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Issue #2 March 2016 850 copies

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  • Mehr infos ber Die letzte Metro findet ihr auf Bandcamp & Facebook.

    Youre reading the second issue of The Chop. Sleeker. More refined. With finesse, allure, and a degree of profes-sionality that makes The New Yorker look like some ragtag piece of smut. Sure we sold cheep booze at a house party to pay for this issue, but the final product? Caviar.

    And as you sit there in your dim-lit den sipping cognac, I know what youre thinking. Youre thinking, Is such a cultivated aesthetic really congruous with helping the independent music community? Wouldnt the money be better spent on content rather than printing with paper made from endan-gered rhinoceros horns? Wasnt the first two-thirds of the previous editorial also a joke?

    The Chop is free. Its not made out of rhinoceros. It tells you about all the happenings in this months music scene. We have two featured bands who tour together, an article on one of Berlins quintessential rock venues, and our guest article this week is all about reading. So read the shit out of this free newspaper and support your local music scene.

    Thugs and Kisses,

    Ryan Rosell

    Hallo Yves, erzhl mal, was ist Die letzte Metro?

    Olivier und ich haben dieses Projekt 2014 als Sendung bzw. Podcast fr das Webradio Gramofon FM erdacht. Die Idee ist, verschiedene Konzerte in Berlin aufzunehmen. Das kombinieren wir mit selbstorganisierten Events im Urban Spree in Friedrichshain..

    Wie oft macht ihr dort Konzerte?

    Unregelmig, aber wenn viel los ist, ver-anstalten wir jeden Donnerstag ein Konz-ert. Der Deal ist so: Wir bieten der Band an, drei Tage dort aufzunehmen und

    wir behalten die Einnahmen der Show. Es ist besonders fr kleine Bands einegute Gelegenheit, einen Auftritt und dazu eine Aufnahme zu bekommen.

    Wie viele Aufnahmen habt ihr bis jetzt gemacht?

    Auf unserer Bandcamp-Seite ha-ben wir eine Auswahl von 17 Aufnahmen und einem Sampler.

    Hast du ein paar Favoriten?

    Ja, klar! Zum Beispiel Les Aspirateurs, eine franzsische Rockabilly-Band aus Braunschweig. Auerdem kann ich The Intelligence und Cavern of Antimatter, eine lokale Krautrockband, sehr empfehlen.

    The Chop Team

    Amande DagodAndrew Clark

    Barry CliffeCrunkle Scran

    Johanna BenderLuise Vrkel

    Martin DziallasRyan Rosell

    Sophie AtkinsonTherese Koppe

    Yannis Trouinard

    The Chop Issue #2March 2016

    Auflage : 750 Stck

    www.thechop.deFB : @[email protected]

    Interview with Die letzte Metro von Yves Fontanille und Olivier Bernet by Yannis Trouinard.

    Ihr lest die zweite Ausgabe von The Chop. Glatter. Besser ausgearbeitet. Mit Finesse, Reiz und einem Profes-sionalittsgrad, der den New Yorker wie eine Boulevardzeitung aussehen lsst. Okay, wir haben gnstige Cocktails auf einer Privatparty verkauft um diese Ausgabe finanzieren zu knnen, aber das Ergebnis? Kaviar! Wenn ihr so in eurer privaten

    Hausbibliothek sitzt und bei gedm-mten Licht an eurem Cognac nippt, wei ich was ihr denkt: Was bringt eine solch hochwertige sthetik der lokalen, unabhngigen Musikszene? Htte das Geld nicht besser fr rich-tigen Inhalt eingesetzt werden sollen, anstatt fr den Druck auf Papier aus bedrohtem Rhinozeroshorn? Waren nicht schon 2/3 des ersten Editorials ein Scherz? The Chop ist umsonst. Das Maga-zin wurde nicht aus Rhinozeroshorn gemacht, es sammelt fr euch Neuig-keiten aus der lokalen Musikszene. Wir stellen diesmal zwei Bands vor, die zusammen auf Tour sind, dazu gibts einen Artikel ber einen der wichtigsten Rockclubs in Berlin, und in unserer Gastkolumne geht es voll und ganz ums Lesen. Nehmt alles mit aus The Chop, was ihr knnt, und unter-sttzt eure lokale Musikszene. XOXOXO Ryan Rosell

    Was habt ihr 2016 noch vor?

    Wir fangen am 17. Mrz die zweite Konzertreihe des Jahres an, mit Tonia Hardings, einer lokalen Punkband. Wir werden uns auch fr eine Frderung beim Musicboard bewerben, weil wir uns in Tonproduk-tion weiterbilden mchten.

    Q & A

    Want to write, proofread, edit,

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    The Chop? Send us an email at

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    EDITORIAL

    Cover Photo by Johanna Bender

  • Wir haben alle schon immer unseren eigenen Schei gemacht, aber irgen-deinen Austausch braucht man.Gibts in euren Bands Platz fr ein drittes Instrument?D: Wir hatten das schon, mal einen Syn-thesizer, frher hatte ich mal ein Glock-enspiel. Da kommt immer was hinzu.A: Ich finde, das so ein Effektgert auch immer stark mitprgt. Ich frag mich immer, Welcher Effekt wre jetzt wieder dran?. Auf der Bhne habe ich so um die 13 Pedale dabei.M: Alex kann damit gut ber seinen zweiten Amp den Zufall steuern. Dwarphs knnten sich auch ein drittes Instrument vorstellen, ganz viele sogar, aber wir wol-len in der Zweier-Konstellation bleiben, weil das so spontan und direkt klappt.

    Ihr macht zusammen das Flennen-Kollektiv, was passiert da?

    M: Denes und ich hatten irgendwann den Plan, zusammen ein Heft ber all die Bands in unserem Freundeskre-is und dazu ein Konzert zu machen.D: Jetzt sind wir recht viele. Wir machen auch Sampler und Magazine. M: Es geht bei Flennen eigentlich hauptschlich darum, gute Konz-erte zu machen. Aber das ist auch nicht so einfach mit den Clubs in Ber-lin. Seitdem das Antje Oeklesund ge-schlossen hat, wo die Organisation ganz entspannt klappte, haben wir noch nichts Vergleichbares gefunden.

    Demnchst geht ihr wieder gemein-sam auf Tour. Was schtzt ihr an der Kombination?A: Ich mag so eine gewisse Gesprch-skultur bei uns. Man erfhrt immer mehr

    ber sich selbst und ber die anderen, wenn man ge-meinsam unterwegs ist.J: Touring together with Molde is easy, really pleas-ant, a growing experience.M: Wir arbeiten gut zusammen, weil wir uns gut verstehen. Und haben auch immer gute Witze!D: Familienausflug knnte man dazu sagen.

    Und was habt ihr dieses Jahr sonst noch so vor?

    A: Mglichst viele neue Lieder mit Molde schreiben.D: ..und irgendwann eine Platte.J: Maybe a little split?!M: Dwarphs gehen auf Tour, wir bringen im September auf Mikrokleinstgarten eine Platte raus. Dort haben auch Molde verffentlicht. Und zum Al-bum gibts dann wahrschein-lich auch ein Brettspiel, das war meine Abschlussarbeit.D: Vielleicht knnen wir ja auch mal bei Flennen eine Platte rausbringen. Kassetten haben wir ja auch schon gemacht.A/M: Ja, das habe ich mir auch schon gedacht.

    Molde (Alex and Denes) and Dwarphs (Jan and Martin) have a lot in common. Both projects consist of two people a guitarist and a drummer. They merge elements from postrock, hardcore and indie rock into highly energetic performances. All of the guys started out in small towns. Theyve shared a lot of stages and - last but not least Dwarphs and Molde are really good friends.

    Zuerst einmal: Was verbindet Dwarphs and Molde?M: Eine sozialistische Prgung, Klein-stadtmusik, und Rock. Das sind fr mich so die Wurzeln. Aus einer Gegend zu kommen, wo nicht so viel geht, Bock haben, Musik zu machen, und das dann auch zu machen. Und Freundschaft natrlich. Wir haben alle schon immer unseren eigenen Schei gemacht, aber irgendeinen Austausch braucht man.

    Wie hat Molde begonnen?A: Denes und ich kommen ungefhr aus der gleichen Ecke, aus dem Elbe-Elster-Kreis. Wir sind mal zusammen nach Norwegen in den Urlaub gefahren und haben dort erstmal nur mit Akustik-gitarre die Band gegrndet. Der Ort, in dem wir dort gelandet sind, heit Molde.D: In Herzberg sind wir dann in den Proberaum und da hat sich das alles intuitiv ergeben. Erst war ich an der Gi-tarre und Alex am Schlagzeug, aber das haben wir schnell gewechselt.

    Und wie kams zu Dwarphs?M: Jan und ich haben uns in Berlin ken-nengelernt und hatten mit fnf anderen die Idee, eine Supergroup zu grnden. Das war aber ein bisschen stressig al-lein Probentermine auszumachen. Dann habe ich mit Jan so Rhythmusbungen ausprobiert. Er musste dann fr seine Schule eine Prfung spielen, dafr haben wir in zwei Tagen drei Lieder geschrieben. Und unser erstes richtiges Konzert An-fang 2014 haben wir mit Molde gespielt.

    Wrdet ihr sagen, ihr habt eine technis-che Herangehensweise?M: Fr mich ist das nicht tech-nisch, eher intuitiv. So eine Konver-sation. Ich spiele Rhythmen, die ich mag, die mir in den Kopf kommen.J: The technical aspect of our music comes from playing around with things we find challenging. We find a way to play games with each other. We try things that we cant initially do and we figure out how we can bring ourselves to do them.

    www.moldemol.dewww.dwarphs.de

    Playing together on March 27that Marie-Antoinette

    MOLDE & DWARPHS

    Interview by Luise Vrkel

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  • Negative Space + Pretty Hurts* + Cult Values*March 3rd Schokoladen

    > Little League brings yet another night of excellent punk to Schokoladen along with fledgling Berliner punk label Grave Imprint. Negative Space from England celebrate a second press-ing of their Demo cassette and its sure to go down well as they reference classic punk bands such as Gang of Four. Support is from the unstop-pable Pretty Hurts whose set is a vi-ciously awesome and rarely longer than 20 minutes punk steamtrain. Cult Values opens things up with their equally formidable post-punk sound.Yoga* + Sfir* + Shy*March 11th Marie Antoinette

    > Last September Cranky Booking in-vited 8 bands along to Antje klesund to pay homage to this most beloved of Berlins live venues under the banner Cranky Loves Antje. The idea was sim-ple yet ambitious : each band plays four songs and everything would be record-ed live to be released as a one-off tape and a love-letter to the venue itself. It worked out perfectly, with a full house witnessing a truly special night show-casing all that is good about the venue and the thriving live music scene in Ber-lin. The tape in a limited edition sees its release via local label Spti Palace with local kids Yoga, Sfir, and Shy pro-viding an excellent lineup of indie and post-punk sounds. There will also be a screening of a short documentary film of the goings on of that night last autumn.

    When the storied punk venue SO36 opened on Oranienstrasse, Kreuzberg, in 1978, they put on a two day party to ironically celebrate the building of the Berlin Wall. Iggy and Bowie were there, mingling with the musical and artistic insurrectionists (a young Blixa Bargeld among them) that adopted the venue and soon birthed a nihilistic sound that became known as The Berlin Disease. The infamous artist Martin Kippenberg-er soon took command of SO36, infus-ing it with new wave bands, film, art and performances before the hardcore punk regulars stole his takings and forced him to move on - that was before he made millions and drank himself to death. In 82, SO36 hosted Berlins first Atonal ex-perimental music festival (running again after a long hiatus), where Einstrzende Neubauten played with the likes of Psy-chic TV, a milieu well-documented in B-Movie: Lust and Sound in West Berlin.

    Laetitia Sadier + Nicholas KrgovichMarch 17th ACUD

    Batsch + TarentatecMarch 16th Antje klesund

    > Laetitia Sadier pays Berlin another visit and who could tire of this lady. As singer and co-driving force behind the legend-ary Stereolab, her solo albums have continued on that stellar trajectory, not breaking new ground musically, but chal-lenging the listener simultaneously with bolder songwriting. The cosmic sound is still there and you wont be disappointed by the live show. Dont miss this one.

    > Sadiers and Krgovichs backing band, Batsch, as luck would have it, play their Berlin debut the day be-fore at the very lovely Antje klesund.

    Lubomy MelnykMarch 21st Roter Salon

    > Lubomy Melnyk is a Ukrainian pia-nist and composer who through his development of a technique named continuous music has slowly began to earn critical acclaim through album releases on modern classical label Erased Tapes. Although he is 67 years old, Melnyks playing is something to behold in a live setting; all high-speed playing and a storm of some of the most beautiful piano music you have ever heard. You probably wont catch him in such an intimate venue as this again as his reputation begins to grow, so get along and witness something special.

    by Barry Cliffe

    by Stuart Braun

    The Dead Kennedys also played SO36 in the 80s before anarchist street riots, often sparked from the venue, caused the owners to be evicted. Reopened after the Wall fell, SO36 rekindled its role as sub-cultural trailblazer, welcoming both the techno and the transgender/queer scene alongside the angry punks. The Gayhane parties, happening on the homo-oriental dance floor since the late 90s, sees Turk-ish and Arabic transgender performers let loose to Arabic and Hebrew beats. Nearly 40 year later, the venue is still wel-coming outsiders and on February 23 threw a Welcome to Kreuzberg party for refugees - among the performers were post-rock Syrian band of exiles, Khebez Dawle. On March 28, SO36 will celebrate the launch of the book SO36 von 1978 bis heute, which graphically tells the near 40-year story of this iconic Berlin institu-tion. Living proof that punks not dead

    FEATURED SHOWS

    Molde - Farbsehen *Dwarphs - If you dont know, now you know *Cpt. Kirk &. - Bad Saalschlacht $One Last Wish - My Better Half $Pretty Hurts - Hypnagogic Hallucinations *King Khan & the Shrines - Darkness *Yoga - Somnifre *Dawn Mok - Still with You *Lubomyr Melnyk - The Pool of MemoriesRomano - Metalkutte *Batsch - Matilde Vicenzi

    Get a listen at: mixcloud.com/TheChopBerlin

    NEGLECTED ESSENTIALSSome of the best cuts from bands on this months calendar along with some suggested songs by Molde & Dwarphs ($) and local bands (*).

    SO36

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    Berlin. What a town. So poor, so sexy as they say in these parts. This swamp of a city, this Berlin, right smack dab in the center of the 20th century. Poli-tics, war, scandal, kunst, history. But hey, that was a century ago, and the way times moving these days might as well be two, if not three millennia. This goddamn metropolis, 3+ million strong, stuck with its own past, trying so des-perately to accommodate for what was, now that its in what is, currently plagued with kids trying to articulate what will be. These kids in this city, squeakin their way down Sonnenallee with fresh white NBs, their black on black on black, dis-appearing in the cough-smog of that shisha joint, reappearing next Tues-day. These futurist kids from the future. Maybe theyre Swedish. Maybe theyre Canadian. Either way you swiped right, and they certainly did not return the fa-vor since theyre too into minimal-house-technoanarcho-futurism to recognize anything that isnt dressed in black on black on black on NB as a potential mate.This city, these kids; so political, so ni-hilistic, so utopian, so down to party because its the end of the world, and denouncing our humanism is the pur-est route through which we can still lay claim to our humanness. Escapism, through and through. So poor. So sexy.

    10th March Fiction Canteen :Focus on Spoken WordAlte Kantine Wedding, Uferstrae 8-11, 5

    Malawian born, Zimbabwe raised spo-ken word poet Linda Gabriel will inau-gurate this evening of all things said-out-loud-fiction with a performance of her work which will be followed by a Q&A session. Then, if youre tough enough to follow such a class act, youre welcome to present your own work. Sound like fun? Sound like a waking nightmare? What if you stutter! What if you sweat clean through your t-shirt! Haha, re-member when you silently vowed youd move to Berlin to spend more time fine-tuning your Art? That was a good one.

    17th-20th March Leipzig Book FairMesse-Allee 1, 04356 Leipzigday pass 18.50 unlimited ticket 33

    Rumour has it that theres this other city and its kind of close to Berlin. I dont want to spread unconfirmed informa-tion, but here we are, folks. Also theres a book fair and its kind of a big deal. Fin.

    literary recommendations by Sophie Atkinson

    Those clubs in this city filled with these kids, ripe with egalitarianism and what some call dancing, 7 nights a week. These kids in this city, praising their faceless DJ demigods, disconnected from any true human interaction be-cause were currently post-human. Meet me in the darkroom and be sure to wear black; I dont want to see you and you dont want to see the DJ (live! wow!) nobody really wants to see anybody, and nobody really can, since nobody really exists in the club.Sometimes I really cant stand this city.

    Sometimes I think - and, heck, this may be crazy - this city needs to shame-lessly shake its ass with all eyes and ears open, focused on a distant fig-ure that captivates, seduces, pushes, and pulls. I dont want to lose myself in the club, not to all those booms and bips and questionable powders - es-pecially since, lets be honest, getting in is hard enough. No. I want to find myself. I want to be saved. Saved by a pop star. Saved by the embodiment of the woes of our post-capitalist world. Though many of us (and by us I mean the small transnational community of overeducated and most likely underem-ployed 20- to 30-somethings who have relocated to Berlin to escape the pros-pect/reality of participating in the violent

    system that is contemporary capitalism in order to take ad-vantage of Berlins cheap rent/art scene(!), while at the same time only perpetuating the same brand of gentrification that initially drove us away from where we once were - or in other words most cer-tainly the target demographic of this here newspaper) dont deny pop from our lives, the faceless-ness of this citys cultural produc-tion is really quite astonishing.This city needs the egotistical bombast of a hometown hero too big for this fishbowl. This city, these kids, these clubs, need to stop forgetting their problems in the bleak abyss and start projecting them onto a martyr-saint of shameless spectacle. Idolatry, people. Fantasy. Not harsh realism.We still have our bodies. We still have our asses. The fu-ture is in the future, so lets not rush. Its 2016, year of the pop-star. Theres nowhere to run to anymore. Lets stop escaping and start creating. Old models are meant to be reused, after all.

    26th March IndieBookDay 2016

    This is indie and therefore abstract and has no exact place or time. Heres the plan: you go to a bookshop, any book-shop of your choice. Nope, not ama-zon.de. No, not Thalia. A sexy book-shop where the owner looks really tense and on the verge of bankruptcy/a nervous breakdown. You know?*

    You turn an attractive looking book over to the reverse to check out the logo. Does it look like a book put together by a small, independent, hopefully semi-progressive publishing house? Buy that bad boy. Slap down a thick wad of cash on the counter. Dont even ask for change. Goddammit, the woman be-hind the counter probably hasnt eaten in a few days, shes in the book racket. Exit. Read. Choke back that ooze of self-satisfaction, youre not, like, saving lives here. Youre not a brain surgeon or something. But you successfully completed your tiny contribution to-wards making the world a better place.

    *On a barely related sidenote, I was recently reading this article on The Awl about a sweet indie bookshop in New York and they actually listed the own-ers name and you could see him in the picture and everything. He looked like your average hepcat mid-twenty-something, except, like, 100 x tenser, all his limbs at right angles. And then I googled his name for kicks because, Google rabbithole**, and one of the first results was a newspaper article about him getting fined a hundred bucks for contempt of court because he stood up in someone elses case and screamed something before flouncing out of a courtroom. I feel like running an adorable indie bookstore leads you to this level of highly-strung. Theres something engaging here, right? Something about the discrep-ancy between twee-dream-life career and real-life stress.

    ** How can I open my own adorable secondhand bookstore? How did this tiny manchild do it?

    Sophie Atkinson is the founder of the Berlin-based book cult Dont Tell Your Mother and is also a co-founder of Dad-dy, a humour/culture magazine that will change your entire life as you know it. Stay tuned: www.daddy.land

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  • photo of the month by Johanna Bender at Babylon Kino, every Saturday at midnight, silent movie accompanied by theater organ > send your show photos to [email protected]

    S h o w _ r o _s c o p e

    ARIES A voracious appetite but no tip for the delivery guy? Get all the hangover food you need, but remem-ber to cherish kindness.

    TAURUS Sitting at home wondering where did all the fun songs did go? Work up the courage for a change of surroundings, youre worth it.

    GEMINI When passion enters your life at the start of the month, its not a case of here today, gone tomorrow. No need to get clingy!

    CANCER You get the feeling that doomsdays coming? Thats your conscience telling you to book a trip home for easter.

    LEO This months got kind of a long intro but you need it. Soon enough youll have all your spirits pulsating to the back beat.

    VIRGO Your drive will reach new highs this month. Take a break now and then, the weather allows for stalk-ing the street till the break of day.

    LIBRA Nostalgias heading in your direction. Do any old dance that you wanna do, but keep your shoes in a viable condition.

    SCORPIO You should have never opened that door? Just walk away from that mean bouncer, treat yourself to some indifference.

    SAGITTARIUS Well, yes, memories make us cry sometimes. When you hear the song that unleashes all the emotions, let them find their flow.

    CAPRICORN If your brain is hang-ing upside down in the middle of the month, dont worry: it might be your drinking habits, but actually its Saturn.

    AQUARIUS The languor wont come off? It wont if you dont take the lead again. You better offer some resist-ance to your weaker self.

    PISCES You dont have to go to the same kind of events because every-body else does. I mean, what would Jesus do? Fight to stay independent.

    The cosmos might not always control your destiny, but when it does, The Chop has experts on hand to keep you in the celestial-know.

    Illustrations by Martin Dziallas

    FriedrichshainAntje klesund Rigaer Str. 71-73 (U5 Samariterstrae)Astra Revaler Str. 99/RAW-Gelnde (S+U Warschauer Strae)Badehaus Szimpla Revaler Str. 99/RAW-Gelnde (S+U Warschauer Str.)Berghain + Kantine am Berghain Am Wriezener Bahnhof (S Ostbahnhof)XB Liebigstrae 34 (U5 Frankfurter Tor)Tiefgrund Laskerstrae 5 (S Ostkreuz)Urban Spree Revaler Str. 99/RAW-Gelnde (S+U Warschauer Strae)Zukunft am Ostkreuz Laskerstrae 5 (S Ostkreuz)

    NeukllnBei Ruth Ziegrastrae 11 (S Sonnenallee)Heimathafen Neuklln Karl Marx Str 141 (U7 Karl Marx Str.)Loophole Boddinstrae 60 (U7 Rathaus Neuklln)Projekt Klunkerkranich on top of Arcaden Neuklln (U7 Rathaus Neuklln)

    Prenzlauer BergBassy Club Schnhauser Allee 176A (U2 Senefelderplatz)Kastanienkeller Kastianienallee 85 (U2 Eberswalder Str.)Neubar Greiswalder Strae 218

    KreuzbergBi Nuu im U Schlesisches Tor (U1 Schlesisches Tor)HAU 2 Hallesches Ufer 32 (U1/7 Mckernbrcke)Lido Cuvrystrae 7 (U1 Schlesisches Tor)Monarch Skalitzer Str. 134 (U1/8 Kottbusser Tor)Musik & Frieden Falckensteinstrae 48 (U1 Schlesisches Tor)Prince Charles Prinzenstrae 85 (U8 Moritzplatz)SO36 Oranienstrae 190 (U1/8 Kottbusser Tor)

    MitteAcud Macht Neu Veteranenstr. 21 (U8 Rosenthaler Platz)Ballhaus Berlin Chaussestrae 102 (U6 Naturkundemuseum)Marie Antoinette Holzmarktstrae 15-18 (U8 Jannowitzbrcke)Roter Salon Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz (U2 Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz)Schokoladen Ackerstrae 169 (U8 Rosenthaler Platz)Volksbhne Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz (U2 Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz)

    TempelhofColumbia Theater Columbiadamm 9-11 (U6 Platz der Luftbrcke)

    Plnterwald Funkhaus Berlin Nalepastrae 18

    Venue listing from this months concert calendar