by James Glazebrook

Grunewaldsee boat in lake

Our recipe for a perfect Berlin summer day:

1. Take 1 dog. We recommend a Bully, but any dog will do.

2. Add 1 blazing hot Berlin summer day.

3. Stew in a airtight S7 train. Time may vary, but our lump of dog took 50 minutes to cook through.

4. Leave to cool for about 30 minutes (or as long as it takes to walk from Grunewald to the “dog beach” at Grunewaldsee Hundestrand).

5. Arrange your other ingredients on a picnic blanket. We recommend wine (white or rosé), bite-sized chunks of fruit and veg and assorted dips.

6. Sprinkle your dogmeat with water to keep from drying out.

7. Mix well with other dogs.

8. Enjoy. Guten Appetit!

Grunewaldsee reflection of trees

Grunewaldsee path walkway

Grunewaldsee dog walking along lake

Grunewaldsee Olive walking along lake

Grunewaldsee dogs swimming in lake

Grunewaldsee dog sitting in front of lake

Grunewaldsee pug sitting on tree

Music Montag: DYLAN III

by James Glazebrook

DYLAN III is either insane or a visionary. Just check out the post-cyberpunk narrative about the “all-out computational arms race” that runs through “Quantum”, read with Gary Numan blankness over an oddly pastoral synth jam. Or the epic political rant that breaks down the lesson on “Iran”, like a 21st Century n-n-n-n-nineteen. “In this atomic game, reputation is at stake. But we face destruction, so things will never be the same.” Uneasy listening for the Wikileaks generation.

Tommi’s Burger Joint

by James Glazebrook

Tommy's Burger Joint Dining

I’ve finally learned my lesson: no more proclaiming that I’ve found the best burger in Berlin! Every time I think I’ve found the perfect patty, along comes another that kicks its buns! Which brings me to this week’s favourite bap-house: Tommi’s Burger Joint. The most easterly outpost of the Icelandic chain that’s kicked McDonalds out of its home country is situated on Invalidenstrasse, just a quick drunken amble from Weinbergsweg, Mitte’s best summer hangout spot. Like all of the Icelandic joints, and the one in London, it’s staffed by a family member of the eponymous Tommi – in Berlin, that would be the guy with the epic peroxide-blonde beard! What he’s cooking up is the finest Black Angus beef from a bio farm in Scotland, just one of the discoveries of the farmer Tommi when we travelled the world for a year as research. We think this was time well spent, as you can taste the passion in every perfectly grilled mouthful, in every gulp of delicious milkshake. Yet another awesome Berlin burger joint to check out – watch your waistlines people!

Tommy's Burger Joint Burger and Milkshake

Tommy's Burger Joint Creator

Tommy's Burger Joint Wall of notes

Win tickets to Quicksand at SO36!

by Guest Blogger

By Mike T. West.

[EDIT: this competition is now closed. Click here to see if we’re running any open competitions]

Quicksand, one of the most influential post-hardcore bands of all time, re-enters Germany this month for some stinking festival appearances. But the real good news is that they are back in Berlin next week special like and we have a pair of tickets to give away to a lucky überliner! Find out how after these messages #tease


Formed in 1990 as a New Yoik underground supergroup and featuring one of the founding fathers of hardcore (and former Berliner) Walter Schreifels, Quicksand took the first decade of this century off to form great bands (Rival Schools) and join even greater ones (Deftones).

Here is the band covering (and nailing) a song originally recorded by some band called The Smiths:


Quicksand are playing the historic SO36 on Oranienstrasse next Tuesday, and the wonderful people at Trinity Music are giving a pair of tickets to a couple of lucky humans! Just leave us a comment below with the answer to this easy question:

What is your favourite punk cover of a not-so-punk-song? And why?

You have until 6pm on Saturday 7th June to enter. ROCK ON m/

The Boring Bit (yawn, RULES):

1. You must be 18 years or older to enter.
3. Our favourite track win. Simple as.
4. Remember to include your full (real) name and email address, so we can contact you if you win.
5. We will announced the winners via our Facebook page on Sunday 8th June.