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 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.

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

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.

Filou - Komisch

I feel you, Filou, I feel you. I’m not a morning person either.

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.)

Johann Sebastian Bass - Voodoo

Johann Sebastian Bass and a bunch of other men (from 5/8erl in Ehr’n, M185, Laminat, Russkaja and many more I’m sure) in tanktops sitting on chairs and crying. To someone like me who does not cry in public, this is very impressive.

Johann Sebastian Bass are playing at Waves Vienna 2014, which takes place from 1-5 October.

Effi - FM4 Soundpark Session (Popfest Spezial)

I really like the FM4 Soundpark Sessions. In fact, I like the Funkhaus in general, and by that I mean the Radiokulturhaus and its café since those three are the only parts of the building that I’ve actually seen. If Ö1 and FM4 really have to move to Küniglberg that would be a shame.

Effi @ Popfest 2014: Friday, 25 July, 9.30 PM, Seebühne

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Nazar - Rapbeef
from Camouflage
out on 22 August via Universal Music Austria

Nazar here recently signed a deal with the world’s largest record label and is by far the biggest act at the 2014 Popfest. This guy has been huge for a long time and by now this is also common knowledge. His new album will feature Falco and Sido, so that is quite something.

Nazar, Yasmo & Ski feat. Blak Twang @ Popfest 2014: Thursday, 24 July, 8 PM, Seebühne

Crack Ignaz - Herbert Prohaska (Wandl Remix)

And this, ladies and gentlemen, is how all Skype calls should go.

Wanda - Auseinandergehen ist schwer (from Amore, to be released on Problembärrecords in the fall)

Ich glaube mit Falco möchte keine österreichische Band verglichen werden, wegen Fußstapfen und tragischem Schicksal und weil man ja irgendwann echt aufhören sollte, immer nur von Toten zu reden. Aber wenn man halt gar so wienerisch singt und im Video den Exzess bis in die Absurdität darstellt, passiert das faulen Musikjournalisten halt leider. Also, tschuldigung. Echt. Wir meinen’s nicht bös. Wir sind nur echt ur faul.