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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.

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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.

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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.

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Music Montag: DYLAN III

by James Glazebrook

DYLAN III is either insane or a visionary. Just check out the post-cyberpunk narrative about the “all-out computational arms race” that runs through “Quantum”, read with Gary Numan blankness over an oddly pastoral synth jam. Or the epic political rant that breaks down the lesson on “Iran”, like a 21st Century n-n-n-n-nineteen. “In this atomic game, reputation is at stake. But we face destruction, so things will never be the same.” Uneasy listening for the Wikileaks generation.

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Win tickets to Quicksand at SO36!

by Guest Blogger

By Mike T. West.

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Quicksand, one of the most influential post-hardcore bands of all time, re-enters Germany this month for some stinking festival appearances. But the real good news is that they are back in Berlin next week special like and we have a pair of tickets to give away to a lucky überliner! Find out how after these messages #tease

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Formed in 1990 as a New Yoik underground supergroup and featuring one of the founding fathers of hardcore (and former Berliner) Walter Schreifels, Quicksand took the first decade of this century off to form great bands (Rival Schools) and join even greater ones (Deftones).

Here is the band covering (and nailing) a song originally recorded by some band called The Smiths:

HOW TO WIN 2 X TICKETS FOR QUICKSAND AT SO36 ON TUESDAY 10TH JUNE:

Quicksand are playing the historic SO36 on Oranienstrasse next Tuesday, and the wonderful people at Trinity Music are giving a pair of tickets to a couple of lucky humans! Just leave us a comment below with the answer to this easy question:

What is your favourite punk cover of a not-so-punk-song? And why?

You have until 6pm on Saturday 7th June to enter. ROCK ON \m/

The Boring Bit (yawn, RULES):

1. You must be 18 years or older to enter.
2. ONE ENTRY PER PERSON!
3. Our favourite track win. Simple as.
4. Remember to include your full (real) name and email address, so we can contact you if you win.
5. We will announced the winners via our Facebook page on Sunday 8th June.

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Music Montag: ASA 808

by James Glazebrook

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ASA 808 is the dark side of Ansgar Rudolf, bandleader of the ambient post-rock project Hasta la otra México! We’re really looking forward to his next release “Ignorance”, which is already getting airplay from the likes of George Fitzgerald. Cop a listen to it in ASA’s exclusive mix for Electronic Beats, and find out how to win guestlist to his awesome TOYS night at Prince Charles below.

HOW TO WIN 2 X GUESTLIST SPOTS FOR TOYS AT PRINCE CHARLES THIS WEDNESDAY:

Leave us a comment below. It’s that easy!

You have until 6pm tomorrow, Tuesday 27th May. Good luck!

The Boring Bit (yawn, RULES):

1. You must be at least 18 years old 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. Remember to include your full (real) name or we won’t be able to put you on the guestlist!
5. We will announced the winners via our Facebook page on Wednesday 28th May.

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Music Montag: Bowie in Berlin

by James Glazebrook

Ahead of the David Bowie retrospective soon to open at Martin-Gropius-Bau, a clutch of our favourite Berlin acts have covered some of the Thin White Duke’s best songs. Leading the pack is bass maven Emika‘s otherworldly exploration of “Let’s Dance”, replete with gender-bending pitched-down vocals (eat your heart out, planningtorock!). The eternally cute coupling of Phia and her boyfriend Josh the Cat AKA Mez Medallion have recorded the oft-overlooked “As The World Falls Down” from childhood classic Labyrinth for Rolling Stone Germany, while Kool Thing went with one of my favourites, the epic title track from “Station to Station” (also available on a special CD compilation available with the May edition of the magazine). Dance magic dance!

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Music Montag: Jim Hickey – “Burning Forest”

by James Glazebrook

Second time up on the blog for Maltese-American Wunderkind Jim Hickey. For the video to his soulful quiet anthem “Burning Forest”, Hickey has stitched together childhood memories found on Hi8 tapes – shot a few years before he started playing in bands, touring in Germany and, oh y’know, opening for Elton John (seriously). Take a trip down memory lane…

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Music Montag: MOON WHEEL

by James Glazebrook

The biggest surprise about 65daysofstatic’s recent Berlin date was the stand-in support act, MOON WHEEL.The magnificently bearded knob-twiddler rattled C-Club with bass-heavy, expansive synth workouts that got the collected music nerds’ heads nodding.

What WHEEL himself describes as “music for contemplative listening, relaxation and dancing, inspired by nature, history and wandering” sounds to these old ears like a cross between primitive acid house, Howie B-style trip hop and the interstitials between Pink Floyd tracks. I recommend you start with MOON WHEEL’s Boiler Room set, before digging into his Berlin Community Radio show, The Journey. Full deets about this curious artist can be found at moonwheel.org. Enjoy your trip.

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Music Montag: Oum Shatt

by James Glazebrook

Oum Shatt. Photo by www.joekake.com

Photo by www.joekake.com

Oum Shatt are weird. I mean, just look at them. And that name – is it short for “oh, um, I shat myself”? Not that I’m complaining, because a touch of oddness usually helps when it comes to creating weird and wonderful music. Especially if you’re a German trio experimenting with minimal rock n’ roll sprinkled with Arabic influences.

We like the Berlin band’s own description best: “A bit of Ricky Nelson with a moustache. Or Ian Curtis naked in Cairo, half past three in the morning.” And we love Swiss producer Kalabrese’s remix of “Power To The Women Of The Morning Shift ”, which sounds like the kind of idiosyncratic psycho disco that Andy Weatherall would use to kick off a set. Get your ears around this!

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