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i just watched Dave Grohls key note speech at this years SXSW. and no i didnt see it live when i was in Austin, TX w/ Plaided. i didnt expect liking it as i started watching (well i was curious – since Melanie was suggesting it) – but i really enjoyed, yet was surprisingly moved by listening to Dave Grohls speech. i came to realize that most things in my life, bands, labels, art, scenes and people i like – even my mindset – are all things in Grohls story i came to love, moved or changed me. and yes. without the link to Nirvana in the first place. i am a punk kid, and i will always explore things in a punk way.
i was lucky enough again that Plaided asked me to play bass on their little trip to NYC and Austin, TX – joining them on their adventure. the Band was invited to play this years SXSW, as our friend George from british label Damnably was suggesting the Band to SXSW people.
we headed to Brooklyn, NY to meet our friends and great supporters Japanther. Matt and his lovely room mates let us stay in their incredible appartement; where we were allowed to sleep in their self build mini ramp! unfortunatelly Veronika was sick the first few days; but as soon as Julia was arriving to New York (she could only leave Vienna a few days after us three) Veronika was getting better – and we were able to make the trip w/ Japanther to a house show in Boston. Japanther know how much we love doing house shows, something rather rare in europe.
the show was organized by Ben of BUFU records and his friends. there were a bunch of bands doing 20 minute sets, who were all great. i remember one band was called Queef. they all did this fun punk thing, big party and good sounds. we had fun. Japanther after us was mind blowing. people were falling into Ian’s drum kit during the set. wild.
(ouside BUFU house, picture taken by lovely Shawn)
we got a ride back to NYC the same night and Matt dropped us off at our new place we stayed at for the rest of our New York days/ nights: in Manhattan – at our friends place from Vienna – great artist Catharina Freuis. thank you for sharing your amazing view / experience on the 20th floor with us Catharina. <3
for our last day in NYC – Plaided where invited to play in front of the mini ramp we were first sleeping in: it was a house show in Brooklyn now, with great bands such as the Puppies, Ken South Rock and Japanther performing. with people skating that thing while bands were playing. just like in a movie or in a good cartoon. the party was called Rasta Pasta – where Ian and Lupita were cooking three coloured Pasta for everyone. i still cant believe how nice we were treated by everyone: our hosts, charlie the cat and most of all Japanther.
(picture taken by Walter Wlodarczyk)
the very next day we left Catharina and beautifull New York for South By Southwest in Austin, TX. we knew it would get pretty crazy there – and have been really lucky that Marlene – a friend of a friend in the first place – let us stay at her and Arnold’s house. she was picking us up from the airport and helping us the next couple of days finding our way into the ctiy and places we wanted to go to.
before doing a show we were lurking around in Austin. getting our wristbands, organizing a storage room (thank you Ulf) four our equipment, to be prepared for spontanoius performances. inspiried by our freshly made friends in NY – Unstoppable Death Machines, who gave us flyers at the the Chelsea Light Moving show – we immidatly sat down drawing a flyer and photocopying it. now we could tell people when and where our shows take place.
we are all born naked and the rest is drag
we went to see a bunch of shows before our first show at the Girls Rock Camp Austin SXSW party at Cherrywood Coffehouse (which offers the best peanut butter / banana / soymilk smoothie i’ve ever had!). that place was rad. and kido. Austin’s a hot place. the GRC showcase took place in the afternoon so we had to play hide and seek w/ the sun. at the GRC we were meeting another friend of close friends: Sookee from Berlin. her set was great – im happy we got to meet.
our official showcase on 6th street in a bar called BD Rileys was scheduled for midnight, and we got help again from nice friends of friends who became friends. thats the best part. new friends. we got a ride w/ a pick up truck to very busy downtown then leaving our stuff at BD Rileys – just to movie on to Iggy and The Stooges. we were sitting outside the club on the pavement, enjoying Iggy’s songs. everyone in a rush but we had the time of our lives sitting there.
the show at BD Rileys – Plaideds official showcase – was a big chunk of sound; which i really enjoyed. to me it seemed that all you had to do at SXSW was play as loud as possible to give people the right feling outside on 6th street – deliver yr part of the big drowning mashup this city is asking for.
we had tons of time to go lurk around and watch dozens of great bands (Talk Normal, Shannon and the Clams, The Coathangers…) the next days, getting to know nice people (hey Brandy!); running into friends on the street who tell you where they are playing next (Pharmacy) and find out that a band like Love As Laughter are a) still around and b) playing just where you stopped by.
our last perfomance took place at cheer up charlies. one of the best venues at SXSW. it was a queer festival, and Plaided was sandwiched between Guantanamo Baywatch and Vacation Eyes, the new band of Jenny Hoyston of Erase Errata. whoo hoo!
we had two more days after our last show at SXSW – but we spent it wisely in (AC’d) record & thrift stores, comic shops and at Barton Springs. now we are cooling of in Vienna; the 35° + we had feels like a dream to me as i am faced w/ ice and snow in vienna again…
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thank you all for taking good care of us.
dates Plaided played:
March 08th 2013, Boston, MA @ BUFU House Party w/ Queef, Japanther
March 10th 2013, Brooklyn, NY @ Rasta Pasta w/ the Puppies, Ken South Rock, Japanther
March 13th 2013, Austin, TX, @ Girls Rock Camp Austin, SXSW
March 13th 2013. Austin, TX @ BD Rileys, SXSW
March 16th 2013, Austin, TX @ Cheer Up Charlies
huha! this was meant to get out to you earlier. but kids, it is also nice trying to remember things, and colour them 2 months later.
the Plaided / Just Friends and Lovers tour took place from November 23rd to November 30, 2012.
November 23rd, Wels Youki (Alter Schlachthof)
do you remember? the last thing told? it was about Matthias and me doing prices at the Youki 14. Plaided,the Jafalos and me met November 23rd in Wels at the Youki. Veronika still ill, me exhausted from recreating the prices the night before, and Just Friends and Lovers finding themselves on a soup diet. Plaided had to rehearse with me before the show, which meant no soundcheck for Dust Covered Carpet and Just Friends and Lovers. a very stressfull start, indeed.
(Just Friends and Lovers, photo by Michael Straub)
JFaL looked so good on stage, i couldnt believe it and the set we did with Plaided was a sucess in the end as well. Turbo / Wilhelm Show Me the Major Label and me did some disc jockeing after the shows were done, which was cool until my headache became unbearable (i had to leave the wonderfull schlachthof quite early…)
November 24th, 2012, Kapu Linz
very ironic: there was a Fettkakao labelshowcase in Linz the next day, but without me – since i had to be at the Youki for the last day when the prices were hand over to the winners of the international youth film festival (which was wonderful). Plaided did their set as a three piece that evening (Clemens was w/ us for doing feedback!) both bands claimed that they had a great time. the gang was overwhelmed by the kindness of the soundperson and the other nice people at the kapu.
November 26h, 2012, Schokoladen, Berlin
the travelparty (consisting of Just Friends and Lovers, Turbo and Plaided) picked me up in Wels. it felt good to be picked up high noon on a sunday for a – as it turned out – easy ride to Berlin with the best destination for the evening ever: to go to that unpronouncable vegan pizza place. i stressed the gang by getting there in time – it was my only wish for Berlin (the last time i was there w/ Mile Me Deaf and A Thousand Fuegos – the pizzeria was closed). we made it. and in the end every one was thankful for my behaviour: being super satisfied with the big selections of pizza avalable there.
Berlin was nice. our host and fettkakao friend in law – Flo - took good care of us (at least the Plaideds). here: hanging out at Karstadt again – Clemens, Veronika, Julia and Flo.
La Moustache and M:Soundtrack were setting up the show on Monday. i enjoyed myself a lot on stage and everywhere else that evening. Berlin feels like home, i have to admit, even though i am always bitchin’ about that city.
here, on the day leaving to Bremen: Lena, Vero and Lina waiting for the others and posing for me.
(Vero knitting that great hat…)
November 28th, Bunker, Bremen.
we didnt see much of Bremen. the car drive was longer than expected. but i remember as we drived into the city that Bremen has a lot of beautiful buildings (and streetcars) (you know, i love streetcars). the show took place at the Bunker . which really is a bunker from the 2nd worldwar, that has a house on top built on it in a caravan shape. we were sleeping at the very top of it which looked like a half pipe from the inside. weird. i liked beeing there. wherever we landed on that tour, the shows made sense. it was like sharing your best goods with people who understand and want that share. Bremen was really nice.
November 29th, Waggon Im Kulturkreis, Offenbach
again a longer drive than expected to Offenbach. we were landing in that city close to Frankfurt (i love driving by its skyline) finding ourselves in a very small venue – which is next to the Main in a rail car! Just Friends and Lovers have been there (as well as at the bunker) before, telling us how special that place is. and indeed, it was. i can only hope to get there again in summer; i believe hanging out there in the summer warmth must be dreamy.
faces in front of the Waggon the next day. but i dont remember what the code for hitting your own head was..
November 30, Denmal, Salzburg
after hitting our heads we drove back to austria. Vero of JFaL finished the hat on the way to Salzburg (we are still planning to put some in the shop in the near future). also on the way home: drawing different things or people. here. a drawing i did of Lina.
who is scribbeling parts of this into the guestbook of the van:
in Salzburg, the last day of the tour, we were waiting, eating pizza and playing. i was sad that it had to end. i tell you. i loved touring with the gang.
so that is why here’s another picture of Plaided/ Just Friends and Lovers on the Denkmal Couch.
thank you all for letting us stay in a hotel, on your or your friends couches and beds; thank you to Lina’s parents for letting uns stay at their big house with their sweet cat and the good food served to us. we drove 2435 km in approx 24hours (pure traveltime). it was a pleasure and success.
2012-11-24 AUT– Linz, Kapu, Fettkakao Label Night
2012-11-26 GER – Berlin, Schokoladen, M:Soundtrack & La Moustache
2012-11-28 GER – Bremen, Bunker
2012-11-29 GER – Offenbach, Waggon im Kulturkreis
we’re back. for a few days already. we have been, the Plaideds, Cordula Thym (the Filmmaker, for making a film) and me (for helping out on the bass) in the US. playing shows and hanging around. in fact. to also make this documenatry, called playdates, where Veronika and Julja were interviewing nice & interesting people.
we were dreaming of going to the US w/ Plaided for a long time. in febuary, when we were in London (Plaided did that show w/ Versus at the Damnably showcase), Veronika got an email with an invitation from Grass Widow to open some shows for them on the west coast.
we made plans. some things happened, some didnt, which turned out fine the way they happened.
i was the only one who wasnt writing a diary, also, i did not take any pictures of food.
(Plaided in front of the Manhattan Skyline on the Williamsburg/ Brooklyn side, pic taken by Cordula Thym)
° New York City °
our first stop was New York City. Jocelyn was so nice and took care of us for more than a week. you should be rewarded Jocelyn! the Plaided show was set up by Mindy of Tom Tom Magazine, thanks to Ian of Japanther who introduced Plaided to Mindy. it was my very first Plaided show playing the bass, so i was slightly nervous. this club, the expo 929 is on the brooklyn broadway, a NY place we were really looking for. oh. and Mindy played in that really awesome band called M.A.S.S. just drums and singing, and so wonderfull.
NY has the most beautifull subways, greatest food (thanks to jocey who let me use her Veg Out NYC guide for the week, we were flexible as can be and found out about the best vegan places), most beautiful buildings were nice people are housing. thank you Ian for that nice ice birthday cake. wish id taken pictues! what a warm evening <3 (and cheering me up for not having seen the Descendents play, as their show got cancelled just one hour before their stagetime. stupid tornado!)
° Seattle – Tacoma – Olympia – Seattle – Olympia °
after a 7 hour flight we arrived in Seattle. renting a car which took us ages, ending up with that Ford Flex Sopranos Car. i did not take a picture of that either. bummer. we spent the night in a travelodge motel in Tacoma, which reminded me of the first time i have been to the US, staying at a Travelodge after a long flight. so nice. we arrived in Olympia the next day, at noon. checking out the Voyer, and finding the Northern right away plus having had enough time to lurk around the two mainstreets of OLY, finding out that everyone’s in that small town the same day we are. Henry Rollins did his spoken word performance just one street further, at the Capitol Theater the same night we played our 2nd show, this time with our friends Grass Widow and Broken Water. i was very nervous and everyone could tell.
we were really lucky and happy having met our friend Eli, who we knew from playing a show together in Prague w/Lake. he introduced us to his housemate Stephen Steinbrink. we ended up staying at their nice house in Olympia. Stephen became an integral member of the Plaided gang for the next few days we were in town. he took us to all these cool house shows – and – most importantly: showed us the Reef. a diner where i think i had 6 Chicken Fried Tofu Burger the time we spent in Olympia.
we went to visit the K Records headquarter the very next day. Eli took us there, showing us the Dub Narcotic Studio, introducing me to Mariella in person. we loved that place, of course. Mariella is also a founding member of the Northern, the Olympia all ages club we played at. very inspiring. thank you all at K: Mariella, Danielle, Sarah, Calvin. too bad Joel that we didnt meet.
(at K Records w/ Danielle Ruse. pic taken by Sarah Cass)
the next show w/ Grass Widow was in Seattle at that place called Chop Suey. a fun show, even though we had to play on a stage (it was the only venue w/ a stage we played in the US). we then spent our first night at a big and beautiful house. Sam’s place. and the other two nights we could stay at the Pharmacy / Tacocat house. thank you Scott, Lelah and Shannon!
we went back to Olympia. staying with Ians parents John and Jean. it was overwhelming, the house on the Puget Sound, John and Jean being so nice to us. we couldnt believe it. <3. during the day we had more fun time w/ Ashley, Eli, Nico and Stephen Schatzie. we loved Olympia so much, felt really bad to leave that place and people.
° Portland °
after a short stop at the Evergreen State College, we went to Portland. playing our show at the Valentines. we met Jen and Joel there who let us stay at their house. Joel is in that really cool band Cockeye and Jen does this label called Punk Start My Heart. we were in the right place.
the next day we went to the M’lady’s Headquarter, meeting Brett and Fiona. funny – as we figured out that Plaided played once w/ Fiona in Vienna, when she was here w/ Vivian Girls. it took a while until i remembered as well. Fiona’s in rad bands such as Chain and the Gang (so is Brett) and my all time favorite: the Coasting. the Both of them took us to the RNR Camp, where the Girlsrockcamp movie was made. the biggest and funniest coincidence, since Plaided partly named themselves after a band appearing in that movie. Brett was looking after us the next days we were in town. it was very strange not having him had with us later, driving us around showing us everything – like he did in Portland. for the last day in Oregon, Plaided were invited for a house show. a dream came true: playing one of those cool basement thingies. it was a bill of 4 bands, all with a “P” in the beginning. Kaitie and Thaddeus, who are in Pink Slime, invited Plaided over. best night!
(Plaided + Cordula in front of Ooga Booga Store, Los Angeles)
°San Francisco, Los Angeles°
unfortunally no shows in these towns. too scared to play Oakland, but ending up staying in Inglewood in LA. we are dumb. but. we met a lot of nice people, drove through the Redwoods, stopped in Santa Cruz and the Big Sur, saw F.Y.P play in LA, hung out at Burger Records and Ooga Booga Press, spent some time at the Beach in Santa Monica with our Boogie Boards and eating the best food at places like LA Vegan, Herbivore or Gracias Madre. thank you Cynthia and Luz for letting us stay at your appartement!
we miss the U.S. and you wonderfull people already!
Just Friends and Lovers will present their 7″ “This Tune” on friday. that is in 2 days. i told the story of how i met Lina; but not long after, Wilhelm Show Me The Major Label chef, Turbo, sent me the muxtape page from the JFaLos. i imidatly booked them for a show at the Dreiraum at the Arena, falling in love with their music.
the sad thing is – when the show finally happened i was in Luzern. yes that beautiful city in Switzerland. i also missed their show at the wilhelmine festival the following november – so my first time with Just Friends and Lovers was in december 2011, when they opened for High Places at the B72.
i had the tape already, and listened to the songs on my ipod constantly. but seeing them live was something different.i asked them as they came off the stage if they wanted to do a 7″ with fettkakao. the answer was yes, and i was a little bit ashamed of my impentuous behavior.
we met twice, the second time in Graz (when Plaided recorded their album w/ Wolfgang Möstl) – where we went for a walk and took some pictures. i still have not developed the analogue ones, but this is one of the pics that came out of my ipod.
(lina, veronika, lena)
the weekend in Graz was really nice. Plaided recorded a masterpiece w/ Wolfgang; Just Friends and Lovers came by to sing along to the Plaided song boundary; we then watched Terminator 2 and had some good salad. i was also informed that great artist Theresa Adamski will be doing the cover for them again, and is their art director in general – now the video thing is in her (good) hands too. Theresa is playing in bands such as Crystal Soda Cream and Beach Girls and the Monter. she was in the band Lady Lynch with Lina before.
the cover which JFaL,Valerie and me screenprinted last week, looks like this (thanks to Matthias /A Thousand Fuegos again for the light).
yes. two different colors. i was talked into this by Lena and i am glad she did that talking as the red ones turned out so beautiful.
now the 7″ will be presented this friday at the Rhiz - where Just Friends and Lovers share the night with Plaided, who are presenting their LP / CD that evening as well. the two bands like being together- they have been on a croatia/ slovenia tour last may.
you have the chance to listen to their 7″ digitally here already:
and this is where their great tape release (split w/ moscows Love Is) is to be found:
and and. this is their official page, if you keep looking for Just Friends and Lovers:
thank you. hope to see you on friday, if you live in vienna!
here’s the flyer to their release show in vienna.
and here’s the flyer to their release show in graz.
Kids! Daniel Johnston is coming to vienna on April 24th, 2012. this is in 2 weeks almost. and that alone is big news, as me and most of my friends here at fettkakao have always been big Daniel Johnston fans. but i guess to you dear reader, this was pretty obvious.
i was asked by Philipp, promoter of the vienna show at the arena, to put a team together. guess he knows i am good at that (at least). what an honour and then: also so fitting – because i already had the right people in mind for that. Veronika (Plaided, Tirana, Ilsebill, Girslrockcamp), Rudi (Go Die Big City!, Hidden Cameras, Vortex Rex, ATF…), Wolfi (Mile Me Deaf, KB9VB, Sex Jams, Goldsoundz) and Bernhard (B.Fleischmann, hehe) will help out Daniel Johnston at the arena on april 24th, 2012.
today i have been to one of their rehearsals, which was … so nice that i had to take some pictures. hehe.
here are the people.
all together <3 lalalalala.
it seems i never tell enough stories of our little trips. at least i dont write about them. last time we were trippin to the poolbar with mile me deaf… which became a hilarious party… i didnt take many pictures, except for this one on our way to the other end of austria, somewhere in between in tyrol at a gasstation.
then someone from the poolbar took this one (yeah thats me in the back, hihi):
and at the very end, 7 in the morning, i tried to document the trip to our hostel.
not to be seen on this picture is our friend matthias, a thousand fuegos headhoncho. he came by train to hang out and party with us – matthias even played a song with mile me deaf that evening. the poolbar is the best place for a party like we had (…) thank you philipp for having made this possible.
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we really missed matthias last weekend at the pmk in innsbruck – when sex jams played a show with plaided – all under the moniker of a fettkakao label night. it was matthias’ birthday, so we took some gang pictures as a present. this is one of the nicer ones. and a good start for a nice evening.
i did not take pictures (again) of the great sets both bands did – nor do i have some from the party that happen later on.
after a little sleep depriviation (i get used to share sleeping places w/ the jamz) we had a great breakfast with our friend beate who did the show at the pmk. thank you beate!
then we had to split. sex jams went to esslingen to play the komma fest, and i drove with plaided to the fluff fest, to meet our czech friends from the am180 collective. hello tomas (and me again with bad looking hair…)
hanging out in the rokycany airfield. julja took this one. hello (other) tomas. hehe.
the next ones a good one (the other) tomas took. it captures the feeling i had during their set. plaided fit so well to the fluff fest…and even though their snare broke during the set it was one of the most energetic shows i have seen so far.
thanks to jakub and stepan for the invitation!
with only a little sleep, lots of kilometers, and a stressy moment (i drove into the mudd with my VW polo – and couldnt move the car until we asked a nice family to help us to pull out the car) – this was a very exciting and spurring experience. thanks to everyone involved.. and. it felt good to meet so many old and new friends… piep.
this took place almost a year ago. i think it was at the end of august. i just came back from visiting my family at the balaton, in hungary – going straight to the art supply store in vienna to get the right colors for the backround with veronika. i had no idea which color we are looking for. it all came out of veronika’s head during a dream. (..transfered into mine to draw the skate shoe).
the original drawing of the ice skate. letter stamped (i got the stamps from my friend iris. she got me those during her creative art months in italy).
i dont remember well, but i think we started printing the next day. this is always the best part of getting the covers together.
veronika and julja with the screen. which was – as always – enlightened by matthias (a thousand fuegos).
lots of prints waiting to dry. that is why we do that in summer.
and while laying there on the ground, drying – my favorite neighbor – sissiboy himself came over for coffee and message-checking on his phone.
aha. even shirts were printed with that screen… tss tss.
cant wait for printing session part II. because we gave up way too early on that hot august summer day to go swimming in the danube…
listen to it is over toni from that very record.
(Plaided – People Lying Around In Dirt Everyday 7″, fett019)
here you go!
we’ve been waiting a long time to present you this video. plaided’s oh my dog!, from their 7″ e.p. released last year (Plaided – People Lying Around in Dirt Every Day 7″, fett019, 2010).
nick and liesa had the initial idea to make a video for the song about a certain dog – with dogs driving a car (looking like nic art) made out of cartonage. .. the dogs become plaided playing a show in the end. very narative. it seems i am the story teller who the dogs are cheating on with melanie the dog walker. one interpretation.
the video was filmed in three days, on three sets – and with no cut, at least none in the end, for the final shot. as you can see this involves a lot of organized helping hands.
here are two making of’s of the video:
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melanie friedl took some photos during the sets with her iPhone!
good bye little car. i wonder if it still excists. please check out nicks and liesas tumblr blog - http://autooo.tumblr.com/. you will find even more material on the shooting and – in the near future some more cool videos i guess.
when i did the 5 year fest last september – Rainer Krispel asked me if there would be a compilation along to the fest. no there wasn’t one. and with a reason: i did not want to try to capture something that seemed so alive to me – alive like the fest was. 10 days w/ exhibitions + shows at different places in vienna, so many acts… so many nice people coming and sharing. i thought i had documented a lot of the music anyways – with all the 7″e.p.’s, LPs and CDs released.
some months later the idea of doing a compilation made sense though. not for a jubilee, not for showing what this label has put out so far – but the people around me, with their great ideas.
everyone contributed songs never released before (or at least not in these versions). most recorded exclusively for this piece of mini plastic. i loved how Paper Bird and Crazy Bitch In A Cave came up with the idea to cover their partners or boss song (both on the label) – or TIRANA completing a song for the compilation, Vortex Rex doing it last minute, Sex Jams going different directions for it etc.
i am really thankful to all artistes involved. for making it such a great record.
here’s what it looks like. my old friend Lisa Max did it in Perth Australia, where the summer comes to its end finally.
the list of acts and songs:
01) Plaided – Let Go
02) Stefanie Sourial – Hide & Seek
03) Karin Depp – Plateau
04) A Thousand Fuegos – Coma Toes
05) 8 Hours Manatee VS Das Fieber – New Year’s Gift
06) Crazy Bitch In A Cave – Forever
07) Paper Bird – Escape Plans
08) Brooke’s Bedroom – Somewhere
09) Mile Me Deaf – Call Us Rats
10) TIRANA – Red Hills
11) Vortex Rex – Freeway Girl
12) Sex Jams – Gone Chillin’
13) Räuberhöhle – I’m Not Part Of The Shit
14) Gurlfriends -Treehuggers
15) Andreas Erstling – Autolied
the CD will be available from april 28th on; we will be celebrating its release at the follwing places:
May 6th & 7th, 2011 @ Lend Wirbel, Graz w/ Mile Me Deaf, Gurlfriends, Plaided, Vortex Rex
May 12th, 2011 @ Sckokoladen, Berlin w/ Stefanie Sourial, A Thousand Fuegos, Sex Jams, Plaided
May 14th, 2011 @ Final Club, Praha w/ Stefanie Sourial, A Thousand Fuegos, Sex Jams, Plaided
May 21st, 2011 @ Rhiz, Wien w/ a special line up – to be announced!