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10 years birthday with fritze, d. cooper, jan opoczynski, martin tetzlaff, park

O no! O yeah! We have turned officially ten years! Although inofficially we might be a bit older – but in december 2003 we put on our first bands: four bands in two nights. So we thought for its anniversary we make it four acts in one night, or five – we never counted much in numbers. But ignoring mathematics or not: it’s been a decade! And lots has changed and nothing much. We can say we helped shaping this decade a bit, or tried preventing it from changing too much to the worse, we kept berlin „sexy“ by staying poor and honest and only committed to the things we like, the music, arts, and people, we helped those needing help, we pushed where pushing seemed necessary, we put the focus on stuff that should have been known to a bigger crowd, we met people, we made more people meeting. We made new clubs getting an audience, and got well hosted the last five years at madame claude. There are many more new acts to be discovered, musicians waiting to be asked to play again – and I would love doing it all, but the scene has became bigger, there are more promoters around, networking and booking was never as easy as these days, but if you call it a hobby then it’s still a lot of work to do on ones own. And when it’s best you have to stop. Or take a break and change into something new again, or go back to the total beginning. So we call it a long ten years, but say bye for now and good-bye madame claude!
For the last night I just asked a few musicians from the many I still would have loved see playing there, like jim avignon, jens friebe, schneider tm, all who would have loved playing but couldn‘t make it. But I am glad to present once more a fantastic line up, consisting of older and newer friends and great musicians, all local berlin underground stars, and german by accident: FRITZE aka freedarich, mittekill, die bäume, dj-ed for us, and put on art with us, but never played live for poplars and rocks, so I am glad he still finally made it. Beside his love for techno, he went back to his love for country with die bäume just being his favourite project. but as I was never good a deadlines and urging things, and as I love it stripped down to the bone, it just will be him solo. and since it’s just him solo, it fits perfectly the rest. D. COOPER used to have a band, but decided a long time ago to go his own way. Hence it is usually him solo. Berlin though not being very grateful with what good comes out of her, he joined a project again in vienna and only travels back to sleep. meeting him again by accident last week, he said he wanted to play again, and I surely was the last to say no, so him being back on the boat once more. JAN OPOCZYNSKI I have also known and followed for a while, but also it never happened that he could manage to play, back then with the jan opoczynski orchester nor then with der internationale wettbewerb. but bumping into him on sunday night when only what you call bohemians have a late night, I told him he should play too. for him never ever having played without his backing musicians it’s a premiere – just him solo, and the luckier for us! MARTIN TETZLAFF as one of the first acts we ever presented years ago of course was not allowed to be missing. he happily joins, and does what I like best of him: just him solo, playing guitar and singing. although his biggest love now is being his new band the beauty regime, but for a few songs he has to get over it without them. PARK is park, and it’s hard not to bump into him. and whenever I mention a next show, it’s a why-can‘t-I-play? he played for us before, and dj-ed a few times. park played in a few bands, even had it’s own musicians, but in the end still makes it himself. and he really does busk on the streets. so he had to be part of the last regular small residency night at claude. on the decks will my humble self provide with guests and friends the after-show hang out as had all the years. I still may dj bands no one knows yet or those who have been forgotten, and surely just some nice music, that is music I like from people I like. that is who have earned some more ears.


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felix wickman + susanna berivan

leaves are falling, time to sit back and let go, to a cosy autumn soundtrack. november moves in with felix wickman and susanna berivan.
felix wickman is a swedish singer songwriter from stockholm. his music balances between acoustic and electronic, where a deep underlying electronic beat seems like forcing the soft, gentle intruments on top into a sphere of ambiguity about where the song is taking you; fragile voice mixes with dancy rythms. his first record „dry hands“ was released 2009, followed by „whatever her sins“ 2011. last year the two track album „mrs burke“ was released.

felix was recommended by susanna berivan who will open up the night. she has been with us before and provided a splendid show with her soul, rythm and true blues. always playing a lot, solo or with band, it’s never too much having her a second time around. susanna berivan will have her first full length album out soon, which is already recorded waiting for the final master. so will be a video. stay tuned and watch her come out with more soon!

november 1st, 10pm, madame claude. admission donation. on decks rad spin rotate club, our very selves.

isolation berlin + behindertentransport

poplars and rocks presents this october: ISOLATION BERLIN and BEHINDERTENTRANSPORT, new and older local grandeur.
Isolation Berlin only started off with their first live shows last year or so. First time I encountered them was a bit about a year ago at the debut show of the Anna Thompsons, who quickly made it within a few months up to stages as big as Festsaal Kreuzberg, whereas Isolation still kept their shows down at the punk cellars to navigate around to where to develop their sound into. mature, interesting lyrics in the tradition of german young big city punk worldweariness presented in according bitter yet confident manner, the music itself fluctuates between garage, neue deutsche welle, and chansonesque pop, wild guitars alternate with hymnic melodies, recalling diverse punk varieties of bands from Wire to Ton Steine Scherben. A direct homage was made to Brausepöter, one of those many great 1980 bands who quit first in 1982 when punk in germany made it to become too commercial – they covered a song and shared live a stage. Now Isolation Berlin, based around Tobi and Max, born Berliners, are recording their debut album. Producing is Timothy LaLonde, known from helping out at the door at poplars and rocks‘ nights and as former head of the band The Michelles. The album will be due around november. Normally a four piece, Isolation Berlin will perform a special stripped down acoustic set at Madame Claude. Expect more to hear from them in future.

Behindertentransport is a band I thought poplars and rocks presented a long time ago, but I am not sure if it happened under this precise shape, when line up and name changed in the beginning, when the idea was just making music with friends, weird music that is, that was to combine all the different backgrounds and ages of its members, ranging from Blumfeld and modern philosophy to Techno. Brain behind the outfit is Ricki, a true bohemian, whose life is just doing nothing, if not making a bit music or painting, if someone asks him to. Expect the unexpected, the total refusal of fame and success, but musically everything from noise to schlager. And a lot of fun in the disguise of sarcasm and true love of the imperfect.

On decks rad spin rotate club, the usual one writing this, and new friends and tunes.
Madame Claude, october 4th, 9pm, admission free donation!

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programmed for pleasure + nanu nanu

Poplars and Rocks is back from a summer break at Madame Claude! Back with Programmed for Pleasure and Nanu Nanu.
Programmed for Pleasure is the musical project of Carvin Wetlands. It began around 2003 in Los Angeles. After performing several shows and releasing an EP, the band dissolved and transformed with the head and singer moving to Europe. Meanwhile in Berlin, Programmed for Pleasure is still there with new material and members. Latest new member is Colm Rutledge, guitarist in several bands, such as Humanzi, and his own project Suzie’s Ashes, with which he is going to release his debut album very soon. Programmed for Pleasure’s last EP, City of Witches, was released 2012. Their music roots between Can, Jesus and Mary Chain, and Sisters of Mercy. Programmed for Pleasure took its name from a movie in which a robot is created by man, who ends up controlling it’s creator. Beware.

Nanu Nanu are an electro pop duo from Dublin, Ireland, calling themselves what they do „alien pop“. They started off around 2010, and, after massive touring in UK and Ireland, have this year released their debut album, Unit 1, on independent label Flaming June records. It’s their first gig in Berlin.

6th September 2013, 9pm, Madame Claude, Lübbener Strasse 19, Berlin. Admission is free donation, bands are on at 10pm sharp! On decks Rad Spin Rotate Club.

full moon fiasco + johannes bügeleisen

poplars and rocks in spring blossom may presents JOHANNES BÜGELEISEN and FULL MOON FIASCO.

in berlin you meet everyone, and even if you don‘t know it, you can be sure you are talking to a musician – and the funnier thing: the nicer people make also the more likeable music. barpeople are musicians anyhow. one of my two, four favourite barman in town was a canadian called Ryan, until I lost sight of him – I met him again last year at a tiny festival in Berlin Mitte and asked him what he did there – it turned out he just had played a show under his new moniker: JOHANNES BÜGELEISEN. Ryan, being artist and musician, merges everything in his über-ego Johannes Bügeleisen: harsh noise, dub, samples, distorted vocals, house, minimal NDW keys, tribal beats. last year I received a box with his self-produced work: four beautifully designed, printed and self-wrapped cds. beside a noise music based concept drama, it contained his two releases from 2011, Tiger Bonus and Mouse Trap, latter with absolute lo-fi radio-compatible music (but no idea what is being played really these days when stopped listening some years ago, but I can only assume it got worse) like Q or Tetanus Scare, the fourth album being his latest so far, Canary Kingdom, released 2012, all on Tar and Feather, opening with Military Hospital, dancy and dark in criticism. humour, brains, and refusal lie close together – and embracing it all at the same time. Johannes Bügeleisen recently works on new material. I recommend to get his albums, you won‘t get bored. even more, don‘t miss his glamorous live performance.
more guitar based in distortion and exploration is FULL MOON FIASCO, a concept one man bedroom band that started out in New Zealand, until it grew a full band, that dissolved after several shows and local fame, for the moment finally by the head having settled in Berlin recently, and quite comfortably so. when I met Will he had just come over with two friends to stay for a bit in Berlin: Thought Creature played then a few, wonderful shows at crazy nights, until the others had to move back for the usual money and visa reasons – Will though came back, started Black Cat, and continues now with Full Moon Fiasco as a solo idea to explore the psychedelic depths of untravelled territory, and as duo in live performance. Full Moon Fiasco’s still last album, Cosmic Palms, was out 2010 on Muzai Records. If you like Jim Morrison and Syd Barrett, you will love Full Moon Fiasco.

friday, may 3rd, madame claude, berlin kreuzberg. bands on between 10pm and 12pm. on decks after Rad Spin Rotate Club. admission donation. celebrate the nights where good people come together!

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