The Ramones Museum Berlin is a bizarre place. The coffee shop area has the air of a Starbuck’s and the museum itself is a series of glass cabinets displaying photos, memorabilia and texts narrating the history of the band, not unlike any History Museum would display the artisanry pieces of an extinct tribe. You can’t help wondering what a twenty year old Joey Ramone would have done with all that glass.
Berlin’s fantastic Jazz Kollektiv, co-organised by brilliant jazz pianist Marc Schmolling, is kicking off its yearly festival once again, from this Monday through to Wednesday, with a wealth of wonderful jazz bands on the three nights. If you’re up for a bit of jazz, if you want a change from all that indie pop stuff that everyone seems to listen to these days, if you want to be cocooned in some creative vibe, pop along to the Naherholung and soak it all up.
Somewhere between the band’s vision and our headphones – amongst the beautiful and grand and complex and intriguing palette of sounds – something is lost. Over 11 songs we get several great moments – ‘The Bell’ cleverly builds and builds, holding the tension, until the final wordless vocal line; ‘My Lighthouse’, the album’s opener, is a gorgeous, three-minute hymn of finger-picked acoustic guitar – but they are hidden amongst a lot of misdirected sound and emotion. Villagers have pushed themselves far on this record, which is great. But they lacked the ability to reign themselves in when necessary, to bring the album together as one piece, sonically and thematically. This is a confusing album. It’s overly ambitious – and that’s its downfall.
Trixie’s voice has grown up, found itself and grown rich. At times a throaty growl, at times a honeyed yowl, she shows that she’s bestrode a thousand stages in a thousand bars. She’s a thoroughly seasoned performer, completely comfortable up on stage and carrying the audience effortlessly with her, she stomps away at the boom-tish-boom-tish rhythm of the kick and the hat and pounds her guitar gutsily along, setting up a rolling beat for herself to sing her songs of lonesome towns and dustclouds over.
Do you find yourself doing the same things all the time, following the same path down the same streets, going by default to the same bar, ending up with the same perspectives because you wear a groove into the world and at some point lose your freshness?
In this, the first of our new series of Proposing Situations by Nico Fidalgo, we give you a new idea every week of how to do something completely different, see the world from a different perspective, just shake things up.
Cranky Booking presents The History of Colour TV’s album release at Antje Oeklesund on the 26th January.
This is gonna be a night to remember, with Infants opening the show and DJs Julia and Miroslawa keeping things cooking late into the night.
The show starts at 10 and if you want to be where’s it at, then we might have tickets for you… email us at email@example.com and with a bit of luck we’ll send you and your charming entourage to Antje ….
Ducktails -The Flower Lane (Domino Records)
Ducktails’ fourth album, The Flower Lane, is a lofty dream with a pop-themed soundtrack – featuring strong guitar, soft vocals and several tracks reminescant of Matthew Mondanile’s other pursuit- Real Estate.
Woher kommt der Name Trullesand/ Wofür steht er?
Trullesand ist eine Romanfigur aus „Die Aula“ von Hermann Kant. Wir hatten das Buch in der Schule. Eines der wenigen Male, dass mich etwas in der Schule interessiert hat. Trullesand ist der beste Freund des Ich-Erzählers: er ist schlau, herzlich und urkomisch. Alles Attribute, die selbstverständlich auch auf mich zutreffen!
Wie würdest Du jemandem Deine Musik beschreiben, der keine elektronische Musik kennt?
Gibt es Leute, die keine elektronische Musik kennen? Elektronische Musik ist die Musik des Jetzt. Wenn in 100 Jahren auf die Musik von heute geschaut wird, dann ist die elektronische Musik ganz klar die herausragendste Strömung. Weil sie zum Zeitgeist passt: sie ist in Echtzeit veränderbar; durch sie öffnet sich ein Pool an Kreativität, der früher unvorstellbar war.
Von Hause aus bin ich auch eher ein Rockmädchen. Meine Lieblingsband ist z.B. Rage Against The Machine und zwar deshalb, weil sie rhythmisch virtuos sind und ungeheure Energie ausstrahlen – und Trullesand ist ebenso kraftvoll, nur eben auf elektronische Art.
Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and win two free tickets for the night of nights at the Bassy Club this Saturday.
Saturday night at the Bassy Cowboy Club in Mitte Berlin underground darling Trixie Trainwreck is hosting the release party for her debut album Hard Workin’ Girl. Trixie is of course a Berlin underground darling because she’s also Trinity Sarratt – long-time singer of the Kamikaze Queens, the most exciting punk cabaret band to emerge from Berlin since….oh, yes. Ever.
Unkown Mortal Orchestra are still relatively, well, unknown around these parts. That’s soon to change though – hey, maybe they’ll become immortal too – meanwhile here’s a nice little live version of their song Ffunny Friends shot in the basement of their record label. Check them live out at Prince Charles on the 8th February.
The Shellac Show is a cosy night in the King Kong Klub where you can kick back and listen to gramophone classics from the 40s, 50s and 60s – from Schlager to Foxtrott, Rumba and more.
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.
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 email@example.com and with a bit of luck you’re on the guest list.
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.