Category: Opinion

Mitski in Zürich

I had nothing to complain about. The concert was short, the performance sloppy, and towards the end she told us quite frankly that we shouldn’t kid ourselves and skip the encore, or even the request for an encore. Mitski in Zürich was everything I ever desired. This was a woman who got properly pissed off…


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…


The end of the world as I knew it

In the good old days I never went to clubs where they played bad music. In the good old days I didn’t even dance to bad music. In the good old days I intentionally danced as horrible and lame as possible to bad music. Quite an achievement knowing my dancing capabilities. In the good old…


Revitalising Punk and Protest

To all the people who believe the political events of 2016 will lead to a revival of Punk. It will not happen, at least not in any influential way, until: you come out of bubble and start engaging with the people you are supposedly protesting for. It’s nice to write ironic comments on Twitter or…


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…


A new dark age

November 2016. It feels like we’re back in 1985 again. The beautiful years that started with the fall of the Berlin wall are definitely over. Did I enjoy the 25 years in between? Probably not. In the 90’s I was busy finishing my studies, getting my first job and building my career. In the 00’s…


Encore rage

In June 2008 I was at a Cat Power concert in Paradiso, Amsterdam. It was a legendary concert. After finishing a full set Cat Power played I don’t know how many encores. She kept on singing even after her band left stage. Finally the lights went on but even that didn’t stop her; she kept…


Better listen to Leonard

People often die just after their birthday. It is like they need that last event, the last ceremony, to say goodbye to life. Last week Leonard Cohen died. Not after his birthday, but just after Donald Trump won the US presidential elections. Coincidence? Probably, although I can imagine Trump’s election killed the last bit of…


Smells like…

There is a beautiful Dutch saying about positioning oneself outside a community. The saying is: ‘vloeken in de Kerk’ (swearing in Church). In a few simple words it explains what one, according to popular convention, is not supposed to do. Today I will apply it to myself and say what one is not supposed to…


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