Author Archives: André Savetier

Since 2011 André Savetier is actively working as a music journalist with an expertise on contemporary new wave music phenomena.
His scientific specialization is anthropology of music and anthropology of popular culture. Savetier remains intrigued by the interplay between the aforementioned social phenomena, the told (and untold) legends of music and its roots.

The Perpetual Appeal of the Coffee House

SacherThroughout Europe many cities are popular for a café/bar-culture, e.g. Vienna, L’viv, Prague, Kraków and Ljubljana, to name only a few. In urban centres people like to spend their spare time in locales to socialise with other people. It is important to point out that “[c]afés are places where we are not simply served hot beverages but are also in some way partaking of a specific form of public life” (Laurier et al 2001: 195). The bar society, which we are taking nowadays for granted, was an important step in the development of modernity. Read More →

Comic · Confusions

The appearance of devotees to a subculture can lead to several confusions among outsiders.

Confusions

Click on the picture to enlarge. (c) by Lisica.

Nostalgia

nostalgia_thumbSpending New Year’s 2013 in Berlin, a city, where I had an amazing time some years ago, I was confronted with my own past. I visited places, bars, streets and the like, where I used to hang around. I drank the beer from ‘back then’ and even smoked the allegedly no longer available Nil cigarettes. Read More →

Ear-Worms · Songs that get stuck in our heads

20051118_ohrwurmWho doesn’t know this feeling, a certain melody playing continuously inside your head and there is no way of getting it out of your consciousness.

This can be a really annoying thing if your head tells you over and over that ‘I’m a big big girl in a big big world’ or that somebody broke your heart last Christmas (finally the heart breaking season is over for some time now). But, perhaps the worst ear-worm is the desperately hopeful assumption that ‘tonight’s gonna be a good night’ combined with the Sonic the Hedgehog theme. Read More →

Comic · Hipster Hunting

In this comic André Savetier is getting mistaken for a Hipster. Click on the picture to enlarge. Thanks to Lisica for this nice piece of art!

HipsterHunting