Saturday, March 28, 2015

The best Dutch #1 hits: 39. Crazy little thing called love (Queen)

As posted here, the Dutch top40 chart celebrated its 50th birthday in January this year. When I posted about that event, I included my top50 songs that made the top40 chart in the past. I was intrigued how few of my favourite songs actually made the #1 position, so the rest of the year I will be posting at a rate of one a week (on Saturday, the day the top40 was broadcast) my countdown of fifty favourite #1 hits. At #39, we find one of many fantastic Queen singles, this one a retro rock and roll song that incidentally is a karaoke favourite of mine (#1 in 1979). Art Rock score: 9/10 (awesome song, one of the 1000 best of all time).

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Friday, March 27, 2015

MDLV

Jac Berrocal is an artist I had never heard of (apparently he is a well respected French trumpeter, singer and composer), but when I came across the cover of his 2014 album MDLV, I wanted to post this minimalist beauty in the blog. The art work is credited to Aurelia Georgel.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Wedding day

Today is our anniversary (the 15th), so what better way to celebrate in the blog with this beautiful Tori Amos song from the stunning album Unrepentant Geraldines? Happy Anniversary, darling! Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player).

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

The best Dutch #1 hits: 40. Denis (Blondie)

As posted here, the Dutch top40 chart celebrated its 50th birthday in January this year. When I posted about that event, I included my top50 songs that made the top40 chart in the past. I was intrigued how few of my favourite songs actually made the #1 position, so the rest of the year I will be posting at a rate of one a week (on Saturday, the day the top40 was broadcast) my countdown of fifty favourite #1 hits. At #40, we find the American band Blondie with one of the first huge hits coming out of the (fringes of) the punk scene  (#1 in 1978). Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player).

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Curved abstraction

A recent shot that did not do as well as I anticipated on Flickr, but it is a personal favourite of mine. It is a shot of local playground equipment, resulting in a unique abstract photograph.

Camera: Canon IXUS 115 HS, 12 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/500)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.0 mm
ISO Speed: 125
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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Monday, March 16, 2015

London in the 20's

A typical Anything goes subject: a beautiful atmospheric photograph of days gone by (in this case Sicilian Avenue, London, in the early twenties) by an unknown photographer. There is an impressive sketch-like quality to this shot.

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

The best Dutch #1 hits: 41. Dynamite (Mud)

As posted here, the Dutch top40 chart celebrated its 50th birthday in January this year. When I posted about that event, I included my top50 songs that made the top40 chart in the past. I was intrigued how few of my favourite songs actually made the #1 position, so the rest of the year I will be posting at a rate of one a week (on Saturday, the day the top40 was broadcast) my countdown of fifty favourite #1 hits. At #41, we find the British band Mud with their infectious hit Dynamite (#1 in 1974). Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player).

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Monday, March 09, 2015

Steven Wilson: Hiding in plain sight

A logical follow-up of yesterday's post. Here we have an extensive and great interview with Steven Wilson by Stephen Humphries. It includes Wilson's own thoughts about the fabulous new album, his other activities, as well as answers to penetrating questions about his life as an artist. Highly recommended.

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Sunday, March 08, 2015

Hand.Cannot.Erase.

Steven Wilson's latest master piece, which I bought last week at the local record store (HOE Kampen): the concept album Hand.Cannot.Erase. The album comes with a stunning cover as well, photographed by Lasse Holle.

Saturday, March 07, 2015

The best Dutch #1 hits: 42. Dreadlock holiday (10CC)

As posted here, the Dutch top40 chart celebrated its 50th birthday in January this year. When I posted about that event, I included my top50 songs that made the top40 chart in the past. I was intrigued how few of my favourite songs actually made the #1 position, so the rest of the year I will be posting at a rate of one a week (on Saturday, the day the top40 was broadcast) my countdown of fifty favourite #1 hits. At #42, we find the British band 10CC with their perfect summer hit Dreadlock Holiday (#1 in 1978). Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player).

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Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Frozen

Once more one of my attempts at digital art based on my own photographs, created with the free software SuperPhoto that came with my laptop. This is a photograph I took years ago of a sculpture at Schaerding, Austria, given a frozen makeover by the programme. The link leads to the original photograph.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

This is the day

The Cranberries from Ireland have released many great singles, and often included great cover art as well. This is the day was released in 2002, a track from the album Wake up and smell the coffee. The cover is simple but effective. Possibly it was made by Storm Thorgerson, who did the cover art for the album. More about the Cranberries on the linked Wikipedia page.

Monday, March 02, 2015

Notre Dame in the late afternoon

Another beautiful but less famous painting by French grand-master Henri Matisse, hovering between impressionism and expressionism. I prefer this 1902 cityscape over many of his later works. More on Matisse in the linked Wikipedia article.