• 5 songs I can't stop listening to...

    Out 13 2008, 22h49

    ...lately:

    The Chamber Strings - For The Happy Endings
    If I'd take the tittle of this entry literally, I should list 5 songs by the Chamber Strings, since they're the band I can't stop listening to right now. This song is stunning. So lush and sophisticated, but so warm, nostalgic and melancholic at the same time. Timeless.

    Moloko - Familiar Feelings
    My Róisín Murphy obssession has taken me to retake Moloko's music. I love the romance of this song - its soft 'northern soul-y' touch it's just charming and enchanting. Mrs Murphy's vocals are to die for.

    Brett Anderson - Back to You
    Probably his best song as a solo artist. I love its simplicity - reminds me of the emotinal beauty of Suede's first ballads like Pantomime Horse -. The piano and the cello, the female vocalist, the lyrics...

    Zoé - No Me Destruyas
    Love this track. The lyrics about a love/hate relatioship. Love the images León uses on his lyrics, it's probably one the best and most original trademarks of the band.That, and his voice. Love the bass and the guitar - it has some kind of The Cure reminder, and the bridge at 2:20 awwww XDD

    La Casa Azul - Esta noche solo cantan para mi
    La Casa Azul are great. I mean, Guille Milkyway is great. I love this song. Specially the lyrics - cause I don't know how many times my music has saved me from sadness during long sleepless nights.
  • 50 questions on my Top 50

    Ago 23 2008, 16h53

    1. How did you get into 29? Frou Frou

    Funny enough, through Last.fm. I was listening to My Recommendations radio and Let Go popped up. I loved it and I downloaded the full album.

    2. What was the first song you ever heard by 22? Muse

    New Born. I remember I watched the video on tv and it blew me away.It's such a powerful song.


    3. What’s your favorite lyric by 33? Morrissey

    That's hard!! XDD Well, as a solo artist I think my favourite lyric has to be The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores.
    I even wrote a journal here with that lyric.XDDD

    4. What is your favorite album by 49? Enya

    Well, the fact Enya is so high on my charts in beacuse I become obssessed with the song Caribbean Blue a few months ago, and I just played it over and over again. But, I actually enjoy her music from time to time, so would say that
    Watermark is probably the one I like the most.


    5. How many albums by 13 do you own? Placebo

    All of them!! Including special editions and stuff. They were my first fetisch band - I have loads of stuff of them, and I love it.


    6. What is your favorite song by 50? The Sunday Drivers

    [track artist=The Sunday Drivers]I ain't down. That was easy.

    7. Is there a song by 39 that makes you sad? The Kinks

    I don't think so. All their stuff has a lot of humour implied.

    8. What is your favorite album by 15? Georges Delerue

    Well, I think that [album artist=Georges Delerue[/album]Jules et Jim[/album] is probably my favourite soundtrack by him.


    9. What is your favorite song by 5? Delays

    What?? I really love all their songs.

    10. Is there a song by 6 that makes you happy? Nino Rota

    Well, there are parts on his soundtracks that are really uplifting. Love the ending of [track artist=Nino Rota]Parting is such sweet sorrow[/track]
    from the Romeo & Juliet soundtrack.

    11. What is your favorite album by 40? Depeche Mode

    [album artist=Depeche Mode]Music for the Masses, I think. :)


    12. What is your favorite song by 10? The Raveonettes

    Do I really have to answer that??? LOL I have tons of favourites!! To name a few: Bubblegum, Lust, That Great Love Sound,
    Love can Destroy Everything, Twilight, Chain Gang of Love, You Want the Candy...


    13. What is a good memory you have involving 30? Crowded House

    Apart from all those afternoons listening to Four Seasons in One Day locked in my room when I was 12, my best memory is from
    last July 3rd, when I finally came to see them live!!!!! It was terrific!!

    14. What is your favorite song by 38? The Smiths

    They should be so much higher in my charts LOL I used to play their albums to death when I was in highschool.
    I have loads of favourites as well, but I think that [track artist=The Smiths]That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore[/track], [track artist=The Smiths]There is a light that never goes out[/track],
    and [track artist=The Smiths]Ask[/track] could sum them all up. :)


    15. Is there a song by 19 that makes you happy? Tan Dun

    Not really. His stuff is usually very dramatic and lyrical, and that's probably what I like most about him.


    16. How many times have you seen 25 live? David Bowie

    None :( I've tried it many times, but he always cancell the shows for one reason or another.


    17. What is the first song you ever heard by 23? John Williams

    I don't have any idea. LOL Probably the main theme from Superman or Starwars...


    18. What is your favorite album by 11? The Smashing Pumpkins

    [album artist=The Smashing Pumpkins]Adore[/album]. I love it with the same passion that SP fans hate it.

    19. Who is a favorite member of 1? Duran Duran

    That's easy!! The charismatic and iconic Nick Rhodes!!! LOL


    20. Have you ever seen 14 live? The Jesus and Mary Chain

    I wish!!! They came last year to Madrid, and I couldn't go cause i was working. :(((


    21. What is a good memory involving 27? Yann Tiersen

    Several. Waking up every morning with the Amelie soundtrack during the whole winter of 2003, seeing him live for the first time in 2004 - it was stunning -,
    and probably, listening to Monochrome on my way back home from college on a rainy day, it was magical.


    22. What is your favorite song by 16? Suede

    You must be kidding again LOL They were one of my first true loves in music, and remain one of my dearest bands ever. It's really hard to pick just one favourite, cause they change all the time.
    The Asphalt World is probably the song that had a bigger impact on me, but really...Animal Nitrate, So Young, Filmstar, Killing of a Flashboy, Trash, She, Saturday Night, He's Gone, Indian Strings, Everything will flow,
    Pantomine Horse, We Are The Pigs, Heroine, Stay Together...ok, I'll stop now, cause I can't really pick just one.


    23. What is the first song you ever heard by 47? Sidonie

    It should be [track artist=Sidonie]Feelin' Down[/track] from the first record really.


    24. What is your favorite album by 18? Mazzy Star

    [album artist=Mazzy Star]So Tonight That i Might See[/album] It's just incredible.


    25. What is your favorite song by 21? Nine Horses

    At first it was Darkest Birds, but I think it evolved to Atom and Cell and Snow Borne Sorrow later.


    26. What is the first song you ever heard by 26? Snow Patrol

    Probably Chocolate.


    27. What is your favorite album by 3? Japan

    [album artist=Japan]Gentlemen Take Polaroids[/album] and [album artist=Japan]Tin Drum[/album].

    Just stunningly beautiful music.


    28. What is you favorite song by 22? Muse

    [track artist=Muse]Unintended[/track] will always be my favourite, though I love lots of them.


    29. What was the first song you ever heard by 32? Zoé

    Awww my new favourite band LOL hmmm I got interested in them cause I watched an interview with them at a music channel and the song that was playing in between takes caught my attention - I think it was [track artist=Zoé]Dead[/track],
    but the first song I listened to entirely was [track artist=Zoé]Peace & Love[/track].


    30. What is your favorite song by 8? The Beach Boys

    It changes everyday. Right now, I would say [track artist=The Beach Boys]'Til I Die[/track], but it might change next week.



    31. How many times have you seen 17 live? Milla Jovovich

    None unfortunately.


    32. Is there a song by 44 that makes you happy? Jeff Buckley

    Happyness is not the word. Hallellujah usually puts me in this amazing sublime, almost mistyc state, but it's definetely not happyness.


    33. What is you favorite album by 12? Mansun

    [album artist=Mansun]Attack of the Grey Lattern[/album] really.


    34. What is the worst song by 45? Starsailor

    I haven't listened to a bad song by them yet.


    35. What was the first song you ever heard by 34? The La's

    That's easy. [track artist=The La's]There She Goes[/track], obviously.


    36. What is your favorite album by 48? The Shangri-La's

    I only have a hits compilation. It's almost impossible to find their original records.


    37. How many times have you seen 42 live? Travis

    Once, on Benicassim 2003 I think. i want to see them again, cause i became a bigger fan of them after that.


    38. What is you favorite song by 36? Roisin Murphy

    hmmm That's difficult, I like a lot of her songs really. Right now, it's probably Ruby Blue and Primitive.


    39. What was the first song you ever heard by 28? The Pipettes

    Easily, We Are The Pipettes, the first song on the album.


    40. What is your favorite album by 7? Air

    That's difficult too. They have amazing albums. [album artist=Air]Moon Safari[/album] and [album artist=Air]Talkie Walkie[/album].


    41. Is there a song by 31 that makes you happy? Goldfrapp

    Well, actually, [track artist=Goldfrapp]A&E[/track] leaves me in a really cool mood, and that's funny cause I think it's somehow a sad song.


    42. What is your favorite album by 41? Imogen Heap

    [album artist=Imogen Heap]I Megaphone[/album] probably.


    43. What is your favorite song by 24? White Rose Movement

    I think London's Mine has stablished itself as my favourite on the album, finally.LOL


    44. What is a good memory you have involving 46? Scissor Sisters

    The two times I've seen them live. They have an amazing show really. If I'd had to pick a moment, that would be me, standing on a chair while Laura was playing
    in Benicassim 2006.


    45. What is your favorite song by 35? Belle and Sebastian

    hmmm Take your carriage clock and shove it :)


    46. Is there a song by 9 that makes you happy? Kate Bush

    Again, happy is not the word.


    47. What is your favorite album by 4? Patrick Wolf

    I love all his albums really, but Wind in the Wires changed my life, and Lycanthropy has given me incredible listening experiences.


    48. Who is a favorite member of 37? Manic Street Preachers

    Richey Edwards and Nicky Wire were the most beautiful couple in Britpop XDDD


    49. What is the first song you ever heard by 43? Rufus Wainwright

    Complainte de la Butte.

    50. How many albums do you own by 20? Shigeru Umebayashi

    Just one. House of Flying Daggers soundtrack. I can't believe how many times I've listened to it.
    It's beautiful music, for sure.
  • Twilight Music Vol. III

    Ago 2 2008, 19h40

    Well, It's been almost a year since I made my last Twilight Music compilation. I don't know why, but a few days ago I felt like doing a new one. I guess it's because I'm in the same situation of last summer - I'm home alone in Madrid, but with the difference that I don't have a job this time, so that means that I'm even more bored than last sumer LOL

    Anyway, hope you like it.

    1. The Jesus and Mary Chain - Darklands

    I'm going mad about them these last weeks, and I just love this song. It's dark but it gets brighter at the end.

    2. Belle and Sebastian - Mornington Crescent

    Precious B&S ballad. I've always loved that 60's feeling they always have :)

    3.Delays - Silence

    One of the most beautiful songs of the new album, and I'd say, one of the most beautiful songs they've ever made.

    4.Dennis Wilson - Thoughts of You

    Well, I wanted to put a Dennis Wilson track in this compilation, since, at last, we have the cd re-issue that Pacific Ocean Blue deserved so much. Thanks to this, a lot of people is getting to hear it, and that's great. About this song, I'd just say that it's gorgeus pop music.

    5. Duffy - Rockferry

    I really like Duffy's album. I think it's refreshing to hear mainstream music so well made. I like this song specially. I like the Motown feeling it has, the soft crescendo, and her voice is just great.

    6. dEUS - Include Me Out

    This song is from their previous album, Pocket Revolution.It's a very soft song. I love the way they create atmospheres in their songs, even when they're very noisy, although this is not the case.

    7. Goldfrapp - A&E

    I know I could have included any song from their last album, but I love this one. I love the looseness it has, and the uplifting feeling that leaves you, even when it's somehow a sad song.

    8. Mazzy Star - Five String Serenade

    This cover is just amazing. Minimalistic accoustic guitar and string arrangement, and the soft and captivating voice of Hope Sandoval. It's just charming.

    9. The Style Council - You're The Best Thing

    I've been listening a lot to Style Council, and, for me, this is just the perfect ballad.
    Paul Weller + Northern Soul. You can't go wrong with that combination.

    10. Roisin Murphy/Róisín Murphy - Primitive

    I LOVE this song. The darkness - provided by the electronics - and the sensuality - provided by the gorgeus voice of Mrs Murphy. Probably the sexiest song in the compilation.

    11. Dionne Farris - Blackbird

    Great cover of the Beatles' classic. Accoustic and bluessy.

    12. Howie Day - Collide

    I don't usually listen to this artist, but I love this song. Typical american accoustic rock ballad.

    13. Imogen Heap - The Moment I Said It

    Imogen is great LOL Dark and atmospheric. Just how I like it.

    14. Jeff Buckley - Dream Brother

    Best closing track ever. Involving, captivating and almost mystic.
  • Good Vibrations

    Abr 30 2008, 0h21

    hmmmm don't know exactly how to start this entry...
    It must be the nice almost summer weather we're having these days in Madrid what it's making me feel so hungry of summer music, and specially, for my dear Beach Boys.
    My ALL-TIME favourites, my dearest band since I was a child.

    My first musical memory ever is my father taking me and my little sister to the day-care center while listening to the Beach Boys on the car LOL I should be 3 or 4 years old then...and since that time, no matter how much time has passed, how many bands I've listened to, how many songs I've loved...I always come back to them.

    Brian Wilson's music has always accompanied me during all my life. Bringing bright and hope to my life. I can only be thankful for that.

    Thank you Brian. Thank you for bringing the fun on summer days and light up the winter nights.

    I will always remember the SMiLE show at the Benicassim festival in 2004...I was the little girl on the front row crying of joy...

    I've known he's touring again. I just wish I could see him again.

    ...I was listening to SMiLE, after watching the Pet Sounds live show in London, 2002 and just couldn't resist the impulse to pay my little homage to the best melody maker ever.



    Brian WilsonThe Beach BoysPet SoundsSMiLE
  • Ten songs from when I grew up...

    Dez 26 2007, 23h19

    I don't know why but when I'm down I'm nostalgic as hell and tend to listen to the music I used to listen when I was 12 to 18 years old...

    Here's a small example of the songs that marked my teenage:

    Suede-Beautiful Ones

    Blur-The Universal

    Oasis-Wonderwall

    Garbage-You Look So Fine

    The Smashing Pumpkins-Tonight Tonight

    Crowded House-Four Seasons in One Day

    Placebo-I Know

    Björk-Bachelorette

    The Cranberries-You and Me

    Depeche Mode-Home
  • Top 5 songs at the moment...

    Nov 21 2007, 16h06

  • Letter game...

    Out 28 2007, 19h32

    Comment and I'll give you a letter.
    Write your 10 favourite songs starting with that letter.

    I got 'M'

    In no particular order:

    Placebo - My Sweet Prince

    This is one of the most dramatic songs I've ever heard. I love its simplicity, its empty sound, like a dark walzt. One of Brian Molko's best lyrics and singings...pure agony.

    Japan - Methods Of Dance

    The first time I listened to Methods I think I had a holy experience. This song blows my mind away!! Atmospheric and involving sounds, with a little bit of disco!! David Sylvian voice flows sexy through his lower register.

    David Sylvian - Maria

    When I discovered Sylvian had a song named the same way I'm I almost collapsed...when I listened to it for the firts time I just die of pleasure. The emptyness of this song fills everything...sounds like the wind and his voice as a whisper...someone laughing far, very far from here...

    Mansun - Mansun's Only Love Song

    One of my Mansun's favourites. Great love song - rocky and soft at the same time. The melody is perfect.I love how it flows from the verse to the bridge and then to the chorus...just amazing.

    Manic Street Preachers - motorcycle emptyness

    This song is an anthem. Great guitars, social lyrics and all the intense emotion that James Dean Bradfield is able to put into this amazing pop tune.

    Joan Manuel Serrat - Mediterraneo

    An incredible poem dedicated to the most beautiful sea in the world. The song is amazing, but I like it for other reasons...every mediterranean has something of this song within the soul.

    Glen Miller - Moonlight Serenade

    Isn't it one of the most beauiful songs ever written?? I always think this way when I listened to it. Both versions, vocal and instrumental are superb. Glen Miller Orchestra at its purest expression - those magical trombones!! Pure romance.

    Suede - Metal Mickey

    A classic Suede tune. Glam, decadence and Anderson's weird poetry...don't forget about the inmense chorus!!

    Fangoria - Me Odio Cuando Miento

    It had to be some spanish song. This is one of Fangorias most atmospherical songs...the synths are soft and the beats too.I love the reverb effect on the voices...it gives the song such nostalgic and melancholic mood. Well, like this is mostly an electronic song, you can listen to it and simply enjoy it, but...when you identify with the lyrics, it's completely devastating...

    Stereophonics -
    Maybe Tomorrow

    This song saved my life...almost literally. I was having such depressing time like two or three years ago and then I discovered this beautiful, healing song. It has a great vibe and the lyrics are beautiful, therapeutical... One of songs of my life.


    Some more songs:

    Air - Modular Mix
    Los Piratas - Mi Coco
    Duran Duran- My Antarctica
    The Dolphin Brothers - My Winter
    R.E.M. - Man on the moon
    Rufus Wainwright - Movies of Myself
    Patrick Wolf - Magpie
    Cat Stevens - Moonshadow
    The Stone Roses - Made of Stone

    Etc...
  • Goodbye Steve...

    Out 14 2007, 17h25

    Well, this month began with a very sad new. Steve Hewitt is leaving Placebo.
    I have to say I'm both shocked and sad about it. Steve was the first member of the band I met (I haven't mey Brian yet, damn!!) and he was really nice and signed my Sleeping with Ghosts booklet.

    I wish him the best in his career and I hope he will return someday. I hope that if it had to be, at least, it'd be for good.

    This new has made me think about them a lot. They've always been my favourite band. I've grown up with their music (and Suede's) and I've realised that it's been a while since I played their albums... indeed, their position at my charts doesn't show at all the passion I feel for them. I have to say that the fact that they "forgot" to include some dates for Spain on their last tour had a lot to do with this fact.
    I only could see them once at Benicassim festival last year, and although I LOVED the show, it wasn't enough for me. It was a shame I couldn't go to see them out of Spain, but I didn't dare cause I thought they were going to play here, and they didn't in the end.

    This new reminded me when they said they were going to take a break a few years ago. I almost collapsed when I knew about it. I needed them so much at that time. They've always been my support during my horrible teens and deep depressions...and although life is good now (well, my demons are still here, but at least, I can control them now) , I'll never be thankful enough for all they've done for me just with their music and it makes me realise how much I still need them to be here, even when I don't have that strong necesity of listening to their songs...such raw,honest,hard,painful and horribly beautiful songs.

    I still feel moved when I listen to their first album... and all the rest. It's funny cause I can hardly chose a favourite Placebo album. They all had such an impact on me during different moments of my life. They're all so important to me, and , what the hell!!! They're all soooooo beautiful!!!!!!!

    Uff...I think i'm going to play to death again all those wonderful albums...I can't help it. They were, are and will always be MY FAVOURITE BAND.
  • Plagiarism!!!

    Out 3 2007, 21h43

    I can't believe what I discovered just yesterday...

    Well, a few days ago I watched the film Shakespeare in Love again. I didn't remember it has such a nice soundtrack, so i got the album. But what was my surprise when I listened to a very short track called Greenwich. It's a very nice music made in the style of the Renaissance dances (well, maybe another day I'll write about why film music composers always do Renaissance style music when the film is placed during the Barroque era LOL), the thing is that when I first listen to it I thought : 'Hey, where did I listen to this before????' I thought about it for a little while and then the melody came to my mind...
    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl!!! Well, if you listen to the track by Stephen Warbeck
    you'll notice that the melody of Greenwich is mostly the same that Klaus Badelt used as central theme during the whole PFTC soundtrack!!!

    I can't believe nobody has noticed it before!!
    I have to say that it's a great dissapointment since I love so much the Pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack...I used to think it was the best soundtrack for an adventures movie in a very long time...but now, I just don't know what to think...
  • Thoughts on my Duran Duran marathon...

    Set 12 2007, 0h25

    Well, first of all I want to say that I actually wrote this a few days ago...I just didn't have the time to post it.


    Well, it has taken me more time than I expected at first since I haven't listened to all the albums in 11 consecutive days, but I finished at last.
    I've been reflectioning (is it right written??) on the albums while listening to them and after that...paying atention to the feelings and the songs that remained after each listening...
    In resume, I've enjoyed a lot this musical journey...I've rediscovered some songs, and I listened to some albums with new ears which has helped me to noticed some things I haven't noticed before and to break me free of prejudices.
    I have beared in mind what each album represents in their evolution, musically and personally. What was happening when they recorded it and how that affected to the album.
    One thing I love from them is that each album has its own sound.They don't have two equal albums, but they all sound like Duran Duran somehow and that's great.

    Some particular thoughts on the albums:

    As I said when I decided to start this thing...Duran Duran was an album that took me a while to get into, but each time I listened to it I love it even more...
    Listen to the remaster album if you can...it's brilliant.
    My favourites remain the same, but I would add the amazing 'To the shore' to them, which is probably the most atmospherical song in the album.

    'Rio' is a masterpiece, and although I usually don't count it between my top 3, I can't deny it when I listen to it.
    And I have to say that 'The Chauffeaur' will be my favourite (or at least,one of my top faves)Duran Duran song forever... :)

    'Seven...' is still one of my faves, although it doesn't sound so fresh to me like the first time I listened to it, it has an impresive collection of singles.
    If we had to value any album for its singles, this one would be Duran's best without a doubt.Although The Seventh Stranger remains my favourite, and I still think that the B-side 'Secret Oktober' should be on this album instead of '(Looking for)Cracks in the pavement'.

    'Notorious' is...funky!!! I can't understand why they have decided to do something like 'Nite Runner' when after listening to this one you already know that they've got the funk!!
    'Matter of feeling', 'Hold me' 'Vertigo' and 'Winter marches on' are my faves. I don't like 'Skin Trade', although it's an elegant song, it's a little bit repetitive and boring.

    'Big Thing' is like the calm after the storm. This album is beautiful, reflexive, and a little bit dark. 'Land' is one of their masterpieces.

    'Liberty', the controversial album... when I listened to this one, I decided to left back all the prejudices I had when I listened to it for the first time, which ones maybe made me think about it the way I did before.
    Well, probably it'll never be one of my top favourites but I really enjoyed it. I understood that they were looking for a new sound for Duran Duran in the 90's. They knew they weren't the band from Rio anymore.They had two new official members and that counts a LOT...cause, although they had worked before with Cucurullo and Campbell, when you take that decision you're gaving those new members the power to influence in your sound in a direct way.
    And although it's an irregular album it has great songs like 'My antarctica' or 'Serious'.

    'Wedding album' I really like this album, although it's not either between my top faves. It's a really danceable album, but I have to say that I enjoy more the groovie moments on it like 'Ordinary World' (I mean, this song is not only one of the most beautiful songs in the world, it's already an anthem), 'Come undone' (which will always be one of my fave DD songs), 'Breath after Breath', 'Love voodoo' and I'll add to the list after this listening 'Shelter'.
    I really like 'Too much information' but I prefer the MTV Unplugged version.


    I don't have too much to say about 'Thank you' except that I don't think it's that bad. XDDD I really like some of the covers like 'Crystal Ship' or 'Watching the detectives', but what I find more interesting about this album it's the variety of artists they count between their favourites - from Lou Reed to Grandmaster Flash through Led Zeppelin or Elvis Costello...I haven't seen such eclectic cover album in my life XDDD

    'Medazzaland' has been a real rediscovering, because, although I have always loved it, I've never consider it above 'Pop Trash', but now...I really don't know which one I love most.They are both Brilliant albums.
    They are their most experimental and risky albums...this remainds me that I have to write my theory about Pop Trash being a concept album!!!

    And finally, Astronaut. I love this album. It's a very compact album for a coming back and it shows perfectly what I like most from them...the first part - joyful, uplifting,danceable, sexy (Astronaut,What happens tomorrow,Bedroom toys) and the second part (which is my favourite) - atmospheric, groovie, reflexive, and a little bir dark (Finest Hour, Still Breathing, Chains, One of those days)...most of these songs already are part of my DD favourite songs, and I'll always love this album for bringing them back together again, for giving me (and a lot of young people) the chance to have them together and see them live - Madrid, May 22nd 2005 -I'll never forget it-.