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Primavera Sound

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With various methods I’ve been able to continuously prolong my existence in liminality over the last couple years. But now it seems like the responsibilities of work and general adulthood are catching up to me and I wanna cry blood when I look back at what I missed out on last week:

Silver Jews, Willard Grant Conspiracy, Howie Gelb, Vampire Weekend, Audrey, Bon Iver, Sunset Rubdown and Einstürzende Neubauten.

It’s a scary list of missed opportunities and in desperate attempt to re-enter liminality I’ve booked tickets to Barcelona and Primavera Sound. Spending Friday night at the festival to see artists like No Age, El Guincho, Nick Lowe, Cat Power, Fuck Buttons, Pissed Jeans, Holy Fuck, Devo, Man Man, Holly Golightly, Sebadoh and The Sonics, The Sonics, The Sonics, The Sonics should be the fastest way back in to a state where normal limits to thought, self-understanding, and behavior are relaxed…

Mp3: No Age – Eraser

Mp3: El Guincho – Cuando Maravilla Fui

Mp3: The Sonics – The Witch


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May 28, 2008 at 12:11 pm

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Los Peyotes!

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Los Peyotes (yes, the savage garange rockers from Argentina and not the shitty ones from Spain) are coming to Berlin! Get ready for wild, frantic and primitive garage rock at Bassy on June 21!

Mp3: Los Peyotes! – Cry Baby

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May 27, 2008 at 11:32 am

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Spiritualized – Songs In A&E

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Songs in A&E is a Spiritualized album that almost wasn’t made. Jason Pierce was well into the writing process when he had a close brush with death back in 2005, as he fell ill with double pneumonia. Almost two years past between the time he started writing and the time when he was well enough to record the album.

The result is a beatiful and personal record, with 18 tracks full of emotion, many of them referencing death and mortality. If Amazing Grace was a slight dip in form for Spiritualized, they’re now back on the level of the classic Ladies And Gentlemen We’re Floating In Space and my personal favorite Let It Come Down. Highly Recommended!

Mp3: Spiritualized – Sitting On Fire

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May 27, 2008 at 7:40 am

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Ratatat – Mirando

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Second preview from the new Ratatat album “LP3” is Mirando. It’s different from “Shiller” but still another great example of the new and more mature soundscape of Ratatat. Getting really exicted about the album, which is released on July 8.

Mp3: Ratatat – Mirando

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May 24, 2008 at 10:13 am

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Live Report: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

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Pure Genius!

Today’s Lesson

Wanted Man

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May 22, 2008 at 12:58 pm

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Jaguar Love

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Pretty Girls Make Graves was a pretty awesome band and Blood Brothers repeatedly blew me away with their live shows. So I was sorry to see both bands split up in quick succession. However, after hearing Bats Over the Pacific Ocean and Highways Of Gold, it seems like the spirit of both bands lives on in Jaguar Love, a trio consisting of ex-Brothers Johnny Whitney (vocals, piano) and Cody Votolato (guitar, bass), along with ex-Pretty Girl J Clark (drums, bass, keyboards).

Highways Of Gold will be included on their self-titled debut EP due in June and both will feature on their debut full-length “Take Me To The Sea,” which has a release in August.

They’re also out touring Europe in June (Berlin June 23)!

Mp3: Jaguar Love – Highways Of Gold

Mp3: Jaguar Love – Bats Over The Pacific Ocean

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May 20, 2008 at 10:19 pm

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Istanbul Rock City

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Came home late yesterday and turned on the TV for the first time in a week. And much to my surprise ARD was actully airing the documentary Crossing The Bridge. The Sound Of Istanbul. I don’t know how I’ve managed to miss out on this documentary earlier as it is directed by Faith Akin (Gegen Die Wand (Head-On) is one of my favorite movies) and narrated by the great Alexander Hacke, most known as the bassist in Einstürzende Neubauten (they’re playing in Berlin on saturday, but maybe more about that later), but anyway the film is awesome.

The plot is simple: Hacke and Akin travel around Istanbul interviewing and recording a wide array of turkish musicians. The result is a fascinating portrait of modern turkish music in all it’s richness and diversity.

Even if you just have a basic knowledge of the german language, like I do, this documentary is definitely worth checking out. Great footage and even better music!

Here are two great tracks from the soundtrack. The first is a great psych folk tune from Baba Zula, while the second one is more punkier track from Duman.

Mp3: Baba Zula – Tavus havasi (live)

Mp3: Duman – Istanbul (live)

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May 19, 2008 at 6:16 pm

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