Katja Ruge

Art Of The Power Ballad A La Li

Lykke Li by Katja Ruge/ The Hell Gate

Lykke Li by Katja Ruge/ The Hell Gate

 

Been meaning to give Lykke Li’s third album I Never Learn an earnest listen. From what we’ve gleamed it’s a break up album, which tend to be great and this really fun/ insightful review on Grantland has sealed the deal for us. Any one that that fully embraces the power ballad is aces in our book. Now it’s time for some Foreigner.

Feature Submission- Terri Gender Bender by Katja Ruge

Terri Gender Bender by Katja Ruge/ The Hell Gate- image is copyrighted, not for use without permission

Absolutely stunning portraits  of lead singer Terri Gender Bender of Les Bucherettes. Their new album is dropping soon and if it’s anything like their live shows it’s going to be amazing. This is one smoking  hot Mexicana Mamma, we cannot get enough of these images. Katja killed it on this one.

Icona Pop by Katja Ruge

Icona Pop by Katja Ruge/ The Hell Gate- image is copyrighted not for use without permission

 

Long before “I Don’t Care” was blazing up the iTunes charts and being used in shoe commercials and a very memorable scene in “Girls” this season, Katja Ruge photographed the Swedish duo right as they were getting buzz, little did we know this song would take on a life of its own. Icona Pop are on the Today Show tomorrow. View Katja’s images here, as always they are available for licensing.

Feature Submission- Marina & The Diamonds by Katja Ruge

Marina & The Diamonds by Katja Ruge/ The Hell Gate- image is copyrighted, not for use without permission. License This Image Here

Marina & the Diamonds by Katja Ruge, shot June 5, 2012. Marina’s looking confident and radiant, maybe it’s because her second album “Electra Heart” is #1 in the UK right now. Old school glamour suits her. View the feature gallery here.

Synths in the Art House

Katja Ruge’s “Can Love be Synth” exhibit is up at the Art House at SXSW till March 18th- check it out

Pulp 1996 by Katja Ruge

Pulp by Katja Ruge/ The Hell Gate- image is copyrighted, not for use without permission

 

We played “Different Class” to death when it came out, and danced like we never danced before any time someone played a Pulp song at Don Hill’s Tis Was night.  We love this photo by Katja Ruge taken back in 1996 at a press conference in Hamburg, Germany. Besides a successful reunion tour this year, Pulp are being honored by NME  with an outstanding contribution to music award. We are still gunning for Jarvis Cocker to have Poet Laureate status. Pulp and Jarvis Cocker images available for licensing here.

Bad Girls

M.I.A. by Katja Ruge/ The Hell Gate-image is copyrighted, not for use without permission

 

New M.IA. video to get you in a Friday frame of mind

The Witching Hour- Darkness Falls

Darkness Falls by Katja Ruge/The Hell Gate- image is copyrighted, not for use without permission

Danish duo Josephine Phillip and Ina Lindgreen of Darkness Falls, images by Katja Ruge/ The Hell Gate, is by far some of the best music we’ve listened to in months. Their self-titled EP was released back in March and we are highly anticipating a full length album. Love the melodies and nod to B movies. Check out the video for Hey!below. Thanks Katja for turning us on to this deliciousness.

Can Love Be A Synth Exhibit in Berlin ending Sept. 10th

A while ago we blogged about Katja Ruge’s exhibit at the Achteinhalb store in Berlin. The exhibit’s last day will be this September 10th, and if you are in Berlin do stop by because there will be a pretty incredible closing party under way. For more about the exhibit check out the post on the Electronic Rumors site here.

Also- these incredible print tiles are for sale. Can’t get enough of the large format prints. For print inquiries you can contact Anja Braunschweig- email provided upon request. Show some synth love y’all.

Ronika by Katja Ruge

Ronika by Katja Ruge/ The Hell Gate- image is copyrighted, not for use without permission

Ronika by Katja Ruge- image is copyrighted, not for use without permission

There’s just something so wonderful about the way Katja Ruge photographs female musicians… Effortlessly cool is a phrase that comes to mind time and again. Katja’s latest offering is of singer/producer Ronika out of Nottingham, England. Her beats are definitely inspired by the 80’s, which could be a horrible pastiche but somehow it all works. Her  single “Wiyoo” is getting a lot of attention, but we love her video for “Forget Yourself”. Get your robot on.