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Written By: frenchy on May 17, 2008 8 Comments

General Info
Artist/Group: Ween last fm logo
Location: Paradiso, Amsterdam
When: 15 May 2008

Ween Concert Ticket

Who?
They’re one of my all-time favorite bands and I never get tired of saying that! An uncompromising band of true musicians, mixing up the Classic 2-minute Punk track with Bluegrass, Rock and a bit of Electronica on the side. Their lyrics are politically incorrect, offending people from all genders and races, but somehow they get away with it. Somehow I just keep smiling when I hear their songs. Ween has really stretched my tolerance levels to the max.
I missed out on an earlier chance to see these guys perform, but now after quite some years, I was there to enjoy the wacky adventures of Gene and Dean Ween


Video clips at Youtube Logo || last fm logo
Full set list of that evening, courtesy of Last.fm’s Hugo19709

The Show
The band started quite nicely on time, with Dean Ween hopping on the stage with crutches due to some alligator wrestling accident or something. It didn’t stop him from rocking his guitar sitting on a chair during the show.

Dean Ween Cast Performance

The band played quite some songs I knew from the four excellent albums I have of them: Chocolate And Cheese, The Mollusk, Shinola and La Cucaracha.

Some of the more memorable ones:
Spinal Menangitis (Got Me Down)
Oooooh.. The live version also gives me the chills..

Voodoo Lady
Excellent fun!

Learnin’ to Love
The redneck anthem, gotta love it!

Fiesta
So incredibly wacky..

Gene and Dean Ween

My Own Bare Hands
Kinda active-aggressive anthem, the crowd really enjoyed themselves.

Zoloft
The weirdest thing I’ve heard in quite some frigging time!! The song is like it’s title: a medicated form of hallucination; the repeated slow breakdowns were like being in a fishbowl looking at the outside view of purple bunnies tap-dancing on green ice. Loved it!!

Conclusion
Close to two and a half hours of pure noise, emotion and sentiment. Their music is so varied in styles and approaches, it’s mind-boggling. The Dean’s guitar solos and Gene’s vocal acrobatics are the best way to live in sin.

Gene Ween

Last.fm’s uber-queen of soul, blkbetty, once wrote this great article called Can A Sister Rock? The Primal Urge for Rockin and Rollin. Well, this brother’s always had this urge for some strong guitar rock combined with a bit of the bizarre and this band, Ween, does that just perfectly.
A great concert with a great crowd and absolutely incredible music.

Rating: ★★★★½

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Written By: frenchy on May 11, 2008 No Comment

General Info
Artist/Group: Brasilintime – Sujinho CD release last fm logo
Location: Paradiso, Amsterdam
When: 09 May 2008

Brasilintime

Who?
An interesting mix of artists collaborating on a musical experiment. Have a look at the intro..

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Some of the artists:
Madlib last fm logo
Tony Allen last fm logo
Ivan “Mamão” Conti
and a whole list of other performers.

Impressive, right?
Well, the group gave a show in Paradiso and I just had to go have a look.

The Show
The warm up session was nice but waaaay too long so when the show finally started after more than an hour, I was really psyched for some action. And boy, the opening was impressive! The setup: three drum kits and a small percussion set in front; in the back two DJs and Madlib behind keyboard and sample kit.

The set was played as a jam session: one large and uninterrupted performance of a number of songs and compositions.

The rest of the show is hard to describe: it’s a mix of extremes. On the one hand, some stuff was really horrible and noisy crap. But on the other hand there was almost Perfection in what was performed. The third element: I experienced what it is to discover something you’ve never heard before. Something you know you won’t be able to understand. Like a caveman looking at a computer, I felt out of my league and I loved it!

What stood out for me was the discipline these guys showed: keeping the different drumming actions in sync (or sometimes willingly out of sync) and the DJs and Madlib doing their different things as layers of sounds, mixing it all up to interesting music, noises and soundscapes.

Conclusion
I was totally exhausted after the concert, mulling over all that I just had experienced. Like I said: some of the music was not that good, some was incredibly great. And some parts were just An Experience and An Education. Some stuff was just Complex Science and I hope to get old enough to really understand in time what I’ve heard this evening.
And I’m gonna get me the DVD asap!

This concert should’ve been programmed for the North Sea Jazz Festival: it’s fresh, it’s experimental and risky and it’s friggin’ great. That’s what the festival should be about.

read hieronymus fox’s review here!

Rating: ★★★½☆

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Written By: frenchy on March 7, 2008 One Comment

General Info
Artist: Rad. last fm logo || Discogs Icon
Location: De Melkweg, Amsterdam
When: 01 March 2008

Concert Rad. 2008

Who?
I know Rad. or Rose Ann Dimalanta from her 1992 album Radified. It’s a nostalgia thing, love the album. Read she’d be performing live with a great band including saxophone majesty Eric Leeds, I was curious.
Check out some of his performances at Youtube Logo.

The Show
Ouch.. The place was at half its capacity and it showed. Rad. did their best to give a prodfessional show, and they succeeded, more or less.

Songs that Stood Out
Homegirls Cha Cha Network
Great nostalgic feeling.

10 (Madhouse track)
Listen, boys and girls: Madhouse is one of my favorite bands, read my review of one their albums.
So to get the chance to hear a track from them co-performed by original band member Eric Leeds, was an absolute treat!!

Wishy
That’s when we left..

Conclusion
Hard to rate this concert: on the one hand, the material wasn’t that captivating. While on the other, the band commanded respect for their hard work.
It just didn’t work. Thrilled about Eric Leeds, and I wasn’t the only one: former Paisley Park co-worker and Dutch sax-diva Candy Dulfer was in the crowd along with her dad, Hans Dulfer, another sax-master from the Lowlands.
Meh, nostalgia doesn’t always work, I guess..

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (Mostly because of the band, not the gig itself)

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Written By: frenchy on February 24, 2008 3 Comments

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Artist: Koop last fm logo || The  Koop  Profile At MySpace || Discogs Icon
Location: De Melkweg, Amsterdam
When: 21 February 2008

Concert Koop 2008

Who?
Liked their recent release Koop Islands, saw them at The Hague Jazz last year, thought it’d be fun to go see them again.
Check out some of his performances at Youtube Logo.

The Show
The Melkweg is an excellent location for this kind of concert: practical, nice acoustics and not too steaming hot.
The guys started on time, and the moment the band was on stage, you knew you were getting a show from performers that love their music and love to share it with the audience. Although, somehow there still is this disconnect between crowd and band, can’t put my finger on it.
I really am getting old coz I was ready to choke some people in the audience for talking all the frigging time through almost all of the songs. You know what? If you wanna chat with your friends, move the frak out of this building and go find a bar, pretty please, with sugar on top?
Stand-in vocalist for this evening, dunno her name, but she almost made me forget the cute and lovely Miss Yukimi Nagano. This did a great job performing the songs in her own way and boy, does she now how to perform..

Songs that Stood Out
Come To Me
Closing song, always a crowd pleaser.

Koop Islands Song
Probably the opening track, strong presence from leading vocal lady

Unknown Song Relaxin’ at club F****n
Possibly on earlier albums, a great dance track straight from the laptop where the band joins in almost instrument by instrument. Better up-tempo work, something the show really needed.

Conclusion
The band has a limited playlist and seeing them again within twelve months doesn’t help either. It’s friggin’ weird: on the one hand, the show felt a bit boring and tame; on the other, you really get pulled into the excitement of the band’s excellent craftsmanship.
But that’s just not enough for me this evening.
Go see them if you get the chance, just don’t go for a second time within a year.

Rating: ★★½☆☆

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Written By: frenchy on February 21, 2008 No Comment

my twitterings# – Off to see Koop perform @De Melkweg, Amsterdam

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