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Mad House Promenade

Trots presenteert Studio Frog haar eerste CD album van Mick Ness “Madhouse Promenade”geïnspireerd op verhalen uit de boomloze zones van de aarde rond 1900.

Met prachtige foto’s van Kiyomi Yui. Door haar werd deze productie geproduceerd.

De exacte releasedatum binnenkort bekend.

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Mad House Promenade

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Mecano Unlimited” is het zesde album sinds 1980 en het tweede in de tweemans samenstelling Mick Ness en Dirk Polak. Na intensieve inventarisatie van tekst en muziek dat nog op de plank lag, gevoegd bij een viertal gloednieuwe composities, ontstond het concept voor de plaat die thans gemaakt is en die voelt als een finale.

Muzikaal komen alle facetten van het Mecano-geluid voorbij. Je hoort stevige wave, klassieke ballades, esoterische goth, spoken word en barokke pop. Een ode aan de te jong gestorven muze van de band, liedjes ontsproten aan liefdesavonturen in Griekenland en een hommage aan één van de grootste liedjesschrijvers uit de geschiedenis, Ray Davies. Eclecticisme is het credo!

Recensie OOR

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Paradiso 241216 Album presentatie (vlnr)Mick Ness (gitaar) Sin (drums) Dirk Polak (zang) Idan Karucci (bas) Mark Ritsema (gitaar)
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Charlie Chan Dagelet (cello)
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Hans Dagelet (Trompet)
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Esther Apituley (Viool)

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The Mutant Jasz (Mick Ness – Murielle Vuursteen – Roel Kruize – Rene Bosch – Jasper Bishoff)

Eddy De Clercq blaast nieuw leven in het label Testlab

november 17, 2016 Timo Pisart

Punkers, modellen en bankiers samen op de dansvloer, en over de speakers klinkt Depeche Mode of Afrika Bambaataa, maar ook Siouxsie & The Banshees en Soft Cell. In 1981 opende house-godfather Eddy de Clercq – ver voordat hij de RoXY begon – De Koer, een piepkleine discotheek waar alles mogelijk was. Ik was nog niet eens geboren toen de club in ’83 alweer de deuren sloot, maar de verhalen erover spreken enorm tot de verbeelding. Aanstaande zaterdag in VLLA presenteert De Clercq (61) de cassette De Koer ’81 én nieuwe muziek van de jonge Amsterdamse producer Raderkraft op zijn eigen label Testlab, dat hij na bijna twee decennia weer nieuw leven inblies

Eddy De Clercq presenteert aanstaande zaterdag (19.11.16) Testlab Records in VLLA, met ook optredens van Raderkraft, Plus Instruments, The Helmettes en Mick Ness.

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STAKBABBER – OPEN STAGE

IM RAHMEN DES STADTFESTIVALS ESSEN.ORIGINAL.

03.09.2016

 „Polarized“ heißt das Debutalbum von Stakbabber, der Band um Frontmann Mick Ness, der sich einst einen Namen in der Amsterdamer Ultra-Bewegung „Oktopus“ (Mecano u.a.) machte. Später wurde er zur Kultfigur in Osteuropa als Sänger und Gitarrist der ungarischen Combo „Sexepil“.

Der Sound von Stakbabber lässt sich als post-punk bezeichnen, melancholisch und mit Hang zum Psychedelischen wie das Thema des Albums selbst: „Ich bin fasziniert von den Geschichten der Polarforscher, besonders von der Rätselhaftigkeit, die sie teilweise umgibt. Man muss schon von der Idee besessen sein, um eine raue, feindselige Welt entdecken zu wollen. ‘Polarized‘ erzählt die Geschichte von den Mysterien dieser Expeditionen. Es setzt diesen Männern des Eises ein Denkmal.“ (Mick Ness).

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painting by Dirk Polak

Erector Set is the name given to Meccano in the USA.
To continue my visual arts based upon this wellknown
constructive toy of the twentieth century after the rural
Mecano years, I chose this equivalent to cover a different
angle from the same familytree. Exercises of my poetry
cyclus Single Makes Mass, full in progress then, were set
to songs by Mick Ness and me. With the addition of some
soundscapes he made, mainly in Hungary, an album took
shape that was kept in the vaults, like a good wine so to
speak.
It is a fair time now to trade with Out Of Print and make
things happen in a proper way to those who were involved
and those who will be.

Dirk Polak, 2014

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(Out of Print Records)

bron: http://incendiarymag.com/localfeatures/mickness/mick_ness_joy_pop

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MICK NESS – THE JOY OF POP

Submitted by Richard Foster on Fri, 08/29/2014 – 19:08

The Joy of Pop reveals itself to be an absolute gem; immediately putting your weirdometer at ease; mixing Pop Group against chamber folk, (or chamber punk) with a dash of Kid Strange and early Cure for good measure.

Unless you’re in your 50s, most probably Dutch, and someone who was into the Dutch underground of the time it’s very unlikely that you’ll have heard this record before. That’s fine, of course; that’s what the interweb is supposed to do, break down barriers, and trust us, Incendiary doesn’t purposely look to involve itself in any Big Data conspiracies.

And; don’t let the opener put you off! The similarity of Open Rooms to Joy Division’s 24 Hours is too close for comfort at times; despite the “Play at Home” vibe that the sax and the semi acoustic strumming brings to the song. Ach, it’s either a very brave pisstake or an over serious sonic tributary. Maybe (given this LP is from 1981) the latter. If so, the conceit hasn’t really aged well.

However once we’re past that, The Joy of Pop reveals itself to be an absolute gem. Walk on Heads is a deranged track and immediately puts your weirdometer at ease; mixing Pop Group against chamber folk, (or chamber punk) with a dash of Kid Strange and early Cure for good measure. Mick Ness’s strangulated vocals and odd phrasing techniques work really well here; it’s incredibly sleazy throughout, and the funky, raggety looseness of the sound (as also noticed in Burn Me Out Again and Ants) really works a treat. Ness’s vocals are a puzzle mind, you’re never sure when he’s going to turn up in the song, and it does sound like he’s sneaked in to wreck his own recording by dicking about. This attitude really makes the difference to the record though; in that it has a puckish element that also keeps the sound evergreen. Listen to Remind Of here for proof; it could sound bloody annoying but it’s somehow really refreshing.

A word for  the extra tracks on the CD version of this re-release as they are possibly better (in places) than the album proper. Really, You In Me is tremendous, a sonic gargleblaster, a groovy Motherload. Whereas Cathy is Amusement – merely because of the vox  treatment – sounds like Haircut 100 after a heavy dose of LSD 25.
How has this stuff not seen the light of day for 30+ years?

I’d check this out.

36 years ago

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