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Music Montag: Erlend √ėye

by James Glazebrook

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We’ve slept on¬†Erlend √ėye‘s new album since it was released, but now seems the right time to celebrate Legao. Oddly released just after the end of summer,¬†√ėye’s second solo release is totally sun-baked, despite being recorded in¬†Reykjav√≠k¬†with an Icelandic¬†reggae group (which, apparently, is a thing).

So pour some honey in your Ingwertee, and bask in the humid, holiday romance vibes of “Garota”, filmed in Seoul. And for bonus open-air¬†√ėye, check out The Whitest Boy Alive’s white boy dancing in¬†D E N A’s ‚ÄúCash, Diamond Rings, Swimming Pools‚ÄĚ, which is also guaranteed to cure those winter blues.

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Ask √ľberlin #2: Snap Chat

by James Glazebrook

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Find out the secrets of Zo√ę’s success! For this week’s Ask √ľberlin¬†we help out a reader who’s looking for photography work here in Berlin. Listen in to learn about the humble beginnings of Zo√ę Noble Photography, how to set yourself apart from all the iPhone snappers out there, and which Berlin photo blogs and instagram profiles we go to for inspiration.

Oh, and if you’re a figurative artist and/or a fan of¬†K√§the Kollwitz, then we need your help! A reader who’s moving to Berlin in the new year is planning a study of the¬†local art icon, so if you are able to help, or know someone who can, then we’d love to hear from you. Drop us a comment on this blog post, or our SoundCloud, or send an email to the address listed below. Thanks a lot, art nerds!

Got a question for us? Stick it in an email to¬†ask@uberlin.co¬†and we‚Äôll answer you on an upcoming episode of Ask √ľberlin!

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Music Montag: J Mascis

by James Glazebrook

"j mascis 3" by Allison Harger, under Creative Commons (CC BY-ND 2.0)

“j mascis 3″ by Allison Harger, under Creative Commons (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Of all the indie icons currently spending at least part of their time in Berlin,¬†J Mascis has to be our personal favourite. As the creative nucleus of 90s alt rockers Dinosaur Jr, he was responsible for slacker anthems such as “Feel the Pain”, accompanied by this hilarious¬†Spike Jonze video:

But more, much more than this, Mascis has spent the years between Dinosaur Jr records by expanding his repertoire – recording doom metal with Upsidedown Cross, stoner with Witch, and chilled out and heartfelt solo material. Like this year’s Tied to a Star, which yielded another LOL-tastic video, which you can watch over on Funny or Die’s YouTube channel.

Join us in celebrating Mascis’ return to Berlin, by picking up tickets to next week’s show at Lido. Welcome back, Space Angel!

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Fantastic photos from Berlin’s biggest Christmas market

by Zo√ę Noble

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Tis the season! While all the other bloggers are seeking out the quaintest, most traditionally festive Weihnachtsmarkts in Berlin, we thought we’d go to arguably the worst and take the best photos of it!¬†Wintertraum, which stretches from Alexanderplatz to Jannowitzbr√ľcke, bills itself as Berlin’s biggest Christmas market, but really it’s a funfair – complete with candy floss vendors, vomit-inducing rides to test the stomachs of adventurous candy floss eaters, and what seems like a billion flashing lights. So what better place to test out the steampunk-y Petzval lens¬†I had on load from Lomography?

The¬†Petzval¬†comes in stunning gold, and apparently “is a stunning reinvention of the legendary Petzval Lens, which was first conceived of in Vienna, Austria, in 1840.” It works with both analogue and digital cameras, and allows you to take photos with a narrow depth of field, producing a¬†trippy¬†bokeh¬†effect in the background. I really enjoyed using it to capture the insanity of the Wintertraum Christmas market, including the creepy clowns, retro rides like “BREAK DANCE”, the possibly-BER-inspired “Chaos Airport” … and James’ beard! A photo opportunity if ever there was one. ;)

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Ask √ľberlin #1: Popping the Question

by James Glazebrook

Ask √ľberlin #1 Popping the Question

Welcome to the first episode of our first podcast,¬†Ask √ľberlin!¬†Here we answer reader Eddy’s adorable question: where should he propose to his girlfriend while on vacation in Berlin?

Is the¬†TV Tower¬†really the most romantic place in Berlin? And what is Zo√ę’s ingenious plan involving an engagement ring, a hot dog and the peacocks of Pfaueninsel?¬†Listen in for all the saucy details!

Got a question for us? Stick it in an email to¬†ask@uberlin.co¬†and we‚Äôll answer you on an upcoming episode of Ask √ľberlin!

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Music Montag: 19th Moon

by James Glazebrook

Nothing beats the rush of finding an exciting new artist to listen to, but sometimes that high is all-too-brief. Such was the case with 19th Moon, the US-born, Nigeria-bred and Berlin-based singer-songwriter we discovered on a recent edition of Expatriarch Radio.

We’ve already burned through the five tracks on her SoundCloud, which combine the moody introspection of The xx with the acoustic soul of India Arie and the avant-pop of Zola Jesus. At the time of writing, we’ve literally just missed a solo show by 19th Moon, so we’re going to keep an eye on her upcoming events for more. We suggest you do the same ;)

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Doggystyle: Julius and Mo

by Zo√ę Noble

‚ÄúShe is such a cuddly sweet puppy and I think she‚Äôll always remain a puppy.‚ÄĚ

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On the Street: The Peacock

by Zo√ę Noble

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Berlin streetstyle closeup of man in blue suit

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Expatriarch Radio: Planningtorock and James K

by James Glazebrook

Planningtorock by Teri Pengilley

Planningtorock by Teri Pengilley

Tune into the latest edition of Expatriarch Radio to hear the intriguing performer/producer Planningtorock speak to her prot√©g√©, New York expat James K. Selected for mentoring and support under the awesome Expatriarch Generations programme, K has delivered guest vocals for Physical Therapy and Mykki Blanco, and her own self-released EP (available at name-your-price on her Bandcamp). Originally broadcast on Berlin Community Radio, their conversation covers¬†performing live, inhabiting characters, living up to audiences’ expectations and honesty in music. Oh, and it includes tracks from¬†Hyenaz, Sarah Silverman¬†and Donna Summer!

James K is performing live, with DJ backup from Planningtorock, at HOT TOPIC vs. Expatriarch Generations tomorrow night at SchwuZ. If the previous event, featuring Peaches, Ziur and Ellen Allien is any indicator, the night will be unmissable Рso check out the full details here.

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Music Montag: CREATURES

by James Glazebrook

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I’m a fan of loaded, tragically romantic lyrics in my music. One of my favourite lines begins Elbow’s stunning “Newborn”: “I’ll be the corpse in your bathtub / Useless.” And another appears in the title track of CREATURES‘ new EP, New Campaigns: “I want promises running like trackmarks down my arm.” Damn. We’ve featured the Berlin-based two-piece on √ľberlin before, but their new release (out now on Wait What? Records and Motor Entertainment!) seems to be plumbing new depths of despair. In a good way.

If that sounds good to you, check out New Campaigns on iTunes, Amazon or Spotify. And if it’s a tad too emo for you (you weirdo), then maybe you’d prefer the swelling, lush sound of “Supposedly”, the lead single from the same EP. Beautiful.

CREATURES play live at the Schokoladen’s Lofi Lounge this Wednesday, 19th November ‚Äď full details here.

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