MusicPosted by Moose 2009-12-20 11:23
The end of the year is approaching, so it's time for lists. This year I'll start with the top 97 concerts I attended:
1. Our Lady Peace @ Logo, Hamburg (Duitsland) 2002
2. Muse @ Vorst Nationaal, Brussel (België) 2003
3. Doves @ Olympia Theatre, Dublin (Ierland) 2005
4. Manic Street Preachers @ Brighton Centre, Brighton (Engeland) 2007
5. Our Lady Peace @ Skyreach Center, Edmonton (Canada) 2000
6. Interpol @ Melkweg, Amsterdam 2004
7. Eels @ Nighttown, Rotterdam 2003
8. Rammstein @ Palais Omnisport de Paris-Bercy, Parijs (Frankrijk) 2009
9. Something Corporate @ Melkweg, Amsterdam 2003
10. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds @ Rock Werchter (België) 2009
11. Hawksley Workman @ Lowlands 2002
12. Amos Lee @ Paradiso, Amsterdam 2005
13. Madrugada @ Paradiso, Amsterdam 2008
14. Johan @ Stadssschouwburg Leiden 2009
15. Feist @ Massey Hall, Toronto (Canada) 2007
16. Our Lady Peace @ Botanique, Brussel (België) 2002
17. Oceansize @ Tivoli de Helling, Utrecht 2003
18. Caribou @ Tivoli Oudegracht, Utrecht 2007
19. Nine Inch Nails @ Hurricane Festival (Duitsland) 2005
20. Metallica @ Rock Werchter (België) 2009
21. Hooverphonic @ 013, Tilburg 2004
22. Damien Rice @ Lowlands 2007
23. Coldplay @ Melkweg, Amsterdam 2005
24. Incubus @ Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam 2002
25. Ok Go @ Melkweg, Amsterdam 2007
26. Lukewarm @ Café Bolle, Tilburg 2003
27. Monza @ De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam 2005
28. Oceansize @ Botanique, Brussel (België) 2004
29. The Weakerthans @ Paradiso, Amsterdam 2003
30. Muse @ Sportpaleis, Antwerpen (België) 2006
31. Cave In @ Vorst Nationaal, Brussel (België) 2003
32. Interpol @ Paradiso, Amsterdam 2007
33. Rammstein @ Hurricane Festival (Duitsland) 2005
34. Wir Sind Helden @ Munsterland, Münster (Duitsland) 2007
35. Danko Jones @ Lowlands 2002
36. Hawksley Workman @ Paradiso, Amsterdam 2008
37. Kings Of Leon @ Rock Werchter (België) 2009
38. Stereophonics @ Skyreach Center, Edmonton (Canada) 2000
39. The Good, The Bad & The Queen @ Lowlands 2007
40. The Immediate @ Olympia Theatre, Dublin (Ierland) 2005
41. Turin Brakes @ Melkweg, Amsterdam 2003
42. Nine Inch Nails @ Rock Werchter (België) 2009
43. Editors @ Lowlands 2005
44. Cornershop @ O2 Wireless Festival, Londen (Engeland) 2008
45. Manic Street Preachers @ Lokerse Feesten, Lokeren (België) 2009
46. Johan @ Rotown, Rotterdam 2009
47. Mogwai @ Rock Werchter (België) 2009
48. Athlete @ Lowlands 2005
49. Arctic Monkeys @ Rock Werchter (België) 2006
50. Muse @ Sportpaleis, Antwerpen (België) 2009
51. Elbow @ Watt, Rotterdam 2008
52. Bloc Party @ Paradiso, Amsterdam 2009
53. Jimmy Eat World @ Melkweg, Amsterdam 2002
54. Placebo @ Rock Werchter (België) 2009
55. Sigur Ros @ Hurricane Festival (Duitsland) 2003
56. Amos Lee @ Bitterzoet, Amsterdam 2006
57. Maxïmo Park @ Paradiso, Amsterdam 2008
58. Wir Sind Helden @ Poppodium Harderberg 2007
59. Three Doors Down @ 013, Tilburg 2003
60. System of a Down @ Hurricane Festival (Duitsland) 2005
61. Grandaddy @ Hurricane Festival (Duitsland) 2003
62. The Thermals @ 013, Tilburg 2003
63. Bloc Party @ Paradiso, Amsterdam 2004
64. Jimmy Eat World @ Lowlands 2007
65. Marilyn Manson @ Lowlands 2005
66. Feeder @ Rockin’ Park, Nijmegen 2005
67. Face Tomorrow @ Noorderslag, Groningen 2005
68. Hoobastank @ 013, Tilburg 2004
69. 30 Seconds To Mars @ Tivoli Oudegracht, Utrecht 2007
70. Raymond van ‘t Groenewoud @ Marktrock, Leuven (België) 2008
71. Hooverphonics @ Het Depot, Leuven (België) 2007
72. The Kooks @ Rock Werchter (België) 2006
73. The View @ Lowlands 2007
74. The Killers @ Rock Werchter 2009
75. Robbie Williams @ Paradiso, Amsterdam 2005
76. Coldplay @ Goffertpark, Nijmegen 2003
77. Foo Fighters @ Lowlands 2005
78. Liquido @ Botanique, Brussel (België) 2005
79. Bloodhound Gang @ Effenaar, Eindhoven 2005
80. Lady Gaga @ Rock Werchter (België) 2009
81. Tears For Fears @ Ahoy, Rotterdam 2006
82. Dave Matthews Band @ Rock Werchter (België) 2009
83. Hell Is For Heroes @ IJsselhallen, Zwolle 2003
84. Audioslave @ Hurricane Festival (Duitsland) 2005
85. Audio Bullys @ Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam 2004
86. Goldfrapp @ Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam 2008
87. Massive Attack @ Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam 2008
88. Fatboy Slim @ O2 Wireless Festival, Londen (Engeland) 2008
89. The Thrills @ Melkweg, Amsterdam 2003
90. Silkstone @ Paradiso, Amsterdam 2003
91. Milow @ Het Depot, Leuven (België) 2008
92. Laïs @ De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam 2005
93. I Am Kloot @ Hurricane Festival (Duitsland) 2005
94. Seeed @ Hurricane Festival (Duitsland) 2003
95. Tool @ Lowlands 2007
96. Avril Lavigne @ Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam 2003
97. Wintersleep @ Paard van Troje, Den Haag 2009
MusicPosted by Moose 2009-07-14 08:53
I’m knackered, but musically satisfied. Four days is just too long for a festival. Especially if there are only two decent acts on the last day of the (otherwise excellent) bill. But I really wanted to see Metallica so leaving earlier wasn’t an option. And the festival opened with Eagles of Death Metal, Lily Allen and the Dave Matthews Band, so arriving later would have been a shame as well. In that regard it was a good thing that we didn’t check the route before we left, because while we took the long way around Leuven after missing the exit, the long row of cars that did follow the right route would take four or five hours to reach Werchter. In that time we set up our tent, inflated our beds and queued for a long time to get our wristbands. Eagles of Death Metal had already started playing when we entered the festival site, but we were just in time for their small hit ‘Wannabe in LA’.
The rock in Rock Werchter has significantly lost value over the years. Sure, with bands like Metallica, Mastodon, Mars Volta and Nine Inch Nails there were a plethora of amplifiers that could go to 11, but the line-up also featured many pop artists like Lily Allen, Katy Perry, Black Eyed Peas and Lady Gaga. The headliners are somewhere in between of those categories on the musical spectrum: Coldplay, Oasis, Kings of Leon and The Killers. Fans of dance music also had lots to cheer about, with The Prodigy, Tiga, Boyz Noise and 2ManyDJ’s amongst others. And the young people could easily bring their folks, because there were also some old favorites on stage, like Grace Jones and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.
My own favorites were Elbow, Mogwai, Nick Cave, Nine Inch Nails and Metallica. It was also nice to see the Dave Matthews Band, but a festival isn’t the right setting for them. Kings of Leon, Placebo and The Killers were a lot better than the last time I saw them. Especially Placebo was rather disappointing a couple of years ago, but this time they played with much more energy and also included more old songs in the set list. Kings of Leon was also a lot more convincing, their recent success has obviously lifted their self-esteem. Biggest disappointment was Limp Bizkit. Not that I had high expectations, but I have to admit I quite like some of their songs and they failed to deliver those live with the vigour I’d expected. Just like me, they’re probably getting too old for this shit. :)
MusicPosted by Moose 2009-06-01 15:12
Johan made a good impression on me the first time I saw them live, so I went to check them out again. They’d just released their new album 4, which was as good as their previous three albums. This time they played a regular rocking set, and instead of a ‘greatest hits’ show the majority of the set list consisted of new songs. At the same venue, Rotown in Rotterdam, I also saw A Brand. A Belgian band, that has an usual set-up with all five guys (including the drummer) on the front of the stage. They also like to dress up in shiny suits, which makes them look like a wedding band, especially as they play a couple of cover songs. Rotown was also one of the venues of the Motel Mozaique festival. But we started the night at Watt, where A Place To Bury Strangers almost deafened us. Then we went to Rotown for Handsome Furs. Being Canadian was the only good thing about them. So we quickly went to the Schouwburg to be in time for Royksopp. This meant however we had to sit through half of the dreadful show of Fever Ray. Royksopp was alright, but not as powerful as when I saw them at the Lowlands festival a couple of years ago.
I’ve also been to Beirut. Not the city in Lebanon, but the band of the same name (which is why this is in the Music category). I’d expected the worse, so it was a pleasant surprise that they were actually pretty good. Although it did get a bit dull after a while. A bit more variation couldn’t have hurt. Especially since they brought a wide array of instruments along. It was one of the few concerts I’ve been to without anyone playing a guitar. No lack of guitars a couple of days earler at the Waerdse Tempel. The Shavers are back, after their obese singer underwent surgery and can stand up almost straight again, and joined The Spades, on their farewell tour, and Peter Pan Speedrock for an evening of hard rock in Heerhugowaard. Beer flowed freely and the public got more rowdy as the night progressed.
As you can see another eclectic mix of concerts. And because I’ve just about seen everything I can think of musicwise I’ve decided to announce my retirement from going to shows of obscure bands. This doesn’t mean I’ll never go to another concert again. But I’m going to stick to artists I’m familiar with and skip the acts that are supposedly good but turn out to be horrible and bands that I know one song of, which turns out to be the only decent track they have. So, to finish off my club circuit career I chose the aptly named Canadian band Wintersleep. Aptly named, because it would be my final show of this kind, not because their music is sleep inducing. In that respect the opening act, The Miserable Rich, would be better of with the name of the headliner. Anyways, it was a good show and a fitting way to celebrate my retirement (which doesn’t count for shows abroad and music festivals).
MusicPosted by Moose 2009-03-26 16:20
Even though they’re from Holland, Johan was one of the few bands in my top 50 who I’d never seen live. After attending the official premiere of their theatre tour I can now cross them off that list. The list of bands I haven’t seen live. Not the list of my top 50 bands, because they still belong up there. It was an excellent show. They played their greatest hits in chronological order. Because it was in a theatre setting, so the songs were arranged a bit differently, but still very recognizable and powerful. Before the concert, we went to a museum where there was an exhibition about music in different cities. So it was a pretty cultural day.
A new Dutch band that everyone is raving about is De Staat. I find their album a bit disappointing, but after seeing their live show in a packed Paradiso (upper hall) I can understand why people are enthusiastic about them. The music sounds a bit like Queens of the Stone Age and dEUS is brought with a lot of energy and passion on stage. Especially for Dutch standards they do indeed excel.
The best concert I saw these last couple of weeks was Bloc Party though. Also in Paradiso, but of course in the main hall. We stayed well out of the mosh pits and instead opted for a front row seat on the balcony. You may not get sucked up into the vibe as much, but it’s surely a lot less tiring. And you can enjoy the music in peace. Their latest album Intimacy is said to be more electronical, and they did use a lot of samples, distortion pedals and other weird sounding apparatus, but they also rocked as fiercely as ever. I wasn’t impressed by their support act Delphic, which was just a lot of loud electronic noises.
I also went to Five O’Clock Heroes in Rotown. They started very well, but after a while my attention level dropped. Partly because I didn’t know their songs (except one single, but I didn’t even recognise that one), partly because it was all more of the same and for the most part because I was pretty tired. Still I didn’t regret going.
I was on my way to see another show, Wintersleep, until someone decided it was time for a permanent sleep and threw himself for a train, so we couldn’t go any further. I took the next train back and watched Cars instead.
MusicPosted by Moose 2008-12-14 12:17
The end of the year is approaching, so it's time to make lists. Here are some of mine:
Top 10 concerts of 2008
1 Maximo Park, Paradiso
2 Madrugada, Paradiso
3 Elbow, Watt (forgot to review this one, but it was very good)
4 Hawksley Workman, Paradiso
5 Milow, Depot
6 Travis, Melkweg
7 Massive Attack + Goldfrapp, Westerpark
8 Melissa Auf der Maur, Tivoli
9 SoKo, Rotown
10 Stahlzeit, 013
While I'm at it, here are the rankings of previous years.
And here are some top 5's overall.
Top 10 albums of 2008
1 Kings Of Leon - Only By The Night
2 Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid
3 Bloc Party - Intimacy
4 Mogwai - The Hawk Is Howling
5 Metallica - Death Magnetic
6 Face Tomorrow - In The Dark
7 Muse - H.A.A.R.P.
8 Sigur Ros - Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust
9 Milow - Coming Of Age
10 Calexico - Carried To Dust
Here's the official Moose Top 97 albums of all time.
To qualify for the chart I have to own the album and it can't be a best of, greatest hits, live, or other kind of compilation album.
The Moose Top 97 singles will return next year.
MusicPosted by Moose 2008-12-14 11:43
Remember Travis? Indeed, they're the semi-acoustic Scottish band that had a couple of soft-rocking radio-friendly singles years ago, like Sing and Why Does It Always Rain On Me? A good question in a drizzling Amsterdam, where they've come to play in the relatively small Melkweg. The last couple of years Travis has lost a bit of their popularity. The last few albums weren't as successful and they were overtaken by bands like Coldplay and Keane. Their excellent live reputation remains intact however.
On stage Travis rock out more than their mellow albums let you suspect. Although not quite as much as the band members let you believe. Especially guitarist Andy Dunlop was acting like he was in the loudest, grittiest band in the world, jumping frantically around on stage and climbing on top of amplifiers. Singer Fran Healy played along. He also mingled with the audience to give Falling Down an even more intimate feeling. This was just after the spectators were asked to imitate a metronome by waving their arms from left to right (and if your arms got tired, you could just swagger your body).
After the regular set, which featured a lot of songs from their new album Ode to J. Smith, but also quite a few 'classics', Travis returned for an entertaining encore. First they played a cover of I Kissed A Girl by Katy Perry, proving once again after Baby One More Time that pop songs aren't as bad as they originally sound. Then there was a nice sing-a-long version of Flowers in the Window, were Healy was surrounded by the other band members for the backing vocals. And with the final song Travis proved that they do indeed rock, by getting everyone to pogo on Why Does It Always Rain On Me?
MusicPosted by Moose 2008-12-02 20:49
I haven't heard anything from it yet, but judging by the cover, band name and album title it can't go wrong.
MusicPosted by Moose 2008-12-02 20:42
For the second time Tivoli in Utrecht showcased some of the finest bands from Canada during the Le Guess Who festival. This year’s headliner was Melissa Auf der Maur, the former bassist from Hole and the Smashing Pumpkins who’s currently working on her second solo album. She doesn’t only make music, but is also a photographer and has made a movie to go along with her new project. The movie was also shown before the concert. It had something to do with a car crash, vikings, black magic and lumberjacks. The music was good though.
The line-up of the first night was scattered over three different locations with bands playing at the same time, so I unfortunately had to miss the death metal of Cryptopsy and Beneath the Massacre and the ‘country-comedy’ of Fred Eaglesmith. I don’t really see why they didn’t program these bands on the second night, instead of the dreadfully dreary American bands that were on now. The only Canadian band of the night, Pas Chic Chic, was also the best, although not good enough to convince me to stay. But all the energy and charisma that Jana Hunter and Beach House lacked, was made up the next day by the very funky band Think About Life.
Because Hayden had cancelled his performance at the festival all the bands on day three were from Montreal. And they managed to restore my faith in music from this city. It’s also fascinating to see that artists from a country where they have all the room they can desire, manage to settle themselves on a podium of a couple of square feet and still swap instruments around and rock out. Clues even brought along kitchen appliances for extra percussion. The result was a pretty chaotic, but interesting performance. Land Of Talk was a small dip in the evening. Not that they were so bad, but their show lacked variation. Next up was Torngat, an alternative jazz band with organs, drums and different kinds of horns and trumpets. The Stills had the honour of closing the night. They’re the Quebecois equivalent of Mando Diao with a retro sound and plenty of obliged rock poses, like showing your guitar to the audience. The few moments they weren’t desperately trying to show off, they actually sounded pretty promising.