Sugarhigh got it so right on the weekend when they wrote: “So long, January. Don't let the door hit you on the way out. Nothing personal, but your departure means the light at the end of the dark, dreary, windswept, frigid tunnel is just that much closer [...]” Here is our CTM-heavy preview.
Matmos at HAU1: Eveyone loves Matmos,
right? These experimental music fiends just get the masses to follow
them. There is talk of the presentation of new material tonight, too.
Tropa Macaca, White Vogue and Thomas Zunk
at Madame Claude: Talking of experimental music. It’s another
Experimental Monday at Madame Claude tonight. With many folks attending
CTM events, you may even be able to fit into Madame’s concert den.
Norman recommends this gig and he knows his stuff. Boy, does he! So if
you want to talk the talk show up at Madame Claude’s tonight.
Myrninerest at HAU1: This is so hard to explain if
you are not familiar with but it is basically poetry. Dark, gruesome
poetry, melancholic at times. Though there is of course an important
musical element to this, it blurrs beautifully the lines between art
forms, with the records’ artwork being pieces of art, too. A perfect CTM
act as such.
Pantha du Prince & The Bell Laboratory
at HAU1: Interestingly, we have previewed this exact combination of
artistic effort before, back in September 2011, when Pantha Du Prince
was curating an art exhibition in Berlin. Now, the art-com-music genius
and his friends are performing at beautiful HAU1 for CTM and that sounds
like a match made in heaven.
Instrumentarium II (Boris Hegenbarth and Felix Kubin) at HKW: “Instrumentarium
is a performance series for musicians in separate rooms orchestrated by
Berlin sound artist Boris Hegenbart in collaboration with various guest
musicians”, says ctm.
This time, Hegenbarth invited Hamburg based electronic musician Felix
Kubin. Kubin has been around for like 20 years and by now he could
easily be seen as one of Germany’s most well-known artists in several
fields of electronic music, theater, performances and radio plays. He
combines intelligent content with moments of dadaistic humour and his
live shows usually turn out to be amazing parties. Don’t miss this!
Nicoffeine at Antje Ökesund: If you want to see something loud and noise rocky instead of all this artsy ctm stuff, Nicoffeine may be your thing. Read our last review and pay them a visit.
Sal Mineo at HAU1: Sal Mineo is a new project
of Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart and Eugene S. Robertson, the singer for
Oxbow. I have no idea how they sound like but I guess you could be
expecting something experimental and vocal/words based. Judging from the
two people involved, this just can’t be bad!
Gatekeeper and Demdike Stare
at HKW: Gatekeeper, a New York based duo, present their newest record
Exo this evening. They play electronic music that doesn’t sound unlike
stuff from Zombie Zombie or Geoff Barrow’s newest project Drokk, think
of analog synth sounds and krautrock references. Their newest record
however sound a tad more contemporary and ctm
describes it as a “play on late 90s club and commercial music.” Demdike
Stare sound a bit more ambient but still in the vein of electronic
Astra: The god of experimental drone is making an appearance in Berlin,
after years of absence. This gets a few people's blood pumping and
unless you have a ticket already, there is a good chance you will miss
out on this.
The Ruby Suns at
Kantine am Berghain: I am just going to make up a genre here for you:
Silly Folk. It’s ok, you can credit me officially on this. Folk music
with Mariachi influences and plenty of multivocal singing and clapping.
Now I know I am not selling this but I am actually rather fond of these
New Zealanders and it’s a nice break from CTM.