Heinz aus Wien - Lieb im Prinzip
Apparently Heinz aus Wien had to leave out the “aus Wien” for some time because some major label person thought “Heinz aus Wien” sounded too much like “Anton aus Tirol”.
Chronic City - Nom de Guerre (complete album stream)
Chronic City are an OK band with an excellent network.
Which is slightly problematic. On the one hand, it is great when local music is featured on the websites of more (Krone, Kurier) or less big media outlets. On the other hand, I can’t help but find it kind of unfair to acts that might be more interesting but that don’t know all the right people.
But essentially this is a problem I have with freunderlwirtschaft journalism in general and not with the music at hand. So please go ahead and give it a listen; it is quite nice.
Chronic City are celebrating the release of their debut album “Nom de Guerre” on 7 March at Flex in Vienna.
ETA: I would like to add that of course we are a part of the “problem” and this is not supposed to be a critique of individual media, people or projects (certainly not, the Chronic City album really has turned out great), but rather of a doubtful situation in general.
N.I.K.O. - Als Ich Noch Schlief
from Zwischen Asphalt und Milchstraße, out on April 4
This is what I like to call “breakfast TV rap”, i.e. something that has been robbed off all lumps and bumps and is now a bland, quite forgettable consumer product. Supposedly the album also has more serious songs but after this introduction I cannot be bothered to look for them. However, if you used to be a really big Max Herre fan and are looking for something somewhat similar, you can download the single on bandcamp.
DENA - Bad Timing
A lot darker than her fun mini-hit “Cash, Diamond Rings, Swimming Pools" but still the signature style of Erlend Øye protégé DENA, this song avoids cliché traps with some amazing lyrics:
Don’t worry, I’ll open up the window later
When you leave my room ‘cause I want to forget your flavour
Yes! Exactly! I have done that before! Has anyone ever put it in words? I doubt it!
Go see DENA on 10 April at Brut Wien (unless you prefer seeing Garish at WUK or something else which is also going to be great at Grelle Forelle).
'PURE DYNAMITE' video
The Beth Edges - Pure Dynamite
from The Beth Edges, out on 14 March
Crowdfunding champions The Beth Edges have a new, self-titled album coming out soon, which has the touch of a western look and feel to it, and of which Pure Dynamite is the first appetizer.
Visually, the boys and their director were possibly influenced by one of the greatest music videos of the 90s, Take That’s How Deep Is Your Love. I totally approve.
The Beth Edges album release show: 14 March, Flex, Vienna
Clemens Band Denk - Die Mitte Ist Da Drüben
from Clemens Band Denk, out now on Totally Wired Records
This video is probably chock-full of late 20th century entertainment technology nostalgia for those of you whose parents didn’t have a weird stance towards technology (it is evil), so you guys enjoy that.
In the meantime, I’m going to repeat “Bitte, ist da Frühling?”, since those are the lyrics I chose to hear, until it actually is spring.
Gin Ga - Remember Whatever
I love the fact that they use barrier tape as a guitar strap. And I choose to believe that, in true, Karaoke-fashion, mickey1789 has deliberately made that “then-than” mistake.
Is this an easy job?
But we’re doing it anyway. All for you. Here are the tourdates for March:
Stefan Weninger Is God - Falling
When I met Mr. Weninger a few weeks ago for the first time, people reacted with disbelief that I didn’t know him earlier. This man is a god to some people.
Stefan Weninger Is God is a Robotra side project and thus automatically a favourite. The simple yet fun video makes it even lovelier. Also, they have an EP on a floppy disc (!).
Theophilus London - Do Girls (Preview)
beat by Cid Rim
Mr. London and Cid Rim, I like this combination. Bragging about how Theophilus London’s magic stick converted a convinced lesbian to heterosexuality, ugh, not so much. R&B, I love you but sometimes your damn nauseating lyrics bring me down. Free download here.
Two crappy cellphone pictures of FIJUKA at Phil (Austrian Heartbeats book presentation) and one of the eight bands at the DRUNKEN DRACULAS show at Cheree Cheree / Fluc, 27 February, Vienna
…the latter mainly because this person looked and acted and sang like a mix of David Bowie ca. The Man Who Fell To Earth and Andreas Spechtl.
What an evening full of short yet great sets by people who have fun playing music.
Sam Smith - Money On My Mind (Salute Remix)
"I don’t have money on my mind, I do it for the love." Yeah, right, Sam Smith, maybe, just maybe, you really do, but how pretentious is it to brag about that, dude?
Scarlet Chives - The Timber Will Fall
from This Is Protection, out on 21 March on Siluh Records
This video has everything*: a forest, a mask (so far nothing the forest video that started it all, Francis International Airport’s Monsters, does not also have), dead animals, blood, naked bodies, sexual innuendo, power relations, chains, boobs, so many boobs, and also breastmilk? I… erm… wow.
*subtle Stefon pun
Nihils - Lovers On The Run
Oh man, Nihils used to be these cute kids with rich daddies dabbling in Ö3-friendly indie pop, and now look what they’ve become, shooting music videos with half naked bi-curious sad model girls in expensive apartments.
The Drunken Draculas - Some Of My Best Friends Are Vampire Hunters
from The Drunken Draculas EP, out on 28 February on Totally Wired Records
Usually the best (= funniest) promo mails we receive come from the Siluh boys, but the people at Totally Wired turn out to be masters in that field as well. I mean, to announce you are “bram stoked” to release an EP by a band called “The Drunken Draculas” is a genius pun.
The Drunken Draculas are playing at Cheree Cheree at Fluc in Vienna this Thursday, 27 February.