One crappy cellphone picture of ELIOT SUMNER at Reeperbahnfestival 2014 at Schmidts Tivoli, Hamburg, 18 September
It’s the motherfucking son of Sting. What better way to start off a festival than with someone who looks like a member of the Kelly Family ca. 1994 and who is the son of someone you were totally into when you were 13? Eliot Sumner fulfilled all my hopes and wishes and sounded exactly what Sting would sound like if he didn’t only do weird stuff anymore.
One crappy cellphone picture of WANDA at Gürtelnightwalk, Vienna, 30 August 2014
We are officially in love. “Es ist egal / Ob die Jelinek in der Zeitung steht / Oder im Regal” is just one of many brilliant Wanda lines. Their album “Amore” comes out this autumn and we expect it will be a lot like the more light-hearted (but still existentialist) parts of the first Ja, Panik album, except Wanda’s preferred Italian city of reference isn’t Venedig but Bologna.
One crappy cellphone picture of CATASTROPHE & CURE at Heuer Karlsplatz, Vienna, 22 August 2014
Analogue visuals from overhead projectors and overpriced spritzers go well with Catastrophe & Cure acoustic sets.
One crappy Instagram picture of GERARD at Palaverama Festival, Gmünd, 1 August 2014 (plus a bonus romantic incident involving a GERARD BAG at U3 Volkstheater, Vienna, 4 August 2014)
I didn’t bring my Gerard bag with me to Palaverama. It was a lovely evening anyway, but the loveliest things happen when I am carrying it. Case in point:
Yesterday, as I was waiting for the U3 at Volkstheater, a guy tapped me on the shoulder and showed me his smartphone with the Blausicht album playing on his Spotify. Then he gesticulated towards my Gerard bag, said “Hi, I couldn’t help but notice…”, and afterwards he asked for my number.
Did I ever write about how it was Gerard and Nvie Motho who first introduced me to the term “bumpfist” and how I initially thought it was called “bampfi”? When I told this guy I wasn’t entirely available at the moment, as his U3 going in the opposite direction came into the station, he said “too bad” - I said “great taste in music though” - and then we fistbumped.
A couple of crappy cellphone pictures of mostly the crowd during the BILDERBUCH show at Palaverama Festival, Gmünd, 1 August 2014
Please excuse the crappy pictures in which you can’t even really see the band. But as you know, it is not our number one priority to make nice photos. It is our number one priority to go on roadtrips to small countryside festivals with great line-ups and enjoy ourselves with our friends.
So you will have to make do with these photos showing mostly the Gmünd crowd (and maybe a hint of Peter and Maurice somewhere) and know that these moments captured weren’t even the best moments because in the best moments, we were too busy shouting Bilderbuch lyrics at each other.
One crappy cellphone picture of SIR TRALALA & THE GOLDEN GLANDERS at Popfest 2014, 26 July, Vienna, TU Prechtlsaal
Again a picture of a gig in TU Prechtsaal. It was really hard to stay longer than 10 min there even though windows were open and all. Here you can see Sir Tralala & The Golden Glanders. I even managed to take two pictures: One with shirt on and one with shirt off. The latter is the chosen one, because it fits TU Prechtlsaals Venue-Situation perfectly.
One crappy cellphone picture of DER NINO AUS WIEN at Popfest 2014, 26 July, Vienna, TU Prechtlsaal
Nino started (I think) 40 minutes late, which was good. Otherwise I would have missed Nino’s musings on life, which are worth seeing and hearing every time.
One crappy cellphone picture of ROTIFER at Popfest 2014, 26 July, Vienna, TU Prechtlsaal
So, this is Rotifer. My memory does not serve me well at all on this gig. I guess it was just a quick step in between toilet and Innenhof. Really - the heat was quite unbearable.
One flary cellphone picture of HOLY OXYGEN at Popfest 2014, 26 July, Vienna, Seebühne
I think it’s safe to say that Holy Oxygen was our Popfest 2014 highlight. Here are my unedited drunk notes from Saturday night:
"Something about downloading mp3s and M.C. Escher and ‘it’s a party time’ and ‘internet, internet’ and ‘oida ur viel kohle grad’ / It’s nice to see people enjoying themselves on stage so much / I want to wear sunglasses at night too"
One crappy cellphone picture of KIDS N CATS at Popfest 2014, 25 July, Vienna, TU Prechtlsaal
We basically just went inside the TU Prechtlsaal during the Kids N Cats gig to shoot a cellphone picture. From what we saw, it was an entertaining, artsy show but the Innenhof just seemed more appealing temperature-wise.
One crappy cellphone picture of EFFI at Popfest 2014, Vienna, 25 July, Seebühne
A brass section does make everything better. Also, can anyone explain to me why Tagträumer and Julian le Play and The Makemakes are on heavy Ö3 rotation but Effi isn’t? The name “Popfest” has never been more appropriate than when Effi was on stage.
One crappy cellphone picture of NAZAR at Popfest 2014, Vienna, 24 July 2014
Waiting for Nazar was a bit dull. I was hoping for a collaboration set of the announced artists (Nazar, Yasmo, Blak Twang), but instead everybody performed after each other. Nazar was definitely the highlight of these artists. Anyhow Nazar finally showed up for 3 or 4 songs, which were pretty good. The Karlskirche in the background really makes the atmosphere of every gig at the Seebühne unique.
One crappy cellphone picture of THE BETH EDGES at Rock im Dorf 2014, Kremstal, 18 July 2014
It has become a little tradition of mine to go on a roadtrip to Upper Austria every summer to see some concerts and mountains and pollution-free skies. It’s always a highlight of the season.
The Beth Edges and OK Kid and the once again lovely, personal, beautiful festival location and organizational team have been such a highlight once again. How long until summer 2015?
Photo credit: Kat Rudolph
Two crappy cellphone pictures of WANDL and MONSTERHEART at the Neue Wege Festival, Ovalhalle MQ Wien, 27-28 June 2014
I’m guessing that most of the people who go to Vienna’s Museumsquartier in the summertime do so not to enjoy the huge cultural offer there, but to hang out in the bars, restaurants and on the Enzos and, well, drink. Not that I haven’t done so too every summer ever since I moved here, but once in a while it’s worth checking out the events going on at MQ, which quite often feature great live music.
One of those events took place last weekend as accompanying program for the exhibition “Neue Wege nichts zu tun” (which was way too confusing for me). The concerts in the Ovalhalle were especially impressive as they featured 360 degrees visuals and a stage in the middle of the room. My highlights undoubtedly were Wandl and Monsterheart - the former having the most awesome visuals thanks to his very own visualist (is that a word?) and the best to-make-out-to sound, the latter winning me over easily with Anna’s lovely, hyper character and their quite interesting “Born To Be Wild” version.
Monsterheart is also playing at Popfest Wien on July 26 at the Kunsthalle Ziegelfoyer.
One crappy cellphone picture of STEHSEIDL at the Miller-von-Aichholz-Schlössel, 13 June 2014
Is it Francis International Airport? Noooo.
Is it Rika? Noooo.
It’s Stehseidl!! And they are the self-proclaimed best wedding band in the entire world. To which I’m not going to object since they’re a) the first wedding band I’ve actually seen and b) they know how to play Africa. The only catch here is that in order to experience the best Bruce Springsteen, Proclaimers, Tom Petty et al. covers ever, somebody will have to get married and you will have to be invited.