Are you a Flight of the Conchords fan? If not, you probably should be. Why? Because they will make you laugh. A lot. And after all, they are New Zealand’s fourth best comedy folk duo (they said it themselves). Flight of the Conchords, with their particular brand of Kiwi comedy (I’m always interested to know how far it translates to other parts of the world? We’ve introduced many a foreign friend to the joys of The Distant Future, their BBC Radio series, and both seasons one and two of their HBO show) always make me laugh, and when I was feeling really sick with the flu last week, I couldn’t have been happier to find their latest song, Feel Inside (and stuff like that). Sure, I am always happy to hear the (strangely) comforting tones of the Kiwi accent whilst I am so far from Aotearoa, but forget about fourth best. This is the best charity song I ever heard (so cool these guys are using their powers for good! Big ups!). Oh and the kids in the video are ridiculously adorable and hilarious. You’ll see what I mean. If you are in the mood for a laugh, get watching below!
A few weeks back we had the chance to see Shabazz Palaces play live in Amsterdam. We were excited; since getting a copy of their most recent album Black Up, the sounds of Shabazz Palaces has been a go-to album over the past months. What made this concert even more exciting was the opportunity to see them play in a such small and gezellig venue which, as far as concert venues are concerned, can only really hold a handful of people. Pre-concert, the anticipation built; it was clear from the minimalistic stage set-up that we were going to cut straight to the main event (no support act here!).
Then, all of a sudden, the waiting was over, as this dynamic duo caught the waiting audience off-guard, making an entrance from the back of the club, playing instruments, sashaying their way through the small but dedicated crowd and up onto the stage. Read more
It sounds a bit like a joke. It isn’t a church anymore, but Paradiso is a fine concert venue. We were reminded that Boy & Bear were going to be back in the Netherlands by reading a post on another blog. It was Rabbit Song that convinced me at the end that this was a band worth paying attention to.
And we were not at all disappointed. The greatest highlight for us, from this Australian band, was the cover of Crowded House – a Kiwi-Aussie crossover point that had us captivated.
My camera work is very amateur, so maybe it’s better to close your eyes.
Filming by PJD at Paradiso, Amsterdam; yelling at the end, CIA. Also, special mention of the Canadian guy who wouldn’t shut up until I told him to stop being a dick – “oh great!”, he said in the middle of the song, “some Canadiana!”. Way not to be cool, man.
We weren’t kidding.
Photo by CIA or PJD (it was definitely on PJD’s phone), after Zürich Openair
We had such a great time on the third night – Bloc Party (more on whom, later) blew us away; a soggy Mogwai had to finish early for safety reasons, which was very sad, but they delivered a set of ferocious intensity, before which, we tried to capture a sense of the muddy chaos produced by the torrential rain of the night before.
Nevertheless, Zurich Openair is a place of beauty, fun and adventure. Just don’t wear new shoes.
Photos by PJD, Samstag, Zurich Openair, 2012. Just wait until you get to see our shoes.
Tonight we found our new favourite band (of right now), Soulwax. Sometime between Soulwax and White Lies, we took this Openair panorama. At this point, it was a beautiful evening, later the skies opened up, but enjoy!
Photos by PJD, grateful that, for this first time in his adult life, he had a proper raincoat. For those who pay attention to these things, it’s the “warm vintage” setting on the HTC Desire S. Looks like instagram, I guess?