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.
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.
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.
One crappy cellphone picture of CLOUD NOTHINGS at Primavera Sound 2014, Barcelona, 1 June 2014
For me, “Here And Nowhere Else” has been the best release of 2014 so far. So picking Cloud Nothings as the grand finale for a grand festival was no coincidence, but in fact was also due to the show the day before at the Vice stage being so crowded that I was already almost standing at the Pitchfork stage next to it - which obviously resulted in hearing crap. It must have been about two times the crowd of an Arena Open Air - just to compare it, the band played in Vienna last year at B72.
Anyhow, the concert at a full and hot and frantic Sala Apolo was fast and loud and intense and a pure adrenaline and endorphin-rush - and looked something like this. Also, it reminded me of how much I hate stage-divers.
One crappy cellphone picture of VÀLIUS at Primavera Sound 2014, Barcelona, 1 June 2014
How to get into a pogo full of Spaniards? Easy: read 22.20 instead of 23.20 and find yourself in front row of a Catalan lo-fi band where obviously you don’t understand a single word while everyone around you is singing along and going crazy. Fun nonetheless.
One crappy cellphone picture of LA SERA at Primavera Sound 2014, Barcelona, 31 May 2014
After Cassie Ramone, Katy Goodman was now the second Vivian Girl I saw with their solo act. Even though I found the constant smiling and beaming happiness of Katy during her performance weird at first, the bright pop melodies and her radiant, powerful performance in the tiny Ray-Ban Unplugged container even managed to enchant me in the end.
One crappy cellphone picture of THE NATIONAL at Primavera Sound 2014, Barcelona, 30 May 2014
I didn’t plan on writing about any headliners. But with The National’s upcoming Vienna show, I feel like I have the perfect excuse to once again state how amazing they are and how everyone should have seen them live. This time it was even a whole other level of special with Justin Vernon joining them for Slow Show and members of The Walkmen for Mr. November. 90 minutes of raw emotions and passion; goose-flesh guaranteed.
The National are playing an Arena Open Air in Vienna on August 12, tickets here.
One crappy cellphone picture of HOKEI at Primavera Sound 2014, Barcelona, 30 May 2014
I took this picture on my way from FKA Twigs to Slowdive, when I had to stop because I was too fascinated by this band on the Adidas Originals stage - which, according to the timetable, must have been Hokei from Warsaw. Incredible live energy, plus two (!!) drumsets. Take a listen to their post/experimental/psychedelic rock tunes here.