This month in previous years


Zapp, revolutionary electro funk pioneers07/28/2020On July 28th, 1980, the influential electro funk band Zapp released their debut album. More Bounce To The Ounce was the start of an interesting and tragic career.
Lianne La Havas (by guest author Timur)07/22/2020My 11 year old son is crazy about Lianne La Havas' music. So much so that he wrote a story about her on his blog. He luckily agreed to publsih it here as well. Have fun!
Joy And Pain, the story of Maze07/18/2020In 1980 Maze release their fourth album, the exquisite Joy And Pain. A look back at the album and the career of Maze featuring Frankie Beverly!
Live Aid, the day the world cared (and wanted to see music)07/13/2020On July 13th, 1985, the most important and impressive concert of the 1980s took place in London and Philadephia: the benefit concert Live Aid. A look back.
Sufjan Stevens releases his beautiful and moving Illinois07/04/2020In 2005 Sufjan Stevens impresses music lovers around the world with the stunningly beautiful and impressive Illinois. A true masterpiece that will never lose its magic.
My 10 favorite soundtracks07/26/2019Which soundtracks have I listened to the most and are among my favorites? From Saturday Night Fever to Twin Peaks: the world of the soundtrack!
Sade seduces the world with Diamond Life07/16/2019Thirty-five years ago the band Sade release their debut album Diamond Life to universal acclaim. A timeless classic that still sounds fresh today. A look back.
The Fatal Flowers were back, for a short while. The story of the best band coming from Holland!07/06/2019'Who says the Dutch can't rock?' asked Rolling Stone magazine in a rave review for the debut album by Dutch band The Fatal Flowers. Good question. It was the start of a promising career for the best band Holland has ever had.
Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream07/27/2018Smashing Pumpkins delivered on its promise with the release of Siamese Dream. A rich, heavy and at times moving album. The first of three masterpieces in a row.
Anthony Hamilton – Comin’ From Where I’m From07/15/2018Anthony Hamilton's second official album Comin'From Where I'm From is very successful in the US. In Europe he and his album go by unnoticed, A tribute to a great soul album.
Singles from my elementary school days07/07/2018When I was a boy, singles were the indicator for success and a cheap alternative to the (mega) expensive LP. All singles I received as a present or bought myself during my elementary school days.
The musical answer to 9/11: Bruce Springsteen’s The Rising07/30/2017September 11th 2001: a terrorist attack on the World Trade Center would change the world forever. Bruce Springsteen offered comfort one year later with the release of his phenomenal album The Rising.
Arcade Fire – Everything Now07/28/2017Today the fifth Arcade Fire was finally released. How does it hold up when compared to the albums that preceeded Everything Now? A review.
Guns N’ Roses – Appetite For Destruction07/21/2017The debut by Guns N' Roses from 1987 had some startup issues. After that Appetite For Destruction conquered the rock audience and the world. The story of a breath of fresh air, that was badly needed.
Lost and found: my Prince necklace07/18/2017In 1992 I bought a male/female pin at a Prince show and decided to turn it into a necklace and hand-made pendant. From pin to necklace!
Introducing The Hardline According To Terence Trent D’Arby07/13/2017When Terence Trent D'Arby's debut was released in 1987, it was a sensation. He was very sure of his own self and thought his debut was pure genius. How does it hold up in 2017?
Eric B. & Rakim – Paid In Full07/07/2017Eric B. & Rakim's Paid In Full has been a hip-hop classic for 30 years. An essential link in sampling and intelligent rap. A tribute!
RIP, John Blackwell07/04/2017John Blackwell, the best drummer I ever witnessed, is no more. Today he passed away. He was just 43 years old. A tribute.
I Feel Love: the future is here and now!07/02/2017Donna Summer's I Feel Love is 40 years old. It sounded futuristic then and it still sounds otherworldly. A great dance record, influencing the music of that era and the music of today!
A Pop Life: one year old; the best and most read stories!07/01/2017My blog A Pop Life (My life with music) is one year old already. The best and most read stories of the past year!
Best albums, 1966 – 2017: A Pop Life, 1 year anniversary07/01/2017In honor of the 1-year anniversary of my blog A Pop Life (My life with music), the list of best albums per year from 1966.
Frank Zappa’s Joe’s Garage still up to date07/29/2016How an album from 1979 unfortunately sadly gains actuality. Via the Iranian revolution to the current day and time.
The greatest albumcovers07/08/2016The greatest albumcovers, plus covers selected by visitors. Nice viewing!
My favorite music (by guest author Timur)07/01/2016On July 1st my blog A Pop Life is launched. My son Timur has written a beautiful story about what music means to him and on his first concert: Doe Maar!


North Sea Jazz Festival07/14/20194/5: Day 3 of the greatest festival in The Netherlands: North Sea Jazz. The day of Jungle By Night, Poppy Ajudha, and Robbert Glasper (incl. Ledisi).
North Sea Jazz Festival07/13/20194/5: Day 2 of the greatest festival in The Netherlands: North Sea Jazz. The day of My Baby, Mammal Hands, Macy Gray and Masego.
North Sea Jazz Festival07/12/20194/5: Day 1 of the greatest festival in The Netherlands: North Sea Jazz. The day of Blood Orange, Joe Jackson and The Internet.
Cat Power07/10/20194½/5: Cat Power at the top of her game at Paradiso. Beautiful music in a revered venue performed by a relaxed Cat Power, who sang impeccably.
Neil Young07/09/20194/5: Neil Young had a real great time in Antwerp, Belgium and so did I. The phenomenal On The Beach was a definite highlight!
Dweezil Zappa07/25/20184/5: Dweezil Zappa and his Choice Cuts tour. Obscure and complex Zappa work in a beautiful impressive concert!
North Sea Jazz Festival07/15/20184/5: The third day of the North Sea Jazz Festival 2018, the greatest festival of The Netherlands. The day of Nathaniel Rateliff, Moses Sumney and Sevdaliza.
North Sea Jazz Festival07/14/20184/5: The second day of the North Sea Jazz Festival 2018, the greatest festival of The Netherlands. The day of the 'new British jazz invasion' and Anderson .Paak.
North Sea Jazz Festival07/13/20183½/5: The first day of the North Sea Jazz Festival 2018, the greatest festival of The Netherlands. The day of Altın Gün and The Roots.
U207/29/20173½/5: The end could have been different/better, but The Joshua Tree performance was great. One Tree Hill was impressive!
North Sea Jazz Festival07/09/20174/5: Day 3 of North Sea Jazz 2017: New Power Generation and karaoke-Prince. And the great Jacob Collier and 77 (!) year old Mavis Staples.
North Sea Jazz Festival07/08/2017Day 2 of North Sea Jazz 2017: Noname, Gladys Knight and Pink Oculus. But the leader of the pack was Solange. What a great show!
North Sea Jazz Festival07/07/2017Dag 1 of North Sea Jazz 2017: Grace Jones immediately sets the tone for the rest of the festival!
George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic07/22/20163½/5: George Clinton's 75th birthday at Paradiso. One big party!
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band07/13/20165/5: Iceman and the entire (double) album The River... Unforgettable!
North Sea Jazz Festival07/10/20164/5: Dag 3 of North Sea Jazz Festival 2016 with more highlights, and the stunning Jill Scott!
North Sea Jazz Festival07/09/20164/5: North Sea Jazz Festival day 2. Lots of great stuff. Two names of the day: Jacob Collier and Anderson .Paak.
North Sea Jazz Festival07/08/20163/5: Day 1 of North Sea Jazz Festival 2016: the family day; great day for fun, but musical wise it was not.
Cat Power07/06/20164½/5: A phenomenally good concert. Cat Power at the heights of her powers. Moving, sincere and beautiful. Unforgettable evening.
Bunny Wailer07/21/20153½/5: Highly entertaining show by the very sympathetic Wailer. Good atmosphere as well at Paradiso.
North Sea Jazz Festival07/11/20153½/5: Jett Rebel ok, Michael Kiwanuka good, Paolo Nutini fantastic and Candi Staton moving.
North Sea Jazz Festival07/10/20154/5: Typhoon good. Mary J Blige started weak, but midway through she suddenly shined, and how! Highlight! D'Angelo impressive.
Kraftwerk07/03/20152/5: Very disappointing Kraftwerk show, particularly with the stunning Paradiso shows in January in the back of my mind.
North Sea Jazz Festival07/13/20144/5: Went to the North Sea Jazz to see Outkast and was immediately smitten by the festival. Since then I haven't missed a year. Outkast was phenomenal. Really thankful I had the chance to see them.
Smashing Pumpkins07/26/20134½/5: Favorite Smashing Pumpkins in a scorching Paradiso: extremely good!
The Who07/05/20133½/5: Nostaliga: The Who. Both Tommy and Quadrophenia were played innumerable times during my childhood years. Still great.
Cat Power07/02/20131½/5: Unfortunately Cat Power had a bad day. She truly is one of a kind, but not too reliable, which is a pity.
Paul Simon07/18/20123½/5: The Simon & Garfunkel songs were particularly beautiful, The Sound Of Silence being the definite highlight.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band07/05/20125/5: The ultimate Bruce concert: I have never seen him this good. He played a lot of songs off Darkness On The Edge Of Town, so that meant Racing In The Street, at last. Great evening!
Prince07/26/20114½/5: Great show, with some very nice and one-time surprises: Gold and Chocolate.
Prince07/11/20115/5: A very special evening indeed (Girl!). Top concert by Prince.
Prince07/10/20115/5: The day after the disappointing opening show Prince had to make things right and he delivered: opening with Joy In Repetition followed by The Love We Make. A marvellous experience!
Prince07/09/20113/5: This concert was the first of three NSJ shows and was marred by real awful, even ugly, sound and an uninspired setlist.
Prince07/10/20104/5: Nice show, that took some time to get into full swing. The last encore in particular was great.
U207/20/20094/5: U2 in great form. Definite highlight I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight was stunning!
The Joe Jackson Band07/02/20034/5: Joe Jackson and original band at the top of their game.
U207/31/20012½/5: Not a real memorable concert, except the piece of When I Get Home Bono sang as a tribute to Herman Brood, who had died three weeks earlier.
U207/19/19974/5: The tour accompanying my favorite U2 album Pop. I thought the mix of rock and dance was bold and it had turned out perfectly.
Prince & The New Power Generation07/08/19924½/5: Best show of the Diamonds And Pearls tour.
Prince & The New Power Generation07/07/19924/5: Decent show of the Diamonds And Pearls tour.
Prince & The New Power Generation07/06/19924/5: Decent show of the Diamonds And Pearls tour.
Prince & The New Power Generation07/04/19924/5: Decent show of the Diamonds And Pearls tour.
George Clinton07/01/19913½/5: Good extremely funky show by George Clinton and the P-Funk circus.