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MusicPosted by schoth Sat, May 09, 2015 23:51:37 It seldom happens that a cover is better than the original. But sometimes it happens... like this one. The original is Nirvana's "Smells like teen spirit". A real classic and one has to have a nerve to cover this song. Well, Patti Smith has the nerves and she does a hell of a job !
MusicPosted by schoth Tue, May 05, 2015 19:40:24 This time i didn't have to go to Sweden to see Daniel Norgren perform. He came to Zwolle, the city i work, for a concert in his "Alabursy" european tour. It was a beautiful concert. No more 'One man Band' thing... Instead he played a lot more piano, sometimes the accordian and very intense guitar. A lot of songs from his latest album but also some older songs of which "Moonshine got me" was a real thriller! And i'm so proud of the limited edition, home made by the big man himself, Alesbury album that i bought after the gig. Here's a beautiful song called "Like there was a door" and a very intense version of "Moonshine got me", recorded by Mercedes on a Kodak PlaySport handycam and audio was recorded by me on a Zoom H2 Handy Recorder at the Hedon Music Club, Zwolle (NL) on the fourth of may, 2015. Like there was a door
MusicPosted by schoth Sat, April 25, 2015 23:08:34 "Heftig", a dutch word word for "heavy". A phrase you certainly can use for these three clips in no particular order. These video's are quite graphic so a warning is in place: viewer discretion is advised.
nr. 1) So much trouble in the world. Short film for 'Iron Sky' by Paolo Nutini directed by Daniel Wolfe. A beautiful song by scottish singer/songwriter Paolo Nutini.
nr. 2) Willem Dafoe, Marina Abramović, and Carice van Houten star in this strange, haunting video: Antony and the Johnsons "Cut the World". Directed by NABIL nr. 3) from Michelangelo Antonioni's masterpiece "Zabriskie Point" (1970) with Pink Floyd's musical theme "Come In Number 51, Your Time Is Up" aka "Careful With That Axe, Eugene").
update 20/5/2015: I would like to add another video to this list. It was never ment to be 'heftig' but this exposition of dead and prepared bodies could be experienced by many people as disturbing. The video was shot during our geocaching tour through Amsterdam while visiting the Body Worlds exposition.
MusicPosted by schoth Fri, April 17, 2015 22:56:43 A list of the three most beautiful head phone songs from some thirty/forty years ago. Led Zep's "Whole lotta love" is not included because this short list consists only of album tracks. Warning: these songs should be listened to by putting the black vinyl on the record player and turn the volume all the way up !
no. 1) Steve Miller Band - Song for our ancestors Steve Miller's first two LP's were psychedelic masterworks. With a very young Boz Scaggs on vocals, the very original guitar of Steve Miller himself, and probably the first time fog horns were introduced into music... no. 2) Pink Floyd - The dark side of the moon A Head Phone Song List without the Pink Floyd? A beautiful song about the side of the moon we have never seen before, at least, not before recently when the first photo's emerged from the dark side of the moon. no. 3) Quicksilver Messenger Service - Who you do you love ? A whole side of mind blowing psychedelic music that twisted my head around. John Cipollina's on guitar is incredible but also listen to the audience take control at 12.30 min. followed by the bass at 16.30 min... !
MusicPosted by schoth Mon, April 06, 2015 00:56:12 The German kraut-rock (!?!) band CAN performing Little Star of Bethlehem with Malcolm Mooney on vocals. The year was 1969 but even in 2015 this music is ahead of its time...
MusicPosted by schoth Fri, March 27, 2015 22:16:16 I've listened lots of hours to that old british folkband Pentangle. Jackie McShee on the vocals, legendary Danny Thompson on the big bass, and those two great guitarists: Bert Jansch and John Renbourn. This music will stay forever... So sorry and sad to hear of John' Renbourn's passing, 26 of march 2015.
MusicPosted by schoth Sat, December 27, 2014 23:37:47 Okay, i know, it's almost januari and everybody is fed up with the 'end of the year' lists. but here's one last one, a list of the five records i've listened to most. It has nothing to do with sale lists, year of release, or any of those. Just a list of the music that gave me the most listening pleasure/energy/redemption...
MusicPosted by schoth Sat, December 20, 2014 23:50:57 Years ago i decided i would sell a part of my record collection at the time i would get my pension. But the pension is being delayed for at least two years due to new government rules and crisis is hitting hard in europe... So there was a change in plan and most of my records are now for sale at Discogs.
A small part of the records is absolutely "not for sale" It's my core collection... Records i've bought more than thirty years ago and still are being listened to, music i thought i was the only one listening to at the time but now many collectors are willin' to pay high prices...
So here it is, a list of five. Music I can't live without. The five I would take with me to desert island, in no particular order:
MusicPosted by schoth Sat, November 15, 2014 23:05:07 In het kader van "Vinyl voor een Fiets" is het nu de beurt aan mijn 'Normaal' collectie. 21 singles en 27 LP's te koop op Ebay. Startbod is 68 euro. Klik op de foto hieronder voor een filmpje en de details van het vinyl.
Update 5/12/2014: De 'Normaal' platen hebben voor tien euro meer dan de vraagprijs een nieuwe eigenaar gevonden in Drente. De link naar het filmpje is daarmee niet langer actief. De Ebay pagina zal nog wel een poosje te bekijken zijn.
MusicPosted by schoth Wed, October 29, 2014 20:38:17 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. You really like to know the artists name but at those moments the DJ keeps quiet ! Quickly wrote down snippets of lyrics and hope that google will come up with the right song. In this case all hits lead to Paolo Nutini, an italian with a scottish accent who mix up old and new styles and makes it his own. Turn up the volume !
Kintsukuroi (金繕い?)(Japanese: golden repair) is the Japanese art of fixing broken pottery with lacquer resin dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum a method similar to the maki-etechnique. As a philosophy it speaks to breakage and repair becoming part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise. The premiere of this 'Dance opera' was at the Oerol Festival 2014, in june, on the island Terschelling. We saw the performance at the music theatre in Enschede, oct. 15. A beautiful production where dance, music, poetry and theatre melt together.
Click on the picture below for a short music clip from the first theatre performance (Enschede, 15/10/2014) >>>
A long time ago the great american band Grateful Dead came to Europe and I decided to follow the group throughout Germany and England. This year I got the same kind of feeling when Shawn James and the Shapeshifters decided to come over and do a european tour. Ok, this time i only had a chance to see two gigs, but the feeling was somehow similar.
This band plays some freakin' good music. It's hard to describe this kind of music. Have you ever heard a violin player do a cover of Iron's Maiden "Number of the Beast", have you ever seen a guy playing a mandolin and drinking beer at the same time, and have you ever heard a voice before, that's a mixture of Johnny Cash, Tom Waits and Edgar Broughton...
We will not forget these two concerts very soon. The music has a beautiful mix between the heavy songs and ballads, the lyrics are at times very personal and there's such a strong power in both voice and music. And the extra dimension comes from the frontman's bond with nature. It's coming back in the music, the lyrics, the covers, and in the YouTube video's.
Watch Shawn James and the Shapeshifters on their first european concert in the "Atak" club, Enschede, Netherlands. The sound was recorded with a Zoom Q2 recorder and the video was recorded with a Koday HD Playsport. With this kind of music it's hard to stand still, so excuses for the shaky images. Click the image below for the video (90 min.) >>>
Update 8/10/2014 The band did an acoustic show for Friesland radio >>>
MusicPosted by schoth Tue, September 23, 2014 23:49:36 It's autumn again, my favorite season; strong winds, rain showers, falling leaves and colors that play. And longer nights to listen to good music. Like this song of Fink: Looking too closely. The song has got nothing to do with autumn but it gives me a real autumn feeling...
MusicPosted by schoth Sun, August 24, 2014 10:45:22 Never thought the day would come but's now it's happening. Apart from the Grateful Dead, Robert Wyatt and John Martyn collection the records are for sale. More than the digitally re-mastered CD, and much more than the compressed audio file downloaded onto your portable media player, the vinyl record is a physical archive of a particular moment in time. I've collected LongPlay albums, Compact Discs, 7 and 12" singles and books for a long period and was planning to categorise and label the records at the time I would get my pension and would have more spare time. But that's just too long away and i've decided to start the sale now. This means the database isn't up-to-date and it will take a little time to find and label the item you want... But, hey, you can allways give it a try and mail me if you want an item from the lists below.
MusicPosted by schoth Sat, July 26, 2014 00:14:20 I love the songs of Seu Jorge. But unfortunately we are on holidays when he gives a concert in Amsterdam... Hopefully I can find an audience-recording when we're back from holidays. In the mean time hers is a YouTube clip of one of his most beautiful songs...
MusicPosted by schoth Sun, July 13, 2014 16:30:14 Unfortunately a lot of fluffy clouds were hiding the Supermoon of 12 july 2014.... No bright pictures of the full moon but there's nothing wrong with the music: CAN - Moonshake, recorded at WDR Musik Extra 1977 (studio jam).
MusicPosted by schoth Wed, June 11, 2014 00:03:22 The surprise of this years Ribs 'n Blues festival was surely the band from Australia; The Delta Riggs. They played the 'outdoor' stage. Click the picture below if you love roots-rock with a lot of energy, booze, heavy bass and raw guitar ! Footage shot with a Kodak PlaySport camera and audio was recorded with a Zoom H2 recorder. date: june 8th, 2014. location: Ribs n Blues Festival, Raalte (NL).
MusicPosted by schoth Mon, May 26, 2014 23:37:41 Yes, it's a little bit early, not even half the year has passed. But the new album of Ben Watt could very well become the 'Album of the year 2014' I love the music of Ben Watt ever since he had teamed up with Tracey Thorn as Everything but the girl. After that Ben Watt released a fine solo album with guest Robert Wyatt, and later he concentrated on his DJ-work. But now he's back with a great solo album. The three songs below are from the BBC 2 Bob Harris radio program 'In Session'.
MusicPosted by schoth Tue, April 22, 2014 23:17:52 This is how i think it happened....
The band is doing a gig and halfway the set they notice George Benson in the audience. They ask him to do 'On Broadway' live on stage with them. Mr. Benson is surprised but gets on stage, gets a strange guitar and just plays his balls off !
Now that we have redecorated our living room it was time to get rid of the Ikea rose and ask a good friend of ours if he would make a painting inspired by the song "Coming back to life" of Pink Floyd (David Gilmour) or by "Dark Star" of the Grateful Dead. (click the painting for the music mix).
We are thrilled by the result. I think the colors and the theme of the painting represent most the song of Pink Floyd: dark, moody and mysterious but with a very present positive force which lead to new chances. Coming back to life. A new life. It could be that the lyrics are written from a point of view of Syd Barret's, but that's just a guess. It's a song about betrayal, but even more about second chances, new opportunities. The music is very uplifting and the guitarsolo's are just incredible. The combination of colors do reflect the mood of the psychedelic Dark Star, a 30 minute long improvisation by legendary american hippie band The Grateful Dead. The music of Dark Star is an exploration into deep space and a prime example of musicians jamming and improvising together and creating mind-expanding art...
-Born in Scarborough (Canada) in 1958 and moved to Holland at a young age. Since then living in Barneveld (Holland). What started as a hobby has turned into a true passion! My works are quite different, sometimes classic abstract then again colorful and full of movement. I’m inspired by everyday things such as: politics, holidays, hectic of today’s society but also by music! I have had no education, i am self-taught. Nowadays my works are brightly colored and full of movement.
MusicPosted by schoth Sat, April 12, 2014 22:38:20 Not only an incredible voice, the songs are immaculate too! Shivers (kippevel) from the neck to the toes. Next month (may, 2014) he plays a gig in Newcastle. If only i could be there... Click the image for a 17 minutes long version of ' The River'
Long time go we went to Hedon, a youth society club in Zwolle, to see bands like Herman Brood, Vitesse, Gruppo Sportivo... Now we come to the new Hedon for the bands of today, featured during the "Let's get a little lost" festival.
Ásgeir live in Hedon (Zwolle, 5/4/2014)
Dýrð í dauðaþögn is the debut album by the Icelandic singer-songwriter Ásgeir Trausti. The album was recorded in three or four months in the summer of 2012. Most of the original Icelandic lyrics were written by Ásgeir's father. The album became the best selling debut album ever in Iceland. In the Silence, an English language version of the album, is translated by the American musician John Grant. Only the vocal part is different from Dýrð í dauðaþögn.
I Am Oak - On Trees And Birds And Fire (Hedon, 5/4/2014)
In 2011, I Am Oak won the Dutch based 3VOOR12 Award for best album for their 2011 release, Oasem. In 2012, the band showcased at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas and performed three shows at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton. 2012 also saw the release of the band's third full-length album entitled “Nowhere Or Tammensaari" on Snowstar Records The album was recorded in a house in a small town in Finland, the name of which translates to “oak island.”
MusicPosted by schoth Sun, March 30, 2014 22:37:37 This weekend the line-up for the annual Ribs&Blues festival in Raalte (NL) was announced. I proposed to invite Shawn James and his band to the festival but didn't get any reply. But there are plenty of other interesting bands. Two of them I definitely will watch are:
The Delta Saints
The Delta Saints komen uit Nashville en beginnen aan hun Europese toer 2014.
De groep is bijna een hippe, jonge versie van bands als The Allman Brothers en The Black Crowes. Sinds het debuutalbum in 2011 uitkwam gaat het The Saints alleen maar voor de wind en de schare aanhangers groeit. Uitvalbasis van The Delta Saints is country-hoofdstad Nashville, maar de culturele en muzikale roots van dit vijftal liggen – zoals hun naam al verraadt – in Louisiana en de Mississippi Delta. Verwacht dus maar een flinke scheut gespierde delta blues, southern soul en rootsrock met furieuze harmonicalijnen en geladen vocalen!
In 1990 werd Bombino door het geweld in thuisland Niger gedwongen te vluchten naar Algerije. Aldaar leert hij gitaar spelen en vergaart langzaam bekendheid als een geniaal gitarist, bevlogen songwriter en imponerend mens. Zijn uitgesponnen nummers en improvisaties verenigen het beste van Jimi Hendrix, John Lee Hooker en Santana, maar worden door Bombino’s achtergrond van een diepere dimensie voorzien. Bombino creëert live het pulserende geluid van de overlevers van Sahara en Sahel. Of zoals het Franse muziekvakblad Les Inrockuptibles omschrijft: 'The singer and guitarist Bombino emerges from the dunes of the Sahara with his desert folk dancing in the flames. Absolutely magical.’
update: here's the first video of the Bombino concert, shot with a Kodak PlaySport cam and a Zoom Audio H2 audiorecorder: and a beautiful new song of Hollis Brown:
Three videoclips where the backing singers play a major role. First place is for Elvis Presley who is surprised to hear the backing singers take over his song...
Second is brasilian singer Gabriel o Pensador. As soon as he steps back the background singers take charge. And wow, what a voice !
Third clip is from my favorite KrautRock band Ashra Tempel. The vocals of Rosi reminds me of Nico, but it's the backing vocal (and guitar) of Manuel Gotsching that's giving the song an extra dimension.
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Eind januari is het startschot gegeven voor de nieuwe theatertour van Frank Boeijen. De theateravond speelt zich af rondom het nieuwe album "Een vermoeden van licht". Deze (gedeeltelijke) registratie is opgenomen in het ZinIn theater te Nijverdal op 13 maart 2014.
Frank Boeijen is tijdens de tour omringd door multi-instrumentalisten Ton Snijders en Rens van der Zalm, waarmee een muzikale en hechte eenheid op het podium ontstaat. Klik op de foto hieronder voor de link met de 40 min. video.
MusicPosted by schoth Sun, February 23, 2014 23:32:57 The Fabulous Thunderbirds, famous for the harmonica playing of Kim Wilson, the guitar notes of Jimmy Vaughan, or the fabulous record covers. This footage from YouTube shows Kim wailing on his harmonica, walking into the audience and find a big mama on his way...
MusicPosted by schoth Sat, February 15, 2014 23:33:44 This afternoon we went for a cup of coffee at Starbucks. The sugar was packed in paper labeled as 'brown sugar' which reminded me at these three songs about (drug)addiction....
MusicPosted by schoth Thu, February 13, 2014 01:00:48 A tribute to Joost Swarte. My first encounter was the cover of the Paradiso's Houseband single "Sympatico". After that I've bought records just because of the cover, like the albums of The Rousers, Fay Lovsky & Paul de Leeuw. The music is a track called "Baby Batter II" from Harvey Mandel, the worlds greatest unknown guitarist...
MusicPosted by schoth Fri, January 17, 2014 23:44:00 These were the late years seventies/early eighties. Schotje took his bicycle direction Amersfoort and returned with all the 12"s of Joy Division and the New York No-Waves albums of Lydia Lunch, Lizzy Mercier Desclous, Suicide and James Chance!
Sure my name is Heroin....
Steal, Borrow, Beg... This is the original song by James Brown - Revolution of the mind!
The music remains as popular as ever. Founding member Andy Powell, Muddy Manninen, Bob Skeat and Joe Crabtree will perform the entire Live Dates double album as part of their set in Holland on
January 16th - Patronaat - Haarlem January 17th - Boerderij -Zoetermeer January 18th - DePul - Uden January 19th - Burgerweeshuis - Deventer
Don't miss these exclusive performances.Meet the band after the show and experience an unforgettable evening with Wishbone Ash. Celebrate 40 years of Live Dates
These were the magical years with live (double) albums like Grateful's Dead "Live/Dead", Allman Brothers' "Live at the Fillmore East" and.... Wishbone Ash "Live Dates". And now I get a chance to see the band perform the songs of the legendary album live at the Burgerweeshuis in Deventer!
It was in Bretagne, France, when I first heard of the music of Fela Ransome Kuti. I bought the album Zombie, pure for the nice cover and the cheap price. Never heard of the man before and can' t remember where we bought the albums, i believe it was at a store or market in Concarneau. The chef of the cafe/bar at Foret Fouesnant was kind enough to play our records in the bar. This record, along with Roy Buchanon's You're not alone and Harmonum's Cinq Saisons left an unforgettable impression since then...
But remember, these were vinyl albums. There were no cell-phones, internet or any other social media. Just the music and the record cover.
Then, by coincidence, i saw in the tv magazine that there was a german NDR broadcast with Fela Anikulapo Kuti and his band. After a first mind blowing musical experience in a bar in Bretagne, this was a great follow up. It was 1978 and for the first time i saw Fela live in action and i was blown away with his music, his performance, his big band, and the lady dancers!
In hindsight, i think the germans did a great job of bringing such a big band to Berlin and broadcasting the concert live to Germany, Nigeria, and Holland. Sound quality and video recording are perfect, and that in the year of 1978 !
MusicPosted by schoth Sat, December 28, 2013 02:22:42 Ok, the man may be a bit grumpy nowadays, and ok, he may be a little fat, and wearing ugly sunglasses and a wrong suite... but hey, he can still play and sing! Listen to my favourite "Van the Man" song:
MusicPosted by schoth Sat, December 28, 2013 01:51:00 I still remember when I bought David Crosby's first solo album "If I only could remember my name" in the early seventies. I was flabbergasted with the music and the words, what a great album! How surprising when I read the reviews of the album in my muziekkrant OOR, in Rolling Stone and other magazines: the album was butchered by the critics and I just couldn't understand why...
Now so much years later... they' re old men now but just as strong as ever. And the music still is as powerfull as in the early days. And I'm so glad I didn't care about the reviews in the press and followed my own path... Guinnevere forever !!!