Bilderbuch - Moon Boots
Moon Boots was actually the first of the songs from the Feinste Seide EP that the band played live, I think. At least I remember hearing this for the first time at a show pre-Plansch and thinking, this is bilderbuch-crazy as usual and greater than ever. And then the track didn’t even make it onto the digital version of the EP at first! Luckily it is available now.
Sleep Sleep - Take The Money And Run
Yes. I’m here for all of this. These are my favourite parts of the Pet Shop Boys and the parts I do not hate about Depeche Mode mixed together, plus something else I cannot quite put my finger on.
Velojet - Leading A Life
This is the third, seven and a half minutes long single taken from Panorama, my favourite Velojet album so far. Leading A Life has a more dreamy sound than the usual Velojet output.
Velojet & Friends are playing at Radiokulturhaus Wien with support act Lukas Lauermann on 21 February 2014.
sorry i’ve been missing in action over here. lots of stuff happening on my music site for Squalloscope, though.
like this video that i made last week. location shots from point cabrillo and mendocino county, California, where i spent some time over new year’s.
Squalloscope - Desert Pacific Octopi
I continue to not be a particularly big fan of Squalloscope’s Desert EP, but you gotta admire this renaissance woman in complete control of her artistic self.
Hidden By The Grapes - Don’t Let Me Robert Downey Jr.
This video was shot at a mall, a location that no sane person wishes to be at, ever, but especially not during the annual pre-Christmas madness. The only acceptable thing about Christmas is Robert Downey, Jr.’s version of River for the Ally McBeal Christmas album (because it is supersad).
See what I did there? Hidden By The Grapes, you’re not the only ones who casually drop Robert Downey, Jr.’s name in unrelated contexts.
Catastrophe & Cure - Quite Alright (Neorama Remix) / Rückblick 2013
C&C look back on a very eventful 2013 with a video full of impressions from various shows and life on tour (accompanied by a great remix), and we are proud to have contributed about two seconds of wobbly footage for it (from our interview with them this summer).
Salute - Lionheart, from the Lionheart EP, out now on Cool Kid Music
Shooting star Salute released his EP one day before Christmas and also put the songs on Soundcloud. And because I suck at talking about electronic music, here’s a general comment about Soundcloud instead: there’s something absolutely fascinating about looking at the waveform of a track while listening to it.
Ghost Capsules - Morgan Le Fay
VHS! I remember that! I’m getting old!
Ghost Capsules @ Eurosonic 2014: 17 January, Simplon (Up), Groningen, Netherlands
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.
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.
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.
Splinter - Grow (from Stuck On, out now)
Even thought it has been foreseeable for quite a while already, I was quite sad when Destroy, Munich finally called their band a day earlier this year. But at least it didn’t take too long to hear again from one of the guys: ex-lead singer Gabriel not only joined our noise-pop-punk favorites Robotra, but also formed the “Schrammelrock” band Splinter together with Robotra’s Juli and two others. Lo-fi galore, that’s what they promise for the just released 4-tracks tape “Stuck On”, which is available directly from the band and might come with a personal housekey-scratched dedication if you ask nicely.
listen to Sleep Sleep
Sleep Sleep - Gospel
"I’m always drunk and I’m always tired" - Sleep Sleep may have made the perfect anthem for this stupid, dark winter and the coping mechanisms of yours truly.