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20,000 Belgians All Grooving to a New Wave Song From the ’70s

I ventured across the border to Antwerp a few weeks ago to see Arcade Fire play a show at the Sportpaleis. Despite some sound problems at the beginning of the set, it was all sorts of wonderful. As the band left … Continue reading

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A Quick Look at Tim Burton’s “Long Lost” Hansel & Gretel

Back in the early ’80s, Tim Burton directed a short adaptation of Hansel and Gretel for The Disney Channel. It was considered so weird and disturbing that it aired only once; late on Halloween night in 1983, or so the … Continue reading

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Janelle Monáe at People’s Place in Amsterdam

Jannelle Monáe is one of those preternaturally talented musicians that comes along every fifteen years or so. She’s been compared to James Brown, Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Outkast and Prince. While she may not yet be worthy of those comparisons, I’m … Continue reading

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And Now a Comic I Made About Seeing Tegan and Sara at the Paradiso Last Week

It was a great show and Tegan and Sara are great in concert but there’s no denying that they draw a certain crowd. I was definitely out of place, that’s for sure. You deserve a cookie if you can correctly … Continue reading

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Mutant Minnie Mouses, Strange Clowns and Songs About Blood – Eels @ the Paradiso, April 1st, 2013

What defines a great rock show? For me, it’s not so much the music as it is the enthusiasm and passion of the band on stage. I’ve seen some shows that have been brilliant, on the musical level, but completely … Continue reading

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The 2012 American Presidential Election, German-Style

CNN could learn a thing or three from ZDF. The German TV station’s election night coverage has so far featured live interviews with dogs in Washington DC, a diner-themed bar on the stage, newscasters chugging beer,  a blogger pundit with … Continue reading

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Who is That [Not] Masked Man?

The Dutch love their boats. The second the temperature rises above 20 C, they flock to the nearest canal and wile away their free time aimlessly floating about while drinking wine, starring into space and/or waving to the poor, boat-less … Continue reading

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Trans-Europe Express: A Tour of the Netherlands’ Best Food Carts

At last count, over 500 food carts can be found within the borders of my hometown of Portland, OR. When I was still living there, I made routine trips to ones like Big-Ass Sandwich, Koi Fusion, Bangkok Duck and Chicken, … Continue reading

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Europe in Three Minutes or Less # 25 – Fun Facts About the Blarney Castle

Did you know that the Blarney Castle in Ireland was built by American author Cormac McCarthy? And that he installed a “murder hole” so he could ward off unwanted visitors like Bono and Margaret Thatcher? IT’S TRUE! Click the “play” … Continue reading

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Europe in Three Minutes or Less # 24 – Walking on Ice-shine

And now it’s all gone. It’s amazing what a few hours of rain and milder temperatures can do to a frozen canal.

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