18-07-2011 // Monday Morning Kick-Off: [MM-KO]Tom Vek - A.P.O.L.O.G.Y.

Another Monday, another Monday Morning Kick-Off. this time a great track from Tom Vek's new album "Leisure Seizure", which has recently been released after years of silence from Mr. Vek. But now he's back, and he seems to be everywhere. Check his website for some more great tracks, cuz the album is booming for all the right reasons, it gets better everytime i hear it! Have a good week! dance to it.

17-07-2011 // Album: Josh Oliver - Troubles

Perfect little record for a dark & dreamy Sunday night is "Troubles" by Josh Oliver. On the day the summer started he released his debut album, which sounds perfect for walking around in the burning sun somewhere this Summer. But i'm pretty sure this will also work when the leaves start falling later this year. Basically an album that may go far through the year. And it should, cuz it sounds so good and i'm gonna make this a long evening to remember. cheers on a special Sunday night!

14-07-2011 // Album: Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver

It's a little known fact that i'm not a huge fan of the hype-culture. When the whole (blog)world is hyping the new albums of great acts such as Radiohead, Fleet Foxes & The Strokes or is kissing arses of upcoming "next big things" like James Blake or Bon Iver i'm usually done.. It's part of me, i can not stand the temptation of going against the grain, no matter how tough that might be. I do it at work, with friends, in relationships & with my biggest love: music.

When it comes to music though, i do things differently than with other things in life, because i believe that if so many people (including bloggers i really appreciate) call an album great it has to be something special. And i do listen to these albums. And maybe it's me being an annoying arse, but usually i find myself right and in complete misunderstanding with the rest of the world hyping their arses off.. I have found myself a decent number of 'enemies' when claiming the new Radiohead/Strokes-albums were not as good as one could expect and surely not as good as the blogs/magazines said they were, and at that point i decided to keep my opinions to myself (haters gonna hate, but if all emails are unsupportive, i do get fed up with it) when another 'big' release came out. So i never mentioned the disappointment i felt when listening to James Blake's debut album (although seeing him live last weekend was absolutely brilliant) & i never really paid any (well-deserved) attention to that new Fleet Foxes-album, which i think is one of the best albums we'll be hearing this year: It's perfection in all it's forms!

For Bon Iver's (finally getting to the point here, sory for the delay) 2nd album "Bon Iver, Bon Iver" i decided to do what i should've done with the Fleet Foxes-album, sharing my love for the album. I have to admit it took me a few spins before i got used to his voice and the somewhat unexpected music that comes with it. But what was weird and uncomfortable the 1st time, became absolutely brilliant the 4th time i listened to it. Which in this case comes down to the album's opener Perth. It's a song for which i can't turn up my stereo loud enough. I want to hear it louder, feel it more & let it take away any thoughts i might have. I want to loose myself in this album, because i can. Because this is an album só good, that it makes me want to hear nothing else. Comparing it to the other great albums i've heard this year it already matches up to "Helplessness Blues" and i can definately see this album up high in the album charts of every blogger at the end of this year, even if i don't really care about that. All i know is that it'll be ending up high in my list. Because there's not much albums coming out this year that will be better than this.

14-07-2011 // Plug in, Baby!: 1 Year: Plug in Baby!

On July 14th of 2010 the 1st post was written on Plug in Baby!. It was (off course) a warm welcome to all new visitors with a live-video of Muse's inspiration-track. Today there are over 400 blogs written and in my humble opinion the blog has evolved a lot. It took me a few months to get myself settled, but the way things are going right now are exactly how i want it to go. Off course i would like to spend more time writing, but real life is also something to enjoy to the fullest. Thank you all visitors for finding your way to this little weblog (the number of visitors is rising every month) & please do keep coming back, cuz i ain't going away & there's more than enough great music to discover together!

12-07-2011 // Album: John Gold - A Flower In Your Head

John Gold (Album Stream) by VagrantRecords

This album is already for sale on iTunes, but Vagrant Records still decided to stream the entire album. A wise decision, cuz when you listen to this abum, you can only love it! John Gold has made a great record!

11-07-2011 // Monday Morning Kick-Off: [MM-KO] Kytecrash live @ North Sea Jazz 2011

After spending 3 days at the North Sea Jazz the only right way to celebrate a new week is with something great from this weekend. Kytecrash was very good show on the Saturday, this was not their best part of the show, but YouTube doesn't offer a lot at this moment, which is pretty strange considering the dozens of people i've seen at every show recording shows with their lousy mobile phones.. Have a good week!

10-07-2011 // Plug in, Baby!: [North Sea Jazz 2011] Sunday Preview

No time for a proper preview, as i'm leaving within the hour and there's a stop in the hospital planned somewhere between now and then.. 1 thing i'm surely gonna check out today is James Blake. Check out his live-version of The Wilhelm Scream here. simply brilliant!

09-07-2011 // Plug in, Baby!: [North Sea Jazz 2011] Saturday Preview

North Sea Jazz 2011 Day 2: less talk, more music. I'm heading back to the festival in 90 minutes and there's still work to do at home..check my expected highlights of today here.

Madeira - 17.30: Antonio Farao Trio

Maas - 19.00 Kytecrash

Madeira - 19.15: Arve Henriksen

Yenisei - 19.45: Harmen Fraanje Trio

(you'll have to delete the guitarist on this vid, cuz they play as a trio tonight)

Mississippi - 21.00: Charles Bradley

Yenisei - 21.30: Portico Quartet

Yenisei - 23.15: Gerald Clayton Trio

Congo - 23.45: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

And the best thing of this Saturday is the EBU European Jazz Competition Finalists playing in Volga all evening. Which are 5 performances of 45 minutes with great upcoming artists. Quality guaranteed!

06-07-2011 // Plug in, Baby!: [North Sea Jazz 2011] Friday Preview

Every year the 2nd weekend of July Rotterdam hosts the biggest indoor Jazz festival of the world, the fabulous North Sea Jazz Festival. And if i'm not mistaken this is gonna be my 6th year of being present for the whole 3 days. Just like with other music festivals the fun is not only in the 3 days of getting soaked with fantastic music, a great atmosphere and the occasional drink, but also in looking forward to these things. Usually i start a few weeks before the big weekend spending hours & hours listening to just about every artist that is visiting the festival. Due to the unforseen situation that has controlled my life over the past 2 weeks and is still very present, i haven't had any time for this, but i'm determined to prepare myself as good as i can. And so i set my alarmclock early this morning and i have spend the morning checking out the Friday Schedule, marking the things i just might find myself listening to this weekend.
Check out my personal Friday tips right now, right here:

Volga - 17.45: John Law Art Of Sound Trio:

Darling - 18.00: Brandt Brauer Frick

Mississippi - 19.45: Dulfer 7.0 Server incl. Rob Van De Wouw
Last year this concert was cancelled after 20 minutes during the pouring rain, but it was 1 of the best shows i've ever seen @ North Sea Jazz. Hope this year will be as good and will make the full 75 minutes.

Darling - 21.45: Kneebody

Yenisei - 21.30: Liam Sillery Quintet

Madeira - 22.00: Michel Portal with Ambrose Akinmusire

Yenisei - 23.15: Eric Dolphy At The Five Spot Revisited


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