Monday, June 30, 2014

Nick Cave - Photos + Videos - Live at the Buell Theater in Denver, June 24 (#MusicMonday)

Nick Cave live in Denver
June 24, 2014


This past Tuesday, I saw the best Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds show I've ever seen (and I've been to quite a few since that first one in 1991, when I managed to sneak backstage and have unforgettable and inspiring conversations with Nick Cave, Blixa Bargeld and filmmaker Peter Semple).

Nick Cave and Blixa Bargeld
Hamburg, 1991

Nick Cave's energy and presence were amazing and the sound at the Milton Hoyte Buell Theater in Denver was outstanding.

"Tupelo"


Our seats in the third row were incredible, too. I'm not a fan of seated shows, except when everyone gets up immediately and then you have the seat rows as buffers from other people and get enough room to dance. Fortunately, that's what happened as soon as The Bad Seeds got on stage - however, unfortunately not during the also great opening performance of Warpaint.

Also, unfortunately, we missed most of Warpaint (whom I was very excited to finally see) because we had just returned from Germany (after a 30-hour trip) and jetlag had us oversleep our alarm.

Nick Cave live in Denver
June 24, 2014

Nick Cave live in Denver
June 24, 2014

As many people do, I have mixed feelings about holding up a camera during a show and taking pictures or recording video instead of just watching and moving with the music. But then I'm an obsessive photographer and filmer...  and just had to capture some of it. But I kept it to a minimum and only grabbed one full song, my favorite ("The Mercy Seat") and a few choice moments, including Nick Cave telling an obnoxious audience member calmly to f**k himself - in the middle of performing "Stagger Lee".

"Stagger Lee" + note reading + f**k yourself


"The Mercy Seat"


The video and photo quality at this show made me realize that it might be time to upgrade to a new point'n'shoot camera... The photos here, I pulled from the videos. For straight pictures, the venue was a bit too dark with my camera.

Nick Cave live in Denver
June 24, 2014

Nick Cave live in Denver
June 24, 2014

Nick Cave live in Denver
June 24, 2014

Nick Cave live in Denver
June 24, 2014

Nick Cave live in Denver
June 24, 2014

Nick Cave live in Denver
June 24, 2014

Nick Cave live in Denver
June 24, 2014

Nick Cave live in Denver
June 24, 2014

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Home Country Roads (Germany) - In Another Minute (Week 217)


Home Country Roads (Germany) - In Another Minute (Week 217) 

This week, I want to show you some of my favorite roads in the world: the back country roads of where I grew up.

Just half an hour north-west of the city of Hamburg, the Haseldorfer Marsch in the federal state Schleswig-Holstein is an oasis of wide open space and big sky; large green fields are accented by cattle, horses, tall trees (and windmills); the dikes, keeping us safe from floods of the Elbe and the Pinau rivers, are dotted with sheep; and here and there you find the traditional houses with reed roofs.

Throughout my childhood and youth, I rode my bike along these skinny roads and I still have the fondest memories of my adventures. That's why it is always such a wonderful feeling of homecoming when I get to cruise around these familiar paths again, as I did this past week.

By the way, in the middle of this cruising and shooting excursion, we stopped for a piece of Torte (Central European cake layered with whipped cream and fruit or chocolate). Mmmmm... total bliss.

The song in the video is the instrumental version of “The Vagabond” by Josh Woodward. This song is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 US License. Thank you, Josh!

Sweet Country Road
Haseldorfer Marsch, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

Friday, June 20, 2014

World Cup 2014 – In A Berlin Minute (Week 216)


World Cup 2014 - In A Berlin Minute (Week 216) 

The FIFA World Cup 2014 started on June 12th in Brazil. And just in time, Scott and I arrived in Berlin, Germany, to watch and celebrate with friends and strangers all over the beer gardens, cafes, sidewalks and bars of the city that knows best how to throw a huge Football (that's soccer to most Americans) viewing party.

For this week's video, I captured a few choice moments from June 16th, when we watched the Germany - Portugal (4:0) match at Prater, the Iran - Nigeria (0:0) along the streets of Prenzlauer Berg and the Ghana - USA (1:2) match at Badfish.

Thank you to all my friends who came out that day and ended up in the video (Nicole, Natalye, Adam, Claire, Dave, Steffi, Bea, Ebe and Ian) and all the friends who met us for other matches and get-togethers in Berlin and Hamburg this week. I miss all of you already.

The music is a very sped-up version of the song "Life of Crime" by Jason Matherne. Thank you, Jason!

I have a lot more to say about football, football watching, world cup watching, world cup in Germany watching, the fact that out of my friends only Americans wore Germany-related face paint or attired and on and on... But I'm still on vacation. So I'm going to leave you with this video and run back outside.

Enjoy the rest of the world cup, everyone!

Fans in Berlin cheering after first goal in Germany - Portugal match during World Cup 2014

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Horsetooth Reservoir (Throughout The Year) - In A Colorado Minute (Week 215)


Horsetooth Reservoir (Throughout The Year) - In A Colorado Minute (Week 215) 

Not counting two short visits in the early 2000s, it's been almost exactly a year since I've been in Fort Collins, Colorado. I thought this would be the perfect time to make a video about the place where I spent most of my time (besides our house and garden): Horsetooth Reservoir. I've been collecting shots throughout the year to finally present you with proof that Horsetooth Reservoir is beautiful during all seasons, from spring to summer to fall to winter.

The reservoir, constructed in 1949, stretches north-south for 6.5 miles (10 km), and is about one-half mile (1 km) wide.

If you'd like to watch videos from Horsetooth Reservoir and the surrounding parks, check out these earlier Moving Postcard episodes:

Summer Wildflowers – In A Colorado Minute (Week 166)

Lory State Park (Part 1) – In A Colorado Minute (Week 195)

Boat Ride on Horsetooth Reservoir – In A Colorado Minute (Week 179)

Horsetooth Mountain – In A Colorado Minute (Week 180)

Snow at Horsetooth Reservoir – In A Colorado Minute (Week 189)

Arthur’s Rock (Lory State Park – Part 2) – In A Colorado Minute (Week 206)

Spring Wildflowers – In A Colorado Minute (Week 213)

The song in the video is the instrumental version of "The Dreamers" by Josh Woodward. This song is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 US License. Thank you, Josh!

Horsetooth Reservoir, Colorado, in autumn

Monday, June 9, 2014

Jack White - "Lazaretto" (MusicMonday)

Finally a full video for "Lazaretto" by Jack White... and the black and white video, directed by Jonas & Francois, is awesome! It's all breaking glass, bad ass musicians, shadow with a mind of its own, sports car and a transvestite dancer.



The music goes from fantastic to a little bit all-over-the-place at the end, in my personal opinion. Also, I'm not a huge fan of the almost falsetto voice sung at such high speed. But I'll probably get used to it, once I've listened to the song more.

The album Lazaretto is out as of today or tomorrow, depending on the continent.

Jack White in the video for Lazaretto


Thursday, June 5, 2014

(Flooded) Poudre Trail - In A Colorado Minute (Week 214)


(Flooded) Poudre Trail - In A Colorado Minute (Week 214) 

The Poudre Trail is a 10-mile long paved trail that runs along the Cache la Poudre River from the east of Fort Collins, through the northern part of town all the way to LaPorte.  It's part of the very impressive, well-maintained system of bike and hiking trails throughout town that are laid out so well that you hardly notice you're inside a town at all but often think you're in the middle of nature. I actually consider these bike trails the best part of Fort Collins, which is clearly a very bike-friendly city.

Scott, Whiskey and I just spent one of the best afternoons any of us have had in Colorado on and "in" that trail.

We just got two brand new Pure City Cycles bikes, which we'd been eager to take on a longer ride. Our dog Whiskey hadn't been on any bikes rides with us and, at least, I was nervous that she'd be zigzagging in front of the bikes like she does when I'm running with her.

However, she was amazing and happily ran and swam along the entire way. Oh, yeah, SWAM! It turned out that due to fairly recent rains and lots of snow in the mountains, the river was not just going slightly over its banks but at times turned the trail into a river itself.

We've had such a fun adventure first walking, then riding, through the river. And if that wasn't enough, once we made it through several flooded spots, we had the entire trail to ourselves, including a lovely spot for fishing, filming and running after sticks.

After a while we continued on and were finally met with a scenery from Mississippi or Louisiana: it really was all river now, with trees, grass and trail deeply submerged in water. It was a whole other adventure to find an alternative way back out of the woods. Ah, what a glorious day!

If you'd like to see another Fort Collins trail video, check out this GoPro video from a few weeks ago: Spring Creek Trail (East), Fort Collins [Time Lapse] – In A Colorado Minute (Week 211)

By the way, this Poudre Trail should not be mixed up with the Poudre River Trail, which follows the same river from Greeley to Windsor and is 21 miles long. Can't wait to explore that one.

The music in this video is the instrumental version of "I Will Not Let You Let Me Down" by Josh Woodward. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Flooded Poudre Trail - June 2014
Fort Collins, Colorado

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Photos of Colorado Wildflowers in Spring

Throughout spring, I've been amazed by the amount and diversity of wildflowers around Northern Colorado - mainly in the Front Range and the Foothills of the Rocky Mountains. From little flowers along the trails, to blooming shrubs and entire meadows filled with color - all in-between or right after days of surprise snowfall and hail storms.

Pink Colorado Wildflower in Spring

This past week, I dedicated an episode of my weekly web series Moving Postcard to the flowers I capture on video and via Instagram. You can watch the video "Spring Wildflowers - In A Colorado Minute (Week 213)" here: http://movingpostcard.com/spring-wildflowers/

Wishing you all a lovely spring!

Pink Colorado Wildflower in Spring

Purple Wyoming Wildflower in Spring

Purple Colorado Wildflower in Spring

White Wyoming Wildflower in Spring

Colorado Wildflower in Spring

Yellow Colorado Wildflower in Spring

Chokecherry in Lory State Park, Colorado

Pink Colorado Wildflower in Spring

Yellow Colorado Wildflower in Spring - with Bug

Yellow Colorado Wildflower in Spring

The drama between white spring blossoms and storm clouds in the sky
Lory State Park, Colorado

White spring blossoms and storm clouds in the sky
Lory State Park, Colorado

Purple Wildflowers along the Trail around Horsetooth Reservoir
Fort Collins, Colorado

White Wildflowers in Colorado in Spring

White Wildflowers in Colorado in Spring

Orange Wildflowers in Colorado in Spring

Purple Wildflowers in Colorado in Spring

White Wildflowers in Colorado in Spring

White and Yellow Wildflowers on Shrubs in Colorado in Spring

Purple Wildflowers in Colorado in Spring

White Wildflowers in Colorado in Spring

Pink and then White Wildflowers in Colorado in Spring

Orange Wildflowers in Colorado in Spring

Apple Blossom in My Backyard

Whiskey Sniffing Pink Wildflowers in Colorado in Spring
Arthur's Rock, Lory State Park, Colorado

Pink Colorado Wildflower in Spring

Purple Colorado Wildflower in Spring

Monday, June 2, 2014

The Beaches - "Little Pieces" (MusicMonday)

"Little Pieces" is the lead single from the new EP Heights by the Canadian band The Beaches.



The song has great energy and lyrics, perfect for dancing and singing along. For me, it was an instant Ohrwurm (you know, an ear worm, which you can't get out of your head).

It also comes with a charming video made by the all-female band, which just goes to show how much fun they must have playing and creating together - not to mention their youthful spirit. Well done, girls!

The Beaches - Little Pieces