Top 10 albums of 2012

It’s always nice to look back over the past year and see what albums stood out. Even though there’s still a few albums underway, they won’t be in time to get a good enough impression of for a final list and then again… ask me again next week and the list might look different from what it looks like now. And in the end..  what’s the value of a list anyway. But they are fun, so here we go!

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10 year anniversary

April 14 2001 marked the day that a new career started, it was my first successful shoot at a concert (Dilana Smith in a café in Balkbrug). After four completely disastrous shoots in a short period before, I swapped a fully manual Olypmus for a brand-spanking new Canon EOS 300 with a 28-200 Tamron lens (with autofocus) and took my first successful photos that evening. I don’t think they’d make the final selection these days, but back then I was hugely impressed.

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Eurosonic – Creature With The Atom Brain, Sivert Høyem and Young Guns

Al the way from Belgium came the psychedelic alt.rockers of Creature With The Atom Brain. They played at Vindicat and the band was heard all over the square outside; they played LOUD

In the most beautiful venue of Groningen – the Stadsschouwburg- fromer Madrugada frontman Sivert Høyem presented his band. The weird thing with this venue is that they built the stage over the seats. So technically the bands are in the seated area (well, above it) and the crowd is on the stage. The upshot is that you get great views to the ceiling. The gig itself was good and Sivert’s name is enough to get a huge crowd in the venue.

And then back to Vindicat for the last EuroSonic gig. Post-Hardcore from England’s Young Guns and the volume is turned up to the loudest setting here. It’s also the first gig since ages that I install the fash on my camera again. How else am I possibly going to get the singer mid-air?

And so EuroSonic came to an end. I saw lots and lots of bands, worked and worked to get my photos edited in time for the FileUnder.nl reviews of EuroSonic and now there was only one more day to go: Noorderslag.

Work in progress

Now that the EuroSonic and Noorderslag 2010 edition is over and all photos for FileUnder have been processed and I’ve rested a bit, it’s time to get my own photos edited. In the following day’s I’ll add sets as photos are processed. Not sure how fast I’ll get everything done, I’ve seen 45 acts in three days and that’s quite a lot to get online, but I’ll do my best :)

My working office for the last few days was kinda like this:

Noorderslag

After two days of Eurosonic, with mostly foreign bands all over Groningen there is Noorderslag: a one day festival concentrating on Dutch acts. And all under one roof: De Oosterpoort. Like the previous days we started with a few in-store gigs in Plato and the Coffee Corner. We saw Anne Soldaat, Bettie Serveert, Charlene and DeWolf there. A great way to start the last day.

Then again a quick dinner, but without the enormous waiting time. After that it was time to go to the venue. I’ll leave the list of acts for now, lets just say it’s a lot. I think I saw about 18 acts. Not sure if all the photos worked out, but I’m already hard at work with them. More on this later.

Eurosonic Friday

And that was that for day two. We started in the Coffee Corner where Jasper Erkens did an ‘in-store’. After that we went to a Mexican restaurant that actually got their food from Mexico, there’s no other way to explain why we had to wait such a ridiculous time for our orders. Thanks to that, we were pretty late at the first festival-gig at Huize Maas. The gigs we saw Friday were:

Pony Pony Run Run, Donkeyboy, Creature With The Atom Brain, Jaakko & Jay, Los Campesinos, Ou Est Le Swimming Pool, Jenny Wilson, Silvert Hoyem and lastly Young Guns. A pretty well packed evening, lots of walking. Photos for FileUnder will follow after some sleep.

Eurosonic Thursday

The first day of Eurosonic is behind us. It’s been a long day. In the morning and the early hours of the afternoon I was preparing the house and a little after 15:00 Bert of FileUnder was here and we drove to Groningen for an interview with Marina of Marina & The Diamonds. After that the gigs started.

First we saw two instore-gigs in the record company Plato. Gigs by Pitch Blond from the Netherlands and Isbells from Belgium. Then dinner and meeting the other FileUnder members and after that the real Eurosonic event started. Between 20:30 and 2:00 we saw:

Jon Allen, Marina & The Diamonds, Sometree, Kilians, Manna, We Can’t Sleep At Night, Cords, Love Amongst Ruin and Heike Has The Giggles. Lots of bands. I’ll start working on the photos for FileUnder after a bit of sleep and photos on Flickr will have to wait a bit longer :) Great first night of the festival.