Schotje's Audio Archives

Schotje's Audio Archives

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After collecting rock albums, books and rock magazines for over forty years it's about time to open up the archives and put some of my favorite music on the big net. The music here is intended for review purposes only and is not a substitute for the original record company product. Please contact us directly regarding the removal of any potentially infringing material. READERS: Please use us as a buyer's guide and support the artists.

The Art of Improvisation (7)

MusicPosted by schoth Sat, September 16, 2017 23:31:08
Actually, the title should read: "The Art of Directed Improvisation". It's band leader John Zorn who decides and directs this band like a modern day Frank Zappa... But he does a miraculous job! Listen to the guitar of Mark Ribot. He looks like an average teacher German Language but plays the guitar like Jimi Hendrix would have played if he was still alive. The pounding drums of Joey Baron adds to the intensity if the music. Strange but beautiful percussion sounds by Cyro Baptista. Never heard such inter-active and intens band playing since the high days of the Grateful Dead.

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Cover me (8)

MusicPosted by schoth Mon, July 31, 2017 23:15:43
Yet another beautiful cover version of one of my most favorite John Martyn's songs: "I don't wanna know".

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From darkness to light

MusicPosted by schoth Mon, April 17, 2017 00:24:37
Please use the first 5 minutes of this song as an intro to prepare a good glass of whisky or a big glass of cold beer. Maybe even make yourself a big, long spliff... Then sit back, relax, pump up the volume and let the music take control. It's so strong it will take you from Darkness to Light !

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Shawn James Live in the Nix

MusicPosted by schoth Wed, March 01, 2017 23:08:40
(under construction)

Enschede, 25 feb. 2017. Shawn has left his Shapeshifters band in the US of A and has begun an extended European Tour. This concert was recorded in the NiXenMeer Blues Club. Despite severe throat problems which made him cancel the previous two shows this was a great concert. Here's a link to a review.
The full 90+ min. concert (unedited) is now online. You can watch it by clicking the picture below. With a big thanks to Shawn & Michelle for another great night and Mercedes for the video-recording!

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No more Idols (VI)

MusicPosted by schoth Mon, January 02, 2017 22:09:58
Who needs commercial TV like Idols, Voice of Holland and other shitty PlayBack Shows while we have the real thing right here on the YouTube...

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Cover me (9)

MusicPosted by schoth Mon, December 26, 2016 01:46:42
Today, on christmas day, the sad news of the passing of George Michael came through. I've never had that much with xmas, nor with xmas songs. But "Last Christmas" of Wham was an exception. I could listen to this record all year long. And there are so much other songs of George Michael... Here's a cover of a beautiful song by Rufus Wainwright. Only 53 years old, Rest in Peace mr. Georgius Kyriacos Panayiotou.

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The art of improvisation (V)

MusicPosted by schoth Sat, December 24, 2016 01:48:09
Ok, let's start the song and see where it ends... It doesnt matter if you focus on the guitar, organ, bass or drums. They mix all together wonderful in this jam of Jerry Garcia's "Don't let go"

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Cover me (8)

MusicPosted by schoth Sun, December 18, 2016 22:53:38
If you feel the music it doesn't matter what color you are... here's a cover of the powerful song 'Upside Down' (Fela Kuti) performed by Newen Afrobeat :

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A trip to the moon (1902)

MusicPosted by schoth Mon, December 12, 2016 22:36:17
The first science fiction film ever made! Year of production: 1902. So it is a silent movie. I've taken the liberty to add the music of the german rock group CAN with the song "Future Days".

. A Trip to the Moon (Le Voyage dans la Lune) was directed by George Méliès and inspired by Jules Verne. It could very well be that Roger Dean was inspired by this movie... Wikipedia article >>>>

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Dutch ProgRock (I)

MusicPosted by schoth Thu, November 24, 2016 00:39:43
"Music makes my song" is a song from a solo album of one of hollands most influential Prog-Rock musicians: Robert Jan Stips. He made fame in the late sixties with the group Supersister, later joined Golden Earring, and is still active with the group "Nits". Excuses for the low-fi quality i made from my LP...

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Triple Cohen

MusicPosted by schoth Fri, November 11, 2016 23:20:34

It’s a sad day for music lovers. Leonard Cohen has passed away. This is the man that made me realize rock music isn’t about music alone. The words also matter. Here’s a list of the three songs i love the most.

#3 First we take Manhattan

#2 So Long Marianne
#1 Partisan
Herman van Veen remembers Leonard Cohen:
Leonard Cohen is vannacht overleden,
vertelde Edith mij bij het ontbijt.
Staarde een tijdje
naar iets op de muur,
beelden stroomden door mijn hoofd.
Een vriendelijk ernstige man
met grapjes in zijn ogen.
een borsalino,
rook van sigaretten,
half gevulde glazen, kleedkamers,
woorden, zinnen, gedichten.
Dacht aan Georges Moustaki,
zijn Franse broeder in het dichten.
Bob Dylan,
die de zwarte stad om Cohens
verlichte etage bezong.
Voelde zijn kleine hand in de mijne.
Zag me zo dikwijls staan zingen
van dat meisje dat je meeneemt
naar de rand van het water
waar je naar keek
als herinnering voor later.
Een lieve, wijze man
is heengegaan.
Moet verder
met dat droevig weten.

Herman van Veen

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Change of season (IV)

MusicPosted by schoth Sun, October 02, 2016 23:49:44
When the leaves come falling down... That means my favorite season has begun; autumn. So many different colours, the wind shakes the leaves of the tree, the rain washes you clean, and the evenings become longer and longer again!

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Cover me ... (7)

MusicPosted by schoth Tue, September 13, 2016 22:13:33
"A friend of the devil is a friend of me" There's no Deadhead who can't sing along with this song. I always think of it as Bobby's Weir ultimate cowboy song. But here he takes a step back and let's Grace Potter do her version of the song. It's a slowed down version, with a nice carpet..., great vocals, a driving double drum, and great grand piano, guitar and steel-guitar! And look at all those happy Deadheads sing along at 1.47 min. !

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Art for Art’s Sake, Money for God’s Sake

MusicPosted by schoth Sun, August 28, 2016 23:20:00
Sometimes i buy an album or single of an artist i've never heard of before. It's the album cover art that want's me to check out the artist. And sometimes its the other way around; the music get's to me and the cover art of the album/single is a bonus.
My first album of the Quicksilver Messenger Sevice was "Happy Trails". It was dynamite: both the music and the cover of the album. Here's an album i bought this week on the local eBay (Marktplaats). I already have this album but this copy will be framed and get a nice place on the wall in our living room...

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Cover me... (6)

MusicPosted by schoth Sun, August 28, 2016 22:45:46
Gil Scott Heron, the founding father of rap, has a song about his drug addiction aptly titled "Home is where the hatred is". His music is a mix of poetry, jazz, soul and rock and i recommend to check out all the albums he has made.

James Chance, the founding father of the Punk, No Wave, New Wave music scene in New York. Also know as James White and the Blacks. He once did a perfect remake of James Brown's "King Heroin". Here's a cover he did of the classic Gil Scott Heron song.

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l'Homme de plusieurs vies

MusicPosted by schoth Sat, August 13, 2016 23:36:51
Robert Wyatt, est l'homme de plusieurs vies, batteur flamboyant de Soft Machine, il est tiraillé entre son amour du jazz et la violence du rock. Après une phase de dépression chronique et alcoolisme, un accident le cloue sur une chaise roulante et le contraint à se réinventer.

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Cover me ... (5)

MusicPosted by schoth Thu, August 11, 2016 22:55:55
"It's too late" from Carole king's landmark album "Tapestry" has always been a favorite song of me. But when I played my brothers record "Isley Brothers Live" i was really impressed with the mix of funk, soul, great guitar and vocals. So here it is, a superlong version with tributes to Ray Charles and Jimi Hendrix included. Play it loud !!!

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Nederpop (1)

MusicPosted by schoth Sun, August 07, 2016 00:11:42
... voor ik vergeet dat hier een kerk heeft gestaan, en dat Bart achter het orgel ging zitten. voor ik vergeet dat Bert en ik de trappen van de oude gracht afdaalden, op zoek naar verlichting, voor ik vergeet met wie we naar de Breizh gingen, koninginnedag, Pleun op de paal met een Kandhar spliff in zijn hand, voor ik vergeet wie toen mijn vrienden zijn geweest en ik niets meer weet van straten en examens en vacanties en ruzie op een feest in de Kashbar…

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Carradio-moment (2)

MusicPosted by schoth Sat, August 06, 2016 23:48:58
Today it happened again... Driving around in the car and suddenly there is a beautiful song on the radio that you have never heard before. The rhythm gets to me, a haunting vocal and strange breaks, and I would really like to know the artists name but it's not sure if the DJ will mention it. So i took my phone and recorded the last half minute. At home i listened back and did a Google search for 'Truck dealer' and 'Wise blood'. Damn, no hits...! A further search brought me to the right video-clip. Nothing special really, in fact a little simple... Low budget, not perfectly syncd, no sharp and speedy cuts, but oh so beautiful. The music reminds me of the Beach Boys, Electric Light Orchestra, but with a very up-to-date feel.

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MusicPosted by schoth Sun, June 19, 2016 01:15:27
And now for something completely different... a list of my favorite three poems:

Weet je nog (Herman van Veen/Frank Lodeizen)

Weet je nog, toen de wind, de bomen tergde

en hen de mantels, van het lichaam trok.

Dat wij samen,

de regen kletterde bij stromen,

schuilden en jij zo schrok.

Toen ik je zei, dat dit het eind was

en voorgoed onze wegen zouden scheiden,

m'n arme kind 't is droevig maar het moet,

beter is het heen te gaan.

Ik zweeg en jij schreide,

weet je nog, dat mijn hand de jouwe zachtjes drukte,

omdat jij spoedig zou zien dat ik niet de beste was,

en dat jij door je tranen lachte en zei; misschien...

Nu is het herfst opnieuw en 't regent,

maar alleen schuil ik onder het lover,

denk aan jou en ween.

Voor de verre prinses (Hans Zilver / J. Slauerhoff)

Wij komen nooit meer saam:

De wereld drong zich tusschenbeide.

Soms staan wij beiden ’s nachts aan ’t raam,

Maar andre sterren zien we in andre tijden.

Uw land is zoo ver van mijn land verwijderd:

Van licht tot verste duisternis - dat ik

Op vleuglen van verlangen rustloos reizend,

U zou begroeten met mijn stervenssnik.

Maar als het waar is dat door groote droomen

Het zwaarst verlangen over wordt gebracht

Tot op de verste ster: dan zal ik komen,

Dan zal ik komen, iedren nacht.

J. Slauerhoff (1898-1936)

Do not go gentle into that good night (John Cale / Dylan Thomas)

Do not go gentle into that good night,

Old age should burn and rave at close of day;

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,

Because their words had forked no lightning they

Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,

And learn, too late, they grieved it on it's way,

Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight

Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,

Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.

Do not go gentle into that good night.

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

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