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Berlin : Cat’s Eyes live

10:56 AM

Imagine, a tall dressed in black stranger, a rock singer, probably with his eyes hidden behind a curtain of dark hair, tells you about his wish of recreating the 1960ies’ girl pop in an own band. Would you find this absurd? Opera singer Rachel Zeffira did not. It was her, who helped Feingeist Faris Badwan, head of the Horrors, to act out his dreams in new band project Cat’s Eyes.

Following the first foretaste from January, the two piece’s background story became known now. Back in 2009, Badwan send Zeffira a mix of his favourite songs from the era, after the first meeting mentioned above. The virtuosa then responded with the tender ballade “The Lull”, which can now be found on their last month’s debut album on Loog / Cooperative. Inly shortly after, they found themselves working together on songs, which are living of the contrast between studiously simple lyrics and the effect-rich recordings of numerous different instruments. Producer Steve Osborne proved to be a good choice here.

So Cat’s Eyes manage to be a bridge between calm catchy and more original than nostalgic pop (“Not A Friend”, “Best Person I Know”) and complex dramatics. (“Bandit”). The distinct voices of Zeffiras and Badwans perfectly harmonise. It’s just music for real music lovers.

Tomorrow (on May 24) Cat’s Eyes will play at Berlin’s Magnet Club, on Wednesday at Munich’s 59:1. We give away a last pair of guest list invites (1×2) for the first gig among all comments you leave below! As always, the winner will be chosen random, so good luck! The competition has ended already, thanks!

Cat’s Eyes : Face In The Crowd (Video)

Cat’s Eyes : Best Person I Know

Berlin : Melt! Weekender

03:37 PM

From July 15 to 17 one of Europe’s most interesting mid-sized festivals with Germany’s Melt! returns to of the best festival locations in the world, the iron ghost city that is Ferropolis. And it has already become a tradition to warm up for the big party with various ‘smaller’ events in the months before. For instance, 2011 will see the so-called Melt! Weekender taking over Berlin from this Thursday to Saturday. At Astra ten prestigious acts will play during only three nights.

Thursday offers a current overview on the nowadays’ intersections between sample beats, electronica and hip hop. If you missed Joshua Paul Davis alias DJ Shadow last year at the Melt! main stage (photo above by Christoph Paul) you can now experience him testing his new yet-to-be-released-in-September album live – fifteen after his debut Entroducing….. turned the hip hop world upside down. Support comes from a combination often successfully performed in the UK already: Warp’s Hudson Mohawke and crowd favourite Gold Panda will also fiddle around till ecstasy comes in Berlin. Too, the city’s Jazzanova collective joins for a DJ set.

As experimental but even more diverse is Friday’s line-up: Animal Collective and Planningtorock will already play a together at the Electronic Beats Festival in Cologne the day before, now the US-American psychedelic collective and the identity skewing Berlin solo artist, whose new album W you can pre-listen to at the article’s end, also head to the Melt! Weekender. They are joined by the Palatinate newcomers  Sizarr, who actually deserves leaving for a world career afterwards in AC’s travel luggage.

Finally, Saturday is the big club night. Digitalism return with their new album I Love You, Dude, which already got approved by Jens Moeele’s opera singing father and features the duo’s love for cassette mixtapes, Hamburg’s Reeperbahn and, yes, Julian Casablancas of the Strokes. Old hits as “Pogo” and “Zdarlight” should also be played. With WhoMadeWho three old Melt! friends and one the currently best live acts alive bring their new baby Knee Deep on stage, will Azari & III perform as the golden pulse accelerator.

For all nights you can still get one-day passes as well as three-day-ones here. BUT we are also giving away 1×2 last guest invites to Saturday’s night among all comments you leave below until Friday, 2 pm. The winner will be chosen random, so good luck! Competition has already ended – many thanks!

Berlin : Introducing in May

03:50 PM

The monthly Berlin event series Introducing prepares its next round. On this Friday this means a top-class meeting at the usual place, the Magnet Club. Twin Shadow, headliner of the evening, already sold out the same venue back in February (see a gallery of the show at the article’s end), but his November-released debut full-length Forget (4AD) hasn’t lost anything of its crisp charm and attraction yet, instead its dynamic onstage decomposition makes you long for a repetition. Lastly he well amused us with the video to “At My Heels“.
Totally new and uniting with him on the rock side are the slightly too perfect Young the Giant from California. Their first album was recently put out by Roadrunner Records, while Teengirl Fantasy again will take care of some electronic contrasts. Who missed the house music renovators’ gig at Raum20 last January, now gets a second chance to immerse into their as excitingly confusing as refreshing LP 7Am (Merok).

But the very special highlight here should be the appearance by Danish When Saints Go Machine (photo by Thomas Skou). Their debut full-length Ten Makes A Face may belong to the best disco records of the last decade, although barely anyone outside Denmark took notice of it, when it was released there in 2009, including such little masterpieces as the exuberant “Spitting Image“. Earlier this year, then !k7 released five tracks of the album once again and internationally as the Fail Forever EP, Nicolas Jaar brilliantly remixed the title song (listen below) and the centrifugal force of the internet started working.
Now, on June 21, the next album by four-piece around the graceful voice of Nikolaj Manuel Vonsild and keyboarder Jonas Kenton, one half of Kenton Slash Demon, shall be released, again via !k7. Konkylie (Danish for ‘seashell’) turns out to be calmer than its predecessor but also showcases an epic depth and complexity, while pre-download “Kelly” functions as the missing link to Ten Makes A Face.
Also rather great is Dawn Carol Garcia’s (Destroyer “Kaputt“) video to the album tune “Add Ends”: in this surreal piece a presumed dead steals a Caduceus from the exaggerated godly messenger of death, stripes down its wings and one of the two snakes, turning the transmission sign into the symbol of cure, the rod of Asclepius, and performs miraculous healings in the hospital.

The competition already ended – many thanks! In the light of such a line-up we say Chapeau and give away 2×2 guest list invites among all comments, you leave at the article’s end until Friday, 10 pm. The winners will be chosen random, so once again: good luck!

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When Saints Go Machine : Add Ends (Video)

When Saints Go Machine : Kelly (Download)

When Saints Go Machine : Fail Forever (Nicolas Jaar Remix)

Teengirl Fantasy : Cheaters

Young the Giant : My Body

Berlin : Launch x Tickets

07:25 AM

We already recommended the new music video documentary website Noisey in March. By now enriched with international big names such as Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti or Mogwai and more German acts, including OCCVLTA, Modern Pets, Nothing and TUSQ, the project hosts its official German launch party this Thursday at Berlin’s Tape Club. Besides the obligatory, yet secret special guest, Munk is part of the bill. Recently Mathias Modica was busy keeping Munich right there he re-installed it with his label Gomma, on the world map of music, through releasing his third full-length record The Bird And The Beat. And he did perform well.

To his side, Noisey has put the fresh band Kraftklub. Bluntly playing with both, the clichés of her East-German home base, the uncrowned anti-beauty-queen  Karl-Marx-City Chemnitz, and the early criticism they had to face, they spent the last year winkingly working on becoming the most promising live band. “Unsere Eltern kiffen mehr als wir./ Wie soll man da rebellieren?/ Egal, wo wir hinkommen,/ unsere Eltern waren schon eher hier,” (Our parents take more than us./ How should one revolt?/ Wherever we go/ our parents were here before.) they sing in “Zu Jung” of their EP Adonis Maximus, revealing the current shift in generation conflicts similar to the British TV series Skins. The hip hop rock hybrid also declares the starving indie disco dead and it’s not only the uniform white Collage clothing, which reminds us of the young Hives. But of course Kraftklub have already satirised this comparison in another song of them. You can watch the first part of their Noisey video portrait below and the further four here.

Tickets are availabel only through competitions, for instance ours. Win 2×2 by leaving a comment below until Thursday noon. Good look!

Kraftklub : Zu Jung

Berlin : Friendly Fires live

12:34 AM

A bit short termed, yes, but if you are in Berlin on Thursday your by now already quite spoiled ears will get another live pleasure:  The dear Friendly Fires return to Berlin to play a gig with great local support act Grey Television.

The Brits are just about to release their new and second album Pala (out May 16 via XL Recordings). And first foretaste “Live Those Days Tonight” already showcases everything again, what turned this act huge: exuberant electronica with singer Ed Macfarlane bending his voice around the rave reminiscences like a yoga teacher. And we all know, that they are an even better live band since their appearances at MELT! Festival 2008 and 2010 or in Berlin live with the Foals.

Finding German music TV icon Markus Kavka and Foals singer Yannis Philippakis among their fans, it’s safe to say, that Grey Television won’t fill their support slots for very long, but take over the main part soon. But you better find out yourselves, why that is.

You can still get your tickets for the gig at Postbahnhof for instance via Eventim. Afterwards, FF drummer Jack Savidge will also deejay at the very fancy Broken Hearts Club party.


Berlin: Greco-Roman at Picknick

07:56 PM

You might have already heard or read somewhere else, that James Blake, the dear Justin Bieber posterboy of the electronic music scene, will be deejaying at Picknick after his sold-out gig at Berghain tomorrow night. But most sources fail to mention, that he doesn’t come around for now reason, because he’s part of another night by our favourite London-Berlin-globe party crew, wrestling team and label, Greco-Roman.

After bringing the back then very young Artic Monkeys or more recently Dan Snaith of Caribou to their events, Blake is only the next consequent step. Besides him and Greco’s very own Full Nelson, the further contestants include Wild Geese (you might remember his remix of Hot Chip’s “Hand Me Down Your Love”), Paul Mogg (another Berlin-via-London DJ star), Paul Spymania (from Villa to Berghain…), Andy No Andy from the great band Thieves Like Us, Delfonic, Mr Mentsh and finally TAS. It should get sweaty.

Also check out the recent Greco-Roman mix Joe Hot Chip and Full Nelson did for Trax featuring lots of Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs for instance, who we interviewed here.

Full Nelson & Joe Goddard : Trax 143 Mix

Wild Geese : Touch

Live : The Soundtrack Of Our Lives

04:42 PM

Wait a minute, a compilation of the greatest hits by The Soundtrack Of Our Lives? A Golden Greats No.1 by that edged and odd sextet around kaftan-wearing (trademark alert) lead singer Ebbot Lundberg? After sixteen years of band history you might could release such thing. It’s a time in which the Swedes, who were accompanied by the now highly praised producer Björn Olsson as guitarist in their first years, got nominated for a Grammy and successfully ploughed the breeding ground for the big wave of Scandinavian music taken over the rest of the continent at the beginning of the recent decade. And they have barely changed over that time, with their music still being energetic and precise. They even did not just compile their best-of, but re-recorded everything plus two brand new tracks, of which you can download “Karmageddon” for an e-mail address below.

And while they are already working on a new album, they’ll go on another short European tour, kicking off next week at Berlin’s Festsaal Kreuzberg. Old boy’s rock? Not at all! For your attunemen, here‘s a complete concert by them, recorded at the Haldern Festival 2009.

The Soundtrack Of Our Lives live:
19.04. Berlin, Festsaal Kreuzberg
20.04. Brussels, VK
21.04. Bern, ISC
22.04. Wil, Gare De Lion
23.04. Aarau, KiFF
25.04. Chur, Selig
26.04. Cologne, Luxor
27.04. Hamburg, Uebel & Gefährlich
28.04. Amsterdam, Sugar Factory

Mount Kimbie : Live

01:11 PM

“No one should miss this diffuse, but still harmonious and hence even greater interaction between mainly dubstep, ambient beats of all shades and fragmental guitar and voice samples,” we wrote about Mount Kimbie‘s last tour’s preview. And actually this would still say it all for their new upcoming dates, if there wouldn’t be Ruth Saxelby’s DUMMY review of their recent SXSW appearance. Quote: “[It] felt like witnessing two artists getting inside their art, […] something very specific has clearly clicked.” We’re excited. They’re also writing on a new record already.

Mount Kimbie live:
21.04. Stereo, Glasgow
22.04. Bongo Club, Edinburgh
23.04. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich
24.04. Le Warr Pavilion (Small room), Bexhill-on-Sea
26.04. Audio, Brighton
27.04. Thekla, Bristol
28.04. Heaven, London
29.04. Deaf Institute, Manchester
30.04. Bergen Fest, Bergen
05.05. Nu Spirit, Bratislava
06.05. Donaufestiaval, Krems
11.05. AB Club, Brussels
12.05. Ekko, Utrecht
13.05. Simplon, Gronigen
14.05. Music Box, Lisbon
19.05. Social Club, Paris
20.05. Kraftfeld, Winterthur
21.05. MeetFactory, Prague
22.05. K4, Nurnberg
23.05. Sinkkasten, Frankfurt
24.05. Conne Island, Leipzig
25.05. Mondial Club, Hamburg
26.05. Icon, Berlin

Berlin: Krakatau label night

01:35 PM

Sometimes the most horrific things have the most beautiful name: in August 1883 the explosion of the Indonesian volcano Krakatoa, or in German: Krakatau, and its plumes obscured the global atmosphere for almost two years. But when Berlin band of the moment Bodi Bill launch their new label of the same title, their aim is rather enlightenment than a black-out.

Starting with a remix single of their old hit “I Like Holden Caulfield” (not included on their new album What?, which made them sell-out the Lido four days in a row), their second release Gefilde showcased the talents of the city’s own Thomalla (photo) – a young man, who seemed to deejay at almost every good party of the recent years. And as if their press text writers would have anticipated our preview their rightfully summarise, that his music’s all about “Intelligenz und Romantik, Dunkelheit und Hoffnung” (intelligence and romanticism, darkness and hope). Now coming up is another single by Freedarich, the first solo production by Friedrich Greiling of Mittekill and Freedarich & Stiggsen.

This Saturday will see all three acts align at Tape Club, celebrating an official label night. Bodi Bill will only play as DJ Bodi Bill, but Lake People (also a Krakatau family member) will make a special live appearance. And you can win 2×2 invites for it, if you leave us a comment below until Friday noon. Winners will be chosen random – good luck!

Thomalla : Gefilde (Clips)

Thomalla : Mit Vergnügen (DJ Mix)

Bodi Bill : I like Holden Caulfield (Freedarich Remix)

Lake People : Deep Tropical

Weekend guide: Mäusespeck

07:22 PM

Berlin: Once again, here some good events we recommend to go to this weekend, when you are in town. And if you wonder, what the article’s title has to do with all of this, here’s a hint: in German marshmallows are called ‘Mäusespeck’, which’s literal translation would be ‘mice beacon’.


Berlin has a new label called Under Fire Is Born. At Loophole the first release, an EP by Strange Forces, an interesting Australian trio living in Berlin, will be celebrated with live international noise and drone performances by Joris J, Additiv, spectre circuits and A Blue Stork is Born By a Moonlight Tower. Desmond n Lunar Goon of the band will deejay as well.

More celebration time over at Chez Jacki. Our buddy Emile is having his big birthday bash there with a huge DJ-line-up including Jan Krueger, Danny Wang, Nico Black Sperm, Emil Doesn’t Drive, James Blonde and Tomtom (&me). The party’s open to everyone from 10 pm.

The man keeps going on and on: Once again, David Ducaruge is presenting you the best and finest from his record collection all night looong at Soju Bar.


If there would be a style- or coolness-contest for DJs anywhere, Arnaud Rebotoni would surely win it by far. The man with the look of a Belgian oldschool wrestler turned into a Parisian dandy and one half of the pioneering Black Strobe will release his new and second album Someone Gave Me Religion on May 23. Strangely enough, the official release ‘mass’ will already be hold at Ritter Butzke this Friday. Besides Rebotini playing a live set, Expatriarch Joe Hansom, Kotelett & Zadak and Mary Jane are on the list. And there will be a Black Strobe DJ set, so Ivan Smagghe should be there and also a special guest…

With James Holden Watergate welcomes another big name on its Mainfloor, among others Kieran of Crystalmafia is also in the house.

The Pictoplasma Festival welcomes Jason Forrest and Captain Credible at Volksbühne.

At Tape Club, Kunsthochschule-Weißensee alumnus Viron Erol Vert presents his final work Air Abraham on the myth of flying carpets with a performance by Marek Berlin. Music comes from Errorsmith and others, the entry’s free and the exhibition starts at 8pm.


The fantastic weirdo that is John Maus will play at HAU2. His sets are just 30 minutes long but surely remarkable experiences, combining a sound somewhere between the early cosmic trips of the early German electronic avant-garde and Space combined with the experimental forces of Joy Division’s Closer and so many other mind-twisting sounds. The show is already sold out, but there will be a few tickets still available at the entrance, so come early!

Another Pictoplasma performance brings Dan Deacon and Maximilian Hecker among others to the Missing Link Show at Volksbühne.

From Saturday midnight to Sunday evening: Have the ‘typical’ Berlin Sunday at Sisyphos with a post-Soviet Cabaret party. See the line-up and time-table here.