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Best of 2015
December 24, 2015, 3:39 pm
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Blur – The Magic Whip
Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit
East India Youth – Culture Of Volume
Failure – The Heart Is A Monster
Faith No More – Sol Invictus
Grimes – Art Angels
Idlewild – Everything Ever Written
Ryan Adams – 1989
The Germans – Are Animals Different
The Hickey Underworld – Ill
The Vaccines – English Graffiti

Alice Glass – Stillbirth
Christopher Owens – I Love You Like I Do
Courtney Barnett – Heavy Heart (You Am I cover)
Courtney Barnett – Kim’s Caravan
Du Blonde – Mind Is On My Mind (feat. Samuel T. Herring)
Faces On TV – Run Against The Stream
Failure – Mulholland Drive
Foals – What Went Down (live @ Later with Jools Holland)
Grimes – Go (feat. Blood Diamonds)
<KAEB – When We Fall
Mogwai – Teenage Exorcists
Ryan Adams – Style

Idlewild @ Bitterzoet, Amsterdam (NL) (03/03/2015)
Morrissey @ 013, Tilburg (NL) (29/03/2015)
Future Of The Left @ Nijdrop, Opwijk (1/05/2015)
Strand Of Oaks @ AB club, Brussel (28/05/2015)
Sophia @ Bruis, Maastricht (NL) (04/09/2015)
The Hickey Underworld @ Trix (04/10/2015)
The Germans @ De Kreun, Kortrijk (19/11/2015)
Evil Superstars @ De Kreun, Kortrijk (19/11/2015)
Kapitan Korsakov @ Glimps, Gent (11/12/2015)
dEUS @ Bourla, Antwerp (15/12/2015)

Jimmy Watkins @ Future Of The Left gig at Nijdrop, Opwijk

Lower Dens – Escape from Evil

Jamie XX – In Colour

Sleater-Kinney – No Cities To Love

Best of 2014
December 22, 2014, 9:54 pm
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Best albums
Christian Fitness – I Am Scared Of Everything That Isn’t Me
Christopher Owens – A New Testament (2014)
Condor Gruppe – Latituds Del Cavall
Daan – The Lost Album
Future Islands – Singles
Jack White – Lazaretto
Jozef Van Wissem & SQURL – Only Lovers Left Alive
Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence
Mogwai – Rave Tapes
Sharon Van Etten – Are We There

Best tracks
Ariel Pink – Picture Me Gone
Bed Rugs – Specks
Hitsville Drunks – I Was Never There
Julian Casablancas & The Voidz – Dare I Care
La Roux – Let Me Down Gently
Sebadoh – I Will
Sophia – It’s Easy To Be Lonely
The Hickey Underworld – As The Bottle Runs Dry
YAWNS – I Want To Go Where Nobody Knows My Name
Piquet (feat. Wim Reygaert) – En Toch (live)

Best gigs
Arcade Fire @ Sportpaleis, Antwerpen
Bed Rugs @ Villa Pace, Sint-Niklaas
Future Islands @ Vooruit, Gent
Future Of The Left @ Le Grand Mix, Tourcoing (FR)
Mogwai @ Vooruit, Gent
Nicole Atkins @ Botanique, Brussel
Pixies @ Best Kept Secret, Hilvarenbeek (NL)
Sophia @ C-Mine, Genk
The Love Substitutes @ De Studio, Antwerp
White Circle Crime Club @ Het Bos, Antwerp

Best ginger in a video
La Roux – Let Me Down Gently

Best artwork
Future Islands – Singles

FKA Twigs – LP1


Best of 2013
December 22, 2013, 12:38 pm
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Best Albums
Arcade Fire – Reflektor
Bed Rugs – Rapids
Christopher Owens – Lysandre
Chvrches – The Bones Of What You Believe
Future Of The Left – How To Stop Your Brain In An Accident
Girls Against Boys – The Ghost List
Glasvegas – Later…When The TV Turns To Static
Poni Hoax – A State Of War
Savages – Silence Yourself
The Knife – Shaking The Habitual

Best Songs (not on ‘best albums’)
Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know?
Bed Rugs – Specks (live)
Lana Del Rey – Chelsea Hotel No 2 (Leonard Cohen)
Mogwai – Remurdered
Pixies – Bag Boy
Sebadoh – I Will
The Vaccines – Melody Calling
The XX – Finally (Kings Of Convenience)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Sacrilege
Yeasayer – Don’t Come Close

Best Concerts
The Hitsville Drunks @ De Warande, Turnhout 22/02/13
Bed Rugs @ Kievitsnest, Antwerpen 7/03/2013
Savages @ Botanique, Brussel 13/05/2013
Portishead @ Best Kept Secret, Hilvarenbeek 23/06/13
Blur @ Rock Werchter, Werchter 5/07/2013
Soldier’s Heart @ Play Festival, Hasselt 5/10/13
Condor Gruppe @ Trix, Antwerp 6/10/2013
Chvrches @ Ab, Brussels 21/10/13
Arcade Fire @ Hallen Van Schaarbeek 24/11/13
Glasvegas @ Depot, Leuven 6/12/13

Best Amateur Dance Performance
The Knife @ AB, Brussels 5/05/2013

Best Artwork
Mount Kimbie – Cold Spring Faul Less Youth (art: Leif Podhajský)
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Wilderwolves – Wilderwolves (art: Lieven Segers)

Tyler The Creator – Wolf (art: Mark Ryden)

Best of 2012
December 22, 2012, 8:50 pm
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Best albums
AIR – Le Voyage Dans La Lune
Beach House – Bloom
Radial Sequence – Golden Era EP
Jack White – Blunderbuss
Human Don’t Be Angry – Human Don’t Be Angry
Hong Kong Dong – Sweet Sensations
The Hickey Underworld – I’m Under The House I’m Dying
The Unwinding Hours – Afterlives
The XX – Coexist
Ultrasound – Play For Today

Best songs
Blur – Under The Westway
Crystal Castles – Plague
Intergalactic Lovers – No regrets (live)
Light Asylum – Skull Fuct
Major Lazer – Get Free
Radial Sequence – Goldilocks (demo)
The Afghan Whigs – See And Don’t See
The Hickey Underworld – Cold Embrace (live version)
Ultrasound – Sovereign

Best gigs
Shellac @ Primavera Sound, Barcelona
The Afghan Whigs @ Koninklijk Circus, Brussels
Sophia @ Zuidpool Café, Lommel
The Hickey Underworld @ Zero Hour, Trix, Antwerp
Radial Sequence @ Trix, Antwerp
Light Asylum @ Charlatan, Ghent
The XX @ Lotto Arena , Antwerp
Morrissey @ Les Ardentes, Liège
Human Don’t Be Angry @ Botanique, Brussels
Hong Kong Dong  @ DOK, Ghent
Radiohead @ Sportpaleis, Antwerp

Best guitar solo

Geoffrey Burton of Hong Kong Dong in ‘Romance’ (live version!)

Best dog in a video

Major Lazer – Original Don
(bloody hell, give that poor dog a sandwich, ok?!)

Best artwork

Mark Lanegan Band – Blues Funeral

Beach House – Bloom

Hong Kong Dong release debut album @ DOK Gent
May 7, 2012, 9:07 pm
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Last weekend Hong Kong Dong celebrated the release of their debut album with an excellent gig at the DOK arena in Ghent.

Their eclectic indie pop thrives the most in a live setting and most songs get a more rock oriented layer. The guitar injections of Geoffrey Burton give the songs a nice edge and his guitar solo in ‘Romance’ makes me which I could go and see them play on a daily basis. The band played a large selections of songs from the album but also threw in some golden oldies like ‘Lesbians Are A Boys Best Friends’ and ‘On a Sunny Day’. They finished the set with a steaming rendition of ZZ Top’s  ‘Give me al your Loving’  that left the crowd ecstatic.
Go see them when you have the chance. They’re one of the most entertaining live bands I’ve seen in quite a while.
Video and photos right about here:

Photos by Dominique Dierick

Art Brussels 2012

As usual Art Brussels was a visual overdose, but there’s always a few works that keep lingering in your mind. Natural selection, I suppose.

Here’s a few likes: (click for larger images)

Michiels Ceulers ‘Sexuelle Selektion und elterliche Fürsorge’ (2009) at Juliette Jongma, Amsterdam
Ceulers seems to be doing really well. He’s now represented by galleries in Antwerp, Amsterdam, London, Zurich, New York and Los Angeles.

Benjamin Verdonck with a solo show at Galerie Folrent Tosin (Berlin)

…and also a similar Verdonck totem at Tim van Laere Gallery (Antwerp)

Kati Heck at Tim van Laere gallery

Bénédicte Henderick at Triangle Blue gallery (Stavelot) (the booth also had some nice Mil Ceulemans work)

a bit of fun by Micha Payer + Martin Gabriel at Christine König Galerie (Vienna)

Really liked Ivan Argote’s  ‘All My Girlfriends’ (2007-2009) which shows him taking phonecam shots with random billboard girls as his girlfriend.

Folkert de Jong with his take on Mondriaan’s ‘Boogie Woogie’

I have a soft spot for Barry McGee.

Trend: a bunch of London galleries with very similar Damien Hirst produce. Which was very ‘yawn’. So NO pictures. You know them, you’ve seen them, you’ve said ‘Meh’.

Best Of 2011
December 23, 2011, 4:32 pm
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Best songs:
dEUS – Twice
Drums Are For Parades – One (Bochez Deadstep RMX)
Eefje De Visser – Afdwaalt
Girls – Vomit
Jack White – Love Is Blindness (U2 cover)
Jannes Addiction – Irresistible Force
Lana Del Rey – Blue Jeans
Lykke Li – I Follow Rivers
Mogwai – San Pedro
School Is Cool – Warpaint
SX – Black Video
The Vaccines – Post Break-Up Sex
Those Dancing Days – Reaching Forward (live)
U2 – Love Is Blindness (Kindergarten version)

Best albums:
dEUS – Keep You Close
Expats – Cover sessions
Ladytron – Gravity The Seducer
My Morning Jacket – Circuital
Mogwai – Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
Nicole Atkins – Mondo Amore
School Is Cool – Entropology
The Vaccines – What did u expect from The Vaccines?
U2 – Achtung Baby (Kindergarten version)

Most annoying album:
Radiohead – King Of Limbs

Most silly new-age album that for some strange reason will end up in all the end of year lists 
Balam Acab – Wander / Wonder

Best gigs:
Mauro & The Grooms @ Kreun, Kortrijk 28/01/2011
Paramount Styles @ Botanique, Brussels 6/04/2011
Ash @ Mezz, Breda 12/06/2011
Morrissey @ Lokerse Feesten 4/08/2011
Sebadoh @ Effenaar, Eindhoven 19/08/2011
The Hickey Underworld @ Play festival, Hasselt 1/10/2011
Broken Glass Heroes @ Arenberg, Antwerp 13/10/2011
My Morning Jacket @ Trix, Antwerp 10/11/2011
Girls @ Trix, Antwerp 15/11/2011
dEUS @ Lotto Arena, Antwerp 16/12/2011

Best cover art:
Gold Panda – Companion

Broken Bells – Meyrin Fields