Category: Review

There is a light that never goes out (best of 2017)

Light goes out. Of course, it always does. Even the sun will one day stop to shine. There is no light that never goes out, unless it’s love, as Morrissey proclaims.I tend to believe him, both in romantic and societal sense. I also believe Leonard Cohen, whom I quoted last year. There is a crack…


Re-make/Re-model

I’m an old soul when it comes to cover versions. I believe musicians should first and foremost be judged on their performance and not on the quality of their songwriting. When Jimi Hendrix covered Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band a couple of days after The Beatles released the album with the same title he…


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…


Unexpected birthday party

Normally I never think about the symbolic significance of the day I go to a concert and this time was no different. Who cares that it was the 7th of June 2017. Who cares that I just turned 48 that day. I was just going to see The Courtneys in Zürich, could have been any…


How to play a small audience – the case of @JensLekman

The setting immediately reminded me of the late 80’s; a weird concert location and only a handful of visitors. Club Zukunft, the venue for the Jens Lekman concert, is basically a sleazy 80’s discotheque, with its low ceiling, dimmed light and endless number of disco bowls. Tonight there are no would-be John Travolta’s. Tonight the…


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…


When there was still music in the library…

Early 80’s. I was a kid looking for a destiny. Through my father I learned about The Beatles in the years before. I purchased my own copy of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band when I was 8 or 9. In England. On vacation. For £3.99. In a way I started with the best music…


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…


Grief in music

Art loves the company of a grieving artist. Nick Cave’s ‘Skeleton Tree’ (2016) made me realise it once again, and as I keep listening it, I also keep thinking about the last line of NME’s review: “Yet this is not an album for the rest of us; it’s a reflex reaction to a torment most…


Dirt

A perfectly clean glass is useless for champagne; champagne needs a bit of dirt to form bubbles around. It will taste flat and boring in a perfectly clean glass. I had to think about this when Tony Visconti recently commented on Adele’s voice, questioning if we even hear her real voice when listening to her…


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