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The weekend 15.12
Three exhibitions, a Black Lips concert and a DJ set in Brussels, photography in Antwerp, painting in Ghent, popular culture in Leuven and, last but not least, a quick-shot selection of leftfield Christmas markets to catch this weekend.
Brussels nightlife queen and Word-columnist Lady Jane on white labels and the luxury of having record store clerks keep little gems behind their counters for their trusted customers.
The weekend 09.12
Weekend's about to kick off and we have just what you need in terms of culture-fix: Three exhibitions and a party in Brussels, three shows in Antwerp and one in Ghent.
The interview: White Russia
Having just released the debut LP O Jerusalem singer/songwriter Maria Elderton from London two-piece White Russia speaks to us about apathetic bands and wanting to be Axl Rose.
The interview: White Car
We speak to Elon Katz from upcoming Chicago two-piece White Car about his slew of side projects, Chinese underground music and painting a house white.
The interview: Girls
We speak with Girls frontman Christopher Owens about white sneaker fetishes, running a business and singing “Stille nacht” to sailors at Christmas time in Antwerp’s docks.
The weekend 01.12
Lineart Art Fair and Hercules and Love Affair's Andy Butler in Ghent, Belgian photography and discount designer shopping in Antwerp, Jasper Johns in the countryside and, last but not least, Robert Devriendt and a temporary design store in Brussels.
The interview: Mario & Vidis
Following the release of their double album Changed, we speak with Lithuanian production prodigies Mario & Vidis about their top three records of 2011, their hometown and who they'd book for their last ever party.
The white album release party photographs
A giant blank canvas, magazines dangling from the ceiling and a 100 piece strong collection of snow globes: Photographs of last Friday's release party.
The interview: Is Tropical
Having just released their debut album 'Native To' earlier this year, the face-shy London three-piece was in Brussels to perform at Botanique. We caught up with them minutes before the show to talk getting bashed by Pitchfork, hating England and throwing illegal parties in toilet showrooms.
The weekend 25.11
Suuns tonight. Then our white album release party and The Herbaliser at Bozar tomorrow night. A couple of shows (Harry Gruyaert, Boris Tellegen and Valerie Snobeck) and a party (the Catclub) on Saturday. Then, energy-levels permitting, a pop-up sale at Bozarshop (Martin Margiela). Phew.
The weekend 18.11
Design exhibitions, photography fairs, fashion sales, vintage markets, live shows and DJ nights. People take note, your weekend's about to kick off and it's going to be big.
The white album release party
Join us on Friday 25th November in Brussels to celebrate the release of our last edition of 2011, the white album.
The weekend 11.11
A camera phone photography exhibition in Ghent, a Paul Smith exhibition in Antwerp, a fashion show of second-hand creations, a gay-cinema festival, I Love Techno in Ghent and a rap concert in Brussels.
The notebook: Dirty Beaches
A quick-fire, handmade interview with Dirty Beaches frontman Alex Zhang that talks to us about being on the road, his mom and eating good food.
The weekend 04.11
An exhibition of Belgian designer Walter van Beirendonck, Is Tropical and Gablé in concert, a night packed with music and art at Plastic, Walter Salles' award-winning movies and last but not least a jazz evening to bring a busy weekend to an end. A mouth full.
The Experimental Tropic Blues Band
Back from having recorded their latest album with blues-rock legend Jon Spencer in New York, we sit down with The Experimental Tropic Blues Band two days before their embark on a European tour to discuss making real rock music, taking the subway in New York and getting famous music journalists to go naked on stage.
Boat rides, backstage antics and portraits of adoring fans: we step into the world of psychedelic popster Connan Mockasin through our disposable camera project.
The weekend 07.10
With exhibitions of photographers Dirk Braeckmann and Florian Maier-Aichen, tea time at Paul Smith, a Crystal Antlers gig at L'Ancienne Belgique and the Catclub's season opening party, this weekend promises to be high in emotions.
The review: Black Box Revelation’s My Perception
With their new release “My Perception” Belgian garage rockers Black Box Revelation deliver their third album in only three years and this time they are determined to make it big across the Atlantic. Whilst sticking to their raw and heady sound, the two-piece outfit from Dilbeek aims to conquer the US.
The weekend 30.9
Short on plans for this weekend? Sift through our hand-picked selection of film and art festivals, exciting exhibitions and booming all nighters to keep you busy.
The interview: Magne Furuholmen
We speak with 80s pop icon and a-ha founding member Magne Furuholmen about his work as a visual artist and eco-activist.
Following the release of their excellent debut Le Danse, we speak with Parisian electro-pop two-piece Slove about their various side projects and their love of French music.
The weekend 16.9
From design city strolls and exhibitions to not-to-miss parties and concerts: Here comes our handpicked list of what to do over the weekend.
The blue album release party – Slove video
A video edit of the live showcase Parisian electro-pop outfit Slove performed at our blue album release party in Brussels.
M83’s Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
The French electronic dreampop band M83 is back after a three year pause: Their new much anticipated album 'Hurry Up, We're Dreaming' is to be released on October 17th. We've had a first listen.
The weekend 09.9
In a new weekly selection of things to do in Belgium over the weekend, we handpick and review everything from exhibitions and festivals to new shop openings and parties.
The backstage antics of Australian two-piece Civil Civic. Having headlined this year's Microfestival in Liege / Luik, the band undoubtedly had lots of fun playing around with one of our disposable cameras.
The blue album release party
Following a three months hiatus, we’re back with a bang. Our blue album. It hits the street Friday, 2nd September and we’d love for you to join us for a drink or two and a little boogie. It’s all happening at the À St Médard Centre for Arts, located on Rue Haute 298C – 300 Hoogstraat, in 1000 […]
Interview: These New Puritans
Whilst These New Puritans, the band of four from Southend-on-Sea in England, could be considered youngsters to the musical spectrum, their albums suggest otherwise. And, although Beat Pyramid (the band’s debut, released in 2008 on Angular Records) had already confirmed the group as a force to be reckoned with, their latest LP Hidden (released in […]
Style spotters: Manu
For the fourth and last in our series of visual chapters on individualism and style, we hand the camera over to Manu from Mapp Store – one of those people who always has something good to say. He might have just given a new album a listen, and thinks you should too (we recently discovered Holidays […]
Rise and shine: producer Dynooo
Dynooo‘s future-forward, Blade-Runner-grade productions have earned him quite the following in Word HQ. With a string of releases to his name, the latest of which surely won a world record for longest ever title (I Feel Like PLaying Sim City Straight From The Floppy And Run A Tornado All Over My Perfectly Functioning Town After […]
Style spotters: Damien Aresta
Part three of our series on everyday style, in partnership with Schweppes, sees us handing over the office disposable to Damien Aresta. A graphic designer, musician (he plays guitar in the indie folk/pop outfit The Ducati Lovers), art director and teacher (he teaches at ERG), Damien is a man who simply cannot sit still, continously […]
Style spotters: Elisabeth Ouni
The second instalment of our style spotters series in collaboration with Schweppes sees us enlisting the tried and tested eye of former model-turned-blogger Elisabeth Ouni to scour the streets in search of taste. Best known as the brains behind A Polaroid Story (which we recently took a shine to), the Ostende/Oostende-based sharp shooter delivers a stunning […]
Gone in 12 hours: Art Asylum
There’s something about spontaneous, one-off initiatives that gets our clocks ticking. You see, we’re firm believers in ‘mix-and-we’ll-see’ creative collisions, preferring the unknown to the predictable, the loose-ended to the pre-defined. So it was with much trepidation (and, granted, a raised eyebrow or two) that we stepped into Art Asylum, a 12-hour-only, 20-man-strong get together […]
Music: a word with Parisian duo Logo
Parisian duo Logo first popped up on our radar with their phenomenal track Junocide, which was released on Kitsuné Maison Compilation, Vol. 8 back in November 2009. Having just released their latest EP, Merit, we caught up with the merry bunch via email 10 days ago to talk recording sessions, summer plans and the best […]
Style spotters: Soumaya Dancemachine
In collaboration with Schweppes, we’ve recently taken a closer look at urban style, capturing the individuals that make and shape a city’s collective aesthetic. Asking several trusted style spotters to capture the singularity of their entourage’s dress code, we’ve scoured the country looking for evidence of an attention to detail, paying particular attention to the […]
Party: Catclub, this Saturday
For its last edition before its now customary summer break, Brussels’ finest purveyor of nighttime delights and our favourite party in the city (hands down), the Catclub, is throwing a big birthday bash this Saturday to celebrate a +1 for Lady Jane (the night’s founder and resident DJ) and Quentin De Wiespelaere (the night’s resident […]
The word with Abe Vigoda
Godfather legend Abe Vigoda has made his comeback in the shape of four young boys with a lot of energy! The LA-based group has stepped out of the Smell-shadows and is currently touring around Europe to promote their fourth album Crush, released in 2010 on Bella Union. Their music speaks to the young and the […]
Party: FingerFest, this Saturday in Brussels
With just a few days to go until the next edition of FingerFest, here’s a gallery of photographs from the last two parties to tease you into coming along. A disco-infused night of nostalgia, FingerFest brings the UK DJ duo Disco Bloodbath to Brussels in what have become regular nights hosted in different venues (Cafe des […]
Interview: The Horrors speak about third album Skying
After taking the world by storm with the haunting Sheena Is A Parasite, being hailed as the saviours of UK’s garage rock revival, then dismissed and parodied as yet another case of “style over substance”, The Horrors silenced their detractors and gained unanimous critical praise with 2009’s Primary Colours. Southend-on-Sea’s black-clad quintetare back with Skying, […]
Music: Mark Boombastik and Eduardo Delgado Lopez’ Adios Berlin
You could say Mark Boombastik is something of a general ordering his troupes to get in line and march to the beat. A Berlin-based beatboxer, lyricist and singer with an intense, commandeering and hypnotic vocal presence, his recent collaboration with Eduardo Delgado Lopez (also the bass player in Caspar Brötzmann Massaker) on their joint effort Adiós Berlin […]
Ping Pong Tactics
The rural East Flanders region known as Meetjesland isn’t exactly famous for its musical exports (except the cringing Eurovision contestant Tom Dice). It is however home to Ping Pong Tactics, the country’s most exciting and noisy bright young things. Dries Dauwe (drums) and Bert Huyghe (vocals, bass) formed the band in 2008, recruiting the latter’s […]
Culture: The reading retreat
With summer approaching and plans for much-needed rejuvenating escapes slowly taking shape, we wanted to imagine what our retreats would resemble. This year, we’re feeling something entirely removed from civilisation. A pared-down hut lost in the middle of the Amazonian jungle with only but the bare necessities on hand: a typewriter and reading material. Photographer […]
Despite having Tweet-mentioned us saying he preferred “Los Feliz chanteuse and ayurvedic healer” as a description, Hollywood actor Adam Goldberg (@TheAdamGoldberg) really is best known for his neurotic and incredibly hilarious performances as Chandler’s roomie on Friends and, more recently, as psychotic producer Nick Rubenstein in Entourage. Fresh from a showcase of his new outfit The […]
It takes a lot of beans to make a Chilly
With more facets to his talent than a chameleon on shuffle mode, Chilly Gonzales is a hard man to pin down. His new album, The Unspeakable Chilly Gonzales, just out, we caught up with the Canadian-born virtuoso in his Paris apartment to talk bathrobe fetishes, wannabe industry poseurs and paying for you own Guinness World […]
The word with: Black Lips
Paying their customary visit to the Nuits Botanique, the Black Lips once more ripped the venue’s Orangerie to shreds. The self-proclaimed “flower-punks” are currently on the road presenting Arabia Mountain, their sixth effort – produced by pop maestro and instant hitmaker Mark Ronson of all people. And whilst these new tracks resolutely sounded more “flower” […]
The yellow album launch party
A new colour, the yellow album. And not one, but two parties. One in Brussels on Friday 20th May. And one in Ghent on Saturday 21st May. In Brussels on Friday, 20th May from 19h00 onwards. Address – L’Epicerie Fine de la Senne, Rue de Bon Secours 4-6 Bijstandstraat 1000 Brussels (a 2min walk from Prive Joke). […]
Festival: A weekend in Berlin. In Ghent.
For the past decade, Berlin has forged an undisputable reputation as capital of the arts, music and film. Here’s your chance to immerse in this vibrant scene for an entire weekend, without having to leave the country. For its first edition, the Berlinaire festival will invest the Ghent’s Vooruit cultural centre, bringing the hottest talents […]
Music: National hero
What is considered today to be one of the best music venues in Europe – if not the world – nearly became a parking lot in the early 70s. It certainly was a long and bumpy road, but after decades of uncertainty, Brussels’ cult live venue L’Ancienne Belgique stands tall and triumphant, having done a […]
Photography and captions Vermin Twins With thanks to Ulrike Biets
The interview: French Horn Rebellion’s broke ass tour trials and tribulations
Depending on your mood, interviewing a band like French Horn Rebellion is either a nightmare or an unexpected treat. Walking in with a list of questions is pointless, given the chatty ping-pong style dynamics of the Brooklyn-based two-piece. We caught up with the lively siblings this past Sunday before their gig supporting Hercules and Love […]
The word with Efterklang
The beautiful boys and lovely Heather from Danish outfit Efterklang were in Brussels’ Botanique Tuesday to offer us that extra spark of magic. This fresh batch of Impala award winners has sailed across the seven sees to perform, engaged in several side-projects, shot their own film and managed to stay their own fun and brilliant selves […]
Emufucka, the prodigy producer straight outta Tokyo
Early last week, Brussels’ Citywurl Records sent us a promo of Tokyo-based producer-come-beat-maker Emufucka’s latest EP called Select. The six-track effort, a genre-defying mix of cosmic electronic beats and mangled melodies, is fresh, flawless and cerebral. We email-interviewed the 24 year wizard of odds, asking him about everything from the view from his bedroom window […]
The word with Wire
Post-punk veterans Wire stopped by Belgium last Friday, in the midst of their current tour. We caught up with bassist and founding member Graham Lewis before their set at the Botanique for a quick chat and impromptu photo session in a nearby bar. [authors] Interview and photography Yana Foqué [/authors] What’s your current state of […]
The word with Ariel Pink
Love or loathe Ariel Pink ’s unique brand of psychedelic lo-fi pop, the LA-based artist has taken the world by storm with his single Round and Round . Hailed as the breakthrough artist of 2010, we caught up with him last time he was in Belgium. This is the first of a series of no-fuss […]
The Ghent-based concept store Mac Fly curated a night of beats, bops and boogie in Nijdrop a few weeks ago. Irish producer Mike Slott and Swiss beat craftsman Dimlite were headlining the whole shindig, whilst 54kolaktiv‘s Sagat opened and Cupp Cave & Dynooo, who recently launched their label Surf Kill, played a collaborative show ranging […]
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