The radically democratic organisation of everything that has to do with the radio station is quite an experience too. And though it often gets a bit complicated it’s a very good one. I can’t but recommend everybody to invest a little of their time in working with Radio Z, at least for a while.
The great variety that Z offers in its programme is crazy. Of course a lot of it is only interesting for a certain sector of people but isn’t that somehow the point? There’s no place for that kind of differentiation in other media. Where do you get single shows by and for african immigrants, feminists, prisoners, portuguese music and culture, people who’ve been to psychiatry wards, etc. Most media don’t air such special shows as they prefer to (I reject to write “have to”) fit their programme to an audience as wide as possible. That makes most programmes rather shallow and similar. Radio Z is different.
The music sector for example ranges from the finest club DJs in town to the indierock and punk/hardcore missionaries to the best in heavy metal, goth, jazz, experimental noise or world music. Where else do you get the chance to listen to half an hour of SUNN O))) on the radio? Or get introduced to the latest hotness in minimal electronic? All those genres get introduced by people who are true nerds in their niche of music. People who are part of their scene. People who are into it with their hearts.
I also appreciate that with Radio Z we got a local independent medium that’s free from interests of adverstising partners or others. I don’t give a fuck if Paris Hilton is in jail or not, or if a Gnu baby hatched at Nuremberg Zoo. I want information about a zero-celebrity being threatened by deportation or what’s going in about §129 at the moment. Or if it just appears to my friends that lately there’s a whole bunch of neonazis regularly hanging out and threatening people at the central station or if there really were more incidents. Or what’s true about the rumours that the DESI gets its subsidy cut for putting on some info events about G8. Or what’s true about the rumours that all the workshops and the Musikverein and the Café will get kicked out because they don’t fit in the city council’s future plans for the K4.
It’s not just the on air work that makes Radio Z so special. It also has a great community effect on people that I still enjoy after no longer being on air and that makes events like today’s summer fest really special.
I could write on like this for pages. There are so many things that I’ve learned to love about that wonderful unstoppable little radio machinery. So many shows and people that heavily influenced me. But instead of writing I’ll rather go to the fest and party and hope that many of you show up there too and – hey! – maybe think about becoming a member to help keeping such a great thing alive. I think it’s only 6 Euros a month and that’d hurt hardly any of you. Best you also buy the staff at the Z-stand a yummy cocktail when you drop by to become a member or buy a shirt or a lighter or ask some questions. Best you bring that cocktail for the people who work there from 08:00 – 10:00. Just saying. 😉
I pity the foo who wasn’t at the SKULL DEFEKTS show!
It was grrrrreat.
Pictures are up in the photo section on www.evemassacre.org
Next up we havethe wonderful Mr. TED LEO & THE PHARMACISTS
live @ K4 14.06.2007
Yes, that’s tonight.
I’ve been listening to “CIA” on repeat the last couple of days.
Can’t wait to hear his voice live again.
Oh, and The Flesh will play too.
Their new album sounds fine too.
It’s not just another dance punk thing but has a hint of World/Inferno or Starvations in it.
If you’re into noisy midrange electronix like Justice you might like this super secret little mp3:
“Fuck The Kinky System”.
(I’ve added some acapellas to the pretty cool Bloody Beetroots’ remix of Bob Rifo’s “Kinky System”).
Hope you enjoy it.
“I dont know where I’m going but (…) here I go again”
I don’t know what to think of all the G8 stuff. So many people with nothing but vague ideas of why they went to the protests. Is that better than not protesting at all? On the other hand, the most worrying part about the whole event was the demonstration ban. I didn’t expect that they’d get that through.
While writing this I’ve listened to a report about the closing speeches of the G8 summit and it makes me feel just as sick as bored. Nothing achieved but another huge media event. It was mad to scan through the reports in different news over the last couple of days. To be a bit scared about friends who could be harmed. To see the numbers of injured cops shrink from 500 in the news on Saturday to 10 cops that have actually been at hospitals and even they had no serious injuries. To hear about idiots that threw stones that hit their own people. Actually to idiots who threw stones at all. To read about how stuff got taken out of context, like that quote about “we have to carry the war into the G8 summit” which originally wasn’t a call to violence but a call to discuss the war as a subject at the summit. To see how one burning car multiplied itself to imaginary dozens of cars through the frontpages. To see Bono, that epitome of cynism, being celebrated as a “people over profit” saviour. Old news but maybe should be told again now:
“Bono, the rock star and campaigner against Third World debt, is asking the Irish government to contribute more to Africa. At the same time, he’s reducing tax payments that could help fund that aid. After Ireland said it would scrap a break that lets musicians and artists avoid paying taxes on royalties, Bono and his U2 bandmates earlier this year moved their music publishing company to the Netherlands.”
Here’s a link to the article.
One should think he had already made enough money from almost ruining SST Records over that NEGATIVLAND lawsuit back in the 90s.
Do you know the book “Die Berliner Simulation” by Bodo Morshäuser? Here’s a part from it that came to my mind in the last couple of days. Pardon the bad translation, I hope it still makes sense.
“This afternoon I’ve been at a demonstration. What can I say about it? It was the same as it always is. Of course it wasn’t the same as always. In the Bergmann street the howls sounded spookier than in the wide Martin-Luther-street a couple of days before. And the men of the SEK had never been this close. But it was the same model: a single provocation or a single intention are enough for the first assault of the police, and it’s just the attempts to flight that bring the shards and the battle. And then, Sally, I go home and what do I see? I see the model of a tv segment about a model of a demonstration. What’s real, slips over the back, just as always, and mainly things are said that have already been said at other places. That goes on day by day. Not the events but the models of the events are repeated. They dominated what happens. The emitions are set to two possibilities. We are supposed to stay within these models like in a hamster wheel, cause there’s nothing in them that stays real; except for the simulation.” * _ *
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Have I mentioned that we put on a SKULL DEFEKTS show on Sunday 10th of June at the K4?! Sweaty hypnorock. Postpunk with stonerheaviness. Switches on you inner strobe and blows your minds. Seriously, don’t miss it.
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My damn machine is getting slow. Got CPU puffering all over my Fruity Loops so I get lots of stuttering if I use too many wav-samples and effects at the same time. Takes the fun off making music. Makes me want to play in a real band again. It’s too hot to start figuring out how to solve it. So I blog instead.
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Is it okay that the BETH DITTO cover image of the NME makes me feel good? Simply for silly “yay, a cool fat woman” reasons?
And I had already thought I’d always have to stick to DIVINE for my favourite pop icon.
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SSOM were a wonderful surprise as they played an intense and varying kind of emo rock / posthardcore. Although it reminded me of a lot of 90s bands SSOM have an air of freshness about them that moves them beyond epigonism. They are totally nice guys too. They still seem to look for shows for a german tour in August – book them if you can!
After that TURBOSTAAT proved that they “still have it” if you pardon that expression. 😉
They were to play Rock im Park, one of those 60.000 people festivals, on the next day and their next record will be on a major, and stuff like that always makes everybody feel like saying goodbye to a band cause you know you might not meet them in the same context again. Rock im Park didn’t even get them a place to stay so they stayed two nights at massacre mansion. (With PLUS/MINUS that was my personal record: 4 band accomodations in one week.) Well, last Friday TURBOSTAAT played a show that was as good as ever, sweaty and rocking, emotional and fun. My favourite little moment was when I asked Seppo to shout for “Frieda und die Bomben” and he started shouting “Friiieda!” and they started playing it. I love that song. The special thing about Turbostaat is not just that they rock like hell and have lyrics that most of the time hit the perfect point between politics and emotions, and between ‘keep it simple stupid’ and ‘intellectually stimulating’ but also that they spread the impression that you are watching a band that is about more than music. Friendship, ideals, you can’t put a finger on it but they got that special something about them and I really hope they won’t lose it anytime soon.
On Saturday we had our SOPHISTICATED BOOM BOOM against the evil empire of G8. Thanks to everyone who came! Printing deco-robots and masks took ages so I was a bit late when I arrived at the K4 and got a bit hectic but it was worth it, it was a fun night. Mucho thank yous to our dream bar team: Melinda as the imperator (or later Darth Vader), Dominik as Han Solo and Simon as Obi Wan Kenobi, and the other mask invaders – Daniel and Ioakim, it was fun. At the beginning it was a bit weird cause people seemed to be in the mood to get the party going but it took ages till they really started dancing. We played a bit more guitar music than usually but had some nice electronic parts too, and with a slightly different style than the last couple of times. Felt nice. I played that John Cale / LCD SS “Where are your friends tonight” tune twice, once for every missing Sophisticated Boom Boom DJ. Yes, we missed you, Tobi and René!
My personal hit of the night was the Boys Noize remix of “Bom Bom Bom” by the Living Things.
We’ll have a second SOPHISTICATED BOOM BOOM party this month, at the 23rd of June, themed “What would a pirate do?” Fittingly I will give away free coloured mini-cdrs of totally copyrioted EVE MASSACRE mash ups to the first 20 guests. Spring cleansing style, yo.
“Guess who’s back…”
Dear Wiley, I’ve already picked “Eski Boy” as my summer hit 2007 instead of Justice’s “D.A.N.C.E.” which is too obviously made for that purpose. After listening to an illegal download of your album and finding songs like “Getalong Gang” and “Johnny Was A Bad Boy” not too shabby either I ordered a copy and happily paid for it. I must say my pleasure was spoilt when I opened it and got the in-your-face credits “To God and my father” or something like that. Next you thank your country or nation too, uh? Would be nicer to have some credits for the cool female vocals on “Nothing about me” as her vocals make are the only thing that make the track stand out. Remind me a bit of Warrior Queen. All in all the album is fine but has less of a sense of humour and is more conservative than I had hoped it to be.
My credits for this blog post go to cheap but very long cables and IMAP that let me do my work from the laptop in the garden. It feels a bit decadent to sit here with strawberry ice tea to my right, a dozing cat to my feet (at second look I’m not sure if he’s asleep or hit by a heatstroke), a summer breeze easing the heat… nothing to complain about. Well, one thing maybe: there’s a bird with a worm in his beak fixating me from a few meters away and he obviously hates at me because I sit too close to his kiddie birds that sit in a nest behind me. And if he doesn’t shut up soon I might forget about animal rights for a moment.
I feel sorry for not writing so much lately. On www.evemassacre.org I have at least put up some pictures of shows and parties I’ve been involved with in the meantime. I’ll try a little recap here.
The party with JOAKIM and Elektronisch Rocken and Sophisticated Boom Boom was fun. There weren’t as many people as we had hoped but enough to have fun. Joakim seemed a nice guy and he played a long and great set, one of the kind that takes you on a cruise through different styles without relying too heavily on hits. I like how relaxed and lost in his mixing he seemed. Totally not the fist-in-the-air kind of dj but more the chuckle-to-himself type whenever the crowd gave a little cheer. Nice. Oh, and Frauke’s ghosts&monsters decoration was awesome.
The next show at which I took some pictures was ATTWENGER. They are an austrian avantgarde duo that has a unique way of using with their dialect, using it more like a rhythm&sound tool just as in ragga or some kinds of hiphop. Both of then sing, one plays the drums and the other an accordion. I normally hate german/austrian folk music but they gave it a different feel and most of their music drifted off in postrock or krautrock parts anyway. It was a really good show and left me a bit more open to different kinds of music. Oh, and I loved when Hartl, who djed afterwards, started his set with Villalobos’ “Fiezheuer Zieheuer”. Fitted just perfect.
Another show I’ve enjoyed was the Nuremberg version of BLACK FLAG with Maik of the GENETIKS doing an great and funny Rollins impersonation. They played as support for the ANGRY SAMOANS of which I only watched two songs as they’d never really been my kind of punk and reunion-tours… well, reunion tours are for people who like reunion-tours.
A show that made me like indiepop again was PLUS/MINUS. Great melodies, a dash of noisy guitars now and then, great vocals, perfect level of trickiness, awesome drums that kept the tension up all the time… I loved it. Having an off day they stayed at my house for two nights, at least some of them cause there was a cat allergy problem… I will never get why people who suffer from that don’t mention it before they get to private accomodations. I think I remember one woman of JOAN OF ARC almost choking on her asthma because of it but she didn’t mention anything. Usually it’s no big problem to arrange an alternative place to stay and everything’s better than having people feel uncomfortable or even sick where they stay. I feel sorry for that.
More soon. I’m off to cook me something delicious and maybe going to a COMMON ENEMY show tonight. Build ramps not bombs. Oi. Or “Skate against G8!”. Or something.