Christmas screams in our ears everywhere we go, and everyone seems to be slowing down with happenings while having a kick out of jingle bell jazz at fairs and markets. But worry not; our slightly starved pre-holiday list is going to grow stronger again in 2015, and until then, enjoy the cold nights at hot parties, and maybe even discover some new places to call your favorite in the new year.
<For more events, check out Tips 02.12 - 14.02>
20.00 Mutter Mund Vater Land @ Volksbühne
WHY: "Mutter Mund Vater Land" is a psychedelic collage by Theo Altenberg, Burnt Friedman and Jaki Liebezeit, with two program areas: "Hör Kino" with videoprojections and texts by Theo Altenberg, Karl Iro Goldblat, Djuna Lou Finidee, Lee Lozano, Konrad Bayer, Günter Brus etc.; and "Secret Rhythms" - live concert by Burnt Friedman & Jaki Liebezeit. Expect an exceptional evening of weird abstract ritual music, and different kind of exploration of the psychosocial communication in various forms of life.
Volksbühne / Linienstr. 227, 10178 Berlin, U Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz / more info
22.00 Focus Mode: Ricardo Villalobos, Atom TM & Tobias @ Panorama Bar
WHY: Here's a little something for those who feel like parties on weekends are overrated. The event series "Focus Mode" on Wednesday presents artists who play with experimentation and unorthodox sets, and promises exciting musical surprises. With this kind of stellar line-up, it is worth calling Thursday a day off, and checking out set by Ricardo Villalobos followed by live acts by Atom TM and Tobias. Consider it a warm-up event for Berghain's 10 year birthday party on Saturday.
Berghain + Panorama Bar / Am Wriezener Bahnhof, S+U Warschauer Str. / more info
23.55 Your Mom's 2 Year Birthday Bash @ Urban Spree
WHY: Your Mom's Agency is turning two! Two years of cultural events, bookings, music promo and many other fun things deserve to be celebrated accordingly. Come as you are and get drunk with the birthday babes, Local Suicide, Electrosexual, vc KRISTI, Carne, Plateau Repas (DJ set), and surprise guests on two floors.
Urban Spree / Revaler Str. 99, 10245 Berlin, S+U Warschauer Str. / more info
20.00 The Group feat. Casper Clausen, Greg Haines, Francesco Donadello, Martyn Heyne @ Radialsystem V
WHY: UM:LAUT brings us The Group - a unique collective of international, Berlin-based musicians. The project around Casper Clausen of Efterklang, the British multi-instrumentralist Greg Haines, the drummer and producer Francesco Donadello, and the guitarist Martyn Heyne considers itself an open forum for creative processes and spontaneous musical exchange. Making use of their wide range of electronic and acoustic instruments, The Group create an extraordinary and intense live experience: improvised chamber pop between ambient, electronica, dub, experimental and krautrock.
Radialsystem V / Holzmarktstr. 33, 12043 Berlin, S Ostbahnhof / more info
19.00 Cyberfest 2014: The Other Home - Sound Art Program @ Platoon Kunsthalle
WHY: This year the main theme of Cyberfest - the international art & technology festival - explores the commonalities and differentiations among physical, emotional and cultural manifestations attached to the concept of home. Along with the visual, it also features sound art program curated by Cyland, presenting Russian and local Berlin auditory artists Pete Um, Jonas Gruska, Alexandr Zaytsev, Georgy Bagdasarov and Boris Hegenbart.
Platoon Kunsthalle / Schönhauser Allee 9, 10119 Berlin, U Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz / more info
20.00 Derde Verde @ Privatclub
WHY: Indie-rock trio Derde Verde crafts colorful, chameleon-like song structures sprinkled with noise, analog electronics, melodic guitar lines and rhythmic twists. With a range of influences from shoegaze, to krautrock, to indie electronica, the band's music has been described as "instantly engrossing, buoyed by excellent arrangements and impressive vocal harmonies… Derde Verde may be the closest thing Los Angeles has to its own Radiohead right now".
Privatclub / Skalitzer Straße 85-86, 10997 Berlin, U Schlesisches Tor / more info
19.00 Feed Frequencies 121814: Robert Lippok & Jan Jelinek @ KW
WHY: FEED Frequencies December Edition presents two very familiar names in the sound art domain: Robert Lippok and Jan Jelinek. Bypassing the rules of traditional musicianship, Jan Jelinek prefers to construct collages from tiny sound fragments, from the lost-and-found products of samplers, tape recorders, media players and other recording implements. Robert Lippok's synth modelled settings drop listeners into a new yet familiar world. His tendency to visualize the sound stems from his background in installation and set design.
KW / Auguststr. 69, 10117 Berlin, U Rosenthaler Platz / more info