“Shoes touching mud” – KTP and WIFS and <3s

“Sometimes I honestly want to join the festival goers in the rain, lose myself in the crowd, the music. Then I think of my shoes touching mud.”
TIGA twittering from some festival

Soooo  – friends! I hope not all of you will be at MELT (or the KV Straßenfest/FREEZE) on Saturday so we can have a fabulous night at the K4 too: WORLD/INFERNO FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY come and play (ca. 21:30) and KILL THE POOR (Qurin and me) will dj after the show (ca. 23:30).

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You better come over and let go and dive into the wonderful world of WORLD/INFERNO, of Vaudeville gangsters, psycho gamblers and firespitters and cuddly cute anarchists where you share your last sip of wine with scabby alley cats and hopeless romantics, and dance against all the sad and stupid things that are going on in our lives and from time to time threaten to drench all the hope out of us. Let’s forget about that for this one night, let’s make this night a spark that we carry with us into the greyer days to come, and let’s dance and dream and chat and kiss and hug and party together, and with ‘together’ I mean together. To quote WORLD/INFERNO – Let’s ‘stay on the charming site of drunk!’
If you come in proper evening attire, suit or gown, we’ll let you in cheaper.

“We dance to the sound of sirens” – electrofunk compilation for free download

“Wipe the blood of those knuckles …
There are other things that hands can do
To create or to destroy
Mini gods and goddesses…
We dance to the sound of sirens…”
Bloc Party

A while ago WORLD FAMOUS AUDIO HACKER invited me to be part of an electro funk originals / mash ups / remixes compilation and I said yes although it’s quite a challenge for me because that’s not exactly the genre I’m at home in. Was fun working on it though. For my track “Dance to the Sound of Unity” I used:

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Afrika Bambaataa & James Brown – Unity (Pt. 6 – World War III)
Math Head – Get Hype
Bloc Party – Ares
Dynamix II – Pledge Your Allegiance To Electro Funk

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The work on it is finished. WFAH put THE SOUND OF FUNKY BREAKS online for you to download for free right here:
http://breaks.audiohacker.com
I really like the used-record-look cover art work.
Thanks for all the work goes out to Derek WFAH!
Now go and enjoy.

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Bad luck stays with me. Yesterday I tried to install a flashy littly theme on my new notebook. Turned out a mistake. Something went wrong. Seriously wrong. Had to use my recovery disc and reinstall everything. Took me hours. No practicing for KILLING MISTER MOONLIGHT cause it was 11pm when I was done. Then I had a nice night out at the last ELEKTRONISCH ROCKEN party. (It will be missed!) I spent a lot of time chatting and learned a lot about scottish clan family politics. Missed my last nightliner bus and drank too much. Stumbled on the stairs and fell so stupidly that I sprained two fingers of my left hand and one of my fingernails got folded over. There even was blood. Yuck and ouch.
Today I tried a little bass guitar playing but it hurt more than I accept for practicising. Will try again later this evening. And there’s still tomorrow. At the moment I’m still willing to do the show but am curious what else will get in my way. When it rains it pours.
The good side of it is that I have decided to take today off of anything stressful and work-related and while doing so I only just realise how much I needed that. So far I’ve done nothing but having a long late breakfast and watching a few TORCHWOOD3 episodes. Sadly this series keeps killing main characters I like (and not all of them get revived). And they replaced the lightness and wittiness and the often LGBT-focussed and polyamorous sexyness of the first two seasons with a rather politics-centered plot that reminds me a bit of 70s sci-fi or catastrophe movies. And I don’t find it exactly daring that it all gets a bit more conservative and less surprising. Even the tough female gets pregnant just like a good woman should (yawn – hope they don’t start focussing on a job-vs-kid theme next season) and the queer stuff is almost tamed down to a ‘Streets of Philadelphia’ level. All in all it got not much in common with the fresh and new and daring air that older episodes like ‘day one’ or ‘kiss kiss bang bang’ had.  Still they manage to keep me entertained well so far. This season is all about the individual-vs-(police)-state-dilemma played out on a story about almost almighty aliens coming for the most innocent and weak humans: children. Classic stuff. Well, I’m off to watch the final episode now.

“Ice in my fire” – news and new eve massacre project

“I’m messing in the dark and feeling all alone
I got ice in my fire”
The Jesus & Mary Chain

So many news since I’ve last blogged that I hardly know where to start.

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I’ve started a new music project I haven’t blogged about yet: KILLING MISTER MOONLIGHT. Genrewise I think of it as ‘angst pop’. Shoegazing noise pop. Something like that. I was in the mood to get back to playing indiepunkish stuff with a real bass guitar. It feels good to have this alter ego for when the depression kicks in that – I guess – is the natural dark companion of partying too heavily. I’ll play live as KILLING MISTER MOONLIGHT next week, on Tuesday 14th at the K4 Zentralcafé. It will only be a short set because I sadly hadn’t had any time to write more songs and practice properly over the last weeks. Sorry bout that but sometimes I overestimate my multitasking powers. Here’s the KILLING MISTER MOONLIGHT MYSPACE and here’s a KILLING MISTER MOONLIGHT FAIRTILIZER page from which you can get some songs for free download. Spread the word!

The Crocodiles

The show next Tuesday will be support for the CROCODILES (ex-PLOT TO BLOW UP THE EIFFEL TOWER, ex-SOME GIRLS) who play wonderful 80s style wave/shoegazer indie rock stuff, like a 21st century bastard child of SUICIDE, JESUS & MARY CHAIN and LOU REED. They only play two shows in Germany: at the 14th of July at K4 Nürnberg and at the 15th at Bang Bang Club in Berlin. If you haven’t yet, check them out: www.myspace.com/crocodilescrocodilescrocodiles

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And we got a brandnew addition to the line up: As Cafe Marat in Munich surprisingly got shut down because of decrepitude (it will reopen, don’t worry!) Simon of the Musikverein had the idea to get a band on board that would else have an off day because of the shut-down and that would be a shame because they are a pretty fine band, posthardcore/emo style from Lisboa, Portugal: I HAD PLANS. Check out their music here: www.myspace.com/ihadplans

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Other news: I’ve stopped doing the CASTROP radio show on RADIO Z. The reason is simple: Lack of time. I don’t want to get sloppy. If I do that show I don’t just want to shove tunes down your speakers but want to give some proper thoughts and information with it. And that takes time that I sadly don’t have at the moment. As some of you know I’m part of a concert group, the MUSIKVEREIN, and we had some problems with the new administration of the building we put up our shows at. Things seem to be getting better by now though. If it wasn’t for some shows that I really burn for I might have gotten mad those last weeks. By now I’m really happy that we can bring PATRICK WOLF (3rd of ooctober at the z-bau) and THE PAPER CHASE (20th of october at the k4) to Nuremberg. My heart would have bled if we got the chance to have these two and would have to say no for some shitty reason. Musikverein-work has over the last 3 weeks given me my 4th or 5th shiny silvergrey hair, I swear, but I’ve just dyed my hair black again so all is fine and we can simply look forward to the shows. Yowsa. I love the new records of both of them, THE PAPER CHASE and PATRICK WOLF and will leave you with some of their music: PATRICK WOLF recorded 3 songs for a fine website called DAYTROTTER and you can listen & download those tracks HERE. And THE PAPER CHASE have a nicely disturbing/disturbed video clip to my favourite song of their new album (‘Someday This Could All Be Yours Vol. 1’ on Kill Rock Stars). The song is called “What should we do with your body (The Lightning)”. Enjoy:

PS.: Here you can read a a few lines by TRENT REZNOR about what he thinks unknown bands today should do to get their music heard.