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  • The xx @ Razzmatazz (Jenesaispop.com)

    Nov 11 2009, 14h16

    Mon 9 Nov – The xx

    Ayer por fin ocurrió: el grupo de moda en la blogosfera pisó por primera vez nuestro país, presentando su imprescindible álbum de debut.

    The xx contaron con los locales Extraperlo para calentar al difícil público barcelonés, tarea poco sencilla a juzgar por los hechos: a pesar de que gran parte de la gente no paraba de bailar, no eran pocos los que encontraban la puesta en escena de ‘Desayuno Continental‘ un tanto monótona; ni siquiera su éxito ‘Bañadores’ (tocado quizás de forma prematura) logró emocionar a toda la sala. Para hacer un poco de justicia, cabe recalcar que el sonido de la sala 2 de Razzmatazz no era precisamente el mejor en ese instante (las voces apenas se escuchaban, siendo eclipsadas por las bases de percusión), y que quizás la propuesta indie-tropical del cuarteto catalán no sea la más indicada para preceder a un grupo con un concepto más bien shoegaze.

    Cuando The xx salieron al escenario (en formato trío y sin su guitarrista, Baria Quereshi, eso sí), quedó bien claro a quiénes esperaba el público, que no dejó de aplaudirles hasta que empezaron a tocar ‘Intro’, la primera canción de su repertorio. Le siguieron temas como ‘VCR’, ‘Heart Skipped a Beat’, ‘Islands’, o ‘Crystalised’, con la que el respetable enloqueció.

    The xx tocó ayer todo su álbum de debut, y las canciones sonaron tan impecables como en el disco. Si no fuese porque la voz de Romy Croft se resintió un poco cuando iba a comenzar a cantar ‘Teardrops’, y que improvisaron un poco en ‘Basic Space’, se podría haber sospechado incluso que el trío hacía playback. El obstáculo de la voz de Romy quedó sorteado después de un trago de una bebida caliente, retomando la canción fallida como si nada. Y sonó muy bien.

    De la puesta en escena de The xx, sobria, un tanto oscura y minimalista, al igual que de su vestuario, podemos sacar una conclusión: no necesitan demasiado para enamorar al público; son profesionales, sinceros y cercanos. Y de su música, otra: tienen mucho talento, y han llegado para quedarse. 9.

    Por: Emilio Morales (AirWalker) para Jenesaispop.com
  • Crystal Castles @ Sónar 2009 (musikorner.com)

    Jun 22 2009, 12h19

    Thu 18 Jun – Sónar 09

    El sábado 20, último día del Sónar 2009, estaba programada una de las actuaciones más esperadas del festival: la del dúo canadiense Crystal Castles.

    Tras la reticencia de Rustie a abandonar el escenario SónarPub (hasta tres veces algún miembro de la organización tuvo que pedirle que terminara su actuación), Crystal Castles empezaron unos razonables 10 minutos tarde. Ni bien empezar ya se podía anticipar que no sería un concierto cualquiera: era imposible decodificar la voz de Alice Glass, que se encontraba notablemente afectada por sustancias varias. Además, su excesivo histrionismo (en un momento, al terminar una de las nuevas canciones, se echó al suelo con violencia) convertían la actuación en un espectáculo digno de ver.

    Precisamente después de esta canción, que debió haber sido la tercera o cuarta que tocaron, se pararon las máquinas y se encendieron las luces, mientras los integrantes de la banda abandonaban el escenario. El público no sabía lo que sucedía.

    De repente, Alice volvió a aparecer, esta vez en la parte de abajo del escenario, del otro lado de las vallas, y empezó a darle de beber vodka Smirnoff al público, hasta que los guardias de seguridad terminaron llevándosela, no sin encontrar resistencia por parte de la cantante. Y por parte del público también, que nos lo estábamos pasando genial, todo hay que decirlo.

    Al cabo de unos pocos minutos, y tras lo que parecía una discusión entre Ethan Kath y alguien más (seguramente técnicos del festival o miembros de la organización), el grupo volvió al escenario y ofrecieron una actuación memorable (para unos cuantos afortunados que nos encontrábamos en las primeras filas, puesto que más atrás no se oía absolutamente nada, especialmente cuando Alice desconectaba el micrófono), crowd surfing incluído. Uno de los conciertos más punk (en cuanto a la actitud) de una banda indie relativamente importante que se ha visto en los últimos años.

    Un concierto, afortunadamente, absolutamente incorrecto. Lo que esperábamos de ellos.

    En relación a los “fallos” de sonido que se presentaron, la organización no se iba a quedar callada, y ya han hecho público un comunicado en el que calificaban de “desastrosa” y “frustrada” la actuación del dúo electrónico, y en donde además culpaban de todo a los técnicos de la banda, que presuntamente habrían manipulado de forma irresponsable la configuración del equipo, y que además habrían impedido a los técnicos del festival que lo arreglen.

    Vía: musikorner
  • MusiKorner mklive: Ellos+ L-Kan + Perotutehasvisto

    Nov 17 2008, 22h06

    Jue 13 Nov – Ellos, L-Kan

    Ayer los amantes del indie en Español pudimos disfrutar de una gran noche gracias al esfuerzo de Sinnamon, quienes, a cambio de invitarnos a fumar subliminalmente, nos ofrecen por muy poco dinero la posibilidad de ver a 2 de las mejores bandas indies estatales: Ellos y L-Kan; además de contar con el gran Perotutehasvisto como DJ de continuación...

    (más aquí)
  • Single de la semana / Single of the week!

    Jul 21 2008, 12h19

    Bueno, voy a empezar esta nueva "sección" recomendando una canción de un gran cantante uruguayo, su nombre es Dani Umpi, y la canción se llama Atracción.

    Si lo tuyo es el electropop en español, y te gustan Miranda! u otras propuestas similares, entonces no te pierdas a Dani, vale la pena escucharlo!

    _____________________________________________________

    Lately I've been listening a lot to Late of the Pier. I find them awesome!

    If you like new rave I think you should listen to The Bears Are Coming.
    Maybe you'll get addicted to them, just like me!
  • Calvin Harris live @ Razzmatazz (21/06/08)

    Jun 26 2008, 7h00

    This was my most expected concert of the year. Calvin Harris is my favourite Artist along with The Killers.

    It was around 3 AM and the crowd was shouting because we wanted to see Calvin Harris and the boys so badly. And then Calvin and the boys out. They delighted us with "Disco Heat", which was the very first song they played in Spain. At least people in first and second row were really excited (I can tell), though I am sure the rest of the full venue was excited as well.

    We were a crowd that was actually loving Calvin Harris and his music, singing every lyrics of every song and even humming the parts without lyrics.

    The songs people loved the most were Acceptable in the 80s, Colours, Merrymaking at My Place, the new song Jerusalem and The Girls, which was the last song they played.

    I still have no words to describe how I felt, but surely it was the best gig I've ever attended.

    Sab 21 Jun – Dave Clarke, Calvin Harris
  • MGMT: Oracular Spectacular

    Mai 4 2008, 2h14



    For some of you this duo, based in Brooklyn (NY) may not sound familiar. But you should remember their name (pronounced Management, even though some of us say M·G·M·T), since they're gonna be huge worldwide.

    For their debut album 'Oracular Spectacular' (Columbia, 2007), they have worked with Flaming Lips' producer David Fridmann. Maybe this is the reason of some of their psychedelic sound, but we can't just blame him; the guys are talented, and they know it.

    The long play begins with some weird sounds, like ripples. This is 'Time to Pretend', their first single. A proper ode to fame. This is a song about livin' it up like real rock stars. While listening to it, you feel elsewhere but where you are - like lost in space or something.

    The next song is 'Weekend Wars' (one of my two favorites). It reminds me of David Bowie (definitively it could have been written by him!). According to the band, this song is about a relationship, about making it work: "It's difficult to win unless you're bored."
    The bridge could have been sung by The Flaming Lips; and there's this phrase: "I can amplify the sound of light and love" - no comments, just perfect.

    'The Youth', third song in the LP, is just delirious! Maybe this year will take place a kind of revival of "the summer of love", if so, we have an hymn!
    Remember this phrase: "The youth's starting to change."

    'Electric Feel', their second single, could perfectly be MGMT's revision of 'SexyBack' (by its meaning and its sexy ways - no, it has nothing to do with the curly guy). According to the band the song is about "finding a wild woman in the amazon with electric currents running beneath her skin", but we know what it's all about, don't we?

    'Kids' (a potential single) is about childhood, about growing up (though there's controversy: some think it's about having faced a parental separation in the childhood). It features some childish noises all over the song, which makes it nostalgic. This is my favorite MGMT song. Remember the phrase: "Decisions are made and not bought."

    '4th Dimensional Transition" confirmed my theory, this year a new summer of love will take place. We're entering the new 70s, so prepare yourself to make love and not war!
    Well, this song is about this, entering the 4th dimension (I'm not gonna be the one to explain it to you since I don't know too much, so I encourage you to read about it - if you want, of course!)

    'Pieces of What' is exactly the kind of song you'd sing at a bonfire, and this song is about confusion: we're realizing how fucked up is our world. Notice the guitar and the tambourine, don't they remind you of good ol' hippie days?

    'Of Moons, Birds & Monsters' is another psychedelic song (one more to the list of must-heards). It's about, I think, decisions and how they influence our lives. " The prick of a feather could make a kingdom burn and the bloodshed start."

    'The Handshake' states a signed deal. Could it be a recording one? If it's so, it describes really well all the succes, dissappointment and consequences that come with it. Some think it's about acid (and, again its consequences). It reminds me of the "flower power", don't you think?

    'Future Reflections' is the perfect ending to this album. It is about a "post-apocalyptic world in which the sole remaining inhabitants are a group of kids who hang out on an island and surf all day" - according to the band. That's it, the perfect end.

    I encourage you not to just read this review (which you can perfectly leave unread) but to listen carefully to the album (which you can't leave unheard at all). You're not gonna regret!

    Welcome to the new psychedelic sound, welcome to the summer of love!

    By me, taken from: http://veranodelamor.blogspot.com/2008/05/mgmt-oracular-spectacular.html
  • Which country are your top 50 artists from?

    Abr 15 2008, 17h27

  • Song Game!

    Abr 14 2008, 16h32

    RULES:
    1. Put your music player on shuffle.
    2. Press forward for each question.
    3. Use the song title as the answer to the question even if it doesn’t make
    sense. NO CHEATING!
    4. Bold the questions and with the answers, give your own comments on how it
    relates to the questions.
    5. E-mail your friends with your answers or publish them on your blog.


    Will you get far in life?
    (Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty - KC & The Sunshine Band.
    As a producer I'm gonna make everyone shake their booties.

    How do your friends see you?
    Red Flag - Billy Talent.
    Like a mad man... ^^

    Will you get married?
    L.S.F. (Lost Souls Forever - Kasabian.
    Nope. I'm gonna be a lost soul forever xD


    What is your best friend's theme tune?
    Read My Mind - The Killers.
    Sometimes he can "read my mind".


    What is the story of your life?
    Shame for You - Lily Allen.
    Messing around. Shame for me.


    What is high school like?
    Dear Prudence - The Beatles.
    "The sun is up, the sky is blue"... and we're closed inside that f*ckin' room :(


    How can you get ahead in life?
    Calling - Leona Naess.
    Calling... someone?


    What is the best thing about your friends?
    X & Y - Coldplay.
    "You (they) and me are floating on a tidal wave... together. You (they) and me are drifting into outer space... and singing."


    What is in store for this weekend?
    Stuntman - Kasabian.
    Some drugs??? Or what's worse, we will be meeting someone that lies and cheats xD


    Describe your grandparents.
    Bed - Loudon Wainwright III.
    Old? O.o


    How is your life going?
    U + U Hand - P!nk.
    No comments. HAHAHA me & my hand tonite xD


    What song will they play at your funeral?
    Comatose - Depeche Mode.
    Nice and scary song for a funeral :D.


    Will you have a happy life?
    Modern Way - Kaiser Chiefs.
    I will have a modern life.


    What do your friends really think of you?
    Fresh Fossils - Loudon Wainwright III.
    That I'm older than them. O.o


    Do people secretly lust after you?
    Me and Mrs. Jones - Michael Bublé.
    Yes, we've got a thing going on! hahahaha


    What should I do to make myself happy?
    Girls of Summer - Aerosmith.
    Meet some girls of summer! ^^


    What should you do with your life?
    Michelle - The Beatles.
    Truly love and need some girl :)


    Will you ever have children?
    She's My Best Friend - Lou Reed.
    Yes, a daughter. And she's gonna be my best friend.



    PART 2 (Second Test I Found)

    1) YOU'VE BEEN LIED TO YOUR WHOLE LIFE... WHERE WERE YOU REALLY BORN?
    Faint - Linkin Park.
    In Meteora O.o


    2) WHO ARE YOUR *REAL* PARENTS?
    Skylines and Turnstiles - My Chemical Romance.
    That sounds poetic.


    3) YOU'RE GOING TO MANIFEST A SPECIAL POWER SOON... WHAT WILL IT BE?
    Lost Message - Air.
    To lose all my messages O.o


    4) WHAT DO YOU THINK IT'S THE COOLEST THING ON EARTH?
    Damned Ladies - Rufus Wainwright.
    (Damned) Ladies!


    5) IS EVERYBODY OUT TO GET YOU?
    If It Were Up To Me - Rooney...
    If it were up to me... they would!


    6) WHAT'S THE BEST THING ABOUT YOU?
    God Don't Make Lonely Girls - The Wallflowers.
    I never let a girl be lonely :D


    7) WHAT'S THE WORST THING ABOUT YOU?
    Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town - The Killers.
    That I take my love to town???? xD


    8) IS SOMEONE STALKING YOU?
    Ull de llebre - Guillamino.
    Yes... someone has put her/his "hare eyes" upon me :O


    9) ARE *YOU* STALKING SOMEONE?
    Inaction - We Are Scientists.
    No, I'm "inactive".


    11) HOW ARE YOU GOING TO DIE?
    Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of - U2.
    Of sadness?


    12) WHAT HAPPENS AFTER YOU DIE?
    A Certain Romance - Arctic Monkeys.
    You get a certain romance ^^


    13) WHO WERE YOU IN A PAST LIFE?
    Sunrise - Simply Red.
    :O The Sun!!!


    14) THERE IS A GREAT PROPHECY ABOUT YOU, WHAT IS IT?
    Barbie Girl - Aqua.
    HAHAHAHA I will meet a barbie girl who's gonna be always mine :)


    15) WHAT COULD STOP THAT GREAT PROPHECY FROM COMING TRUE?
    My, My, My - RoB tOmAs.
    My... pride XD I don't like barbie girls, they're so silly.


    16) WHY IS IT IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO GET UP IN THE MORNING?
    Billy Club - Lagwagon.
    Because I've got my faith!


    17) VAMPIRES ATTACK! WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU?
    Los Caminos De La Vida - Vicentico.
    Roads of life are not how I expected... :( I wouldn't find an exit.


    18) THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE IS COMING TOMORROW... WILL YOU SURVIVE?
    Starlight - Lou Reed & John Cale.
    Yess! I will see a starlight tomorrow!


    19) YOUR LOVE INTEREST BECOMES A WEREWOLF... WHAT DO YOU DO?
    Small Town - The Rasmus.
    I'd move to a small town O.o


    20) YOUR MOTHER TELLS YOU TO "TURN THAT AWFUL MUSIC DOWN" AND YOU SAY...?
    Oh God - Jamie Cullum.
    Oh God! Here we go again xD


    21) YOU DECIDE TO RUN AWAY, TO WHERE?
    Tardes negras - Tiziano Ferro.
    Somewhere where life doesn't hurt.


    22) YOUR BIG BREAK INTO STARDOM WILL BE IN <INSERT NAME OF MOVIE>?
    Nudez (ft. Too $hort & MC Zumbi of Zion-I) - Amplive vs. Radiohead.
    An independent movie with space rappers. O.o


    23) THE END OF THE WORLD HAPPENS... HOW DO YOU FEEL?
    A Question of Lust - Depeche Mode.
    Lustful. hahahahaha


    24) YOU WANT TO SELL YOUR SOUL FOR PIE AND TEA... WHAT HAPPENS?
    High and Dry - Radiohead.
    They leave me high and dry.


    25) YOU'VE BEEN TURNED INTO A CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE! WHAT NOW?
    Snowed Under - Keane.
    I get snowed under :(