ReWine sells wine directly from the barrel

While staying in Melbourne in February 2017, I stumbled upon ReWine on Queen Victoria Market. It’s a local retail company, selling wine by the glass or in refill bottles directly from the barrel of regional wineries.

I really like the concept behind this:

“We buy wines that we like direct from wineries in our own tanks and bring them to Melbourne. Usually they’re ready to go. Occasionally, if we feel we can enhance a wine we can blend it and mature it until we’re happy that it’s at its best for you to enjoy. ReWine has wine stored in the barrel at the Queen Victoria Market and our wine bar and shop in Brunswick East. We generally sell in our own refillable glass bottles, but can sell wine in any volume that you can carry home.”

Source: About ReWine

When I lived in Sydney in 2016, I tried a great variety of Australian wines, joined Naked Wines as an Angel and was on a quest to find what I like most. It was not easy at times, especially with Australian white wines. Although I certainly found some great Australian reds and some select whites that I did like, most wine menus left me unsatisfied at times.

At ReWine I enjoyed almost all wines they offered, the Viognier and the Reserve Shiraz being my favorites. With their selection of local cheese it was easy to find a reason to come back several times during my stay for refills.

TOTO – Live at Montreux 1991


TOTO is going to release a new Live Concert Recording on DVD, BLU-RAY, CD and Digital Video in September 2016. It is a recording of the 1991 concert at the Montreux Jazz Festival, during TOTO’s the last tour with the late Jeff Porcaro:

“At the personal invitation of Quincy Jones and legendary Montreux Jazz Festival founder Claude Nobs to perform at the famed Swiss festival, Toto couldn’t resist the opportunity, resulting in Toto: Live At Montreux 1991. “From the perspective of the members of Toto,” states guitarist Steve Lukather, “the Montreux Jazz Festival is amongst the most revered events staged in the world. Our association, as a band, and individuals, is something we are deeply proud of. So much fun, and so much history has graced the ground in and around the lake.” “

Source: TOTO LIVE AT MONTREUX 1991

The setlist sounds promising and includes hits like On The Run (video above), Kingdom of Desire and  Jake To The Bone (one of my favourites). As it seems it is a performance with the all time best setup: Steve Lukather, David Paich, Mike Porcaro and Jeff Porcaro. After Jeff Porcaro’s death in 1992, Simon Phillips became the drummer of the band and David Paich didn’t join the band on every tour. He was often substituted by Greg Phillinganes (who became a regular member of the band for a few years). Mike Porcaro, who died suffering from ALS in 2015, was covered for by bassists such as Leland Sklar and Nathan East over the years (who also was a regular member of the band for some time in the past). So, this is probably the latest recording with most of the original members of the band. I am looking forward to it.

Fourplay Releases 25 Year Anniversary Album: Silver

Fourplay recently released it’s 25 year anniversary album, Silver:

“Longevity among jazz groups is a surprisingly rare commodity. With relatively few exceptions, a run of a few years, at most, is standard; for a collective of jazz musicians to stick together for a decade or more is almost unheard of. That puts Fourplay, who celebrates their 25th anniversary this year, in a league of their own. Since 1990, bassist Nathan East, keyboardist Bob James, guitarist Chuck Loeb (who joined five years ago) and drummer Harvey Mason have continued to explore together, their efforts resulting in what All Music Guide called one of “the most intuitive, forward-thinking and focused groups in modern jazz.” “

Fourplay is the only music group in history recognised by the U.S. Congress with a Congressional Record, acknowledging their importance to the music industry. Although it took me some time to get used to the band without Larry Carlton (as it took some time to get used to the band without Lee Ritenour before), I still consider them to be one of the best smooth jazz bands of all time. As a huge fan of Nathan East (who joined TOTO a few years back) I followed the band closely for many years. As a nice touch, both Lee Ritenour and Larry Carlton are featured on the Silver album as guest artists.

Check out this short behind the scenes video:

 

rAndom International – Rain Room at the Barbican, 2012


The artists of rAndom International created a pretty impressive “rain room” at London’s Barbican arts center in 2012, incorporating 3d tracking cameras and a water management system to keep any visitor dry while walking through the rain.

“Rain Room is a hundred square metre field of falling water through which it is possible to walk, trusting that a path can be navigated, without being drenched in the process.

As you progress through the space the sound of water and a suggestion of moisture fill the air, before you are confronted by this carefully choreographed downpour that responds to your movements and presence.”

Source: Rain Room, 2012 – rAndom International

New Toto song – Burn – from upcoming Album “Toto XIV”


This is the third prerelease song available… The whole album goes on sale on March 20 2015.

Their tour dates are updated regularly as well. So far, Hamburg is not on their list, unfortunately.

Toto – Holy War – Taken from the album “Toto XIV”

The new album will be available in March an can be preordered here:

iTunes – http://radi.al/iTunesTotoXIV
Amazon – http://radi.al/AmazonTotoXIV

Also, Toto are on tour in 2015! Click to see dates in your area – http://www.bandsintown.com/Toto?came_…

Toto – Orphan (Official Video / 2015 / New Studio Album)

The single from TOTO XIV “Orphan” is available as an instant download on iTunes when you pre-order the album which will be available on March 20.

Diana Krall – Wallflower World Tour 2015

Diana Krall will be in Hamburg during her upcoming World Tour 2015, tickets for the concert at CCH Hamburg on October 5 2015 are available on Eventim, starting at 54 €. If you are into her new album, check out the rest of her discography. It’s awesome and has been for decades.

Toto XIV Trailer

Toto XIV EPK (Official / New Studio Album / 2015)

“The new album is a realized vision three plus decades in the making exhibiting world-class musicianship, masterful arrangements, topical lyrical commentary, and melodies that the collective genius of Lukather, Paich, Porcaro, Williams and their assembled band-mates bring to life. TOTO XIV is the band’s first album of new material since 2006’s Falling In Between. However, the band personally considers the new album to be the true follow-up to TOTO IV, which made the band global superstars.”

Source: TOTO’S FIRST NEW ALBUM IN 10 YEARS GIVEN RELEASE DATE, January 8 2015

The Road to “Rock of Ages”

The Road to “Rock of Ages”, a documentary by coin