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 of SEX JAMS at Sub Wr. Neustadt, 22 February 2014
The other day we were just talking about how our cellphone pictures have sometimes become too good to be categorised as “crappy”, thanks to the smartphone-industry trying to outreach one another when it comes to megapixels and of course thanks to all those lovely filters. But trying to use the landscape-mode this time resulted in a quite hilarious capture of the Sex Jams - especially interesting is Kati’s crooked right foot and arm and Wolfi’s fat knee in relation to his thigh.
Also, Sex Jams might not be nominated for this year’s Amadeus for the best live act, but in my opinion their intoxicating live performance would definitely deserve it.
One crappy cellphone picture of AIVERY at Glockenbachwerkstatt Munich, 6 February 2014
One of the main reasons why I’d ever want to play in a band surely is touring - seeing new places and meeting new people every day, crashing on couches and floors and living on fast food and beer. Well, at least that was my image of touring until I was invited to test my roadie-skills on Aivery’s mini-tour to Munich and Wolfsberg, which was more of the no drinking and lots of vegan food kind. Nonetheless it was quite the fun experience, and it’s great to see how the three have grown as a band ever since I first saw them play in a laundry shop. They might still need the routine of playing live, but especially the singer Franziska’s charming appearance on stage is quite delightful and their noise-indie-punk a very refreshing addition to Vienna’s music scene.
One crappy cellphone picture of BILDERBUCH at brut, 1 February 2014
Saturday’s Bilderbuch performance was great. The entire Viennese indie scene royalty made an appearance at the sold out show. Bilderbuch have really really earned this succes. I am so into this new autotune stuff (Moonboots!) and if they had played Maschin three times - I would have loved it and I dare say so would the dancing and chanting crowd. Bitte weiter so!
One crappy cellphone picture of LIKEWISE at B72, 29 January 2014
It is well documented that we’re not the biggest folk fans over here.
But the best music is always the kind that evokes memories and feelings, and I’ve got so many memories and feelings connected to Likewise, this band that is directly and indirectly responsible for a lot of good things and friendships in my life.
That, and only that! I am totally cold-hearted otherwise!, is why I didn’t run away screaming but was actually emotionally touched by it when they did the folkiest thing in the world and went into the crowd to play a song unamplified.
One crappy cellphone picture of DER NINO AUS WIEN, January 22nd 2014, Café Dezentral, Wien
We were invited to attend the secret show at Café Dezentral (other highlights, besides the oven include: Weißer Spritzer for 2,10, board games, a fairy lights illuminated Madonna icon) which was, according to him, “the last chance to see them not yet over-rehearsed.” It was the first show to promote the two new albums he will put out later in spring via Problembär Records.
They did play mostly new songs, with one or two very old exceptions. And as is usually the case with der Nino aus Wien songs, there was one line sticking out, in this case:
"Du solltest dir nur nicht zu viel vorstellen, sonst sticht dir die Wirklichkeit eine Weinflasche in den Rücken."
One crappy cellphone picture of MOZES AND THE FIRSTBORN at Eurosonic 2014, 17 January, De Spieghel, Groningen, Netherlands
Nothing has changed since their Waves Vienna gig, and in this case that is a good thing: the drummer still takes off his shirt halfway through the show and shakes his hair wildly, the bass player still has only one move (but it’s a sexy one) and even after waiting in line with the hoi polloi for half an hour to get into the venue for lack of a fancy delegate wristband, you can’t help but be in a great mood instantly.
One crappy cellphone picture of SHINY DARKLY at Eurosonic 2014, January 17 at Vera, Groningen, Netherlands
So Shiny Darkly is this: young Danes in black skinny jeans who miss the eighties, oh yes: synths and darkness. New wave-y things are things I like. It’s just that I’ve had my share of Scandinavians dressed in black and trying to be Joy Division.
One crappy cellphone picture of MØ at Eurosonic 2014, January 17 at Simplon, Groningen, Netherlands
Live brass players always do make everything better. So that was good. The guitarist was so enthusiastic. So that was good. The hipster visuals appealed naturally to me. So that was good. If you have a personal DJ with you, that’s cool. And yes, MØ can sing and she does that very well. She can also dance. Best part of that is when she turns her ponytail-plat-thing like a heliocpter.
One crappy cellphone picture of LARRY GUS at Eurosonic 2014, January 17 at Simplon, Groningen, Netherlands
I only peeked into Larry Gus’s show for like 10 minutes, because the description in the program was not stating anything I could imagine and I was at the venue anyway. Anyhow Larry Gus makes groovy music and he sings and I think there were samples.
One crappy cellphone picture of TOURIST at Eurosonic 2014, January 17 at Simplon, Groningen, Netherlands
Watching DJs at work is always very weird, because when I watch a band, I can understand much easier how the music comes into existence. With Tourist, like watching any good live DJ, all this switching and turning on some fancy DJ gear is not that accesible to me. Anyhow he sweated and moved around a lot, which made it interesting to watch. The slow build up of tunes into bigger melodies is always something I enjoy and that is what Tourist did, including soul-samples. Love.
One crappy cellphone picture of KADEBOSTANY at Eurosonic 2014, 17 January at Grand Theatre, Groningen, Netherlands
Mixing an Adele-like voice with electro and finally combining this with a catchy live balkanbeat line may sound strange but it works, the small rap parts inbetween were a bit weird but even so I loved the visuals which were at some point running cheetahs in b/w.
One crappy cellphone picture of THE VEGETABLE ORCHESTRA at Eurosonic, 16 January, Stadsschouwbourg, Groningen, Netherlands
Whenever I think about the Vegetable Orchestra, I think of the experimentation behind it. How do you go about finding out what kinds of sounds you can produce with what kinds of vegetables? I have never thought about the kind of mess they make during their shows: They make such a mess during their shows! Five minutes in, the stage of the respectable Stadsschouwbourg was strewn with carrot peels.
The Vegetable Orchestra played the official Austrian reception that served, very thematically, vegetable soup and we just want to give a shoutout to the curry-coconut-ginger soup: Four for you curry-coconut-ginger soup! You go curry-coconut-ginger soup! And none for the minestrone, bye.
One crappy cellphone picture of SWEET SWEET MOON at Eurosonic 2014, January 17th at Forum Images, Groningen
I looked behind me at one point during the concert and every single person smiled. There were no scowling music business professionals, no bored people obviously having been dragged along by their friend, nobody checking their watch to get to the next show. Everybody seemed to just really enjoy themselves and the show.
One crappy cellphone picture of JA, PANIK at Eurosonic 2014, 16 January at Vera, Groningen, Netherlands
Neue Textfragmente wie “Gästelistenplätze für das letzte aller Feste” passen genauso wunderbar absurd zur Musikindustrie-Convention Eurosonic wie eine Band, die dem Patriotismus ungefähr so zugetan ist wie die Niederlande gesundem Essen oder regenfreiem Wetter, zum Österreich-Schwerpunkt beim Festival.
Wir haben uns sehr gefreut, dass sie am Eurosonic gespielt haben, aber warum Ja, Panik das getan haben, konnte uns niemand so richtig erklären.