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

The pleasure principle. Why we need support acts and abstract music!

Someone once told me that even the bleakest movie needs a silver lining. When I asked why she replied that otherwise people wouldn’t watch it (or at least not make it till the end). Back then I thought she just referred to Hollywood Blockbusters and I remember thinking: do they even make bleak movies in…


Sex sells

I’m not very smart. The other day I noticed that two of my videos generated quite some traffic. I didn’t pay too much attention to it. If anything, I was happy that some people still liked #AuPairs and #Japan, or what I had to say about both bands. Then I got suspicious. Don’t know why,…


The quantum mechanics of a playlist

Only stubbornness can break creative impasse. I know, but the last couple of days, as I tried to create a playlist around the most universal theme of all, love, I realised that abundance doesn’t help and that creating something for a big, anonymous audience is far more difficult than for someone you know. First problem…


All over the place

Sorry scene of the 80’s: hanging around in a living room, studying the back cover of ‘All over the place’, the debut album of the Bangles, trying to figure which Bangle we like best. Just a random group of teenage boys. It’s only 4 pm. One of my best friends is throwing a party, all…


Girl anachronism

If an anachronism is something or someone that is not in its correct historical or chronological time, especially a thing or person that belongs to an earlier time, as the English dictionary seem to suggest, then I’m a big, fat anachronism. My clock is set to the 70’s and 80’s and I have difficulty relating…


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…


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