16-07-2013 // Track: Eeek! - B.E.S.|
About 12 years ago I met a girl. She was extreme in a lot of ways; She was loud, she was straight to the point, she was in your face. Always. She was also beautiful and she had a great voice. On the first day we've met we went shopping together and I bought myself a bright red pair of pants that were loose enough to fit 4 of me. On the second day we played 'Stairway to Heaven', I was just learning the chords on acoustic guitar and she knew the lyrics. It was a little match made in heaven and that voice won me over even more than she'd done without singing the day before.
We lost track of each other a long time ago, but she once gave me a cd with some songs from her band on it. It was all pretty bad teenage rocksongs, except for this one song. I fell in love straight away and over the years that have passed I have listened to it 1000s of times. And everytime I hear it, I remember that one hour we had playing and singing Led Zep's classic together. And right after that I remember how she tried to stab someone that 1st day we met.
All the personal memories aside, this is a beautiful song. I've uploaded it on my own soundcloud, but please note that I have nothing to do with the song, neither do I own any rights to it. On request, the song will be removed. Now turn off your phone and listen to this for at least 12 times in a row. I have tonight. I've done so several nights before. And I'll do it again for many nights to come.
15-07-2013 // Monday Morning Kick-Off: The Coppertone - Young Blood|
The morning is long gone, but the day is still young and the week has just started. After a busy weekend enjoying the many beautiful things North Sea Jazz 2013 had to offer, it's nice to kick off the new week with something completely different. The Coppertone is a cool female rocker with a powerful voice & dito sound. This is a new project for her after a failed contract with a record company and it's a great new start for her. Have a good week!
14-07-2013 // Plug in, Baby!: Plug in, Baby! 3rd Anniversary|
It's been 3 years since Plug in, Baby! first started. Loads of great music has been discovered and shared & and the battle continues for another 12 months. Let's celebrate in style!
13-07-2013 // Introducing: Saint Helena Dove|
Dutch singer-songwriter Saint Helena Dove has a beautiful voice, writes beautiful songs and for that a perfect addition to this weekend. I'm spending my weekend at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, I've heard great music last night (BADBADNOTGOOD was live even better than that highly addictive album I've shared with you a few weeks ago) and will probably hear loads of great tunes the next 2 days, but on a slow Saturday morning it's nice to read the paper, drink some coffee and relax with something simply beautiful. Like these 3 tunes by Saint Helena Dove.
These 2 tracks are from a 4-track EP released in February of 2012, a fine little introduction to this talented singer. The live-video here is from just a few weeks ago and brings other talented singer-songwriters in mind, like Angel Olsen. A video I've been addicted to for weeks and months. Just like I've been listening to Saint Helena Dove everyday since I've 1st was introduced to her fine tunes.
Saint Helena Dove is hopefully working on more new songs & I'm looking forward a lot to a full album with more intense songs. Keep up with her via www.facebook.com/Sainthelenadove, I know I will.
09-07-2013 // Must-Have of the Month: Weekend Riot Club - PSYCHOTROPIA|
Must-Have of the Month for July was a hard decision with a mind-blowing hiphop album by Ugly Heroes and 2 more highly addictive albums battling for some precious airtime on the stereo. The winner is PSYCHOTROPIA by Weekend Riot Club, a hard-rocking, head-knocking album, best enjoyed played as loud as possible.
Beware that 'Fly Away' might get stuck in your head, I've had the experience for the last few days singing "Take a deep breath and hold on tight, Let's fly away" pretty much everywhere I went.
The whole album oozes a 90s rockchick-feel, but with a modern twist to it. Being a 90s-kid this is probably one of the reasons I'm so madly in love with this album. The riffs are cold and hard, the drums loud and relentless, the lyrics are mostly about love, brought to you by lead-singer Melissa.
For some reason I feel I shouldn't be so hyped up about this album, perhaps because of that obvious 90s-link this album holds. But this album is just 100% fun. You can dance, rock, jump, run and basically just go hard to this. It's a primal thing, I'd say typical male aswell, but since there's a pretty girl doing the vocals on this record that doesn't really make sense.
Bottom line: Great! Fucking! Record!
07-07-2013 // Track: Crushes - Love Is Lost|
The next beautiful Summer day is best celebrated with another great track. This sweaty banger from Crushes is perfect for a hot Summer day. It's their 1st release, but I'm hoping on more great tunes before Fall sets in. But for now, let's dance!
06-07-2013 // Track: Anton Walgrave - Celebration|
It's weekend for the non-vacation people of the world. It's sunny as hell & we spend about 10 hours at the beach bbq-ing and party-ing yesterday. In a few minutes I'll be leaving on the next trip & I don't expect to be home soon. The Summer is finally here, let's celebrate with a great new track by Anton Walgrave. One of Belgium's finest singer-songwriters.
04-07-2013 // Album: Ugly Heroes - Ugly Heroes|
After 2 days of listening pretty much non-stop to this hiphop-album I knew I struck gold. Thanks to a good friend who tipped this, I finally heard a great hiphop-album that is actually released in 2013. Based on the major opinion Kanye's new album is also worth hearing, I'll get to that later. For now, I'm still hooked on this.
This album sounds a lot like the conscious rap that was coming up 20 years ago with Mos Def, Common & Pharaohe Monch. The sound of that last group was probably a big inspiration to Ugly Heroes. No matter where it comes from though, what matters is what it sounds like today. And it sounds good.
Usually I just type a few lines and let you enjoy the music and form your own opinion on the things I put on this blog. But this album has me to hyped up that I want to keep on talking about the great lyrics, the fine beats with that oldschool-vibe taking me back to the 1st time I listened to Common and Mos Def and how mind-blown I was back then.
I won't though. You just listen to to these four tracks and you'll probably decide to check out the entire album at http://mellomusicgroup.bandcamp.com/album/ugly-heroes. You should!
Great. Fucking. Album.
01-07-2013 // Monday Morning Kick-Off: Peter and Kerry - I Don't Know|
Monday Morning Kick-Off by Peter and Kerry. It sounds and feels sunny, just the opposite from what I see outside my window this morning. Good thing there's always a sunny track to be found on the webs to brighten up the horrific Monday mornings. Have a good week!
28-06-2013 // Track: Soft Shoulder - Repeat #2|
So I had the official Plug in, Baby! Vacation 2013 Tune all figured out long before this day finally was here, but last night everything changed when I heard "Repeat #2" by Soft Shoulder. This track is haunting, mesmerizing, intense, loud, sweaty, cold, hard, rock. It has it all, and more.
Vacation kicked in an hour ago, but already several of those have passed by, and will again within the next 3,5 weeks. I'm keeping up the neighbours with this all night (even though I ain't there to hear it), they will know I'm let out of my cage for the upcoming time. Haunting as Fuck! I love it!
26-06-2013 // Track: Bridie Jackson & The Arbour - Prolong|
The next insanely beautiful song by one of the best groups of musicians walking the face of the earth at the moment: Bridie Jackson & The Arbour. While they're gathering 1000s of new fans per minute this weekend at Glastonbury, I'll be enjoying this great song they've released yesterday. It has the same "turn off the lights, burn candles & stare into nothing"-intense beauty as previous single Scarecrow, but it's a little slower, a little darker. Perhaps even more suitable for midnight listening. With the world asleep, your phone in a dark corner and some red wine as your only companion.
Sometimes beauty is so easy. Or at least, it seems to be..