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now we have done a propper sampler presentation w/ our short trip north to Germany. the travel party consisted of Just Friends and Lovers, Goldsoundz and Tirana. we did 6 shows in 7 days..

Wagenplatz, Aspern (Gänseblümchen), June 10th, 2014
we have met with the kids from Graz at the Wagenplatz near the (still under construction) Aspern Seestadt – to pack up the bus with Tirana equipment and merchandize. Just Friends and Lovers were unable to perform – Lina and Vero still in Graz trying to recover from some heavy sickness. it was a really chilli evening, with a (almost full) moon shining on us while performing. here’s a double picture Cordula Thym took of Tirana and Goldsoundz.

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Leipzig, Handstand und Moral, June 11h, 2014
we met kinda early for a 8 to 9 hour bus drive at the railway station with Lina and Vero (who arrived from Graz in the morning) and the rest of the gang. it was so hot – we had to keep every window open for the trip. but the drive was less of a horror than i expected it to be.
i have never been to Leipzig before, so i was really looking forward seeing a little bit of it. we arrived at 8, did a qick load out, set up and even the sound ourselves (well, mostly veronika). i found it interesting not having a soundguy at the venue – and also very liberating. soundguys make me feel uncomfortable most of the time – thus i dont really understand why small venues need one anyway. the collective running handstand und moral have this nice community built up around them. that was the other liberating thing to me: meeting a lot of interesting people who just came out to have a nice wednesday evening – and getting introduced to us and our art through that. a wonderfull night.

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Goldsoundz || Just Friends and Lovers, Handstand und Moral, Leipzig

Berlin, Schokoladen, June 12th, 2014
our favorite place in Berlin – not only because of its name. and its always nice to meet Dana from la moustache (i always forget to ask her for the zines she’s producing). the show was set up by la moustache and m:soundtracks. too bad we didnt meet Melissa this time. we had to start early (Schokoladen shows have to be over by 10PM) -a hard thing for summer in Berlin, where the sunset is 40 minutes later than in Vienna, which made Tirana play in a dark venue while outside the bright sun still shining. but our friend Ella came early to the show as well – asking us some questions. you can listen to her show the stories about via Berlin Community Radio. Armin Lorenz was part of the showcase, he came out that evening to DJ and hang out with us.

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Marti driving.

Kassel, June 13th/14th,  2014
our friend Tim was inside the house already when we arrived. we were looking forward to our two day stay in Kassel (our Frankfurt show was cancelled) with Tim, whom Veronika and me have met during the time he was living in Vienna. the house where the show took place is not only a venue but also a community center – if i understood it right. and it is not a youth center or mainly a students place – it is organized by workers in Kassel. Tim made us good Salad (which was brought from the Intentional Community Niederkaufungen), and an even better Risotto. the show took place in one of the rooms of that house, no stage, decent lights: perfect. Tirana had a new guest beside me and Lena: Lina (also in JFaL) was drumming on a new song for the first time with us. exciting.
the next day Tim took us to see the Hercules in Kassel and went with us to that amazing vegan fake meat place after that.  later we met up with the DJ Team Tazzen (the duo did a great set the day before), who showed us the Kunsthochschule in Kassel – with it’s Joseph Beuys rocks everywhere (Documenta 7), took us for a walk to meet some racoons (!!!) and hung out with us in front of that villa. thank you Tim for a woderfull time in Kassel, and taking good care of us and our crazyness.

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the Gang w/ our lovely host Tim, without Marti

Augsburg, Soho Stage, June 15th, 2014
the soccer season has begun and i hate it: you cant escape overdimensional screens with boring footage shown and weird (mostly male) idiots with all sorts of flags (mostly german in germany) lurching around drunk. boring things make me mad. even more so if it is everywhere.
the show in Augsburg nonetheless was an island. the soho club posh (its almost a cliché how clean and posh things are in bavaria compared to the rest of that country) – but the people coming to the show were different, of course. i had some really nice conversations, and also the feeling people understood what we were doing. Goldsoundz was really fun to watch that night – i could see people in the audience enjoying martis styrian way.

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Just Friends and Lovers w/ Tirana, Augsburg, Soho Stage

Wien, Celeste, June 16th, 2014
a long drive home. to me it seemed longer than expected – we even left early. good that i bought some strawberries in Augsburg for the drive. fruits always have a chilli effect on me. our showcase at the Celeste was the 2nd Fettkakao Sampler release party in way. it felt really good arriving home – where your friends welcome and help you: Brooke’s Bedroom, Jasmin, Nici and Melanie hangin out with us – while we were setting up and soundchecking – this time alltogether again with the help of Jasmin; eating noodles and figuring out how to errase the minus we had from the tour. we asked for donations at the door – and thanks to everyone coming and helping us: we were able to cover our costs in the end.
the Celeste is the hippest location in Vienna at the monent it seems, but it is also very uncomplicated and a good place for shows.  i’m glad Brooke’s Bedroom was part of the showcase this time again; as well as Theresa and Nici beeing the great DJs they are – also on that evening.

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Just Friends and Lovers, Celeste, Wien
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the sampler is out for some weeks already. it features artistes around the label – but mostly people i work with on a regular basis – or just encountered at a moment; people i find interesing, friends. as always: i try to hold on to a moment for a little longer by capturing it.

after having presented the compilation in Graz and Vienna – we are now off to a little germany tour w/ Just Friends and Lovers, Goldsoundz and Tirana.

here are the dates!

June 1oth @ Wien, Wagenplatz
June 11th @ Leipzig, HandstandundMoral
June 12th @ Berlin, Schokoladen
June 13th @ Kassel, Nord
June 14th @ TBA
June 15th @ Augsburg, Der Ludwig
June 16th @ Wien, Celeste w/ Brooke’s Bedroom!

just in time for the tour, Wilhelm Show Me The Major Label have released the Tape Version of the Sampler. so now you can choose between Vinyl, Tape, CD … stream and digi download!

also in time for the tour is this fine video by Just Friends and Lovers, which was made by Theresa Adamski of Beach Girls and the Monster. the band is also featured on the compilation. (youtube / dailymotion)

bands/songs on the compilation:

Beach Girls and the Monster – Butcher From the Surf ° Just Friends and Lovers – Showdown ° Bad Weed – Show Me What You Got ° Dot Dash – Evil ° Les Trucs – Fuchs Frisst Weltraum ° Mile Me Deaf – Vietnam Air ° Stefanie Sourial – Everybody Else and my Metronom ° Tirana – Window Shop of Love ° Goldsoundz – Cat Phone ° Brooke’s Bedroom – The Comfort Of Furniture ° Armin Lorenz – Eyes Wide Shut ° Crazy Bitch In A Cave – Masquerade (Infinite Palace Remix)

listen to the sampler on bandcamp; and purchase Vinyl + CD via Fettkakao mailorder.

it was in a rush – that Veronika recorded a song of hers with Cordula Thym at the Rosa Lila Villa in 2011. just some weeks before we released the Fettkakao Sampler 2011. i remember having dropped by and there was my bass lying around; all kinds of people standing there – and me curious of what Veronika is coming up with now.

(Cordula Thym with Veronika and Armin Lorenz after Red Hills was recorded)

it took some more days to give her new project a name. “let’s just call it Tirana”, Veronika suggested – and i thought this was a brilliant idea. beside the magic that the capitol of Albania has, it reminded me of the Teenbeat way of naming projects – like  Air Miami or Tel Aviv.

the reaction towards the compilation was immense – and some people asked themselves who the person is – doing that Red Hills song under the moniker Tirana. it was like a secret unintentionally – as we were more concerned about Plaided : the band was preparing to record their album Playdate and doing a lot of shows at that time.

i met Katharina Mückstein in a streetcar last summer. Katharina is running a Film company called Labanda Film – and they where about to start shooting their fim Talea. after asking how i did with fettkakao she suggested that we should cooperate some day soon. that day came by earlier than expected. after having heard the Tirana song – she found Veronika’s Music perfectly fitting. so did i when i saw the first sequences from the movie. Red Hills was taken for the opening pictures – yet Katharina needed a Eurodance song for a Disco kinda scene, and a good song where she can show the young protagonist dreaming away while dancing.

 

Veronika did Compose those two songs which now appear on the e.p. that will be released tomorrow. one thing i like about fettkakao is this small universe we move around in. Veronika asked Wolfgang Möstl of Mile Me Deaf if he could help her with the beats for the Eurodance song… and he did. Wolfgang recorded both songs (as the soundengeneer that he is) – and even rapped on Ready To Go!

 

one more thing about the record is – that  the cover is fitting so well for various reasons: as the Movie is based on the Eisbaronin Story (a women who ran an icecream business in vienna and became a murderer); the Protagonists of the Movie have a special moment when buying icecream… and: Summer! the record comes out this time of the year, where you can dance to a Eurodance songs and lick some ice cream.

Veronika saw the Picture that was drawn by Elisa Alberti on the Rundgang at the Academy of Fine arts in Vienna in January, deciding right away that it has to be the cover.

 

The e.p. (Tirana – Talea) is coming out tomorrow, June 28th when the movie Talea will have it’s premiere in the City of Vienna at the Karlsplatz. we will come and bring some 7″es with us.

see you at the movies – here’s the propaganda video nick did for this release! –>

hey 2012!

last year was kinda busy. at least around this time. i had 4 releases in the oven. but the situation was similar: after september 2010 (festkakao and two 7″es at the same time) i haven’t had a release until the beginning of 2011. even though we had plans for fall. last year it was stefanie sourials CD that came out more than 6 month later, this time it is the great fuegos album we have in the oven for so long already, and the armin lorenz 7″. both records will happen. and are more than worth their wait i can assure you.

but fettkakao wasn’t lazy. we had the FM4 soundpark studio 2 session, the youki, melanie friedls exhibition. every month another joyful moment, with so many nice people involved.

behind the scenes me, my friends and family were busier. and our ideas grew into reality. i started to take sewing lessons, learning to work with fabric with my father. and am at the beginning, still. nick and me came up w/ the idea to print textile, so that i can start learning to sew on those, which helps my father and me since we have defined projects that way. nick and me had the idea for a three colour print – cubes, that need to be put in a rather exact order – so that you -dear reader- can read the name of the little art platform in three colours… im glad i got help from agnes, who’s a very precise person and made us the perfect stencil for the screen. here’s an insight on how we work, put the pattern on the fabric. and. to be honest: i love the way it looks with the construction aspect of it.

this was the first attempt to make it right. the full disclosure will follow, also what we are using the fabric for.

fettkakao stoff = fettkakao fabric. and  is happening already. hello 2012. more soon.

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