Release Radar Friday // Week 16

It’s the weekend! And an extra long Easter-weekend for me at that. The weather is going to be absolutely BEAUTIFUL and, dare I say it, quite summery. So I’m going to spend my four free days in our garden, in the sun, with Ziggy bouncing through the assorted greens like an Easter bunny and with…

AFW Christmas Gift Guide for Music Lovers

It’s time for the final Almost Famous Writer Christmas gift guide of 2018: 5 gift ideas for a music lover. Whether that is your brother, your mother or your cat. Of course the greatest gift a music lover can get this time of the year is either the joy of filling in the Top 2000…

Dirty computers, cowboys and Trump’s America: 2018 in music

Literature student and music journalist Joëlle Koorneef looks back on the musical and political landscape of 2018. Although I love writing about music, there is a little demon nagging in the back of my head that tells me that music journalism will always be subjective, that you can never truly give a good review without…

My 10 favourite albums of 2018

Five new releases and five (re)discoveries: these albums are my 2018 in music.  Even though I can’t sing or play any instrument, I’m a huge music lover. I listen to music every single day, be it on my commute to and from work every day, at home or while doing the dishes. Every year I…

Down The Rabbit Hole on film

Well, hello there! It’s been a hot minute since I wrote anything other than social media updates for my internship at Cineville or my master thesis and to be honest, I really really missed it. I’ve been wanting to sit down behind my computer and let all the words naturally flow from my fingers unto the…

My 2017 Spotify Wrapped

Music is an important part of my life. Even though I have absolutely no musical talent, I am a very frequent listener, enjoyer and reviewer of music. I’m always playing music when I’m at home and when I’m commuting towards my university. My earbuds are practically permanently attached to my iPhone and it gives me…

My Christmas Playlist

Pfft… 24 articles in a month, that’s a lot, eh? It definitely requires some serious planning and a lot of time writing, but this blog wouldn’t be called Almost Famous Writer if it wasn’t rooted in a deep love for writing. And besides snacks, I always find music to be the best motivational help when writing. …

Music Menu // July 2017

Settling into a new house and a new city can be quite a challenge – cleaning up those last boxes with stuff, making sure the house is ready before your grandparents come to visit, then keeping the house clean, et cetera. But with your favorite music playing in the background, it suddenly becomes so much…

Concert at SEA 2017 – Friday // Festival Review

Radio Eliza combines modern beats with old-fashioned guitar noise On the Umoja stage, the “discovery place” of Concert at SEA, is Radio Eliza playing in the warm sunshine. Just before the start of the concert, a couple of young fans are already loyally waiting, bright yellow CAS caps on their heads and smartphones camera-ready in…

Beauty Essentials // Music Festivals 2017

After a very busy, but incredibly fun, birthday and graduation week, it’s time to come back to the real world and take a look at my calendar. There, marked with some classic glitter tape, popped up another event for next weekend: Best Kept Secret! The music festival slightly creeped up on me, which now results…