Sunday, January 8, 2012

Tegentonen's final stand...

Well, Tegentonen is done. It has been for a while, since our final show aired in november last year. I remember walking in at this city's local radio station one day in 1997. I had the idea of creating playlists for the station's day time radioshows. During the conversation with one of the stationmanagers they offered me the chance to take a shot at doing my own radioshow. There was a timeslot open on saturdaynight. So, without any experience in the field I went into the studio and with some help recorded a test-show. I called it REVERB 2000 and played a few tracks. I can't really remember what I played, except a track from WARZONE, whose singer had recently died.

Weeks passed without any reaction from the station. I went about my business thinking it just wasn't going to happen. A few months later though I got a call back. And in februari I started the show. The title was changed form REVERB 2000 to TEGENTONEN. Without any previous experience the first few months were extremely poor, I guess. It gradually got better. Not just me hosting it, but the music as well. Man, we played all kinds of genres.
Internet was growing and I built a webpage (old school in HTML). It got me responses from all over the world. I remember a Belgian singer living in the USA contacting me and sending me his cd. Or a bluesband from Chicago sending me their debut-cd. It was a big deal to me. Most important thing for me, was that this show was always about the music. We never did any interviews, we just played records. Oh, with two exceptions in 1998 when I and my colleague Iwan went to interview AGNOSTIC FRONT and DROPKICK MURPHYS. The show featured a lot of punkrock and hardcore back then.

For the next 13 or so years I made this program. Never alone though, always with a studio technician. After a year or two with an ex-vet who later ended up as a cameraman for gayporn-movies(!), my friend Iwan took over. Iwan was also part of the team that made (and still make) the (hard)rock & heavy metalshows for the station. Their show, Als Het Maar Hard Is (As Long As It's Loud) is actually this country's longest running rock&metalshow. In between songs we always had a lot of fun talking about politics, shitty tv-shows, movies and whatnot.

The decision to quit wasn't an easy one to make. But I did in late 2011. I'm going to miss playing you all my favorite records and I'm gonna miss those saturdaynight hangouts. My last show featured some of my all-time favorite artists like Nirvana, Tindersticks, The Smiths, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and The Stooges. My friends from Als Het Maar Hard Is bought me a bottle of excellent whisky. It was fun. Thanks for reading. Thanks for listening...

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Playlist 08.10.2011: Liquor Store, Wilco, White Hills, Lefties Soul Connection

After 14 years of doing this show, I've decided to quit. RTV Arnhem is reorganising which forced me to look at my program and decide what to do with it. In the end I still love the music and the hangout with my friends at Nozems & Als 't Maar Hard Is (which would mean As Long As It's Loud if I would translate it), but over the years my weekends were often overbooked, which made me either miss a lot of shows or just do one without the proper preparation. So, when episodes sounded rushed, it probably was because they were. Even though I love to do it, I just can't seem find the time anymore.

Saturday 26th of november will be the final broadcast. There are a few more shows left, before it's curtains and I'm doing my best to make these count. Last night was an episode I truly enjoyed. Even though we had a few problems in the studio, which caused a bunch of problems, I think I managed to bring you some of the coolest bands around, including Liquor Store, Mind Spiders, Night Beats, The UFO Club and the brand new single from Lefties Soul Connection (a free download, courtesy of Top Notch records; check the playlist).

01. Liqour Store - Showdown At Wookie Lake
album: Yeah Buddy
02. Wilco - Art Of Almost
album: The Whole Love
03. Les Savy Fav - Dirty Knails
album: Root For Ruin
04. Night Beats- They Came Through The Window
album: H-Bomb EP 7"
05. The Black Angels - Bad Vibrations
album: Phosphene Dream
06. Mind Spiders - Your Soul
album: S/T lp (vinyl only)
07. The UFO Club - Be My Baby Ronettes-cover
album: Night Beats/The UFO Club split 10"
08. The Feelies - Nobody Knows
album: Here Before
09. Lefties Soul Connection feat. Flo Mega - Have Love, Will Travel
free download
10. Pierre-Alain Dahan & Slim Pezin - Electronic Mutation
album: Kid Loco presents French Funk Experience compilation
11. Puffy Areolas - Noble Rot
album: In The Army 1981
12. White Hills - The Condition Of Nothing
album: H-p 1 2lp

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Playlist 26.09.2011: Nirvana, Miles Davis, Seaweed

How do you celebrate the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's Nevermind? Well, by playing a few tracks of that deluxe re-issue that was released last week. To be specific: three versions of the same song just to show how it evolved during the course of the creative process. From rehearsal to the final version. Pretty cool. And we played a nice live track recorded in Amsterdam back in 1991. Next week is also another 'anniversary'; it's 20 years ago that the legendary Miles Davis passed away. We payed a little tribute to the man on Tegentonen this week.

Besides that, there were classics from The Ventures, Hot Snakes and an unreleased Smiths-song that you will not even find on that terribly overpriced boxset that is coming out next month.

01. The Men - Night Landing
album: Leave Home
02. Nirvana - Drain You - live -
album: Amsterdam Love Buzz (bootleg)
03. Hot Snakes - Suicide Invoice
album: Suicide Invoice
04. Seaweed - The Weight
album: Service Deck 7"
05. Charles Bradley - Stay Away Nirvana-cover
album: Newermind (free compilation)
06. Nirvana - Territorial Pissings - Boombox Rehearsals -
album: Nevermind 20th anniversary boxset
07. Nirvana - Territorial Pissings - Devonshire-mix -
album: Nevermind 20th anniversary boxset
08. Nirvana - Territorial Pissings - final version; 2011 remaster -
album: Nevermind 20th anniversary boxset
09. The Ventures - Secret Agent Man
album: The Very Best Of The Ventures
10. Miles Davis - Rated X
album: Get Up With It
11. Miles Davis, Taj Mahal, Roy Rogers & John Lee Hooker - Coming To Town
album: The Hot Spot (original soundtrack)
12. The Smiths - There Is A Light That Never Goes Out (alternate version)
album: Unreleased Demos & Instrumentals (bootleg; 2lp; vinyl only)

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Playlist 26.08.2011: Seaweed, Mogwai, Feelies, Lou Reed

A couple of really cool new tracks by Mogwai (they have a new EP on the way) and the mighty Seaweed (first new music in a loooooooooooooooooooong time) were last nights cream of the crop. As always there was a lot of room for (semi-)classics from Lou Reed, Ramones & Youth Brigade. I squeezed in a new Bohren & Der Club Of Gore-track too. Their new EP (with Mike Patton as guestsinger) is extremely nice.

I'm ending off these ramblings with a nice liveversion of The Feelies' Nobody Knows, one of the standout tracks from their new record Here Before. Watch it, you will not regret it. And check out the playlist below.

01. Mogwai - Get To France
album: Earth Division EP
02. The Feelies - Nobody Knows
album: Here Before
03. Seaweed - Service Deck
album: Service Deck/The Weight 7"
04. NRA - Sean
album: Access Only
05. Youth Brigade - Did You Wanna Die
album: Sink With Kalifornija
06. Bohren & Der Club Of Gore - Zombies Never Die
album: Beileid
07. Madrugada - Come On Home To Me Lee Hazlewood-cover
album: The Nightly Disease - deluxed edition -
08. Lee Hazlewood - Poet, Fool Or Bum
album: Poet, Fool Or Bum/ Back On The Street Again
09. Ciccone Youth - Get Into The Groove Madonna-cover
album: The Whitey Album
10. The Men - Night Landing
album: Leave Home
11. Ramones - Psycho Therapy
album: Subterranean Jungle
12. The Computers - Lovers Lovers Lovers
album: This Is The Computers
13. Lou Reed - Magic & Loss
album: Magic & Loss

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Playlist 20.08.2011: Charles Bradley instrumentals, Klaus Nomi, The Men, Les Savy Fav

Whilst enjoying the worst summer I've ever experienced, I took some time to collect some of the nicest new and old tunes around. I crammed these into a small hour of Tegentonen yesterday. The results? Klaus Nomi, Charles Bradley, Henry Rollins, Horst Jankowksi, Roni Size, but also Warpaint, OFF!, The Computers and Les Savy Fav.

We'll be back next week with more. Thanks for listening and reading!

01. Henry Rollins & Mother Superior - My War Black Flag-cover
album: Rise Above (compilation)
02. OFF! - Black Thoughts + Darkness
album: The First Four EP's
03. Warpaint - Elephants
album: Exquisite Corpse
04. The Men - ()
album: Leave Home
05. Horst Jankowski - Soulful Strut Young-Holt Unlimited-cover
album: Jazz Swings Pop-compilation
06. Charles Bradley - Stay Away Nirvana-cover
album: Newermind-compilation
07. Charles Bradley - In You (I Find A Love) - instrumental -
album: No Time For Dreaming - The Instrumentals-
08. The Black Angels - River Of Blood
album: Phosphene Dream
09. Klaus Nomi - Death
album: Morrissey: Under The Influence-compilation
10. Morrissey - Speedway
album: Vauxhall & I
11. The Computers - Group Identity
album: This Is The Computers
12. Les Savy Fav - Dirty Knails
album: Root For Ruin
13. Roni Size & Reprazent - Brown Paper Bag
album: New Forms

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Playlist 30.07.2011: Charles Bradley, Hot Snakes, The Men, Ramones, Lee Dorsey

Good news for all you Hot Snakes-fans. The band is getting back together for the ATP-festival this december. And there's a good chance at a few more shows! Gave me a good excuse to play a track from their debut-album on Tegentonen.

Sure, I brought new music too. Charles Bradley for instance. His rendition of Nirvana's Stay Away is probably one of the best covers I've heard in a long time. More good news? It's a free download over at Spin Magazine, called Newermind. I've included the downloadlink to the full album in the playlist. If you're just interested in this song, listen to it below:

Charles Bradley & The Menahan Street Band - Stay Away

Some sad news last week: singer Amy Winehouse died. Tremendous talent, troubled personal life. I played a nice version of an old Phil Spector-song as a small tribute.

Warpaint have a new video for their song Warpaint. It's pretty cool actually, so cool I've posted the link below. Enjoy the video, enjoy the playlist and I'll see you back here in about three weeks!

01. The Men - ()
album: Leave Home
02. Ramones - Suzy Is A Headbanger
album: Leave Home
03. Hot Snakes - If Credit's What Matters, I'll Take Credit
album: Automatic Midnight
04. Charles Bradley & the Menahan Street Band - Stay Away Nirvana-cover
album: Newermind (free tribute-album. Get it here)
05. Beastie Boys - Lee Majors Come Again
album: Hot Sauce Committee Part 2
06. Amy Winehouse - To Know Him Is To Love Him
album: Back To Black -deluxe edition-
07. The Black Angels - Entrance Song
album: Phosphene Dream
08. Warpaint - Warpaint
album: The Fool
09. Black Lips - New Direction
album: Arabia Mountain
10. The Rapture - How Deep Is Your Love
album: In The Grace Of Your Love
11. Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings - This Land Is Your Land Woody Guthrie-cover
album: Naturally
12. The Feelies - Nobody Knows
album: Here Before
13. Lee Dorsey - Yes We Can
album: Yes We Can

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Playlist 16.07.2011: The Men, Graveyard, Violent Femmes, Dyke & The Blazers

Apologies for the sloppy show yesterday. Don't know if it was the holidays or the extremely shitty weather that caused it, but damn, Tegentonen sure had better moments. At least the music was great. Some gems in the shape of Dyke & The Blazers (this particular song was used by The Heavy on their single How You Like Me Now).

I also played Not Bitter, But Bored by Johnny Panic & The River Of Dreams. Doesn't ring a bell? Well, this was guitarist Alain Whyte's band when he wasn't playing with Morrissey. This song was recorded in the late nineties. Morrissey liked it and wanted to use it. The lyrics and title were altered and the song became one of Morrisseys biggest hits: Irish Blood, English Heart.

Another gem we played was an early version of Bruce Springsteens Born In The USA. Recored during the time The Boss was working on Nebraska, so quite a different take on this song.

Was there any new material? Sure, how about brand new stuff from The Men, Graveyard, Warpaint & Mogwai?!

Here's hoping for better shows. And better weather, because the summer here is more like the fall at the moment.

01. The Black Angels - Bad Vibrations
album: Phosphene Dream
02. The Men - Bataille
album: Leave Home
03. Kitty, Daisy & Lewis - I'm Going Back
album: Smoking In Heaven
04. Johnny Panic & The Bible Of Dreams - Not Bitter, But Bored
album: Not Bitter, But Bored
05. Violent Femmes - Black Girls
album: Hallowed Ground
06. The Daktaris - Give It Up Turnit Loose James Brown-cover
album: Soul Explosion
07. Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings - Got To Be The Way It Is
album: Dap-dippin With...
08. Dyke & The Blazers - Let A Man Be A Man
album: Super Breaks- Return To The Old School (compilation)
09. Graveyard - Hisingen Blues
album: Hisingen Blues
10. Bruce Springsteen - Born In The USA
album: 18 Tracks
11. Dananananaykroyd - Muscle Memory
album: There Is A Way
12. Warpaint - Bees
album: The Fool
13. Mogwai - San Pedro
album: Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will