“Believe in the good of life” – Crossing Europe, ‘À l’intèrieur’

Linz, Friday 25th of April

Days like today, days on which I wake up, recognize where I am and feel a slow big smile spreading over my face even before I open my eyes always make me feel a bit guilty. I always feel like I accidently got served someone else’s portion and feel like any second there might a waiter come running to dismantle the error.

I’m at the Crossing Europe Film Festival in Linz, Austria where I’m gonna dj on Saturday. They invited me to stay a couple of days longer and for once I decided to take a couple of days off although the Musikverein is brimmingly busy at the moment but when aren’t we? So instead I’m chilling with the aforementioned big smile at a cute fake-chinese hotel room with dragon paintings and lots of bamboo. I had a yummy big breakfast and when I sipped on my second cup of coffee the radio in the background played one of my favourite songs: Hidden Camera’s “The Good Of Life”. Then I walked over to the festival center at the OK which is just around the corner, got my accredition pass and had the nice suprise of meeting a friend of whom I had totally forgotten that she works there and we chatted a little.

As this was a far too happy start into a day for a gloomer like me the first movie I chose to watch this morning was ‘A l’intèrieur’ / ‘Inside’, a french horror movie by Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo. It was nice aesthetic splatter entertainment. The story is about a pregnant woman who lost her lover in an accident. On christmas eve, the day her baby is supposed to be born, she gets hussled by another woman that turns out to be the driver of the other car involved in the accident. That woman had lost her baby back then and now comes to get hers instead. I love how striking, simple and strong symbols and taboos get played with. The holiness of motherhood, stressed by the mother supposed to give birth on christmas eve, gets torn down quite a bit. What I liked is the kind of broken mirror play that movie uses: Different aspects of the characters or constellations seem to mirror parts of each other, for example: One mother loses her child in an accident, one child kills her mother by accident, one child loses her mother and so on. The title plays at two things: From time to time you get the point of view of the baby in the mother’s womb, see how it is affected from the violence. And the whole horror action takes place inside of one house in which the mother is trapped. It’s a movie that seems to be interested in the beauty of cruelty. It celebrates the bloodshed and pain in a strangely attractive way. There is a dark beauty in the blood drenched sensuality that reaches an erotic high in a scene where the intruder slowly crawls over the body of the pregnant woman and kisses her. This aesthetic is somehow in contrast to the standard splatter imaginery that is also there, like when one kid gets a scissor rammed through his forehead and slowly pulls it out again. The movie isn’t totally consistent but still one of the best horror movies I’ve seen. It even has a amusing undead scene. All in all I think I twitched about four times, gave five grinning moans for explicit violence, and laughed at least three times.
Now I’m sitting at the OK center café and am waiting for the next movie while I type these lines and there’s supposed to be WLAN but of course I don’t get a connection. Tsk. I’ll have to post this later.

“You talk too much!” – a totally antisexist rave rant I might regret later on

“You talk too much! Shut up!
You always like to gossip, just like a girl.
You talk so damn much, it’s outta this world.
When you’re reincarnated, in your second life
You won’t be a man, you’ll be a nagging wife.
You talk too much.” Run DMC

Beware – Eve’s in arbitrary rant mode! I despise party flyers that advertise with female tits&asses and I despise all those pussyclubbing/polerubbinghoes-style club night concepts. Pole-dancers in regular youth nightclubbing, or that Coyote Ugly rip off crap? Pleeeease…

This antiquated male-heterosexist perspective doesn’t even really work: While it suggests to men that it’s the kind of party where they get to watch hot women dancing and promises a chance for sex, it suggests to women that it’s the kind of party where you get lots of guys staring and groping which doesn’t exactly sound like fun to many women. Or why else do those nights have to install stuff like free drinks and free entry for women to lure them in?

Of course there are women who desperately identify with that perspective on their sex and who are happy perceiving themselves through a male filter as long as they get a minimal dose of respect from the men in that scene. And sure they get that as long as they fulfil basic rules of cuteness and male-ego-stroking. They are welcome and encouraged as dancers and bar staff, sometimes they even may help decorating or promoting. But as djs or main promoters? There is a reason why most female djs (at least in this town) made their start in a subcultural / sociocultural environment where you got a higher sensitivity for overcoming classic gender roles. But that’s another subject.
Sooo back on track… there’s that kind of women who don’t have a problem with sexism. Like that slim cute blonde chick* who came up on the stage while I was djing with a friend and she said: “I belong to this and that club night but I know you don’t like us because we have tits on our flyers.” I went: “Erm.. yes, I don’t like promoting parties with that kind of motif. So what?” She said: “I don’t have a problem with tits on flyers.” In a tone as if it was something she was really proud of. Back then I just replied politely “oh, that’s nice for you” and hoped she would soon leave the dj place as I was in no mood for discussion in that situation and that late at night. But here you go, please, once and for all: In my humble opinion being a biological female doesn’t automatically qualify you to appprove of sexisms in the name of all biological women. Just because you can live with the consequences doesn’t mean all girls enjoy them. And there are differences: if it’s a more queer scene or a less male-dominated scene I also don’t have a problem with tits on flyers. See, it depends.

Over the last few years red light district style parties became more and more ‘normal’ for regular youth nightclubbing. With that scenes of blatant sexism also became more and more ‘normal’ again. Guys who think it should be taken as a compliment if they shove a comment about a woman’s tits in her face, guys groping girls on the dancefloor… ach, you know: that whole stale dumb heterosexist behavior that really can spoil nightlife for a woman. I don’t even think that guys who behave that way are aware of how bad it is. I don’t blame them for negative intentions but I do blame them for not thinking twice and not being aware of what they do.

The problem for a lot of insecure girls in such situations is that they want to be tough so they won’t ask anyone for help. At the same time they don’t dare reacting too strong because they don’t want to be judged as a fun-spoiling frigid feminist. It can be a tightrope walk. There’s hardly a “cool” way left to deal with such situations. Somehow you lose no matter how you react. Still most straight women today seem to prefer being reduced to some cute tits’n’ass-piece-of-meat to coming across as a feminist. Where does that fear come from? And who put that rumor into the world that being feminist excludes being cute and sexy and funny?

All the trouble with heterosexist behaviour was easy to ignore as long as it mainly happened at commercial club nights while the ‘underground’ clubbing at places like DESI or K4 was kind of a safe haven. By now though I get the feeling that our places have started suffering from those consequences too and thus maybe we should bring up that subject again. It might not happen often but it happens. I feel a bit helpless about how to make it clear to people that at our places we don’t accept that kind of behavior. Of course we want people to get crushes on each other, and dance sexy if they feel like it, that’s not the point, it’s all cool as long as it happens in an atmosphere of mutual care. Yes, you can abuse me as ‘hippie’ if you like. I think the dancefloor should be the ultimate place where you feel safe and careless and can let go and dance your ass off and not be afraid of some one groping you or ridiculing you.

I’d like to add that of course there are many more things to blame for heterosexism becoming a threat again. This blog is just about the little me letting some steam off. These points above came up in a conversation with a friend a couple of days ago and somehow they came back to me after browsing through a couple of music blogs yesterday. There’s so much good music out there that is made unlistenable by poor lyrics. Ironic sexism for the yaaawn!

There’s a reason why, for example, I prefer playing out MUSCLES to playing out BANGERS&CASH or all that TTC-related stuff, and it is not only because MUSCLES is the better music. In days where you get cheap porn offers whenever you open your email inbox or switch on the tv after 10pm lyrics like these are sooooo far more sexy than the bazillionst lines about “some dripping pussy that will get pounded hard no matter what”:

“I’m getting tired and I’m sweaty but I still want to touch you if you let me.
Cause we hugged a few times. It was special.
And well be working all night cause it’s pumping.
And you were special!
My hand slipped into your hand, and it was awesome,
and you were special.” ’Sweaty’, Muscles

A little reminder: Most of the times we – the promoters – only get to hear of trouble a couple of days later when it’s too late to react. We can’t change the way other places handle their shows and parties but we don’t have to accept that the same kind of behaviour slowly comes up in our scene too. I can only offer – and I can speak for the whole Musikverein here – that in case you feel treated with utter disrespect, no matter if physically or verbally, you are more than welcome to inform either the djs or the people at the bar or at the door or whomever of us you recognize. Don’t be shy about that. It is not just about you but please also think of other guests that person might make feel uncomfortable or even threatened. We depend on you, we’re in this together.

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*) Yes, I’m aware of this being a sexist and lookist description but hey, she basically expressed that sexism was fine with her. It was just like back when we played a couple shows with At The Drive-In on their final tour: In some town there was a MTV or VIVA crew to film the show and the female host of the show had a chat with our drummer about what it was like to play shows like that. Our drummer said it was mostly fun but a bit weird and what really sucked was guys in the audience that kept yelling “get your clothes off!” at us when we were on stage. The MTV girl totally didn’t get what was wrong with that. She seriously considered it a compliment. We just thought: Help! The myth of the woman who loves it when construction workers whistle at her came aliiiive! 😉

“Homosuperior in my interior” – eve massacre track & some mash up links

“Homosuperior in my interior
But from the skin out I’m homosapien too”
Pete Shelley

Here‘s the link to the online version of the article I mentioned in yesterday’s blog. Thanks for calling me “the grand dame of nbg’s night life” though I can’t help but think “the grosse dame of nbg’s night life” might have been more appropriate! 😉

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I stripped the vocals from “Mon Chi Chi Human” cause I hated them and edited it a bit and uploaded the new version. You can download a shiny 320kbps version from here:

Eve Massacre – Mon Chi Chi Human (dub version) MP3
(I won’t make it downloadable in the mysp player cause the quality sucks.)

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I’ve made a VIRB profile but that place still seems a bit quiet.

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I haven’t recommended mash ups in quite a while. Here you go:

Go to Copycat’s blog for a mix of my favourite Pete Shelley (beloved singer of the mighty Buzzcocks) song, “Homosapien” with Abba. And while you’re there also check out how he mixed Hot Chip’s “Ready For The Floor” with “Stand By Me”. If it wasn’t mixed so rough it would already be my favourite mash up of 2008. “Fade to pretty vacant” is nice too.

A nice electrotastique one comes from Paul V., you can get it from his myspace blog: CSS’s “alala” meets Chromeo’s “fancy footwork” over the beats of A Split Second.

And last but not least: Not-I made a political bootleg using Obama’s famous speech, Eminem and more over a D’n’B track by Optical. Get it from his blog.

“Me no ramp fi pop off!” – wanna win a Massacre Mixtape?

“Through me na sling no gun, but a smart the warrior
Smart, ca me a real poison dart!
As a real ‘ol warrior, me no ramp fi pop off,
But me a ‘ol poison dart” Warrior Queen

Just in case you wondered about the words to sing along to the refrain of “Poison Dart” by The Bug which still is one of my favourite songs of the moment. I confess that I don’t really have a clue what “me no ramp fi pop off” means but I love the line. The whole lyrics can be read here. I’m already excited about getting to see THE BUG & WARRIOR QUEEN live at the Crossing Europe film festival in Linz where you can catch me djing too. B.U.Z.Z.I.N.G.L.Y. excited, I am. BTW the SUB:CITY party last week was a blast and made up for the bad aftertaste a few problems at the Soph BB night had left. Thanks to the makers and djs and a great audience and the basstastic extra-subs.

Tomorrow, Saturday, you can read an interview with me in a local newspaper, the NN. Quirin and me had the idea to have an aftershow tape-djing party at next weeks MY AWESOME MIXTAPE show. The paper took the opportunity to aske me if I would make a mixtape and answer a few questions about mixtapes, the show, parties and what I’m musically up to at the moment. You can win the tape by writing to the paper, I don’t know the exact ‘how to’.

Enough ‘me me me’, let me heartily recommend you the show on 11th of April at the K4 in Nürnberg: MY AWESOME MIXTAPE sound like a geeky dancy musical cross between Subtle / Why? Anticon IndieHipHop, Hot Chip or Postal Service-style Electropop and Placebo’s nasal melancholy. Let’s not forget the support band of the night, as they are equally great: FONODA with their wonderful shoegazerish slow core. The tape dj thing after the show is free and everyone can take part as a dj and play 3 of their favourite songs from tapes. Please mail us to info@musikverein-concerts.de if you want to take part. Ach, or simply bring a tape or two. Don’t be shy! It should be fun. I think I’ve even heard that the band will also take part.

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I’ve just watched the first part of some pre-album-making-of-thing of JAMIE LIDELL on youtube. It’s not bad and not totally unfunny but what’s it for? Its main purpose seems to be showing how ‘different’ and ‘weird’ (in an interesting arty underground way) he is. Or do I just think so because the new songs sound so tame? He is an awesome entertainer and he does that modern soul thing better than most others but I think where he really stands out is his ability to do the tightrope walk between being a sexy and soulful entertainer with a great sense for humor while at the same time showing off brilliant technical and vocal skills and taking people on a journey from fingersnipping beatboxed old school soul to noisy experimental improvisation and back with a smile. When I once saw him live at the K4 it seemed everybody’s eyes were glued on him for the whole show, no matter from which musical background the different people in the audience came. It would break my heart a little bit if he is going to waste that talent and head only for some bland big band soul entertainer fame.

Person vermisst! Hilfe bitte!

Wir möchten Euch bitten, diese Nachricht an möglichst viele Menschen und Bekannte im Großraum Nürnberg, Fürth und Erlangen weiterzuleiten.

Unser Freund Norbert Paul Kinder ist in der Nacht von Gründonnerstag, 20. 03. 2008 auf Karfreitag, 21. 03. 2008 spurlos verschwunden.
Zuletzt wurde er gegen 2.00 Uhr morgens vor der Downtown Trinkbar in der Oberen Schmiedgasse, Nürnberg gesehen. Wer ihn danach gesehen oder mit ihm gesprochen hat wird dringend um Auskunft gebeten.

Hinweise zum Verbleib von Norbert nehmen Herr Scherbel von der Kriminalpolizei Nürnberg unter 0911-21125023 oder Frau Kinder unter 0911-5186425 entgegen.

Besondere Kennzeichen:
• Norbert ist etwa 1,60 Meter groß.
• Seine linke Hand ist durch einen Unfall vernarbt.
• Norbert trägt einen schwarzen Flesh Tunnel im linken Ohr.
• Als Tätowierung hat er einen Drachen, einen Totenkopf und ein Tribal am Oberarm.

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