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One crappy cellphone picture of DER NINO AUS WIEN at Popfest 2014, 26 July, Vienna, TU Prechtlsaal
Nino started (I think) 40 minutes late, which was good. Otherwise I would have missed Nino’s musings on life, which are worth seeing and hearing every time.
One crappy cellphone picture of ROTIFER at Popfest 2014, 26 July, Vienna, TU Prechtlsaal
So, this is Rotifer. My memory does not serve me well at all on this gig. I guess it was just a quick step in between toilet and Innenhof. Really - the heat was quite unbearable.
Klangkarussell - Symmetry
Klangkarussell, the two DJs spearheading the Soundcloud sax house trend whose project name I almost never get right (which of the consonants are double consonants?), have finally released a full album, via Universal Music no less.
The next time Klangkarussell are playing a DJ set close to Austria is on August 1st. If you live in Southern Austria and fancy a little roadtrip, why not head to Schengenfest in Ljubljana?
One flary cellphone picture of HOLY OXYGEN at Popfest 2014, 26 July, Vienna, Seebühne
I think it’s safe to say that Holy Oxygen was our Popfest 2014 highlight. Here are my unedited drunk notes from Saturday night:
"Something about downloading mp3s and M.C. Escher and ‘it’s a party time’ and ‘internet, internet’ and ‘oida ur viel kohle grad’ / It’s nice to see people enjoying themselves on stage so much / I want to wear sunglasses at night too"
One crappy cellphone picture of KIDS N CATS at Popfest 2014, 25 July, Vienna, TU Prechtlsaal
We basically just went inside the TU Prechtlsaal during the Kids N Cats gig to shoot a cellphone picture. From what we saw, it was an entertaining, artsy show but the Innenhof just seemed more appealing temperature-wise.
One crappy cellphone picture of EFFI at Popfest 2014, Vienna, 25 July, Seebühne
A brass section does make everything better. Also, can anyone explain to me why Tagträumer and Julian le Play and The Makemakes are on heavy Ö3 rotation but Effi isn’t? The name “Popfest” has never been more appropriate than when Effi was on stage.
One crappy cellphone picture of NAZAR at Popfest 2014, Vienna, 24 July 2014
Waiting for Nazar was a bit dull. I was hoping for a collaboration set of the announced artists (Nazar, Yasmo, Blak Twang), but instead everybody performed after each other. Nazar was definitely the highlight of these artists. Anyhow Nazar finally showed up for 3 or 4 songs, which were pretty good. The Karlskirche in the background really makes the atmosphere of every gig at the Seebühne unique.
Okmalumkoolkat - Holy Oxygen
This collaboration between Okmalumkoolkat, The Clonious and Cid Rim is a high point for all y’alls playlists of Songs Featuring Lines About Butts.
Okmalumkoolkat is playing Popfest Wien on July 26 at 21:30 (Seebühne)
Farewell Dear Ghost - Fade Out (“In Bed with” session)
I’ve always enjoyed formats such as the Blogothèque Concerts à emporter, the Black Cab Sessions or the Subway Sessions, but ever since this type of online performances made it to the German-speaking countries it’s hard to keep track with all the places you can now see bands doing their special performances. Rooftops, couches, beds - everything can be a stage in its own way. However, I wouldn’t mind snuggling a little with the four guys of Farewell Dear Ghost right there!
Farewell Dear Ghost are playing some more shows in Austria (Salzburg, Wien, Acoustic Lakeside, Palaverama) and Germany in July and August - check their tourdates here!
Özlem Bulut Band - Aşk Bitmez (from Aşk, out now)
After listening to this, I asked myself why I had not listened to Özlem Bulut before and I found my answer in the mica text that led me to this band. They use the word “ethnojazz-ensemble”. Brrrr.
It’s not, though. I mean it is, obviously, the people at mica do know how to describe music properly, and there is jazz and oriental music and an oud and a jazz singer. But it’s not the collection of thoughtlessly thrown together ethnic influences your hippie parents listened to in their midlife crisis. This is clever and cheeky and fun and if you need a visual, Özlem Bulut is wearing a wedding veil with a leather jacket which might be my new favourite look.
One crappy cellphone picture of THE BETH EDGES at Rock im Dorf 2014, Kremstal, 18 July 2014
It has become a little tradition of mine to go on a roadtrip to Upper Austria every summer to see some concerts and mountains and pollution-free skies. It’s always a highlight of the season.
The Beth Edges and OK Kid and the once again lovely, personal, beautiful festival location and organizational team have been such a highlight once again. How long until summer 2015?
Photo credit: Kat Rudolph
Camo & Krooked - All Night (They Shoot Music At Home Session)
All Night is still so good. So intellectually pleasing. Totally unsatisfactory. Brilliant. Also, I love the Arena. Not for D’n’B events, but generally. And They Shoot Music videos. So that’s three reasons to watch this.
Raf Camora - 5 Haus
Thanks to this listicle, I came across Raf Camora’s ode to Vienna’s 15th district. Just like him, I grew up in Rudolfscrime and have spent a considerable amount of time in the Dadlerpark and eating Pizzeria Mafiosi pizzas before the pre-gentrification residents moved there. (It’s much more fun to live here now.)