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Resting at Rügen

by James Glazebrook

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We may not be too sentimental about our home on the northeastern shores of England, but we certainly miss the sea. Sure, Berlin has beautiful lakes, but they don’t quite fulfill our longing to feel the coastal winds whip against our faces, taste the salt in the air and gaze out towards the horizon where blue meets blue. That’s why we chose to spend our short summer break on Germany’s largest island, Rügen, which sits on the Baltic Sea (Ostsee), a mere three hours’ drive from Berlin.

For our first Oliday (holiday with Olive), we pointed our rental car due north and headed towards Trent, and a beautiful Airbnb with an ocean view and its very own sauna! Having set up camp, we started planning a week of wholesome outdoor activities, including visits to the white cliffs of Jasmund National Park, the tiny towns of Sassnitz and Sellin, and the Nazi’s half-built vacation resort of Prora. Check out the first of our holiday snaps, and stay tuned for more adventures of überlin on Rügen!

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Olive relaxing in the sun

 

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Metal Montag: Helmet

by James Glazebrook

By Mike T. West.

The months are getting darker and our beards are getting longer, which can only mean one thing – metal is coming.

To kick off a great few months of concerts, tonight we are celebrating the twentieth birthday of Helmet‘s seminal third album. Produced in New York in 1994, Betty is considered a definitive post-metal record and features our drumming man crush John “The Fit” Stanier.

Helmet will be playing the entire album and more alternative hits at the also super old and legendary SO36, tonight from 9pm.

Ohhhhhh Betty!

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Music Montag: Coal & Crayon

by James Glazebrook

We’re on our way to Rügen for a short break, so how about some driving music? Here is the island’s own answer to The Ocean, prog rockers Coal & Crayon. They’re playing in Bergen auf Rügen just after we leave, but we hope to catch them live soon:

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Filterhouse

by James Glazebrook

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The owners of Filterhouse have their priorities in order. By day, they serve an impressive selection of filter coffees, and by night, a full menu of gin and tonics. Replacing the reliable Café Matilda, Filterhouse is ramping up the hipsterfication of our beloved Graefekiez with cold brew and cold drip (where did summer go?) and paleo options which taste as good as real Homo sapien food. We can recommend the pancakes with blueberries, coconut, syrup and mint, the (non-paleo) roast chicken with lime and spinach pesto in coffee-encrusted bread, and the coffee… Oh, the coffee! I tried a Gichathaini from Kenya, which was like a rhubarb-y kick up my arse – and I can’t wait to try the rest of the extensive selection. If you like coffee and/or food, check out Filterhouse. If you don’t, get out now!

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Music Montag: DNA BLN

by James Glazebrook

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DNA BLN is kicking off Berlin Music Week with an epic night of live music from hot new artists, plus DJs, food trucks, visual art and more! The teenage metal fan in us is looking forward to Yorkshire metalcore troupe Backstab Burial (Huddersfield, raise your horns!), while our more sophisticated side will be nodding our heads to the cross-genre electronic soul of Switzerland’s Glitter Wasteland (pictured above).

But the real big news for fans of mid-2000s English indie (like us!) is the return of members of The Cooper Temple Clause and north eastern math rockers Yourcodenameis:milo with Losers, injecting a lethal concoction of prog and emo into post-Soulwax electro rock. Rounding out this first showcase are Janice Prix (below), Those Goddamn Hippies and We Love Machines, plus DJs like Losers’ own Eddy Temple-Morris (XFM). Scroll down for a taste of things to come, and for full event details.

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DNA BLN Launch Party [Facebook event]
Wednesday 3rd September, 9pm
Magnet Club, Falckensteinstr. 48, 10997 Berlin, Germany

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Bite Club

by James Glazebrook

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It’s frankly bonkers that we’ve not been to Bite Club before now. The regular street food festival combines some of our favourite things: yummy food, booze, DJs spinning disco and the company of friends and their dogs (B.Y.O.Bully), all enjoyed al fresco, on a beautiful Berlin summer evening. We headed to the Kreuzberg edition, situated among the shipping containers of Hoppetosse by Badeschiff, to sink our teeth into Bunsmobile‘s next level three-hour-braised bacon burger and Heisser Hobel‘s Käsespätzle - the most mac n’ cheesy we’ve ever had! For drinks, we sampled the best of the Singleton Whisky Bar, including the Boss Hog, a blend of Tailfire single malt, Grand Marnier, sea salted caramel, bitters and… more bacon! Topped off with an ice cream sandwich from Zwei Dicke Bären, we took one more glance at the stunning view down the Spree, before stumbling home to sleep the sleep of the contented. Make sure you don’t miss the next Bite Club!

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Music Montag: Berlin Current

by James Glazebrook

Berlin’s reputation as a world music capital is undisputed. The city’s signature sounds – house and techno – have defined its sonic landscape at home and abroad for decades. However, as creative minds from around the world continue to flock to the city in search of advantageous conditions for their work, Berlin is witnessing a radical expansion of its musical diversity at the edges of these scenes and beyond. What are these truly adventurous sounds and musics that are currently arising from the city’s maelstrom of simultaneously sounding musical styles and cultures? With Berlin Current, CTM Festival puts an ear to the scene and presents new, future-oriented musical ideas from Berlin together with Berghain, Boiler Room Berlin, BLN.FM, No Fear of Pop, and ICAS.

In its second year, Berlin Current is supporting the city’s emerging artists, including some already featured here on überlin - Lotic, Moon Wheel and Objekt - through live concerts, showcases and creative commissions. Here are just a few of the standout acts we’re looking forward to seeing at the Berlin Current kick-off concert at First We Take Berlin, and at other shows and projects later in the year:

These Hidden Hands

A collaboration betweem studio buff Alain and Chris Liebing protege (and Emika collaborator) Tommy Four Seven, These Hidden Hands warp the techno template into new and almost unrecognisable forms. It would take a hundred hidden hands to carry the weight of this shape-shifting Boiler Room set.

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Sarah Farina gets bonus points for coining a new genre description for her frenetic fusion of jungle, juke, hip hop, and UK garage and funky – Rainbowbass. Originally supported by Berlin bass queens Sick Girls, Farina is stepping into the spotlight as the go-to DJ for maximum BPPM (Booty Pops Per Minute).

Opium Hum

Last, but by no means least, is the excellently-named DJ alias of Michail Stangl, co-organiser of CTM Festival, Boiler Room Berlin and the Leisure System parties and labels. With predilections running from drone to doom metal, Opium Hum‘s sets take on the form of dark, hypnotic lucid dreams. 

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Free Your Stuff Berlin is getting weird

by James Glazebrook

Free Your Stuff Berlin is more than just a Facebook group where Berliners can give and get all sorts of um, stuff, for, well, free. It’s also a gathering place for Berlin’s poor and tired, its huddled masses, its wretched refuse – whether object or human. We’ve been watching the wall on the lookout for freebies, furniture and nicknacks for our new space, and, well, it’s been getting weird…

The strangely specific

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The overly optimistic

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The cheapskates

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The persistent

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Seriously, just buy a muffin tin.

The inattentive

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The spammers

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Hilarious name for a mix, mind.

The poorly-prepared new parents

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The colour blind

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The bonkers

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The busybodies

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The dreamers

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Awwwwwwww.

The up-to-no-good

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What’s the hurry? Homeowners set to return soon?

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Music Montag: dioramic

by James Glazebrook

When it comes to progressive rock, Berlin label Pelagic Records absolutely kill it. The home of The Ocean, managed by band leader Robin Staps, also excel at creating beautiful, collectible editions of their roster’s music, as evidenced by “Supra” – the upcoming third album from dioramic. Have to a drool over the sexy vinyl version (below), pre-order it here, or just wait for the band to play Berlin around its launch date (12th September). Help yourself to some epicity!

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Thai Park

by James Glazebrook

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You know how you’re always complaining about the lack of real spicy Asian food in Berlin? And how you won’t venture past Schöneberg on the U-Bahn because West Berlin? Well these two things are not unrelated – and the fact is that you can spend a lovely day out and eat some of the best food you’ve had since moving here, by filling your face at Thai Park.

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You’re looking for the middle of the field at the centre of Preußenpark, situated on the U7, just behind the fleamarket at Fehrbelliner Platz (here’s a map). There you’ll find a cluster of colourful umbrellas, under which the local Thai community are frying up their freshest, finest, most affordable national dishes. Grab a Som Tam salad or something far less heathy, order yourself a caipirinha from the cocktails and shisha stall (multikulti, na?), and find yourself a patch of grass. Then sit back and watch the hustle and bustle of one of our new favourite spots in Berlin.

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