Been to Norway recently, and two bands caught my attention: Aurora, a young girl with white hair and a voice like the lead singer of the Cranberries, and Kaizers Orchestra – a crazy mix of polka and pop and rock. Not sure why all of their videos are quite dystopian – maybe it’s due to the uneven distribution of sunlight exposure over the course of a year… Or that Nordic sense of humor?
I somehow think of the Kaizers as a Nordic version of Balkan pop – what’s not to like?
The Kaizers have already disbanded (pun intended), but there is a very nice fan page at kaizers.konzertjunkie.de – and given that they sing in some Norwegian dialect, the translation is definitely helpful.
The new ad by the Berlin public transit authority. Berlin mon amour – so true that it hurts…
Last week, Sarah Lesch won the FM4 Protestsongcontest – quite deservedly so, if I may say. A Protestsong in the finest spirit of the genre… Check out her profile.
The motto for tonight’s entertainment is “Spaß mit Anstand – Tanz mit Haltung”, which does have a far deeper political meaning in Vienna than the literal translation on their website might suggest to the non-native. It’s gonna be phuntastic! Tickets are sold out, but you can find out more about it anyway at www.wissenschaftsball.at…
Went to a concert in the Brunnenpassage yesterday, which is really not the place for the synthesis of Gogol Bordello and System of a Down – but it was fun! Definitely worth watching out for this band, Gasmac Gilmore… Find out more here. Unfortunately, there tour calendar isn’t quite up to date (as of today).