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Pitchfork retroactively reviewed a b u n c h of Stereolab’s earliest records, which is great. Even though the band is in the process of reissuing some of their back catalog through their own Duophonic label, I don’t believe these five each are part of that. And Pitchfork didn’t even review all of Stereolab’s early albums, […]

I never felt sure about the respawning of Sleater-Kinney. Their breakup in 2006 was a blow to the stomach – more so because I never saw them live, coupled with the fact that they quit right after releasing 2005’s earth-shattering The Woods. Sleater-Kinney left behind a legacy that’s out of this world. They unexpectedly returned ten […]

Bill Callahan’s new album is gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous. His music drifted away from me since the stellar “Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle”, which was released a stunning 10 years ago, and still is one of my favorite records ever. Callahan will be playing in Utrecht later this year, at the same venue where […]

I got an emergency ticket to the Best Kept Secret festival, should I not have been able to find a way into Stereolab’s sold-out show at the Botanique in time. Although I suppose outdoor festivals this size aren’t for me, it was great seeing Stereolab again, and Priests later that day. Their off-kilter songs sent […]

Stereolab reigned supreme in Brussels. Their show consisted exclusively of old songs, of course, because there aren’t any new ones. Some of those are my favorite songs in the world. A true blessing seeing and hearing them for the first time in, for me personally, eighteen years.

Even after reissuing a bunch of their early compilations last year, I didn’t expect the news that Stereolab, for the first time in almost ten years, would actually be touring again. This year they’ll be re-releasing another bunch of their records, from 1993’s landslide “Transient Random-Noise Bursts With Announcements” up to 2004’s “Margerine Ecplise”. If […]

After two incredible albums, 2015’s Sore and last year’s Heaven, Dilly Dally is currently one of my favorite bands. So great seeing them again in Amsterdam yesterday. The hurricane force of Katie Monks is truly unbelievable.

Residents of the US are an unlucky bunch, but at least they’ll have the privilege of seeing Bikini Kill perform live for the first time since 1997.

I expected Mary Timony’s new band Ex Hex to be a one-off, but hell no: there’s a new record out in March. is 18 years old today.

In 2018 I still haven’t broken out of the indie rock circle that I’ve been lost in for the last 25 years. The best music has guitars. The best songwriters are women. Just like it has always been. These are my favorite albums of last year: Yowler – Black Dog In My Path Listen to […]

These last few months I finally found the time and inspiration to finish a few songs of which the underpinnings have been lying around for quite some years. Drawing from this unexpected rush of inspiration I even created an entirely new one, on my birthday, in the span of an hour and a half. I […]

And this is the ‘too long, didn’t listen’ list of just my ten favorite songs, also from the least to the most noisy.

These are my favorite songs of this year. I figured I had to stick them in some order, so I ordered them from the least up to the most noisy.

A new sketch-like song that was quick to execution: “Verjaardag Thuis”. You can hear my daughter in the background.

The time of year has set in where I mostly just stop listening to new records and start revisiting records from the last eleven months. So if you want to get in my year-end list, releasing your album in December means you’re out of luck.

I always thought that liking the earliest Rainer Maria records was kind of a guilty pleasure, but my favorite album of theirs got the Pitchfork Seal of Approval, so yeah.

God said give ’em drum machines.

I’m obsessed with Cat Power’s gorgeous song “Woman”.

I made another song. It’s a short one, called “Huis te Landelaan”.