Thursday, March 28, 2013

Bohemian Rixdorf (Böhmisch-Rixdorf) - In A Berlin Minute (Week 152)


Bohemian Rixdorf (Böhmisch-Rixdorf) - In A Berlin Minute (Week 152) [HD] from Luci Westphal on Vimeo.

Dorf Rixdorf (village Rixdorf) or Böhmisch Rixdorf (Bohemian Rixdorf) is a little Berlin neighborhood, which is now part or Neukölln. Originally it was founded in 1737 by Protestant refugees from Bohemia.

The main sights of Rixdorf are the Bethlehemskirche (Bethlehem Church), which was rebuilt in 1693, the Schmiede (blacksmith), which was first mentioned in 1624, and the Kirchgasse (church alley) with its Bohemian style houses.

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to enter the church or the smithy while I was there - nor did I find the farmhouse.

The best times to visit the neighborhood are probably the second Advent weekend, when the Christmas Market takes place (check out the Mädels with a Microphone podcast about this once-a-year event) or in the summer when the beergarden is open.

Before entering the actual village of Rixdorf I couldn't help notice the rather unusual group of statues (and a water fountain turned off at the time) called Imaginäres Theater (imaginary theater) by GDR artist Hartmut Bonk. These statues are in stark contrast with the Friedrich Wilhelm I statue within the village. They kind of stick out in the video. But that's Berlin: full of contrasting history and imagery.

However, I did not include a shot of the electronics store on the other side of Karl-Marx-Strasse, because that was starting to get too muddled. You'll be able to check out a picture of that building and more in my In A Berlin Minute Flickr album.

The song "Hook it up" by Jason Matherne of Goonygoogoo Productions reminds me of the sound of church bells and a smithy banging on metal. 

Bethlehemskirche in Rixdorf, Berlin
Bethlehem Church in Rixdorf, Berlin

Monday, March 25, 2013

Cold Cave: "Oceans With No End" + "People Are Poison" (MusicMonday)

Cold Cave - Oceans With No End

To promote the upcoming release of a new EP by Wesley Eisold's Cold Cave called Oceans With No End, they have published two online "audio previews" - basically a still image with the song running underneath it.

Usually I try to always post a video on Mondays, not just a song. But after continuously getting the "this video is not available in your country" message on almost every single video I'd been wanting to share (and other new songs not having videos at all), I'm just gonna run with this. 

In any case, I like both songs a lot and they just happen to perfectly fit the mood of this dark never-ending winter... you just gotta follow the beat through it. You can do it. 

Oceans With No End (EP title track)



People Are Poison (EP B-side)

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Photos from David Hasselhoff's visit to the East Side Gallery

Hofftastic
Sing uns den Flughafen fertig! - Get our airport finished by singing!

Here are a few photos from last Sunday when David Hasselhoff visited the East Side Gallery to show his support and take a stand against more pieces of the Berlin wall being removed for real estate developments.

While there I made a video of him singing "Looking For Freedom": David Hasselhoff sings at the wall to save the East Side Gallery

... and for the people with the shorter attention span or David Hasselhoff tolerance I also made 1-minute In A Berlin Minute video about it: David Hasselhoff tries to save the Berlin Wall – In A Berlin Minute (Week 151)

The Hoff looks out at the crowd from The Hoff Mobile
Der Hoff guckt auf die Menge vom Hoff Mobil


People climbed the wall - Leute klettern auf die Mauer


Baywatch's Mr. Blue Eyes sings Looking for Freedom

Climbing The Berlin Wall at East Side Gallery

K.I.T.T. at the Berlin Wall (East Side Gallery)

TransAm that may or may not be K.I.T.T. showed up for David Hasselhoff's visit at the Berlin Wall (East Side Gallery)

Hurrah, die Mauer bleibt.
Hurray, the wall remains.

Watch the 1-minute video: David Hasselhoff tries to save the Berlin Wall – In A Berlin Minute (Week 151)



Thursday, March 21, 2013

David Hasselhoff tries to save the Berlin Wall - In A Berlin Minute (Week 151)


David Hasselhoff tries to save the Berlin Wall - In A Berlin Minute (Week 151) from Luci Westphal on Vimeo.

On Sunday March 17th David Hasselhoff came to Berlin and joined an estimated 7000 people to protest the East Side Gallery being chopped up to make way for luxury condos and a bridge. The East Side Gallery is a 1.3km stretch of the Berlin wall featuring 103 pieces of art by East and West German artist who came together shortly after the opening of the German-German boarder to create this symbol of freedom of expression and the new unity of two cultures who had the same roots but had been kept apart for several decades. 

I went to the protest because I wanted to be counted as a supporter of the East Side Gallery but also to film this video for you. On Sunday I already released a video that features The Hoff singing the entire song "Looking For Freedom". This is the 1-minute version. 

You can watch the full version here: http://movingpostcard.com/david-hasselhoff-east-side-gallery

To save you and me time, here is the text that I wrote with the longer video: 

Recently the city together with developers have begun making more holes into the wall to make way for luxury condos and a bridge across the Spree River.
 

David Hasselhoff has had a special connection to the Berlin Wall ever since his song "Looking For Freedom" became an anthem in Germany during the time the wall came down in 1989. 
 

So today I went to the East Side Gallery and made a short video featuring David Hasselhoff signing "Looking For Freedom", some shots of the crowd and a few images I took of the East Side Gallery last year when it had been freshly restored. 
If you'd like to know more:
 

Watch the 1-minute video I made about the East Side Gallery (and read more about it):  East Side Gallery (The Wall Art) - In A Berlin Minute (Week 95)
 

Listen to a Mädels with a Microphone podcast about the recent controversy and protests surrounding the East Side Gallery: The East Side Gallery Protest 

Sign the petition to save the East Side Gallery: change.org/eastsidegallery
 

On a personal note: While I'm in the US I get asked so often about Germans' obsession with David Hasselhoff, who in the United States is only known for being an actor, while in German-language Europe he is also known as a singer. My response is always: I actually don't know German people who are buying his records or who talk about him - while I'm always fascinated by how many Americans are obsessed with Germans supposedly liking David Hasselhoff. Maybe they're just jealous of the attention he gives to Germans? ;-)
 

In any case: I think it's awesome that he traveled to Berlin to support the cause of the East Side Gallery, which is too important historically and culturally to continuously be chopped up and moved around. And if this gives him some more publicity, so be it. It gives the East Side Gallery the publicity and international attention it deserves. 

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If you want to read another account of the actual event, check out this poignant and humorous account by the Irish Berliner: Hofftastic Sankt Pádraigstag
And I'm not just posting this, because he embeded my video... I really appreciated his inside info as a jolly Irish journalist.


David Hasselhoff seems happy to help save East Side Gallery (Berlin Wall Memorial)


Monday, March 18, 2013

Die Liga der gewöhnlichen Gentlemen - "Der fünfte Four Top" (MusicMonday)

Die Liga der gewöhnlichen Gentlemen (the league of ordinary gentlemen), a new German band featuring musicians who have left their mark in the German music scene in previous bands and as industry professionals, have released a charming song about the music of the Four Tops: "Der fünfte Four Top".



Even if you understand German, I believe you can hear past the Four Tops references (not that you have to) and just embrace this song as a love letter to music in general:

Wir ertränken unsere Sorgen in Musik
In den Sounds, den Harmonien und in dem Beat

We drown our worries in music
In the sounds, the harmonies and the beat

Tapete Records is offering the song as a free download via Soundcloud.




Die Liga der gewöhnlichen Gentlemen
(photo by Markus Wustmann)

Photos from Brandenburg Gate Shoot

Riding past group photo into Brandenburg Gate
Am Gruppenphoto vorbei und rein ins Brandenburger Tor
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Below are a few still photos from the time-lapse video I shot while riding back and forth through the Brandenburg Gate and along the government buildings.

The video is actually a series of still photos taken with the GoPro. So I'm including a few pictures of the GoPro on bike rig as well - for the nerds like me.

WATCH the 1-minute video "Brandenburg Gate Ride (Time-Lapse) – In A Berlin Minute (Week 150)" on my new website (still working on it): MovingPostcard.com.

Classic shot of TV Tower seen through Brandenburg Gate... but with motorcycle!
Klassisches Photo vom Fernsehturm durch das Brandenburger Tor... aber mit Motorrad!
Brandenburg Gate - Brandenburger Tor
Government buildings (Reichstag) and TV Tower -
Regierungsgebäude und Fernsehturm
About to go through Brandenburg Gate (full uncropped GoPro frame)
Kurz vor der Durchfahrt durchs Brandenburger Tor (volles GoPro Bild)
Inside Brandenburg Gate
Im Brandenburger Tor
Approaching the Brandenburg Gate
Auf das Brandenburger Tor zu fahren
GoPro on my bike in front of Brandenburg Gate
Die GoPro Kamera auf meinem Fahrrad vor dem Brandenburger Tor


 Watch the finished time-lapse video HERE.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

David Hasselhoff sings at the Berlin wall to save the East Side Gallery

 

Today David Hasselhoff came to Berlin to support the East Side Gallery - a stretch of the former wall, which has become both an outdoor art gallery and a memorial ever since about 20 years ago, shortly after the opening of The Wall, over a hundred artists from East and West Germany came together and painted murals on a remaining section of the wall.

Now the city together with developers have begun making more holes into the wall to make way for luxury condos and a bridge across the Spree River.

David Hasselhoff has had a special connection to the Berlin Wall ever since his song "Looking For Freedom" became an anthem in Germany during the time the wall came down in 1989. 

So today I went to the East Side Gallery and made a short video featuring David Hasselhoff signing "Looking For Freedom", some shots of the crowd and a few images I took of the East Side Gallery last year when it had been freshly restored. 

If you'd like to know more:

Watch the 1-minute video I made about the East Side Gallery (and read more about it):  East Side Gallery (The Wall Art) - In A Berlin Minute (Week 95)

Listen to a Mädels with a Microphone podcast about the recent controversy and protests surrounding the East Side Gallery: The East Side Gallery Protest

Sign the petition to save the East Side Gallery: change.org/eastsidegallery

On a personal note: While I'm in the US I get asked so often about Germans' obsession with David Hasselhoff, who in the United States is only known for being an actor, while in German-language Europe he is also known as a singer. My response is always: I actually don't know German people who are buying his records or who talk about him - while I'm always fascinated by how many Americans are obsessed with Germans supposedly liking David Hasselhoff. Maybe they're just jealous of the attention he gives to Germans? ;-)

In any case: I think it's awesome that he traveled to Berlin to support the cause of the East Side Gallery, which is too important historically and culturally to continuously be chopped up and moved around. And if this gives him some more publicity, so be it. It gives the East Side Gallery the publicity and international attention it deserves.


David Hasselhoff sings at the East Side Gallery in Berlin on St. Patrick's Day


Thursday, March 14, 2013

Brandenburg Gate Ride (Time-Lapse) - In A Berlin Minute (Week 150)


Brandenburg Gate Ride (Time-Lapse) - In A Berlin Minute (Week 150) from Luci Westphal on Vimeo.

For the 150th* weekly 1-minute video I'm back in Berlin where it all started!

When the sun finally broke through and we had a few days of sunshine I went for my first bike ride of the year and zoomed for you through the Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate), over to the Reichstag, and back through from the other side. I hope you enjoy the video of the quick ride as much as I enjoyed the actual journey.

The driving song is "Bruce Lee" by Jason Matherne.  Get his music for free from Soundcloud.

Brandenburger Tor as seen by my bike camera


To film this video I strapped a GoPro camera on a mini tripod to the handle bar of my bike with elastic sticky tape and took a photo every second.

The GoPro rig on my bike on Unter den Linden with the Brandenburger Tor in the background
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* For the real numbers nerds: I actually uploaded two 1-minute videos one week but called the second one a bonus video. So if you're a stickler this is the 151st video. Wonder if anyone noticed...

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Photos from Salvador, Bahia, Brazil (including Carnival)

Carnaval in Pelourinho
A not tiny selection of photos I took while visiting Salvador, Bahia, Brazil during Carnival. Even after deleting a bunch I still have over 500 photos that I took during 10 days in Salvador (over 1,500 taken during 3 weeks in Brazil). I paired it down to about 80 (not counting Instagram photos) that I'll be posting in my Brazil album on Flickr. And here are just over 40 of those. Yes, a ridiculous amount for a blog post. But uh... yeah... I don't have any excuse except that I'm not that great at making selections. 

Pelegrino ad and woman with clown's hair

If you'd like to see the movement and sound of Carnival and life in Salvador, please check out my 1-minute video: Carnaval (Carnival) in Salvador - In A Brazil Minute (Week 149). There will soon also be an extended version of that video. 

Also I'll be publishing a video and a photo series with Brazilian street art soon. 

Last but not least you can also watch my two other short videos from Brazil (longer versions of those coming soon as well): 




Filhos de Gandhy in Pelourinho, Salvador

Watching the action in Pelourinho, Salvador

Carnival in Pelourinho, Salvador

Colorful houses in Pelourinho, Salvador

I <3 Salvador

Capoeira in Pelourinho, Salvador

If this wasn't Capoeira, this picture would be quite politically incorrect

The colors of Pelourinho, Salvador

Samba dancers during carnival in Pelourinho, Salvador

Vibrant dancers during carnival in Pelourinho, Salvador

Carnival beer vendors in front of Farol da Barra (lighthouse) in Barra, Salvador

Filhos de Gandhy Carnival truck
Salvador, Brazil

Policia Militar were everywhere in Barra during Carnival
Salvador, Brazil

Filhos and Filha de Gandhy on Barra Carnival Circuit
Salvador, Brazil

Singing on a Trio Elétrico (Carnival truck)

Filha de Gandhy dancers on Barra Carnival Circuit
Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

 
Monkey seller photographs


Balloons, police stand and 4 for 5 piriguete (slutty girl or small beer)
Carnival in Barra, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Elevador Lacerda - Elevator from Cidade Baixa (the Lower City) up to Pelourinho
Salvador, Brazil

Comércio neighborhood overlooking the Atlantic Ocean
Salvador, Brazil

Abandoned building in Cidade Baixa, Salvador

Boats and a water fort in Salvador, Bahia

Revitalization in Salvador, Bahia

Street Art in Comércio, Salvador

Praia Porto da Barra (Barra Harbor Beach) and Forte Santa Maria
Salvador, Brazil

Praia Porto da Barra (Barra Harbor Beach)
Salvador, Brazil

Kiddie pool on the beach in Barra, Salvador

Farol da Barra - Lighthouse in Barra, Salvador


Forte Santa Maria in Barra, Salvador looks like a ship.


Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim
Salvador, Brazil

Wishing bands outside Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim
Salvador, Brazil


Orishá or Orixás (deities of the Afro-Brazilian religion Candomble) statues on the lake Dique do Tororo in Salvador, Brazil

Common Salvador sight: pedestrian bridge crossing street

Metal street art

Pirate flag in Stella Mares, Salvador
Pirate beach bar in Stella Mares, Salvador

Pirataria on Stella Mares Beach
Salvador, Brazil

The boy looking at Mason taking a picture of me taking a picture of the boy.


Chilling in Stella Mares as a getaway from Carnival


Queijo de Coalho - Brazilian cheese on a stick with spices and syrup... Yum!


A most magical moment in Stella Mares, Salvador

If you'd like to see the movement and sound of Carnival and life in Salvador, please check out my 1-minute video: Carnaval (Carnival) in Salvador - In A Brazil Minute (Week 149). There will soon also be an extended version of that video.

If you'd like to still see more of my Brazil photos (from Salvador, Rio de Janeiro, Ilha Grande and Paraty) take a look at my Brazil 2013 album on Flickr.