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Unruly Music Magazine. March 2014

The Grow A Pair Issue


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Subbacultcha! Magazine March 2014

The Grow A Pair Issue

It would of course be better to add to the universe in a positive, constructive manner. However, that’s something that seldom comes naturally. Why exactly should we tiptoe through life all humble and appreciative? Aren’t these curveballs real? Disappointment, fear, sadness, anger and frustration are feelings too you know! Suppressing them might backfire sooner or later. That’s why we’ve made the Grow a Pair Issue, an issue about adding to the sum of total human experience in an honest way. Whether you like it or not. Are you offended yet? To the sweet peas who are, we say: grow a pair.


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Interns: Marianne Eerenstein and Callum McLean

Online editor: Phil van der Krogt Design: Bas Morsch and Marina Henao

Good Guys: Bram Nigten, Keimpe Koldijk and Fedor Oduber

Master of affairs: Loes Verputten Art department: Floor Kortman

Good Girls: Andreea Breazu, Carly Blair, Milou Hautus and Rose Nederlof

Printing: Drukkerij Gewa, Arendonk, Belgium

Contributors: Anna Berkhof, Carly Blair, Basje Boer, Koen van Bommel, Brenda Bosma, Julia Burlingham, Leon Caren, Zofia Ciechowska, Maurice van Es, Goodyn Green, Harry Harvey, Gerlin Heestermans, Marc van der Holst, Mariska Kerpel, Floor Kortman, Callum McLean, Lonneke van der Palen, Carlijn Potma, Derek Robertson, Mandy Sharabani, Gert Verbeek, Isolde Woudstra, Suzanna Zak and Crystal Dorval. Distribution: Amsterdam: Charlotte van Brakel, Denis Wouters, Fedor Oduber, Ida Blom, Joao Silva, June ten Have, Sandrine Mary, Soeren Schmidt, Stefan Stasko, Eliza Shaw, Asha Eade-Green, Marta Soltys, Robbert Stokmans Utrecht: Erik Armbrust, Ilias Karakasidis, Timo Militz, Maria Alves Rebelo Groningen: Hedwig Plomp Den Haag: Dineke Cornelissen Rotterdam: Alex Christodoulou, Karolina Howorko, Jacopo Manelli, Else Kappenberg, Anna Skibicka, Ilse van der Spoel, Marijn Verbiesen, Marlotte Nugteren, Kiki Holle Leeuwarden: Jan Pier Brands Tilburg: Luuk van Son Leiden: Sean Rowlands Haarlem: Bert Zaremba, Yannick Tinbergen Breda: Vera Siemons Den Bosch: Bas Heijmans Delft: Daniel Enciso Eindhoven: Pernilla Ellens

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The Men page 20

Planningtorock page 26

Crystal Antlers page 32

White Poppy page 38

Physical Therapy page 44 Recommendations 11 We Saw You 18 The Morning After 48 Featured Artists 50 Books 56 Fashion 58 Food 60

Music Reviews 63 New Films 66 Subbacultcha! shows 71 Agenda 85 Focus 91 Free Stuff 92 After Midnight 93

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March recommendations







Based on real events. And some not so real...




March recommendations Each month our staff provides you with a selection of the finer things in life. Enjoy!

Music: Rainer Veil

Music: Calvin Love

Liam Morley and Dan Valentine met in Manchester and bonded over their shared interest in contemporary music. They then retreated into a dark basement and made music together. And we all know what happens when two mysterious men dressed in black enter a concrete bunker… they make angular, ambient electronic music that’s hard to dance to. Their New Brutalism EP out on Modern Love is truly stunning with its references to Northern England’s early rave heritage and a gentle sensitivity that you rarely come by.

A few slick chords into Calvin Love’s single ‘Cool’ will transport you to a seedy snooker club where the ashtrays are overflowing with yesterday’s broken hearts. Love is nothing but suave with his low croon and measured synthesized pleas, his dark suit flapping in the blackand-white wind in one of his videos. He will make you sigh, he will make you dance, much like his friends Sean Nicholas Savage and Mac DeMarco. Rekindle your love.


March recommendations Music: HELM

Music: Wigsplitaz There is really only one thing we can say about Wigsplitaz: it is the best zombie hip hop you’ve ever heard. Ever. Take a moment to find these guys online and you’ll become just as excited as we are. Trying to find out who they are has proven to be a challenge, though. We didn’t get much further than their label, Pop ’Em Records, but maybe you can…

Music: Posh Isolation This Copenhagen label has been around and inspiring for quite a few years now, and it’s unbelievable we’ve failed to mention them earlier. Started in 2009 by Christian Stadsgaard and Loke Rahbek, who are now touring as Damien Dubrovnik, Posh Isolation has been responsible for so many experimental sounds from the Danish underground. If you like electronic, minimal noise and techno, there’s no way you don’t already know about Posh Isolation. Recent exciting releases come courtesy of Rose Alliance, Croatian Amor and Age Coin.

London-based sound artist Luke Younger has been around for quite a while, but it’s his third album release on PAN, Impossible Symmetry, that has caught our attention with its abstract aural landscapes. Inspired by live improvisations, musique concrète, sound poetry, noise, drones and other curiosities, Younger weaves together dense, tense walls of tangible sound that press up against you to the point of breathlessness. It’s well worth going through Younger’s extensive back catalogue, including his work as half of Birds of Delay.


March recommendations Art: Buy A Drawing For Only One Euro Per Month

Architecture: Flaneur Magazine

Matthijs Booij, the artist formerly known as Molf (from Miktor & Molf) has decided to become a successful artist and has come up with an ingenious failproof plan. He is offering you the chance to buy one of his drawings for €1 per month, for the short time period of just 36 years until his retirement in 2050!

Art: Hungry for Love

Flaneur wanders around and explores the city street by street. Of all the magazines currently taking ‘place’ as their subject, this one is the most dedicated: the Berlin-based magazine presents just one street per issue. On its pages, writers, photographers and artists present their view of this street. Flaneur flaunts its subjectivity and says: ‘This could be Georg-Schwarz-Straße.’

The series of collages from her series A1 kind of got photographer Céline Manz in some copyright trouble, as the backgrounds of the collages were not shot by her, but by a certain rapey fashion photographer. For the publication designed by Xavier Fernandez Fuentes these appropriated images are partially concealed using white rectangular fields, which effectively flips the finger at questions about the omnipresence of sexism and pornography in our visual culture.

Issue #2 is now for sale at Athenaeum, Amsterdam

The whole thing is available as a free download so you can print it at home:


March recommendations Art: Beelddragers – X10

Book: Bark – Lorrie Moore In the US, the art of the short story seems to be held in higher regard than in Holland. Is it a matter of attention spans, or are Americans just better at the genre? 2013 saw great collections by George Saunders and Sam Lipsyte, as well as the Nobel Prize for Alice Munro; this year sees the release of Lorrie Moore’s long awaited follow-up to 1998’s Birds of America. Bark contains eight masterly stories for your funny (and sad, and smart) bone. Published by Random House, 25 February

Food: Cauliflower craze

This collective of art-smarts in Amsterdam are getting ready for their third round of X10, their answer to highpriced art and intimidating galleries. Ten young, talented artists are asked to create an image, which is exhibited in a group show and sold at a fair price so young collectors can also actually afford to buy it. Their line-up is always spot-on, and for the new series their first participant is a familiar face, our featured artist of last September, photographer and hopeless romantic Florian Braakman.

Are you kale crazy? Wanna know this year’s must-eat veggie? Cauliflower! Sounds much better, too. Some inspiration: healthy brownies with cauliflower as the ‘secret’ ingredient; gluten-free couscous made of shredded cauliflower; creamy mashed cauliflower and garlic; pizza with a cauliflower crust or roasted whole cauliflower. Definitely good to impress your friends, that last one. It looks like baked brains. ‘Oh yum!’ we say.


March recommendations Misc.: 241543903 by David Horvitz

Comedy: Marc Maron After Larry Gus’ enchanting performance at our Eurosonic day party in Groningen, we spoke to him about American comedy. After discussing mutual favourites such as Larry David and Louis CK, he let us in on a little secret called Marc Maron; an LA-based comedian who hosts a popular podcast (WTF), does stand-up (Thinky Pain) and has his own TV series (Maron). Obviously, we had to check him out, and guess what? We’ve been watching ever since.

Misc.: Raduga

The legendary artist David Horvitz put out a call online asking people to photograph their heads inside freezers back in 2009. The twist was that they had to upload the image to their social media network of choice with the tag ‘241543903’. Put your googling skills to work and watch this meme go strong in 2014. Time to replace that frozen pizza in your freezer… with your head!

Raduga is an app that uses live satellite and radar data to predict rainbows over Russia. A meteorological protest to demonstrate that nature will always prevail over politics.


March recommendations

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March recommendations Gentle gender Recommended by Jessica Gysel of Girls Like Us Every month we ask someone who inspires us to share something close to their heart. This month, editor/publisher Jessica Gysel from Girls Like Us magazine stretches the definition of feminism and recommends seeing women in a broader light.

When we founded Girls Like Us magazine in 2005, we positioned it as a ‘Lesbian Quarterly’ and focussed on a community of lesbians, girls (and boys) in cities like Berlin, London that redefined and mostly transcended the narrow-minded lesbian categories. Soon enough, we discovered that catering to mostly lesbians just didn’t do the job. The strictly lesbian label left out a lot of people, like girls who love girls who love boys who are girls and what not. We featured many of them in GLU, and we wanted to explore further. A couple of years ago, we repositioned the magazine as an ‘independent journal focusing on a community of women of all breeds, ages and genders within arts, culture and activism’. And we’re not the only one. A plethora of publications jumped on the new feminist (arts) revival, and its fluid gender notions. Times are ready for a broad exploration. Performance artist Boychild states it well in our upcoming issue: ‘I wish gender weren’t such a big deal. It would be way more fun and definitely more safe for so many people. Actually, I think, for the entire world.’ Or Planningtorock’s Jam Rostron who recently changed her name from Janine in order to have a gender neutral name. We interviewed Jam in the new issue of GLU, which will be launched during Planningtorock’s show on March 7th, the day before Women’s Day. Perfect timing. We’ll team up with Girls Like Us for a night of female-oriented dance music. Read more on page 71.


We Saw You: Spotted at Subbacultcha! Photo by Mariska Kerpel

or someone else did. Point is, I used to have it. I always thought they were singing about me. Your first ever music-related memory? It’s really hard to recall your memories in time, but I guess listening to Mark Knopfler in my dad’s car. Still really like the music. What’s your favourite pastime? Sleeping, eating and flirting, while I’m far, far away in my tropical wonder world. What does an ideal lazy Sunday look like for you? Eating and drinking with my loved ones. Any guilty pleasures? Every pleasure has its dark sides. Have you experienced any regrets recently? Lots of them, but there’s no time in this life to regret. What kind of music makes you cry? I’m not such a crier when it comes to music. What makes you dance? Euphoria! Which future Subbacultcha! show are you looking forward to? PAN Label Night at Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ.

Name: Camille van den Meijdenberg Age: 21 Spotted at: Opal Tapes at OT301 on 05 February Home: Moergestel Keywords: human, psychology, philosophy, food, Nescio, cashmere, Vincent Gallo, romantic comedies, forests, shapes, Ubud, sports, teeth, warmth, silence, contradictions Zodiac sign: Capricorn What’s the worst thing you’ve ever called someone? Can’t recall any specific words. It’s probably ignoring people that I think can sometimes be really awful. But I’m actually just too soft to get angry. What’s the worst thing anyone has ever called you? Girl. Because of my long (not so long, really) hair back then. Oh my, there was nothing worse for a 12-year-old me. What kind of music are you listening to at the moment? Lewis and David Bowie. Always Lewis. I love you, Lewis (L’Amour, 1983). What’s the first record you bought? ‘Freestyler’ by Bomfunk MC. Although I’m not really sure if I bought it,



The Grow A Pair Issue. Interview Think you know The Men? Think again. Creators of five studio albums that are as different as they are great, they’ve never been afraid to stand up for what they believe in and plough their own furrow – the traditional hallmarks of punk’s roots.

The Men Phone Interview by Derek Robertson Photos shot by Harry Harvey in New York, USA

Fiercely independent, singer and guitarist Nick Chiericozzi talked us through the band’s latest musical metamorphosis, saying no and holding on to your ideals in a cut-throat industry ‘Sometimes you do things you don’t want to, like handing out flyers for a strip club’ 21

The Men. Continued The new album is, once again, different from your previous material. How would you describe it? I really like the drum sounds. The fidelity of the record is the clearest [we’ve ever done], and the guitars mix well with the rhythm section; that’s the technical side. But the feeling I get is good, and I’m real happy with the sound of it. I like how concise it is as well; it’s just 35 minutes, and our shortest record aside from EPs and singles. That was definitely a conscious effort. Not many bands go from punk, to acoustic campfire songs, to Tom Petty, Springsteen-esque Americana. It’s a pretty ballsy evolution. The journey is what it’s all about. As a band, you’re always in transition; we’ve had different members, people coming and going, and we’ve changed so much since our first demo. I think that’s a strong point, being able to make something totally different each time. That’s what records should be. Don’t you worry that some fans will turn around and go, ‘What is this?’ I welcome that attitude, to be honest, because it seems like with every record we’ve released, we’ve lost a certain group of people. But then it gets spread out among others, and brings a wide variety of people out to shows. Ultimately, if something is good, it will transcend any boundaries or classifications that you put on it. It can’t be easy for artists and musicians these days to stick up for themselves and take charge. Even for us, as an independent band, where everything we do is homemade, there have been times where we really had to sit down and think, to ask, ‘What direction are we going in?’ Not looking at it from an outside perspective, but from inside, and if we felt comfortable doing certain things. Compromise is, in some way, how you get your music out there. Even the most hardcore band does it, because


‘I like to be liked – people do – but I’ve always been a bit of an outsider, and I don’t mean in a romantic way’


The Men. Continued you have to get noticed. It’s a fine line though, and even Iggy is doing Carnival Cruise ads… John Lydon did a butter advert and justified it by saying it paid for a new PiL album. That’s cool! There’s money to be had doing things that are organic and interesting. If the record company doesn’t give you money, you have to hustle your ass and work. Sometimes you do things you don’t want to, like handing out flyers for a strip club. Do people often try to tell the band what to do? It used to happen quite a bit at shows, with the soundman, but at a strategic level it hasn’t happened for a while. With our label, Sacred Bones, there’s a lot of leeway with certain situations – they get offers that I don’t even see, ’cos they know we’re not gonna want to do certain things. They don’t push us to do anything, they just say: ‘You might wanna look at this, this is a cool thing.’ Are you the assertive, independent type in general? Sometimes. I like to be liked – people do – but I’ve always been a bit of an outsider, and I don’t mean in a romantic way. I’ve lived in a lot of different places so I feel a little detached – not devoid of emotion, but just, like, a roamer. If that’s independence, then maybe; but at the same time you need people for ideas, for strength, for love, so I embrace that too. I was pretty shy as a kid, a bit of a loner, really. But you find your group of friends, find some commonality and go from there.

The Men play on 16 March at DOKA in Amsterdam. The show is free for Subbacultcha! members.


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The Grow A Pair Issue. Interview



Phone interview by Gerlin Heestermans Photos shot by Goodyn Green in Berlin, Germany

Jam Rostron, formerly Janine – but better known by her stage name Planningtorock – immediately sets the tone when we reveal the angle of the interview. She responds: ‘What does that mean, ‘grow a pair’? I always say, ‘Grow a bush!’ Long based in Berlin, the Boltonborn producer/performer recently dropped her third full-length, All Love’s Legal, on her own Human Level Recordings. We spoke to Jam about facial prosthetics, direct lyrics and the perfect feminist

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Planningtorock. Continued Your stage persona is an androgynous being and has sort of become your trademark. When did that first manifest itself? The minute I started to perform onstage in front of people. Whenever you perform onstage you get gendered. People interpreted my decisions and how I looked onstage as challenging gender stereotypes, because I didn’t want to be sexualised or objectified. But that didn’t mean that I wasn’t exploiting my sexuality either. For my second album W I got so into that, that I wanted to experiment with the gender of my face, which is what triggered this whole prosthetic and extending of my forehead. It was often interpreted as hiding, but from my side it was more like an expansion, an extension, an exploration. It affected my performance, because I literally had to be careful that it didn’t fall off my face. It made me a little stiff. I was just like, ‘Shit, I hope this thing doesn’t fall off!’ [Laughs] Being a woman in the music industry is said to be difficult enough as it is, but I imagine the androgynous persona isn’t always met with enthusiasm by people, either. How have you experienced this over time? I was quite impressed at how people reacted; I thought it would be more negative. A lot of people really got it. It’s important for women to feel as if they can play around and move away from this normative visual or form of expressing yourself and have the chance to explore your sexuality on stage. It’s a very difficult thing for a woman to do, though. I don’t think women should be censored and I don’t think women should censor their sexuality, but being sexual also implies that you are in danger of being objectified. It’s a tricky thing. All these issues and ideas were present in your last two albums, but it’s as if with your latest album, All Love’s Legal, they’ve become more literal. With W I didn’t want to be direct, I thought it would be a negative



Planningtorock. Continued

‘The creative side of my life is so huge, it’s what I do all the time’ thing. I feared I’d alienate people and be too confrontational. In my personal life there’s issues and topics that I’m interested in and I want to learn a lot more about and I want to explore. But how do I get that into my music? The creative side of my life is so huge, it’s what I do all the time. Then I set myself this exercise to write about patriarchy and what I thought about it but in a way that still remained open. I wrote about patriarchy as a construct, I objectified it. I wanted to be both direct and open. But then I also wanted it to be fun! However, going through this shit is making me happy. I’m happy and excited about it. I didn’t want it to be heavy or negative. There seems to be a new movement of young girls who identify themselves as feminists, but they make it less about restrictions and more about fun and positivity. Do you put yourself in that category? And also, is there such a thing as a perfect feminist, do you think? I personally feel like there’s a lot to learn and there’s a lot to unlearn and this is all good and the only way is to be honest and make mistakes. I’m glad feminism is getting shook up a bit (in terms of race, for example) and being challenged and it has to be, for it to grow. I think that that’s a good thing! Subbacultcha! x Girls Like Us at 5 Days Off, present Planningtorock on 07 March at De Balie in Amsterdam. The show is free for Subbacultcha! members till midnight.


The Grow A Pair. Interview Last autumn saw the release of Crystal Antlers’ third album, Nothing is Real, which made the Californian band even harder to classify. Having dropped the acid and the bongos and ended up with a more ‘rock’

Crystal Antlers Phone interview by Brenda Bosma Photos shot by Suzanna Zak in Long Beach, USA

feel, the only consistency is singer Johnny Bell’s dynamic voice. Notorious for their uncompromising energy onstage, we spoke to Bell about feeding off the energy of the audience, maintaining his voice and getting into arguments 32


Crystal Antlers. Continued Your shows tend to be very loud and physical. You could even say your music is an act of compassion in a sense. What do you think about this way of looking at your music? I think comparing our music to an act of compassion sounds pretty accurate. I like that. [Laughs] People are entitled to respond however they feel they naturally should. For some people that means just standing there with their eyes closed and moving slowly; for others it’s running around in circles bumping into people. There’s also some more excessive behaviour sometimes. I’d never want anyone to be violent, but it happens. I don’t necessarily feel that it’s the music; most of the time it’s because someone’s engaging in drug or alcohol use. There’s always that guy who comes up onstage and pours beer all over us. I feel like that’s okay. No point getting worked up about that? As long as no one is being hurt, it’s all good fun. Can you describe what it’s like playing onstage? I feel like when we’re playing, we have a pretty good sense of who we are and what we’re there to do. We really feed off the energy of the audience. There’s a really unique experience for everyone when that exchange of energy happens. It doesn’t necessarily mean well-attended shows are better for that. Some of the shows we felt most excited about were shows for just five or six people. It’s really about how people react to the music. Five excited people is nicer than 500 disinterested people. What about five excited people throwing beer all over you? If it’s only five of them, then it’s still defined as fun in my book. Onstage you sound like an angry dog. What do you do to keep your voice that way? Well, I guess I must be rabid, so I make sure not to treat my rabies. [Laughs]


‘There’s always that guy who comes up onstage and pours beer all over us. I feel like that’s okay’

Is there a recurring thing you like to sing about? Oh, every song is about something different. For the most part it’s my experiences and observations about things and the people that I know. I’ve written about lots of stuff. I even did a children’s song about not eating bacon. How does that work with the rabid dog voice? I can turn it down a little bit. Don’t want to scare the kids... Ever curse or shout profanities onstage? Generally that’s not something that I do, but I’m not against it.


Crystal Antlers. Continued There’s a new song we’re working on which contains the line ‘Not giving a fuck’. It’s our first curse word in a song. We’re still polishing it up a bit. You think people should grow a pair more often and get over it? We do tend to be sensitive and take things personally. Or you could just not listen to it. If somebody is offended by that statement, I don’t really care about them. Do you get into arguments a lot? You know, I guess I do get into arguments quite a lot. Mostly it’s about music. I’ve been working in studios with other bands as a producer. I ended up in these soft passive-aggressive arguments. Actually, I had an argument with my neighbour this morning, so there you go. The neighbourhood where I live is in transition, to put it nicely. The other day I found a crack pipe in my tree. I contacted the building owner and also got into an argument with him! But what can he do about it? He probably should do background checks on the people who he rented the apartment to. Would you say the best part about arguing is kissing and making up? I like it when things have a positive resolution. Most of the time I make an effort to end on a positive note. I’m not too sure about kissing my landlord, though...

Crystal Antlers play on 05 March at OT301 in Amsterdam, and 06 March at EKKO in Utrecht. Both shows are free for Subbacultcha! members.



The Grow A Pair Issue. Short Essay

White Poppy speaks her mind

Vancouver-based visual artist and Not Not Fun-signed musician Crystal Dorval, aka White Poppy, brings her hypnagogic dreampop over the pond as she embarks on her first European tour ever. Her therapeutic pop, as she calls it, is something that’s soothing to both ears and mind, first and foremost her own. She also has some good tips on comforting the mind on her blog about mental health and wellness: Because of that, we asked her how to be true to yourself. In return she shared with us some personal insights Text and images by Crystal Dorval


White Poppy. Continued I have heard the saying ‘be true to yourself’ many times, but I still don’t fully understand what it means. I’ve been on a wild self-discovery journey for the past few years, trying to understand what it means to be true to yourself. I often feel afraid to speak my mind, and share my opinions. It’s especially hard when talking about the heavier, darker parts of my life. I guess I have always been afraid of being rejected by others, because at a deeper level, the feeling of being rejected can feel like abandonment. Historically, to be rejected by your peers or your pack, could mean death. If you were left alone without support and approval from others in the wild, you could be at risk of not being able to survive on your own. Maybe the fear of expressing yourself taps into those deeper aspects of rejection and abandonment. With time I have learned that being rejected by others isn’t so bad. If you can look at it from an optimistic viewpoint, it can actually make you feel more confident and empowered to have your ideas rejected by others. If you know that you like your idea, and that you are happy with it, then being rejected doesn’t shake that. You just think, Well, they don’t like it, but that’s fine, ‘cause I do. That is way easier said than done for most people, obviously. I come from a place of being very insecure and very doubtful of my own opinions and ideas. I can often be really easily dissuaded by rejection from other people. That being said, I am learning how to toughen up, and be confident with my own ideas. Even while writing this piece I doubt myself. Who am I to write this? Why should anyone listen to me? I am making myself do it anyway, because I believe it’s important to challenge yourself to be who you want to be. I also try to remind myself that opinions are just opinions. If someone doesn’t like your opinion, that is just their opinion. None of it matters. No opinions are wrong or right, and everyone’s opinions




White Poppy. Continued ‘I’ve been on a wild self-discovery journey for the past few years, trying to understand what it means to be true to yourself’ deserve to be let out into the world. I think? For some people, authenticity seems to come naturally. Maybe they were raised in a way that was more nurturing, and allowed them to develop healthy self-esteem. I did not have that, and I know many other people who did not have that privilege either. For those of us with big self-esteem obstacles to overcome, the path to authentic self-expression, and being true to ourselves, will be a little bumpy with many setbacks. It is, however, possible, and with practice it gets easier and easier. I think it’s about listening to your own needs, and really trying to trust yourself. For me it takes a lot of self-talk. I have to work hard to combat the self-doubt and negative shit-talking that my inner self throws at me. Anyway, I didn’t write this because I have the answer to ‘how to be true to yourself’. Sorry if you read this hoping there was an answer at the end. :p I am still trying to figure this stuff out myself. The main thing I’ve figured out is that when you do start to open up more about who you really are, you are more at ease and content. Yes, sure it is initially stressful and maybe anxiety-inducing to express your needs, thoughts and deeper self, but in the end, doing so is very liberating and allows you to enjoy life more. White Poppy plays on 21 March at De Nieuwe Anita in Amsterdam, and on 23 March at Poortgebouw in Rotterdam. Both shows are free for Subbacultcha! members.


The Grow A Pair Issue. A Short Q&A With...

Physical Therapy Stretching from the R&B rave bangers of Safety Net to the grab bag of chilledout house, techno and electronica that is his Non-Drowsy EP, New Jersey eccentric Physical Therapy, born Daniel Fisher, is a serious exercise in highly emotive, genrefree dance music. Often caught sporting a trusty ten-gallon hat, the self-proclaimed ‘urban cowboy’ also has a pretty goofy sense of humour – just take a look at the photos Julia Burlingham shot for us and the website for his newly-minted label Allergy Season. We put Daniel’s humour to the test with a series of hypothetical situations in the following Q&A Questions by Koen van Bommel Photos shot by Julia Burlingham in New York, USA



Physical Therapy. Continued Q: Your best friend just bought a new hat. It looks ridiculous. He asks what you think. A: I would tell them the truth for sure. I would probably be the first to make fun of them for it.

Q: You’re at a nice Italian restaurant. The waiter has screwed up your order of a large pepperoni pizza with extra cheese and has instead served you one with artichokes and capers. What do you suggest he should do with the pizza? A: I don’t know, the second one sounds more up my alley.

Q: A random person sends you their music and asks for feedback. It’s garbage. Do you give constructive feedback or do you tell them to fuck off? A: I’ve been dealing with that a lot since starting my label [Allergy Season, red]. I try to be nice, I mostly end up explaining to people that a 30-second .wav file does not count as a demo.

Q: I’m afraid in that case it would be the other way around. You get pepperoni instead of artichokes. A: I would politely ask for a replacement and pray they don’t spit on it.

Q: You’re DJ-ing at a cool party with some art students or whatever. Someone comes to the booth and asks you to play a song for a significant other who just had his/her birthday. What’s your response? A: I always travel with my rotating ‘no requests’ lamp to avoid those situations.

Q: A tortoise lies on its back, its belly baking in the hot sun, beating its legs trying to turn itself over but it can’t, not without your help. But you’re not helping. Why is that? A: Impossible, I would help. There is nothing that could stop me from helping. Poor guy. I’m sad just thinking about it.

Q: You’ve just finished playing a set and are being wooed by a groupie. You don’t really find her that attractive and seem to notice only that enormous spot on her forehead, but she’s very persistent, even after you’ve made it clear you’re not interested. What do you do? A: Hide.


Physical Therapy plays Somewhere Else on 22 March at Het Veem Theater in Amsterdam. The show is free for Subbacultcha! members till midnight.

The Grow A Pair Issue. A Short Q&A With...


The Morning After: The Range Photos shot by Maurice van Es on Saturday, 15 February at 11.59 am


The Morning After is a monthly photo series depicting the scene of a band’s post-slumber lodgings the day after their Subbacultcha! show. Here’s how The Range left his Amsterdam hotel room.


Featured Artist

Boris de Beijer Boris de Beijer (1986) graduated as a jewellery designer but during his study, developed an interest in art forms that are difficult to categorize within ‘autonomous’ or ‘applied’ disciplines. He developed a visual language by creating surreal shapes and objects that no longer fit any category. Some of these crazy, beautiful and colourful patterned works will be on display at our basement gallery this month. The exhibition is part of De Beijer’s discovery of the value and meaning of his newly created, surprisingly futuristic objects




Featured Artist: Boris de Beijer Interview by Floor Kortman. Photos shot by Lonneke van der Palen

What made you decide to move beyond jewellery design? I had questions concerning the contemporary relevance of my practice, and the overall hierarchical structures within the arts, that I felt I couldn’t explore within my own discipline. I realise now that most of the jewellery I made maybe wasn’t supposed to be worn, at least not by humans. Can you tell us something about the materials you work with? After a workshop about how to work with resin I got hooked. Which might have been caused by the toxic fumes. I work with two liquid resins, and I love how aggressive the reaction is when the components meet. It gets extremely hot and some resins change colour just by curing. There is a short timespan to work while it’s liquid; you have one shot, so you have to get it right. You’ve mentioned this is an experimental phase for you; do you have any idea where you’ll end up? I don’t know where I’m going to end up, but I have a strong vision about the course I’d like to take. I’m still operating in the grey area between disciplines, which can feel

a little lost. But it’s also that sense of not wanting to be a part of a category that creates opportunities for new, genuine ideas. How important are the photographic representations of your work? There are a lot of details in my works, so what was always important was clean, almost clinical documentation. It’s not my field so I seek help from friends who are graphic designers or photographers. For Subbacultcha! I collaborated with Lonneke van der Palen. She had some great ideas on how to document my work, things that I wouldn’t have thought of. Do you have anything exciting coming up in the future? Yes! With my two friends Adam Nillissen and Peter van de Es we form the core of ‘Unfair Amsterdam’, a platform that supports a new generation of artists. Last year we had our first event in the form of an art fair and this year we’re doing it again. Bigger, better, more elaborate and with some slight changes in the programme. I’d love to say more, but I can’t just yet. Boris de Beijer’s exhibition at the Subbacultcha! HQ will open on 07 March.



Featured Artist: Boris de Beijer


Books: Rock ’N’ Roll Library No 10 By Marc van der Holst. Image by Lonneke van der Palen

331/3: Black Sabbath’s Master of Reality by John Darnielle

Every month we add a rockin’ good book to our Rock ’N’ Roll Library ‘FUCK YOU ALL GO TO HELL.’ The all-caps opening line of Master of Reality, the book by The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle in the 33 1/3 series of little books about big albums, is appropriately loud and livid. It’s an opening fitting of its subject, the third album by heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath, which itself opens with a wickedly weird, couldn’t-care-less little loop of guitarist Tony Iommi having a bit of a coughing fit before the rolicking riff of ‘Sweet Leaf’ kicks in. The book is written as a series of open journal entries by a boy in a mental health centre, trying to convince one of its therapists of the genius, beauty and therapeutic worth of Master of Reality, and

fucking give him back his fucking tape and Walkman. It conveys the deepness and duality of the record (you’re gonna wanna have it around), as well as the power music can have when you’re young and growing up. It will remind you of the angst and anger of adolescence, and the songs that saved your life (be they by Black Sabbath, The Mountain Goats or whoever). In its small and not-so-humble way it’s the perfect Bildungsroman, in which the protagonist’s growth is subtly expressed in the book’s last line’s lower-case letters and punctuation: ‘Fuck you all. Go to hell.’ All right now!


Rock ’N’ Roll Library: No1: Stoner, by John Williams | No2: Hogg, by Samuel R Delany | No3: Alien vs. Predator, by Michael Robbins | No4: Grapefruit, by Yoko Ono | No5: I Remember, by Joe Brainard | No6: Stand on Zanzibar, by John Brunner | No7: Magic for Beginners, by Kelly Link | No8: A Naked Singularity, by Sergio de la Pava | No9: Ed the Happy Clown, by Chester Brown | No10: 33 1/3: Black Sabbath’s Master of Reality, by John Darnielle


Fashion By Mandy Sharabani. Photos shot by Isolde Woudstra

€15 Outfit Every month we give €15 to someone to compose a complete outfit for a good night out. Yes, quite the challenge Drawing influence from the occult, Modern Witch makes exciting and dark house/wave dance music. The act around audiovisual artist Kristy Fenton formed this month’s fashion inspiration for Natasha Rijkhoff, a lifestyle and design student at Willem de Kooning Academie.

very feminine but tough and somewhat striking. Soon I found the skirt at the market as well, the fabric has glittery threads which references the spiritual or witchcraft of my vision. Yes, I’m ‘witch’ you... All I needed was a basic tee. I wanted to keep the look clean overall, therefore I finished it off with white nail polish and my own simple necklace. If you were truly a modern witch and you could put a spell on someone, who would that be? I’d give myself wings so I can be in all places at all times. I guess I’d look like some sort of grey glitter bird.

You’ve definitely got a modern look going on. Do tell me more about the witch part. I wanted to give my own interpretation to what a ‘modern witch’ could look like. It’s supposed to be about black magic, but I had white magic in mind. That’s how I ended up in the middle, I went for grey and wanted to give it a powerful and feminine feel. Where did the magic take off? IJhallen flea market! I found the white shoes, which I thought were

Wanna go shopping for a €15 outfit? Email us at Modern Witch plays on 07 March at De Balie, Amsterdam. The show is free for Subbacultcha! members till midnight.


Natasha total budget spent: €13.50 Tee: €1.50 - Noppes / Skirt: €2 - IJhallen / Shoes: €7 - IJhallen Nail polish: €2.50 - Hema / Necklace: own


Food: Cooking With... By Zofia Ciechowska. Image by Carlijn Potma

Helena Hauff Every month we ask an artist to share a recipe for their favourite dish Hamburg’s best-kept musical secret, Helena Hauff, spends her nights coming up with concoctions of electro, acid, minimal wave and a smattering of raw house and techno to boot. Despite coming from a long line of bad cooks, as she confided to us – sorry, Helena! – Hauff can’t be stopped from enjoying the best food that Hamburg has to offer.We talked to her about what happens afterhours and eating calves’ brains. ‘I really like meat. It keeps me going when I have to be up playing a set. In the early hours of the morning in Hamburg, you can pick up a fresh bread roll with peppery raw minced pork called Mett.’ ‘There are certain animals I wouldn’t eat, but in terms of animal parts, I’ll eat them all. I think that if you kill an animal, you need to eat all of it. This recipe for calves’ brains comes from a friend’s old

recipe book. I loved this dish the moment I tried it in a restaurant in Hamburg.’ How to make Helena’s calves’ brains • Soak brains in cold salt water for 3-4 hours. Drain and remove membranes. • Put in a pot of water with a bay leaf, peppercorns, fresh thyme, parsley, chopped onion and white wine vinegar. Boil, then simmer 2 minutes. Drain. • Roll brain in flour, salt and pepper. Melt some butter and oil in a frying pan and sauté meat until golden brown. • Heat remaining butter. Add capers and red wine vinegar. • Serve the calves’ brains with butter sauce, fresh parsley and Schwäbische Kartoffelsalat (German potato salad). Helena Hauff plays on 13 March at Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ in Amsterdam. The show is free for Subbacultcha! members.


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Music Reviews By Carly Blair

patten Estoile Naiant

Axxa / Abraxas Axxa / Abraxas

London producer patten’s forwardthinking compositions reside in the same sonic galaxy as those of fellow deconstructionists Oneohtrix Point Never and Actress. In the highly evocative video for ‘Drift’, the first single from patten’s new album, a stream of images flits past the viewer: fleeting moments of natural beauty, technology, human beings, and a recurring image of a rotating golden circular object that’s out of focus, probably a light but reminiscent of the sun. The video is a fitting visual metaphor for Estoile Naiant in general: absent of anything resembling a narrative or hooks, it is rather a free-flowing meditation on the collision of order with chaos, one which is painstakingly assembled, brainmeltingly psychedelic, and beautiful, and which deserves and will reward your undivided attention.

After Asheville-via-Athens musician/artist Ben Asbury’s beautiful, handmade demo caught the eye of Captured Tracks, the label recruited Woods’ Jarvis Tarveniere to produce Asbury’s proper debut as Axxa/Abraxas. ‘Axxa’ is a mysterious word often used by Asbury’s poet father, and ‘Abraxas’ refers to an ancient god believed to encompass all the good and evil elements of the world. While the desire to link one’s own creative output to one’s ancestors seems straightforward enough, in light of his music Asbury’s fascination with Abraxas seems particularly apropos: his lyrics are supposedly very self-critical, but he manages to sublimate that negativity into impressively varied and confident-sounding psych pop akin to that of kindred spirits like Woods and Olivia Tremor Control.


Captured Tracks


Music Reviews Continued

Eagulls Eagulls

The War on Drugs Lost in the Dream

On the full-length debut from this Leeds melodic punk band, they serve up one howling and heavy-hitting track after another. This makes it a bit difficult to savour the album’s nuances, but judging by their passionate delivery, pleasing picky listeners is less important to them than clearing out their emotional pantries, and if you value substance more than presentation, Eagulls is worth sinking your teeth into.

The War on Drugs lord Adam Granduciel wears his love for Springsteen, Dylan, and Tom Petty on his sleeve, and listening to his band is kind of like dating a dude who reminds you a lot of your dad. When you come across something particularly familiar, you feel a bit uncomfortable, but in spite of this awkward sensation you can’t help but love it, and hey, it’s NOT your dad so it’s totally OKAY!


Secretly Canadian

Real Estate Atlas

I am Oak Ols Songd



Passion is great and all, but sometimes you need to step off the emotional rollercoaster and just be comfortable for a bit. Brooklyn-byway-of-New Jersey chill bros Real Estate make pleasantly intricate and relaxed psych-pop perfect for this latter state of mind. On their third and most collaborative album, they coast into the culmination of their trademark sound with the easygoing grace of a longboarder.

This Utrecht folk outfit’s new album finds mastermind Thijs Kuijken revisiting a collection of songs previously released on CD-R back in 2008. Ols Songd shares its title with that CD, as well as an unreleased song in which Kuijken likens the cyclical evolution of one’s life to a wave coming into shore and retreating, only to swell once again. The metaphor is modest but lovely, much like the album itself.


Music Reviews Each Other Being Elastic

Fenster The Pink Caves

‘YOU WILL LOVE EACH OTHER.’ Health might’ve said it first, but this prophetic statement pops into my head whenever I listen to pop-art punk trio Each Other. These fellas aspire to make pop music, but much like another Canadian band they clearly admire, Women, their love of cheerful vocal harmonies is tempered by their penchant for tempo changes and odd time signatures. After incubating their sound in their hometown of Halifax’s nurturing nest, they relocated to the musical Mecca of Montreal, where they recorded their proper debut album in their home-built studio between tours. Much as its title would suggest, Being Elastic is a malleable and buoyant demonstration of these dudes’ desire and ability to stretch their own limits. You WILL love each other. Trust me.

This Berlin-based band recorded their 2011 debut, Bones, before ever having played live together over the course of eight days. During the recording session a window fell on one of the band member’s heads and shattered, presumably inspiring their band name in the process. Embracing this brush with oblivion seems fitting given the band’s general fascinations with ghosts and mystery; death is always lurking at the edges of their songs. The process of recording their follow-up was thankfully free of physical trauma, but The Pink Caves is haunted nonetheless. Its title derives from the concept of a make-believe heaven, the imaginary place you go when you die – also wryly referred to by the band as simply ‘the future’ – and the spacious but intricate indie pop hidden inside it is fittingly wistful and wondrous.


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New Films By Basje Boer

We Are the Best! Lukas Moodysson

Lukas Moodysson warmed our hearts with his debut, Fucking Åmål, before trying his hand at more challenging films such as Lilja 4-Ever and outrageous cult flick Container. Now it seems like the Swedish filmmaker is back on familiar ground with an irresistible coming-of-age story about three tweenage girls in Eighties Stockholm, We Are the Best!, an adaptation of the graphic novel Never Goodnight. Their classmates might say punk is dead, but for BFFs Bobo and Klara, punk’s the only thing that counts. When they start their own band, they’re quite sure it’s the best thing that ever happened to music – until they realise they might need a member that actually knows how to play an instrument. Enter Hedvig. We Are the Best! is a sweet and sharp comedy about friendship, featuring three little role models that are as endearing as they are annoying. Release date 06 March. When you’ve finished this one, start watching... • Deadpan Kristen Stewart was perfectly cast as Joan Jett in the fun biopic The Runaways (2010). It’s actually quite shocking to see how young these chicks were when they started touring the world, and were introduced to the obligatory sex and drugs. • This movie was actually released in 1982, which is the year depicted in We Are the Best! I’m talking about Smithereens, Susan Seidelman’s portrait of the New York punk scene, with a main character who’s just about as irritatingly self-involved as Girls’ Hannah Horvath.


New Films

Spies & Glistrup

White Dog

Spies & Glistrup

Being John Malkovich. In his latest, we catch a glimpse of the near future, in which technology plays an integral part in our lives and, apparently, we wear super high-waisted trousers and pastel colours. Joaquin Phoenix portrays our sad hero Theodore, a lonely writer who falls for his personal operating system. Release date 27 February.

Christoffer Boe - 2014 Danish Christoffer Boe is one of Europe’s most interesting young filmmakers and Spies & Glistrup is his most accessible film to date. Pilou AsbÌk (of Borgen fame) and Nicolas Bro (F in Nymphomaniac) portray Danish cult figures Simon Spies and Mogens Glistrup, the first a hippie playboy, the second a brilliant tax lawyer. Their unusual friendship is the heart of this wild biopic that is every bit as over the top as The Wolf of Wall Street. Release date 27 March.

And for couch potatoes... by Gert Verbeek

White Dog Samuel Fuller - 1982 This month, White Dog by maverick director Samuel Fuller will finally be unleashed in Europe. The controversial story, about a dog trained to attack black people, was considered racist at the time, but this uncompromising movie is quite the opposite. Out on 17 March.

Her Spike Jonze - 2014 Spike Jonze has been stealing our indie hearts with his every release since he made the delightfully weird


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New Membership Pass

Artwork by Hugo Rocci

Every month we will be choosing an artist’s work to grace the monthly membership pass. For March, we chose an image that was submitted by Hugo Rocci. Now, this party gorilla will grant Subbacultcha! members free access to all our events. Want your work on the pass? Feel free to submit:

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Crystal Antlers + Kleinindustrie

Subbacultcha! x Girls Like Us at 5 Days Off

05 March - OT301, Amsterdam 20.30 | €8 | Free for members 06 March - EKKO, Utrecht 20.00 | €9 | Free for members Ever the DIY-hards, this Long Beach band have recorded their own music, silkscreened their own merch, booked their own shows, run their own label and even toured the US in an old school bus fuelled by veggie oil. Now, label switched and line-up streamlined back down to a trio, the burden of being a band is less heavy and the chaos is somewhat contained. Fortunately the same cannot be said of their music, as their hard-hitting and cathartic organdriven psych punk continues to both thrill and elude easy classification. Local future legends Kleinindustrie will make a mess from the get-go with their menacing and propulsive post-punk.

Ft. Planningtorock + rRoxymore + James K + Berlin Creamcake + DJ Boris Becker + Modern Witch 07 March - De Balie, Amsterdam 22.00 | €14 | Free for members till midnight


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After years of either frustratedly watching from the sidelines, or biting the bullet and getting some fairly pricey tickets for whatever mediocre shows haven’t been sold out for months, Subbacultcha! members can finally get a taste of that delicious 5 Days Off action. For our first foray into the annual dance festival, we team up with Girls Like Us magazine to present a line-up fresher and wilder than the usual festival fare, including a live performance by genderdefying multimedia artist and Knife

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collaborator Planningtorock, who’s touring behind her excellent new album, All Love’s Legal.

and are lo-fi without an ounce of contrivance – the basement studios and four-tracks evident in their recordings seemingly just a picture of their natural habitat. And boy do they fuzz with some delicious scuzz.

White Fang + Boring Pop

Holy Wave + Earth Mk. II

White Fang: 08 March

08 March - Tinto, Rotterdam 22.00 | €5 | Free for members Portland punks White Fang manage to do DIY integrity and supreme not-giving-a-fuck all at the same time. With track titles like ‘Bong Rip’, ‘Drugs On The Moon’ and ‘Pissing In The Driveway’, it’s safe to say that capitalism, the glass ceiling and the Israel-Palestine conflict aren’t heavy on these dudes’ lyrical agendas. But they book their own shows, own a cassette label

08 March - De Nieuwe Anita, Amsterdam 20.00 | €8 | Free for members Back when they were neo-psych neophytes, these multi-instrumentalists from El Paso, Texas, made a pilgrimage to the holy land of Austin to worship at the altar erected by fellow revivalists such as the Black Angels and Night Beats. Five years later, they’ve become Psych Fest regulars and developed their own groovy take on sun-

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then relocating to London after a successful debut, their influences spread well beyond common comparators Tame Impala. Already developing a sound closer to the culturally hybrid, nu-NewAge mysticism of the Basque-British Crystal Fighters, Cloud Control share a similar love of caves, turning to the Kentish countryside for the authentically subterranean reverb that smothers their 2013 follow up, Dream Cave.

Cloud Control: 10 March

baked psychedelia. They seldom stray far from the trail blazed by seminal psych forefathers like 13th Floor Elevators, but much like smoking weed on the beach or driving cross country with your friends don’t ever really get old, neither does music that’s perfect for soundtracking these kinds of moments.

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The Rest is Noise: PAN Label Night

10 March - Rotown, Rotterdam 21.30 | €12 | Free for members

Ft. Bill Kouligas + HELM + Helena Hauff (DJ set) 13 March - Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ, Amsterdam 20.30 | €10 | Free for members

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The Men: 16 March Radar Men From The Moon: 16 March

founded by Bill Kouligas back in 2008, initially with the intent of releasing the music of his friends as well as exploring his own graphic interests. Since then, PAN has divided its focus between unearthing lost gems, such as seminal experimental albums and avantgarde magazines, and putting out cutting-edge and genre-defying new music from the likes of Lee Gamble, Heatsick and Rene Hell, all to consistently solid and thought-provoking results.

frills as their name implies, playing hardcore post-punk that was melodic, distorted and LOUD. Over the course of three albums in as many years, they’ve become a bit less young, dumb and full of cum, tidying up some of the scuzz and softening their signature sound with just enough mellow classic rock and country elements to mature into the kind of well-rounded heartbreakers that’d make Tom Petty proud. Their new album drops a few days before the show; it’s presciently titled Tomorrow’s Hits, so you’d better catch them live before they go all mainstream on you.

The Men + Radar Men From The Moon

16 March - Doka, Amsterdam 20.00 | €10 presale | €12 doors | Free for members As though they were spontaneously generated, Brooklyn five-piece The Men burst on to the scene hairy and sweatsoaked and sounding as virile and no-


18 March - Sugarfactory, Amsterdam 20.30 | €5 | Free for members


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Dum Girls, not only for the way she betrays an affection for ’60s girl groups and ’80s shoegaze, but even more so for the way she succeeds in taking ownership of a classic sound and inhabiting it rather than merely wearing it like a costume, while her falsetto cooing is angelic enough to remind us of Julianna Barwick. Rather than allow listeners to float aimlessly on a cloud of reverb and drone, she instead uses layers of almost Krautrocky guitar melodies to tug them gently along, lending her compositions a balance of delicacy and dynamism that’s rare amongst her shoegaze revivalist peers.

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21 March - De Nieuwe Anita, Amsterdam 20.00 | €8 | Free for members 23 March - Poortgebouw, Rotterdam w/ ZHOD tba | €5 | Free for members Crystal Dorval’s retro-gazing dream pop reminds us of the early work of Dum


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blogosphere wind. Its 2013 compilation featured a mysterious man who calls himself Helfer, a purveyor of vocal-led electronica with acoustic samples for building blocks. His UK-ish production spans folktronica in the tradition of Tunng or early Four Tet, as well as freer-floating bass-pop à la Raffertie or Mount Kimbie. But the whole while his intriguing voice seems directed towards the ether, routinely slipping into a meandering falsetto that separates him from his icier, more cerebral peers.


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Jason Lindner: 27 March

suffering from the kind of malaise that only a night of drunken debauchery can cure, his potent blend of palatable melodies and zeitgeisty flourishes should be just what the doctor ordered.

Physical Therapy: 22 March

Somewhere Else

Ft. Physical Therapy + Terekke 22 March - Het Veem Theater, Amsterdam 22.30 | €10 | Free for members till midnight Our roving electronic bacchanalia finds a new site tonight at Het Veem, a beautiful centre for contemporary performing arts situated in the western docklands of Amsterdam. On hand to help facilitate the festivities is New Jersey producer/DJ Daniel Fisher, aka Physical Therapy. The cover of his new Non-Drowsy EP mimics that of a medicine package, and lists among his music’s indications ‘house, techno, electronica, chillout’ and specifies that ‘this package for households without young children’. The warnings are pretty spot-on, for if you’re

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27 March - Bimhuis, Amsterdam 20.30 | €18 | Free for members If the descriptor ‘exotic space jazz’ doesn’t whet your aural appetite alone, it’s lucky that keyboardist Jason Lindner is a whole ‘musical universe’ in himself, according to Fusion legend Chick Corea. Not content with wunderkind status in the jazz world, he’s also producer and band leader for the Fugees’ Lauryn Hill. While he’s not working with R&B superstars, his trio Now VS Now unleashes cosmic freakouts that sound like Captain Beefheart covering Flying Lotus.

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The Grand Budapest Hotel: 18 March

Computer Chess: 27 March

Computer Chess

18 March - LantarenVenster, Rotterdam tba | €9 | Free for members

27 March - Melkweg Cinema, Amsterdam 20.00 | €8 | Free for members

Movie-lovers and cool kids everywhere have had a hard time containing themselves waiting for the new Wes Anderson, the filmmaker whose name is a film genre in and of itself. The Grand Budapest Hotel, which premiered last month at the Berlin Film Festival, is set in a fictive Eastern European country in the 1920s. Our hero is Gustave H, a hotel concierge. After a short-lived romance with a rich lady, he gets himself into a tricky situation involving a murder and a painting called ‘Boy with Apple’. It’s hard to imagine Anderson’s latest will turn out anything other than very, very cool.

It’s the early Eighties and somewhere in a motel a group of geeks gather round for a computer chess tournament. During the weekend, these kids get competitive, run into a New-Age sex seminar, flirt with the only girl attending the tournament and discuss the subject of man vs machine. Director Andrew Bujalski, of mumblecore fame with films such as Funny Ha Ha and Mutual Appreciation, shot Computer Chess as a mockumentary, in black-and-white video. The result is a refreshing and genuinely funny comedy that pulls you into an increasingly weird universe.


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The Grand Budapest Hotel

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Foam: Steven Klein Boris de Beijer

our basement gallery this month. De Beijer graduated as a jewellery designer but slowly developed a more autonomous visual language. With his selfdesigned material he creates surreal shapes and objects that no longer fit any category. The exhibition is part of De Beijer’s discovery of the value and meaning of his newly created, surprisingly futuristic objects.


Mediamatic, Amsterdam Open Wed-Sun 13.00-18.00 €8 | Free for members Masked faces, blue faces, deformed faces, digitally enhanced faces… The exhibition Faceless is all about the first thing you look at and focuses on the trend to hide, alter or mask the face. An investigation on seduction, surveillance and privacy.

Foam Photography Museum Keizersgracht, Amsterdam Open daily 10.00-18.00, Thur and Fri until 21.00 €8.75 | Free for members

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Subbacultcha! HQ, Amsterdam Open Wed-Fri 11.00-17.00 Boris de Beijer shows his crazy beautiful and colourful patterned objects in

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Nederlands Fotomuseum: Viviane Sassen TENT: Anne Wenzel

liam Klein, in which the different exhibition rooms are used to show the different sides of Klein’s work. After a short break, the museum reopens on 20 March with three new exhibitions, including Richard Mosse’s acclaimed project The Enclave.

tography. The unique play with shadows and colours creates a tension in which content and form constantly balance on the edge of abstraction.


Witte de Withstraat, Rotterdam Open Tue-Sun 11.00-18.00 €5 | Free for members

A new exhibition opens on 08 March by Dutch photographer Viviane Sassen. Her series UMBRA shows off her signature style, which she successfully translated from fashion to autonomous pho-

On view is the solo exhibition of German artist Anne Wenzel. The Opaque Palace transforms the museum rooms into one big sculptural piece in which all the different works form a single installation. During Museumnacht on 08 March there will be special activities around the exhibition.

Wilhelminakade, Rotterdam Open Tue-Fri 10.00-17.00, Sat & Sun 11.00-17.00 €9 | Free for members


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Agenda: September 2013


Label Night Bill Kouligas / Helm / Helena Hauff Thursday 13 March / 20.30 Coming up in The Rest is Noise: Thursday 13 March Monday 07 April Saturday 19 April

PAN Label Night* Tim Hecker James Holden Live

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What else is on this month On the following pages you’ll find a fine selection of concerts, festivals and exhibitions taking place around the country. Art: Alexandra Navratil – This Formless Thing Until 30 March - SMBA, Amsterdam Navratil’s modernistic explorations of film and photography are on display at SMBA. With fascinating visual material, the exhibition unfolds to reveal a story about both the history of the medium and the history that is recorded on it.

with a large group exhibition. Over 40 artists investigate the dangerous relationship between art and the aesthetics of crime. Art: Brandon Ballengée – Seasons in Hell Until 29 June - Museum Het Domein, Sittard Art and science meet in this exhibition of works by Brandon Ballengée. Seasons in Hell is a series of colourful X-ray photos of birds and other avian animals that were mechanically altered in utero to prohibit wing development through laboratory experimentations.

Art: Beating Around the Bush, Episode #1 Until 13 April - Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht The first episode of a series of exhibitions in which the Bonnefantenmuseum explores its own collection from a new perspective, by making unexpected combinations. Art: Façadism Until 20 April - NEST, Den Haag This exhibition at one of Den Haag’s most exciting art spaces is focused on the façade: the fake suggestion of a better reality. With works from Sarah & Charles, Bernd Oppl and Dominique Teufen.

Music: Pixel & Rush Hour Ft. Actress + Luke Abbott + Moiré + Fort Romeau + more 01 March - Trouw, Amsterdam Pixel and Rush Hour join forces to present a killer line-up featuring some of the finest and most fascinating exploratory electronic music out there, featuring live sets by Werkdiscs label head Dean Cunningham (aka Actress), Luke Abbott and many, many more.

Art: The Crime Was Almost Perfect Until 27 April - Witte de With, Rotterdam Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art reopens its new exhibition space

Music: Mutual Benefit + Marble Sounds 01 March - Tivoli Spiegelbar, Utrecht A travelling recording project centred around multi-instrumentalist Jordan


Agenda: March 2014 Lee, Mutual Benefit released one of last year’s most delicately beautiful and rewarding albums in Love’s Crushing Diamond. Flemish indie-poppers Marble Sounds co-headline.

festival’s addictive mix of established acts and emerging talent, with a side programme of photography, art and film to satisfy your cravings for culture. Music: Darkside (DJ set) 06 March - Trouw, Amsterdam On last year’s excellent Psychic, Darkside producer Nicolas Jaar’s love of slinky grooves and cosmic ambiance met guitarist Dave Harrington’s sharp, staccato fretwork to produce versatile, futuristic funk. If Jaar’s now-legendary BBC Essential Mix is any indication, this DJ set should be equally visionary.

Music: Harm’s Fork 01 March - De Nieuwe Anita, Amsterdam Harm Wierda’s six-pronged ecstatic freakgospel outfit featuring members of Meindert Talma and Sexton Creeps. Art: Mutate #2 – Heyniek / Arcade 01-31 March - MU De Witte Muziek, Eindhoven MU is saying goodbye to its location at De Witte Dame with a last series of exhibitions. This time artist Niek Pulles will create a dreamy atmosphere by making the room smell like cotton candy and gasoline.

Music: Sonic Soirée ft. Echo Beatty + The Future’s Dust + Mad About Mountains 06 March - De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam De Brakke Grond’s monthly spin-off from their Sonic Connections festival continues to uncover raw gems in the nether lands. This spring edition sheds light on a pair of Belgians, the spooky Echo Beatty and Mad About Mountains, plus Friesian quintet The Future’s Dust.

Music: Cloud Nothings + Naive Set 03 March - Red Light Radio, Amsterdam A good month ahead of the release of their new record, Dylan Baldi and his Cloud Nothings treat Amsterdam to their Here and Nowhere Else at an exclusive Red Light Radio session. Support from local guitar pop janglers Naive.

Music: Holy Wave + White Fang 07 March - Patronaat, Haarlem Read more on page 72.

Music: 5 Days Off Ft. Shlohmo + Darkside + Rustie + Nils Frahm + Malawi + more 05-09 March - Paradiso/Melkweg/De Balie, Amsterdam 5 Days Off floods the area around Leidseplein with bleary-eyed club-goers jonesing for the annual electronic music

Music: Incubated – Deerhoof 07 March - 013, Tilburg Over the past two decades, this legendary experimental rock foursome has developed a uniquely playful and complex sound. On their latest album, 2012’s Breakup Song, they remain at the top of their eclectic game.


What else is on this month Art: Walls and Words: Otto Kaan & Robert Glas 07 March - Kapitaal, Utrecht Kapitaal recently started their exhibition programme Walls and Words, which shows and discusses the work of young designers and artists, encouraging exchange by juxtaposing different disciplines, people and perspectives. For the next edition the discussion will be between photographers Robert Glas and duo Otto Kaan.

this festival invites you to let your inner wild thing out to play – in its luxurious bungalow accommodations, on its gloriously green grounds, in its selfdescribed ‘swim paradise’ (featuring a 154-metre water slide!), and most of all, on its dancefloors. Music: Jon Hopkins Live 08 March - Trouw, Amsterdam Though this producer had been benignly kicking around the UK dance scene for years, listeners were powerless to resist his 2013 album, Immunity, which offered his most danceable take on techno yet.

Music: TV Ghost + Apneu 07 March - dB’s Studio, Utrecht They’re heeere! And by ‘they’ I mean In the Red signees TV Ghost, come to haunt you with their scuzzy post-punk. Openers Apneu are the hottest poppunk boy band to sweep the Netherlands since Blink-182, and their bratty but relatable lyrics will have you asking yourself, ‘How old am I, again?’

Art: Museumnacht Rotterdam 08 March – various locations, Rotterdam It’s Museumnacht in Rotterdam, when lots of museums open their doors and organise special events and tours, such as Save Your Face at TENT, where visitors are challenged to immortalise themselves in clay.

Music: of Montreal + Naive Set 07 March - Tivoli, Utrecht 08 March - Where The Wild Things Are, Center Parcs De Eemhof, Zeewolde On their latest album, Lousy with Sylvianbriar, this beloved Athens indie-pop band scaled back the self-indulgent weirdo funk of their last few releases and made a welcome return to their ’60s-loving lo-fi beginnings.

Music: Trouw op Zondag curated by Todd Terje Ft. Todd Terje + Prins Thomas + Justin Vandervolgen + more 09 March - Trouw, Amsterdam A night filled with deep, delightful disco beamed in from outer space, courtesy of the one and only Todd Terje.

Music: Where The Wild Things Are Ft. of Montreal + Jon Hopkins + Savages + Crystal Antlers + more 07-09 March - Center Parcs De Eemhof, Zeewolde Much like its namesake children’s book,

Music: Bonobo 10 March - De Oosterpoort, Groningen 11 March - 013, Tilburg Perhaps inspired by his namesake, a species of monkey that copulates fre-


Agenda: March 2014 De Hallen

Exhibition + Events March 14 – June 9 2014


What else is on this month quently as a means of chilling out, Simon Green is a UK producer of downtempo electronica who manipulates frequencies as a means of helping listeners do the same.

‘Chum’, which prefaced last year’s excellent Doris. Music: Wye Oak 23 March - MC Theater, Amsterdam This underrated Baltimore duo’s sound has its roots in the fertile territory between folk, indie-rock and shoegaze, and Jenn Wasner’s soulful vocals rival those of Sharon van Etten and Angel Olsen.

Music: Cloud Control 11 March - Doornroosje, Nijmegen 12 March - Tivoli de Helling, Utrecht Read more on page 73. Music: Cults 16 March - Bitterzoet, Amsterdam With their debut 2010 seven-inch, this New York indie-pop band beamed into the public consciousness as crystal clear and sudden as a signal from space, but in spite of having since signed to Columbia, their latest album, Static, finds them shirking the mainstream in favour of following their own quirky muse.

Music: Anna Calvi 23 March - Paradiso, Amsterdam Dramatic but authentic vocal stylings and judiciously rollicking arrangements have earned this London singer comparisons to PJ Harvey and Nick Cave. Music: Klub470 Ft. Aloa Input 28 March - Goethe-Institut, Amsterdam Hot on the heels of January’s Easter show, Klub470 invites Munich-based experimental indie-pop trio Aloa Input to grace the illustrious halls of the Goethe Institut.

Music: CHVRCHES 19 March - Paradiso, Amsterdam Despite hailing from the bleak and rainy Glasgow and relatively gloomy previous projects, this trio has perfected the art of making unabashedly earnest synthpop, with girlish vocals and thumping bass lines that have garnered them comparisons to Purity Ring.

Art: Facing Pages 28 + 29 March - Showroom Arnhem, Arnhem Facing Pages is one of the leading international biennales on independent magazines. A whole weekend will be filled with symposiums, lectures, magazine presentations, exhibitions and of course, lots of parties!

Music: Earl Sweatshirt 21 March - Melkweg, Amsterdam After helping Odd Future burst on to the scene with his methodical and murderous wordplay on their debut mixtape Earl, this teen rap phenomenon was sent to a retreat for troubled youth. Once finally ‘freed’, he detailed the ordeal on 2012 comeback single

Bouwplaats Festival 29 + 30 March - Volkshotel + Doka, Amsterdam Read more on page 91.


Agenda: October 2013


What else is on this month. Focus

Bouwplaats Festival Not to get ahead of ourselves in excitement over the renovation of the Volkskrantgebouw, but there’ll be a celebration on the weekend of 29 & 30 March in the still somewhat unfinished rooms. Creative Amsterdam unites in a weekend takeover and shows us a little of what’s to come from the Volkshotel, which opens its doors this spring. 29+30 March – Volkskrantgebouw, Amsterdam

Noël Loozen

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Kimchi Without a farm this time, Kimchi, together with Youth Food Movement, will provide the festivities with their usual sweet vibes, good food and locally brewed, effective beers.

Weekender Six artists have been invited to exhibit their works around the theme ‘building’. This includes multidisciplinary artist Barbara Amalie Skovmand, photographer and filmmaker Noël Loozen and Nobody Beats the Drum’s visual third, Rogier van der Zwaag.

Curious Behaviour At the hands of Curious Behaviour, even the far corners of the building will turn into little house parties filled with potential new best friends. We can only hope there’ll be one of those awkward birthday circles.

Subbacultcha! We’ll be situated in the basement of the building where it’s dark and gritty, the way we like it. We’ve invited some bands including Copenhagen punk rockers Total Heels.

Kriterion On the seventh floor in Canvas, Kriterion will present a film programme about architecture and hotels, with short experimental films that are set in hotel rooms. Expect dimly lit rooms and a languorous Sophia Coppola atmosphere.

Other participators include: SSBA Salon, Hutspot Amsterdam, Stadsboeren


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3x2 tickets We Are The Best

3x2 Tickets Klub470: Aloa Input

01 March Trouw, Amsterdam

06 March various theatres

28 March Goethe Institute, Amsterdam

2x2 Tickets Facing Pages Festival

10 cds Real Estate (Atlas)

5 LPs Future Islands (Singles)

28-29 March Arnhem

Domino Out: 04 March

4AD Out: 24 March

5x1 bags Herschel

3x2 Tickets Centraal Museum

3x2 Tickets + 3cds Wild Beasts

various exhibitions Utrecht

04 April Melkweg, Amsterdam


We’re also giving away free tickets to, Antwon, Young Fathers, Deerhoof, of Montreal, cults, Sonic Soirée and more.


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Crystal Antlers + Kleinindustrie

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Subbacultcha! x Girls Like Us at 5 Days Off Ft. Planningtorock + rRoxymore + James K + more De Balie, Amsterdam 22.00 | €14 | Free for members till midnight

08 March

Holy Wave + Earth Mk. II

De Nieuwe Anita, Amsterdam 20.00 | €8 | Free for members

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White Fang + Boring Pop

The Men + Radar Men From The Moon 18 March


Sugarfactory, Amsterdam 20.30 | €5 | Free for members

18 March

Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ, Amsterdam 20.30 | €10 | Free for members

Boris de Beijer exhibition

Subbacultcha! HQ, Amsterdam Open Wed–Fri 11.00-17.00

Foam Photography Museum

White Poppy + The Homesick

Mediamatic, Amsterdam Open Wed–Sun 13.00-18.00 €8 | Free for members

De Nieuwe Anita, Amsterdam 20.00 | €8 | Free for members

Open daily 10.00-18.00, Thur and Fri until 21.00 €8.75 | Free for members

22 March


Somewhere Else

23 March

The Rest is Noise: PAN Label Night

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13 March

Melkweg Cinema, Amsterdam 20.00 | €8 | Free for members

Faceless exhibition

LantarenVenster, Rotterdam tba | €9 | Free for members

Tinto, Rotterdam 22.00 | €5 | Free for members

Rotown, Rotterdam 21.30 | €12 | Free for members

Film: Computer Chess

Film: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Ft. Physical Therapy + Terekke Het Veem Theater, Amsterdam 22.30 | €10 | Free for members till midnight

Cloud Control

27 March

White Poppy + ZHOD Poortgebouw, Rotterdam tba | €5 | Free for members

27 March

Jason Lindner Now VS Now

Bimhuis, Amsterdam 20.30 | €18 | Free for members

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Open Tue-Sun 11.00-18.00 €5 | Free for members

Nederlands Fotomuseum Rotterdam

Open Tue-Fri 10.00-17.00, Sat & Sun 11.00-17.00 €9 | Free for members

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