For the longest time of my life in Berlin the appearance of street musicians made me want to change the car of the subway or the side of the street. For some reason only the least talented people on the planet seemed to be the ones who decided to play live in public here. But in the past few years this has changed. A lot. Now all of a sudden I find myself amazed by the quality of the music that we get to hear now in the U-Bahn stations. I guess the influx of people coming to Berlin in recent time also brought some talent.
The Busker Diaries is a new video series dedicated to the most talented street musicians. The term Busker itself is pretty new to me, I guess it’s a a shorter and more sexy way to describe that you play music in the streets and make a living from the donations of the people and self-produced CD sales. Of the three episodes that have been released so far we like the first one the most with the blue-haired Katie O’Connor who makes really good folk music. Enjoy the film after the jump!
For the upcoming Berlin Festival and the Re:Publica conference the makers of the Busker Diaries are hosting open stages that still have some available slots for musicians. If you are interested you can contact them through their Facebook page.
Rae Morris is one of these women that make me wonder why on Earth British female pop singers are so much cooler than American ones who can merely be accounted for being guilty pleasures. But the British (and Irish) women of pop just seem to be made of cool without dressing like prostitutes and acting like teenagers. Think of Bat For Lashes, Roisin Murphy, Lilly Allen, Adele, Amy Winehouse, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, hell even Kylie Minogue is one cool little nugget.
Rae Morris is probably more on the left field of pop music with her gorgeous debut album Unguarded. The first comparison that comes to mind is Bat For Lashes, but Rae’s music is a little more down to Earth I think. Songs like Skin, Closer, Cold and Do You Even Know? are the type that you will instantly fall in love with because they are so memorable with great lyrics. But what makes them even more enjoyable are the stunning videos directed by the equally talented Nadia Marquard Otzen. Check them out after the jump!
UPDATE: The tour dates have changed. On June 10, 2015 Rae Morris will play live at Privatclub starting at 20h. Don’t miss this talented young lady!
Normal. What is that? A word, whose meaning is different to everyone. It includes and excludes. Everything that is different, not normal, should change. To become normal. Therefore, we strive to be different. Better, more beautiful, richer. Individual. Different, not like the others. In a word, normal.
Because if we are all equal, nobody is special anymore. But if everybody is special, then everybody is equal. We want to be special, but we want to be treated normally. We want to love and be loved. We want to live. We want health, comfort, happiness. And at least a smile each day.
photo: Chris Phillip
In case your libido has been hibernating all Winter the art collective and party organizers of Pornceptual are finally back from Brazil for us to remind you what it’s been missing. In promotion of their up”cumming” Porn Rituals Party this Saturday they shot a really nice art porn film that is inspired by Pagan Spring rituals celebrating fertility and the lasciviousness of this city. Enjoy the sexy short film after the jump.
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.