Posts Tagged ‘Jägermeister Wirtshaus Tour’

(Deutsch) Rückblick : Jägermeister WHT in Hamburg

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Bag Raiders : Jägermeister WHT Interview

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No, the photo above doesn’t picture two lonesome (but stylish) Robinson Crusoes happily celebrating their rescue. Although, you might guess that from the palms and beards. Anyway, it’s Bag Raiders, the Australian duo consisting of Chris Stracey and Jack Glass, proud creative fathers of some of the most capturing disco tracks of the recent seasons compiled on their about-to-be-released-internationally debut album. Before playing with the Jägermeister Wirtshaus Tour (and Peaches and aUtOdiDakT) in Stuttgart, Jack discussed their first German gigs, the path to success (and mobile contracts) and artistic affinities with us, surprisingly outing himself as a big fan of a certain German product.

Hi Jack, by now, you’ve already played three shows in Germany. How was the reception?
So far really good! We’ve played four actually. Deejayed in Munich and Saarbrücken and live in Berlin and, last night, Hamburg.
They’ve all been pretty amazing in their own special ways. And very different, too. We did Saarbrücken the night after Munich and it would be hard to find two more different cities than that!

It’s actually your first time in Europe. What is different here from what you expected it to be before the trip and what turned out to be exactly as you thought it would be?
It’s pretty much what I thought. I’ve always been excited to tour here (it’s been a few years coming), because every city is something new and exciting. I mean, I love touring in America but if you do ten dates there, the big cities are exciting, the small cities are weird and interesting, but nothing is wildly different. In Europe we’re in a different country everyday, going to all these amazing cities with such rich histories. We’re loving it!

Have you tested a German Wirtshaus or pup to prepare for your show in Stuttgart?
I don’t think so! We’ve had plenty of beers and sausages though. But for the real thing, I guess, we better get there early in Stuttgart!

According to last.fm (one of) your first ever gig happened to be at Brisbane’s Empire. What are your memories of this event?
That might be right. I can’t really remember to be honest. Maybe that was out first show outside of Sydney. I remember being super excited that we got to travel and do our thing, that people wanted to hear us in different cities. We’re still excited by that, I think. Anytime we get to to somewhere new is a good feeling…

In the recent past Cut Copy and Empire of the Sun pushed Australian electronic music on a quite popular level in Europe, you replaced the latter as the soundtrack of a mobile service provider’s current campaign. Do you think, that these acts paved your way to Europe in a way?
I’m not sure really. In Australia, no, we’ve paved our own way, I guess. And over here? I don’t know. I mean, when people say stuff like that it kind of sounds like they’re saying, “Empire of the Sun were big here. You do similar music and are from the same country. That’s why you’re popular.” Obviously I’ll never subscribe to that. With the internet everyone can know every band from every corner of the earth. So really, I don’t think it matters where you’re from. If the music is good, people will dig it


Bag Raiders : Shooting Stars (Video)

We were introduced to you back in the fall of 2008 with the b-side of the Turbo Love! single, “Shooting Stars”. Two years later it was also featured on your debut full-length. What kind of relationship have you developed towards this song over the years? What does it mean to you?
It’s a big part of our lives! I’m proud of it, really. Maybe a little sick of it, too. Haha. But every time we play it – live or dj – it gets the most amazing response. I’m not sick of that!

What kind of activity, do you think, is the album an ideal soundtrack to?
Lots of activities we hope. We wanted to make an album that had tracks for the club (obviously) but also tracks for the car, the loungeroom, the bedroom, the kitchen, the laundry, whatever. I think we succeeded in that more or less. The diversity of the album is one of the things I’m most proud of.

To be honest, its artwork looks a bit as the airbrush art on a ‘pimped’ car. What type of cars are your favourites and what was the idea behind the artwork?
Ha, you’re asking the wrong people. Neither of us are rev heads at all. Chris rides a scooter and my car is a beat up old piece of shit (just the way I like it!)
We like the artwork because it represents for us all the hundreds of different influences that go into our music. Polar bears, surfers, cup cakes, it’s all there somewhere…

The video to “Way Back Home” shows you working on various different exhibits in an atelier. Are you very artistic persons besides your music as well? Do you draw while being on tour for instance?
Not particularly. The set for that film clip felt more like a drug lab than anything else to me. We both love art and movies but I think our talents are confined to the world of sound.


Bag Raiders : Way Back Home (Video)

Last but not least: we pretty much don’t know anything about Australian food or drinks, except for a certain blue beer (F…..’s). What does your favourite local dish look like and are you able to make/cook it yourselves?
Fosters is export only. You never see it in Australia (lucky for us because it tastes like urine!)
The most popular beers are things like VB, Tooheys New and Carlton Draught. None too amazing. There are some nice boutique beers and great wines. But to be honest, I love weissbeers and normally drink German stuff like Erdinger and Shöfferhoffer. Mmmm.

Bag Raiders Bag Raiders is out on June 3 via Universal in Germany.


Bag Raiders : Sunlight


Monarchy : I Won’t Let Go (Bag Raiders Remix)

In cooperation with Jägermeister.

aUtOdiDakT : Jaegermeister WHT Interview

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When the Jägermeister Wirtshaus Tour comes to Stuttgart’s Calwer Eck this Thursday, his journey to there is the shortest: Andres Klein alias aUtOdiDakt, label founder of Traktor Records and Mähtrasher, has his homebase in the Neckar city, being as familiar with the native club scene as with the regional cuisine, which he always comes back to after touring around the world. And despite expecting the rather hard (musically electronic) sounds from him first, he’ll be probably playing the most diverse of all three acts there. For us he answered a few questions on his background, first setbacks and later successes.

You can still win tickets for the night with him, Bag Raiders and Peaches here until today’s afternoon.

Until recently Stuttgart was recognised as a tranquil provincial capital, but with the protests against the Stuttgart21 construction project it suddenly turned into the home of the new Wutbürger (Germany’s protesting middle-class). You again never wasted much time on compromising in your music. Have you been a forerunner?
I have no idea and it would be presumptuous to call myself so. But in the early days most of the other DJs greeted my hard stuff with smiles, partly even telling the club owners in front of myself, that this would overcharge the people anyway and that the sound would never make it here. After a while, they started playing the same things, too. After the claim had become untenable, ha.
But I do believe, that, already for a while, Stuttgart takes a special position when it comes to acknowledging things that are in some way a gesture of rejection against certain things, musically or politically…

You are deejaying all over the globe. What are you most looking forward to, when returning home?
A hard mattress! I always get a backache on the way to soft hotel ones… Other things are my bathtub and cooking and recording music again!

Which dishes of the local cuisine are your favourites, and, more importantly, which can you cook/bake yourself?
I pretty much like all from the Swabian cuisine expect Kutteln (tripe) and Hirnsuppe (brain soup)! I can make a proper Zwiebelrostbraten (fried beef and onions in gravy) as well as Kaesespaetzle (cheese noodles), although my girlfriend does them way better! I like my food hearty and meaty, so the Swabian is exactly my thing…

Your aUtOdiDakT-predecessor project IMP-ACT perished at a major label without the release of the planned album.  Does this experience still pursue you until now, seven years later?
Of course, this had an ongoing influence on me! Back then, we had invested three years of time and ideas in it, without being able to influence what would happen afterwards with it. This meant, we were completely at their mercy and couldn’t sign somewhere else as well. Eventually, this destroyed the band and all seven involved band members wanted to leave the music business. Now they’re all having normal jobs, except me. I founded Traktor Records, because I needed a platform, where the complete control belonged to me a no a&r with Ibiza tan could tell, which music I should make or in which pigeon-hole he would like to promote me with with image…

Last year saw the release of your debut full-length Genres Are Dead, including 28(!) averagely more than four minutes long tracks, compiled on a double CD album. Didn’t you fear to overcharge your potential audience?
Of course I was aware of this maybe overcharging or confusing most people. But in the end I thought, that I was a) not up to make an album only filled with the rough stuff people would expect from my DJ sets and b) doing the whole album format only for myself. Actually, I just wanted to see, if I would be able to make a record that would stay interesting for me in the long run, offering a wide variety of styles as a producer. I recently listened to the album for the first time after three months (previously I wouldn’t have been unbiased enough) and was really pleased by it. This was my only aim: to still like the album after a while. The rest, meaning: record sales and if there any people at all, enjoying the record, too, was only secondary for me. But naturally it’s now the icing on the cake.

How was the album made?
In the winter of 2008 I released the first proper aUtOdiDakT single “Shit your rack” and kept on producing since then, without aiming at recording a full-length. I tried different things, because a get bored fast with producing the same style. I need diversion, that means at best I have three unfinished tracks on my harddrive, a calm, a hard and a funky one, so I can work on them according to my moods. If I’m in a bad mood, I can’t do the funky one, and if everything’s bright, I can barely focus on banging around.
Anyway, at some point it were about 80 tracks from electro to pure indie rock or downbeat and I started trying to compile an album out of them. Then I realised, that I still need some bridge songs, seguing from one style to another, or which where just stylistically lacking, to make the whole thing more logical.I then did these ones and also send instrumentals to some singers and rappers I like, because I don’t think of myself as that great singer, who should sing on the majority of the tracks… But I needed vocals to be on the album of course. Eventually, I only sing on the first and the last song, but the guest vocalist have done a more than great job! Maybe I’ll song more myself on the next record.
In terms of the different styles I also tried to rather leave out the really hard outliers from the electronic base, otherwise it would have been to hard even for me to identify the final record as an artist album instead of a compilation of not linked to each other stuff.

Your Traktor sub label Mähtrasher is pretty much a year old right now. How pleased are you with its progress? Which directions will it take in the near future?
Mähtrasher extremely surprised me! I thought to myself, that it would be easier to brand a label, representing only a certain style (instead of many different as Traktor does), but I never expected it to happen that fast! I almost believe, that Mähtrasher (at least outside of Germany) has already overtaken Traktor in terms of popularity in that one single year.

With Stuttgart kaputtraven – Traktor Edition you also host a bi-monthly party at the local club Rocker33. Have the hereby collected experiences made you more relaxed or more demanding as an artist on tour?
I think, in terms of the crowd’s reaction it rather made me become more demanding, because often the people totally freak out at Kaputtraven, ha. But in terms of the daily routine it naturally calmed me down a bit. When you experience all the promoter’s stress at a party yourself, you don’t get worked up as a DJ as well, because most of the problems are not yours.

You recently described deejaying with Proxy as “Christmas, birthday and the apocalypse put in one night.” Which other aUtOdiDakT gigs and Traktor nights have burned themselves into your mind as well?
“Exotic” appearances as in Johannesburg or Sydney have, but also “smaller” ones, like the one at a country inn called Fuchs & Has in some Bavarian village of 20 souls, where we hundreds of people went completely mad and the emptied out all the drinks pretty early! I don’t want to highlight a single edition of Kaputtraven here, because they have been all very special for me… The first was of course especially important, same goes for Kaputtdubben. An event series is defined by its  night and hence it was really satisfying having  such a great headliner and experiencing such an intense atmosphere!


aUtOdiDakT Genres Are Dead (Exzerpte)

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Jägermeister Wirtshaus Tour x Stuttgart

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Step-by-step the back in early February all white map of Germany is turning herb-liqueur-brown. Now, the Jägermeister Wirtshaus Tour lands in this republic’s South, where on May 19 the cosiness of Stuttgart’s Calwer Eck will be over for one night. In the first craft brewery of the city, featuring a menu opening in proper regional style with Flädlesuppe and Maultauschen, the international three-piece of Trio der Bag Raiders, Peaches and aUtOdiDakT guest.

Bag Raiders are the next hitmakers from Down Under taking the long journey up to the north-west. Two years and a half ago, their b-side “Shooting Star” made them ride a global wave of attention and success two, they later neither left with their single “Sunlight” nor their debut album (which sadly is not coming out in Germany before June 30). Currently, their on disco and electronica fermented pop follows you to everywhere with “Way Back Home” soundtracking a national advertisement campaign. Having already warmed-up themselves with a few German and European gigs in the recent weeks already, the band should bring the crowd on fire immediately.

A master of this craft is surely Peaches. Whether as musical star in her own Llyod Webber adapation Jesus Peaches Christ Superstar and the partly autobiographical Peaches Does Herself or on tour with her recent album I Feel Cream (XL Recordings), which she already performed live and in full action with her leg in plaster: Merrill Nisker belongs to the cream. For Stuttgart she’s now preparing one of her infamous, not less intense DJ sets, while she’s currently fooling around with “Mud” in the same-titled video.

Meanwhile, local hero aUtOdiDakT declares, “genres are dead,” speaking only the language of bass himself. No wonder, that out of the former Wirtshaus acts Proxy and Tom Deluxx are his favourites. Now it’s time for him to become a part of the story.

You can 1×2 guestlist invites for the night by leaving us a comment below until Tuesday, May 17, 2 pm. The winner will be chosen random – good luck! Other tickets are given away via das-wirthaus.de/gaesteliste and Facebook.


Bag Raiders : Way Back Home (Video)


Peaches : Mud (Video)

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Jägermeister Wirtshaus Tour : Frankfurt

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A premier under time pressure: Just when Frankfurt should witness the first ever Jägermeister Wirtshaus Tour event not by land, but on a house boat called the Yachtklub, it was Good Friday and its official German party ban called Tanzverbot forcing the night to come to early midnight end. But the booked bands were professionals and Munich’s Frittenbude declared that they wanted to play until the boat would capsize. (Fortunately) this didn’t happen but the crowd did quickly turn sweatily wet anyway – big-game hunting instead of fly fishing. Then Tom Deluxx took over the helm and earned his swimming badge as well.

The next event on May 19 at Stuttgart’s Calwer Eck is going to be even bigger, since Bag Raiders, Peaches and aUtodiDakt form the line-up. The photos of Franfurt were taken by Geert Schäfer and the team of i-ref also filmed the whole party:

In association with Jägermeister.

Frittenbude : Jägermeister WHT Interview

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Finally: as mentioned yesterday there’s a first German band at the Jägermeister Wirtshaus Tour in Frankfurt and it’s also coming from Bavaria. So Frittenbude (translates as ‘chips stand’) were the ideal (e-mail) interview partners for a south-German specialities and spaetzle graters. Somewhere in between more serious topics such as Bollywood, their home label Audiolith plus the ideal ratio between partying and age came on the table. And singer/rapper Johannes “Strizi” told us, that there might some new solo material by him very soon!

Servus together! This year marks five years of Frittenbude – we congratulate! Do you celebrate with some typical Bavarian dishes besides the obligatory chips?
MARTIN: Bavarian, I should actually now this as a butcher’s son – Lebakaas (meat loaf)? Blutwurst (black pudding)? Leberspätzle (liver spaetzle)? Obatzda (Bavarian cheese creme)?
JAKOB: Maybe we drink “Hirn” (brain).
STRIZI: Since we are becoming fat more and more, there will definitely be nothing of the above. I would really prefer this new meat, which is no meat, but exactly tastes like it. Note: Tofu?)

Cooking has become a big male trend again. Do you sometimes cook for each other?
M: A clear NO.
S: I like to cook a lot, unfortunately mostly too much and as people confirm way too well. My huge beer belly, which is actually a meat belly, comes from this. But for these two rascals I won’t cook. That would be even better…
J: I experienced that Martin can better order than cook. And if it really comes to him cooking for me, I will think about it twice before. But I once ate a Bolognese made by Strizi and he sometimes tells me about his pasta maker and spaetzle graters. I’m really pleased about not knowing, whether I can cook or not. But if you consider warming up a Bavarian veal sausage, we quite often cooked for each other already.

The veal sausage is pretty proscribed outside of Bavaria. Could he please hold a plea for this calf’s head dish?
M: I allow myself a veal sausage every three weeks. Everyone should have tried it once at least. Our FOH guy from East Frisia (coastal Northern Germany) was scared of it, too, when he was forced to eat one. But we was amazed! He wanted to have one the next week again and maybe he’s already addicted…
J: Exactly… our mixer once called it a “complete meal”. Whatever is in there, it tastes fantastically! But I wonder, why the sausages are white.
S: Everyone, who likes eating meat, likes Bavarian veal sausages. It’s as simple as that. I defies me, that people are disgusted by it. Maybe it’s because they claim they are made from brain. But I can only comment that with: Guys, you should look, what’s in your wienerwurst first! The combination of a veal sausage, pretzels, sweet mustard and a wheat bear, oider (Bavarian slang for: ace)!

Lately, Jakob and Martin were busy recording and touring with Ira Atari and pandoras.box. What did you, Johannes, do to fight boredom and loneliness?
M: Hannes? Are you sad and lonesome?
S: No, I didn’t get these things. There are other things, too, which make fun apart from music. I had to completely switch off to deal with what happened in the last year, visited some old friends and watched flamingos and kingfishers at Delta del Ebro. Furthermore, I was productive myself, too. Maybe you can listen to some things soon – if I’m happy with them.


Frittenbude : Bilder mit Katze (Video)

What inspired the mass choreography in your video “Bilder mit Katze”? Bollywood?
M: Errr no, it was more the Vogelhochzeit or the rainbow fish…
S: Yes, definitely the Vogelhochzeit.

In the opening scene on the street, we think, we can see you as the friends of the main actor (but maybe we are wrong).  Is that the general position you want to take over for your fans?
S: You are wrong. These are the real friends of the actor and Cpt. Clepto. Later, we briefly appear in the train. (Note: Then, we are wrong, yes, but at least we recognised the later before.) I consider us to be the big brothers of our fans, cuddling with them and being at hand with help and advice for them.
J: Yes, you are wrong. And Martin doesn’t even appear in the video, because as usual he got a double.

Today, a term very often, if not inflationarily used is “kultig” (iconic). “Bilder mit Katze” is a hymn to your label Audiolith. Did you ever have concerns about this may being a bit too much or did the “family” need such song?
M: Yes, they were there in the beginning. But our love is honest and sincere. The so-called “family” doesn’t need this of course. It supports the identification with the whole Audiolith-complex. Also for us.
S: To be frank here: we never thought about it. Now I have to say, I wouldn’t write it again as I did. It would be more something like: “Du kaufst der Frau, die du liebst, ein Shirt von Frittenbude, aber das, das doppelt so teuer ist als die anderen, und dir selbst auch noch zwei…” (“You buy the woman you love a shirt of Frittenbude, but the one twice the price as the others and also two for yourself…”)

Back to Bollywood: What do watch and listen to at the tour bus?
M: We once won a recreational love energy CD ROM at a Swiss TV show with Papa Wango. It features spiritual instruments such as guitars and flutes. We always listen to that when we’re in a bod mood. At every other time everyone is pupating himself in his iPod…
S: Word!
J: Sometimes I put on wale sounds or various meditation CDs. The music on them sounds almost as the most fresh and hippest current sound.

In another song, “Und Täglich Grüßt Das Murmeltier”, you sing  (although in a different kontext): “Doch wir sind längst schon über den Zenit hinaus.” (“But we are past our best by now”) Your music subsists to big parts on your nocturnal experiences at clubs. Do you think, you’ll ever get to old for such?
M: Yes, and in my eyes sadly way too early.
S: We consider the whole thing very objectively and soberly. I will turn 30 this year and you start thinking about such things at that point. But no one can cast out the partying of me. That’s too important for me. And apart from that a party’s is best when you have it with a not only mix-aged bunch of people…
J: Sometimes in life you turn younger, too.

On April 21 Frittenbude will play with Tom Deluxx for the Jägermeister Wirtshaus Tour at Yachtklub in Frankfurt am Main. You can win tickets for it on our site and via das-wirthaus.de or Facebook.

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Jägermeister Wirtshaus Tour x Frankfurt

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When the Jägermeister Wirtshaus Tour will come to Frankfurt’s Yachtklub on April 21, it will probably host it’s most crowded event by the now. In rustic houseboat atmosphere only 250 people will also witness a premier: Munich’s Frittenbude, spearhead of the Audiolith youth cult and popular remix producers, are the first German band to participate in this trip through Germany. Their two albums Nachtigall and Katzengold showcase a mixture of adolescent and semi-socio-critical-lyrics with rave beats and rock music – an entertaining sound they themselves describe as Schrabbel Brabbel (translated best as ‘gabble-babble’). Also watch out for an interview with them on our site tomorrow. The DJ entertainment is then taken-care-of by big-beat man Tom Deluxx, a notorious 12″ electro producer from Bordeaux, who will follow his French compatriot, Yuksek.

As before you can once again win 1×2 guestlist invites for the event, when you leave us a comment below until Monday midnight, April 18. The winner will be chosen random, so good luck! More invites can be won over at das-wirthaus.de/gaesteliste and Facebook.

And as a thematic treat and warm-up, we here have ten songs about wirtshäuser, pubs and taverns compiled for you. From Brecht and Schubert to Peter Alexander, from the Clash to Pulp – so your education shouldn’t come off badly.

Peter Alexander : Die Kleine Kneipe
Man redet sich heiß und spricht sich von der Seele
Was einem die Laune vergällt
Bei Korn und bei Bier findet mancher die Lösung
für alle Probleme der Welt
Originally sung by Pierre “Vader Abraham” in Dutch (“In het kleine Café aan de haven”), the German interpretation of this hymn to folksiness by Germany’s probably greatest entertainer never managed to top the German charts in 1976, although spending 33(!) weeks in a row there (longer than any other single by Alexander; the highest position was #2).

The Beautiful South : Liars Bar
Well, living with a lying man
Could never really hurt
But living with a drunk
Well, no-one deserves
Emerging from the former Housemartins (with Norman Cook alias Fatboy Slim), the British pop-act here analyses all the different creatures coming to a bar.

The Clash : (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais
But it was Four Tops all night with encores from stage right
Charging from the bass knives to the treble
But onstage they ain’t got no roots rock rebel
It’s 1978 and on the last (and self-produced) single before The Clash’s debut album Joe Strummer sings about a disappointing reggae night at the legendary ballroom in London’s west.

The Doors : Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)
Oh, moon of Alabama
We now must say goodbye
We’ve lost our good old mama
And must have whisky, oh, you know why
Later also covered by David Bowie, Brecht’s poem-turned-to-a-song, translated to English by Elisabeth Hauptmann and orchestrated by Kurt Weill for Mahagonny, never sounded more aptly than performed by the infamous Californian band.

The Infadels : Stories From The Bar
To start where I know I’ll never end this
Path, here with all my vices, I
Laugh, as they drum to the sound of the monkey voices
Past, where I left my toysingers

Delirium was with them when The Infadels recorded the mumbling finish of the still underrated We Are Not The Infadels.

Muff Potter : Wir Sitzen So Vorm Molotow
Wir sitzen so vorm Molotow
Und trinken Cocktails
Auf die gute alte Zeit
Seit an Seit mit den Genossen
Und Hans Dampf in allen Gossen
Und wir seufzen bis zur Heiserkeit
The by now dissolved Muff Potter are having the blues outside their favourite bar & club in Hamburg. Actually very British for a German band, isn’t it?

Pulp : Bar Italia
That’s what you get from clubbing it
You can’t go home and go to bed
Because it hasn’t worn off yet
And now it’s morning
There’s only one place we can go
In the mid-Nineties Pulp knew where to go to, when being around in Soho early in the morning.

Thin Lizzy : The Boys Are Back In Town
Friday night they’ll be dressed to kill
Down at Dino’s bar and grill
The drinks will flow and blood would spill
If the boys wanna fight you better let ‘em

The Irish always knew how to drink and in 1976 Thin Lizzy celebrated some fictional soldiers’ return to home with one of the most popular guitar tracks ever. Only ten years later came the point of no return for singer and bassist Phil Lynott: the musician died of the consequences of his year-long alcoholism.

Franz Schubert : Das Wirtshaus
O unbarmherz’ge Schenke,
Doch weisest du mich ab?
Nun weiter denn, nur weiter,
Mein treuer Wanderstab!

They say that the young Schubert used to pay his drinking bills with instantly composed songs whenever he ran out of money in the wirtshäuser around Vienna. In this sad and slow part of his 1827 Winterreise the protagonist however passes the tavern.

Tom Waits : I Hope That I Don’t Fall In Love With You
Well the room is crowded, there’s people everywhere
And I wonder, should I offer you a chair?
Well if you sit down with this old clown, take that frown and break it
Before the evening’s gone away, I think that we could make it
And I hope that I don’t fall in love with you
Waits wrote many great songs about bars. One of his best is a rather complicated love story.

In association with Jägermeister.

Review : JM WHT in Cologne

02:16 PM

Outside of the window of the Stapelhaus in Cologne, the Rhine calmly carved its way through the inner city, but inside condensed sweat was pouring down the panes. The Subs and Proxy got got invited by the Jägermeister Wirtshaus Tour and the venue was packed to the top, with our four winners and their companions somewhere in the mass.

But we don’t know, if it rather were the hard beats or pheromone-rich pubic hair commitment by singer Papillon (see below), which got the crowd going crazy that hard during the first’s appearance. Then again, we already expected that there would be no time for a cool-down or some relaxing when Proxy entered the stage – however shy he may appeared.

Also two guys showed up, of whom we would have thought they would not prefer a liquor over a dry Martini: HURTS came down to Stapelhaus after their own gig in town that night to have their aftershow-party there. But where did they win their guestlist invites?

On April 21 Frittenbude from Munich and Tom Deluxx from French Bordeaux will await you at Yachtklub, Frankfurt a.M. Check das-wirthaus.de or Facebook to register for the first competition.

PHOTOS: Gert Schäfer: 1,3 / Thang Dai (Electru): 2,4

Win: Jägermeister Wirtshaus Tour x Cologne

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Yuksek and We Have Band are still reverberating through our heads, but the party already goes on: Next Thursday, on March 17, the Jägermeister Wirtshaus Tour moves on to Cologne. And while the rustically intense atmosphere stays the same, local venue Dom am Stapelhaus will experience an even heavier, more bass-filled night.

The Subs (see the WHT site for an interview here) are on the list and as hot as Belgian fries. Like 2Many DJs/Soulwax, the trio jumped over the rim of local electro melting pot Gent with hard DIY work and is now ready to present you its by now already second album Decontrol live in concert.

But probably you would be even happier, if you could finally listen to the debut album of second act and Russian DJ / producer, Proxy. Although being a leading part of the international big beat scene for years now, the Eastern talent still hasn’t released a full-length record yet. Maybe he doesn’t even need one, because with the support of Tiga’s Turbo label and his own booming imprint MAKORECORDS Proxy just keeps own shocking his German-French colleagues and competitors with one massive single as “Raven” after the other.

Once again you can a pair of guest list invites just by leaving us a comment below until Monday midnight. As always the winner will be chosen random so good luck! Find more opportunities to win and other information  at the tour’s official Facebook page or at das-wirthaus.de/gaesteliste.

And since Cologne is not a small village and it’s a quality line-up, you might meet some real rock star there. For this occasion we’ve compiled you a few pairs of stars and dishes from the wirtshaus card you better shouldn’t order or definitely go for.

These are rather bad combinations:

Liam Gallagher & Bavarian wheat bear: Although there’s not that big musical difference between Oasis and it’s Noel-lacking re-incarnation Beady Eye, at least the younger Gallagher brother stopped his occasional public fights for a while. For instance, his fight with five Italians and the local police in Munich in winter 2002 after a couple Maß of beer is still unforgotten.

Ringo Starr & onion pie: Like Lemmy Kilmister (see below) the former Beatles-drummer hates onions to death. But after all, it’s anyway questionable to take out a man, who recently denied all fanpost, for a huge night-out with German food.

Helmut Kohl & stuffed pig’s stomach: The Meat Loaf of German realpolitik won over not only US president Bush Senior and France’ Mitterand but also Soviet general secretary Gorbachev. And that thanks to despite the weird palatine dish he used to serve during all high state visits. We now that the results were good in the end, but we still don’t recommend ordering this at any occasion.

Jimmy Page & (fresh) fish: Jimmy Page and Led Zeppelin recently were back on stage together and after all the refreshed memories you better either keep away any kind of fresh fish or your girlfriend away from him. Because once in the band’s peak times, a groupie got genitally maltreated with a freshly caught inhabitant of the sea and only a few years later the lead guitarist surprised to other groupies with four octopi in the common bubble bath.

… and these are rather good ones:

Beastie Boys & bread dumpling: While cooking with German Intro magazine, the three New Yorkers once outed themselves as fans of this Swabian meal with mushroom sauce. So everyone able to make a few good Knödel and offering good beer should easily make the band sing a little serenade. You know what: You gotta fight for your right to… Alternatively order Adam H. a pizza.

Lemmy Kilmister & potatoes and beans: Der Motörhead-Frontman stellt recht bescheidene Ansprüche an seine Mahlzeiten und verzichtet beinahe auf sämtliches Gemüse, mit Ausnahmen von Kartoffeln und Bohnen. Ein deftiger Kassler mit diesen Beilagen würde ihn also gesonnen stimmen, vorausgesetzt, der richtige bersteinfarbene Drink wird dazugereicht.

Campino & Jägermeister: The passionate football fan of Fortuna Düsseldorf and singer of German punk rock outfit Die Toten Hosen is surely responsible for one the liquor brand’s biggest gain in young consumers after recording the 90ies anthem “10 Kleine Jägermeister”. And if that’s not available a simple Bommerlunder will also do its best.

Die Sterne & veal schnitzel: The basics sound local but hand-made spinach-gnocchies and Sicilian vine make this favourite menu of Frank Spilker & co the artrocker in this list.

Fehlfarben & mustard roastbeef Düsseldorf style: In another issue of Intro’s cooking series, the rock visionaries appeared totally traditionalistic and attached to their native soil. But because of the competing local colour of Cologne you might better safe this one for the next tour stop in Frankfurt a.M. (with Frittenbude & Tom Deluxx).

Bon appétit!

PHOTO: Thierry van Dort

In association with Jägermeister.

Yuksek : Jägermeister WHT Interview

10:00 AM


PHOTOS: Christoph Paul

It’s a nice contrast that opens itself to our eyes, a clash of the clichés: Across the table sits a young, well dressed Frenchman with a glass of red wine, but in front of him a huge plate full of German sauerkraut and Kassler (a kind of smoked pork chop) wants to be his dinner. Yuksek, our second interview partner at the Jägermeister Wirtshaustour’s opening night in the rustic heart of Berlin-Friedrichshain, is a widely travelled man and with his often thoughtful propensity for minimalism and simple pop culture a rather outstanding mind in the France’ current electro scene.

Not knowing that he would keep the party alive beyond 5 am on a Thursday winter night only a few hours later, we sat down with Pierre-Alexandre Busson for a glass and a quick chat on what The Cure have to do with his upcoming new album and his ambitions as a little kid.

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Tonight it should be getting quite crowded, because the Jägerklause a rather tiny venue. How do you feel about that?
It depends. Sometimes it’s fun to play a small place, that’s really busy, even who you already got a name. The people often go more crazy there. In a way I sometimes prefer that to clubs. I’m not too much into clubs, it’s often a bit posh there. So usually, I’m always bored there, so I drink very much and quite early and get drunken very fast.

So the decline of the French club scene might not all be bad for you. How does the response vary when you’re touring through Germany or other parts of the world?
France is not crazy for that kind of music anyway. For me it depends on some countries, where the album had the best impact. For example I played a lot in Asia last year and that was really great, even in places like Korea, where you don’t expect the people to be knowing every track. That was really fun. But the night is the night anywhere.

You recently released We’re Ready When You Are (ft. Ebony Bones) with your buddy Brodinski as The Krays and toured under that moniker. Is it true that you actually don’t like playing and recording alone?
There’s also Girlfriend, a really not dancefloor but rock-like project with my studio mate from ALB. But right now I’m finishing my new record and there are really more songs that, I think, I can’t defend alone on stage. So there will be a kind of band with me. Not a classic one, but something special.

How will this new record sound and what will it be focussed on? More storytelling and classic song structures?
Yes and more vocals.

What was your special need behind this re-orientation?
I always loved pop and indie rock and was listening to it much more than electro. Personally I do make music for DJs and clubs, but that’s not the only thing I like to do. On this album I experiment more with my voice. I sing everything myself, all untuned. There won’t be a single feature on the record.

What kind of subjects do you sing about?
It’s quite a personal record and a bit melancholic one, too. I sing about certain feelings I experienced. Also I had the first album of The Cure, the Three Imaginary Boys, in mind during that. The new album won’t be the same thing, but it still best describes a kind of music people can dance to, but which’s not the techno way. It makes you move, but at the same time there’s something different you meet the lyrics with and think about them. It’s not hedonistic for instance.

So the songs will probably not fit into a normal disco set, will they?
No, they are not really made for that.

Is music for you the best catalyst for any personal emotion?
Yes, I think so. Naturally, it’s my only way of communication, the only one to express or put out different things with. It’s a bit of as being with a psychologist: You talk and talk and he’s just listening. In the studio I’m working on things, not thinking too much about how to do them or not, even the lyrics. I just write, record, work and a after a week a tracks turns about to be itself without me planning it to be like that.

Music then becomes a medium of your inner you.
Yes, it’s the ultimate writing. Something’s just going through you, from the deeper grounds of your brain directly to the mouse in your hands and not through your conscious parts.

But this stream can sometimes stop all of the sudden. How do you fight these periods?
Oh, I got many things to do. Last year I produced the album Birds & Drums by The Bewitched Hands and other things. I have always work to do and am always late for all things, because I’m working on my own sets for two weeks. So when I feel that I’m empty, I take my works – even if you actually can’t call it work, because it’s a thing a really like to do.

You got a classical musical education from your childhood on, but what would your life be like today, if you would have not become a producer and musician?
I always practised music since being a little kid, so I can’t picture my life without it. Even back then I already saw myself as a future musician or maybe as a plane pilot. I love being up in the clouds, it’s very natural.

Yuksek Away From The Sea was released by Barclay.

Find more photos of the event and another interview with We Have Band here. Watch a video with some moving live impressions made by our friends of i-ref.de below. The Jägermeister Wirthaustour now moves on to Cologne, where The Subs and Proxy will play at the Dom im Stapelhaus at March 17 – see das-wirtshaus.de/gaesteliste or Facebook for more details and the next ticket competition.


i-ref : Jägermeister Wirtshaus Tour Berlin: Interview WE HAVE BAND & YUKSEK (LONG VERSION)