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Music Montag: NOT YOUR GIRLFRIEND / Evian Christ

by James Glazebrook

We love this short burst of Berlin imagery, layered with Photobooth self portraits, by the Berlin-based artist Sarah O’Neill AKA NOT YOUR GIRLFRIEND. Massive thanks to Art Connect Berlin for bringing this to our attention, and to Finding Berlin for pointing out that the music is “Salt Carousel” by Evian Christ.

Ask Lucy! podcast featuring James from überlin

by James Glazebrook

Mate. Lucy of Lucy vs. the Globe fame – and Sexpat infamy – recently asked me to be on her podcast, offering advice to the good people of Berlin. And here it is! If you were ever wondering how to move to Berlin, how to escape your WG and find your own apartment, or how to manage that long-distance relationship, then we might have the answers you need. Or we might not. Tune in to find out!

Music Montag: Snoop Dogg AKA Snoop Lion

by James Glazebrook

I’ve found the perfect excuse to sneak some Snoop Lion onto überlin! We’ve been asking our readers who they are most looking forward to seeing at Greenville Music Festival, and so far Snoop is the top dogg. The Doggfather is narrowly beating out The Hives and Maximo Park, with the live indie stalwarts leading the will-they-won’t-they-show-up Babyshambles and the swing-tastic Parov Stelar Band!

Why not tell us who you’d most like to see rock the Greenville crowd? Click here to enter our competition, for the chance to win 2 tickets to Greenville Music Festival 2014.

Silo Coffee visits überlin

by James Glazebrook

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We didn’t *just* set up a coworking space to give us an excuse to set up a standing order for speciality coffee, but a partnership with Silo Coffee is one of the very first things we sorted out! The guys from Silo went out of their way to deliver the first batch of beans themselves, and took the opportunity to give us an impromptu coffee-making demonstration while they were here. For the geeks out there, our grab bag of goodies included: a Suke Quto from Ethiopia via The Barn, a Huila Palestina also roasted here in Berlin, by Bonanza – oh, and one of the most sought-after coffees in the world, a Geisha. Morgan and Pavel showed us how to prepare the perfect AeroPress coffee and left us with a recipe for cold brew that I’m looking forward to trying out. Yay!

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If you’re interested in tasting Silo’s black stuff, here’s how:

– visit Silo’s wonderful café in Friedrichshain
– sign up for the Silo Curated Coffee Subscription, and get delicious beans/grounds delivered to your doorstop
– rent a desk at our coworking space! We brew up the finest specialty coffees every day, and I’m currently working out how to get it to come straight out of the taps. 😉

Win 2 tickets to Greenville Music Festival!

by James Glazebrook

[EDIT: this competition is now closed. Click here to see if we’re running any open competitions]

Walk Idiot, Walk! We’re stoked to be finally seeing The Hives live, at this year’s Greenville Music Festival. They’re no spring chickens, but then neither are the Rolling Stones – and we reckon singer Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist can give Mike a run for his money. IT’S A JAGGER-OFF! It’s a Jagger-off.

Want to see The Hives, or other awesome live acts like Turbowolf and Maximo Park in the countryside just outside Berlin? Or do you want to catch exclusive sets from Snoop Dogg AKA Snoop LionMethod Man and Redman, Hurts, Stromae and EDM megalith Avicii? Or maybe you want to see if Babyshambles will actually show up?

Well we have 2 tickets to Greenville Music Festival 2014 to give away! You’ll get three day’s access to “Germany’s dopest festival”, including parking. All you have to do is check out the epic line-up below, and tell us which artist you’re most looking to seeing. Easy!

HOW TO WIN 2 X TICKETS FOR GREENVILLE MUSIC FESTIVAL:

Just leave us a comment below with the answer to this easy question:

Which artist are you most looking forward to seeing at this year’s Greenville?

You have until 6pm on Monday 30th June to enter. GOOD LUCK!

The Boring Bit (yawn, RULES):

1. You must be 18 years or older to enter.
2. ONE ENTRY PER PERSON!
3. We will keep a record of each comment in a database and then a random number generator picks the winner.
4. Note: the tickets include parking but *not* camping. You’ll have to drive to the festival like an adult! (ticket details)
5. Remember to include your full (real) name and email address, so we can contact you if you win.
6. We will notify the winner via email on Tuesday 1st July.

Music Montag: DENA – “Summer Doesn’t Mean A Thing”

by James Glazebrook

DENA at At SXSW13 / pic by Tonje Thilesen

DENA at At SXSW13 / pic by Tonje Thilesen

“Summer Doesn’t Mean A Thing” is about the disappearing feeling of warmth and the faded colours of the summer when love is gone. It’s a song I wrote while trying to hold on to the last glimpses of a feeling in the middle of a burning heat a while ago. I was interested to explore the contrast between the intensity of summer life outside on the streets and the feeling of a freezing cold wind inside of me.

“Robot Koch, who is an excellent producer I had the honour to work with on a few tracks before, had sent me this beat and I immediately knew this was it. The sadness of the accordion described perfectly the vibe, and the smooth beat felt like the love you want to hold on to while it’s melting down like an ice cream under the burning sun.

DENA, talking to noisy.

Roamers

by James Glazebrook

Roamers window and plants

We love the quote that Neukölln café Roamers has adopted as its banner: “You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.” The man who originally spoke those words, American golfer Walter Hagen, sounds like a chilled fellow, so we think he’d appreciate the relaxed, rustic vibes of Roamers. Very much a (farm) family affair, the Pannierstraße hangout features plants from co-owner Flore Schmidt’s aunt’s flowershop, lamps and chairs from the factory his uncle used to work in, tables built by his stepfather and a counter made of the old door to his family’s pony stable. Schmidt has been cooking since the age of 15, and with his partner Chris Schiefner, creates healthy, tasty fare from hearty sandwiches (mmm Welsh Rarebit) to nutrient-packed salads and smoothies. They say they put all of their passion into every dish and, from the food itself to the furniture and fixtures, love is all around at Roamers.

Roamers cafe in Neukoln

Roamers cafe and vintage furniture

Roamers vintage details

Roamers cafe and vintage furniture

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Roamers chocolate chip cookies in jar

Roamers menu