Category: Review

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…


Sunday Morning

The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967) is one of the most influential albums ever released. It initially sold a handful of copies but, according to Brian Eno, every single buyer started a band himself. Contrary to popular belief it is not that difficult to listen to, at least not by today’s standards. Some of its…


The best opening track of a self titled debut?!

High Fidelity (Nick Hornby, 1995) is a book for and about music freaks. It is a story of a middle aged guy, bit of a loser, left by his girlfriend, who owns and runs a record shop with two equally pathetic friends. Reading it felt a bit like reading about myself, about my musical secrets…


I Love and hate the 80’s

Why I could or should hate the 80’s? Simple, it’s because of: Jermaine Jackson, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, New kids on the Block, Culture Club + Boy George, Lionel Richie, Billy Ocean, A-ha, Wham + George Michael, Bon Jovi, Cher, Scorpions, Europe, Spandau Ballet, Phil Collins, Live Aid, Paul Young, Tears for Fears, Enya, Alphaville,…


Where were you when…?

Some people still know where they were when JFK got shot. I have no talent for such precise memories. I literally only know where I was when 9/11 happened; at work in The Hague. To be more precise: at KPN, the Dutch national telecom provider. It was around 15:00. Internet bandwidth was still an issue…


The Mixtape – Part II

Continuing the quest for the ultimate mixtape, here is the final set of guidelines. 7. Find a balance between optimistic and pessimistic (bleeding heart type of) songs. Longing is good, depression is definitely bad. Again, you want to send a positive message, not encourage suicide. 8. Understand the lyrics of the songs you select, and…


Why I can’t listen to Blackstar

I downloaded Blackstar, David Bowie’s final album, one or two days before its official release on January 9 2016. I was excited, after all the album came relatively unexpected, and seemed to signal the return of the old master.Listening to it made me even more excited. Blackstar was a very good piece of music; experimental,…


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