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Urlaub in Polen Photo (detail): Urlaub in Polen © Frederike Wetzels

Rock, pop, hiphop, electro: at the beginning of every month we shine our search beacon into the nation’s studios and clubs from Kiel up north to Weilheim way down south. Together with Zündfunk, Bavarian Radio’s scene magazine, we showcase the latest music by riveting off-the-charts bands. Pop made in Germany can also be downloaded here.

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  • Urlaub in Polen © Frederike Wetzels

    On the ride: Urlaub in Polen

  • Unbite © Ann Seifert

    They bite: Unbite

  • Golf © Daniela Milosovic

    Sporty: Golf

  • Orphea © Robert Huibonoha

    Traveling: Orphea

A reunion with old acquaintances opens the Popcast for the month of November: The wonderful Urlaub in Polen, which had announced their dissolution approximately nine years ago, suddenly emerge again on Hamburg’s traditional label Tapete. As influences they name West Coast Pop, Rhenish Techhouse and the chronically underestimated and unjustly horned early Dire Straits (the first three albums). It sounds wilder than it actually is – their album All is a well thought-out late work, composed with maximum effort and lots of wit by two exceptional artists.

On their own label Ilian (Surgeon, Skee Mask), the Zenker Brothers spread their good vibes in a cosmic journey through a dense sound fog, to finally arrive in their typical harsh breakbeat techno (on their site you can read about destructive delirium).

Orphea is the project of actress Lilith Stangenberg and Filipino musician, poet and filmmaker Khavn, who earlier this year celebrated the premiere at the Berlinale of an anarchic remake of the classic story of Orpheus and Eurydice directed by Alexander Kluge. Produced by Brezel Göring (Stereo Total), they recorded a hypnotic album somewhere between Edith Piaf and Liz Phair, which we can only recommend you check out.

Golf, the ultimate pop band of the Staatsakt imprint (Die Türen) call in sick for Angst vor der Liebe (fear of love), but survive because of their happy moods. Funky Pop, Tropicalismo (sounds about right) and Cosmic Disco help the band to get over their grief. Berlin's talented producer Tom Hessler (photos), who paid attention to "club suitability in the mix", has certainly helped.

And finally, last but not least, we bow to Stuttgart's Unbite, whose partly desolate noise rock is a lot of fun, thanks to the outstanding vocals of bassist Daniela Schübel, even for the more gentle souls, and also fits really well into these times, when irony and/or patience have run out. Unbite sound a little bit like Sonic Youth, a little bit like NoMeansNo, and always like the guy who pokes up the street in front of your door at 7 in the morning.
 
Have fun listening and exploring!

This Month with music by:

Urlaub in Polen | Tapete Records
Zenker Brothers | Ilian Tape
Orphea | Fun in the Church
Golf | Staatsakt
Unbite | Antena Krzyku

Author: Angie Portmann
Speaker (English): David Creedon

#PopcastLive

Urlaub in Polen
Urlaub in Polen | © Frederike Wetzels
Dear friends of Popcast!

the #PopcastLive series goes into the next round in November with Urlaub in Polen! On Sunday, 29 November at 12:00 pm (EST) the duo featuring Jan Philipp Janzen and Georg Brenner will play a 30-minute streaming concert on the Instagram Channel of the Goethe-Institut (@goetheinstitut). They bring Krautrock, Spacerock, Progrock and electronic elements together and are going to create a cosy autumn evening of a special kind. Be a part of it!
 

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Popcast October 2020

Erregung öffentlicher Erregung Photo (detail): Erregung öffentlicher Erregung © Rosanna Graf
In the early 80s, Germany saw the emergence of the “Neue Deutsche Welle” (New German Wave), a local version of the then brand-new post-punk movement. With Dadaist lyrics and little respect for musical rules, West German youth for a time agreed on their preferences. The music of Erregung öffentlicher Erregung, the opener of this month's popcast, is reminiscent of the music from that time. But their recently released album also deals with unusual topics in terms of content – find out more about them and what they’re about in the Popcast.  Then there is news from the to some surely already well-known, bustling electronic musicians Acid Pauli (Notwist, Console) and Toulouse Low Trax (Kreidler, Salon des Amateurs), and brand new discoveries are two Berliners-by-choice – the Swedish Jazz musician Otis Sandsjös and the Chinese electro-pop icon-in-the-making Rui Ho.

With music by: 

Erregung öffentlicher Erregung | Schlappvogel Records/ Euphorie
Otis Sandsjö | We Jazz Records
Acid Pauli | Ouïe Music
Rui Ho | Planet Mu
Tolouse Low Trax | Bureau B
Author: Angie Portmann
Speaker (English): David Creedon

#PopcastLive - 28 Ocober 2020: Concert with Erregung öffentlicher Erregung
Highlights-Video on Instagram (10/2020)

Popcast September 2020

PIRX Photo (detail): PIRX © Moritz Gamperl
In September we offer an eclectic program in our monthly Popcast. This month, we learn of Pirx, a Munich quartet named after the pilot from a story by Stanislaw Lem. In their song Hot Cell they deal with the consequences of nuclear power, sluggish and gloomy, like an echo of the series Dark (Netflix). In contrast, Hamburg's Ashraf Sharif Khan and Viktor Marek aka Sufi Dub Brothers invent the "Sufistep". It's hard to describe it - just take a listen. It's great! There is also music from Berlin - the Argentinean Catnapp is a real new discovery and is known to attentive TV viewers for her cameo in the series Unorthodox. The Ukrainian-German trio Tvii Son reminds us of good old Electroclash times and finally there is news from the HipHop veterans Zugezogen Maskulin.

With music by: 

Ashraf Sharif Khan & Viktor Marek | Fun in the Church
Catnapp | Monkeytown Records
PIRX | Kommando-84
TVII SON | MIC
Zugezogen Maskulin | Four Music
Author: Ralf Summer
Speaker (English): David Creedon

#PopcastLive - 18 September 2020: Concert with PIRX
Highlights-Video on Instagram (09/2020)

Popcast August 2020

Rosaceae Photo (detail): Rosaceae © Katja Ruge

With music by: 

Haiyti | Warner Music
Deadbeat & Paul St. Hilaire | Another Moon
Skwirl | Space Hardware
Lyra Pramuk | Bedroom Community
Rosaceae | Pudel Produkte
Author: Ralf Summer
Speaker (English): David Creedon

#PopcastLive - 26 August 2020: Concert with Rosaceae
Highlights-Video on Instagram (08/2020)

Popcast July 2020

PC Nackt Photo (detail): PC Nackt © 7K!

With music by: 

Inga | Trikont
KUF | Macro Recordings
Minor Science | Whities
Paar | Grzegorzki Records
PC Nackt | 7K!
Author: Angie Portmann 
Speaker (English): David Creedon

#PopcastLive - 11 July 2020: Concert with Inga
Highlights-Video on Instagram (07/2020)

Popcast June 2020

Östro 430 Photo (detail): Östro 430 © privat/Tapete Records

With music by: 

Friends of Gas | Staatsakt
Golden diskó ship | karaoke kalk
Östro 430 | Tapete Records
Pole | Mute Records
Shantel | Essay Recordings
Author: Angie Portmann 
Speaker (English): David Creedon

#PopcastLive - 8 June 2020: Concert with Golden Diskó Ship 
Highlights-Video on Instagram (06/2020)

Popcast May 2020

Hans Unstern Photo (detail): Hans Unstern © Tanno Pippi

With music by: 

Mentrix | House of Strength Records
Hans Unstern | Staatsakt
Etapp Kyle | Ostgut Ton
Zebra Katz | ZFK Records/Kobalt
Akne Kid Joe | Kidnap Music
Author: Ralf Summer
Speaker (English): David Creedon

 

Popcast April 2020

Der Englische Garten Photo (detail): Der Englische Garten © Nader Safari

With music by: 

Messer | Trocadero
Pantha du Prince | Modern Recordings
Thomas Köner | Mille Plateaux
Ätna | Humming Records/Membran
Der Englische Garten | Tapete Records
Author: Angie Portmann
Speaker (English): David Creedon

 

Popcast March 2020

Blond Photo (detail): Blond © Anja Jurleit

With Music by: 

Das Hobos | Schamoni Musik
Automat | Compost Records
Blond | Beton Klunker Tonträger/Rough Trade
Tribez | Beat Art Records
Oval | Thrill Jockey
Author: Ralf Summer
Speaker (English): David Creedon

 

Popcast February 2020

Tara Nome Doyle Foto (Ausschnitt): Tara Nome Doyle © Sonja Stadelmaier

With music by: 

Tara Nome Doyle | Martin Hossbach
Ziúr | Multiverse music
Kinderzimmer Productions | Grönland
C.A.R. | Kryptox
Vilod | Manarecords
Author: Angie Portmann
Speaker (English): David Creedon

 

Popcast January 2020

Shkoon Photo (detail): Shkoon © Laura Maria Holtermann

With music by:

Fehler Kuti | Alien Transistor
Edward Sizzerhand | Beat Art Records
Amilli | Mightkillya Records
Johanna Amelie | Zero Hours Records
Shkoon | Shkoon Music
Author: Ralf Summer 
Speaker (English): David Ingram
 

 

Popcast December 2019

Mira Mann Photo (detail): Mira Mann © Thomas Ghotier

With music by:

Mira Mann | Seayou Records
Yvon | Broken Silence
Mr. Raoul K | Compost Records 
Kummer | Kiox Tronträger
Thomas Brinkmann | Edition Mego
Author: Ralf Summer
Speaker (English): David Creedon

 

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