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It’s hard these days to have the peace of mind and tranquility to listen to music. But then why be distracted by the fact that the world hasn‘t seen as many violent conflicts as we have right now since the end of WWII. From time to time you have to take your time and a time out. In 2009 I was surely still roaming the internet to look for what could be played in public! Music mags? Na, never. Blogs? No. TV? What’s that? Internet pages by accident? Perfect! So I came across this site called better propaganda, thinking better and propaganda sounds like my type. Unfortunately then – you are confronted with the all-too-much of our present days – too much music for instance; if ten years ago most people were in bands, then today everone is, which wouldn‘t be a problem yet, on the contrary, one of the great things of our current society and its proof of progression that links back to the days of our greatgrandparents when everyone did music too, but the problem being everyone can (and thinks he has to) spread everything he does to everyone, which also in many aspects rather counts to the blessings, as long as you can choose and still find your stuff between all the rubbish, which in the end then is only the curse for the industry who wishes you wouldn‘t find anything anymore at all, but theirs. So, to cut a short thought even shorter, how do you pick music if it’s not by your friend and also otherwise you have never heard of it? Listening to everything? Impossible in reference to the literally uncountable amount and impossible in reference to not ruining your brain with too much bad stuff. So, yes, it might be possible, although it has nothing to do with the music, that unfortunately image and name might have some impact, as little as your name and your looks might have to do with your personality. Still where do you keep hanging? In that case I was going alphabetically through the collection and stumbled across Oberhofer. Not very original, a german surname, and yet such a funny one, and even more funny that (awkwardly enough) it rang a bell, as something with Oberhofer in the title was until twenty years ago used to propagate the worst kind of music called Volksmusikschlager, this kind of apparent traditional, yet new tunes that make some people in the US for instance still think Germany is Bavaria and it never changed, and that was above all in East Germany. But luckily, people might get reborn, but they change. The way via the vast sceneries of the western shores of North America can be of help. I thought „wow“ when I finally clicked on his demos. There was something fresh and quite his own, unstrained and talented. When I put on „I could go“ or „Away from you“ I remember the question (and how rarely does this happen) was put: Is this Animal Collective? I found the similarity not really given, but it was obvious that Oberhofer like others at the same time and age, who, sometimes after evidently early socialization with hip hop, were the first who got the fruits of the success of Animal Collective early enough to be influenced in their approach, in a sense of a broader liberty towards experimental structure and sound without abondoning the audibility (And I remember mentioning in humble respect this to AC, when getting back an expression of bewilderment, like: „We aren‘t that old, are we?“ Never mind, time flows by quick these days.); there is more pop in Oberhofer. So much more that he kind of quickly meanwhile got discovered by the mainstream industries and plays tonight his first (I think) Berlin show, and too much for me to having to go hearing songs about the problems of a male twenty-one year old and see the according audience, if there should be any ever in the first place; not to annoy the artist, but not to diminish the pleasure of the listener either. Surely, there is more to be expected from this guy and hopefully he won‘t get spoiled too soon, so I wait until he plays a more underground place and not a british music mag night. I asked him over back then, but that might have never got him out of the subculture angle. In 2009 Oberhofer was still sending out his first EP with handmade covers to whoever wanted it from his hundred myspace friends. When I asked why I haven‘t received any, he told me his house in Tacoma had just burned down and he couldn‘t retrace the songs not to mention make any sleeves… the story of my life. Brad then moved to New York and became famous. His debut album „Time Capsules II“ (Glassnote) will be out March, April depending on the time zone you are in, produced by someone big, as they say, who did other big bands before, if they say so. You have to follow the rest of his story yourself, there are more, more or less talented people who need better propaganda, and I should take the time again and look through the net, as long as they still allow us to…

Here is from the up-coming album: „Heart“, playful and young as ever, more bombastic and more Avey Tare than before – lovely. For free download:

christy and emily

poplars and rocks presents Christy and Emily, a duo located in Brooklyn, New York: while Christy grew up with Metallica, Emily was classically trained on piano, before she entered Christy’s band The Lil‘ Fighters, the beginning of a fruitful collaboration. Christy and Emily released three albums so far: after Gueen’s Head and Superstition, No Rest was released last year on German label Klangbad records, produced by Hans Joachim Irmler of krautrock band Faust. Beside this psych folk project, Emily still found the time to record the whole work of Anton Webern and work with such illustrious names as Oneida, while Christy also plays in punk band The Totallys. If they find time for something else, they go on tour. So we welcome them this time while hanging out in Berlin to play a spontaneous set at an art house party: the whole day at LA54 you can see exhibitons again, watch screenings, attend workshops, part-take in a fleamarket, and see bands and performances. Christy and Emily will play in the cellar around midnight.
Landsberger Allee 54. 30th of July, from 3pm to 3am. Band on around 11pm. and the best of all: the admission is free!


My favourite gig maybe this year came very early in the year, on the 16th of january to be precise, when we had the honour to present together with battiston82 the first Berlin gig of GARY WAR at West Germany. And although all of the over twenty gigs we did this year were great of course, and I had to cover the door partly too, when Gary War played, I still favour it – also due to the wonderful strange two albums that Gary War had released so far, and from which some songs had landed on my public play list before, but then accompanied me for the rest of another otherwise crap year, on bike, on the street, or at home to lit it up: the first album „New Raytheonport“ was released 2008 on SHDWPLY, self-recorded and performed by Greg (his real name he tried to keep secret in the beginning, but stopped succeeding with growing popularity now), the man behind Gary War, who also did the art work himself. Only for mastering he asked Ariel Pink to join him: Greg was long time member of Ariel Pink, from LA times, alongside John Maus. (A line-up I would die for to have seen, as the current Ariel Pink does not kick me that much, and I acknowledge him a talent for attracting great minds, but then also looses them too. One song actually was written with Cole M.G.N., the last Ariel Pink guitarist, still on tour with him last year, but not anymore this year. Some still are blown though by current Ariel Pink, like Deakin from Animal Collective this week admitted.) There are some videos where they all perform together on stage in 2005, the same year they toured europe, with their Übervater R. Stevie Moore in New York (who by the way now will also play soon with Philip Seymour Hoffman, a young act from Brooklyn, whom we gave the chance to have his european live debut this summer). Gary War though waited a few years longer and stepped much later forward with being his own band. In 2009 his second album followed very quickly: „Horribles Parade“, released on Sacred Bones. Besides this he formed together with Mike Sniper, also known as Blank Dogs (they played a fantastic gig lately in Berlin at Bang Bang Club, and not as attended, as it should have been, taken it was their first and long awaited performance) and „famous“ for running the Captured Tracks label (wild nothing, beach fossils), the project Roman Soldiers (not sure if it still exists), he played with Sore Eros, and he worked with Velvet Davenport, releasing a single this year with him and Pink on vocals. He released one ep and three singles, the lastest having been „Reality Protest“, which he had brought with him in january. (it is also available in Berlin at the best record store there is: bis auf’s Messer.) A new album is going to be released soon, on which he had worked this summer, so he told me. two days ago his newest ep came out: „Police Water“. A re-issue of „New Raytheonport“ will be done on Sacred Bones. Greg had also promised to come back this year and so he did! I am very excited to play some maybe weird eighties german records and see the band (this time as full, four-piece line-up, and not as reduced three-piece like last winter) alongside, and only for this show, some other old acquaintances, who started to like europe so much, that they can’t stop touring anymore: Lazer Crystal, which I have mentioned before though. So, please, don’t miss your maybe next favourite band: Gary War tonight in Berlin at Marie Antoinette! booked by the place, formerly known as battiston82, who thought to better have their own bigger space… saying that, more next. and btw, John Maus promised two weeks ago a new album to come out still this year too.
and maybe also another thing for you, people: Greg would love to give all his recordings away for free, but he says he cannot, as the labels have to live from something. „New Raytheonport“ though is still available for free and legal download from the best thing there is in the world of sharing recorded music: the free music archive. and stereogum, nasty as they are, offer „Born of Light“ from the current „Police Water“. enjoy!

with unintended bad sound

the BRAND new video

with sore eros

r. stevie moore