April 17, 2015

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy: "Gloria" video

Watch the new Bonnie 'Prince' Billy video for Gloria form the split 7" single Gloria & Drie vragen with broeder Dieleman. The split 7" is a special release for Record Store Day (April 18th) on Snowstar Records: 1000 copies for the Benelux and 1000 copies for the US.

broeder Dieleman will perform four shows on Record Store Day.

Live dates:
  • 04/09 Onderhuids @ Burgerzaal, Middelburg
  • 04/18 Waterput, Bergen op Zoom (11.00)
  • 04/18 Grey, Breda (13.30)
  • 04/18 Velvet Music, Leiden (16.00)
  • 04/18 Molen de Ster (w/ Herrek), Utrecht (ism Ekko)
  • 04/26 Momentum Noord Beveland, Kortgene
  • 05/02 TBA, Leeuwarden
  • 05/16 London Caling @ Tolhuistuin, Amsterdam
  • 06/20 Avond van de poëzie, Groede

» bonnieprincebilly
» broederdieleman.com

HCTF review of Gloria & Drie Vragen.

Bootleg Betty: Left the Barn

Dutch rockabilly quintet Bootleg Betty go back to the Fifties with their debut EP Left the Barn, five tracks that have written "jukebox favorite" all over them. The ladies pay tribute to pioneer Wanda Jackson (A Song Called Wanda) and cars (Raging Cadillac), but the highlight is the ambiguity of the slow Like A Wolf - it could be about murder or sex or both. With harmonica, chugging guitars and passive-agressive vocals the song moves like a predator in the dead of night.

Rcokabilly is a genre is about girls and boys checking each other out. Bootleg Betty is in step with the boundaries of their niche with Push & Pull, about a will he or won't he protagonist, and the EP's country honk closer Ramblin' in which the ladies take to the streets all dressed up and looking for trouble. Don't classify them as a novelty act, but think of them as a shot in the arm for good old rock 'n' roll. Buy them a beer when you catch them live.

Bootleg Betty:
Karlijn Wolsing: vocals
Anneke Zeegers: guitar, vocals
Imke Loeffen: guitar, vocals
Daphne Verlinden: upright bass, bass, vocals
Merel van Oven: drums

Left the Barn is released on 10" vinyl and CD thru Kroese Records. It is the first release by this label run out of an indie record store. Release date: April 18th.

  1. A Song Called Wanda
  2. Raging Cadillac
  3. Push & Pull
  4. Like A Wolf
  5. Ramblin'

Live dates:

  • 04/18 Kroese in-store (12:30), Nijmegen
  • 04/18 Kroese in-store (14:45), Arnhem
  • 04/25 Merleyn, Nijmegen
  • 05/02 P79, 's-Hertogenbosch
  • 05/05 Bevrijdingsfestival, Wageningen
  • 05/08 Nijmegen Rock City Bowling, Nijmegen
  • 05/10 Rock Around The Jukebox, Autotron Rosmalen, 's-Hertogenbosch

» bootlegbetty.nl

Words about music (371): Kurt Cobain

Punk is musical freedom. It's saying, doing and playing what you want. In Webster's terms, 'nirvana' means freedom from pain, suffering and the external world, and that's pretty close to my definition of Punk Rock.

Kurt Cobain

Cover Me: Here Comes The Summer

Dutch dream pop band Sväva have made a slowed down cover of The Undertones' Here Comes The Summer. They used the guitar tone of The Cure's Lullaby. The track serves as the theme song for the intimate Here Comes The Summer festival and is available as a free download. Recorded by producers Snoet & Smoel who added a sprinkling of synths and electronics.

Live dates:
  • 04/18 Epe, Netherlands @ Epop
  • 05/02 Vlieland, Netherlands @ Here Comes The Summer
  • 05/05 Den Bosch, Netherlands @ Bevrijdingsfestival
  • 05/15 Oxford, UK @ Natural History Museum
  • 05/17 London, UK @ Sebright Arms
  • 05/19 Oxford, UK @ Art Jericho

» Here Comes The Summer festival
» Sväva on Facebook

HCTF review of We Have Just The Life We Want.

April 16, 2015

Musique Le Pop: Same About You

Norwegian electro trio Musique Le Pop recorded their new single Same About You a small house in Finnmark. They had jsut sat through all Twin Peaks episodes and singer Elisabeth Thorsen tried rellay hard to channel the vocals of Julee Cruise’s signature song Falling. The music uses the blueprint of DeVotchKa's How It Ends of Little Miss Sunshine. In fact it comes quite close to plagiarism.

So what we have here is mash-up of two iconic soundtrack songs. It's enjoyable enough, but enterprising copyright lawyers will see an opportunity to build a case.

Same About You and the Safariari remix are released thru Cafe Superstar Recordings. Release date: April 20.

» Musique Le Pop on Facebook

HCTF review of the l’été EP.