Wednesday, March 12, 2008

You, go, go, go, go

I have been srsly thinking about getting a new puppy, but whatever - Ladyhawke has a new kitty cat!!!

LUCKY US, she came to Berlin to dj at our expect excellence party two Fridays ago. Look what she did !

When I was on my way to the airport to pick her up, there was some problem with the train and we all had to get off..(and stand around looking annoyed and confused...). I sent her a message to see if she was alright hanging on for a bit. She wrote back, "I'm outside sitting on a blue bench - where the taxi's are parked - playing a video game."

The party photos went up last night here ! thanxxx to our partee photographer drea, who has a smashing new blog, here !

After we got home from the airport, when she was going through her music deciding what to play in her set, one particular band that came up was Pnau. She never mentioned it, but they've done this (((amazing))) track together called "Embrace". Tonight Pnau are playing someplace in London, I hope the kids get the version of the song with live vocals : )

(Image artwork above by Sarah Larnach).

Saturday, March 08, 2008

It's Alright to be Me

Fritz Radio does a nice thing where they play one song from a new album they like every hour over the weekend. This weekend it's Midnight Boom from the Kills. The band gives a little intro to the each song too, which makes it "special"...Actually I just found the soundbites here at Popnutten. Cool! It's a bit funny to hear explanations for the songs that range from being inspired by Dostoyovsky to plain and simple "Making up lyrics on top of a drum beat". "Cheap and Cheerful" was requested last night at Death by Pop but I didn't have it. I am waiting for the 7 inch to arrive in my letterbox, not only is it a great song but the cover is brill:

Cheap and Cheerful - click over to get the song at !Tashed

Hot Date!
the Kills - 3rd April at Maria, Berlin.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Dance Floor Jam Packed, Hot as a Tea Kettle

Alot of bloggy type stuff happened lately. If it wasn't bumping into bloggy friends, actually enjoying having a read back over my first music blog, friends and sisters starting up their first ever blogs or just doing things i would like to write about in my blog - >

top rapper

haha..I've got that bloggy feeling. O-oh that bloggy feeling.

Series 21 of Never Mind the Buzzcocks not only still has Simon Amstell still in it, but I'm noticing a hot indie boy trend, including in the episodes I've seen so far (thanks youtelly) Yannis from Foals AND Ryan from the Cribs. Ryan shockingly revealed his girlfriend is Kate Nash, well it was a bit of a shock to me. I didn't know..Unfortunately when the Cribs were last in Berlin during the summer, I asked the one that looks like Ryan, indeed his brother, "Is that your van outside?" and then he ran away. Only after did I realise that even though I only asked because I couldn't really believe they were travelling around in a shitty little grey van with bedsheets for window curtains, maybe it sounded like something else.

Where was I going with this? I don't know, here's some nice gig/fun thing dates for Berlin:

Sunday 9th March - Hot Chip at Lido!
Thursday 13th March - Buck 65 at NBI (random, anyone?)
March 10th - i dj at Monster Ronsons, ahoy!
March 12th - 1 of Babyshambles djs at Death by Pop (me too!)
March 20th - Juno gets released here finally!!!

That teakettle lyric was a revelation the other night. One of the naughtiest songs EVER has one the nerdiest lines I've ever heard, ever.


Tuesday, March 04, 2008

I Geuss You're Just What I Needed

It's not every Monday night that you get to sing "Just what i needed" with Owen Pallett in a karaoke booth. I arrived at Monster Ronsons totally jittery after a taxi nearly ran me down, it was an inch away, my hand was on the bumper when i screamed out in fright. i didn't have headphones on or anything, it just crept around the corner really slowly, and even though it was the green man for me and i had on a bright white jacket and hoody (yeah the hoody was blocking my vision on the side so I couldnt see what was coming) he didnt see me or stop til he was millimetres away...fucking hell! I drank two strong whiskey and gingers really fast when i got to the bar, which is probably why i was jumping up and down on the seats in the karaoke booth all night rapping, and pretending to be Britney Spears - which was more fun than usual since the booth was also full of gorgeous gay men, one of whom I have a date with hopefully at the end of the month to stuff our faces at Bobo, that amazing burger place on Wexford Street in Doobalin.

Wow, I just got a flashback (much better than the one of me "singing" Whitney Houston last night...) of an amazing singer who sang the last song of the night..she said she was in a band called Fancy. Unfortunately there seem to be alot of Fancys out there. Hm..

On Saturday afternoon me and Ladyhawke went for hangover food (burgers at Kreuzburger) and afterwards we went plug shopping for her Australian mac at a random store on Oranien Str called YES ELECTRIC! I nearly got a flashing lcd star necklace, that store has everything...I did get a new wire for my internets. Riveting, I know. But, I keep tripping over the fucking thing and yanking it from the wall. Then i go for weeks without a phone or internet connection cos i never have time to go get a wire. Well i got one! And i just plugged it in. So now i can be on the internets all the time and tell you about burgers and karaoke. Yay!

Monday, March 03, 2008

Do You Love

Sometimes it's one of those weeks when Ladyhawke is staying over at my house, and Peaches introduces me to Joel Gibb and Owen Pallett is like "hey, i love your jumper!" and the singer of Deerhoof is doing the crab on the floor backstage after the Maximum Black Festival and Owen joins in and nearly breaks his back and Planningtorock tells me about her dream cottage in San Francisco and I find out from Shane about a bar in Friedrichshain that is a dedicated Big Lebowski establishment!

Ladyhawke showed me her brand new video for "Back of the Van", by the amazing Kinga Burza, who has directed some of the bestest music videos of late, "Foundations" and "Homecoming". "Back of the Van" will get a special release on vinyl with some fantastic cat artwork. I CAN'T WAIT!

We had the first fantastic Expect Excellence party of '08 last Friday, the djs were amazing, and the party pictures that tell all are coming soon : )

Saturday night at Scala we got to dance the last few hours of the night away to a set by OKAY & OKAY. The two girls with feathers in their hair played really stand out tracks, including this amazing Hercules featuring Antony Hegarty and some MSTRKRFT remix that I had never heard before on the All Saints.

I feel really lucky now that I've seen Dirty Projectors twice. Last night just cemented that for me, they played the most stunning set. I got their new record, "Rise Above" and one of their tote bags too : ) Dave Lonstreth, the front man made a nice comment about Berlin, he said something like, when travelling around Europe, he often finds that some cities are a reflection of places back home in the US, but Berlin doesn't really compare to anywhere, it's a "magical fantasyland".