Posts Tagged ‘Munk’

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

Weekend guide : sauerkraut

01:17 PM

Berlin: Whirling between November rains and May joys it’s two festivals, which offer us some short-term permanence during this true April weekend in March-disguise.


From today to Sunday the performance assembly For The Time Being (#1) tries through various different kinds of presentation to make a faster and faster moving presence concrete and reflexible. The magic will happen at Kunstfabrik am Flutgraben with support (and a programme overview) coming from


Polyhymnia Festival (#2) attempts actualising prog and krautrock, or better: the first ever modern avant-garde music German acts (as Can or Neu!) could actually and globally influence and define (next and last one was techno). From the current spectrum Berlin’s atelierTheremin, Schneider TM, Cologne disco kraut prog act Von Spar and Joe Dilworth (ex-Stereolab, Kissogram), Milo Smee (Chrome Hoof) and Florian Zwietnig (Mediengruppe Telekommander) as Zirkon will play live at the first of two evenings at Maria. Find more details over at

An as ambitious as good, sometimes even progressive rock band are MF/MB/, who’ll play at Crystal Club at Columbiadamm. Already founded in teenage days in provincial town Bollnäs, the band now releases a video with every single song they put out. Musically they do fit well in a row of new Swedish austerity with This Is Head and Ikons. You can still download their track “The Big Machine” or watch all videos at Vimeo. Rightfully, the aftershow party will be hosted by Nordic by Nature.

Not as new as in average appears Introducing at Magnet Club this weekend. In return it’s probably the first time in ages you can see Goose playing a gig which is not a super cool invite-only exclusive media presentation party, but happens to be in a normal club atmosphere. Totally new is instead the debut album Shift of Ira Atari, which you should remember from her 2009-collaborations with Rampue. And the not seldom gigantic Battles have with Gloss Drop a new album with them, too. Sadly this won’t be released before June, so the band’s saving some energy by just doing a DJ set instead of a proper concert.

At bar Stereo 33 (Krossenerstr.) you will find Ian Tricus, Fresh Meat, sweet Swedish duo Am Track and Schlechtest Boy Alive at the decks; it’s a bit of a small but nice Villa-revival and surely good for a stop-by.

Another one of Slow Motion’s Retro Futuro parties, this time with Rome’s Alan 1 as star guest, who recently released records with Gomma and Final Frontier.

Shake Your Ass To Dirty Beats: The Seducers and The Smoking 44’s live, Finckobot, Tvyks (both well know from their work with Get Wavey) a.o. at Rosi’s.

The Wasted Unicorns ride through the Festsaal Kreuzberg, partying with Turmspringer, Robosonic and Cinthie techno deluxe style.


Mathias Modica alias Munk has a new full-length baby called The Bird and the Beat out, leaving his Munich home to play it out loud all over Europe: Tonight the Gomma-label’s co-head’s stop is Berlin’s Picknick club, where he celebrates the releases with label mates Cécile, Ed Banger’s Mickey Moonlight and Easy Jetset from German Vice magazine. The club also opens it’s tunnel for the first time in this season, so Sweden’s Rollerboys can have some outdoor-fun with you.

The second and last night of Polyhymnia Festival opens with the Italian soundtrack experts of Goblin (first ever gig in Germany), followed by their legitimate Australian successors, Night Terrors, and finally Record Maker wunderkind and concept album fetishist Turzi at Maria. Already at 4 pm podium discussion Sind Kraut und Prog im 21. Jahrhundert angekommen? (Have kraut and prog arrived in 21st century?) featuring Faust veteran Hans-Joachim Irmler will take place at WAU/HAU2, which will also see the big kraut rock vinyl market Krautopia on Sunday.

Talent show: For the Finest Ego Weekend Chez Jacki welcomes Teebs and Jeremiah Jay of uprising Californian Brainfeeder label for their first ever German appearances. Also Blue Daisy, fLako and Comfort Fit make their debut in the town. It’s then again Robot Koch, who offers some prominent local support.

A mixture of wave, heavy-dark rock and electro with some occultism promises the second issue of ANIAETLEPROGRAMMEUR and reliq‘s Symbolclub at Raum20. Besides the two hosting bands and various DJs Berlin-Milan duo Effter will hit the stage.

With DJs Diamant, SWADANSI (Mixtape) and Worn Leatherette For the Time Being (see Thursday) will take a nocturnal party break before its last event day.

At Festsaal Kreuzberg the Berlin’s golden twenties shall come back to life and merge with modern techno and electro. Sounds a some cyber-punk kitsch, but could be a really cool party with electro-swing by Globalution, acoustic tunes by Cyclown Circus and the always great Alle Farben at the decks.

The truly like worthy Jeans Team plus Pier Bucci are playing live at the pre-party of Madrid’s Klubbers Day Festival at Berlin’s Ritter Butzke. Of course there will be many DJs as well.

PHOTO: “Sauerkraut abstract” by Mel Green (CC)

Live: Gomma Super Show (Berlin)

12:21 PM

There has always been a bit of competition in the air, when Berlin and Munich did come together. But if you would aks, who our favourite people from this Bavarian gomorra are, we would immediately refer to Jonas “Telonius” Imbery, Matthias “Munk” Modica and their Gomma label – with sparkling eyes! Starting the second wave of Teutonian disco revolution coming from the river Isar some years ago, the duo has consequently refreshed the global dancefloors and have single-handedly put Minga (how Munich is called by its inhabitants) back on the map. Their sound is not only a playful update of the huge Giorgio Moroder disco heritage, but a mixture of it with well-selected psychedelia and a few good club lessons taught by the 90ies house and modern club scene.

But their biggest trump and strength is the diversity of Gomma’s artist roster, which is to be showcased once again this Friday at Berliner’s Ritter Butzke, when a massive Gomma Super Show will take the German capital by storm.

Here we have the New York octet-collective Phenomenal Handclap Band, with all their proto-disco-60ies-rock’n’roll and a note of soul, meeting not only the two label founders, of whom Munk just released another great and stylish single called “La Musica”, but Milan’s Gomma junior Cecile, who will play a live set(!).

Furthermore Moullinex will introduce their new, vibrant and rightly titled disco smasher “Superman” to the crowd. Line-up gets then completed by Munich Manuel Kim, who’s the label manager, our Berlin favourite Hugo Capapblanca and the VICE dj team Nic Jagger & DLK, whose magazine is presenting this nightout.

PS: Attention, Paris! On Saturday Gomma will bring the complete show (except Hugo and the VICE djs, but plus special guests) to your Social Club. So be there!

PS2: Find a new Munk mixtape here.

Stream | Moullinex “Superman

Stream | Hugo Capablanca “LUCIFER RISINGS MIX

Kitsuné Maison Night hits Berlin

05:35 PM

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Kitsuné Maison the jack-of-all-trades in the current global hipster label community is doing pretty well once more: their main current main act, Hamburg’s electro duo Digitalism, is working on a new full-length, a new -as usual- well selected (but barely suprising) Kitsuné Maison compilation (#8 ) is out now and beneath their clothing and record divisions the Parisians are now curating a new own publication, called ME Magazine.

kitsune maison nacht berlinTo not let the fruits of this extraordinary creative power vanish somewhere in the target group’s skinny jeans’ pockets and blank CD boxes Kitsuné Maison launched a new tour covering nearly half of the world featuring a stop-by in Berlin on November 27. The global chic with French touch will be served live by Delphic – well known from the Melt! festival – and Two Door Cinema Club with a lot of various support acts.

Expect Delphic to play one of their better gigs since their new single “This Momentary” will be released on the same day and they should know that needs a celebration! See video below together with a new visual piece by Two Door Cinema Club which leads us to join Moritz Schmall praising the work of responsible directors Megaforce.

The two bands, both British, will be supported by the Phenomenal Handclap Band from New York City plus – at the DJ desks – Munk and Valis. In addition to that the 2nd, Berlin Battery Floor will see performances by our favourites Appaloosa and DJ sets by Shir Khan, Jack Tennis and Dj Supermarkt.

The whole thing will take place at  Ritter Butzke and not -as previously announced- at Haus am Köllnischen Park. How much fun such a Kitsuné Maison Night can be, already told us our London correspondent ANNA FERRARO, who saw the tour stopping by in London on Halloween featuring Yuksek. See two pics (and the header one above) below (videos afterwards).

But before that you should get in touch with us and send your name to to win two tickets for you and one friend for the whole night! The sweep is sadly over, all winners got informed.

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