jim avignon

when it comes to free download recommendations I also thought to let you know about this one. it’s the latest album by local hero artist and musician jim avignon, who is consequently following his own paths and in this shaping berlin since the late nineties. ironically he had tried to escape to new york recently being bored with the changes to the worse in this town, but they didn‘t want him… we still do. (we had him never perform within poplars and rocks, but he was part of an exhibition that was largely poplars and rocks grown two years ago.) jim plays now on and off more in berlin, and his performance and songs still bear the berlin nineties spirit, the non-conformity as well as the melancholy, and still charme and stand out in its lo-fi individuality yet being mainstream pop – that never made it to the masses. „unpaid work“, the soundtrack for all those that sit in the nights (is it really 3am again?) and dedicate their spare time to work that is born out of other ideas than money… enjoy!

no more songwriters

Some advertisment that was also supposed to appear here before christmas… Digitalo is a new (net) label, run by Seb, the guy behind Itaca, Sunflowerstarfish, Kamas, Dadajam and so on, that we partly had the honour to have them play with us previously. He asked some friends for a compilation and what came out is absolutely still worth listening to also after christmas… and it’s still for free download. „No more songwriters (Vol. 1)“ on Digitalo, Berlin. Cover art by Julie.

future art

If you missed the nye eve party where we also had some art, you can still go to the venue (to see a gig or movie) until february 13th 2013 and see the exhibition of paintings by juliane vonna sch├Ânhauser and jen repin. open every day from 5pm, zukunft/tiefgrund, laskerstrasse 5, ostkreuz, berlin. thanks to roller one for playing at the opening night on december 28th 2012. finissage on february 13th.

CRAVE and Sean Derrick Cooper Marquardt

This friday, last show in 2011, and having rounded off officially eight years of underground promoting. This time at Madame Claude Poplars and Rocks presents: CRAVE and Sean Derrick Cooper Marquardt.
CRAVE is the side project of Jonny Teardrop, native french from Paris, part-time american, now for some time already residing in Berlin. As Jonny Teardrop he made a smashing performance this year at drop dead festival at maria, and played on and off the small experimental music venues such as loophole, where I by accident spotted him first and approached him to find out who he was. CRAVE is Jonny’s latest project that he plans to develop in the future, with guest musicians willing to contribute – I would! so long, on friday, solo. Jonny says he always brings the police, but let’s hope the cellar will keep us safe… After his first self-released EP young, out in june this year, his first album followed on november 9th: heal, an amazing self-produced album, that leaves one dizzy already while listening to the first song, but will totally have taken one after the whole length of the album into a different sphere of consciousness. Whereas the shows of jonny are pure raw distorted energy, the album lowers the tempo, oscillating back and forth, down pitched and trippy, never telling you where to take you next. He will go far.

Sean Derrick Cooper Marquardt takes the otherworldliness a step further: his noise is a complete thick foggy curtain of something visionary, that cannot be shaped. when I saw him first many years ago, when experimental music was not all over town yet, I was astounded by the way he treated his guitar, seamingly hardly touching it, more happening accidentally to be there to help him create the sound he wanted. The film clips he started to produce to go along his compositions stress the coincidence of the extract of a pattern. Originating from Chicago, Sean is living now for a long time in Berlin, making himself a name in the underground scene of the noise family, also starting to organise himself experimental noise nights. His latest album Gesang der Geister was out on avachorda. But keep checking, he produces mini albums regularly, sometimes daily. Some are found here.

Opened will be the night by Whale vs Elephant with a short set of new songs. Visuals by Lady Lazer Light (Wellington). On decks Rad Spin Rotate Club with latest resident Raving Mad Carlos (Buenos Aires), guest DJ Kyra LaMariana (New York) and our very own Julie (Berlin).
Madame Claude, Friday, December 2nd. Show starts 9.30pm sharp. Admission – still – free donation! We always appreciate your coming along. Thanks to all who came at least once in the past eight years. Not to mention our gratitude to those who made it even twice. On to the ninth…

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Drawings by Jonny.

Thought Creature, Shoxxx, Human Elephant

this month at poplars and rocks at madame claude: THOUGHT CREATURE. this former three-piece from wellington, new zealand, had recently relocated to berlin, where they got casted right away from the street. or let’s say from in front of a club, where the outside yard was more attracting than the inside bands. big in their home country, they went looking for the challenge into the uncertain and new. now with the experience of a few tiny festivals in never-heard-of areas in germany enriched, and with two secret gigs to warm up the berlin audience, the now two piece will play finally their first big official gig in this town, within the cosy walls of madame claude. having said that the band now consists of two remaining members, and having shifted their initial more indie sound towards a much darker, electronic psychedelic sound, it has to be stressed that a third member is still essential to the band, producing the visual equivalent for the sound. (most friendly already lending her abilities to last month’s acts.) the band’s first full length album Teleport Palace (2008) is available for free download. the ep Total Recall (2011) can be streamed on soundcloud. a new album Ocean Dream is anticipated.
speaking of visual enjoyment, we went a step further to fuse the music with the arts: SHOXXX, artist and animator from hiroshima, japan, will present one of her delighful and charming live animations, in which all materials are being used to make a comic start developing right as you watch the screen, following the sound track. years before, I have noted I had come across shoxxx‘ comic-style art before, when I felt so touched by a little pressed flower: part of the cd cover for No Nebraska’s aloha.
the sound track on decks comes this time from very special guest THE HUMAN ELEPHANT. having been a bit quiter the past few years, john didn‘t get lost in his day jobs, or rather night jobs, but kept, beside other projects in the meantime like rats live on no evil star with bernd jestram from tarwater, working on a album, produced also by former and no one less than dirk dresselhaus aka schneider tm: White Thunder (umor rex records) is out this october! and this has to be celebrated. a wonderful video shot by jan of former the aim of design is to define space is the first visual release. you can listen to the whole album on soundcloud.
joining resident rad spin rotate club will also raving mad carlos. more surprises always to be anticipated!

Friday, October 7th, Madame Claude. Show starts at 10pm sharp. Admission is free donation.