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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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überlin Official Opening Party

by James and Zoe

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Wow, that was a blast! Last weekend, hundreds of friends, fans and randoms joined us and raised a glass/bottle of craft beer to the opening of our brand new coworking space and photographic studio. We were overwhelmed with the sheer number of people who came, the all-round positive wibes, the fact that people stuck around long after the booze ran out, and the many opportunities to catch up with – or meet IRL for the first time – the people who’ve supported us all these years.

At the risk of getting all Oscar winner on you (it was an honour just to be nominated), we’d like to say thank you to all the people who helped make the party such a huge success. In no particular order…

Everyone who came, drank, tweeted, ‘stagrammed, tagged our postbox, chatted, laughed and played Cards Against Humanity (you wrong ‘uns).

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Our cotwerkers, for putting shots in us, generally being lovely and reminding us why we decided to do this in the first place <3

Our bartender Julia, for keeping her cool and keeping the drinks flowing, and to Maj, Christian, Mike, Ana and Hannah for helping out when demand got, well, ridiculous.

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The people who provided the drinks: Schoppe Bräu for the Kreuzberg XPA, Brau Sturm for the Prototyp, Our/Berlin vodka, Berliner Sommer and Thomas Henry. Special thanks go to Kiera from the Global Craft Beer Festival, Lucy vs. the Globe and Sina from DESCAPE for the hookups, and Marcus from Alchemist Gin for distilling a delicious and exclusive “übergin” (with freshly foraged mirabelle, juniper, coriander and a touch of black pepper nomnomnom).

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überlin resident INgrooves for their generous sponsorship (and the emergency Jack Daniels!).

Sarah from A Color Bright and Hannah (again!) for the event tips and advice.

Olli for coming through with the last minute branding touches and installing our “ü”s and that “überlin” lightbox that blew everyone’s minds on arrival.

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Kathy Kunz, who introduced some much-needed interior design details to the space. Oh and for putting the final finishing touches on it – flowers for our vase, and a bow for Olive’s collar :)

Chris, for taking these wonderful photos, and letting Zoë take the night off!

Our neighbours from inside and outside the Haus, for turning up and prosting our new venture. It’s nice to know that not everyone thinks we’re ruining the Kiez ;)

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Everyone who shared the event beforehand, including a certain someone who let the “free drinks” cat out of the bag early (YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE ;) ). And NotMsParker from Kreuzberg’d, for writing up this sweet review.

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Extra special thanks to my wonderful wife and partner Zoë, for hustling to put together such an awesome event, looking amazing in a jumpsuit and for keeping her head when I was losing mine!

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Photographed by Cristopher Santos.

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Music Montag: Dream Koala

by James Glazebrook

10 reasons to love Dream Koala

1. That name. Dream Koala.

2. This self-penned biography:

Laptop genius since 94′ / Vegan post j-pop

3. This face. LOOK AT IT:

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4. This remix of Chino Moreno’s †††, proof positive that Dream Koala digs everything Deftones:

5. He REALLY likes the Deftones:

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6. He’s also remixed BANKS, breathing thick sativa smoke and nervy energy into the American ingénue’s “Change”:

7. His own music, which warrants its own genre classification. May we suggest: stargaze.

8. This appropriately astral image, in which Koala seems to be channeling the spirit of Goldie’s Metalheadz:

9. He’s just moved from Paris to Berlin, reassuring us all that we do indeed live in continental Europe’s coolest city.

10. He reminds you of the fact that this city is full of talented creatives trying to carve out their own creative space. On that note, can anyone hook him up with an apartment?

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überlin’s Mega Metal Bar Crawl

by James Glazebrook

20140801-211429-uRaise your glasses! Raise your horns! And join us and our ragged horde as we drag our shuffling corpses through the fetid streets of Berlin, in search of liquid nourishment and heavy, HEAVY music. If you’re brave enough to follow in our footsteps and recreate the überlin Mega Metal Bar Crawl, here’s where your journey begins…

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Paules Metal Eck
Krossener Straße 15, Berlin 10245 (map)
We started off by returning to the first Berlin metal bar I ever dragged Zöe – and my poor sister and brother-in-law – to. And sure enough, three years later and Paules Metal Eck hasn’t changed a bit. The doomy interior is still charmingly decorated with dragon heads, carbonised figures writhing in agony and a mummified corpse suspended over the pool table. And there’s still Newky Broon on tap! We gathered outside to drink beers in the dying light of the day, and steel our resolve for an evening of down-tuned guitars and questionable drink choices.

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Halford
Mainzer Straße 15, Berlin 10247 (map)
When our friend Heather first complained to us about the bar she lives above – the one with the statue of Rob Halford on a motorbike outside, that plays dodgy thrash all night (turned up to 11) – we just had to add it to our bar crawl. The Metal God has now had his legs lopped off and been dragged inside, where he stands opposite the stud-lined bar, behind which another Halford doppelgänger mixes up wildly-experimental cocktails loosely fashioned after some of the heaviest bands of all time. Two of us struggled to keep down a Slayer – a heady blend of Baileys, blue Curaçao, banana nectar and sambuca – while Zoë wisely opted for the relatively light Sepultura – imagine a mojito with tequila and strawberry juice (and try not to gag). Mexikaners sunk, palates cleansed (ish), and we were off to the next bar!

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Brutz & Brakel
Proskauer Straße 13, Berlin 10247 (map)
Did you ever have a cool uncle who spent all his wages decking out his bachelor pad with massive TVs, dart boards, and shelves full of all the weird music he introduced you to? Well, Brutz & Brakel is like his living room, if he’d had the space and money to install a full bar. It’s also the de facto fan base HQ of local death metal band Postmortem and the basecamp for Stromgitarrenfest, Berlin’s most brutal music festival. Needless to say, they aren’t used to gangs of expat hipsters rolling in and ordering shots that basically consist of liquified, alcoholic cheesecake. Not for the faint of heart. \m/

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Monterey Bar
Danziger Straße 61, Berlin 10435 (map)
A short tram ride and we find ourselves in the heart of craft beer and stoner/doom/all-kinds-of-awesome metal, Monterey. After more Mexikaners (the best we’ve ever had), a few bottles of Mikkeller, and a failed attempt to focus on the free play arcade game, we settled in for some end-of-the-night shit talking. A big shout out to the ever hospitable Adie who kept us lubricated with his finest ales and let us bother the clientele with hours of Tool and the Deftones. Oh, and our mate Lozzy, who’s going to live painting a mural on the walls later this month. There will be skulls!

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Thanks to everyone who came along on the crawl, especially our Gruppenleiter, Mike from Demons Galore, who organised the whole thing. Truly a master of muppets!

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Music Montag: Milwalkie’s new video for “Black Alexander”

by James Glazebrook

Our favourite Berlin-based Scottish brothers are back! Milwalkie have just released the video for the lead track from their new album, which follows the boys on a sun-drenched trip through Berlin – along S-Bahn tracks, across overgrown, junk-strewn wasteland and into graffiti-covered abandoned buildings. This is sure to delight fans of this great city, ginger-tinged beards and jangly indie pop alike. Enjoy ”Black Alexander” and stay tuned to Milwalkie’s Facebook page to find out where to pick up Adjustments, released next week.

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