One crappy cellphone picture of BOYS NOIZE at Übel & Gefährlich, Reeperbahnfestival, September 18 2014
Eh. Pretty sure we weren’t drunk enough. Pretty sure that had we been more drunk, we’d have had more fun but would’ve still left the bunker feeling like it was OK that we hadn’t believed the hype.
One crappy picture of EAST INDIA YOUTH at Molotow, Reeperbahnfestival, September 18, 2014
East India Youth started out with amazing, fast, crazy synthpop and sang about love dripping from your soul (or something like that. The words love, soul and driping were involved). Obviously we loved that. Unfortunately he soon switched over to his more experimental, softer, instrumental songs that made us sleepy. So we left. Being sleepy at Reeperbahnfestival is not an option.
Country: United Kingdom
One crappy cellphone picture of ELIOT SUMNER at Reeperbahnfestival 2014 at Schmidts Tivoli, Hamburg, 18 September
It’s the motherfucking son of Sting. What better way to start off a festival than with someone who looks like a member of the Kelly Family ca. 1994 and who is the son of someone you were totally into when you were 13? Eliot Sumner fulfilled all my hopes and wishes and sounded exactly what Sting would sound like if he didn’t only do weird stuff anymore.
Kwabena Adjepong, a.k.a. Kwabs is back with Last Stand produced by SOHN. It’s just late-night beautiful.
It’s a good thing that Kwabs is playing both Reeperbahnfestival and Waves Vienna because I am attending both and this significantly reduces the chances of me missing out on him due to drunk shenanigans overthrowing my carefully laid out festival battle plan. It’d really be a shame to miss this voice.
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Kwabs is playing Reeperbahnfestival in Hamburg on September 20 at Mojo Club and Waves Vienna on October 2 at Porgy & Bess
Gustav - An Dem Tag (from the Gruber Geht soundtrack, out in 2015)
Gustav songs always make me lose my eloquence and I’m left saying nothing but “Vui schee”. This is even worse when there’s a ukulele involved.
the Video to Dot Dash’s song Seasick is now online. the track appears on the Dot Dash Seasick / Slide 7” (fett036) that was released in August.
Dot Dash - Seasick
A song called “Seasick” set in an amusement park. Clever.
Chakuza - Charlie Brown (from Exit, out now on Four Music)
Chakuza sagt “Weinschorle” statt “Weisser Spritzer” und das ist OK so, weil man muss ja auch Geld verdienen und das geht nun mal leichter, wenn man in Deutschland auch verstanden wird. Generell ist “Charlie Brown” OK so, was ein riesengroßes Kompliment ist, da ich bis jetzt alles von Chakuza eher so sterbenslangweilig bis total scheiße fand - was immer zu einem “Waaaaaas? Warum?” meiner Mitköniginnen führte.
The Beth Edges - Lonesome Rider
Some people will be really sad that no band members are actually in this video. But there’s sex and crime instead, and that gets everyone’s attention, always.
I go through my soundcloud subscriptions very irregularly, which is a shame because a) I have a great taste in subscriptions, b) I almost missed out on this collection of free Affine Records downloads.
The Mob Fixing Freedom - I Wanna
This video is the definition of annoying for me. Sorry, but flashing neon colours remind me of The Ting Tings and Nu Rave and don’t we all agree that the world needed neither of these two things? No, you say?, there are people who are into that? Very well, go on and enjoy the full audiovisual experience then. I’ll focus on the music in the meantime; it is quite nice.
Wanda - Schickt mir die Post
In a somewhat literal visual translation of the lyrics, the singer of Wanda is rescued/abducted from the hospital by his four bandmates and brought to a big Italian feast until the Grim Reaper himself comes to find him. Or does he? Only Wanda and fifth-graders get away with this plot twist. Did we mention that we’re total Wanda fangirls?
SOHN - The Chase
SOHN is keeping his fans engaged after the hot album release and touring phase with the demo version of a previously unreleased track.
Tall Tall Trees - Waiting On The Day
out now on Good Neighbor Records
!! Banjo warning ahead !!
This is either a Panjabi MC sample or at least influenced by it. I’m afraid to check whether I remember “Mundian To Bach Ke” correctly, because then I’ll have it stuck in my head for three days. But whatever it is that Tall Tall Trees are doing that sounds so Panjabi MC-ish to me, it elevates his music from boring, run of the mill indie folk to something more fascinating.
Tall Tall Trees in Austria:
October 6: Graz, Scherbe
October 7: Wien, Haus der Musik
October 8: Klagenfurt, Lendhafen Café
October 9: Linz, Smaragd
October 10: Sebersdorf, Am Berner
Listen: Ballet School - Heartbeat Overdrive
Ballet School - Heartbeat Overdrive
"Heartbeat Overdrive" is one of these songs you listen to supposedly for the first time and immediately realize you’ve heard it before and have actually had it stuck in your head. It’s so satisfying to finally associate a title and band with it.
Ballet School are playing at Reeperbahnfestival 2014 in Hamburg on Thursday, 18 September at Moondoo.