Europe : (October – November) 2012 : Techno / Music

Berghain

Below is a list of all the techno clubs / club-nights / parties / music events etc. that I attended on my 2nd Europe trip this year (October – November 2012), listing only the DJs and live acts I saw play…

OCTOBER 2012…

02.10.2012 : O/V/R (Regis & James Ruskin), Cut Hands [Live], Vatican Shadow [Live], Surgeon, DJ Pete @ Downwards / Finest Tuesday – Berghain { Berlin, Germany }
05.10.2012 : Die Jungen [Live], KVB [Live] @ Death # Disco & Modern Movement – King Kong Klub { Berlin, Germany }
05.10.2012 : Ancient Methods, Mack @ 3 Years Robot Army – Wysiwyg { Berlin, Germany }
05.10.2012 : S_W_Z_K, Psycatron @ Tresor Records 21st Birthday – Part I – Tresor { Berlin, Germany }
06.10.2012 : Norman Nodge, Ame & Henrik Schwarz [Live], Alex.Do, Mike Parker, ND_Baumecker, Rødhåd (Rodhad) @ Innervisions Uberall – Berghain { Berlin, Germany }
13.10.2012 : Black Rain [Live], Conor Thomas & Brian Morrison (BEB DJs), Cut Hands [Live], Concrete Fence [Live] (Karl O’Connor (Regis) & Russell Haswell), Vatican Shadow [Live], Regis @ Blackest Ever Black – Corsica Studios { London, England }
14.10.2012 : Ben Klock @ Klubnacht – Berghain { Berlin, Germany }
16.10.2012 : Rabih Beaini, Helm [Live], Ben Vida [Live], Kevin Drumm, Mika Vainio, Axel Dörner & Lucio Capece [Live] @ Elektroakustischer Salon: PAN – Berghain { Berlin, Germany }

Amsterdam Dance Event 2012 ~ ~

17.10.2012 : Jeff Mills @ I Am Techno Pres… Jeff Mills | Cine-Mix | “Woman In The Moon” – Eye Theatre { Amsterdam, The Netherlands }
17.10.2012 : Sandrien, Ben Klock @ Late Night Society & Imprint – ADE Special – Trouw – De Verdieping { Amsterdam, The Netherlands }
18.10.2012 : Thomas Martojo, Silent Servant, Sandwell District, P.A.S. [Live], Peter Van Hoesen, James Ruskin @ Co-Hosted By Kinetic AM. Dekmantel ADE – Blueprint, Sandwell District, Mote Evolver & Time To Express – MC Theatre { Amsterdam, The Netherlands }
18.10.2012 : Joseph Capriati, Ben Sims, Adam Beyer Vs Ben Sims @ Awakenings ADE Special: Adam Beyer Pres… Drumcode – Gashouder { Amsterdam, The Netherlands }
19.10.2012 : Marko Ciciliani: Wall Alphabet – K, Peter Van Hoesen [Live], Qindek [Live] @ ADE Festival: Listen To This 4D Sound – I.C.W. Gonzo (Circus – Entree Hall) { Amsterdam, The Netherlands }
19.10.2012 : Gerd, Dexter [Live], A Made Up Sound, Delta Funktionen @ Clone x Delsin x Rush Hour ADE Special – Trouw { Amsterdam, The Netherlands }
20.10.2012 : Surgeon @ ADE Festival: I Am Techno Secret Pop Up Party: The Resistance (Feat. Surgeon) – Bubblekid { Amsterdam, The Netherlands }
20.10.2012 : Developer, DVS1, Xhin @ RA VS ADE Special – Trouw – De Verdieping { Amsterdam, The Netherlands }
20.10.2012 : Surgeon, Juan Atkins @ I Am Techno Pres… Tresor Meets Deeply Rooted House – Hotel Arena { Amsterdam, The Netherlands }
21.10.2012 : Speedy J, ROD, Hans Bouffmyhre, Sandwell District, Nina Kraviz @ Electric Deluxe : ADE After Hour – Melkweg { Amsterdam, The Netherlands }

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24.10.2012 : Lucy, Third Side [Live] (Steffi & The Analogue Cops), Marcel Dettmann, Redshape [Live] @ http://bleep.com Pres… BLPGRN001 Launch – Boiler Room Berlin { Berlin, Germany }
24.10.2012 : Adam X Vs Dasha Rush @ Timewise After Show – Tresor { Berlin, Germany }
25.10.2012 : Ultravox [Live] @ Ultravox – Columbiahalle { Berlin, Germany }
25.10.2012 : Call Super, Metasplice [Live], Madteo [Live] @ The Lost Transmission – West Germany { Berlin, Germany }
26.10.2012 : Xhin, Pfirter @ Tuna Park – Tresor { Berlin, Germany }
26.10.2012 : A Cell Of One, Raime [Live], Miles Whittaker @ Polymorphism: Blackest Ever Black, Tri-Angle Records & Modern Love – Berghain { Berlin, Germany }
26.10.2012 : Marcel Dettmann & Ben Klock, Ryan Elliot @ Finest Friday – Panorama Bar { Berlin, Germany }
27.10.2012 : Fiedel, Karenn [Live] (Blawan & Pariah), Robert Hood, Obtane [Live], Giorgio Gigli, Oliver Deutschmann @ Klubnacht – Berghain { Berlin, Germany }
31.10.2012 : Anna Von Hausswolff [Live], Crime & The City Solution [Live] @ Crime & The City Solution – C-Club { Berlin, Germany }
31.10.2012 : Area Boy, Shackleton [Live], George Fitzgerald @ BerMuDa: Dimensions Reunion Party – Horst Kreuzberg { Berlin, Germany }

NOVEMBER 2012…

02.11.2012 : Simon Heartfield [Live A/V]. 65D Mavericks, Untold, Luke Handsfree, James Tec, Ugandan Methods [Live] (Ancient Methods & Regis), Ancient Methods Vs Regis, Regis, Ø (Phase) @ Plex / Colony / Machine – PCM Pt. II – Corsica Studios { London, England }
03.11.2012 : Pär Grindvik, Ben Sims, Adam Beyer, Joel Mull, Dustin Zahn @ Drumcode Total – Berghain { Berlin, Germany }
03.11.2012 : Joel Mull @ Drumcode Total – Panorama Bar { Berlin, Germany }
04.11.2012 : Lower Order Ethics, Young Hunting [Live], Black Rain [Live], Bill Kouligas (PAN) @ Black Magick ≠ Vol. III – Mindpirates { Berlin, Germany }

Europe : (June – August) 2012 : Techno / Music

Below is a list of all the techno clubs / club-nights / parties / music events etc. that I attended on my Europe trip (June – August 2012), listing only the DJs and live acts I saw play…

JUNE 2012…

16.06.2012 : Marcel Dettmann, Skudge [Live], DJ Rolando @ Klubnacht – Berghain { Berlin, Germany }
20.06.2012 : A Guy Called Gerald [Live] @ The LongPlayer #10 / Pre MIDI Acid House Workshop – Bar Saul { Berlin, Germany }
21.06,2012 : New Order [Live] @ New Order 2012 Tour – Berlin Tempodrom { Berlin, Germany }
22.06.2012 : _?_ @ Another Friday – Club Der Visionaere { Berlin, Germany }
22.06.2012 : Peter Van Hoesen [Live & DJ], Samuli Kemppi, Dario Zenker @ Tuna Park Pres… Time To Express – Tresor { Berlin, Germany }
23.06.2012 : Surgeon, Oscar Mulero, Takaaki Itoh & Go Hiyama, Mark Broom, Rumenige & Loktibrada @ Code 082: X Aniversario Warmup Recordings – Fabrik { Madrid, Spain }
27.06.2012 : Modeselektor [Live], Mouse On Mars, Lazer Sword, Phon.O @ Monkeytown – Boiler Room – Berlin { Berlin, Germany }
29.06.2012 : Lucy, Xhin, Dadub @ Stroboscopic Artefacts Label Night / Screening: “Paris / Berlin: 20 Years Of Underground Techno” – Suicide Circus { Berlin, Germany }

JULY 2012…

06.07.2012 : Xhin, Shakleton, Digital Mystikz @ Bloc. Festival 2012 – London Pleasure Gardens { London, England }
13.07.2012 : Mike Dehnert, Ed Davenport @ Tuna Park – Tresor { Berlin, Germany }
15.07.2012 : Len Faki, Boris @ Klubnacht – Berghain { Berlin, Germany }
17.07.2012 : Surgeon, Comante, Detronic @ Camouflage Goes Crazy – Flex { Vienna, Austria }
20.07.2012 : Joel Mull, Pär Grindvik, Staffan Linzatti @ Swedish Tuna – Tresor { Berlin, Germany }
20.07.2012 : Barker, Lazer Sword [Live] @ Leisure System.16 / Finest Friday – Berghain { Berlin, Germany }
21.07.2012 : Kiki, Thomas Muller [Live], DJ Red @ BPitch Control Nacht – Berghain { Berlin, Germany }
21.07.2012 : Santiago Salazar, Vince Watson [Live], Heiko Laux @ Radio Drama – Tresor { Berlin, Germany }
22.07.2012 : Marcel Fengler, Jerome Sydenham @ BPitch Control Nacht – Berghain { Berlin, Germany }
27.07.2012 : Bladerunnaz DJs @ Friday – A38 { Budapest, Hungary }
28.07.2012 : Peter Van Hoesen, DJ Flush & Mack @ Killekill Megahorst – Horst Kreuzberg { Berlin, Germany }
28.07.2012 : Dosem [Live], Renato Cohen @ Klubnacht – Berghain { Berlin, Germany }
29.07.2012 : Marcel Dettmann, Ben Klock, Ron Albrecht @ Klubnacht – Berghain { Berlin, Germany }

AUGUST 2012…

02.08.2012 : Regis, Gianni Sabato @ Crime Fest – Casablanca { Nardo, Italy }
03.08.2012 : Jesper Dahlbäck, Nihad Tule @ Suicide Techno Nacht – Suicide Circus { Berlin, Germany }
03.08.2012 : Margaret Dygas, Sammy Dee @ …Get Perlonized Sunshine! – Panorama Bar { Berlin, Germany }
04.08.2012 : Marcel Dettmann, Snuff Crew [Live] @ Klubnacht – Berghain { Berlin, Germany }
05.08.2012 : Adam Beyer, DJ Pete, Rødhåd @ Klubnacht – Berghain { Berlin, Germany }
08.08.2012 : Perc [Live], Lucy [Live], Dadub [Live], Bill Youngman @ Stroboscopic Artefacts Pres… Stellate Series (Experimental Live Sets) – Berghain Kantine { Berlin, Germany }
09.08.2012 : Regis, Pär Grindvik, Doka & Loy @ Booch Outdoor – De Bongerd Heerlen { Heerlen, Netherlands }
09.08.2012 : DIR, Jeff Rushin & Nicole Rosie @ Booch Indoor – Poppodium De Nieuwe Nor { Heerlen, Netherlands }
10.08.2012 : Mr. Ties @ Finest Friday – Panorama Bar { Berlin, Germany }
11.08.2012 : _?_ @ Enough! Music – Club Der Visionaere { Berlin, Germany }
11.08.2012 : _?_ @ Sasomo – HipHop Festival / Half Baked / Zwölf / Strassen Musik Fest. / Vakant & Supernature – KaterHolzig { Berlin, Germany }
12.08.2012 : Sigha, Roman Lindau, Radio Slave @ Klubnacht – Berghain / Panorama Bar { Berlin, Germany }
12.08.2012 : Ben Klock @ Klubnacht – Berghain { Berlin, Germany }

Dave, Friends, Food, High Tea, Shopping, DVDs.

After an awful Thursday night, partly my own fault and partly some bastard who let Dave down, I thought we were in for a crap weekend. Thankfully, we sorted things out, and ended up having a great time.

Friday night

* Dinner at Bravo in Crows Nest
Dave and I hadn’t been to Bravo in months, and the food was better than before. We both had spaghetti – Dave’s was with meatballs, and I had a spicy sauce. Followed by gelato – chocolate & lemon for me, and chocolate, lemon & pistachio for Dave. Which was not a very good idea as it was damn cold (probably 11 degrees YUCK!). On leaving Bravo and venturing to the bus stop, we felt like we were going to freeze both internally and externally!

* Nothing that exciting
The rest of Friday night was spent doing various things including:
– Watching some shows we’d recorded during the week
– Dave playing computer games

Saturday
* High Tea at Lilianfels in Katoomba.

Met Mark, Helen F and Stephanie at Central to get the “fast” train to Katoomba. “Fast” is in inverted commas due to the fact that the trip from Central takes 2 hours, and probably 3 in total including getting to Central. I think driving takes about 1.5 hours from my place.

We were made a little late by a medical issue at Strathfield, so instead of getting to Katoomba at 12.29, we got off at Leura at about 12.45 and got a taxi.

I didn’t realise until I got on the train that the annual “Katoomba Winter Festival” (or “Feral Festival as our friendly taxi driver called it) was going on in Katoomba, which explained all the unusually dressed people on the train. Also, the inappropriately dressed, being that the maximum temperature in Katoomba was going to be 11 degrees, and a girl wearing only a t-shirt and a small skirt (I think) was spotted on our train. This was not a great thing to find out, as there were 12 of us going to High Tea, and it may mean it would be harder to find seating.

Well we all found seating, but not together at first. Unfortunately you can’t book High Tea in Lilianfels, so we were told that as we were having high tea at 12.30, instead of later in the day, we would be fine. I think they forgot about the “Feral Festival”. The staff were extremely flat out.

As soon as we got there, poor Karen and Sean had to take their little boys (Matthew and Benjamin) elsewhere, as they’d been there for an hour and the kids were running riot. But we got to chat a bit to Juliet, John, Amy and Dave Gi.

It wasn’t the fabulous service I got last time I had high tea there, but I think the problem was mostly that they had loads of people there at a time much earlier than usual. But I will go back again, and make sure it doesn’t clash with any festival!

* Shopping in Leura
Afterwards, Amy & Dave Gi went up to Katoomba to check out the “Feral Fest” and the rest of us went to Leura for some shopping. We only had an hour before the train headed back to the city, so we made our ways to the shops we liked best, and then met up at Leura Station.

As usual, the first stop was Megalong Books, where I found “A guide to modern + conetmporary Art in the city Paris” , and “Stalin’s Nose” by Rory Maclean, which looks like a fiction travel book of the eastern parts of Europe. Yes, I liked the Trabi on the front cover (it reminds me of Berlin) ;). I also mentioned on the way in that I’d found a really good Berlin book last time I was in there, and someone overheard me and asked where they could find it. Unfortunately I took the last copy.

Then it was off to “Leura Whisk” to decide if I wanted the tea cups I found a few weeks ago. I yet again decided that I already had too many tea cups, and continued up the road.

I went into a great gallery, “Michael White Art” where I found a print I really liked, but left with cards when I found out the cost of the print. There were quite a few lovely prints. I must go back there next time.

And then it was quickly through a few other stores, a quick farewell to Juliet & John, and off to Cafe Josophan’s to get a hot chocolate, before heading up to the train station.

Thankfully we only had to wait about 5 minutes on the incredibly cold train station. The train ride on the way back went very quickly. Luckily we got seats, and we also got to see more unusual costumes of people returning to the city after the festival.

It was a very nice way to spend a day with friends, just felt so rushed!

* Dinner, DVDs and no clubbing

On the way home I picked up some DVDs and dinner for Davo and I. I was too tired to consider clubbing (although I did want to see Heiko Laux).

We watched “Rendition” which we really liked, but I think the ending was a bit abrupt. I always like to see movies with Peter Sarsgaard and Jake Gyllenhaal, as I think they are quite good actors. Their looks help too 🙂 Dave reckons I like Peter Sarsgaard as he’s like the Andrew McCarthy of the present day. I hadn’t picked up on that before, but definitely agree.

And then Davo decided more computer games were in order, while I tried to watch “Sweeney Todd”. It was hard to decide whether I wanted to watch it. I tend to despise muscials. They really drive me nuts. But a great cast and the fact that the director also hates musicals changed my mind. It’s not that bad, but I haven’t had time to watch the last hour. Will finish it tonight.

By this stage, it was time for some reading and then sleep. I thought we’d watch “3:10 to Yuma” on Sunday, but that went out the window!

Sunday

* Breakfast at Epitome
Another place we hadn’t been to in ages – Epitome in Lane Cove. Was acutally a good experience this time. Food was great and service was quick. Haven’t had a big fry-up for breakfast in sooooooooo long.

* Shopping in Crows Nest

We’d seen a book in the window of “The Constant Reader” that we wanted to check out. So we went, found it, didn’t want it, and I ended up leaving with a book on Chagall. How surprising!

Then we just ventured around Crows Nest checking out some shops, but didn’t find anything else we really wanted, apart from more gelato at Bravo (even better than yesterday – yum!) so headed home. I had a short nap, and Dave played more of GTA4!

* Balmain

Dave, Rowena, Charles, and I met up with Monica in Balmain. We found a cafe and spent a good 2.5 hours there catching up. Charles had KB beer, which I took a photo of, but has somehow magically disappeared off my phone 🙁

Then we decided to have dinner, and ventured up the street to “La Boheme”. It has all sorts of food – Bavarian, Belgian, European, German, Hungarian, Vegetarian. I love the layout of the restaurant too. Dave remembers being there before with Rowena and Charles, but we think it was called something else.

We had a great time – the food was excellent and we had a lot of laughs. For entree, I shared Escargot with Garlic Sauce with Rowena (yum), for main I had Hungarian goulash & dumplings (more yum) and for dessert had Belgian Chocolate Mousse with Berries (excellent way to finish off the meal!). Also drank Staropramen beer, although most of that was finished by Dave (I rarely drink beer, and when I do it has to be extremely cold or I can’t finish it). Everyone else had wine, the first bottle of which was called “Vampire”. They all seemed to enjoy the Australian wine better 🙂

Monica and I were almost in shock when we realised we both liked Foals. In 20 years, Monica and I have NEVER agreed on any music. It was very distressing and we must never admit this again 😛

It was a very entertaining evening, including a drunken Dave when we got home. I don’t think anyone else realised!

* Home

It was so cold last night. I thought we’d freeze. We both did a few things on the internet, and time got away from us. I got more engrossed in my book, and didn’t get to sleep until 11. Which was early considering the last week, but I want more!

We had a great week, so much of it being spontaneous. Dave and I would like more weekends like that!

Monday

I woke up feeling crapulous. So sick of getting colds constantly. Erika went home sick after lunch – she didn’t look too good. Had auditors hassling me all day. I wanna go home!!!!

Weeks blurring

I’ve not had much of a chance to blog recently. So I will do a summary of the few weeks since I went to the Blue Mountains:

* Got a promotion. Now am doing my old job as well as doing the Transactional Products area, and am responsible for training another staff member now. This has resulted in me being much busier than expected, as this was done just as we were getting ready just for year end.

* Have had many lovely work lunches with friends – Alisia at GPO, Michael T at David Jones Food Court and Helen F at Suminoya.

* Had a filling replaced, which means no more pain when having cold things.

* Jenny, Fiona, Fiona, Karen, Deborah and Christa came over for a night of nice smelly things and relaxation.

* Went to Ettalong with Sandra, on a beautiful and not too cold day. We had lunch at the RSL (!) and I got a little drunk on Smirnoff Double Blacks. Really enjoyed the ferry ride there and back from Palm Beach. Have to do this again.

* Missed the wedding of Dave & Valli in Brisbane. Have seen the photos and it looked gorgeous. Wish we could have gone.

* Lots of clubbing:
– Lost Baggage at The Cross, with Gaiser and Marc Houle. Gaiser is brilliant and hot, hot, hot 🙂 Marc Houle was the same as every other time I’ve seen him. Enjoyed hanging out with Dave, Tad, Liz, Lisa, Ant, Brad, Hayley, Wowk and Jarrad. But the crowd, as usual at those parties, was appalling.
– Arq, with Stephan Bodzin and Dubfire. Bodzin played live, was amusing (he wore rubber gloves and played with phallic looking things) and was nice to hear a few of my favourite tracks of his. Dubfire was not bad, but was too tired to stay for the whole set.
– We Love Sounds at the Hordern Pavillion, Royal Hall of Industries and The Forum, with Dave, Rowena, Charles and Tad. I had a lot of fun, especially getting to hear (and see 🙂 ) Gaiser again, enjoyed Ellen Alien’s set and thought Dubfire played 45 minutes of good stuff, which he could have mixed with a bit more interest. Was bored to death by Lindstrom, Steve Lawler and Marc Houle. Not too many crappy people. Not too cold. Was too tired to go to the after party at The Cross but wish I had. Dave, Ant and Tad all enjoyed it!

* Many lovely dinners with friends. Been lucky with restaurants lately. Will be going back to all of these:
– Atelier in Glebe with Josie. Excellent company, food, Cosmopolitans, decor and staff.
– RedOak in Clarence St for Vanessa’s birthday. Hadn’t seen Vanessa & Jason in over a year, and was great catching up. Excellent food there too. Lovely tasting plates, of which Dave had a meat one. Will be getting one next time!
– Catalonia in Kirribilli with Dave, Lisa and Ant. More excellent company, tapas to die for, Caprihini’s.
– Ainoya in Kirribilli for Brad’s birthday, with Dave, Brad, Hayley, Lisa, Ant, Sylvana, Ben, Verity and Brad. Even more excellent company, lots of laughs, excellent Japanese, great Lychee Cocktails, and our own private area. I think our noise scared everyone else off though!

* A relaxing facial.

* Sex & The City at The Entertainment Quarter with Tad and Liz. Unfortunately no Cosmopolitans were available at La Premiere, so I had to settle for Frangelico, followed by Smirnoff Black. We had yummy food too. Liked the movie a lot.

* Reminiscing over our late European trip. Right now, a year ago, Dave and I would have been in Barcelona. And tonight we would have been going to the Minus party, with Magda & Rebecca Aff playing. We’ve been missing the warmth of Barcelona, the brilliant tapas, and the fun times we had together and with our friends. Dave and I have since decided to go to as many Spanish restaurants as possible until we find Patatas Bravas EXACTLY like we had in Barcelona. So, after going to Catalonia last week, we went to Raquels in Darlinghurst this week. Excellent food, but we still have to search for the patatas bravas. Wonder where we shall go to next week?

* Met up with a very old friend, Samia. Had a great lunch out in Max Brenner at Parramatta. Got to meet Sam’s lovely children, Audrey and Marc-Antony too. We haven’t seen each other in about 15 years, and had a great catch up over waffles. Am looking forward to our next outing!

* The first lecture in the series of “Monet’s World The Cultural Background to Impressionism” at the NSW Art Gallery with Alisia. This is a brief description of the lectures today:

– The Paris of the Impressionists – Professor Roger Benjamin
Paris was a magnet for the artists of the 19th century. Roger Benjamin, research professor in the history of art at the University of Sydney, looks at how the cultural and intellectual ferment of the city influenced artistic practice.

– Literature and the modern city – Professor Margaret Sankey
In the age of Impressionism urban life formed the backdrop to the work of novelists and poets. Margaret Sankey, McCaughey Professor of French Studies at the University of Sydney and a specialist in the history of ideas, provides a map to literary Paris.

Professor Benjamin was brilliant. An excellent presentation, very amusing at times (Crikey!) and lots of lovely works to see. Professor Sankey basically read off her notes, and I didn’t take in a lot of what she was talking about. Not well prepared to use Powerpoint either. Overall though highly enjoyable.

Afterwards, we tried to find somewhere to eat, and it took us an hour to find something that wasn’t full or closed. High Tea at the NSW Art Gallery wasn’t available until 2pm, and the lunch menu didn’t grab us. We tried the cafeteria at the gallery (full), The Tea Rooms at the QVB (closed for a private function), Glass at The Hilton (closed), Ivy (closed), The Observatory for High Tea (full), and Swissotel for High Tea (full). We couldn’t believe it. We basically were ready to give up, but then I remembered Max Brenner at MetCentre. Thankfully it was open and had seating. We had lovely sweet lunch: Alisia had waffles, and I had Fondue. It was a lovely way to keep out of the cold.

After our experience of full places to eat, I wondered a couple of things. Is there really a recession coming? And what do tourists say when they can’t find a nice place to eat, on the spur of the moment, on a weekend. I tend to book things way in advance, as most of my friends know. But the one time I don’t, it’s almost impossible. A taxi driver we had today told us of a couple of ladies from Melbourne who had a similar problem recently. Why are so many places closed on a Sunday? After my experiences in Melbourne, I can see why they are now the tourism capital of Australia. I don’t think I’ve ever had trouble finding a good place to eat there. Do I have to go to a crappy food court even on the weekend, if it’s a spur of the moment thing?

Anyway, it’s been a mostly enjoyable few weeks, albeit a bit busy with work. I just wish it wasn’t so cold!

“The hardest bouncer of the city”

My favourite club in the entire world (so far) is Berghain/Panorama Bar in Berlin, my favourite city in the entire world. I’ve been to Berlin 3 times now (1991, 2005 and 2007), and have been to this club 3 times.

On attempting to gain entry the last time I went there, we were confronted by “Der härteste Türsteher der Stadtz” – The hardest bouncer of the city. It was 4am, we’d just been to Tresor and Maria, and wanted to go to Berghain/Panorama Bar as the last club we’d get to before leaving Berlin.

I’ve just found this thanks to someone on littledetroit.net:

Yes it’s him. I didn’t actually find him that scary. I was actually fascinated by him, as I usually don’t like a lot of face jewellrey and tatoos, but this guy looked amazing.

From all the clubs I’ve been to overseas, I’ve learnt that speaking English is not going to get you in any favour with anyone. So Dave and I kept quiet whilst queuing to get in. There were probably 20 people in front of us. When we got to the door, “Der härteste Türsteher der Stadtz” asked Dave something in German, which we had no idea how to answer (or understand). So I said “sorry we don’t speak German” (in German). He was obviously not pleased with this, as he proceeded to say something to the other bouncer in German, which included the word “English”. I said “Nein English – Australien!”. And with that, he let us in!!!!

Next year, I’m hoping to know a little more German. I love Berghain/Panorama Bar, and I wanna go back some more. And I hope he’s still working there.

PS. I have no idea what they are saying in the video. Someone on littledetroit has suggested that he’s saying “yeah, I work at Berghain on the weekend, scare the UK punters and stuff” 🙂

Europe 2009. Again.

So Dave and I have been discussing possible places for us to go in Europe 2009. This is based on being there for 7 weeks. Work/Money permitting.

Germany – 18 days
*Berlin. We love it. We want to go to some of the same areas and we want to see loads more of it. Like Potsdam. And Berghain 🙂 I want to rent a Porsche for 1 day and drive it on and Autobahn playing Kraftwerk!
*Melt festival again, just outside Berlin. Because it was awesome last time.
*Frankfurt. Visit all our lovely friends there.
*One other place. Not sure if it will be Hamburg or Munich at this stage. I’d like to go to Hamburg, as I’ve been to Munich.

Spain – 7 days
*Barcelona. We love it. Need to see more of it (same as we do in Berlin). Maybe do Sonar again, but maybe not.
*Madrid. Neither of us have been. Art capital of Spain, so I’ve been told.

Italy – 7 days
*Tuscany. Because I’ve only ever been to Florence, and loved it. I want to do more, and Dave’s never been.

England – 4 days
*Windsor for Bec & Greg’s wedding
*Portsmouth to visit relatives

Switzerland – 5 days. Neither of us have been. Swiss Alps and Lindt Factory both a must

Prague – 3 days. Dave hasn’t been. Wants to go to the famous bridge so he can imitate an INXS film clip 🙂

Japan – 4 days. On the way home. Neither of us have been.

Browsed through some photos by Beta and Patrick on flickr this morning. Argh I wish I was in Berlin now!

Flight of the Conchords, Art, Chocolate, Art, Chocolate, Clubbing, Too much sleep, and more Flight of the Conchords

What a fun, and also weird, weekend.

Friday
Well, Friday night did involve a lot of house tidying. I didn’t want to have to worry about it for the rest of the weekend. So after that, we watched the first episode of “Flight of the Conchords”.

I am now a big fan.

Thanks to Rowena, Charles and Helen for recommending it. After Arj Barker talked about it on Wednesday night, we finally got to it.

The music bits make me cry with laughter.

Saturday
Another HUGE saturday.

Started with the NSW Art Gallery for the second weekend in a row for a Seminar on “Myths, mystics and music”. A brief description from the brochure follows:

“From Orpheus and the golden mean to Rilke on music, we explore the shared characteristics of the arts, myths and mystics. Myths transmute and reappear in new genres over time, as seen through Shakespeare and in great artistic movements including the Renaissance, the music of Monteverdi, Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, French Impressionism and the Parisian intersection of Diaghilev, Picasso and Stravinsky. We’ll note parallel innovations in science with the periodic table, electromagnetic spectrum, spectography and astrophysics”.

The combination of a beautiful sunny day, lovely friends with me (Juliet and Alisia) and a great lecture (with inspirational music) made for a great morning.

We then headed to the Lindt Cafe at Martin Place for lunch with Chocolate. Let’s see, I had a bit of a roast beef sandwich plus a 70% dark chocolate Sundae (drooooooool), Juliet had a roast beef sandwich plus a hot chocolate (yum!) and Alisia had the waffles (oh, if only they still had salad there for lunch during winter, I would have eaten the waffles myself!). We had a very pleasant lunch, involving much talking about yummy famous men, art, and our upcoming trip to the Blue Mountains. It was a very entertaining lunch, and time got away from us.

Alisia had to head off at that stage (in preparation for dinner at Radio Cairo later in the day), and so Juliet and I alighted a 389 bus to Woollahra. This also involved a lot of discussion about the Blue Mountains, and what we would do in Woollahra.

We wandered around the shopping area at first, where Juliet had to fight the urge to go into Antique stores. Then we went into the Touch Galleries, at which we wanted to see the “Wales to Warhol” exhibition.

On walking into the gallery, each step has a Campbell Soup Can on each side. The first room at the top of the stairs was all Warhol. Mostly some of his Marilyn Monroe’s and Campbells Soup Cans. There were also some Rolling Stones and various sketches. A lot of it was similar to what I’d seen before, but was still lovely to see.

The second room was the Prince of Wales watercolours. We decided that he must have a reasonable amount of time to spare in order to paint these. They weren’t bad at all. I’m not usually a big watercolour fan, but I did appreciate these.

Afterwards, we made our way into a bookshop I had seen before. Of course, I found a (rather expensive) book on Berlin I hadn’t seen before, and promptly purchased it. All book shops are dangerous creatures!!!!

And then it was homeward we went. Another 389 bus followed by a lovely walk, a train for Juliet, and a bus for me.

On arriving home, it was time for a short 2.5 hour disco nap, after which we got ready in a hurry to go to dinner.

We met Sara from Melbourne at The Establishment (where she was staying), and wandered up the hill to the Belgian Beer Cafe on Harrington Street for dinner. It was great to see Sara, as we had only a short catch up with her and Damien in March in Melbourne. I wish the food had been great, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be.

Sara and I both had the mussels mariniere, and were disappointed that there was no broth, and that the mussel shells appeared dry and unwashed. Dave’s dinner was pretty average too. Sara and I shared a chocolate pudding for dessert, which was dry. And the guy who served us was extremely surly. I’m glad for the great company, as the whole dining experience was pretty off-putting. I don’t think I’ll be going back there in a hurry. What happened to that place? Has it gotten too complacent after being around for a few year? Typical Sydney Syndrome I think.

Unfortunately Sara was too tired to come out with us afterwards, but it was great to see her, and hopefully we’ll get to see both her and Damien later this year in Melbourne. I think your engagement ring is gorgeous Sara, and the proposal story was very very cute 🙂

So Dave and I got a taxi to Kings Cross, to go to “The Cross”. Yes, it’s confusing. “The Cross” is a club in the Bourbon. Why on earth it’s called “The Cross” is beyond me. I think it was done to confuse people.

Up we went to find a relatively small crowd (it was only 12am), and found our friends in the side room, listening to Kate Doherty. After a good catch up, I wasn’t getting into the music, so went to check out the main room with, John Devecchis. He was playing a track I really liked, followed by a lot of not so interesting stuff, with questionable mixing. So I ventured back into the side room for Bjorn Wilke, who was not bad.

We were all waiting for Alex Smoke, so we ventured into the main room for him. Unfortunately, he didn’t start until 1.30, so we stood around a while, trying to amuse ourselves until he started.

I really really loved Alex Smoke. His whole set was very danceable, and exactly the sort of music I’d expect from him. I don’t understand the people who didn’t get into it – they obviously hadn’t listened to much of his stuff before. I didn’t stop dancing for 2 hours. Neither did Dave, who only took a toilet break right at the end of his set because he couldn’t wait anymore!

The crowd thinned out during his set, which was fine by us, as it got rid of most of the idiot factor that I’d come across at previous Lost Baggage’s. I’d have to say it was much less annoying than ususal.

At the end of Alex’s set at almost 3.45, we went back to the side room for Matthias Tanzmann. I really enjoyed what he played, but could barely keep my eyes open. Obviously the disco nap hadn’t helped much. We had to leave at 5am, as I just couldn’t move or keep my eyes open. And we were lucky to get a taxi the second we left 🙂

Thanks to Dave, Lisa, Ant, Brad, Hayley, Silvana, Ben, Bianca and Rob for making it such a fun night.

Sunday
After getting to sleep at 6am, I woke up at 12, had a sandwich and looked at the internet for a bit, and then went back to sleep.

This is the weird part of the weekend. When I woke up again it was dark. It was 7pm. I couldn’t believe it. It’s been a long time since I’ve done that! I thought I would have been up at 3.

Dave had only been up since 5, and was happily watching Ghostbusters.

After having a quick diner, we decided to watch some more “Flight of the Conchords”, which kept us in stitches. After 4 episodes, with a bit of other TV in between, Dave went back to bed, and fell asleep immediately.

I, on the other hand, could not sleep. What a surprise!

After watching a bit more TV and tidying up a bit, I decided it was time to call Bec in England. It was 11.30pm here at this stage. We had a great chat for an hour. I love 0018! It was great, as I hadn’t talked with her in ages. We discussed her engagement, upcoming wedding, work, friends, england, holidays, new york, etc. It was so good – but time goes so fast.

I STILL couldn’t get to sleep, so decided to watch that night’s episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” which promptly really did the trick and got me to sleep. At the grand time of 1am.

Monday
So today, I am feeling a little tired. But happy. The sun is shining, there’s lots of work keeping me busy, and I have thoughts of Europe 2009 in my head. One word people. BERLIN 🙂 🙂 🙂