Saw the Jörg Immendorf retrospective exhibit at the Neue Nationalgalerie. Brilliant stuff. The collection of works spanned his entire career: Naivist Fluxus-type stuff, socialist realism from the 70es, “wild” paintings from the 80es. And then his recent work, which impressed …

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The Futureheads offered an explosion of pure energy. Absurd as it is to imagine a cross between Devo and The Proclaimers, delivered with the pop-punk simplicity of The Buzzcocks, The Futureheads make it work. I had a great time, but …

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What would heavy metal sound like played in super-slowmotion? Something like Sunn O))): A deep, almost motionless drone – a primordial soup of distorted guitars and bass synthesizer. From the outside it sounded like the Odeon Stage had been transformed …

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The day started with perfect sunny weather, which amazingly ended up lasting for the entire festival. On the station I met Hans E. Madsen, whom I know from my Århus days. It turns out he was the mastermind behind (among …

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With State of Mind bass man Morten Barnekov Johansen (right) in front of light sculpture by Hans E. Madsen

The Von Bondies from Detroit played the Odeon stage: Oh my – more retro garage rock of the massively noisy and uncompromising kind. They do have a good (almost danceable) groove going at times, but to often they fall back …

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With State of Mind bass man Morten Barnekov Johansen (right) in front of light sculpture by Hans E. Madsen

It may be me, but I don’t really understand the hype surrounding I am Kloot. Sure, he writes decent songs and has a pleasant voice, but to me it’s just another singer/songwriter thing. Someone gave me a tip about Lali …

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With State of Mind bass man Morten Barnekov Johansen (right) in front of light sculpture by Hans E. Madsen

A friend dragged me along to Within Temptation, but we left after a couple of songs: The worst cliches of goth/symphonic metal, with the female singer sounding like Kate Bush before she grew up. A little worse, and they could …

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With State of Mind bass man Morten Barnekov Johansen (right) in front of light sculpture by Hans E. Madsen

My first day at the Roskilde Festival: Always be wary of bands who claim to be “inspired by Sonic Youth”. The opening act at the Odeon Stage, Blonde Redhead had some original beats and ethereal melodies. But only in the …

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