The year is slowly coming to an end, to mark this we decided to get in contact with the people behind some of the labels, bands and event organisers that have been providing us with great music this year.
Fettkakao is an art and record label run by Andi Dvořák and has been helping some of Vienna’s best alternative acts release their music since 2005. The label has a whole host of excellent local bands on the roster such as Mile Me Deaf, Tirana, A Thousand Fuegos, Just Friends And Lovers and many more – check them out in detail here.
1. Halo Halo – s/t (Upset The Rhythm)
I was introduced to Halo Halo by my friend Agnes who saw them 2 years ago in Brighton. She bought a 7″ for me – knowing that I will love it. some week’s later M’Lady’s was putting out that e.p. in the US. since then i was waiting for an album – and was (positively) surprised that Upset The Rhythm is putting it out.
2. Neo Boys – Sooner Or Later (K Records / Mississipi Records )
I was looking for their 1982 record Crumbling Myths (+ their 7″ on Trap Records) for a long time. We were visiting K Records w/ Plaided in Olympia – and they had Neo Boys posters hanging on their office walls. I think thats when I started fantasizing about a Neo Boys reissue on K. My dream really came true this year: Sooner or Later is a discography w/ outtakes & live tracks – out on K and Mississipi Records (who we visited as well that year; Mississipi released the Lilliput/ Kleenex box set as well).
3. Japanther – Eat Like Lisa Act Like Bart (Recess Records)
Eat Like Lisa Act Like Bart and Beets, Limes & Rice are my favorite Japanther records. Funny, because I liked them in their early days a lot. things come back again; or get even better sometimes. Their song stolen flowers is my little summer hit.
4. Lovers Without Borders – Detective (K Records)
New band with Karl Blau. This is (i guess) their third e.p. with a Courtney Love (Lois Maffeo and Pat Maley’s band, not the Hole singer) cover on it. 4 short songs, to the point with good endings. The artwork (label and cover) is an homage to the first Beat Happening album.
5. Grass Widow / Shannon And The Clams – Unbelievable / The Power (Wacky Wacko)
I love wacky wacko, shannon and grass widow – no matter what.
6.Beach Girls And The Monster– I Go Surfing (Kim Records)
It always amazes me what a good live band Beach Girls are. I find myself dancing to one of the songs on this e.p. in viennese clubs.
7. Dot Dash – Dot Dash (Totally Wired)
Their second self-titled album (!!) continues with side 3 and side 4. Totally Wired is the most exciting label in vienna at the moment (in my opinion), with it’s collectiveness, and day to day program, and Dot Dash one of Vienna’s most intense bands, really.
8. La Luz – It’s Alive (Hardly Art)
It’s Alive is the debut LP by this amazing surf-ish band from Seattle. they had a rather bad accident on tour recently – so if you like em – them please supportLa Luz by buying their records or going to one of their shows (they are touring Europe this spring).
9. No Age – An Object (Sub Pop)
An impression is such a good song. but i kinda like everything by them. i am a No Age record collector.
10. Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds – Push The Sky Away ( Bad Seeds Ltd )
Push The Sky Away is my personal Nick Cave comeback. i bought the first Grinderman 7″es, as well as the first LP – but i had to give them away as i did not like Nick Cave’s no pussy blues. and just as i thought that my love for Nick Cave is over, he’s coming back with Push The Sky – a real beauty. also: the Nick Cave show was one of the most inspiring shows for me in 2013.