Depeche Mode Fan Exhibition

by James Glazebrook

Depeche Mode Fan Exhibition cassettes

Today we’re going to see Depeche Mode live for the very first time! But, for those not lucky enough to have tickets for the Olympia Stadion concert, there’s another show in town: Electronic Beats’ Depeche Mode Fan Exhibition, open to the public now. Until June 20th, the epic exhibition space in the former Warenhaus Jandorf is showcasing donations from the band, including Martin Gore’s shiny guitars and even shinier vests, alongside every kind of memorabilia imaginable.

Fans have donated drawings of their (sometimes unrecognisable) heroes, fanzines, flyers from Mode-themed parties back in the 90s, and oddities like the Playmobil-based Depeche Mode in a Box. Visit the Depeche Mode Fan Exhibition website for more details – including a link to Electronic Beats’ virtual fan exhibition – and if you want to check out another extensive collection devoted to some music legends, check out Berlin’s Ramones Museum.

Depeche Mode Fan Exhibition Warenhaus Jandorf

Depeche Mode Fan Exhibition figurines

Depeche Mode Fan Exhibition Warenhaus Jandorf neon

Depeche Mode Fan Exhibition Martin Gore guitar

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Depeche Mode Fan Exhibition fan art

Depeche Mode Fan Exhibition Depeche Mode in a Box

Music Montag: Best of Berlin 2012

by James Glazebrook

Music Montag Best of Berlin 2012

What have Roxy MusicDepeche Mode and Thom Yorke all got in common? They’re all in our epic “Best of Berlin 2012” playlist, a collection of (most of) the tracks I’ve posted on every Music Montag for a year. But what have they got to do with Berlin? Well, you’re going to have to read the original posts to find out, which you can get to via the epic list of tags at the bottom of this post.

Or you could just listen to the playlist, which features more obviously Berlin acts like Alec Empire, Bodi BillPan-Pot and Modeselektor, plus local expat stars Emika, IAMX and Phia. You’ll notice that some of the more underground artists I covered haven’t yet made it to Spotify (sorry!), but otherwise this is a pretty well-rounded, surprisingly danceable mix, interrupted by the odd short, sharp metallic shock 😉 One for Silvester, maybe? Enjoy…

Music Montag: Depeche Mode, “Everything Counts”

by James Glazebrook

Rewatching the video for Depeche Mode’s 1983 single “Everything Counts” prompts two questions: what is that thing Martin Gore’s blowing on? And… IS THAT BERLIN? I can’t help you with the first thing, but the awesome Kreuzberg’d blog can confirm: yes, that is Skalitzer Strasse, and the Berlin Wall, and yes, there the pasty Essex boys are hanging out at Wannsee. I had no idea that the Mode recorded two albums at Hansa, the Berlin studios that Bowie made famous, or that the city featured so heavily in this video – so thanks to andBerlin for pointing out that Kreuzberg’d have a DM crush as big as ours!

Video Exclusive: K_chico, “Burn”

by James Glazebrook

k_chico Burn

I’ve been writing about music long enough to feel like I’ve heard it all before. So I get super-excited when I see or hear something unique (to me), like K_chico‘s new track “Burn” and its photo-morphing video:

Berlin-based K_chico namechecks blues legends like John Lee Hooker, but obviously draws just as much from electronica – with “Burn” also tipping its hat to Depeche Mode and the quieter moments of Black Strobe’s Burn Your Own Church album. The video, directed and produced by the artist himself, was a real labour of love – those three-odd minutes took five months to plan and shoot.

Some more facts about the awesome “Burn” video:

Pre-production – 5 months
Days of shooting photos – 2
Total photos taken – 3,072
Photos used in the video – 256
Average time taken to morph one scene – 6 hours
Scenes morphed in total – 108
Scenes used in the video – 42
Actual videos used in video – 3

You can find out more about K_chico on his website, and hear what makes him tick by listening to his mixtape of “love songs” from Nick Cave, Ladytron and (!) Mr Oizo. ♥

Music Montag: Mode, MOTOR and the Martins

by James Glazebrook

Depeche Mode, 1993

What a great week for Depeche Mode fans! Firstly, Martin Gore has added vocals to the title track of MOTOR‘s brand new album, Man Made Machine. Check out his contribution below, and visit Amazon to pick up a silver foil-packed copy of the album (which also features our other favourite Martin, Billie Ray – Berlin’s queen of electronic soul).

Then on Friday, I’ll be DJing at Feeling Modey, Feeling Gloomy Berlin’s Depeche Mode party. Click here for full details, but all you *really* need to know is that I’ll be playing back-to-back classics from Mode and their offshoots, and that it will be five times as awesome as my already-pretty-awesome playlist below. It’s going to be MORE THAN A PARTY! (yeah?)