08 July 2006

Germany vs. Portugal: world cup music showdown

De Black Fooss: Morje, MorjeJust a few hours until the pivotal World Cup third-place match. Well, not as pivotal as the championship tomorrow, but still -- it's the one chance for these two teams to leave the tournament with a win instead of a loss. Just two of the 32 participating nations get to finish with a win, so that's something.

So we usher in the day with music. First, something I picked up on a trip to Germany long ago. You'll have to excuse the audio quality -- it was converted from a cassette tape. But the provincial charm of this group, who sing primarily in the regional dialect of Cologne (Kolsch) that even other Germans have a hard time deciphering, still comes through.

Portugal's entry is just about as quirky. Dead Combo was featured on the Charlie Gillett compilation Sound of the World, originally from the group's album Vol. 1. I don't know much about them except that the band consists of Tó Trips on electric guitar and Pedro V. Gonçalves on double bass, melodica and electric guitar. Don't know much about them, but I like the moody tone.

[mp3] De Black Fooss: "He Du an da Quetsch"
from the album Morje, Morje


[mp3] Dead Combo: "Rumbero"
from the album Vol. 1 | also available as mp3 downloads from Calabash

Other soccer news: Disney units Miramax Films and ESPN have acquired US theatrical and TV rights to the documentary Once in a Lifetime: the Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos. The documentary chronicles the rise and fall of the New York Cosmos of the defunct North American Soccer League (NASL), with appearances by former Cosmos stars including Pele, Franz Beckenbauer, and Giorgio Chinaglia. The movie opens across the US in the weeks following the world cup, and ESPN2 is scheduled to air it on Wednesday September 20. Having been a rabid child fan of the NASL's Seattle Sounders, the very thought of this brings back the sights (and smells) of the Kingdome.
Movie website | Trailer

U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team head coach Jillian Ellis has named the 18-player squad that will travel to Norway for the 16th Annual Nordic Cup being held July 16-22 in five small venues in and around Stavanger, Norway, in the southwestern part of the country. Read more...
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