Music Montag: OY

by James Glazebrook

We’ve seen some weird shit in Berlin, but someone dragging a medicine ball-sized clump of dreadlocks through the streets? Hardly ever. The short and sweet video for Swiss-Ghanian vocalist Joy Frempong’s “Halleluja Hair” is fun, memorable, and also a pretty good advert for African Beauty Bazaar in Charlottenburg! Currently based in Berlin, the singer’s OY project is a vivid blend of “her kaleidoscopic voice, changing color palettes and variegated textures and styles. All blended together with mechanical utterances from samplers and other sound machines.” You can catch the awesome OY live show at Privatclub this Sunday – get tickets here, and get down!

Metal Montag: Funeral for a Friend

by Guest Blogger

By Mike T. West

Schieße mate! We’ve barely recovered from the ruination that was last month’s letlive. gig (black eye and severe neck trauma), and now the 40th largest minority in Berlin can rejoice as Welsh screamo legends Funeral For A Friend are back in town to remind us exactly how old we are.

Earlier this year, FFAF released their crunchy sixth album, Conduit, on which they avoid stagnation while cocking an occasional glance back at their hardcore roots. Basically, riffs. RIFFS! Here they are rockin’ a song from said record in Berlin earlier in the year:

Did we mention riffs?

It’s also the tenth anniversary of their landmark debut, Casually Dressed And Deep In Conversation (CDADIC), AND next month their long out-of-print demo EP, Between Order And Model (BOAM) is being remastered and re-released. Here is a reminder of how cool people looked in 2002:

Main support comes courtesy of righteous Brighton punkers, Gnarwolves, who are bloody brilliant and super nice lads to boot. Lubricating the mosh are fellow metal Brits, POLAR. Capital letters. Full stop. Wicked.

FFAF will be playing songs from CDADIC, BOAM and more this Wednesday at Magnet Club, Falckensteinstraße 48, 10997 Berlin, starting at beer o’clock.



by James Glazebrook

Did you know that Strammer Max, as well as being Saxon slang for a bonk-on, is a traditional German meal usually made up of (fried) bread topped with ham and a fried egg. If we haven’t just ruined it for you, you can order this delicious dish at Engelberg, a lovely brunch spot we found near Mauerpark. Serving up other modern takes on German (or Swiss?) specialities, such as Leberkäse (meaning “liver cheese”, but more appetisingly described by an Australian friend as “meat-sausage”), and doing so with care and efficiency – even on super-busy Sunday lunchtimes – Engelberg comes highly recommended. With a dick joke on the side.

Engelberg, Oderbergerstrasse 21, 10435 Berlin.