not lone crazies but have quite a few followers.

I addressed some of them. With the exception of Mehki, the Tigress of IK:-) (see below), they weaseled away from answering my questions: (more…)

Power drinking: Two days at London’s Great British Beer Festival (#GBBF 2014)

18. August 2014

Great British Beer Festival 2014

Great British Beer Festival 2014

Since 2008, I have been visiting the Great British Beer Festival in London, a great event organized by the Campaign for Real Ale was founded in 1971 and has been promoting promoting real ale, real cider and the traditional British pub ever since. According to Wikipedia, it is now the largest single-issue consumer group in the UK.

In this blog entry, I mainly collected my Twitter and Facebook posts (some in German). You can also check out previous reports: 2008’s “Ein halber Tag in London” (in German) and 2009’s “Drinking for a Good Cause”.

As a first taster, I put together a short video with some festival scenes:


George Clinton (72) on Quitting Drugs (plus new European Tour Dates)

14. Juni 2014

From the keynote interview at the Ibiza International Music Summit (May 2014)

Craig McLean (at 24:42): Did you get paid for all these samples?
George Clinton: Nooo … that’s what made me stop doing drugs. You can not be fucked up and not expect things to be fucked up, too. I’m saying that it took me 72 years to find that out. Plus: The drugs was no good. Wasn’t even good drugs by the time, you know. Then I realized; Damn, I’m not even high; plus, they done took all my money.



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