Alexis Taylor - Coming Up

Alexis Taylor, i.e. the other important guy in Hot Chip that isn’t popular remixer and DJ Joe Goddard, has a new album out, but let’s not discuss it now. You’ll have plenty of time to get acquainted with it until he is playing at Waves Vienna this year.

Instead I will show you this unspectacular yet utterly beautiful song which is basically the very soulful core of Hot Chip that is left when you strip the forceful dance production from it.

Country: UK
Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip) is playing at Waves Vienna 2014, which takes place from 1-4 October. Festival passes and tickets available here.

Fräulein Hona - 23rd of December (Live)

This year’s Popfest has the smallest percentage of acts I’ve known before reading their names in the line-up of all Popfests so far.

That, obviously, could mean two very different things: either there is a lot of great music to be discovered this time, or there are no more really big acts except for Nazar and Effi that haven’t played yet. (Bilderbuch, the one huge band that has never officially been invited before, are busy playing festivals in Germany and Luxembourg this year.)

Case in point for the discovery theory: Fräulein Hona. They will fit so nicely to the hungover, relaxed Sunday atmosphere in Wien Museum.

Fräulein Hona @ Popfest 2014: Sunday, 27 July, 6.30 PM, Wien Museum

Der Nino aus Wien - Bäume (They Shoot Music At Home Session)

I’ve been thinking about it for a few weeks now, and this is definitely my favourite song off of the two new Der Nino aus Wien albums. All of the others are really great as well. But this one is superb. That Kinder, Katzen und Garten verse. 

Der Nino aus Wien @ Popfest 2014: Saturday, 26 July, 1.30 AM, TU Prechtlsaal

Julian & der Fux - Hin und Weg

I must have been really, really, very wasted back in March at the Hin und weg presentation at the newish location of Werk in Vienna. Quite frankly, I don’t remember anything except for the extraordinarily long toilet queue and that the floor was tilted (was it really though?). Also, my sense of space and how much of it there is between myself and others must have been terrible. Ohgod I think I was one of these awful people at gigs dancing way too close to strangers.

What I mean to say is, if the Julian & der Fux gig at this year’s Popfest is anything like that, you’re in for a great party.

Julian & der Fux @ Popfest 2014: Thursday, 24 July, 0.30 AM, TU Prechtlsaal

Bionic Babies - Steady Gaze

Hailing from Carinthia, Bionic Babies have been making music since 2004 according to their Facebook page, and having listened to their new song, I immediately believe that.

When I was a kid around that time, I got those Air+Style snowboard samplers sent to me by my bank (that sponsored the event), and Bionic Babies would fit right in with naca7, Julia, Petsch Moser, 3 Feet Smaller or Heinz.

(Thanks, by the way, bank, for sparking my interest in contemporary local off-mainstream music! You’ve done a lot of scandalous things but this you’ve done well.)

New Native - Wallow
from the Twisting EP, out on Goddamn Records

Goddamn Records turns out to be a small label with a great taste for timeless music. After Rika, New Native is already the second band that I think I might be in love with a tiny bit, and neither of them have R&B influences, heavy use of electronic instruments or other shenanigans that more zeitgeisty bands deem desirable.

One crappy cellphone picture of STEHSEIDL at the Miller-von-Aichholz-Schlössel, 13 June 2014
Is it Francis International Airport? Noooo.Is it Rika? Noooo.It’s Stehseidl!! And they are the self-proclaimed best wedding band in the entire world. To which I’m not going to object since they’re a) the first wedding band I’ve actually seen and b) they know how to play Africa. The only catch here is that in order to experience the best Bruce Springsteen, Proclaimers, Tom Petty et al. covers ever, somebody will have to get married and you will have to be invited.

One crappy cellphone picture of STEHSEIDL at the Miller-von-Aichholz-Schlössel, 13 June 2014

Is it Francis International Airport? Noooo.
Is it Rika? Noooo.
It’s Stehseidl!! And they are the self-proclaimed best wedding band in the entire world. To which I’m not going to object since they’re a) the first wedding band I’ve actually seen and b) they know how to play Africa. The only catch here is that in order to experience the best Bruce Springsteen, Proclaimers, Tom Petty et al. covers ever, somebody will have to get married and you will have to be invited.

Klangkarussell - Netzwerk (Falls Like Rain)

We’re late to the Netzwerk party, with it being in the charts and super successful and everything, but then again, not really, since we posted a different edit of this song (meanwhile pulled from Soundcloud) about two years ago.

What I actually want to say is: re-edits can be a good thing. The new voiceover gives the song a very different touch. I prefer this new edit and just like two years ago, I am listening to this track on repeat.

The video shows a guy wandering on rooftops in Belgrade, Serbia. I was really taken by the beautiful aesthetics of Eastern communist architecture. 

Wir finden das sehr schön, dass die österreichische Musiklandschaft Platz für mindestens zwei Bands mit Schneemannkostümen hat. 

Amere Meander - Impressions

You may have thought that black and white tweeness is the last thing a western movie aesthetic needed. You were wrong.

Julian & der Fux - Mr. King

Last time I saw Herr Hermes, he was the moderator of a semi-lame agency event, being mean to greasy event guests. Here, he is talking to a charming young lady in a hotel lobby in the background while Julian & der Fux get drunk to their new track Mr. King. A hint of Speckbrot included.

Julian & der Fux are celebrating the release of the Mr. King EP tomorrow, Friday 13 June, at Das Werk. More information here.

Der Nino aus Wien feat. Skero - Abtauen Girl

Allegedly, the huge and influential and strange radio station Ö3 (that played a substantial role in the Austropop phenomenon but hasn’t been so supportive of local music ever since it got scared of losing market share and had its program put together by a German agency) is finally playing Der Nino aus Wien? Congratulations Ö3! That is an excellent move.

Der Nino aus Wien @ Popfest 2014: Saturday, 26 July, 1.30 AM, TU Prechtlsaal

Te Po - Love Run Ambush

This is another Sofa Surfers side project. This one’s gothic and moody and hook-less and it features snapping fingers.

Te Po @ Popfest Wien 2014: Friday, 25 July, 1.30 AM, TU Prechtlsaal

Fijuka live at 12 minutes live (OKTO TV)

Remember last summer when we were all in love with Fijuka and admired them for wearing those leggings in these temperatures and also because their music is amazing? Well, not much has changed. Where I am, right now, the temperatures are manageable but the leggings are still glamorous, the basslines are still super cool and the synth is still spectacular.

Elektro Guzzi - Acid Camouflage
from Observatory, out on Macro Recordings

Whoa, not much is happening here for a little over two minutes, and it is scary as hell. Maybe I’ve watched too many Doctor Who episodes that feature The Silence, but all I could think was “Don’t blink” when the stroboscopic lights-on-lights-off effect started.

Elektro Guzzi will celebrate the release of their new album on 18 June at Flex Vienna.