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Category: Netherlands

Monday, September 4th

sounds of Amsterdam

Michael Vatcher, percussion (Angels’ Share, sculpture exhibition, Herbert Nouens; Westerpark, Sculpture Park), 2014

 

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John Ashbery, July 28, 1927-September, 3, 2017

Alcove (Planisphere, 2009)

Is it possible that spring could be
once more approaching? We forget each time
what a mindless business it is, porous like sleep,
adrift on the horizon, refusing to take sides, “mugwump
of the final hour,” lest an agenda—horrors!—be imputed to it,
and the whole point of its being spring collapse
like a hole dug in sand. It’s breathy, though,
you have to say that for it.

And should further seasons coagulate
into years, like spilled, dried paint, why,
who’s to say we weren’t provident? We indeed
looked out for others as though they mattered, and they,
catching the spirit, came home with us, spent the night
in an alcove from which their breathing could be heard clearly.
But it’s not over yet. Terrible incidents happen
daily. That’s how we get around obstacles.

Saturday, July 29th

Want to be swept away?

Robert Schumann (1810-1856), Cello Concerto in A minor; Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra with Nicolas Altstaedt (cello), live, Amsertdam, 2016

 

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art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Lewis Wickes Hine (1874-1940), Fresh Air for the Baby, New York East Side, c. 1910

Thursday, March 23rd

Soundtrack for a man in a box trying to escape.

Ab Baars (tenor saxophone), “Asor,” live, Amsterdam, 2014


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I thought that you were an anchor in the drift of the world;
but no: there isn’t an anchor anywhere.
There isn’t an anchor in the drift of the world. Oh no.
I thought you were. Oh no. The drift of the world.

—William Bronk (1918-1999, MCOTD Hall of Fame), “The World”

Friday, April 1st

only rock ‘n’ roll

Building a Broken Mousetrap (2006), concert film of The Ex

Friday, May 1st

only rock ‘n’ roll

The Ex, “That’s Not a Virus,” live, France (Annecy), 2015


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art beat

William Klein (1928-), 4 Heads, New York, 1955

WKlein:5:1:15

Friday, October 31st

only rock ‘n’ roll

The Ex, “Every Sixth Is Cracked,” live (studio performance), Netherlands, 2014


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William Klein (1928-), Dance in Brooklyn, New York, 1955

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Friday, February 21st

only rock ’n’ roll

The Ex, “Double Order,” France (Orleans), 2013


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found words

From the Chicago Reader music section (2/20/14):

. . . hails from the same quasi-grimestep/post-IDM interzone that’s home to artists as disparate as . . .

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This Liverpool trio plays what it calls ‘caveman doom’ . . .

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. . . retrofuturist murder ballad . . .

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. . . works the same territory that grindcore and sludge bands cleared in the 90s.

Wednesday, 4/11/12

only rock ’n’ roll

The Ex, live, Russia (Moscow), 2011

More? Here.

Tuesday, 4/10/12

Boi Akih (Monica Akihary, vocals; Niels Brouwer, guitar) with guest Wolter Wierbos (trombone), live, Netherlands, 2008

Instruments, too, are often stereotyped. Take the trombone. Loud? Blustery? Bull in a china shop? Not here.

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