01 Feb, 2011

Free download single released soon! 


Posted at 01:44 under MUSIC, PEACEBIRD, DEMOCRACY




i will release the free download single "PEACE!" to support all the people now struggling for Democracy and basic human values in Egypt and northern Africa.

the song's chorus will feature a big amount of singers chanting for true democracy, one that is not based on the selfishness of a dictatorship or capitalism.

this will be the first release from PEACEBIRD, and i will give away this song for free in a hope it will reach and empower as many as possible.

release will be before or to this very weekend. i'm working hard to finish it right now. stay tuned.


peace!





30 Jan, 2011

Democracy 


Posted at 02:31 under OTHERS, DEMOCRACY


democracy has to come from the people.

in tunisia and egypt and other arab countries people now demand their rights in huge demonstrations and protests.

we who live in free countries must support the enormous protests by these 100,000's of people who claim a better life, higher wages and a new regime. all different kinds of people are joining the movement, evolving into a historic revolution.

one of the problems with our modern world is capitalism itself. because it builds on consumerism and the need to produce food and clothes cheap, mainly for consumers in the rich countries. i see the capitalism of today's world as a prolonged arm of colonization, we in the rich countries take horrible advantage of people in the poor countries.

while the leaders of many of these "poor" countries themselves are ridiculously rich, the people get no share.

what's happening in Egypt is very important, because it's one of the most populous countries in Africa and the Middle East with its population of about 80 million. if they can overthrow Mubarak (their dictator since 1981) other countries are sure to follow.

my heart is with the people of egypt, tunisia and the other awakening countries in northern africa.

may the sun rise on your efforts!



here are some links:

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/1/28/u ... his_is_the

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55zw5oOmpF0



let this revolution be the beginning of the new world. a world where everyone is equal, regardless of wealth, religion and colour of skin.

the people is getting ready to reclaim the power.

give the people the power back!





27 Jan, 2011

New song sample - Pickin' Up The Pieces 


Posted at 16:05 under MUSIC, PEACEBIRD


"just keep an open mind
and all the details
will work themselves out"

another song from the coming PEACEBIRD album. i will work more with the mix and re-record the vocals. a jazzy soul ballad i wrote when i moved from Stockholm. i've played it live, and someone was reminded of the Beatles, i don't know if i agree. however it's one of my own favourites from my upcoming album. it's a song of Goodbye.

click PLAY button to listen.


Player



for your information:

this is NOT the finished version. i'm just uploading it so you can follow the process. i will work more with the vocals and mix.


FIVE YEARS
BUT I NEVER FELT LIKE HOME IN THIS PLACE, MMM
I WAS NEVER ROOTED ANYWAY, NO NO
SO I'LL GO WITHOUT LEAVING A TRACE

I GAVE MY CLOTHES AWAY, SOLD THE SOFA
AND IN A YEAR FROM NOW
I'LL HAVE FORGOTTEN THE NAMES OF THE BARS

I'M PICKIN' UP THE PIECES
SITTING IN THE SILENCE
HAPPY TO HAVE SEEN THE BLUE SKY
I'M PICKIN' UP THE PIECES
EMBRACING NEW HORIZONS
NOW I KISS THIS PLACE GOODBYE

...


backing vocals by the brilliant jazz singer Lovisa Lindkvist. all other instruments are played by me.




pre-order the album here:
http://www.johanchristherschutz.net/fanfunding.php


peace!





24 Jan, 2011

Kamakura wabi-sabi 


Posted at 16:24 under JAPAN, OTHERS


i just received some photos from my friend Nobuhiko Nakumura (the owner of Himeji's HUMMOCK CAFE) from our day in Kamakura. many wonderful photos, here are some of them.



our friend Yoshihiro Narita was the local guide, starting at the Hokokuji Temple and Kamakura Bamboo Garden. Amazing place!


beautiful bamboo.


we enjoyed delicious matcha tea and small sweets made from sugar, looking out over the bamboo garden and listening to the birds.


after, we decided to enter the mountains. and, no, i didn't understand the sign that says "Don't enter"

\(?_?)/


the sign was hiding a beautiful mountain world.


passing by the wonderful Komyoji (?) Temple before heading for Cafe Vivement Dimanche and Claro CD shop.

thank you Nobuhiko for the photos! thank you Hiroshi for the car ride back! thank you Yoshihiro for guiding!


one of my favourite things with japan is the 'idea' or notion of wabi-sabi. difficult to explain, but shortly it is the aesthetic (or beauty) of something "imperfect, impermanent and incomplete". we discussed it a little in the bamboo garden.

even my dictionary goes poetic about "wabi-sabi". it says:

"Restrained quiet beauty of stark simplicity"


here is wikipedia's article on Wabi-Sabi


last year (or 2 years ago) i watched an interesting documentary from BBC called "In search of wabi-sabi" by Marcel Theroux, an amazing view into the modern japan which still is deeply rooted in its buddhistic past. it's an entertaining 90-minute movie, and you can watch it on google videos:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid ... 1561390843



peace!





22 Jan, 2011

Tokyo february live dates 


Posted at 10:03 under MUSIC, PEACEBIRD


2 live dates for february in awesome live spots: Strobe Cafe (beside Yoyogi Park) and Tsukimirukimiomou in Aoyama. You can make ticket reservations directly to me (see below) or to the venue itself.

Hope to see you there!


February 3
STROBE CAFE
Tokyo

北参道ストロボカフェ
東京都渋谷区千駄ヶ谷4-3-10 B1

'Setsubun!'
LIVE:
矢舟テツロー
Johan Christher Schutz
見田村千晴
OPEN 19:00
START 19:30
(my live starts about 20:15)
Charge: 2000 yen+1Drink order
※ご来場のお客さまに節分豆をプレゼント!
www.strobe-cafe.com
twitter.com/StrobeCAFE

Reservation (お名前, 電話番号, 何人):
Direct message reservation
Twitter reservation



February 12
TSUKI MIRU KIMI OMOU
Tokyo

月見ル君想う
東京都港区南青山 4-9-1 B1F

LIVE:
Johan Christher Schutz
グリンフィールドのアフターダーク
小栗慎介with revolution friends
宇宙遊泳
adv. 2000yen / day. 2500yen
www.moonromantic.com

Reservation (お名前, 電話番号, 何人):
Direct message reservation
Twitter reservation


peace!





16 Jan, 2011

New song sample - Don't Bring It Up 


Posted at 02:19 under MUSIC, PEACEBIRD


"sometimes we have more in common with a stranger than a twin."

another song from the coming PEACEBIRD album. i will work more with the mix. i like the heavy vinyl-sounding hip hop kind of beat, it fits perfectly with the bluesy kind of chords and syncopation of the chorus.

a kind of groovy soul song with a heavy beat and one of my favourite lyrics from the album. it's about acceptance, understanding and respect.


click PLAY button to listen.


Player



for your information:

this is NOT the finished version. i'm just uploading it so you can follow the process. i will work more with the vocals and drum mix.


I DON'T CARE ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE
OR THE COLOUR OF THE SKIN
SOMETIMES WE HAVE MORE IN COMMON
WITH A STRANGER THAN A TWIN

NOBODY'S PERFECT
WE ALWAYS NOTICE FLAWS IN OTHERS FIRST
NEVER ASKING WHY THAT IS

DON'T BRING IT UP
WE GOTTA TRY TO RELATE TO EACHOTHER
DON'T BRING IT UP
THERE'S NO REASON TO HATE ONE ANOTHER
DON'T BRING IT UP
DON'T BRING IT UP
...


groove by:
GLENN FRANSSON (sampled bass)
JOCKE SANDN (sampled drums)
JC SCHTZ (arrangement of samples and loops, other instruments)




pre-order the album here:
http://www.johanchristherschutz.net/fanfunding.php


peace!





14 Jan, 2011

New song sample - Baby Just Relax 


Posted at 14:45 under MUSIC, PEACEBIRD


another song from the coming PEACEBIRD album. the sound WILL change a little, but this song is almost finished. i will re-record my voice.

kind of groovy soul song with a big influence from Cuban SON music, which you hear in the percussion and the horn arrangement. the finished song will not fade out...

this is another of the songs i've re-arranged, even if the tempo is still the same.


i am SO PLEASED with this song and the arrangement.


click PLAY button to listen.


Player



for your information:

this is NOT the finished version. i'm just uploading it so you can follow the process. i will work more with the vocals and mix.

BABY JUST RELAX
YOU CHOSE THE LONGEST ROAD
BABY JUST RELAX
AND LET ME SHARE YOUR LOAD
BABY JUST RELAX
JUST RELAX
I DON'T WANT YOU TO EXPLODE
...


the AMAZING saxophones are played by ANDREAS ANDERSSON, and the trombone by KARIN HAMMAR. i have sampled the bass by GLENN FRANSSON and drums by JOCKE SANDN to be able to re-work the groove. all recorded in sweden in 2010.

they all play in more songs on the album.





pre-order the album here:
http://www.johanchristherschutz.net/fanfunding.php


peace!





11 Jan, 2011

New song sample - A Little Bit More Real 


Posted at 10:12 under MUSIC, PEACEBIRD


another song from the coming PEACEBIRD album. still in the pre-production stage so the sound WILL change, but this song is soon finished.

kind of slow groovy soul song, with a touch of reggae. i improvise some high notes in the end (there's another 1 minute and 30 seconds after the fade, but the song is not finished yet, sorry!)

i originally had a different arrangement, uptempo in a crazy speed, but this new arrangement brings out the sexiness in the melody. another song i had spent over 50 hours working on, when i decided to change it completely.

this is the new version. i'm very happy with it. and.... there's no guitar!

click PLAY button to listen.


Player



for your information:

this is NOT the finished version. i'm just uploading it so you can follow the process. i will work more with the vocals, organ and mix.

WE WERE NOT PREPARED
FOR A THING LIKE THIS
BUT I GUESS WITH TRUE LOVE
THAT'S THE POINT
IT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS
...


the backing vocals are performed by Swedish jazz vocalist LOVISA LINDKVIST.
she is singing in more of the songs...




pre-order the album here:
http://www.johanchristherschutz.net/fanfunding.php


peace!





08 Jan, 2011

LIVE @ Bean-throwing day 


Posted at 10:13 under MUSIC, PEACEBIRD


february 3 is traditionally Bean-throwing Day in japan - Setsubun.
(you can read more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Setsubun.)


to celebrate the coming of spring, i'll be doing a special live gig at Strobe Cafe in Tokyo, here's the details:

February 3

STROBE CAFE
北参道ストロボカフェ
東京都渋谷区千駄ヶ谷4-3-10 B1

Setsubun
LIVE:
矢舟テツロー
JOHAN CHRISTHER SCHUTZ
見田村千晴
OPEN 19:00
START 19:30
(my live starts about 20:15)
Charge: 2000 yen+1Drink order
※ご来場のお客さまに節分豆をプレゼント!
www.strobe-cafe.com
twitter.com/StrobeCAFE

Reservation:
(name, phone number and how many you are)
Direct message reservation
Twitter reservation


it's bound to be a great night of live music, three acts all together, just a Bean's throw (sorry, coultn't resist) from Yoyogi Park. hope to see you!

peace!





07 Jan, 2011

New year 


Posted at 10:39 under MUSIC, PEACEBIRD


Happy New Year!

i'm starting this year with full speed. currently in the middle of producing 6 new songs for the japanese duo project MAMERICO. turns out great! i really enjoy producing music for others, it kind of frees my mind in a lovely way.

i've got 2 new solo albums coming too, which will both be released under the name PEACEBIRD. and i'm finishing the musical, so it looks like 2011 will be a busy year!


about PEACEBIRD...

one album will be an acoustic recording, something i finally feel ready to do, just me and the guitar, creating some down-to-earth magic. on this album i will sing three new songs, three covers, and about four of my old songs in new acoustic versions. looking forward to it very much. we're planning to make a documentary during the recording, which will be included with the CD as extra material, some kind of "enhanced CD" thing. have been thinking about making a DVD instead, just haven't decided yet.

the other album is the one you've heard samples from here, SLOW DOWN for example, LET THE SUNLIGHT IN and AFTER THE RAIN. it's a band album and thus will be different from the acoustic one, even if the style of music is similar, it's just the sound that will differ.

PRE-ORDER the band album now, and get it straight to your home address before the official release!
www.johanchristherschutz.net/fanfunding.php

if you're interested, there are ways for you to actually co-produce this album and get your name on the cover! read more and choose your option here:
www.johanchristherschutz.net/fanfunding.php


Happy New Year again, and hope to see you around!

peace!






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