Saturday, November 10, 2007

The Moment Russian LA Has Been Waiting For....

«Нам уже 25». Юбилей группы ДДТ
В текущем году группа «ДДТ» отмечает свое двадцатипятилетие. Получат подарок и поклонники коллектива: новый альбом «Пропавший без вести» и грандиозный концертный тур по всей стране.

Четверть века — срок символический. Для многих людей эти годы стали эпохой «ДДТ». «Наши песни любовь и голод,/ Под наши песни вставала весна», — пел Юрий Шевчук в одной из своих баллад. Слова стали девизом, музыка — образом жизни для тысяч людей.





Для Юрия Шевчука и его группы дата не главное. Главное — то, что этот концертный тур будет представлять новый альбом «ДДТ» «Пропавший без вести».
В нем 11 песен — 72 минуты музыки, над которыми музыканты работали почти два года. Альбом получился контрастным: жесткий рок соседствует с лирикой и философскими размышлениями, крик чередуется с шепотом. Каждая песня — честный разговор о жизни, о людях, о стране, о будущем, настоящем и прошлом. Словом, «Пропавший без вести» стал еще одним классическим альбомом группы. Юрий Шевчук сравнивает его с пластинкой «Мир № 0».

«Мы не собирались делать бескомпромиссный рок-альбом, делали то, что нам нравится. Я старался писать просто о сложном. В альбоме много музыки. Иногда тембр, музыкальный оттенок заменяет слова. Мы попытались в очередной раз показать, что русский рок — это не бардовская песня с приклеенными барабанами и гитарами», — говорит Шевчук.
Заглавная песня, которая дала название пластинке, — «Пропавший без вести». Она не только о тех, кто сгинул в войнах. «Человек выходит на улицу и пропадает в толпе, теряет свою личность. На нашей земле живет гораздо больше людей, пропавших без вести, чем нашедших себя. Это то, что не сыграно и не сказано раньше, это одиночество в толпе».

Очень важна музыкальная целостность звучания альбома, и в то же время каждая песня имеет свои нюансы, свой цвет, свою мелодику. «Мы попытались объединить очень разные по динамике звучания песни альбома звучанием ритм-секции: бас-гитара, ударные и компьютерные sample-петли. Эта музыкальная конструкция лежит в основе аранжировок почти всех песен», — Константин Шумайлов. Среди них есть композиции, рваные по своей структуре, жесткие по содержанию, динамичные, похожие на израненных солдат. Они сочетаются с «песнями-медсестрами», залечивающими эти раны.

В работе над альбомом можно увидеть ассоциации с живописью. Некоторые альбомы акварельные, а некоторые являют собой наскальную живопись, над которой пришлось изрядно потрудиться, прежде чем удалось вырубить долотом и молотком мамонтов с человеческими лицами. «Пропавший без вести» — это пещера, но не только лишь с мамонтами, в ней легко разглядеть и легкие, ненавязчивые акварельки. Смешанная техника, акватинта, холст, масло, да ещё немного декора и инсталляции.

Праздничный тур коллектива начался в июне концертом в Самаре; группа планирует совершить грандиозное турне по Евразии и Северной Америке. В рамках тура «ДДТ» будут выступать более чем в 40 городах России и ближнего зарубежья, в Израиле, странах Европы, США и Канаде.

24 июня в Санкт-Петербурге на стадионе «Петровский» в рамках юбилейного тура группа провела большой концерт. Почитателям творчества группы были представлены и новый альбом, и многие любимые песни, написанные за 25 лет. Шевчук редко хвалит людей, имеющих деньги, но в данном случае благодарен спонсорам, поскольку билеты на юбилейный концерт удалось сделать максимально доступными.

Новая программа ДДТ — это яркое, динамичное, зрелищное шоу высочайшего уровня. «Мы постараемся сделать настоящий европейский рок-концерт», — пообещал лидер группы.

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Friday, November 9, 2007

SerGAY Lazarev Riffs Off Mika

He's singing dance pop...
In a falsetto...
Is it British/Lebanese sensation Mika?
NO! It's Russian pop star SerGAY Lazarev!
Seriously... the first song I heard from his solo debut was "Just Because You Walk Away (Dazhe Yesli Ti Uidesh)" which is a ballad, and sounds like something Premier Minister might have recorded in a "serious" moment.



But now, as you can probably guess from this picture, most of Lazarev's music is frothy dance pop. "Fake" is one of the worst songs I have ever heard in my life, yet I still listen to it for some reason. And I just came across "TV or Radio" on Zaycev and seriously thought a girl was singing it for the first few lines...then I thought...WAIT! This is that Sergey Lazarev guy! Then, I decided that it's not 1000% embarrassing--it sounds a little like Mika, but with more digitized voice alteration and manufactured beats. I can see it in the next cheesy movie soundtrack now....

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

This Is Becoming An Obsession!

You guessed it; it's Soso Pavliashvili again. This time, he has appeared on Russian TV in a program where singers from all over Europe get together with Russian-language pop stars and basically perform multi-lingual mashups of hit songs. Generally speaking, it sounds a little weird to me, but it's an oddly attractive idea...especially with an odd pair like this!



Notice how CC is sleepwalking through the concert. The German dance musician looks like she has a bad case of jet lag, or boredom. Or maybe she's lip-synching?

...But then, Soso walks on stage about halfway through and totally steals the show. Like I said, this is becoming an obsession for me. His videos are hilarious. He seems like he is in his own little world, and totally overdoing it -- But it's as entertaining as you can get! Notice how he is all over her, while singing the "Ya tvoi geroi" part, and she looks a little bit nervous...then there is that VERY AWKWARD hug at the end.

I need to get this DVD.

Shameless plug for the online store where I bought this interesting mashed up cultural CD, which includes a duet with Soso and French pop star In-Grid.

Can't...stop...listening...




...To this Mumiy Troll/Diskoteka Avariya collaboration, "Delfini!" (Downloads from this link, using Zaycev.net).



By now, you've probably guessed that I like Avariya. A LOT. I saw them in concert at Trafalgar Square for Staryy Novy God a few years back, and the high energy of their recorded songs does not even come close to their super live performances. Mumiy Troll is another one of my favorite bands -- I like them for the same reason I love Avariya; because they are not afraid to experiment with different styles of music. Most of their songs could be considered rock, (or as they say on en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mumiy_Troll, "Rockapops") but this one is a foray into dance (because it sounds produced by Avariya...) Anyway, it's worth a listen, and if I were any good with my DJ software I would make a killer remix. This track just begs to be remixed, in a good way.

To this classic Kino hit, "Gruppa Krovi." Download here. Most of you have probably heard it by now. Tsoy Zhiv!



To this Timbaland-produced track by Dima Bilan. You love him, or you hate him, or you love to hate him...but "Amnesia" is going to be a club smash hit. Download here.

In the picture, he's singing at Eurovision...gotta love the girl who randomly climbs out of the piano...

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Multi-Culti Train Wreck!

I came across this video on YouTube and didn't know what to think. I know that Soso Pavliashvili isn't considered a very serious musician (besides that nationalistic Samshoblo song from Yurmala '89) but he's always an entertaining performer. This concert, though, defies description.... where did he get the idea to put River Dance into it?



From:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHlHmVqXOBs

Another little something I found. "Vspominaitye Gruzina" was released early this year, and this video also defies description. My friend saw it and asked, "What are they smoking in Georgia??" Well, Judge for yourself....and have a good laugh.


No english title - Awesome video clips here


...And Here is Samshoblo. (for contrast!) I found it a very moving performance, especially considering the historical context (and no I am not Georgian, I am Ukrainian American).

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Finding t.A.T.u.

Believe it or not.
Russian pop duo t.A.T.u. (Lena Katina and Yulia Volkova) star in a movie that will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008. They pretend to be lesbians and sing electro pop--I always thought this was a novelty act?
Another surprise--Mischa Barton (American actress of "The OC" fame) co-stars as a Russian girl who falls in love with an American girl she meets at -- where else? - a t.A.T.u concert.

Perez Hilton calls it the "Worst Movie of the Year." http://perezhilton.com/?p=7201#respond

I admit, I am a little skeptical too, but I'm going to see it. You can't judge too quickly.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97QN6QR4DmQ



^^ This is my friend and one half of t.A.T.u. His brother-in-law, who produces t.A.T.u.'s music videos in Los Angeles, is in the middle.

Восточные Сказки - Russian Pop Music and the Middle East

Sitting in one of my favorite hookah bars in L.A. last weekend, I recognized a song playing in the background. It was called "Temptation" and it was, like everything else the DJ at that club plays, Middle Eastern pop. But it sounded a lot like a Blestyashi song I heard on the radio, called "Восточные Сказки."

Found out later that Blestyashi had collaborated with Persian pop star Arash, whose "Boro Boro" album is available on the American iTunes store. I downloaded a couple of songs and it's good ol' hookah bar music. The title track, "Boro Boro," has been mashed up with Pomeha Sprava's hit "Gde Zhe Tvoi Bumer," and it ends up sounding pretty interesting. Below is Arash's collaboration with DJ Alligator, called "Music Is My Language."



Of course, all the Russian parties here in L.A. feature some non-russian pop, usually Tarkan. He's one of the most popular singers in Turkey and has released a hiphop / pop / club music album in English called "Come Closer." I recommend it if you like that kind of thing. Aparently he's been in a New York studio working on his second English language release, which does not have an official date but will come out on the Universal Latino label.

And many Russian stars besides Blestyashi are influenced by Middle Eastern (Arabskaya) music. "Now That's What I Call Arabia" is a top seller on St Petersburg Dom Knigi's online store (st-p.com) and Kirkorov has done a Turkish-influenced album, "Oy Mama Shika Dam," which caused a little controversy among Armenians (Kirkorov is in fact, half Armenian). The rapper Seryoga released an Oriental themed single, "Mel Sudbi," which was an extra feature on the Dnevnoy Dozor (Day Watch) DVD. Electro pop singer Zhasmin had a big hit last summer with "Indiiskoye Disko," which featured a looped bhangra rhythm against a typical upbeat Russian pop song. All are worth checking out for Russian pop fans, and there are many more examples of the influence that the Middle East has had on Russian popular music. One parody of this phenomenon is the Ruki Vverh song "Devushki Vostoka," which was released on their Konets Popsa/Tancuyut Vse album several years ago.

Below are some mp3 links if you're interested in the Arash/Blestyashi collaboration (this is actually a mashup with the original "Temptation") and the Boro Boro club song. If you have a favorite "Oriental song" of any genre, feel free to add it in a comment and link to a video or mp3 if you can!

Arash & Блестящие Feat Rebecca - Восточная Temptation (DJ Grey mix)

http://www.zaycev.net/download.php?ass=Arash+%26+%C1%EB%E5%F1%F2%FF%F9%E8%E5+Feat+Rebecca_-_%C2%EE%F1%F2%EE%F7%ED%E0%FF+Temptation+%28DJ+Grey+mix%29.mp3&id=75157

Помеха справа Feat Arash - Бора, бора, где бумер

http://www.zaycev.net/download.php?ass=%CF%EE%EC%E5%F5%E0+%F1%EF%F0%E0%E2%E0+Feat+Arash_-_%C1%EE%F0%E0%2C+%E1%EE%F0%E0%2C+%E3%E4%E5+%E1%F3%EC%E5%F0.mp3&id=18004