Music · radio

Marilyn Ambach’s radio show ‘Unwind Rewind’

All aired radio episode are also on iTunes Podcasts, you can subscribe to get automatic weekly updates:

episode 17 blues with special guest Paul Ambach aka Boogie Boy

episode 16 leonard, latin vibes & love songs

episode 15 desperado

episode 14 needs & lullabies

episode 13 the sountrack of heartache… Chanson Francaise… Hommage to the great French classics

episode 12 Belgian Pride

episode 11 America

episode 10 compilation end of 2017

episode 9

episode 8 online B(D)S, should we stop listening to musicians we like because they don’t like us?

weekly new episode online 7 – ode to 1974

weekly new episode online Ode to the blues

special tribute to Leonard Cohen
airdate Friday November 10th 2017 6pm Tel Aviv time – 106.2fm or online:

Catch up here:

Catch up on previous episodes of Unwind Rewind:

Episode 1 

Episode 2

Episode 3

Episode 5

Music · Nightlife · Restaurants · Tel Aviv & Antwerp · Tourism

Upcoming event: the Belgian Culinary Festival in Namal Tel Aviv

Spread the word ladies and gentlemen;

Boogie Boy will perform at the Namal Tel Aviv Hangar 12 on Monday March 30th during the Belgian Culinary festival.

Join us for a celebration of food, beer, music and sport.

Free Entrance




Art · Live · Music · Tel Aviv · Tourism · Travel guide

Yafo Creative

Sometimes I’m ahead of my time when I post about people, bands, places or things and sometimes I’m behind. Remember, I have a good reason: I had a baby 🙂 One of those spots I forgot to share with you out there is Yafo Creative.

“Yafo Creative is a guest house* and creative content center** in the heart of Jaffa — A multi-disciplinary production hub where projects are ideated and developed by our community of Israeli and international artists.”

*The house was established in 2014, and gained a fast reputation for its exclusive Friday dinners featuring some of the most
exciting local artists, who organically started performing after meals. Artists of all backgrounds – music, dance or visual art, started an interdisciplinary dialogue. The newly renovated space is nestled in a secret spot in Jaffa and offers four elegant and design rooms featuring 50-ft-high ceilings suitable for one or two guests, each with a Queen-sized handmade eucalyptus bed, local vintage furniture and changing art exhibitions. Yafo Creative offers travelers insider guidance and a unique opportunity to connect and collaborate with locals in an authentic, dynamic and inspirational spot in Israel. Room price is 90$ and more info can be found on Airbnb.

**The Yafo Creative community consists of international and local artists, tastemakers and producers, who together, bring culture to a wider audience around the world, as well as international culture to Israel through various channels, including pop-up events, monthly ‘creative dinners’, theatrical productions, exhibitions, films, music and photography. Yafo Creative develops select artists within the community through strategic channels and services — including branding, multimedia production and filmmaking — to further promote local art and spark new conversation and collaboration, crossing boundaries of genre and medium.


I recently went there to hear my friend and personal genius Rotem Bar Or (from the band The Angelcy) perform solo during an “intimate session” and luckily he played my new favorite song, untitled and unreleased; here’s a glimpse for your ears only:



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Israel · Live · Music · Tel Aviv · Tourism

Must-see May concerts in Tel Aviv: theAngelcy, Carla Bruni, Justin Timberlake

theangelcybarbyOn Tuesday May 20th theAngelcy will be performing live at the Barby to celebrate the release of their well expected album ‘Exit Inside’. TheAngelcy, a most unusual Israeli Indie band, speaks of a very personal, local and contemporary reality in universal, international English that is both simple and poetic. The band’s music is being arranged in a tiny room in one of the most under developed neighborhoods in Tel Aviv, and from there reaches hundreds of thousands of listeners around the world, featured on radio, television and cinema, and of course on stage, in venues and festival in Israel and abroad” Tickets: 03-5188123




On Sunday May 25th,  the stage of the prestigious Habima National Theater will have French-Italian singer-songwriter Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. She will perform her first concert in Tel Aviv ever. Her 2 biggest hits are “Quelqu’un m’a dit” and “Raphaël” have over 20 million views on Youtube. Until today, Carla Bruni has sold more than 3 million albums. During her modeling career, she has been the muse for several international luxury brands. Carla Bruni said to be “crazy about Israel”, a country that she really wants her son to discover. She will be visiting the country with her husband and ex French president Nicolas Sarkozy.

Click here for tickets : – *9066




Tel Aviv is living good show business times these days. Lots of international artists are heading our way this summer. I myself am currently working on the amazing Justin Timberlake show, happening Wednesday May 28th at the Park Hayarkon – Tickets: *8780.


Also on the menu for the summer of 2014: The Rolling Stones, Pixies, Soundgarden, The Hives, Gogol Bordello, Lana Del Rey, America, Backstreet Boys and for the first time in Israel, the brand new Electronic Dance Festival “Isle of Dreams” happening in Turkey, Switzerland and Israel – including DJ’s such as Avicii, Fedde Legrand, Alesso, Andy Baxter, Chuckie, Jamie Jones, Nervo, Sasha, Paul Oakenfold, Steve Aoki and many more – more info soon.


Entertainment · Israel · Music · Tel Aviv · Tourism

Israeli Folk Dancers – Saturdays on the Tel Aviv Boardwalk

Rak be’Israel (only in Israel) can you find those weekly Saturday gatherings of Israeli folk dancers on the Tel Aviv tayelet (boardwalk). They’ve been there for years, attracting not only pure dance aficionados but passers by from around the world. So many pictures and videos taken. Have a look at this tv item broadcasted on France2 a few years ago: – at 1’43”

We shouldn’t really call them folk dancers since most of the dances and choreographies evolve with contemporary Israeli music. It started of as Israeli folk dancing, which is a dance form usually performed to music from Israel, with dances choreographed for specific songs. Most Israeli dances are performed in a circle, although there are also partner dances and line dances. For our Belgian readers interested in learning to dance Israeli Folk Dance, contact Rikske from Isradans

Personally, I find it amazing and it brings me joy and happiness to see that this is what people do on their Saturdays. Quality of life. Have a look:

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Here’s some nostalgia footage of what it used to be like

Or this one by Avi Toledano at the 1979 Eurovision

Or this Israeli Group in France in the sixties



For your ears only: Marilyn’s Melancholy Mixtape

Newies – You can listen to the full playlist via this Youtube link

1 theAngelcy Giant Heart
2 Tracy Chapman Don’t Dwell
3 James Blake A Case of You
4 Sia Soon We’ll Be Found
5 Ray LaMontagne Empty
6 Elizabeth and the Catapult Golden Ink
7 José González Crosses
8 Joan As Policewoman The Ride
9 Ray LaMontagne Hold You In My Arms
10 Adele Make You Feel My Love
11 Damien Rice The Professor & La Fille Danse
12 Regina Spektor Laughing With
13 Nom de plume Loneliness
14 Fiona Apple Never Is A Promise
15 Teddy Thompson Separate Ways
16 Aimee Mann Save Me
17 Jake Bugg Broken
18 Natalie Merchant Life Is Sweet
19 Antony & the Johnsons Hope there’s someone
20 Melanie Horsnell Sometimes
21 Melody Gardot Gone
22 Bon Iver Skinny Love
23 Sia Day Too Soon
24 Bright Eyes The First Day Of My Life
25 Rufus Wainwright Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk
26 Muse Unintended
27 Kings of Convenience Toxic Girl
28 Beirut Nantes
29 Leona Naess Heavy like sunday
30 Ray LaMontagne Can I Stay
31 Rufus Wainwright Rebel Prince
32 Amy Winehouse Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
33 John Mayer Comfortable
34 Elliott Smith Miss Misery
35 James Vincent McMorrow Breaking Hearts
36 Ryan Adams The Bar Is A Beautiful Place
37 Matt Costa Astair
38 Feist So sorry
39 Rufus Wainwright Complainte de la butte
40 Ben Folds Five Evaporated
41 Regina Spektor The Sword & the Pen (Bonus Track)
42 David Gray This year’s love
43 Michael Kiwanuka Home Again
44 Let’s Go Sailing All I Want from You Is Love
45 Norah Jones Seven Years
46 Peter Von Poehl The story of the impossible
47 theAngelcy Dreamer
48 Cinematic Orchestra That home


1 Gilbert O’Sullivan Nothing Rhymed
2 Rickie Lee Jones For No One
3 Elton John It’s Me That You Need
4 Rare Bird Sympathy
5 James Taylor You can close your eyes
6 Leonard Cohen Lover Lover Lover
7 Randy Newman Marie
8 Simon & Garfunkel April Come She Will
9 Nick Drake Saturday Sun
10 Cat Stevens Sad Lisa
11 Jim Croce Time in a bottle
12 Don McLean Babylon
13 Jefferson Starship Count On Me
14 Crosby, Stills & Nash Our House
15 Rod Stewart In a Broken Dream
16 The Alan Parsons Project Gemini
17 Elvis Costello I Want You
18 Ralph McTell Streets Of London
19 Jim Croce New York’s Not My Home
20 Billy Joel Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)
21 Bob Dylan Blind Willie McTell
22 Elton John Goodbye
23 Rodriguez Sugarman
24 Nick Drake Day is done
25 The Beatles I’ll follow the sun
26 Simon & Garfunkel America
27 Liverpool Express You Are My Love
28 Billy Joel She’s got a way
29 Carole King Beautiful
30 Rosemary Clooney 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover
31 Bill Withers Lovely day
32 Al Green Lean on me
33 Leonard Cohen A Singer Must Die
34 Joan Baez Forever Young
35 The Alan Parsons Project Old and wise
36 Crosby, Stills & Nash Helplessly hoping
37 David Bowie Life on Mars
38 Cat Stevens The wind
39 the Beatles While my guitar gently weeps
40 Simon & Garfunkel My little town
41 Don MacLean Starry starry night
42 Terence Trent d’Arby Let her down easy
43 Pink Floyd Wish you were here
44 The Rolling Stones Wild horses
45 Chicago Hard to say I’m sorry
46 Carly Simon You’re so vain
47 The Eagles Desperado
48 Murray Head Never even thought
49 Chris De Burgh Here is your paradise
50 Peter Sarstedt Where do you go to my lovely?


Art · Music · Tel Aviv

Inspiration, passion & creativity…


Working as a freelance producer you hop from one intense time job to another. When you have some time off in between (AND you finish all your other to-dos) it’s a pleasure to spend it creatively and passionately. Do you know that feeling when people just give each other great ideas and energies to go DO something creative? That’s called inspiration. I wish more people would have this kind of effect on each other and would use even their fears, demons and tears for producing positive things instead of wasting time on complaining whining & moaning. “Excelsior” – for those who’ve seen Silver Linings Playbook. Life is beautiful, we just need to see it, be grateful and embrace it, even in darkness. ‘There’s a crack in everything, that’s how the light comes in’ (L.Cohen)

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We only needed a few minutes to throw some ideas and the girl was already filming. Shiran Pomerantz is the name and photography is her game. She likes Lana Del Rey, I like Leonard Cohen so the song choice was easily made. Black & White for the vibe. Location: my house. Shiran’s Canon 60D. She would edit it and in a few hours it was already online. We weren’t supposed to get any lighting, props, production or hair and make-up but by total coincidence some colleagues were using my back terrace for a TV-shoot so we ‘borrowed’ their hair services. While filming the intro, the Babyliss slipped out of the hairdresser’s hand and landed warmly on my shoulder. No panic, just some skin off, lots of cream, helping hands and a pretty wound. They say my skin heals fast. And then it leaves you with a little scar…

Also shared on Notes from the Road – the official Leonard Cohen road blog thank you Joey

Antwerp · beauty · General · Lifestyle · Music

Josephine’s Summer Essentials

With temperature rising in Antwerp it’s time to dig up the old Summer Essential’s theme. Here are some things, i can not spend any summer without:

After spending a day with my face in the sun my skin tends to feel dry and looks dehydrated. And we would not want to look like our mom’s old leather handbag, do we now? Not only is my skin easily dehydrated, it is easily irritated as well. That’s why i only use Kiehl’s. Their products are made out of the finest naturally derived ingredients so my face doesn’t turn all red from bad chemical reactions.

Summer Essentals

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Great summermusic and pretty summerdresses!

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What’s a summer without a great read? Since free time is more or less becoming a luxury, i can really enjoy those moments when the evening sets, and i’m sitting in the garden totally losing myself in a good book.

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Places you can only reach by bike, like Bar Left on Linkeroever. Perfect for a little swim as well, as the Galgenweel lake is only 50m away from the entrance. (Right picture by the lovely Alain Deloin)

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La fille d’O swimwear and things that put my hair back (under: this double wire head band is from Urban Outfitters)



Another very essential summer must have: a swimming pool.

And of course: your friends

And if you combine the last two – you’re guaranteed to have a great summer!


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Enjoy your Summer!


Sien Josephine


Focus on · Music · Tel Aviv · Uncategorized

new single by N8n ‘Losing Control’

Did you know my brother was a pop star? You probably already by now I come from a musical family. So my brother N8n (pronounced Nathan) is an artist, a deejay, a drummer and a performer. He’s always playing somewhere around the world, from London to Capetown, from Shanghai to Tel Aviv. And in between his live gigs, he hops in and out of the studio to record his songs. This one was produced in New York. ‘Losing Control’ is the second single from his forthcoming album ‘Imaginathan’. The new single is another catchy tune with a solid hook, hear it once and it will stick in your head. The production is minimal with N8N & producer Scott Jacoby (John legends, …) bangin’ the beat, a Fender jazz bass to give it that depth, the acoustic guitar and clavinet playin’ the groove, while the the warm harmonies and 80’s synth pad take over the chorus. Lyrically N8N sings about a bad case of the ex. ‘Goin’ out of my mind – and into your Soul – It’s breaking my heart – Feels like I’m Losing Control’

N8n performing ‘Losing Control’ live in Rothschild12 Tel Aviv

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More info: N8n’s website

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Antwerp · Music

The Oddword


Ever seen an electro crowd doing a mosh pit? With The Oddword you can even expect the most unexpected.

Antwerp based DJ duo Boy Kortekaas and Ylli Engels are no strangers in the music industry. Boy Kortekaas started playing music when he was 15. At the age of 18, he already released his first track on the label of Dj Hell “Gigolo records”. That’s the same label where Tiga and Boys Noize began their career. A couple of years later, Boy met Ylli Engels, another great dj from Antwerp. Until then Ylli played in underground clubs in Belgium. They had such a good connection so they began “The Oddword”. In 2009 The Oddword started making music. It didn’t take long before the world started noticing them. In 2010 their first EP “Kortelas” was released on the American label Crux Records. A lot of remixes followed for artists such as Antention, Dumme Jungs, The Subs, Haezer and other great producers. In 2011 they released their second EP called “The Fire EP” on the German label Mähtrasher records. 2012 was without a doubt a fantastic year for The Oddword playing at the biggest festivals in Belgium such as Tomorrowland, Laundry Day and many more. The Oddword brings raw electronic bass music in a whirlpool of electro & techy beats. Their hyped up beats make the crowds go crazy. Not only did they conquer Belgian territory, also Miami WMC & the rest of Europe followed. Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Switzerland and France were not left unharmed.



The best experience they have had (until their feature on Marilyn & Josephine of course ;-)) was without doubt debuting in South Africa, hitting up Cape Town and Johannesburg, start of 2013.  Now the boys from The Oddword are back in the studio, working on a new EP, several remixes and some kick-ass collaborations…

Being internationally recognized does not make them love Antwerp any less. There is only one club however where they feel appreciated the most: Petrol. “There aren’t a lot of clubs in Antwerp who play our kind of music, that’s why we mostly play in clubs outside of Antwerp and Belgium. But when it comes to festivals, Belgium is a great country!” Music to the Oddword ears as they will be playing this years edition of Pukkelpop, the second largest festival in Belgium! And how about Israel? “We haven’t played in Israel yet, but we have heard it’s nightlife is better than Ibiza’s, so we wouldn’t mind being invited over? (laughs)”


You can find the Oddword this Summer at:

SUNRISE FESTIVAL 29/30.06 Lilse Bergen – Belgium // OSTEND BEACH 13.07 Oostende – Belgium // BUTTERFLYBEATS FESTIVAL 20.07 Gits – Belgium // ZWARTE CROSS 27.07 Lievelde – The Netherlands // PUKKELPOP 16.08 Hasselt – Belgium

More dates to be confirmed on their Facebook fanpage.

Beat Me Up Agency
Marijn Kin

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