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Nostalgia by Deerhoof. Ed Rodriguez from Deerhoof sent us this picture ‘My dad passed away nine years ago and I keep this photo of us on my desk - with one glance I feel close to him and I remember how happy and proud it made him to know that music meant so much to me.’
EDITOR’S NOTE Let’s take a trip into the future. It is 2038. You’re thinking back to your days as a young art student in Amsterdam. Back then, you were a Subbacultcha! member and you used to go to all the shows. You even met the mother of your first child at the No Age Show in OT301 way back in 2011. But that’s all gone now and it seems like you’ve lost more then you’ve gained. You’re having trouble relating to your kids, as their lives have become so digital, half the time your not even sure it’s them your talking to or just a projection. You have about 100.000 GB worth of photos stashed away on a hard drive, but there’s not a single computer left in the universe that can open those ancient files. Life is great and life is beautiful, but in all its greatness and its beauty it never ceases to take from you whatever it was you valued most. Now you get up from that couch and you go up to the attic. Next thing you know, you’re going through boxes containing pieces of your past. You stumble upon this magazine. It brings you back. You start reading. Turns out it’s all about nostalgia. Ain’t that a coincidence. Life can be that way some times.
ON THE COVER A drawing by Koen Taselaar
THE NOSTALGIA ISSUE
This month in Subbacultcha! magazine
Yes, we are all about unruly, independent, relentless, alternative, loud, beautiful, silent, disturbing, soothing and uncompromising music.
THE SOFT MOON
THE AGE OF NO AGE
about his youth page 22
A trip up memory lane page 28
...but we all love a bit of nostalgia, right?
from Africa page 39
This monthâ€™s must sees page 65
Featured artist: Koen Taselaar page 47
Win tickets to Motel Mozaique, Incubated, J Mascis and more page 67
TOP 5 PICTURE THIS MEMBERSHIP PAGES WE SAW YOU NEW MUSIC THE SOFT MOON NO AGE AWESOME TAPES FEATURED ARTIST
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NEW RELEASES FILM FASHION FOOD 99 PROBLEMS SPEKKIE BIG AGENDA FREE STUFF AFTER MIDNIGHT
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Drinking tea with...
These are Andrew and Peter of Jeans Wilder drinking tea in an experimental way outside the Lloyd Hotel in Amsterdam. The photo was taken by Vrederick.
Session: tUnE yArDs at our office Sometimes things are just too good to be true. We had an expo-opening at our office and tUnE yArDs was in town on the very same day to promote her new release. One and one made two, and so she came down to the office and played a session that completely blew our minds.
TOP 5 Last month at our office These are five things that thrilled, chilled and excited us last month.
Concert: Suuns at OCCII Suuns at OCCII was definitely one of those signature Subbacultcha! shows. Sold out in a mere 45 minutes. And what a show!
Music: Colin Stetson Is it a bird? is it a plane? No, it’s a one-man noise drone saxophone orchestra Colin Stetson! His outstanding compositions are loud., unsettling, emotional and extremely out-there..
Website:Dushi Kimberley Sometimes things hit you. Amaze you and thrill you. www.dushikimberley.nl. Dushi is on display at Mediamatic this month. YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Food: Organic Chicken Go to Nieuwmarkt, bring cash, find Kaas en Vleeschhuis Vincent and order a leg of organic chicken. Ask them to tell you where it comes from. Heartwarming. Prepare with love and we guarantee you, it’ll be the best chicken you’ve ever had... and you thought we were vegetarian hipsters. Komkommer Ik kwam jullie flyer toevallig tegen en zag een leuke foto dus dacht ik; zal ik ook maar eens een foto sturen. Ik moest naar bed toe maar had eigenlijk nog helemaal geen zin om te slapen dus toen begon ik uit verveling een lul uit een komkommer te snijden, de volgende dag op school had ik hem meegenomen
en verbijstering alom natuurlijk groetjes, Rowan van As
INBOX The stuff we get in our mailbox... day in day out. It never stops. Luckily. Submit: email@example.com CONTINUE 9
PICTURE THIS Each month, Isolde Woudstra and Regina van der Kloet take turns in photographing lyrics.
Photo: Regina van der Kloet
‘We might die from medication, but we sure killed all the pain’ Bright Eyes - Lua
Next month: ‘From above you, how I sank into your soul, into that secret place where no one dares to go’ Neutral Milk Hotel - King of Carrot Flowers Pt. 1 11
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ft. Thomas Ankersmit, De Tuinen, Stellar Om Source, Dolphins Into The Future, Jaap Pieters, Strange Boutique and Yuri Landman 02 Apr - Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ Starts 21.00 | Entrance free As part of the World Minimal Music Festival (30 March - 3 April), we’re hosting a great cutting-edge side programme which explores the boundaries of minimal music. Prepare to be amazed. Expect drones, ambiance, noise and more from Thomas Ankersmit, De Tuinen, Stellar Om Source, Dolphins Into The Future and Strange Boutique. Jaap Pieters shows his silent 8mm gems and Yuri Landman hosts a guitar building event. The Subbacultcha! programme is free, interweaving with the nonfree but mindblowing modern minimal mu-
sic performances of the WMMF. And if you’re under 30, you can experience any of these concerts for only €10.
07 Apr - OT301, Amsterdam Starts 21.00 | €12 | Free for members Lo-fi noise pop from the joyous Sub Pop duo. You know this is gonna be a hot night. After all, their crazy show in Trouw last autumn was voted the top Subbacultcha! show of 2010. We expect to see OT301 rammed, with you fronting the mosh.
ft oOoOO, Nuno Dos Santos, Luc Mast & Jorn Liefdeshuis 08 Apr - Melkweg, Amsterdam Starts 23.30 | €12 | Free for members Another fine edition of the monthly cuttingedge club night Closer. Tonight, witchhouse pioneer oOoOO will be making an appearance, along with some cracking local DJs. CONTINUE 13
COMING SUBBACULTCHA! MEMBERSHIP PAGES UP AT FILM: FOUR ROSES THE LUYAS SUBBA15 Apr - Melkweg Cinema, Amsterdam 24 Apr - Ekko, Utrecht CULTCHA! Starts 19.00 | €7 | Free for members Starts 20.00 | €9 | Free for members You get acThiscan award-winning independent feature cess to these film by for Krisfree De Meester tells the story of 12 shows individuals in aa hotel on one hot summer if you become Subbacultcha! evening. Made on a shoestring budget and member. creating quite a buzz. The Belgian director
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Subscribe now and get 20 euros worth of clothing ft FILM:atBand in the Modern World + TV American Buddhas (ISR) Apparel 21 Apr – Trouw, Amsterdam See page 7 for Starts 21.00 | €5 | Free for members details.
A film night from a musical perspective, the latest edition of Seeing Sounds is a TV Buddhas special. Perpetually touring, this rock ’n’ roll wrecking crew can’t seem to stay away from Amsterdam. But tonight is a little different, as they’re showing the awesome film they made during their recent US tour, followed by a short live set.
MI AMI + AWESOME TAPES FROM AFRICA + TIMES NEW VIKING
23 Apr - OCCII, Amsterdam Starts 20.30 | €7 | Free for members This is definitely one of those signature shows we like to rave about. Two amazing bands and one hell of a DJ. Subbacultcha! faves Times New Viking are back with a smashing new record called Dancer Equired. Also playing: Mi Ami, who recently took a 180-degree musical turn and came up with a pretty addictive electronic dance EP. And if that’s not enough, Brian Shimkovitz from Awesome Tapes from Africa will play some of those awesome - you guessed it - African tapes. 14
Montreal-based art pop band The Luyas are fronted by Jessie Stein, who is probably one the few people out there who has truly mastered Yuri Landman’s Moodswinger guitar. Besides that, she’s also come up with a handful of beautiful noise-pop songs that are featured on The Luyas’ outstanding new release Too Beautiful to Work.
DEERHOOF + MASTER MUSICIANS OF BUKKAKE
27 Apr - Melkweg, Amsterdam Starts 19.45 | €15 | Free for members The royalty of indie freak guitarscapes, these San Franciscan art rockers deserve to be worshipped. Every sonic step they take is full of surprises, and with latest album Deerhoof vs. Evil, they’ve shown they’re still top of the game, 15 years into their ‘career’. The Master Musicians of Bukkake are a suitably freakish support; this Seattle posse’s trippy excursions are common experiences at OCCII.
Subbacultcha! teams up with Mediamatic, the best place in Amsterdam for honest outof-the-box entertainment. Mediamatic offers free entrance for Subbacultcha Members to all the stellar events listed below. Dushi Kimberley 8 Apr - Opening | Starts 20.00 | € 5 | Free for members. 9 - 10 Apr - Exhibition | 13.00 - 18.00 | €5 | Free for members Weird and wonderful exhibition by and
about the online cult phenomenon Dushi Kimberley. She simply is 2011. A Night about Synchronised Swimming for Men 22 Apr Starts 19.00 | € 5 | Free for members With lectures and movies about synchronised swimming for men. Yup... anything is possible at Mediamatic. Ignite 8 28 Apr Starts 20.00 | € 7 | Free for members Speakers get five minutes to present their idea. So go, listen, speak, connect and very important - drink. Result: New (real-life) friends, fresh ideas and clever insights. Lick ’er License 29 April Time tba | Free for members A multimedia collaboration show with live performance and video by video artist Hazel Hill McCarthy and Miss Modern Witch Kristy Fenton. Yes folks, this has ACE writen all over it.
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All month - Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam Tue-Sun 10.00 - 17.00 | €7 | Free for members Angry focuses on radicalisation around the globe through photos, installations, webbased art and a series of video portraits.
E*CINEMA - VERBLIND
19 Apr - EYE Film Institute Vondelpark, Amsterdam Starts 19.30 and 21.30 | €8 | Members pay €4,50 Amsterdam’s home to experimental cinema plays with visual perceptions tonight: In films such as Blind Kind (Johan van der Keuken), the protagonists are eyewitnesses to key moments slipping away. COMING UP @ SUBBACULTCHA! THE SOFT MOON, KURT VILE, GANG GANG DANCE AFTER PARTY END 15
SUBBACULTCHA! MEMBERSHIP PAGES WE SAW YOU: SPOTTED AT SUBBACULTCHA What’s your favourite album and artist at the moment? Smoke Ring for My Halo by Kurt Vile Favourite song at the moment? ‘Waterfall’ by Fresh & Onlys and ‘Golden Haze’ by Wild Nothing. Best record store? Sister Ray in London. What was the first record that you bought? Probably the first All Saints or Spice Girls album.
Hüsker Dü, Elastica, Pixies etc. What makes you dance? Any song that I like, literally ANYTHING that I don’t hate. Which music makes you cry? Songs that remind me of sad times or better past times. What do you listen to when you are doing the dishes? The Trainspotting soundtrack.
Guilty pleasures? The Bangles?
And when you have sex? Smashing Pumpkins.
Which album is still on your to-buy list? Anything by Sonic Youth that I don’t own yet. And Just for a Day by Slowdive.
Which record do you regret buying? None really, got about 350 CDs and 150 vinyls. Collecting things is FUN.
Best movie soundtrack? Mysterious Skin.
What’s your first ever song-related memory? Singing along to The Bangles’ ‘Walk Like an Egyptian’ and doing the dance moves too, when I was about 4.
Which famous artist did you fancy when you were young? Kurt Cobain. Which famous artist do you fancy right now? I still fancy Kurt Cobain. Best concert ever? There’s too many, but one that really stood out was a secret show No Age did last summer at the Grosvenor (a tiny pub in South London). Worst concert ever? I just walk out if it’s shit, it happens a lot in London as almost everything is free entry. Which music makes you puke? I really do not like reggae.
What’s your favourite summer (hit) song? I like to listen to early Rolling Stones albums in the summer. What music do you play on a beautiful Sunday morning? Pavement or something similar. What kind of music did your parents listen to? Loads. A lot of stuff that I’m into as well, like R.E.M. and Kate Bush.
Which music makes you fall asleep? My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive and Cocteau Twins (in a good way).
Which record/album should not have been recorded? Almost everything that makes it into the top 10 singles these days, it’s a fucking JOKE. There’s a few exceptions of course!
What do you listen to when you are on your bike? Anything powerful: Weezer,
Photo by Regina van der Kloet
“ALMOST EVERYTHING THAT MAKES IT INTO THE TOP 10 SINGLES THESE DAYS IS A FUCKING JOKE.”
Name & age: Florence, 21 Daytime job/study: I work at a record store called Sister Ray in London and I am a musician Other interests: Music, photography, astronomy, fashion, culture Place of birth: Amsterdam Spotted at: Jeans Wilder and Woud at de Nieuwe Anita on 12 March END 17
NEW MUSIC We make it our job to endlessly roam the beautiful internet and find the stuff that really matters. Behold the needles from the haystack. By Leon Caren You can find all this marvellous new music in the weekly playlist, posted on our website every week, or on our weekly radio show on the great viva-radio. com
WIDEN YOUR VIEW SINCE WE’RE MAKING THE NOSTALGIA ISSUE, YOU’LL PROBABLY THINK THIS NEW MUSIC EDITION IS GONNA BE ALL ABOUT CHILLWAVE BANDS AND THEIR LATEST VIDEOS FEATURING 8MM FOOTAGE OF THEIR PRECIOUS CHILDHOOD. WELL THINK AGAIN. CAUSE WE’VE HAD JUST ABOUT ALL THE SHITGAZE AND POO-FI WE CAN HANDLE. SURE, IT WAS FUN WHILE IT LASTED, BUT LET’S BROADEN OUR HORIZONS. LET’S LOOK BEYOND THOSE GLO-FI BEDROOMS, STRAIGHT INTO THE EYE OF COLIN STETSON’S VIOLENT SAXOPHONE. YES! LET’S LISTEN TO SOME OLD SCHOOL HIP HOP, DO A LITTLE DANCE TO LOUD NOISE DRONES AND DRIVE INTO THE SUNSET WHILE PLAYING ’60S POP SONGS. YOU LOVE THAT SHIT BABY, WE KNOW YOU DO!
of pop songs about cats, boyfriends and ex-boyfriends. Touché, Bethany. diva.bandcamp.com
Diva Dompé and Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino used to be in this band called Pocohaunted. We’ve heard that the cops once showed up at a Pocohaunted gig saying ‘we don’t know what god you’re praying to, but you’re praying too loud.’ We thought that was hilarious. Anyway, judging from the sounds of Diva, it’s pretty obvious who was the Poca and who was the Haunted. Diva’s music is out there. It’s weird and wonderful and not very likely to appeal to a large group of people, but it certainly appeals to us. And it sure beats the hell out
Former Ariel Pink/Panda Bear collaborator John Maus is about to release his debut album on Upset The Rythm. From what we’ve heard so far, Mr Maus is operating within the Ariel Pink
realm of wavy synths and ’80s dance tunes, but giving it a psychedelic twist of his own. Ariel Pink supposedly called John Maus ‘shockingly infectious and disarmingly unpredictable’. Perfect ingredients for music of that extra-terrestrial quality. myspace.com/johnmaus
mer. No Joy are an awesome band and Mexican Summer a pretty awesome label, so why have we not mentioned this earlier? Because we, too, are only human, and sometimes stuff just slips through the cracks. But that’s ok, cause stuff between the cracks never really disappears now does it? nojoy.bandcamp.com/
NEWN E W MUSIC M U S IC
PAULA I KAROL
Koen van Bommel drove down to his local health and vitamin store ‘De Tuinen’, bought a whole bunch of new age CDs (you know, the kind with soothing esoteric sounds) and used those CDs to create dark drones and eerie soundscapes. He calls his project De Tuinen and describes his music as Tuinwave. And even though this all might sound a little strange, his music is definitely worth checking out. You can download three of his EPs for free on his bandcamp. detuinen.bandcamp.com
NO JOY No Joy released their trashing noise pop album Ghost Blonde last December on Mexican Sum-
The sweet nostalgic pop songs from Warsaw-based duo Paula I Karol haven’t really made it across the Polish border just yet, but they should. Their folk-based indie music sounds surprisingly international. They sing their cute little songs about their mother’s stew while banging along on the xylophone, strumming the acoustic guitar and doing those handclaps. We hear there’s more exciting stuff happening in Warsaw - well, bring it on. myspace.com/paulaikarol
COLIN STETSON Ok, let’s think outside of the box for a bit. Let’s think bass saxophone played so intensely it makes you feel like you’re listening to loud and desolate wailing, coming straight from the centre of the world. That’s right. Let’s think Colin Stetson. Now maybe Colin doesn’t really fit into the new music colum, since he’s been playing for a while collaborating with the likes of Tom Waits, TV on the Radio and LCD
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Soundsystem. But he’s new to us and so he’s bound to be new to you. And you should hear it. He’s like a one-man version of Fuck Buttons, but on a saxophone. Greatly intense and sonically very challenging. myspace.com/colinstetsonmusic
SONNY AND THE SUNSETS
Twangy doo-wop ’60s pop group Sonny and the Sunsets are about to release a new record on Fat Possum. If it’s near as good as their first, then I’m sure we’re in for a treat. As the album is called Hit after Hit, we’re also expecting lots of catchy feel-good pop songs. Perfect music for driving home from the beach after a hot summer’s day. You know, the into the sunset sort of thing. The stuff we need right here, right now. myspace.com/sonnythesunset
THE UV RACE
Shit baby, let’s talk hip hop. We almost wrote a piece on Odd Future, but then decided not to. Why not? Cause you’ve probably already heard of them. And because now we’ve found a way to mention them anyway. But what about this Shabazz Palaces? Well, they are a crew from Seattle, they play groovy avant-rap music and their tracks have great names like ‘32 Leaves Dipped in Blackness Making Clouds Forming Altered Carbon”. Also they have a record coming out on Sub Pop at the end of May. What else? Front man Palaceer Lazaro is Gonjasufi’s cousin. What does that have to do with anything? Well, I guess they come from a pretty groovy family. shabazzpalaces.com
You know those nights when your fashionable, sophisticated friends are sitting around whining about how they hate the music and want to go either to some overpriced party you suspect won’t be fun, or, God forbid, home, and there’s that one friend that will call them pussies and get wasted with you? The sophomore release from these Melbourne post-punks, Homo, is that friend in album form: far from intellectual, probably bad for you, and irresistibly fun; ‘Inner North’ is one of its highlights. heuvrace.blogspot.com
THE NOSTALGIA ISSUE
SOFT MOON HARD BATTLE ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING ALBUMS OF THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS WAS MADE BY LUIS VASQUEZ AKA THE SOFT MOON. THE SELF-TITLED DEBUT IS STRONGLY INFLUENCED BY THE ’80S AND LUIS IS NOT MAKING A SECRET OF IT. IN FACT, THIS WAS THE WHOLE IDEA. BY RECREATING THE SOUNDS OF HIS YOUTH, LUIS BATTLES HIS DEMONS… AND DEFEATS THEM. BUT CAN HE ALSO STILL ENJOY A GOOD MICHAEL JACKSON SONG? TIME FOR A CHAT. By Bas Morsch
i Luis, how are you doing? Doing good. Having a hard time waking up haha. It’s raining. Depressing? The rain doesn’t depress me. 22
Good. Can I be blunt and ask you for your age? 31. I ask because your album obviously refers to a certain era. Yeah definitely. The ’80s. My childhood.
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“IT SOUNDS DANGEROUS BECAUSE WHEN I WRITE MUSIC I LET EVERYTHING OUT. OTHERWISE I WILL KEEP ALL THOSE DANGEROUS EMOTIONS INSIDE ME.” Did the music you refer to impress you as much when you were a child as as it does now? The music definitely shaped my life. I would say it had a bigger impact when I was a child but I feel like I enjoy that era of music more now. Now that I’m older I understand the emotional side of music I listened to when I was younger. In what way was it influential? I mean, did you become the music? Did you do the whole thing… the clothes, the big hair etc? Never the hair or clothes. I never got into the fashion side of music. Ah, an independent enjoyer… Definitely! Is it only the impact in your youth that makes you do what you do now? For Soft Moon, yes. The whole point of this project was to return to my youth and create something nostalgic for myself. Only nostalgia? Well, I’m also battling my demons. There’s a lot of my past that I don’t understand. So, through Soft Moon
I’m learning who I am. What don’t you understand? Family issues, mistakes I’ve made etc. I was too young to understand at the time. I was gonna ask you about your childhood... is that a good idea? Maybe not a good idea right now, haha. I will say, it was not the best. Sorry to hear that. Did you find refuge in music? Definitely. It’s my only safe place in this world. Still? Yeah, if I don’t make music, I will go crazy. Your music doesn’t sound safe... it sounds dangerous. It sounds dangerous because when I write music I let everything out. Otherwise I will keep all those dangerous emotions inside me. Battling your demons indeed. Are you winning? Yeah I think so, so far it has helped me. So Bee Gees tunes are next? Haha CONTINUE 25
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“I LIKE ‘BILLY JEAN’. MICHAEL JACKSON IS INCREDIBLE.”
hat posters were on your wall when you were young? Good question, let me think… Iron Maiden, Slayer, Dead Kennedys, Ramones. Did you scare your parents? Haha, they always thought I was different. I would stay in my room and listen to those records. So sweet memories of dark music? Dark and aggressive I guess. Do you miss that period? I miss the way it felt to listen to that music back then. I remember being so amazed. And then when I got a bit older, I discovered Chrome, Minute Men, Joy Division, Suicide… it was the first time ever hearing anything like it. Isn’t that what nostalgia is all about actually... the wish to experience things the way you did when you experienced them for the first time? Exactly. In a way that’s what I wanted to do with my music: create the feeling of ‘the first time’. I think you’ve succeeded in that. For me at least. It was the first music in quite a while that really excited me. And although it has lots of 26
references to old stuff it felt new. Yeah that was the point. I wanted the music to feel nostalgic to listeners and myself yet create something new within it. Spot on. Do you think you succeeded? Yes. Good…. See, you are winning! Hehe
ne more thing I am curious about. Did you do imitations? You know… dress up and playback? Never. Really? No Slayer with a tennis racket? Well, I used to go crazy in my room when I listened to Slayer. Describe crazy. Jumping around and head banging. Head banging with your rock fingers up in the air? I think I was punching my pillows. I did Michael Jackson. I practiced in front of the mirror. Yes… I was quite average. Awesome! What song? ‘Beat It’ of course, and ‘Billy Jean’. Good songs. I like ‘Billy Jean’. Mi-
chael Jackson is incredible. I am so glad I confessed my MJ imitations, hehe. I was gonna talk about your dark and sinister spiritual music but um… what is your favourite Michael Jackson song? ‘Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough’. That’s a good one but most of his songs were great. Hear hear. So any other unexpected likings from you? Terence Trent D’Arby. Wow. ‘Dance Little Sister’! I hear you can book him for like 1000 dollars these days. He’ll come. Seriously. Haha. I’m sure you can. Maybe even cheaper… for kids’ birthday parties. He ruined his career when he told everyone he was better than Michael Jackson. Did he? Yeah. Wow... that is a fatal mistake! Better not say that man… although you are. Ok, gotta go! See you soon. See you in a few weeks. Good luck with the tour Bye Bye Luis Vasquez aka The Soft Moon plays with a full band setup on 14 May in OCCii, Amsterdam.
NOSTALGIC LISTENING RECOMMENDED BY THE SOFT MOON
Chrome Danse Society Iron Curtain Can Glenn Branca Suicide Minimal Man Neu! Liquid Liquid A Certain Ratio and the obvious, Joy Division
NOSTALGIC WATCHING RECOMMENDED BY THE SOFT MOON Hans Richter (1920s experimental film maker whose film rhythm 23 was used by Luis as a video to the song ‘Parallels’) Jun Paik Early psychedelic films - Invasion of Thunderbolt Pagoda and Chronopolis. Kazimir Malevich END 27
THE NOSTALGIA ISSUE
TRIP UP MEMORY LANE WITH NO AGE Photos by Samuel Monkarsh. Words by Katarina Pasinsky.
BELIEVE IT OR NOT, THERE WAS A TIME WHEN LOS ANGELES INDIE PUNK ROCKERS RANDY RANDALL AND DEAN SPUNT COULDN’T GET MORE THAN 20 PEOPLE TO COME TO A SHOW. THE SOLIDIFIED SOUNDS AND MORPHING MELODIES OF THEIR LATEST (AND POSSIBLY GREATEST) ALBUM EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN MAKES IT EVEN HARDER TO BELIEVE.
SO, WHERE DID THESE ART-PUNK ANOMALIES EMERGE? AND WHAT ARE THE PLACES DEAN AND RANDY WILL REMEMBER THINKING BACK ON THIS EXCITING ERA OF YOUTH? ON A HAZY WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, WE WANDERED WITH NO AGE THROUGH THE STREETS OF LOS ANGELES TO TAKE A TRIP UP THEIR MEMORY LANE.
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The Smell: 247 South Main Street
‘This is where we really grew up and learned life lessons - it was like our ‘college’.’ ‘We only painted the entrance for the album cover of Weirdo Rippers and expected someone to have tagged it over by now. Maybe we should tag it ourselves’ 30
The Smell’s back alley
‘So much has happened back here but it’s all kind of a blur.’ ‘The Smell is our place. It’s honest and real. Here, it’s all about the music.’
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(previous page and above) Studio: 1417 W. 8th Street
‘This is where we spend a lot of our time jamming and experimenting. Dean’s really getting into these synths.’ (top right) The Smell’s back alley:
‘We did our first show here with our first band, Wives. We were no older than 19. People just thought we were weird. They thought we were crazy little kids that didn’t know what they were doing.’ (bottom right) Ooga Booga 943 N Broadway #203
‘This is our rock star friend Wendy Yao’s place. Every week we have a bunch of people up here in the courtyard. Sometimes we’ll do a DJ set.’
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Thai Express 1406 West 6th Street
‘This was our clubhouse. It’s where all the plans and schemes developed. We had these crazy ideas to tour the world and pay our rent by playing music.’ 36
No Age play OT301, Amsterdam on 7 April. They also play two shows at Motel Mozaique; their movie soundtrack No Age vs The Bear on 8 April and a regular show on 9 April. Check www.motelmozaique.nl for more info
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THE NOSTALGIA ISSUE
AWESOME TAPES BROOKLYN-BASED MUSIC ETHNOLOGIST BRIAN SHIMKOVITZ AKA AWESOME TAPES FROM AFRICA HAS ACCUMULATED HUNDREDS OF CASSETTE TAPES BY ROAMING THE STREETS OF AFRICA LIKE A MADMAN. HE BLOGS ABOUT IT, EXPOSING A WIDE ARRAY OF RARE AFRICAN MUSIC. GO VISIT HIS SITE, DOWNLOAD SOME OF THE TUNES (YES, AS MP3) AND SEE HIM SPIN HIS TAPES AT OCCII. Words by Brenda Bosma. Tape covers by various African artists
o, you collect awesome tapes from Africa, in Africa. An odd hobby. Also an expensive one, I can imagine. Do you have a guy in New York for your daily supply? I’m lucky, nowadays I receive quite a lot of packages in the mail from people who themselves have collect
ed tapes in Africa. The popularity of the blog has helped encourage people to send me stuff. But yeah, five years ago I visited Ghana as a student and strolled around a lot of street markets. There’s so much music there that’s beyond our interpretation of ‘world music’. For the blog I use tapes that I’ve collected in West-Africa or that I’ve CONTINUE 39
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“NEEDLESS TO SAY, THE AFRICAN MUSIC CULTURE HAS NOT BEEN DIGITISED YET. THEY MOSTLY USE CASSETTES THERE, EVEN THE NEW STUFF IS RELEASED ON TAPE, SO I’M DEPENDENT ON THE MEDIUM. BUT THAT’S NO PUNISHMENT AT ALL” picked up in other, closer by places such as Harlem or even Paris. Also, the cassettes I receive as gifts from other collectors are a rich source. Are there also Not-So-Awesome Tapes from Africa? I have boxes and boxes of cassette tapes. Guess it’s around 350 now. Some of them are not really my favourites and are unlikely to appear on the blog. Others may not be the best tapes I’ve ever heard, but might go on the blog for their relative importance to musical or social context or just because they are super bizarre.
leased on tape, so I’m dependent on the medium. But that’s no punishment at all. Did you also tape shows as a kid? Yes, I did. As a kid I would always listen to this radio show that broadcast live rock concerts. I would tape songs by Pearl Jam and Nirvana.
Are you a modern Harry Smith? Not really. He became an expert in his field. I don’t consider myself an expert. I didn’t get an opportunity to sit with these artists and ask lots of questions. Part of the reason for the blog is to post all this stuff there, so that What do you think of the cassette people can comment, and share bits tape as a medium in our digital era? of information about the recordings I like the nostalgic feel it has. The that I don’t have. I just put it out there. sound quality is sometimes a bit poor, Hopefully it’ll resemble Wikipedia but it has a warm quality to it, which I someday. perceive less in mp3s. Needless to say, the African music culture has not been The best part about Awesome Afridigitised yet. They mostly use cas- ca Tapes? settes there, even the new stuff is re- The girls, haha. 42
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Brian Shimkovitz aka Awesome Tapes from Africa plays tapes on 23 April in OCCii, Amsterdam. Also playing are Mi Ami and Times New Viking. awesometapesfromafrica.blogspot.com
ART FEATURED ARTIST Every month we select an artist we think is worth your while This month it is Koen Taselaar
ame Koen Taselaar Age 24 City of residence: Rotterdam What do you feel nostalgic about?: Lego Website: www.koentaselaar.nl On the following pages: ‘imaginary band flyers’ respectively: Pjetra and the Shieldcats (imaginary band #137) The Inside Jokers (imaginary band #97) Bottle Hunter (imaginary band #119) The Beast Burger (imaginary band #142) Exhibition Koen’s work is on display at the Subbacultcha project space on Da Costakade 150. From 12-29 April, Tuesdays till Fridays from 11.00 till 17.00. Feel free to walk in. Please do.
MUSIC NEW RELEASES These are the new releases that you can’t afford to miss By Carly Blair
t U n E- y A r D s W H O K I L L (4AD) tUnE-yArDs’ Afro-tinged lo-fi folk debut BiRd-BrAiNs, recorded by Merrill Garbus alone in her bedroom and with rudimentary equipment, was striking despite the rough production by virtue of Garbus’s intriguing persona. Here was a big voice with something to say. And the big voice and the bigger personality pushed the songs into the red. After relocating to Oakland, Garbus and newly-added bassist Nate Brenner headed into a real studio with a real engineer and real microphones to record the follow-up. While she continues to heavily rely on looping, it’s immediately apparent that the ‘bedroom’ approach had shackled Garbus. The improved production circumstances and Brenner’s encouragingly funky bass accompaniment give Garbus the room and confidence she needs to develop into a fully-fledged siren. To say that a part of me misses the solitary melancholy of her first release seems like a cage saying it misses its singing bird. Fuck that - someone capable of such unique and unbridled exuberance deserves to spread her wings.
Mazes (Sacred Bones)
Ripley Johnson and Sanae Yamada of the minimal psych duo Moon Duo are partners on and off stage who have recently relocated from the bustling psych scene of San Francisco to Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Originally having started as a side project of Ripley’s main band, Wooden Shjips, the Duo’s Escape EP earned them more than a fair share of praise. While the band still write songs built on a hypnotically repetitive foundation of organ, fuzzy guitar and simple percussion, the overall feel of Mazes is clearer and easier to relate to than their previous work. Much like its eponymous construction, Mazes might seem simple at the first glance, but its subtle variations are more complex than you might think and certainly make it worth navigating.
Space Is Only Noise (Circus Company)
Nicolas Jaar is an electronic music wunderkind with an already-long track record and a globetrotting pedigree, having lived in Chile and NYC before his current stint studying comparative literature at Brown University. At 21, he’s already bored of the notion of filling dancefloors and more focused on producing art. I could rename my envy ‘disdain’ and consider him a pretentious, entitled little twerp if Space Is Only Noise wasn’t so goddamned impressive. Recalling anyone from prime inspirator Ricardo Villalobos through Nick Cave to J Dilla, Jaar seamlessly interweaves disparate elements of blues and jazz, found sound, David Lynchian soundscapes and acoustic instruments made to sound electronic and electronic instruments made to sound organic. Together, with gauzy electronic textures, they make a delicate and comforting sonic tapestry.
MUSIC NEW RELEASES
Do Whatever You Want All the Time (We Are Free)
Despite rumours of a breakup, Baltimore art rock outfit Ponytail are back with their third release. They’re still on We Are Free, and J Robbins produces once again. Those who loved the joyous, sugar-high freakout that was Ice Cream Spiritual can rest easy (at least until they hit Play, anyway): these tunes are just as simultaneously complex and poppy, ass-kicking and sweet. Only now the kids that coloured outside the lines sound like young adults that colour outside the lines.
JULIANNA BARWICK The Magic Place (Asthmatic Kitty)
This Louisiana-born, Brooklyn-based singer processes and loops and layers her reverbsoaked vocals into compositions which evoke hymns or Panda Bear’s prettier moments or whale songs. Barwick has been referred to as a sort of Enya for hipsters. That’s fine by me,
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if by that you mean all the breathtakingly ethereal beauty of new age minus the ham-handed attempts at ensuring a Spiritual Experience. In the end, Barwick achieves just that, but in a way that feels human and effortless. She thinks the titular magic place is a tree on her childhood farm. Wherever it is, I can go there when I’m listening to this.
MUSIC NEW RELEASES
DIRTY BEACHES Badlands (Zoo Music)
One-man lo-fi rockabilly project Dirty Beaches’ debut takes its name from a 1973 film about a 1959 killing spree carried out by two young lovers. Mastermind Alex Zhang Hungtai has also cited David Lynch films like Lost Highway and Blue Velvet as major influences on his aesthetics. The corresponding themes of being on the road and on the run and of the seemingly idyllic ’50s suburbia being a mere sugar coating for a deeply ugly underlying reality are reflected in the way Hungtai buries his Elvis-like yelps and croons and occasionally very traditionally romantic melodies under layers of no-wavey distortion and reverb. While I’m bored of the nostalgia-mining zeitgeist, Badlands seems exceptional. Perhaps the sweetness shining through songs like ‘Lord Knows Best’ has merely bewitched me into believing Hungtai isn’t just another disingenuous opportunist. If that’s so – the irony is delicious, and ignorance is bliss.
Smoke Ring for My Halo
Kurt Vile leaving War On Drugs has definitely worked out for the best. The recent War On Drugs EP was truly outstanding, while Kurt Vile himself has also come up with a pretty astonishing new record. Taking a step back from the uptempo Childish Prodigy, Smoke Ring for My Halo is a well-balanced pop album featuring some acoustic gems such as ‘Baby’s Arms’ and ‘On Tour’ and the more driving War On Drugs-type tracks ‘Society Is My Friend’ and ‘Runner Ups’. All in all perfect for lazy summer evenings or long drives through godless towns. (Leon Caren)
AGENDA Subbacultcha shows in september
WAH DO DEM
(Ben Chace & Sam Fleischner, 2009)
Max (Sean Bones) wint twee kaartjes voor een cruise naar Jamaica. Daarmee houdt zijn geluk op, want vlak voor vertrek maakt zijn vriendin het uit. Exit Norah Jones, wat wellicht alleen Max betreurt. Nu moet hij zich in zijn eentje zien te vermaken tussen de bejaarden op het cruiseschip. Eenmaal van boord blijkt swingend Jamaica minder relaxt dan de reggaesoundtrack doet vermoeden. Max heeft zijn eerste joint nog nauwelijks achter de kiezen, wanneer hij wordt beroofd. Hij mist de boot en moet in zijn zwembroek ongeschonden de Amerikaanse ambassade in Kingston zien te bereiken. De backpacker is een beetje een sufferd, maar leedvermaak maakt plaats voor medelijden. Het leed wordt verzacht door de soundtrack met onder meer MGMT, Yeasayer, Santigold en The Congos.
FILM DVDS TO SEE Door Gert Verbeek
(Nick Whitfield, 2010)
Het bescheiden komische Skeletons zal een opluchting zijn voor fantasiefilmfans die Inception teveel een vermoeiende opeenstapeling vonden van hightech trucages, explosies en wilde achtervolgingen. In het Britse lowbudget regiedebuut van Nick Whitfield betreden twee paranormaal opererende detectives het bewustzijn van hun klanten via klerenkasten, geholpen door twee zwarte natuurstenen en een apparaatje dat oogt als een analoge ritmebox. Een van de detectives gebruikt deze middelen in zijn vrije tijd om zich te nestelen in de meest prettige herinnering uit zijn kindertijd. Die gerieflijke toestand is verslavend en niet zonder bijverschijnselen. Door zijn toedoen loopt een routineklus bij moeder Jane (Paprika Steen uit Festen) helemaal in het honderd, want wat te doen als je collega is gereduceerd tot een onverstaanbare Bulgaar?
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FASHION WORN OUT
By Karin Wolters Each month fashion designer Karin Wolters takes pencil and paper out and about and draws what is worn... out.
hese items of clothing were worn by several people on 26 February at the Eklin/TQQUNDO FRRRRR show at de Nieuwe Anita in Amsterdam.
WHATâ€™S COOKING? WE ARE COOKING FOR.... KAREN O By Zofia Ciechowska Photo by Basje Boer Every month our very own Nigella Awesome does some imaginary cooking for a band she really really likes. Love does go through the stomach. We simply suggest... DO try this at home. It is worth it.
DELICIOUS CRISPY TWIGS OF HAPPINESS
uckle your seatbelts, hide your wallets and jewellery: I am taking you to my Eastern European haunts this month. This dessert is a typical Polish springtime delicacy. It goes by the name of Faworki, which literally means nothing, but could be translated as ‘the delicious twig-like crispy pastry of delightful happiness, I like, you like’ (spoken with a foreign accent, obviously). As for famous people who would like these, I could enumerate the endless celebrities of Polish descent who eat these all year round for their macrobiotic breakfasts. Copernicus, Meryl Streep, Karen O, that guy from Hot Chip, um... yeah.
WHAT’S COOKING? WE ARE COOKING FOR.... KAREN O
Ingredients: This recipe is one of those that doesn’t require exact measurements. Use a glass as a guide. 3 egg yolks beer (same amount as egg yolks) plain flour (same amount, keep adding until the dough turns nice and smooth) vegetable oil icing sugar Serves: This recipe makes about two large platefuls of amazingness! In a bowl, mix the egg yolks, flour and beer. Knead the dough until it stops sticking (add more flour/beer if necessary). Beat until air bubbles appear. Cover the bowl with cling film and put it in the fridge for an hour. Remove the dough from the fridge and tear a small piece off. On a surface covered with flour, roll the dough into a very thin layer. Cut the layer into strips of about 8x3 cm. Now here’s the cool bit! Make a lengthwise incision in the middle of each strip. Take one end of the strip and pull it through the incision to make a bow shape. Heat a load (be very generous) of vegetable oil in a deep frying pan. Fry your dough bows in the oil until crispy and golden. Drain the bows on a kitchen towel, arrange them on a plate and sprinkle with tons of icing sugar. Eat with your hands and don’t wipe off that icing sugar moustache!
99 PROBLEMS AND THE BITCH... ...KNOWS THE ANSWER
Door Brenda Bosma. Illustratie Martyn F Overweel Send your problems to 99 problems@ subbacultcha.nl
Hoi Bitch, Ik kan niet zo goed meekomen met mijn generatiegenoten die elk weekend helemaal leip gaan. Soms verlang ik ernaar met mijn pastelkleurige driekwartskleding en Ecco’s op een bankje naar het groeien van het gras te kijken. Is dat erg? Sanne. Hoi Sanne, Sinds uitgaan me doet denken aan die avond dat ik in het buurthuis met allemaal biculturele medeburgers nogal wat Blue Curacao en Pisang Ambon (“je moet niet haten – het is voor kratis”) dronk en mijn urine fluorescerend uit mijn plasbuis klaterde, wil ik bij deze graag Gordon citeren toen hij nog met de Rotterdamse boyband Replay keette: “Never nooit meer!” Pastelkleurige kleding is het nieuwe leip doen. Groetjes, B. Dear Bitch, Do you also clean rooms? Do you want to clean up mine? This morning I awoke with a wet brown dream. Thanks, A. C.
Goddamn, you disgust me, you lazy fuck! You didn’t even eat your veggies. And fuck your initials. Do they stand for asshole cancer? Just because I’ve never finished my
studies doesn’t mean all I do all day is drink lattes. What have you ever accomplished in your life? I reckon you play Dungeons & Dragons on your filthy velvet couch most of your day. Why am I getting so defensive? I’m super busy with my own stuff, I don’t need your shit. Get your mother to clean your mess up. In fact, get her to buy those sticks that smell like patchouli and don’t bother me with your sorry ass suffering. Oh, she passed away just recently? Well, fuck you. Wait, I’m starting to like you all of a sudden. What is going on?! Will you at least look at me? What have I done wrong?! Of course I will clean up your house. I will buy those Glorix moist towels immediately. Please don’t ever leave me! B. Hoi Bitch, Heb je voor mij de definitie van liefde? Het is niet voor een werkstuk, maar voor een huwelijksaanzoek. Dank, Arjen. Hoi Arjen, Trouwen? Kun je niet gewoon met watervaste stift een halve lemniscaat op jullie onderarmen tekenen ofzo? Poe hee, ik weet ook niet waar het allemaal om draait. Trek anders
WELL, FUCK YOU. WAIT, Iâ€™M STARTING TO LIKE YOU ALL OF A SUDDEN. WHAT IS GOING ON?! WILL YOU AT LEAST LOOK AT ME? WHAT HAVE I DONE WRONG?! OF COURSE I WILL CLEAN UP YOUR HOUSE.
99 PROBLEMS AND THE BITCH... ...KNOWS THE ANSWER Stuur al je vragen, problemen en prangende kwesties naar 99problems@ subbacultcha.nl als jouw vraag een antwoord verdient verdien jij een good goodie. Send your problems to 99 problems@ subbacultcha.nl
je rode pyjama aan en probeer erachter te komen! Smeer wat gel op je schouder en doe waar je het meest bang voor bent. Juist dat waar je voor terugdeinst, maar waar ook je ogen
vol van schieten van ontroering. Mind you dat tussen de gedachte en de expressie een mensenleven ligt. Nu ga ik naar Mariah Carey luisteren. Doegie, B.
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AGENDA SPEND YOUR MONTH IN STYLE
Wu Lyfâ€™s artwork is just as amazing as their music. Really. Wu Lyf play Motel Mozaique in Rotterdam on Friday 8 April
Highlights in April Motel Mozaique, Deerhoof, J Mascis, The Luyas, Times New Viking, Deerhunter, Blues Brother Castro and Record Store Day Win: Vintage All Stars, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Incubated#7 andCONTINUE more. 65
Subbacultcha! Early Bird Tip
Ensemble Modern Thursday 14 April, 19.15, Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ Ensemble Modern are the orchestra that played Zappa’s The Yellow Shark (one of Tom Waits’ favourite albums: ‘The ensemble is awe-inspiring. Arrr’). They’ve also recorded an album with the amazing Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto. That should give you a perspective of their shtick - complex, out-of-the-box and overwhelming music. Simply high voltage for the brain. Tonight they’ll play a piece by German composer Wolfgang Rihm: Jagden und Formen - Zustand 2008. Surprise yourself. Go. See this show for only €10. Experience a great concert, check out the marvellous building and get a free drink on the side.
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BLUES BROTHER CASTRO 1 Apr - De Nieuwe Anita, Amsterdam As they’re one of the steamiest live acts anywhere, you’d be a fool to miss this show when the band celebrate their newest release Out On The Beach. Welcome back, we say. 2X2 TICKETS
INCUBATED 07 (FEATURING JOHN MAUS, SIGHTINGS AND EKLIN) 7 Apr - Paradox, Tilburg Expect an ‘80s post-punk/synth-pop blow out with indiewunderkind Maus, while retro-avant garde and haunting sound collages are taken care of by Sightings and Eklin. 2X2 DAY PASSES
FR EE STFREE UF F STUFF Free tickets and goodies for you from us Every month we give away loads of tickets and good goodies. Don’t you just love us for that? To win subscribe to the mailinglist at subbacultcha.nl
MOTEL MOZAIQUE 7-10 Apr - various locations, Rotterdam Grab your hat and coat and just head on down to the centre of Rotterdam for this amazing music fest with a stellar line-up. You just never know who else will turn up. 3X2 TICKETS + CD
DE KIFT 14 Apr - Paradiso, amsterdam As always, great artwork and solid sounds of these theatrical Dutch DIY dinosaurs on tour for new album Brik 3X2 TICKETS
J. MASCIS 21 Apr - Sugar Factory, Amsterdam Ex-Dinosaur Jr. noise merchant Mascis continues to write and record with a colourful cast of celebrity associates on new record Several Shades Of Why. It’s quieter, calmer and more approachable, but hell, aren’t we all? 2X2 TICKETS
DEERHOOF 28 Apr - Vera, Groningen This SF art-noise combo are everything that’s good in music - original, unpredictable, dreamy, straight ahead and extremely authentic. Don’t miss! 5 CDS
PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART - BELONG Following up on their hugely successful debut album, these New York-based indie sweethearts are back with a fine selection of catchy noise pop songs. 3 PAIR CONVERSE ALL STAR VINTAGE
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AGENDA SHOWS IN APRIL
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BLUES BROTHER CASTRO 01 Apr - De Nieuwe Anita, Amsterdam 15 Apr - Patronaat, Haarlem 28 Apr - Ekko, Utrecht FREE TICKETS. SEE PAGE 67
Amsterdam-based noise pop/indie darlings Blues Brother Castro are back with an exciting new record called Out on the Beach, in stores on 4 April. THE LOW ANTHEM 01 Apr – Doornroosje, Nijmegen 05 Apr – Paradiso, Amsterdam Rhode Island folk purists The Low Anthem bring their melodious harmonies to the Netherlands for two shows in support of their very recent release Smart Flesh. Following the success of their fantastic second effort Oh My God, Charlie Darwin, one can expect a spat of new material mixed in with a solid serving of the many fruits of their young career. DEERHUNTER 02 Apr – Melkweg, Amsterdam Deerhunter’s 2010 LP Halcyon Digest was a new wave psychedelic pop treasure that once again established Bradford Cox and his gang of Atlantans as inimitable, genre-defying indie artists who can seemingly craft whichever type of music they please, and do it well. Their shows are high-energy affairs that never
fail to get a rousing reaction. Jana Hunter opens the show performing as Lower Dens. INCUBATED07 07 Apr - Paradox, Tilburg FREE TICKETS. SEE PAGE 67
Incubate, Tilburg’s bastion of independent culture, has started organising a great monthly club night at Paradox in Tilburg. Tonight’s lineup features former Ariel Pink/Panda Bear collaboratorJohn Maus, as well as noise-drone pioneers Sightings and ambient dub quintet Eklin. MOTEL MOZAIQUE 07-10 April - Various locations, Rotterdam FREE TICKETS. SEE PAGE 67
Got your Motel Mozaique tickets yet? Cause unless you’ve been living under a rock and this is your first gander at our magazine, you should know fine well that this multi-venue multidisciplinary fest in Rotterdam is one of the best this country offers. Whether you wanna dance, chin scratch or just see a different side of Rotterdam, it never disappoints. Some of our faves this time include No Age, Dan Deacon, James Blake, Darkstar, Dum Dum Girls, Battles and Wu Lyf, though there’s much more going on. Tickets are officially sold out at this point, but if you’re feeling lucky, maybe we can help you out.
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DUM DUM GIRLS 08 Apr - Vera, Groningen 09 Apr - Motel Mozaique, Rotterdam Blissed-out lo-fi fuzz pop from the all-girl Californian group that blends ‘60s girl pop with a ragged punk edge. It’s been a while since I Will Be, their debut on Sub Pop, came out last spring. So to keep momentum going they’ve just unleashed He Gets Me High, an EP containing three originals and a slightly unexpected cover of of the wonderful The Smiths song ‘There Is a Light That Never Goes out’. JAMES BLAKE 07 Apr – Melkweg, Amsterdam 08 Apr – Motel Mozaique, Rotterdam 22-year-old producer-singer-composer James Blake has made a name for himself with two stellar EPs released in 2009 and 2010, which successfully mixed his dubleaning production skills with his hauntingly mature voice. That he met and even exceeded the subsequent hype with his self-titled debut LP earlier this year is a testament to how much raw talent and musical ability we can expect in the years ahead. LYKKE LI 07 Apr – Motel Mozaique, Rotterdam 09 Apr – Paradiso, Amsterdam Don’t be fooled by the swooning praise this young Swede gets from vampire-lusting teenage girls. Lykke Li makes accessible pop songs with an electro soul that can enlist almost anyone among her corps of admirers. Hoping to add some maturity and breadth to her repertoire with her sophomore LP Wounded Rhymes, Lykke Li comes to Holland with a show that, unlike most other things in art, can appeal to the Twilight crowd as well as to many of its haters.
RAINBOW ARABIA 09 Apr - Melkweg, Amsterdam Californian electronic duo who get their groove on to electro pop served with African, Arabian and tropical rhythms and melodies. Most recently, they shifted to Kompakt to release new album Boys and Diamonds.
AGENDA SHOWS IN APRIL
PORTUGAL. THE MAN 11 Apr – Paradiso, Amsterdam These experimental rockers have consistently managed to release one album per year since 2006. You get the sense that the annual releases are a necessary part of their sonic evolution and that quality is never sacrificed, which makes each show seem like part of an impressive work in progress. THE KILIMANJARO DARKJAZZ ENSEMBLE 13 Apr - Tivoli de Helling, Utrecht 14 Apr - Roadburn Festival, Tilburg Sure, it’s a little bit scary when a band has ‘jazz’ in its name, but this mutant international collective based in the Netherlands is a slow-grooving noise monster. Most recently, they’ve been soundtracking cinema at 5 Days Off, but their upcoming shows are more about their newly-released album From the Stairwell. ROADBURN FESTIVAL 14-17 Apr - Various locations, Tilburg Lords of the stoner sound and beyond, the makers of this intimate little festival could probably fill an arena given half a chance. It’s internationally renowned and rock audiences battle to get tickets, because here, broken bands come out of the closet, while others simply reinvent themselves. This edition is curated by Sunn o))), who’ve invited peers such as Black Mountain, Wolf People, Dead Meadow and Godflesh to make a holy racket.
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Tom Engelshoven (OOR) & Robbert Tilli (MCN) op maandag 11 april in gesprek met Leon Caren (Blues Brother Castro, Subbacultcha) / Anne La Berge (fluitist, Kraakgeluiden) / Jasper Stadhouders (jazzgitarist, Zaal 100) THE Mix / TALkSHow ovER EN MET LivE MuziEk iN MuziEk CENTRuM NEdERLANd
maandag 11 april / 17.30 â€“ 18.30 uur + borrel / toegang gratis Muziek Centrum Nederland, Rokin 111, Amsterdam
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AGENDA SHOWS IN APRIL
RECORD STORE DAY 16 April - Various record stores across Holland and Belgium Celebrated globally, Record Store Day puts all those favourite haunts, centres of vinyl (and other) romance and second living rooms for music lovers in the spotlight. On April 16 a long list of record stores throughout Holland and Belgium will be hosting instore concerts and selling exclusive releases. Expect limited edition vinyl by bands such as Moon Duo, Black Mountain, The Luyas, Twin Sister, Cults, Warpaint and many more. BATHS 19 Apr - Paradiso 20 Apr - Merleyn, Nijmegen Beat-driven noise pop sounding like broken tape loops spinning hypnotic melodies of neverending conclusions. Their Californian footprint is suitably recognisable, being reminiscent of anything from Caribou to Daedelus to Wooden Shjips. And since they were a highlight of Le Guess Who last year, we’re looking forward to having them back. THERMALS 20 Apr – Vera, Groningen 21 Apr – Trouw, Amsterdam 22 Apr – Effenaar, Eindhoven Portland punk rockers The Thermals come to the Netherlands in support of their 2010 LP Personal Life. With a high-energy, loud fuckwhat-the-neighbours-think performance as well as a back catalogue that includes 2006’s The Body, the Blood, the Machine and 2009’s
Staff Benda Bilili
Now We Can See, Thermals shows give you exactly what a fan of their music should want. STAFF BENDA BILILI 19 Apr - De Oosterpoort, Groningen 21 Apr - Tivoli, Utrecht 22 Apr - Paard van Troje, Den Haag 23 Apr - 013, Tilburg 23 Apr - Melkweg, Amsterdam 26 Apr - Burgerweeshuis, Deventer One of the decade’s less likely musical exports, and perhaps one of the finest feel-good stories of recent memory, Staff Benda Bilili have found themselves transported from the street outside Kinshasa Zoo to playing sold-out venues across Europe and being the subject of a highly acclaimed documentary, Benda Bilili!. Founded by two polio victims who found that other artists wouldn’t play with them, Staff Benda Bilili have evolved into a collective of Congolese musicians who mix African rumba beats with more traditional forms of r&b and reggae to astounding results. J MASCIS (DINOSAUR JR) 21 Apr - Melkweg, Amsterdam FREE TICKETS. SEE PAGE 67
Mr Dinosaur Jr himself. Old J has done a lot of good in the past few years to redeem some of his weaker mid-’90s moves. His recent Dinosaur Jr jaunts may even have surpassed the early years. But a man doesn’t want to hide behind Marshall stacks forever, so the alternative icon shows off his acoustic side now with an intriguing new solo album.
SONIC CONNECTIONS 21-23 Apr - De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam Sonic Connections is an annual festival promoting a wide range of upand-coming artists from Belgium and the Netherlands. This year’s line-up includes Eklin, Drums Are For Parades, Pien Feith and more. THE EX 21 Apr - Paard van Troje, Den Haag 24 Apr - OCCII, Amsterdam Amsterdam art punks of the highest order. Now supported by Arnold de Boer of Zea as lead vocalist, the baritone guitar of Andy Ex and the barrage of globally-inspired percussion march onwards into their fourth decade.
some Tapes from America. (read more on page 14) ZS & HYPE WILLIAMS 24 Apr - Worm @ Grounds / WMDC, Rotterdam Zs are an experimental Brooklyn crew that merges indie sounds with avant-garde noise and ambient freak-outs (yes, that is possible). Then there’s Hype Williams, who’d be on the cusp of something massive – if only the London duo were capable of sitting still and playing the one style of music for long enough. The fact that they don’t is precisely why we love them so.
AGENDA SHOWS IN APRIL
DEERHOOF 27 Apr – Melkweg, Amsterdam 28 Apr – Vera, Groningen FREE TICKETS. SEE PAGE 67
TIMES NEW VIKING 22 Apr – Vera, Groningen 24 Apr – OCCII, Amsterdam Hot on the heels of recording their fifth LP, due to be released some time in April, lo-fi Ohio rockers Times New Viking are set to play a couple of undoubtedly sweaty, loud and very entertaining shows in Groningen and Amsterdam. THE LUYAS 23 Apr – Vera, Groningen 24 Apr – Ekko, Utrecht Canadian art pop band The Luyas have just released their impressive new album Too Beautiful to Work on Dead Oceans. (read more on page 14 ) MI AMI & AWESOME TAPES FROM AFRICA 22 Apr - Paard van Troje, Den Haag 23 Apr - OCCII, Amsterdam The American psych percussion and punk funk crew turned into a synth duo following the departure of bassist Jacob Long. In tow is their good friend and blogger of African underground sounds: Awe-
Fourteen years and eleven albums later, Deerhoof still remain at the forefront of the art-rock movement that they helped cultivate in the late ’90s. As their prolific touring and continued experimentation suggest, Deerhoof aren’t planning to quit anytime soon, and considering the number of incredible artists who list them among their influences (including Of Montreal, Sufjan Stevens, Women and Autolux), their 2011 release Deerhoof vs. Evil promises to be much more than an awesomely-titled foray into the new decade. PATRICK WATSON VS CONCERTGEBOUWORKEST 29 April - Concertgebouw, Amsterdam The night before Queen’s Day is usually all about getting smashed while singing along to ‘I Will Survive’ in one of the cities’ many dive bars, but this year the Concertgebouw offers a more sophisticated type of celebration as Canadian folk singer Patrick Watson teams up with the Concertgebouw Orchestra for an exclusive performance.
EEN SELECTIE UIT ONS PROGRAMMA:
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THE BEES DUM DUM GIRLS THE THERMALS TIMES NEW VIKING THE LUYAS DEERHOOF HENRY FIAT’S OPEN SORE MOON DUO + KIM KI O
Info & tickets: www.vera-groningen.nl
illustratie: Gijs Deddens
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SUBBACULTCHA’S MUSIC, ART AND FILM IN APRIL 2 April WORLD MINIMAL MUSIC FESTIVAL SPECIAL PROGRAMME Muziekgebouw Aan ‘t IJ + Bimhuis, Amsterdam Starts 21.00 | Free
7 April NO AGE OT301, Amsterdam Starts 21.00 | €12 | Free for members
8 April CLOSER. 0O0OO + NUNO DOS SANTOS AND MORE Melkweg, Amsterdam Starts 23.30 | €12 | Free for members
9 - 10 April DUSHI KIMBERLEY EXHIBITION Mediamatic, Amsterdam
13.00 - 18.00 | €5 | Free for members. Opening on 8 April at 20.00
15 April FILM. FOUR ROSES Melkweg Cinema, Amsterdam Starts 19.00 | €7 | Free for members
19 April E*CINEMA - VERBLIND EYE Film Institute Vondelpark, Amsterdam Starts 19.30 and 21.30 | €8 | Members pay €4,50
SEEING SOUNDS: TV BUDDHAS
Trouw, Amsterdam Starts 21.00 | €5 | Free for members
22 April A NIGHT ABOUT SYNCHRONISED SWIMMING FOR MEN
Mediamatic, Amsterdam Starts 19.00 | €5 | Free for members
23 April MI AMI + AWESOME TAPES FROM AFRICA + TIMES NEW VIKING OCCII, Amsterdam Starts 20.30 | €7 | Free for members
24 April THE LUYAS Ekko, Utrecht
Starts 20.00 | €9 | Free for members
AGENDA OVERVIEW OF ALL SUBBACULTCHA! SHOWS Become a Subbacultcha! member for €6 per month and get free access to all these shows, movies and exhibitions. For a full programme description see page 12
27 April DEERHOOF + MASTER MUSICIANS OF BUKAKKE Melkweg, Amsterdam Starts 19.45 | €15 | Free for members
28 April IGNITE 8 Mediamatic, Amsterdam, Starts 20:00 | € 7 | Free for members.
LICK ’ER LICENSE
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ALL MONTH ANGRY - JONG EN RADICAAL Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam
Tue-Sun, 10.00 - 17.00 | €7 | Free for members
EXPO. ‘WALLTUNES’ BY KOEN TASELAAR
Subbacultcha office, Amsterdam Tuesday - Friday,11.00-17.00 | Free
holland festival 1 – 26 juni 2011 Festival voor internationale podiumkunsten diverse locaties – Amsterdam
Leden van The National & Guests Multimediaal concert The Long Count. 1 en 2 juni, Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ
Birds With Skymirrors
Performance van Samoaanse choreograaf Lemi Ponifasio. 3 – 5 juni, Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam
volledig programma www.hollandfestival.nl