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Hard Facts

Playlist ByteFM Webradio für gute Musik

Schauen wir doch heute mal den nackten Tatsachen ins Auge und lassen uns schonungslose HARD FACTS um die Ohren hauen. Und siehe da: gut verpackt klingen selbst knallharte Fakten etwas weniger unbequem und vermögen trotz einer scheinbar hoffnungslosen Lage zumindest kurzweilig die Stimmung zu heben.

Der Brite David Brewis zum Beispiel (auch bekannt als die eine Hälfte von Field Music) bringt als School of Language pünktlich zum Staatsbesuch im Vereinigten Königreich ein Konzeptalbum über Donald Trump auf den Markt. Vom dubiosen Aufstieg an die Spitze ist die Rede, aber auch Trumps Charakter und Führungsstil bieten reichlich Stoff für smarten Art-Pop mit einem funky feeling.

Eine durchgehend persönliche, aber nicht weniger harte Faktenlage wird bei Ryan Pollie und seinem neuen, selbstbetitelten Album verhandelt. Der Singer-Songwriter aus Los Angeles erhielt mit Ende 20 eine Krebsdiagnose und musste sich während der Aufnahmen einer Chemotherapie unterziehen. Die eigene missliche Lage verpackte Pollie in einen warmen, nostalgischen Sound. Auch bei ihm werden die Hard Facts nicht außer Acht gelassen, klingt aber hoffnungsvoll und versöhnlich.

Diese Sendung war zu hören am Mittwoch, den 05.06.19 – 20:00-22:00 Uhr.
Wdh.: Samstag, 08.06. von 15:00-17:00 Uhr

Stream online here: ByteFM
Berlin: 91.0 MHz // Hamburg: 91.7 MHz


FoxygenFace The FactsJagjaguwar
SebadohFollow The BreathFire Records
MalojianBeardnessRollercoaster Records
Swimming TapesIt Gets OldHand In Hive
The Leisure SocietyOverheardEgo Drain Records
Jens LekmanRevenge Of The NerdsSecretly Canadian
Stella DonnellyTricksSecretly Canadian
School of LanguageA Beautiful WallMemphis Industries
Field MusicChecking On A MessageMemphis Industries
Garcia PeoplesThe SpiralingBeyond Beyond is Beyond
Mike Adams At His Honest WeightWonderful to LoveJoyful Noise
PapercutsBlues Run The GameSlumberland
Shannon LaySomething On Your MindSub Pop
Olden YolkGrand PalaisTrouble In Mind
Marble ArchReminiscenceGeographie
Big TideThe CrashA Turntable Friend
FeltDismantled King Is Off the ThroneCherry Red
Field MedicUsed 2 Be A RomanticRun For Cover
Say Sue MeAt The End Of The RoadDamnably
J FernandezUnwindJoyful Noise
School of LanguageNobody KnowsMemphis Industries
School of LanguageThe Best PeopleMemphis Industries
MaunoReally ReallyTin Angel Records
Racket ManA Bit More
Ryan PollieGetting CleanAnti-
Ryan PollieAim SlowAnti-
Justus ProffitPainted in the SoundBar/None Records
Jo MangoSuspensionOlive Grove
Rozi PlainDark ParkMemphis Industries
Nina SavaryPres de la fenetreLa Souterraine

Best of 2017

Best of 2017 Corridor, Mauno, This is the Kit, Onmi, Hands Habit. Brent Cash, Crepes, Faith Healer

Here I am, doing it all wrong again by releasing my Best of 2017 list way before Xmas. Every year it shows, that I discover fabulous artists with some delay and I feel sorry these albums are missing the list, only because I wasn’t quick enough! Like in 2016, I failed to mention these excellent records:

Merk: Swordfish (self-released)
Snails: Safe in Silence (Fearl Child Records)
Minta & The Brook Trout: Slow (NorteSul)
CaStLeS: Foresteering (Hafod Mastering)
Ben Reed: Station Masters (Gare Du Nord)

If you haven’t heard of any of those artists, please check them out!

And here they are, the winners of the 2017 Golden Glades award:


Corridor: Supermercado (Requiem Pour Un Twister)
Mauno: Tuning (Tin Angel)
This Is the Kit: Moonshine Freeze (Rough Trade)
Brent Cash: The New High (Marina Records)
Raoul Vignal: The Silver Veil (Talitres)
The Parson Red Heads: Blurred Harmony (Fluff and Gravy)
Crepes: Channel Four (Deaf Ambition)
Sweet Baboo: Wild Imagination (Moshi Moshi)
Andrew Taylor: From The Outside Looking In (Rock Indiana)
Hand Habits: Wildly Idle (Humble Before The Void) (Woodsist)
Omni: Multi-Task (Trouble In Mind)
Faith Healer: Try (Mint Records)
Balduin: Bohemian Garden (self-released)
The Proper Ornaments: Foxhole (Tough Love)
Travis Bretzer: Bubble Gum (Human Sounds)
Baby Island: Break the Lease (Hello Records)
Human Heat: All Is Too Much (Offline Records)
Midnight Sister: Saturn Over Sunset (Jagjaguwar)

Of course this list is a purely subjective affair, but if you feel like I missed a highlight, please let me know!!

Also worth checking out: the voting of my ByteFM colleagues
best songs & best album


Heute kümmern wir uns um Musik, die sich aus dem Baukasten der Geschichte bedient. Die Vorstellung, dass sich nichts Neues mehr erfinden ließe, weil alles schon einmal da gewesen sei, stammt aus den 1970er Jahren und ist damit selbst schon wieder historisch. Trotzdem haben wir es derzeit wieder mit Musik voller Zitate und Referenzen zu tun – Golden Glades sucht sie aus und spielt sie ab, ohne gleich eine Theorie daraus bauen zu wollen.



Insecure MenSubaru NightFat Possum
Buffalo KillersEvil ThoughtsAlive
Bed RugsDriftWaste My Records
My Sad CaptainsEverything At The End Of EverythingBella Union
The Soda StreamNot In TimeOff Ya Tree
The SeamsLemonadeHand Drawn Dracula
MirahThe LightAbsolute Magnitude
ILKSalty WeatherAccidental
MaunoHandTin Angel Records
Seamus FogartyHeels Over HeadDomino
Peter OrenBurden Of ProofWestern Vinyl
Simon JoynerEarthquakeBB*Island
Chain & the GangExperimental MusicRadical Elite Records
The Go! TeamSemicircle SongMemphis Industries
Fitness ForeverArbre Magique (Feat. Juniore)Elefant
Greek TheatrePaper MoonSugarbush Records
The SmokeOdysseySidewalk
The Lemon TwigsWhy Didn't You Say That?4AD
EndzThe Well62TV
CorridorCoup d'epeeRequiem Pour Un Twister
OmniSouthbound StationTrouble In Mind
AquasergeTour Du MondeCrammed Discs
Acid Baby JesusLilac DaysFuzz Club
Melt MountainSaturdaysInner Ear Records
Midnight SisterShimmyJagjaguwar
Hologram TeenBartok in CPolytechnic Youth
FrancobolloUSOSquare Leg
Soft PeopleAmerican
PalehoundSilver ToasterSydvolio Records

Reeperbahn Festival 2017

Mauno live @Kukuun Reeperbahn Festival

Reeperbahn Festival 2017

When the Reeperbahn Festival first started in 2006, I was actually part of the line-up with my band Kajak. And it was quite interesting for us to play, because it was not a common local gig: we played in Angie’s Night Club – a glamorous venue I never set foot in before. And during the show was not a single familiar face in the crowd. For me it felt like playing on a different planet, although my apartment was about 100m down the road.

To be honest: back then I never thought the fairly ambitious concept would work out, trying to establish a hybrid of conference and music shows on an international level, like a German version of everyone’s festival darling SXSW. But obviously, I was wrong! The Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg grew steadily and by now is well known as Europe’s largest club festival. This year’s 12th edition set a spotlight on up-and-coming bands and artists from all over the world, and I was very curious to check some of them out during the four festival days in late September. Here’s what I like to share with you:

Mo Kenney

Canada is currently celebrating the 150th anniversary of its confederation and it was a smart move from the festival to set a focus on to this country, because it has a thriving music scene and lots of interesting acts to offer. Like Mo Kenney for instance: She and her comrades played a pretty tight and catchy power-pop set in the early afternoon. There were feet tapping and heads nodding across the room while Mo Kenney moved through her tunes with a certain easiness – I only wish she played a few more songs!


Next up was Mauno (see photo), also a band hailing from Nova Scotia. I set my golden ears on this act in 2015 when they released a batch of very first demo songs via Bandcamp and since that time the Canadian quartet defined a remarkable sound of their own: complex, but with a great sensibility for pop and dynamics. Initial sound problems plagued Mauno’s set as the power supply went off several times. And I’ve seen other bands getting nervous or angry about these kind of technical issues, but not here: Mauno didn’t mind to improvise, it’s part of their music and they handled the situation like experts: “The power’s telling us a lesson” said singer/guitarist Nick Everett at one point. “If you have power, use it wisely” – true words. In the end, they managed to play an elegant set of deconstructing pop with just the right amount of haunting intimacy. Watch out for their new album  “Tuning”, to be released in October.


After this first highlight it was time to hook up with my friend and colleague Alice Peters-Burns. If you’re not already familiar with her, please tune into her radio show Kaleidoskop on ByteFM or Offbeat via NovumFM. As well, she runs a fabulous blog where she features music off the beaten track.

The first thing we witnessed in the eve was a new thing called Superorganism. The word is that this group comprised of eight members from all over the world and is fronted by a 17-year-old Japanese girl from Maine. Smells a bit like the next big thing? Well, Superorganism just got signed to Domino Records and here at the Reeperbahn Festival they were thrown in at the deep end by playing their very first live show in one of the bigger venues in town – and I can report: they didn’t sink, they did a pretty good job! If you’re a fan of infectious electropop tunes, you might love this buzz band Superorganism. Supported by visuals, playback und three punchy background singer/dancer, the show was colorful fun from start to finish.

King Creosote

Alice and I floated on to King Creosote at the Imperial Theater. Here it was more than suitable to sit down in fluffy chairs while listening to the bard of Fife alias King Creosote who apparently, just shaved his head completely bald. Furthermore, his music was stripped down to a solo performance with acoustic guitar and voice only. He played a bunch of honest and wistful folksongs with lovely banter in between – all this worked well for King Creosote.

Jane Weaver

Quite interesting was the response to Jane Weaver’s show late at night: some people grooved along to the music, others just closed their eyes to get lost in it. And both was fine. The elusive songwriter’s been making music for 20 years now and her latest release Modern Kosmology was an ambitious piece of unearthly psyche-pop and futurism. Surrounded on stage by a tight backing band with Kraftwerkian beats and analog sci-fi sounds, Jane Weaver had enough freedom to present her pop gestures in the likes of Kate Bush. It was a performance you don’t see very often these days and I was surprised, the club was not completely packed with people. Hopefully next time.

Marika Hackman

The other night Marika Hackman rocked out with her band on quite a different level: no fancy dress or make-up like Jane Weaver, only basic t-shirts and simple hairstyles. But it fit perfectly to the 90ties inspired American slackersound she played, some of them in the spirit of Nirvana’s softer side. But still, the live sound was heavy enough to move and bob along with the songs, and especially the fan crowed upfront was really into it.

All We Are

Later on, the stage was invaded by All We Are, a trio based in Liverpool. I never really liked their records, but my friends Alice knew better as she met the band before. And indeed: the live sound was filled with energy and catchy hook lines. And I quite enjoyed the fact, that the drummer stood while playing. All We Are delivered top notch festival entertainment, although I left with a feeling that they were trying a little too hard to please everyone.


Probably the best thing about visiting the Reeperbahn Festival is simply drifting along. All (70+) venues are within walking distance and there’s a lot of great stuff to discover. Of course, the schedule was packed and I missed quite a few acts I badly wanted to see. But as well I popped into unknown shows and made completely new discoveries. Thanks to that I fell in love with a French group named Aquaserge: they were mind-blewing! With five performers dressed in costumes, Aquaserge delivered a hypnotic show with analog keys and (bass-)clarinet. Lots of effect pedals served the psychedelic paradigm and when the polyphonic voices came into the mix, it felt like they’ve found the sixth sense of music. Imagine Stereolab with Tortoise as experimental jazzy shapeshifters, you may get an idea, what Aquaserge is about.

Thank you, #RBF17, for putting on this great discovery and all the other fabulous artists. See next year at #RBF18!