Archive for September, 2008

Music for a Cold Winter

It’s curious for me that in one of the hottest countries in Europe, Spain, are appearing in the last times a good number of albums that I want to call as a “for a cold winter”. And I am sure that you know what kind of music I am talking about. This kind of albums that you must listen when is snowing outside and you are looking people through the window with your coffee, your cigarette and a good book. And yes I love stereotypes.

My first choice is “Friday Afternoon Car” (Acuarela records’08) of a band called Fantasy Bar, this band from the south of Spain pop’s up with a really astonishing debut album from the well known in the indy-pop-spanish-scene Kieran Stephen (ex-bass player of big indy bands in Spain such “Los Planetas” or “Migala”). This album sounds like a fresh mix between Nick Drake, and bands like My Bloody Valentine or Spacemen3, to mention a few names that we can found into their references.

Fantasy Bar “Friday Afternoon Car” (Acuarela discos)

My second choice is “I love your glasses” (Eureka records ’08) it’s another debut from a new MySpace-celebrity in Spain called Russian Red. That’s something like a Nabokov’s Lolita+a good songwriter+a good name that comes from the color of the lipstick that she uses and not because her political ideas+be in all the festivals during the summer+be extremely cute+to have a fragile voice that can smash your soul.

Russian Red “I love your glasses” (Eureka)


FabChannel! (MGMT live@Paradiso,Amsterdam)

Let me introduce you one of the coolest music websites that I found on the net recently. FabChannel is a Gig-Maniac website that brings you a wide variety of live music from upcoming acts to big stars playing rock, hiphop, folk, avant-garde and everything in between, mainly based in the famous Paradiso venue in the lovely city of Amsterdam (Holland).

I will upload some of these gigs soon in our vodpod section, and to start I will include a very special gig of MGMT (the original soundtrack of my summer) at Paradiso (Amsterdam).

Sven Weisemann blew me away!

I have to tell I received this weekend a major musical blow out!
This was given live and straight forward by the Berlin DJ Sven Weisemann!
If you haven’t checked him out, well all I can say is… that’s a shame.

The scene took place last saturday in Corsica studios, Elephant & Castle, London. Convinced by a friend of mine to go there for the music and sentimental reasons… I agreed to get a move on.

The headline on the bill was DJ Sneak that is to say a legendary Chicagoan house music producer and the support was coming from Sven Weisemann whom I did not know much about before getting in.
Furthermore, I would have been on his MySpace before the performance, I would have thought this was going to be maybe a bit to deep. But live, the guy kicked ass and stunned the whole audience!

And to be fairly honest, Sven Weisemann made me an amazing impression. This Berlin based DJ was really inventive playing a wide range of styles: minimal techno, deep house, Detroit techno… And his technic was speechless.
Almost all his tracks were mint! I even had to fight not to go the toilets in case I would miss a tune!

To get a taste of it, click on this link and you’ll get a couple of mixs (deep house and techno). Unfortunately, he won’t apparently show up in the UK for the next months…

About Sonic Youth this summer

I must admit that being one of the lucky few to welcome Sonic Youth for their only French date in the summer was kind of surreal but awesome. They were everything except self-centered or behaving like ‘Show me respect’. They were talkative even tough they had an harassing journey and I even had the privilege to shake Kim Gordon’s hand (I didn’t wash it yet…) which gives you an idea of how friendly they are.

I couldn’t take pictures unfortunately but I beg you to trust me!

During their show, they played tracks from various albums, some classics and some of their latest tunes. That was definitely a good mix to please fans and newcomers. Besides, their reputation on stage is more than well deserved. They provided us a with a real show, Thurston Moore hitting his guitar with a drumstick, Kim Gordon widely dancing on stage like a teenager, Lee Ranaldo experimenting and Steve Shelley was bent on his drums, focus, powerful and as accurate as a metronome.

All that plus the chance to see them live in my hometown, that was thrilling!

The new Sonic Youth album on Matador records sometime in 2009

After Monoman (aka the other guy that writes here) met personally Sonic Youth this summer, their life change too much. There’s no proof that my information is 100% true (we need to wait for a Monoman confirmation), but this change in the normal Sonic Youth life started this week when they announced that will leave Geffen Records to record their new album in Matador Records (one of the most recognised Independent american record labels), as is explained in the oficial Matador Records Blog: Matablog.  WTF do you said Monoman?

Old Rare New

Old Rare New (The Independent Record Shop) by Emma Petit, Black Dog Publishing.

“Old rare New” will be one of this book that you will find in the archeology section in 20 years. Portrait of a ghost, Emma Petit was in a trip across the States following an endangered specie: The independent record shops, to give us an excellent compilation of pics, essays and interviews.

>Buy Old Rare New

Kick…and Run!!!

You never know who is coming from your back, when you are playing the guitar…That’s the story!!! (highlight 1′ 32”)

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