One crappy cellphone picture of SEX JAMS at Popfest Wien, brut, July 26 2013
Yeah. So you can’t see shit on this photo. That’s OK though because we all know what Sex Jams look like and we all know what they sound like and we all know what their live shows are. Not a good place to take quality pictures on cell phones. A really good place to have fun and dance though.
One crappy cellphone picture of A.G. TRIO at the Popfest Wien, Seebühne Karlsplatz, July 26 2013
If you can see four people on the stage and are wondering why since A.G. Trio are, well, a trio, it’s because Francis International Airport’s Markus Zahradnicek came on stage for “Countably Infinite”. Sometimes Vienna’s village-ness is a blessing.
I arrived late, and in a bad mood, at the Popfest that day and the band was already on stage but I was not even at the stage area and the thumping sounds of A.G. Trio immediately sucked me in and put me in a Popfest mood. I originally found it a little strange that they were not playing at a later hour but their early stage time turned out to be perfect for my individual situation.
Two crappy cellphone pictures of FRANCIS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT and BILDERBUCH at the Popfest Wien, brut, July 25 2013
It’s too damn hot. I don’t know how FIA managed it in the crowded brut, especially after Bilderbuch warmed up the crowd for them. Since Bilderbuch never played the Popfest before and FIA are good people, they invited 50% of the Bilderbuch members to hijack the stage, say “Hallo, wir sind Bilderbuch und wir wollen auch einmal am Popfest spielen” and perform “Plansch” before their own show.
It was about time Bilderbuch took matters in their own hands because frankly it’s a shame they’ve never played before.
One crappy cellphone picture of Fijuka at the Flex, Vienna, June 18th
Fijuka braved an almost empty Flex and while they seemed a bit insecure about the lack of people in the beginning, as the room started to fill up, they also started to - I do not want to say warm up because that’s just unproductive in this heat, but metaphorically, they did just that. The second half of their set was breathtaking, especially their version of Running Up That Hill. They used the technique I call Owen Palletting (cuz I’m dumb), where you record a little bit of music live and then sample it as you do another bit of music and then sample that over the other bit and then… you know? That’s what they did with “Running Up That Hill and it was amazing.
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.
Nackabatzl - 5/8erl in Ehr’n, on July 9th 2012, at the Spittelberg, Vienna
Yes, yes, 13 minutes is a long time but take some time out of your day and watch these newly appointed Amadeus winners moan into microphones while incredibly relaxing jazz plays in the background. If you absolutely despise banter, fast forward to 3:05.
One crappy cellphone picture of Nowhere Train, June 1st, Festival der Bezirke Wien.
Even though I’m not a fan of sing-alongs and clap-alongs, to which the audience is encouraged quite a few times during a set of Nowhere Train, those 7 guys (with Stefan being absent that evening due to another gig) always manage to leave me totally satisfied after a concert. Especially the Americana-homages and the incredible energy and the dynamics between them on stage get me completely wrapped up each time.
Next chance to catch them live? See here.
One crappy cellphone picture of Francis International Airport, May 25th, Tivoli Utrecht.
For our glorious Reunion we chose to see FIAs final show of their mini-european Tour in Utrecht. Even though the show was short, it was really nice (due to my abscene I did not attend a proper concert for too long). I missed some classics of In The Woods, but it was good to finally hear Cache live as the show also focussed on the new record. Sadly the Wurschtigkeitsgefühl overcoming the band by about the middle of the show was quite obvious. Despite that, I still enjoyed our austrian music experience abroad.
One crappy cellphone picture of Francis International Airport, May 14th, WUK, Vienna
My favourite thing about Cache sounding completely different from In the Woods is how these very different sounds are combined in concert situations. It has made seeing Francis International Airport live even more exciting. Also, I apologize for this picture only being semi-terrible. It probably won’t happen again.
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.
Pirate Jenny (Threepenny Opera) - Sir Tralala (live, Alberner Hafen, Danube, September 7th 2009)
I love the Threepenny Opera. When I was a kid, The Threepenny Opera (we had the version with Milva, Ute Lemper and Mario Adorf) was my favourite record and Seeräuber Jenny was my favourite song on it. I really like Sir Tralalas rendition but he cannot compete with the years (I was an obsessive kid) I spent listening to this on the family stereo, drawing in the living room.
Cutcalls - Over at the Stars
Over at the Stars have a new EP out (since December but sometimes we’re slow) and “Cutcalls” is, in my opinion the best song. The hollow bass sounds are a nice contrast to the singers voice and just when you think it’d might get boring, there’s a bit of synthie to perk you up again.
You can listen to the whole EP (it has both poppier and more experimental tracks than Cutcalls) on Bandcamp and see them on March 22 at the Café Publik in St. Pölten.
Sweet Sweet Moon - Woppy (Live at Circolo Hemingway)
Aaaah, all these unreleased Siluh artists songs that we cannot share with you yet, it is killing me! So for lack of a better option here’s another live version of the song that would be the highlight of everybody’s spring euphoria playlist if it were already properly released. That’s because it manages to make a line like I wanna stay with you forever sound like something you’d want to sincerely shout from the top of your lungs and forget all about the countless times this sentiment has been abused in lesser works of music.
5/8erl in Ehr’n - Schneid die Melone an (live Spittelberg, Vienna, July 25th 2009)
Storytime! I was recently in Alexandria, visiting family and my cousin took us to a secret underground place where The Egyptian Youth hangs out and drinks small bottles of bad brandy for 2 €. And upon learning where we’re from, one of my cousin’s friends said that he recently saw and enjoyed a band from Austria. After a lot of trying to remember their name and us trying to Germanize whatever he was saying, we figured out that he was talking about 5/8erl in Ehr’n. You can insert some cliché sentence about the international language of music here.