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Melt! Festival 2010

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As already in the year of  2009 we presented you the most important and current information directly from the Melt!-Festival. 2010 the line up also promised a lot of good music and fulfilled all expectations and even more than that.  From punk sounds with Fucked Up or The Big Pink to electronic music à la Hercules and Love Affair and DJ Shadow the weekend was rich of musical highlights. This gallery will take you on a short tour through all days and stages at the Melt!.

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photo: Christoph Paul

20 Years of City Slang : 3 Big Nights

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Attention, this article opens with a little introduction to (Berlin music) history! If you think, you already know everything, or simply don’t want to read this feel free to skip the next three paragraphs.

It’s the year 1990. With the dead Sammy Davis Jr a musical legend gets buried in California, while a new one is born in the far way, just re-uniting Berlin. Student Christof Ellinghaus is organising his first ever tour with his just-founded booking agency Sweatshop for a certain young US band called Nirvana (yes, that was pre-Nevermind time!). For the past two years he had already worked together with a friend in the agency Sooma. Tours with the likes of Mudhoney, Soundgarden and the Flaming Lips follow quickly afterwards and it’s the latter, who are still looking for a suitable German label. And Ellinghaus, although he doesn’t own a label, insists on putting out their records.

In the very same year City Slang gets founded as sublabel of Vielklang. The first release is the single Favorite Spanish Dishes of Evan Dando’s Lemonheads, who as Yo La Tengo, Das Damen and of course the Flaming Lips are now part of the label’s roster. In 1991 the  Hole LP Pretty On the Inside becomes the first bigger commercial success of the young imprint, but in the end most of the profit gets redirected to other Vielklang units. Hence Ellinghaus turns City Slang into an independent company in 1992 although his congenial partner Klaus Unkelbach surprisingly dies shortly after the split from Vielklang.

But until today (and hopefully for many more years) the Berliners have survived as one of the very few old independent labels. Despite intense distribution battles with British competitors like Domino Records or Warp and despite the continuously shrinking music market. The label still sticks to it’s dominantly North American release strategy: So in the year of its twentieth anniversary acts like Caribou, Menomena, Broken Social Scene and Arcade Fire do all release their great new albums on City Slang.

Of course, this needs to be properly celebrated so the label crew decided to invite everyone for one weekend to three exclusive concert evenings at Berlin’s Admiralspalast, recall its various contributions to the annals of music history.

So on Friday, November 19, well-known German super act The Notwist will perform their 2002 masterpiece Neon Golden once again live on stage, while Calexico will bring us their Feast of Wire of the following year. And with Konstantin Gropper’s Get Well Soon there’s a represent of the youngest CS generation as well.

On Saturday, November 20, Menomena will return for a full gig to Berlin following their little European showcase tour in spring. Chicago postrocker Tortoise, who got wangled off City Slang by Warp during the Nineties, will revive the good old days playing only the songs of their first three, all City-Slang-released full-lengths before the the Broken Social Scene collective will take over the show.

Finally, on Sunday, November 21, label newcomer Alexi Murdoch opens the night of an historic come together marked by Yo La Tengo playing another exclusive City Slang set and Lambchop. The latter will perfectly end the big festivities with their pure modern classic Is A Woman.

And there’s another little postscript: Already on Friday, September 10,  City Slang will host its own stage at the Berlin Festival inviting an august line-up including Caribou, Norman Palm, Junip, Herman Düne and Babara Panther as well as Zola Jesus, who again comes from the label’s little sister Souterain Transmissions. In addition that makes another not-to-miss event.

See all ticket and further information below and an old interview Christof Ellinghaus from ten years ago here. Please, too, check the site especially created by the label for the anniversary.

(Deutsch) Empfehlung: La Pampa Festival 2010

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We recommend: Melt! Festival 2010

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From July 16 to 18 2010 we (and thousands of other people) will once again pilgrim to five huge, steel-built machines in an old former East-German opencast mining. But instead of working instead of working in the mud one will go for a swim in the new lake and enjoy another three-day-long Melt! Festival at the fascinating Ferropolis.

This year the Sunday’s headliner slot was given to Massive Attack, who just released their new album Heligoland. Robert Del Naja & Co will meet a lot of stars, mainly from the electronic music scene, there: for instance doyen Carl Craig will appear on stage and so will Ricardo Villalobos, Joris Voorn, Four Tet, Booka Shade, Pantha du Prince and Modeselektor, who will get their own Melt!selektor Stage on Friday to headline a night of favourite acts with an own appearance together with Berlin’s music circus / band Bonaparte, after their second project Moderat last year literally drowned in the pouring rain.

One can surely add the sets of A-Trak, DJ Shadow and Crookers plus the collaborations of Henrik Schwarz with Jesse Rose (alias Black Rose) and Lindstrøm with Christabelle to the further highlights, while the Ostgut Ton Meltdown will bring to not only the famous / infamous atmosphere of the Berghain club to a festival but a lot of the first artists ever appeared at the festival with its thirteen editions by now.

And this time Jamie from The XX will exclusively introduce the Melt! crowd to his new dubstep solo project live besides playing with his original band as well! Elsewhere The Very Best and Schlachthofbronx showcase new trends in global music like former Melt! acts like Buraka Som Sistema did before.

Furthermore the festival puts its focus on well-tried music. With Tocotronic and Die Sterne, two grandees of German rock will return to Melt! as well as the almost festival residents Ellen Allien and former German MTV host and DJ Markus Kavka, who will officially open the festival again. Get Well Soon and Blood Red Shoes will bring some 2008-edition flavour, WhoMadeWho are back again, too, and the Foals will finally make good for their last-minute cancelled gig last year. Hamburg’s Audiolith label another well-known and will present a free Audiolith-Pferdemarkt (horse market) already on Thursday (!) with live appearances by Egotronic, Bratze, Frittenbude and Saalschutz.

A 3-day ticket will cost your € 94  (plus plus pre-sale fee and € 5 garbage deposit) this year and a 2-day ticket (Friday and Saturday only) € 74 (plus plus pre-sale fee and € 5 garbage deposit).

See our live blog from the recent Melt! edition plus complete reviews from 2009 (sadly till now none of our headliner suggestions from then is featured) and 2008 here, the official festival website here and the complete line-up below. More acts will follow soon.

Melt! Festival 2010 Line-up:
1000 Robota, A-Trak, Mathias Aguayo & Band, Ellen Allien, Almeida, Ata, An Horse, Archie Bronson Outfit, autoKratz, Beta, The Big Pink, Black Mountain, Black Rose (Henrik Schwarz & Jesse Rose live), Blood Red Shoes, Bonaparte, Bonaparte, Booka Shade, Boris, Bratze, Broken Bells, The Cheapers, Chromeo, Carl Craig feat. Mike Banks, Chris Cunningham, Clues, Crookers, Danger, Darwin Deez, Delphic, Dendemann, Marcel Dettmann, Dirty Disco Youth, Dirty Projectors, dOP, Douster, Edu K, Egotronic, Empro, Fake Blood, Fred Falke, Marcel Fengler, Fieber-Tanzparty, Roman Flügel, Foals, Four Tet, Frittenbude, Friendly Fires, Fucked Up!, Marius Funk, Sascha Funke, The Futureheads, Get Well Soon, Goldfrapp, Daniel Haaksman, HEALTH, Hemmann & Kaden live, Hercules and Love Affair, Holy Ghost, Nick Höppner, Hurts, Ja, Panik, Jackmaster, Jamie Lidell, Jamie T, Jamie XX, Jamaica, Johnossi, Jónsi, Markus Kavka, Sven Jozwiak, Karrera Klub, Kele, King Kong Kicks, Kings of Convenience, Ben Klock, Oliver Koletzki, Kode 9 vs. Matyrn, Kraushaar & Gradmann, Monika Kruse, Lindstrøm & Christabelle, Luna City Express, Mala, Massive Attack, Markus Meinhard, Melanie Melancholie, Midlake, Miike Snow, Modeselektor feat. Bonaparte (live), Moderat ft. Paul St. Hilaire & Dellé, ND Baumecker, Mutulu, Norman Nodge, Pantha Du Prince, Ewan Pearson, DJ Pete, Philipp Poisel, Popof (live), Post War Years, Prosumer, Ptterns, Radio & Fernseh, RemmiDemmi DJ Team, Revolver Club, Riton, Saalschutz, Schlachthofbronx, DJ Shadow, Shed (live), Shout Out Louds, Simian Mobile Disco, Sinden, Skate, Slagmalsklubben, Steffi, Chrisitan Steiffen, Die Sterne, Tama Sumo, Team Recorder, Tiefschwarz, Matthias Tanzmann, Thomalla, Tobias Thomas, Tiga, Tocotronic, Martin Topley Bird, Trashpop, Trip Fontaine, Turbostaat, Two Door Cinema Club, The Very Best, Ricardo Villalobos, Joris Voorn (live), Wareika, WhoMadeWho, The Wombats, Yeasayer, The XX