25-11-2013 // Must-Have of the Month: Jeroen Kant - De Lafaard Kapitein|
Perhaps my (new) Best Album of the Year, but I haven't heard it enough yet to know for sure. This is without a doubt a great album, but the truly spectaculair albums stay with me for months and years. As I've just recently discovered this Dutch beauty, I can't say anything for sure, but I can tell you one thing: This is (at least) one of the best albums I've heard this year.
Jeroen Kant is the Dutch combination between Tom Waits: brilliant and original lyrics (google translate is your friend, start with "halvezolenpad"), and Nick Cave: more original lyrics, but with an intense dark twist (same job for "Mijn Mooiste Mijn Liefste Mijn Alles Mijn Bruid").
It is not just in words that Jeroen Kant reminds a lot of the previously mentioned great artists. The sound of "Ratten In De Schuur" is very much Tom Waits. Is this becoming a 'he sounds like this and this-'review? Hell no! Jeroen Kant is completely original. I can not think of any (Dutch) artist that has ever blown me away like he does on this record.
Again with this song; the lyrics. The sound. The song. I can feel the dirt, I can look the working men in the docks in the eyes and feel their pain. The pain they feel in their worn out bodies, working themselves right into their shallow graves. While missing their homes, the warm and sweet love of their friends and families back home. Maybe not me, but I'm sure a lot of people can relate to the feelings of this song.
This is my new line: Alles Staat In Brand. The song builts up, grabs you tightly and spits you out just when you expect it to last forever. Which it could, and maybe should have.
For me, this album has the same intensity as Kanye's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, which is a very strange comparison in styles, but not in intensity and Kanye's album is now 3 years old and still hits the record player 12 times a week. I don't think I'll get tired of this, ever. Every inch of (Dutch) talent that's out there wishes they could record an album like this. I sure as hell don't consider myself a talent, but even I am jealous.
Brilliant. Fucking. Record.
25-11-2013 // Monday Morning Kick-Off: Firewater - A Little Revolution|
This song is a little older (it was on the 2012-release International Orange but it's in my Soundcloud-playlist and I listen to it a lot in the early hours of the days. Especially on Monday morning this is a great song to get myself moving and when no one's looking I even do a little dance to it. Have a great week!
20-11-2013 // Track: Delta Will - Holy Ghost|
Fleet Foxes could've recorded this song. And that's one of the biggest compliments I've given all year. Good job, Delta Will!
15-11-2013 // MixTape: Well-Played 001: Everybody Wins|
There's an ever-growing list of songs and albums that I listen to on several devices that are just not brilliant enough to get an item themselves, but great enough to get a mention. Just to give these fine songs the attention they deserve and to help you find a lot of great songs at once, I'll be making these setlists whenever I damn please, pretty much how I do all of my writings. Here's part 1 of the series: Everybody Wins.
New Gary Clark Jr music. Hell yeah!
This has been playing at least 12 times a day these last 2 days. great cover!
The band calls this 'music Clint Eastwood would use in a spaghetti-western'.
I thought 'Sail' was their only great song, I was wrong.
Morgan Doctor released an instrumental album recently, this is the best song on it.
This is how the weekend should sound. This remix is as good as the original!
Now that the weekend has started, let's celebrate by dancing our arse off!
7 tracks for the weekend. Or Monday mornings. Or Tuesday afternoons. Whenever you feel like it, play a great song. that's pretty much how I survive the dull moments in life. And right then & there it cheers me up, and Everybody Wins.
12-11-2013 // Track: Waterdeep - Humming Along|
This day sucked. I wanted to listen to punk music very loud all evening and drink a shitload of alcohol to I could forget about how fucked up this day was. Instead, I played "Humming Along" from Waterdeep's latest record Moment and it lit up my day like only the Sun can suddenly come through on a grey, cold rainy day. There's nothing that can cheer me up like a good song can and this is just perfect for a crappy day!
11-11-2013 // Monday Morning Kick-Off: The Joy of Painting - Good Mood|
It's Monday morning but "I woke up today in a good mood, I can't say that it will last" - from The Joy of Painting's really cool album Tender Age. If you didn't wake up in a good mood, this song will definately help you get there! Have a good week!
10-11-2013 // Track: Said The Whale - Helpless Son|
I'm sure some point our lives, we can all relate to this song. The thing that makes it so much more intense beside the lyrics, is the song itself. It suits the lyrics and the message in it perfectly. And even if you close your eyes and think of candy, if you ignore the lyrics, the video and the general feel of the song, this is still a beautiful piece of music. I really wanted to buy Said The Whale's new album hawaiii because I love the previous record so much, but restricted myself to the one-album-a-month promise I made to my wallet. This song broke my spirit, I ordered myself the vinyl and I can not wait for this baby to play at maximum volume.