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.

M185 - Soon

Now that their label has a Berlin office, it seems only logical to shoot the new M185 video mostly in that city. Though our dear Westbahnhof also appears for a split second.

M185 are celebrating the release of their new album Everything Is Up on 21 May at Nacktflug at Flex. Tickets are 10-12 EUR.

Poolbar mit Pratersauna Teaservideo

An drei Tagen Anfang Mai findet heuer zum fünften Mal der Wien-Ableger des poolbar-Festivals in Feldkirch statt. In der Pratersauna geben sich tanzbare Acts mit intellektuellem Anspruch die Ehre, die von einem Rahmenprogramm begleitet werden, das u.a. ein FM4 Sunny Side Up DJ-Set und einen Poetry Slam beinhaltet. 

Poolbar mit Pratersauna findet von 8. bis 10. Mai in der Wiener Pratersauna statt. Als Headliner sind Hercules And Love Affair, Gerard und Guy Gerber bestätigt. Tickets (12-22 EUR) hier.

Giantree - Densest Blacks

Neon lights and lyrics that, with grand gestures and an air of philosophical wisdom, address nothing and no one in particular but talk about all of love and life in general, have been two of Giantree’s favourite stylistic devices since the band surfaced and it appears that nothing has changed.

Fesch - Other Side Of Love

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how you make an original music video entirely without clichés (I’m looking at you, forests, lens flare and railway tracks power users) that you can enjoy watching even in case you aren’t into schlager indie or don’t know the protagonists personally.

WIN: 2x2 Tickets für JOAN AS POLICE WOMAN, 2.5., Ottakringer Brauerei

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Wir hoffen, ihr habt alle die Feiertage schön brav zu Hause verbracht und euch die Massen an Ostereiern, Schokoladehasen und Pinzen schmecken lassen. Und während ihr noch die ganzen Reste von Mama in Tupperware habt packen lassen, haben wir uns schon etwas besonderes für eure Unterhaltung zurück in Wien überlegt und möchten eure leeren Nester nachträglich mit Tickets für die wunderbare Joan as Police Woman füllen.

Lineup:
Joan as Police Woman (USA)
Helmut (DE)

Unter allen, die uns bis 29.04. eine Mail an walzerkoenige(at)gmail(dot)com oder eine Tumblr-Nachricht schicken, verlosen wir 2x2 Karten für die einzige Österreich-Show von Joan as Police Woman am 2.5. in der Ottakringer Brauerei.

Viel Glück!

Farewell Dear Ghost - Wake Up

It’s a fine line between a signature style and creative deadlock, and I wish these music videos had a little more variety to them instead of always featuring the same safe bets like night shots and stage smoke. Farewell Dear Ghost are too good to be a one-trick pony.