One crappy cellphone picture of THE VEGETABLE ORCHESTRA at Eurosonic, 16 January, Stadsschouwbourg, Groningen, Netherlands
Whenever I think about the Vegetable Orchestra, I think of the experimentation behind it. How do you go about finding out what kinds of sounds you can produce with what kinds of vegetables? I have never thought about the kind of mess they make during their shows: They make such a mess during their shows! Five minutes in, the stage of the respectable Stadsschouwbourg was strewn with carrot peels.
The Vegetable Orchestra played the official Austrian reception that served, very thematically, vegetable soup and we just want to give a shoutout to the curry-coconut-ginger soup: Four for you curry-coconut-ginger soup! You go curry-coconut-ginger soup! And none for the minestrone, bye.
One crappy cellphone picture of SWEET SWEET MOON at Eurosonic 2014, January 17th at Forum Images, Groningen
I looked behind me at one point during the concert and every single person smiled. There were no scowling music business professionals, no bored people obviously having been dragged along by their friend, nobody checking their watch to get to the next show. Everybody seemed to just really enjoy themselves and the show.
One crappy cellphone picture of JA, PANIK at Eurosonic 2014, 16 January at Vera, Groningen, Netherlands
Neue Textfragmente wie “Gästelistenplätze für das letzte aller Feste” passen genauso wunderbar absurd zur Musikindustrie-Convention Eurosonic wie eine Band, die dem Patriotismus ungefähr so zugetan ist wie die Niederlande gesundem Essen oder regenfreiem Wetter, zum Österreich-Schwerpunkt beim Festival.
Wir haben uns sehr gefreut, dass sie am Eurosonic gespielt haben, aber warum Ja, Panik das getan haben, konnte uns niemand so richtig erklären.
One crappy cellphone picture of ELLIPHANT at Eurosonic 2014, 16 January at Simplon, Groningen, Netherlands
Apparently, there’s this rundown bar in Groningen called “Canary” that all the Eurosonic delegates end up at, once the concerts are over and more business needs to be dealt with.
It’s the type of place that old men stagger out of, announcing loudly just how high they are. And it’s where Elliphant, her DJ and her manager shared their backstage beers with us. #starstruck
As for the actual Elliphant show a few hours earlier, there were a lot of scratching, sirens, hooting and laser weapon sounds, all of which we love.
One crappy cellphone picture of LULU JAMES at Eurosonic 2014, 16 January at Platform Theater, Groningen, Netherlands
Lulu James does not only have a powerful voice and edgy R&B tracks that suit it very well, but also great style; I mean check out this picture, she’s wearing a tiny bit of fabric and gold chains in the weirdest places and I’m in love with her.
One crappy cellphone picture of TIRANA at Eurosonic 2014, 15 January at De Spieghel, Groningen, Netherlands
Tirana played three shows at Eurosonic, so that’s quite good for them. We met them and their label boss by chance at Groningen’s main square and had a wonderful late night conversation about the difficulties of a vegan lifestyle in meatball country and the amazingly disgusting snack called “eierbal”, which is, yes, a hard boiled, fried egg.
One crappy cellphone picture of SEX JAMS at Eurosonic 2014, January 16th 2014, Vera, Groningen
After this show I said, “This was really great but I have no idea what to say about it” and my much smarter colleague said, “Well, you could always write down what happened.” So here’s what happened: Dancing on and off stage. Much jumping around on stage. Singing along off stage. The singer jumping into the crowd twice, once to shake the audiences hands and once just for the fun of it. The bass player falling off the stage, into the crowd. Wow. Much punk. Very live. So music.
One crappy cellphone picture of HELLA COMET at Eurosonic 2014, January 15th, Shadrak, Groningen
This was the first band we saw at Eurosonic and it was also supposed to be the first post about Eurosonic to go up but a spotty wi-fi ate it up. Anyway, Hella Comet were the perfect festival openers. If anybody wasn’t in the mood for four days of live shows after this set, then nobody can help them.
One crappy cellphone picture of INVSN at Eurosonic 2014, 16 January at Machinefabriek, Groningen, Netherlands
Drei Frauen, drei Männer, und alle haben die Haare im Gesicht. Nur der Drummer nicht; der hat eine Glatze.
This was almost a poem. Also INVSN (“invasion”) were the highlight of day 2. (No. Actually the highlight were the “egg balls” you can buy from a snack wall. Oh, Dutch food, you’re amazing.)
Ende Jänner gibt es für das faule studentische Volk viel zu tun, das hält aber nicht ab, tanzwütig zu sein. Wir haben wieder was zu verschenken!
Am 25.01. lädt Salopp! ins wundervolle brut mit Mann und Klamm (zu welchen ich mal vor zwei Jahren bei Tanz durch den Tag viel getanzt habe).
Wenn ihr also euer Tanzbein zu feinem Techno schwingen wollt, könnt ihr bei uns 2x2 Tanzvergnügen gewinnen. Unter allen, die uns bis zum 23.01. eine Mail an walzerkoenige(at)gmail.com oder eine Tumblr-Nachricht schicken, verlosen wir die Gästelistenplätze.
Mann&Klamm (Houseology UK / Malen nach Zahlen)
Lupo der Fux (J&F / JHR / Schönbrunner Perlen)
Davi dB (Salopp!)
One crappy cellphone picture of DRENGE at Eurosonic 2014, January 15th 2014 at Magic Mirror, Moulin Rouge, Groningen
“Drenge” means “boys” in Danish and I thought they’d be a Scandinavian New Wave band and thought “Awesome! I want to see that!” They turned out to be a band from Sheffield that delivers wonderfully dirty, graceless, not-sophisticated-at-all rock’n’roll songs and afterwards I thought “Awesome! I’m really glad I saw that!”
Tirana - Same (They Shoot Music At Home Session)
I spent one evening at the (Türkis) Rosa Lila Villa a long time ago. It was a pretty average evening actually. I’m glad it was. I don’t know why I’m even mentioning it. It should be so normal it’s boring.
Tirana @ Eurosonic 2014: 15 January, De Spieghel (Up) & 16 January, De Beurs (Up), Groningen, Netherlands
Hidden By The Grapes - Don’t Let Me Robert Downey Jr.
This video was shot at a mall, a location that no sane person wishes to be at, ever, but especially not during the annual pre-Christmas madness. The only acceptable thing about Christmas is Robert Downey, Jr.’s version of River for the Ally McBeal Christmas album (because it is supersad).
See what I did there? Hidden By The Grapes, you’re not the only ones who casually drop Robert Downey, Jr.’s name in unrelated contexts.
Sex Jams - Junkyard
Roadtrips, a flat and windy landscape and lots of smoking? This video looks a lot like our plans for Eurosonic! Except we’re not planning to smash, steal or hurt anything. (But of course sticking to plans has never been our biggest strength…)
Sex Jams @ Eurosonic 2014: 16 January, Vera, Groningen, Netherlands
ghost capsules in their natural habitat
Ghost Capsules - Broken Bones / They Shoot Music At Home Session
This is a new song, isn’t it? It’s a great new, more atmospheric direction that makes me yearn for more.
Did you know that the Ghost Capsules studio is located in the same house as one of three parties I went to in 2013 that got shut down by the police? (Man, 2013 wasn’t bad at all!) It was glorious; the whole street was filled with police cars and people continuing the party on the street.
Ghost Capsules @ Eurosonic 2014: 17 January, Simplon (Up), Groningen, Netherlands