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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

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

The Hickey Underworld are under your house
November 30, 2011, 10:20 pm
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It’s no secret that here at Weapon of Beauty HQ we’re big fans of noise rockers The Hickey Underworld.
So the announcement of their second full album is a perfectly valid reason to come out of our hibernation. In true Hickey style the album is mysteriously titled “I’m under the house, I’m dying” and will be released in the Benelux and France in February 2012. Production was once again done by the boys from Das Pop and none other than Dave Sardy (ex-Barkmarket and now  producer to the stars) did the mix.

For the past half year the Hickeys have done a series of small club gigs, road testing the new material. Having attended 5 of them the outlines of the new material became quite clear: there are no outlines. The tracks vary from heavy stomping old-school THU, via surprisingly poppy tracks to a 10 minute psychedelic behemoth. This last one is already a live favourite and reminds us of that other 10-minute live favourite and show closer ‘VRMNSMR’. They’re equally compelling and both are some of the most exciting stuff to have been released in the past decade.  Yes, it’s thàt good.
The gig at Hasselt’s PLAY festival in October proved that the band are now ready to take it to the next step. The gig was an exciting and intricate mix of new and old material and ranked up there with the best THU gigs I’ve seen (30 and counting).

Want a chance to see for yourself? Check the tour dates below:

10/Feb Trix Antwerpen (BE)
11/Feb Rotown Rotterdam (NL)
12/Feb Paradiso Amsterdam (NL)
17/Feb Nouveau Casino Paris (FR)
18/Feb De Kreun Kortrijk (BE)
19/Feb Cactus Brugge (BE)
22/Feb AB Club Brussel (BE)
23/Feb Het Depot Leuven (BE)
25/Feb De Casino Sint-Niklaas (BE)
26/Feb Vooruit Gent (BE)

Ladytron vs Goose – the album cover remix
May 23, 2011, 12:46 pm
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A follow-up on the follow-up.
After seeing my previous post, George Yanakiev got his hands dirty and mixed Ladytron’s new album cover with Goose’s “Synrise”. Proportions turned out to be perfectly equal…

(photo via georgetheniteversion)

Hipgnosis versus Neil Krug

A little follow-up post to the previous Ladytron post.  Last week Pitchfork premiered the new Ladytron album  cover (made by Neil Krug) and quite rightly pointed out that it looks quite a bit like something that might have come from the Hipgnosis design team (famous for their covers for Pink Floyd, Muse,…).
They should have put it next to the cover of the 2010 ‘Synrise’ album by GOOSE album which was actually designed by Hipgnosis. The similarities are quite striking.

Ladytron: Gravity The Seducer

GOOSE: Synrise

While I had a further look at Krug’s work I even found a second Hipgnosis rip-off.
Neil Krug:

Led Zeppelin – Houses Of The Holy

Coincidence or not?
That said, I quite like Neil Krug’s work.
It’s heavily based on the whole Polaroid retro color scheme.
Check out his work here: http://www.neilkrug.com

Ladytron release White Elephants
May 20, 2011, 10:41 am
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Ladytron are gearing up for the release of a new studio album ‘Gravity The Seducer’ on September 12.
Last year we got a first track ‘Ace of Hz’, now there’s a second single ‘White Elephant’s. It’s a bit Ladytron by numbers I’m afraid. I’d like to see them push the boundaries again, like they did with ‘Witching Hour’, an album that was quite a shift from what they had released before.
Listen to ‘White Elephants’ here: