Respect My Fist: “Ich blute” Official Music Video

We made a music video for the Berlin band “Respect My Fist” and now you can watch it online!

Here is a short text in German from the band about the song and a link to the song lyrics in both German and English: http://respectmyfist.blogsport.de/2012/11/11/neuer-song-ueber-schleimiges-blut-helle-hosen-und-schlechte-laune/

All together now … BLUUUUUUUT!

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.

x maebh

 

 

 

Recipe // Little Vegan Snowballs

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These little vegan snowballs are super easy and quick to make and pleased not only my palate, but that of DM’s. And the only ingredients are dates, ground almonds and coconut.

If you are from Ireland or the UK (and maybe elsewhere) you might know snowballs as a Christmas treat – a coconut covered chocolate ball with this white filling that was a) delicious b) disgusting c) mysterious. Well if your frame of reference with regards to coconut is as limited as mine (I think coconut milk was the first nut milk I heard of and I remember thinking – coconut cows?) then these are a little bit like snowballs. Yeah?

I don’t use measurements as much as I should I’ve just gotten so used to working with consistencies.

Recipe

Ingredients: dates, ground almond, dessicated coconut.

Wash your hands. Take about two handfuls of dates. Remove the stone and chop them quite finely. Blend with about the same amount of warm water until you have a porridge-like consistency. Stir in roughly the same amounts of ground almond and dessicated coconut until the mixture has firmed up and stays on the spoon.

Fill a bowl with dessicated coconut. Roll the mixture into a little ball. Then roll the ball in the coconut bowl so that it is completely covered with dessicated coconut. Pop it into your mouth. Isn’t that delicious?

Continue rolling the mixture into little balls and covering with coconut. It works best if you place the little balls on a flat board but a big plate will do aswell. Place in the fridge to chill before eating.

Let me know how you get on!

Paper Dollhouse // Live Concert Video

Paper Dollhouse from London have played in Berlin twice now.
Ambient and spooky, their songs are played with lots of reverb and drones, transitioning from pallet-cleansing noise-outs to delicate folk ballads and then back again, as terrifying and inspiring as having a bucket of cold water poured on you in slow motion.
Here is a recording of them playing live at Madame Claudes:

Astrud and Nina buying records in Kreuzberg:
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Paperdollhouse setlist from Madame Claude's

Midi Grrrl: Winter / Thin Ice / Recording a new song “Breeder”

The fact that it gets dark so early makes me feel jet lagged. After our last gig in Krakow, I picked up a cold that turned into a chest infection and spent a week in bed. The darkness has been quenching my energy. But there is also some sort of new patience. Everytime I make it out of the house is a triumph!

Click here to listen to the song Thin Ice. Sticking it to Lord Winter!

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Running around Tempelhof

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Midi Grrrl

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Snowcave melting in Tempelhof

One thing I suddenly have increased patience for is cooking and making my apartment cosy.

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Cherry Tomato Tarte

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Christmas Tree Decoration with Winston Churchill quote: I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.

The other is playing synth (I love tinkering with synth sounds but find it hard to do the necessary drills). Illness and ennui and this (seeming) constant darkness are forcing me to slow down. Is this hibernation? How on earth am I supposed to get through the next two months till spring?

New synth novation midi controller

Fresh out of the box!

Doepfer Dark Energy synth modular analogue

Doepfer Dark Energy

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sweet analogue action! <3[/caption] For the first time in forever, after months of turds that will never see the light of day, an interesting song is happening - and I'm recording it. It even has a title - "Breeder". It's pro-choice, but it's personal. I've laid some tracks down (beat, synth, vocals) and the next step is to mix it and get it mastered. [caption id="attachment_423" align="alignnone" width="584"]Recording pre amp equipment gear audio interface ableton Recording some audio.

♥ ♥ ♥
Your Midi Grrrl
♥ ♥ ♥

Vienna

Hello from Vienna! I just walked in the door. Tonight I am taking part in a discussion, after the screening of the film “All Over Me”, which is part of the riot grrrl filmtage at the festival “this human world”. I am soooooo nervous! I also hope to meet up with Girls Rock Camp Austria and pick their brains about making girls rock camp happen in Ireland. Wish me luck and watch this space!
Love, midi grrrl

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New Synth or Where can women* buy musical instruments without being treated as objects?

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Trotz sexistischer Werbung vom Juni –> http://raummaschine.de/blog/2012/06/12/dann-geh-ich-halt-schach-spielen/ –> habe ich was vom Musikhaus Thomann bestellt! Und zwar ein neuer Synthesizer! Und er ist heute angekommen! Fuer mich heisst eine Thomann Lieferung auch, eine Firma zu unterstützen, die ihre Sexismus nicht reflektiert oder erst erkennt, aber wo kann ich sonst Instrumente kaufen? In meiner Erfahrung, sind viele Musikläden leider oft mackerhaft und schliessen Musiker_innen oft aus. Wenn ihr ein Musikladen kennt, egal wo, der nicht so *istik ist, dann her mit den Name! Ich schlag als erstes Michi Hartmann vor: http://www.krassegitarren.de/

Eure Midi Grrrl ♥ ♥ ♥

Despite their sexist advertising from June of this year –> (German only) http://raummaschine.de/blog/2012/06/12/dann-geh-ich-halt-schach-spielen/ –> I placed a order with Thomann – for a new synth! And it arrived today! To buy from Thomann is to support a company that doesn’t even recognise it’s own sexism, but where else can I buy instruments? Unfortunately many musical instrument shops, in my experience, are so macho and often exclude female musicians. If you know a music shop that isn’t like this, no matter where in the world, then please tell me the name! My first suggestion is Michi Hartmann: http://www.krassegitarren.de/

Eure Midi Grrrl ♥ ♥ ♥

–> Bonus! Bonus! Photos from a street full of music shops in Istanbul. including Cindy Blackman on a poster for Istanbul Cymbals. I also tried a Moog Little Phatty out! <–

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Vigil for Savita and Protest at Ireland’s Abortion ban, Irish Embassy, Berlin

This evening, there was a vigil at the Irish Embassy in Berlin. About 60 people gathered, with candles and placards, to mourn the untimely and entirely preventable death of Savita Halappanavar.

I read out statements from Termination For Medical Reasons, Choice Ireland, a group of NUI Galway and University of Limerick academics and Fiona Hyde, editor of Siren Magazine. It was a really lovely group of people, lots of Irish, but not all. I was glad I had my passport as I ended up being legally responsible for the vigil / protest. The police officers asked me about the vigil and seemed shocked that even a miscarrying woman couldn’t have an abortion in Ireland. Quite a few people asked me when the next one is. They felt we should keep the pressure on, and shame the Irish government into legislating. So I guess we will start organizing that now.

♥ ♥ ♥, your Midi Grrrl.

Miscarriage Placard, Irish Embassy, Berlin, protest, Savita

A miscarriage should not equal a death sentence.

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Family Bgarten at the vigil for Savita, Irish Embassy, Berlin.

Crowd gathering outside Irish Embassy, Berlin, for vigil

Crowd starts to gather as I “registered” the “kundgebung” with the police.

Candles have been laid for Savita at Irish Embassy, Berlin

Candles have been laid for Savita at Irish Embassy, Berlin

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Protesters during first speech, Irish embassy, berlin

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Towards the end, people started to come forward and lay down candles in a very simple gesture of mourning.

U Bahn Home after Irish Embassy Protest Berlin Never Again Savita

Getting the U-Bahn home with Delphine. NEVER AGAIN!

Photo Credit: Midi Grrrl.

 

Demons

A brightly-lit West Berlin is half pretending to be New York. A cursed movie that has the strongest effect on the audience. It’s so clean, the light is so strong and unnatural – the first photograph above will be the whole stage for the music video. Nature will be far away but never actually truly eliminated.