Scores & Songs

music by fred newman (claus friedrich)

Two Thumbs Up „Mr. Brightside“

A new addidtion to the „bands“ rider, even though the band has been around for some 16 years, is Two Thumbs Up, an acoustic trio featuring heavy vocal harmonies by the three of us. Here’s a quite recent live rendition of The Killers‘ „Mr. Brightside“, complete with a few mistakes.

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Your Careless Spark „Traal“ (live)

Your Careless Spark have released the first of a few live videos shot at their New Year’s concert at Nürnberg’s Club Stereo. This is a new song called „Traal“. The video was shot by Andreas Friedrich (who also mixed the recording) & Alexander Bardosch and the lights were done by Stephan „Speedy“ Scheiderer.

ERNST „Panama“

ERNST is back with a scathing satirical take on the „refugee crisis“ and the rest of the world’s current madness. The title is a reference to a popular children’s book by dutch author and comic book artist Janosch.

Your Careless Spark „Remains“

Here’s a recording of our semi-acoustic gig at Der Schallplattenmann for Record Store Week this past November. „Remains“ is a new song that has yet to be recorded in studio.

Your Careless Spark „Little Sister“

Your Careless Spark performed an acoustic trio set at a Sofar Sounds show in Nürnberg in June. Here’s the video to the previously unreleased song „Little Sister“.

DJing is now happening, too …

As if I wasn’t doing enough music stuff these days, I have also started to DJ, in bars and at weddings, and now, together with Jens Riedel, I will have my first club DJ gig at Nürnberg’s Club Stereo on saturday. My regular DJ gig at Mono Bar is called „Die kleine Popwahrheit“ and happens approximately once a month.

Your Careless Spark „By My Side“

Here is the new music video for Your Careless Spark’s „By My Side“ off our EP „Ashes“, comprised of 8mm footage taken between 1963 and 1982 by my family.

Wrongkong: New EP and video

Wrongkong have released their latest EP „Alive“ on March 25th 2016, accompanied by a music video for the single „Feel“. You can buy the EP everywhere online, it is only released digitally. The EP consists of five tracks: Alive, Feel, Breaking Halo, Body Wave & Snapshot. Here’s the video, directed by Tobi Kaiser.

Article about US Politics

This is certainly not music in any shape or form, but I do also write (mostly) political and cultural articles on the online platform of the German weekly newspaper DerFreitag. I’ve been a free community author there for three years now, and just to give you a little taste of what I’m doing there, here’s my most recent publication, an article about the rise of Bernie Sanders two weeks before the beginning of the democratic primaries. Enjoy. It’s been shared more than 110 times on facebook, by the way. It’s a popular piece, so it seems.

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/ernstchen/president-sanders-nicht-mehr-ausgeschlossen

Cover of David Bowie’s „Jump They Say“

David Bowie has passed away. That beautiful, strange, always changing, always challenging creature was the definitive pop star of our time and he will be missed like a limb. As a tribute, here’s little spontaneous solo recording I did at my home sometime last year of Bowie’s 1993 single „Jump They Say“. Farewell Spaceboy, you’re sleepy now …