Optimus Prime Noisefest



20:30    Vrienden van de Duitse Keuken (NL)
20:42    Cock Cobra (NL)
20:54    Kaiserschnee (NL) (ZXZW 2008)
21:06    Swartvit (NL)
21:18    Kristus kut (NL)
21:30    Doornen (NL)
21:42    Weird Dust (BE)
21:54    Klitink (NL)
22:06    Odal (NL)
22:18    City Hands (NL)
22:30    Brown Jenkin (NL)
22:42    Kamloops (NL)
22:54    Horacio Pollard (UK)
23:06    Sean Barrett (US)
23:18    Cementimental (UK)
23:30    Political Necroshemalebob (UK)
23:42    Rinus van Alebeek (NL/DE)
23:54    Koroshiya (US)
00:06    Puppkakkbaggrlull (NL) (ZXZW 2008)
00:18    Blue Shift (US)
00:30    Kakawaka (DE) (ZXZW 2008)
00:30    DJ Bart Hard / DJ Holmen

01:00    END TIME


May 13th: Living room concert in Tilburg


May 13th:

Id M Theft Able + Audrey Chen (US) (cello + vocal + freaky influences)
support: Franz Fjödor (NL) (drone deluxe)

+ dj stompifier

Will give a free concert in Vatican Analog’s Wouter Jaspers’ living room.
Start: 20:30 / End: 23:59

Id M Theft Able and Audrey Chen experiment with cello, effects and vocals. Franz Fjödor will introduce his new instrument to the Netherlands: The magnamorfoon. In one word: ‘Gezellig!’
So for great music, free beer, and an occasional foot massage you should mail Wouter at wouterjaspersATgmailDOTcom to let him know you want to be there Wednesday 13 May.

When Roadburn just isn’t your thing


Of course everyone that comes to Tilburg this weekend is going to the Roadburn fest (with among others Baroness (ZXZW 2006)), but it might just be that you do not like stoner/doom or that you need to hear something else between those thick layers of slow noise.

For those of you we have another tip for next friday: Freefolk in a very cosy setting – Steffan ‘Vatican Analog‘ de Turck’s own living room!

Acts: Spoono and Cam Deas:

Spoono is 24-year old guitarist Jack Allett (who is also half of Towering Breaker), who takes the Takoma School of John Fahey, Robbie Basho et al. as the starting point for his compositions and improvisations, and goes on to incorporate psychedelia, neoclassicism, minimalism, jazz and more into his unique take on modern folk/blues fingerpicking. He has a new album out on Blackest Rainbow Records.

Since the dissolution of his previous band, Cameron Deas started a solo career under the name Cam Deas. He has released various EPs under the record labels Blackest Rainbow, Dead Pilot, Dirty Demos and others. Deas plays the guitar, and notably the 12 String Guitar. His music is a mix of acoustic and electronic sounds, which “conjures up an air of ancient smoke-wreathed ritual with ghostly moans and 12 string acoustic guitar ragas that disappear into cascades of echo, haze and distortion.”

more info: sdeturck@home.nl

Free beer, free wine, bring your own booze: just e-mail sdeturck@home.nl that you want to be there and he will give you further information.

Hokaben review

This weekend we went to the excellent Hokaben festival in London. It was a small scale ZXZW with artists like Sun Ra Arkestra, Chops, Dethscalator and  Zun Zun Egui playing. The festival  was held in 93 Feet East, a nice venue with 3 halls close to the Rough Trade record shop, in a cool part of town full of record shops, clothing shops, Indian restaurants and girls looking like The Ting Tings members.
The smalles hall was curated by Illegal Seagul which is like the Vatican Analog of Bristol. A lot of weird acts with nice costumes performed there.  On Friday Don Caballero did the usual stuff, playing some pastiche post rock music and proving that their best band member started Battles.
Fucked Up really ruled. They played a very dynamic show with some anthems, some chaotic parts and some underpants. Also the very loud krautrock trip of Mugstar ruled.
The Saturday was the best day of the festival. So much good music. Zun Zun Egui did a superb show, adding some noisy layers to the sound of nu-white-afropop bands like Vampire Weekend.
Aufgehoben (who play rarely live) are on the ZXZW 2009 withlist. They have a line up of two drummers (one drummer also playing bricks), one guitar guy and one sound guy and play a free jazz with some metal influcences.

Also a great thing was seeing Chris Corsano playing live. He’s a wizard with drumsticks, a master of technique. But Corsano is not a macho-technical drummer. Everything is dedicated to the composition, to the fire music of the set. The duo with Mick Flower is a combination of free jazz, punk drones, free rock and total surrender. What a joy to watch! Corsano is definitely one of the best and most exciting contemporary drummers around.
Acid Mothers Temple did their regular Japanese psychedelic stuff. Good and psychedelic. Stoner and Stockhausen. It was a pity that Kid606 only played for 20 minutes,  due to a strict curfew and a schedule which wasn’t maintained very tight.

However, the breakcore stuff really went on at the Scotch Egg show. A totally wasted small room got  ravenous wild on his gameboy tunes. He added fun and another sound to the quite guitar based festival line up. Woohoo!
Sunday started quite slowly. Close to the festival the Souljazz dj’s were playing a free gig. Had to be there. Had to be jealous at their kick ass dancehall and dub records. Wow, what a sound they created. At the meantime the Norwegian friends from Arabrot (who recorded their new record with Steve Albini) did a very tight noiserock show. Bromancer was fucking loud and attacked a camera man.
Sun Ra Arkestra was headlining Hokaben. Again they proved their unique position in the history of music. The set consisted of old and new. Of the usual Duke Ellington and Fletcher Henderson stuff combined with some of the finest Sun Ra and Marshall Allen compositions. Marshall Allen played his crying solo’s and the other members were on. Can’t see them enough.
What else to say? If you’re a indie kid: listen to Rolo Tomassi, who play synth driven harcore. Friends with Holy Roar bands like Cutting Pink With Knives, young, good looking, can play their instrument and they know how to create a concert vibe. We want to thank all the Hokaben guys for the great festival and all the effort they put in it. We’ll be there next year!