A big smile for the weekend



“The ultimate in performance and convenience”

How would our lives look like without this brilliant invention?

1. Would we all watch a lot less television (in hours) because we would be bored to easy without zapping?
2. Would we watch a lot worse television (in quality) because we would never zap and just watch what would be on at that time?
3. Would we be less fat (in body measure) because we did zap, but we had to walk to the telly every time we changed the channel?

Anyway: we’re all glad this ingenious idea made it to real life, and made watching television so much better. Didn’t it?

Special: Neurotic Deathfest (Part 5 of 5)


Since Neurotic Deathfest is taking place in our beloved Tilburg today and tomorrow, we dedicate this week’s special to this very cool death metal festival!

The pic above is of Behemoth. But since they get already enough attention, we focus on other bands. So just before it all starts two bands; one famous, one not yet: both deserving attention.

Not Yet: Human Mincer from Spain.

Famous: Unleashed from Sweden (but you knew that already).

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Special: Neurotic Deathfest (Part 4 of 5)


Since Neurotic Deathfest is taking place in our beloved Tilburg tomorrow, we dedicate this week’s special to this very cool death metal festival!

Whereas ZXZW 2009 has Impure Wilhelmina including ex-Knut members, Neurotic Deathfest has also an ex-knut members band. By the name of Mumakil these Swiss dudes try to destroy everything around them sonically. If you like your metal full of ultra high speed, aggression and not too long, you should check Mumakil out this weekend.


Free exclusive Caretaker music


The Caretaker is all about lost memories, amnesia and nostalgia to old times. Creating a deep beautiful, but sometimes sinister atmosphere he tries to take you back in your personal history through electronic ambient music. Pleasant memories, bad dreams, being alone in the dark, all these emotions overtake the listener. If you’ve seen the Kubrick movie ‘The Shining’, you will get an idea of the beautiful but disturbing feelings The Caretaker tries to evoke.

The Wire is now offering a free exclusive Caretaker download, composed especially for The Wire, complete with embedded artwork. In James’s own words it’s “emotional for these turbulent times of wonder we find ourselves in”. The track is unavailable anywhere else. And remember, The Caretaker will also play ZXZW Festival 2009!

Find the free download here!

Indie Thursday is on top of the world!

This week’s indie favourites at the ZXZW offices are:

Deastro (Randolph Chabot Jr.)’s new album Moondagger is truly great. It combines a nice synthypop sound with great songs that get stuck in your head immediately. You could maybe compare it with acts like MGMT and School of Seven Bells. All the music is made in Randolph’s Detroit basement with the help of sampled children’s toys and synthesizers.

Bowerbirds are Beth Tacular, Phil Moore and Mark Paulson from North Carolina. They make leafy folk-pop with guitars, accordions and violins. Not sure this is indie as you’d probably expect from us in this section, but it’s just beautiful. Bowerbirds are set to release their second album, Upper Air on Dead Oceans this July.

Sunset Rubdown Dragonslayer
One of the members of Sunset Rubdown is Spencer Krug. You might know this guy from bands like Frog Eyes, Swan Lake and/or Wolf Parade. They’re all great bands. And so is this one. The new album, Dragonslayer, might take some time to sink in, but it’s definitely worth it. Very ingenious indiepop with catchy hooks (as you might expect).

Another thing swarming the internet is Animal Collective’s Animal Crack Box that’s been talked about for years. It’s a vinyl-only box set limited to 1000 copies. The Animal Crack Box covers different live performances from the band from 2000 till 2003.

Got any other indie tips for us? Please comment!