One crappy cellphone picture of SLEEP PARTY PEOPLE at Spot Festival 2014, Atlas, Aarhus, Denmark, May 3
Entweder du findest die Hasenmasken zu süß und einen blöden Gimmick bei einem langweiligen, unnötig gehypten Projekt, oder du findest, dass die Hasenmasken das i-Tüpfelchen auf einer unglaublich interessanten, shoegaze/falsetto-Performance sind. Ich hab jetzt drei Tage darüber nachgedacht und weiß immer noch nicht, was ich denke.


Country: Denmark

One crappy cellphone picture of SLEEP PARTY PEOPLE at Spot Festival 2014, Atlas, Aarhus, Denmark, May 3

Entweder du findest die Hasenmasken zu süß und einen blöden Gimmick bei einem langweiligen, unnötig gehypten Projekt, oder du findest, dass die Hasenmasken das i-Tüpfelchen auf einer unglaublich interessanten, shoegaze/falsetto-Performance sind. Ich hab jetzt drei Tage darüber nachgedacht und weiß immer noch nicht, was ich denke.
Country: Denmark

One crappy cellphone picture of GO GO BERLIN at Spot Festival 2014, SCC, Aarhus, Denmark, 3 May 2014
They’re huge in Denmark. When I came into the venue, everybody in the front rows had their hands in the air. When I left the venue, they had just performed that trick where the singer stops singing and asks the audience to take over, and everybody knew the words. 
The theme of the lyrics was something about how we all die young, and combined with that very Kings-Of-Leonesque voice and setup, I can see how they appeal to the masses. Expect to see them at a festival (that maybe can’t afford Kings Of Leon themselves) near you soon.

One crappy cellphone picture of GO GO BERLIN at Spot Festival 2014, SCC, Aarhus, Denmark, 3 May 2014

They’re huge in Denmark. When I came into the venue, everybody in the front rows had their hands in the air. When I left the venue, they had just performed that trick where the singer stops singing and asks the audience to take over, and everybody knew the words.

The theme of the lyrics was something about how we all die young, and combined with that very Kings-Of-Leonesque voice and setup, I can see how they appeal to the masses. Expect to see them at a festival (that maybe can’t afford Kings Of Leon themselves) near you soon.

One crappy cellphone picture of CHOIR OF YOUNG BELIEVERS at Spot Festival 2014, Voxhall, Aarhus, Denmark, 2 May 2014
Saxophones were everywhere at this year’s Spot Festival. Here, it sounded a lot like Culture Club, and that was weird for me since I’d always, based on the three Choir Of Young Believers songs I knew, put them in the hymnic/melancholic/euphoric indie category.
Country: Denmark

One crappy cellphone picture of CHOIR OF YOUNG BELIEVERS at Spot Festival 2014, Voxhall, Aarhus, Denmark, 2 May 2014

Saxophones were everywhere at this year’s Spot Festival. Here, it sounded a lot like Culture Club, and that was weird for me since I’d always, based on the three Choir Of Young Believers songs I knew, put them in the hymnic/melancholic/euphoric indie category.

Country: Denmark

One crappy cellphone picture of NORDLYD feat. ANE BRUN, MIKAEL SIMPSON and ALICE BOMAN at Spot Festival 2014, Musikhuset (Store Sal), Aarhus, Denmark, 2 May 2014
We actually wanted to see the other orchestra that performed Kraftwerk songs, but then we ended up here and that wasn’t bad either. Although I was thrilled at first that Alice Boman was performing, her songs seemed a little too simple and flat against the orchestral background. But basically I would’ve listened to anything in that amazing venue.
Countries: Norway, Denmark, Sweden

One crappy cellphone picture of NORDLYD feat. ANE BRUN, MIKAEL SIMPSON and ALICE BOMAN at Spot Festival 2014, Musikhuset (Store Sal), Aarhus, Denmark, 2 May 2014

We actually wanted to see the other orchestra that performed Kraftwerk songs, but then we ended up here and that wasn’t bad either. Although I was thrilled at first that Alice Boman was performing, her songs seemed a little too simple and flat against the orchestral background. But basically I would’ve listened to anything in that amazing venue.

Countries: Norway, Denmark, Sweden

One crappy cellphone picture of VÖK at Spot Festival 2014, Voxhall, Aarhus, Denmark, 2 May 2014
Sometimes (hardly ever, but sometimes) a PR text is so spot on that there’s not much to add to it. The Spot description of Icelanders Vök promised us Björk meets The xx, and that is exactly what we got, plus a saxophone.
Saxophones. They’re the new banjos.
Country: Iceland

One crappy cellphone picture of VÖK at Spot Festival 2014, Voxhall, Aarhus, Denmark, 2 May 2014

Sometimes (hardly ever, but sometimes) a PR text is so spot on that there’s not much to add to it. The Spot description of Icelanders Vök promised us Björk meets The xx, and that is exactly what we got, plus a saxophone.

Saxophones. They’re the new banjos.

Country: Iceland

Two crappy yet impressive photos of THE PORTUGUESE MAN OF WAR at Spot Festival 2014, ARoS Rainbow, Aarhus, Denmark, 2 May 2014

Yup, The Portuguese Man Of War sounds exactly like walking around a tube-like, rainbow-coloured corridor on top of the local art museum with the town below you and the sun setting slowly in the distance.

Country: Denmark

One crappy cellphone picture of ALCOHOLIC FAITH MISSION at Spot Festival 2014, Voxhall, Aarhus, Denmark, May 2nd 2014
There are just enough weird little elements that keep Alocholic Faith Mission from becoming too sweet and too kitschy which was something I feared I’d think after reading a couple of reviews. Their music is pompous and at times orchestral on record but it’s also playful and not taking itself too seriously, which is what makes it work so well.
And like all bands that are a bit orchestral and full of pathos, they’re better live.
Country: DenmarkAlcoholic Faith Mission are playing in Vienna (B72) on June 6, in Graz (Bang Bang Club) on June 7 and in Aflenz (Sublime) on June 8.

One crappy cellphone picture of ALCOHOLIC FAITH MISSION at Spot Festival 2014, Voxhall, Aarhus, Denmark, May 2nd 2014

There are just enough weird little elements that keep Alocholic Faith Mission from becoming too sweet and too kitschy which was something I feared I’d think after reading a couple of reviews. Their music is pompous and at times orchestral on record but it’s also playful and not taking itself too seriously, which is what makes it work so well.

And like all bands that are a bit orchestral and full of pathos, they’re better live.

Country: Denmark
Alcoholic Faith Mission are playing in Vienna (B72) on June 6, in Graz (Bang Bang Club) on June 7 and in Aflenz (Sublime) on June 8.

Sleep Sleep - Dirty Dog

Public Service Announcement: Working hungover while listening to Sleep Sleep’s Gospel is about as great a combination as anything including “working hungover” can be.

Mile Me Deaf - Science Fiction 1998 (Pavlov’s Dogs TV)

I find myself saying “whack” a lot lately and I think it’s all this new Mile Me Deaf song’s fault.

The Unused Word - 2nd take (prod. PDF)

A lot of R’n’B heavy electronic music works like the Silence on Doctor Who with me. I love it the moment I’m listening to it but forget about it immediately after. Which is why I always come up blank when somebody asks me about electronic acts I like. Which is also why it’s great to have people around you discover acts like The Unused Word at a different point in time than you, forcing you to remember their brilliance.

Maybe it’ll stick this time.

May Tourdates

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KIDS N CATS - Tip Tip

What used to partially be Friedrich & Ludwig is now the art school pop trio KIDS N CATS. Visually, this is somewhere between Major Lazer’s Bubble Butt, 90s Windows WordArt, a more controversial version of any Lady Gaga / Katy Perry video and Nyan Cat, and I’m pretty sure I’ve seen the cutting-off-hands-that-turn-out-to-be-plasticine thing in a Miley Cyrus video somewhere, and it is all very entertaining.

Directed by one of the three Dalia(h)s in Vienna.

Nowhere Train zwischen Tür und Angel

Lange ist es her, dass Nowhere Train Ende 2012 ihr Album “Station” im Wiener Stadtsaal präsentiert und uns ebendort zum Interview empfangen haben. Der ORF, der vor uns dran war, hatte damals wie heute bessere Aufnahmeskills, aber nichtsdestotrotz kann man auch in unserem Video ein sehr schönes Gefühl für die Atmosphäre bei so einem Nowhere Train Konzert bekommen.

Luftballons, Banjos, tanzende und klatschende Menschen in einer Eigentlich-Sitzplatzlocation könnt ihr aber bald auch (wieder) mit eigenen Augen erleben, denn der Nowhere Train feiert seinen fünften Geburtstag mit einer neuen EP namens “I Don’t Agree With Those Guys” und einer dazugehörigen Tour. 

Nowhere Train spielen am 12. May im Stadtsaal in Wien (Tickets 14,50-18,50 EUR) und in den darauffolgenden Tagen in Judenburg, Schwaz, Innsbruck, Freistadt und Sierning bei Steyr.

Angel Olsen - Forgiven/Forgotten

Angel Olsen has got at least three things in common with Sharon van Etten:

  1. They’re labelmates at Jagjaguwar.
  2. They make similar(ly great) guitar-driven music with a strong, soulful, slightly smoky voice.
  3. I’m totally into them.

Country: USA
Angel Olsen is playing at Vienna’s WUK on 6 October. Tickets (17 EUR) available here.

Heart Formed Brain - You

The electronic music trend has definitely reached the bottom of the local music scene pyramid. All those indie bands trying to make it have been replaced by a lot of electronic acts and synthie bands trying to make it. Here is one of the nicer examples.