Kraftwerk Bringing Spectacular 3-D Stage Show to the US

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Anyone who’s ever picked up a synthesizer and subsequently drew out all its most Teutonic possibilities, from Depeche Mode to Ladytron to Essaie Pas, owes an unpayable debt to Kraftwerk. And more than four decades after their advent, Dusseldorf’s robotic men of mystery continue to push us on to a cold, rational red, white and black future.

American disciples of Maschinenmusik should begin counting down the days until summer’s fade, as Ralf Hütter and his fellow automatons have announced that, after an eight show residency at Den Norske Opera in Olso in August, they will be returning to US soil this September 3 for a nine date presentation of the newest version of their perception altering, multimedia 3-D performance. It will take them from Bethesda to Atlanta to San Diego, then ending up at The Hollywood Bowl on September 18.

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Described as “Gesamtkunstwerk – a total work of art,” the show combines visual and aural futurism in a way that will have you surely questioning your position on the Spacetime Continuum. From 2012 to 2014, they had presented to universal astonishment varying versions at such venues as New York’s MoMA, the Sydney Opera House, the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, and Denver’s Ellie Caulkins Opera House, the latter hailed by the Examiner as an “utterly mesmerizing visual spectacle that has to be experienced to be believed.”

Be there or be altmodisch.

 

7 Brilliant Reasons to be in London Now

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After both Britain’s sardonically scintillating debate about banning Donald Trump from their shores, and Obama’s total lovefest lunch with her majesty the Queen for her 90th (Cheers, luv!), what better time to emphasize to our allies in Blighty how much we appreciate their enduring friendship? And the capital’s controversial Mayor Boris Johnson has just kicked off an initiative appropriately titled Fans of London–amongst which we decisively count ourselves.

We did a recent recon mission, lured by Shakespearian drama, punk nostalgia, and, most of all, The Rolling Stones. We admit we even geeked out our inner Hogwart at the new Making of Harry Potter tour at Warner Bros Studios. London is particularly electric in springtime. Here’s why to go.


1. Remember Bowie in Mayfair

Poshie Mayfair has been revived in recent years as a glamorous playground for Brit celebs and their bright-young-thing hangers on. But it also has a rocker cred history – which we learned about on a fabulous tour of Mayfair’s fashion and rock & roll landmarks, including the alley (22 Heddon Street) where the shoot for the mythical cover image for Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust happened. To actually hang with rock’s royal offspring, make your way in the evening to Mayfair’s fashionable, Victorian themed Mr. Fogg’s, which attracts the likes of Jade Jagger and Pippa Middleton. Just in time for spring tippling, they’ve opened The Hendrick’s Botanical Garden out back. Lovely.

2. Eat, Drink, Rock

We followed appropriately with a foodie and music tour of SoHo. Eating London takes you through Soho’s dining and tippling scene, making on-trend stops at Enrique Tomas’ Spanish Deli & Wine Bar, the groovy Opium Dim Sum & Cocktail Parlor, Mexi-fabulous La Bodega Negra and The London Gin Club, amongst others. We also recommend hitting up brunch at the celeb-magnet Dean Street Townhouse, as well as making the nighttime scene at Bob Bob Ricard and Jason Atherton’s Social Eating House.
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3. Party with the Stones

Mick, Keith and the lads celebrate five-plus decades of troublemaking at The Saatchi Gallery’s spectacular Rolling Stones career retrospective Exhibitionism.

4. Peek at Another Type of Exhibitionism

The Tate Modern presents until June 12, Performing For The Camera, a photo exhibition exploring just why we act the way we do in front of the lens. The works of more than fifty seminal shutterbugs are on display, including Duchamp, Yves Klein and Cindy Sherman.
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5. Have a Trendy Afternoon Tea

Skip the posh hotels and have a rather groovy afternoon tea (caviar & quail’s egg, caramelized scented cardamom pears) at the ever surreal Sketch in Mayfair, still one of the most fabulous food, art and music venues in the capital. With five wildly themed rooms for eating, drinking and dancing, as well as bathrooms housing individual egg shaped commodes, and, well, really rather regular celeb sightings (Jaden Smith, Gigi Hadid, Kate Moss, Selena Gomez), you’ll never look at tea time the same way again.

6. Flit About in a Real English Garden

English idiosyncrasies are part of the DNA of every aspect of London life—especially when it comes to greenery amidst the skyscrapers. The lovely Roof Garden on the, erm, roof of the old Derry and Toms (and then Biba) building on High Street Kensington is a wonderful example of such quirky eccentricity. After a stroll around the lovely grounds, have lunch at the sumptuous onsite resto Babylon. The space turns into a nightclub in the evenings, for those with less contemplative intentions.
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7. Dine With the In Crowd

Camilla Al Fayed’s new plant based Notting Hill restaurant Farmacy is currently drawing the ideological epicures; super hot Chiltern Firehouse chef Nuno Mendes has opened Portuguese tapas hotspot Taberna do Mercado in Spitalfields Market; cult wine zine Noble Rot now has an eponymous restaurant in Bloomsbury, setting local oenophiles all abuzz; and star chef Jason Atherton has gone minimalist Japanese at Sosharu in trendy Clerkenwell.
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Where to Stay:

Charlotte Street Hotel

One of our all time fave London stays, from those hospitality virtuosos at Firmdale. Rooms bear designer-proprietor Kit Kemp’s colorfully exotic stamp; there’s a private screening room on site for cultural enlightenment; and best of all for spring, the hotel’s groovy Oscar’s Restaurant & Bar has tables set up along buzzy Charlotte Street, for maximum people watching fun. It draws glittering clientele, the likes of James Franco, Ben Affleck, Kelly Brook and Eric Bana.
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BlackBook Archives: In and Around LA With Uffie

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It took Uffie three years to finish her debut album. Now that it’s finally done, the Paris-based hip-hop MC takes a much-deserved break to revisit her West Coast hangs (May, 2010). 

“You can’t just pull an album out of your ass,” says Uffie, the 22-year-old rapper, by way of accounting for why it’s taken her three years to finish her first record, next month’s Sex Dreams & Denim Jeans. “The other stuff I’d done was just for fun. I had to find my style, musically, and my artistic confidence.”

Her 2006 EP Pop the Glock brought her to the attention of the international club scene and propelled three years of continuous touring. It was the birth of her daughter Henrietta last October (the father is Parisian graffitist and nightlife player André Saraiva) that finally pushed Uffie to get o the road and into the studio. Once there, she recorded the album’s lead single with Pharrell, her favorite hip-hop artist.

Although being a mother hasn’t tempered the Paris-based singer’s willingness to talk explicitly about sex—on “Pop the Glock,” for example, she calls herself a “badass bitch/ I’m rated X/ I’m gifted/ Ain’t gotta sell sex”—it has changed her entire perspective on life. “Your child is the only person in life you love more than yourself. I don’t want to spend as much time wasting my youth in the clubs. She’s a reason to get up in the morning.”


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Dim Mak Studio

4953 Hollywood Boulevard

This is the office of my friend Steve Aoki’s label, Dim Mak Records. It’s also a store where they sell their merchandise. We play poker here and it’s a general hangout a er shows, especially after this weekly gig on Tuesday nights at CineSpace [6356 Hollywood Boulevard]. The Dim Mak team is a great group and they’re involved in all of the festivals. I met Steve at one of my first gigs at the Winter Music Conference in Miami in 2007 and we’ve been best friends ever since.

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Amoeba Music

6400 Sunset Boulevard

I came here for the first time in 2007. It’s the biggest record shop ever. It’s cool how they have both new and used stuff. It has every kind of music you could want under one roof. I got a Joy Division album here and I like to browse through the hip-hop.

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Skylight Books

1818 North Vermont Avenue

If you’re out shopping at the vintage clothing stores in Los Feliz, you can get a little brainwork in here at the same time. Skylight is my favorite independent bookstore in L.A. It’s intimate and well laid out. Two of my favorite writers are Bret Easton Ellis and Michel Houellebecq. I like contentious, dark stuff.

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Fred 62

1850 North Vermont Avenue

They have a front patio, which is key for me. You can people-watch without being too close to the street. The bright colors and retro-kitsch décor inside are fun. This place has great comfort food, like my favorite, mac ’n’ cheese. I left the U.S. for Hong Kong when I was 4, so I didn’t get to spend ample time in diners as a teenager. I still regret missing out on prom and the whole American college experience.

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Exclusive: Moog Music and Ace Hotels Record Store Day Limited Edition Giveaway

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In the face of inexorably declining album sales and the corresponding fadeout of brick and mortar record shops, Record Store Day has arisen as an eminent annual celebration of the glories of the physical music experience.

And so in honor of this year’s Record Store Day (Saturday, April 16), as well as the debut of the retro-futuristic Moog Mother 32 Analog Synthesizer, Moog Music introduces Music For Intention & Growth, a Purpose-Driven Sound Series, in collaboration with cassette-only label Twin Spring Tapes and Ace Hotels.

For the project, avant-garde composers Inner Travels, Kyle Landstra and TALsounds have created an exclusive auditory journey that explores the musical scope of Moog’s newest and genuinely fascinating machine. You can stream the music here (TALsounds, Kyle Landstra, Inner Travels), but even better, pop into one of the partner Ace Hotels—New York, LA, Palm Springs, Seattle, Portland, Pittsburgh, New Orleans and London—to pick up free, limited-edition cassettes of each, where they’ll be hosting special listening sessions.

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Ace Hotels Partner Kelly Sawdon enthuses, “There are so many things that make this cassette release truly special: everything from the musicians and minds that came together to produce it, to the analog sound, to the intersectional collaboration between these unique spaces. We’re humbled to take part in this collective, shared experience.”

The cassettes, surely destined to become collectors’ items, will also be available at several North Carolina record stores (Carolina Soul, All Day Records, Schoolkids Records, Bull City, Harvest Records, Static Age Records and, of course, Moog Music). Ten out of the full run of cassettes will contain a message gifting the holder with a pair of tickets to May’s Moogfest in Durham, featuring Grimes, GZA, Gary Numan, Blood Orange, Miike Snow, Explosions in the Sky and dozens more.

Oh, and of course, do support Record Store Day in every way possible.

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Jen Schiffer, Co-Owner of Troubled Club Verboten, Has Been Arrested

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Jen Schiffer, co-owner of troubled Williamsburg club Verboten, has been arrested, according to sources. The gossip frenzy has her down for everything from not showing her books to a court, writing $31,000 worth of bad checks, withholding taxes from foreign DJs and tax fraud.

I haven’t seen an indictment actually defining the charges, but I heard all these and many more from voices in the know. I spoke to Jen a couple of days ago, as she asked me to write her side of the story believing me “to be a fair voice.” She pitched me the “there’s two sides to every story,” story and I was ready to ask her first how all these tales could be false.

Sexual harassment accusations were also in the mix and not just a couple isolated cases, but what seemed to be an institutionalized problem. The last time we spoke was Sunday afternoon. She’d managed to get a judge to open the shuttered club Saturday night and had to postpone our scheduled sit down. She offered, “Steven I really want to do this story, but today I need to sleep, It’s been too much. Can we pick another day soon?” I said yes, but now she will surely lawyer up and hopefully let the lawyer do all the talking.

She needs to learn real fast how to play by the rules. Get to know Jen Schiffer, below:

 

Goodnight Mr. Lewis: When a Club Closes, We All Suffer

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The closing of Brooklyn dance club Verboten has many in an “I told you” mode. The place was shuttered, according to a sign on the door, for failure to pay taxes, but allegations that run the gamut from fraud to sexual harassment have been leveled. Although legal eagles got the place open last Saturday night, it isn’t clear whether Verboten will soon be closed for good, reopened under new management or miraculously weather this storm.

Some seemed happy to see this joint go, but I felt bad for the staff who may be forced to look for work. A nightclub supports many people: bartenders, waitrons, managers, busboys, security, coat checkers, receptionists, door folk, public relations and promotional persons, DJs and cleaning crews all trying to pay rent, buy food, support boutiques and other businesses. There are also suppliers of booze, lemons and limes, soda and mixers. There are glassware purveyors and garbage picker uppers who now make less money. Then there are cab drivers, local deli’s supplying Altoids and before and after snacks and beers, diners, people who put up posters, graphic designers, uber drivers all suffering—the list is endless. A large nightclub like Verboten is a shot in the arm of the local economy. Oh, I forgot the government collects taxes on everything above, although some people are saying Verboten wasn’t paying those. (Update: Verboten Co-owner Jen Schiffer has been arrested).

Working in nightlife can be a double-edged sword. There is cash money, a stimulating environment and night hours that allow artists, actors and such to have day jobs. The club gigs pay the bills, while castings, rehearsals and all sorts of real world stuff occupy the days. In a perfect world, a thespian or student can work a Friday and Saturday night shift, maybe another during the week and pay their way to a bright future. The list of famous people who had bar, restaurant or nightlife gigs is long. Everyone from Dustin Hoffman to Bruce Willis, Debbie Harry to Keith Haring have served food or swill with a smile. Vin Deisel was a bouncer.

The players, below, balance their creative careers with nightlife jobs. Without clubs to pay their bills many would not be able to blossom in the arts. Could a Broadway or a New York film industry flourish without the talent pool working elsewhere? Here are four nightlife legends trying to become legendary performers.

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Strategic Group Partner Wass Stevens, the bon vivant doorman at such ultra exclusive clubs like Avenue, Marquee and many more says, “Working in nightlife is the perfect job for those pursuing a career in the arts. It keeps your days free to audition, take classes, and rehearse. It’s generally ‘freelance,’ so if you book a gig, you can take the time off without too much of a hassle. For me as an actor, working the door is like one long improvisation. And because you interact with people from all walks of life—in the span of 15 minutes tonight, for example, I talked to my favorite homeless guy Julio, an Oscar winner (with whom I’ve worked several times) several gazillionaires, two of my students, several of NY’s finest, my pal who plays for the New York Rangers, and other assorted nightcrawler—it takes any intimidation factor out of the acting equation.  Seeing huge stars, directors [and] producers staggering out intoxicated, or chasing hotties that I see on a daily basis and barely notice, levels the playing field really fast. And, if you take [it] seriously [and] treat it as a job, it can. Nightlife gives you a degree of financial security most ‘part-time’ jobs cannot give. And let’s not forget, for the most part its pretty fucking fun.”

Wass still hangs onto his door gig despite big and small screen success with increasingly larger roles in vehicles like The Wrestler, Brooklyn’s Finest, The Family Man, Public Morals, World Trade Center and more.

Michael Cavadias is a DJ, actor, writer and a director. He juggles his nightlife career amid credits for Wonder Boys, Girls, Difficult People and the upcoming Katie Holmes short, All We Had. For what seems like 500 Million Years he has performed Claywoman about a 500 Million Year old extra terrestrial. Recently he combined his day job with his night job by performing Claywoman at Bushwick’s House of Yes, where Girls star Jemima Kirke interviewed his character. He also wrote and directed The Joanne Holiday Show. By all accounts his career has been successful, but he makes ends meet with his DJ gigs at The Ace Hotel, Metropolitan Bar and his really fun new party HUMP at Rumpus Room every other Wednesday, which was created by Shoshana Fisher and Paul Iacono, who’s also an actor.

“Working in nightlife has allowed me the flexibility to take acting jobs, go on auditions, make my own work and survive in the city at the same time while also being able to DJ as another creative outlet,” Cavadias said. “It’s a balance between the sometimes unpredictable nature of both nightlife and film, TV [and] performance work, and the flexibility to be able to pursue the things I’m passionate about. “

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Heather Litteer

Heather Litteer has and continues to pursue her life as a performer with money she makes in the nightlife industry. She told me she has done about every job you can think of, from barkeep to dancer. Many know her as Jessica Rabbit, a persona I once described in BlackBook:  “She comes off as a girl who can do anything—and might, if you ask right.” Others will recall her as the “ass to ass girl” in Darren Aronofsky’s  Requiem for a Dream. Typecast as a woman of ill repute or a druggie, she took advice from her mother, who said, “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.” This led to her first solo show, “Lemonade,” which will premiere at La Mama April 15.

Without nightlife to support her, Heather may not be able to pursue her dreams in NYC.

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Fabrizio Brienza

Fabrizio Brienza is a rather tall, handsome, impeccably dressed presence at chic spots around town. He says he stumbled into nightlife while pursing a career as a model and actor. He can be seen in catalogs, commercials and campaigns, such as Johnnie Walker Blue Label. His acting has him rubbing elbows with superstars in flicks like Adjustment Bureau, Duplicity, A Walk Among the Tombstones, as well as television, like Law and Order SVU and Days of Our Lives. He has been here for 11 years, “longer than he has been in any one place before.” He opens that velvet rope as he seeks “meatier roles” that will take him to the next level.

Nightlife is a dream job for many, as you make money and hang with the wonderful, the rich, the famous, the it persons, the next wave. You listen to great music and can often sleep in. These are some of the thousands of faces trying to make it in this impossible, but possible town. When a club closes the consequences ripple through our culture.

A Luxurious Guide to the Rarest Scottish Whiskies

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Whiskey, bourbon, rye, artisanal moonshine—the trendsters just can’t get enough of the stuff. But we prefer our brown elixir to be sourced from north of Hadrian’s Wall, thank ye. Scotch whisky, to be precise.

Now one might reasonably make a convincing argument that Scottish cuisine was so bad for so long, because the locals were too busy sipping good whisky to bother much about food. Blessedly, for anyone that has had to digest cock a leekie soup or deep fried pizza, a 21st Century culinary revolution has taken hold from Edinburgh to the Isle of Skye. But that’s another story.

And so with the annual celebration of Scottish culture that is New York Tartan Week underway, we present here some of the rarest, and obviously extremely special occasion bottles (perhaps for when Google buys your app). For practical purposes, we drew the line at the likes of, say, Karuizawa 48 Year Old 1964 Cask 3603, which will cost you as much as a small BMW.

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Highland Park 40 Year Old

Striking masculine design of both box and bottle, the latter adorned with a silver amulet, to decidedly elegant effect. Smokey, fruity and rich, with prominent tasting notes of sherry, chocolate and anise and a distinctly oaky finish.
Estimated price: $2,750

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Leidag 42 Year Old Dúsgadh

Tobacco, leather, coal on the nose—so it’s particularly, uniquely stimulating to the senses. Indeed, you’ll get cinnamon, honey and ginger on the palette, with a long, dry finish. Different.
Estmated price: $3,800

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The Macallan M 1824 Series

You know that when a distiller describes the nose with words like “velvet sateen,” you’re about to experience something ethereally life-altering. A palette of rich wood spices, cedar and violets leads to a long, rapturous finish. The crystal decanter is a work of art—much like what it holds.
Estimated price: $3,900

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The Last Drop 50 Year Old

It won’t win any prizes for bottle design. But the long maturation in sherry casks produces an incredibly refined smoothness. Just 1,347 bottles were made; and it’s meant for an exceptionally proficient palette, with its unusual pomegranate and cilantro nose, and tasting notes of malt, molasses and, of course, sherry.
Estimated price: $4,000

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The Balvenie 40 Year Old Single Malt

Smokey but sweet, it has hints of honey and spice. Aged in both bourbon and sherry casks. Complex and creamy, with tasting notes of vanilla oak, cinnamon and nutmeg. There are supposedly only 150 bottles in the world, so figure at least $1,500 of the pricetag is pure bragging rights.
Estimated price: $4,500

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The Glenfarclas 60 Year Old (Cask 1672)

Considered a pinnacle, and priced quite accordingly. Notes of espresso, treacle and complex spices. Aged in a single sherry cask. For aesthetes, an absolutely stunning bottle design.
Estimated price: $17,000

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Drinking Scotch in Edinburgh

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

For total immersion in the culture of Scottish whisky, this exclusive international club sources the finest and the rarest, which can be sipped in its elegant Members’ Rooms – as well as in one of its partner bars from Glasgow to London. Or just pop in to The Dining Room at 28 Queen Street, its highly regarded restaurant (open to non-members), where you can pair the best Scotch with lobster canneloni and twice baked Stilton soufflé.

The Balmoral Hotel

The veritable flagship of the incomparable Rocco Forte hotels group, The Balmoral has hosted everyone from The Stones to Sean Connery to J.K. Rowling. The best rooms have glorious views over Princes Street Gardens to the castle. But you’ll want to spend most of your time settled into a plush sofa in Scotch, the hotel’s classy, dedicated whisky bar with more than 500 on offer.

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First Look: NYC’s Hotly Anticipated 11 Howard Hotel

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You can’t swing a Pizza Rat in NYC without hitting some or other new “boutique” hotel. But in terms of cultural significance some hotels are, well, bigger than others.

And as big news goes in Gotham’s overheated hospitality market, one could hardly fathom a greater sense of anticipation than that swirling around Aby Rosen’s 11 Howard, which officially opens to the public this month in the lower reaches of Soho. Indeed, its Beatrice Inn alum’d bar The Blond debuted two weeks ago with a celeb studded bash, and has been abuzz ever since (a Stephen Starr restaurant is on the way). The hotel itself, designed by Danish superstar Anda Andrei and her SPACE Copenhagen cohorts Signe Bindslev Henriksen and Peter Bundgaard Rützo, has some of the most strikingly conceived public spaces and sleeping chambers in the city.

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But it’s the substance behind the style that most distinguishes 11 Howard. The hotel’s “conscious hospitality” program has led to partnerships with the likes of Barbara Burchfield and Olivia Wilde’s Conscious Commerce and Lauren Bush’s FEED. Guest’s booking directly through the hotel’s site will have a portion of their reservation cost donated to the Global Poverty Project. As well, Thrive Market and Conscious Commerce will provide the food for the rooms’ FEED Bags—and each one purchased will go to feeding 11 people in need.

For our part, we hope it’s the start of a whole new hotel trend.

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BlackBook Exclusive: Swedish Singer Adiam’s Guide to Berlin

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It says something about the German capital that in 2016, at least a dozen other cities are being hopelessly referred to as “The Next Berlin.” But while the Brooklyn-Portland brand of calculated cool is fairly easily duplicated, it’s hard to imagine anywhere else successfully replicating the peculiar artistic frisson and wantonly decadent nightlife culture of Berlin.

Indeed, when we’re there, we’re partial to a bit of uniquely outlandish clubbing at Berghain, KitKat or Chalet. But Swedish transplant Adiam is more likely to be found hanging with the cool kids over a Furious Super Spicy at Angry Chicken in Kreuzberg.

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The sexily-coiffed, Eritrean-origin’d musical goddess’ electrifying new EP2 is released this week, stunningly produced by TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek (who also helmed her last EP). Indeed, striking new single “Quiet Desperation” mates jittery beats with widescreen atmospherics and Adiam’s particularly sultry intonations.

We sat her down just long enough to get the lowdown on her favorite Berlin hangs.


Felix Austria

Small Austrian restaurant with great service and the best schnitzel in town. Don’t miss the chicken salad either.

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Lon Men’s Noodle House

On the Kantstrasse in Berlin Charlottenburg, this is a low-key, family-run Taiwanese noodle place. The soups are great but I love their Taiwanese wraps. Lately the line outside has been getting longer.

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Kaffeehaus & Restaurant Grosz

Very classy, high-end place in an amazing location on the Kurfürstendamm. The interior reminds me of both a Viennese Coffeehouse and a French Brasserie. I like to go there for breakfast.

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Angry Chicken

Definitely the best fried Korean chicken in town. The So-So-Angry Chicken Sauce is to die for. I’m a regular here.

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Wuergeengel

The Würgeengel is probably my favorite bar in Berlin. It’s named for Luis Bunuel’s macabre comedy El Ángel Exterminador.  A very classy, old school cocktail spot, its next to the equally nice Babylon Cinema in Kreuzberg.

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Voo Store

A great place for finding really cool new styles. Its also nicely located in a courtyard off Oranienstrasse.

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Hamburger Bahnhof

One of the biggest contemporary museums in the city. It’s in the former terminus of the Berlin-Hamburg Railway and an incredible space to see art. They have an impressive permanent collection and always interesting feature exhibitions.

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Bootsverleih Am Schlachtensee

In spring and summer, one of the most relaxing things to do is to drive out to the many lakes in Berlin. At the Schlachtensee you can rent a rowing boat and just cruise on the lake. The rental place is run by a true Berlin original.

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BlackBook Recommends

Hotel nhow Berlin

One of the city’s tireless party hotels (located in hip Friedrichshain), it draws top DJ talent, as well as pop stars (Mel C, Shaggy) and models (Eva Padberg) to its wildly futuristic interiors. It’s got colorfully mod rooms and a terrace right on the River Spree, as well as a buzzy,  light-filled restaurant and sceney bar. Book a suite and get free use of a MINI during your stay.

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