live review – echo me and foyn trio in antje oeklesund 3rd January

i turned up last night to Antje Oeklesund to see Echo Me and Foyn Trio play. When you arrive at the number on the street there’s nothing to intimate that there might be one of the most talked-about venues in town here – it’s like old-school East Berlin, you just walk through the doorway into the darkness, and it’s only when you reach the first darkened courtyard that there is one single grave light to tell you that you might not be hopelessly lost after all.

Or are you?

Into the second hof and there is a tree strung up like it’s xmas still, and aha! We find the entrance. Down the steps and into the venue, and it’s 100% 90s Berlin, before the time when the venues decided that it would be a great idea if they tried to mimic the gentrification they saw on the streets outside.

There was a nice crowd, impressive for the fact that it’s cold, rainy and the 3rd of January. I tell the barman that I’ll have a nice alcahol-free beer thank you, new years resolution and all that. He gives me that skew-whiff look and laughs and says okay. He’s a nice guy – nice enough that he doesn’t laugh too hard when I go back twenty minutes later for a real beer. Ah, those resolutions.

Free tickets to win – Ichbinpop presents the first of their Nordlicht Klub concert series on 3rd January – win tickets!

This is how ichbinpop, echo me and foyn trio are celebrating the new bakhtun: Yes, there’s someone else who’s not allowing the fact that it’s the beginning of January and everyone’s sitting at home full of good resolutions and hangovers to thwart their party ambitions – no, the boys and girls from Ichbinpop and Für Records have decided to choose no less bold a date than the 3rd of January to kick off their new Nordlicht Klub concert series, with one of our absolutely favourite artists Echo Me and a brilliant new – or at least new to these shores – Norwegian act, Foyn Trio.

And we have 1×2 tickets to give away – so if you’re not afraid of braving the early January early -Januaryness, just write to us at and with a bit of luck you’re on the guest list.

Lonski and Classen and the soul of independent Berlin

Salon Remise is one of those locations that thrives on its hiddenness: There’s very little information on the website (including where the fuck it is) and it warns darkly: „Entrance by invitation only“. It’s so far off the main strip that you get that comfortable feeling that only those in the know would even be aware of its existence. In short, the place is perfect for a Lonski and Classen concert.

Foyn Trio from Norway releases debut album in Germany at Antje Oeklesund on 3rd January

They inhabit the territory between jazz and improv pop. And if that sounds like it should be pop and improv jazz, actually their improvisational feeling seems more to have its roots in the pop side of their sound – although they’re very obviously originally from the jazz field, one has the impression that it was probably only when they started going in the pop direction that their imagination was allowed free reign, as upside down as that may strike you. Now they keep the jazz feel but make heavy use of loop pedals and electronics to give their sound its unique touch.

I still don’t get moustaches.

Moustaches. Do you get them? I don’t. I just don’t. I never got them. Now a beard, I mean a reasonable one, I can dig. I’ve even got one on my face, and it’s been living there quietly for some number of years now. We get along. There’s something about moustaches that, at least to my nice western sensibility, seems like a really bad stab at proving some kind of machismo, some kind of manliness. Now maybe it’s just me, but when a guy makes a point of letting just the hair on the top of his lip grow and cutting off all the rest of it, that somehow doesn’t necessarily scream “Real Man” at me. It just looks like a guy who let the hair on the top of his lip grow and not the rest of it. Where does the manliness come in? You? Do you get it?

Geschenk zum Fest von PDR – ehemals Punk‘ d Royal, aus Düsseldorf

Pünktlich zum Weihnachtsfest verschenken PDR einen Song von ihrem Album “On A Whim”, was am 25. Januar erscheinen wird. Vom 24. – 26.12. kann man sich “Hold On” via Soundcloud kostenlos herunterladen. Den Link dazu gibt es schon jetzt und er wird pünktlich am 24.12. um 0 Uhr frei geschaltet.

Damien Jurado veröffentlicht den Weihnachtssong “Kalla Hus”

Damien Jurado gehört zu den großen Fans der Weihnachtszeit und so ist es nicht verwunderlich, dass er nun seinen ersten Weihnachtssong geschrieben hat. Er heißt “Kalla Hus” und wurde mit dem Musiker Kyle Zantos aus Seattle aufgenommen, Sam Anderson hat die Streicherparts beigesteuert. Das Video mit Randall A. Walker wurde von Christopher Harrel gedreht. Neben dem sehr stimmungsvollen Video gibt es “Kalla Hus” auch als freien Download und kann somit in die Weihnachtsplaylist für dieses Jahr mit aufgenommen werden.

indieberlin 8tracks mix breaks through the 500 listener mark

Just a couple of weeks after celebrating our anniversary – one year of weekly indieberlin 8tracks mixes – we’re very happy to announce that our latest mix, chosen as always by indieberlin selector Norman Z, has broken through the 500 plays barrier after only 3 days of being up! So thanks to everyone for checking our mixes out and here is Mr. 500:

Indieberlin´s Third December 2012 Mix from Indieberlin on 8tracks Radio.

Cargo Records autctions rare vinyl test pressings for charity

Cargo Records is mainly a label and distributor, but they’ve also been running a vinyl pressing plant on the side, for among others Sub Pop, Roadrunner Records and Nuclear Blast. And with every vinyl pressing there’s always a test pressing – and so through the years a whole load of these have mounted up in the Cargo Records offices. Now Cargo have decided to auction off a whole load of these extremely rare test pressings on ebay.

Live review – Quixote last week at Antje Oeklesund

Through the darkened wasteland and inside the burrows of Antje Oeklesund a small crowd gathered early. Dorothy Of The Day took to the stage, fittingly wearing red boots like all Dorothys should. No one dared ask if she’d stolen them from a witch, and in any case, her a cappella set was enough to gloss over any charges of witchicide.

Live Review – Echo Me, Karl Neukauf and Hans Rohe in the suburbs

An extremely high standard of control over his voice, hitting very high notes and tumbling way down into the bass and then fluttering back up again without missing a trick. His guitar playing and songwriting are equally assured. I was impressed when I heard the album (a more electric affair, recorded with a full band), and now seeing him live I have no doubt at all that Echo Me is going to be a name on everybody’s lips before too long.

Lasse Matthiessen – ihr habt gefragt – Lasse hat euch geantwortet

Das indieberlin user interview mit Lasse Matthiessen –

ihr konntet uns eure Fragen schicken und Lasse hat diese beantwortet – hier kommt der erste Teil “Eures indieberlin Interviews” mit Lasse Matthiessen.
Viel Spass…… Ach und ja – wir haben eure deutschen und englischen Fragen im Original belassen – aber das kennt ihr ja bereits von uns :o))