It is impossible to take the S-Bahn or the bus in Berlin without noticing the graffitis of Kreuzberg grafitti crew THC. You might have not actively noticed if you’re not into graffiti art, but their works and the three letters T H C are everywhere, not just in Kreuzberg. THC belongs to Berlin just like the Fernsehturm or the Döner, being a group of guys, born and raised in a Berlin of the 90s, influenced by Hip Hop music and the fast changing city. For the exhibition Almost Legal at Backyard, THC is exhibiting for the first time ever inside a room, all legal, a new experience for them and for us. To keep it underground they will premiere a video showing the work process of a piece, on the streets and barely legal. Cause may the rents go high and the streets go pretty, this is still Kreuzberg 36, right?! More about the group exhibition and the other artists taking part after the jump.
Australians just love Berlin. Christian Vance and Claire Morgan of Aussie record label Haul Music are the best examples. We talked with them about their fascination with Berlin and how the city compares to their respective homes in Down Under. Enjoy the interview after the jump and don’t miss their DJ sets on Saturday at the Goon of Fortune party at Backyard.
They say Berliners cannot get too excited over things. They’re too busy being cool. True, when it comes to Jessi Ware I can hardly hold myself yelling what an amazing artist this woman is. I want to cry and turn the inside of my heart to the outside an… of course I’d never do that. Wildest Moments slows down time, it is so intense. But Jessi Ware’s 2012 album Devotion contained other great pieces such as Running or Sweet Talk, but you guys listen yourself further down. Oh, you bubblegum Rihannas, Keishas and what else there is, will you put your head in the ground just like an austrich when listening to Jessi Ware? Will you be ashamed at the sight and sound of real sensitivity? I got my personal thing going with the woman and her Wildest Moments anyway, triple heart it.
Berlin-based experimental electronic artist Janine Rostron, aka Planningtorock has become one of the city’s most popular underground acts of the gay/lesbian scene and beyond. Only recently she released a video for her song MIsxgyny Drxp Dead, the title track of her new EP, which again is set to be released on March 8th via Human Level Recordings. Watch it below.
That cute and always smiling Hannah Montana with her over – exaggerated mimics is passe, she is gone. Miley Cyrus now is a Bad Girl, doing half naked cover shots for the new Cosmopolitan cover, videos with porn stars, shaving her head and flashing her titties. Her recent birthday cake came up in form of a penis…A clear case for Last Days of Miley Cyrus aka Hannah Montana. Intense dancing and singing is on the programme when they play those hits. And the Last Days of Parties really seem to be the only place where it is not pathetic to melt away when they play our favourite 90s song, the Indie song you always liked or old Hip Hop songs we have almost forgotten about. More on the party on Saturday and after the jump:
Coming Saturday the exhibition Early Days – Between Past and Decay takes off with a grand opening and afterparty at Backyard. The exhibition covers film and photography of Joi Bix, Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert, DT64 and Aghia Sophie. The four artists cover the subject of early days and past each in their own way. More about the exhibition after the jump.
Devendra Banhart is not just one of the most handsome male artists (unsurprisingly he has been working as a male model), he also is one hell of a weird talent, emphasis on weird. His new album Mala , the first studio album since 2009, will be out on March through his new home label Nonesuch.
Listen to the new track Für Hildegard von Bingen after the click. Also watch the beautiful video he has once made with his than-girlfriend Rebecca Schwartz. Did I tell you that Devendra is also famous for letting his current girlfriend perform in a video of him? This seems quite odd since it must be hilariously taunting for all his ex-girlfriends (including Natalie Portman) to watch him anew with the new girl. Bad for them, good for us since they’re all extraordinarily beautiful and somehow talented in either art or film or both.
Wow, someone has put some effort into his new video and combines that with the new trend of putting some famous actor into a video. It started with Shia Labeouf and Lindsay Lohan. The new Flying Lotus video for Tiny Tortures resembles a bizarre dream starring Hollywood actor and Ex-Hobbit Elijah Wood. The clip directed by David Lewandowski is disturbing yet it perfectly fits the surreal (and also disturbing ) but wonderful music of Flying Lotus. Made to push aside life’s tiny tortures, if you’re able to get over the disturbing part. Music for lovers. Check it out.
photo: Intro/Jan Kapitän
Reptile Youth are the Indie shooting stars of this year. Lucky us, they happen to come to Berlin for a gig quite often. Well, there is something about this city… However, apart from really good songs, Reptile Youth are famous for their intense live performances. Broken limbs and bloody faces are a must after visiting one of their gigs they say. Try that out on Friday at Magnet or have a look at two of their videos ( especially Speeddance ) to get an impression!
photo: Katharina Poblotzki
A hot dancer and some good old Chicago House from Hercules And Love Affair in the new Video for Release Me for DJ-Kicks! Watch it after the jump.