• My Best Music of 2008

    Dic 28 2008, 22:38

    Because every self-respecting music geek does it.

    I always find it a bit silly to name one album 'the best album of [insert year]', cause really? Who has heard ALL the albums that were released? Either way, these are my favourite albums of this year. The order can change, but this is how it is today.

    The reasons why they are in the list can be different. It can be because the music made me so damn happy, or because it's so beautiful, or I love the style or it gives me such happy memories or whatever.

    ♫ This is not the sound of a new man or crispy realization / It's the sound of the unlocking and the lift away ♫
    Bon Iver completely stole my heart with his voice and his lyrics. For Emma, Forever Ago is an utterly gorgeous album with just a guy and his guitar, singing with a ridiculous pretty voice. I saw him live twice this year, with a band and the songs are great that way as well. Bon Iver never fails to make me ache with it's beauty.
    Highlights: Flume, Skinny Love & Re:Stacks

    ♫ And it's the fame that put words in her mouth / She couldn't help, but spit them out ♫
    I LOVE The Last Shadow Puppets. I like them way better than the Arctic Monkeys and The Rascals and seeing The Rascals live made me realize what a big influence Miles Kane has on this album. Either way, they sound like the love child of Scott Walker.
    Highlights: Standing Next To Me, My Mistakes Were Made For You & Black Plant

    ♫ Spineless dreamers hide in churches ♫
    Keane-boys always make me happy. This album is completely different from the others, but it makes me dance and jump and be silly so that's good. I like how it's influenced by Bowie and the Talking Heads, cause you can't really go wrong with that, can you? Tom's voice is as ridiculously pretty as usual, plus they added Jesse Quin as bassist!
    Highlights: Better Than This, You Haven't Told Me Anything, Perfect Symmetry & You Don't See Me

    ♫ Inní mér syngur vitleysingur ♫(inside me a lunatic sings)
    Sigur Rós did it again with an amazing sounding album, that sounds different and just the same like the others. It's seems slightly happier than before, but just as magical. It's really perfect music for cold days and dreamy atmospheres.
    Highlights: Inní mér syngur vitleysingur, Gobbledigook & Festival

    ♫ And if I am a number I'm infinity plus one / and if you are five words you are afraid to be the one ♫
    Sia is my discovery of the year. I'm very much in love with her and I hope she will made her way to the Netherlands at some time next year. Her voice is just great and the songs and everything. Plus, her performance in Jools Holland of Buttons (see link) may be The Best Thing Ever.
    Highlights: Buttons, Academia, Soon We'll Be Found & The Girl You'll Lost To Cocaine

    ♫ A man of my calibre stood in the street like a sleepwalking teenager ♫
    Oh, Elbow. This is the first album released in the Netherlands, but the first album I've heard was the one before this one: Leaders of the Free World (VERY good). I love this one as well. Guy Garvey has such a good voice and his lyrics are fantastic. It's such a sympathetic band, they are right there with Travis as Nicest Guys On A Stage.
    Highlights: Grounds For Divorce, The Bones of You & An Audience With The Pope

    ♫ Zijn jullie niet van hier? Zijn jullie wel van deze eeuw? ♫
    De Kift is a Dutch band from my hometown. Their lyrics are one of the best Dutch lyrics around and they are such a great live act. I'm rather in love with the leadsinger with his dancing. But the sound... they make me really happy. Their sound is like brass band punk. No, really.
    Highlights: Knoeck, Record & Heisa-Ho

    ♫ Through the glory of life / I will scatter on the floor ♫
    Nobody does paranoia and creepy as well as Portishead. I never would have thought there would be another album, and especially not that it would be this good. Beth's voice is haunting as ever and the music clean and pulsing. What a wonderful album!
    Highlights: Silence, The Rip & We Carry On

    ♫ Conversations getting dull / There's a constant buzzing in my ears ♫
    The first album of The Raconteurs was very Beatles and this one is more Americana. Still a very good album, their voices just fit together and they just make brilliant stuff together. Still miffed I couldn't see them live this year (they played on the same day as Radiohead, so no contest really)
    Highlights: Consoler of the Lonely, Old Enough & These Stones Will Shout

    ♫ You will lift his body from the shore and bring him home ♫
    It's very simple with the Fleet Foxes: their voices and harmonies kill me. SO pretty!
    Highlights: Quiet Houses, Meadowlarks & Oliver James

    Honorouble mentions (click link on albumtitle for favourite song): TV on the RadioDear Science, Laura MarlingAlas, I Can Not Swim, NovastarAlmost Bangor, R.E.M. - Accelerate, Lykke LiYouth Novels, Gnarls BarkleyThe Odd Couple, Neil Young – Sugar Mountain - Live at Canterbury House 1968 (can't find it on the Tube. It's On the Way Home).

    Haven't heard (yet), but hopeful they are brilliant: David Byrne & Brian Eno – Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend, Bellowhead - Matachin

    So, dear reader, what was your choice for best music of 2008?
  • Concert Review: The Police (2007-09-13 - ArenA, Amsterdam)

    Set 14 2007, 19:50

    Thu 13 Sep – The Police, Fiction Plane

    Who: The Police
    Support act(s): Fiction Plane
    When: 2007-09-13
    Where: Amsterdam ArenA, The Netherlands

    I’ve always preferred the Police over Sting. I just liked their songs a bit more. I have no idea anymore what the first Police song was that I heard, but it’s undoubtedly one of the big hits. Every Breath You Take probably, which is one of my least favourite Police tracks. It’s a big overplayed, I think.

    The support act came in the form of Fiction Plane, aka the band of Stings son. Of course I was a bit sceptical at first, but when I heard their album I kinda started to like them. And I loved their little set, even though his voice sounds a ridiculous lot like Stings (actually, me and my friend were convinced he is the love-child of Sting and Bono). But I’ll see them again tomorrow, and I’m curious how they will carry a ‘real’ concert.

    Message in a Bottle
    Synchronicity II
    Walking on the Moon
    Voices Inside My Head / When the World Is Running Down
    Don’t Stand So Close To Me
    Driven To Tears
    Hole In My Life
    Truth Hits Everybody
    Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
    Wrapped Around Your Finger
    De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da
    Invisible Sun
    Walking In Your Footsteps
    Can’t Stand Losing You / Reggatta De Blanc

    King of Pain
    So Lonely
    Every Breath You Take
    Next To You

    (setlist from wikipedia, since I can’t remember things like that)

    - I can’t believe they sounded the way they did! All the notes were just there
    - Kicking off with Message In A Bottle is just awesome!
    - Walking On The Moon was the first real highlight for me
    - Hole In My Life! Such a fun song
    - Every Little Things She Does Is Magic just makes me feel ridiculously happy (I can get a bit melancholic from the other Police songs)
    - Wrapped Around Your Finger! I have two absolute favourite Police songs and this is definitely one of them! The drumming was the greatest thing!
    - Invisible Sun was so pretty! With the stage lights and everything
    - Same for Roxanne with the red light and then the white! And YAY for skipping the obligatory ‘Hey we’re in Amsterdam: Red Light District, ahoy!’ remark
    - King of Pain! The Other absolute favourite Police song of mine! YES!
    - I actually liked Every Breath You Take! It reminded me of the Sting Live 8 version for some unknown reason
    - With Sting in a band it’s rather easy to forget that Andy Summers & Stewart Copeland are awesome too. But they are! Andy’s solo’s were great and the same goes for Stewart’s drumming (especially during Wrapped Around Your Finger)
    - WHY do people go to a concert, get a seating ticket and than spent the entire concert annoying the other people by going to buy beer all the FREAKIN’ time! Seriously! Stay at home and watch a fuckin’ DVD then! (also WHY do large groups of people have to walk by when I film the song? Thank God I was more aiming for the sound than the image, but still: ANNOYING)

    When I’ve converted them I have some very badly picture quality, but rather good sound quality vids on YouTube. YAY!
  • Concert Review: Björk (2007-07-08 - Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam)

    Lug 9 2007, 11:00

    Sun 8 Jul – Björk, Jamie Lidell, DJ Wiekes

    Who: Björk
    Support act(s): DJ Wiekes, Jamie Lidell
    When: 2007-07-08
    Where: Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

    I love Björk since I listened way too many times to I’ve Seen It All and then saw Dancer in the Dark. I hesitated a bit to go, but I really don’t regret it now I did!

    I arrived somewhere in the set of DJ Wiekes, but did manage to catch him playing Radiohead, so YAY! Any DJ who plays Radiohead is a good one in my book.

    Then, Jamie Lidell. I think he’s a typical artist you either love or hate. I loved him. The whole crazy improve thing with the electronics were just fantastic! I’m now really curious how he sounds on CD, so I’ll have to hunt him down somehow.

    Then Björk:

    Earth Intruders
    Cover Me
    Pagan Poetry
    All Is Full of Love
    Pleasure Is All Mine
    Army of Me
    I Miss You
    5 Years

    Introduction band
    Declare Independence

    - Björk was wearing that gorgeous pink/white dress, she also wore during Later… with Jools Holland!
    - She’s the cutest little thing! I loved her dancing and jumping and her ‘Thank you’s.
    - Such a great voice. Really, her voice is amazing!
    - The setlist was really a great mix of everything, really. I was surprised that a song from Medúlla sneaked in as well. Great version, btw.
    - The green laser kinda fell flat at the start, because it was way too light outside. In the end of the concert they were pretty darn awesome, though!
    - The Icelandic Brass Band was so much fun to watch! They were great players, but also very enthusiastic and fun.
    - The electronics were great. Loved the small screens on the floor as well: I had been looking forward to those ever since I saw how it was done on Glastonbury.
    - Army of Me was the first real highlight for me! I really liked what happened before, but Army of Me was made of greatness. Just perfect!
    - The final three songs of the main-set were just one huge eargasm. She did Wanderlust! YES! My favourite of Volta!
    - The introduction of the band was very good. “Now it’s time for me to turn professional by introducing my band”
    - Oceanic! Really didn’t expect that one!
    - Declare Independence is a great song to end it off with. I think it got everybody moving, at least the people around me!

    For me, it had everything I expected of a Björk concert. It may have been a bit short (but this could easily just have been time going faster), but I still think it was made of greatness. Brilliant concert!
  • Concert Review: Keane (2007-07-06 - Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam)

    Lug 8 2007, 15:45

    Fri 6 Jul – Keane, Athlete

    Who: Keane
    Support act(s): Athlete
    When: 2007-07-06
    Where: Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

    I saw Keane last year for the first time. Beforehand I wasn’t overly looking forward to it, and during it I was COMPLETELY blown away (review here). I think a lot of people, like me at first, seriously underestimate the live-act that is Keane. And they seem to just get better. Fine wine, huh?

    I wanted to get up front, cause I was ridiculously excited of seeing them live again. Luckily my friend who came with me, got a bit infected by my enthusiasm so he want along with the big plan. The waiting wasn’t as long, and cold as feared, although it was a lot wetter! But we were rewarded!

    They put black screens in front of the entrance, but we were standing in such a way that we could still easily see the stage. So we actually saw two more Keane songs, considering they were doing a sound check, while we were waiting (but their goes our theory that they were either nice and warm in their hotel or simply enjoying Amsterdam while we were waiting). Very weird to see though. At first they are just a bit messing around and slowly it turns into a familiar song. They played Everybody’s Changing & Try Again. Later Athlete would also turn up to sound check a song.

    Later than was announced the doors opened and we could run to our spot. Very funny! The security saying that it was dangerous to run (wet = slippery) and yelling stuff like ‘Don’t run, or I’ll sent Steve after you!’ and the people from War Child trying to collect money and failing, cause everybody was just running. Got a really nice spot, very close to the stage and near the big ego ramp.

    Athlete was very, very nice. I liked them a lot. They played really well, had great songs, and a great connection with the crowd. Rather funny that their lead singer said ‘Well, at least it’s dry now’, which promptly made it rain in the next song. Silly boy ;)

    But then there was Keane…

    The Iron Sea
    Put It Behind You
    Everybody’s Changing
    Nothing in My Way
    Bend and Break
    Try Again
    Your Eyes Open
    Hamburg Song / Fly To Me
    Leaving So Soon
    This Is the Last Time
    A Bad Dream
    Somewhere Only We Know
    Is It Any Wonder?

    Crystal Ball

    - I spotted Tim & Richard enjoying the Athlete set at the side of the stage. YAY!
    - Again, SO MUCH energy! Where do they get it from?
    - Tom has such a beautiful voice!
    - Tom also has the worst timing EVER. Twice he went out on his big ego ramp, while the rain was at its worst. Richard and Tim were quite smart to claim to be afraid of being ‘electrocuted’ and therefore staying dry. However, totally acoustic Tom on guitar in the rain is definitely win.
    - Another thing: they really do seem to grow, each time. I read some review which claimed that Tom was like a young Bono, and I do see their point. He seems to have in incredible increase of self-confidence (quite rightly) and really knows how to play a crowd. Also we discovered a theme going on with good live-acts: their front men are always energetic, funny and talkative.
    - During Your Eyes Open with had a complete solo Tom, playing in the rain. I loved how he mentioned that he hadn’t noticed at all that it was raining this hard (I didn’t realize it was this wet), it was really cute! Also, Richard gave him a towel afterwards which was very, very sweet. I was kinda amused with the towels as well, I mean… why use WHITE towels to clean the stage and BROWN ones to dry the front man? My mum would kill me if I would do that ;)
    - Tom blaming the bad weather on taking it with them from England shows that he clearly hasn’t spent enough time in the Netherlands ;)
    - I think what I like most of Keane performances is their honesty. Really, they seem to really mean it. Yes, it sometimes gets dangerously close to cheesy and all, but that just seems to be them, how they think of things and they should definitely not become some sort of band who plays on automatic pilot all the goddamn time.
    - Who am I kidding, really? I clearly have a huge weak spot for these guys, and they just can’t do wrong! So there! ;)
    - Really bad piano during Bedshaped, after Tim already chanced to another piano. I thought they solved it brilliantly. Video I made of that here

    I also made lots and lots of pics. I put them in separate posts on my livejournal.
    Part 1
    Part 2
    Part 3
    Part 4

    Preview pictures:

    Proof that it rained ;)

  • Concert Review: Genesis (2007-07-01 - ArenA, Amsterdam)

    Lug 3 2007, 15:30

    Sun 1 Jul – Genesis

    Who: Genesis
    Support act(s):
    When: 2007-07-01
    Where: ArenA, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

    I’ll start with a confession. I don’t know many Genesis songs. The main reason why I went was because the songs I did know by them (the obvious ones that EVERYBODY knows) were very good, plus Phil Collins. I love that little guy. I don’t care that apparently it’s a very “uncool” thing to do: liking Phil Collins. Apparently most people are of the opinion that he’s rubbish: a rubbish singer, a rubbish writer, a rubbish drummer, a rubbish everything. Well, I don’t agree. I think he’s made of awesome, basically. Anyway. I really didn’t know what to expect. I thought they wouldn’t play a very long set, and that the concert probably wouldn’t be mind-blowing, but probably just ordinary good. I was very, very wrong.

    Behind the Lines / Duke's End
    Turn It On Again
    No Son of Mine
    Land of Confusion
    In the Cage / The Cinema Show / Duke's Travels
    Hold on My Heart
    Home by the Sea (1&2)
    Follow You Follow Me
    Firth of Fifth / I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)
    Throwing It All Away
    Drum Duet
    Los Endos
    Tonight, Tonight, Tonight
    Invisible Touch

    I Can't Dance
    The Carpet Crawlers

    - I was very much in love with the stage. It really was beautiful. I loved how it just added to the show, and not distracted
    - No Son Of Mine is one of my favourite songs EVER. I’m undoubtedly easy to please, but SO HAPPY they played that one.
    - In The Cage / The Cinema Show / Duke’s Travels may have been my favourite part of the entire show. Just wow.
    - Home By The Sea was beautiful. Absolutely gorgeous!
    - The Drum Solo was insanely good. I loved how it started on the chairs and then just continued on the drums.
    - Phil’s little tambourine dance was great! Loved how you saw Young!Phil do the same on the screens
    - I discovered that my love for Phil Collins might be a bit bigger than I always thought. His voice is just too great!
    - I Can’t Dance with the lights and the walk and everything was just plain awesome.
    - The Carpet Crawlers is so pretty!
    - People who talk all through songs about something TOTALLY unrelated should just not go. Go watch a music-DVD at home!
    - I was surprised with the sound in the ArenA. It wasn’t as bad as it could have been! I’ve been to much worse sounding concerts there, while I was a lot closer to the stage.
    - Phil Collins is great. Eternal love for that man. Loved his little paper that he read us to tell that he couldn’t speak Dutch. His accent wasn’t bad at all! ;)
    - They sometimes got a bit lost in long instrumentals, but they really weren’t half as bad as I feared at the start. I think I only thought one of them was too long and that was the intro of the concert, when I wasn’t completely sucked in the awesomeness that is Genesis yet ;)
    - Also, I loved their pre-show mix tape and screen clips. They basically showed/played most of the bands that I love, even Radiohead!
  • Concert Review: Pearl Jam (2007-06-28 - Nijmegen, Goffertpark)

    Giu 29 2007, 15:45

    Thu 28 Jun – Pearl Jam in the Park

    Who: Pearl Jam
    Support act(s): Satellite Party, Kings of Leon & Incubus
    When: 2007-06-28
    Where: Goffertpark, Nijmegen, the Netherlands

    I saw Pearl Jam live for the first time last year (review is here) and I was completely blown of my seat. One of the best concerts I’ve ever been to. So when a new concert was announced there was really no question that I wanted to go again. I spent most of July being ridiculously excited for it, and boy… was I rewarded for this!

    We got there early enough and got ourselves a nice spot near the fence and in the sun. Pure bliss, so to speak. And then the waiting began, which was not half as awful as it normally is.

    First Satellite Party. I personally really loved them. I had only heard their album a couple of hours before, but had already liked that one very much. Perry Farrell is one wonderfully insane guy with lots and lots of energy. The songs were great as well. The one blond girl (the one who did basically nothing accept showing off and ‘singing’) amused me immensely. I had a theory at some point that her mic wasn’t turned on, but I was proved wrong. Still: very amusing. Great, great band! Now I’m kinda sad I missed their concert a couple of days before.

    Songs I’m (almost) sure they played: Wish Upon a Dog Star, Insanity Rain, Kinky, Hard Life Easy, and some more

    Then, 15 minutes after them: Kings of Leon. They were my least favourite of the three, which really says nothing ‘cause I thought they were all good. They were just a little boring and not really going with the crowd. However, just when I thought ‘well… this was 15 minutes too long’ the lead singer of the band said something along the lines of this: “Well, this is our last song with a special guest… EDDIE VEDDER!” Yeah, that got my attention ;)

    Songs I’m sure they played: Gloria (with Eddie Vedder), and some more that I don’t know

    Last was Incubus. I didn’t know them (yes, I know. My journey of discovering good music is an odd one), but I thought they were very very good. Their lead singer was very handsome and had a very pretty voice. The guy who was spinning the discs was very cool. I’m definitely going to invest in some Incubus albums later.

    Songs I’m sure they played: Love Hurts, Earth To Bella, and many more

    And then. After they build up the stage. The one. The only. Pearl Jam.

    Hail, Hail
    World Wide Suicide
    Do the Evolution
    Given to Fly
    Not for You
    Even Flow
    Better Man / Save It For Later
    Why Go

    Encore #1
    Daughter / Another Brick In The Wall / War

    Encore #2
    No More (Eddie acoustic on guitar)
    Rockin’ In The Free World
    Yellow Ledbetter

    - They are so good at playing the audience. From the second they enter the stage they seem to have you and then they can just play you like a puppet
    - Mike McCready is incredibly cool and talented and generally fantastic. He started out looking like he had just walked out of The Matrix and just kept the coolness factor very very high throughout the performance. I love his solo’s!
    - The part were Eddie talked about what happened at Roskilde so many years ago was very emotional. And beautiful at the same time. I loved how the audience responded to that as well, really magical. (and this even made the FRONT PAGE of my, normally Pearl Jam ignoring, newspaper).
    - Whoever thought up the red balloons just before encore #1 is a genius (they said: Thank you & We Miss You Already). I loved Eddie’s reaction as well: is there a rebellion going on?
    - Nothingman was truly beautiful.
    - I love Do The Evolution probably more than I should.
    - Loved Eddie’s remark on our singin’: we should buy tickets to hear you guys sing!
    - Wishlist!
    - The Daughter medley was fantastic. They are SO GOOD!
    - No More with Eddie on guitar only was stunning.
    - Rockin’ In The Free World was fantastic as well.
    - Really, there were too many highlight to tell. The setlist was great (although I really would love to hear Black live once. On the other hand it’s a nice thought to just keep going to Pearl Jam concerts until I hear that one, in which case I hope it will take them years before they play it), the audience was great, the atmosphere was great, and oh my god, how good is that band? Every single person on that stage is fantastic in what he does. I loved it very, very much.
    - You know… I really could live with a yearly Pearl Jam concert to squee about for ages ;)

    I’m currently trying to upload the two vids I made on YouTube, but it’s being a bit annoying. I taped Corduroy partly and I have a complete Rockin’ In The Free World for everyone’s enjoyment.

    Please, let there be a nice, shiny bootleg?


    Satellite Party

    Kings of Leon with bonus Eddie


    Lots of Pearl Jam:

    Mike showing off


  • Concert Review: Red Hot Chili Peppers (2007-06-24 - Nijmegen, Goffertpark)

    Giu 25 2007, 11:33

    Sun 24 Jun – Peppers in the Park

    Who: Red Hot Chili Peppers
    Support act(s): Mickey Avalon, Dirty Pretty Things
    When: 2007-06-24
    Where: Goffertpark, Nijmegen, the Netherlands

    I fell in love with the Red Hot Chili Peppers when their album Californication came out. I still think that’s my favourite album by them. Since then I’ve always wanted to see them live, but always failed at doing so. Until yesterday.

    I only listened to the first support act, Mickey Avalon, since I was still outside waiting for the people with our tickets to arrive, but I actually thought it didn’t sound half as bad as I feared. In fact, I rather liked it even. And this comes from a person who only likes rap for two songs at the most, before wanting to hear something different. I heard that many people threw stuff at him, though, and were generally rude and I just don’t get that. Why? He’s doing his best for us you know, and it’s only half an hour for crying out loud!

    I did see the next support act, one I was looking forward to VERY much: Dirty Pretty Things. And I really wasn’t disappointed: they were amazing! Much, much love for them! (And gosh, what a handsome drummer!) Now I really hope they will headline a concert here soon-ish.

    But then: The Peppers!

    Intro Jam
    Can't Stop
    Dani California
    Under the Bridge
    Jam / 21st Century
    Parallel Universe / Jam
    Snow (aborted) / Snow
    John Solo (cover Songbird)
    Get on Top
    Emit Remmus
    So Much I
    Bass Jam / Don't Forget Me / Jam
    Hump de Bump (+ drum solo, Anthony on bass)
    Jam / Californication
    By the Way

    Chad Drum Solo
    Flea Trumpet Solo
    C'mon Girl
    Give It Away
    Outro Jam

    - I didn’t mind the rain at all. Especially during Give It Away +outro it just added magic to it all.
    - Oh God John… let me please marry your awesome guitar riffs!
    - Anthony with his weird… poncho thing! I’m really curious what was written all over it, though!
    - I have much love for all the jams. Really, I would enjoy the Peppers an awful lot even if they wouldn’t sing. Their jams are amazing!
    - SO surprised with Under the Bridge. I actually never thought they would play that one, cause I heard they don’t do that much anymore.
    - After only three songs I was already SO happy with the concert. Really amazing!
    - Parallel Universe was a very, very nice surprise as well! Love that song!
    - John solo was just very cute. Me and one of my best friends talked about how John would probably HATE to be labelled ‘cute’, but we thought he was! ;) (Oh girls… aren’t we horrible occasionally?)
    - Get on Top is my favourite song (together with Parallel Universe from Californication. I’m one very happy fangirl.
    - So Much I!
    - Hump de Bump was generally made of awesome. I simply love that song, and live it was the greatest thing. The light show was great, the extended drum solo (that Anthony hoped Chad wouldn’t fuck up) with 4 guys on drums, Flea’s dancing and Anthony sitting on the ground playing bass was just AMAZING.
    - The two solo’s from Chad and Flea were great.
    - Give It Away with outro jam were perfect. Especially with the rain and all. Really, really perfect.
    - I heard somebody complain about the late start of the light show, but I think they couldn’t start it sooner, cause it was to light outside. I think it wouldn’t have been very noticeable then.
    - Yeah, my love for the Peppers is all there again. Great, great gig.

    Pictures when I’ve uploaded them. Pictures (from the screens), plus bonus crap video with great sound!

    Dirty Pretty Things:


    Under the Bridge on YouTube (how the hell do you embed on last.fm?)

    Also, bootleg anyone?
  • Concert Review: Travis (2007-06-05 - Melkweg, Amsterdam)

    Giu 6 2007, 18:47

    Tue 5 Jun – Travis, Unkle Bob

    Act: Travis
    Support act(s): Unkle Bob
    When: 2007-06-05
    Where: Melkweg, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

    I discovered Travis through my love for Keane. As soon as I got really “into” them I also realized they were that band of that awesome video for Sing. Although there were some difficulties for me to go to this gig (an exam that technically ended with the gig would start, 50 minutes away from De Melkweg), but I just desperately wanted to see them. Rumour had it, that they were quite as good as Keane live, and that was something I had to see (and hear) with my own ears. And in the end, after all the worrying and panicking, I was at De Melkweg around 15 minutes before the doors opened. D’oh!

    It clearly is the week of the very good support acts. After the fantastic Seth Lakeman at the Tori Amos gig, it was Unkle Bob this time round that pleasantly surprised me. Apparently I had walked straight into the drummer barely two hours before, waiting outside to get in (sorry!). When they wanted to start I first thought they were going to be A LOT louder than Travis, but I turned out wrong and they were just very, very good. Great songs, beautiful voice, and great interaction with the crowd. I loved their little story of how they had heard only two days before that they were supposed to support Travis in Amsterdam and then had to travel with their little van all the way to here. I must take a look for their album.

    The wait was pleasant and Travis really has the best pre-show mixtape of all! THEY HAD BEATLES! But damn, De Melkweg is hot! Even hotter than the Heineken Music Hall and that is saying something! However, everything was forgotten as soon as the four Scotsmen and one Swedish guy entered the stage.

    Selfish Jean
    Eyes Wide Open
    Writing To Reach You
    Love Will Come Through
    As You Are
    My Eyes
    Pipe Dreams
    Good Feeling
    All I Wanna Do Is Rock

    Flowers in the Window (acoustic)
    Humpty Dumpty Love Song
    U16 Girls
    Why Does It Always Rain on Me?

    - I had spotted Fran watching Unkle Bob from the left side of the stage
    - Travis entered the stage, walking through the crowd on the sound of the Rocky theme
    - They are so wonderfully relaxed when performing! Plus, they really seem to have SO MUCH fun!
    - Fran asked us all if we wanted some tea and what we wanted in it. De Melkweg is so small!
    - Writing To Reach You is SUCH a good song!
    - Love Will Come Through! One of my absolute favs!
    - Before My Eyes Fran told us how it was written when he heard he was becoming a daddy, which earned him a loud ‘awww’ from everyone.
    - Fran also said he thought Pipe Dreams should have been a single, which I totally agree with
    - Good Feeling had a big introduction of Klaus, their Swedish pianist, and Fran told us to point and yell Klaus when he was doing his Big Piano Solo to put pressure on him. When we ‘practiced’ Fran said we looked like a group of angry Vikings whose fish had been stolen and then proceeded to talk like the Swedish Cook (from The Muppets!) to an amused Klaus.
    - During All I Wanna Do Is Rock things were getting hot (according to Fran) and Andy climbed up the stairs until he could go no further to rock out and after he hugged his roadies for being awesome.
    - Flowers in the Window acoustic was very, very pretty and a lot of fun! I loved how they were all standing together, singing and how Andy at some point played the guitar from behind Fran.
    - Humpty Dumpty Love Song!
    - Before Why Does It Always Rain on Me? Fran said something like “it’s like being in a band with a 1,000 singers”, cause I really think about EVERYONE sang along with (almost) every word. With the final verse they asked us all the jump and it was just generally awesome, cause everybody really did.
    - They are so funny!
    - DOUGIE! My weak spot for bass players is roaring it’s ugly head again ;)
    - Their music makes me so very, very happy!

    I loved it very, very much. They were relaxed, they were enjoying themselves and the crowd was amazing. So much atmosphere and fun! I think I will be bouncing for days over this amazing gig! I also made a ridiculous amount of 81 pictures, 40 have been resized and uploaded. So a small selection and then a link ;)

    Bootleg, please???? Cause this gig was legendary!

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  • Concert Review: Tori Amos (2007-06-03 - Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam)

    Giu 4 2007, 19:49

    Sun 3 Jun – Tori Amos, Seth Lakeman

    Act: Tori Amos
    Support act(s): Seth Lakeman
    When: 2007-06-03
    Where? Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

    I fell in love with Tori Amos somewhere between Scarlet’s Walk and The Beekeeper. Some may argue not at the best of times, but I didn’t care. It was the video for the song A Sorta Fairytale that turned me straight into a fangirl and I can safely say that I listened to almost nothing else for about a year or so. In that time she came to the Netherlands, but I didn’t go, silly me, so this was my very first live Tori-experience. And wow, what an experience it was!

    It already started with the support act. This was the first support act EVER that I was sad about that it ended. I thought Seth Lakeman was basically one of the best things ever. His songs were just great, his band was great (really loved the drummer, but the other two were fantastic as well) and Seth himself was just mindblowing. Besides that he played lots of instruments, he really showed off his fiddling. I absolutely ADORED the last song he did, alone with the violin, and a quick search on YouTube proofs that I’m talking about the song Kitty Jay. Seth definitely stole my heart yesterday evening.

    And then there was Tori. Or should I say Pip?

    Act I – Pip
    Teenage Hustling
    Fat Slut
    Smokey Joe
    Body & Soul
    Professional Widow (remix)
    Act II – Tori
    Big Wheel
    Liquid Diamonds
    Spring Haze
    Cornflake Girl
    Doughnut Song
    Caught a Lite Sneeze
    T & Bö
    My Piano Improv
    Flying Dutchman
    Band Returns
    Father’s Son
    Code Red

    Encore #1
    Precious Things
    Tear in Your Hand

    Encore #2
    Bouncing off Clouds
    Hey Jupiter

    - WE HAD PIP! My favourite doll! YAY! She’s amazingly cool
    - Fat Slut was way too short. Pip is quite the performer, though.
    - I’m so happy with Smokey Joe! It’s definitely my (current) favourite Posse track. And she started to play it on her knees
    - The wig change with Professional Widow (remix) was a bit awkward
    - There is such a difference between Pip and Tori! Pip was ‘just’ kickass cool and dangerous, while Tori was way more bouncy, happy and cute.
    - Big Wheel was wonderful, with the clapping from the audience
    - Spring Haze had an improve at the start of it.
    - Cornflake Girl! WEEE! What an awesome song!
    - Caught a Lite Sneeze: so much passion and greatness! Her voice was spot on!
    - The improv was really, really cute. She started saying hello and having us repeat it. Then she started about Heineken (we were in the Heineken Music Hall after all), how she never drinks before a show cause then she would drop of her stool. Then she told how she once did drop of her stool, while not being drunk. And then she started to sing about her new piano, how it had stopped smoking and had patches and how it was having a fight with the Hammond, and how she hasn’t told her yet that this Bosey wasn’t her only one, and so on. Very, very cute and funny.
    - Flying Dutchman was stunning. Those first notes just took my breathe away, and this song might be on it’s way to become my new favourite Tori song.
    - Code Red was just great, really. I loved the lights during this one.
    - YAY Precious Things! My absolute favourite Tori song, being performed really, really pretty!
    - Tear in Your Hand was beautiful and cute, and after that Tori wanted to bow with her entire band, but some had left the stage already and she was just too cute.
    - Bouncing off Clouds was SUCH a big surprise! I think about everybody gasped as soon as they recognized the song. And what a brilliant song for an encore. Honestly!
    - Hey Jupiter was so pretty! And I used to not even like this one much!

    I’m aware I use !!! a lot and just generally squee a lot as well and I’m sure there is lots to complain about, but I just can’t. I’ve wanted to see Tori live for ages and this was my very first time and it was all I could have dreamed off. She played quite a few of my absolute favourites, song beautifully and was just overall cute and pretty. Plus, it was a 2-hour set which makes me very very happy. Now please let there be a bootleg!


  • Concert Review: Kaiser Chiefs (2007-05-30 - Paradiso, Amsterdam)

    Mag 31 2007, 15:15

    Wed 30 May – Kaiser Chiefs, The Apples in Stereo, 1990s

    Act: Kaiser Chiefs
    Support act(s): 1990s, The Apples in Stereo
    When: 2007-05-30
    Where? Paradiso, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

    The first time I saw and heard the Kaiser Chiefs was back in 2005, when they were supporting U2 in the Amsterdam ArenA. The Killers were supporting as well, a band that I did knew. They disappointed me, the Chiefs –however- didn’t. Quite the contrary. I thought they were charming, and bouncy and all things happy and went out and got their album that I liked very much.

    There were two support acts, but I missed the 1990s. The Apples in Stereo were great fun though. I loved their look, although I can’t really say why people keep saying they sound like the Beatles (but I often fail to notice the obvious things, so it could be just me).

    Everyday I Love You Less and Less
    Heat Dies Down
    Thank You Very Much
    Na Na Na Na Naa
    I Can Do Without You
    Modern Way
    Everything Is Average Nowadays
    High Royds
    I Predict a Riot
    Take My Temperature

    The Angry Mob
    Oh My God

    - Ricky Wilson has an insane amount of energy.
    - They sang the ‘tadadada’ (you know what I mean!) part of Chelsea Dagger somewhere during a quiet-ish moment.
    - They were just as much fun as they were in 2005. GO THEM!
    - Damn, their songs are catchy!
    - Ricky climbed up to the balcony (I think during Take My Temperature), went all round and then had a bit of a problem getting back on the stage again, because there was no ladder. YAY for side stairs ;) Bless.
    - Andrew White is one very cool guy. And really the centre of Calm.
    - Where the hell did they get all that energy from? Ricky truly is some sort of acrobat, the freaky things he does with microphones are impressive.
    - The crowd was great! Very responsive.
    - Nothing is better than a band who can make you grin all through their set.
    - My weak spot for bass players still works (hey! I can’t resist some jumpy curls!)
    - YAY Modern Way! Current absolute fav.
    - Loved how everybody just sang along with basically EVERYTHING.
    - I wish the set was a bit longer though, although with the amount of energy they all put into it…

    Pictures (all made by Fonzie82, because my camera died): coming up. Once.