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11-07-2011 // Monday Morning Kick-Off: [MM-KO] Kytecrash live @ North Sea Jazz 2011


After spending 3 days at the North Sea Jazz the only right way to celebrate a new week is with something great from this weekend. Kytecrash was very good show on the Saturday, this was not their best part of the show, but YouTube doesn't offer a lot at this moment, which is pretty strange considering the dozens of people i've seen at every show recording shows with their lousy mobile phones.. Have a good week!


10-07-2011 // Plug in, Baby!: [North Sea Jazz 2011] Sunday Preview

No time for a proper preview, as i'm leaving within the hour and there's a stop in the hospital planned somewhere between now and then.. 1 thing i'm surely gonna check out today is James Blake. Check out his live-version of The Wilhelm Scream here. simply brilliant!


09-07-2011 // Plug in, Baby!: [North Sea Jazz 2011] Saturday Preview

North Sea Jazz 2011 Day 2: less talk, more music. I'm heading back to the festival in 90 minutes and there's still work to do at home..check my expected highlights of today here.

Madeira - 17.30: Antonio Farao Trio


Maas - 19.00 Kytecrash


Madeira - 19.15: Arve Henriksen


Yenisei - 19.45: Harmen Fraanje Trio

(you'll have to delete the guitarist on this vid, cuz they play as a trio tonight)

Mississippi - 21.00: Charles Bradley


Yenisei - 21.30: Portico Quartet


Yenisei - 23.15: Gerald Clayton Trio


Congo - 23.45: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue


And the best thing of this Saturday is the EBU European Jazz Competition Finalists playing in Volga all evening. Which are 5 performances of 45 minutes with great upcoming artists. Quality guaranteed!


06-07-2011 // Plug in, Baby!: [North Sea Jazz 2011] Friday Preview

Every year the 2nd weekend of July Rotterdam hosts the biggest indoor Jazz festival of the world, the fabulous North Sea Jazz Festival. And if i'm not mistaken this is gonna be my 6th year of being present for the whole 3 days. Just like with other music festivals the fun is not only in the 3 days of getting soaked with fantastic music, a great atmosphere and the occasional drink, but also in looking forward to these things. Usually i start a few weeks before the big weekend spending hours & hours listening to just about every artist that is visiting the festival. Due to the unforseen situation that has controlled my life over the past 2 weeks and is still very present, i haven't had any time for this, but i'm determined to prepare myself as good as i can. And so i set my alarmclock early this morning and i have spend the morning checking out the Friday Schedule, marking the things i just might find myself listening to this weekend.
Check out my personal Friday tips right now, right here:

Volga - 17.45: John Law Art Of Sound Trio:


Darling - 18.00: Brandt Brauer Frick


Mississippi - 19.45: Dulfer 7.0 Server incl. Rob Van De Wouw
Last year this concert was cancelled after 20 minutes during the pouring rain, but it was 1 of the best shows i've ever seen @ North Sea Jazz. Hope this year will be as good and will make the full 75 minutes.

Darling - 21.45: Kneebody


Yenisei - 21.30: Liam Sillery Quintet


Madeira - 22.00: Michel Portal with Ambrose Akinmusire


Yenisei - 23.15: Eric Dolphy At The Five Spot Revisited


06-07-2011 // : Mumford & Sons - Home

Mumford & Sons - "Home/Untitled" (Live on KBCO)

Finally something new from the most populair breakthrough band 2010 had: Mumford & Sons. They visited a Colorado radiostation recently and played this new track live and it's as good as you would expect from the band. Can't wait to hear the studio-version and more new material, but this is a great little teaser!


05-07-2011 // Plug in, Baby!: [Mixtape] Best of 2011 - Part Deux


The 18 greatest songs i've discovered in the 2nd Quarter of 2011 almost completely combined on 1 great mixtape. Just 3 tracks are missing on this Mixtape, due to the fact that these are not free to share. Click the image to download the full file and listen to the 3 non-included tracks right below, which are among the best things i've heard this year!



Wild Beasts - Smother


03-07-2011 // : Fink - Yesterday Was Hard On All Of Us


It's only a few days 'till the best (jazz) festival in the world takes place: North Sea Jazz in Rotterdam. And aside from all the great jazz music i've discovered there, it's also the place i 1st heard about Fink. A great acoustic singer-songwriter with a raw voice. Over the years he has found his way to my record collection, but i must admit i don't listen to his records very often. The main reason for this is that not all his songs are equally great. His new record 'Perfect Darkness' which has just been released is not that different from the older material and with some ok-ish songs come the brilliant ones. Like the one up here, which is a song i can easily play over and over again, because it's intense, a little raw & extremely beautiful!


03-07-2011 // : Common ft. Nas - Ghetto Dreams


After a 10-day silence the situation has improved enough for me to spend some time on the internet again; there's some good tunes waiting for me and later today i will spend some time gathering the songs for the Plug in Baby! Best of 2011 - Part II mixtape. For now here's the latest collaboration by rappers Nas & Common, called Ghetto Dreams. It's a banger! Which is no real surprise with 2 rappers this great.


25-06-2011 // Plug in, Baby!: Time-out

Due to a critical situation in the family there is currently no new music.
At this moment i can't say when i will return to bloggin'..

thank you for understanding.


22-06-2011 // EP: Warm Weather - dances


Just discovered this great EP an hour ago, but it's been on non-stop rotation since then. Which is not that hard, cuz these 5 songs take up a total of 12 minutes together. This just gets better every time i hear it and to make it even a great deal, Warm Weather is offering a download of this EP for free on their bandcamp-page. I suggest you give this a few spins, because this is one of the best EPs we're gonna hear this year!


22-06-2011 // : Memoryhouse - Modern, Normal










Great new track by Memoryhouse to celebrate the physical release of their debut album with their new record label Sub Pop Records. Yet again a beautiful dreamy track, i feel a huge summervibe coming on..!


21-06-2011 // : Chris Bathgate - Some For The Wounded (Daytrotter Session)


Chris Bathgate recorded a Daytrotter Session, which was released last weekend (click the image to visit the Daytrotter-site to listen/download). There's not much to say about this really, just that it is very beautiful. It's raining like crazy outside, but inside there's hot coffee, a semi-dark kitchen with just the light of the laptop and the sweet soft music of these 4 great songs. I could spent my entire day like this..


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