When I finally made it out into the sunshine today I took my customary Sunday wander around Boxy. There’s almost always music going on but the quality thereof dost vary most hugely. Today there was quite a crowd gathered around some intriguing sounds so I mosied on over and beheld the very entertaining Tanga Elektra.
At first I was particularly taken with the drummers cap (see right) but as I paid closer attention I also liked the fact that the guitar case was acting as a drum, and the other dude (see end of post) was making seriously funky noises with a violin and a bunch of pedals. And he could sing too. I have taken my own videos of them but I don’t have the power to load them here so you shall have youtube goodness.
The first vid is the song wot I heard them do today
The second is a different song but they’re in the exact same place in Boxy, clearly they are regulars and I can hope to see them again.
This wasn’t the the only sunshine music either. Alex kindly gave me a shout yesterday for an open air. Apparently it’s another Berlin classic that I didn’t know about to put on the list but managed to tick off as a first without any particular difficulty. I followed chalk arrows on the pavement to get there and the whole thing was extraordinarily chilled out. The journey did take me a while though, and when Alex and Felix kindly escorted me back to the U they had to walk their bikes. Must. Get. Bike.
So what’s an open air? An unofficially party in some unused space a bit out of the city. Basically there was a bonfire (Osterfeuer, it’s an Easter tradition), a soundsystem playing house and a bunch of people drinking beer in the sunshine.
As it got dark one light came on and everyone kept dancing. Good summer stuff, although I did have to take a wild pee which turned out funnier than imagined because I hid myself so well in the bushes in the dark that another girl with the same mission nearly sat on me. When I realised she couldn’t see me I said a quiet but friendly ‘hallo’ and she nearly jumped out of her skin. Makes a change for it not to be me squeaking, hey?
And finally, LTN arrives tonight so I’m looking forward to more sunshine fun with him. Fabelhaft.