I highly recommend reading the recently published Beastie Boys book to anyone that was ever into them! Licensed To Ill was certainly a life changer for me as a child. Besides it being the first vinyl record i ever bought, i remember it felt like a home coming, like the soundtrack i had been waiting for without knowing it existed! They were loud, annoying, wore volkswagen signs around their necks, threw cakes around and definatly skated, but most of all they were so EXCITED! Reading about their early adventures in this book made me smile non stop! those three pals had such a ridiculous fun time, and it was all self inflicted! There's a lot of fun in this book, sweet love for music, and apologies for the stupid sexist and homophobic things they have said in the past. revisiting their first 3 lp's this week!
Since coming home i have enjoyed:
- Affiniteiten #1, a double - double exhibition, the first in a series of annual exhibitions at LLS Paleis zooming in on artist couples that don't work together, but do live together. This first edition shows work by Nel Aerts and Vaast Colson and Marie José Burki and Mitja Tusek. Or, to say it in Dutch, in Jan Matthé's words: 'Een tentoonstelling die Belgische kunst wil bekijken door het prisma van de liefdestandem".
- Vapor Gourds : Incision Objects, LP (Fogged Records)
(Although i truly loved Vapor Gourds' first LP 'Dagger Magic' from 2008, i seemed to have missed his second effort 'Incision Objects' from 2015 upon til now. Vapor Gourds is the solo project of Jake Meginsky, who i first got to know as the percussionist of the great Western Mass trio XO4 around 2004. Nowadays Jake is showing the recent documentary film 'Full Mantis' (on Milford Graves) which he directed, all over the planet. It's great to see how succesful this wonderful film became! 'Incision Objects' follows the same line as Vapor Gourds' debut record, a sparse, slow, clicking non techno record, tripping through sampled ethiopics (or something from that same area?).
- Soft Focus : s/t, LP (Puu)
(A gorgious sort of easy listening or "exotica" lp by Jimi Tenor, Lary 7 and Mia Theodoratus, on heavy rotation here, mainly during breakfast and dinner!)
- Capital Punishment : Roadkill, LP (Captured Tracks Records)
(Quite the surprise of recent purchases.. Chris Fusetron recommended this one. A pretty damn strange band with a name and title that could be of some gutter metal band, though it is a early weirdo DIY bedroom noise/punk/cling clang band that the actor Ben Stiller was in! This reissue includes a book of liner notes, including some of Stiller too. Quite a monster)
- Roger Eno : This Floating World, LP (Recital)
(It seems safe to say that it is a great idea to keep track of anything Recital puts out! A beautiful record of piano music of a dramatic nature, by the brother of Brian Eno!)