Earthquake in AMSTERDAM – Here’s One Of The Maddest Live Bands On The Planet… COCAINE PISS

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Yesterday (Friday 30 December) I decided last minute to drive to Amsterdam (2 1/2 drive)
to see COCAINE PISS (again). One of this year’s most spectacular and maddest live bands. They played there as part of a mini indoor festival in the legendary Paradiso venue and I returned early this morning, after four hours of sleep, to attend a family lunch back home in Belgium. Like my wife always says: ‘you feel nervous when things go normal‘. It was another mind-boggling experience but I’m actually too tired to write a decent review and I need to join a New Year’s Eve diner in a couple of hours. But for you out there who never heard of this earthshaking four-piece you can check my review of their far-out performance in Brussels earlier this month here.  And with this clip you surely will get an idea of their smashing thunder…

But before leaving you, and the year 2016, here are some of my pics of yesterday’s explosion in the small upper hall of Paradiso with frontwoman Aurélie Poppins doing
what she does best… going totally mental! Hell Bloody Hell! Yeah..

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COCAINE PISS‘ 2016 debut album THE DANCER…


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COCAINE PISS: Facebook – Hypertension Records

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The Spanish Art Of How To Party 2016 Into Oblivian – Here Are… THE PARROTS & HINDS

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Well, 2016 was a great year for LOUD & CLEAR alternative and underground music getting the attention it deserved, on the other hand 2016 was a historic shit year for politics. As the late legendary Ian Dury once sung ‘The Lunatics Have Taken Over the Asylum’. Whatever. Right here, right now it’s time to dance 2016 to hell and these two exciting Spanish garage pop punk bands know the right tricks to make it all happen. Trust me, I saw them both playing live this year. They are party experts! Hiha! Eviva España! Fill the glasses…

/ Davey Crockett by HINDS /
Feat. drunk Parrots in the clip (original by Thee Headcoatees)

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The girls are out there, somewhere… (Tourcoing, France – 13th January – here my review)

/ No Me Gustas, Te Quiero by THE PARROTS /

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Mad euphoria in Brussels… (15 September  – here my impressions)

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Happy 70 To Legend… PATTI SMITH

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Patricia LeePattiSmith was born on December 30, 1946 in Chicago, Illinois.
Happy 70 to an outstanding singer/songwriter, performer, poet and human being…

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Here are three of her timeless classics to celebrate the icon…

REDONDO BEACH (from 1975 masterpiece & debut LP  ‘HORSES’)

BECAUSE THE NIGHT (co-written with Springsteen and on her 1978 ‘EASTER’ album)

PEOPLE HAVE THE POWER (on her 1988 ‘DREAM OF LIFE’ album)

PATTI SMITH: Website – Facebook – Discography

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The Song That made Me Cry In 2016 – Here’s LOADED by RICH GIRLS…

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Now and then we all need captivating songs to cry to. Harrowing melancholy coming straight from a sorrowful heart is what I cherish in moments of sadness and I had some this year,  privately (my father died) and more in general (the loss of human solidarity). RICH GIRLS is one of those bands you want to have close by when tristesse haunts you. Led by songwriter and endearing voice Luisa Black they released a gripping 5-track EP, titled Love Is The Dealer last September. Five tender pearls to soundtrack gloominess filled twilights. For me, opener LOADED was the track that colored the whole picture just perfectly. Imagine walking into a dim bar, late at night, alone and heavy-hearted. And while ordering your next drink the radio plays some forgotten song, Brenda Lee’s comin’ on strong.  Here’s my favorite track of several nights in 2016…

Slow to begin
since it’s a sin
I only want to see you
loaded
slow to pretend
only a friend
Ii only want to see you 
holding
love is the dealer
love is the drug
love is the dealer
love is the loaded gun
slow to begin
it only makes it
it only makes it
worse 
to be the prick
drunk on the phone
the whole night before 
I only want to see you
anymore 
love is the dealer 
love is the drug
love is the dealer
love is the loaded gun 
so shoot baby
shoot baby 
shoot aim it
shoot aim 
it’s too late yeah
too late yeah
love is the dealer 
love is the drug
love is needle 
love is damage done
done done…
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I had the truly great pleasure to interview Louisa for my music buddies
over the ocean at 50thirdand3rd. You can read the Q & A here
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10 Memorable Albums Turning 25 in… 2017

Looking back in time… memorable moments in sonic history!

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Here are 10 memorable albums released in 1992, turning 25 in 2017. Ten big ones that, for different reasons, had an impressive impact back then & still sound monumental today…

1/ ‘Magic And Loss’ by LOU REED
Inspired by the deaths of two close friends. Heartbreaking observations about illness, pain and mortality. Not an easy listening LP, not an easy one to write either. Deeply affecting…
‘Magic And Loss’ on Spotify
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Release date: 14 January 1992 – his 16th album

2/ ‘Generation Terrorists’ by MANIC STREET PREACHERS
Their (double) debut LP didn’t sell 9 million copies as predicted but the Manics slashed and burned big time & made it loudly clear to all that they weren’t a one-noisy-album-wonder…
‘Generation Terrorists’ on Spotify
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Release date: 10 February 1992

3/ ‘Code: Selfish’ by THE FALL
Techno influenced guitars, electronic dance rhythms and Mark E. Smith on harsh corrosive and visionary mode. Spectacular! Included one of their rare hit singles with ‘Free Range’.
‘Code: Selfish’ on You Tube
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Release date: 23 March 1992 – 14th The Fall album

4/ ‘Lazer Guided Melodies’ by SPIRITUALIZED
After psychedelia explorers Spaceman 3 broke up Jason Pierce came back with a new band and a most innovative dream-pop album. Spacey symphonies to get completely lost in…
‘Lazer Guided Melodies’ on Spotify
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Release date: 30 March 1992

5/ ‘Slanted And Enchanted’ by PAVEMENT
Californian frontman Stephen Malkmus’ homemade sonic dreams sounded messy, out
of tune, rough and damn cool. Glorious debut album that changed indie rock radically…
‘Slanted and Enchanted’ on Spotify
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Release date: 20 April 1992

6/ ‘Henry’s Dream’ by NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS
The Australian legend and his fab cohorts explored love, lust and death as never before. Drama from start to finish as only Nick Cave can orchestrate so intensely and powerfully.
‘Henry’s Dream’ on Spotify
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Release date: 27 April 1992 – 7th album by Cave & his Seeds

7/ ‘It’s A Shame About Ray’ by THE LEMONHEADS
Jingle jangle pop brilliance with a catchy & punky edge. Evan Dando on his way to stardom!
‘It’s A Shame About Ray’ on Spotify
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Release date: 2 June 1992 – their 5th album

8/ ‘Bone Machine’ by TOM WAITS
An ominous masterpiece about the fragility and the decay of human life by the poetic punk howler. Dismal in content, rattling in tone, fervid in vocal scariness. To the bone!…
Bone Machine on Spotify
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Release date: 8 September 1992 – the legend’s 10th LP

9/ ‘Automatic For The People’ by R.E.M.
A gloomy magnum opus for heart and soul. Timeless, epic songwriting as we know it…
‘Automatic For The People’ on Spotify
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Release date: 5 October 1992 –  their 8th longplayer

10/ ‘Rage Against the Machine’ by RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE
A smashing ‘fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me’ debut LP. Furious, metallic rap protest…
‘Rage Against The Machine’ on Spotify
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Release date: 3 November 1992

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My 21 Most Body & Mind Twisting Concerts Of 2016…

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I saw 136 artists in action this year, from performances in small bars to a couple of too crowded festivals, from many cool club gigs to mid-range venue shows. My mind is truly hooked to life music for years now, it helps me staying healthy and crazy at the same time – a much needed balance on this troubled planet – and it certainly helps to get away from daily, disturbing worries and create some thrilling time instead. Gripping concerts elevate me, vitalize me and energize me in several ways. Oops, before getting too philosophical here are the 21 most outstanding WHAM BLOODY BAM fireworks (in chronological order)
I witnessed in 2016…

1/  DOUBLE VETERANS
Café Video, Ghent – 9 February
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2/ FAT WHITE FAMILY
La Madeleine, Brussels – 4 March
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3/ MANIC STREET PREACHERS
Ancienne Belgique, Brussels – 1 May
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4/ THE GLÜCKS
Cactus Club, Brugge – 18 June
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5/ PAUL MCCARTNEY
Werchter Festival – 1 July
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6/ THE HIVES
Rock Zottegem Festival – 9 July
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7/ ELEFANT
Charlatan Club, Ghent – 23 July
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8/ RICHARD ASHCROFT
Lokerse Feesten Festival – 10 August
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9/ PETER HOOK AND THE LIGHT
W-Festival in Wortegem Petegem – 23 Augustus
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10/  THE PARROTS
Madamme Moustache, Brussels – 15 September
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11/ DEAP VALLY
Paradiso, Amsterdam – 26 September
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12/ THE KILLS
Paradiso, Amsterdam – 21 October
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13/ ARNO
Vooruit, Gent – 23 October
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14/ THE LIMINANAS
Madamme Moustache – 31 October
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15/ CROWS
Café Video, Ghent  – 2 November
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16/ ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN
Het Depot, Leuven – 5 November
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17/ THE LEMON TWIGS
Botanique, Brussels – 25 November
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18/ THE JULIE RUIN
Botanique, Brussels – 30 November
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19/ COCAINE PISS
VK, Brussels – 2 December
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20/ TOY
Trix, Antwerpen – 3 December
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21 / PRIMAL SCREAM
Brixton Academy, London – 15 December
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(All pics by JL/TurnUpTheVolume!)

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Happy 55 To Jesus And Mary Chain Brother… JIM REID

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29 December 2016

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JIM REID, frontman and youngest of the two brothers who formed the legendary and highly influential Scottish feedback noisemakers THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN in 1983 celebrates his 55th birthday today (born 29 December 1961 in East Kilbride, Scotland). Alive and kicking as the band returns next March with brand new album DAMAGE AND JOY, their first in over 18 years, followed by an extensive UK & EU tour. Enough reasons
for a rock and roll amputation. Happy B. Jim!…

THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN: Facebook – Twitter

WARDROBE – When Melancholic Beauty Meets Max Fleisher’s Visual Ingenuity…

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‘Man Of Straw’ by WARDROBE

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Johan Verckist is a Belgian singer-songwriter who’s been around for some time now.
He was part of several bands in a kind of invisible way. He has been here, there and
about everywhere. With his fresh, new project WARDROBE and some same minded daydreamers he does what he prefers to do all the time: creating appealing songs designed with a heart and a soul. Sonic reveries that touch people. Next February
he will release his debut album ‘Crawling’. And here’s the first track MAN OF STRAW accompanied by footage from the late, legendary movie animator Max Fleischer

WARDROBE: Who? – Facebook – Fons Records