Foo Fighters, Back and Forth (2011) film

A couple of weeks ago I saw a documentary film  on the Foo Fighters: Foo Fighters, Back and Forth (2011), to reflect on the years passed and how they ended up making their 7th album: Wasting Light. I loved the Foo Fighters since their 1997 album The Colour and the Shape. I devoured that album. For…

Oh to be a domestic godess!

To say I’m a princess in the kitchen would be a lie. I cook to survive.  🙂 I am interested in the art of gastronomy on a plate. It looks good, it smells good, and food tastes good. I’m a big fan. But when it comes to getting it done, I’m not always able to…

Ladytron: soon to be out ‘Best of Ladytron: 00-10’

Ladytron is a band from Liverpool that makes electronic pop music, but with definite New Wave influences. They sound experimental at times and as Wikipedia descibes them  it better than I do: ” including psychedelic elements, using an array of vintage analogue equipment to achieve their distinctive sound.” I seem to be drawn to ’80s kind of…

Mammoth (2009)

The last movie I saw at the Brussels Film Festival was Mammoth (2009) by Lukas Moodysson (Swedish director). It is about a couple, Leo and Ellen, that lives in New York with their daughter Jacky. The main cast is Gael García Bernal , Michelle Williams and Marife Necesito as the nanny of their daughter. PLOT Leo…

Heather Nova in concert

 Last night I went with my sister to a concert of Heather Nova, here in the Ancienne Belgique concert venue. For a bio, I invite you to go to her official website. I can just say she is a singer-songwriter (mostly indie) and a poet, born in Bermuda. She has 7 albums (I think…) ,…

Chris Whitley and Trixie

 Some time ago, Chris Whitley’s (official site) name came up in conversation. I’ve been an avid fan of his, but came to know him not long enough. He was a musician, originally from Texas, mostly New York based, but with ties to Belgium, seeing his daughter Trixie was born here in Ghent. Chris Whitley passed…

The Black Box Revelation

Yesterday I went to the festival Bruksel Live in the park, and we saw a band that had enough energy to blow the crowd away in a whirlwind of sound! They are called The Black Box Revelation, a band from Dilbeek (near Brussels). They are just two guys, Jan and Dries, but they have such power on…

Thelma Todd

I once saw a documentary about mysterious cases in Hollywood and one was about Thelma Todd. I had no idea who she was. They showed images and excerpts from the Marx Brothers movies Monkey Business and Horse Feathers in the 1930’s. So who is Thelma Todd, and why is it we don’t know (or at…

“… it could be so nice…”

Even if you don’t like the man, his opinions or his take on things – one can’t deny being intreaged by someone with many talents. Though controversy can cloud any judgement. So I’m just going to put a link to a track that seems so pure and heartfelt to my ears. I have listened to…

The Cure 4tour 2008 (world tour)

It’s my birthday today. Last night I went to a concert by The Cure with my sister, who bought the tickets as a gift for me. I always wanted to go to a show of theirs. An avid fan I am. A Curist you might say (it’s a term they mainly use in France for…

Daggers Drawn to American Gothic

As usual, I stumbled on something while looking for something else: a painting by Grand Wood, “American Gothic”, 1930, at the Art Institute of Chicago below: the cover of Ginger Ale‘s second album “Daggers Drawn”, 2006 – which I have several months now and found to be an odd cover I saw the painting while…

The Smiths – rubber ring

When I was a kid, my oldest brother had a cd of The Smiths, which my second oldest brother listened to when the oldest wasn’t around. He did catch on to it eventually when I, at 10-11 years old (and then only speaking Dutch and French and barely English, just notions), could sing along with…

Oscar Peterson: smooth piano player and icon to jazz

Last Sunday, Oscar Peterson passed away at age 82. He was Canadian and played with many great musicians in jazz: Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald oh and Dizzy Gillespie! How I come to know him? I once saw a documentary on a Dutch channel on the jazz saxophone player Stan Getz. That man blew me…

The man in black

With all those Idol contests and StarAcademy shows, looking for the next commercially exploitable star, people tend to forget some great ones. Who loved music for different reasons than seems to be the tendency today. As Dylan said, times they are a-changing, and would the artists of before have made it if they would have started…

Seven ages of rock

For some time now I have followed a documentary on rock music on BBC 2. It’s aired every Saturday night and I find it really interesting. Last week it was about punk and how The Sex Pistols and The Clash shape the music scene in the ’70. This Saturday it was about heavy metal. The seven ages…