Author: <span class="vcard">Aksel van Elteren</span>

Manifesto of Musical Intellectualism


Why all girls should listen to X-Ray Spex

If I was President of the world I would make sure all girls owned a copy of ‘Oh bondage, up yours!’, X-Ray Spex’s debut single from 1977. “Why?” you might ask. “and why only girls?” The answer is simple, elementary, and reveals itself in the first 30 seconds of this iconic Punk song. First Poly…


Mixtape – The world’s a mess

It is a mess. End of times, apocalyptic mess. An old generation that refuses to go, a new generation ready to take over but still too young. Politicians who are so scared for the masses they fail to do anything that comes close to addressing real issues (climate…anyone?). And we…we just enjoy the fact that…


Lady Stardust

This morning my Ipod caught me by surprise and played Lady Stardust without advance warning. I started crying. Fuck you, Ipod! True, I am a big Bowie fan and I still miss him every single day. Kinda creepy, if you think about it, but hey, I never claimed to be normal. I think the world…


(Be an) Exile on Main St.

Most albums I instantly like or dislike. Some artists I have to get used to. Enter exhibit one: Leonard Cohen. I failed to appreciate Mr. Cohen for a very long time. I liked cover versions of his songs (‘Avalanche’ in the version of Nick Cave, ‘I can’t forget’ in the version of The Pixies), but…


Cheerful songs, shiny happy normal people

Loud music calms me down Somber music cheers me up Happy music is just…happy music If you listen to cheerful music no one ever asks questions. It is as normal as being in a stable, heterosexual relationship, having a bank account or owning a car. No one will question your sanity, even though it is…


As I watch my old self take over!

Recently, I have started hating people on the streets. Random people. Everyday people. Normal people who just happen to stare at a smartphone screen, or do groceries on a Saturday afternoon, or have a bit louder conversation. It comes with lower motivation to go out myself and meet people. I have no desire to go…


What’s wrong with Japan?

I love Japan. The band. Brilliant bastard child of New York Dolls and early Roxy music. On the intellectual side of the musical spectrum. Clearly from an age before the Internet, before social media and before the age of pornification. I wanted a picture of their first album, Adolescent Sex. Searching for band and album…


If music could talk (the musical universe of an introvert)

Music used to be my proxy for talking, for expressing my feelings and thoughts. I needed high doses of Joy Division and The Cure to feed my weirdly dark and nihilistic mental processes, the guidance of The Clash to channel my ever-present anger and latent wish to destroy the status quo, and Tom Waits, well…


Predicting the past

The life of a trend watcher is pretty amazing. No matter how wrong your predictions, you are still right. Like a doomsday prophet you can always explain away wrong predictions, or twist facts in such a way the prediction was right after all. Move on to the next round, the next year, and all will…


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