Show #52 – Blupaint

Yesterday’s show featured local Indie rockers Blupaint and their repertoire of unhealthily catchy tunes. Barely been going for a year they’ve recorded 3 very polished tracks that Soundcloud will let you have.

Though we dare not mention terms like ‘world domination’ and  ‘bound for greatness’, there is certainly much potential in songs this well-crafted and delivered.

Sebastiaan and Floris came in for a chat and discussed origins, future plans and why it’s OK to like some bits of Coldplay. Listen back to the interview here.

Catch them and their Foo Fighters, Kings of Leon, Editors influenced show this summer.

Show #50 – The Bimhuis

We had a behind the scenes look at the Bimhuis and was given a detailed run through all the info you need on Amsterdam’s premier jazz venue. How did it start, who’s played there, who’s coming up, the acoustics, the egos (or lack of) and who’s clever idea was it to stick on the side of Muziekgebouw Aan’t Het Ij like that.

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You can listen back to the interview we did with Reinier Thijs from the Bimhuis on our Soundcloud page here.

We also played some tracks from local jazz heavyweights Tin Men and the Telephone, Hans Dulfer and ICP Orchestra.

Show #48 – Nouveau Velo

Nouveau Velo seem to have lovingly pickpocketed the charming sounds of a Postcard Records era world of indie guitar pop. Their own description of ‘healing pop’ seems entirely relevant. It’s feel good music, without straying into sickly sweet and manages to keep sufficient mystique as to keep them unpredictably guiling. We spoke to Niek from their band prior to their gig at the Paradiso on 4th March and discussed turning from a 3 to a 4 piece, what does a record label want from you these days and what does J Mascis drink backstage. Listen back to the interview here.

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We started the show having a rare opinion driven section on the issue of audiences talking through gigs in Amsterdam. We were suggesting it was getting worse and it’s always worse here than most places in Europe. Hell, even Anouk’s had enough. And don’t get us started on using phones to record the entire show. Listen back to 2 voices of reason here tackle the issue with restraint and some considerably insight. Almost.

Show #45 – Julien Mier

Check out Julien’s Soundcloud page to listen to his wonderfully quirky, electronic, skittery album ‘Out Of The Cloud’. We spoke to him from his isolated studio in the Veluwe about how this environment influenced him, musically interpreting new born chickens (!?), and having parent who raise you on Captain Beefheart.

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Julien is playing at the Gransnapolsky Festival near Utrecht on 8th February (in what looks like a disused radio transmitter), with a top line-up.

Listen back to our interview with the man here.

Show #42 – Merry Xmas, We Are OK is over (for now)

Like a bunch of de-mob happy troops with a new set of ration cards and loaded guns, our last show of the year was a nostalgia fest of the best stuff we’ve aired in 2014 since we went on air in March. That’s included Rina Mushonga, Rita Zipora, Playground Zer0, Awanto 3, Rivers, Sarah Jane, Naïve Set, Elementary Penguins, David Douglas, House of Cosy Cushions, CUT_, The Great Communicators, Sleaford Mods, Public Service Broadcasting, Mason, Martine Bond, Jeanne Rouwendaal, GOSTO, Stillwave, Tears and Marble, Channah, Zitakula, Sofie Winterson and more. Doing a show half-cut directly from the pub can be a surprisingly coherent experience. See here.

There’s been some seriously talented people in our first few months and we’re not finding it difficult to find a whole new bunch of great stuff to present to you in 2015.

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Wishing you a lovely festive period and thanks for bothering to check us out and appreciate what we do. See you back on 12th Jan 2015.

In the meantime, if you’ve never checked our podcast out, there’s a wealth of content to get stuck into there:

https://itunes.apple.com/nl/podcast/we-are-ok-radio-podcast/id932563365?l=en&mt=2

Show #41 – The Elementary Penguins

Sjap from Amsterdam power pop funkateers (yes, them) Elementary Penguins came in for a cosy chat with our Alex. They have a smashing new album out called ‘Weekend Transition’ which is like a bulging sack of tunes that even Spotify have tipped for attention in 2015.

elementaryThe full interview sits in our shiny podcast/RSS feed for you to listen to while you are doing the washing-up/cycling to church/buggering a penguin

 

 

Show #39 – Sarah Jane – winner of Amsterdamse Pop Prijs 2014

Amsterdamse Pop Prijs has established itself for being THE showcase for new local talent and has given a leg-up for acts like Alamo Race Track, Mister and Mississippi and Yori Swart. There are 6 finalists, of which we’ve had 3 feature on our show in last few months, one of them being Sarah Jane. She came in the studio a few days before the Pop Prijs final at the Melkweg for a huddle formation pep talk and chatted about filthy lyrics, finding out who the hell she is, stumbling through studies, doing some backing vocals for the likes of Glennis Grace and surviving a gig in Shoreditch.

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A big congrats to Sarah Jane from us, who kicked up a storm in the Melkweg and certainly deserved to win. Keep your eyes on this one.

Now, we’re not saying we have a magic tough, but we had the previous years winners, Silverfaces, in our studio just before they won. Just saying, like…

You can listen back to a stream of the interview here or download it from our podcast.