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Gorillaz

I had a great time at the Gorillaz concert at Parkbühne Wuhlheide this weekend. A massive thank you goes to Brit Bee and Nathan Ihara for facilitating these magical moments. Scroll through for a peek. 轢 轢 轢

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2022 Faves

I’m here for you: I’ve put up a playlist of my fave tracks of 2022 thus far. This includes Pusha T , Wet Leg , Automatic, Brezel Göring, Gene Galaxo , Cate Le Bon , Die Sterne , Lizzo and lots more. Link’s right here.

Have a nice weekend! 🍦

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Fête de la Musique 2022

Fête de la Musique 2022: there was a 30-minute window after the kids went to sleep for me to catch live music. I walked across the street to Bildungs- und Kulturzentrum Peter Edel in Weißensee and listened to some classical pieces played by Yanick Rafalimanana (my neighbor) and Inmo Yang. They were fantastic. It’s great to live in a city that supports the arts!

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Family

Weekend Fun

Great weekend with Ali Bell and the kids! Lots of parties, lots of sun. 🌞

Hard to believe now – it’s cold and rainy today. 🌧

We’ll get through it. Have a good week everyone!

Monday, Monday
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Bountiful Hearts

Pitfire Review

I’m grateful for all the positive press for Keep It Wild! The EP is available to stream everywhere and if you haven’t seen the video yet, it’s here. Check out this great review from Pitfire:

Mr. Fregoso has been hanging around in the indie rock underground of Berlin for a long time and has been working on this project with the long name for about two years. This small three-song EP shows that you can discover happy pieces between punk, indie and something glamorous with this group.

The opening title track sounds a bit like Dead To Me or something, and it’s a lot of fun. Crooked vocals, self-hating lyrics, tempo and punk guitars, it all puts you in a good mood. It gets a little wilder afterwards with the quasi-glam track «Belarus», where the name of this beautiful country is repeated endlessly in the chorus and one is also reminded of 80s glitter rock. The bouncer “Out of Key” also sounds chaotic and wild, which shakes you up with really appropriately weird indie vocals and quasi-Libertine memories. After that, a nice acoustic piece sung in Spanish is included on my promo copy. Crude but nice.

I hadn’t heard of Fregoso before, but this is a fun thing in every sense. Moody and energetic 10 minutes with sometimes wild singing. Cool!

If you made it this far, here’s wishing you a fantastic weekend! ☀️

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Tinnitist Mixtape

Keep It Wild makes it to number 4 on Tinnitist‘s 60 Songs to Make You Feel Like a Winner Mixtape. I’m proud to be counted along with some of my fave artists like Thee Oh Sees, Automatic and even Johnny Thunders! Watch the video for Keep It Wild here.

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Freilichtbühne Weißensee

Excellent date night with Ali Bell at Freilichtbühne Weißensee this weekend. We went to see Licorice Pizza which was the perfect pick for a couple of tired parents. The midnight walk back home was beautiful.

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Westzeit Review

Wonderful print review of Keep It Wild from Westzeit. Read the translation below and watch the video for the song here

“Keep It Wild” is an EP, but also a ‘Best of Album’. Not a ‘best of’ album, mind you, but a selection of songs from a record that should have been released in 2009. Nathaniel Fregoso, frontman of The Blood Arm, had so much on his plate with his band that the half-finished album disappeared into producer David Newton‘s drawer. In the lockdown of 2020, Berlin-based Fregoso rediscovered the songs and decided to compile some of them into an EP. In view of the original time of its creation, the result logically exudes the charm of the noughties: the title track sounds like a rough version of Franz Ferdinand, “Belarus” has the pop appeal of the Kaiser Chiefs, while “Out Of Key” is more in the The Strokes notch. Also included, at least on the promo: A beautiful cover of “Cuando calienta el sol”, originally published in 1961.

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Ripper Girls

Had a blast at the Ripper Girls concert at Wild At Heart this weekend. Berlin’s got a great indie rock scene going on.

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Keep It Wild Artwork

Viktoria Cichoń created the artwork for Keep It Wild and I’m still over the moon about it. I started following Viktoria’s work after seeing Laura Lee & the Jettes’ Divine Hammer single cover. We began working together last year and it was a lot of fun sending ideas back and forth. Take a look at some alternate versions of the artwork below. Which one is your favorite?

For all you Berlin punk fans, Viktoria is also the drummer of the indie-garage band Lobsterbomb. Check them out!