Sleep Sleep - Sunrise
Welp. This video - although it’s wonderfully executed - sure puts a damper on this beautiful, beautiful song.
Kwabs - Wrong or Right
British singer Kwabs exploded on the scene with his strong vocals and maintained interest partly due to collabs with producer SOHN. Now, Kwabs shares the captivating video for “Wrong or Right,” the lead single and title track for his forthcomingEP (out on Feb. 3 and streaming here).
Kwabs - Wrong Or Right, produced by SOHN
This is exactly my thing. I had a job interview at Warner Music once, and when they asked me why I wanted to work there, I said it’s the major label whose repertoire has the best cool:uncool ratio, and I meant it, and Kwabs is a great argument for this theory.
Country of origin: UK
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.
Loving.the.Alien - Sparks, from The Blinded You, out on 22 February
I’ve said it before, and I will say it again: Drop the dots and I will be your biggest fan, eternally, simply for that band name, although music-wise as well as visually, this is more guitars-instead-of-keys-soap&skinny than bowiesque.
Wandl - Prunk
No honestly, how do you talk about electronic instrumental music without sounding like a total wannabe philosopher? Anyway, this is a free download here.
Also, scrolling up and down really fast while looking at the cover image is a lot of fun.
One crappy cellphone picture of AIVERY at Glockenbachwerkstatt Munich, 6 February 2014
One of the main reasons why I’d ever want to play in a band surely is touring - seeing new places and meeting new people every day, crashing on couches and floors and living on fast food and beer. Well, at least that was my image of touring until I was invited to test my roadie-skills on Aivery’s mini-tour to Munich and Wolfsberg, which was more of the no drinking and lots of vegan food kind. Nonetheless it was quite the fun experience, and it’s great to see how the three have grown as a band ever since I first saw them play in a laundry shop. They might still need the routine of playing live, but especially the singer Franziska’s charming appearance on stage is quite delightful and their noise-indie-punk a very refreshing addition to Vienna’s music scene.
Johann Sebastian Bass - Bass
Compared to the more reduced sound in electronic music that is currently vastly popular, Johann Sebastian Bass’s self-invented genre “neon baroque” is an adequate description for their Daft Punk robot style vocoder effects and more exuberant music.
The video for their most recent effort Bass, however, is not baroque at all. Quite the contrary: one simple idea that is fascinating nevertheless.
Julian le Play - Mein Anker
This video was directed by the same guy who is also responsible for Gerard and Likewise videos and artwork. That is one of the two reasons we are posting this, the other being that anything seafaring-themed is post-worthy per se.
Habemus Papam! After the election of Papa Francesco Sweet, Sweet Moon heads out to play a session in front of Córdoba’s cathedral.
Sweet Sweet Moon - I Know It When I See It / Fuck The Atlantic Ocean
Those must be the uncoolest shoes in the world. Luckily literally everything else about this video is amazing.
Clemens Denk Band - Aber der Sound ist gut (from Clemens Band Denk out on March 11 via Totally Wired Records in collaboration with Problembär Records)
1. This sounds exactly like I imagined a collaboration between these two labels to sound like. Like. 100%.
2. This is an excellent execution of a music video that is a literal illustration of the lyrics.
Oum Shatt - Power To The Women Of The Morning Shift
Oum Shatt are supporting Ja, Panik on some dates of their upcoming tour. Their name references Om Kalthoum, a legendary Egyptian singer (seriously, she’s pretty much a saint over there) and that, initially, has turned me off the band because I had too much Om Kalthoum in my childhood. But music journalists lie, all the time and Oum Shatt don’t really sound like Om Kalthoum. The Arabic influences are certainly there, as are the New Wave influences, and the mix of that will most definitely be an interesting to watch, so y’all better arrive on time to whatever Ja, Panik show you’re attending.
Country of origin: Germany
Oum Shatt on tour with Ja, Panik:
February 11: Erlangen, E-Werk
February 12: Leipzig, Conne Island
February 13: Berlin, Lido
SOHN - Tempest (Unplugged at Casino Baumgarten, Vienna)
Look, I am trying to be less gossipy, so I will not talk about a certain pair of ridiculous leather pants here; instead, I’m just going to admire the cinematography around the 1:37 mark and the still breathtaking voice of multi-talent SOHN, who is also working as a songwriter and producer around the world with A-listers and buzz acts.
SOHN will be on tour in Europe and the US from April until June with stops in Salzburg (4 April, Rockhouse), Dornbirn (5 April, Conrad Sohm) and Vienna (23 April, Arena).
Monsterheart - Oh Death, from W, out this spring on Seayou Records
We live in the capital of morbidity, so it’s not unusual to come across artists and thinkers dealing with death, but everytime I do, I land in a thought spiral of my own about how 〜life〜 is just so absurd and doesn’t make any sense at all and how each individual life is completely irrelevant in the big picture, and this somehow always leads to the relieving conclusion that I can basically do whatever I want with the one I have.
My philosophy in a nutshell, triggered by a pop song (how apt).
Bo Candy & His Broken Hearts - Until The End
The members of Bo Candy & His Broken Hearts are apparently all right-handed and have a sense of humour. There are great cuts in this video, plus nice use of bowling utensils as phallic symbols and percussion, and the whole thing (not the phallic symbols, my childhood was pure and innocent) reminds me of the Wirtshauskegelbahn experiences I had going to weddings in Burgenland as a child.