Hip Hóóóóóóp!!!

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Last weekend I was in Amsterdam (or ‘Amsterdamme’, as some like to call it).
I went there on friday to visit the Last Night on Earth Party, hosted
by special friend Femke D., the David Gilmour Girls and a group of Baile Funk
specialists called News (who incidentally also helped creating the Talpa logo).
To make a short story even shorter, that party was the main reason I was
chilling out in the Vondelpark most of the saturday afternooon, doin’ nothing but
sneakily eardroppin’ conversations lovers in parks have, and checking out great
pictures of Jeanne Moreau at the Film Museum.

Talking of film, Film buffs, be warned!!! on saturday august 27th, one of my
alltime favourite movies ‘They Shoot Horse, Don’t They’ (Sydney Pollack, 1969)
is playing at the Museumplein, Amsterdam (yup, that means outdoors), A must
see for those who enjoy ‘actor films’ and elaborate dialogue(s).

The next day me and Mees, my personal Amsterdam tour guide, went to the
Oosterpark to go to Appelsap, which is a free outdoor hip hop party.
Although it was raining almost biblically, people remained upbeat and nice
and friendly and into it. Lots of DJ’s played lots of classic shit (like Smoothe
Da Hustler, the Lords of the Underground and the Souls of Mischief) but it
wasn’t until Wix played Al Green’s ‘Let’s stay together’ that it finally stopped
raining and the sun came out. Magic moments in hip hop history, I guess…
(just like the Kubus w/ Stickz, Rico and Jawat show. They were so good, that
it felt almost unreal, wow!).

Anyway, because of my Heineken Honcho I stayed perfectly dry, as displayed
on the picture taken by (again) Femke Dekker, whose pictures are online now,
right here. On the right of that same picture, there’s Danny of the experimental
Jetset, a group of three super talented graphic designers. You might
know their instant classic (and often copied) ‘John& Paul& Ringo& George.’
T-shirts, or, if you’re pretty old, their design for Dutch punkrock heroes NRA’s
‘Leaded’ album. Lately they’ve been doing lots of stuff for the Theater-
compagnie and the Stedelijk Museum & SMCS, if you live in Amsterdam, you
can’t have missed that. Two more stunning examples of their work are right
there underneath the Appelsap picture. Note how on the Kubrick poster, the ‘I’
is used as a Monolith… typical Jetset stuff.

And there’s more where they come from! I hooked up with Rafael R. who just
started a new T-shirt business and brought me my new Tagbanger T-shirt
(‘Kick the Cat’ and ‘Peppers’), which are ace! If I was you, I’d go and check
out his shirt-website here and some of the other stuff he does here.

One hell of a weekend! Special thanks to the NS for keeping on derailing them
trains on Amsterdam Central Station. I took a train on Monday 10 pm, to arrive
in Rotterdam on Tuesday 1.30 in the am. Man, I gotta get a drivers license.

5 Comments

  1. Posted August 17, 2005 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    Wat zit je haar goed, snoes.

  2. Posted August 19, 2005 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    Mijn haar zat daarentegen helemaal niet goed, maar het was dan ook een verschrikkelijk druilerige en brakke zondagmiddag. Stiekem was ik zelfs een beetje chagrijnig, denk ik.

    Maar desalniettemin: bedankt voor de link, Rufus!

  3. max
    Posted August 21, 2005 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    Woei! The link of rafael rozendaal is the best i saw in months!
    Is he ‘de broer van’?

  4. Posted August 24, 2005 at 5:07 am | Permalink

    BIJ HSV MAG JE GEWOON ETEN BIJ MACDONALDS

  5. femke d.
    Posted August 25, 2005 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    regendans, rituele shit… het was pragmooi en alle kapseltjes zaten goed. xf