Bilder mit Katze

After weeks, I am still so in love with this video. Possibly my favorite music video of all time. It touches upon a quintessential zeitgeist of my generation, the generation that grew up enamored of the party life and the hipster art documentation of that party life, of concerts and Facebook and Tumblr, wandering between the old and the new, Polaroids and fashion and music, where the girl or boy you love is also in some sense the band you love is the shirt you buy at a merch table. Life imitating art, life molding itself to produce art, to the point when there can be no life without art, and art is life’s prime mover.

Also, the discovery of this video motivated me to look up Frittenbude and see if they had tour dates, which led to my discovery of Hurricane Festival, which I will now be attending, my second to last weekend in DE! (SO STOKED.) Artists I’m looking forward to seeing – You Me At Six, Jupiter Jones, Arcade Fire, Sick Puppies, All Time Low, Gogol Bordello, I Blame Coco, My Chemical Romance, Frittenbude, Bright Eyes, Selig, Band of Horses, Flogging Molly, The Wombats, Arctic Monkeys, Clueso, Foo Fighters. In other words like half the lineup. Best looking festival ever!

Update: Festival was incredible! Weather sucked, but the amazing music made up for it. Photos here.

Here is the glorious video, and my English translation of the lyrics.

It was a balmy night
you still know it just
as if it was yesterday
you were a bit stoked
and had drunken before
vodka with your friends
you roamed through the night
at nine you all slipped inside
you were the greatest fans
of Torsun and the guys
and in the first row knew really all the songs
but also the opening band were good
what pleased you even more
there was this girl there
she was special, had style
you spoke to her, said playfully “Hey Cat,
haven’t seen you before”
“Hey Tomcat I’m here for Bratze”
she found the lyrics great
and the two guys funny
you wanted to buy her something but then had just the fifty
that was supposed to suffice for the next twenty days
you brought her a drink, but
she said, “Pity,
I’d love that shirt, that’s there by Lars to buy
the black yellow there, the nice shirt from Audiolith,”
but she was sadly broke
had from her last money
bought the ticket today
so you picked it up and were her hero
you’ve then danced until she went home
and you stayed back with the guys, that hung around on the couch

You buy the woman you love
a shirt from Audiolith
that she constantly wears
because there’s nothing out there
like this shirt from Audiolith
with the nice large letters

You buy the woman you love
a shirt from Audiolith
that she constantly wears
because there’s nothing out there
like this shirt from Audiolith
with the nice large letters

On morning the next day already
you were so worked up
you called her and almost put it down again
cause first her father answered
but he was extremely friendly
then you’ve talked a long time
and noticed, that there’s stuff there
that you have in common
you soon met up
you were immediately a pair
and both also open for everything
you went to every party and to many concerts
demos or festivals, the life was beyond intense
main thing Audiolith, you’ve celebrated everything
and she wore always this shirt, it suited her excellently
you’ve ridden many trains
it was always a whirlwind
and once in the regional train you met Frittenbude
they invited you, have taken you with to the concert
you both danced through the night, simply didn’t go home
so it went a few years
you loved each other so
and all the more hurt when suddenly there was nothing more
and also the favorite shirt
it was suddenly gone
there were many tears
your love was like two swans
or at least similar, because you were extremely injured
didn’t want to see her anymore
you stayed
and she had to go

“Hi Tomcat it’s me
well you never come to the phone
I just wanted to tell you that I’m going to Berlin now,
to the fashion school
I already have an apartment, at Kotti
maybe one will hear from each other
ciaoi”

The shirt from Audiolith
was like the woman you love
suddenly vanished and you
alone at home, it remained
nothing to you but without pause these Audiolith songs
and pictures with Cat

The shirt from Audiolith
was like the woman you love
suddenly vanished and you
alone at home, it remained
nothing to you but without pause these Audiolith songs
and pictures with Cat

The years went by
you became always older
the girls came, stayed, went, flowers wilted
you saved a bit of money, for a new couch
dismantled the old one and what suddenly turned up
way back in the corner
you didn’t believe it
there lay this shirt, this one shirt from Audiolith
you think back on the moments of your youth
the time was super, only you two and the music
you throw the machine on
type her name in
have found her right away in a network, can it be
that’s really her, no
you’re suddenly very confused
take a photo of the shirt, not of you
and send it to her

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