Update on me – May 2012

Update on me – May 2012

The month of May is nearly over! At the beginning of the month I gave you an overview of what I was going to do and now I’d like to reflect on the things I’ve done this month and also my general well-being. This month promised to be busy and it was. So busy that I even had to make sure to step on the brakes just a little. Just a bit of a heads up before you start reading: it’s a long post!

At the end of April I wasn’t doing very good. The combination of my busy job, uni classes, a uni resit AND the job application process ended up being a bit too much. However, the first week of May was a vacation, which left me with plenty of time to rest up and get back into the swing of things. Unfortunately, due to my being tired and feeling out of it, I didn’t attend the Band of Skulls concert. I simply wasn’t up to traveling to Amsterdam to see them. The rest of the vacation was thus spent quietly with sleeping, shopping, a visit to the hairdresser and some visits to my physiotherapist as my back muscles decided to jam up again.

The rest of the month was great. I had a bit of a relapse during the Ascencion Day¬† weekend, but now everything is just fine again. I had friends over for dinner, where I made pancakes and the most delicious cheescake. I went to Antwerp for the first time in my life and my parents came over to visit me and I now have an amazing new desk chair. It’s all executive looking and super comfy. Apart from that I have been enjoying the nice weather we had over the weekend, I went to a 1920s party, had a BBQ with some friends, went to a birthday, read a book for the first time in months and I did go to three other concerts.

The first one was by Perfume Genius. They make dreamy melancholic music that you should just sit down for and listen to. The location of this concert was amazing. It was in De Duif an old renovated church in Amsterdam. It wasn’t a long concert. After about an hour I was outside again, but despite the short length it was amazing. The location definitely added to the atmosphere and made the music really come to life.

Another concert I went to was Tim Christensen and the Damn Crystals (TC/DC). I already wrote about TC/DC before as I have been raving about their album quite a bit. The concert was quite long, nearly 2 hours, but that’s because this band has been around for quite a long time. They played plenty of songs from their latest album, but mixed it up with some older songs. I really liked an older song which was called Time is the Space Between Us. Earlier in the day, the lead singer played a few songs in an acoustic set in my local record store so I also checked that out. Overall it was great music: fairly polished rock songs with a raw edge to them.

Tim Christensen & The Damn Crystals @ Paard van Troje

I had another concert last night: White Denim. This is a concert by a band of which I only know one song. I have one of their albums and I liked that but I haven’t listened to it enough to really know the music. I was therefore curious what they would do. As I am writing this before the concert took place, I cannot say anything on whether I liked it or not.

Lastly, work has been kind of crazy lately. Students are begining to feel the end is near and so some have started to panic. So my schedule has been filled to the brim with students wanting feedback or extra tries for final presentations. Luckily there are only a few classes left and then it’s time for exams which means grading. But I won’t have a tight schedule which I have to stick to, so that will make life easier.

University is also coming to an end for this year. In fact, I will have my very very last class this afternoon. Scary idea when you think about it. All I have to do is write two papers and then I can work on my presentation for the symposium in Berlin in August. And then I hope that I will have already worked enough hours on that paper to have finished my research training, which would mean that I only have my thesis left for next year. A whole year for writing a thesis should be enough don’t you think?

In a way I’m glad May is over, but I am also a bit sad as June will mark the end of a lot of things for me. But I have plenty of fun stuff coming up with more concerts, friends, work and school. All I know is that I will be keeping busy. How about you: what have you been up to?

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Upcoming concerts

Upcoming concerts

Recently I have been planning a bunch of concerts again. I haven’t been going much in the past year or so as I didn’t really have the time or because nothing fun was coming my way. Now, however, I have found a bunch of cool concerts to go to and I would like to share with you which these are.

30/03 Memoryhouse @ Paradiso

This dreamy indie pop group is not very well known to me. I only know a handful of songs. In my experience though, those sometimes make the best concerts. At only 10 euros for a ticket I could not pass up going. Here is their song To the Lighthouse

And the remix by Millionyoung:

23/04 Maps & Atlases @ Paradiso

Another indie group that I actually only know by name. I have heard their song Solid Ground only once. When coming across them I did do a quick search and found this newer song called Winter which I really like.

02/05 Band of Skulls @ Paradiso

This band I actually really like. I have their first album Baby Darling Doll Face Honey and have had their song Death by Diamonds and Pearls in my playlist since I first found the song 2 years ago. They were also featured on the Twilight New Moon Soundtrack and I even contemplated buying a ticket to their show when they played Amsterdam before. It was never meant to be. Now they are back with a new single, a new album and a new tour. I’m really curious! Here is the first single of their second album, Bruises:

17/05 Perfume Genius @ Amstelkerk

Another band I don’t know much about. I only know that the few songs I know, I love dearly. I already featured one of their songs in a previous post and am just curious to see how this dreamy music will come across live. They play Amsterdam as part of the Indiestad festival. Here is one of their newer songs called All Waters:

29/05 White Denim @ Melkweg

White Denim is a band that has been on my radar for some time. I have their album Fits, and have a bunch of their songs that float around my playlist. Their sound cannot be pinned down to one specific genre. It is sort of rocky, jazzy, groovy all at the same time. Here’s one of my favorite song by them called Home Together:

14/06 Marcus Foster @ Paradiso

This young singer/songwriter played Crossing Border in November and all I read were rave reviews. Some said he was even the best performance of that festival. I already have his album and love a bunch of his songs. He’s friends with Bobby Long, whose concert I went to in October. So I cannot wait to hear this guy live. Here’s the main single from his album called I Was Broken:

29/06 James Vincent McMorrow @ Melkweg

Finally! I finally managed to get hold of a ticket to see James Vincent McMorrow. He made one of my favorite albums of 2011, which I finally got my hands on in London, and I already blogged about him too. I’m most stoked about this one! This is my current favorite song from his album Early in the Morning called Down the Burning Ropes:

I will also be seeing Radiohead in October, but I will post about that later. I hope to be able to write reviews on all these concerts if they are interesting enough. I won’t be taking vids or pictures at every concert either. Just whenever I feel like I should. Some artists I’m curious to see as I’ve been listening to them for a while, others have just recently popped onto my radar. At least I’ve got something to do the next couple of months.

Which concerts will you be attending in the coming months?

Concerts I’ll be attending

Concerts I’ll be attending

On Friday night I decided I should go see a few bands again. It’s been March since I last set foot at a concert, which in my case is quite shocking. So on Friday I bought tickets to 3 different shows, and have a few more that I would like to go and see. Here’s my list:

  1. Warpaint @ Paradiso on June 19th (got tickets)
  2. Tame Impala @ Tivoli on June 26th (got tickets)
  3. TV on the Radio @ Paradiso on July 4th ?
  4. Justin Nozuka @ Bitterzoet on July 18th ?
  5. Pete & the Pirates @ Paradiso on July 19th (got tickets)
  6. Britney Spears @ Ahoy on October 19th ?
  7. 100 Monkeys @ Melkweg on December 9th

So anyone care to join me? You can click the links to listen to the music.