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SUNDAY VIDEO : THE FENDER STRATOCASTER, CURVES, CONTOURS & BODY HORNS

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An awesome small celebration of the “Strat” from 1993!

-Enjoy!

Aldo

[Easter Weekend Mix] From Ora et Labora

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Have you heard the Passion of Matthew one too many times? Are you looking for something fresh to support this contemplative Easter time?

Here you’ll find a nice mix of danceable Dutch Christian music from 1960-1979, especially collected for you by your friendly, calvinistic, ambient/noise duo Ora et Labora. 

These songs come from some of the many denominations in our little country: there’s catholic salsa, apocalyptic schlager, 60’s garage-rock with a choir, an evangelical rock opera—and much, much more.

Enjoy!

Ora et Labora is a collaborative vehicle for Pim van de Werken and Tonnie Dieleman, in which they explore their obsession with Dutch religious culture. 

[MIDWEEK MIXTAPE] - BRIAN UND EVAN TUNE IT UP, A SLEEPY SUN MIXTAPE

So we had Sleepy Sun’s Brian Tice and Evan Reiss sending over mix tape tunes. Better prepare, I bet you never heard songs switch from Damien Jurado to Pusha T this smooth. THANKS GUYS! Auf Wiedersehen.

Find SLEEPY SUN’s current tour dates here

* Playing Manchester tonight *

truly yours,

Sugar & Spice


Brian und Evan tune it up - SLEEPY SUN mix tape. by Sugar & Spice on Mixcloud

SUNDAY VIDEO : SONG OF THE STREETS

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Found this gem of a documentary on New Orleans Brass. A short about the history and significance of its brass scene and its role in the city.

-enjoy

Aldo

[MIDWEEK MIXTAPE] FROM GAP DREAM

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This week’s Midweek Mixtape comes from Burger Records band Gap Dream, who are touring Europe *now* via Galaxy People Booking.

After a show a Amsterdam’s famed Paradiso last Sunday night, frontman Gabriel Fulvimar & bassist Bobby May popped into the Red Light Studio on Monday evening to spin some of their favorite hits (and smoke a ton of weed.) 

Peep the pics and enjoy the jams!

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*Special thanks to Hugo Van Heijningen and Red Light Radio for their awesomeness.*

SUNDAY VIDEO: LAIBACH, PREDICTIONS OF FIRE

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A documentary by American filmmaker Michael Benson , who documents the output of the ’80s group Laibach and the New Slovenian Arts (NSK), an artistic collective of painters, musicians and a theater group all dedicated to investigating the connection between aesthetics and the totalitarian state. Laibach’s shtick was to act, dress, sing, and talk like fascists, though they espoused no political doctrine at all. In Benson’s film, the guys in Laibach come off as a cross between Devo and Ozzy Osborne (heavy on the Devo with their stiff collars, groomed hair, and jackboots—like new-wave brown shirts. “Lust is dead, death is dead, God is dead,” they sing (in Slovenian), in a deep, heavy-metal chortle, while a techno-beat thuds in the background. No one smiles. It’s sort of…scary.

Benson’s filmmaking style contains echoes of a totalitarian aesthetic, as invented by the famous Nazi propaganda film Triumph of the Will. Strong, iconic shots of rings of fire alternate with archival footage of flocks of school children doing calisthenics in unison, waves of marching boots, a line of rising flags. His method of combining “found” footage with up-to-date commentary is reminiscent of American experimental filmmaker Craig Baldwin’s work—which uses archival footage to poke at consumerism and artistic censorship, among other things. Here, Benson seeks to criticize the whole totalitarian aesthetic in the same way that the subjects of his film do—by adopting it themselves.

Enjoy

Aldo

Festival Preview: Motel Mozaïque In Rotterdam, NL!

This weekend (April 4 & 5) don’t miss Rotterdam’s Motel Mozaïque Festival!

Motel Mozaïque was initiated by Harry Hamelink during Rotterdam 2001, Cultural Capital of Europe. Each year, Motel Mozaïque organizes several special cultural events such as the internationally-respected Motel Mozaïque Festival, which offers a mix of pop music, dance, theatre and visual arts at various indoor venues in Rotterdam.

Motel Mozaïque showcases new and upcoming movements in different art disciplines, and the crossovers between.

Belmont is proud to have two incredible acts performing at this year’s festivities: tonight, American indie rock group Gardens & Villa; tomorrow, the lovely ladies of La Luz.

Gardens & Villa
Friday, 4 April
20:30 Rotown

Over the past three years, the Californian comrades that make up Gardens & Villa – Chris Lynch, Adam Rasmussen, Levi Hayden, Shane McKillop, and Dusty Ineman – went from playing local bills to being veterans of the road.

After releasing their self-titled debut on Secretly Canadian in 2011, they pushed their van’s odometer into the six-digit range, zigzagging North America and Europe with over 350 shows in just 2 years, emerging a wiser, crystallized version of themselves.

The band returned this year with their second full-length, Dunes. Below, check out the official video for ‘Bullet Train.’


La Luz
Saturday, 5 April
21:15 Rotterdamse Schouwburg

2013 has been an extremely busy and exciting year for La Luz: they released their first EP, Damp Face, as well as their debut LP, It’s Alive.

La Luz, which means ‘light’ in Spanish, does not accurately describe this band’s sound; their surf-pop goodness may evoke a light experience, but their four-part harmonies & lyrics on the aches of love and loss convince otherwise.

Here’s the recent video for ‘Big Big Blood.’ Enjoy!

*For more details on these performances, as well as more information on the entire festival line-up, visit the official Motel Mozaïque  official website here.*