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yukon orange + raving mad carlos


march already! poplars and rocks presents at their most longsteading relationship so far – madame claude, who is turning five today: YUKON ORANGE and RAVING MAD CARLOS.

YUKON ORANGE is a new project by chrizzi, crazy girl, doctorate, married woman (to a member of Banque Allemande, a berlin punk band, who have a brand new album out right now – and who, needless to say, we also had the honour of having at our shows long, long time ago) and mother, largely unemployed and musician – who I mentioned earlier in this blog a few times. after we had her with her other project Hilde Tropengold first time a few years ago (same place: madame claude), she now put her bass guitar aside and focused on „how she could possibly manage writing songs for electronic music“ (and the harder question remained for her: how to perform them?) – after she had been approached by someone asking her to do this for and with him – that being the beginning of Yukon Orange. and she managed it as expected in her very own way: like her childlike drawing, that accompany the virtual cover of the songs and their first album „Im Rahmen deiner Neurosen“ (online released in 2011), the songs itself reflect the according apparent naivity of a child discovering the world, but rooted in a thorough observation of daily life, its banality and often absurdity, as perfected in „Discountbestattung“, as well as its never ending stories of love and its tiny hindrances, „Sag mir…!“. the sometimes thin, not every tone hitting voice adds to the intended imperfection, that breaking of the „classical“ polished electro pop song in favour of an uncommon content-wise, individual playful approach, whereas the music itself oscillates between 80s new german wave and 90s techno. not to a big surprise the music of yukon orange found its first fans on the other side of the atlantic – the maybe most charismatic known radio station of the US of A WFMU gave the band its first air play in 2010… listen to the album on bandcamp:

RAVING MAD CARLOS played the last time at our NYE festival, but not before with us at madame claude, so he will catch up on this (or you). Unable to ignore the links between the visual and the acoustic, I also freely draw a line between Carlos as visual artist and the electronic musician: his colourful paintings and wild collages mirror his heavy beat based songs, somewhere anchored between mark e. smith, underworld and his native south american origin, that are lighted up with humourous unseriousness, especially live when melodica and megaphone add the anarchic punk to the techno and dance. when lately being homeless and jobless, carlos made plans of waving good-bye to berlin, but another artist and musician managed to keep the head above the water for a bit longer – we welcome him back in the family.

1st of March, 9pm, Madame Claude, Lübbener Strasse 19, Berlin. Admission is donation! on decks Rad Spin Rotate Club with julie and the usual surprise whoever. visuals added by jen. bar open until they throw us out.


flyer by julie with a drawing by chrizzi and a collage by carlos.

nye festival

We had a new years eve festival with some poplars and rocks familiar and favourite bands, I think I forgot to post it here. Thanks to the live acts: strange forces, sunflowerstarfish, stephen paul taylor, itaca, black cat, raving mad carlos, jah of york, william must hunt, electric opera duo, blue stork who had to cancel, shoxxx lounge and her live acts, and the venue Tiefgrund/Zukunft at Ostkreuz for having us.

No Nebraska + Apostrophe

Poplars and Rocks proudly presents again after a long while: No Nebraska. The sympatico american-french three-piece that started growing out of hard german soil is still around, special as ever and right now back on tour with Apostrophe, like No Nebraska a conglomerate of different nationalities and members from various bands that found each other in Berlin. The first time we had the honour to stage No Nebraska was in 2007 at the then newly opened Bang Bang Club, this one as so many places in this town long ceased being, band and host are still going, proving the real nature of art and dedication, no less than the art of grave survivalism. Quite typically, fifty percent of the four bands that night officially still roll. A year later, No Nebraska played again, this time at Trickster with Don Vito, for our humble unofficial fifth year of survival that no one knew of. The beautiful tiny, that night over-packed cellar still exists, so do again the fifty percent of the four acts officially that at least I know of. This time the arms are opened to us by another dedicated advocate of his trade that is music and who threw himself into the risk of survivalism and newly opened a moist cellar at Ostkreuz that stands out like a last village within a heavily changing surrounding of a dead plastic and concrete city vision that is the once pretty old train station and which we thus like to celebrate and to support. But so far places are still getting more popular down there as long as they are allowed, and we hope Tiefgrund may outlive the shallowness going on above ground. Or we see him solo at Madame Claude again. We for a moment are lucky to have got out there for a night to live out the love for drums, making a statement for tolerance, where neighbours are not obstructing it yet. No Nebraska, who are Jaime, Chris, and Gildas, consist of drums, guitar and, classically, bass. But that we speak here of a bass clarinet makes it slightly special. But even without pointing out the speciality, No Nebraska’s songs are still unique and lovely, cross-breeding the edgy roughness of Fugazi with the charming playfulness of Deerhoof, drawing a line between post-rock and folk-jazz. The band had some underground releases so far: after Serves: 6 in 2006, Aloha in 2007, after people leaving to different places and leaving Jaime back in Berlin with other side projects, their so far last album Generalisation came out in 2011. Not only are the first two already brilliant examples of the punk-that-meets-humour attitude, developing from „Barack Obama“ and „Zidane“ on Serves to lighter and more complex „Der Amboß“ or „Sanitäter“ on Aloha, embracing with post-punkishness and hardcore jazz the innocence of a children’s seventies tv series, but their CDs also come in beautiful hand-made sleeves, adding vegetarian recipes or dried blossoms. There are a few songs for free download from their latest CD on their homepage, of which we „Norwegen Dir“ love to share with you:

Just sweet. Come and support! An unknown band you maybe should have heard (of) plus another one, pure underground, DIY, and post. „Why should we sing when we can shout, why should we stand when we can dance?“

This friday, march 23rd, 10pm, at Tiefgrund, Laskerstrasse 5, admission between 3 and six euro, bring yourself! On decks Raving Mad Carlos.

The wonderful screenprint poster by our favourite print maker Damien Tran, who also plays in Grand Predateur. The album cover used for the header was made by Shoxxx, as mentioned lately… Check them out!

Prader & knecht, Jimmy & krach


This month at madame claude: two duos! Prader & knecht come all the way up from Zürich in Switzerland to play our world-famous monthly mayhem of unpredictable and outstanding new and the like weird acts. They consist of guitar and cello, the drummer they had to leave at home, and enchant with beautiful songs that swing between country, blues and perfect pop. Recently they have released their first album, called This Is Weird, which they are going to present at this very first gig of theirs in Berlin.

Here for a limited time only for you the title track of the album This Is Weird for download:

Local support comes from underground guru of garage blues Jimmy Trash. This night without his celebrity packed backing band, including normally such illustrious names as Oska Wald from Chuckamuck, Mohair Sam, or Mum and Son in the past. Planned as stated on the flyer to play with Rosie, accompanying with clarinette Jimmy on piano, the lineup was swiftly changed into Krach der Roboter joining, labelling the music now according to Jimmy drum machine blues.
Jimmy Trash moved some years ago from the outbacks of Australia into the thriving night life of Berlin, where he soon became one the leading night creatures that make Berlin the little boring place it is said to be. Evolving from around the anti-folk adorer fourtrack on stage, he slowly made his way through the moldy cellars by getting a reputation for his freak out shows where self destruction and broken glass are only a minor side occurence on the way to evoke pure lust and thus achieve a higher spiritual consciousness.
I actually cannot remember when I saw him the first time, it feels more he has always been around, but then his musical endeavours have not taken him further yet then to be the best known secret tip of this city. To gather around like-minded bands, he started a small festival called Trashfest, whose last issue ended in the club maybe having to close down. If not djing around town, he does boring summer jobs teaching kids to sing the ramones as a choir version. If you want to see him in your town, you can help him book his first european tour. DIY!

Friday, November 4th, 10pm sharp. Admission: free donation! Madame Claude, Lübbener Strasse 19, Berlin. Music all night, on decks our own rad spin rotate club with special guest Raving Mad Carlos from Argentina. Visuals by Lady Lazor Light, New Zealand.

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.