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Joni Mitchell and her band performed at Holland’s Congresgebouw venue, in the Hague, a show which was generally considered to be among the finest of the tour. The entire set they played that evening is now featured on this vinyl for the first time!. From Joni Mitchell‘s 1983 Tour. In early 1983, Joni Mitchell began a world tour, visiting Japan, Australia, UK, mainland Europe and the United States and Canada. Promoting her first Geffen album, “Wild Things Run Free”, released in October the previous year, the Refuge World Tour, as it was known, was Joni’s most extensive jaunt to date taking up the complete first half of the year. On 27th April, Joni Mitchell and her band – which included Russell Ferrante on keyboards Michael Landau on guitar, Larry Klein on bass and Vinnie Colaiuta on drums – performed at Holland s Congresgebouw venue, in the Hague, The entire set they played that evening is now featured on this album for the first time, providing a chance for fans to finally hear this previously unreleased radio broadcast recording.

At 51 minutes it isn’t the longest, but it’s everything transmitted on Dutch radio. Any long term fan of Joni will not be disappointed seeing release because of relaxed EU laws allowing publication of concerts transmitted on TV or radio by independent labels this is a well put-together package. Joni had developed the rock theme at the encouragement of then husband Larry Klein, a superb bass player and featured here to great effect with the bass mixed high on tracks where Joni is accompanied by the band. That band includes Vinnie Colaiuta, one of the world’s great drummers who provides fabulous backing; Michael Landau, often adding beautiful washes of colouring on lead guitar; and keyboardist Russell Ferrante. This was a five-star band, shown off to terrific effect on this album with many familiar songs given entirely new arrangements as a result and is worth obtaining for fans of Joni on that basis alone.

I was fortunate to catch this tour at Birmingham, and whilst that was an experience I shall long remember this album, together with “A Woman In The East” recorded in March 1983 (but featuring quite a different song selection) . A relaxed Joni rings the changes, playing electric guitar, acoustic guitar, grand piano and dulcimer – although memory recalls on some songs she was simply happy to act as lead singer to the well-integrated, tight backing band. At the time of release “Wild Things Run Fast” was a bit of a curio, with previous album “Mingus” so deeply grounded in jazz this was a shock, completely out of left field. Hindsight reveals that whilst Joni didn’t stay with the rock theme for long it was certainly not a cul-de-sac. Tracks like “Refuge Of The Roads”, originally from “Hejira” stand out, with Klein a very different bassist than Jaco Pastorius and no drums featured on much of that album. Indeed, the set opens up with a simply superb rendition of “Coyote” from that same album, setting a high benchmark for what was to come.

Joni pleases older fans by delving into her back catalogue, and there are satisfying versions of “Real Good, For Free”, “Big Yellow Taxi”, A Case Of You”, “You Turn Me On I’m A Radio”, and “Don’t Interrupt The Sorrow” which are all very enjoyable renditions. The concert does feature a good quantity of “Wild Things Run Fast” amongst it’s 12 tracks and these sit comfortably amongst the classics. For anyone who can’t get enough of Joni and wishes her health would improve enough to release new music there’s potentially a long wait.

Setlist: 1. Coyote 2. For Free 3. Big Yellow Taxi 4. A Case Of You 5. You Turn Me On I’m A Radio 6. You’re So Square 7. Solid Love 8. Love 9. Ladies’ Man 10. Don’t Interrupt The Sorrow 11. Refuge Of The Roads 12. You Dream Flat Tyres

I can’t imagine one single person without a happy face when leaving the hall after being at this show. Even so, this recording has one big problem: it is too short!
So, here’s about 51 minutes of Rory Gallagher at De Hanenhof, Geleen, Holland on the 12th of November 1987 and beware, this is the kind of show that turns you addicted to Rory’s music!

Rory Gallagher -Live set from De Hanehof, Geleen, Holland 12th November 1987


1 Walkin Blues 2 Pistol Slapper Blues 3 Messin With The Kid 4 Out On The Western Plain 5 Don’t Start Me Talkin 6 When My Baby She Left Me 7 Bullfrog Blues 8 All Around Man 9 Nadine

The Band:

Rory Gallagher – Guitars, Vocals
Gerry McAvoy – Bass
Brendan O’Neil – Drums
Mark Feltham – harmonica

SOMEONE – ” Forget Forgive “

Posted: November 30, 2017 in MUSIC
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Equal parts dark and warm, this track from the Dutch songstress is rather incredible. With a continuing bassline and a fuzzed out sound, it sheds the unnecessary layers of an over produced sound in favor of something more minimal and delicate. The result is something personal and incredibly engaging. Many have taken notice of her sounds including here in the States with commercials and New Girl picking up various tracks. Though her first album was more pop sweetness, her second album appears to be more mature and battle tested. She has always had a talent for catchy hooks, and that undoubtedly comes through her new style, yet there is a more nuanced and creative approach on this new track .

Forget Forgive is the most personal track I’ve written so far. It’s a really intimate lyric about battling some pretty nasty demons and, in overcoming them, figuring out the kind of person you want to be. I wrote and recorded it all in one night (between the hours of 11PM and 4AM) in my home studio in Amsterdam. Just bass guitar, vocals and a sneaky little mellotron and kick towards the end. Some songs take ages to fine-tune and hone, but this one felt like I was just solidifying a strain of thought that had been flowing around inside my head for ages.



Down The Rabbit Hole says adventure, confusion, surrealism and psychedelics, which has been an inspiration for (psycho) rockers, DJs, artists, designers and filmmakers ever since the rise of the pop culture in the uncurbed 1960s… Good company, so get ready to tumble… It’s A Campingflight Down The Rabbit Hole!

From June 24th to June 26th, we’re going to take a three-day tumble in De Groene Heuvels (The Green Hills) park, hidden in the rolling land between the Maas and Waal rivers, neighbour to an underwater paradise with a centuries-old natural source. Be prepared! A frontrunner line-up on the stages and equal measures of thrill in and around those tents. It’s your party too, so: spin a record, cook a meal, build a raft, hip a hop. We’re out and we’re loose! But let’s party in a sustainable way: we’ll keep it green & clean. We have all the time in the world, there’s no rush. Take your time to dine, go meditate in the forest, lie down in the green pasture, swim for a bit, strum by the campfire, discover hidden discos… Have a ball with brand-new bands or finally see that classic artist in full swing. Build your own party and celebrate, enjoy what you do, all with an open mind. Grab your snorkel and tumble down.. It will take three days before we come up; there’s no one-day trip Down The Rabbit Hole. Pick your very own favourite hole and bring your tent or camper to De Groene Heuvels in Beuningen, or stay in our luxurious Rabbit Resort.

Down The Rabbit Hole 2016 takes place at De Groene Heuvels (The Green Hills) recreational park at Beuningen (GLD), The Netherlands from Friday June 24 2016 until Sunday June 26. The festival campsite opens Thursday June 23 in the afternoon and closes Monday June 27 at noon

Jacco Gardner playing the Heineken tent at Lowlands 2015, 

Jacco Gardner’s debut album, “Cabinet of Curiosities”, the evening became just that, full of detailed quirks and psychedelic discovery. Jacco Gardner’s sixties’ influences, laden with baroque pop and epic psychedelia, shone brightly through the band’s set. Clear the Air was full of enough whimsy and jaunty bursts of wurlitzer organ sounds and  harpsichordal keys to rival bands like the Zombies. Also I could hear sounds of Arthur Lees Love.

The modest audience was immersed in Gardner’s modern take on psychedelia. The multi-instrumentalist’s performance became as intricate and elaborate as his recordings, but naturally, those tiny extra details were sometimes lost on stage. It was the bigger tracks, swelling the room, which revived the set.

Tales of hazy days and slain dragons created larger-than-life pictures and a shield of comfort for Gardner’s timid, ethereal vocals, with Another You’s unsettling synth whistling through tubular basslines and syrupy harmonies.

00:00 Hypnophobia
4:36 Clear The Air
8:07 Summer’s Game
11:07 Notus
14:10 Face To Face
17:32 House On The Moon
22:04 Another You
26:10 Outside Forever
29:20 Puppets Dangling
33:05 Chameleon
36:58 The Ballad Of Little Jane
41:31 Find Yourself
44:50 Lullaby
54:36 Where Will You Go

Jacco Gardner performing live in the KEXP studio. Recorded June 25, 2015.

Clear The Air
Face To Face
Find Yourself

Jacco Gardner was born in the late 80s but sounds as though he came of age in the late 60s. It’s a very specific late 60s that he evokes on his debut album, Cabinet of Curiosities: the ornate, lushly orchestrated, psych-inflected “soft rock” or “baroque pop” of British groups such as Nirvana and the Zombies, and American bands such as the Millennium and Sagittarius. Actually, the latter pair were the project names of one man, Curt Boettcher. Boettcher was a singer, songwriter, musician and producer who took the idea of Brian Wilson at his most studio-focused and the Beatles’ own post-1966, no-touring, studio-only ethos to the extreme.

These are the models for this 24-year-old from the Netherlands: as Gardner explains, those “mostly studio projects where the songwriter or artist also took over the role of producer and could really start experimenting and work out everything they could think of themselves. Important artists/producers in this genre would be Curt Boettcher, Billy Nicholls, Syd-era Pink Floyd, the Zombies, Brian Wilson and Love.” Gardner recorded and engineered Cabinet of Curiosities at his Shadow Shoppe Studio in Holland, playing every instrument himself save the drums, having mastered recorder, clarinet, bass, guitar, keyboards and violin as a child. As an adult he also appears to have got to grips with the harpsichord, mellotron, flute and organ, because they’re all part of his chamber-pop palette.

He hasn’t just got the instrumentation and overall sound right, using all the right analogue equipment. He’s got the right voice as well.

No sophomore slump or ‘more of the same’ follow up here from Jacco Gardner. His debut “Cabinet Of Curiosities” (on the esteemed Trouble in Mind label) was a kaleidoscopic pop gem, the sort of album which most artists would be more than happy to replicate on a sophomore release, but with “Hypnophobia”, Jacco Gardner proves himself to be more ambitious than the majority of his peers.

The striking sleeve art is the work of Julian House, famed for his Broadcast covers, as well as his work for ‘hauntology’ label Ghost Box. An odd pick for the sort of music that Gardner has previously made, but an ideal choice for the expanded palette on display here.

Let’s be clear; Gardner hasn’t dropped the Zombies style psychedelic baroque pop angle which earned him so many fans on “Cabinet of Curiosities”. What he’s done is broaden the field of presentation to incorporate, cinematic, progressive and radiophonic elements, while retaining the ear candy hooks. On the title track there’s a Broadcast like approach to hypnotic Radiophonia, which contextualises the choice of sleeve artist and makes a whole lot of sense. Gardner, ever the musical magpie, has no problem integrating these shiny, in vogue references into his songs in a thoroughly natural fashion. “Before the Dawn”, similarly borrows from krauty prog rock, and gives it a fresh, melodic spin. And for those worried about style over substance, there are more stripped back songs like “Face to Face”, which demonstrate troubadourial tendencies that favourably recall Elliott Smith. Not a real word perhaps, but one that fits the bill here.

Jacco Gardner had total control over this record, playing everything but drums, and it shows. There’s a cohesion and unity here that’s just not possible to create when trying to communicate a vision to a bunch of other musicians, no matter how similarly inclined.

It’ll be interesting to see where Jacco goes from here, retreating further into his seemingly limitless imagination, or opening the doors to something more collaborative. It’s hard to imagine him bettering “Hypnophobia” with the former approach.

Its a definite recommended album purchase.

New album was released May 4th on CD / LP / DL, Jacco Gardner creates a sound by combining the sounds of Harpsichord, Strings, Flutes and other classical instruments with raw psychedelic effects. It’s tempting to categorize Jacco Gardner by the scope of his musical instruments.Hypnophobia features a Wurlitzer electric piano, mellotrons, harpsichords, an obscure, ancient instrument called an Optigan, plus an antique Steinway upright — these are relics of a particular nature, hand-selected and played to achieve a baroque pop period piece. Initial single “Find Yourself,” its trippy video clip, and the title track confirmed the record’s exploration of a retro-psych wonderland. But it’s not all acid trips, and moments of real introspection appear.

Listening to the full album expands Gardner’s scope considerably; there’s “Make Me See,” a quiet, unexpected songwriter number that barely lasts a minute and a half. Or “Grey Lanes,” an almost pastoral, instrumental lullaby that only gets electronic toward the tail-end. On Hypnophobia, Gardner takes psychedelica and twists it to suit his idea of what blissed-out baroque should be. If late-’70s residents of Laurel Canyon re-imagined themselves 40+ years later with an expanse of antique instruments, they probably couldn’t have done a better job than Gardner has of creating their own modern, alternate reality. It’s a heady, hypnotizing look at the past through the always rose-coloured glasses of the present.

From the album “Hypnophobia”, to be released first week of May 2015 on Polyvinyl (N-A), Excelsior Recordings (Benelux) and Full Time Hobby (ROTW)

It’s a pretty good time to get to know Jacco Gardner. The Dutch multi-instrumentalist blends Ariel Pink-style melodies with a little Pink Floyd psychedelia, resulting in impeccably lush tunes. Judge for yourself with the album’s title track, “Hypnophobia,” to listen too here,

Gardner is also heading out on the road next week, touring in both Europe and North America. The full slate of tour dates is below. he will be at the Bodega social in Nottingham.

Jacco Gardner's photo.



Jacco Gardner is a neo-psych/baroque pop artist from the Netherlands. Like his debut album. 2013’s underground favourite “Cabinet of Curiosities”, Jacco Gardner’s new full-length was recorded at his home studio in a quiet village 40 minutes north of Amsterdam. Handling nearly all of the instruments (including vintage Wurlitzer and mellotron) himself, Gardner creates a collection of “catchy, baroque-psych concoctions” that “plays like a daydream twisted through Joe Meek-esque production”
Jacco Gardner will be playing the Bodega social later this year

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