Inside Hairbert – the birth of an artificial character

One day, the whole lockdown got on my nerves so terribly that I had to express my frustration in a drawing. On this day, I was terribly annoyed in the morning about the closed barbershops. But at least I had something in common with our chancellor that morning, no more hairstyle – just hair. Here is the result of that annoying moment:

hairbert - corona sucks

And so Hairbert was born. He is thus a full-fledged child of the Corona Lockdown, although his name was found much later through a query in an Instagram story. At the beginning I definitely didn’t think about a series of drawings, but after the positive feedback I started to think about how to express the Corona frustration on the one hand, but on the other hand how to capture a whole issue with a single image.

Hairbert still has an interesting future, let’s see in which direction he will develop.

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tante techno’s tea time – dj set march 2021 edition.

Tante Techno's Tea Time, February 2020 DJ Set

The cabin-fever-virus has taken hold of me. It leads to weariness and apathy. My doctor advised me to make music and produce a DJ set. I did it, and everything is now o.k. again. Have fun with my March set, just in time for the end of the month.

Tracks

Circus Bells (Ryan Gatesman 2009 Remix) – Robert Armani
Radiance – Dok & Martin
Music Controls You – Mella Dee
Android – Dok & Martin
Trippin’ (Dario Sorano Remix) – Pappenheimer
Frozen Room – Charles Fenckler
System – roman weber
Madness – Nicolas Taboada
Pump Up the Swag (AnGy KoRe Remix) – Toni Alvarez & Miguel Do Reis
Bassface – A*S*Y*S
Let It Go (T78 Remix) – Emanuele Millozzi & Luke Di Lullo
Deeper (Filterheadz Remix) – Salo & Bandung
Upside Down – Nicolas Taboada
Form Reality (Under Black Helmet Remix) – dotwav
King – Mark Broom
The Andor Voyage (Ramon Tapia Remix) – Metro Dade
Motorcity – Mars Bill
Escapia – DJ 3000

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my uncle’s house altar – dj set march 2021 edition.

DJ Set March 2021 März 2021

A little bit more than one year ago I had my last gig. Many people celebrated with me the the last party before the lockdown. We had much fun and we thought “in a few weeks everything will be o.k. again”. week after week and month after month went by and now more than one year ago everything was o.k. Corona sucks! How many clubs will be open again? When will the clubs open again? So many questions and no answer. And many politicians make much money with dubios contracts. That sucks more than Corona! Nevertheless, don’t panic, it’s just a pandemic. Let’s celebrate the breakdown of the club culture.

Setlist

Revelation (Club Mix) – Mike Vale & Simon Doty
Enjoy Music (Riva Starr Remix Edit) – Reboot
Just Wanna Feel You – Block & Crown & Tom Boye
Francisco – Mark Funk
Get Get Down – Kevin McKay & Matt Fontaine
You & Me (Extended Mix) – KC Lights
Dollar$ (Andrey Zenkoff) – Made In America
Wrong (Club Mix) – My Digital Enemy
Groove Amigos – Original Club Mix – ATFC
Bounce (Original Mix) – Block & Crown, Damon Grey
All Out (Club Mix) – Simon Doty & MC Flipside
Kalaka (Dave Rose Remix) – Chris Gekä & Tecca
Discofunk – House Legion
I Don’t Wanna (Dub Mix) – Hack Jack
Touch Me – Luke Robbins
Extra Trippy – Danny Howard
Somewhere Special (feat. Cat Connors) [Club Mix] – OFFAIAH
Sanity – Mark Funk

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tante techno’s tea time – dj set february 2020 edition.

Tante Techno's Tea Time, February 2020 DJ Set

End of winter. Hello Spring. Dreaming of the dancefloor. Dreaming of playing in the clubs again.

Tracks:

Ego – Alan Fitzpatrick
Clamp Champ – T78
Hybrid – Raffaele Rizzi
Sinematic – Zimmz
Kona – Alan Fitzpatrick & CamelPhat
Fade Into You – Spektre
The Seventh Sense (Roberto Capuano Remix) – Audiomatiques
Rain – O.C & Verde
Out of Control – Channel X
Solar – Audiomatiques & Mars Bill
Lost Beyond Streets and Canals – Dave Sinner
The Dregs of Society – Christian Bonori & Paul S-Tone
La Noche (Mario Ochoa Remix) – Coca & Villa
Too Deep (To Bear) – Tiger Stripes
Remember – Harvey McKay
Lost Time – Aran Burn & Rian Wood
Betelgeuse! (Stefano Pelle & Sall Remix) – Rich Venom
Star Allies – Spencer Brown & Raito

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my uncle’s house altar – dj set february 2020 edition.

my uncle's house altar - dj set february 2020 edition.

Throw away the Corona masks, hang up the disco ball and turn up the stereo system to full volume. It’s party time!

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30 records in 30 days from 2 collections from one household, day 26: Whodini, first album.

A Challenge: 30 Platten in 30 Tagen / 30 records in 30 days Whodini, Debut

30 records in 30 days goes into the 26th round: Who is afraid of the haunted house?

The end is near. And we’re hitting another musical hook today, towards rap, hip-hop and (according to Wikipedia) e-funk. Whodini’s album was one of the big surprises during this challenge. I couldn’t remember ever owning anything like it. Grandmaster Flash was still hiding somewhere in the depths of my memory, but this album was off my radar. When I then listened to the songs in iTunes, I was surprised again. They are really good. Nevertheless, I never really warmed up to rap and hip-hop, that’s why I only got two LPs. Tomorrow there will be the next hook.

The Haunted House of Rock: https://youtu.be/gjG69bDrG7E

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30 records in 30 days from 2 collections from one household, day 25: Shango, Shango Funk Theology.

A Challenge: 30 Platten in 30 Tagen / 30 records in 30 days Shango, Shango Funk Theology

30 records in 30 days goes into the 25th round: Aren’t we all a bit Shango?

A friend of mine infected me with the funk virus when we were in the army together. In 1982-1984, a few limited-edition records called Funk You! were released on the Metrovynil label. The lyrics triggered red ears and stuttering at the time, but the music was the best you could get out of the funk corner.

Unfortunately, you couldn’t buy these albums at my local record store in my hometown and even in bigger towns it was insanely difficult to get them. I had a quick look last night and you can still get them, but at a sporty price (in good condition, more than 20€). I will probably buy them.

Back to Shango. Infected with the aforementioned virus, I was even more pleased that this record was available in normal record shops. The best song on the whole record is the Message. The raw power of funk packed into one song. Simply brilliant. And today‘s message is “Are You ready for the Weekend? Listen to the message! Listen to Shango!”

The Message: https://youtu.be/JpBtb0Jq-3g

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30 records in 30 days from 2 collections from one household, day 24: Kid Creole and the Coconuts, Tropical Gangsters.

A Challenge: 30 Platten in 30 Tagen / 30 records in 30 days Kid Creole and the Coconuts, Tropical Gangsters

30 records in 30 days goes into the 24th round: I am not your Father…

Today I present you a musical hook: Kid Creole and the Coconuts, Tropical Gangsters. Funky, Latin, with a strong touch of disco. The ideal music for these gloomy times.

Time for a musical outing: I openly admit it, I’m a child of the disco generation and I love Saturday Night Fever. The dialogues are senseless, the plot – well. But the dance scenes… Dance to Kid Creole. It’s paaaaaaaarty time.

I’m A Wonderful Thing, Baby: https://youtu.be/KS3hiJ_mBq8
Stool Pigeon: https://youtu.be/C3xU0fnjUcg
No Fish Today: https://youtu.be/juibMBFuErU

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30 records in 30 days from 2 collections from one household, day 23: Gang of 4, Hard.

A Challenge: 30 Platten in 30 Tagen / 30 records in 30 days Gang of 4, Hard

30 records in 30 days goes into the 23rd round: A piece of your heart can be found in every good car.

Today we will close my musical new wave era with one of the best albums from my whole collection, Hard by Gang of 4. As always, I took a quick look at Wikipedia to get an assessment of the music genre. It was quite surprising what I found about Gang of 4:

“The band played a stripped-down mix of punk rock, funk and dub, with a lyrical emphasis on the social and political ills of society. Gang of Four are widely considered one of the leading bands of the late 1970s/early 1980s post-punk movement. […] Their early 80s albums (Songs of the Free and Hard) found them softening some of their more jarring qualities, and drifting towards dance-punk and disco.”

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gang_of_Four_(band) )

As audacious as it sounds, it’s a very good description of the sound of this LP. Have fun listening to it.

Man with a good car: https://youtu.be/XvNmQGol9FM
Woman town: https://youtu.be/bR-y-I9qTUk
Is it love: https://youtu.be/xQOJ6Va03B0

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30 records in 30 days from 2 collections from one household, day 22: Joy Division, Substance 1977-1980.

A Challenge: 30 Platten in 30 Tagen / 30 records in 30 days Joy Division, Substance

30 records in 30 days goes into the 22nd round: love will tear us apart, and then we travel to Warshaw.

After talking about the commercialization of punk yesterday, today we’re going to take a step back. Joy Division is for me – similar to Alien Sex Fiend – a missing link between the synthesizer-heavy new wave music and the punk of the seventies. This album is really good, but the group lacks the anarchistic sound and synth experiments of Adrian Sex Fiend.

Don’t misunderstand, this in no way devalues the group’s sound, they are just different. Joy Division are so unexcitingly punk-oriented to me that this album is simply a joy to listen to. Quite typical for me: “Leaders of man” and “Warshaw”. It is also not aggressive (nice sample “Love will tear us apart”), like some other punk records, where you would like to tear down the neighbor’s house after two times listening.

Love will tear us apart: https://youtu.be/zuuObGsB0No
Leaders of man: https://youtu.be/s4prQ11orEM
Warshaw: https://youtu.be/gtSFtvXgeRk

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