Nazar - Rapbeef
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.
Mile Me Deaf - War Bonding (from Holography, out now on Siluh Records)
Watch this video many times, and then go out and buy Holography because this video looks like it was a lot of work and we all know that the value of an album (and a music video, I guess) is "based on the amount of heart and soul an artist has bled into a body of work".
S O H N - Veto, Tempest, Artifice, Wheel (live on KEXP Seattle)
In case you didn’t already know that S O H N was “happening”… S O H N is happening all over the world. Here is their set on KEXP, who never disappoint.
Squalloscope - Three minutes for a detuned diorama
"One mississippi, two mississippi, three mississippis closer to death” is my favourite Squalloscope line, and fittingly, the accompanying video shows people creating art surrounding people they knew that died. It’s beautiful. I, too, put sugar on everything.
Hey Elbow - Blanca
Late night dives, in slow motion, on hallucinogens, with the mesmerizing sound of Hey Elbow playing. Somehow that is exactly what I want to be doing right now. Can someone bring this trio from Malmö to Vienna soon please?
Elektro Guzzi - Atlas
If the weather at this year’s Popfest will be anything like last year, then I’m going to make sure I have a bikini with me on Friday for the Elektro Guzzi gig at brut.
Elektro Guzzi @ Popfest 2014: Friday, 25 July, 2 AM, brut
We Invented Paris - Polar Bears
I kind of love Switzerland. Three of many reasons: 1. The Swiss paper money is so colourful that you’re almost happily paying the equivalent of 25 EUR for a short taxi ride or 6 EUR for a supermarket sandwich.
2. Plus when a Swiss person has a messy apartment, they call it a “hurepuff” and that is my favourite expression, ever.
3. Also, We Invented Paris make nice music.
We Invented Paris are playing at Waves Vienna 2014 on 3 October.
here’s the lyrical video by Beach Girls and the Monster to their song Butcher from the Surf. it was released via the Fettkakao Sampler 2014 two months ago. Theresa Adamski did the Video.
Beach Girls And The Monster - Butcher From The Surf
I’m gonna pretend that there’s no difference between a lyric video (I guess these have all the lyrics) and a lyrical video (which only have key words?) and say that this is my favourite one since Gin Ga’s “Golden Boy”.
Pharaohs And Kings - Twisted Eyes
Can everyone please FINALLY stop with the forest videos? One day we’re going to make our threat come true and no longer post music videos with more than three trees in it. This idea has stopped being creative in 2011 and the best forest video has already been made.
Forest videos, incidentally, is only one thing this band from Carinthia has in common with the similarly sounding Upper Austrians Catastrophe & Cure (band name- as well as music-wise). The latter also received massive FM4 support with no label backing them, something which is also happening to Pharaohs and Kings at the moment.
Pharaohs And Kings are playing at WannaPlayVienna on 8 July at B72 in Vienna (free entry).
Dorian Concept - Draft Culture
from Joined Ends
out on September 22 on Ninja Tune
We still can’t write about electronic music but why would you read something boring bloggers write, when there’s a caleidoscope-esque music video to enjoy?
Two crappy cellphone pictures of WANDL and MONSTERHEART at the Neue Wege Festival, Ovalhalle MQ Wien, 27-28 June 2014
I’m guessing that most of the people who go to Vienna’s Museumsquartier in the summertime do so not to enjoy the huge cultural offer there, but to hang out in the bars, restaurants and on the Enzos and, well, drink. Not that I haven’t done so too every summer ever since I moved here, but once in a while it’s worth checking out the events going on at MQ, which quite often feature great live music.
One of those events took place last weekend as accompanying program for the exhibition “Neue Wege nichts zu tun” (which was way too confusing for me). The concerts in the Ovalhalle were especially impressive as they featured 360 degrees visuals and a stage in the middle of the room. My highlights undoubtedly were Wandl and Monsterheart - the former having the most awesome visuals thanks to his very own visualist (is that a word?) and the best to-make-out-to sound, the latter winning me over easily with Anna’s lovely, hyper character and their quite interesting “Born To Be Wild” version.
Monsterheart is also playing at Popfest Wien on July 26 at the Kunsthalle Ziegelfoyer.
Garish - Bring Mich Auf Ideen
Do you remember when, during the Garish slot at the very first Popfest in 2010, suddenly the electricity failed and the band just went on and sang from the top of their lungs so that people all the way in the back could still hear them? It was magical, and shortly thereafter I took my first baby steps in the local music scene and I will forever link this band to that very exciting time.