Heilewelt - a blog for music lovers

Geschichten von der Heilewelt - a blog for music lovers

"It is wonderful to be able experience art without understanding how it was meant or what makes it good." (Kim Boekbinder said that during an interview I did with her) I might not have the biggest knowledge about music but I have a great passion for it. Passion is what counts.

I live in Berlin, Germany (born, raised and still resident) and this is my personal blog about music and other things that cross my way. Things I love to be exact. And even though I am German and my English is still not perfect, this blog is in English.

Oh, f***. Can’t wait to see Archive performing this live end of May in London….like in those old silent movies. Movie running, band playing the music live. The music is already absorbing me, a tight feeling in a chest…

Be part of it as well:

http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/axiom

Best,

D.

Here are some mediocre photos of Kaiser Chiefs concert in Berlin last Friday. It has been fun, lots of fun as this band certainly knows how to put on a good show. Singer Ricky is a showman, lovers of cameras of any kind and enjoys a bath in the audience every once in a while. He went further every time (three times in total) until he ended up in the middle of the room where he sang the last song - with a camera he “stole” from a cameraman who filmed the whole concert for a German TV station. Occasionally I thought he might puke of being so exhausted by his stage-sport but he didn’t. Luckily.

When you have someone like Ricky right in front of you (I went from standing behind a tall man in the second to first row somehow), it’s kind of difficult to notice the rest of the band. They seem a bit quieter but nevertheless made a good job, I guess. I have no idea really as I was busy singing and dancing to songs I don’t know. I mean I know some like “Ruby”, “OMG”, “Everyday I love you less and less” and all these kind of songs but I am not the biggest fan. For the ones I am not too familiar with: The Kaiser Chiefs certainly know how to write a catchy tune. On their newest record "Education, Education, Education & War" the show this talent once more. In combination with their live performance it’s surely one of the best and most fun concerts I have been to in a while. 

Have a good day,

Dörte 

All photos (c) Dörte Heilewelt

Screaming Maldini “Abyssinia”

Watch and free download the newest song of Screaming Maldini’s release a song every month for a year project. Not a pop explosion but beautiful and more quiet. Which brings me to the following: sorry it has been so quiet on here for the last few weeks. I have moved to another flat and since it was my first time it’s all super-exciting and super time consuming. But slowly everything is going where it should go and I have got more time again. And as long as this takes, enjoy this beautiful new song of this fabulous band from Sheffield. 

Have a good one,

Dörte

Amazing pop-tune from Belgium. School Is Cool with their song “Wide-Eyed & Wild-Eyed”. It’s taken from their newest album “Nature Fear”. 

A long time ago I saw them live and they were amazing, so if you have the chance of going to one of the dates of the upcoming tour through Europe, just go, don’t think twice. It’ll be a splendid evening, I promise!

MARCH 27, 2014 Muziekcentrum Trix Antwerp (Belgium)

APRIL 03, 2014 Het Depot Leuven (Belgium)

APRIL 05, 2014 De Zwerver Leffinge (Belgium)

APRIL 06, 2014 Communion at Notting Hill Arts Club London (United Kingdom)

APRIL 09, 2014 Vooruit Gent (Belgium)

APRIL 12, 2014 Muziekodroom Hasselt (Belgium)

APRIL 15, 2014 Bitterzoet Amsterdam (Netherlands)

APRIL 17, 2014 Vera Groningen (Netherlands)

APRIL 18, 2014 Effenaar Eindhoven (Netherlands)

MAY 09, 2014 Molotow Hamburg (Germany)

MAY 10, 2014 Karrera Club at Rosi’s Berlin (Germany)

MAY 21, 2014 Nuit Belge / Botanique Bruxelles (Belgium)

JUNE 21, 2014 Best Kept Secret Festival Hilvarenbeek (Netherlands)

JULY 04, 2014 Rock For People Hradlec Kralove (Czech Republic)

To be honest: I am not quite too sure about what I think about a “new” Johnny Cash album. The song “She Used To Love Me A Lot” is taken from the never released album “Out Among The Stars” (release due 25th of March) who he recorded in the early 80’s with Billy Sherill. “Pop Country” is what John Carter Cash, son of June Carter and Johnny Cash called this album when he talked to the Associated Press. I really don’t know-maybe it has to grow on me.

But what I find amazing is the video, directed by Cash-fan John Hillcoat. For me it perfectly reflects Cash….these dark, desperate, depressing pictures - looking old but are very modern. And in between: reminiscences of Cash. It fit’s him perfectly, I think. But have a look yourself:

http://www.johnnycash.com/

This is a wonderful new track by Icelandic band múm which you can download for free. "Saddle Up" is on the b-side of the sold-out "When Girls Collide". I find this tune very relaxing. After having a week full of stupid stuff happening, this 4 minutes and 10 seconds feel like a holiday for my always busy thoughts and my stressed self, it’s like meeting your best friend, the one you love or just a stranger on a concert who distract you for a few hours. And múm just need 4 minutes and 10 seconds to give me this feeling.

I find the whole melody and the singing are just incredibly beautiful, warm and actually effortless, they are one unity which makes it kind of hard for me to listen to the words - so I have no idea what the sond is about. It’s just this whole electro pop with all the little details which makes my brain melt in the best possible way. I love the piano bits in the beginning and how it builds up and then in the middle almost stops. The first few listens I was scared for the glimpse of a second that the song would have ended. It doesn’t but it’s a weird feeling. Being scared that the song might be just over. It continues instrumentally. 

Here are some tour dates as well:

02/04 Ljubljana, SLOVENIA @ Kino Siska.

03/04 Roncade - ITALY @ New Age club

04/04 Madonna dell’albero - ITALY @ Bronson

05/04 Rome - ITALY @ Auditorium Parco della musica

06/04 Milan - ITALY @ Circolo Magnolia

03/05 London - UK @ Richmix

21/06 Secret Solstice Festival - Reyjavik Iceland

More to come (as they say).

Have a great weekend,

Dörte

For round about 25 years The Notwist are making music together. The core of the German band are Martin Gretschmann, Andi Haberl and the brothers Markus and Michael Acher. Last week they played at Heimathafen in Berlin a sold out concert and it was amazing. The crowd danced throughout for over two hours and three encores. And what counted was their music. They didn’t put on a huge show or were saying anything except for ‘many thanks’ and stuff like that. They are engineers - they look like a bunch of men who spend their days in a cellar working like (insane) engineers on their music and and just ocassionally leave it to play an amazing concert…. ok, they’re on tour around Europe for some weeks to promote their first record in six years, “Close To The Glass”. 

Their mix of electro and rock is rather eclectic which could easily drop into a completely mess but they know how it works. They’re very good at wandering on this fine line with they electro fiddeling, drums, bass guitar and their very own xylophone player - that’s something I haven’t seen to often on Rock concerts to be honest. 

I brought some photos with me - they did have some extra lights:

Thanks for reading,

Dörte

Tourdates:

10 Mar - D-Stuttgart - Wagenhallen

11 Mar - F-Lyon - Epicerie Moderne

12 Mar - F-Nantes - Stereolux sold-out

13 Mar - P-Paris - La Maroquinerie

14 Mar - F-Lille - Le Grand Mix

15 Mar - UK-Manchester - The Deaf Institute

16 Mar - UK-Glasgow - Mono

17 Mar - UK-Bristol - The Fleece

18 Mar - UK London - Village Underground

19 Mar - B-Brussels - Botanique

20 Mar - D-Köln - E-Werk

05 Apr - IT-Milano - Magnolia

06 Apr - IT-Foligno - Serendipity

07 Apr - IT-Roma - Parco della Musica

08 Apr - IT-Bolgna - Estratgon

09 Apr - IT-Padova - Mame

10 Apr - SL-Ljubljana - Channel Zero

11 Apr - HR-Zagreb - Mochvara

12 Apr - A-Linz - Posthof

13 Apr - D-München - Circus Krone

25 May - D-Berlin - Astra

26 May - D-Berlin - Astra

27 May - D-Hamburg - Laeiszhalle

28 May - NL-Amsterdam - Melkweg

9 Jun - US-New York - Webster Hall

10 Jun - US-Philadelphia - Theatre of Living Arts

11 Jun - CAN-Montreal - Societe des arts technologiques

12 Jun - CAN-Toronto - Lee’s Place

13 Jun - US-Chicago - House of Blues

14 Jun - US-San Francisco - Regency Ballroom

15 Jun - US-Los Angeles - The Fonda Theatre

I just don’t get bored of beautiful pop explosions and vocal harmonies. “Bearings" is the second track of Screaming Maldini's every-month-a-new-song-for-a-whole-year project. So, if everything goes wrong at least we will have some good music. Thanks, Maldini’s. You can download the song and its artwork for free over here - once again the artwork was made by Ralph Wilson.

And almost even more exciting (for them for sure): If you live in Japan, you can see this band live. I imagine it must be amazing, I never had the pleasure myself unfortunately. They actually went with their debut album on #3 of the alternative charts over there which is fairly amazing. So happy for these guys!

14th April Tokyo

15th April Osaka

Best,

Dörte

Just noticed that City And Colour released a new video. It’s for “The Lonely Life” from the latest record “The Hurry And The Harm” (2013). If you want to know more about the album, its recording process, the man behind this project or song writing, please read my interview with Dallas Green

Have a good day,

Dörte