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I just got back from a rehearsal/soundcheck at a former factory, where tomorrow night we will put pieces of a puzzle together and bridge the gap that has been binging and purging, expanding and slimming down since the end of last year. Our first gig since the birth of the twins! The rock solid basis we have built over the past years turned out to be crunchy, with roadblocks here and there, but beaming with life and truthful intentions. We drank Jupiler and I felt immediately drunk after one tiny baby bottle of the sweet beer.
 




Soundchecks can be awkward with too many other entities in the room, at one point we had to ask them to leave but after a while they slowly crawled back inside. A girl with pink hair, a guy who told me he liked my guitar playing and then made a Kim Deal reference, and we were sweating and trying to fabricate a playlist. The new one? Not the new one? I love the new one. It could be rock and roll as hell. More shit to deal with tomorrow.
 




I like those last bits that are like dust flakes or grains of sand you pick up from the floor, and just before you throw them gently in the garbage you watch the clean, empty space on the floor in a split second. I will have to buy a thousand guitar picks tomorrow, obviously they have all vanished..... Gam went to feed the twins and I walked home along the river, on the wrong side of the road and the cyclists blinded me with their lights. I still, still, still have a hot trashy love connection with this strange town. Mud beer town....

May 22th, 2008
 




Anniversary Kunsthuis SYB @ P/////AKT Amsterdam 2011
Blurrr anniversary TENT/Weekend van de Kunstenaarsbands The Skills Holger Hiller Oorebeek Coolhaven @Tent/Worm Rotterdam 2009
Opening Myriam Custers @Hedah Maastricht 2009
Feminifestival The Skills Danielle Lemaire Roni Klinkhamer @Extrapool Nijmegen 2009
Garage Sale The Skills Pieter Wackers Thuth @Het Wilde Weten Rotterdam 2009
Opening Frank Konincks Maarten Heijkamp @The Moth St. Martens-Voeren 2009
Club Attent Rotterdam 2009
Gallery 182 Rotterdam 2009
The Other Site Nest Den Haag 2009
Opening Gam Bodenhausen Daan Samson Frido Evers @De Fabriek Eindhoven 2009
Opening Subtrio Simone van Dijken Josepha de Jong Rachel Koolen @yourspace Eindhoven 2009
Art Rotterdam Het Wilde Weten Rotterdam 2009
Cafe Barrock Maastricht 2009
Zwart Simone van Dijken Erzsi Pennings Anke Land @CBK Apeldoorn 2008
Opening IDG 4 Simone van Dijken Gam Bodenhausen Linas Jablonskis Erik-Jan Ligtvoet @De Craeckelink Amsterdam 2008
IDG 4 The Skills Petra Kaiser Ray Moon @The Moth St. Martens-Voeren 2008
Kunsttour Timmerfabriek Maastricht 2008
Opening Joseph Jessen Nick Hullegie @K13 Velp 2007
aPrOtPoPland The Skills Freschard Stanley Brinks Ray Moon @Fenix 2007
Opening Jan Adriaans @Hedah Maastricht 2007
IDG 3 Linas Jablonskis Rachel Bacon Yane Calovski Quartair Den Haag 2007
De Nederlandsche Cacaofabriek Helmond 2007
Opening Gam Bodenhausen @Buro Empty/RvE Projects Amsterdam 2007
Opening Erik van Lieshout @Boijmans van Beuningen Rotterdam 2006
White Trash Party Montebello Antwerp 2006
Final Show Art Academy Maastricht 2006
Group Exhibition Buro Empty Amsterdam 2006
Cafe Zondag Maastricht 2006
ODDPOP Festival Maastricht 2006
Bookish Event Jan van Eyck Academy Maastricht 2006
Launch Event D Magazine by Yane Calovski Jan van Eyck Academy Maastricht 2006
Buck's Birthday Party Rotterdam 2006
New Year Party Eikelbar Maastricht 2005
ODDPOP Festival The Skills Jack de Rapper Kania Tieffer Losstheater Maastricht 2005
Opening Anno Dijkstra @SAFE Dalfsen 2005
The Skills idoru Gitbox! Melksalon Arnhem 2004
The Skills Wilhelm von Trippenhofen Thuth Extrapool Nijmegen 2004
Event The Skills Thuth Paul Devens W#AK De Watertoren Vlissingen 2004
Opening RJ Gijzen @Gallery Slewe Amsterdam 2004
Scheld'apen The Skills Maskesmachine Antwerp 2004
Event Exhibition Simone Kentgens & Andre Kok @Lokaal 01 Breda 2004
Exhibition Simone van Dijken @Hedah Maastricht 2004
ODDPOP Festival The Skills Felix Kubin Thuth Losstheater Maastricht 2003













             
  WEEKEND V/D KUNSTENAARSBANDS
TENT/Worm, Rotterdam 2009
  WEEKEND V/D KUNSTENAARSBANDS
TENT/Worm, Rotterdam 2009
  FEMINIFESTIVAL
Extrapool, Nijmegen 2009
 
  It's only local / Du bloedes Strumpfhose Maedchen   A Bad Taste   Skin of Wood  
             
  FEMINIFESTIVAL
Extrapool, Nijmegen 2009
  EXHIBITION MYRIAM CUSTERS
Hedah, Maastricht 2009
  GARAGE SALE
Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam 2009
 
  The Old Dirty Carpet Rock   Black Suit God (with Kees on drums)   Hard As A Man  
             
  SUMMER
The Moth, Voeren (B) 2009
  CLUB ATTENT
Rotterdam 2009
  CLUB ATTENT
Rotterdam 2009
 
  Poems by Frank Konincks, improvisation by The Skills   I Want It Raw   The Attractives  
             
  GALLERY 182
Rotterdam 2009
  SUBTRIO
yourspace/van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven 2009
  SUBTRIO
yourspace/van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven 2009
 
  One Glass of Water, One Glass of Gin (Drinking Pt I)   performance I Want It Raw   performance I Want It Raw  
             
  INDEPENDENT DRAWING GIG 4
The Moth, Voeren (B) 2008
  INDEPENDENT DRAWING GIG 4
The Moth, Voeren (B) 2008
  APROTPLAND
Fenix, Sittard 2007
 
  The Attractives   Hail Hail (with Petra Kaiser)   Blond Pink And Blue  
             
  INDEPENDENT DRAWING GIG 3
Quartair, Den Haag 2007
  RESIDENCY DE NEDERLANDSCHE CACAOFABRIEK
Helmond, 2007
  EXHIBITION GAM BODENHAUSEN
Buro Empty, Amsterdam 2007
 
  Drinking Part I   Hail Hail   The Green And The Dark  
             
  LAUNCH PARTY D MAGAZINE
Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht 2005
  ODDPOP FESTIVAL III
Losstheater, Maastricht 2005
  EASY LIVING VERVEELCENTRUM
W#AK De Watertoren, Vlissingen 2004
 
  She has to dig a hole!   White Leather Jacket (with Rob Driessen on drums)   One Way Down (with Raymond Moonen on drums)  
       
  RJ GIJZEN @GALLERY SLEWE
Amsterdam, 2004
HAM & EGGS EVENT
Lokaal 01, Breda 2004
ODDPOP FESTIVAL II
Losstheater, Maastricht 2003
White Leather Jacket (sash + rosettes by Birgitta van Drie) Untitled song Veilige Hoes