Great download opportunity: Kill Rock Stars ha…

Great download opportunity: Kill Rock Stars have a live album of experimental indienoisepop darlings DEERHOOF as free mp3s online! Get it here! It’s called ‘Bibidi Babidi Boo’ and contains some of their nicest tunes.

If you don’t already have I really recommend getting their bittersweet “Milkman” album (released earlier this year on KRS).

We had THE FALL playing at K4 last night and once more I got reminded of why I don’t like those big, ‘professional’ shows as much as the small ones. There are many more things to take care of (especially if a band tours without backline), and I always end up being rather wasted when the show starts. Same yesterday – when they started playing I was too tired to go upfront and just watched it from somewhere in the back. But they were nice guys, Mr. Smith didn’t live up to his bad reputation. 😉

And their show? It rocked and all, Mr. Smith used about every microphone he could get hold of on stage, and Mrs. Smith was especially cool, but somehow they failed to really fascinate me – maybe I’ve simply been to too many shows lately.

One of those shows was TREND at the Kunstverein, punk with a little bit of a Gang-Of-4-feel in it. I already liked their album and wasn’t surprised that they are a hell of a liveband. Their singer excused himself for not feeling fit but I can’t imagine how he would have done more jumping around – he really was all over the place, incorporating the audience (especially the ladies: he wouldn’t have had to tell us that he was solo – he really fawned on any woman that came too close to the stage.) I loved the bass players super dry sound and they were all really energetic. Oh, and they have some songs of their album ‘Das Produkt’ online:

“Aus dem Schrank”

“Das Produkt”

Tomorrow we’ll have a relaxed movie night with popcorn: JUNK – a Queer Shorts Trash Movie night at the K4, come over if you’re in the area! 2 and a half hours of underground films. And after that KATASTROPHE will play, a transgender hiphopper from San Francisco.

Yesssss! One of my favorite remix artists did …

Yesssss! One of my favorite remix artists did a remix of one of my tunes, clubbier than most of his work: CRY.ON.MY.CONSOLE remixed “with our lips glued together” and put it online here. Merci beaucoup! I love it.

DDF said: “This tune is orgazmic glitchatroniks of extraordinary magnitude!” 🙂

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Next episode of the show reviews: The DAUGHTERS played after PHANTOM LIMBS and that was exactly the kind of music I needed. Brutal, yet complex, well-played but fun. Each song a short attack, a smashing hardcore infusion. I like contrast and I got it here, in details, for example that feminine looking drummer hammering out this merciless double bass drum barefooted. Their singer did an amusing psycho show, standing with his back to the audience (maybe to show off his hankie code? 😉 ), did awesome screaming in the songs and grumbling about being sick between the songs. Reminded me of a bad mooded tomcat, especially when he complained about having coughed so hard that he had to puke, and then pulled a hair from his mouth – my cat always does that: first eat hair, then get grumpy and cough, then puke out those slimy hairballs. Bah. The bassplayer next to him had this nice bad guy moustache and headbanging metal posing – but hey, a 5 string bass guitar? I don’t knooow… Ach, lovely to watch, this band, and great music. Oh – and when I was uploading those pictures of the show I wondered: one of their guitar players either reminds me of someone else or he already has been here with another band. I hate it if my memory is so bad.

At some point late that night I was rather drunk and drove home with those guys, after chatting a while in my kitchen they they decided to board my laundry room and then I was far too tired to stay with them till their clothes were ready for the dryer, so I went to bed. Next morning it nevertheless seemed to be me who was most tired and I hope I wasn’t too grumpy when I made breakfast.

Only a short time after they left I also got myself ready for driving to Munich with Cris ‘unmono’ to play our second show together and to watch Lightning Bolt. It was nice to meet the dear Kafe Kult cru again and also Jörg from Esslingen and whoever else was there. Before us there was a local kraut/postrock band playing, really not bad, but a bit too hectic for my poor hungover head when they played some free jazz parts.

Our set worked out okayish, I think, at least it was fun to play, freeing (which still is the best feeling you can get from music), and people seemed to get into it.

LIGHTNING BOLT were breathtaking. The only other show I remember being equally loud was Ministry back in 1992. Still Lightning Bolt are anything but one of those loudness=dick size bands but two nice and caring guys who warned everybody to cover their ears before they started. Seems more like the loudness is about giving a bodily experience of their music. Although they are a noise monster of a band and their drummer is one of the hardest hitting and fastest I’ve ever had the pleasure to watch – not that the bass player is any slower – their music didn’t feel aggressive… it’s hard to describe but maybe it was the harmonies of the bass lines or the superdistorted little flakes of melodies the drummer sang or screamed with his self-built microphone thingy stuck between his teeth.

Most impressing band of the year. Or at least struggling hard for that title with Xiu Xiu.

Lari with who I played in The Flamingo Massacres reminded me that Armin of X-Mist wanted to sent us on tour with them years ago – looking back I’m really sad that they didn’t come over back then. I could have listened to them for hours.

After the show we talked far too long – it was 5 in the morning when we were finally back in Nuremberg.

And now I’m too tired to write on, but the TREND show review will follow. I can’t remember ever having seen so many good bands in such a short period.

Showreviews galore – today I have to write about a…

Showreviews galore – today I have to write about at least some of the shows I saw last week cause I feel like I haven’t yet digested them, like not really savouring the great bands I’ve seen.

Oh – and thanks for liking my “Too fucked to drink” mix so much, you’re almost exceeding my bandwidth!

After having a great night djing at SOPHISTICATED BOOM BOOM on Friday, a week ago – although we missed our fellow dj Discobert 🙁 – I went late to the Radio Z Fest that was on Saturday. It’s an annual benefit party for that independent radio station. I arrived just in time to chat a little and then see HANIN ELIAS, the cool diva of ATARI TEENAGE RIOT. I had seen her a couple of times before, and what was new this time was that she had two huge bass and guitar players with her, both pretty much the rock macho cliche with which they only broke when the guitar player kind of smooched the bass player. Well, there’s a thin line for me if it comes to fetish style but actually I liked the bass guy with his latex gauntlet and lipstick letters smeared over his bare torso. Hanin of course was the sexy queen of the night. She wore a white dress, deconstructing the innocence (which usually is associated with that) pretty well – after a wild show with pouring liters of water over herself and wallowing on the floor that dress sure was anything but clean and her tights were torn and all. Musically it was too quiet through half of the set, but when the sound was turned up, it was cool. I hadn’t listened to her new album yet, but live she sounds more dark wave now. (Absolutely no surprise that THE VANISHING ended up on her label, FATAL.) It’s hard with these halfplayback shows, especially if you haven’t someone doing the sound who knows your music, but it worked. I like Hanins strong women sex show that you might compare with Peaches’ – but Hanin doesn’t need plastic dildos on stage, she uses whatever is there, like bottles ‘ejaculating’ water when she sticks them between her thighs to open them one-handed.

Next day, Sunday, DAT POLITICS played at K4 and it was pretty disappointing that only nine people showed up. It’s so rare that we get the chance to have one of those Tigerbeat6-style punky electronic bands in town, and it might be even more rare that electronic artists are pushing boundaries AND are fun to watch. DAT Politics destroyed any cliche of the boring laptop artist, they are an awesome live band although they even had three laptops. They also played some drum pad thing, sang a lot, and I loved that shoulder strap keyboard. Cutest cruelest music ever. Soundwise they are the equivalent to Happy Tree Friends, cute pets being slaughtered with chainsaws or something.

On Monday I also stopped by at a show, Durango 95 and Dean Dirg, but I missed Dean Dirg and was too tired to give Durangos old school hardcorepunk more than a rhythmical nodding from back at the bar where I sat with a friend, feeling tired and old. Still it was a nice night.

Tuesday was a pretty busy day for me because some details about the Fall show on Monday had to be sorted out, and I still try to make a Hidden Camera + Sluts Of Trust show possible in December, and having to clear out half of a room to fit enough matresses for the DAUGHTERS in, didn’t make it less stressful. What really got on my nerves then was that my bass amp was gone when we wanted to practice one last time that evening (next day Cris and me played support for Lightning Bolt in Munich). That’s what sucks about shared practising rooms. After calling a couple of people a couple of times I found out who had it and he promised to bring it back before we had to leave for Munich on the next day. Grrrrh!

and the DAUGHTERS played at K4 that night, a show I was really looking forward to, cause it combined what I expected to be two excellent show bands. Phantom Limbs arrived pretty late because of heavy traffic and a bad routing: they came from Budapest that day. I hate it if bands don’t have the time to really arrive, get calm, get something to eat and all. Nevertheless they played a nice gig. The singer herded the kind of coy audience back with his wild gesturing and dancing. His snotty way of singing reminded me a bit of Jesus Lizard’s David Yow. Maybe it’s due to that association that I felt like at some point of the show the instrumental part of the music lacked drive. They played a bit too long. Although I really like their organ, the music somehow was too wall-of-sound-ish for my taste; there could have been more diversity – but don’t get me wrong: only to watch their singer was worth every minute of the show! I love these Feederz-Blurt-oh-classic-gentlemen-going-wild shows!

I stop here and destroy all possible thoughts about how cool it must be to put up shows by telling you about the other side: on this nice Sunday afternoon I have to meet with some friends now to clean up our venue, scrub floors and all. 😛


THE PAPERCHASE show a couple of days ago was brill…

THE PAPERCHASE show a couple of days ago was brillant – they are one of the tightest, most intense bands out there. Mr Congleton does a brillant show. I put some pictures on line in the photos section, but there’s no pictures of CHALLENGER who also played but whom to watch I was too burned out.

Last night we had one of our SOPHISTICATED BOOM BOOM parties and it was fun (must have been – I feel like it will take me weeks to recover. 🙂 )

Due to the lack of brain cells I suffered from that night, there’ll be no critical comments today but only dumb tracklisting of some of the stuff I played:

The Gaylettes: son of a preacher man

Frenchbloke: ich habe meine bizkit

McSleazy: ska-aterboi

McSleazy: smells like teen booty

Atari Teenage Riot: kids are united

Clash: janie jones

Party Ben: (ledzep vs beasties)

The Kleptones: break

Uminski: harder better faster stronger

Duran Duran: girls on film

TimG: walk idiot walk rmx u can’t stand up tall rmx

alter ego rockapella

Queens Of The Stone Age: feel good hit of the summer

Lisa Mafia: all over

Eve Massacre: surf be good to me

Air / Zongamin rmx: surfin on a rocket

Tanya Stephens: to the toptop

The Futureheads: carnival kids

Adam Sky: i am the fly

Now I’m off to the winter benefit party of the greatest independent radio station on the whole wide world : Raaaaadio Z! Hanin Elias plays and many more!