First thing, Berlin is amazing. Well, zeroth thing, Korindie is in Berlin for like a frickin’ month.
Second thing, there’s no bootleg audio yet, but I’m hopeful for next week. This doesn’t mean I don’t have anything at all. Here’s the update from my first week in Berlin. Yeah, it’s taking a while to process everything.
Last Saturday, one quarter of Rough Cuts and I were drunk as fuck in Kreuzberg. I mean, I didn’t mean to be drunk as fuck in Kreuzberg, but it’s not a name you can respectably name drop sober. So yeah, drunk as fuck, we stumbled into Wild at Heart to see some Oi Punk. The venue told me to not take any photos, but who the fuck listens to authority in a punk club? So I took some photos (and pulled a bunch of videos from YouTube to sub in for Bandcamp content).
I’ve never been a punk fan, but fuck me was Vorsicht Stufe ever fun. The place was packed full at 30 people, and everyone was doing this screaming call and response with the band. Fuck me if I know what they were saying but it sounded like “something in German” so that’s what I screamed. Drank with the band and fans after the show. Met some Irish dudes, we had absinthe, and well… I’m not sure what happened after that. I think we got a kebab and gave the Görlitzer Bahn-huffers something to laugh at.
Well, they kinda needed it anyway. It can’t be fun selling skunk to fucking tourists at the train station.
Sunday, in the piercing brightness of the mid-afternoon, we took a stroll through Mauer Park, where everyone comes to do everything. Some Koreans laughed at my Baekma shirt, and then they laughed more when I explained it. (Win!) The park has a lot of buskers, like The Legendary Strawberry Man, with his frickin awesome modified didgeridoo. I mean look at this shit.
Another unrelated video?
Like, how does that thing even work?
There are also acts that seem to be booked by the park, like Ann Jangle and Maurizio Presidente. Just rock up and listen. (Yes, I know that’s how it normally works, but I needed an extra sentence. Or two.)
Yet another unrelated video!??
You guessed it…
It’s a crazy good time. There’s even an idol-esque karaoke competition with like 400 or so people watching in the crazy bright sun.
Aight, so that’s all the music I saw last week. I’ve already seen another bunch of bands, so I got some links to be checkin. See ya next week!