“AM I EVI(L)?” – 2000sickmix and so…

“AM I EVI(L)?” – 2000sickmix and some notes

“Am I evil? Yes, I am.” Danzig

“Am I a bad person for finding it exhausting to be nice to other people?” Die Goldenen Zitronen

Well, the big storm hasn’t blown away my roof although it felt and sounded a bit like it last night, but no, I’m still here to feel slightly sick about news like this about a mother dying for her children and to feel a bit undecided what to make of the Stoiber news as his successors might be at least as bad as him.

I’ve been to two good shows since I’ve last posted: THE FUCKED-UP in Munich at the Kafe Kult, a show that – like I’ve already written somewhere else – reminded me of:

Who has seen the singer’s hairy back knows what I’m talking about. Just when you thought that was a genre you couldn’t have fun with anymore, these guys come along and play their nice and simple punkrock in such an energetic way that it’s simply contagious. And there was confetti. Old confetti that only came down from the wooden truss because of some crowdsurfers but as long as it’s not carnival time I love to be surprised by finding confetti remains in my clothes and bag for a few days.

The other show was DIE GOLDENEN ZITRONEN in Erlangen at the E-Werk. With their album ‘Lenin’ they’ve already made their comeback into my heart. An awesome record that manages to sound retro and modern as fuck at the same time, and has the best lyrics I’ve heard in quite a while. Personal meets politics, poetry meets quotations, and it’s less about messages than about making you think. The album is – what I like – a bit more quiet than its predecessors but the live show rocked as hell. I haven’t watched for quite a few years and they’ve aged, but aged in style. Or rather: charisma. Go see them on this tour if you still have the chance, they are worth the (not really cheap) entrance fee.

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In case you’ve wondered why I’ve been so quiet: Instead of blogging I’ve spend ages (okay, about one week) on a retrospective mix:


When I sat down to write down a ‘best of 2006’ list I found that it had been a really good year in music and by ‘good’ I mean there were many songs, sounds and beats that heated my passion for music, that inspired me. Writing down that list I suddenly felt that it would be much more satisfying to put that into a mix (although I’ll add a little write up about the songs and artists in there tomorrow). So I cut and timestretched and pitched and pasted until I managed to fit 88 songs into 66 minutes. It’s not one song after the other but more of a rearranged multilayered bastard thing: Hawnay Troof sings to a Placebo tune, a heavily-cut up version of The Locust interferes with The Raconteurs, Cursive sing over Justice’s “Waters of Nazareth”, Justin Timberlake dialogues with the Daughters. This is not for purists. Scene-cleansing purists miss out on so much. I love genre clashes that somehow work as a new whole thing. It’s like dialoguing with the music you like. Nerds, don’t fear the mainstream! Punx, don’t spit on the dance music! Chart pop addicts, get your virgin-like ears ready to embrace noisy grindcore! It’s in the Twothousandsickmix, please touch that stereo. Best listened to after midnight with your headphones on dancing in the dark.

Get it from this site as long as my momentary excess of bandwidth lasts.
(For the locals: – I might spread a few copies on cd-r on the SOPHISTICATED BOOM BOOM night next Friday and on the bardjingnight at the DESI next Thursday.)

Here’s the tracklist:

Oh, and please, seriously: If you think that a mix like this infringes your copy-or-whatever-right then please tell me and I will instantly take it down (and beep your track out). I personally believe that a piece that is so heavily edited and made for pleasure and not for profit helps to spread the word about the included artists. If it might have any effect on your potential customers at all then it will help selling the originals.

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On a different note I found today’s news a bit worrying: The G/E/M/A, the german version of A/S/C/A/P or B/M/I, won a case against R/A/P/I/D/S/H/A/R/E, a online storage service. It was ruled that the storage service is responsible for the content its users put there. That’s hilarious. It’s – as someone else has put it – as if a landlord was made responsible if his tenants store some stolen goods in the basement. Plus: Once more the G/E/M/A tries to quash the presumption of innocence on which – I had thought – our jurisdiction is based on. FFS, even labels and artists use free services like R/A/P/I/D/S/H/A/R/E to make music available to media folks. The G/E/M/A’s next aims of course are youtube and myspace.

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BTW, does anybody know what became of myspace’s plans to let artists sell their own music mp3s via Myspace? No label, no distributor, artists chose their own prices etc.? I had read about that a while ago but lost track. It didn’t sound too bad.

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