If you read Wikipedia you find that a Parasite Single (パラサイトシングル parasaito shinguru?) is a single person who lives with their parents beyond their late 20s in order to enjoy a carefree and comfortable life. In Japanese culture, the term is especially used when negatively describing young unmarried women. Quite hard use of words, if you think that this is practically common in a lot of cultures.
Anyway, Parasite Single is also a very cute band from Hamburg. Their sound could be described as trip to another world. Very spiritual and still danceable they manage to create very unique music. Tonight they are playing in Berlin at Postbahnhof. Also their new single Time Traveler just came out. More music and the single after the jump.
On Saturday evening 4 of our 7 anniversary specials came together for one big special night at an exciting new venue in Berlin-Mitte. We celebrated the opening of our WE ARE BERLIN group exhibition with many of our talented photographers and artists, the release of our guest contributors new photobook BEARDICTED with the special barber shop photobox, the third edition of our BERLIN FILM NIGHT with our partners Mobile Kino and interfilm and our 7th anniversary party with a live concert by Berlin-based electropop band Pitchtuner and a DJ sets by our Tati The Fruit Salad a.k.a. DJ Obsalat amongst others. It was a super fun night for us and we are happy you all came, thank you so much! Two more anniversary specials are coming up, starting this Sunday with our Seven Suppers and next week Thursday with the Cinéma de Mode event as part of the Berlin Alternative Fashion Week. Enjoy the impressions of Saturday night after the jump.
Pitchtuner by Marlen Stahlhuth
Even if we became less excessive in our party habits, we still love to have a great dance when the occasion is right. And what could be a better reason to celebrate and dance our heels off than the 7th Anniversary of I HEART BERLIN. But no dancing is going to happen without the right music. Fortunately, we have a bunch of good old and new friends who are looking forward to support us with their energy and musicality.
I am happy and proud to announce that Pitchtuner will play a live concert at our party. Pitchtuner are a Japanese and German duo playing great and fun electro pop. They also were responsible for part of the soundtrack of our little web series of the The Fruit Salad. Now they are releasing their new album ready to go in October which will be a blast. As a preview to their new album they’re performing exclusively at our party. But this is not everything! Not only will we have a super cool line-up of DJs for you including some surprises, we will also have a very special Barber Shop photo box by our guest contributor Alicia Kassebohm celebrating the release of her first photo book BEARDICTED, the official opening of our WE ARE BERLIN group exhibition and the third edition of the BERLIN FILM NIGHT. After the jump we will present you our full line up of DJs and musical highlights. Check them out and don’t miss our 7th Anniversary Party tomorrow starting at 23h at Leipziger Str. 60 (entrance Jerusalemer Str).
Photographers are supposed to be active on the internet nowadays. You have to have at least a tumblr, flickr, Instagram and a blog to share your work with the world and get noticed. Surprisingly, there are still few young photographers out there where you have to go outside into the “real” world to discover their breathtaking pictures.
This happened to me with Heji Shin. Even though I knew her before through the Zeit Magazine conference were she was one of the speakers, I never had the chance to take a proper look at her work. But one day I walked into an empty subway station and was intrigued by the above picture hanging there. The merge between the street culture of Berlin of the people sitting in Görlitzer Park and enjoying life and the empty Opera house of Deutsche Oper was beautiful and twisted at the same time. So many hidden messages disclosed in front of my eyes in this quiet, beautiful but at the same time haunting photograph.
Looking over the full campaign Heji Shin shot for the theatrical season 2014/15 I have to say that these images really speak to me. They tell me the story about the multitude of creative culture in Berlin. About the collective, vibrating energy making the city shift into a myriad of shapes. But even though new things happen here all the time, some old things never change. One of them is the Deutsche Oper which is still one of the best Opera Houses in Europe. Even though the photos don’t relate to a specific piece they present the people working backstage and made me curios again for the big old Opera house far away in the West of the city. Maybe you think that you’re not even that interested in Opera. But I recommend you to go there at least once in your life. Because of course it’s great to check out all the new and exciting stuff going on. But it would be dull to forget about the cultural heritage and history which made Berlin the meeting place for the creative creme de la creme of good old Europe since the Twenties until today. It makes sense to put Berlin’s raw beauty on the center stage of the Opera. Both things are connected and go hand in hand, even if people sometimes tend to forget it way to easily. After the jump the magical campaign photos showing Berlin and the Deutsche Oper from its most transparent side.
I think it’s a wonderful thing when (almost) forgotten artists spit out new incredible music. This time around I’m talking about Eliot Sumner. If you know anything about this musical prodigy you’re already aware that she’s not just an ordinary pop-star. If you haven’t heard yet of her, now would be a good time. Eliot is not only the daughter of Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, a.k.a. Sting, but a singular talent worth exploring who is bringing a whole new meaning to pop and rock music with her new EP Information, and most importantly, an incredible music experience to Berlin! More about it after the jump.
Wow, can’t believe it’s already been 7 years since we started this little blog called iHeartBerlin that changed our lives completely. I’m super happy and proud of what became of this project and how we all have evolved with it. We’ve seen so many great things, not only here in Berlin, but in the whole world, met so many great, talented people and had some amazing opportunities given to us thanks to this website.
We are celebrating this of course! It’s not a round number, but hell, 7 is the coolest one digit number so let’s do this! We have 7 different surprises prepared for our 7th Anniversary, two of which we have already revealed. I can already tell you to mark your calendars for the following dates: September 17 and 20, and October 2, 2014. We have big things planned… Read more about it after the jump.
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Even though I was looking forward to going to Berlin Festival this season and checking out acts like Woodkid, Jessie Ware and Black Cracker at the new festival grounds of Arena Park I ended up staying home tyed to my desk working. But in the meantime I always eyed my Instagram stream that was filled with beautiful impressions from the festival, so I actually got the feeling I was right in the middle of it thanks to all of you who actually went there. I loved so many of the photos that I decided to compile a little best of from this year’s Berlin Festival 2014. So this is my recap through your eyes and your Instagram impressions. Enjoy the huge colorful set on 4 pages after the jump.
Imagine that all the boring banners on your favorite websites that you like to check out would be replaces by something awesome, such as free tickets for the hottest concerts or news about secret gigs and parties. Wouldn’t that be amazing? Well, guess what, if you are using the Chrome browser this can already be your reality right now if you just download and activate the brand new extension The Ticket that is part of Converse’ new compaign #SNEAKERSWOULD.
The nifty new browser extension uses ad-blocker technology to replace any ad banners with videos and gifs, hot event news and ticket raffles for exclusive gigs making this your digital Acess-All-Areas pass. And they have some amazing specials lined-up! For next week you can win tickets for Kindness and Blood Orange who will play together at a table dance club. The week after you can join Nina Kravitz and The Acids at a private listening session at Record Loft. And there is more to come! Find out how to get The Ticket after the jump.
On Friday I made my very first visit to the IFA at Messe Berlin, one of the biggest fairs for consumer electronics. I’m not a the biggest nerd when it comes to technology and gadgets. Of course for my work I need a laptop, camera and a smartphone. But that’s pretty much it, I don’t even have a TV. So before I stepped into the Messe Berlin halls I imagined the whole affair to be like and out-of-control visit to Mediamarkt. But little did I know what I was getting myself into. This turned out to be a quite immersive experience of an almost overwhelming magnitude.
You probably figured out already by giving a look to our event guide that we are in the middle of Berlin Music Week. Until Sunday a great amount of concerts, festival and events are going on all around music of all kinds. We have mentioned Berlin Festival a couple of times this year. Also lovely, intimate and recommendable if you are into Scandinavian music is the Our/Berlin Festival. But today we would love to get your attention on another pretty nice festival happening open air on a roof over Berlin this upcoming Sunday.
Auf den Dächern Festival is an initiative of the online music channel tape.tv. Apart from their role of being one of the companies to kick off the digital start-up hype in Berlin they have become organizers of a couple of really nice music events. Their event series Auf den Dächern (on the rooftops) is one of my favourite since the amazing concert of Florence and the Machine I saw on the rooftop of former Kater Holzig.
Now we would like to give you the chance to have a similar unique experience. More after the jump.