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despite being on a summer break with the monthly madame claude shows, there will be special one off: you know when you hang around as a local, with no money but for the späti, everyone is away except the ones with no money or no idea how you book a holiday, so to say the real artists, for whom art was no choice, but no other way avaible, but the town is full of people from all over the world, as if it would not be so the whole year through, only it maybe becoming more obvious with the locals away, and they take photos from a distance of how cool you people look with your take away beer in those picturesque urban landscapes of refurbished and new buildings, or they even dare approach you, as everything is so nice and friendly here, and they ask you how to get to... and you kind as expected say: hey, you look like a musician, don't you want to play? so, or not so, or similar it happened in this case. poplars and rocks presents: ESSAY EDWARDS. Essay, originally from Melbourne, stayed a few months in berlin to support Roller One at their shows (whenever we presented them, they had been a formidable two-piece) as a drummer, played one off gigs with compatriot musicians at percussion, and jammed with new bands – but you could tell, like many drummers, Essay is also a very profound singer and songwriter. he had been writing songs for years, used to play back in Melbourne, and then concentrated more on the writing than the release. on request he put a few songs online, and will play this special gig for us. though I asked him out of the blue, he didn‘t disappoint yet: his music lies between classic singer songwriterdom and opulent pop. his sampler Oh Dear assembles various styles that concur in the honesty of the tune. whereas Forthright starts dangling, it kicks in with surprise with the chorus, that’s wants to go off but is slowed down by the beats, and leaves insatiated and begging for more. Hit & Miss is strangely touching by the voice as such, and thus the honesty behind the lyrics -the word love has hardly ever been expressed with more shyness, or doubt, being taken turns by the latent anger. Oh Head First comes across dark and cool, and with a chorus riff that can compete with those famous metal or former punk noise bands from Australia, and refers to one of the unavoidable musical influences. And I bet there could be named a few, but being bad with it myself, to me the music of Essay Edwards is something that could have been written by a young Thom York when he would have had more of Robin Gibb. makes sense? check out yourselves when you hang about lonesome in the city, and you wonder why the beauty and easy charm of summer was invented at all, except for making the sun come up earlier to light your way home.

on decks a special rad spin rotate club issue: minotaur contemporary happened to come into existence when drunk late at night and the idea to take over prenzlauer berg again for people who think there is no one left from ten years ago, and prove it wrong, but have more friends around again in one of the nicer hang out spots in the area. after the june inauguration minotaur is back on demand! featuring Chrigel Farner, originally from Zürich, illustrator, musician, and former drummer for bands such as NM Farner, Knarf Rellöm, or Human Elephant.


JULY 25th, 9pm sharp! at ten the neighbours will complain. decks after as long as it goes: Neu!bar, greifswalder strasse, prenzlauer berg, between heinrich-roller-strasse and immanuelkirchstrasse. free admission, but you can donate to the musician.

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.