One of the most hilarious music videos of recent history comes straight from Berlin from the crazy artist duo Ben&Julia. It’s for the song Cookie Jar by Traffic Sings featuring Berlin-legend Jake The Rapper. It’s totally insane and we love it. These cookies are out of control! Enjoy it after the jump.
We’ve come across quite few web shows about Berlin in recent years, but for us GERMAN-NESS might be the best one so far. Former MTV host Claire Oelkers is the face of the show that uncovers not only the beauty and uniqueness of Berlin, but also other German cities. In several episodes she meets unique characters such as musicians, photographers, artists and entrepreneurs and spends a day with them discovering the city through their eyes. The makers of GERMAN-NESS describe their format as an alternative city guide which is what initially attracted us. And that description is pretty spot on, because in this show you will discover a lot of things about Berlin that are far off the beaten tracks and that even I haven’t heard of before. I like how host Claire remains charming with a hint of German reservedness that leaves the spotlight for the guest of the episode.
So far the series has explored the cities of Hamburg and Berlin with several episodes each. In Berlin they visited some familiar creative people such as photographer Oliver Rath, musician and former Berghain bouncer Rummelsnuff, the guys behind the street art collective Peach Beach, rapper Miss Platnum, DJ and producer K-Paul, and a few more. The places they visit in each episode range from underground artist communes, huge street art murals in abandoned factories, to secluded lakes outside of Berlin. Each week a new episode is released on their YouTube channel which you should definitely subscribe to! After the jump we are showing you our favorite episode. Enjoy!
This quirky little home-made video popped up these days that shows a part of Berlin Mitte in the post-wall time of 1991. It shows some areas around Linienstraße, Tacheles, Museum Island and Oranienstraße, and more interestingly a few flats from the inside. When you look at the interior design and at some of the fashions you will realize that this could be also today… Enjoy the video by Jörg Langkau after the jump.
I think it’s not an overstatement when you call the band Years & Years the next big thing. Their new single King that has just been released in Germany on Friday is a huge hit in the UK right now, rightly so! When I tuned into the track recently I was totally hooked and the video by Nadia is also really amazing. The band is coming to Berlin next month as part of the Introducing concert series along with the bands Romano and Formation. The concert is going to take place at Bi Nuu on April 23, 2015. You shouldn’t miss it and check out the awesome video to King after the jump, it will make you wanna dance immediately.
One topic that we have shamefully almost completely neglected here on the blog is skateboarding in Berlin. We have so many great places in Berlin to skate, not only those specifically set up for it, but also all those urban wastelands of the city that are perfect for it. The Berlin-based filmmaker duo Voe have dedicated their latest short film to skating in Berlin. Their beautiful video is an homage to poet and writer Charles Bukowski and shows some Berlin charme following a skater through the city. Enjoy the film after the jump.
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.
Our article about the Men of Sugar at Berghain is one of the most successful art posts we’ve ever had on the blog so we thought we give you a little look behind the curtain of how this amazing sculpture by Australian artist Joseph Marr that is installed inside the bar of Berghain has been created. The sculpture (which the artists prefers to call an object because it wasn’t actually ‘sculpted’) shows a chain of men intertwined with each other in sexual embraces. But what is most interesting about it, is not the explicit sexuality of it or the place it was put on display, it’s the fact that it’s entirely made out of sugar. But before the sugar there was the flesh! The production of the piece of course required some real men to get down and dirty and of course which better place to look for them than the infamous Berghain itself. So these horny devils are not a product of the artist’s imagination, they actually exist and where scanned in 3D while doing what they are now doing for eternity inside their glass coffin under the bar counter. Check out a featurette about the artist’s process of creating his scultures after the jump. And stay tuned to iHeartBerlin for exciting news about Joseph Marr’s upcoming solo exhibition…
Aspirational by Matthew Frost
Did January’s Fashion Week and February’s Berlinale leave you inspired? Thankfully, there’s a platform to unleash your ideas and creativity: The Berlin Fashion Film Festival. Since 2012, the BfFF has been an exciting event that takes place once a year to present the fashion film productions of creative minds in front of a festival jury. They hold open calls for submissions, and award the best films. When disciplines converge in art, it does more than bringing two mediums together. They are at once a reflector and propeller of one medium to the other. In the case of the BfFF, the short films I’ve seen cleverly unearthed the forms and textures of fashion through an experimentation and exploration of cinematic techniques. Click on to get a sneak peek of this year’s submissions, and don’t miss the deadline to enter your own film into the competition!
It’s been quite a while since we published a nice short film on a Sunday like we used to do. Even if there is no real big connection to Berlin I had to show you this hyper-romantic short film called Fawns by Greek director Thanasis Tsimpinis. Actually I could not care less about the hot naked protagonist (I know, nobody believes me, but I tried at least) but I am much more into the gentle voice and the sensible story behind the short film. I think you have to watch it to get the goose bumps I feel right now just to think about the story of this stunning black-and-white film reminding us of how sometimes in order to protect the ones we love, we have to let them go. To enjoy the video follow the fawn.
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.