Stereoface - The Other
A super Nummer nämlich, gö?, asks someone in the background at the beginning of this new Stereoface video, which accompanies the band on tour.
Gran - Brain Freeze
This is very artsy. I think I like this altogether. But the anchor tattoo on the guy’s chest I love for sure.
The Desert Boats - Don’t Let Me Fade Away
In case you forgot, over here at Walzerkönig, we share a common love for all water-related things. When we’re not living in Vienna, we choose to live in places with decent harbours, canals or oceans, and when it comes to music, bands with boats or ships in band names or song titles get our attention immediately.
The Desert Boats from Burgenland (Neusiedler See!) make decent britpop and have tausendsassa and multitalent Thomas ‘Kantine’ Pronai supporting them on the drums in this charming DIY music video. Some of the effects look strikingly like when we try to stabilize the wobbly camera work of our video interviews in iMovie, except trippier, but don’t let our amateurish associations disturb you.
Thomas Dybdahl - One Day You’ll Dance For Me, New York City
Someday I’ll rise, New York City
One day you’ll dance for me
This is hands down the saddest optimistic song in the world and I have, confession!, cried myself to sleep to it countless times when I was younger and sadder and full of dreams and aspirations and maybe, if it’s dark enough in the Radiokulturhaus in October and nobody can see me, I will cry a little too, even now that I’m older and happier.
Country of origin: Norway
Thomas Dybdahl will play at Vienna’s Radiokulturhaus on 10 October 2013.
Ritornell - The Morning Factory
Here at Walzerkönig, we’ve been trying to keep up with the happenings in the local music scene since 2011, but contrary to (still) popular belief, there is so much going on that it is impossible to really stay up to date on all fronts. As far as experimental/instrumental music is concerned, Ritornell and Punda Omar were the projects that everybody seemed to already know about at the Popfest before us. But luckily Vienna’s own city festival Waves Vienna will give us, and you, another chance to see what Ritornell is all about.
Ritornell @ Waves Vienna 2013: Friday, 4 October
Fijuka - Behave (From Now On) (Cpt. Yossarian Remix)
LaBrassBanda (and occasional Fijuka live) drummer Manuel Da Coll alias Toni Mono remixed the band’s Behave (From Now On).
Fijuka @ Waves Vienna: Thursday, 3 October
Velojet - Angeldust, from Panorama, out on 4 October on Schoenwetter Schallplatten
Among all the great local bands that have surfaced in recent years, Velojet are veterans in the best possible sense of the word. But being a veteran also has its downsides, especially if your last record came out an internet eternity ago in 2010. It was just a little too early to ride on the Popfest wave and much too early for the nachwuchs-concertgoers to have actively witnessed.
The crowd at the recent Frequency Festival - which a friend sarcastically described as a “children’s festival” - was thus much smaller than the band deserved, and that must have caused considerable frustration. We hear the Velojet frontman demanded to be cryogenically frozen and not woken up until indie pop becomes popular again.
He has a point; the popularity of indie among a certain clientele seems to have shifted to other types of music, what with all the indie bands becoming electronic acts and the successes of hyped nothingnesses like Left Boy.
But Trust Me, once you listen to the new Velojet album and its euphoric hooklines (or see them in concert), you will forget your love affair with repetitive patterns and throbbing basses and remember all the good things about your first love indie, at least for the duration of Panorama, but likely much longer. These hooks will stick around in your head.
Velojet @ Waves Vienna 2013: Thursday, 3 October, fluc wanne
FM4 Frequency Festival 2013 Recap
One week after the FM4 Frequency Festival. Since I’ve already given up on the post-festival resolution to never drink and smoke again, it’s about time for a short recap.
Despite a small attempt in being 16 all over again by staying awake for 41 hours thanks to a cleverly timed succession of beer, shots, coffee and Red Bull, I felt older than ever. There are some things I will never understand, e.g.:
Even though the Frequency Festival has seen better lineups than this year’s, the gems were mainly hidden in the afternoon and early evening slots:
All in all - Frequency Festival 2014, bring it on! I’ll be waiting.
Effi - The Breakup
This is possibly the most cheerful song about a breakup I have ever heard!
Crystal Soda Cream - Escape From Vienna
Ok so according to the lyrics, Vienna is dead to Crystal Soda Cream, but with this video of water zombies, the velvet-undergroundy band prove that they are undeniably children of this morbid city we all lovehate so much.
Bilderbuch - Plansch (Möwe Remix)
Am I getting old? Möwe have 6.000 Facebook fans and up until this day, I’d never heard of them. I know, I know, Facebook fans aren’t a reliable metric. But it seems the Pratersauna / open air techno hedonist crowds are now where the masses, the money and the zeitgeist are.
Much like HVOB (who used to be an indie band called Herbstrock), Möwe (who used to be an indie band called Mary Lost Her Pathos) have found a new musical home in an electronic surrounding. Though their booking agency Titan is much less cool than HVOB’s Four Artists and Primary Talent. However, this remix is pretty solid, and soulful.
Also PLEASE look at this remade Plansch video by two kids and the awesome sisters of one of these kids, a.k.a. Chicago’s biggest Bilderbuch fans.
Bilderbuch - Plansch fan video
My friend Sara from Chicago studies German and spent her exchange year in Vienna this study year. She is generally awesome and also a big Bilderbuch fan (quote: “uh, just to clarify, i think Bilderbuch is okay, i’m not like a huge fan or anything”), much like her two sisters. So for her sister Sophie’s 5th birthday, they recreated the Plansch music video with the help of the neighborhood boy and it is the cutest thing ever.
Ever since we first posted it to our Facebook yesterday, it has been making rounds on the internet. Just remember where you saw it first and that Walzerkönig editors have the coolest friends.
New Video ‘Colours Collide’ featuring analogue photos from the Lomography Community!
The Beth Edges - Colours Collide
Made with lomographs from the Lomography community, this video is as colourful as its title. Aren’t lomographers just tendentially supercool? We have fond memories of a birthday party of the Lomographic Society a few years ago at a Romanian discotheque in the outskirts of Vienna. It had birthday cakes in camera shape and jelly vodka shots in Filmdosen.