“Terror of joy” – new track, new reviews, new what…

“Terror of joy” – new track, new reviews, new whatever

“I myself am the key
To the next door
To the next
Terror of joy”
Das Oath

First I’ll have a new mix track from my chest, for those who’re not interested in my blurbs but just want the music:

“Teabagging Attack Of The Black Lillies Club”

You can download it free from this sub site.

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I finally received my vinyl copy of the new DAS OATH 10″.
Musically predictable? Yes.
Nostalgic? Maybe.
7 songs in 10 minutes? Sure.
Hardest to decipher lyrics since Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ album?
Decide yourself:

I say: Yes.
Beckett’s revenge style chaoscore that pumps adrenaline straight into my heart? You bet.
I’m in love.
Thanks for making and releasing this music despite “The Unendurable Pointlessness Of Trying”.

(Oh my, looking up their myspace to link to it for you, I’ve just remembered that ages ago on our final tour with Books Lie we stayed at Jeroen’s place for a couple of off days and how uncomfortable we felt to bother him and how he made us feel like wanting to make ourselves invisible. And how he (of course) had no corkscrew. Ha, and we played our shortest set ever in the Hague, was a show with Books Lie and Arab On Radar. I had almost forgotten about that.
I love Das Oath anyway. Truly.)

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I’d like to invite everybody to our Thunderbirds Are Now! show at K4 tonight!

After reading this review I’d say
a) we kill all Intro writers (except for Martin Büsser because he really is a nice person)
b) we better do our best to cheer those guys up! Are there soap bubbles left? Maybe throw paperfold birds instead of bottles and be just as wonderful as you are anyway most of the time.

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I’ve seen an awful lot of shows in the last two weeks and enjoyed most of what I’ve seen.

Blood Brothers in Munich were great. They seem to have more ‘quiet’ parts in their music today, parts that are about wicked rhythms and melodies. Of course there still are lots of screaming and noisy loud attacks too, else it somehow wouldn’t be Blood Brothers, but I enjoy that dancy madness. Reminded me a bit of At The Drive-In back in the days, although they’d never been that screamy. White Circle Crime Club, who played first, sadly never really touch me. It’s as if they have some flying dutchmen curse on them that makes them the ‘forever support’ band. They play good, they look as if they rock hard but somehow they lack that certain spark of originality that catches my interest. I guess ‘solid’ is a word that fits them.

It also was my first visit to the Feierwerk which seems a rather nice venue. We drove there a bit earlier to have a look at the venue as we have a ‘split’ hardcore festival with it in April: Keep It Evil will be in Nuremberg at the K4 on Friday, 20th of April and the following day at the Feierwerk in Munich. There already is a myspace site about it you can add to keep updated with the line up and all.

Next was Hot Club De Paris and Mondo Ray, a show I put on with the Musikverein at the K4. The Hot Club arrived early and were nice guys and were done with soundcheck and dinner at 08:15. They seemed to praise the food even more than other bands. Good vegan food is just one of the pros of punkish, d.i.y.ish venues: the more commercial ones seem to helplessly stick with pasta and tomato sauce if they try for it, and seem to ignore that there’s a difference between vegan / vegetarian cooking and dull ‘cutting out meat, cheese, cream” cooking that clearly is deficient and only helps the prejudices against veganism. Well, back to the time schedule: if it hadn’t been for Mondo Ray who had an accident (luckily nothing bad happened) and arrived late we could have started in time on that night. We really try this with every show but something always seems to happen that makes us start late. Sadly Sarga had put on Sport at the same night at the Club Stereo so there weren’t as many people as I would have wished to see that show but it was okay. The audience was a bit lame that night, especially when Mondo Ray played. I really enjoyed his Speedo/SWAMI rock which he delivered with a backing from CD that hadn’t just beats but a full backing band on it. I wondered if people didn’t get into it that much because of the ‘halfplayback’ thing which would be stupid. I enjoyed it. On two songs Hugo of Subrosa Falcon Association stepped in with wild drumming on a stand tom. The Hot Club De Paris started with a nice acapella intro before leaping into their impertinently catchy postpunk kind of music that is much more intense live than on the album. The little jokes between the songs were nice too, although someone said they tend to say the same stuff every night. Oh, and their drummer wore an Owls shirt which seemed quite appropriate: like with all those Kinsella bands (may I insert that I can’t wait for the Make Believe show in Würzburg in May or whenever it is) the Hot Club give you quirky melodies that even make lazy sods like me want to dance but then come up with break after break and 5/4 rhythms and other oddities. Nice. Hope success won’t make them straight.

Friday’s Not So Super Party wasn’t exactly crowded but exactly what my hungover head needed: a relaxing friendly night out. Saturday I went to the Soulnighter which was fun too. I hadn’t been there for ages. “Across 110th street” was a nice hearts in the air moment. Can’t get enough of that song.

Last Monday then, the An Albatross kids came to town again. Seb bought lots of Krapfen (is the english word for this seriously ‘bismarck’?) we gave away for free and which made it a really sweet and sticky night.

– Apropos: May I interrupt this backflash by complaining that the new Blonde Redhead album sounds like Air? I had to skip through it, couldn’t stand so much sugarcoated boring cuteness. Well, I guess this one will make them really big. Im just listening to a couple of those “you should have heard them” releases. The Arcade Fire album sadly is a bit boring too. Sounds a bit like Springsteen in some parts but isn’t half way as intense. Have I just written that I prefer Springsteen to Arcade Fire? Ouch. Well, bands seem to die too soon these days. No, not ‘die’, that’d mean they split and put a proper end to it. (I’d officially like to thank bands like Death From Above 1979 and the Testicles for doing so.) Instead of that there are far too many bands today who quickly turn into undead pale zombie versions of themselves. Almost as bad a curse as reuniting bands. Police? Van Halen? Cutting Crew? Pleeeeeassse! I’ve really had enough of you back then.
On the other hand: Maybe I just have a bad day. I don’t even like the new Chinese Stars album. I suddenly feel fed up with the sassy singing style that I’ve loved so much about them. Hm. It made me smile though, that the first 13 seconds of “Bored With This Planet” sound like Repeater-era-Fugazi and then switch to 2003-Franz-Ferdinand-guitars. Chinese Stars really are an awesome liveband but that album somehow doesn’t get close to it. Switching to !!!‘s ‘Myth Takes’ now. —-

On Monday An Albatross didn’t play their best show ever but as Against Me! put it: Even at their worst they’re still better than most. I loved the confetti and I loved the organ grindcore and I loved the love story of the night: the Duchess Says drummer was there with his girlfriend whom he had met when they played at K4 last year and now he’s over for a visit. Isn’t that romantic?

Reminds me of bigging up some friends: The wonderful Pirate Soundsystem has made a Duchess Says Remix everybody should own! (There’s also a Juan Mclean one on it but of course the Pirates do it better!) You can listen to it on their myspace and I really recommend downloading their XFM Crush Mix. There’s a link to a free mp3 on their myspace too.

Back again to the An Albatross show: The only thing that sucked was that Dominik had to throw out one guy who mistook hairobics for violent dancing. Duuuuude, you should now that trying to hurt people on a hippie-grind-show will only get you fluffed out! The only thing that could make you look more silly would be if you went up to the guys of the band after the show outside and told them the promoters are nazis and they never should play that nazi venue again. Oh, wait…

*insert a little snigger here*

Oh, and dude: “snigger” is NOT our secret racist hatespeek for “laughing at you”.
Good thing is that now after our cover finally has been blown for An Albatross I don’t have to hide all the swastikas and führer pictures at my home anymore whenever they sleep over.
After the show Osi and Krapfo put on some nice old soul and mod music and first it looked as if no one would stay but after an hour or so a few people started dancing. Eddie joined Krapfo behind the dj desk and they spun some fine music until pretty late. I was awfully tired when we got home.

Next day I was a bit hungover but it was nice to have time for a long breakfast (and for getting shown some hilarious cases of toy ads going wrong on youtube, like Mr. Bucket or The Oozinator). These guys really start to feel like family. 🙂

“Bend over Beethoven” is nice but that !!! record has some serious low points. That bluesy guitar in “Yadnus”? Nooooo, please. Overall it sounds too tame, too clean.

I’ve spend far too much money on records this month so you can expect some more reviews.
Quite classic but nicely energetic hardcore with a rude rock feel comes from La Piovra from Italy (Youth Attack rec.) and the vinyl looks so cool that I took a picture for you:

Another nice record comes from Ireland: Cap Pas Cap released a white vinyl EP on Skinny Wolves Rec. that is called ‘Not Not Is Fine’ and they sound like a cross between Electrelane and Les Savy Fav and back when posthardcore could also mean The Van Pelt (BTW – Does someone feel like selling me Van Pelt’s “Speeding Train” single?). Post punk with a postrock edge. Or rather: postrock with a post punk edge as I consider postrock as not very edgy.

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I accidentally cooked the worst pun of the week last night. Actually it’s so bad that I really shouldn’t post it. The pun, I mean. Not even I find it funny anymore. To think I’ve bothered taking a picture and post it here is purely pathetic. But here you go:

“Black Eyed Peas suck.”

“Here cum germs!” – SBB revisited, new mp3, bookin…

“Here cum germs!” – SBB revisited, new mp3, booking rant

“Here cum germs!
Peace and love is a silly thing!”
Alien Sex Fiend

Last week’s SOPHISTICATED BOOM BOOM was big fun (despite all our efforts to make it “the party to end all colds ever” didn’t work: I heard rumours about some people still being ill. We had anti-infection-masks and lots of handkerchiefs as deco and trading cards with cold symptoms like ‘cough’ or ‘sniffles’ and if you traded them and got all four of them you got a free multivitamin with a shot of vodka drink. We should have stuck to the plan to put echinacea into every drink that night. The dancing started pretty early which always is nice. It got rather crowded too, but comfortably crowded. With Inger and Wally we had wonderful people at the bar (and sssssh! top news: from the next Sophisticated Boom Boom on, 2nd of March, Wally will be joining the dj team). Musically it was the usual crossgenre joyride and I enjoyed myself very much. I remember vaguely that Casioheart played some Matthew Dear song that was nice and Discobert played a sweet Flying Lizards tune but as they don’t send me playlists I still don’t know which. Lazy sods, I tell you, all of them! Oh, and even the minimalism of “Fizheuer Zieheuer” worked on the dancefloor. It’s such a great tune to hear loud. My favourite new indie song is “You! Me! Dancing!” by Los Camesinos or what they’re called, and my bad taste track of choice is Mika – “Grace Kelly”, which tops off (wanna-be-?-)-gay mainstream glam à la Scissor Sisters with a hint of Freddie Mercury. Thank you wonderful people for making it such a great night, and here’s the flyer for the next one, so yous don’t miss it:

If you manage to classily contribute to that theme with your styling or some party utensil we might consider breaking our rule and play a tune you request. Seriously, so far I’ve only had one idea how to translate that “my reality is better than yours” slogan into deco, but we’ve still got a month of time and I’m sure we manage to get some holodeck or whatever to make it a proper party theme.

One of my latest bootlegs got played out too, “We’ll Never Be Your Friends! You Are Alone!” and here it is available for free download and ready for your praise or abuse!

Tonight, beware: Someone has let out those damn dogs again -> The wonderful ELECTRIC DOG dj team rocks the DESI with their unique blend of electrofunkminimalacidhouse or what do you call it? The other club night of choice for me would be REGGAE HIT THE TOWN, the strictly-original-45s rocksteady / reggae night at the K4. I guess I’ll drop by there first and then head to the dogs.

Last week was a bit quiet. Biggest news were booking-related: it seems to work out that in May JOAKIM will come to town, and hopefully TED LEO in June. Both of whom get me so excited that I hardly dare to say it loud cause I only will believe it when they step up the K4 stairs.

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I’ve got a little booking rant that I have to get off my chest but I ensure you it has absolutely nothing to do with the artists I’ve just mentioned! It was some other bands’ agencies that have pissed me off lately.

I hate it when you get a contract that is obviously an overzealous standard thing written by a totally unsensitive agency and with it comes a rider (technical stuff, catering etc.) that obviously comes directly from the band and shows them as nice down to earth people with a sense of humour, and even more important: as people who you instantly sense as being more on your level of handling tour things than on the level of their brown-nosing agency that sees the next big thing in them, the next band that could make them rich and whom they desperatly try to get the biggest comfort possible, or rather: what they consider to be comfort. I feel sorry for the bands that because of such agencies end up staying in some cheapish hotel where they have to get up early and have bad breakfast instead of getting a comfortable and caring private accomodation where they can get up late and get some decent breakfast.

Another thing I hate is when agencies repeatedly ask back about promotion, trying to make you feel as if you didn’t care about the band because you haven’t found one more zine or radio to present their band. Well, part of our work sure is to promote our shows. That means postering, flyering, getting the word out to media of all kind, and I dare say that we do quite a good job in that. What we don’t do and won’t do is repeatedly phoning every single paper, zine or radio station and get on their nerves till they present the show. We don’t say no to presentations and we often get them but it’s not our goddamn job to do that kind of intense and annoying promotion work. Get a promotion agency if you want that shit. Oh, that doesn’t pay? Really? FFS, that’s exactly the point: Don’t waste our precious time with your wanna-be big business antics if we talk about shows that maybe make 80-150 people come out. Or don’t work with us.

Another thing: Guestlists. Do you really think the 10th webzine that presents a show makes more people come to that show? It only shoves more people from the paying side to the guestlist side. If you can afford that, what about you paying for those guestlistspots from the band’s guarantee and explain it to them that the club is crowded but we haven’t made it over the break even? We can’t afford and won’t accept having guest lists on which a quarter of the audience gets in for free. Hey, for example: Why put all the members of a local band +1 on guest list just cause you book them? That might mean the loss of 12 paying people for us just to make your clients feel ‘special’. Fuck off. If you want to do that kind of ‘showcases’ then find someone else who pays for it, not the kind of d.i.y. promoters we are.
Oh my, to even have to think about stuff like that with shows of that size is ridiculous. It really spoils the fun and I have to like a band very much to work with such agencies again.

Did that sound bitter? Please, believe me, I’m not. There still are so many great bookers or bands who book themselves out there with whom it’s a real pleasure to put up shows, but most of the time that simply gives me a big beaming smile but doesn’t make me want to write a praise about them. Although they really deserve it.
To those out there who think: “Ha, that’s what happens if you work with bigger or more business oriented agencies!”, let me tell you: From my experience that’s not true. Over the years I or we have got shameless requests from bands that don’t even have a booker but book themselves, there was some asshole behaviour from d.i.y. bookers, and I have had absolutely fair and nice experiences with some of Germany’s biggest agencies. There’s no ‘rules’ about that anymore. These days they all deserve individual rants and praises.

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Another thing: The anti-gay website I wrote about before seems to have proven to be a hoax. I can’t see the point of that joke, if it really was one. Nevermind, there are more christian groups worth being disliked. 😉

For example, one of my pet hates are Jesus Freaks veiling their recruiting camps as d.i.y. punk clubs, like 13eins in Ansbach who are on myspace too and, funny little guys they are, seriously tried to add me. Also, any promoters of hardcore shows that put up bands with christian messages, please stay away from me.