Here at Merchants Of Air, this is another great excuse to dive into music history and compile a list of songs. So here are twenty songs about the shark way of life.
Today Discovery Channel kicks off his annual shark week extravaganza. For this year's edition they even planned a stunt: Michael Phelps is going to race against a great white shark.
Here at Merchants Of Air, this is another great excuse to dive into music history and compile a list of songs. So here are twenty songs about the shark way of life.
John Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra - Jaws Theme
Every good list needs a good intro and what song could fulfil this purpose better than the original Jaws Theme?
Accept - Fast as a Shark
And we blast off with some fierce heavy metal because it's fast as a shark, or something like that. Here's Germany's Accept, playing the eighties classic live on Masters Of Rock.
Sharky Sharky - Bring The Rock
My favorite children's music band, Scotland's Sharky Sharky have been dressing in shark costumes and rocking their fins off for a while now.
Here are three clips about a stoned shark solving (and causing) trouble in the ocean.
Split Enz - Shark Attack
Apparently, the eighties were a good time for shark related tunes. New wave band Split Enz came up with this uplifting tune in 1980
Guns Love Stories - Shark Bait
Swiss post-hardcore act Guns Love Stories certainly deserve a place here. Why? Because this is Merchants Of Air, where we promote the bands we review and like. It's as simple as that. Anyway, read our review here.
Frank Zappa - Get Whitey
The Yellow Shark is an album of orchestral music by Frank Zappa, released in 1993. It was the last Zappa album released before his death one month later.
Wailing Souls - Shark Attack
We secretly love dub and reggae here so this groovy tune by Wailing Souls had to make our little playlist, don't you think? After all, it's supposed to be summer here.
Bitchslicer - Sex with Sharks
According to science, sharks love death metal (read) so I guess the animals will enjoy a bit of thrash metal too, especially if Bitchslicer promises them a happy ending...
Mastodon - Megalodon
Of course the mother of all sharks deserves a spot on this list and who better than professional noisemakers Mastodon to showcase the might power of the megalodon.
The "Sleepwalk" Guitars Of Dan & Dale - The Shark Bite
"The what?", you might say. But yes, this song was released way back in 1965, even before most of our readers were born. Doo-wop at its finest...
LL Cool J - Deepest Bluest
Well, the movie is called 'Deep Blue Sea' so of course LL Cool J made a song called 'Deepest Bluest'. That's what rappers do, you know?
Electrotete - Shark
For an ambient tune about sharks we have to check out Juno Reactor's side project Electrotete and his 1994 single, (guess....) 'Shark'.
Limp Bizkit - Shark Attack
Nu-metal icons Limp Bizkit apparently also write a song about sharks and - oh surprise - it sounds like almost every other Limp Bizkit song (which isn't that horrible actually).
Furryz Fornicate - Shark Tits
In the category "what the holy shit?", and thus right after Limp Bizkit, comes doomcore act Furryz Fornicate and their delightful tune 'Shark Tits', guaranteed to brighten you after a day of burning in hell.
Aceloria - Shark (ft Knownaim)
I have no idea what genre this, nor do I know this artist is but I like it and that's all that matters.
Eija Merilä – Tiikerihai
What? We like to keep things varied around here. Maybe a bit too varied sometimes.
Das Merman – Sharks
It took us a while to find an EBM tune about sharks but we did it. It's even called 'Sharks' and it bloody stomps. Well done Das Merman
Greenfly - Shark Attack
In the drum & bass scene we found quite a few shark related tunes but this one by Greenfly was by far the best.
Blue Oyster Cult - Shooting Shark
And of course we end with a classic. Blue Oyster Cult have been with us for decades and released this song in 1983.
Do you know the "festi-feel"? That exhilarating feeling when you're driving to a music festival, anticipating amazing music performances, fun with old and new friends, being outdoors for days, sleeping in tents and eating junk food. It's one of the best feelings in the world, one I have felt hundreds of times over the past few decades. I felt it on Rockglabbeek, Rock Herk, Zwemdokrock, Werchter, Pukkelpop, Graspop, Bosrock, Dunk!, Incubate... The list goes on and on.
Where did it go wrong?
I think it started at that disastrous edition of Pukkelpop where an intense storm destroyed a part of the festival terrain and killed five people. I was there and I saw the damage. I knew immediately that that year's edition was over and perhaps I also knew that this would mark the end of big festivals for me. I remember walking towards the city centre, occasionally trying to reach my parents to notify them that we were ok. It was hard to reach people by phone, mainly because of limitations set by phone companies.
But then the complaints started to pour in, along with some questionable decisions by festival organisers. Festivals had to become safer, especially in recent years where terrorism had become an issue. Organisers were forced to hire security teams and suddenly everyone entering a festival area was a possible terrorist. Not only that, festivals also had to become eco-friendly too, resulting in some more questionable decisions.
Not only that. Nowadays people start petitions to ban this or than band from the stages, just because of their views on certain issues. They even threaten festivals, violently. You'd think it cannot get worse? Well, ask the women who were sexually assaulted on that Swedish festival. They bought a ticket, walked through security, got searched like everyone else and still were not safe there.
When I was twenty-two or so, I was at a big festival in Belgium. I was there with my then-girlfriend and some regular festival buddies. We were sitting on the ground, enjoying a beer and each other's company when we suddenly heard a girl scream. She yelled "leave me alone, freak". Some drunken asshole had touched her in inappropriate ways. Before any of us could react, a bloke from the audience punched the asshole in the face, right on the nose. Two minutes later, security was there. Everyone involved explained the situation and the asshole's festival bracelet was cut. At the entrance, two policemen were waiting for him.
That was a part of the festi-feel. Hanging out with like minded people, or at least with people who came here for the music and nothing else. Ok, maybe festival-sex but only if agreed on by both parties, something we boys worked very hard for back in the days. Annoying, obtrusive and obnoxious people were simply being punched in the face and escorted to the exit, mostly by other festival goers, rarely by security. We didn't care about politics. We didn't mind differently colored people, we had no issues with gays. We came to dance...
Here is a list of strange things I've encountered on and around festivals recently.
1. Glass? Plastic?
Glass has been banned from festival areas for ages. Every beverage goes into a plastic cup and pretty much every festival goer is used to that by now. Nobody cares anymore, even though beer tastes way better in glasses than in cups. It's just safer to throw cups instead of glasses. We understand. But not Gent Jazz. No, Gent Jazz pours your beer into a glass. "Hurray", you might say, but wait until you want to see a band. Inside the tent, glass is still banned. Once you go inside, a volunteer is waiting for you. He or she makes you pour your tasty beverage into a plastic cup. Weird, right? But there's more. While you were pouring over your beer, seven other people walked by with glasses in their hands. The volunteer never noticed them.
2. What is it with the food on festivals?
Once upon a time, you had three choices. Fries, hamburgers or hunger. I was happy to see that list expand and I was thrilled to finally eat pizza and pasta on festivals, especially the three-day ones. Yesterday, my wife ate fries with chervis and a mild salty vinaigrette with mustard seeds. I ate a six euros hotdog, in a sandwich with sauerkraut and mustard. I mean, for that price I would have expected mustard seeds and shrimp but it was a good hotdog nonetheless. Thank God for food trucks.
Those fries were 1.75 food coins. One food coin was three euros. You do the math. Besides, there weren't any food coins to begin with. You received a plastic card which you could load at a "non-cash" point (where you could actually pay in cash). Somehow it reminds me of another monetary system that makes no sense, the one the bankers invented, the one that is way too complicated for average Joe. I currently have 0.25 coins on that card and I'm not planning to go to that festival next year (unless the line-up is good). But it has a nice picture of Einsturzende Neubauten, so I guess it's a souvenir now.
I can add a few paragraphs about exuberant prices at festivals but I don't want to. If you want to pay three euros for a plastic cup filled with water, that's fine by me. In a way, I understand why, especially at a big festival. Just look at all the people who want to profit from a festival and you'll understand why they are so incredibly expensive. Here's a short list: the organiser, the bands, the caterers, the security teams, the brewer, the band managers, the city, the government, the copyrights organisation, the sport & youth clubs who volunteer, the company that rents tents, the company that rents the fences, the company that rents the stages, the sound and light companies, their employees, the owner of the festival area, the company that delivers the plastic cups, the people who work in the sponsor's stands, the police, public transport companies, the insurance company... and there are probably some more. So no, I'm not going to whine about prices.
This might be a Belgian thing, but if you use public transport, I really hope you enjoy the first ten minutes of the headliner. Those will be all you see because our public transport company wants you in bed by midnight. Then again, if you form a group of four to six people, you can just crawl into a taxi anytime AND save money.
5. Festivals have become selfie-spots
"Heyyyy everybody on facebook, look where I am??? xxXXXxxXXXxoooXxx"
"Cool, what bands have you seen?"
"Haha, you silly, I am too busy making selfies. In fact, I wish those bands would be quiet so I can talk to my homies."
6. "Fucking kids."
I actually heard someone say that yesterday. It was a man who almost tumbled over a toddler. The kid was just running around like kids do and the man was talking to his mate like men do. Apparently, on a festival that is not a very good combination. I can understand and I also wonder why parents drag their toddlers along on festivals. Isn't it a nuisance for both you and your kid, something you can easily avoid? I don't know. Perhaps those parents say "get them into music when they're young" but I'm more like "get them into music when they want to".
Because of that list of people who want to profit from festivals, most festivals pack their area to capacity. There are lots and lots of people on festivals, half of them drunk. It's just not a safe place for children. Me and my friends are not going to start a moshpit on a playground, so why bring a playground to the moshpit? Not that there is many moshing going on anyway. On most festivals those fun things are forbidden because otherwise the hospitals too profit from festivals.
Have you seen the photos of the piles of garbage on festivals? "Eco-friendly", lol. People are even leaving their tents and everything behind. Luckily, some organisers allow people to pick up those tents and donate them to refugees. Whose fault is that? I don't know. All I know is that a reusable cup is not reusable when you throw it in the woods. At that moment, it becomes litter. How to solve the garbage problem? I don't know either. There have been plenty of ideas, including edible trays, personalised drinking cups and wallets made out of old vinyl promo banners but in the end, it all ends up in a whale's stomach.
8. Screening people
Tomorrowland has been digitally screening each and every audience member, weeks before the festival. Several of them received a message that they were not welcome and that their tickets would be refunded. Is Donald Trump running Tomorrowland?
Is the festi-feel dying?
I know, dear reader, you have been struggling through all that negativeness and by now you might think that it's just not worth the effort of going to a music festival. Well, let me ease your mind. It is still worth it, even with all those issues, there is nothing like a good festival. There is no better feeling in the world than seeing your favorites bands give the best of themselves. I'm sure that Tomorrowland and Pukkelpop will still be a lot of fun for people who are allowed in.
Besides, these days we are spoiled. There is no festival-free weekend anymore. New events appear every year, some fade, some remain, some become household names for music lovers. Dunk! festival and RodeoFest, just to name a few, can easily instigate that festi-feel in exactly the way that the big ones can. There is something for everyone, you can pick out whatever fits you best. I just think festivals can be even more fun when everyone involved would decide not to be an asshole for a few days. Leave your egos and hormones at the entrance, that's all it takes.
I have no idea where I'm going with this article. I'm just a writer, an observer and a festival addict, the latter in increasingly smaller doses. I've seen things change over the years, sometimes for the better, sometimes not. Today, I prefer small over big, quality over quantity. But one thing has not changed and that is the festival spirit. I still see it in the hard core of the festival goers. They don't care about terrorists. They are perfectly fine with drinking out of plastic cups and they can still break your nose if you decide to be a cunt. So no, the festi-feel is not dying. It still rages on in many of us and if anyone fucks with us to the point where we can no longer take it, we just start allover again somewhere else.
Andy Cato is a British record producer and DJ, that serves as the half of the English electronic music duo Groove Armada. Active since 1995, Andy Cato, started his career in London Clubs, as well as arranging partnerships with another prominent producers and composers of the local musical scene. In 1994, Cato met Tom Findlay, which would be his future partner in Groove Armada. Subsequently, they would start together a bright and original revolution in the local electronica scene.
Groove Armada started a brilliant career in the electronic music scene in 1996, and soon became ardently promising. Rapidly, they saw a huge fan base gathering, and their music conquered a large audience. Now, more than twenty years later, it has solidified in one of the most overwhelming electronic acts to emerge from Britain. With eight albums released – with an additionally high number of singles and compilations – Groove Armada from time to time enter into hiatus, as Andy Cato has always been involved with several parallel musical projects, alongside his career with Findlay on Groove Armada.
Birth name: Andrew Derek Cocup
Date of birth: 7 June, 1971 (Age 46)
Birthplace: Yorkshire, England
Reason for fame: Groove Armada
No Tears is a French new wave group formed in 2001 in Paris, by musician Paul Fiction. While they aren’t known beyond borders, they do enjoy a formidable degree of popularity in their home country, which can be seen by the considerable attention they had enjoyed over the years by media dedicated to cover topics related to the alternative music scene.
With a short discography, consisting of only three albums – the last of which was released in 2010 –, with a superior number of compilations, they succeed in leaving their mark on the genre, at least in a regional scale. With a somber style, characterized by a melancholic and pungent sonorous eloquence, No Tears has really ignited a virtuous level of relevance, in what concerns their ability of impressing a darker sound to the genre, that succeeded in capturing a pervasive, but exhilaratingly intense affinity that exhibits in an innocent harmonious grace each and every abyss resting below the corporeally hidden notes of the music.
Now reduced to a duo – Kristian Dernoncourt and Paul Fiction – the lack of releases in recent years does not mean that the band is inactive: they can be followed in social media, as sporadically they post press and music related material in their official FB page.
No Tears is the legitimate case of a band that not only deserved to be better known to the general public inside their own home country, they also deserved to have launched internationally. And this was a serious possibility for No Tears, since they sing in english. With an interesting history, a decent degree of originality, and a gracious talent for composing good music, they deserved to have had more exposure. Being like a darker version of Simple Minds and Duran Duran, the elusive and pessimistic side of new wave emerged quite right with No Tears, that should have been one of the best representatives of the genre in their home country. Now, there is one question to be answered: they will fall into despondency, or there is the possibility of a new album in the future?
One Step Beyond – whose complete title was, in fact, Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond – was an American anthology television series, that aired on ABC from the beginning of 1959 to mid-1961. Hosted and directed by charismatic John Newland, it was similar to the subsequent, but much more successful, The Twilight Zone, scripted and presented by American screen legend Rod Serling.
Like the Twilight Zone, One Step Beyond had a similar premise: each episode showed a different story, that ranged mainly from somber and unexplained mysteries, to the most unknown parapsychological phenomena that could ever haunt the existence of human beings. Although a little more down to earth on the approach of its subjects – not nearly as esoteric, eccentric or imaginative as The Twilight Zone –, the show to this day has its widely appreciated circle of enthusiasts. Fascinating and incredibly lucid, One Step Beyond knew how to wisely explore the innermost psychological fears of the mind, and the susceptibility of human beings to it, as well as expose the fragile perception of humans themselves in what concerns the limitations of their own condition, and how they can be confused and trapped by it.
Like the Twilight Zone, One Step Beyond had featured over its two and a half years run a lot of legendary actors and actresses – but before they had achieved notoriety and fame –, like Elizabeth Montgomery, Suzanne Pleshette, Donald Pleasence, Robert Loggia, Christopher Lee and William Shatner (which also starred in two episodes of The Twilight Zone), amongst others, as well as an enormous cast of other incredibly talented actors, that haven’t become famous, or didn’t solidified well-established careers.
With almost one hundred episodes that ran for three seasons, unfortunately One Step Beyond failed to meet the success or to achieve the audience of its most well-known seemingly related show, The Twilight Zone. But this doesn’t mean One Step Beyond was inferior or mediocre: the quality of the stories, as well as the acting and directing speaks for itself in each episode of the series. Despite the striking similarities, the two shows also had profound differences, since One Step Beyond usually dealt with far more real possibilities, departing from lucid premises, while Rod Serling – who scripted most of the episodes of The Twilight Zone – usually explored more implausible and hermetic, but nevertheless fascinating, scenarios.
These two shows are part of the American television folklore. If you like a classic tale of mystery, or a deranged and deviating story of hallucination and desperation, I highly recommend you to watch One Step Beyond.
Mister Cruel (commonly abbreviated to “Mr Cruel”) was the alias given to an unidentified assailant, who raped three children, and was suspected of murdering another, in Melbourne, Australia, between 1987 and 1991. He was never positively identified, and had an unusual method of coercion while interacting with his victims.
Apparently, Mr Cruel was a very diligent, intelligent, calculate and meticulous individual. He was calm, clever and never left any traces of his attacks whatsoever, which turned subsequent police investigations a very difficult task. He conducted his crimes in order to abduct children for sexual assault, and after hours of molestation, he would release his victim in a random place. He usually assaulted a home in the dead of night, and then proceed to act vary calmly, without any hurry, and threatened his victims with a knife or a pistol if he was disobeyed. Evidence suggests that Mr Cruel would select the places upon which he selected his attacks for weeks in advance, meticulously planning and watching the home places of his prospective victims, with an M.O. probably similar to the viciously brutal and aggressive Original Night Stalker – who terrorized California from 1979 to 1986 – which can be concluded from his positive sense of security, revealed by his method of interaction with his victims, while displaying a vigorous sense of safety and complete control, since he felt no need to act in a hurry.
In 13 April 1991, a thirteen year old girl named Karmein Chan was abducted from her home. She was found dead approximately a year later. Although Mr Cruel was considered the primary responsible for the kidnapping, sexual assault and murder of this girl, several police investigators expressed doubt whether Mr Cruel could be considered a suspect in the case, as there were differences in what concerns the general M.O. provided by the few evidences left at the scene, and given the fact that Mr Cruel normally would not kill his victims, just use them for sexual gratification, to free them after he had finished. Mr Cruel had very peculiar mannerisms concerning his abductees; he even bathed them after the attacks, as a possible means to wash away any trace of physical evidence he may have left. Police has never positively confirmed nor denied that Karmein Chan was a victim of Mr Cruel, given the fact that she was murdered, and this was unusual, considering his methods, although the possibility cannot be ruled out.
The Australian investigative team responsible for his capture has ignited the case in recent years, that may have grown cold to the public, but in fact it was never forgotten or neglected by the police. Developing a psychological profile of the perpetrator, and composing a sketch made after a description made by two of his victims, the police have interviewed suspects in excess of thousands, as well as searched literally thousands of homes, especially in places near the local airport, since one of his victims had said she could hear the sound of airplanes while in captivity.
A little more than one year ago, the Australian police undisclosed to a notorious newspaper a secret document made two decades ago containing information regarding the investigation on Mr Cruel never released to the public before. On it, it was revealed that the FBI had joined the investigation, and that they had information of seven suspects, and a principal one. Although the investigations recently experienced a solid advance, there are still serious doubts whether Mr Cruel would ever be caught, or positively identified. Currently, there is a reward in excess of $ 1,200,000 to information leading to his arrest.
Evelyn Hartley was a young fifteen year old teenage girl from La Crosse County, Wisconsin, that mysteriously disappeared in October 24, 1953, never to be seen again.
In the night Evelyn vanished without a trace, she had compromised to babysit the daughter of a teacher from a local college, a twenty month baby. All had been arranged by Evelyn’s father, Richard, and professor Rasmussen, the father of the child.
Then night turned into nightmare, after her father phoned her several times, but Evelyn never answered. Worried, Richard decided to drive to the Rasmussen residence, to check on his daughter. When he arrived, he found the place severely disrupted: furniture had been moved, and his daughter’s belongings, along with another objects, were scattered all over the place. Her shoes were found in different rooms throughout the house, and her glasses had been broken. After searching for his daughter in every room of the house – that were all inexplicably locked, except for one –, Richard undisclosed evidence of a possible home invasion, since he eventually found an opened window without the screen. After looking by the window, he saw a stepladder – that apparently belonged to the owner of the house –, outside the residence, placed right under the window, revealing that this was probably the place by which a possible intruder had entered the house. But for his desperation, Evelyn was nowhere to be found. Blood stains were found in and outside the house.
Immediately thereafter, Richard alerted the police, that started an investigative searching operation. Police initially used dogs to pick up her trail, that abruptly ended after two streets, leading police to believe that she was probably forced to enter into an automobile. After questioning residents in the neighborhood, police discovered that a vehicle had rounded up the location several times before, in a very suspect behavior. One local individual testified to the police two days after the abduction that while he was driving his car, he was almost hit by a Buick over the speed limit. He said that a man was driving the vehicle, while another one was in the backseat with a girl, but he didn’t think anything suspicious was going on. A few days later, bloody clothes were found, that were probably Evelyn’s outfit.
Soon after her disappearance, a massive task force was launched to search for Evelyn. One thousand men, that ranged from volunteers to members of the national guard, aided by a pronounced contingent of the United States Air Force, had engaged in a committed effort to find the missing teenager, but unfortunately, without any solid results. A meticulous search had been made in literally every car in the county, with police particularly highlighting the need to verify blood stains in the seats of every vehicle. Graves recently sealed in cemeteries were opened, to disclose the possibility of her body being concealed in someone else’s coffin, to no avail. In the end of the first semester of the next year, police conducted hundreds of polygraph tests in college students, to possibly find a suspect, but the experience was deeply negative.
Notorious American murderer Ed Gein has been considered a suspect in the case, as he was nearby the location at the time. Nevertheless, he was cleared of all charges, as he had been a primary suspect in another disappearance, upon which emerged evidence that clearly proved he was not involved.
Evelyn Hartley has never been forgotten, but as time went by, the case grew cold. She has never been seen again, and investigation concerning her possible fate or whereabouts proved to be fruitless. Evelyn Hartley is officially missing for sixty three years. Both her parents are now deceased.
By now, plenty of readers and facebook friends will already have noticed that I'm working on a book, named 'Cecilia's World'. For those who don't know: 'Cecilia's World' is a novel about a girl who discovers the world of alternative music. She moved into a big city and gets acquainted with the buzzing underground scene.
The book contains heaps of bands and a wide array of musical styles. So, since I have been working on this novel all day yesterday, I thought it would be a good idea to preview some of the acts in this upcoming book. Here are ten acts Cecilia has discovered, music she loves to listen to at night when she is alone in her bedroom.
Cecilia's Chills - The YouTube Playlist
Cecilia's Chills - The tracks
Ashtoreth - Threnody IV
Cecilia's second concert. Her first was Black Sabbath, or technically their support act, Rival Sons.
Spoiwo - YOS
The second band on the same night. Not a bad start, if you ask me.
Tiamat - Gaia
When her mom takes Cecilia out shopping, the girl wanders into a record store.
Cecilia::Eyes - Loreta
Her music theory teacher, Johan, tells Cecilia where her name comes from.
A-Sun Amissa - Colossus Survives
What is the best way to get into underground music? Volunteer at a concert venue.
Orbital - The Box
Suddenly, Cecilia realizes how important music really is.
Bohren & der Club of Gore - Nightwolf
Jealousy is a silent rage...
Laraaji - Meditation #1
When dad takes her record shopping on her birthday, Cecilia discovers the classics...
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
...and the absolute classics
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Into My Arms
If in forty years someone asks me "so what was 'Cecilia's World' really about?", I'll answer "love".
So there you go. Ten songs from my book. Ten of the slowest and most emotional of them all. Keep an eye on this website. We will reveal more details soon.
The flag has left the area, the last symbol of the magic that happened there. Now, the Dunk festival area is a quiet meadow again, surrounded by the forest. Now, it is as if nothing has happened there. But we know. We remember those three days in May when Dunk! festival became the highlight of the festival season, again, already. Why? Because Dunk! is different. Dunk! is not about the money, unlike 99% of their colleagues. Dunk! is more. It's a record shop, a vinyl press, a label, a duo-festival with an American edition coming up. Dunk! is a brand. A trustworthy brand, one that looks forward and dares to experiment. We have seen that with the booking of Swans, And So I Watch You From Afar and Earth. Experiments which almost divided the audience in pros and cons.
Once started as a post rock festival, anno 2017 Dunk Festival is some much more, something I can only applaud. There was ambient, drones, jazz and doom metal. There were electronic sounds and if you think about it, some parts by Ashtoreth were a-capella tunes. So there is diversity, but the questions is, how far can you take diversity into a festival like Dunk!? What's next? Who will be the next headliners or the next surprises? Will Spoiwo, Cecilia::Eyes or AmenRa return?
For this article, I started browsing through my music collection, which goes from Brahms over Russian Circles to Tiamat, Iron Maiden, The Levellers, Pink Floyd and all the way to Excrementory Grindfuckers and Oranssi Pazuzu. And that's only the non-electronic section. I looked at the records and wondered "would the Dunk! audience appreciate this?". You'd be surprised by some of the bands that made the cut.
Along with bands like Jesus and The Mary Chain or Cocteau Twins, Slowdive have been one of the major influences for all your post rock favorites. Their sound, which was amusingly named 'shoegaze' became the foundation for bands like Explosions In The Sky, Mogwai and Godspeed! You Black Emperor, or at least to Cecilia::Eyes, who delivered one of the greatest Dunk! gigs ever. So yes, why not Slowdive? They are back with a new album and haven't lost their touch. I've seen them on Rock Herk a few years ago and they still sound as magical as ever.
Come on. It's time. It's time for these Dutch progressive rock pioneers to climb their four stages on Dunk! festival. They have been making this kind of instrumental rock music for over twenty years. With the sound and light engineering Dunk! festival is known for, a concert by this quartet with be unforgettable for everybody. This website, Merchants Of Air, is named after one of their albums. It's time people. It's definitely time...
Perhaps it might surprise you that I throw in another extremely loud act, but if you can add Swans, you can definitely add Sunn O))). They too are legends, perhaps even more so than Swans or Earth. Of course, people might complain about it but people always will. I'm just sure that Sunn O))) would make an epic headliner.
Thanks to stunning concerts from The Void Of Expansion and Yodok III, Dirk Serries has opened the door for more jazz related experiments on Dunk! In that aspect, and because their resemblance to the Twin Peaks music, I think Radare would make an excellent addition. I have heard that they are working on a new album which should be a good reason to book these guys in the Stargazer and have it headlined by Bohren Und Der Club Of Gore or Dale Cooper, perhaps?
Last year, Telepathy blew me away with a breathtaking gig at Antwerp Music City. Their instrumental sludge metal is perfect for Dunk!. In fact, I was surprised that they weren't on the bill this year. Anyway, these guys are guaranteed highlights, I'm damn sure about that.
Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard
This year, Malämmar destroyed the forest with their crushing doom metal sounds. Well, Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard would make an excellent exorcist for the forest, especially with those vocals.
Another one in the category "It's about time", is Belgian solo act Stratosphere. I mean, We've seen Dirk Serries, CHVE, Syndrome, Ashtoreth, Monnik and Barst, all highly regarded acts in the Belgian scene. Stratosphere is still very active today, recently having finished a mini-tour with Ashtoreth, which was an excellent learning experience for the artist. So, it really is time to give him his place on the bill.
Post black metal, maybe not something everybody likes it but Deafheaven had been named a few times on Dunk 17. Perhaps they would indeed fit in there ànd bring a decent dose of blackened intensity to the whole thing. Bands like Alcest or Lantlôs also fit in that area, or maybe Belgium's own Drawn Into Descent?
This one may come as the biggest surprise of the entire list, but think about it. Orbital headlining on day two, turning the big blue tent into an atmospheric party zone for a few hours. There have been electronic acts on Dunk! festival before, so why not have one headline it. This surely is one I'd like to see. The Orb might also work
Master Musicians Of Bukkake
Psychedelic strangeness from a mesmerizing level and a weird but immersive live show, that is something I'd like to see on an open minded festival like Dunk! I'm sure that Master Musicians Of Bukkake will enchant a large part of the audience. Imagine this in the forest. What an experience that must be!
See, I easily managed to find ten non post-rock bands that would make great additions to this festival. I can add more too, Biosphere maybe, Converge or Monkey3. Or how about some strange folk with Wardruna? But in the end, of course, the good people at Dunk! always succeed in creating an awesome and diverse line-up, regardless of genres. I'm sure that they will come up with some musical delicacies for their next festival. It will be wonderful anyhow...
Wait, what? I know, that title sounds somewhat weird but there is a very good reason for this article. Professor Charlotte De Backer from the Antwerp University shared a remarkable tip to help you study. She claims that being somewhat depressed actually makes you absorb more and you will remember the subject matter a lot better. And perhaps, yes, think about all the things you remember from when you were sad and compare them to your happy memories. There might indeed be a difference. Anyway, we at Merchants Of Air know quite a lot about depressive music. Furthermore, we just want to help. So here are ten songs that will put your in that much needed negative mood.
Until Death Overtakes Me - Missing
For utter despair and depression, there is no need to start lightly and build up from there. No, you need to be as depressed as possible as soon as possible. Let's just dive deep into the funeral doom sound of this Belgian project. I couldn't find the long version, which lasts for 21 minutes but this one might give you a decent idea.
Bohren und der Club of Gore - Maximum Black
If distorted guitars and growling vocals are not your thing, try the dark jazz scene. For this, Bohren Und Der Club Of Gore is a perfect example. They slowly drag you into that perfect mood to study psychology or philosophy.
Das Ich - Gottes Tod
Because goths are the most depressed people on earth, they are better students. At least, according to this study tip. So yes, this angsty skin crawler by German act Das Ich deserves a spot in this playlist.
Nina Simone - Ne Me Quitte Pas (Jacques Brel)
Or how about this tearjerker by Jacques Brel, performed by jazz diva Nina Simone. With the life she has had, tears will definitely flow and fall on your books.
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - The Weeping Song
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds have always been a solid provider for downer songs, songs you can listen to and cry because of the sheer emotion they showcase.
Dead Can Dance - The Host of Seraphim
The musical magic between Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry has delivered plenty of emotional beauties but The Host Of Seraphim surely is a tune to listen to while laying in a fetal position and crying your eyes out.
My Dying Bride - The Cry of Mankind
English doom metal deities My Dying Bride have been synonymous with depressive music since the very beginning. It's no surprise that whole generations of adolescents carry this band in their hearts.
Anathema - One Last Goodbye
The nineties not-so-very-goth scene were a great era for emotional music with the previously mentioned My Dying Bride, Tiamat, The Gathering, Moonspell and this masterpiece by English band Anathema.
Mz.412 - NBS Act I Begravning
Of course we can't leave out the dark ambient and martial industrial scene. There are a lot of depressed people roaming in that strange and gloomy corner. You might not know, but this tune by act by Swedish musician Henrik Nordvargr Björkk truly is a classic.
Nortt - Af Døde
Obviously, there is such a thing as depressive black metal and in that Danish act Nortt is one of my favorites. Just listen to this beatdown track and you'll be sinking into a cesspool of misery before you realize it.
Nine Inch Nails - Hurt
This is probably one of the best known songs by Trent Reznor and his Nine Inch Nails project. It was also beautifully covered by Johnny Cash but for this list I prefer the original.
Slowdive - So Tired
Shoegaze legends Slowdive have always come up with beautiful emotional ballads and 'So Tired' is - in my opinion - one of the deepest, guaranteed to get that subject matter into your head.
Zack Hemsey - The Way
To represent the world of soundtracks I selected a deeply emotional piece by Zack Hemsey. This thing is a stunner. Composers like Hemsey know their way around their deepest emotions, which obviously improves their musical abilities.
Mozart - Requiem
Generations of students already know that classical music is one of the best to listen to while absorbing the boring subject matter. So we go with a masterpiece by one of the greatest ever, Mozart's 'Requiem'.
The Cure - The Same Deep Water As You
I could put the entire 'Disintegration' album in this playlist but that would not be fair to all the others. So I picked 'The Same Deep Water As You' to close this list. Of course, 'Disintegration' is an absolute masterpiece and this tune will make those tears flow...