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CONCERT GUIDE & LIVE MUSIC RESOURCE VOL. 2 / N0. 8 / Dec-Jan / 2019

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Show Calendar The Year in Review History Witch Shows of Note Fake News

What is this filth? This is a free, monthly resource to help you navigate Berlin’s textured music scene. Within these pages you will hopefully find something useful, interesting, or amusing. What you will not find is any place for bigotry or intolerance of any kind. If you like what you see here, consider visiting our beautiful website: schmutzberlin.com

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joke about the arduous nature of creating a publication and how it may or may not be killing us slowly. Isn’t joking fun?! Just when we were starting to feel particularly low, fate (a car door) abruptly crossed your editor's path (bicycle), sending me down Revaler Str. without my bicycle beneath me. Surprise interventions at such speeds can really leave their mark on the ol’ money-maker, but can you guess who heroically took the brunt of that car door in lieu of my face? That’s right: the box of godforsaken magazines on my bike rack. After all our cursing and griping, this stupid magazine saved my damn life. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and apparently what’s killing you slowly may also save your life sometime. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, don’t look a gift horse in the mouth, etc. I’ve been eating a lot of fortune cookies lately.

As this is our last note of 2019, we here at Schmutz Corp™ wish you the absolute best. Dänks for bearing with us for another year.

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Recommended Shows

Schmutz Presents

DECEMBER

03 20:00

BORIS | ARABROT Bi Nuu Doom | Drone | Metal

€24

01 20:00

STAKE Cassiopeia Experimental | Metal

€14

03 19:00

EXUMER | REACTORY | PRIPJAT SO36 Death Metal | Thrash

€24

01 20:00

GARDA Kantine am Berghain

€17

AMILLI Kantine am Berghain Pop

€18

01 19:00

PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS | LEADER OF DOWN Bi Nuu Southern Rock

03 20:00

€28

03 21:00

01 20:00

TIRZAH Silent Green Bedroom Pop | R&B

Sold Out

V3STA | YORGAS HELMET | IGNAZ SCHICK | MARTIN LAU Loophole Ambient | Electronic | Experimental

03 20:00

€39

01 20:00

SHANTEL & BUCOVINA CLUB ORKESTAR SO36 Balkan

HOT CHIP | ALASKALASKA Columbiahalle Electro Pop | Indie

€30

03 20:30

QUANTIC Astra Beats | Hip Hop

€21

01 22:00

ØATH. W/ STEVE BICKNELL + FUNCTION OHM Club | Dance

€TBA

03 21:00

TAMAR APHEK Acud Macht Neu Art Rock

€10

01 22:00

BLACK WILLOWS & YONDALLL TIEF Instrumental | Psych | Stoner

€TBA

04 18:00

AMON AMARTH | ARCH ENEMY | HYPOCRISY Velodrom

€51

02 21:00

SUGAR CANDY MOUNTAIN Kantine am Berghain Indie | Rock

RA RA RIOT | FAR CASPIAN Musik & Frieden Indie pop

€23

€16

04 20:00

02 21:00

MESSER | INFUSO GALLO Zukunft am Ostkreuz Indie | Punk | Rock

NAMIKA Huxley’s Neue Welt Deutsche Pop

€41

€15

04 19:00

02 20:00

€29

LGOONY | DCVDNS & TAMAS Lido Deutschrap | Hip Hop

€27

CALCUTTA Festsaal Kreuzberg

04 19:00

02 20:00

OMD (SECOND SHOW) Tempodrom Electro | New Wave

DAN REED NETWORK Frannz Club Rock

€32

€55

04 21:00

02 21:00

ALIEN GRACE Donau115 Jazz

Donation

04 20:00

SERIOUS KLEIN | ANTHONY WILLS Urban Spree Hip Hop

€21

02 20:00

BOY HARSHER Kesselhaus Dance | Darkwave | Goth | Synth

Sold Out

04 20:00

MYELE MANZANZA & ASH WALKER Gretchen Jazz | R&B

€17

03 20:30

BOY HARSHER Festsaal Kreuzberg Dance | Darkwave | Goth | Synth

Sold Out

04 20:00

SNOW FOREST + KING KUIPER Schokoladen Electro | Folk | Indie

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€TBA

€TBA


04 20:00

BRUTALITY WILL PREVAIL | DAGGER THREAT | MASS WORSHIP Bi Nuu Hardcore | Metal

€17

05 20:00

ILLDISPOSED + SUPPORT Nuke Metal

€17

05 20:30

GRAVE MIASMA | SPECTRAL VOICE Urban Spree Death Metal

€18

05 20:00

SHLOHMO Säälchen Chillwave | Electronic

€26

05 21:00

FATHER MIDNIGHT & RYL Zukunft am Ostkreuz Garage | Rock | Surf

€10

05 20:00

LIIEK | MELLIE Schokoladen Post Punk | Noise Pop

€TBA

05 21:00

VVRNGDNG, BNSU Koma F Punk | Harsh Noise

€TBA

05 20:00

SCHROTTGRENZE | SHIRLEY HOLMES Bi Nuu Deutsch Rock

05 22:30

SARA RENAR Eschschloraque Experimental | Indie | Pop

05 22:00

JACK SLAMER Wild At Heart Classic Rock

05 21:30

CHURCH GIRLS | JOYCE TIEF Indie | Post Punk

€TBA

05 20:00

GEWALT 8MM Bar Experimental | Industrial

€TBA

05 20:30

NISSEN MOSH Donau115 Jazz

06 19:00

HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS FEST Bi Nuu Fuzz | Psych

€38

06 20:00

CATNAPP BREAK RELEASE RAVE Urban Spree Dance | Electronic | Hip Hop

€17

€18 €TBA €14

€0

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Recommended Shows

06 21:00

11 YEARS SHAMELESS/LIMITLESS Loophole Indie | Pop | Rock

Schmutz Presents

€TBA

07 20:00

RADIORGASMO | THE POOL Panda Theater Electro | Indie Rock

€TBA

06 19:00

!!! (CHK CHK CHK) Lido Dance | Electro

€25

07 20:00

SPIELBERGS + STEREOKEYS Cassiopeia Indie | Pop Punk

€15

06 20:00

JAHCOUSTIX & BAND | TÓKE Cassiopeia Reggae

€21

07 23:00

POW POW PON DI ROAD Cassiopeia Reggae

06 22:00

AUTOPOIESIS PLEASURE BASS Eschschloraque Bass

€TBA

07 22:00

SUNNY DOMESTOSZ + OLD MEN GROUP Wild At Heart Psychobilly

06 22:00

DOWN IN CRUZ + HELL IN THE SKIES Wild At Heart Rock

€11

07 21:00

SHOEGAZER BERLIN NO. 2 Acud Macht Neu Shoegaze

€TBA

06 23:59

PATTERNS OF PERCEPTION // LUX & NATURAL/ELECTRONIC. SYSTEM. OHM Dance | Electronica | Techno

ASE W/ MARK SEVEN OHM Dance | Disco

€TBA

€TBA

07 23:59 07 21:00

CHARLOTTE JOERGES QUINTETT Peppi Guggenheim Jazz

Free

06 21:00

FUSION DIVISION Peppi Guggenheim Jazz

Free

07 22:00

€TBA

07 20:00

ELA. Badehaus Deutschpop

SOJUS3000 & RÝR TIEF Doom | Post Metal

€21

07 21:00

HEADLESS HORSEMEN | KWARTZ | VSK | +MORE Bi Nuu Electronic | Techno

€14

VOODOO BEACH Zukunft am Ostkreuz Garage | Indie | Rock

07 23:00

07 20:30

BELGRADO | PLATTENBAU Urban Spree Dark Wave | Post Punk

AMMAR 808 | VICTOR KISWELL | AKIZZBEATZZ & MORE Yaam Arabic | Dance | Electronic

€14

€18

07 23:00

07 19:00

DRITTE WAHL | KAIZAA Astra Punk | Rock

Sold Out

07 20:30

THE STILL | LIZ KOSACK KM28

07 20:00

GOLDROGER Privatclub Deutschrap | Hip Hop

GWAR | VOIVOD | CHILDRAIN Festsaal Kreuzberg Alien Penis | Horror Rock | Metal

€37

€22

08 19:00

07 22:00

GAILA Madame Claude Ambient | Indie

€5

08 19:30

INSOMNIUM | THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER Astra Melodic Death Metal

€35

07 21:00

BRUITAL NIGHTS VOL. IX Loophole Experimental

€TBA

08 20:00

ARI LENNOX Lido R&B | Soul

€32

07 01:00

ILGEN-NUR Kantine am Berghain Indie

Sold Out

09 20:00

NEWTOWN NEUROTICS | HUNG LIKE HANRATTY Schokoladen Punk

6v

€TBA

€TBA €14

€TBA

€TBA


09 20:00

MAHALIA Kesselhaus Hip Hop | R&B | Soul

09 21:00

MODERN BÖN PRESENTS: SUM OF R - ASHTORETH - ANIMOSITÉ VERBALE Loophole Experimental

09 20:00

JORDAN MACKAMPA Kantine am Berghain Singer/Songwriter

€20

09 19:00

NUMENOREAN | GAEREA Musik & Frieden Post Metal | Prog

€17

09 20:00

NEWTOWN NEUROTICS + HUNG LIKE HANRATTY Schokoladen Punk Rock

09 19:00

YCEE Bi Nuu Pop | R&B

10 21:00

JUGENDWERKHOF | 20.SV (OSMAN ARABI) | CALUTRON | ABIBOSS | IDO BUKELMANN | DJ STINKS Loophole Electronic | Experimental | Noise

10 20:00

AT THE GATES | NIFELHEIM | DESERTED FEAR Festsaal Kreuzberg Melodic Death Metal

10 20:00

SOARINGWORDS.COM | WICKEDPROJECTS | SOUL-INTHE-CITY Engels Cafe Dance | Poetry | Spoken Word

10 20:00

PLANES MISTAKEN FOR STARS | WOLVES LIKE US Cassiopeia Melodic Punk

€16

10 20:00

DUNCAN LAURENCE Lido Pop

€20

10 22:00

DALTON Wild At Heart

€11

11 21:00

DIE NERVEN Lido Indie | Rock

€23

€22

€TBA

€TBA €22

€TBA

€40

€TBA

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Recommended Shows

Schmutz Presents

11 21:00

BROTHER GRIMM & BAND Kantine am Berghain Minimal Blues | Post Rock

€17

13 20:00

ZEUG Gustav-Adolf-Kirche Noise Rock | Post Rock

€TBA

11 20:00

BLUE HAWAII & PICK A PIPER Urban Spree Dance | Electro Pop

€17

13 20:30

WUCAN | MOTOROWL Kantine am Berghain 70’s Rock | Psych

€19

11 20:00

OSO LEONE Gretchen Downtempo | Electronica

€17

13 20:00

SONS OF KEMET Gretchen Hip Hop | Jazz

€24

11 20:00

FIBEL + KLAN Cassiopeia Indie | Slacker Pop

€19

13 20:00

€20

11 19:30

NORTHLANE | SILENT PLANET | VOID OF VISION | POLARIS SO36 Nu Metal

ERIK COHEN Cassiopeia Rock

€29

13 20:00

€26

11 21:00

FELIX KRAMER Acud Macht Neu Singer/Songwriter

PETER AND THE TEST TUBE BABIES SO36 Punk

€15

THE JACKETS | CONNECTION 99 Wild At Heart Fuzz | Garage | Psych

€TBA

11 20:00

MONSTERS OF RAP FESTIVAL: X-MAS EDITION Yaam Hip Hop | Rap

13 20:00

€28

13 22:00

€TBA

12 20:00

SHAM 69 + SUPPORT Nuke Punk

FANTASTIC TWINS LIVE | BORUSIADE | ML Acud Macht Neu Club | Dance

€12

12 21:00

SAMURAI MUSIC X HORO OHM Dance

€TBA

JAMES LEG Zukunft am Ostkreuz Blues | Punk

13 23:59

€14

KONRAD BOGEN TRIO Peppi Guggenheim Jazz

Free

12 22:00

VIOLATION OF ORDINARY VALUES Eschschloraque Experimental

13 21:00

€TBA

13 19:00

€19

12 20:30

75 DOLLAR BILL KM28 Composition | Experimental

DONVTELLO & TIGHTILL Bi Nuu Rap | Trap

Donation

MAMBO KURT + MÄDCHENNAME MADEMANN Nuke Pop | Rock

€13

12 22:00

HARD HOB: ANDY MILLINGTON & DAVE SENAN Neues OFF Kino Electronic | Composition | Experimental

14 20:00 14 23:00

FLEISCH XX Urban Spree Electro | Techno | Wave

€TBA

13 20:00

THE TRANSCENDENCE ORCHESTRA | CATERINA BARBIERI + CARLO MARIA AMADIO | +MORE Traumabarundkino Electronic | Experimental

DUESENJAEGER + KLOTZS Schokoladen Punk

€TBA

€22

14 20:00 14 20:00

KNOCHENFABRIK SO36 Punk

€16

13 21:00

DETRITI MINI FESTIVAL Urban Spree Dark Electro | Techno

€14

14 21:00

INFORADIO OLE Peppi Guggenheim Jazz

Free

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€12


14 20:15

SAMSARA BLUES EXPERIMENT Zukunft am Ostkreuz Psych | Rock | Stoner

14 19:30

EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS Maze Stoner Grind | Kitch | Punk

€TBA

14 20:00

TESSARACT MONOM Electronic | Experimental

€TBA

15 20:00

MUNICIPAL WASTE | TOXIC HOLOCAUST | ENFORCER | SKELETAL REMAINS SO36 Death Metal | Thrash

€28

15 20:00

KALEIDOBOLT Urban Spree Fuzz | Noise Rock

€17

15 19:00

THE BRIEFS | THE SHOCKS Cassiopeia Punk Rock

€29

15 20:00

DAVE EAST Lido Hip Hop | Rap

€21

16 20:00

LILLY AMONG CLOUDS Lido Piano | Pop | Vocal

€22

16 21:00

STARLING MURMURATION NR. 38 Loophole Experimental

€TBA

17 19:00

CHEFKET Cassiopeia Hip Hop | R&B

Sold Out

17 20:00

ENVY Bi Nuu Noise Rock | Post Hardcore

€24

18 20:00

ANGEL HAZE Festsaal Kreuzberg Club | Hip Hop | Rap

€33

18 19:00

KING KHAN’S LOUDER THAN DEATH Bi Nuu Garage | Punk

€18

18 20:00

CHEFKET (SECOND SHOW) Cassiopeia Hip Hop | R&B

€24

18 20:00

J.I.D Lido Rap | Trap

€28

€16

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Recommended Shows

18 20:30

STEREO HEART Donau115 Jazz

19 20:00

Schmutz Presents

€0

21 20:30

A TALE OF GOLDEN KEYS Kantine am Berghain Indie folk | Singer/Songwriter

€18

ARCHSPIRE | BENEATH THE MASSACRE | VULVODYNIA | Musik & Frieden Technical Death Metal

€23

21 22:00

CROSSHILL REBELS | D(E)AD PUNX | KAYE SOFFSKI SHOW Wild At Heart Punk

€11

19 20:00

GURR Columbia Theater Indie Rock | Slacker Pop

€21

21 21:00

FLUT Peppi Guggenheim Jazz

Free

19 19:00

SWUTSCHER Bi Nuu Americana | Punk

€18

21 20:30

FELIX HAUPTMANN TRIO Donau115 Jazz

Free

19 20:00

SÓLEY Säälchen Pop | Singer/Songwriter

€25

26 19:00

SUKKAR | A PONY NAMED OLGA SO36 Rockabilly

€19

19 22:00

JOYCE + FATHER MIDNIGHT Wild At Heart Garage | Surf

€11

URGE + SNOB CLUB Schokoladen Hardcore | Noise Rock

CHOKE FEST 2019 Urban Spree Darkwave | Electro | Industrial | Techno

€15

19 19:00

27-28 21:00

20 20:00

MONTREAL Festsaal Kreuzberg Indie | Rock

SPACE TIGERS Peppi Guggenheim Jazz

Free

€26

27 21:00

20 20:00

DEBAUCHERY | EISREGEN | BALGEROTH | SURFACE Nuke Death Metal | Metal

€29

27 21:00

JAHRESABSCHLUSS MIT ELSTERN | PATHETIC | KARSK UND URANUS FRONT Hangar 49 Fuzz | Jazz | Noise

€TBA

20 21:00

BLVTH Bi Nuu Electronic | Hip Hop | R&B

€17

28 19:00

EXTRABREIT Lido Pop Punk

€33

20 20:30

VÖGEL DIE ERDE ESSEN Zukunft am Ostkreuz Electro | Experimental | Indie

€13

28 20:00

HGICH.T Astra Experimental | Kitch

€23

20 19:00

BOOZE & GLORY SO36 Punk Rock

€22

28 21:00

NICOLAS DELGADO QUARTET Peppi Guggenheim Jazz

Free

20 22:00

THE DETAINED & SQUELETTE Wild At Heart Hardcore | Punk

€11

28 22:00

GELÉE ROYALE Arkaoda Dance | DJs | Fun | Party

€TBA

20 20:30

PRACTICALLY MARRIED Donau115 Jazz

€0

31 20:00

KLINGONZ + VIVA LAS VEGAS Wild At Heart Psychobilly | Punk

€TBA

21 20:00

ABSTÜRZENDE BRIEFTAUBEN Bi Nuu Punk | Rock

€23

31 18:00

HYTE NYE BERLIN 2019 Funkhaus Dance | Party | Techno

21 20:00

SONS OF AN OLDER COSMOS IV Hangar 49

€TBA

31 23:59

SILVESTER KLUBNACHT Berghain / Halle / Panorama Bar Techno | House

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€TBA

€46 €TBA


JANUARY 01 1:00

SILVESTER KLUBNACHT Berghain / Halle / Panorama Bar Techno | House

€TBA

03 22:00

AB·EST & ORGANA TIEF Crust | Hardcore

€TBA

04 20:30

THE MAJOR MINORS Donau115 Jazz

05 20:00

TAIMANE Privatclub Baroque | Classical | Ukulele

€19

08 20:30

GRAUPE | RODER | TOM PLAY STANDARDS Donau115 Jazz

€0

09 20:00

THE DREADNOUGHTS VS THE PORTERS SO36 Folk Punk

€16

09 20:30

COHEN | FORDE | DINSDALE TRIO Donau115 Jazz

09 20:00

TOBI LOU Burg Schnabel Hip Hop

€24

11 20:00

FOR THEM ALL Cassiopeia Indie Rock

€TBA

11 21:00

FIESTA EN EL VACÍO // DAS DAS // RUSSIAN.GIRLS Urban Spree Experimental | Synth | Wave

€TBA

12 18:00

ENTHRONED | SCHAMMASCH | CARONTE Nuke Brutal Death Metal | Grindcore

€31

13 20:00

WOLF & MOON Kantine am Berghain Indie pop

€15

14 20:00

LOWER DENS Frannz Club Electro Pop | Indie pop

€16

14 20:00

TAMARYN + SOME EMBER Urban Spree Darkwave | Dream Pop

€13

€0

Donation

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Recommended Shows

12

Schmutz Presents

14 20:00

LOWER DENS Frannz Club Electro Pop | Indie pop

€16

19 20:30

TUVABAND Kantine am Berghain Indie pop | Singer/Songwriter

€13

14 20:00

BLACK MIDI Silent Green Noise Rock | Post Punk

€19

19 20:00

YONAS & JUSTIN STONE Monarch Pop

€20

16 21:00

MINT MIND 8MM Bar Indie | Rock

€5

16 19:00

ANTI-FLAG | THE CREEPSHOW SO36 Punk | Rock

€29

BATUSHKA Columbia Theater Death Metal | Black Metal

21 20:00

€25

PJ MORTON Yaam R&B | Soul

€27

16 22:00

22 20:00

THE YOUNG ONES Wild At Heart

€11

17 20:00

TALK SHOW | THE KECKS Cassiopeia Indie

GLORYHAMMER | NEKROGOBLIKON | WIND ROSE Festsaal Kreuzberg Kitch | Power Metal

€32

€15

22 19:45

17 20:00

POHLMANN Bi Nuu Pop | Singer/Songwriter

THE CHAP Kantine am Berghain Art Rock | Indie

€12

€26

22 19:30

17 20:00

VICTORIUS + GRAILKNIGHTS Nuke Power Metal

€15

23 21:00

NERO KANE - DIAGRAM - ANDRE LEO DJ Loophole Rock

17 20:30

JUNIT.3 Donau115 Jazz

€0

23 22:00

MINIPAX Wild At Heart Melodic Punk

18 20:00

THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE ZUGLY | SCUMBAG MILLIONAIRE Bi Nuu Punk

€17

23 20:00

ABDOMEN & THE VICES Schokoladen Garage | Noise | Punk WAVING THE GUNS Festsaal Kreuzberg Deutschrap | Hip Hop

€17

18 18:00

EQUILIBRIUM | LORD OF THE LOST | NAILED TO OBSCURITY Festsaal Kreuzberg Nu Metal

24 21:00

€35

24 20:00

€23

18 20:00

GRIN | SICK EATER | KRACH BUMM Urban Spree Doom | Sludge | Stoner

PAM PAM IDA Badehaus Pop

€TBA

24-02 20:00

CTM FESTIVAL 2020 – LIMINAL Multiple Venues Experimental, Pop, Avante-garde

18 20:00

FENSTER | MOON GEAR HAU1 Dream Pop | Kraut | Slacker Pop

€17

24 20:00

UK SUBS SO36 Punk

€22

18 21:00

MALM | MONZA Zukunft am Ostkreuz Noise Rock

€12

24 20:00

DEVENDRA BANHART Tempodrom Indie | Folk

€35

18 22:00

THE TOKYO RANKERS + ONE VOICE Wild At Heart Punk Rock

€11

25 17:30

DARKEST HOUR | FALLUJAH | BLOODLET | + MORE Bi Nuu Death Metal | Melodic Metal

€29

€TBA €11 €TBA

€125


25 20:00

POTHEAD Huxley’s Neue Welt Americana | Rock

€39

27 20:00

070 SHAKE Bi Nuu Club | R&B | Trap

€26

28 20:00

STEEL PANTHER | WAYWARD SONS Huxley’s Neue Welt Heavy rock | Kitch

€47

29 21:00

KEVIN MORBY Heimathafen Neukölln Folk | Indie

€22

29 20:00

BROEN Kantine am Berghain Synth | Electro Pop | R&B

€11

29 21:00

SLAVES & BULLDOZERS Wild At Heart Rock | Stoner Rock

€TBA

30 20:00

ANGEL OLSEN Huxley’s Neue Welt Melancholic Pop | Singer/Songwriter

€24

30 18:00

DIMMU BORGIR | AMORPHIS Columbiahalle Black Metal | Symphonic Metal

€46

30 20:00

SHELTER BOY Kantine am Berghain Indie pop | Singer/Songwriter

€16

31 20:00

ACHT EIMER HÜHNERHERZEN + SCHRENG SCHRENG & LA LA Lido Melodic Punk | Rock

€15

31 19:30

GRAUSAME TÖCHTER | TWINS IN FEAR | BETON BRAUT Nuke Darkpop | Electro | Punk

€TBA

31 20:00

JAYA THE CAT Festsaal Kreuzberg Punk | Reggae | Ska

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€24

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2019 2019 2019 2019 2019 2019 2019 2019 2019 2019 2019 2019 2019 2019 2019

THE YEAR IN REVIEW Welcome to our cathartic brain-dump of some of the meaningful media that we consumed over the last year. Cataloging the year in music provides us the therapy that TK doesn’t cover, by giving us the opportunity to focus only on the year’s highlights—the cream of the crop, gelée royale; that ‘good-good,’ if you will. Each album or memorable show is like a dog-eared page in the book of our lives, man. If there is any tangible benefit to sinking your life into a music publication, it’s that your finger is securely on the pulse for all things new and good. This doesn’t nullify the fact that taste is entirely subjective, but we’re going to assume that you’re reading this because you’re already onboard with our collective taste. For your consideration: our top shows and albums of ‘19.

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Our Top Shows of 2019 Our Top Shows of 2019 Our Top Shows of 2019 Our Top Shows of 2019 ZZ JARS Our Top Shows of 2019 Our Top Shows of 2019 @ Cassiopeia Our Top01.03 Shows of 2019 Our TopKnights Shows of 2019 ZZ The Tandoori Our Top Shows of 2019 @Our Roadrunner 11.04 Top Shows of 2019 Our Top Shows of 2019 ZOur Z Daughters Top Shows of 2019 Our@ Top Shows of 2019 Cassiopeia 12.04 ZZ Amyl & the Sniffers / Jealous @ Zukunft am Ostkreuz 15.04 ZZ Godflesh / Bliss Signal / DOMU @ UT Connewitz 24.05

Our Top Shows of 2019

ZZ Caterina Barbieri @ Funkhaus 16.06 ZZ Sunn O))) @ Festsaal Kreuzberg 30.07 ZZ Crack Cloud @ Intranut Exploder 19.08 ZZ Shortparis @ Festsaal Kreuzberg 16.09 ZZ King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard @ Columbiahalle 12.10

Top Albums of 2019

Not porn

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Our Top Albums of 2019 SHORTPARIS Tak Zakalyalas’ Stal

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While their music is at the very least innovative on its own, Shortparis is more in the business of multimedia experiences. Their music is best appreciated when paired with the poignant political commentary of their music videos or as the frenzied, interactive dance party that is their live show. With that in mind, listening to Tak Zakalyalas’ Stal without having experienced either can feel like it’s missing some context. Even so, it’s quirky and infectious as hell. / GD

DIÄT

Positive Disintegration

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There’s no getting around it: Positive Disintegration is a fairly subdued followup to 2015’s Positive Energy. Even if it wasn’t spelled out in the titles, you can sense the shift just a couple bars into the opening track. This is, of course, the natural progression of things. The DIÄT boys are a few years older and life in Berlin has a tendency to wear you down. The exuberance and idealism may be waning, but the angst is still there. Perhaps the album’s relatability speaks to the parallel development of our own callousness. / GD

SWANS leaving meaning.

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The latest reincarnation of Swans may feel like a watered-down effort for those nostalgic of their early sound—but don’t be fooled—this is an exceptional mix of tight production, ambient music, and folk improvisation, where Michael Gira critiques the futility of the American Dream. It’s an album that inspires more respect than beauty. / FP

PACT INFERNAL The Gehenna Odyssey

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The brainchild of two hooded specters, Pact Infernal hails from the northern reaches of Norway, creating doomed soundscapes that spiral into each other for eternity. On The Gehenna Odyssey, their monoliths are larger, the production rawer, and the tension aching. All of this could be anticipated. What catches you off guard is that you’ve been dancing your way through the whole EP. / NP

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Our Top Albums of 2019 CATERINA BARBIERI Ecstatic Computation

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The meditative effect of Ecstatic Computation is profound. It makes you stop what you’re doing and disappear into yourself, completely engulfed in a warm malaise. Barbieri’s ability to consistently produce this caliber of sonic sorcery has rightfully triggered her rapid ascent to one of the household names of modular synth compositions. / GD

LOSCIL

Equivalents

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Equivalents is a body of works composed and produced by someone who has a seemingly infinite understanding of sound design and its manipulation. The vast expanses that Scott Morgan, aka Loscil, is able to construct on this new effort are awe-inspiring and demand active listening—something that is rare to find with ambient albums. / NP

YC-CY

béton brut

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Even if their debut album from 2018 is a tough act to follow, béton brut is a worthy contender. YCCY has used their sophomore release to doubledown on their niche brand of noise punk rather than experimenting and tweaking further. They’ve managed to create a style that is refreshingly unique, hard to classify, and wholly theirs. If the sound ain’t broke, don’t fix it. / GD

BLIS SIGNAL S/T

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Bliss Signal is a collaboration between Jack Adams of Mumdance and James Kelly of WIFE. The S/T album veers from drony, white noise-infused efforts, such as “Slow Scan,” which untether the listener, putting them into the cold vastness of space, and more driving, efforts such as “Bliss Signal” and “Surge,” which employ frenetic percussion and sheets of guitar. The result is metallic and shoegazey and is well-suited to stalking the wintry streets of Berlin. / MS

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Our Top Albums of 2019 Our Top Albums of 2019 Our AMYL Top Albums of 2019 & THE SNIFFERS S/T

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Do you know what a “shoe-y” is? Neither did I, until Amyl & The Sniffers played Zukunft earlier this year. It’s like the Australian equivalent of a keg-stand, in which someone pulls off their shoe, fills it with their beer, and then some lucky lad or lady gets to down it. That same party-soaked feel oozes from the Melbournian garagepunks’ debut full-length. / NP

FANGE Punir

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“Fange” (French for mud/bog), couldn’t be a more fitting moniker for this noise-metal crossover from Renne. Their updated sound conjures images of thick, coagulated sludge, executed through punishing breakdowns with heavily dropped tuning and clipping distortion. While previous releases would have them classified as an unholy marriage of d-beat and blackened crust, Punir sees them pushing further into industrial, harsh noise noise territory. This is a migration that has our full support. / GD

HOLLY HERNDON PROTO

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On her third full-length album, PROTO, Berlin-based audio-oddball Holly Herndon melds futurist cacophony with medieval church music to create an immersive listening experience on the vanguard of electronic artistry. Created in collaboration with her partner Mathew Dryhurst, a classically trained choir, and a homemade vocal AI, PROTO manages to avoid the ordinary pitfalls of pseudo-academic music. Perhaps in spite of her Stanford PhD, Herndon has produced the impossible: an intellectually stimulating album with bonafide dance floor bangers. / AN

SUNN O))) Life Metal

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The masters of drone bring their heavy weight and waves of exhilaration to Life Metal. Always teetering on the hinges of contrast, stark reverberations echo into an abyss of abstraction. While distortion is the abrasive main instrument, the dramatic harmonies bind the blast into a meditative melody designed to unravel nature's most granular essence. / TM

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Our Top Albums of 2019 Our Top Albums of 2019 Our Top Albums of 2019 ANGEL OLSEN All Mirrors

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Does your life suck? Of course it does. All Mirrors is an excellent remedy full of liberation and empowerment, where Olsen expiates toxic relationships, desire frustrations, and other scum that has a tendency to make your life a living hell. This is a clear departure from the garage-y sound in her previous works and, depending on your drug of choice, this is an exquisite trip of wide sonic magnitudes: saturated vocals, ambient strings, minimalist drum machines, spaced synths... and LYRICS. It’s rare to discover music that actually turns the darkness in your life into a reason for hope, much less a concept album that so maturely addresses the questions posed by this nonsense of a life. / FP

GIANT SWAN S/T

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It’s a common misconception that Schmutz isn’t an adherent to the gospel of techno. While this couldn’t be further from the truth, we admittedly ask for a little more out of the genre. Giant Swan heartily delivers with their debut self-titled album on KECK, their freshly minted label. Despite making a name for themselves through pummeling DJ sets, they’ve shown they’re far more interested in creating a challenging and textured album with lasting merit than putting out ten floor-ready bangers. Incorporating this kind of dynamic contrast on a debut release turned us into full converts. / GD

DRUDKH

A Few Lines in Archaic Ukrainian

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Despite being confined to a genre that is subject to endless ridicule and condemnation, Drudkh has managed to make an exciting and influential black metal album in 2019. They’ve distilled the best attributes of the genre and fermented it with their own brand of Slavic despair. Previously heard on a spattering of splits and EPs over the years, the tracks on this concept album are unified by their lyrical content, which is either inspired by or is directly quoted from the works of Ukrainian poets who lost their lives under Soviet rule. The culminating result is a melancholic eulogy that is as powerful as it is tragic. Not only has Drudkh managed to define a unique voice in the timeline of black metal, but they’ve managed to give redefined purpose to the genre itself. It’s as if this is the exact story that this type of music was always created to tell. / GD

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Our Top Albums of 2019 THE BODY | UNIFORM

Everything That Dies Someday Comes Back

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Not their first collaborative album, the unabashed aggression of Uniform and the twisted operatics of the body are a hellish coupling fit for the darkest recesses of the mind. Uniform employs an often straightforward pelt of yelling, one that lends accessibility to the unintelligible wail of Chip King’s vocals for the body. As is often the case when the body gets ahold of an album’s programming, the album maintains a fever pitch that makes doing anything— besides getting sucked into the music—nigh impossible. Unique to Everything That Dies Someday Comes Back are pockets of material that have more distinct techno and hiphop influences, which may catch you off guard but pack intensity that fits perfectly. / NP

NIVHEK

After Its Own Death

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Nivhek, aka Liz Harris, aka Grouper, has always reached into the deepest parts of human consciousness to caress our melancholic emotions. But under her new moniker, she’s using a completely unique approach. Composed of four tracks, the album is fifty-nine minutes of meditative exploration ranging from the softest whispers to glacially paced drones. Uncharacteristically heavy at certain points, Harris doesn’t have the Grouper legacy looming over her with this one. Using instrumentation that we haven’t heard from her before, we’re treated to noir-like vibraphone work that sets the tone of the whole album. But the work is still very much Liz Harris; we still hear Harris’ ghostly vocals and tape loops that remind us of a past we’ve never experienced. / NP

FLAVIEN BERGER Contre-Temps

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One could listen to Flavien Berger’s earlier releases and compartmentalize him as just another reclusive bedroom pop artist, churning out charming yet not entirely marketable synth experiments that occasionally catch a hook, before returning to more droning soundscapes. Then came this year’s Contre-Temps to prove that any hooks encountered were far from happy accidents, and that Berger has serious chops as a songwriter. The album is full of the same playful experimentation, but with so much more. The title track is like a French interpretation of bossa nova classics, complete with the sexy, dueted vocals of Berger and Bonnie Banane. As a whole, this is the kind of album that other R&B albums put on before they have sex. / GD


Our Top Albums of 2019 Our Top Albums of 2019 Our Top Albums of 2019

FKA TWIGS MAGDALENE

01 Uncompromising vision, sound design,

Jaar, Danial Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point

production, and sense of self is how

Never), and Skrillex, along with featuring

FKA twigs’ new album MAGDALENE

Future on the single “holy terrain.” The

can be understood. From twigs’ first

album’s first single, “cellophane,” is

whispers in 2012 with EP1, she has

perhaps the strongest tie twigs makes

developed a sound and image drawing

to her past self, and at once reminds us

from her London roots in trap, drone,

of her early single, “Two Weeks.” But it

grime, classical, and further. With

also works as the perfect punctuation at

MAGDALENE, twigs has taken full

the end of MAGDALENE, with its high

control of every aspect of the album’s

production value, twigs’ vocals at the

production and her attention to detail

fore, and the literally whispered beats.

is otherworldly. The album’s second

At its core, the album is an ode to the

track, “home with you,” highlights the

divine feminine archetype of wielding

diversity she can harness: barely audible

unmatchable power, while at the same

croons to pitched-out rap verses over

time being deeply emotional and the

fluttering flutes and sustained piano to

object of lustful desire. Most acutely felt

warbling beats. Though twigs maintains

on the title-ish track “mary magdalene,”

creative control of MAGDALENE, she

twigs is the perfect embodiment of this

brings several people into the studio to

archetype, but is, as it seems, out to

help with production, including Nicolas

destroy all archetypes. / NP

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Out with the Bad | Inhere with the Good Intro Intro here Intro here With each year comes aIntro slew here ofhere trends that Intro Intro here Intro here we’d rather not see persist into the following Intro here Intro here Intro“don’t herelet the door hit year. Join us in saying, Introhere here Intro ya where the dog shoulda Intro herebit ya” to the trash of Intro here Intro here 2019 and in welcoming Intro here their respective, logical Intro here replacements for 2020. Intro here Intro here Intro here Intro here OUT HH CBD in everything HH “Okay Boomer” HH Chunky Filas HH DIN-A5 HH Durst express HH Extinction rebellion HH Reusable straws HH E-scooters HH Jeffrey Epstein

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IN JJ GHB in everything JJ “RIP Boomer” JJ Heelies JJ DIN-A6 JJ Fred Durst Express JJ Killing yourself JJ Putting drugs in your butt JJ Maintaining what little dignity you had left JJ Rich men getting away with pedophilia


HISTORY WITCH with Emily Gale

History Witch celebrates voices that are all too often left out of musical narratives and simultaneously provides historical context for why discussions of gender and sexuality in music continue to matter. Each month the column spotlights historically significant albums or tracks by women, queer, trans, or non-binary musicians.

“So, it’s gonna be 1980 soon, huh? [The audience cheers]. The 1980s. That’s when rock ‘n’ roll is really gonna make its comeback, huh?” The southern drawl of Georgia’s Jayne County opens Rock ‘n’ Roll Resurrection, a live album recorded on New Year’s Eve, 1979, at The Edge in Toronto, Ontario. During a blistering extended performance of “Night Time,” the opening song of the set, the clock strikes midnight. Before starting the next song, County confirms the time, wishes everybody a happy 1980, and then launches into “Rock ‘n’ Roll Cleopatra.” Straddling December 1979 and January 1980 makes Rock ‘n’ Roll Resurrection the ideal album for this split issue of Schmutz; we simultaneously celebrate the album’s fortieth anniversary and the new year. County was a staple of the New York punk club scene throughout the 1970s, making appearances with Andy Warhol’s Factory, performing at both CBGB and Max’s Kansas City, and befriending the likes of Patti Smith and Deborah Harry. County moved here to Berlin in 1979, where she took on her current first name, and Rock ‘n’ Roll Resurrection was the first album she released as Jayne County. Cited as the first transgender star of rock ‘n’ roll, County’s songs address sex and gender in the genre as well.

sartorial selection with the recurring refrain: “You may be a boy, but hey! You look like a girl.” A purposefully failed electric guitar solo in the middle of “Bad in Bed” capitalizes on the sexual sonic signification of the instrument and highlights the relationship between musical performance and sexual performance. The solo goes nowhere; instead, it slowly peters out, failing to climax. County brings raw power to her rendition of Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich’s “Hanky Panky” with a series of thrusting growls, hiccups, and whoops while the explicit and fun “Cream in My Jeans” insists on County’s sexual agency. At 72, County continues to write and record music. Last year she released two songs: “Leave My Pussy Alone” serves dual purposes as an anti-animal experimentation anthem and as an invective against Trump and “Igenderty”—a portmanteau of identity and gender—pays tribute to gender variant people. Also active as a visual artist, County has plans to bring her recent show to Berlin— keep your eyes peeled! As we approach a new decade, County’s recent work proves that “rock ‘n’ roll is here to stay.” Dr. Emily Gale is a feminist pop music scholar who lives in Berlin. Email: emily@sentimentalmuseum.com

Rock ‘n’ Roll Resurrection serves up high energy, blues-based rock ‘n’ roll from start to finish. County’s gender-bending performance layers new meaning on top of her cover of a 1965 song by The Barbarians. “Are You a Boy?” comments sarcastically on superficial gender distinctions such as hair style and

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SHOWS OF NOTE Urban Spree is not paying us SERIOUS KLEIN WEDNESDAY / 04.12

Urban Spree Deutschrap minus the Deutsch, Serious Klein is Hannover’s finest in hip hop on the cusp of a big hype train. Frankly, we suspect this will be his last tour playing venues the size of Urban Spree*, so we recommend you take advantage of catching him in such an intimate setting. FFO Kendrick Lamar, Earl Sweatshirt, Earthgang. *No shade, Urban Spree. We <3 you.

Urban Spree At first listen, you might be hard-pressed to place the decade that Belgrado comes from. Expanding on the trends of 80s Eastern Bloc post-punk is all the rage, but not everyone is able to execute it with such authenticity. Local heartthrobs, Plattenbau, are making a tragically rare appearance in support, which is worth the visit all on its own. FFO Au Pairs, Grauzone, Tempers

GWAR + VOIVOD SUNDAY / 08.12

Festsaal Kreuzberg There are two types of people in the world: those that have seen GWAR and those that haven’t. How can you really know yourself if you haven’t been showered in green cum from a prosthetic alien penis? They’ve undergone some lineup changes over the last decade due to the untimely passings of Oderus Urungus and Flattus Maximus, but we have it on good authority that they’re just as depraved as ever. FFO Intergalactic porn

Urban Spree What better way to celebrate the coldest, darkest days of the year than with a showcase of cold, dark EDM? For the uninitiated, Detriti is your local label for the dark synth aesthetic that your mother warned you about. This particular iteration will feature live sets from the label’s golden boy, Filmmaker, along with Black Sun Dreamer, and Parole E Azioni. Think of the soundtrack to the original Doom, but run through a nihilistic filter. FFO Die Selektion, DAF, Kontravoid

THE TRANSCENDENCE ORCHESTRA | PUNCTUM FRIDAY / 13.12

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BELGRADO | PLATTENBAU SATURDAY / 07.12

DETRITI MINI FESTIVAL FRIDAY / 13.12

Traumabarundkino Maybe it’s an attempt to keep the Feds off or maybe it’s to venture into new territory with minimal expectations, but Surgeon and Caterina Barbieri will be performing under alternate project names for an evening of drone and sound art. Surgeon, performing with Daniel Bean as The Transcendence Orchestra, and Barbieri as Punctum with partner in crime, Carlo Maria Amadio. FFO GAS, Alessandro Cortini, Nivhek


Bi Nuu

KING KHAN’S LOUDER THAN DEATH WEDNESDAY / 18.12

The Baron of Bop, the Trickster of Twist, King Khan is back! This particular exhibition sees the garage-rock daddy collaborating with power-chord punks, The Spits. The collaboration also features the spawn of Khan, Saba Lou, and the first song she ever wrote as a five year-old, “Broken Heart.” Don’t think about this one too hard, just bring some glue and your favorite paper bag. FFO Jay Reatard, Dead Moon, Nobunny

CHOKE FEST FRIDAY / 27.12

Urban Spree Brought to you be aufnahme + wiedergabe, Kindcrime Recordings, and Autonoma Industriale, Choke Fest is the annual affair that summons the city’s palest together for a full weekend of dark dance music. Some of this year’s highlights include QUAL (one half of Lebanon Hanover), Leæther Strip, Templer, Melania, and many more. Don’t forget the safe word. FFO techno, industrial, BDSM

TIEF Let’s kick off the new year with two young German hardcore bands that are bringing a lot to the table. We’re particularly hyped for Abest, whose sound is somehow reminiscent of early Intronaut and Tragedy, but with a blackened overtone. This show marks the release of their new full-length, which sounds all kinds of promising based on the first single. FFO Phantom Winter, Fange, Tragedy

CTM FESTIVAL 2020 FRI / 24.01 - SUN / 02.02

AB·EST + ORGANA FRIDAY | 03.01

ACUD Macht Neu Even if January weren’t on the scant side for shows, this would be an easy recommendation to make. The first lineup announcements boast the likes of London jazz stalwart, Kamaal Williams, the noise-techno sweethearts behind our #6 album of the year, Giant Swan, and Dan Deacon, the maximalist weirdo. If there are many names on the lineup that are new to you, you can anticipate a mixed bag of highly danceable, conceptual, and noisy acts. At this point, we’ve learned to not overthink it and put full confidence in the curators. FFO High art

Huxley’s Neue Welt Whether you appreciate Angel Olsen for her influence from mid-century heroines like Patsy Cline and Kitty Wells, or you’re more captivated by the future-pop love ballads of her latest album, it’s hard not to fall under her spell. We’re not going to make you choose. Either way, it’s gratifying to see artists with relatively young careers skyrocket to stardom and completely deserve it. FFO Jessica Pratt, heartbreak

ANGEL OLSEN THURSDAY / 30.01

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Dying Man Confesses Juggalos Are a Myth He Invented to Fuck With Vice by Patrick Coyne Recently deceased man Jerry Davidson confessed on his deathbed last week that Juggalos, the clown-faced fans of Insane Clown Posse, are an elaborate hoax he invented to fuck with Vice reporters, shocked sources confirmed. “There were two things my dad loved: pulling pranks, and fucking with VICE reporters. He’d always send Vice reporters information that the KKK was holding a rally at a local Safeway and just laugh and laugh when they showed up and found nothing more than a sale on Triscuits. But the Juggalo myth was his magnum opus,” said daughter Kristi Davidson-Carillo. “This joke took on a life of its own — all of a sudden, there were ‘I saw a Juggalo’ shirts and ‘Juggalo Country’ bumper stickers being sold at every tourist trap in central California.” Widow Claudia Davidson explained how her husband executed the outlandish prank. “For months, he’d leave hatchets and empty Faygo bottles throughout wooded areas of Bakersfield, and place tracks in the mud with a pair of Osiris sneakers. But it wasn’t until Jerry released the grainy, 11-second film

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clip of the first ‘Gathering of the Juggalos’ that things really took off,” said Claudia. “Of course, the video was just him and his buddies goofing off… but nearly everything we associate with Juggalos is there: white dude dreads, chain wallets, ‘whoop whoop’ ninjas. And now every year, hundreds of fellow jokesters gather each year as a tonguein-cheek celebration of my Jerry’s video.” Vice reporter and amatuer cryptozoologist Terri O’Leary was skeptical of the revelation, having spent nearly 20 years covering Juggalos. “As someone intimately familiar with the very real Juggalo phenomenon, I wasn’t impressed at all with this alleged confession. Sure, it may seem to be the final nail in the coffin of the Juggalo myth. But what about all the flimsy, circumstantial evidence I’ve dedicated my life to over-analyzing?” said O’Leary. “Plus, consider the fact that this so-called ‘definitive proof’ essentially means my entire adult life has been a complete waste of time. And that certainly can’t be true. Right?” Davidson’s deathbed confession has reignited interest in other music-based conspiracy theories, such as the alleged pyramid scheme of Norway’s death metal scene and Morrissey secretly being a really chill dude. Quality music journalism provided by thehardtimes.net


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