Whenever I speak with people who tell me about their plan to move to Berlin I always listen to their stories patiently before sharing my enthusiasm about the city that will make them want to come here even more. But very often I also give them some cautionary advice about the city. We all know the stories how easy it is to get lost here. It’s a feel-good-place with many possibilities to have fun and get distracted from what you actually came here for. And before you know it you start subletting your WG-Zimmer to tourists, crash at your friends’ places and spend your rent money every weekend on drinks, drugs and club entrances. Your German classes, internship applications and uni enrollment will be quickly forgotten. Berlin is such a temptress in that way.
For me this whole concept of getting lost in the Berlin is perfectly captured in the new video by Rangleklods. You see a lot of the mentioned Berlin lifestyle in it and it’s obvious how it’s on the one side very cool, tempting and sexy, but on the other side also a little destructive and dangerous. The man behind the band started out a few years back here in Berlin but has since then relocated to his home country in Denmark and added another vocalist to the team. Maybe the video to “Lost U” is a little homage to his time in Berlin? I’m only guessing… It’s definitely a very promising preview of the new album that will come out in May. On May 14th they will be playing live at Bang Bang which you shouldn’t miss! Enjoy the video after the jump.
Perception of reality is a funny thing. One day the whole internet is upside down for an optical divergence causing people to see a dress in different colors depending on their eyes and just a day later nearly all German news are scandalising the video showing the lead singer of the East German band Pentatones getting a full circle tattooed on her face at a Berlin tattoo parlor.
The opinions in social media on the video are extremely different. Some praise the braveness of the singer, others are shocked, perplexed and so disgusted that they have to harangue insults. Experts of tattooing and of the music business claim that the video is a hoax just to promote the new tour and the recently released album. Watch the shocking video and read my opinion about it after the jump.
“We want to talk about your dick” raps gorgeous Tatiana Saphir backed up by a chorus of Opera singers.
Would you expect this kind of lyrics in any opera? Probably not. But the opera Switch On about the discovery of the synthesizer has more to offer than just pornographic lyrics. The Argentinian director Santiago Blaum created one of the most unconventional music theater pieces I saw in my life (and I saw quite a lot of it). It deals with the controversy between what is “classic+natural” and what is “eletronic+synthetic” in music (but actually somehow in all of our life). Finally the piece will come back to Berlin. So don’t miss to visit the piece this weekend at Uferstudios and watch the funny trailer featuring the dick song and many more highlights of the piece after the switch.
With Berlin’s seemingly endless grey skies and unpleasant weather, we always get a bit melancholic during the winter months. Sometimes the only thing that helps is to put on your headphones and really dive into that feeling. Good thing that there are a few bands around the city that capture what it can feel like to live and love in Berlin.
Nadine & The Prussians are one of these bands. They have played the bars and clubs of Berlin for some years now, going through line-up changes and finding the right sound. With tender melodies and a love for detail, the duo fills their own niche in the vast spheres of dream pop. Over the laconic energy of their guitar sounds sings Nadine’s distinctive clear voice. The songs reflect on love and loss in places where everyone is on the move and everything is always changing. If you have ever moaned about the noncommittal ways of life in Berlin, you will know what she is talking about.
This year Nadine & The Prussians will release their first record on Phinsterbush Empires and the first single HOUSE is out now. After the jump we have the exclusive premiere of their new video.
Some people come to Berlin to do an internship in a PR agency, others come to start their own fashion label, some come to study psychology, others come to just party all weekend, And than there are those who come to play guitare music in the street – naked, with a horse mask. Carl Tomich from Australia definately belongs to the later group and if you were lucky enough you might have caught one of his naked performances here in the city back in the summer or even recently when the weather was decent, as many eager Instagramers captured.
While it is true that the naked horse (or #TheNeighKidHorse as he calls himself more correctly) is making music in the streets he is not actually a musician, but a journalist and film maker and his performances are not really meant to be his choice of lifestyle but and experiment and form of promotion for a documentary called Busking for Berlin that he shot here to shed some light on the lives of some of the street musicians of Berlin and their stories. Enjoy the trailer of the film and more info after the jump.
Last year I had a really exciting project I would love to tell you more about. For the album release of the band Pitchtuner fashion photographer Marlen Stalhuth and I created an animated Gif-Fashion Story. Pitchtuner, that is Japanese Miki Yoshimura und Johannes Marx from Germany. The two Berliners-of-choice released their fourth album “Ready to go” via RAR, marketed by Motor Entertainment. Pitchtuner is a unique combination of Indie-Pop and DIY-Dance-Electronic.This combo mixes the eccentricity of Japan and the German inventiveness. If you want to experience their unique concerts (we had them as main act to our 7 years anniversary party) I have good news for you. They will be playing on Friday the 23 here in Berlin together with the Dj -Team JeansTeam. Enjoy the fashion story inspired by the street styles of Tokyo featuring young designers from Germany and Japan and check out the concerts infos here.
When I checked out the new video by Sir Serch that a colleague had sent to me I was sitting in the subway surrounded by people. I had to laugh out load at one part of the video and felt a little embarressed about my little public outburst, but the part is just so good. Here you have Berlin-based rapper Sir Serch doing his thing and walking into this vintage store somewhere in Kreuzberg or Neukölln to meet his gang. But his gang has changed, you could say they have been gentrified by hipsterism. And their exchange about it is quite hilarious and to be honest there is quite some truth in it, of course immensely exaggerated. But actor Tom Radisch is really just to good in his role of a total douchebag. If you like German rap or not doesn’t matter, you will certainly enjoy this video. And remember, if you don’t have a beard, you don’t belong here!
In his new cute little pop song Choose Your Fate local musician Max Koffler describes Berlin as a place where you can air your brain and as a playground for people to enjoy. I really share this sentiment about Berlin and often also use the term playground to explain the city to people when they ask me about it. I have met so many people who have come here from different places and circumstances that were somehow frustrating for them for a variety of reasons. Somehow Berlin became a haven for people who come here to be able to breath, live and be creative or just do nothing and relax. I know the city is changing and picking up the pace with other big cities in Europe. But I genuinly hope that somehow Berlin will remain some kind of playground for us. Enjoy the song and video and a little GIF right after the jump.
Finally Little Dragon‘s upcoming gig in Berlin, on December 8, 2014 is here. After nearly three years since the release of their outstanding album Ritual Union, the haunting Swedish electro-R&B four-piece band is snapping you back to your deeper senses with their new album Nabuma Rubberland. Listen to their standout tracks and find out how to see them live at Astra Kulturhaus after the jump!
Today we finally have a brand new Cinéma de Mode for you after we served you such a big load at our first live CdM fashion film event in October. Of course for the come back we wanted something special, so it’s not just an ordinary film, but something rather special and unique. It’s a fun interactive film from online fashion boutique ASOS who created a music video for upcoming British girl band Juce and her new song The Heat.
But this is not just a normal music video, here you can change the whole color theme of the video during playback. You see the girls perform their song in a colorful and playful set along with some cute boy models. But if you click the color bars in the bottom all the colors and clothes change immediatly so you ultimately have 5 different versions to change back and forth between. Enjoy the fun interactive music video by ASOS for Juce after the jump.
UPDATE: We have some great news for all the fans of ASOS: They gave us a pair of £100 vouchers for you to spend in their shop. Learn how to win after the jump.