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Elevate Festival 2010

From October 21st to 26th, Graz’s Elevate Festival once again stimulates new ways of thinking and listening through an extraordinary combination of electronic music, art and political discourse. Elevate highlights the role and importance of social movements as well as progressive initiatives in civil society and the importance of generating positive change in our society as a whole. At the same time, Elevate presents many live acts that offer fascinating odysseys into innovative worlds of sound far off the beaten path.


Elevate Civil Society – Discourse and Film Programme

Change! Mobilize! Communicate! These three catchwords highlight the practice-oriented approach of this year’s discourse programme. Together with international stars like Mike Bonanno of the YES MEN and representatives of some of the world’s largest grassroots environmental organisations, such as Nnimmo Bassey of Friends of the Earth International and Bill Mc Kibben of 350.org, Elevate aims to raise both awareness and motivation for personal and collective action. That means no more standing around and watching, but coming together to develop strategies for combating the climate crisis, social inequality and the economic crisis. Renowned experts and activists from Austria and abroad will discuss the importance and the possibilities of personal involvement, citizens’ initiatives and social movements from both global and local perspectives. The accompanying documentary film programme will further the discourse and includes the Austrian premiere of „Cultures of Resistance“ (USA/2010).


Music On The Edge

Presenting an eclectic array of styles, the performing artists at the festival have one thing in common: the courage to break away from conventions and expressing their creative work in their own voice, beyond the mainstream. That being said, Elevate offers a musical journey away from well-known Best-Of-Sets, challenging both artists and audiences alike. Newcomers like Mount Kimbie, Hudson Mohawke and Joy Orbison perform alongside established stars like Robert Hood, Terre Thaemlitz and Merzbow. In selecting the acts, the focus was set on innovation and the willingness to look beyond one’s own backyard. Artistic horizons can be explored, shared and expanded not only at live-shows but also at workshops on music production, online radio and visual art, as well as at the scheduled discussion on music journalism.


Innovations at the Elevate Festival 2010

The new Elevate Mediachannel, a five-day media experiment, will broadcast content online 24 hours a day, airing numerous live discussions, lectures and performances as well as music videos and documentary films. As in previous years, the Vienna-based Okto.tv will feature selected events live on Austrian cable television.

Another innovation in the festival’s artistic programme is a collaboration with the Kulturzentrum bei den Minoriten, which will provide a three days special music & literature presentation. Artists from both genres will perform together creating a space for exciting experiments.

Speakers and Panelists:

Mike Bonanno of the Yes Men (US), Nnimmo Bassey (NG), Iara Lee (BR), Bill McKibben (US), Anjali Kamat (IN), Rob Hopkins (UK), Wenonah Hauter (US) Béatrice Achaleke (AT), Kathrin Hartmann (DE), Hans Zeger (AT), Tadzio Müller (DE), Frederick Baker (UK), Robert Foltin (AT), Klaus Schönberger (DE), Ove Sutter (AT), Irmi Salzer (AT), Franziskus Forster (AT), Clemens Apprich (AT), Gerald Bäck (AT), Wolfang Rehm (AT), Rahel Sophia Süß (AT), & many more

Documentary Films:

Cultures of Resistance (US) In Transition (UK) Widerstand in Haiderland (AT) Die vierte Revolution – Energy Autonomy (DE) Big Brother Awards (AT)


Music Programme:

Actress (UK), Altered Natives (UK), Baconhead (UK), Chris Corsano (UK), Christoph De Babalon (DE), Claro Intelecto (UK), DeadFader (UK), DJ Spinn (US), Elektro Guzzi (AT), Emeralds (US), Fritz Ostermayer (AT) w/ Felix Kubin (DE), Giles Smith (UK), Girl Unit (UK), Hudson Mohawke (UK), Jamie xx (UK), Joy Orbison (UK), Merzbow/Pandi (JP/HU), Mount Kimbie (UK), Chrissy Murderbot (US), Oneohtrix Point Never (US), Over at the Stars (AT), Piece of Shh (RS), Project MOE (HR), Pursuit Grooves (US), Robert Hood (US), Rotator (FR), Sandwell District (UK), Terre Thaemlitz aka DJ Sprinkles (US), Tweakers (AT), Walls (UK), WoO (RS), Yoko Tawada (JP) w/ Nik Bärtsch (CH), + many more

CSR129LP (March 2010)

Merzbow | Graft

MERZBOW returns to COLD SPRING in blistering form – a sizzling new album length VINYL only limited edition (lime green, ltd x 400 copies) presented in an old-school ‘bootleg’ style cover and sealed with a sticker.

The special extra limited edition version of the LP comes with bonus 7″ (ltd x 150 copies) of exclusive tracks and is only available from COLD SPRING MAIL ORDER. This title will be deleted upon selling out, and the tracks are never to be issued on CD! A one time opportunity to own a true MERZBOW collectors piece! ACT FAST!

Track Listing:

A1. graft#1
B1. graft#2

It’s april, almost may, and it’s a good month to make a review of the best records & cd’s from 2008 ! 🙂

I was sorting out what records I have bought from 2008 and 2009 by the use of my discogs.. here’s the result of all the must haves or just go check-it-outs from the recent past:

Doornen    Caveman Prototype
Leviathan / Crebain    Leviathan/Crebain Split
Various    Angriff
Rioteer    Crack Beats #2
Robert Inhuman    Identity
Mancubus vs Mr. Porc    Solitude EP
Carnage    A Piece For Assorted Lunatics
Eustachian & Teknoist*    Drunk Drunken Drunkard
Mouse & No Name     Untitled
Leviathan     Massive Conspiracy Against All Life
Merzbow / Band Of Pain    The Celebration Of The Lizard / March Of The Myriapoda
Death Storm    We Are Deathstorm
Various    Ministry Of Shit 2
Passenger Of Shit    Untitled
Passenger Of Shit    Dingo Donga Up Ya Bunga
Various    I & I Relations
Maruosa    Untitled
Genghis Tron    Board Up The House
Berzerker, The    The Reawakening
Bart Hard    Noise Core E.P.
Franz Fjödor    Sequence
Various    Maschinenfest 2008
Christoph De Babalon    Scylla & Charybdis
Anonymous    Anonymous Series Volume One
Various    Rigormortis Records No. 1
Ra-X    Cracktown Tilburg
Realicide / Capital Hemorrhage    Split EP
Vague_Entity    Play With Your Mind
Drokz & Mr. Courage*    This Is Terror 9
Lowtek / Jensen / Massacre, The    The Lost Luggage E.P.
Various    MKMKapotMoet 21 March 2008
Various    EP Koi Enkor !?
Various    Show The Love
Unibomber    D.P.H.C.E.P.
Various    Kampfansage Projekt Hardcore
Painbringer    Street Knowledge
Heretik     No Obvious Signs Of Abuse
DJ Narotic Vs Lenny Dee    Ring Around The Pit
Various    Industrieel Erfgoed
JeRe    La Glace A La Viande EP / Urban Break Corps Vol 02
Various    Attraktion From The Other Side