Saturday, June 24, 2006

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Greets to all visitors from Berlin. it is indeed the center of World Cup madness, which I find equal parts interesting and boring.

but today was the best. We are in Kreuzberg, the turkish neighborhood which is also a bit of a gay mecca and a punk neighborhood. Walking around before heading to see dj /rupture at one party and then go to see Plaid and modeselektor and Sencha (one of our leipzig hosts) at a different party. Getting hungry so went to our new favorite halloumi joint on adalbert strasse, where the coffee making guy looks like the dude from Anthrax - bald, goateed, jovial.

Anyway on the way there we hang out for a while at a huge street festival with several stages, all of it against the world cup (and capitalism, and god/religion). There was a drag show on one stage, a dj on another and a samba drumming crew on another. the streets were totally closed down and the police aree hanging back. I think they may not dare to shut it down because this area is historically the site of the great May Day riots and there are enough people who are not afraid of them that it's easier for them to stay outside. The crowd here is multiracial as well and amusingly decorated. there are several glorious drag queens in 18th century gowns as well as the more disco variety. lots of punks and travellers and happy dancing people.

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Thursday, June 15, 2006

last minute berlin gig

Kid K and I are stepping up at the last minute to close out the Dizzee Rascal show at Club 103 in Berlin tonight! Nice one, nice reunion for us.. since we played at his first show in the USA, the amazing Soundlab event where the stage was a flatbed of a custom truck, all gleaming chrome and huge rubber wheels.

So yeah, tonight we are not at the Dizzee Rascal-opening-for-the-red-hot-chili-peppers show (!?!), but later in the night. Dizzee goes on at 2am, and we probably step up around 4 or 4:30. But for all the late night crew, pace yourself, don't start drinking too early, and come on out.

If you can't make it tonight, of course, then step out next week after dj c arrives
- two Berlin gigs: Thursday 22 June at Bastard in prater, prenslauer berg, with the freakcamp crew, more on the dubstep grime side of things, then Friday 23rd at the Raw Tempel for more of the breakcore fun.

then again, THUS weekened we hit up Halle for electric-renaissance on Friday and Leipzig on Saturday (big up the Staubsauger!)

I'll try to post the flyers here or on the Method site.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

quick note from Hamburg

I posted on the riddim method a report from the first days in Berlin. Just settling in, so no gigs until Saturday night in Hamburg, when we played the Rote Flora, a benefit for a free radio station that I've been lucky enough to play on 2 or 3 times on trips to Europe over the years.

The gig was great! Everything here is weird because of the W*rld C*p, and we were a bit concerned because the venue is across the street from a huge row of bars with tables on the street, lots of potentially rowdy and unsympathetic people could wander in to the hulking mass of rooms across the way. But also it was a very warm night, in which people don't always want to come inside, here in Europe where bars all have tables outside so people can enjoy the street life. While I think this probably did reduce the turnout some, it was quite respectable, and people danced and cheered, and kid k and I each had quite a few compliments, singly and together. Some of the nicer things I heard were people who remembered me from the radio shows, from other gigs I have played in past years, or from my mixes. It's good to feel like all the energy I put into this does not dissipate, but is in fact taken in by other people, and they remember it and remember me.

Kid K of course rocked the party too. We each had 1 hour sets (starting 1:15ish) and then we tag teamed until 5:30 or so. He played a dubstep set that blew people's minds! It was clearly weirding out some o the crowd, but an equal number were very very into it, so it was a choice, I think, to follow through with the sound that seems pretty new in Germany. Pretty new most places outside of London.

One of the nicer moments was when Istari Lasterfahrer showed up. Great producer, great label.. and later on kid k played his tune: "To mi Battyman Massive" that cuts up dancehall vocalists to big up the battyboys and battyman all over the world! at last, a pro-battyboy dancehall/jungle tune.

Anyway. I have seen the Rote Flora every year I have come to Hamburg, a huge squatted ex-theater, maybe the last squat or last big squat in the city, covered with graffitti, especially antifascist antiracist stuff. I always wanted to play here, and at last it happened. Especially as there is increased reporting of racist violence in Germany (as eyes turn here for the footie madness), I was pleased to be at least aligned with folks who speak out against racism and organize about it. There were a smattering of African and black German folks around, plus some cats from Cuba and South America and elsewhere. Dunno if this represents a more cosmopolitan Hamburg or just the w*rldc*p overflow but it made for a nice changed from the usual dnb parties.

The cats who booked us were really nice, treated us very well, and worked very hard, so no complaints and a big cheer to the Hamburg people out there who made the night so much fun.

we will post pictures to riddim method soon.