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World Cup of Music June 24

Posted in World Cup with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 23, 2010 by fred6368

Final Games; Groups E & F

Review of Matches June 23; So the inevitable happened, which Beckenbauer picked up a long time before the tunnel-vision British press, and England and Germany contrived to meet in the second round. Ghana could have drawn with, or even beaten Germany until Mesut Ozil hit a fabulous goal, but they looked strong throughout. Australia took out the uneven Serbs, which worked for Ghana, whilst Algeria defended stoutly but could have lost by a hatful until the resilient Landon Donovan added to his record total of goals for the USA to take them through. With the Bavarian beer girls being acquitted and the web, social media and Twitter being emptied of Yanks this evening the Theme Tune has to be LCD (Landon Champion Donovan) Soundsystem and Drunk Girls; Continue reading

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World Cup of Music June 21

Posted in World Cup with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 21, 2010 by fred6368

Second Group Games 2010

Review of matches June 20; No surprises as the Southern hemisphere continues to dominate. The attacking Paraguay showing why they beat both Argentina and Brasil in qualifying as they outclassed Slovakia, Brasil sucked up the supposed threat of Cote d’Ivoire as Sven continues to show that he can’t motivate in the second half  and, oh yeah New Zealand got their best ever result in International Football winning 1-1 over a classically dirty Lippi Italy; still without Pirlo. Foux de Fa Fa indeed! New Zealand is on its back as I write (it’s the time difference) and France, as predicted here, is on its way back (it’s the coach difference). So after some glorious football, amazing upsets, strange karma and brilliant goals, like Elano’s, let’s have some joyful West African dance music as todays Theme Tune. Mory Kante, from Guinea and Ye Ke Ye Ke Continue reading

World Cup of Music G

Posted in World Cup with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 15, 2010 by fred6368

Music of Countries in Group G

Review of Matches Monday June 14

So two of the traditional favourites, Italy and Holland, played yesterday and both had tricky matches. Holland were up against a well-organised and hard-working Danish side but, after a helpful own goal, showed some class with Sneijder playing the best pass of the tournament so far to put through Elia; Kuyt following up to score and Elia showing that the Dutch have no need to rush Robben back. Like Germany, Holland looked a good side, but with more room for improvement. Being well-organised and hard-working Japan forced a win off Cameroon, for whom Paul Le Guen revealed himself as a Daft Coach just like Domenech, by playing his one world-class striker Eto’o as a winger. Le Guen has Cameroon well-disciplined and following the kind of instructions that will get them eliminated. Japan attacked without the directness of South Korea but were better organised with Nakazawa immense in defence. I expected Italy v Paraguay to be a draw as Paraguay had beaten Argentina and Brasil in qualifying and Italy aren’t as strong as 2006. Despite keeping their best strikers on the bench Paraguay well organised 4-4-2 proved hard to break-down until yet another goal-keeping error gifted them an equalizer, after which they looked good. At the moment the Jabulani ball looks like a missile designed by a scientist with no understanding of the tactile nature of football; too round, too bouncy and too much like a projectile. Goalies cant judge the bounce and free-kicks go into Row Z.

Group F; New Zealand v Slovakia June 15

New Zealand; have a mixed musical tradition that is both modern and Maori, its geographic isolation. I’ve been aware of it since the Easybeats in the 60s when the Beatles-driven British Invasion kicked in and prompted the development of a popular music industry in New Zealand. There is the typically broad range of music covering traditional, classical and popular styles available you expect from modern economies and is well covered by the Centre for New Zealand Music SOUNZ. Creatively driven by New Zealander Neil Finn, who with his brother Tim was awarded the OBE for services to New Zealand music, the classic Antipodean group Crowded House are globally successful. New single Saturday Sun is happy enough to see their fans through the heartache of this World Cup experience; Saturday Sun Continue reading

World Cup of Music E-F

Posted in World Cup with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 14, 2010 by fred6368

Music of Countries in Groups E-F

Group E; features the football of Cameroon, Denmark, Holland and Japan. Three continents and four traditions of music. This is one of the toughest groups with all teams capable of qualifying. The Netherlands have the edge, but will need to be at their best throughout to come top. Holland look like they can mature with van Persie and Robben returning and ranked 4th by FIFA, but highly-rated Cameroon have ace goal-scorer Eto’o, who moved from Barcelona to Inter so he could retain the Champions League; and they have won the African Cup of Nations. Coach Morten Olsen, part of the Dutch team that won the 1992 European Championship, is the only footballer with 100 matches both as player and coach. Whilst Danish footballers play all over Europe most of the Japanese team play in the J-League, although Nakamura is a Celtic Legend, and feel like the outsiders in this company. Fascinating group that will stay live until 9.30 pm on June 24th, especially if Japan get something out of the first game.

Holland v Denmark June 14

Holland; has a musical history that I have been involved in, having written a review of Supersister and Robert Jan Stips for Melody Maker. Dutch music was dominated by Nederpop, when music was inspired by the explosion of popular music in the USA and UK. The early seventies where a time when the Milkweg, and especially the Paradiso, Club in Amsterdam meant all the best bands wanted to play in Holland. Golden Earring, Shocking Blue and Focus, whose Hocus Pocus in the soundtrack for the Nike Rooney ad, all went mega with contemporary 70s styles. Unlike Germany which developed the unique music sounds of Krautrock, music in Holland was less reflective of the national character. They have had a good jazz tradition starting with the Dutch Swing College Band in 1945 and have had a light jazz tradition ever since. Do they have a chance? Dont Ask – Wouter Hemel! Continue reading