Weapon Of Beauty

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


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

Last days of Multiple Visions @ NICC
November 25, 2010, 10:36 pm
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I’m a bit late with this, but if you have the time do check out Multiple Visions at NICC in Belgium. It’s a great exhibition about multiples from the 1950’s up until the present day. (multiples. A term designating works of art other than prints or cast sculpture that are designed to be produced in a large—potentially limitless—number of copies.)

Lil promo text: This exhibition explores the meaning of the multiple today by confronting the viewer with objects from the 60s, 70s and 80s along with more recent editions.  By creating a dialogue between the works, this project aims to both highlight examples of Belgian multiples as well as contextualize them internationally with some of the best works from around the world.

Here’s just a few names of the artists who have works in the exhibition: Francis Alÿs, Joseph Beuys, Guillaume Bijl, Marcel Broodthaers, Vaast Colson, Christo, Wim Delvoye, Marcel Duchamp, Marlène Dumas, Jan Fabre, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, On Kawara, Anish Kapoor, Mike Kelley, Martin Kippenberger, Jeff Koons, Sol Lewitt, Paul McCarthy, Bruce Nauman, Claes Oldenburg, Panamarenko, Man Ray, Edward Ruscha, Luc Tuymans, Dennis Tyfus, Koen van den Broek, Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, Henk Visch, Andy Warhol and Franz West .
Pretty impressive list.

The exhibition closes on Sunday.

Oh Barcelona
July 1, 2010, 10:13 pm
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camera: lomo lc-a+
film:  lomo dia, 200 asa
shot: april/may 2010
shot by: miss K.O.

2010 in 10 – SIX: ‘HAUNTED’ THE MOVIE
January 18, 2010, 9:38 pm
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‘Haunted’, one of my favourite Chuck Palahniuk books (along with ‘Fight Club’ and ‘Rant’) is being turned into a movie by Belgian director Koen Mortier.

Haunted is a novel made up of stories. Twenty-three of them, to be precise. Twenty-three of the most horrifying, hilarious, mind-blowing, stomach-churning tales you’ll ever encounter. Guts is probably the most notorious story in the book, so disturbing that reportedly over 60 people fainted while listening to readings of the story during Chuck’s book tours. The short story is available for free on chuckpalahniuk.net.

Koen Mortier will write and direct a big screen adaptation of  the novel. No small feat as the novel is told as a modern-day ‘Canterbury Tales’ or ‘Decameron’: a journey-narrative interrupted by each storyteller’s tale, essentially creating 23 separate stories. Turning the book into a screenplay will ask for some serious pruning.

The Belgian director is mostly known for writing and directing the excellent Ex-Drummer, a movie that also had it’s fair part of disgusting and disturbing images. So Mortier seems like the right choice to take on ‘Haunted’.

Chuck himself has a book scheduled for 2010: ‘Tell All’, a novel fictionalizing the life of American playwright Lillian Hellman (out May 4).

Mogwai’s rippin’ Soulsavers remix

soulsavers_brokenMark Lanegan fans no doubt already bought ‘Broken’, the new Soulsavers CD (released mid August). Second track on that album is ‘Death Bells’ featuring Lanegan and Gibby Haynes (Butthole Surfers) on vocals.

Mogwai have now remixed ‘Death Bells’ and in my opinion the remix just blows away the original. They’ve left the structure and vocals of the original, but added loads of their trademark feedback and wall of noise, which transform the song in to one heavy thundering freight train coming your way.
And do check out that earth scorching guitar 3 minutes in. Pure fucking bliss!
The track was released as a free MP3 , so feel free to download it here, possums. Essential listening fodder, I tell ya.