DD TV Playlist – 18th June 2017

Duran Duran – Is there something I should now?

Andy Taylor  –  Be good to yourself

Dom Brown – Chocolate fever

The Power Station – Lonely tonight

Warren Cuccurullo – Goodbye

John Taylor  – 6,000 miles

The Devils – Big store

Neurotic Outsiders – Angelina

Autohypnosis – Meanwhile

Luke Skyscraper – Wake up”

Michael Des Barres  – 16 and savaged

The Gravity Drive – Wake of the dawn

Patty Smith – People have the power

Alex Britti – Stringimi forte amore

Arcade Fire – Everything now

Foo Fighters – Run

 

 

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DD TV Eye on Fashion – June 2017

Eye on Fashion

Milan Fashion Week   June 17th – 25 June 2017

We are happy our music heroes are recruting teens within our fan base, which is made also of older people, to advertise their t-shirts and items of clothings off their ctaalogue of their own merchandise.

Valentino is owned by the Arabian Emirates; Krizia is owned by non – Italian hands: the famous “Made in Italy” logo was born here to be sold away.

Another fashion-related trademark is owned by non-Italian guys: Bulgari.

Top models in music? In the 80s few top models made amazing albums, although they were not properly professional singers: We pay homage to Sade, Brenda Russell; the late Whitney Houston started as a top model and ended up as a vocalist; later Naomi Campbell did an album. The most successful was the lovely Sade. Rock on girls with your style!

“Punk Masters” by American designer Patty Palazzo: Patty is an awesome woman-designer on demand. She can create some cool drum logos (played by some awesome drummers): she’s been doing designs for new tees; she designed artworks for records and books.  Patty is hosted in this space as “special guest” in the behind the scenes of the Milan Fashion Weeks.

NEWS

Mid May: Ricky Martin, as Versace’s boyfriend, Penelope Cruz as Donatella Versace, for the Serious Crimes on Fox channel to remember the missed Italian designer Gianni Versace

26th May RIP Laura Biagiotti, the famous Italian designer had a heart attack and passed away. Awesome legacy. Design in peace.

10th June – Pitti Uomo, the famous Florence brand logo had event named “Meraviglia, Water and flames” to celebrate the June Fashion week. You could enjoy aero-acrobatic dance choreographies, video projections on water (the Arno river), fireworks effects, dancing springs. Congrats!

Early June: we have seen only Armani and Fendi making events on public areas, in this Week.

14th June: we are sad to hear the loss of Anita Pallenberg, an amazing woman, who was really involved in rock and fashion, in the Seventies. She was an icon and a muse for the legendary rock band The Rolling Stones. May your star shine in peace.

 

 

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DD TV Playlist – 11th June 2017

Duran Duran – Buried in the sand

Andy Taylor  –  Life goes on

Dom Brown – Changing

The Power Station – She can rock it

Warren Cuccurullo – 4D suite

John Taylor  – So banal

The Devils – Barbarellas

Neurotic Outsiders – Good news

Autohypnosis – Hopeless American summer

Luke Skyscraper – Wake up

Michael Des Barres  –  too good to be bad

The Gravity Drive – Wake of the dawn

Sioux and the Banshees – Into the light

Max Pezzali featuring Nile Rodgers – Le canzoni alla radio

Liam Gallagher – Wall of glass

L’Aura – I’m an alcoholic

 

 

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DD TV The Reader – June 2017

I’VE READ

“The Red Book” of Mao Tse Tung

Mao is the one who threw in the basis of modern China, which grew to become the major country we all know.
Mao was a cultivated, wise man, a true visionary.

This book, a.k.a. “The Red Book”, is actually the second most read book after the Holy Bible, due to the big number of Chinese poeple living on the planet.

Mao was an amazing leader, better than Gengis Khan, who actually was a warrior and persuaded people by killing them (!) and Confucious, who was a religous leader and just preached.

I can come to agree with many of Mao’s ideas, but I don’t like the punishment his regime inflicted to the ones who disagreed.

I AM READING “The Martian” by Andy Weir

It actually is the sci-fi novel (I can guess it was underrated, at the release moment) of the movie “The Martian” out in 2016, starring actor Matt Damon

It’s the story of an astronaut working for the “Ares 3” mission to Mars, who actually landed with some other guys on the Red Planet, but a Martian sand storm destroys part of their equipment and forces almost all the crew to escape back to Earth. The guys, during their escape to salvation, see their mate Mark Watney (Matt Damon, in the movie) apparently deadly wounded and wrongly realize they got nothing they could do to save and to rescue him, so they leave him on Mars.

Things are different: astronaut Mark Watney isn’t dead, he manages to recover from his wounds using the medical tools he finds on the vehicles and uses all his knowledge on mechanic engineering and botanic to find ways to survive, until the moment other astronauts from Earth come back on Mars and save him.

The parts of the book “from Mars” are written in first person, because he’s the surviving astronaut who reads his Martian daily diary. The portions “from Earth” are in third person” and are in the past tense.

It is so far an amazing read and I have to confess, I’m tempted to get the DVD of the corresponding movie.

By the way, this novel, which reads in the beginning naive and a little silly, is today a world best-seller!!

Next update in September 2017

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DD TV Playlist – 26th May 2017

The last blog post before our break.  We’re resuming on June 10th

Stay tuned and thanks for your continued support so far

 

Duran Duran – A view to a kill

Andy Taylor  –  Space Station n. 5

Dom Brown – Going down but not slow

Warren Cuccurullo – We’re all targets

The Power Station – We fight for love

John Taylor  – Lovers afternoon

The Devils – Aztec moon

Neurotic Outsiders – Good news

Autohypnosis – Information is boring

Luke Skyscraper – Wake up

Michael Des Barres (Silverhead)  – This ain’t a parody

The Gravity Drive – Wake of the dawn

Robert Palmer – Bad case of loving you

Clementino – Ragazzi fuori

Muse – Dig down

Haim – Right now

 

 

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DD TV Playlist – 21st May 2017

Duran Duran – Drive by

Andy Taylor  – Lola

Dom Brown – Vanity

Warren Cuccurullo – Nocera inferiore

John Taylor – Immortal

The Devils – Barbarellas

Neurotic Outsiders – Always wrong

Luke Skyscraper – Wake up

Michael Des Barres (Silverhead)  – This ain’t a parody

The Gravity Drive – Kaleidoscope

Chris Cornell – You know my name

Jack Savoretti – We are bound

Jenn Morell – Ponteme

 

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DD TV Danceophobia – May 2017

Our argument every time is developed in the three different phases, whose names took inspiration from groove and whose content changes according to the mood of the discussion. The “forerunner” is like an introduction, the “tour de force” is the place hosting the hottest words, and the “slow dance” is the conclusion.

DO YOU LIKE DRUM MACHINES?

 

FORERUNNER

Many drummers now seem to appreciate the sound of drum machines. Bands like Kraftwerk and few other early 80’s music acts were pioneers of this instrument. During the years on the stage the fans preferred the “natural” drums, leaving the “machines” apart, in a corner, but recently, due to the growth of the internet and of the hi-fi tech, for other reasons we are not going to argue here, they seem to use more often the drum machines? How do we fans feel about it? Do we like it?

 

TOUR DE FORCE

Drum machine is a legacy, we guess. The pioneers of this instrument passed the idea to the younger generations. We can remember the embarrassment within certain fan communities when they found out it was the sound of a drum machine.

We can remember the drum machine was played also in few dance hits

Luckily the use of the drum machine slowed down, gradually, probably due also to the staggering bills to pay for the costs of maintenance and up-to-date of the machines.

There is also a human factor that contributed to the progressive choice to drop the drum machines: these fake drum kits replace the human arms and feet of a drummer: if the drummer decides to play the drum machine during his career it is less easily accepted by the audience, because the audience wants to hear their favourite drummer performing. A drum machine feels “insensitive” not involving, flat, surreal.

The only factor that can help the growth (“resurrection” in some cases” of the drum machines in the studio is that being a machine, this device never fails to reproduce any kind of groove, the drum machine so well tolerates the pressure (of the musicians, of the fans of the record labels…. ). Drum machines are often used in the disco clubs because they are designed to “hammer” a certain drum beat: never a mistake, never a faux pas: hi-fi is just on humans’ side.

 

SLOW DANCE

Natural drumming is a “feeling”. It deals with respect to hands and feet that create the groove and we are happy that drummers haven’t totally dropped using their “good old dear drum kits”.

You got to be a veeeeery good drummer if you want the fans to notice it’s a drum machine playing.

 

DJ SET:

This is another “ironic” DJ set, that is we picked up few songs whose titles can ironically match with these key words are:  beat – machine – dance

Enjoy!

 

Duran Duran – Blame the machine

The Power Station – Go to zero

Youth kills – The time is now

Michael Jackson – Beat it

Whitney Houston – I wanna dance with somebody

Charlie Sexton – The beat’s so lonely

Kraftwerk – Man machine

Pet shop boys – Heartbeat

Chic – Everybody dance (Yowsa, yowsa, yowsa)

T Rex – Cosmic dancer

Propaganda – P Machinery

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DD TV Playlist – 14th May 2017

Duran Duran  – New religion

Andy Taylor –  When the rain comes down

Dom Brown –  Bad boy

Warren Cuccurullo – The chemical balance

Arcadia  – Say the word

The Power Station – Go to zero

Neurotic Outsiders – Always wrong

The Devils – Lost decade

John Taylor – Soul fire

Autohypnosis – The nuclear winter of our discontent

The Gravity Drive – Wake up dawn

Michael Des Barres  – I can’t get you off of my mind

Luke Skyscraper (Fashion)  – Go to sleep

Robert Miles – Children

Chiara – Nessun posto è casa mia

LP – Strange

One Republic – No vacancy

 

 

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DD TV – Years ago, now to the future

In this new blog series, I’m going to focus on some of my music habits I had in my teenage and to see if I still do, if whatever and how it has changed or instead if it was replaced by something else.

The blog should have the aim to show that I’m still an avid music fans, although years have passed by quickly. Also, this writing is to see if and how the present music habits are going to influence the future ones.

Buying records in a record store. I was used to go to my local record shop. There were two guys; they were kind and always informed on rumors and snippets on the releases. I moved and now I live in a new area, where record shops are into malls. I found a difference in serving the fans: fewer smiles and the shop assistants are always in a hurry and the records are only the “most representative” ones of the “official” releases. All of these differences gradually led me to use the digital stores. The future? Digital stores will continue ruling, personally. The meetings with the other fans in a record store are now moved to … the bar!

Listening to music on the radio. The previews of releases have always been on the radio and to this day, although most of the artists share their new single on the social platforms, I still prefer the radio. If I miss any preview then I go on the social media. Radio would always be my favorite means to listen to new music.

Believing in the charts. Teenage is the period in your life when you need a “benchmark”, whatever to believe in, to trust in and that was the charts, whatever or whoever that replaces your mum and your dad. I believed and trusted in those numbers, because they worked on me as my parents’ words did to me. I trusted in them. Now I can say it is so nice to ignore them…!

Believing in what the music heroes say in the interviews. Same as for the charts. And my heroes today are on the road and they’re older, too: this implies they forget what they said years ago. Lol! Nice to have collected a large catalogue, a repertoire of various quotes in the years.

Believing in whatever the music press share. Same as for the charts. I love only seeing the pics of my heroes, especially if taken during the gigs. There is fake news, there were fake news. As for the so called “official press releases” of my music heroes, I obviously take them all seriously, but when there are rows, my opinion might change.

Sharing my opinions with fellow fans in my circle. The social media really make no difference between now and then: it is just the society and our more freaky way of living, so to speak, that had got us touchy, more critical towards almost all. Sharing my opinions might be dangerous at times. You have to use the right words when you speak and you can’t play the “peace-maker” or the referee. My choice is to express my thoughts when I’m on my own and when computers and other device are turned off.

The music parties. The music parties are something that I miss so much these days. It is due for age reasons: my fellow fans and I we grew up older, we are all family men and we can’t hare our passion for music as we did like in our teenage. Going to gigs is different, although it deals with a huge music party that you have the chance to celebrate with your music heroes. There was a change in the rhythm of our life, so to speak.

 

 

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DD TV Playlist – 7th May 2017

Duran Duran  – Lonely in your nightmare

Andy Taylor –  Don’t let me die young

Dom Brown –  Blue boy

Warren Cuccurullo – You are here

Arcadia  – The flame

The Power Station – Lonely tonight

Neurotic Outsiders – Nasty ho

The Devils – Big store

John Taylor – 21st century teenager

Autohypnosis – To stave off death with noise

The Gravity Drive – Wake up dawn

Michael Des Barres  – Yesterday’s Casanova

Luke Skyscraper (Fashion)  – Go to sleep

Queen – I want to break free

Marco Masini – Spostato di un secondo

Roger Waters – Smell the roses

Paramore – Hard times

 

 

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