“A Plague I Call A Hearbeat” – it’s all about show…

“A Plague I Call A Hearbeat” – it’s all about shows, innit?

“Still this pulsing night
A plague I call a heartbeat
Just be still with me
You wouldn’t believe what I’ve been thru
You’ve been so long
Well it’s been so long

And I’ve been putting out the fire with gasoline
Putting out the fire
With gasoline” (D.Bowie)

Today I decided to re-join the AUDIOPETS forces! Back to my monthly slot, the others being filled by Seppo Defect, Stefan Wagner and Maggie. It is a weekly 2 hours music show on RADIO Z, a wonderful independent radio station for the Nuremberg region that also has a livestream.

And: Little Evee Massacre plays at big FUSION Festival, 30th june. I’m not sure wether to cheer or to wet my pants. It is a rather big but non-profit festival that takes place on a former Russian military airport. This year there will play LOOPTROOP, DIE GOLDENEN ZITRONEN, JAHCOOZI, WEVIE STONDER, THE EX, THE QUEERS, DJ KOZE, NAMOSH, JASON FORREST, DAT POLITICS, WIGHNOMY BROTHERS, RUEDE HAGELSTEIN, SECURITYTAG, ADAM FREELAND, VITALIC and many many many more.

I made posters for the GRIZZLY BEAR show we put up on May 22nd. I hope they like Care Bears. I do. And at one point in my life I will grab some friends and we will also do THIS.

Wednesday me and Urte drove to Munich for the last show of the awesome THE YELLOW PRESS show and to meet some friends. Kafe Kult is a good  place. It’s one of those rare venues that make me feel a little bit like coming home whenever I enter it. Although I was terribly tired I enjoyed being there and talking and watching THE YELLOW PRESS. It was a really energetic and fun show and they will be missed. <3
Before we left I got a plate full of Kerstin’s yummy dinner and in the kitchen we discovered one of those football oddities that accompany this fucking world cup 2006: football sausages. I ask you why!? What makes human beings produce something like that?!

The CHRIS BROKAW (give “Cranberries” a listen if you visit his myspace-site) show last night at K4 was all about dark and warm indierock / country music with some twists whenever I thought it could become too traditional. Even the ZZ Top cover was great. It was a nice surprise to see Jeff Godard of KARATE playing the bass. And I met a friend I hadn’t seen in ages. Surprise encounters like that are wonderful.
Well, and today simply is a wonderful grey cuddlemonster of a day. It’s all rainy but you got colour dashes of spring blossoms everywhere. Not much work to do. An unusually short queue at the post office. The supermarket had cheap sweet strawberries for me. It’s one of these days on which things slow down a bit and it feels good and allright to be sad.

I recommend not only listening to SIMON BOOKISH but also to go and read the SIMON BOOKISH interview that CKID has put on his CASIOHEART-Blog.

And why not come to Bucovina Club at K4 Nuremberg tomorrow and have a vodka with me. Or two. Or three…

“Send Your Love” – back. with reviews. oi. “Send …

“Send Your Love” – back. with reviews. oi.

“Send your love back to me
from wherever you are
straight to the hole in my heart” (Van Hunt)

I have been quiet, I know. I have renovated two more rooms of my flat, and was offline for a while. I’ve seen many shows over the last weeks, had nice people staying at my home and watched lots of films.

I hadn’t been a big movie fan for a while and now I feel like making up for that. For example, I enjoyed and thoroughly recommend SILENTIUM, an Austrian film. Wonderful dry dark humor. Murder, the Salzburg Festival, Wagner, Schlingensief, sex slave trade, and a wonderful tragicomic Josef Hader as private investigator. LAND OF THE DEAD, the latest Romero classic – not really creepy but really enjoyable, and the way he works social criticism in made me smile. THE FALL BBC4 documentary. Wow. The Araki addict in me of course loved TOTALLY FUCKED UP and MYSTERIOUS SKIN. Everybody should go and watch all ARAKI movies they can lay hands or eyes on! Now! I also watched FIREFLY, a TV serie by BUFFY maker, Joss Whedon, which actually isn’t half as bad as its production having been stopped suggests. It’s a decent Sci-Fi Western. Oh, and I’m in love with the 2005 episodes of DR. WHO. Don’t know how I could miss out on that so long. I am also still enjoying LOST though I believe it works best if not being watched on TV but on a large dose of at least 5 episodes in a row and never ever watch the german version. The translation is awful.

As for shows, I liked ART OF FIGHTING, although I only saw half of their show and was a bit sceptic about the pregnant bass player. THE SHOW IS THE RAINBOW who played with SOME GIRLS were fun in a ‘trashy version of LES SAVY FAV’ way. Quirky postpunkpunk. Weird videoscreening and a singer who was dancing anywhere but the stage. I also really enjoyed SOME GIRLS this time, especially the last song they played, “Deathface”, with its angry heaviness. A songs that relies on the hypnotic effect of a noisy repetitive riff and screamed out anger squeezed into one word: “ape”. Even if much longer and less fast than the rest of their songs it sums up this band really good. What makes them special is that they strip hardcore from empathy, they erase the eagerness for identification from the listener. Especially live they don’t exactly make you feel welcome, they don’t entertain. They make me feel more like a by-stander at an accident than like a guest at a show. I like it.

Last Sunday, when SHOKEI and THE YELLOW PRESS played here, was a great day. I finished redecoration that afternoon. My right hand and arm hurt so much from all the painting and sandpapering that I hardly managed to screw my bookshelves back onto the wall but it was a really good feeling to have my flat in shiny new colours and floor and having got rid of so many useless things and to have done something with my own hands. Then, in the afternoon Kerstin and Tobi came for a visit from Munich and brought yummy lemon cake and we had time to chat along for a couple of hours before we went to the show. It always feels good to have them back here at least for a little while. A beaming Seppo took care of the bands and had organised a mixtape trade that also made me happy – I love mixtapes! And I got a really good one in exchange for mine.
SHOKEI played first, and it seems like the more they tour the tighter and more relaxed they play their tricky kind of posthardcore. THE YELLOW PRESS show was great and sweaty and intense (though I have to admit: it didn’t come close to the ultimate THE YELLOW PRESS show last year at TRAINSPOTTING festival where band/audience/energy/moment melted together into perfect cheerfulness. It was one of those punk show moments you can’t repeat.) I love all the energy that comes from their interaction with people and Steven and Jason sharing one microphone that stands in the audience but hey, it only works if you still sing into the microphone. I love their alternating vocals so it was a bit sad that they sometimes weren’t audible at that show. After them THE JOOL played some records. I had so much fun that night, talked too much, drank too much, smoked too much and when we got back to my flat I was so tired I fell asleep as soon as my head touched the cushion. Then a relaxed breakfast with Jason, Franz and Tim was a great start for another nice day. Oh my, I really am a happy person at the moment. Yuck. “Stupidly happy”.

On Wednesday the next bands invaded the Zentralcafe: GOGOGO AIRHEART and MISS T & THE JAPANESE TOURISTS. The latter played first, very goth, very ‘show’ which made me smile cause we hardly ever have bands like that play here. It was fun with what people compared it, bands as different as SEX GANG CHILDREN, BLONDIE, PENETRATORS and YEAH YEAH YEAHS. It was great to meet Cid again, who organised the MISS T tour, and of course dear Mr. Paul Drake, and the sweethearts that GOGOGO AIRHEART are. GGG AH played a really stunning show, merging indierock, postpunk and dub into an unstoppable cute monster of a set. I love it how they make one song flow into another and how unplanned and free their music sounds without getting lost in ‘jam sessions’. Then again I talked too much, drank too much, back at my last I even shared my precious Scotch whisky and enjoyed that I finally had a band staying at my place that appreciates the true gems in my record collection: We were listening to some ELO, JOHN COUGAR MELLENCAMP, WIPERS, DOORS, CAPTAIN SENSIBLE, oh, and HAYZI FANTAYZEE cause a friend of mine had compared MISS T with them. I had such a bad headache after that night. Never mind ANDREW WK, GOGOGO AIRHEART party harder. Took me half the day to recover and tonight I have to be back in shape cause I’ll spin some records with Tobi L, Casioheart, Discober and Stefan Wagner at one of our lovely SOPHISTICATED BOOM BOOM parties, and our friend Martina happens to celebrate her birthday there, w00t! To check out our playlists and fotos of the last party, go to www.sophisticatedboomboom.de

Have a wonderful week-end and listen to one of these tunes:
TIGA: Far From Home (Speed Of Sexor rmx)
ISLANDS: Rough Gem
THURSTON MOORE: Psychic Hearts
THE COCO SOUND: Rinse And Spin
VAN HUNT: Hole In My Heart
PRINCE: Black Sweat
SISTER SLEDGE: The Greatest Dancer