Category: List

Mixtape – Around the world in 20 songs

A bit of fun. Playlist based on the notion of travelling around the world, using only songs with the name of a city as title. Nothing more than just that.


Mixtape – Ultimate moody mixtape for family days

If freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose, then boredom and moodiness must be other words for having nothing left to desire. Think about it, if you are always struggling for survival I don’t think you ever experience a boring day. You might be depressed, like me on days like this. Truly…


Mixtape – My own favourite 80’s list (or at least one possible version)

I’m a kid of the 80’s. I can probably compile 20 different playlists with 80’s music, all thoroughly enjoyable and all equally plausible as the ultimate 80’s playlist. This is just a version. It contains old favourites like ‘All lined up’ (Shriekback), ‘Road to Nowhere’ (Talking Heads), ‘A song from under the floorboards’ and ‘Repetition’…


Mixtape – Desolate women

My second playlist in this new-found reality of sharing musical combinations and permutations with potentially everyone. I called it ‘Desolate women’ because women are better at getting across feelings of desolation and because we hear too much music created and produced by men anyway. Side A of this mixtape ends with Neko Case. Side B…


Mixtape – Tough love

It suddenly struck me. I used to have a lot of fun compiling mixtapes. I wasn’t one of those guys who only created mixtapes to impress potential lovers. Granted, I didn’t do it for purely altruistic reasons. It was ultimately a means to and end. The end being: demonstrate how much I knew about music….


Through the grapevine – Pinot Noir

Of all winegrapes Pinot Noir is the easiest and the most difficult to pair with music. Easy because Pinot can be so many things, difficult because it is hard to grasp the essence of the grape. In ‘Grapes & Wines’ Oz Clarke writes about Pinot Noir: “Is it pale, ethereal, with a scent as sweet…


Best and worst of 2016 – Part II

8. 50 year anniversary of ‘Revolver’ In August 1966 The Beatles released ‘Revolver’, a remarkable and magnificent album for many reasons. On its 50 year anniversary I will only focus on one aspect, the way it paved the way for ‘cut and paste’, tape loop based (electronic) music. With ‘tomorrow never knows’, the closing song…


Best and worst of 2016 – Part I

2016 has been a particularly eventful year. I don’t think I liked it too much; it was a year full of death and other negative surprises. One might almost forget some pretty amazing music was released in the same year. Will 2017 be any better? I don’t think so, lets just hope for less death,…


Through the grapevine – Syrah

Syrah is the one grape that just radiates sex, and when I say sex, I mean the kind of passionate, dirty and slightly kinky sex no one ever talks about. Vanilla love-making is not in its DNA, Syrah is wild, rough and dirty. In ‘The wine bible’ Karen MacNeil describes Syrah as ‘the kind of…


Through the grapevine – Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is a straightforward grape. It is easy to recognise and easy to love. Red wine based on Cabernet tastes remarkably similar, no matter where it is planted. One could argue it is even a bit boring. It doesn’t possess the mysterious qualities of Pinot Noir or the wildness of Syrah. Cabernet is more…


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