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Lydia Lunch. RETROVIRUS.

Lydia Lunch. RETROVIRUS.

There are some women who are stronger than others and are called “iron ladies”, I think Lydia is not only one them but she is a real devil in a female body. Through swearing she’d use more intelectual words than half of the Americans together. Lydia always knew how to jump into a pile of shit and not to get dirty, and when she chose to get dirty she’d do it with a pleasure.

August the 21st she will perform at The White Trash, Berlin Mitte, with her new album called “Retrovirus”.

Lydia Lunch (born Lydia Anne Koch, June 2, 1959, Rochester, New York) is an American singer, spoken word performer, poetwriter, and actress whose career was spawned by the New York No Wave scene. “One of the 10 most influential performers of the 1990s.” (The Boston Phoenix).

She has performed with Sonic Youth, Swans, Rowland S. HowardOmar Rodriguez-Lopez (The Mars Volta), Pussy GaloreDie Haut, Anubian Lights and others. That makes about 3,5 gigabites of music with her voice on my iTunes. And if there are bands which spread the neverending love, Lydia seems to spread the never ending hate. Oh no it’s not being suicidal or pessimistic, it’s just being realistic. She gets fucking personal on stage, you just really feel her.

“I’m completely optimistic – I know the end is coming” 

“Sure you’re powerless, sure you’re just one person, sure you can’t change anything… but you don’t have to be miserable about it as well.”

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Berlin Atonal

There are too many events in Berlin, but some of them are more special than others and should be your first choice of the night. Berlin Atonal – is one of them.

Originally held at SO36 in Kreuzberg, the early years of Atonal fostered revolutionary and innovative musical acts such as Psychic TVEinstürzende NeubautenTest Dept808 State among many others.  Throughout the 1980s Berlin Atonal was at the vanguard of the progressive electronic and experimental music and art scenes in Berlin. The festival closed in 1990 with the fall of the Berlin wall as Hegemann went on to open the legendary techno club Tresor.

In 2013, Berlin Atonal will be relaunched by Hegemann at a new location – a massive abandoned powerplant in Berlin-Mitte – and will run from July 24 – July 31. 

Bandlist: Last.fm

Facebook: Berlin Atonal

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Solmsstr. Berlin

Solmsstr. Berlin

There are hidden streets in Berlin where masters do amazing work making this world a little bit more like a fairy tale. Last week I came across with one of those places -called  Alla Hopp. A small cute working space/shop with hundred of famous faces.

These are puppets who look like Oscar Wilde, Franz Kafka, Friedrich Nietzsche, Virginia Woolf and many others. They are being made by graceful Karl Schlarb, a designer and artist based in Berlin. His puppets are made of material, filled with small balls; and surprisingly there is no wire inside, but Karls has his own trick to make them sit and bend the hands. The heads are made from a special thick plastic in order to show all the features of the face.

This is a project which started 3 years ago as an idea to put love for puppets and literature together. So, the puppets got the faces of famous authors. Among them are also Bjork and David Bowie.

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Germany, Micaela Schaefer, Eurovision. Image taken from: http://ruptly.tv/

I stopped watching Eurovision more than 10 years ago. When I was a teenager, who lived in a small city, with no Internet connection, Eurovision on TV was definitely the night to get excited about. Then you grow up and simply forget about it. Countries like Latvia, and certain groups of people who carefully follow this event from year to year take it extremely seriously. Did we send the best one to represent our country? They get really worried. And then the country which holds the event, gets super frustrated about the stage, building it specially for this occasion.

It’s politics under the shiny dresses. It’s love and hate between countries.

But in Berlin it does not matter, in Berlin it is another reason to have a party. They organise a big open air, with a huge screen and beers, and simply have a good laugh. Berlin has definitely gathered all European nationalities by now; so it is extremely fun to watch Eurovision if you and your friends are all from different countries. Is my country representative more ridiculous than yours? It gets sentimental only when it’s time to vote. It’s funny, but all the small shops, bars and cafes screen Eurovision. Everyone is watching as if it was football.

And then if your friend’s country is the winner, it is another reason to get another beer.

May the 18th, Malmo 2013. Have fun!

And it does not matter before the actual night, but if you want to know who is participating, please find all the details here: http://www.eurovision.tv/

Ellen Allien. Image taken from: https://www.facebook.com/EllenAllien

Why men are still dominating the film and music scene? Until the last century a woman was meant to sit at home and take care of kids and housing. She was forbidden to do certain jobs and get equal education. In the beginning of the 20th century the oppressed woman question exploded in the majority of European countries broaching up the subject about equal rights between both genders (Engels, 1879: chapter 1). 

“She is the first human being which came into servitude. Women were slaves before men”

                                                                                                                        Engels

So, now almost a 100 years later are women less enthusiastic about music than men?

A lack of women in the music industries in general is a theme running through the work of Cohen (1991), Hutton (2006), and Robson (2007).  Sara Cohen’s work illustrates that women were not only underrepresented in the Liverpool rock scene of the late 1980s, but actively excluded, and Josie Robson’s work on female fandom and gender dynamics in Sheffield in the early 2000s finds a similar lack of female representation across the music industries in that city. Focusing on club cultures and feminine identities, Fiona Hutton’s work highlights the disadvantages to female club producers, because of their gender, which include lifestyle factors, financial factors and the ‘negotiation of a hegemonic masculine culture’ (p. 67).

Live Music Exchange Blog

‘It’s a very misogynistic business. The blokes in it are very egotistical’, and women have to learn to put up with sexist comments and jokes.

Whitby-Grubb

Peaches at White Trash. All rights reserved by Katja Avant-Hard

Peaches at White Trash. All rights reserved by Katja Avant-Hard

Are we less enthusiastic because we are repressed, because we lack the inspiration or because we are scared? Are there any technical issues? Or is it tits that interfere? Talking about electronic music, girls are generally less geeky, but then it does not mean they cannot learn the code.

“Technology now is so in your face. It’s much easier for women to learn and not be intimated. “

Tara Busch

The psychological pressure based on the stereotypical understanding of the music scene is high enough to scare off unconsciously. We just got used to seeing men at the deck and find it pretty comfortable. But there is no such fact – that men are more musically gifted than women, but then again the amount of girls choosing sonic studies is very little. There are enough women singing, but developing and promoting them are almost always menThe women who managed to state about themselves with certainty are very few indeed. The first who comes to my mind is wonderful Ellen Allien, a German electronic musician, music producer and founder of BPitch Control music label. And of course i cannot miss on Peaches – the godmother of electronic music and activist in Berlin.

Another factor is income. The Guardian search states that only 6% of women in the business earn more than £29,000 compared with 22% of men. So, where is equality?

Only 7% of the Ableton Live users are female.

Some interesting stats I found on http://femalepressure.wordpress.com/facts/ Music festivals across the world and the number of participents:

– GERMANY

Berlin Festival 2012 www.berlinfestival.de
total: 87 acts / female: 12 / mixed: 9 / male: 66

CTM Festival 2013 www.ctm-festival.de
total: 181 acts / female: 18 / mixed: 7 / unknown: 3 / male: 153

Fusion Festival 2012 www.fusion-festival.de
total: 177 bands / female: 20 / mixed: 50 / male: 107

– BELGIUM

Dour Festival 2012 www.dourfestival.be
total: 232 acts / female: 5 / mixed: 17 / male: 210

– DENMARK

Roskilde Festival 2011 roskilde-festival.dk
total: 226 acts / female: 14 / mixed: 23 / male: 189

– FINLAND

Flow Festival 2012 www.flowfestival.com
total: 133 acts / female: 7 / mixed: 24 / male: 102

– NETHERLANDS

TodaysArt 2012 todaysart.org
total: 198 acts / female: 12 / mixed: 10 / male: 176

Check the link above for full festival and label list.

Two studies in the Journal of Applied Psychology called this the “penalty for success.” Women artists pay a social tax for their professional achievements that men do not. Women musicians cannot promote themselves in the same way that men do without facing negative consequences in the way they are perceived personally.

http://www.newmusicbox.org/

PJ Harvey. Image taken form: http://photo.sing365.com

SHE is an online Berlin platform for women musicians within electronic music. The project looks to create a database of contacts and a network of female artists, project leaders, songwriters, label owners, female issue leaders, musicians and bands to begin to address the gender inequalities in electronic music and give long lasting exposure to outstanding female artists. SHE gives a special support and calls to action.

Aim: Investors are welcome to become part of an innovative forward thinking project who will see a growth of members, artists and networks culminating in a central platform for female electronic artists and female artists issues. With a 1 year plan to build the network and then to launch the SHE Music Festival year long celebration which realises a 1 week festival of shows and events every 3 months. The future of the SHE Festival looks to host live events, workshops, live performances and open up discussion and debate about gender issues in electronic music.

This question is PhD worth, but it’s clear without a deep study – in the new Century we need a new way of thinking, the time comes when the old model just does not work anymore. And Berlin is to affirm it. SHE is here to stay. You can find more information about the project at: http://shemakesmusik.wordpress.com/ and http://artconnectberlin.com/AndyPegram/projects/6811

Matteo Giordano preview for Anna Bolena Bruitphonies Idroscalo Dischi 2013 from antonella pintus aka anna bolena on Vimeo.

With the crazy amount of events in Berlin, it is very easy to miss something good, and a month later sigh :”Shit! they’ve just played in Berlin!”

So, let’s say next week May the 15th you have no plans for the evening. And let’s say you’re in a mood for some dark rock’n’roll which makes you drift. I suggest you go to a post-punk/shoegaze concert at N.K. and check

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tiffany graham art

Send your favorite song or a personal sonic composition and a Berlin based artist, Tiffany Graham, will draw/pain it! Each work is individual and made on a high quality paper. Want to brighten up your wall and help Tiffany to rise the money for her road trip in April, send a song now to: pulp_2_99@yahoo.com

Tiffany Graham Facebook Page

Each print costs only $20

ETSY purchase

and will be delivered by post.

Some of the soundtrack drawings:

All rights reserved by Tiffany Graham

All rights reserved by Tiffany Graham, (c) 2013

tiffany graham

All rights reserved by Tiffany Graham, (c) 2013

demdike stare

Demdike Stare

Transmediale has officialy started . And not only the festival welcomes  Mr. Jodorowsky this Saturday, but also the occult dark-ambient project Demdike Stare. Total immersion in the dense Jodoverse.

Transmediale:

Following a conversation with sci-fi writer Alejandro Jodorowsky, this exclusive double-bill of sci-fi tinged performances takes you further into and beyond the confines of the Jodoverse.

When: 2/2/13 20:30

Where: Haus der Kulturen der Welt

Price: tickets 18 € / 15 € concessions

Click the LINK, to read more.

In collaboration with transmediale.

http://www.ctm-festival.de/
http://www.transmediale.de/
http://www.ctm-festival.de/festival/program/event/2013/02/02/darkness_bright/

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