Howley, Karen http://www.exberliner.com/topics/karen_howley/index.rss en Iomauna Media GmbH Thu, 23 Sep 2010 13:36:39 GMT Interview: Totally Wired OUR PICK! The centerpiece of Niamh Guckian Ahern's music doc is one and only Schneider's Büro – a Berlin store for analogue synthesizers and wacky electronic doodads – and its maverick owner Andreas Schneider.

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Your Weekend: Lit stimulation, roller-skating catfights & dancing chaos I had an overdose of live performances at Berlin Festival last weekend, so I’m pretty glad that this week’s dominating events promise to be a bit tamer. Top of the list is, of course, the Litfest, but as usual on a Berlin weekend, there's something for all tastes...

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Your Weekend: Indie books, nineties tunage & schickimicki wine It's ridiculously easy to over-do the mid-week socialising, so let’s start with the less strenuous goings-on in Berlin... and by less strenuous I mean the kind of event that will have you home before your local Bäckerei reopens.

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Boris Brejcha Musician, DJ and remix-König Boris Brejcha leads the field in high-tech minimalism. Now he’s finally playing in Berlin, on the tour for his third album My Name Is.

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Your Weekend: Trendy Wendys & Culture Vultures From boutique threads at Summer.Pop.Shopping to 900 Seconds' BYOM (Bring-Your-Own-Music), there's no way to avoid the torrent of culture decending on Berlin this weekend. So put on that rain jacket and step out to say Auf Wiedersehen to summer...

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Arcade Fire Record Release Party Lots of people will have already gotten themselves a pirate copy of Arcade Fire’s latest album, The Suburbs, as is the condition of our buzz hungry generation. How and ever, why not celebrate its official Berlin premiere anyways with a record release party? Playing on the night are Michael Mac & Fake Lashes and some of Karrera Klub’s DJs. One for the hardcore fans...

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Fischerspooner DJ Set It’s 2010 and this New York duo still insist on sporting very tight glam-rock outfits, so don't be too surprised if they’ve sewed up another deadly spandex creation for the occasion of this DJ set. Warren Fischer and Casey Spooner’s electroclash tracks came to a notable peak in the past few years with their releases under the French label Kitsuné, but they’ve been opting to tour with a DJ set instead of live material this year - you can be sure there’ll be plenty of Kraftwerk inspired tracks tonigh. Berlin’s Jack Tennis also plays ("N I C E", that spells nice).

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Krake Festival: Cristian Vogel & Radioactive Man Saturday night breathes techno into the lungs of party-goers in the form of a special audio/visual live performance by the legendary Cristian Vogel. It’s a first for the influential producer, which makes it all the more mouthwatering - just what is he going to come out with? Electro mastermind Radioactive Man also plays a live set indoors, while outside there will be an infusion of dubstep from various DJs and a special lights display by videographer Lasal.

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Pop Choir With Lyndsey Cockwell Every Tuesday, a group of people yearning to sing at the top of their voices meet up in Berlin’s capital of Karoke - Monster Ronson's. The pop choir sings, avails itself of the two-for-one drinks on offer, and comes up with some unique renditions of your favourite tunes. So why not 'pop’ along and join the fun!

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Wild Nothing Lots of electric guitar strumming, warm synths, lo-fi beats, hand claps, and hazy lyrics. Wild Nothing’s debut album, Gemini, released at the end of May exuberates with that warm fuzzy feeling you get when you’re just hanging out in one of Berlin’s parks on a sunny day. Virginia’s Jack Tutham [formerly of Jack and the Whale] and three other band members are the force behind such a beautiful collection of songs. It is well worth checking them out to see how one of this year’s best albums to be released sounds live.

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Killekill: Electric Indigo Austrian DJ and musician Electric Idigo has rocked clubs, raves, and festivals since the 1990s and as a lot of great DJs have done, she too has spent some years in Berlin where she worked on perfecting her Detroit inspired techno sound. This year she has been busying herself with composing six pieces for the Austrian Pavilion in collaboration with Viennese composer Alexander Wagendristel. She also released a remix of “12:34 PM” in May this year. Busy lady.

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Your Weekend: Dreams, Vikings and giant canvases Find out what's happening, from cars coming to a stop at Oberbaumbrücke to the big names are coming to town to DJ...

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Niva Making a Swedish mark on Berlin, Niva is representing the electro produce of his country as part of the 11th instalment of ‘Sweeden, Sweeden’. With hazily themed songs about ghosts in his head, dizzy eyes, and a boy from the sun, the music sounds every bit as out of reach with plenty of reverb treatment on the vocals. The beats are steady but never over-impose themselves on this Viking’s soft vocals.

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Dream Berlin: Tiësto/David Guetta Dream Berlin 2010 is hosting two of the greatest DJ's in the world: Tiësto and David Guetta on one stage! Tiësto is probably the most successful DJ in the world, and is currently on the World Tour of his fifth album Kaleidoscope. French house producer David Guetta also plays as part of his own World Tour with last year’s album release One Love. Apart from the world class DJs and sound system in place, visually the multimedia nerds have been nerding away to create a 360° digital visual setup of the event. Underground sounds will also be present from Claude VonStroke, Paco Osuna, Clint Lee, Wimpy Yanuka amongst others.

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Sheerwater Experimental rock band Sheerwater have left their hometown Texas once again, this time with their latest album The Golden Archipelago. Jonathan Meiburg fronts the trio with tremulous vocals that often verge into into massive crescendos: there are many moments of peace and tranquility in the new album, but it becomes a noisy affair equally quickly, with percussion a-plenty.

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Greenberg This arthouse American film from Noah Baumbach’s follows one New Yorker’s midlife-crisis as he moves to Los Angeles to figure out his life. As he house-sits for his brother, sparks soon fly between him and his brother’s assistance. While the film stars Hollywood hotshot Ben Stiller, it’s more interesting to note that the music score was done by James Murphy – who goes under the moniker of LCD Soundsystem.

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The Tallest Man on Earth While Robert Zimmerman prefers "Bob Dylan", folk musician Kristian Matsson is better known as The Tallest Man on Earth. TTMOE frantically strums his guitar as if there’s no tomorrow, whilst singing poetic ballads: many picked up on this infectiousness when Matsson opened for Bon Iver on tour back in 2008, and he’s been gigging and writing more and more ever since.

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Johanna Zeul German singer-songwriter Johanna Zeul has been defying the laws of pop since studied Pop Music Design. Including her rock and folk influences in her work, Zeul manages to have a little bit of an angry or bitter energy about what she sings. The rawness of a plucked acoustic guitar also adds to this feeling that a revolution is about to begin under her instruction. Time to punk out.

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The Pogues Sometimes it’s hard to believe that frontman Shane McGowan is still slurring out words between douses of whiskey. The Pogues haven’t come out with any new material since 1993 and yet still manage to make a return into the charts every Christmas. They may not be a recording band anymore but they do meet live expectations coming out in force with a rake of traditional Irish instruments that give them that rebel sound, along with all the other usual instruments a punk band might sport, and five out of the eight members sing!

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Mammút This Icelandic band have been making waves in their own country for long enough that it’s nice to see them on tour elsewhere. Amongst the heavy drums and speedy guitar riffs singer Kata has a very pop female voice. Her vocals make the band sound altogether more commercial and the combination works both on the more rock driven tracks like Svefnfekt and lighter ones like Geimthra. Worth checking out for a meer €3.

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