Three crappy cellphone pictures of WEIRD WORLD, ROBOTRA and WHAT A DOUCHE at the Silfestival, 04 January 2014
How to better start the new year than with a festival? In its tenth edition, the Silfestival in Griechenberg, which takes place in a small barn where the tractor has to be pulled out and back in to make room each time, and where around 5am the whole house basically turns into one huge dormitory for bands and guests, even was mentioned in the FM4 tips for the weekend. However, we (fortunately) had to wait in vain for the hordes of FM4 kids to show up. What they missed was a wild night starting out with Wealth and Weird World, a three-piece punk band with a French dude who’s stereotypically called Pierre. While our favorite lo-fi band Robotra was as charming as always and included some of their latest David Bowie covers in their set, the noise-formation What A Douche was as loud as expected. The grand finale came with Asian Rivers - three-fifths of Francis International Airport and one-fourth of Rika, playing Weezer (Pinkerton!) covers. And well, Georg Tran could try a second foothold with his great Rivers Cuomo-like voice (get the bandname now, huh? yeah it took me a while too…) in case FIA doesn’t work out. Only Snoww Crystal, the one band posh enough to have their own “backstage” room, didn’t manage to leave any lasting impression.
This year is said to have been the last Silfestival ever, which would be quite a pity - especially for everyone of you who missed it so far.
Ghost Capsules - Morgan Le Fay
VHS! I remember that! I’m getting old!
Ghost Capsules @ Eurosonic 2014: 17 January, Simplon (Up), Groningen, Netherlands
Sex Jams - Junkyard, out on 10 January on Siluh Records
New stuff from the cool kids of Sex Jams. I believe this song is about touring.
Sex Jams @ Eurosonic 2014: 16 January, Vera, Groningen, Netherlands
Sweet Sweet Moon playing “Hero” in an old mirror factory
Sweet Sweet Moon - Hero / They Shoot Music At Home Session
Sweet Sweet Moon waving at trains in Gars am Kamp, throwing rocks into rivers and playing a song.
Sweet Sweet Moon @ Eurosonic 2014: 17 January, USVA and The Coffee Company, Groningen, Netherlands
Ian Fisher & The Present - Regret (ft. Phia), live for TVNoir, November 2013
The kalimba that Phia is talking about is the only instrument I ever played. And by played I mean played with it, because I was a kid and I had no idea what I was doing. I didn’t even know it was a kalimba.
We Walk Walls - Critical Masses
We Walk Walls don’t enunciate all too properly which is why I thought they sang “pretty girl messes” for the longest time. (Until I read about my wrongness.) I like my version better, frankly.
Two crappy cellphone pictures of MARIA AUS NITZS and THE BUYABLE SLUTS WANTED FOR STEALING VIRGINITY at the Tweety Party Graz, 30 December 2013
Graz’ Tweety Party hosted by Numavi Records - the annual pre-New Year’s eve madness. 24 bands/performers on two stages and way too many people in an unfortunately way too small location. With half-hour sets for what must have been close to 12 hours straight, I had to miss some shows for getting air/food/drinks reasons. However, the highlights of that evening surely included the hilarious performance of Maria aus Nitzs: ukulele-accompanied Mundart-stories about Christmas at home, learning to swim at the Wolfgangsee and tales of evenings at a Viennese Würstelstand.
The buyable sluts wanted for stealing virginity did not only win most awesome bandname in my opinion, but also were the band with the longest distance ever to travel to the Tweety Party. Music-wise, they remind me of Mile Me Deaf here and there - so no surprise to learn that Wolfgang Möstl produced their second album.
Furthermore, the evening at Volt/Wakuum included the obligatory guitar-destroying, pogo pits, stage diving and confetti shooters. Same procedure as every year - and in the next with a hopefully bigger and better ventilated location.
Der Nino aus Wien - I See A Darkness
"Ur schee!" hat meine Schwester gesagt, als ich mir überlegt hab, was ich zu dem Lied außer den hard facts (Will Oldham Cover, Johnny Cash hat’s auch schon gesungen, in der Version für den Film "I see a darkness" aufgenommen) denn schreiben könnte, aber außer "Ur schee!" muss man ja eh nix sagen.
Bilderbuch - Maschin (Maneuvre Remix)
Maneuvre, the artist formerly known as Disco Demons, has a ship as his profile picture, so he already won us over before we ever heard any of his work. Turns out it sounds like a more hau drauf version of HVOB.
Torgny - Nights (Sprutbass Remix)
I’m posting this mainly for the cover artwork.
Because when I was younger and much more innocent, I used to have friends with whom I would get high and then go binge eating at an all-you-can-eat sushi place near Naschmarkt, and once, on our way home, we passed a Hofer billboard which featured a huge, sliced-in-half strawberry and I was the only one not giggling.
Ever since then, I have never missed a single vagina allusion.
Country of origin: Norway
Candy Beat Camp - A Stone Called Rock
I want the Zigarettenhalter disguised as champagne bottle. Give it to me now.
Olympique - Let Us Fade Away / They Shoot Music At Home Session
Olympique are one of those bands that prove that first and foremost, it takes a great lead voice to sound professional.
Also, I find it interesting that quite a few of these At Home Sessions were recorded in rehearsal spaces.
Since this year’s Eurosonic focus country is Austria, there are lots of Eurosonic shows in the January tourdates. We’ll be reporting directly from these… unless the other plan on our agenda gets in the way:
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Amere Meander - Something I Am Not
While I can admire the necessary body tension to do it, I don’t quite get the whole pole dance thing. I’m also not a big fan of smoke and dramatic backlighting, so this video gave me nothing I didn’t already have from the song. But you know, to each their own.
If you want to own the song, you can get it here for free here because we featured it on the Music Alliance Pact back in October.
At Home Session #7: Hella Comet play a forceful rehearsal room concert at Sisi Top Studio in Graz! // Check out more videos, photos, location info, etc. on http://www.theyshootmusic.com
Hella Comet - Tinker Boat / They Shoot Music At Home Session
"Ah, ihr Scheiß-Hippies!" 1:16 was the second Hella Comet won me over once and for all. Tinker Boat is still available as a free download on the December 2013 edition of the Music Alliance Pact.
Hella Comet @ Eurosonic 2014: 15 January, Shadrak (Up) & 16 January, De Spieghel (Up), Groningen, Netherlands