Category: Opinion

Punk ended with Spiral Scratch

  Punk ended on the 29th of January 1977. On that day Buzzcocks released their Spiral Scratch EP. Singer Howard Devoto left the band more or less at the same time, stating that punk rock had already become restrictive and stereotyped. Why did Punk end with Spiral Scratch? Because it was the first punk record…


Black metal guitar player wearing a New Order shirt

Sentimentalism is the defining characteristic of age. As I arrive for a Deafheaven concert I cannot help wandering back to my teenage years. Cultural groups had much sharper boundaries and it was so much easier to see who belonged to which group. Punks wore leather jackets with nihilistic slogans. They had spiky hair in all…


Girly Music

As you grow older your lens gets softer. You gradually begin to appreciate the unimaginable. As a teenager I hated bands like U2 and Simple Minds for their extreme pathos and their appeal to girls. Now I know and accept both bands created some pretty fine music. I even have no problem anymore admitting ‘Don’t…


Magical Mysteries

Life is a collection of wonderful stories. Without stories there wouldn’t be much more than soulless matter. It’s the glue that connects us. One of my favourite musical stories is the one about the night Charlie Parker performed for Igor Stravinsky. The story has many magical layers. The most obvious one is that both men,…


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…


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