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Music Montag: CREATURES

by James Glazebrook

CREATURES

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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Music Montag: Kool Thing

by James Glazebrook

Kool Thing by Claudia Kent

Kool Thing by Claudia Kent

You might already know Kool Thing, as the people behind this awesome cover of Bowie’s “Station to Station”, or simply as one of the best bands in Berlin today. The duo, sometime collaborators with aMinus’ Valentin Plessy, share with the Sonic Youth song of the same name a certain defiant attitude and a penchant for guitar noise, wedded to haunting synth lines and pulsing electronic beats. They’ve sent us their new track, which hints at a darker direction for their sophomore album, expected to be released early next year. We give you¬†”I See You (I Am You)”.

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Music Montag: The Brian Jonestown Massacre

by James Glazebrook

Dig! Movie poster

What is it about Berlin that attracts international indie icons? Apart from Iggy and Bowie, the city’s also been home to Pavement’s¬†Stephen Malkmus, Walter Schreifels of¬†Quicksand¬†and Rival Schools, J Mascis (sometimes) and,¬†um, the bloke from Travis. Anton Newcombe, the ringleader of the confrontational and chaotic¬†The Brian Jonestown Massacre, has also sought refuge here for the past few years, as a self-described¬†”artist/horticulturalist/babysitter”. For today’s Music Montag, we’re screening the whole of¬†Dig!, the Sundance Grand Prix-winning documentary about the love-hate relationship between the Massacre and their (former?) pals, the Dandy Warhols. As with many great docos, it straddles the line between fact and fiction, but it’s a sensational watch nonetheless.

Dig! from Retazovvorks on Vimeo.

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Music Montag: Earthship

by James Glazebrook

Earthship

“FOR FANS OF CROWBAR, MASTODON, ENTOMBED, DOWN”. Say no more, Pelagic Records!

Berlin’s Earthship have been cranking out “riffs taller than the mountains, backed by lyrics deeper than the sea” since 2010. Formed by Jan Oberg, a former drummer for The Ocean, the sludge rockers have had a revolving door lineup typical of Pelagic’s flagship project, with Jan’s wife replacing a bassist who “literally” disappeared(?), and Ocean founder Robin Staps leaving as his own band¬†grew in popularity. Out now,¬†third album¬†Withered¬†is a marked evolution in Earthship’s sound, a heady blend of stoner, doom and old school Swedish death metal they like to call “prog n’ roll”.¬†Listen on Bandcamp, and check out the loopy lupine video for “Serpent Cult” below. Howwwwwwwwwwwwwwwl.

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Music Montag: Jim Hickey, “Just to Find”

by James Glazebrook

One of √ľberlin’s favourite Berlin-based musicians has just released a new video! “Just to Find” by Jim Hickey continues the artist’s practice of piecing together short films from family home movies (check out “Burning Forest” here). We think the shaky, largely unpeopled scenes reflect the jaded sentimentality of the track’s lyrics, and the lo-fi nature of its production. But we’ll let Jim explain:

“Just to Find” was recorded live at LowSwing Studios straight to a vintage 16 track tape machine that I spent months bringing back to life. It was the first session the machine had been used for in decades! We did two takes of the track and were sure we had it but we put down one more because we knew we wouldn’t be able to edit it at all. The track didn’t even see a computer until after it was mixed. We kept the second take and that was it.

“Just to Find” comes from Jim Hickey’s as-yet-untitled forthcoming EP, which we’re really looking forward to. Rumour has it that he’s been recording with Phia too! For now… enjoy:

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Music Montag: Billie Ray Martin and Aerea Negrot

by James Glazebrook

Billie Ray Martin and Aerea Negrot

Two of our favourite divas together on one track! “Off The Rails” unites legendary house singer Billie Ray Martin with A√©rea Negrot, one of Hercules and Love Affair’s rotating cast of characters, on an old-school, dance-around-the-handbags club track. If you like this, you should buy it on BRM’s Bandcamp, and also check out this great Electronic Beats conversation between the two singers.

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Metal Montag: Helmet

by James Glazebrook

By Mike T. West.

The months are getting darker and our beards are getting longer, which can only mean one thing – metal is coming.

To kick off a great few months of concerts, tonight we are celebrating the twentieth birthday of Helmet‘s seminal third album. Produced in New York in 1994, Betty is considered a definitive post-metal record and features our drumming man crush John “The Fit” Stanier.

Helmet will be playing the entire album and more alternative hits at the also super old and legendary SO36, tonight from 9pm.

Ohhhhhh Betty!

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Music Montag: Coal & Crayon

by James Glazebrook

We’re on our way to R√ľgen for a short break, so how about some driving music? Here is the island’s own answer to The Ocean, prog rockers Coal & Crayon. They’re playing in Bergen auf R√ľgen just after we leave, but we hope to catch them live soon:

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Music Montag: DNA BLN

by James Glazebrook

Glitter Wasteland

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.

Janice Prix

DNA BLN Launch Party [Facebook event]
Wednesday 3rd September, 9pm
Magnet Club, Falckensteinstr. 48, 10997 Berlin, Germany

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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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