It is with pleasure alloyed with pain and not a little unconcealed sadness that I announce our goodbye-for-now party this Saturday.
With Valentin leaving for Berlin and Pablo leaving for Uruguay it's not clear what will happen with the band. When people ask how or whether we will keep playing, the only answer we can give (for now) is that we won’t be playing in the near future, at least not in this formation.
So here’s to the songs unsung and the jokes unemailed. (For now).
But I think I speak for all of us that whatever inspired us to do this all this time drives us still, and is perhaps stronger, if different. What’s that you say, put it into words? Oh, that’s easy … it’s a beach in the beautiful country of ____, where night is day and day is also day, it’s the Vondelpark, where you go and sit for a while, it’s those old-style aeroplanes where two guys had to push the propellor to get it moving while the pilot put on his goggles and ate a candy bar, it’s a back page torn out of the book of Europe & the Americas, it’s an Amsterdammer riding a bike, a whole crazy city of Kermits the Frog.
And if we dare say so ourselves, the upcoming album was well worth waiting for.
By all of which I mean to say that we will still be filling the world with noises in some way or other.
So keep your ears open and your heart free of dust and your eyes on the back of the neck of the guy in front of you and march, soldier, march.
And come on Saturday and party with us one last time. For now.
We are scheduled as the first band, which means we really start at 22h!
Tomorrow (Sunday) and next Sunday we are playing two free shows in Amsterdam & Tilburg.
Tomorrow at 19.30 you can catch us at Friekfest, the 10th-year anniversary blowout and quite possibly also goodbye party for Villa Friekens, a squatted free-space -- by now an institution -- in the North of Amsterdam which is slated to be evicted soon.
Do you like the noises we make? Do you want to help us make more of them?
People keep asking us when we're going to play again, and we sure are itching to.
If you can play the violin and you think you want to play with us, or you know someone you does, do let us know. We would ask you to try two of the unreleased songs: 'Fritz' and 'Le bokhale barvalenge'. You can find them on the website or myspace. Pass it on!
Our winter tour is in full swing now over. Next stop:
Budapest at the Gödör Klub on December 30 Wien (Vienna) at the Ost Klub on New Year's Eve Manhattan, NY Knoxville, TN Little Rock, AR Hattiesburg, MS New Orleans, LA home to our castles and cottages
See us in the full list of cities in Europe and the U.S. by checking our agenda.
See us in sexy glasses doing secretarial work by closing your eyes and thinking a lot.
November 5, 2010 1:22 PM
Friends, Enemies, Eric:
On Tuesday our violin player Joseph plans to leave the country and basically the band, after 4 years of solid squeezing, tearing, screeching, crooning, touring, arranging, recording and performing.
Also on Tuesday, the mayor of Amsterdam will contradict his stated policy, as he plans to evict several squats, such as the Schoolstraat, 't Blijvertje, and Schijnheilig, for at least one of which the only plans existing are to fill it with anti-squatters.
Why don't you come to our concert at Schoolstraat 4 tomorrow at midnight, and see if we can convince the relevant parties to change their minds?
Well, why don't you, huh? Friends, enemies, no need to answer. Eric: I expect a prompt reply.
We will open for the legendary Toto la Momposina tomorrow in Stuttgart (Germany).
She is an amazing performer of traditional Colombian music from the Caribbean coastline, which she has dedicated her life to collecting, interpreting and performing. This is the music of the indigenous who fled (with their flutes) into the forests from the arriving Spanish, and were soon joined by runaway African slaves who also fled (with their drums), and who then started falling in love.
And if you''re not a world music junky like the writer of the last paragraph, let us put it another way: she just rocks.
On Friday we feel Lucky and Honoured to play with the fabulous * Kočani Orkestar * from Macedonia, as part of a 3-day cultural festival dealing with Southeast Europe.
They are one of Europe's most popular Balkan brass bands, having recorded a fantastic live album with Taraf de Haïdouks, had their music used along with that of Ezma Resdepova (apparently without permission) in the movie Borat, and performed recently with Beirut.
The entire program of the festival, including music and films, can be found here.
You can come too and increase your Luck & Honour. I would insert a role-playing game joke here, but I don't have enough Skill points.
Unsubsidised, unfettered and unmotivated by profit: 3-day festival at the biggest squat community in the Netherlands
From their site:
The ADM festival will this year explore the theme of time: are we facing the
end of time? How do we experience time? Can time be slowed down or sped up?
What do we want the future to look like? How does the past affect us? Does
time even exist?
The ADM TIJD festival will take place around the autumn equinox… Traditionally this is an important moment in the cycle of the sun and brings us back to a very basic notion of time – as a reflection of solar and seasonal cycles..
As the world around us is dragged down by the boom-and-bust economy where ‘time is money’ the ADM provides an escape-route. A rare and endangered free-place where people are experimenting with alternative lifestyles, learning to disconnect from the addiction to material wealth and to guide their own lives and how they spend their time.
So, forget your watch and phone, leave behind the haste of modern society and adjust to ADM time. Immerse yourself in alternate theatrical worlds; lose yourself in the music; learn a timeless trade or inform yourself on the intricate relationship between time and space…
Do you like acoustic music? Do you want to know more about autonomy and self-sufficiency? Are you a hamster?
If your answer to any of these questions was ‘Mark Rutte’ then you should check out Wijk 7’s ‘Off-the-grid Festival’, starting tonight, and catch us play acoustic as well later in the evening.
They're closing the master switch for the electricity and the gas tap -- so it's 3 days of workshops on generating your own energy, sustainability, permaculture, clay and pizza/bread ovens, rocket stoves, live bands by campfires, poets and storytellers by candlelight, DJ's on bike generators, Yoga lessons, making (your own) paper out of (someone else’s) poo, and loads
w/Amarins e le gatte negre, Supercity, Orsi's zoo, Storytelling by Rik & Sahand, much more.
More info at Wijk 7's page
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Vrijdagavond 14 september:
19.00 Voku: Eten wat de pot schaft
21.00 Amarins e le gatte negre. Muziek.
22.00 Dichters uit Zuidoost. Poetry, zang en Bodyslap.
23.00 Caspian Hat Dance. Muziek.
21.45 Story telling by Rik
22.15 Constantin. Muziek.
Zaterdag 15 september:
14.00-17.00 Open Middag Art School. Presentaties, mogelijkheidtot inschrijven. Ontmoet de leraren.
Stel al je vragen. Proeflessen zang en kindermuziek.
15.00-17.00 Daddy Mystic. Drumworkshop en schilderen.
15.00-18.00 Mosaic met Loyenda.
19.00 Voku: Eten wat de pot schaft
21.00 Orsi’s Zoo. Muziek.
22.00 To be announced. Muziek.
23.00 Super City. Muziek.
24.00 DJ Battery Low
21.30 Story Telling by Sahand
De Keuken van het Ongewenst Dier zal ook aanwezig zijn vanaf 21.00uur met hun
Schiphol gans croquetten.
Zondagmiddag 16 september:
12.00 Land Art Workshop. Werken met natuurlijke materialen.
14.00 Yoga met Katrin.
14.00 Stofbewerken met Laura Reiman.
15.00-18.00 Papier maken van koeienvlaai met The Poo
Café Belgique Anniversary
Café Belgique is celebrating its 15th year of existence at Ruigoord and asked several good artists to play.
They also asked us.
18.00 - 20.00 DJ Uncle Fee
20.00 - 21.00 Humanos Magicos
21.00 - 22.00 DJ Uncle Fee
22.00 - 23.00 Supercity
23.00 - 24.00 Uncle Fee (act Bassculture jah Depender met violiste)
24.00 - 01.00 Caspian Hat Dance
01.00 - laat DJ dikke Thomas met zn vette platen
Eddie & the Eagles
From Eddie & the Eagles:
A night with the ever sensational Caspian Hat Dance!
punk and art from the Polish collective Dobre Cultural Platform in collaboration with Galeria Czułość and Fundacja Sztuk Wizualnych.
impro from EKE: Gibson | Hoogland | Jäger
and at the bar: afro jazz from MAU MAU!
orgenized by dOeK, Eddie The Eagle Museum and Dobre Cultural Platform.
„I have no illusions”
Polish Photography Project by DOBRE Cultural Platform
curators: Agata Bar & Kamila Ławniczuk
Exhibition “I have no illusions” gives insights to works of young Polish photographers.
It should start with a statement that ‘We are the 1980’s generation’, whom were born during Poland’s transformation from communism towards a democratic, capitalist society. During this period, we were exposed to West-German commercials and American T.V. series, which gave us a misleading, fabricated view on life. As years went by, it became more certain that real world we were entering differed from the one represented in the media.
Young photographers, from the 80’s generation, are trying to showcase their personal dichotomy between this commercialized, manufactured image and their day-to-day realities. In the process, they are introducing a counter-narrative in exposing the public to a more realistic view. Displayed imagines are definitely not just another colorful photographs from popular magazines. These works reflect their experiences. In the end, it became clear that there is no room for illusions which portrays the world better than it really is.
Showcased Artists: Kaśka Maniak, Kamil Zacharski, Piotr Bekas, Weronika Ławniczak, Łukasz Rusznica, Lena Dobrowolska, Kuba Rubaj, Michał Lichtański, Krzysztof Pacholak, Dawid Misiorny.
Also, presentation of Polish photobooks prepared in collaboration with Galeria Czułość (Warsaw) and Fundacja Sztu