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Sleeparchive: Keeping Secrets

"808 and bleeps and noise" is how Berlin's Roger Semsroth succinctly describes his perfectly formed Sleeparchive project. Combining the asceticism of Mika Vainio's recordings for Sähkö with the aestheticism of near-mythological labels like Basic Channel, Semsroth's releases acquire power from their musical and visual reductionism. Read more » 

Bitter Bastard: Ich Hasse Berlin

Berlin's so great, blah, blah. Techno rave blah. Stay up all weekend, Wall, döner kebab, Ecstasy, yadda yadda. Bunker, beer, underground, artsy, bahn this, tram that. Bitter Bastard thinks the only thing more boring than Berlin is hearing people talk about how great it is. Here are 10 reasons it sucks.

1. Toilets and Toilet Paper
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Welcom to Berlin. Let's Get Wasted

On the wall of the Panoramabar office is a quote from German philosopher Goethe that reads "Be hardworking during the day and swine-like at night. This is how the world is best." It's as apt a motto as any for Berlin, where people partying hard in the club at midnight on a Monday will be making it to work the next day.

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Pfadfinderei: Graphic Troopers

Pfandfinderei means "path finders." It also means "boy scouts," and after you meet the Pfadfinderei it's hard to say which meaning is more appropriate. Pfadfinderei consists of seven graphic designers between the ages of 25 and 37, all called by nicknames (including Codek, Honza, Krsn, Flori, Tobi, and Critzla, which means "scribbles"). Their office is down one flight of stairs from the headquarters of Ellen Allien's techno imprint Bpitch Control, in a building they refer to warmly as "the house."

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The Run Up DVD: Krylon Warriors

Don't think for a second that the artists featured in The Run Up (Upper Playground; $19.99) are just another bunch of spray-can-wielding vandals in paint-splattered hoodies.

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