No going back

Sometimes I come across a song where I pretty much could have written the lyrics, so close it is to how I feel. This weekend I heard a song while trying on clothes in a Zurich H&M, and its lyrics caught my attention. Not because it was exactly how I felt, but how someone else could think of me….


Chris Anderson reads my posts!

As mentioned before I sometimes blog for TEDxAmsterdam, the little sister of TED. It seems that we are being watched by our big brother though. Chris Anderson, curator of TED and nr. 7 in Fast Company’s most creative people 2010, apparently reads our TEDxAmsterdam posts as well. Today he tweeted about super talented Emma Bruns and her endearing story, a post that I have written. For me personally it’s is great to talk with and get to know so many great people that are involved with TEDxAmsterdam and that people actually read what I write. For Emma it’s awesome to see that her story a year after presenting is still spreading. Just a few of the reasons why I love TED and the internet!

Chris Anderson tweeting about Emma Bruns post on

If you want to read the post and see Emma’s TED talk, click here.

Rock Werchter 2010

Spending the weekend with Faithless, Muse, Stereophonics, Phoenix, Skunk Anansie, De Jeugd Van Tegenwoordig, Crookers, Bloody Beetroots Deathcrew 77, La Roux, The xx, Midlake, Kyteman’s Hip Hop Orchestra, Greenday, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Paramore, Rise Against, Coheed and Cambria, Customs, LCD Soundsystem, The Specials, Jack Johson, Corinne Bailey Rae, The Gaslight Anthem, The Morning Benders, Balthazar, Rammstein, Pink, The Ting Tings, Gossip, Chanel Zero, Das Pop, Tayler Hawkins & The Coattail Riders, Booka Shade, Empire Of The Sun, Florence + The Machine, Porcupine Tree, Yeasayer, Temper Trap, Delphic, Pearl Jam, Arcade Fire, Them Crooked Vultures, Vampire Weekend, Alice in Chains, The Black Keys, The Van Jets, Vitalic, The Black Box Revelation, Absynthe Minded, Dirty Projectors, Gomez, Shameboy and Sweet Coffee. Fuck yeah!

Metallica at Rock Werchter 2009 (c) csnan

Metallica at Rock Werchter 2009 (c) csnan

Poor hipsters

First, they were ridiculed on websites as, (Look At That Fucking Hipster), and the likes, which are all brilliant because of their mean, stingy captions. Now there is a web series dedicated to making fun of hipsters, Nothing is cool. Not the best ever, but there are some scenes that are funny if you’re even remotely familiar with the hipster lifestyle.

Nothing is cool is part of the Web Series Showcase from NYU.

Geef mij maar Amsterdam*

Personally I think I live in one of the greatest cities in the world. I wouldn’t even know where to start when describing what made me fell in love with this place the first time I came to live here (6 month internship in 2006). David James Smith, an expat who used to work at Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam, did an excellent job of  doing just so. He has written a beautiful “Goodbye Amsterdam” post which, I you have ever lived in Amsterdam, will make you all sentimental and sigh…

* This is the title of Geef Mij Maar Amsterdam, a very famous song about the city, sung by the artist Johnny Jordaan. It can’t get more Amsterdam than this, trust me.

Vinyl Love

Collecting vinyl is a little hobby of mine. I love going to flea markets and discover amazing records from the ’70 or ’80, but I also buy new vinyl every once in a while. Of course I’m not the only one, and there are tons of people where the love for vinyl goes much deeper. Those people will love To Have & To Hold, ” a 90 min ‘musicmentory’ to celebrate the age of vinyl records…including interviews, fresh graphics and good music (directed by Jony Lyle for Goosepimple Productions 2010).” A little preview of what to expect:

There’s also a Facebook page where you can stay tuned for the latest updates and pictures.

On repeat

Let me introduce to you Jenny Lane, a wonderful Amsterdam based artist. Saw her as a background singer for Anouk last year, and now will finally be able to see her in Paradiso since her own tour will start soon! This song is my favourite, have already heard it more than 70 times the past three days (according to my iTunes counter). Enjoy!