One crappy cellphone picture of the MILE ME DEAF album release show at EKH, Vienna, 9 May 2014
There was a cowbell.
Granted, other interesting things happened as well - like the attempt to stagedive, or the cardboard figures from the album cover on the stage, or the EKH being an overall interesting place - but the cowbell thing was the best.
Garish - Bring mich auf Ideen (Hamburger Küchensessions)
I am endlessly sad that I missed Garish on their recent tour because everytime I saw them before, it was magic. This video captures only a fraction of the greatness, but it is a small compensation.
One crappy cellphone picture of TRULS at Spot Festival 2014, Atlas, Aarhus, Denmark, May 3rd
It’s not like I don’t have a slightly less blurry picture of Truls. I do. But I don’t have a slightly less blurry picture of Truls with the champagne bottle.
Truls was a lot of fun. He brought you back to earth after the amazing but emotionally draining Kellermensch set and then he made you jump. And that’s what’s so great about those city-festivals. You have this bulky, metal-psychedelia monster of a show and then you have, right after that, Truls’ falsetto pop, with just the right amount of kitsch and synth and champagne.
One crappy cellphone picture of KELLERMENSCH at Spot Festival 2014, Musikhuset, Aarhus, Denmark, May 3
This was the best. I had listened to Kellermensch in the Spot Spotify playlist and thought that this was simply rock’n’roll that was a little too hard and a little too unmelodic for me but I was so wrong. Kellermensch were my favourite Spot act. They work so much better live than on record and display a very intense energy (which was only amplified by the great venue). And now that I’ve seen them live, I can also appreciate their studio versions more.
They’re not coming anywhere near Austria for a while, so y’all just have to believe me for the time being.
One crappy cellphone picture of SLEEP PARTY PEOPLE at Spot Festival 2014, Atlas, Aarhus, Denmark, May 3
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.