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.
One crappy cellphone picture of SEX JAMS at Sub Wr. Neustadt, 22 February 2014
The other day we were just talking about how our cellphone pictures have sometimes become too good to be categorised as “crappy”, thanks to the smartphone-industry trying to outreach one another when it comes to megapixels and of course thanks to all those lovely filters. But trying to use the landscape-mode this time resulted in a quite hilarious capture of the Sex Jams - especially interesting is Kati’s crooked right foot and arm and Wolfi’s fat knee in relation to his thigh.
Also, Sex Jams might not be nominated for this year’s Amadeus for the best live act, but in my opinion their intoxicating live performance would definitely deserve it.
Garish - Alte Bekannte, from Trumpf, out now on Schoenwetter Schallplatten
Hmmmm, I did not expect to like the new Garish album better than the almost simultaneously released new Ja, Panik album, but I do!
Garish are touring Austria and Germany in March and April, with a stop in Vienna’s WUK on 10 April.
Deckchair Orange - Colourblind
I know that with each release, every band is trying to advance, to refine their style, to find their very own unique sound. It’s just that for some this works better than for others. As for Deckchair Orange, I’ve never been quite sure which direction they’re aiming at ever since the straightforward indie-rock Rose-times. Also their latest work “Colourblind” seems neither fish nor fowl, it’s not at all bad but it’s also just not unique enough to really stand out in the current indie-band-adding-some-80s-synthie-overloaded market.
Ja, Panik - Dance The ECB, from Libertatia, out now on Staatsakt
I know exactly what post shakey time sadness is, but that doesn’t make it an any less weird expression, much like the whole album makes me uneasy. Because I really, really, really want to love it, and it got really great reviews and it’s supposed to be a masterpiece, but I’m just not digging it all too much? Aaaaaaah
'Artifice' by SOHN.
SOHN - Artifice, from Tremors, out on 7 April on 4AD
The wait is almost over. The new SOHN single is more pop, more cheerful even, and has a fuller sound than his previous output under that moniker and that is just perfect for this time of the year when spring is lurking around the corner and good music sounds even better suddenly. The video is still super dark of course, but just don’t watch it or listen to the lyrics too carefully if you’re in a good mood.
pauT - sepp haT gesagT, wir müssen alles anzünden
pauT haben ein alternatives Video zu ihrem Protestsongcontesthit gedreht. Das hat eventuell damit zu tun, dass die Band aus Baden bei Wien demnächst in der Puls4-Fernsehsendung “Herz von Österreich” auftritt.
Dieser Anlass ist vermutlich der einzige berechtigte Grund, sich diese Sendung auch einmal anzuschauen. Schon allein aus Hoffnung auf ähnliche Szenen wie diese mit pauT und einem Motivationscoach, äh, Puls4-Moderator: “Warum habt ihr euch für Herz von Österreich beworben?” - “Na ja, irgendwas muss man ja machen.” <3
Österreichs Musiklandschaft im digitalen Zeitalter.
Beitrag von Ö1 Campus am 17.02.2014
Wir wurden gefragt, ob wir neben heimischen Musikschaffenden wie Punda Omar, Musikarbeitern wie Hannes Tschürtz (Ink Music) und Wissenschaftlern wie Peter Tschmuck (MDW) für diese Sendung Wortmeldungen beisteuern wollen. Haben geantwortet: “Sind gerne eure Quotenfrauen!”, und:
Spaß beiseite, Musik und Internet sind ja bekanntlich unsere Lieblingsthemen und die Sendung gibt einen guten Überblick über die lokale Situation. Zum Nachhören bitte dem Link folgen!