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New & Notable XXII

New & Notable XXII

The cooler weather is finally starting to grip Berlin and we’re all starting to feel it. Good thing for you Schmutz cares. Schmutz cares so much that we’ve compiled some hot tracks to warm you up. You’re welcome darlings. Ellemetue Canada This track...
Schmutz Playlists | November 2018

Schmutz Playlists | November 2018

November marks the last stretch of shows before the big international bands go into hibernation until spring. Regardless of your preferred music taste, you’ll have your work cut out for you. More specifically, there is more black and death metal on this month...
New & Notable XXI

New & Notable XXI

New & Notable is old enough to drink in the United States! Hazaa! We’ve gathered tracks specifically geared towards an older, more mature drinking crowd for this one. We hope you’ll enjoy the sophisticated taste of this edition. Our Echoes Scream...
New & Notable XX

New & Notable XX

Woah! We’ve hit the alustrious twenty mark for our “New & Notable” serious! But you know what they say… “There’s no sleep till Kreuzberg” and we’ve really taken that one to heart, we’re not going to stop...
New & Notable XIX

New & Notable XIX

Schmutz has a banger of a show coming up on October 11th at Maria Antoinette but that isn’t everything that’s going on in the world (but almost). We’ve roped some real doozies together for this edition of N&N. Drop in, turn out, tune on....
Schmutz Playlists | October 2018

Schmutz Playlists | October 2018

The witching hour is almost upon us. All the doors are locked, pentagram and candles are at hand. All we need now is you. We’re attending séances all over the city this October and the below bands and artists are providing the soundtracks for our collective...
New & Notable XVIII

New & Notable XVIII

As the cold creeps deeper and deeper into our bones, so does the horror of impending doom that only Berlin winters can incite. Fear not loyal Schmutzers, we’ve hand-harvested tracks from all over the world to keep you warm in their own special way. Voodoo Beach...
MONOM: Jlin vs. Oneohtrix Point Never

MONOM: Jlin vs. Oneohtrix Point Never

On December 1st, 2017, Funkhaus somewhat quietly unveiled the world’s most technically impressive spatial sound system: MONOM. The elaborate network is comprised of 48 omni-directional speakers, suspended at set intervals, while 9 massive subs rest on the floor. As...
New & Notable XVII

New & Notable XVII

What a beautiful end to summer and beginning of the dark, cold, wet, windy, never ending winter! But don’t get depressed and start crying everytime you think of Templehof just yet, we’ve got some glorious tunes for you to lick your wounds with. Please...
Proudly Introducing: Impression Sessions

Proudly Introducing: Impression Sessions

Our dear friends at Impression Recordings recently approached us with their concept for a studio session: carefully curated artists from across the musical spectrum, captured with an unpretentious style but backed with proper sound production. Naturally, we were more...
New & Notable XVII

New & Notable XVII

We’ve returned from putting out our feelers into the nether realms of the internet, bearing gifts of fresh tunes. Yama Warashi United Kingdom Reminiscent of various styles while managing to be entirely unique. For fans of Shintaro Sakamoto, Mariah Automatism...
A Festival for the People

A Festival for the People

From the start, People Festival billed itself as a highly unorthodox live-music experience. Their initial announcement stated “There will be no line up. You won’t know who you’re going to see until the artists come on stage.” This was a bold choice for a fledgling...
Berlin Atonal Festival 2018 Mix

Berlin Atonal Festival 2018 Mix

Wednesday marks the start of this year’s Berlin Atonal Festival and we can hardly contain our excitement. Maintaining their tradition of completely outdoing themselves, the festival’s curators have constructed another impressive lineup of veterans and...
Yves Tumor Releases New Track, Noid

Yves Tumor Releases New Track, Noid

Yves Tumor just posted a new track to their Youtube channel. As an artist that has built their reputation on experimentation, the dramatically different style of their new track should come as no surprise. Even so, the notably poppy-er track got us to pivot in our...
Schmutz Playlists | August 2018

Schmutz Playlists | August 2018

Remember this time last year when we were all whining because summer never arrived? Me neither. While you’re lounging by your preferred body of water, feel free to use these cool playlists to slow your inevitable transformation into a puddle. As always, all of...
Two New Videos from Oneohtrix Point Never

Two New Videos from Oneohtrix Point Never

Danial Lopatin, aka Oneohtrix Point Never, realease two new visuals from tracks off his latest release “Age Of”, check those out below and feel freaked out. OPN will be performing at Funkhaus’ Saal 1 on September 20th as apart of Red Bull...
New & Notable XVI

New & Notable XVI

It’s been a minute since we’ve done a New & Notable and we thought it was high time. We’ve also stepped out with this one: lotsa goodie goodies. Three Body Problem United States Bringing jazz, noise and drama all crashingly together we have the...
Berlin Festival Guide (aka Festicle)

Berlin Festival Guide (aka Festicle)

Welcome to our late summer / early fall festival guide. This lil’ ditty goes out to the droves of tourists dipping their toes in the soothing (cess)pools of Berlin’s summer months. If you’ve been out exploring, surely you’ve already encountered some of our famous...
A (Gendered) Work in Progress

A (Gendered) Work in Progress

  As a female from a multicultural, minority background, I learned from early on how to deal with stigmatization: to internalize polemic issues, to disregard certain offensive behaviors, and how to generally cope with the clash of ideals in the scheme of society....
Schmutz Playlists | June 2018

Schmutz Playlists | June 2018

Summer is officially in full swing. And what’s summer without sizzling playlists to accompany the hours spent lounging in the park? Trash, that’s what. Enjoy this sampler of artists playing in Berlin this month. As always, one for the normies and one for...
Wolf City Fest 2018: Photo Recap

Wolf City Fest 2018: Photo Recap

Another Wolf City Fest has come to a close. Last weekend’s marathon of pummeling thrash, death, and stoner metal has left our necks sore and our tinnitus prevalent. The wolf boys have successfully defended their title as Berlin’s premier curators...
Wrekmeister Harmonies at Urban Spree

Wrekmeister Harmonies at Urban Spree

Wrekmeister Harmonies was back in Berlin last week to remind us how loud just two people can be. Their penetrating brand of doom is an earnest one that leaves our hearts heavy and our ears ringing. The evening was captured by the talented Katja Vintz for...
A City Condemned to Becoming and Never Being

A City Condemned to Becoming and Never Being

photo by Colette Pomerleau “Our cultural mission is fulfilled for the time being.”   These are just a few of the final tear-jerking words of Tammi Torpedo, the owner of Prenzlauer’s Bassy Club. Likely by the time you read this sentence, it’s already too late....
Schmutz Playlists | May 2018

Schmutz Playlists | May 2018

Mayday! This is the last month of heavy show season before the festivals take over. Get out there and get your fill while you can. Let these playlists be your guiding light through the chaos of May...
METZ Introduce Mr. Plague to Berlin

METZ Introduce Mr. Plague to Berlin

Our boys in METZ released an album on Sub Pop in September of last year but have just given us a new video for latest single, “Mr. Plague.” Horror animation abounds! METZ are playing a show at Cassiopeia on July 19th and it happens be a Schmutz Presents...
ACUD Macht Neu Announces Amplify

ACUD Macht Neu Announces Amplify

Acud Macht Neu proudly presents: Amplify Berlin – a new residency program to support emerging Berlin-based musicians through mentorships. Official launch in September 2018, open call for applications from April 17 to May 17. The lovely folks at ACUD tipped us off to...
Meet Your Venue

Meet Your Venue

Experiencing Berlin’s history through its repurposed spaces   The 80’s were wrapping up and East Germany was looking to turn their life around. They dumped their ex with a weird birthmark on his forehead, started working out, and decided they needed to remodel...
Urban Spree Beer Garden Reopening April 7th

Urban Spree Beer Garden Reopening April 7th

German winter is making its slow, trudging exit, which means we get to enjoy this fabled place outside of our living rooms. Urban Spree is reopening their legendary beer garden to celebrate. Get the details straight from the horse’s mouth: “First of all,...
Schmutz Playlists | April 2018

Schmutz Playlists | April 2018

It’s possible that we’re just riding the high from our magazine launch, but we’re feeling particularly jazzed about this month of shows. Plenty of great gigs, ten of which have tickets you could win. Kick your feet up and have a...
New & Notable XV

New & Notable XV

Spring has sprung and everyone is emerging from their winter caves with new tunes to share! It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Check out these bands and artists from all over the globe and prepare to have your socks blown off! imi United Kingdom The...
Four Tet Drops A Big One.

Four Tet Drops A Big One.

Big and beautiful are two adjectives that could be used to describe Four Tet’s new track. Not under the Four Tet moniker, not under his given name (Kieran Hebden) but using a ton of cryptic af characters for both the name of the track and the name of the artist,...
On The Run With Beyoncé & Jay-Z, Again

On The Run With Beyoncé & Jay-Z, Again

Beyoncé and Jay have announced that they’ll be touring together again with their infamous “On The Run” show. And, thank God, will be stopping in Berlin on June 28th at the Olympiastadion. Peep the tour announcement video below. Presale starts on...
New & Notable XIV

New & Notable XIV

Spring has sprung and the hibernating musicians are emerging from their winter caves in droves. It seems it was a productive winter for those of us who were pretending the world beyond our bedrooms didn’t exist. Enjoy the first of many spring N&N editions....
Parking It Like It’s Hot For Grouper

Parking It Like It’s Hot For Grouper

NPR Music just shared a new track from the prolific Grouper, solo project of Liz Harris. Harris is able to evoke the deepest emotions with just a breath. “Parking Lot” it the first single from her forthcoming album Grid of Points out April 27th on Kranky....
serpentwithfeet Blesses Our Little Hearts

serpentwithfeet Blesses Our Little Hearts

Mysterious and short vid popped up today on Facebook… posted by serpentwithfeet and spanning all of 16 seconds, “bless ur heart” seems to be a trailer for something. What? We don’t know. serpentwithfeet will be back in Berlin on April 17th at...
Schmutz Playlists | March 2018

Schmutz Playlists | March 2018

This weather is fucked, but… let us warm you from the inside out. We have, as per usual, put together two playlists of our favorite acts playing Berlin this month. One of which is comprised of the heavier sounds this March. Have a listen and then take yourself...
New vid. and Schmutz raffle for Parquet Courts

New vid. and Schmutz raffle for Parquet Courts

YOOO! We partnered with the homies over at Melt! Booking to bring Parquet Courts back to Berlin and to get you skunk punks some free tixxx. Also, check out their new music video for “Almost Had To Start A Fight/In And Out Of Patience” from their upcoming...
Schmutz Presents | Spring 2018

Schmutz Presents | Spring 2018

We here at Schmutz have been hustling hard these past months to make sure that you, our faithful disciples, have access to the cream of the musical crop. This spring is about to be a big one. We’ve partnered with the likes of Greyzone, Landstreicher, Loft, Melt!...
Xiu Xiu & Swans Blow Our Covers

Xiu Xiu & Swans Blow Our Covers

After a long and emotional Youtube click hole we have emerged the victors once more! This time with a plethora of covers from all over the musical map by two of our favorite artists: Xiu Xiu and Swans. Geez, pretty bonkers if you ask us. The forthcoming Jamie Stewart...
New & Notable XIII

New & Notable XIII

Well look what we have here: New & Notable is now a teenager, let the awkward body growth and sexual frustration commence! But it’s alright, we’ve got the soundtrack to make you more at ease in your own skin. This betch of artists shant soon be...
Fun Fare Releases New Video for Angry Colour

Fun Fare Releases New Video for Angry Colour

Fun Fare’s new album drops today on Berlin label, Späti Palace. Check it out and catch them live at Kantine am Berghain tomorrow. More about Fun Fare, courtesy of Späti Palace: FUN FARE is the experimental pop laboratory of Friedrich Günther, Julia Boehme,...
Sextile at Musik & Frieden

Sextile at Musik & Frieden

Sextile is halfway through their full Europe tour, and last night they popped by Musik & Frieden. Here’s the story told in epileptic gifs.   https://www.schmutzberlin.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/video-1518525530.mp4...
New & Notable XII

New & Notable XII

Reach for the stars so if you fall you land on a cloud. Words to live by really. In this scenario the stars are Schmutz and the cloud is our New & Notable series. The plush cloud of tunes we’re providing you this time around is nice, real nice. Give...
New & Notable XI: Drone Sessions

New & Notable XI: Drone Sessions

Either there is a lot of good new ambient and drone music coming out, or that’s the direction our taste is taking. Perhaps it’s a sign of the times. Our hectic and stressful world pushes us towards media that helps us escape, in this case to an ethereal...
Schmutz Playlists | February 2018

Schmutz Playlists | February 2018

With all the love floating around in the air every February, we thought we would extend the theme to our playlists this month. Tracks with topics surrounding the concept of love, family structure, sexual practices, companionship, devotion and of course… gay...
Bellchild at Barkett, 03 February

Bellchild at Barkett, 03 February

  We recently stumbled upon Bellchild, an experimental pop trio from the Rhine and Ruhr areas of Germany. Analogous of their name, they’re youngins on the music scene, though the quality of their sound gives no indication of this. We gave them a shout early this...
New & Notable X

New & Notable X

As we start to see the light at the end of winter’s tunnel, we still cling to the dark moods the cold seasons present us. This selection of tracks has been given to us from emerging artists from around the world. Don’t lose hope, the flowers will soon show...
CTM Festival 2018 Preview

CTM Festival 2018 Preview

January 26th marks the start of CTM’s 19th year of freaking out the normies. The ten-day festival will overtake Berlin, occupying the city’s premier spaces for cultural influence (Berghain, Kraftwerk, Festsaal Kreuzberg, Hebbel am Ufer, to name a few)....
New & Notable IX

New & Notable IX

The days are getting longer and so is the amount of music in our New & Notable series. There is so much moving, original music being produced right now. It’s inspiring. With music from all over the geographical and musical map, this doozy of a N&N will...
New & Notable VIII

New & Notable VIII

We all need something to hold onto during these cold months. Some people choose human partners, some choose model train construction, some flee to warmer climates. Because no one wants to hold us, we don’t have long enough attention spans and can’t afford...
A Catch Up with Joe James Boyle.

A Catch Up with Joe James Boyle.

A newcomer, but welcomed jolt of energy to the Berlin scene, Joe James Boyle takes influence from all over the musical map. Originally from London, JJB will be bringing his garage-y interpretation of The Velvets to 8MM Bar on January 11th in the year of our Lord,...
New & Notable VII

New & Notable VII

It’s 2018 and the vibrations are high. So much new music is slated to see the light of day this year and Schmutz is ready. Here’s a little list of some of the new favorites. This edition of N&N features both music videos and sound clips. Enjoy and...
Schmutz Playlists | January 2018

Schmutz Playlists | January 2018

Congratulations! If you’re reading this, it means you survived 2017. They say that what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger. 2017 didn’t kill us, yet we’re left feeling like a despondent, wet noodle. Perhaps that’s just the remnants of...
New & Notable VI

New & Notable VI

Our house plants are dying, the glühwein is flowing and what don’t stop? The tunes don’t stop. With our sixth edition of New & Notable, we’re bringing you bangers from all over the world. Enjoy and we’ll see you on the other side. Jerry...
The Dirt on 2017: A Year in Review

The Dirt on 2017: A Year in Review

2017 was the best of times and the worst of times. Everything caught fire, we confirmed that essentially every man in power is a turd, and we’re all depressed since we spent our bitcoin on mediocre drugs rather than getting rich. But hey, it wasn’t all...
New & Notable V

New & Notable V

It’s cold outside. So cold it’s actually snowing this very moment. So cold that we thought we would heat you up with some new tunes. Wiggle your body a bit and let the music take you over. Haulm USA Following on the heels of the Brooklyn duo’s...
Schmutz Playlists | December 2017

Schmutz Playlists | December 2017

We have begun the great decent into the nether pits of winter. You’ve stopped exercising, your neighbors stopped cleaning up their dog poop, and fall’s incessant flow of shows has slowed to trickle. But don’t throw in the towel just yet, as there is...
New & Notable IV

New & Notable IV

For this edition of New & Notable, it’s videos only. The list runs the full gamut of styles and they all come with a bit of eye candy. Special shoutout to Berlin locals, Robot. VSTRS USA Described as an arty-thump of melody & bombast, Detroit quintet...
No! Music Festival Guide

No! Music Festival Guide

This Thursday, No! Music kicks off with an eclectic but carefully curated selection of luminaries, stringing a common thread through the experimental, political, and jazz music scenes. The festival takes place in one of Berlin’s premier havens for cultural...
New & Notable III

New & Notable III

On this episode of New & Notable, Schmutz takes you from furthest reaches of space disco to the most intimate of shoe gazing sessions. Please fasten your seatbelts and enjoy the ride. Dee D. Jackson Hidden on a secret moon base since 1978, the Italo-Disco legend...
A Happening Mix

A Happening Mix

A Happening Festival is now just a couple days away and we’re pumped. The collection of raw talent had us feeling inspired, so we put together a proper mix for you. Hit play, kick your feet up, and imagine you’re drifting listlessly on a glacier through...
New & Notable II

New & Notable II

This issue of New & Notable is an emotional rollercoaster, with high crests of positive soul and low troughs of warm drone. Take a ride with us.  INRA INRA is a project by Adam Ben-Nun and Philipp Rhensius: an attempt to bend time, shape worlds and vaporize our...
New & Notable: I

New & Notable: I

Music is our lifeblood. Our marrow. Our mana. Our romantic relationships never last because our partners can’t handle living in the shadow of our one-and-only bae: music.  In our daily struggle to keep you informed, we come across more new talent than one could...
An Interview with Tatu Rönkkö

An Interview with Tatu Rönkkö

In a few short weeks, A Happening Festival is bringing together some some of our favorite contemporary electronic acts for an evening of sonic glee. Among this list of legends is Finnish hunk, Tatu Rönkkö, who you may recognize as one quarter of the otherwise Danish...
Schmutz Playlists | October 2017

Schmutz Playlists | October 2017

Tricks or treats, y’all? Well… we’ve got some treats right here. We give you the two playlists for October, 2017. Lots of spooky numbers in here to get yer skin crawling and heads boppin’. All these acts will be haunting Berlin this month and...
Schmutz Playlists | September 2017

Schmutz Playlists | September 2017

Summer festival season has finally come to close. With that, Berlin is once again inundated with raw international talent. This month we’ll all get the chance to see Moderat, Forest Swords, Cattle Decapitation, and Sisters of Mercy, just to name a few. Check out...
Berlin Atonal Festival 2017 Playlist

Berlin Atonal Festival 2017 Playlist

The collection of artists playing this year’s Berlin Atonal Festival is nothing short of overwhelming. Lucky for you, Schmutz loves you and is here to make your life easier. Enter: Our Berlin Atonal Playlist. So kick your feet up, let the tracks run, and get...
A Schmutz Guide to Berlin Atonal 2017

A Schmutz Guide to Berlin Atonal 2017

(photo cred: Camille Blake) The history of Berlin Atonal begins in November 1982. Set up at SO36 in Kreuzberg, the festival became ground-zero for altogether new forms of musical experience; Einstürzende Neubauten, Sprung aus den Wolken, Malaria, Notorische Reflexe,...
Schmutz Playlist | August 2017

Schmutz Playlist | August 2017

We’ve got some big acts coming through this month. From the stacked lineup of Atonal to the Mykki Blanco, Boris and Wrekmeister Harmonies shows. These playlists only reflect a small number of the acts rolling through Berlin this month be we hope to see you in...
Speicher: Concerts in Water Reservoirs

Speicher: Concerts in Water Reservoirs

This weekend, Speicher will be coming to a water reservoir near you. Speicher is a two-evening show with six artists of eclectic backgrounds, put together by the appropriately named Bohemian Drips. It will be set in the underground foundation of two water towers that...
Schmutz Playlist | July 2017

Schmutz Playlist | July 2017

Happy Gin Rickey Month! This is the Berlin playlist of the summer, folks. We’ve put this doozy together based on the bands and artists coming through Berlin this July. We’re excited to check out these legends live and hope you are too, tiny dancers....
Berlin Atonal Makes Second Lineup Announcement

Berlin Atonal Makes Second Lineup Announcement

As if we weren’t drooling enough after the first announcement, Berlin Atonal has listed the next set of confirmed performers. This year seems to be nearly equal parts world premieres to veterans of sound art, so we’re hoping to leave the festival with a...
Schmutz Playlist | June 2017

Schmutz Playlist | June 2017

All of these artists are playing gigs in Berlin this month and we’re too excited. Berlin has been waiting around for summer to come and now that it’s finally here, we’ve been rewarded with the music to match. The Beach Boys, Sun Ra, Blink-182, NOTS,...
Homeshake takes over Lido on 28.05

Homeshake takes over Lido on 28.05

The appeal for Homeshake seems obvious, especially on a blazing spring evening in Berlin. Lido was packed with swaying floral button ups, sun-dazed expressions and an eagerness to hear the Montreal-based headliner. Aldous RH opened and said hello to the crowd by...
May Playlists | Schmutz Berlin

May Playlists | Schmutz Berlin

April showers (and sleet and hail and snow) bring May flowers. We’ve got some big names coming through town this month that we’ve always wanted to see along with small acts that we’ve just discovered. The all-seeing eyes of Schmutz have seen that you...
Schmutz Guide to XJazz Festival 2017

Schmutz Guide to XJazz Festival 2017

Here we go again, it’s XJazz time!! Kicking off next week, from May 3rd to the 7th, XJazz is a unique festival when put in the context of the Berlin live music landscape. One of the main goals of XJazz is to blur and break the boundaries of jazz, experimental...
April 2017 Playlists

April 2017 Playlists

All of these bands and artists are coming through Berlin this month and we are very pumped. We decided that this month’s docket was deserving of two playlists. The first is a lighter listen with baroque-pop gems, shoegaze masterpieces, and compositional wonders....
Who is Schmutz?

Who is Schmutz?

Who? Who’s asking? Who are any of us, really? I have yet to see substantiated evidence that you aren’t all figments of my reality simulation. Or we could all be some sort of Westworld-esque, sexy robots, teetering on the brink of self-awareness, insanity, and an...