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Music fanatics watch out for the latest addition to our sound and rhythm section. Aside of our almost classics when it comes to vinyl, electronic music and brand new releases such as Record, Zweikommasieben, Borshch and Wire - we've got another, already loveable, vibrant magazine diving into experimental music and art. 20 Seconds "is interested in bold art, fearless music and the real people behind it" says Canadian Editor-in-Chief, Daniel Melfi, who is based in Berlin and the driving force behind 20 Seconds. Writing for Vice Resident Advisor and Electronic Beats as well as magazines like Borshch and Mixmag, it seemed about time to start his own journey. The very first issue of the bi-annual print-only magazine features interviews with all-around talent TUTU, Toronto's still hidden synthesizer star Matt Thibideau as well as choreographer Katja Heitmann who is currently revolutionizing contemporary dance culture in Maastricht's Marres House. Plus: This issue includes tips to what you better never, sometimes and always should listen to. It has been said elsewhere that this magazine "will last a while, individually a lifetime. But definitely more than 20 Seconds". Well, we bloody hope so! Buy...

What does this magnificent volume from Vitra Museum’s ongoing Night Fever exhibition has to offer? For one, a luminous flashback into the frenzies of the last fifty years’ nocturnal living with rare insights into how the nightlife culture evolved hand-in-hand with design ideas. It starts with the years leading to the rise of disco, in a time the dance floor turned into a magnetic field for all types of creatives. Hovering through the allure of nightly melodies, lights, design and architecture, Night Fever profiles a superb list of clubs from the Italian Radial Design clubs and Manchester"s Hacienda, to studio 54 of Andy Warhol and the Ministry of Sound in London, showing some of the period’s promotional leaflets, party invitations, floor plans, vintage photographs and records, and many great stories about the wicked creatures of the night. Buy...

Professor Christian Huck from the English Department of the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel studies the roots of popular culture in Germany and the changes it has undergone throughout the 20th century until the present moment. From the power of saxophones and girls to TV series, penny journals, cocktails, breakdancing, jeans and computer games, Huck revisits the transatlantic exchanges of culture from an academic perspective, in a language understandable by the general German-speaking reader. Focusing on the enthusiasm behind appreciating particular trends of culture in Germany and the social, economic and technical circumstances that led to their spread, Huck argues that popular culture is able to suspend social differences allowing for moments of a generalized sense of social equality --until countering subcultural movements take place. Buy...