SMK106 – PLAYROEM mixtape

We asked Amber / Amy / Anna / Auke-Florian / Benjamin / Daniel / Hannah / Isabelle / Joosje / Karl / Laura / Lisa / Lizzy / Lotus / Maria / Nichon / Quirine to do a Smikkelbaard Mixtape.

Why? because they claim to be they hot-new-thing in town. “Smaakmakers” of the New Leiden Creative Revolution. Ready to scare/ impress / amaze and even piss you off a little bit. Together they call themselves ROEM (roemleiden.com) and you will and should hear a lot more of them.

…. At least till they become old and boring and bitter themselves 🙂

Enjoy “The Sound of Young Leiden

SMK073 – Dinah Bird Recording

Dinah Bird’s LP, ‘A Box of 78s’ is a record that is designed to evoke memory through sound. The recordings used on the LP are taken from the old 78 records owned by Dinah Bird’s grandmother in the 1910s and 1920s. To quote the sleevenotes: “This piece is about rekindling lost, and perhaps forgotten, sounds. Are they so very different to those my grandmother heard? It is a personal response to the people and places of Salt Spring Island.” The record is also one that – contrary to the current obsession with owning vinyl – should be handed in after completing what is called a “relay run”; an exercise where the owner listens to the LP in a series of places. Once a listening log is completed, the record and log should be sent back to Dinah, and exhibited “before being laid to rest”.

Taking up the spirit of the challenge, and (in true Smikkelbaard fashion) trying to subvert Dinah’s plans in the most genial of ways, we decided to create new memories of our lives, using the LP’s recorded sounds. We would record ‘A Box of 78s’ in four different places in The Netherlands and see what would happen to the original recording if played in a new place.

Dinah Bird - Box of 78s Recording

The first was some pre-show banter at an “AA” gig in the Meet & Greet cultural centre- cum-converted-cornershop in a backstreet in Leiden. On the bill were The Avonden, Olaf Caarls and Danny Ramirez. Good gig too!

What we recorded may sound like a confusing set of found sounds; other voices to add to those from 100 years ago, with semingly nothing anchored to anything at all. Maybe our recordings don’t even evoke the place this experiment was recorded in. It may sound like something and nothing. It may be very boring. And who knows whether what we heard sounded different to what Dinah’s grandmother heard a century ago. But maybe not knowing is the point.

AA | IGUANA DEATH CULT + THE BLACK CULT + GLARESHADE

Two bands that really kicked ass during EuroSonic where the epic Iguana Death Cult and the mighty Black Cult. Both young bands like to party. We teamed up with Stukafest for our garage party. Normally Stukafest does shows in tiny “studentenkamertjes” and other student related locations. Because we love students at AA we just had to be part of the fun. So join the PRE-afterparty Stukafest show at small room of Nobel.

If you are no going to Stukafest but to the release show of Birth of Joy you can just walk into the small room as a AFTER party because we start when they finish. A great excuse to drink some more beers and go crazy.

Besides these two bands we also give you a 80ties-laser-fest with the awesome GlareShade. This Leiden based dj-duo will make you dance like it 1984 or 1988. Just pretend to be Don Johnson or Rico Tubbs and show your moves.

pre-party – Esben and the Witch

Esben and the Witch (UK), Hunter Complex (NL), Zeevonk // [Abram] (NL)
As a taster for 2015’s events, DoubleAA will curate a special show at the Qbus club on Friday 14 November; Esben and the Witch (UK) and Hunter Complex (NL).

Flyer doubleAA with Esben and the Witch, Hunter Complex and Zeevonk
– Esben and the Witch (UK)
Esben and the Witch is a name that should be familiar to many; they are a brilliant live act who deal in dark, romantic soundscapes; and one that once moved the Guardian’s Paul Lester to splurge out a whole heap of purple prose on their behalf. “Sound-wise, Esben hover enigmatically between goth, electronica, trip-hop and post-rock. There are echoes […] of Siouxsie’s unholy caterwaul […] of Killing Joke’s tribal thunder […] of Aphex’s glitchy gall, of Portishead’s serene menace and of the abstract invention of Radiohead circa Kid A.” Just how many references does a band need, we ask? Paul; sit down, have a biscuit, lad. Outside of a show in Tilburg, this is the only gig Esben will be playing in the Netherlands.

– Hunter Complex (NL)
Hunter Complex is the retro-future/ audio-visual project run by Lars Meijer from the brilliant Dutch label, Narrominded records. According to Mojo magazine’s Ian Harrison, Hunter Complex’s synth-based sound contains of; “a pristine pseudo-futurity, like visiting a moonbase where they still use magnetic tape and a typewriter.” Yowsa!

– Zeevonk (NL)
A new act from the Bollenstreeek makes up our list of headliners. Port of Call’s Pieter (van Dam is better known in the Netherlands for his soulful indie folk. However his new venture (with help from his buddy Bram) looks to lay down site-specific, and found sounds in a larger electronic package. Surprising and uncompromising music. More than that, it’s the first ever live show in Leiden for Zeevonk; reason enough to miss.

To recap: Qbus, 14 November. 20:00 hours. It’s 7 euros at the door.

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