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Lana Del Rey: New Short Movie


Lana Del Rey is back with a 30 minute short film called Tropico. The movie features model Shaun Ross and includes her songs Electric, Gods and Monsters and Bel Air. Tropico was directed Anthony Mandler. More after the jump.

Jens by Jens
on December 5th, 2013
in Music

Listening to Music with Niconé

Nicone Interview

Since 2007 Niconé brings together urban club and fashion culture. Alexander Gerlach and Helena Kapidzic combine passion, style, elegance and humor. The music has become synonymous with a versatile vision of contemporary house music that isn’t afraid to surprise as being mature and playful in equal measures. In 2011 Niconé released the Romantic Thrills album together with his good friend and constant partner in crime Sascha Braemer. Now, two years later, Niconé is presenting the first full-length solo album, Let Love Begin, on Stil vor Talent.

In our interview with Niconé we talked about music by Blümchen, Casper, Robin Thicke ft. Pharrell, Lorde, Snoop Dogg, Village People and Mano Le Tough.

Jens by Jens
on November 22nd, 2013
in Music, People

Interview: Listening to Music with Booka Shade

Booka Shade

There is no need to introduce Booka Shade. The Berlin-based duo is one of the world’s most successful acts in electronic music. Most of the time, Arno Kammermeier and Walter Merziger are touring almost non-stop: in Germany and Europe, in South and North America, in Australia and Asia. Nevertheless they have found time to produce their fifth album Eve which was published just recently. It contains 12 songs and features collaborations with Fritz Helder (Azari & III), Groove Armada’s Andy Cato and Fritz Kalkbrenner.

In our interview with Booka Shade we talked about music by Yello, New Order, The Cure and dOP. More after the jump.

Jens by Jens
on November 15th, 2013
in Music, People

Interview: Listening to Music with Eric Pfeil

Eric Pfeil

Eric Pfeil was the man behind legendary German music TV shows such as „Fast Forward“ featuring Charlotte Roche or „Sarah Kuttner Show“. After a while he got tired of television and started to work for FAZ, where he wrote a diary about Pop music. In 2010 he published a book called Komm, wir werfen ein Schlagzeug in den Schnee at Kiepenheuer & Witsch. Now he released his first album Ich hab mir noch nie viel aus dem Tag gemacht. The music is a combination of Italian Pop, Jonathan Richman, Kevin Ayers and Lloyd Cole.

In our interview with Eric Pfeil we talked about music by Flaming Lips, Bruce Springsteen, Ja, Panik and Raffaella Carra.

Jens by Jens
on November 7th, 2013
in Music, People

Interview: Listening to music with Super Flu

Super Flu

“Feel-good Tech-House” – this is how the press text describes Super Flu . And that is just what their music is about as anyone who has seen them performing can confirm. In the end of October Super Flu released their second album Halle Saale (named after their home town). In our interview we talked to Super Flu about music by Blümchen, Cocorosie, David Bowie & Queen and Whirlpool Productions. More after the jump.

Jens by Jens
on November 1st, 2013
in Music, People

Night Life Berlin 1974 until Today: A visual Diary

Blixa Bargeld

Night life Berlin is the title of a great book of photos that tells the visual history of drinking, celebrating and dancing in Berlin from 1974 until today. Check out a preview after the jump.

Jens by Jens
on October 30th, 2013
in Books, Party, Photos

Interview: Listening to Music with Ladi6

ladi6_pressefoto_2 Robin Smith!

photo: Robin Smith

Germans love to travel. In fact, they are known to be “Reiseweltmeister”, the world champions of travelling (maybe because Germany is so boring?). With people under the age of 30, there seems to be one country which is extremely popular: New Zealand. When I was there, I could hear people speaking German in literally every hostel I stayed at. Everywhere I met 19-year-olds on a trip after their “Abitur”. For a good reason they picked New Zealand, which actually is one of the most interesting and beautiful countries in the world.

Musically, there is something going on in the country on the other end of the world as well: there is Lorde, Fat Freddy’s Drop – and Ladi6, who is a big star in her home country already. The singer based in Christchurch with Samoan roots combines influences of Soul, Hip Hop, Funk and R&B in her music. Her third album Automatic was published in Germany in August. In our interview we talked about music by The Supremes, Salt N Pepa, Fat Freddy’s Drop and Wu-Tang Clan. More after the jump.

Jens by Jens
on October 25th, 2013
in Music, People

Interview: Listening to Music with Girls in Hawaii

Girls in Hawaii Simon Vanrie

photo: Simon Vanrie

Frankly, I don’t know much about music from Belgium. Which is a pity. Obviously there seems to be really interesting stuff going on: There is BRNS for instance, an exceptional indie band from Brussels that I interviewed two weeks ago. Today, I am going to introduce you to another fantastic Belgian indie band (just in case you don’t know them already): Girls in Hawaii. In their home country they are already really popular. Now their album Everest has recently been published.

In our interview we talked to Antoine and Daniel about music by Pixies, Pavement, Johnny Cash, Nancy Sinatra and Kylie Minogue & Nick Cave.

Jens by Jens
on October 4th, 2013
in Music, People

Win Tickets to a Debussy Concert

Thibaudet Kasskara

photo: Kasskara

Recently I had an interesting conversation with a young “lady” about classical music. The conversation took place in a club on a Sunday afternoon. This girl has been living in Berlin for more than 8 years; in that time she thoroughly got into the city’s nightlife. When we talked about classical music, she told me that she really enjoys it, but that she never made it into the Philharmonie or Konzerthaus. In 8 years. Why not? “Because it is so expensive”, she told me.

This prejudice is actually quite common – and it is just not true. Tickets for Philharmonie, Konzerthaus and to all Berlin opera houses start at 15 Euros, sometimes even less. So the entrance fee to Konzerthaus and Philharmonie is just as high as the entrance fee to Berghain – and much cheaper than to many pop and rock concerts.

Tickets for one of the best piano recitals of this year start at this exact amount. I am talking about Jean-Yves Thibaudet playing Debussy at Konzerthaus on October 8, 2013. And for this concert we are even giving away 2 tickets – after the jump.

Jens by Jens
on October 3rd, 2013
in Music

Interview: Listening to music with BRNS


photo: Julie Calbert

“From the medieval and postmodern corners of Brussels come BRNS, a mesmerizing experiment in dusk, dance, and the fullness of sound. Like the dark-yet-vibrant images of Brussels’ artist Yardz, this quartet of talented multi-instrumentalists weaves together tunes that are mystical, moody and insatiably catchy.”

This is how the Fusion announced the performance of BRNS at this year’s festival. There is nothing to add to that. On the occasion of the release of their album Wounded a few weeks ago, we talked about music by Animal Collective, Wu Lyf, Huey Lewis & The News, Sepultura and Beastie Boys.

Jens by Jens
on September 20th, 2013
in Music, People