Bulbul - Fire from Hirn Fein Hacken, out on March 28 via Rock Is Hell/Exile on Mainstream
I don’t know, you guys. This is supposed to be super avant garde-y and weird and shit, which usually translates to “This needs ten listens before you can appreciate it” but I think that Fire, the first release from Bulbuls first full-length album in six years, is pretty straight forward råsk’n’roll musis.
Wow, how many record labels can one single act have? Four, apparently, in the case of New Native, an indie emo punk band that appeared on the radar rather suddenly and has been taking steps very professionally ever since.
I Am Oak - Reverence For Fallen Trees (The Black Atlantic Cover)
Well this makes total sense. My two favourite Dutch bands The Black Atlantic (from Groningen) and I Am Oak (from Utrecht) released a split EP recently and I am in heaven.
When you listen to songs by these bands, you can feel and smell and hear the ocean, the constant rain, the North, the canals in the Dutch towns, much like I am convinced I can hear the Neusiedler See in Garish songs.
Chronic City - Nom de Guerre (complete album stream)
Chronic City are an OK band with an excellent network.
Which is slightly problematic. On the one hand, it is great when local music is featured on the websites of more (Krone, Kurier) or less big media outlets. On the other hand, I can’t help but find it kind of unfair to acts that might be more interesting but that don’t know all the right people.
But essentially this is a problem I have with freunderlwirtschaft journalism in general and not with the music at hand. So please go ahead and give it a listen; it is quite nice.
Chronic City are celebrating the release of their debut album “Nom de Guerre” on 7 March at Flex in Vienna.
ETA: I would like to add that of course we are a part of the “problem” and this is not supposed to be a critique of individual media, people or projects (certainly not, the Chronic City album really has turned out great), but rather of a doubtful situation in general.
Theophilus London - Do Girls (Preview) beat by Cid Rim
Mr. London and Cid Rim, I like this combination. Bragging about how Theophilus London’s magic stick converted a convinced lesbian to heterosexuality, ugh, not so much. R&B, I love you but sometimes your damn nauseating lyrics bring me down. Free download here.
Ja, Panik - Dance The ECB, from Libertatia, out now on Staatsakt
I know exactly what post shakey time sadness is, but that doesn’t make it an any less weird expression, much like the whole album makes me uneasy. Because I really, really, really want to love it, and it got really great reviews and it’s supposed to be a masterpiece, but I’m just not digging it all too much? Aaaaaaah
Österreichs Musiklandschaft im digitalen Zeitalter. Beitrag von Ö1 Campus am 17.02.2014
Wir wurden gefragt, ob wir neben heimischen Musikschaffenden wie Punda Omar, Musikarbeitern wie Hannes Tschürtz (Ink Music) und Wissenschaftlern wie Peter Tschmuck (MDW) für diese Sendung Wortmeldungen beisteuern wollen. Haben geantwortet: “Sind gerne eure Quotenfrauen!”, und:
Spaß beiseite, Musik und Internet sind ja bekanntlich unsere Lieblingsthemen und die Sendung gibt einen guten Überblick über die lokale Situation. Zum Nachhören bitte dem Link folgen!
Killed by 9V Batteries - This might be some sort of art
Killed by 9V Batteries called it quits today. They were the first Austrian band I heard about through a non-German language news outlet. I think it was an English blog and I know that after thinking “We have stuff like this here?”, I was quite mad that I had missed out on them before.
It’s been a great 12 years (for those of you that have actually known them that long) with Killed by 9V Batteries and we wish the individual members all the success in the world in their future music and non-music related endeavours.
Over At The Stars - Wild Weather Sleep, from the Clicks 3 EP
Finally, thanks to this MICA interview with Over At The Stars, everybody can find out some things about this band that does! not! have a Facebook page or any other information available online apart from the music itself.
Key takeaways: Naturally (what else?), they’re originally from Upper Austria, and their previous musical outlets include the band Your Ten Mofo.