Category: Review

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…


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,…


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