December 30, 2009

Ring out the old, ring in the new

We visited my grandmother last week, for the first time with our Sam.
She is 87 years old, he is 7 months old.

She is so busy dying, he is so busy being born.

When I looked at my grandmother, so old, so tired, so confused, and then looked at my son, so young, so eager to discover, so alive, I got one of those rare lumps in my throat. You know the kind: it tells you that you're sad, but at the same time it tells you you're happy and especially lucky.

Scarily, it also made me realise that nowadays I often behave more towards the way my grandma feels than the way may son feels. Obviously not in such an extreme way, but somewhere in this year suddenly I seem to have passed that invisible but dangerous line that seperates young people from old people.

What? Hey, I'm 31!

I know. I know. You're old when you decide to be. Or, no. You're old when you decide not to keep doing new things. You're old when you stop discovering.

In 2010 I'll put a lot of effort in giving myself a huge kick up the butt. Bear with me until I find my way back please. I don't want to be old yet.

That's a start, right?

Have an exciting new year everyone, full of wonderful discoveries of all kinds.

December 28, 2009

Cats On Fire - The Hague

I'm coming out of my Christmas hibernation for just a minute to point you in the direction of the new and free single by Cats On Fire on Cosy Recordings.

Download here (follow link)

December 15, 2009

Undercover poplover, part 19

"Well, she wrote me a letter
Said she couldn't live without me no more
Listen mister can't you see I got to get back
To my baby once more"

Download (Mediafire)
1. Pianosaurus - The letter
2. Jesus And Mary Chain - My girl
3. The King Of Luxembourg - Happy together

December 07, 2009

The Raveonettes - In and out of control

The point of having a weblog is to bring music to the attention of people. There's a lot more satisfaction for all parties involved to be the only one or one of only a few to recommend a certain band or release. To be the thousandth blog to say something trivial about a record seems mostly pointless, no matter how much I love that record.

When the new Reveonettes album arrived, I played it for the first time and immediately liked it a lot. I didn't consider writing about it though. Then I played it for the tenth time and I loved these songs so much. All over the web there were other sites recommending In and out of control, so I didn't have to. By the time I played this for the hundredth time I realised this is possibly my favourite album of the year. So here you go, I can't resist any longer:

In and out of control is a fabulous pop album, and if you didn't listen to it yet you should.

The Raveonettes website
The Raveonettes myspace

Download (right click, save as)
1. The Raveonettes - Suicide
2. The Raveonettes - Last dance