Two crappy cellphone pictures of FIJUKA at Phil (Austrian Heartbeats book presentation) and one of the eight bands at the DRUNKEN DRACULAS show at Cheree Cheree / Fluc, 27 February, Vienna

…the latter mainly because this person looked and acted and sang like a mix of David Bowie ca. The Man Who Fell To Earth and Andreas Spechtl.

What an evening full of short yet great sets by people who have fun playing music.

One crappy cellphone picture per band at the fest dommage softival, namely Judy, You’re Not Yourself Tonight; Half Girl; A Thousand Fuegos + Tirana; Luise Pop

Due to personal university related singing shenanigans I couldn’t attend day one of club d’hommages softival but I’m sure it was as amazing as day 2. We’ve spent many great evenings at club d’hommage events so it was no surprise that their last one was a success as well.

All the bands were great and my initial worries that A Thousand Fuegos would not quite fit in with all these raw, energy-laden bands but not to worry, the walk from the fluc café through the dark tunnel into the fluc wanne, is enough to completely change the atmosphere and your own attitude towards what kind of concert you’re about to see. I have to say though, my favourite thing about the whole event was that boys were the minority on stage.

We’re going to miss club d’hommage but they really went out with a bang.

One crappy cellphone picture of Neodisco, fluc, Vienna, April 30 2013
Neodisco concerts are a great place to feel old for those of us born when the Berlin wall was still a thing. It doesn’t matter much because Neodisco are really good in making you remember the carelessness of when you actually believed you would finish your degree in Mindeststudienzeit.
My absolutely favourite thing about the gig was that they changed the 20 fat Viennese tourists to mere naked ones in “Stubenberg am See”. That’s very considerate. Not really necessary but eh, if they wanna be polite.

One crappy cellphone picture of Neodisco, fluc, Vienna, April 30 2013

Neodisco concerts are a great place to feel old for those of us born when the Berlin wall was still a thing. It doesn’t matter much because Neodisco are really good in making you remember the carelessness of when you actually believed you would finish your degree in Mindeststudienzeit.

My absolutely favourite thing about the gig was that they changed the 20 fat Viennese tourists to mere naked ones in “Stubenberg am See”. That’s very considerate. Not really necessary but eh, if they wanna be polite.

Don’t starve - Aiko Aiko

To be honest, I do not like this song a lot. Reduced electronic music with a fragile voice is not really my cup of tea but

a) maybe it is yours

b) Aiko Aiko are playing at the fluc tonight

c) the EP is called “Love Is A Doing Word” and that is one of the most beautiful EP titles I have ever heard.

One crappy cellphone picture per band, The Melody Men, club d’hommage at fluc, Vienna, February 9th, 2013
We’re the kind of people that use Udo Jürgens icons, so of course we attended this event. The Melody Men played songs by all the best people (Connie Francis, Johnny Cash, Peter Cornelius, Elvis Presley, Van Morrison, EAV), charmed the audience with wonderful announcements and, obviously, wore the best jackets. We assume they all ate fried eggs afterwards.

One crappy cellphone picture per band, The Melody Men, club d’hommage at fluc, Vienna, February 9th, 2013

We’re the kind of people that use Udo Jürgens icons, so of course we attended this event. The Melody Men played songs by all the best people (Connie Francis, Johnny Cash, Peter Cornelius, Elvis Presley, Van Morrison, EAV), charmed the audience with wonderful announcements and, obviously, wore the best jackets. We assume they all ate fried eggs afterwards.

Devil Town (Daniel Johnston cover) - Sweet, Sweet Moon (march 28th 2012, fluc wanne)

One crappy cellphone picture per band, Oh my Gala! A Pixies Night, Club d’Hommage, Fluc, March 3rd 2012 featuring Crystal Soda Cream, Monsterheart, Black Fox Tropikal, A Thousand Fuegos and Picksüß (say it out loud)

Oh well. While the both of us enjoy some of these bands very much when they play their own songs, last night was a bit underwhelming. Maybe it was my high expectations but they all seemed quite mediocre yesterday. Crystal Cream Soda really didn’t do themselves a favour when they opened with Where Is My Mind? and Monsterheart sounded like they were doing Karaoke. The evening seemed to take off when Black Fox Tropikal started playing but they only really got the instrumental parts right. My favourite part was A Thousand Fuegos’ set, although it seemed a bit put of place after three upbeat bands. Picksüß were okay (congratulations on your name, though). Altogether it was a nice enough evening but it was mostly carried by the fact that the Pixies wrote really great songs.

There’s a new weekly event in Vienna’s Fluc. Starting today, there will be a gig of one ambitious Austrian band each Tuesday. Here’s what the Fluc homepage says: 

Tue, Jan 10th (that’s tonight!): The Nintendos (Post-Punk) / DJ Fö (Bilderbuch)
Tue, Jan 17th: Zuckerkinder (Indie) / DJ Eduardo D’Allirio (Deep House)
Tue, Jan 24th: Black Box Radio (Indie) / DJ Projekt Baustelle (Minimal/Techno)
Tue, Jan 31st: Green Invisible Rabbits (Indie) / DJ Analogism

Maybe there’s more to come but that’s where the online programme on the Fluc website ends.

One crappy cellphone picture per band, Waves Vienna edition: Destroy, Munich, October 1st, fluc_wanne Vienna
Oh, Waves Vienna, I already can’t wait until next year! Saturday was by far the best festival day of all. We saw Sweet, Sweet Moon, Bilderbuch, WhoMadeWho and Destroy, Munich (the latter in a very crowded fluc_wanne and with a Kurt Cobain double and an ecstatically dancing member of Agent Cooper among the visitors).
And then later, we hung out with the guys from Instrumenti (who are awesome), learned that when an artist asks for vitamin pills in their rider, what they actually want is MDMA, and after a Schwedenplatz food binge (gross gross gross “Käsekrainer mit gebratenen Nudeln”) eventually went to the Pratersauna (a.k.a. got lost in the dark and scary Prater, but luckily the Dirndl and Lederhosen people were very helpful and knew surprisingly well how to get to the Pratersauna).
= Success!

One crappy cellphone picture per band, Waves Vienna edition: Destroy, Munich, October 1st, fluc_wanne Vienna

Oh, Waves Vienna, I already can’t wait until next year! Saturday was by far the best festival day of all. We saw Sweet, Sweet Moon, Bilderbuch, WhoMadeWho and Destroy, Munich (the latter in a very crowded fluc_wanne and with a Kurt Cobain double and an ecstatically dancing member of Agent Cooper among the visitors).

And then later, we hung out with the guys from Instrumenti (who are awesome), learned that when an artist asks for vitamin pills in their rider, what they actually want is MDMA, and after a Schwedenplatz food binge (gross gross gross “Käsekrainer mit gebratenen Nudeln”) eventually went to the Pratersauna (a.k.a. got lost in the dark and scary Prater, but luckily the Dirndl and Lederhosen people were very helpful and knew surprisingly well how to get to the Pratersauna).

= Success!

One crappy cellphone picture per band  - Vortex Rex, September 2nd, fluc, Vienna
One of us here in the walzerkönig offices (heh) has been confusing Vortex Rex for another Austrian band starting with a V for years now and because she doesn’t like that other Austrian band starting with V all that much, never bothered to listen to more songs by Vortex Rex. (It didn’t help that the one Vortex Rex song she did know was a remix.) She made a huge mistake. She likes Vortex Rex and enjoyed herself greatly at last nights concert and thinks that especially their cover of Knockin’ on heaven’s door is a precious, precious gem.

One crappy cellphone picture per band  - Vortex Rex, September 2nd, fluc, Vienna

One of us here in the walzerkönig offices (heh) has been confusing Vortex Rex for another Austrian band starting with a V for years now and because she doesn’t like that other Austrian band starting with V all that much, never bothered to listen to more songs by Vortex Rex. (It didn’t help that the one Vortex Rex song she did know was a remix.) She made a huge mistake. She likes Vortex Rex and enjoyed herself greatly at last nights concert and thinks that especially their cover of Knockin’ on heaven’s door is a precious, precious gem.