Berlin scene report:
Darklands was amazing. The presentation for BBS was impeccable, and the SA's were on some level12 Archmage wizard shit. They literally floated towards me. Pounding techno made me feel at home. Only purchase was from the outlet next door which was a good retail addition for the -1 entry level palladins looking to level up.
Oukan ; great store in a random area, lots of Japanese avant garde, mixed with accessible brands only found in EU. Picked up a protective wizard cloak from nostra santisma, and browsed they're many offerings. Almost too much product, but a great range for any price point. Some julius, some issey miyake, all the way to silent and some affordable elevated basic brands ( first aid for the injured) . 10/10 would kop again.
Firmament ; typical techwear / alpha street gear. Good presentation, but nothing special. Checks the hype box twice.
XXX store moved, or no longer exists. Spent a while trying to find it again, knocked on old door, someone lives there now.
Voo was good, nothing amazing this time around. Lots of the same brands you see elsewhere, but still a great one stop shop. Didn't kop anything, was planning on grabbing a bunch of Mad et len scent, as its impossible to find in US, but they have about 1/4 of the range as last fw season.
Pletzinger - really interesting one off custom sport jersey '92 rave gear. Not stuff i would wear, but super fun and you could easily recreate a wolfgang tilmans rave photo with this stuff. Cool shop, the owner/designer is a nice guy to chat up. Right by the Boros collection.
Ritter butzke. Went on a thursday, seemed really young and fairly generic hook up spot. 3/10 would Avoid.
Tresor; showed up 6am Friday for tectonic showcase. Spent a few hours upstairs, and it was dead. decided to leave and then stumbled into the main area downstairs. Incredibly intense banging techno from 2526. So good. Great space, and glad we found the main area.
Berghain; Went early saturday night to get stamped. Ended up staying for 9 hours, had some good fun. Norman nodge to open was a cool set, then things got hazy. Francois X, and substance downstairs. Pannabar - dj sprinkles, but mostly downstairs. Went home to sleep a few hours and shower and a shnitzel, and came back sunday around 6pm to close it out, right in time for marcell dettman to come on. Caught a great set from him, len faki, discodromo, black madonna, and the highlight ; closing set from function in pannabar. This was easily the best set of music ive ever witnessed. Major journey, sticking around for the entire 9hr set was a real treat. Riding bikes home after is not recommended.
Food: Cocolo ramen and kimchee princess. Didnt eat alot this time around, but cocolo is always good.
John muir bar in xberg for some good craft cocktails.
Art: it was artweek and ABC berlin fair was a great experience. Cool venue, and lots of fun new challenging work on display. Enjoyed the josh reames paintings.
Boros collection - easy highlight. They allowed open accesses during artweek, and photography. Must visit 10/10.
We rented bikes and barley used ubahn. Great way to get around, pretty much everythings accessible by bike.
Would do anything to live there for a year, but I can see how quickly the lifestyle takes its toll. Seems like rents skyrocketing and the job market is weak with the major influx of creative expats.
Edited by EG562, 09 October 2015 - 12:30 AM.