22 jun 2015, 09:22 av stulli
15 maj 2015, 05:32 av WellereiterHere I am again with my half-annual hitlist. A lot happens the last six months. Let's take a look :
1) GERMANY (26)
Diary of Dreams
Calva Y Nada
Edge of Dawn
Plastic Noise Experience
Note : Still at #1, but down from 31 to 26 artists. New are BAKTERIELLE INFEKTION (#79) and Plastic Noise Experience (#84). Off the charts : Noisuf-X (#102), 100Blumen (#106), Miss Construction (#111), File Not Found (#113), Neuroticfish (#121), Heimataerde (#121) and Rotersand (#123).
2) ENGLAND (23)
Pet Shop Boys
The Sisters of Mercy
Fields of the Nephilim
Siouxsie and the Banshees
The Human League
Note : Still at #2, but down from 24 to 23 artists. New are Oppenheimer Analysis (#45) and Soft Cell (#87). Off the charts are These New Puritans (#108), Editors (#108) and Klaxons (#116).
3) USA (14)
Nine Inch Nails
Crash Course in Science
Xeno & Oaklander
Jeff & Jane Hudson
Led Er Est
London After Midnight
Note : Still at #3, but up from 12 to 14 artists. New are Crash Course in Science (#50), Xeno & Oaklander (#52), Jeff & Jane Hudson (#76), Led Er Est (#76) and Dark Day (#76). Off the charts : System of a Down (#111), Unter Null (#118) and Stromkern (#123).
4) BELGIUM (9)
Absolute Body Control
The Neon Judgement
Aroma di Amore
Note : Still at #4, but up from 5 to 9 artists. The new artists are Linear Movement (#53), Aroma Di Amore (#82), Red Zebra (#94) and Twilight Ritual (#94).
5) FRANCE (6)
Charles de Goal
Note : Still at position #5, but up from 4 to 6 artists. New are : Moderne (#63). Babel 17 made their re-entry at #58.
6) CANADA (4)
Front Line Assembly
Note : Up 1 position, from #7 to #6. Ceramic Hello (#80) made their re-entry.
7) SWEDEN (3)
Note : Down 2 positions, from #5 to #7 and down from 4 to 3 artists. Off the charts : Ashbury Heights (#106).
7) NORWAY (3)
Pride And Fall
Note : Still at #7. No change in position or artists.
9) IRELAND (2)
Note : Still at #9. No change in position or artists.
9) SWITZERLAND (2)
Note : Up 4 positions, from #13 to #9 and up from 1 to 2 artists. New are Lacrimosa (#93).
9) ITALY (2)
Note : Up 4 positions, from #13 to #9 and up from 1 to 2 artists. New are Neon (#99).
12) AUSTRALIA (1)
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Note : Down 3 positions, from #9 to #12 and down from 2 to 1 artist. Off the charts : Severed Heads (#104).
12) SCOTLAND (1)
Sons and Daughters
Note : Down 3 positions, from #9 to #12 and down from 2 to 1 artist. Off the charts : Shitdisco (#119).
12) SPAIN (1)
El Aviador Dro
Note : Down 3 positions, from #9 to #12 and down from 2 to 1 artist. Off the charts : Culture Kultür (#123).
12) NETHERLANDS (1)
Clan of Xymox
Note : Up 1 position, from #13 to #12. No change in artists.
12) MEXICO (1)
Note : Up 1 position, from #13 to #12. No change in artists.
12) DENMARK (1)
Note : Up 1 position, from #13 to #12. No change in artists.
Austria is totally disappeared. Their only artist mind.in.a.box stranded at #110.
20 feb 2015, 12:49 av evilmrsodSo... new baby is born!
"Going Down (We're All)" is the new single and video of EvilMrSod. The b-side is "Waiting" and the very special guest in both tracks is none other than my admired Diego Hdez, who plays pedal steel in "Going Down (We're All)" and banjo on "Waiting".
You can download both tracks (name-your-price-kinda-thing) at http://evilmrsod.bandcamp.com/
A World Domination Tour will follow and bla bla bla... ;)
Here's the video:
Feel free to share it!!!
Comments are welcome.
Break a leg.
Long live Pfeffi!
Have fun, be bad and love Rock'N'Roll!
22 feb 2014, 14:17 av CarrierOfEchoesAirbourne
Amon Amarth x2
The Black Tambourines
Black Veil Brides
Breaking Belief x2
Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!
Claim the Throne
Dave Thomas Blues Band
Dead Until Dusk
The Dillinger Escape Plan
The Earl Grey
Fearless Vampire Killers
God Is An Astronaut
Hayley Moyses' Britgrass Three
Henry Fiat's Open Sore
I Am Giant
The Jesus and Mary Chain
Little Red Kings
The London Souls
The One Hundred
OUR TIME IS NOW
Spiers & Boden
Stars Over Shadow
Under the Influence
Wicked Faith x3
The Woodland Creatures
18 jan 2015, 12:08 av Jim_Lithium*WORK IN PROGRESS*
Just like 2013 (see this post), here are my top 60 most played songs by individual artists.
a = new studio album released in 2014
b = seen live in 2014
1. Starship Amazing – Crystal Gods
2. Holy Sons – Bleakest Picture
3. The Divine Comedy – Love What You Do
4. Black Audio – Worn Out Soul
5. Anthrax – Room For One More b1
6. Revocation – The Grip Tightens b2
7. Morphine – Let's Take a Trip Together
8. Ween – Friends (Friends EP Dance Mix)
9. casey holford – Brain and Head
10. Stereo 8000 – Best Case Scenario b3
11. Perturbator – John Holmes VHS Nightclub
12. Megadrive – Maniac
13. Thee Oh Sees – Toe Cutter / Thumb Buster
14. Dax Riggs – Living is Suicide
15. Current 93 – Hypnagogue I - A Dream Prologue
16. Lazerhawk – So Close
17. Thomas Barrandon – The Quiet Earth - Original Mix
18. Six Feet Under – Revenge Of The Zombie
19. Minor Threat – I Don't Wanna Hear It
20. Overkill – I Hate
21. Black Widow – Attack of the Demon
22. Public Image Ltd. – The Order of Death
23. High on Fire – To Cross the Bridge
24. Roger Waters – 5:01AM (The Pros And Cons Of Hitch Hiking HIKING Part 10)
25. Grails – Take Refuge
26. Fucked Up – Inside A Frame
27. Blur – For Tomorrow
28. Big Audio Dynamite – E=MC2
29. The Kinks – I'm Not Like Everybody Else
30. Jerry Reed – The Crude Oil Blues
31. Ian Brown – Time Is My Everything
32. Beck – Gamma Ray
33. Bat for Lashes – Pearl's Dream
34. Death in June – Peaceful Snow b4
35. Makeup and Vanity Set – Blood Oath
36. We Are The Cult – Mother/Destroyer (OMITTED, not on Spotify)
37. Quicksand – Unfulfilled
38. Witchfynde – Pay Now - Love Later
39. Scampaforche – Ines, mi capisci oppurne no
40. She Past Away – Kasvetli Kutlama
41. Cannibal Corpse – Scourge of Iron b5
42. Medicine – All You Need To Know
43. Juana Molina – Eras
44. Wesley Willis – Jello Biafra
45. Black Sabbath – Black Moon
46. Alice Cooper – It's Much Too Late
47. Ozric Tentacles – O-I
48. Iggy Pop – Beat 'Em Up
49. Napalm Death – Impressions
50. Abby Travis – Everything's Wonderful
51. Timeghoul – Boiling in the Hourglass (OMITTED, not on Spotify)
52. Air – Love
53. Hidria Spacefolk – Symetria
54. Pentatonik – By The Sword
55. Patricia Dallio – Demain, je me marie
56. Gunslinger – Cyanide
57. Pallbearer – Given to the Grave b6
58. Hawkwind – Urban Guerilla (original single)
59. Can – Mushroom
60. Pantera – Hollow
61. Fun Lovin' Criminals – Up on the Hill (REPLACEMENT)
62. Sepultura – Desperate Cry (REPLACEMENT)
b1 = Saturday 28 June 2014 - Helsinki, Finland
b2 = Wednesday 15 October 2014 - Helsinki, Finland
b3 = Saturday 15 February 2014 - Helsinki, Finland
b4 = Friday 19 December 2014 - Helsinki, Finland
b5 = Wednesday 15 October 2014 - Helsinki, Finland
b6 = Tuesday 16 September 2014 - Helsinki, Finland
16 jan 2015, 05:43 av irishtimWow, it's hard to believe it's that time again. Is it just me, or did this year just fly by in a blink. After compiling my list of albums I obtained and listened to, I'm convinced that this year was pretty bland as far as great albums go. There definitely are a few the were stellar, but with the exception of a select few, nothing absolutely blew me away. Enough chatter and on to the list.
My 10 Favorite*
*(in alphabetical order)
Baptists - Bloodmines
This album has gotten a lot of negative reviews and press complaining that it fell flat in comparison to their debut, Bushcraft. While I agree that this album doesn't come close to the brilliance that Bushcraft was, Bloodmines certainly does not suck. In fact, songs like Vistas, Festered, and Calling are some of my favorites that they've written to date. Nick Yacyshyn also continues to establish himself as one of the best drummers in the heavy music realm with his incredibly technical and speedy delivery.
Every Time I Die - From Parts Unknown
These guys have always been hit and miss with me. I loved Gutter Phenomenon, didn't like The Big Dirty as much; I loved New Junk Aesthetic, but didn't like Ex Lives. It seems like every other album lacked from the previous. By that thinking and reasoning, I should love this new one... and I do. The band also did themselves a favor by enlisting the services of the best producer in the metal scene, Kurt Ballou. The end result is a well produced, technically solid release that does not disappoint.
Enabler - La Fin Absolute Du Monte
Their release "All Hail The Void" narrowly missed my cut for the top ten in 2012. This year brought us their follow up full length. Although not as strong as their previous release, this 3-piece from Milwaukee sure knows how to melt faces with their blend of fast pissed off hardcore, punk, metal. Highly recommended for fans of bands such as Converge and All Pigs Must Die.
Generation of Vipers - Coffin Wisdom
This was probably my favorite release of 2014. This band fucking slays!!! If you're not familiar with these guys, they play an awesome mix of post-metal and sludge with riffs and rhythms that hit so hard, you'll be picking your teeth up off the floor. If you're into heavy music with growling vocals, chugging dark riffage, and pounding drum rhythms, do yourself a favor and get this album.
Helms Alee - Sleepwalking Sailors
This band has gotten better with every album in my opinion. Their debut Night Terrors was great, their follow up Weatherhead was even better and made my top ten in 2011. This year, the band releases their best album to date. Great heavy, sludgy song-writing with 3 part, male/female vocal harmonies. I've also said it before and I'll say it again, Hozoji Matheson-margullis is my favorite female drummer and she keeps getting better. She's got some serious chops on this album.
Minus the Bear - Lost Loves
I wasn't expecting this album to be this good let alone to crack the exclusive top ten. Don't get me wrong, I love me some MTB, but their last few releases have not lived up to the greatness of their earlier releases. Lost Loves brings back those elements of technical finger tapping and complex song-writing that hooked me in the first place. This album puts to the wayside the simplified and mainstreamed sound of the last few releases and returns the band to their earlier sound that put them on the map.
Mursa - MRSA
Here's my curveball in the top ten. This album was a gem of a find while cursing around on Bandcamp one day. This 3-piece band of youngsters from Portland, Oregon solidified their spot in the top ten with an album chalked full of crushing, heavy, sludgy goodness. Looking for that new metal band that no one has ever heard of? Than look no further than these guys. Check it out for yourself, you won't be letdown http://mursa.bandcamp.com
Run With The Hunted - The Sieve and The Sand
This was another random discovery while poking around on Bandcamp. Run With The Hunted play a blend of high energy, pissed off, chaotic, hardcore punk that would be a welcome sound in the toughest of mosh pits. I have a hard time not pumping my fists while listening to this album at an ungodly volume. This could easily be the soundtrack to a massive street brawl or neighborhood riot.
Steaksauce Mustache - The Almighty Aardvoctomalark!
After years of playing shows, and numerous line-up changes, my hometown Grants Pass, Oregon's own Steaksauce Mustache finally released their debut full length album via Bandcamp. This album is highly recommended for any fans of early The Dillinger Escape Plan, Norma Jean, The Chariot, and Arsonists Get All The Girls. Check it our for yourself, name your price @ http://steaksaucemustache.bandcamp.com/releases
United Nations - The Next Four Years
It was a long 4 year wait since their epic EP Never Mind the Bombings, Here's Your Six Figures, but it was well worth the wait. This supergroup featuring members of Thursday, The Number Twelve Looks Like You, Pianos Become the Teeth, and one of my favorite drummers Ben Koller of Converge, Mutoid Man & All Pigs Must Die to name a few, delivers an all out assault on their second full length album. I can only hope it won't take another 4 long years before we'll from this awesome band again.
*(Not quite top ten)
...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead - IX
Not my favorite album of theirs, but really good nonetheless. these guys really can't do no wrong in my book.
Audrey Fall - Mitau
Really great instrumental, post-rock, post-metal album from this 4-piece band from Latvia.
Barrows - Red Giant
This Los Angeles instrumental, post-rock, post-metal caught my attention with their 2011 release, Imprecari Island. This release is just as memorable. Check out for yourself, both releases are name your price @ https://barrowstheband.bandcamp.com
Dirt Cannon - Tough Love
Superb post-hardcore, metalcore album from a band obviously heavily influenced by bands such as Every Time I Die, He Is Legend and Cancer Bats. Regardless, I really enjoyed this one.
Ire Wolves - The Ascetic
Very solid debut from this 3-piece post-metal band from Duluth, MN. Recommended for fans of Isis, Cult of Luna or Mouth of the Architect. Find out, name your price, here http://irewolves.bandcamp.com/releases
Jack And The Bearded Fisherman - Minor Noise
Don't let their kinda foolish name deter you. This French post-hardcore, rock band narrowly escaped my top ten in 2011 with their Places To Hide album. They did the same thing in 2014 with this release too.
Kerretta - Pirohia
I've love everything this instrumental, post-rock band has released to date, and this album is no exception.
La Mar - Tides
Great progressive, instrumental, post-rock band from Caracas, Venezuela. I listened to this one a lot.
Mastodon - Once More 'Round the Sun
I believe that I mentioned it before that I've came to terms with the fact that gone are the days of the Remission/Leviathan era Mastodon and that they've molded their sound into something different. With that said, I do love me some Mastodon. This album is catchy as hell and it grew on me quite a bit.
Minerva Superduty - Minerva Superduty
Anyone who knows me and my musical taste knows that I'm a sucker for a great instrumental band. This was probably my favorite album without vocals in 2014. I couldn't get enough of it. Not to mention they made it a name your price @ http://minervasuperduty.bandcamp.com
Nero Di Marte - Derivae
Awesome technical progressive metal album from this 4-piece band hailing from Bologna, Italy. Recommended for fans of Gojira, Neurosis, and Tool.
Oceanic - Origin
When this progressive, instrumental, post-metal band from Halifax, Nova Scotia locks into one of their many complex and off-time rhythms, it gives me goosebumps. Very solid debut album.
Good, not great*
Akela -Akela (Hardcore, Post-Metal)
Alaskan - Despair, Erosion, Loss (Post-Metal, Sludge)
Alinda - Comets' Tails (Post-Rock)
Allochiria - Omonoia (Post-Metal)
Aminals - Dead Air (Hardcore)
Amniac - Infinite (Sludge)
Amouth - Awaken (Post-Metal)
Antethic - Origin (Instrumental, Post-Rock)
Appollonia - Dull Parade (Post-Hardcore, Post-Metal, Alt Metal)
As We Draw - Mirages (Post-Metal, Hardcore)
Astralia - Atlas (Instrumental Rock)
Attic - Seasons (Hardcore, Death Metal, Progressive)
Bear the Mammoth - Yamadori (Post-Rock)
Becoming The Lion - Automa (Instrumental Rock)
Beware of Safety - Lotusville (Instrumental, Post-Rock)
Bird Eater - Dead Mothers Make The Sun Set (Chaotic Hardcore, Sludge)
Body Hound - Rhombus Now (Progressive, Math, Instrumental Rock)
Brontide - Artery (Post-Hardcore)
Carne - Ville Morgue (Noise Rock, Post-Hardcore, Sludge)
Challenger Deep - Irreversible (Post-Metal)
Clover - Vultures (Hardcore)
Cold Blue Mountain - Old Blood (Post-Metal)
Comrades - Safekeeper (Instrumental Rock)
Cotidal - Lunar Day (Post-Metal)
Deaf Eyes - Deaf Eyes (Instrumental Metal)
Direwolves - Aegri Somnia (Hardcore)
Earthship - Withered (Sludge, Post-Metal)
Echoes and Signals - V (Instrumental Rock)
Escapethecult - All You Want To (Progressive Rock)
Exalt - Pale Light - (Hardcore)
Father Figure - Heavy Meddlers (Progressive, Jazz, Instrumental)
Giza - I Am The Ocean, I Am The Sea (Instrumental, Sludge, Stoner)
Gunfight Fever - Gunfight Fever (Instrumental Metal)
Gust - Gust (Hardcore)
HawkMoth - Calamitas (Instrumental, Post-Metal)
Herod - They Were None (Post-Metal, Sludge)
Huldra - Black Tides (Post-Metal, Sludge)
Ilenkus - The Crossing (Hardcore)
Ilydaen - The Crossing (Instrumental, Post-Rock)
In The Presence of Wolves - Thalassas (Progressive, Post-Hardcore)
Jakob - Sines (Post-Rock)
Key of Solomon - Exile (Progressive, Instrumental Metal)
LANDS - Misanthropy (Post-Metal)
Lost in the Riots - Move On, Make Trails (Instrumental Rock)
Mantar - Death By Burning (Post-Metal, Sludge)
Marasme - De Ilums I Ombres (Post-Hardcore, Hardcore)
The Mercury Tree - Countenance (Progressive, Indie Rock)
Moanaa - Descent (Post-Metal, Sludge)
Mongrels - Gnawed Bones (Hardcore)
Moutheater - Passing Key (Noise Rock)
N.Tesla - Lux Manifesto (Post-Metal, Sludge)
Old Man Gloom - Ape Of God (Post-Metal, Sludge)
Pet Slimmers of the Year - Fragments Of Uniforms (Instrumental Rock)
Redwood Hill - Collider (Sludge)
The Return South - The Return South (Instrumental Rock)
Ritual Mess - Vile Art (Noise Rock)
Rodha - Welter Through The Ashes (Post-Metal, Sludge)
The Samuel Jackson Five - Seasons In The Hum (Instrumental, Post-Rock)
Save Us From Archon - Thereafter (Math, Instrumental Rock)
Show Me A Dinosaur - Dust (Instrumental, Post-Rock)
Slugdge - Gastronomicon (Hardcore, Sludge)
Sora Shima - You Are Surrounded (Post-Rock)
Telepathy - 12 Areas (Instrumental Metal)
Terraforma - Creatures (Instrumental Rock)
Terronaut - (Instrumental Rock, Post-Metal)
These Are My Tombs - Morphosis (Instrumental, Post-Rock)
Torrential Downpour - Truth Knowledge Vision (Hardcore)
TotorRo - Home Alone (Instrumental Rock)
Trade in a Temple - Obsession (Instrumental Metal)
Trudger - Dormiveglia (Hardcore, Sludge)
Tsima - Shatter (Post-Metal)
Watered - Some Are Born Into The Endless Night (Instrumental Rock)
Yarn Of Norna - Ronové (Post-Metal)
Yoma - Approaching Silence (Post-Metal)
Giant Squid - Minoans
I've really enjoyed everything this band had released up to this point. This album fell flat to their previous work. I found it kind of boring and uninventive for their standards.
He Is Legend - Heavy Fruit
This makes me really sad that I have to put this one in the disappointment list. I just could not get into this one at all. After about song 4, it just drags and never picks back up to the intensity that they're know for.
Maybeshewill - Fair Youth
A big letdown of a release from one of my favorite cinematic instrumental rock bands. Nothing really grabbed me enough to stay interested in this album.
This Will Destroy You - Another Language
For a little time there, I though this band would battle Explosions In The Sky for the throne of best instrumental and climactic band. But, in my opinion, this band peaked with their debut EP, Young Mountain. Every album since then has gotten less and less interesting.
Young and in the Way - When Life Comes To Death
I was really hoping they would have built on the momentum from their last 3 releases. But this one feels a step in the opposite direction to me.
Well I think that about wraps it up for 2014. It may seem like I listened to a ton of albums (which I did) but as you might notice, I didn't really have that much to say about the majority of them. All in all, I think this was a pretty down year as a whole as far as great albums goes. It was actually fairly difficult determining my favorite ten.
As always, your comments, suggestions, two cents, and hate mail is more than welcome. If you feel I missed the mark on something, for sure let me know. It won't hurt my feelings.
12 jan 2015, 04:43 av ekesner
5 jan 2015, 15:37 av JaimeChiensMy favorites from the past year!
The rankings are a bit arbitrary, but these are all really great records (and I slipped in two EPs... together that's basically one album!)
15. Hookworms - The Hum
14. Beach Slang - Cheap Thrills on a Dead End Street / Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken (Both EPs)
13. United Nations - The Next Four Years
12. Single Mothers - Negative Qualities
11. Plague Vendor - Free to Eat
10. Cloud Nothings - Here and Nowhere Else
9. Mitski - Bury Me At Makeout Creek
8. The Growlers - Chinese Fountain
7. Shellac - Dude, Incredible
6. Caves - Leaving
5. Ex-Cult - Midnight Passenger
4. Cayetana - Nervous Like Me
3. Together Pangea - Badillac
2. Zig Zags - Zig Zags
1. Pup - Pup
3 jan 2015, 13:44 av Jim_Lithium[Part 30 of a series of posts where I look at a handful of favorites from my own record collection from the past 30 years. A version of desert island discs, if you will.]
F*cking finally! Last year, last entry. My 30th year was a rollercoaster ride. Highest high, lowest low. I'd rather just have the former but I'm still trying to figure out what I did wrong to end up with the latter. It's a balance issue. F*ck it. Didn't buy a lot of new releases and the few I did haven't had much time to age. Here goes.
e-musikgruppe Lux Ohr - Kometenbahn
Ok, I haven't really listened to this that much yet. I've had it for a while but it's an LP and I've been neglecting my record player a bit as of late. Still it's a safe pick. Any fan of vintage Tangerine Dream and electronic prog can appreciate what Lux Ohr does. Cosmic soundscapes that harken back to the golden days of krautrock.
Megadeth - Super Collider
Dave Mustaine focused more on actual songwriting with Super Collider and what he got back in return was general backlash. I just don't get it. This album is not the usual thrash metal fireworks you've come to expect but the quality is undeniable. "Forget To Remember" is one of the finest songs Mustaine has ever written. Sure there are some so-so cuts early on but especially the second half is amazing with all great songs. Super Collider is much more a follow up to Endgame than Th1rt3en which was more like a compilation album with considerable amounts of reused material. This is also LP length so there is very little fat. I love it, top 5 Megadeth album for me.
Sammal - Sammal
Any fan of Finnish 70's prog should love this band. Maybe not the most complex playing and writing on display here but the sounds and presentation are right out of that era. Above all I thought singers that sound like this were extinct. It sounds so retro it's refreshing. Check out "Kylmää Usvaa", a snapshot of a bygone era.
The Stooges - Ready to Die
Ron Asheton is dead, long live Iggy & The Stooges. That's not a knock on Ron but just when you thought the band was in the ropes, they come back with a vengeance. Just a killer album. There are some not so great songs on here as well but the greatness of "Burn", "Sex and Money", "Job", "Gun" and the title track "Ready To Die" blows their prior release The Weirdness (which I still love very much) out of the water. Just the next year we'd lose Scott Asheton too - may he rock in peace with his brother.
Sudø - Caligula
This three man group with ties to Circle came out of the blue in 2013. Sort of stayed in the blue as well, I haven't heard much of them after the release of this album. It just adds intrigue to this mystic release. Hypnotic and dreamy rhythms, otherworldly melancholy, bluesy krautrock. When the opening track is called "Soul Balsam", you should have some kind of an idea of what to expect.
That wraps up my 30 year retrospective of collected records. Just about all of my CD's have been sold off now. I'm headed on a several month long trip and I'm taking these 150 albums with me in digital form. It's the result of a midlife crisis at 30 so what better soundtrack?
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1 jan 2015, 03:58 av VladdaMeer1.
Xeno & Oaklander
Cosmic Hula Radiators
MERCI LA NUIT
Epee Du Bois
Staccato du Mal
Led Er Est
Waves Under Water
Panda in Shell
In Trance 95
Bacio di Tosca