allemaal goed en wel…


It’s nice to have the International Film Festival in town, it provides our great
city with a little extra glamour and there are actually people walking the other-
wise empty streets at night. Not that I’ve seen any of this actually happening,
I did see it on TV yesterday, as there’s a daily(?) festival report on ‘3’. It is
said that tonights’ broadcast is about ‘drugs and film’, which I for one think is
an excellent combo.

Anyway, the downside to the festival is that I have to wait longer before I can go
see ‘Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing and Charm School’, starring my very
own special high school sweetheart Marisa Tomei. I guess I first saw her in
‘My Cousin Vinnie’ (for which she won the Oscar for best supporting actress),
but it wasn’t til I saw Heartburn that I really, really fell in love with this super
casual ‘I just got out of bed, but I’m still amazingly cute’ woman. She’s the
reason ‘What women want’ is watchable and now she’s starring in this dance
flick next to Robert Carlyle, John Goodman, Mary Steenburgen and Donnie
Wahlberg. Just can’t be bad.

In the meantime I have no time to see whatever film festival film since I’ve
been making graphic designs and preparations for our upcoming show (that
Gyz has already mentioned, but which will have its own post on this site pretty
soon). When I’m stuck inside I usually listen to loads of records, but sometimes
I’ve got this thing that I just can’t stand listening to whatever music. It all
sounds like shit to me then. Except for logically built music like Bach or Ella
Fitzgerald / Cole Porter stuff. Strange, it’s as if all complicated music just
gets on my nerves solely because of its complexity or its ‘loudness’, its avant
garde-ism, or shit like that. Probably that’s why I’ve been playing ‘Highway 61
Revisited’ (Bob Dylan) like there’s no tomorrow. It’s razor sharp, it’s simple,
it’s point-A-to-point-B-in-a-straight-line and I like it.

The next best thing is ‘Eigen Wereld’, the new Opgezwolle album. Dude, those
guys are intense! Once I saw Delic on the mic at Appelsap in the Amsterdam
Oosterpark. In the middle of the show he was up front at the stage screaming
‘We gaan ka-pot, Amsterdam!’ (slang). Everybody laughed, he’s a really funny
guy, a character. But he’s also a true beat magician. Some of the tracks on the
new album are just plain fucking genius. If you’re not a Dutch speaker, see if
you can download their song called ‘Elektro Stress’. A smashing electro-fuelled
hip hop classic. Of course I could never tell, but I think it doesn’t really matter
if you can understand the lyrics or not. If you can’t, well that’s too bad, Freako
Rico and Sticky Steez rock mics like poets from another planet (‘eigen wereld’
means ‘own world’). The raps are mostly about a society gone haywire and the
ongoing struggle and pleasures of those who say NO, or at least have doubts
about ‘systems’ that try to corrupt us all. I already knew Opgezwolle kicks a lot
of booty, but especially Delic shows some skills on ‘Eigen Wereld’ that I had not
heard before. Buy, ‘rip’ or download this album! I’m telling ya.


  1. niels
    Posted January 31, 2006 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    duidelijk… ik heb ooit kubus-buitenswesten aan een amerikaan gegeven. die snapte hem wreed. en nu ik eraan denk. ik ga hem deze ook sturen….

  2. Gyz La Riviere
    Posted January 31, 2006 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

    Das dan weer gaaf van je, Ketelbinkie

  3. Posted February 11, 2006 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    Long time ago, ongeveer een jaar, was ik met mn RUNDFUNK ladies in Stockholm, plaatjes draaien in een overvolle tent met hippe Sweden. Ik en my fellow Hotcake begonnen de set en wel met LL’s ‘Going Back to Callie’. Dat digte ze wel, maar toen we de ‘Hamvraag’ van Kubus & Sticks inzette, ging de hele tent uit zn dak! Jatoch?! en niemand die ooit van ze had gehoord, of maar verstond wat er werd gezegd. Dat was echt te gek!

    Loud and clear, niet?