16-06-2014 // West 37: Matthew de Zoete|
The sign says it all: On July 7, 2014 Canadian singer-songwriter Matthew de Zoete will play a live performance right here in this beautiful city called Hoorn. Later this week he will start a 3 week tour through the Netherlands and he will probably be ending his trip with a concert in Hoorn. I am extremely happy to invite him over and I secretly hope to make a series out of this, but we'll see how this goes before we plan ahead. Check out his latest record Colour Film from 2012 below.
So 3 weeks from now there is a great musician coming to play his beautiful tunes. Wanna be there? Shoot me an email via Jeroen[AT]pluginbaby.nl and I'll put you on the list. Of course Matthew needs basic things like food, drinks and a place to sleep, so there will be a little entrance fee of € 10. It's a small living room, so please email me if you would like to attend!
Matthew de Zoete live
Location: West 37, Hoorn
Entrance: € 10
15-06-2014 // Track: CANINE - Laughing|
Can't seem to find anything about the artist or band behind this song, but it's been on their empty soundcloud-page for a month now and it's great. And in the end, that's all that matters.
10-06-2014 // MixTape: Well-Played 004: Wild Love|
New MixTape, it's about fucking time! Most of these songs were unknown to me 48 hours ago, but I've listened to all of them at least a dozen times in this short period of time. Together with at least 15 more songs that were found in my overloaded inbox. I started deleting and saving songs and eventually decided to add these 7 songs together for a new MixTape: Wild Love.
'Feel Just Fine' by Dutch band Velvvet is such a great, addictive track. It makes me feel just fine (sorry, couldn't resist).
I have received several Ten Ton Man-songs over the last few months, but this is the 1st one that really stuck with me from the very 1st second. Great song.
'Swallow The Rival' is such a great song title it's no surprise the song itself is cool as fuck too. The Tablets have written a beautifully haunting song.
Ignore the video, Cold Comfort's 'When Love Grew Wild' is a great and powerfull song.
'The Virus In' by Broadwing is not really a very special song, but it's addictive in a way. The chorus just got stuck in my head this morning and I've been singing it all day at work..
The new Fitness Club Fiasco-track is called 'Hades', I haven't figured out the link between the title and the lyrics, but the song is a beauty!
Another one of my new favorite bands that have released a new song, 'Infant Hercules' by Cattle & Cane was released a little over 24 hours ago, but it's such a fine song.
Basically, there's just 7 beautiful pieces of music here. The 2 line-descriptions are all alike, but I prefer you listen rather than you read. Replay all? Yes please! (yeah, you really just have to click on all the videos yourself one after the other. Sorry about that, I'll put making a decent player or making a YT-playlist on my extensive to-do-list).
03-06-2014 // Must-Have of the Month: Busman's Holiday - A Long Goodbye|
The new Must-Have of the Month record is not just a Must-Hear and Must-Have, it is also one of the Finest Records of 2014. The new Must-Have format (although that sounds pretentious as fuck) is me asking you kindly to take an hour of your busy day and sit down with this record. At least once this month, as it is my personal suggestion should you decide on buying just one record this month. I guarantee you, you'll want this.
A Long Goodbye is the best thing that happened to music since Grandaddy and the Fleet Foxes. Huge shoes to fill, but Busman's Holiday make it sound so easy to be great. They tell great little stories of everyday life and connect 2 songs together with the storyline, despite both songs having a completely different sound. On the vinyl version even better displayed by ending side A with "Alone" and kicking off side B with "Not Alone". The stories are definately connected, but the songs are completely different, yet equally addictive.
Because the main theme on this record is addiction. Not in a bad form, but in the best possible form I've heard in ages. The record itself is the addiction. Each song is a beauty of its own, but in the end, this album is definately best heard from start to finish. While doing the dishes, or laundry, or cleaning your pet's litter box. Or just doing nothing. The lyrics hit me the hardest when I was sitting by the water recently, looking at the calm water, the birds fighting over a dead fish and Lewis and Addison Rogers crafting their brilliant songs. The music easily takes me away from whatever I'm doing at any given time. I've already decided not to play this record while I'm having a date over at my place, I might end up ignoring her..
This album was love at first sight, and the more time we've spent together, the stronger the love has gotten. Give it a spin, maybe a few more, but you'll eventually fall in love with it. I guarantee it.
Beautiful. Fucking. Record.
28-05-2014 // Track: Jalin Roze - Gold / That's It|
Two recent tracks by the finest rapper of the last few years: Jalin Roze. Both tracks have something oldschool to it, Jalin Roze is a master at the more laidback style of hiphop and these two tracks are both fine examples of his style. 'Gold' has a nice little trumpet (trumpets please!) giving this a real smooth jazzy feel and he just decides to sample some of his own lyrics and gets away with it. 'That's It' has warm synths and slow tempo, making it a relaxing track best enjoyed on hot summer nights. But the raps, his great flow and the lyrics are what really make these new tracks just as good as all his previous work. I don't think there's every going to be a rap record like The Brilliance, but with every new track Jalin Roze releases it's clear it is not a one-record-hype. Jalin Roze is the new king of hiphop.
26-05-2014 // Album: Small Wonder - Wendy|
These last few weeks blog items are coming slow. There are pretty much 3 reasons for that. 1: Summer is kicking in, I prefer being outside in the warm sun. 2: There's this incredible record I keep playing and will be writing about next week. 3: This record by Small Wonder is addictive as hell.
This is an album that might take some time. Me, I was okay with it at first. Not that thrilled, but something got me hooked and I kept coming back to it. Not sure what it was that I was hearing, but I eventually started to enjoy it. And now that time has passed, I have fallen in love with it. By now I enjoy the personal and emotional sound of Small Wonder's Wendy.
The most wonderful track on this album is "Untill I Open My wings". There are a 1000 musical links to be found in here, but there never was a song like this. Just like the rest of the record, this song reminds me mostly of Eels, in a good way. I always thought what Eels did was unique. I guess I was wrong. Come on Henry.
Great. Fucking. Record.
21-05-2014 // Track: Arkells - Come To Light|
Last month I posted Arkells great song Never Thought That This Would Happen and they have released their new single last week. Both are from their upcoming 3rd album High Noon, set for release in August, and both are equally fine. I feel very 80s when I dance to this, as it's impossible not to dance. Great tune!