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Berlin Community Radio

In Life in Berlin, Music on April 1, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Myself and the Pueblo crew have been lucky enough to be included in a new music project in town, Berlin Community Radio. The station present “everything that is coming from, passing through or influencing the creative scene in Berlin” — in podcast form. For the moment the station is fully web-based, but with the recent acquisition of the new BCR studio in Kreuzkölln, the hope is to create a living breathing station that might even make it onto the local airwaves.

 

 

We’re honored to be included among the stellar launching lineup, alongside the likes of local favorites like Finn Johannsen, Call Super,  Hunee, and BCR founders Sarah and Anastasia of Welcome To The Room.

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Pueblo 2nd Birthday with 12×12 and L’estasi Dell’oro (Voodoo Down)

In Music on March 23, 2013 at 2:23 pm

Pueblo 2nd Bday

Pueblo VI with Locked Groove and Gingy & Bordello

In Music on November 11, 2012 at 10:22 pm

Pueblo VI

Pueblo IV with Move D & Albert Stone @ Loftus Hall

In Music on July 28, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Pueblo V

 

Pueblo IV with Mr. Ties

In Music on February 22, 2012 at 11:57 pm

Pueblo IV

Pueblo III @ S.K. Robinson

In Life in Berlin, Music on September 30, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Pueblo III

Pueblo II @ Miss Tipsy’s Champagneria & Keller Disco

In Music on April 22, 2011 at 10:15 pm

Pueblo II

Pueblo @ Bergstueb’l

In Music on March 11, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Pueblo I

TipTops TwentyTen

In Music on December 31, 2010 at 6:32 pm

One year in Berlin, the best year of my life, and this is what I have to say for myself.

Guess this doesn’t need much explanation. Here goes.

Top Compilations / Commercial Mixes

1    Dinky — Musica Libre (Cocoon)
2    Ben Klock  —  Berghain 04  —  (Ostgut Ton)
3    Various  —  Fünf    (Ostgut Ton)
4    Thomas Hammann & Gerd Janson  —  Live at Robert Johnson    (Live at Robert Johnson)
5    Rick Wilhite   — Vibes – New & Rare Music     (Rush Hour)
6    Seth Troxler  —  Boogybytes Vol. 5    (BPitch Control) (Read my review on LWE)

Top Tracks

1    Moody  —  It’s 2 Late 4 U And Me    (KDJ)
2    Reagenz  —  Dinner with Q    (Workshop) (technically end of 2009)
3    STL  —   Vintage Hunter    (Something) (Read my commentary on LWE)
4    Public Lover  —  I Try   (thesongsays)
5    Shed  —  44A (Hardwax Forever!)    (Ostgut Ton)
6    Lerosa  —  Common Thief    (Further)
7    Steffi  —  Kill Me (Instramental Dub Mix)    (Ostgut Ton)
8    DJ Qu  —  Party People Clap (Levon Vincent Remix)    (Deconstruct)
9    WAX  —  Wax 003 – B    (Wax)
10    Moody  —  Ol’ Dirty Vinyl (U Used to Know)    (KDJ)
11    Schweiz Rec  —  Untitled    (Workshop)
12    John Swing  —  Always at Night    (Relative)
13    Ninca Leece  —  Feed Me Rainbows    (thesongsays) (Read my review on RA)
14    Sun Ra  —   Saga of Resistance (Theo Parrish Dub)    (Kindred Spirits)
15    Lowtec   —  Untitled    (Workshop)
16    Fred P  —  It Is What It Is     (Strength Music)
17    Sound Stream  —  All Night    (Sound Stream)
18    Skudge   —  Convolution    (Skudge Records)
19    Nick Höppner  —  Umbrella Pitch    (Ostgut Ton)
20    Cologne Tape  —  Render 4    (Magazine)
21    Jason Fine  —   Control Voltage (Oni Ayhun Remix)    (Kontra Music)
22    Romanthony  — Let Me Show You Love (Approach to Temple)  [Reissue]  (Decks Classix)
23    Space Dimension Controller  —  Transatlantic Landing Bay    (R&S)
24    Kassem Mosse  —  Untitled    (Workshop)
25    Flying Lotus  —  Do the Astral Plane    (Warp)
26    Redshape  —  Drama    (Present, Present)
27    Ron Deacon  —  Untitled    (Workshop)
28    Ruede Hagelstein  —  Emergency    (Souvenir)
29    Oliver Deutschmann & James Blonde  —  Milanese (Quarion Remix)    (Falkplatz Limitiert)
30    KiNK  —  E 79    (Ovum)

Top Albums

1    Black Tambourine  —  S/T    (Slumberland)
2    Reagenz  —  Playtime    (Workshop) (technically end of 2009)
3    Ariel Pink’s Haunted Grafitti  —  Before Today    (4AD)
4    Deerhunter  —  Halcyon Digest    (4AD)
5    Lerosa  —  Dual Nature    (Futher)
6    Shed  —  The Traveller    (Ostgut Ton)  (Read our interview with Shed on LWE)
7    Moritz Von Oswald Trio  —  Live in New York    (Honest Jon’s)
8    Pantha du Prince  —  Black Noise    (Rough Trade)
9    Redshape   —  Red Pack    (Present)
10    Flying Lotus  —  Cosmogramma    (Warp)
11    Cologne Tape  —  Render    (Magazine)
12    Actress  —  Splazsh    (Honest Jon’s)
13    Virgo   —  Virgo [Reissue]    (Rush Hour)
14    Peter Van Hoesen  —  Entropic City    (Time to Express)
15    Aybee  —  Ancient Tones   (Further)
16    Lone  —  Emerald Fantasy Tracks    (Magic Wire)
17    John Roberts  —  Glass Eights    (Dial)
18    Tevo Howard  —  Crystal Republic    (Hour House Is Your Rush Records)
19     Efdemin  —  Chicago     (Dial)
20    Caribou  —  Swim    (City Slang)

Also, not sure if if was every actually released in December as scheduled, but for what it’s worth Fred P.’s new album “The Incredible Adventures of Captain P” would probably pull in at number two or three. AMAZING. Hope it gets it’s due coverage in 2011.

Top Labels

1    Workshop
2    Further
3    thesongsays
4    Ostgut Ton
5    LiveJam / Relative
6    Delsin
7    Uzuri
8    Millions of Moments
9    7 inches of Love
10    Rush Hour

Top Clubs

1   Berghain / Panoramabar (Berlin)
2   Club der Visionaere (Berlin)
3   Tape (Berlin)
4   Trouw (Amsterdam)

Top Performers (DJ or live acts)
Okay, these are not in particular order… it’s just too hard! Basically all of these artists are totally amazing and worth your time and money. Go see them all if you get a chance. Buy their art. Listen closely to their work. Huge thanks to all for the mark they left on my world.

Move D (DJ & live)
Delta Funktionen (DJ)
Tama Sumo (DJ) (Read my interview with Kerstin on LWE)
Public Lover / Bruno Pronsato / Ninca Leece (live)
Fred P (DJ)
Dixon (DJ)
Jan Krueger & Marc Schneider (DJ)
Donato Dozzy (DJ)
Ben Klock (DJ)
Surgeon (DJ)
Fennesz (live)

I guess that’s all. Hopefully I can come back later and add some pretty pictures and a lot of links back to the artist and label sites. I’m sure I forgot a lot of things, but this is what came to the front of my mind.

For now, I gotta go… it’s time to party.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Love,
Sarj

All My Exes (Still) Live in Texas (I think)

In Food, Life in Berlin, Music on February 9, 2010 at 6:27 pm

As Valentine’s Day approaches, I can’t help but think of lovers past.

My not-so-ex Lover

My not-so-ex lover

Who needs to worry about the past when there is such a perfect present? A girl has to visit her ghosts, but wordpress is probably not the best place to do it.

Getting back to the situation at hand, a quick review of recent events.

1) The Deutsche Guggenheim is outrageously small. As in, one room. The exhibit was pretty interesting (“Utopia Matters” — indeed it does), but after ascending the spiral of the New York Guggenheim, I was a bit shocked to find that the second room of the Deutsche counterpart was the gift shop. Ah well.

2) I’ve decided that Sonntagsets (daytime Sundays) is the number one time to show up at my favorite venue. Basically an ideal “klubnacht” entails waking up around  6-7am Sunday morning (har har), eating a giant omelet with toast, then heading to Berlin’s specialest dance floor fresh-faced for hours of groovin’. The entrance and the drinks are cheaper, it’s less crowded, and the music is louder.

3) I ate the best pizza of my life before the Ninca Leece show at Golden Gate last weekend (Good night, bad club). It was at a restaurant called Due Forni in Prenzlauer Berg. I have always been a pizza lover (as many of you know, Picco is my favorite Boston restaurant), but I had no idea it could be so next level. Somehow the pizza I was due to share with Will (prosciutto and mushrooms) was rather late in arriving to our table — everyone else was already chowing down. So while we nursed yet another class of red wine from the canteen, a guy we’d just met offered us a piece of his margherita to share.

The dough, so supple! The sauce, so sweet! The cheese, so salty! The temperature… juuuuuuust right.

4) Kinda reminds me of how perfect my Valentine is. What a cutie…

Aww.