Archive for September, 2014

Lady Gaga – The Fame Monster

Posted in CDs, Uncategorized on September 30, 2014 by Sara Hammerzmith

So, as I promised yesterday, I’d write a little bit about my favorite album with Mother Monster, which is “The Fame Monster”. The album itself is pretty short – only eight songs (No, I do not count ‘The Fame’ as a part really). But then we are also talking about eight songs of pure perfection. There isn’t a single one of these I don’t love.

Where do I even begin – The melodyline in “Bad Romance” (and the video, hello? Can we discuss her diamond outfit? It’s perfection!) to the beat in “Alejandro” to the emotions in “Speechless” to the beat in “Telephone” to the lyrics of “So Happy I could Die” to the rhythm in “Teeth”.

Another thing that makes The Fame Monster so special to me, isn’t just that the overall tracks are amazing, it’s also the fact that this is the album that contains my number one Lady Gaga song – “Dance in the Dark“. I can’t even begin to tell you on the Monster Ball – I geniunely thought she was gonna leave the song out, because you know, that’s the kind of luck I usually have with my favorite songs, but nope. She did not. She fucking opened with the song. This song people. This song has been the one to cheer me up so many times, so so many times. I can’t even begin to tell you, and I’m normally good with words. The beat, the music, the lyrics. Everything was just perfect.

So, “So Happy I Could Die” could perhaps be the Gaga song I’ve qouted the most, but it doesn’t beat everything that “Dance in the Dark” is.

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// Sara


Posted in Uncategorized on September 29, 2014 by Sara Hammerzmith

Peoples! Tomorrow I’ll be leaving this city and head onwards to the capital of Sweden for artRAVE and Lady Gaga! This will be the fourth time I see her live, and I’m beyond excited actually, which surprises me a little bit, considering I didn’t care too much for “Artpop”. The album contains a few good songs – I can’t tell you enough how much I love the song “Gypsy”. I’ve been listening on it endlessly ever since the album came out, but as far as that goes, it’s really that one and maybe one or two more (and this includes ‘Applause’) that I geniunely enjoy on the album.

My favorite album that Lady Gaga ever released is “The Fame Monster”. It’s a short as fuck album – 8 songs only, but then we are also talking about 8 drop dead perfect tracks. I figured I’ll write more about that I like about the album for tomorrows blog, as I won’t even be at home to actually blog tomorrow, haha! But yes. Despite having so-so feelings about the album, I still hope the show will be a killer.


Shot by me during “Glitter and Grease”, Fame Monster Ball 2010.

// Sara

Eccentric Bassplayer

Posted in Uncategorized on September 28, 2014 by Sara Hammerzmith

As time is running away from me, and I can’t figure out anything better to write about, I’ll give you the photobomb I promised you like a month ago, of D-A-D’s bassplayer and all his different basses. I just loved it. He practically changed bass about as often as Lady Gaga changes clothes. Enjoy!


I love this one. I love pretty much anything neon.


Ok, so can we just appreciate that he literally has the body of the bass as the head, and the head as the body?


Crappy picture is crappy, but it’s some sort of engine!



The D-A-D logo. Nice.


And yes. The bass is a rocketship. And he has a helmet. The shoots pyros. Enough said.

Can we all just appreciate Stigge? Can we?


// Sara


Gotthard – Need to Believe

Posted in CDs, Uncategorized on September 27, 2014 by Sara Hammerzmith

Figured it was time for me to tell you about one of my favorite albums, and one of them is “Need To Believe” by swiss rockband Gotthard.

I don’t even know where to begin with this album. Here’s the deal. Gotthard close to always makes perfect albums. They are one of those types of bands, together with H.E.A.T and Amaranthe. They just can’t do wrong, no matter what they do. “Need to Belive” is of course not an exception, however, it’s the theme of the album that captures my heart a little more.

I had the oppurtunity to have a chat with Leo Leoni, their guitarist, after the release of the album. I recall I asked him about the album and what it portrayed, or what the meaning was, and he told me “Have you ever heard of being so strong you can squash water out of a stone? The cover means that if you truly believe in something and keep on fighting, you will reach it“.

And that seems to be the main theme for the whole album, you know. There are the average Gotthard songs, but then there are some golden ones. Those songs, that captures me a little extra is the titletrack and “I Know, You Know”. Songs that, excuse my overanalyzing here, speaks a little bit about how society works. Take “Need to Believe” for instance, where I interpret the lyrics, that we all need to believe in order to make a change.

“I know, You know”…. That one, alongside “One Life, One Soul” always makes me cry so hard. “I know, you know, secrets no one ever should keep, but we don’t, let show, and that makes us guilty of the same crime”. How we, as people, see things happen. We see people being tore down by be it bullies or work or stress or whatever, but we never pay attention to reach out a hand. I wanna applaud those people who everyday make a change.

Another thing that makes this album so extremely special is that it’s the last album Steve would record before his death on October 5th 2010.

““We want to encourage. Especially in these times that are full of crisis it is important to believe in something. There is a wonderful saying, that ‘will can move mountains’. If you are positively thinking and never give up, you will win in the end. That has always been Gotthard’s belief.”” – Steve Lee about “Need to Believe”

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// Sara

Schizo Doll

Posted in Uncategorized on September 26, 2014 by Sara Hammerzmith

Alright people! In celebration of being finished with my first exam as an audio engineer, I have FINALLY booked all the last pieces for my Helsinki trip later this year! I’m starting to look forward like crazy to Lordi. Can’t believe I’m actually seeing them this year. So excited.

Talking about Lordi and all, a few days ago they released the content of the limited fan box that’ll be released! Here’s the items:


So, what do we see here? First of all, a poster of the band. That’s rad. The album. Certificate of authencity.

And an apron and Hella’s recepie for cupcakes.


I love this. I have ordered the fanbox, or at least I hope I did (didn’t order it from EMP) but you know. Damn. I want that apron. I guess it all has to do with the track “Hella’s Kitchen”. And what makes me happy about this box is that is’ basically 4 times cheaper than the old breakfast-box they had. That pleases me so much.

God, I’m starting to get so excited. Any Lordifans here have an opinion on the fanbox?

// Sara

Day 18 – A song that you wish you heard on the radio

Posted in 30 Day Song Challenge, Uncategorized on September 25, 2014 by Sara Hammerzmith

God. Why all these questions about the radio. I don’t listen to the radio, ever. And I don’t really care about what songs are played on the club either. God.

Well, I guess we can put it this way. I wish the radiostations would dedicate at least an hour or so a day, at LEAST, to promote new artists. To not always blast the same old songs over and over and over again. To have an hour where they let aspiring musicians submit their music to, where they can get some small exposure, to get some airtime, to get out there. It’s way too little of that happening today, as far as I’m concerned. And if they had a program like this, chances are I’d pick up on it. But yes.

That’s the songs I wish I heard on the radio.

// Sara

L.O.V.E Machine

Posted in Uncategorized on September 24, 2014 by Sara Hammerzmith

Hey you all.

I just figured I’d stick in here and give one of these boring posts where I apologize for being so uninspiring lately. We got a bit of a surprise exam that I’ve been studying my ass off for lately, and I’m currently sitting in Logic with the second part of the exam in order to hopefully finish it off tonight so I can focus on the book and notes tomorrow.

Hopefully I’ll have something more fun in store for you guys for tomorrow or possibly Friday, but I promise you, soon enough all should be back to normal! In the mean time I guess we could all just celebrate that it’s Lady Gaga in less than a week, and that we got sooo many new albums coming our way!

Anyway. Gotta continue this now. See you later!


Day 16 – a song that you used to love but now hate – Thanks for all, Steve!

Posted in 30 Day Song Challenge, Uncategorized on September 23, 2014 by Sara Hammerzmith

Apparently I skipped Day 16! Perhaps I did so for a reason, but oh well. Okay. I’ve said this many times before, but this one is tricky. And VERY so. I’m gonna have to take a minute or so figure this one out. I can’t say I hate this song. And I struggle to find a song I really HATE, but this is a song I don’t listen to as much anymore.


Pass Auf, Der Drache Kommt” by german pop group Dschinghis Khan.

This video makes me emotional to watch for so many reasons. First of all, this was my second favorite band ever, and this band is the one and only reason I know the german I do. This video is shot in Russia in 2005 on their comeback tour. There are only four original members there. Wolfgang, Henriette, Edina and Steve.

Seeing Steve made me tear up. Steve, the shorter male with gray hair… I actually had the extreme luck to get to know this man. He added me on MSN in 2005. Someone “Karl Heinz Bender” added me after I got active on the Dschinghis Khan website, and that is indeed Steve’s real name. Of course, I did not believe this at first, despite me being 14 I was critical enough to think this far.

But then he turned on his webcam, and it was truly him. After that we spent many nights and days chatting about everything, he told me all these stories about the band and their tours and we exchanged musictips and everything. It was so crazy, little 14 year old me being in contact with one of the original members of my NUMBER ONE Eurovision Song Contest entry. After a while he wasn’t online as often and on May 9th we got the news.

Steve had passed away after battling cancer for many years. 

This was devastating news. Of course, I couldn’t imagine what his family went through, but I know it was so devastating for me I couldn’t listen to Dschinghis Khan, nor Wig Wam since we had talked a lot about Wig Wam. I had to turn to another band for music.

That band was Lordi.

And that was also the day I became a fan of them. I registered for Monsterboard the next day. So I guess it comes something good out of all the bad, occasionally.

Thanks for all, Steve, for all the memories and all the nights of talks. And Thanks Dschinghis Khan, for everything.

// Sara


Man Skin Boots

Posted in Uncategorized on September 22, 2014 by Sara Hammerzmith

Man! I’m telling you, right now I’m so wrapped up in school work (exam this Friday!) that I don’t even know what I do anymore. Or what to blog about. I have a few plans on possible topics for October, but yeah, that’s for then!

But to give you something to dig your teeth into: I finally booked the hotel for Finland! This means we are one step closer to being done booking. All I have left is flights, bustickets… yeah the usual, haha! I’m so excited for the show. Sure, it’s been only a little over a year since I last saw Lordi, but this era just feels so promising.

I have only heard “Nailed by the Hammer of Frankenstein” so far and like two seconds of the intro of “Hells Sent Clowns” or what the song is called, to not spoil it too much for me. I plan to dig into the record on Sunday, when all the exams and all working week is over for this time. Like a celebration, if you like.

But before I do that, I must come around to write about Amaranthe. And I can just tell you one thing; Massive Addictive is fucking perfect. There you have it. Make sure to pre-order it, because you WON’T be disappointed.

But yes. Bed. School. Tomorrow. Exams.

NP: Eye to Eye – Slaughter

// Sara

Edge of a Broken Heart

Posted in Uncategorized on September 21, 2014 by Sara Hammerzmith

Today, my friends, I did something that I’ve been wanting to do for such a long time. To set up my vinyl record player. I’ve had it standing under my bed (on a desk) for almost a year, but I haven’t had any speakers to accompany it with until now, and today, we installed the speakers and FINALLY shook some life in this old thing.

The record I decided to debut the whole thing with was Vixen’s selftitled albums. As some of you may know, this is one of my favorite albums ever, and even thought I was debating a bit wheter or not I should have gone with “To Beast or Not To Beast” by Lordi, this felt like a good start.

Yes, I do actually put importance into things like this.

Anyway. The first take was dreadful. First of all, we had difficulties getting the machine to work. And once we did, I was TERRIFIED when I heard what was coming out of the speakers. Whatever it was, it wasn’t Janet Gardner, and the song was not “Edge of a Broken Heart”.

Gladly, it turned out someone had been screwing with the pitch meter, and after a few tweaks, it sounded like Janet and it was the right song! So happy.

And oh my god, the quality of the sound and the whole thing just blows my mind. This is the fourth system I have in my room now for music playing, and I’m pretty sure I’ll be using it A LOT. Damn I love it. This will be used A LOT from now on.


// Sara