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Five reasons why we deserve a week off
We'll be taking a couple of days off until Monday 22nd October and here's five reasons why you won't make us feel bad about it.
Cult Belgian blog On-Point’s exclusive playlist for streaming site Juke
The second instalment in our sponsored playlists feature sees us hand selection duties over to Belgian blog On-Point founder Alex Deforce for an 80-minute plus playlist of sun, smiles and soul.
Juke playlist by Damien Aresta
We were quite keen to give newly-launched music streaming service Juke a try, so we asked some members of our extended family to toy around with the newcomer, create an exclusive playlist and get back to us with some feedback.
World Tour, Jessie Ware and Famy
This week's pick of worthy emerging acts include World Tour, Jessie Ware and FAMY.
Elliphant, Haim and Faws
Today we welcome relentless blogger Disco Naïveté to our pages for a new, twice-monthly column entitled 'New kids on the block' which will focus on the cream of the crop of independent talent emerging from the global music scene.
Jean-Luc Moerman wraps up ING’s Brussels headquarters
Money meets art in the form of Belgium's most humongous tarpaulin to hide the battle scars of ING's large-scale HQ facelift, a colour infused second skin by artist Jean-Luc Moerman.
Dalai Lama Renaissance
Tune in for this Word-exclusive mix by Brussels-based band Dalai Lama Renaissance, homegrown pop-electronica trio on the rise.
New Build: Yesterday Was Lived and Lost
Despite being the brainchild of Hot Chip's core members and shape-shifting experts Al Doyle and Felix Martin, New Build aren't just a chip off the old block.
With their self-titled debut album, Django Django finally get around to acknowledging the 2009 super-buzz around their double A-side single.
We Have Band
With their album Ternion, We Have Band counter rumours that they're just another one-trick pony.
It’s a new day
Starting Friday 16th March, our website's editorial theme will be 'New beginnings'. Read on to find out how you can contribute...
The Big Pink
Last month, English twosome The Big Pink released a second album called 'Future This'. We spoke to them about their new record, skateboarding and being a couple (but not in that way).
Part three of our Valentines mix has Brussels-based Jealov turning knobs and turning heads. "A slippery slow mix to keep the pace", as they succinctly put it.
Miss Hot Tracks’
We continue our series of Valentine's Day-inspired mixes with Brussels-based DJ Miss Hot Tracks mix entitled 'Desires'.
Leuven-based all-rounders Uphigh Collective kick off our series of Valentine's Day-inspired exclusive mixes.
The weekend 22.12
A film festival, two exhibitions, Chilly Gonzales and the James Taylor Quartet in Brussels as well two Christmas eve parties. What to do over the holiday weekend...
The school of white socks
We zoom in on one of our all-time favourite fashion faux pas: white socks.
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 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 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.
Into the light
A light-sensitive series of juxtaposed animated gifs that has the entire office finding itself a new-found love for the digitally-bettered arts.
Win: Share our iPad AppStore link and win yourself a Word goodie bag
Share our iPad AppStore link on your wall, take a screenshot and email it to us. How to win yourself a Word goodie bag in three easy steps.
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 word on the street
Going on the trail of our new batch of 'We Own Belgium' stickers that have been appearing on the streets of brussels over the past few weeks.
Nike Sky Force ’88
The re-edition of Nike's Sky Force '88 has got the whole office reminiscing about the days when we spent more time on the basketball court than at the local. A time when scoring a three-pointer didn't yet have a double entendre.
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.
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 shave in style challenge
When fashion meets grooming: three hair stylists let lose on three models armed with nothing but a pair of Braun cruZer shavers.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Music: The funniest Dick in showbusiness
Old-fashioned, at times annoying, and mostly uninspiring, we certainly never thought of lounge music as “funny” listening. That’s until we discovered Richard Cheese – the alter ego of 45 year-old LA-based singer/ comedian/actor Mark Jonathan Davis – whose cheesed-out covers of mainstream and alternative hits managed to turn the elevator music genre into a hilarious […]
Movers and shakers: graphic designer Emil Kozak’s video
We recently published an interview with Barcelona-based graphic designer Emil Kozak. Chosen as one of three endorsers for Braun’s CruZer campaign, Emil draws, paints, illustrates, skates and surfs. What is more, he also heads his own graphic design and art direction agency, and is often called upon to inject a little pizzazz to brands in […]
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 […]
The yellow board
You might have noticed that we’ve taken to immortalising some of the things that inspire us whilst working on any given issue. Some are obvious hits, whilst others deserve an explanation. We call these pages our boards. The black album had its blackboard. The red album had its red board (although readers with an eye […]
Video: the yellow album’s fashion story
You hopefully would have seen our yellow album by now. Here’s a short video we made the day we shot our fashion feature. Thanks to Piwifilms.
Movers and shakers: graphic designer Emil Kozak
Graphic designers, if you ask us, don’t get half as much of love as they deserve. Part of that can be down to the fact that they operate on the fringes, preferring the familiarity of the backstage to the shine of the spotlight. Part of that is also down to the fact that they’re the […]
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). […]
Movers and shakers: B-boy Ronnie Abaldonado
“A lot of my transitions flow and connect fluidly like I am telling a story,” says Ronnie Abaldonado, one of the judges to this year’s Braun Battle of the Year breakdancing contest. A Filipino living in Las Vegas, Ronnie (28) has secured some of the most respected break titles around (winner of the 2007 Red […]
The red album launch party: the pictures
Red shoes, red lips, red shirts, a red beard, red cardigans and a red album. All that in Brussels Le Bar Rouge. Thank you all for coming, great night.
Red hot like a chili pepper
We’re raising the stakes and turning the temperature up this month with our pick of red marvels – everything from a life-changing camera to a revolutionary little notebook. Photographer Benoît Banisse Art direction and styling Flore van Ryn 01. Just click it We’ve become experts at commissioning photography, art directing as well as styling it, […]
The red album launch party
A new colour, a new edition. Join us on Friday 18th March from 19h00 onwards for a drink or two to celebrate our red album hitting the streets. Address – Le Bar Rouge, Rue du Pépin 41 Kernstraat (1000 Brussels). Find it on Google Maps here Join the Facebook event here Music by Jealov
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 […]
Private view tickets to win for Brussels’ Affordable Art Fair
It’s that time of the year again, where the city’s Tour & Taxis plays host to the Affordable Art Fair – that most democratic of art fairs. Doing probably more than anyone to bring contemporary art to the masses, breaking down the high barriers to entry to the art world, AAF as it has affectionally […]
Special thanks to Wilfried for making sure the camera safely got back to us.
Interview: Chile’s Panico pack a punch
At first listen, there’s something vaguely familiar with Panico’s sound. It is garage rock, no doubt there, but with something of a Latin twist to it. Tropical rock as they refer to it on their Myspace page. Think rough, fast-paced yet melodic songs. Catchy guitar riffs and heavy drum sequences. And Eduardo, the band’s charismatic, […]
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 joker has landed – An interview with Drums of Death
Ceratin artists sometimes seem to drop a bomb on you out of nowhere. You kind of had heard their name somewhere before, but couldnt quite place it. You know they aren’t exactly newcomers to the game, but they aren’t old-timers neither. It’s that certain breed of on-the-cusp of breaking-through artists. Some seem to be eternally […]
The black album launch party: the pictures
Here’s the first batch of pictures from last Friday’s launch party at Delecta. All in all, a good night, and the first of many more to come. Special thanks to both Sarah’s and our graphic designers Pierre and Damien, whom we shamelessly put to work on the night by handing them disposable cameras. Photography Sarah […]
Enter the void
If Polaroid’s are the vinyl of photography, then these are my test pressings… The instant black.
The black album launch party
A new cover, a new editorial concept and a new editorial section. To celebrate a sea of change in The Word’s overall look and feel, join us on Friday 14th January from 19h00m onwards for an intimate get together. Address – Delecta, 2 Rue Lannoy (1050 Brussels) Music by Miss Hot Tracks – www.mixcloud.com/misshottracks Join the Facebook […]
The winners of our Swatch New Gent contest
Following an overwhelming response to our Swatch contest, we needed a little more time than expected to sift through your recollections and, ultimately, decide upon three winners. The jury has now spoken and, with somewhat of a preference for contestants who went that extra mile, here are the contest’s three winners, complete with their submissions: […]
Calling all photographic talent: the portfolio
Part of our annual re-jigging of some of the magazine’s pages and sections, we thought it necessary to shine a new light on a section of ours that, we feel, has somewhat been left to run its own course. The portfolio is a photographic carte blanche given to a photographer whose work we like. The […]
Spread The Word – the video
A short video about where we spread The Word, and how. Click here for our full list of distribution points. With extra special thanks to Julien Hassid (director), Jochem Thyssen (distributor/actor), Yassin Serghini (photography/camera).
Back To School party: the pictures
We couldn’t quite believe our luck when the authorization came through. The commune of Ixelles/Elsene had approved our request to throw a “back to school” party in their crown jewel, the elementary school Les Mouettes. Held to celebrate the start of the school year and mark the beginning of Design September festivities, we got our […]
A nuclear disaster is looming. There’s about an hour left for provision shopping and 25 measly Euros in your wallet, before having to lock yourself up in a bunker for one month. What food would you pack? We ask a musician, a chef and a model for their suggestions… Photography Ulrike Biets Lead singer and […]
Back To School party: the video
It seems like only yesterday that we stormed the elementary school Les Mouettes for our Back To School themed bash. After giving you our cheese-tastic Yearbook pictures, here is a video of the night, courtesy of Sep Stigo Films. More photos (including classroom invasions, Professor Biche‘s lecture, dance floor action and the infamous playground toilet […]
Back To School party: the yearbook project
As soon as we got the go-ahead from the powers-that-be to invade public elementary school Les Mouettes for our Back To School party, we simply couldn’t resist the idea of having our very own yearbook studio. Here are some of the photographs we got during the night, but you can view the entire album on our […]
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 […]
The colour blue
We entertain somewhat of a disturbingly unhealthy obsession with the colour blue, but talk about it against a backdrop of distraught flesh and, well, we might just adopt you. Photography Ulrike Biets Below are some of the pictures you weren’t supposed to see.
Oooh Wordiors, come out and play…
The indefatigable and near indestructible KKGB gang produced one of the most ambitious fashions series to have graced the magazine pages for our Rough Edges Issue. Indeed, each day of shoot was a cacophony of surreal situations, future-funky hairdos and menacing weapons. Before we show you the series in its entirety as well as a […]
This Saturday, we go back to school!
Ahh, September. Time to sharpen your pencils and get your rulers out. Time to say bye bye to that summer crush and hello to another school year.Time to party one last time before academic angst sets in and your teacher’s moralising musings get the better part of you. Taking over the indoor playground of Ixelles’ […]
Looking for a portrait photographer with a twist
We’ll be throwing a prom-influenced party in September, to mark the begining of the school year (and give us a good reason to bring out our dust-covered tuxedos and cheesy pick-up lines). As such, we’re looking for a portrait photographer we could work with to create a yearbook, along the same lines as the photographs […]
So hip, so Hepcat
Mamiko Motto’s Hepcat Radio defines what good music is all about; not assigned to styles, genres or scenes, it’s a celebration of great music – old and new. Starting at Antwerp’s Radio Centraal, Hepcat Radio soon became the station’s most listened to show and laid foundations for Mamiko’s development as DidUReally at Samurai FM in […]
Backstage at Dour festival
The disarming femme enfant Uffie admitted to us she enjoys pretending to not understand a word of French, that way she can secretly eavesdrop all ongoing conversations in the press area. Lola Olafisoye, singer of Chrome Hoof, certainly has what it takes to be Grace Jones’ little sis – crazy as hell, but full of […]
Here’s our man capturing the audience as he steps onstage. Fast forward to 1.00 for a load of the action.
Backstage at Les Ardentes
Pictures by Ulrike Biets The one and only Pharrell, listening to his iPod as he exits his ride to get into the dressing rooms. The iPod actually contained all of N*E*R*D‘s brand new top-secret material. No one was allowed anywhere near it, save for two very lucky journalists. Pete Doherty posing minutes before Babyshambles‘ concert. We […]
Here’s what the boys took with our disposable camera right after the gig:
Below are your usual festival pictures taken from the front stage area: And here’s your exclusive peak at what was happening backstage:
Mosh pit mash up
So festival season is well and truly upon us and what’s a festival without a mosh pit? In homage, we thought we’d offer up our favourite mosh up videos for your enjoyment. Take caution, some of these moshers are hardcore! By Renasha Khan For starters let’s ease into these with Metallica rocking out at Greece’s […]
Little box of treasures
Releasing a posthumous compilation of an artist’s work is not an easy task for a record label. And with a legacy as big and influential as the one Marc Moulin left behind him when passing in September 2008, Blue Note Records were in for a treat. Moulin was a composer, radiometer, writer, publicist and overall […]
There’s a riot going on
A fine line exists between the genius and the lunatic– sometimes, don’t you just ache to break through to the other side? Photography Alex Salinas Styling Pholoso Selebogo Jeff: Scarf H&M, Jacket Hugo By Hugo Boss, T-shirt Fred Perry, Belt Damir Doma, Trousers Juun J, Shoes Model’s Own Dorien: Salmon orange jacket Dries Van Noten, […]
The last few outlaws ride the waves
They provided the soundtrack to our teenage years and introduced us to sounds overlooked by the mainstream, but is there still a role for pirate radio stations in the podcast era ? Writer Marcus Barnes, photography Charlotte May Wales, additional research by Renasha Khan In 1994 we fell in love with a new sound that we […]
The Special Showstoppers: At the back of the bus
The nomadic lifestyle of the band on the summer festival circuit is both a blessing and a curse. While such movement adds exponentially to both industry cred and the rock ‘n’ roll allure, the effects on both sanity and hygiene can be much less desirable. Whether struck by stress, boredom, the sense of imprisonment, or […]
DJ Kicks given the Kode 9 treatement
There was never any question that Kode 9’s DJ Kicks mix would be an interesting, time-travelling foray into bass music. The London-based producer, DJ, label boss and author – the closest the UK’s dubstep scene has to a spiritual godfather – has relentlessly been crafting a unique musical identity that has won him the respect […]
Faith No More
The Dance is house music legends Faithless’s first album in 4 years. Their last album, 2006’s To All New Arrivals, was a polemic loaded record that boasted the group’s socio-political awareness. It seems with The Dance Faithless have decided to re-engage with their prior material, with tracks like ‘Not Going Home’ which attempt to recapture […]
With World Cup craze conquering the globe since last Friday, Nike figured the time was right to launch a new collection of NSW (Nike Sportswear), celebrating this noble sport and the team pride of six of the participating countries. For each country, an artist was selected to design a kit of footwear, coordinated with matching […]
Life at the cutting edge can get pretty exhausting – kept awake at night by genius ideas, burning through the shoe leather as you sprint your way too and from the patent office, wrestling frustration as things fail to fall into place just so – we thought we’d help out with a little selection of […]
Bands and brands
Flick through any of your current coffee table favourites, and you’ll quickly notice the heavy bond between today’s bands and brands. Models fashioned to look like rock stars, bands endorsing brands, musicians turned actors playing musicians posing in ads, it’s all almost incestuous. Below is the piece we ran in the Breakthrough issue’s Music Special […]
Oh Oh Emmanuelle
Giving into a little teenage nostalgia, we profiled cult figure of night time television Emmanuelle for our Skin edition. Here, you’ll find a selection of some of our favourite Emmanuelle moments, as balmy as they are classic. The original article we published can be found at the end of the post. Additional research by Timothy […]
Fragments of the abstract
Three days until our Breakthrough Issue hits the street, here’s a mini teaser series courtesy of Melika, our current photography intern. Soft-spoken and suggestive, the duplicity of its meaning as well as its layered finish lends the series a powerful, theme-specific narative. Photography Melika Ngombe. The serie’s first image will also be making a short […]
Blow the horn, rebels have arrived.
Consider this. An opening slot on a Kitsuné Maison compilation. A live gig at a Jean-Charles de Castelbajac catwalk show. A ‘Record of the Week’on BBC Radio 1. Heck, this band even had Les Inrockuptibles’ editor championing it as if his own mother was the drummer. And we ain’t talking your usual one-hit-wonder, I’m-a-celebrity-dj-get-me-out-of-here band […]
There’s a party going on, and we’ve got tickets!
It is no secret that the world of fashion, music and celebrity intertwine like an expertly woven pair of denim jeans. Coco Sumner (daughter of Sting and his wife Trudie Styler) has appeared in a Burbery campaign, Rosin Murphy recently was much more than just a catwalk DJ at Viktor & Rolf’s 2010 show whilst […]
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Giving an extended online lease of life to an article we ran with in our skin issue, here’s the piece Randa (our newly-posted London correspondant) did on Dover Street Market. Photography Charlotte May Wales Dover Street Market still feels fresh as new despite being around for half a decade, making it one of the best, […]
Our second exhibition!
So you have it, our second exhibition. This time, we’ve gone for something a little closer to home, presenting the works of five of the magazine’s photographers: Ulrike Biets, Sébastien Bonin, Kris De Smedt, Sarah Eechaut and Sarah Michielsen. The show opens on Friday 23rd April, from 18h00, in the centre of Brussels. Strong work, […]
The unprintables – Your days are numbered
We asked Felicie to create somewhat of an alternative board game for our Morning After Issue. Here, you get the chance to download the game’s unadultured and unobstructed version (complete with an online-exclusive title), as well as an interactive ‘how to play’ guide, just to make your fun that much easier on you… To put […]
The morning after breakfast
We captured the decaying evolution of a morning after fry-up with a breakfast fit for kings having taken a turn for the worst in this day-to-day documentary of the rotten. First off, the shots we ran with in our Morning After edition… Then two behind-the-scenes ones: What Sarah – who shot the series – had […]
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