Article “My Pravoslavnye: Russkii rok, Orthodoxy and nationalism in post-Soviet Russia” published

An area I have been thinking about for a long time is the relationship between music and religion in Russia. I have touched on this in my research before, but not explicitly focused on it. When Andreas Häger contacted me about writing an article for a planned book on popular music and religion in 2015 […]

My summer hit musings

A couple of weeks ago I was interview by Clemens Panagl from the Salzburger Nachrichten on why songs from the non Anglo-US-American musical world suddenly become summer hits. The resulting article titled “Dein Sommerhit, das unbekannte Wesen” was published on July 7th and included some of my musings on what makes a (summer)hit. I managed […]

Article “Ukro-Ska-Punk” finally published

Finally my article “‘Ukro-Ska-Punk’ – Band Identity, Surzhik and Language in Post-Soviet Russia” on Svoboda’s use of surzhik and Ukrainian stereotypes in St. Petersburg has been published – my first foray into linguistics. 😉 After the editor of the first book project this article was supposed to appear in disappeared the article found a welcome new […]

Warhol’s banana

During our visit to see the cherry blossoms in Schwetzingen we passed by Andy Warhol’s banana used on the Velvet Underground’s debut album “The Velvet Underground & Nico”. Taken with my Fuji x100t.

Pomidor/Off

During my visit to Minsk we visited a tribute concert to the Belorussian VIA Pesniary (I also visited the band leader Vladimir Muliavin’s grave) at the club Re:Public. One of the acts to perform was Pomidor/Off whose singer Aleksandr Pomidorov can be seen here above (and who recorded a clip for Нейро Дюбель / Neiro […]

Нейро Дюбель

During my recent Minsk visit I visited the recording studio “Osmos” and was promptly recruited to play on a clip for the band “Нейро Дюбель’s” upcoming gig this saturday at the club Re:Public. Sung by Aleksandr Pomidorov this video was recorded in one take: Studio fun! 😀

In pursuit of magic

One of the recurring graffitis during my recent visit to New York was “In pursuit of magic” – here quite fittingly at the entrance to where Tin Pan Alley was located. Taken with my D700 and Nikon 20-35 2.8.

Oakfield and Guru Guru @ Worms: Jazz and Joy

I heard Oakfield and Guru Guru play yesterday at the festival Worms: Jazz and Joy. Above Oakfield can be seen with the cathedral in the background. Taken with my D700 and Tamron 90mm 2.8. The complete gallery can be seen here:

Hammelburg 2012

The International Band- and Businesscamp in Hammelburg finished last Thursday. I took some pictures at the opening presentation and then at the final concert at the end of the week. Shot with my D700 and 70-200 2.8. The complete set of pictures can be seen here: