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.
Yeah, I’m not gonna try to connect this gif to the tourdates. Just enjoy it. The gif, the concerts, the summer. All of it.>> READ MORE >>
Drexor - Tschick (produced by Sh’bombo Wassé) (from Der Hinnige, released September 2014)
Wenn ihr wollt, könnt’s ihr jetzt ernsthaft nachdenken über euren Lebenswandel oder so. Oder tanzen. Weil das geht zu dem Lied eigentlich viel besser als denken.
Okmalumkoolkat - Holy Oxygen I (Trailer)
Cid Rim and The Clonious produced this, other than that this trailer is all the information on Holy Oxygen that I’ve got. Oftentimes I’m terribly uneducated. Judging by Popfest venue and time and Facebook likes, Okmalumkoolkat is actually huge.
Holy Oxygen @ Popfest 2014: Saturday, 26 July, 9.30 PM, Seebühne
Just Friends And Lovers - Showdown
This is perfect in all its lo-fi glory, from the stoned sound to the swaying dance moves to the gowns to the absolutely catchy chorus.
Bei den Proben zur Albumreleaseshow haben wir vor einem Monat M185 getroffen und sie über Löffel, erfolgreiche Wettstrategien, Alleinseinwollen, antielitäre 3D-Druck-Actionfiguren und Sekt für die Fans ausgefragt.
Achtung, der Sound ist wieder einmal am unteren Ende der Hörgenuss-Skala. Audiofeinschmecker und SAE-Studienanfänger sollten also bitte eher weghören und wir wissen eh, dass man eigentlich de-essen muss.
M185 spielen heute Samstag, 28. Juni um 16:15 auf der FM4-Bühne am Donauinselfest und am 23. August als Support von Franz Ferdinand im Wiener Gasometer.
Salute. - Play, Pause with Rob Law
I’m completely blanking on this voice. It is VERY similar to a voice I know (and that you and your grandma know too) but I simply cannot put my finger on it. Anyway, it’s a voice we’ve heard a million times before and the music also isn’t the most original, but together they work quite well, so I’m just going to try to not wreck my brain too much about forgetting that damn name.
watch / listen: ritornell & abby lee tee - melting sphere; video by andreea săsăran, illustration by katja seifert! soon to be released on 7inch vinyl (via 15 pcs.)- watch out!
Ritornell & Abby Lee Tee - Melting Sphere
This year’s Popfest is not only taking place on and around Vienna’s Karlsplatz, but is also branching out to the Museumsquartier. One of the artists performing there will be Abby Lee Tee.
Abby Lee Tee @ Popfest 2014: Saturday, 26 July, 2 AM, Kunsthalle Ziegelfoyer
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.
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.)