zondag 21 september 2008

Stars of Europe

Last Friday a pretty impressive bunch of artists performed at the Atomium in Brussels for a good cause, Unicef more precisely. Not only was this an excellent way to put this great organisation into the spotlights, there were also quite some musical highlights to enjoy.

My personal favourites of the evening:

* Starsailor, playing their own top hit "Four to the Floor", but also doing a beautiful cover version of U2's "All I want is you. Their singer is simply brilliant.
* Thomas Dutronc, son of Françoise Hardy and Jacques Dutronc, in duet with the legendary Adamo ànd solo.
* Air Traffic, with only 1/2 of the band on stage, but still convincing.
* OMD, because classics never grow old.

Let's just forget about Kate Ryan, Garou and Teatro. Please.

Starsailor - "All I Want Is You" (U2 cover)

Thomas Dutronc - "Jeune, je n'savais rien"

zaterdag 6 september 2008

The Faint

The Faint - five lads from Nebraska with quite some temperament - have been around since 1995, but are still as relevant as global warming.
They just released a new album called 'Fasciinatiion', including a brand new single named 'The Geeks Were Right' that proves they are still on top of the electrorock scene, despite the loads of competition that has risen because of the ascendant popularity of the genre (think Late of the Pier or The Whip).
So better put on some songs by these guys, and quick!

Oh, and for the lucky bastards among you that understand Dutch, here is my review of their great gig at the Botanique in Brussels.

The Faint - "The Geeks Were Right"

Egghead boys with thin white legs - they got modified features with software brains. But thats what the girls like - the geeks were right.
You better believe them.

some songs of the previous albums

The Faint - "Glass Danse"

The Faint - "Take Me To The Hospital" (someone's home-made video)

The Faint - "Posed To Death" (another home-made thingy)

vrijdag 29 augustus 2008

Red Light Company

Overcrowded campings made me miss their gig at the Pukkelpop festival, but nevertheless I just know Red Light Company deserve to be mentioned on here.
I got to know them as the support act for Editors in the AB (Brussels), where they effortlessly won the battle of the support acts from Mobius Band (they played a fucking awful set, but Red Light Company would've won anyway).

These five boys - from all over the world (UK, US, Australia, New Zealand and Japan) - have only released one EP so far (With Lights Out EP), but that's enough to make us very curious about their music. Led by singer-guitarist Richard Frenneaux (you'd love him just for his name, and then you haven't even heard his passionated voice - think Brandon Flowers or Win Butler) they already got their hands on a great live reputation and much acclaim for their dramatic and very touching songs. I wonder what their first complete album will bring!

Red Light Company - 'With Lights Out'

excellent live version


The Verve

Everyone who is 'old' enough to have experienced the nineties consciously will definitely remember The Verve's glory days. They formed by the end of the eighties and released two (shoegazing style) albums and a couple of ep's - underground successes, but not very known by the masses - before really breaking through. The inducement for that was their third album Urban Hymns, including the hit singles 'Bittersweet Symphony', 'Lucky Man' and 'The Drugs Don't Work'. Two years later, however, they split up.

Singer Richard Ashcroft managed to deal with his drug problem and obtained quite some successes with his solo material (remember the beautiful 'Break The Night With Colour'). Nevertheless, in 2007, The Verve decided to give it another go. 2008 is the year of truth for Richard and his men, the year in which they release not only the new single 'Love Is Noise', but also a complete new album called 'Forth'. Not everyone is as fond of the ongoing voice sample in 'Love Is Noise', but I am a devoted fan of this new song.

The Verve - 'Love Is Noise'

Love is noise, love is pain
Love is these blues that I'm feeling again

live version at Glastonbury

looking back...

The Verve - 'Bittersweet Symphony'

The Verve - The Drugs Don't Work'

Richard Ashcroft - 'Break The Night With Colour'

- back -

...in full force. Keep a close eye on this blog, you won't have to wait another two months.

woensdag 18 juni 2008

Lykke Li

If you're into cute Scandinavian girl accents, then it's time to have a listen at Lykke Li. This 22-year-old from Stockholm might remind you a bit of Robyn, but even more of the likes of Feist (the mysterious instrumentation) and Emiliana Torrini (the fragile yet beautiful voice). Her album "Youth Novels" - produced by Björn Yttling (from Peter, Björn and John) and Lasse Martén (known for his work with among others Shout Out Louds and The Perishers)- gets a European release this month.

Lykke Li - "I'm good I'm gone"

Lykke Li - "Dance Dance Dance"

Lykke Li - "A little bit"

zondag 8 juni 2008

The David Watts Battle

Help me figure out: what's the best version of the legendary "David Watts"? The amazing original by The Kinks, or the excellent cover version by The Jam?

The Kinks - "David Watts"

The Jam - "David Watts"

It's killing me to make a choice between Ray Davies and Paul Weller, so you better hurry and do the job for me!