Thursday, 29 December 2011


Sorry we were/are lazy busy, so hopefully you got along without the preview for this week. But you probably were able to decide for yourself between the five concerts we had in the calendar this week.
In the next days there's Palais Schaumburg on Friday, the Schokoladen Silvester concert and party with Solemn League, Ampl:tude and Robotron on Saturday and there's Austra on Sunday.

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Preview: the week ahead (19th - 25th Dec)

It being the Christmas week and all, there isn't much going on around town. You may have guessed. So here are a couple of things worth your attention in the run-up to Christmas. 

Indias Indios at Madame Claude: Experimental music, influenced by ethnic music, but quite out there. Last time this man performed with this solo-project, he supported High Wolf. This should give you an idea. 

Blockflöte des Todes at BKA Theater: Anyone who sings about Fair Trade cocain trade in Berlin or an allergy to girl's hair makes me smile. This is something between singer-songwriter music and comedy, very clever and well worth your Monday night planning. In German lanuage btw. There are several videos I would like to share with you, but just youtube it yourself. Here is the one with my favourite lyrics:

Phantom/Ghost at Flamingo: Anyone who likes Dirk von Lowtzow's slightly ironic lyrics, in German when singing with Tocotronic, but in English in this project, will love Phantom/Ghost, where he is merely accompanied by Thies Mynther on piano. Thus his lyrics really carry weight in this chanson set up. Absolutely mesmerising. I hope there are still tickets available!
William Fitzsimmons at Heimathafen: The maestro of atmospheric singer-songwriting is making a Berlin appearance that is so highly anticipated, Heimathafen had to add a second date. Take that. Should be good.

Chuckamuck at Festsaal: Probably gig of the week. Fun German lo-fi garagy indie rock that will get the room swinging. Yeah baby!

William Fitzsimmons at Heimathafen: This second date was added because of the high demand for the man. If you didn't get your ticket yesterday, today is your chance.
Peter and the Test Tube Babies and Deaf Kennedys at Lido: UK punk veterans PatTTB are making in appearance in Berlin and this girl might just go there. Ever since I heard Blown Out Again on the Birdhouse video The End, I have been hooked on this band. Just believe me, you will dance your little ass off. As an additional bonus: Who doesn't like a good old jig to your favourite classic punk songs? Deaf Kennedys are a fun cover band and maybe exactly what you need to let your hair down in the run-up to Christmas. Extreme fun!

Jonny Freedom at Schokoladen: More comedic songwriter music in German language for you, this time less folky and more chanson-like. And very funny. And really, what else were you going to do on Christmas Even, huh?

Mexican Elvis coming to town!

I had entered this date into the calendar incorrectly. El Vez, man of my youth dreams ever since he performed on Alternative Nation, is performing at C-Club tomorrow night, making you laugh, dance and think, yes, even think. He's the man and I love thee!

Here is a video showing the Mexican Elvis in full effect:

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Saturday night: grand Raum Opening

Loophole, Raum 18 and Raum 20 have been on the search for a new location. The search is over. The opening party is this Saturday. Go to Ziegrastraße 15 from 11pm if you like it noisy. Live concerts will take place from 11:30pm until 2am.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Quick review: Bare Wires

What can I say? This was sweet, albeit not new, and we enjoyed ourselves. The boys in Bare Wires do know how to rock out and get a crowd moving, not making any annoucnements in-between songs but just rocking on, from one song into another. And it was all very fun, garage rock with Ramones influences. 

But I didn't come away in awe. I loved the evening, I enjoyed myself thoroughly, but it's just not new or innovative. I may have forgotten about this gig in a year's time. Unless they come back and rock even harder. And that's entirely possible.

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Preview: the week ahead (12th - 18th Dec)

Christmas is getting closer and events in the calendar scarcer. But don't despair. There is fun to be had.

Total Control and Diät at Marie Antoinette: Total Control are good! They're from Australia and play nice Synth Wave Punk. Diät from Berlin play something not so different but without synthies. Think of an evening with punky Joy Division/Warsaw music.

Das Racist at Festsal Kreuzberg: In the mood for nice hip hop stuff? Check out das Racist, they're from New York and do great indie/alternative hip hop that's both funny and musically good.

Black Lips and Sponges at Lido: Garage rock at its best, with surfy guitars and played by good-looking blokes. Really, you can't go wrong.
Hush Hush and Novo Line at Madame Claude: Hush Hush is an extremely dancable 80s inspired (think Prince) solo music project that will get everyone to party hard. It's a shame this is happening on a Tuesday, the weekend would be more appropriate, but don't let that stop you moving those bodies! Novo Line will get you in the mood with more abstract electronic tunes.

Omar Souleyman at Kesselhaus: If you went to Group Inerane a few weeks ago you probably also want to go here. Omar Souleyman is like a Syrian pop star. He plays a notable mix between traditional arabic folk music and crazy dance elements. He's getting hiped big time for a while now, worked together with Björk, released stuff on Sublime Frequencies and played several tours all over the world.
Buke and Gase and Bachelorette at Monarch: It's official beautiful music night at Monarch. Beautiful tunes in a beautiful setting; let's hope the PA plays along.

Clayton Thomas at Altes Finanzamt: I saw Clayton Thomas when he played together with Chris Corsano at Festsaal Kreuzberg (read the review of the concert here) and they were awesome together! If you're in the mood for some free jazz experimental music, get your asses over to Altes Finanzamt this evening. I'm pretty sure it's going to be worth it.

Clayton Thomas and Axel Dörner at Exrotaprint Kaserne: Your second chance to see Clayton Thomas this week, this time together with Axel Dörner, an experimental trumpet player I saw a while ago supporting the Ex, read about it here.

The Chameleons Vox and Frank the Baptist at Festsaal Kreuzberg: The problem with reunions from once great bands is that they just suck most of the times. The songs and the musicians probably stay the same, but the spirit doesn't and being ripped out of it's temporal context it's just "not the same" anymore. The Chameleons Vox are somehow a reunited version of the Chameleons and the Chameleons were seriously awesome. They were a dark wavy british post punk band founded in 1981 and originally existed until 1987, then reunited for a short while in 2000. Now their singer Mark Burgess recruited a new backing band, slightly changed the band name and goes on tour again. They already played Berlin in January and I went to that show not sure what to expect. It actually turned out pretty nice, they played most of the songs from their Script of the Bridge record and in the end I didn't regret going there. So, especially if you're into the Chameleons music and/or like bands like Interpol, Editors and stuff like that, you should consider spending your Sunday evening at Festsaal Kreuzberg.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Review: Thurston Moore + Carla Bozulich

John Maus on Saturday, Hot Snakes on Sunday. Nothing could possibly top this. Think again. Monday night, J. and I went on a date at Volksbühne, where Thurston Moore would make this an unforgettable evening for us.

People have been wary of his solo endeavors. What if they would be too experimental? Or in contrast, what if he would just turn into an old ex-punk folk dude? And isn't Beck the producer on Thurston's album? What if he's turned LA funky? But his solo album is wonderful and one of the best albums of this year. Mr Moore's soothing voice, dark folk tunes, noisy endeavors and all spiced up with a good portion of Beck's production genius. However, we were unsure as to what was going to await us in terms of a live performance.

Our worries were dumbfounded. Once Carla Bozulich had given a startling performance with her two-people-project and an array of instrumentation, Thurston Moore took the stage with a full band consisting of a harp player, a violinist, a drummer and an additional guitarist. The man himself needed exactly five items to perform: two acoustic guitars, between which he would alternate throughout the set, a microphone, a music stand and a lot of water. Neatly dressed with a suit jacket and tie (but jeans and trainers), he immediately made an impression on the audience that was intently listening to every word he would say or sing. Yes, he is admired. Rightly so, I may add.

The darkened room at Volksbühne and the comfortable theatre chairs made me a little sleepy. But the moment this man entered the room and grabbed his guitar, he received my fullest attention. His music is as youthfulness as his looks (there is something odd about looking 15 years old for your entire life, and who knows how he does that). Yes, it is folky but kind of dark, and at least every second song would turn into a noise fest, which sounds great when a harp and a violin are involved. And you can hear Sonic Youth in there, intentionally or not. Inbetween songs, he would sometimes read out beat poetry. I assume he wrote those words himself or I presume he would have credited the author. This lyrical component to the evening made the performance more interesting, not that it needed it. But it made you realise that there is a true artist in front of you onstage.

Thurston Moore is so unpretentious. He doesn't need a guitar technician with him; he just stops the song and tunes the guitar. He made sure to introduce his band to the audience, twice. And then there were those encores. He played a fairly long set, then came back twice for encores. But no, this audience wasn't going to let him go. When the lights had already been switched on, when the first people were already leaving the room, the majority of the audience was still clapping and shouting so much, he actually came back for a third encore of two songs. Now that is dedication!

When I left Volksbühne, high from what I'd just witnessed, I was surprised by another performance that took place outside on the steps of the building. A three-piece, of which I never got to know the name, were playing with a guitar, a drum set up and some computer/keyboard equipment. It was freezing cold outside but a considerable amount of people had gathered around this group and were dancing and celebrating this rhytmic post-punk music. I stayed for two songs and loved it. All of it. The really good music, the fact that it was so unexpected, outside in the cold, the fact that people were actually stopping and dancing despite the weather, the fact that this was taking place in the centre of Berlin.

John Maus, Hot Snakes, Thurston Moore, and spontaneous music on the steps of Volksbühne: people of Berlin, we are so privileged.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Review: John Maus + Gary War

John Maus has come some way. Within one year, he's gone from a sold out West Germany gig to selling out Berghain's Panorama Bar. There is a hype around this man that's reminiscent of the way people were following Daniel Johnston in the late 90s.

This hype was apparent when I arrived at Berghain well early but the queue for the cloakroom was so long, I had to skip it if I didn't want to miss Gary War. And I didn't. I saw Gary War a couple of years ago, when he supported Child Abuse, whose performance was so disappointing that it made Gary War look really good. I wondered whether Gary War was as good as I remembered or whether Child Abuse could take all the credit for that impression. The man had justed started playing when I arrived upstairs. He plays a whole bunch of pre-recorded and sampled music to which he rocks out with his guitar. It's a one-man-show that makes you wonder slightly why he doesn't get a band together to support him, the way Ty Segall does. He looks sort of lonely on a relatively big Berghain stage, just him and his guitar. But musically, I always enjoy his mix of rock and noise and psychedilica that's unique and fun to dance to. The perfect opening act for John Maus.

The break between both artists was incredibly long. Or so it seemed anyway. Tension was building up and space was getting scarce. And this is where I started to hate John Maus' popularity. The hip youth surrounding me, pushing from all sides in a hope of getting closer to their hero, was either not used to attending rock concerts, or plain rude. I was pushed, trampled, had cigarettes held in my face and had to listen to some of the dumbest conversations in a long time. I was getting sufficiently aggressive, and when some girls tried to squeeze into the non-existent space between myself in 2nd row and the folks in first row, I saw red and pushed the two girls, with their cigarettes and their closet friend, sternly ahead. I was getting dirty looks, but boy, this group of people was really getting on my nerves big time.

I was glad when John Maus eventually came on stage. Finally, the tension was going to be unloaded. The man that is John Maus looks like your average math student or maybe someone working at a car rental agent. But as soon as his first pre-recorded song starts, he goes insane, scares his audience with antics from screaming at people to pulling his hair to almost ripping his clothes. It's just him and a microphone on that stage, there isn't even a mic stand in sight. But you never miss a thing, indeed, it's what makes this performance more impressive. Imagine you were in a museum and this was performance art you'd be watching and you get pretty close to what John Maus does. But this is Berghain and there is a gig audience that is reaching its hands out to this performer as if he was a preacher, their messiah. It's incredible to watch and discomforting at the same time.

I didn't stay for the encore. As much as I was mesmerised by the performance and as much as I love the songs, while you are incredibly impressed for the first three to four songs, by the tenth, you've kind of seen it. He doesn't vary or add to his performance. It is what it is. I was sick of people and made my way down the big metal staircase that I love descending so much. I always feel like Cinderella leaving the ball early. And it's almost what it is.

A friend told me a few days later that John Maus still remembers his performances at West Germany and almost wishes he'd never played anywhere else in Berlin. I can sympathise.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

BATALJ this Friday. Oh yes!!

J. found out that "oh nice, Batalj (+ Mr. Marcaille + Sergant Dennis) are playing at Köpi this Friday! They're awesome live, if you like edgy noisy and chaotic hardcore (think of the Locust or An Albatros) check them out!" We like indeed!

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Review: Hot Snakes

Whew... I won't say much about this. My expectations were quite high but I didn't get disappointed!
The support band kind of sucked though. I mean, I don't get why so many bookers let bands play together that sound so similar. It's like first having to stand through a boring rip-off of the band you want to see, before that finally happens.

At least I secured a nice place on the balcony again, which was a good thing because Festsaal Kreuzberg was packed and stuffed. But it was still okay and not unpleasant and I sort of expected a sold out venue, considering the facts that Hot Snakes only played two concerts in Germany on this tour and haven't played a single concert for about six years. I also had the feeling that more or less everyone I know also attended this concert...

After a lengthy stage rebuild and pause, Hot Snakes finally came on stage. Let's say they're not the youngest anymore, but neither was their audience, and all my fears this could go wrong went away when they started playing. They're still very energetic and tight and played a nice mix of songs from all three records. I have no idea how long they played but it seemed like a while, they came back twice to give encores and I left happy and sweaty and am glad to have had an opportunity to see Hot Snakes live. The band also seemed to have fun, so chances are good that they might come back.

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Preview: the week ahead (5th - 11th Dec)

OK, so the week ahead is not the most exciting that this city has seen. But Thurston Moore and Battles should make up for it. And there are a couple of small gems in there, too. If you want a night out, this town is not going to let you down now, is it?

Yximalloo at Madame Claude: If you like absolute chaos, this experimental electronic one-man-project is for you. It's music that got ADS on speed. And puppets. Be prepared.
Fruit Bats and Gold Leaves at Comet Club: To be honest, I'm not too fond of Fruit Bats, your typical college indie band. But Gold Leaves, who do a modern country kind of thing, are sweet and worth your attention. Question is: is it worth forking out the cash for the double bill? If you have no other plans tonight, yes. Gold Leaves should make it worth it, if you like your indie music to be folky and country and if you like long-distance drives on the deserted highways of the mid-west.
Thurston Moore, Carla Bozulich & John Eichenseer Duo at Volksbühne: I ran my Sonic Youth competition for a reason. To me, Sonic Youth have always been the perfect band, one that would live their art, that are likeable and cool at the same time, that would push bounderies and stay accessible. The fact that their break-up is looming makes this c*-girl ever so sad. But don't despair. Because Thurston Moore has been pursuing solo endeavours for some time and those are folky, darkish and good. Worthy support comes from Carla Bozulich. So join us this Monday at Volksbühne to honour one of the great musicians of our time, for the gig of the week, for a real treat.

The Sonics at SO36: I am not that big a fan of seeing old men do what they used to do when they were young. But I'll probably make a difference for The Sonics, just as I did for Jimmy Scott a few years back. Some old men have had so much influence in their youth that they are worth honouring with your attendance in their old age, if you know what I mean.

Battles, The Field and Walls at Postbahnhof: Battles' third appearance in Berlin this year. Read our previous reviews from their gigs at Festsaal and Berlin Festival if you need to know more about these geniuses. Two Kompakt label artists are supporting.

Widowspeak at Monarch: This is going to be sweet I reckon. This lady and her gang play indie, with tuned down guitars and at times a tad folky and even psychedelic. Beautiful voice!

Sir Simon Battle, Björn Kleinhenz and Talking to Turtles at West Germany: Sir Simon Battle is joining German-turned-Scandinavian multi-instrumentalist Björn Kleinhenz for a relaxed musical evening in your favourite living room. See our previous review of SSB's gig at hbc for an impression of one of his gigs.

The Lovely Eggs at Gretchen: A matinee show by the lovely and fun lo-fi Lovely Eggs. See our review from their last performance in Berlin to get an idea of what you can expect. Because Lovely Eggs are playing early, you can then make your way over to Monarch afterwards.
Bare Wires at Monarch: There is a lot of good stuff happening at Monarch at the moment. And with the nice atmosphere and close proximity to our homes, we are not complaining. Bare Wires sound a bit like late 60s Beach Boys at times, like Slade at other times, but just like pure garage rock most of the time, garage rock in the classical sense. These guys are gonna rock hard; I'm excited about this one! Get your red lipsticks and leather jackets out!
The video I have chosen for this one is not their hardest rocking one but rather their poppy number; I just like the video content.

Review: The Death Set + Marceese

I was a huge Beastie Boys fan when I was 14-16 years old. Don't get me wrong, like most people on this planet I still admire the Beastie Boys greatly. But when I was a teenager, they embodied so much of what I believed in at the time: having fun, being conscious about politics, the importance of art, rebellion, not having to be too straight about one thing or another - just go for whatever takes your fancy. Especially the punk songs of the Beastie Boys were my favourites. There is something about them.

The Death Set must have felt similar because that is exactly the spirit they convey. As an additional bonus, they also sound like the punky Beastie Boys, but with a drum computer and sample machine. Last night, I was thrown back to my 1990s teenage self.

Before all that happened, my neighbour happened to be the opening act, which I had only found out two days prior to the show. Marceese is a folk singer with a varied set. His repertoire spans across the folk spectrum and he sings in English as well as in German. Some songs reminded me of Digger Barnes, others of Bob Dylan, and there was even an instrumental thrown in the mix. He doesn't do anything nobody has done before but he does it nicely and with a world conscious spin. I have to say though, with only 3 hours sleep the previous night, a mellow folk performance really set my energy levels to low.

Thank goodness for The Death Set, famous for their partying, and their ability to get everyone to party with them. Already on their way to the stage they motioned the relatively small crowd to join them at the front. And guess what? With their charme, everybody followed suit. The set started with a Jackson Five sample and everyone getting into a party mood and then went straight into a fast fun number in the typical Death Set manner: drum machine, sample, drummer and guitars. I forgot instantly that I had been tired at some point that day. I was wide awake, a teenager again and about to have fun, no matter what.

They jump, they dance and they're so damn cute you want to take them home as pets. The set was compact and a lot more of the same antics described before, plus a Nirvana cover. Yes, f'real. Everybody danced and laughed and followed the boys' instructions "to spazz out". What a fun night. 11pm, the show as over, and I was out of there and on my way home, happy I had chosen The Death Set over a variety of acts that were playing Berlin that night.

Here is another Death Set video for you, which captures nicely what I mean with feeling like a 1990s Beastie Boys fan again:

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Preview addition: Crave tomorrow

French experimental electro-noise tomorrow night at Madame Claude. I totally overlooked this one and I'm glad I've noticed it last minute. Crave are definitely influenced by Health, my favourite contemporary group. A promising night.

Review: JEFF The Brotherhood pt. II

I have been to some crazy gigs in my time. Punk rock gigs in a small-town library, in a front yard facing the sea, in various churches, in my friends' living room, in a hay shed, in the back room of a Greek snack bar. And crazy shit has happened. The band and audience going naked, the band throwing up on stage, nazis being beaten out of the venue while the band was playing, the performer getting pissed off at the audience, all sorts. But there is always something new to add to the list. After weeks, months really, of anticipation for JEFF The Brotherhood's return to Berlin, this evening turned out to be super weird and, really, a bit of a joke.

I had actually bought tickets in advance. Yeah, yeah, laugh at me. But I had. West Germany had been packed at the start of the year when JTB played one of the best gigs Berlin has seen this year and their best gig of that tour, according to insider sources. So I assumed all those people would show up again at White Trash Fast Food, and maybe more. The album was released in September, they have continuously toured and they're about to tour the US with The Kills in the new year. They've been busy and I thought this could pay off with a packed gig.

I don't learn, do I? This was White Trash, and I have not yet seen a packed gig there. They do little in terms of promotion it seems and people just don't show up there. I remind you about The Strange Boys and about Wavves, two gigs that should have been absolutely rammed but weren't. We arrived at 9:20pm, which was ridiculously early since White Trash shows traditionally start late. The ticket read 9pm and we just wanted to be on the safe side, Sunday night and all. But, apart from one couple at the bar, we were the only guests thus far. And here is the first curiosity of the night: we were told that the gig had started at 8:30pm, that the support band had already played, and that JTB were about to go onstage. With no audience?!

We made ourselves comfortable and anticipated what would happen, certain that there was going to be a delay while everyone was waiting for more guests. Instead, after a 10 minute wait, the lights onstage went off and the cold lights in the main room were switched on, without an explanation. Confused, we approached the tour manager of the band, who was able to inform us that the band had been offered to play upstairs in the restaurant instead. Their reservation at playing to a dining audience was answered with the promise of an Arte film crew. What?!

So we moved to the restaurant, where the cover for the gig was now a mere € 3 instead of the € 13 I had originally forked out, and seated ourselves at one of the tables at the back, where we ordered drinks and food to help us get through the originally booked local band that was to play for the following hour. They wanted to be the Foo Fighters but they didn't quite manage, if you know what I mean. It was atrocious. When finally, near midnight, JTB took the stage, spirits were low. The set up was poor, with no effort having been made to remove the tables right in front of the stage. The band was very drunk by now, having sat around for six hours. The tour manager had no opportunity to sell merchandise, sure to make a loss that night. And the dining audience couldn't care less whether one of America's best current rock groups was about to blast them away with the loudest gig that restaurant had probably ever seen. What a shambles.

So imagine this: Those that had actually showed up for JTB were about 20 people, which were now scrambled in a very small space between dining tables and the entrance door. Between the audience and the small, low stage was a camera crew of three people with big TV cameras and lights. And the band was not able to play half their songs because they were simply too wasted. Could this possible work out OK?!

The surprising answer is: Yes! Of course JTB could not show how great they actually are, not to the audience and not to the filming cameras. They simply weren't given the chance. And of course the guests couldn't show how much they loved JTB. We also weren't given the chance. But somehow we all made it work. The band gave their best to get the rest of the restaurant involved, with loudness and direct address; the small crowd gave their best to dance and ignore the cameras, despite the fact that I got nearly knocked over three times by one of the camera crew. And somehow it all worked into a very rock'n'roll kind of affair. We actually enjoyed ourselves, and I think to some degree, so did the band. It was all absurdity at its strangest and JTB made sure to play as loud and as rebelliously as they could. Good on them!

I did complain to White Trash and asked for at least a refund of the difference in entrance price. They laughed at me. I have since written to the promoter Trinity. Yes, we did have fun and laughed at the absurdity of life. But really, from the perspective of the band and the audience, this night was a shambles. I'll add it to my list of crazy gigs I've attended and look forward to seeing JEFF The Brotherhood again in a more appropriate setting.

Quick review: The Kills + Weekend

This was my fourth Kills performance this year, and my third Weekend one. Was I going to see/hear anything new?? Yes for that matter.

Already at The Kills' soundcheck, I was wondering how Weekend were going to perform on the massive stage at C-Halle to a room full of Kills' fans that had probably never heard anything like Weekend in their lives before. But hey, my faith in Weekend received another boost last night when Weekend played their best. I loved their gig at Comet, I thought they were quite good in London, but they really killed it last night. What a great band that should become massive just so that they can only play these huge stages to big audiences. They can do it and they deserve it.

The Kills have padded out their show. Not only is the set now longer than it was at the start of the year, they also bring with them four drummers and two gospel singers. The drummers do a choreographed routine while playing, the gospel singers do what gospel singers do. It all works really well. I was surprised and delighted because, I admit it, I had grown a little bored of their two-people-show. I mean, they're amazing live (trust me), but by the 6th time that you see them it's all a little familiar. So the additional people on stage really made a big difference to the overall experience. The set was also very rock'n'roll and probably the best I have seen them perform so far. A big difference from when I saw them at Huxleys in April. Just wow.

We hung out for drinkies afterwards and moved on to 8mm bar, which celebrated its 9th anniversary last night. I'm a little sad to know I won't be seeing them again in the nearest future, these nights just pass too quickly. Next year may come and bring new things for The Kills, and for Weekend, too.

At Soundcheck

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Review: Retox + Sissters

Whoa! Is it that long ago that my friend and his crew camped at my house? Time flies for sure!

Two weeks ago, Retox were in a pickle. Two of the shows on their European tour had fallen through and they were stuck in Germany for three days with one show in Berlin smack in the middle. Needless to say, when they asked me for assistance with finding accommodation, I offered my living room without hesitation. Justin Pearson, singer of the group, noteworthy member of The Locust and All Leather, and co-owner of the amazing Three One G record label, and I go back a long way. Back to 1997 to be precise, when The Locust (only called Locust then) and friends Jenny Piccolo were in a similar position, that time in the north of Sweden though. I resided in Umeå, a small northern Swedish town with a vibrant music scene, and we quickly made friends. A few visits this way and that and I can honestly say that today I call JP one of my absolutely closest friends. I've begged him many times to plan in extra time in Berlin but his tour schedules are always tight. So while the falling through of two shows was a disaster for this touring band, I was actually excited to be able to spend a few days in a row in Berlin together. Usually, our hang-out time is taking place in his hometown San Diego or at punk rock venues around Europe.

The first day the boys arrived, three went down with stomach troubles. Whether it was food poisoning (their version) or a stomach bug (my guess) is irrelevant, it boiled down to an absolutely exhausted group of Americans. Let's just say we nursed them back to life. A few good meals, some hot baths and by Friday night, the night of the show, their cheeks were getting a little rosier already. Show time!

Lovelite was not as packed as I thought it would maybe be when we arrived. Sissters had already started playing but we were lucky to catch most of their set. What an amazing band! They've come a mighty long way from when I fist saw them support Screaming Females at Bang Bang Club last year. While they still play some form of post-punk, it's all gone pretty avant-garde and abstract arty. I really loved this gig and am proud to have this group in Berlin.

When Retox came on, I was seriously worried about what this might turn into. They have a reputation for pushing their limits as it is and with the tummy issues, I anticipated puke and collaps on stage. Luckily, no such thing happened. They did look ill but somehow, that worked well with their punk attitude. Of all the bands that Justin Pearson has played in, and Michael Crain of The Festival Of Dead Deer fame for that matter, this is the least arty and most traditionally punk project to date. And I am guessing that's where their success stems from: it's also the most accessible yet. I like quirky, weird and arty. But I'm not going to turn my nose up at some good old punk rock.

The show went down well but the crowd was a little lifeless with no dancing or any interaction really taking place. I think Retox gave a great show, especially all things considered, and I did thoroughly enjoy their energetic in-yo-face set. But the other element to a good night, the crowd, was missing a little, which was a shame.

Apart from being a friend of Justin's, I am also a great admirer of his work, even before I knew him personally. I've blogged about Swing Kids before and Struggle were part of my youth. I love how he always manages to reinvent himself, yet stays true to himself. Few people I know personally have influenced music and fashion around me in that way. But his main asset is choosing the right people to be creative with, people like Michael Crain. People who are creative and not afraid to offend, yet decent and lovable.

Of course we didn't head anywhere to party, we went home and took it easy and the next day, we took a walk around town, had some burritos, cooked some spaghetti. It was a good show but given that they were on a low, given that people in Italy had literally gone beserk at their gigs, it was the most they could muster to an audience that was reserved.

I hope to see them perform again in a more vibrant setting. I love these guys!

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Foals aftershow party

Not a gig strictly speaking but this looks fun anyway. Chez Jacki sent us this information:



Official Foals Aftershow Party


Doors 11pm

Jacki also has 2x2 Guestlist spots for you! Email Jacki: jacki ät

Monday, 28 November 2011

Quick Review: Rachid Haroun

From what I gather the lovely Festsaal bookers were fairly surprised to find out that one of their bouncers was also a percussionist in an Algerian wedding band. Inspired by his tales of weddings and north African music, they decided to bill his band as part of the recently held Since the Devil Is Gone I Mostly Feel Lonely folk festival at Monarch. I struck lucky and was invited to come along.

Of course I know nothing about Algerian music and there is no way for me to judge what's good and what's not. But let me tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed this experience. I do like north African and Arab folk music when I hear it and the voice of Rachid Haroun was mesmerizing. At the same time, I was reminded a little of traditional groups I had witnessed on my many travels to India. The instruments, the arrangement of the group and the clothing they wore were of course authentic Algerian, yet I thought about how traditional folk music is kind of similar around the globe. And that is sweet somehow.

The audience was mixed: some people of Algerian descent, some people who had come by invitation of the DJ and some curious others who wanted to witness what they could usually never be part of. Many were dancing, traditionally, and the band played for hours, literally. The atmosphere was so fun yet relaxed, it made me want to be part of a culture which appreciates music in this way.

Of course I will not start going to lots of north African music events and I will not start taking the kind of Volkshochschule classes that bored middle-aged housewives attend in order to spice up their lives. But I did enjoy the experience and my mind has been broaden just that little bit further. Grab those opportunities when they arise!

Review: Nisennenmondai + Chris Corsano/Clayton Thomas + Oneohtrix Point Never

I'm glad I bought my ticket for this in advance. Not that the show was anywhere near sold out but I just haven't been in concert mood all day. So if it wasn't for the already bought ticket I'd probably have stayed at home... and missed a really good concert.

We arrived when Oneohtrix Point Never were already playing. I listened to their stuff before and found it okay but I wasn't sure if this could work live for me. And it also did not really. We saved a neat seat on the balcony with perfect view to the stage, but there wasn't that much to see besides artsy visuals and two guys on their laptops. Musically this was like drony experimental sample stuff. I found it way to random to be interesting.

Next up were Chris Corsano and Clayton Thomas. I already saw Corsano twice - once solo, just him on the drumkit  and once collaborating with Dennis Tyfus. He was good both times so I was sure he'd be good this time. Tonight he played together with Clayton Thomas on double bass and it was just plain awesome and definitely made my evening. They complemented one another so good and this was by far the best of the Corsano gigs I saw. He is probably one of the best (experimental) drummers around and you should definitely check him out if you have the chance and want to see what else you can do on a drum kit than just hit it with two sticks... Seriously, it's awesome just to watch him play but it's not only technically fascinating but also musically insanely good!

Final band of the evening were Nisennenmondai. They're an instrumental trio from Tokyo and play something like a mixture between Post Punk and Krautrock. Think of ESG and Neu! mixed together in an ascending and repetitive way. They were fun to watch, especially the drummer who was awesome! I really liked their more reduced songs but I was a bit overstrained with their like epic rock outbursts. But altogether I had fun and they did really good (plus they left the stage without playing an encore... I don't like encores... most of the times at least).

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Preview: the week ahead (28th Nov - 4th Dec)

Ok, mellow week over, *whoa*!!, crazy week ahead. Spot us around town almost every night this week, if we can keep up with ourselves that is.

Bandrekorder ’59, Appendicks and Nonhorse at Sucked Orange Galerie: An evening of "audiovisual noise, movements, accidents, improvisations and dialogs" and probably a good start in the week. I only know Nonhorse from New York, he does some very interesting drony tape manipulation stuff. Check out the gallery's blog to get some more info on the other artists.
Loney Dear at Privat Club: C* saw this maker of beautiful pop pearls at a Scandinavian themed evening at Frannz a couple of years ago and fell in love with the music of this ordinary man who composes incredible tunes. If you like your music poppy, and maybe a tad romantic, this is recommended and the venue more appropriate than last time. 

TomutonttuHelmÉl-G and Heatsick at West Germany: West Germany has some really good experimental stuff this night! If you know Kemialliset Ystävät or Birds of Delay, check this out, Tomutonttu, Helm and Heatsick are side projects of the mentioned acts.
The Babies and Fenster at Marie-Antoinette: What happens when you mix Vivian Girls with Woods? According to Pitchfork, exactly that: "an exact combination of Vivian Girls' ramshackle garage-pop and Woods' lo-fi campfire classic rock." Yum. C* will be dancing with all of you on Tuesday.

Hush Hush and Dystrakzion (Eine Welt aus Hack: Thee Ausstellung) at West-Germany: This is going to be something different. It's an exhibition but it's also not. And it's also a concert and there's going to be a performance. Oh and a movie. Probably check out the facebook event page for further details. And be sure to finally check out Distraction/Dystrakzion, they're amazing live (as I mentioned several times before)! Part Two of the Eine Welt aus Hack Ausstellung will be the day after, different program, different bands, but definitely also worth a visit.
The Kills at Columbiahalle: I've pre- and reviewed this rock duo often enough. You should know the gist by now. Say hi to me, C*, when you see me at C-Halle on Wednesday!

The Death Set at Comet Club: Australians turned Americans doing electro punk the way it should be: super fun. This is going to be a party of mayhem, also because of The Death Set's fanatical fans that seem to follow them. If you like Team Robespierre etc then don't miss this. Cannot wait!!
Iceage at Levee: Hip HC for those that like a bit of art in their noise. C* was well excited about their previously scheduled show that then had to be cancelled. Now they finally make it to Berlin but C* is already going to see Death Set at Comet (long set plan). Oh well, can't have it all. But this is going to be amazing. Btw, read an interesting short piece about the band, incl. video, on this blog.
Bass Drum of Death at Monarch: Wait, did I, C* just moan about missing Iceage. Ha! Not only that, but I'm also missing Bass Drum of Death. AAhhh, this town is too much sometimes. Anyway, these rockers do that rock thing in a garagy rock kind of way. Go if you want to rock out.

High Places at HAU2: Electronic outfit on Thrill Jockey, pretty pop but darkish at times, too.
John Maus and Gary War at Berghain: C*'s gig of the week. Charismatic one-man-show John Maus at this biggest venue in Berlin to date, supported by trash-one-man-show Gary War. What a bill, what a night ahead. Saturday night is alright indeed!

R. Stevie Moore at Marie-Antoinette: The world's most productive man's second appearance in Berlin this year and it should be another fine one. If you didn't get a ticket to Hot Snakes on time, then this is your alternative show tonight.
Hot Snakes at Festsaal Kreuzberg: hope you got your tickets ready, the mighty Hot Snakes, probably one of the best post-hardcore/punk bands ever, reunite and I'm exxxxxxcited to say the least! I hate the kids and you should, too!

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Competition closed

Wow, the people of Berlin are super lazy when it comes to competitions. And there was me wondering why I keep winning those Zitty competitions; it's because I seem to be the only one entering them. So anyway, not enough people entered my Sonic Youth competition to make up three winners. You guys lose. Therefore, I will randomly nominate people to get the prize. 

First, the correct answers were:
1) Teenage Riot
2) Bull In The Heather
3) Female Mechanic Now On Duty
4) Washing Machine

And the winners are:
1) Rob (for at least trying)
2) Amande (for loving my soups)
3) Simon (for inviting me over to Monarch the other night)

There. No more competitions for you!

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Preview: the week ahead (21th - 27th Nov)

c* has been busy looking after a bunch of sweetest Americans, j.'s been busy looking after a German. Visitor babysitting over, we wonder where this week went so far and why it's already Sunday and the preview isn't out there yet. Well, this has been a crazy week and we're almost glad the upcoming one is fairly mellow before next week hits us again with full force. Busy times. But all good. A couple of reviews coming soon, in the meantime, get your calendars out:

Group Inerane and Steffen Basho-Junghans at Festsaal Kreuzberg: If you're familiar with musicians like Omar Souleyman and similar, you probably already know Group Inerane. They're from Niger/Africa and play a highly interesting mix of music between electric guitars and african rhythms. Check out the video below to get the idea.

Terrible Feelings and Diät at Cortina Bob: Terrible Feelings play wavy 80s punk strongly reminding me of a rougher version of the Organ. Diät from Berlin are supporting them, they fit in really well here, think of pissed early Joy Division/Warsaw stuff.

Damo Suzuki and Sound Carriers at Marie Antoinette: Yes, it's Damo Suzuki again, the former singer of Can.
Sissters and Crack at Monster Ronson's: Sissters had everyone in awe supporting Retox past Friday. Here is another chance to catch them. Remember: best band in Berlin. F'real.

the Antlers at Magnet: the Antlers from New York play nice indie pop. That's somehow a rather meaningless description, but they're good at what they do. I'm not that familiar with their latest record, but I listened endlessly to their Hospice album.

Nisennenmondai + Oneohtrix Point Never + Chris Corsano with Clayton Thomas at Festsaal Kreuzberg: Worthy end of the week! Starting with awesome Chris Corsano on drums and Clayton Thomas on double bass this alone would be reason enough to go to Festsaal Kreuzberg this night. I'm serious, I already saw Corsano twice in Berlin and he surely is one of the best experimental drummers around these days. Oneohtrix Point Never from New York play really interesting synthi ambient drone music. Finally, Nisennenmondai from Tokyo play last. They're an instrumental trio and play a raw but dancy mix of post punk/no wave music. This is going to be so good!

Thursday, 17 November 2011


There are a few bands that have helped me become who I am, simply through records they've released or gigs they have played. I know "just a band" and all that, but truth is, when you're young and aimless, the right music at the right time can give you direction or mess with you head. I absolutely remember the first time I listened to KARP and I have consecutive memories that involve their records. So the fact they are being honoured in this documentary and the fact they're just so f**king cool, makes this c* girl one happy one.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Competition: Sonic Youth Soup

Baby it's getting cold out there and there is nothing like a big pot of soup, shared with nice people, to warm your belly and heart. Because I feel generous I may just cook that soup for you. What you need to do is this:

Over the past few weeks I have been hiding Sonic Youth lyrics in our blog posts. Find them and tell me the song titles.
Because I feel generous, I will draw not one, not two, but three lucky winners. And I will give you a couple of hints, too: there are four and they are hard to miss because I made them stand out. The winning three will be invited to have dinner with J. and I and a lot of yummy soup at a date that we can all agree on. Yum!!

Competition closing date is 10pm this coming Sunday.

oh Sunday may come!

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Preview: the week ahead (14th - 20th Nov)

Whoa!!? How are we going to make it to all these gigs this week??? There is simply too much greatness playing this town and we are live music nerds and feel like we have to see it all. The choices are just too great and it's too hard to make up our minds. Help!!

For Mondays like this I dislike Berlin...
Pinback at Lido: Pinback are like an indie rock super group but somehow in a good way. Pinback members also play(ed) in awesome bands like Three Mile Pilot, Systems Officer and many more. They're also from San Diego, so there are some reasons why they somehow sound a bit like the Black Heart Procession. If you don't already know Pinback but are into Black Heart Procession/Three Mile Pilot like music, you have to see this!
Embryo at Madame Claude: Embryo are one of German Krautrock's most well known band's. They exist  since 1969 and are still around somehow. If you are into krautrocky music and somehow can resist to go to Marie Antoinette this is probably a must see.
Silver Apples, Sightings and Dustin Wong and Decimus at Marie Antoinette: Silver Apples originally was a psychedelic electronic duo from New York. They released two seriously awesome records in 1968 and 1969, then split up, somehow reunited in the mid 90s. Now it's only Simeon playing a solo version of the Silver Apples, but chances are good this is still amazing... See c*'s november highlights for her take on Sightings.

Cara Beth Satalino and Royal Chord at Madame Claude: If you missed the lady last Sunday, here is your second chance to see Ms Satalino perform. She is playing on a double bill with Royal Chord..
Cheveu and Gelbart at West-Germany: You will enjoy Cheveu. The electro-punk trio from Paris appeal to Japanther fans and others who like their music anarchistic. Support from experimental electro project, which will make this a perfect night out in our favourite living room.
Chokebore at Marie Antoinette: Chokebore are back in Berlin again. If you missed their last gig at Festsaal Kreuzberg, here's your next chance.

Rachid Haroun at Monarch: How often do you get to see Algerien folk music? All the time, really? Well, for us this is a rare opportunity to enjoy some of this. Rachid Haroun plays at Monarch as part of an ongoing folk festival, Since The Devil Is Gone I Mostly Feel Lonely, that is very interesting, worth your attention and features a considerable amount of music from Africa. Go support and broaden your horizon!
Arto Lindsay at HBC: Well-known for being the guitarist of the early New York No Wave pioneers D.N.A. and for playing in bands like the Lounge Lizards and Ambitious Lovers, Arto Lindsay nowadays plays solo shows consisting of experimental guitar noises and almost catchy soft voiced songs. And he's still awesome.

Snailhouse at Schokoladen: Folky-bluesy singer-songwriter stuff, of the beardy variety. Schokoladen should be the perfect venue for this. Remember the early starting time!
Xeno and Oaklander and Martial Canterel at King Kong Club: Check out Xeno and Oaklander if you like dark Cold Wave synthi stuff. They sound like a mixture of Chromatics/Desire and early the Cure.

Retox and Sissters at Lovelite: Bloody hell, c* is so excited about this one! Did you go crazy for San Diego HC in the 90s, bought anything from Gravity or Three One G records that you could get your hands on? Do you did punk rock that is innovative and rips off your pants with its force? Yes? Let's go insane this Friday night when Justin Pearson (The Locust, Some Girls, Swing Kids) and friends showcase their new project on Ipecac records at Lovelite. Local favourites Sissters are lucky girls and get to support this. 

Siskiyou and Carter Tanton at Schokoladen: The Canadian post rock group is returning on a European tour and will mesmerise their audience with their a progessiv yet pop sound, including saws and the likes. Sweet. C* will attempt to go to this before heading over to West Germany later on.
Josiah Wolf & Liz Wolf at Berghain: Why? did a little thing at hbc a while back and now Josiah Wolf of Why? is playing with Liz Wolf, formerly Liz Hodson, at Berghain, performing their folky and psychedelic duet. Expect greatness.
Nurses and Gardens & Villa at West Germany: Nurses = Psych dance pop, in the vein of Pocahaunted, Coco Rosie or Metronomy, and très en vogue. Gardens & Villa = an indie pop affair that is very pleasant and sweet. C* will most likely be seen swaying and dancing to these two acts on Saturday.
Ryan Francesconi at Monarch: Portland's singer-songwriter genius Mr Francesconi is going to play as part of the afore-mentioned folk festival and unless you are already at one of the other three above events, you should make sure to check him out. He ain't your regular s-s, there is a whole lot of influences going on that will make this a special performance indeed.

JEFF the Brotherhood and Jean Paul Moustache at White Trash: JEFF are coming back to Berlin, oh yes! Their gig at West Germany earlier this year will definitely make c*'s top ten list of gigs this year. To have this pleasure twice in a year... According to White Trash's website, this is going to take place in the restaurant, which surprised me. Let's see how that is going to pan out. We'll dance wherever of course. We're fans.
The Sandwitches at Monarch: C*'s heart is bleeding because The Sandwitches and JEFF The Brotherhood are playing on the same night. Who comes up with these ideas? Anyway, The Sandwitches play girl group guitar pop and that very well. One group to look out for; this talented outfit will make heads turn in due course. I am sure of it!

Review: Geoff Farina and Chris Brokaw

I was sort of looking forward to this one because I really like Geoff Farina. I saw him solo twice before and have these concerts in good memory, so I was excited to see what he does together with Chris Brokaw.

We arrived somehow early at Madame Claude and hung out a while until the door to the concert room got opened. The room filled quickly, we reserved some good spots in the front and waited for the first guy to start playing. Which he eventually did. I'm not going to say much about him, I didn't like at all what he did. I didn't find him funny (which he sort of tried very hard to be) and musically this was just lame indie folk acoustic guitar strumming with annoying lyrics to me. Normally I would have left and waited until he finished but I didn't want to lose my premium spot at the front, so I had to sit it out...

When he finally finished playing Geoff Farina and Chris Brokaw set up. They started by playing some songs together from an album on which they covered old American folk songs together. Then Geoff Farina played some of his own songs alone. After that Chris Brokaw took over and played some songs alone (including a great Evan Dando cover of My Idea, which somehow was better than the last time I saw Evan Dando in person playing) and finally they played another bunch of songs together, often taking turns singing. Overall, especially the songs they played together were very country blues like, which I liked sometimes but which was also too much guitar tootling for me. I had hoped to hear some older Geoff Farina songs but unfortunately he didn't play any. However I was pretty positively surprised by Chris Brokaw's solo stuff which I didn't knew before. So I'd say this was well worth a Madame Claude visit. Now I'll just go to sleep listening to 'The Bed is in the Ocean'...

Friday, 11 November 2011

Review: Float Riverer

Sometimes you simply heap too much food on your plate. You want it all and you want it now. That was me the past few weeks and it all came crashing down on me the evening Float Riverer played.

Events at Monarch have started extremely early lately, we're talking 9pm sharp or earlier on occasion. So there was me at the door well early, wondering why there weren't many people at Monarch yet. It turned out Float Riverer had played in Stuttgart the night before and had arrived late in Berlin that afternoon. I was to wait for a while before the gig would start. Too little time to head back home, so I hung around. And while I was watching the hustle and bustle on Kottbusser Tor from the window, I drifted into sleep. I am not kidding you, I fell asleep and was rudely woken by the tuning of the guitars onstage. 

Wow, going from sleeping straight into a loud lo-fi rock gig. Way to go girl! To my surprise, I was wide awake instantly and taking in what was going on on- and offstage. The audience was smallish but into the band, with friends of the band dancing elaborately to get the mood going. The band, consisting of a drummer and a guitar player, displayed a cool sense of humour and came across real nice. 

Musically however, while I was enjoying the concert, my expectations weren't met. I was expecting more garage rock and less lo-fi indie rock, if that makes sense. The band was very loud but energy was lacking for me at times. They played "Night on the Void" last; clearly their hit song, which the audience appreciated the most, singing along and dancing. They could do with a couple of more hits in this vein.

I enjoyed Float Riverer, I really did. The sweet persona, the lo-fi set-up, the humour, the songs. But maybe I was hoping for more sweat, grime and energy. Overall, an enjoyable night out at one of our favourite bars.

Having barely made it through the evening until now, being as tired as one of my cats at 2pm in the afternoon, I quickly made my way home after the concert. There was another band to follow, which had been moved over from West Germany, but there was no way I could muster the wait.

PS: I had left my phone at home, thus no pictures. Nevermind, eh. To make up for it, I'm giving you the video to "Night on the Void" again, because it's addictive as hell.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Quick Review: Veronica Falls

I was invited to see British twee pop outfit Veronica Falls on Sunday night at Roter Salon and of course I accepted. I like Roter Salon, I like a nice live music set on a Sunday night and although I am not a that much of a twee person, I have my exceptions.

And what can I say? Veronica Falls were solid and pleased with new songs and Scottish accents. And the audience was full of real fans, knowing the lyrics and dancing freely. It was all rather sweet, especially if you considered that this was their first Berlin gig.

We hung out afterwards and had a real nice time. A sweet evening indeed.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Review: Civil Civic + Camera

There was me telling you how I will not leave reviews for long after the gig in future. And here is me writing a review two weeks past the show date. What happened? Basically, I've been avoiding this review because it's hard to write reviews that are not entirely positive, especially when you are writing about one of your favourite bands.

I was ever so excited to see Civil Civic in concert. Literally months of anticipated led up the night. On our way to Marie-Antoinette early, we wanted to attempt the near impossible and see two shows in one night - one in Friedrichshain, one in Neukölln. We're ambitious like that but chips and burgers came between setting a personal best for gig attendance and being slackers.

Marie-Antoinette was filled nicely at the relatively early hour that we arrived. It looked like people were looking forward to seeing local outfit Camera play. It's always nice to see local bands getting the audience's support and indeed Camera received appreciation and cheers. Now, they weren't all my thing, so I won't go in to that too much, but they are basically a post rock outfit with repetitive melodies and long songs that build sound scapes. 

Civil Civic are one of the best contemporary bands, hands down, and their album, released this month, is a gem not to be missed. I listen to this album at least 3 times a week, often more. I can't grow sick of it. If you are not familiar with Civil Civic, let me tell you that on paper, it sounds odd, in reality the concept works remarkably. They use a drum machine and play bass lines and guitar riffs over this and stay entirely instrumental at that. No vocals. It's extremely dancable but at the same time rocking and experimental at times. Just go get the album. You won't regret it and you'll thank me for nagging you.

Now, what I didn't realise before this show, was the dependency by such a band on the sound they were getting out of the PA. How would I? I know little about these things. Apart from a mixing desk work shop at AZ Aachen, I have no experience or knowledge of sound set ups or outputs. However, I do know when the sound is bad or inappropriate for the music that's being played. I simply spend too much time in venues, listening to live music. I'm not fussy but I know what's wrong. And I guess you figured it out by now: I wasn't happy with the sound Civil Civic were getting that night. It turns out, if you rely that heavily on a good drum machine sound and if the bass needs to be dominant and the guitar needs to be perfect, a venue with the kind of set up that Marie-Anoinette has won't cut it. Civil Civic didn't sound like Civil Civic. Civil Civic weren't powerful. Civil Civic gave their all, being as wonderful as they are, but they just couldn't deliver the goods that we were promised from the record.
The crowd wasn't getting into it. The power was lacking. Our built up excitment was being deflated with a big pop from the moment the show started.

And I can't help but believe that this was not Civil Civic's, or actually anybody's, fault. Maybe Marie-Antoinette was simply the wrong venue for this group. I like Marie-Antoinette, the size, the atmosphere, and usually the sound. But this just didn't work. The cute boys in Civil Civic are still my favourites and I still listen to the album every week and I cannot wait until they return and we all get a second chance!

We left early, disheartened, and hurried to make our way to bei Roy to catch Digger Barnes doing his magic, but as mentioned before, we got distracted by a craving for the Burgermeister and ended up arrving at bei Roy the minute Digger played his very last chord. Oh well. Better luck next time.

Overall, the night was exciting and fun in its own way, but it wasn't the night we were looking forward to.