Tuesday 20 July 2010

The Anomalys, Club Tarantula Storing Haarlem

Last Saturday was the first edition of Club Tarantula in the Storing Haarlem , hats of to the organizers, an excellent selection of music and a great ambient almost like a small flavor of the epic parties in the Phoenix 13.
Everything was good, as expected The Anomalys were freaking awesome, the dj's were Joost from ET Explore Me and Dj Ted, both superb and i dance my socks of.
Haarlem needs more nights like these guys, next one please :)

Last time i saw the Amsterdammers The Anomalys was in the Sleazefest and it was late and i was pissed, i think it was late because when they finished as far as i can remember was daylight, all i remember is people jumping all over the place, the drummer having a violent monologue with the drums, the guitar making sonic riffs and the lead singer climbing up the walls and playing harmonica, stuning to say the least.

This time it was early i had fever and only two beers before the concert started, the scenario was repeated but this time i could flavor almost every drop of sweet that was flying from the stage, outstanding Memme sets the pace and bangs on that drums with speed light frenzin, guitarist Potlood`is all over the place like a flying acrobat and Bone gives the coordinates. I guess the point is taken... go see them live its a frocking blast

The Anomalys "self-titled" debut album is now out on Slovenly Recordings and is good as they are on stage, pure Rock N Roll, Garage-Punk and it was a long time since i heard something as good and solid on stage and on record.

Mp3 | The Anomalys - Anomalys Now
Mp3 | The Anomalys - Fatal Attraction
Watch | The Anomalys - Sex

USA Tour August 2010

12 Las Vegas - Shakedown
17 Seattle - Funhouse
18 Portland - tba
21 San Francisco - Total Trash
22 San Francisco - Total Trash
24 Chico - tba
27 Reno - Lincoln Lounge
28 Jub Jub's - D.P.W. Pxrty

And because sometimes the last is not the least and often is the best ... Miss Whip

Sunday 18 July 2010

We Love Machines, Bombay Bicycle Club, Sandrine Estrade Boulet, Flying Lotus, Klaxons, Alison Scarpulla, Crystal Fighters, Coalition Of The Willing

Kick ass Electro Swiss duo "We Love Machines" in Portugal for a Live Set and djset with Audiopleasures support.

23 July @ Club Ferróviario, the hotest new club in Lisbon
24 July @ Mama Rosa Bar, the coolest bar with the coolest people in Setubal

"In the summer of 2009, two musicians from Bern started to get bored of just standing around in clubs. As neither of them could dance very well, and considering that the view from the stage was better than the view at the bar, they joined forces and brought the Electro-Duo "We Love Machines" to life and started producing banging tracks and remixes. Distortion, Vintage Analog-Synths and Computers filtered though an unmistakable background in Rock and a taste for French House music, drive a sound that makes even the most unwilling Barfly want to get up and dance."

Mp3 | We Love Machines - Electric Shock
Mp3 | We Love Machines - buzz
Mp3 | We Love Machines - Scissors‏
Mp3 | Housse de Racket - Oh Yeah! [ We Love Machines mix ]

Is case to say that talent is not measured by age, Last year my radar missed the debut album from Bombay Bicycle Club, i knew the name but for some weird never paid much attention to this band, the 2009 debut album "I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose" is a wonderful indie album from a club of Londoners average 16 years.
Now one year later they take a radical new direction and release a album of acoustic reliques "Flaws" featuring covers of songs by John Martyn and Joanna Newsom.

Recorded while touring over the past year and a half, a few early tracks were produced by Neill MacColl (guitarist Jamie's Dad), the rest was recorded and produced in Jack Steadman's bedroom and the result is stunningly beautiful.

2009 I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose
Mp3 | Bombay Bicycle Club - Lamplight

2010 Flaws
Watch | Bombay Bicycle Club - Flaws

Wonderful work of Boulogne based artist Sandrine Estrade Boulet, Sandrine inspiration and imaginative world brings new live to the urban environment.

Brand new Fly Lo psychedelic music video directed by Special Problems, MmmHmm is taken from the 2010 lp Cosmogramma

Watch | Flying Lotus - MmmHmm

New music video from the Indie Brit band Klaxons, Echoes is taken from the upcoming album "Surfing The Void"

Watch | Klaxons - Echoes

Imaginary world of life and death and mystic nightmares makes the work from New York-based photographer Alison Scarpulla very special and unique

New Crystal Fighters video, another awesome work by Tobias Stretch
Last year i was really impressed when i saw some of his surreal work for the first time, a unique talent.

Watch | Crystal Fighters - In The Summer

"Coalition of the Willing is a collaborative animated film and web-based event about an online war against global warming in a 'post Copenhagen' world.

Coalition of the Willing’ has been Directed and produced by Knife Party, written by Tim Rayner and crafted by a network of 24 artists from around the world using varied and eclectic film making techniques. Collaborators include some of the world’s top moving image talent, such as Decoy, World Leaders and Parasol Island.

The film offers a response to the major problem of our time: how to galvanize and enlist the global publics in the fight against global warming. This optimistic and principled film explores how we could use new Internet technologies to leverage the powers of activists, experts, and ordinary citizens in collaborative ventures to combat climate change. Through analyses of swarm activity and social revolution, 'Coalition of the Willing' makes a compelling case for the new online activism and explains how to hand the fight against global warming to the people."

Watch | Coalition Of The Willing

Monday 12 July 2010

La Furia Roja 2010 FIFA World Champion

Gongratz to Spain a worthy 2010 FIFA World Champion

Watch | Spain 1 Holland 0

Sunday 11 July 2010

We Are Saints, Ian Francis, AT-AT Day Afternoon, Sun Kil Moon, Blu, !!! , Herakut, Glastonbury, Two Door Cinema Club, Exploding In Sound,

Electro Beach Party Blijburg aan Zee, Muiderlaan Amsterdam

POCKETWANKERS The Noisiest Bastards in Amsterdam aka

Hank Disaster ( Bon Esprit Amsterdam )HillBillys' Electric-Bull Dj Set
Moi Je Veux !!! ( Audiopleasures ) Dirty Sleazy Horny Sluty Noisy

M.A.R.C.I.A (portugal)
SAWTOOTH (italy, portugal)

entrance: 8 euros
tickets at the door from 22.00

Stuning work of Ian Francis, i like this very very much !

" Born in 1979 in Bristol, England, and graduated from the University of the West of England with a degree in Illustration. His work concentrates on the particulars of modern experiences things like television, world events, celebrities, and day-to-day living. "

Amazing animation by Patrick Boivin

" When I was a kid, there are two things I wanted badly and never got... A real dog and a Kenner AT-AT Walker. "

Watch | AT-AT day afternoon

Sun Kil Moon aka ♥ Mark Kozelek ♥ the ex frontman from the mythical slowcore heroes Red House Painters as a new album, i loved the early Red House Painters albums, i literally drowned in Mark's imaginary figure and learned a great deal about myself with is utterly honest and detailed explanations of his emotional rollercoaster.
They split up and Mark Kozelek founded Caldo Verde records and reinvented his carrier under the moniker Sun Kil Moon which to be honest i was a never big fan, now this forth Lp is so so so good, i am extremely happy with this record because its a reminder of the early ♥ Red House Painters ♥ but also a better more mature and evolved version, its a melancholic darkly poetic river bed in which i will inevitably slowly drown again. I would say that Mark Kozelek replaced the father figure i never had on those early Red House Painter days ... thank you ...

I was a bit disappointed with myself because i could never really appreciate any of the previous Sun Kil Moon albums, "Admiral Fell Promises" is a wonderful back to back album, not a single song i don't like, and that voice ... oohhhh ... like honey dripping on my dreams

By the end of the year likely to be on my top 3 albuns of these year, Highly Recommended 10/10 Listen

Awesome new stop motion graffiti wall-painted animation by BLU

" An unscientific point of view on the beginning and evolution of life ... and how it could probably end. "


New !!! (chk chk chk) music video and free track taken from their 2010 album "Strange Weather, Isn't It"

Watch | !!! - AM/FM
Mp3 | !!! - AM/FM

Incredible work by German collective Hera and Akut, aka street art duo Herakut.

Watch | Herakut - Happy Doubt Day

Download A Free Album Of Glastonbury Bands (With Four Tet, Broken Social Scene, The Drums, Crystal Castles, Bonobo, The Phenomenal Handclap Band And More)

Get it Glastonbury

Dope Two Door Cinema Club edit by Skarf

Mp3 | Two Door Cinema Club - What you know [ Skarf Edit ]

Another kick ass free compilation by Exploding in Sound

"IN CASE OF EVACUATION. A compilation of epic magnitude, there is so much great new music contained within that we had to make it a double album. The FREE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD contains two discs worth of music from some of the greatest bands of our time, brought to you exclusively by EIS. IN CASE OF EVACUATION features over 30 bands from around the globe including: We Were Promised Jetpacks, Caspian, Maps & Atlases, Wintersleep, Open Hand, Red Fang, Slang Chickens, Helms Alee, Imaad Wasif, LaFaro, Crippled Black Phoenix, The Twilight Sad, Old Canes, Black Helicopter, and so many more incredible bands." Download Here

My favorites

Mp3 | Left Lane Cruiser - Hillgrass Bluebilly
Mp3 | Sky Parade - I Should Be Coming Up (But I Keep Coming Down)

Thursday 8 July 2010

Anneke Wilbrink Interview

"Anneke Wilbrink
graduated from the Frank Mohr Institute, MF Groningen in 2004. Since then she has exhibited widely in a variety of European galleries and museums. In 2004she was nominated for the Prix de Rome (drawing), and she received the Royal Dutch Award for painting in 2006."

By pure accident i discovered Anneke work two years ago in the Young Art Gallery in Amsterdam, i was walking by and i saw this big paintings that looked liked abstract structures and i had to get in, what i saw was stunning, labyrinth landscapes that could either be the remains of an ancient civilization that was swallowed by the ocean or waking up after a beautiful dream with the eyes blurred and thinking if this were clouds reflecting a secret dimension. Anneke lives and works in Zwolle, capital city of the province of Overijssel, Netherlands

What is art in your perspective?

I can only tell about my own art. It has everything to do with my consciousness and the way I live.
There is not much difference between the things that I feel and think when painting and when travelling or having a good time.
I try to put my visions and feelings in my art in a way that the visual creation can communicate with the viewer.

How would you define your paintings ?

I have a DVD at home with Irish music and images of the country which is called: Visuals for your Body and Mind. It is a very commercial and common piece, nothing artistic on it Yet I like it. Once I was thinking to give an exhibition that title.
I also define my painting often as landscapes, because while watching a painting, one like to see where one is standing, I mean a point of view from which everything is in the right perspective.
Well, that is not the case in my painting of landscapes. I do play with points of view while I am painting. The result is sometimes clear, other times it is fuzzy from which point the painting can be seen when looking for something like perspective.

When you were young did you intend to become a professional artist?

No , never i did not know what a professional painter was. (i thought painters lived in the past)
I must have been in my early twenties when I discovered contemporary art. The moment I discovered contemporary art is something I still feel as a second birth .

What type of art were you making in secondary school?

In secondary school , I did not have any idea of what to do in my life. On university, I studied half a year on theology. But I was thinking more of doing something with music. When I went tot the academy of art, I liked to make large pictures, which i filled with strange building structures and fiction buildings.

While you were attending college were there any professors who influenced the building of your career?

I liked art history a lot. When they taught about artists from earlier periods, I could imagine I was doing the same in my lifetime. I admired all those painters..

Was it difficult for you to develop your own style?

It is just something that grows while working. For me , it began on art school.
While I am working, I let go of thinking about subjects or something as ideas. I totally depend on my instincts and intuition. The style is an outcome that I am not interested in while working.
Everything just happens. But I am very much aware of the fact that my art studies, which took 6 intensive years, are always somewhere hidden in the background while I am working.

In 2006 you won the Dutch Royal Prize of Contemporary Painting. How important was it for your carrier ?

It was very important for me. It put me on the map. Suddenly, a lot of persons got interested in my work and bought it. As a result of the money I made, i could work intensively for new shows…

Who are the artists who inspire you today?

I have a strong bond with the well known painters who are presented in museums like the impressionism, the Modern Abstracts. A lot of the work of now-a-days artists that I see all over the world gives me a boost that drives me back to my studio. It is not about picking up ideas; it has everything to do with the energy they give me, Seeing art is great. Talking about inspiration, I have to say that I can experience music very intense. Sometimes i compare my work with several types of music..

How important is it to remain true to yourself and your individual vision as an artist?

On one hand, it is important to remain true to myself and my individual vision as an artist. But to renew myself and my art, it is important to leave my opinions and every now and then I have to surprise myself.
A new painting has to be an adventure and a surprise for myself.
In painting It is the same as in live…when you are not honest it does not work and it feels bad.

You have had many exhibitions, which one did you enjoyed the most?

Vegas gallery london…
Bright new work in a nice place.

How do you feel about people reaction to your work?

I do react on that. I like to communicate and i still feel it as a miracle when it works, I mean, when my art communicates as I hope it could do.

What are your futures plans when it comes to your paintings ?

Recently, my artbook has been published; it contains work over the last 8 years,
It is a sort of time-travel to look back what i have done.
So i am very curious my self to see and start with making new work.

Anneke paintings are now in exhibition in the Kasteel het Nijenhuis untill the 10 of October, for more information please visit The Museum Foundation