Music

7 videos in 7 days

7 videos in 7 days

For those who may have missed out: one of those meme things went around on Facebook and I posted a favourite video per day over 7 days. 1. Stipe and co. in 1993, with reminiscences of So. Central Rain in their video for “The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite”. 2. Eminem as superhero?…

11th November 2015 | Read more »

Kodachrome

Kodachrome

When I think back On all the crap I learned in high school It’s a wonder I can think at all And though my lack of education Hasn’t hurt me none I can read the writing on the wall Kodachrome They give us…

24th October 2015 | Read more »

Country Feedback

Country Feedback

An absolute, all-time favourite. Filmed for Later… with Jools Holland in 1998.

11th May 2015 | Read more »

F is for Festival

The latest in a alphabetic series on aspects of my life: this time, the letter F is inspired by this weekend's Glastonbury Festival.

26th June 2014 | Read more »

Big CD and DVD clear-out

I’ve made an early start on a big “spring clean” of my large CD and DVD collection, so I have an increasing number of CDs and some DVDs (dual channel German/English) to get rid of at Fr. 2 each. You can see the first few in this list…

4th December 2013 | Read more »

Pale Blue Eyes

Pale Blue Eyes

An excerpt from photographer Laura Levine's unreleased underground Super-8 film, Just Like A Movie, featuring Michael Stipe.

8th November 2013 | Read more »

Dreaming of flight

Dreaming of flight

…and where better to realize a childhood dream than in the Swiss Bernese Oberland? U.K. band Rudimental chose to film a large amount of the video for their recent release “Free” (featuring Emili Sandé) in the Alps of the Jungfrau Region and not only is the song lovely, but…

29th October 2013 | Read more »

A Perfect Day

A Perfect Day

I like it when there is a lot of contrast between subjects in an image or film, or conflicting imagery vs. mood. Such as in the case of this recent advert for the Playstation games console, in which “participants” in “games” sing about how much they’re enjoying the experience.

17th October 2013 | Read more »

Nineties flashback

An early autumn rainy Sunday drove me down to the cellar today, for a long-awaited clear-out. Amongst the piles of stuff now split between a much tidier cellar and a car half-filled with rubbish to be taken to the recycling centre, a big box full of old music cassettes came…

8th September 2013 | Read more »

Long Time

Long Time

Some people with whom I was at school were friends for many years thereafter, and some drifted into the distance as time moved on. (Some more quickly than others, thank goodness.) Thanks to the rise of services like Facebook, some have popped up again many years later and I’m glad…

3rd September 2013 | Read more »

ITEOTWAWKIAIFF

ITEOTWAWKIAIFF

A song for the end of the world.

21st December 2012 | Read more »

C’était un Rendezvous

C’était un Rendezvous

One of my favourite pieces of non-fiction film: an eight and a half minute sequence filmed by Claude Lelouch on the streets of Paris in 1976.

22nd July 2012 | Read more »

Emmental fire festival

Emmental fire festival

The Fire Festival in Signau, a small area in the Emmental valley, is a Swiss folk and artistic festival; a smaller equivalent of Burning Man in the U.S. My friend and independent filmmaker Yannick de Zordo – who plays bass guitar for Choo Choo…

10th July 2012 | Read more »

We Go

We Go

Friends Choo Choo release their next music video, conceived and filmed by their bass player Yan.

8th September 2011 | Read more »

Random Ear Movements

A detailed look back on a little over twenty years as an R.E.M. fan, with details of what each of the albums means to me and what part music has played in my life so far.

14th February 2011 | Read more »

Alphorn on the Bonistock

Alphorn on the Bonistock

A lone musician plays alphorn music on the Bonistock mountain peak, high above the lake and village at Melchsee Frutt in canton Obwalden.

12th October 2010 | Read more »

All new Choo Choo

When Bern band Choo Choo were looking for a photographer for some new shots in June of this year, I was happy to step in and work with an art director to shoot the raw images for their website and new promotional material.

26th August 2010 | Read more »

Imogen Heap in Bern

A snapshot from the crowd of Imogen Heap, a British singer-songwriter, performing live at Bee Flat in Bern on 10th March.

11th March 2010 | Read more »

Snaps from the Choo Choo gig at Wasserwerk

A few snapshots from last night's Choo Choo gig at the Wasserwerk club in Bern.

12th December 2009 | Read more »

Choo Choo celebrate 15 years of Subversiv Records

Bern band Choo Choo celebrate 15 years of their record company this weekend with a gig at the Wasserwerk Club, and they select one of my photos to appear in national Swiss commuter paper 20 Minuten.

10th December 2009 | Read more »

iPhone and AirTunes

How I've hooked up my iPhone, laptop and stereo system to have a 50Gb wireless audio system at home.

16th November 2009 | Read more »

Classical accordion

Classical accordion

A lone man sat on a little fold-away stool, out of the way of people hurrying past, and played classical music wonderfully on an unaccompanied accordion.

9th July 2009 | Read more »

Content being shifted

As is pretty common for me, I have once again decided to shift things around here at Permanent Tourist.

25th June 2009 | Read more »

CHOO CHOO, Bern Strobist day

This is the kind of shot that I hope to achieve more by continuing to work with CHOO CHOO in future. They’re a great bunch, not just musically but also fun and motivated; being around them infuses everyone with energy, once they get going! No setup at all on…

5th May 2009 | Read more »