Bilderbuch - Moon Boots
Moon Boots was actually the first of the songs from the Feinste Seide EP that the band played live, I think. At least I remember hearing this for the first time at a show pre-Plansch and thinking, this is bilderbuch-crazy as usual and greater than ever. And then the track didn’t even make it onto the digital version of the EP at first! Luckily it is available now.
Gin Ga - AA
Fourth wall breaks FTW! And just look how the horizon always aligns with where Alex Konrad’s shirt ends!
MEL - Don’t Look Back
Well, the lyrics of this song are so generic and plain (“honey don’t look back, honey we won’t forget” / “we go out on the beach and feel the love”) that at least the video with dancing on the beach fits the song quite well.
Der Nino aus Wien - Diese Person ist cool (from Träume, out May 16, via Problembär Records)
The first single from Nino’s upcoming two albums. I like it but I’m never going to watch the video again because it reminds me of the 2012 Doctor Who Christmas special which was not only bad, but also super scary
Gin Ga - AA
There’s small set of choreography in the new Gin Ga video while Alex Konrad is being beaten up by his bandmates. I also hope that cool cars are to replace boring and clichéd ‘the woods’ videos. Anyhow, the shabby Gin Ga tourbus is being driven in a classical white cube and is not totally innocent. So, spoilers: watch until the end or you might miss a murder.
Bulbul - Genderman Can
My theory is that this song has something to do with a feminist attitude, but this is based solely on the song title because I don’t understand these lyrics (acoustically). And I don’t enjoy Bulbul entirely (emotionally), but I do enjoy great puns, and the link to the Bulbul Facebook page is a great one indeed: https://www.facebook.com/bulbulshit
Thieves Like Us - Sutphin Boulevard (Blood Orange Cover)
As a first appetizer for the new Thieves Like Us album due in autumn/winter on Seayou, the band decided to cover a Blood Orange track, which is a project of half god Dev Hynes.
When I say half god, that is no exaggeration. Not only is he besties with Beyoncé’s little sister Solange, but he was also the guy behind both Lightspeed Champion and Test Icicles.
Free download here.
One crappy cellphone picture of GIN GA, March 16th, Kulturhuset Islands Brygge, Copenhagen
This picture was taken during Ginga’s last song. People started dancing at the second-to-last song. Insert your clichés about Danes needing a long time to warm up to new things here. The venue also didn’t really help the band; it was slightly sterile and most people were seated but Ginga broke through to them in the end, which might mean that there will be more Ginga concerts in Scandinavia in the future
Kreisky - Pipelines
Kreisky’s Franz Adrian Wenzl flies above the clouds on a plush toy* and discovers the three other, pipeline-coloured giant band members who wake up and become angry after he discovers and blows some kind of horn.
*It’s Fuchur, thanks orf.at.
One crappy cellphone picture of REDHEAD ARMY at venster99, 15 March 2014
After Richard started performing, it took under a minute for me to get completely soaked in beer as he, what is known as a crucial part of a Redhead Army show, decided the stage just wasn’t big enough and that the audience has to be included in the performance.
Earlier that day, I tried to explain what Redhead Army sounds like. Which isn’t too easy, as it is an act you just have to have seen to understand it. But I find this statement of a friend quite true: “Er bringts einfach aufn Punkt”.
WhoMadeWho - The Morning
Apparently WhoMadeWho, the first Danes I was ever into, had pretty much the same idea as locals Neodisco for their Aufstehen video.
Kudos to all the beautiful people involved and congratulations on your genes! I do not wake up like dis. #flawless
WhoMadeWho are playing at Brut in Vienna on 31 March.
Peter Piek - Left Room
Somewhere between Beck’s Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometimes and Air (if they were an indie band), this song by Peter Piek has that wonderful melancholic Sunday hangover sound that makes good movies great.
Peter Piek is playing in Vienna on 2 April at Clash and at the Tron Records Label Night on 4 April at Fluc.
Luise Pop - Invisible
When I saw this video for the first time at its release party, it had more of a green/yellowish touch, probably due to the projector. Hadn’t the video director, Mirjam Unger, informed us that it’s supposed to be only b/w, I’d just have taken it for a quite interesting color wash.
curlyman feat. Crack Ignaz - Wake & Bake
The cliché hip hop video featuring lots of joints and huge smoke clouds might have been entertaining in my early teenage-years, but now that even Miley Cyrus smokes weed on stage, the whole Mary Jane obsession in rap music has become quite trite. At first I actually thought that the video for the collaboration of the German rapper curlyman (who interestingly went all hipster with naming his new EP “cvrly as fvck”) with Crack Ignaz might be just a spoof, but I guess every hip hop artist needs his/her own pot-hymn.
Crack Iganz is supporting Young Lean & Sad Boys (Sweden) on March 18 at fluc wanne.
Fennesz - The Liar (from Bécs, out on April 28 via Editions Mego)
If I were a viking, traveling the Atlantic searching for Thule, having only the stars and ravens guiding me, this is what I’d listen to, to make my journey feel even more dramatic than it already is.
However, Thule does not actually exist, Iceland has been found ages ago, so I would recommend this song to astronauts, deep sea explorers and pretty much everybody else because it is amazing.