Check out our LIVE music video for Grand Theft from the album Stop Talking.
We recorded the video live in our new practice space in Berlin-Neukölln. This self organised artist space is located in Berlin-Neukölln. Between December 2014 and May 2015 the collective built and equipped two practice rooms, now home to over 40 musicians in women, lesbian, trans, inter and queer-centred bands.
As you may know we had a baby in 2015. And while we played some shows over the last played a few shows in late pregnancy (Monarch and Südblock, Berlin) and when she was small (Ladyfest Kassel, soli shows for Abortion Support Network etc.) aswell as a trip to Lithuania to play at Sapfofest we have been mostly caring for her.
Sapfofest is a queer summer festival that takes place at the Žeimiai manor house near Janova in Lithuania. We recently travelled to play a concert on Saturday night. Sapfofest is the first independent community-initiated festival in the Baltics, which seeks to empower & connect the queer community. It was a long trip for us and 16 month old GG – however it was really worth it for the beautiful and friendly festival and tbh our gig rocked and we were buzzing afterwards!
Here are two short videos taken from social media of the songs “I Do Everything” (from our album Stop Talking) and “Under The Neon” (vinyl single). I Do Everything has been a live favourite, maybe it’s time for a music video…
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We would love to tell you more about our FLTQI (women, lesbian, trans, inter and queer) centred practice space and collective which opened this year. Until then, a short description from the Ruby Tuesday website:
A new practice room collective in the rooms below Bei Ruth, Neukölln. FLTI* centred. Organised in a non-hierarchical manner and financially accessible. A shared space for workshops, practicing, learning from each other, having fun and making art and music; a place for sharing resources and skills.
Here is our new music video for the song “Breathe”: I was eight weeks pregnant when I shot it, but didn’t know it yet. On a walk along the canal in Kreuzberg, I had talked about babies with my friend Cash and he casually told me he thought I was already pregnant but I didn’t think much of it. We shot the video D.I.Y. style, in front of a green screen and under hot lights. I kept blaming the hot lights for making me throw up between takes. I reminded myself what the song is about and took nice long breaks to catch my breath again. It took a long time to shoot but it was fun and worth it. After the shoot, Dave took his piled-up hair to visit Cash at the bar he works in. Cash’s words were ringing in my ears after the long day and I dug out a pregnancy test (now I know why they come in packs of two). Lo and behold, I was (am) pregnant!
Such happy and exciting news! However pregnancy is tough and demanding work, so it’s been fun doing the post production for this particular song and reminding myself over and over again and in all situations: breathe!
We are very happy to release the music video for “It Will Work” AND announce that tickets are on sale via Koka36 for our only Berlin concert and the record release party of our new CD “Stop Talking”, which will take place in Monarch at Kotti, Skalitzer Str. 134, Berlin-Kreuzberg at 9pm on Thursday 11th December. ((( tickets / karten )))
The video was shot on location by Shai Levy at our music practice space in Tacheles art centre in Berlin-Mitte, shortly before all artists were evicted and it was shut down. The song is a rallying call against neo-liberalism, self help for profit and hyperindividualism. Cooperation and support are present as the alternatives. It Will Work has been a fan favourite at live concerts and we also recorded a live version at RTÉ, the Irish national radio station.
I first got to know Respect My Fist during Ruby Tuesday Rock and Hip Hop Camp for Girls*, Trans*- and Inter Youth in 2011. Since then I have seen them play many times and wanted to make a video for one of their catchy, radical songs – one that captures some of their live energy.
If you want to support the band, you can stream, download or buy their record here on bandcamp.
It’s been a minute. We’ve been busy trying to keep our heads above water, but our new EP is finally on it’s way. It can be pre-ordered here.
Record Release Party is in Berlin on Thursday June 19th, at Schokoladen, which is one of the last few islands of alternative culture in the otherwise gentrified Mitte. Please join us for the concert and to celebrate.
Here are the details:
La Moustache present:
Double Record Release: You’re Only Massive + Jenn Kelly
This avocado pesto is really quick and easy to make. I ate it with spaghetti for lunch, and then by the spoonful after my plate was empty. Pesto is essentially greens + nuts + oil. Some people add cheese, but you don’t need it, because dairy production is cruel and nothing tastes as good as animal rights feel (see what I did there?). Once you grasp this (greens + nuts + oil = pesto), you will find it increasingly easy to make fresh pesto when the occasion calls for it. I added avocado to this because I didn’t have that much oil to hand and I did have some rapidly ripening avocados. The avocado made it very creamy and the flavors mingled like your favourite party guests – and it also brightened up a grey Berlin winter day.
Shout out to a dear friend of mine Carol, who literally spoon fed me my first taste of avocado back in 2003!
Equipment you will need:
blender / food processor.
knife and cutting board.
spoon to scoop out the avocado.
garlic crusher (or a fork in a pinch).
Note on ingredient amounts: I didn’t actually measure when making this, so these measurements are an estimation. Please keep an eye on the consistency and taste throughout.
2 x large ripe avocados, flesh scooped out. (if you avocados are not ripe yet, put them next to some bananas and be patient.)
3 x garlic cloves, crushed.
lemon juice, at least one lemon or 4 tbsp.
100g rucola / rocket / argula
50g basil (optional, just add more rucola if you don’t have basil to hand)
100g ground almonds
2 tbsp cold pressed olive oil
sea salt to taste
dash of walnut oil (optional)
finely sliced red hot chili pepper (optional)
Place the avocado flesh in a blender, add all the other ingredients, except for the olive oil and pulse until every ingredient has become acquainted with each other but retains it’s own shape.
Taste with a teaspoon and decide if you need to add more of anything. If it is too fluid in consistency add more ground almonds.
Pour the olive oil in and pulse until the pesto is smooth enough.
Serve it with spaghetti, on bread, as part of a salad, or simply eat it with a spoon. Should be served and eaten immediately as avocado discolours quickly. Shouldn’t be a problem though.
Note: If you don’t have a blender, but do have a pestle and mortar, then you should already know what do do! To the left is some walnut parsley pesto I made by hand. It was tasty, however it definitely involved some physical labour.
We played a concert in Trillke Gut in Hildesheim as part of the aktionstage gesellschaft_macht_identität. That was fun. Then I danced until 4am and did apfel schorle “shots” while Dave got his beauty sleep. Also fun. Then got up the next morning and went for a walk in the forest. Fun…until we got lost in the forest and almost missed the train back! Zoiks! And then arrived back in Berlin to catch a last glimpse of the sun shining so strong. Ahhhh why can’t every weekend be like this!
Here are some shots of Dave just before the concert and us on stage. Check out Dave – he’s all style!
Thanks to everyone who pre-ordered the Midi Grrrl EP. It is so heartening to make a record, knowing that some people have already pre-ordered it. A huge thank you. Until the record is finished, here are a few short song sketches for you. Nothing close to full songs, and some of them won’t make it to the final cut, but it might give you an idea of how synth heavy this record is going to be!
Listen Up! Festival is coming up this weekend. It’s a two day music festival “to change the rules” and I am so excited for this weekend of super talented musicians, super interesting workshop leaders and a panel discussion on the theme of “arty berlin – who is it for?”.
I’ve been working on the festival, which is funded by the Berlin Music Board, since June and this is the home stretch…at this point I am all strung out! I have to do physical activity to relax my mind and body. I have had so little time to do music and approach it like a sweet stolen treasure. So the other day, whilst waiting for the kettle to boil, I played a little synth and recorded this messy sketch below. It was a sweet short burst! Maybe you’ll hear one of the tracks in the flesh and in the fullest when the festival is over.
Until then, it would be wonderful to see some old and new faces at Listen Up! this weekend. I will be there from the start to the end, at the concert in Gretchen on Friday, the workshops and panels on Saturday and the concert in Südblock on Saturday night. And honestly, the line up is the bomb! Check it out here.