Chart of 15 Austrian records published in the December 2010 issue of The Wire. To be eligible for inclusion in this chart the artist just needed to be Austrian, or be based in Austria, or have at least one Austrian member, or something. They weren’t the most rigorous of criteria.
No major concerts to report, but I wanted to give a brief flavour of a few things I’ve seen recently.
Naked Lunch/Universalove, Vienna Arena, 22 August
I think this was the only cold, wet day in the whole of August, so of course it had to be the day on which I chose to attend an open-air concert. Once again Naked Lunch were superb; see here and here for longer reviews of this engrossing film/music experience.
Der Blutharsch, London Camden Underworld, 18 September
Fine performance of dark psychedelic rock from Albin Julius and friends.
Damo Suzuki/Mord, Vienna Arena, 22 September
The former Can man continues on his never-ending tour, picking up “sound carriers” wherever he goes. I actually found this to be mostly uninteresting, lacking in variation and Suzuki’s vocals ultimately tiresome.
Volcano The Bear, Vienna Rhiz, 6 October
Very uneven concert of experimental rock and improv. Some beautiful piano-led instrumental moments, but the vocals and lyrics were largely mannered and inconsequential. And by the end it was clear that the duo had run out of ideas, which for an improvising ensemble is rather worrying.