sábado, 28 de enero de 2012

Album of the year: Mates of State- Mountaintops

Album of the year: Mates of State- Mountaintops

by outroversion
Bright Eyes aside, this is my album of the year. When I first heard it, I thought it was likely to be as it is magnificent. Upon further, daily listens, it has become a vital record for me. The songs that slipped by the wayside the first few listens have become favourites and the other great songs held with the esteem of masterpieces. That it's gotten me into a magnificent back catalogue of a band I only really listened to a few tracks of makes it all the more worthy of the title of album of the year. An album that in a time where apathy has reigned makes me feel I need to see this band live. An important and essential record.
Mates of State- Mountaintops
The catchy male and female dualling melodies of past Mates of State offerings are what has kept them in my regular rotation over the past decade, nothing more. When I got the chance to check out the Kansas natives' latest album I was hoping for a couple of bop-a-long tracks like "Goods (all in your head)" or "Get Better". In reality I received an album that is likely to be my album of the year.
That Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel are Husband and Wife might put people off, worried that it might be a little sugary twee. In reality the fact that they are married is an afterthought to the music and lyricism, which go beyond the boundaries of mere relationships.
Mountaintops opens with typical "no way is that just two people" casual fan settler Palimino which embodies everything that makes their music great; upbeat music, luxurious melodies and, hidden behind those are some poignant and affirming lyrics.
After that it is as pop as it gets. At first upon hearing "Maracas" I thought ok this is a bit too sweet, but it is undeniably groovy and for better or worse it stays with you for days. This is the only real track like that on the album and I think its inclusion does make this an archetypal album of theirs covering all edges of the spectrum. The darker moments are of course there too, though perhaps not as dark as they may have been known to be in the past, not quite Blonde Redhead but moments like "unless I'm led" do make sure the atmosphere doesn't get too heady.
Desire is beautiful to the point that over the dozens of listens this album has received on my ipod, it has become indescribable.
After 14 years and 6 albums, their time must have arrived. Surely now American indie royalty, they deserve to be up there with the New Pornographers and Stars. Truth is there's at least 4 brilliant tracks on what is only a 10 song album. Total Serendipity is simply a M.O.S masterpiece and with "At least I have you" they're really going to make their live setlists the blockbusters they've always threatened to be.
As usual drums and keys take turns to carry the rhythm and vocal duties aren't at all dependent on Kori. Each half of the partnership taking their own load until it winds down with the brass licked "Mistakes", the closest thing to a duet on the album and it really brings it home. This album is just beautiful.
~ "I need you". ~
Maracas
At least I have you (live)


VIA MI AMIGO OUTRO

viernes, 27 de enero de 2012

Adelanto de lo nuevo de DENEUVE

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adelanta
lo nuevo de
Deneuve
**15 de marzo en las tiendas**

"Sagrado Corazón" es el título del nuevo álbum de los cordobeses Deneuve, que verá la luz el 15 de Marzo. 

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Escucha aquí un adelanto: "Onda Pasadena".


Encontraréis más información e historias en el diario de grabación del propio grupo, en su web, http://deneuve.es/


miércoles, 25 de enero de 2012

Conciertos El Gel de Onán

Conciertos previstos el próximo mes de febrero en la gira que ya empezó la semana pasada en Asturias y Castilla y León de la presentación de La Pecera de Baco de El Gel de Onán

- 2 febrero: Café Continental (Alcalá de Henares) -Set Acústico- C/ Empecinado, 23 (Entrada libre)
- 11 febrero: Sala BarCo (Madrid). presentación en vivo La pecera de Baco   C/ Barco, 34 (5€ con cerveza o refresco)

- 17 febrero: Sala Velouria (Albacete). Calle de la Concepción, 31


Un abrazo :)

lunes, 23 de enero de 2012

The Mission – XXV Live At Brixton Academy


Artist: The Mission

Album: XXV Live At Brixton Academy

Released: 2011

Style: Gothic Rock

Format: MP3 320Kbps / FLAC

Size: 101+125 Mb


CD1:
01 – Beyond The Pale
02 – Hands Across The Ocean
03 – Serpents Kiss
04 – Naked And Savage
05 – Garden Of Delight
06 – Severina
07 – Butterfly On A Wheel
08 – Stay With Me
09 – Wake
CD2:
01 – Wasteland
02 – Crystal Ocean
03 – Deliverance
04 – Like A Child Again
05 – Like A Hurricane
06 – Tower Of Strength
07 – Blood Brother
08 – 1969

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VIA NEW ALBUM RELEASES

Linda Guilala "Paranormal EP"

Linda Guilala comienzan los conciertos de presentación de su nuevo trabajo "Paranormal EP"
 
 
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León [3 FEB], Madrid [4 FEB], Vigo [18 FEB], Zaragoza [2 MARZ], Barcelona [3 MARZ], Ponferrada [Leon, 9 MARZ]), Gijón [10 MARZ], Pontevedra [31 MARZ]... Esta son las ciudades confirmadas por el momento.
 
Algunos extractos de reseñas de “Paranormal EP” en prensa:
- DIMENSION POP:
A Ivány a Eva siempre les perseguirá su pasado en Juniper Moon. Si bien al principio buscábamos conexiones y similitudes con sus "ex", ahora sin embargo sabemos de sobra que han seguido su propio camino creando un estilo autóctono que hace innecesario cualquier tipo de comparación. Linda Guilala es pop electrónico basado en cálidas y vibrantes melodías con trasfondo noise. Tras la gran acogida de sus "Bucles Infinitos" en 2009 vuelven ahora al centro del pentáculo con un nuevo EP cuyas letras firmaría el mismísimo Iker Jiménez como buen amante de lo "Paranormal".
- REVISTA MONDO SONORO:
Nunca fueron los argumentos convencionales el principal acicate sonoro de Linda Guilala. El dúo surgido de las cenizas de Juniper Moon saca a la luz este mes de diciembre un nuevo trabajo después del bien recibido debut “Bucles infinitos”, en el que vuelven a dejar constancia de su amor por el pop de atmósferas cósmicas y ruidistas...“Paranormal EP”, se nutre de historias fantásticas, cercanas al cine de terror de de serie B, redactadas desde un contagioso pop de guitarras desbocadas que evoca por momentos a bandas como Jesus and Mary Chain, Ride o The Wedding Present.
- LA BANDA ELASTICA:
Con Bucles Infinitos (2009), su álbum debut, Linda Guilala llamó la atención de mucho público en la escena alternativa española. Su sonido, entre cósmico y delirante, cautivó a un numeroso sector de escuchas... Paranormal EP, un disco que conserva su sonido de siempre y que en la lírica aborda el género fantástico del terror, el asunto de los objetos voladores no identificados y demás historias relacionadas, que remiten al mundo de lo inexplicable y desconocido... Destaca el corte de nombre “Yeti”, cuya musicalidad y también su lírica recuerdan a The Jesus and Mary Chain.
- FANATYK:
Temáticas entorno al género fantástico y de terror. Atraídos por el estilo punk, el espíritu pop y su querencia para el ruido han originado estribillos pegadizos, como la canción “Cientos de Ovnis"... Otra de sus canciones, “Yeti, suscita al momento de relax y soledad; mientras que en la cara B se mantiene un alto ambiente emocional con ayuda de guitarras, sintetizadores ochenteros que recuerdan a grupos como Ride, Lush o The House Of Love.
 
 
Comienzan los conciertos de presentación de LINDA GUILALA:
Viernes, 3 de Febrero
Linda Guilala
León
hora: 23:00 h Entrada: 5€
Sala Yasta Bar
C/ Lancia 8
http://facebook.com/yasta.bar
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Sábado, 4 de FebreroFiesta Elefant
Linda Guilala + Kokoshca + Dj Polar
Madridhora: 21:30 h Entrada: 10 ant / 13 taq
Elefant Club [Sala Siroco]
C/ San Dimas 3
http://www.siroco.es/
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Sábado, 18 de Febrero
Fiesta Noches Cósmicas
Linda Guilala + When Nalda became punk
Vigo
hora: 23:00 h Entrada: 2€
Sala PlaymovilC/ Iglesias Esponda 30
http://facebook.com/SalaPlaymovil
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Viernes, 2 de MarzoFiesta Elefant
Linda Guilala + Capitán Sunrise
Zaragozahora: 21:30 h Entrada: 2€
Sala La Lata de Bombillas
C/ Maria Moliner 7
https://www.facebook.com/pages/La-Lata-de-Bombillas/173631282725011
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Sábado, 3 de MarzoFiesta Fonoteca/Popfest
Linda Guilala + Gasca
Barcelonahora: 22:00 h Entrada: 7€
Sala Underground
C/ La Granada del penedès 19
http://underground-club-bcn.blogspot.com ----------------------------------
Viernes, 9 de MarzoFiesta Aniversario La Destilería Bar
Linda Guilala
Ponferrada
hora: 23:00 h Entrada gratuita
Sala TararíC/ del Reloj
http://www.salatarari.com/
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Sabado, 10 de MarzoFiesta Elefant
Linda Guilala + Los Bonsais
Gijón
hora: 21:30 h Entrada: 5€
Sala ClassC/ Avd Torcuato Fernández Miranda 2
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sala-The-Class/192029634192534
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Sabado, 31 de Marzo
Linda Guilala + When Nalda became punk
Pontevedra
hora: 21:30 h Entrada: 5€
Sala Liceo MutanteC/ Rosalía de Catro 100
https://www.facebook.com/LiceoMutante

jueves, 19 de enero de 2012

Music in Oxford: Witney Winter Festival @ Fat Lil’s // 18.12.11

Music in Oxford: Witney Winter Festival @ Fat Lil’s // 18.12.11

by outroversion
A modest turnout early on for the energetic showcasing of youthful Colour Change for Camouflage. Word on the street spoke of the exuberance and care free tenacity they've been bringing to Oxford stages over the past year so they were eagerly awaited here.
Emily, Will, Brodie, Craig and Easy make up the Witney based five piece, displaying varying hairstyles from dreadlocks to afro with  frontwoman Emily, perhaps the most sensibly presented. A vocal style accustomed to comparatively dynamic Oxfordian female fronted Baby Gravy but with unexpected elements thrown into the mix...
The most dreaded of the 3 guitarists on display Easy Chalmers brought some great Libertinesesque tone with his playing adding to what could easily have descended into chaotic yet cacaphonic noise. On the occasions that he was called on for vocal duties, like on the brilliant Fibonacci and Fractal Patterns in Nature, he brought some legitimate fire to accompany Emily Wharton's ashen vocals.
An even indier sound is found when Foals inspired and huge haired guitarist Will Healy shares vocals, softer and more accurate than the rest of the red bull soaked set and these possible variables leave a lot of scope for development. With set list on phone and playing to a handful of friends and the curiosity aroused this is still early days, but theyre tidier than could be expected and a great time.
A rare solo set from the incurably charming James Hitchman, frontman of Oxford scene heavyweights Alphabet Backwards. It should be remembered that AB did start off a solo project and so the ease with which the transformation is executed perhaps shouldn't be much of a surprise.
Taller than you might remember, the usually seated guitarist comes across with the personae of a journeyed solo artist in the vein of the lesser travelled Jack Penate or as he references later in the set, Jamie T. A comprehensive understanding of the nuances of a full band set and the subtleties of an acoustic only show he reels off his well crafted 4 minute pop melodies only broken for brief insights into his day job with the band.
Featuring songs from the band's latest offering, The British Explorer EP as well as favourites like Ladybird and In Love With the Weatherman it all flows nicely and it's as homely as the usual full band shows, it felt an honour to witness.
One of the most talked about up and comers in Oxford are the multi faceted Very Nice Harry. For the uninitiated this was a particularly unexpected change of pace going from acoustic only to this quartet's math rock and electro infused material but hey, this is Oxford- the hometown of the genre.
The vocals bring a Maximo Park style masculinity to their midsong guitar interplay which, while mesmerizing and showing a complex mastering of their tools, does take up alot of the room in the song sandwich.
Hugely promising and highly active in the local scene, responsible along with acts such as Spring Offensive, Minor Coles, Gunning for Tamar and so many more for maintaining the resurgence that Oxford has seen in recent years.
While on record, part of Empty Vessels charm was their tendency for dirty guitar and bass lines, here, in the flesh they're pretty much wallowing in them.
Two of the stand out tracks of their early catalogue, Blood on the Streets and Love is All We Need were the highlights of their stay even able to leave a couple of fan favourites out and still going down a storm.
Getting feet on the floor for the first time this afternoon this was a masterful performance from charismatic frontman Matt Greenham and his funkadelic crew.
When I was first introduced to Deer Chicago in the summer in the lead up to truck I assumed they were an already established act such was the fluidity of their performance as well as their mere presence on the mainstage.
In a smaller room (than a field) they come across as a professional, self aware outfit more focused on showcasing their creations than indulging an ever growing audience with tales of ennui.
Fat Lil regular and spearhead of DC, Jonny Payne's style offers comparisons to Jim Lockey & the Solemn Sun, storytelling in nature with angst ridden underscoring. For three guys they produce a lot of sound but it is definitely well rehearsed sound, there doesn't seem to be any mid-song showboating to fill a couple of minutes- you feel they've got enough in their armoury to keep going and they probably will.
It's all aiming high and hitting targets here, they are superb musically, lyrically and vocally I cannot criticise anything about them, they're simply magnificent. Make sure you catch them in 2012.
The reason everyone is here today. A huge thanks for the forward thinking and initiative of this band for putting on a fantastic event and the venue for doing everything they could to make it a success. We can only hope will become an annual thing, or even a Winter & Summer event... Something to think about and something that would be hugely welcome.
So, not content with waiting for things to come to them as i'm sure they will, they've invented their own festival. Though they're the Godfathers of the event they unassumingky play support to some of their favourite acts from Oxford- the ever reliable Phantom Theory and Secret Rivals who we couldn't stay for due to work commitments (lame, I know). Without cloying too much, let's just say- Black Hats are in the game for keeps.
Musically they're easy to listen to, rhythmic bass and drums with just the one guitar but lyrically they're challenging, in the best of ways.
Only a few levels of intensity away from being a hardcore outfit, their social commentary and focused delivery bring to mind bands like Anti-Flag and Sunny Day Real Estate but only in the very best of ways.  The most enjoyable ways.
Blood and Space is the focal point of the set as it is in their oeuvre. They've got a lot of people on the floor and a lot of people out their doors on what isn't a particularly inviting time of the season and all credit and huge thanks to them for... Everything.


VIA mi amigo OUTRO

lunes, 16 de enero de 2012

Mi rollo es el Indie.120

Mi rollo es el Indie.120 contiene:


01 GAGGIA - Miraré hacia otro lado.mp3
02 SAMIAM - 80 West.mp3
03 HULE - Olivia Wilde.mp3
04 OF MONTREAL - Gelid Ascent.mp3
05 SIDONIE - Alma de Goma.mp3
06 GIRL IN COMA - Hope.mp3
07 KRAMER - LDF2.mp3
08 COPILOTO - Se lo tengo que decir.mp3
09 BLAM DE LAM - Noche Tras Noche.mp3
10 PETE AND THE PIRATES - Tough Luck.mp3
11 ARVOL - Ni tú ni yo.mp3
12 OKKERVIL RIVER - U.F.O..mp3
13 CHERNOBIL - Los ninos del 30.mp3
14 THE BIG PINK  - Stay Gold.mp3
15 DEHRA DUN - 'Estás' .mp3
16 LANA DEL REY - Born to Die.m4a
17 SEVEROREVES -  Bajo el mar.mp3
18 MR FOGG - Stay Out Of The Sun.mp3
19 URSULA - Dejadme solo.mp3
20 SNOW PATROL - The President.mp3

Link:    http://hotfile.com/dl/141762420/453709e/Mi_rollo_es_el_Indie.120.rar.html

A disfrutar & un abrazo :)

En febrero 2012, Fiestas Demoscópicas de Mondosonoro‏ con Entrada gratuita



Hace ya 12 años que las Fiestas Demoscópicas que organiza MondoSonoro acercan gratuitamente al público de once ciudades españolas las mejores bandas noveles del país. Por estas fiestas han pasado grupos ahora consolidados como Lori Meyers, Triángulo de Amor Bizarro, La Bien Querida, Mendetz, Anni B Sweet, Mujeres, We Are Standard, Cat People, Guadalupe Plata, Hola a Todo el Mundo o Bigott.

Como cada año, en Barcelona y Madrid, los grupos seleccionados estarán acompañados por una actuación también GRATUITA de la banda ganadora del Mejor Disco del 2011 según MondoSonoro, que este año es El Columpio Asesino. En años anteriores han participado grupos como Standstill, Love of Lesbian, La Bien Querida, Lori Meyers o El Guincho.

Cada uno de los grupos participantes en las black xs Fiestas Demoscópicas ha sido seleccionado por los responsables de las nueve ediciones de la revista, tras considerarlas autoras de las mejores maquetas de 2011. Los once conciertos serán gratuitos (con invitación a imprimir desde www.mondosonoro.com o desde la web de Paco Rabanne Black XS www.be-a-rockstar.com ). Las Fiestas empiezan el 3 de febrero en Valencia y terminan el 25 de mismo mes en Pontevedra.

Como gran novedad de este año, las black xs Fiestas Demoscópicas contarán con la colaboración de black xs de Paco Rabanne Fragancias como patrocinador y organizador de los conciertos junto con MondoSonoro. black xs es la expresión de un universo rock, innovador y audaz. Bajo los focos, entre el sueño de ser una estrella y la realidad rockera, black xs presenta black xs l’excès, una nueva línea de fragancias que es la verdadera encarnación de la pasión por la música, del exceso y del deseo de ser un rockstar.

Estas dos nuevas fragancias vienen apadrinadas por el cantante y compositor Iggy Pop que representa perfectamente y a los ojos de todo el mundo los valores del Rock y del exceso. Identificándose totalmente con el universo de black xs l’excès, Iggy Pop es la voz en off y hace una aparición en un papel inesperado en el anuncio publicitario de black xs l’excès.


BLACK XS DEMOSCÓPICAS 2012



Viernes 3 de febrero VALENCIA

SALA MATISSE

Trinidad – Pretty Becky + Dwomo (grupo invitado)

Apertura de puertas: 22h


Sábado 4 de febrero LA LAGUNA (TENERIFE)

AGUERE ESPACIO CULTURAL

Bel Bee Bee – Victoria Marso – El Faro – Holy Disgrace.

Apertura de puertas: 21h (Hora insular)


Jueves 9 de febrero MADRID

SALA JOY ESLAVA

Bravo Fisher – Calimä – Dolores

El Columpio Asesino (Mejor grupo nacional 2011 Mondo Sonoro)

Apertura de puertas: 20h


Viernes 10 de febrero BARCELONA

SALA RAZZMATAZZ 1

Doble Pletina - L'Hereu Escampa - Boreals

El Columpio Asesino (Mejor grupo nacional 2011 Mondo Sonoro)

Apertura de puertas: 20h


Viernes 10 de febrero CÁDIZ

SALA SUPERSONIC

La Cena – Delapica – Amnesia

Apertura de puertas: 21:30h


Sábado 11 de febrero ZARAGOZA

LA CASA DEL LOCO

Will Spector & The Fatus – Nureyev + Guisante (grupo invitado)

Apertura de puertas: 21h


Viernes 17 de febrero OVIEDO

SALA NUNCAJAMAS

Stanley Road - The Starkwells

Apertura de puertas: 22h


Viernes 17 de febrero BILBAO

SALA AZKENA

Joe La Reina - Wilhelm and The Dancing Animals + The Cherry Boppers (grupo invitado)

Apertura de puertas: 20.30h


Sábado 18 de febrero SANTANDER

SALA BLACK BIRD

Sierra Nevada – Somepeople + Hendrik Rover (grupo invitado)

Apertura de puertas: 20h


Viernes 24 de febrero BURGOS

SALA HANGAR

La Maravillosa Orquesta del Alcohol – Little Boca + Bravo Fisher! (grupo invitado)

Apertura de puertas: 21:30h


Sábado 25 de febrero PONTEVEDRA

SALA KARMA

Tora Tora Tora - Fantasmage + Los Cafres (grupo invitado)

Apertura de puertas: 22h

VIA EL MUNDO DE TULSA

domingo, 15 de enero de 2012

Tips for 2011: Howler

Tips for 2011: Howler

by outroversion
For the enigmatic American Jordan Gatesmith, England's Rough Trade holds the key to his musical odyssey. A huge fan of early 21st century indie guitar bands such as The Libertines and Strokes whose home is the uber-cool independant label, the decision to put pen to paper on the contract offered to him was a simple one. Particularly as it is reported the label's representatives flew over to the states after one listen of the band's demos to get the required signatures. An hipocriphal tale? Call me pessimistic but I think the label's U.S Offices probably took care of this one...
They're probably going to be billed as "this year's Vaccines", who they toured with last year, but the Vaccines were a souless (and tuneless) marketing experiment, Howler, as far as I can tell, are a real band. With the raw guitar playing of the Strokes and Surf inspiration of the Drums with lyricism typical of a 90s indie child trying to mix it with the big boys. It's not all thrashed out heart on sleeve, there's piano and "feelings" in there neither of which are particularly welcome but it does open up other doors.
Fronting all this as I mentioned is Jordan Gatesmith, a gawky but supremely confident Minnesotan; his Facebook url giving a good idea of the esteem he holds himself in (theillustriousteensensationjordanjmoneygatesmith). He's said a lot but no one's really listening yet, whether he'll approach his band's soon to come fame with the understated nature of a musically minded Julian Casablancas or just be another Johnny Borrell (he fronted a band called Razorlight back in the zero's, wore white trousers, said he was going to be the biggest rock star in the world.. no?). Anyway all this remains to be seen, listen to the music and ignore the bravado, there's good times to be had.

VIA MI AMIGO OUTRO

Album of the year/decade: Bright Eyes- The People’s Key

Album of the year/decade: Bright Eyes- The People’s Key

by outroversion
The review I wrote for Bright Eyes' curtain call says everything I could ever want to about this record. When I'm 100+ years old in the year 2099 I wouldn't be surprised if I declare this album of the century. It's incredible, prescient and masterful; everything is more than its appearence- every lyric says a million more words and each musical flourish hiding a symphony of sound. A hundred megabytes of perfect pitch, a universal elegance. Nothing can compare to this, that we are alive to hear it is more of a gift than any we can receive in our past or future. A masterstroke of creation, Conor Oberst's Magnum Opus of which their are countless contenders, perfection- absolúte.
Bright Eyes- The People’s Key
Anticipation for albums in the 21st century is a tough thing to buy into. Often too little of a pay off in the end due to leaks and a modern world desperate for a mass opinion. But Bright Eyes is kind of a big deal and Conor Oberst one of the few artists around where anything would be worth the wait.
In “The People’s Key” Conor Oberst has made what could have been a completely innaccessible album with references to reptilians, Rasta Farianculture and dialect, Tesla, spiritualism, time travel, The Sumerian Tablets and Ancient Greece but ends up making one that seems as perfect to the casual listener as it does to those who search through every phoneme squeezing out every drop of meaning from his lyrics. Here you’ve got a whole cellar full of meaning.
Feeling familiar yet impossibly fresh and perhaps more insistant there seems to be more symbolism, metaphor and meaning crammed into every phrase. Where Conor’s Bright Eyes albums feel like your favourite cocktail at the end of a long week, made by the one barman who knows exactly how you like it, you would notice if he made it a little stronger than usual but you wouldn’t complain, you’d just assume he thinks you need it rather than thinking it might be the last drink he’ll make there so he’s using up all he’s got.
“Love has always been the message”
Opening up and dotted around the album are musings from 60 year old biker, shaman, guitarist and singer of Refried IceCream, Denny Brewer. One of Conor’s "protegees" of Team Love whose opinions Conor became increasingly enrapped by the more time he spent around the studio with him and in terms of ways to “ward off casual listeners” as Oberst puts it, this is one of the easier listening.
He brings up charisma (although stumbling over the word) harking back to a Conor lyric from “To all the lights in the windows” “That’s the thing about charisma, it makes everyone believe” and it’s compelling stuff as Brewer’s argument about Hitler is the same argument people make about Jesus but when the subject of bloodlines comes up people tend to take a step back. Nowadays most people are wary of investing in the reptilian theory, as popularised by David Icke, as it does seem a little incomprehensible but it’s always interesting listening to other people’s ideas especially when they clearly believe in it.
Firewall in itself is gorgeous and perhaps the best opener to a Bright Eyes album to date. The guitar is languid and sparse acting as the beat, making Conor’s poignant lyricism and mood setting elocution stand out all the more. As the track goes on the drums are just incredible, at first underscoring some lines before battling for the limelight making for an epic climax.
Lyrically it’s flawless, expressing ideas brilliantly; here mainly about death and the afterlife with talk of burning sage to keep away the spirits yet saying if he was certain about where he would go after death he’d go in an instant.
The refrain at the end is the first reference (by Conor) to Rasta Fari, this being part of the dialect. He makes what are essentially english words sound like a mystical foreign language which in a sense they are but in the same way not at all. In the native tongue “me” is replaced by “i” with the phrase “seen by I and I” meaning seen by God and everyone.
“I’m still angry with no reason to be”
While we’re on the subject of meaning I’ll just get out of the way that a shell game is like the ball and cup game you see where there’s no chance of the person winning. The meaning here is that the rest of the common consensus of world opinion acts as the scam artist and his posse standing over you affecting your confidence and making you, the mark, go against what you believe to be right.
Shell games was one of the tracks released through the website early in the year, musically it sounds like it could be a British 80’s pop song and in terms of the vocal delivery is actually quite upbeat by  his standards, but that’s where the genius of his words comes into play to contradict everything that a casual listener might think about the song.
Strangely, for a Bright Eyes song, it pretty much has a chorus. I say pretty much as it’s just as close as you’re going to get. “Here it comes that heavy love...”
Like Jenny Lewis’ Rabbit Fur Coat this seems to touch upon Conor’s rise to prominence at such a fragile age before never dropping from the pedestal to deal with the usual stuff you do around that age and then finding that he was now able to live how he wanted to and no longer wanting for anything but still feeling like there had to be more.
There’s debate over whether he references all his other Bright Eyes albums in this song and I’d like to think it’s true and in a way it’s almost too perfect not to be...
“The fireworks (Letting off the happiness), The vanity (Fevers and Mirrors), The circuit board (digital ash), The city Streets (I’m wide awake it’s morning), shooting star // swaying palm tree (Cassadega).”
“To the place that I think of so often
that I never mention,
The one that the voice in the back of my head tells me I don’t deserve”.
Starting off Jejune Stars are huge rhythmic, what sound like electronic drums but perhaps due to the underlying guitar, which then make way for a torrent of views, life experiences and statements that to anyone else would be a stream of consciousness impossible to put to music, this is another level.
Firstly the superficial, it’s a catchy song . O.k now that’s out of the way; the “umbrella...” parts suggest that if life is all about collecting as many experiences as possible then why do we shelter ourselves from them. He says that inside is full of the past and nostalgia but outside is full of life and new beginnings and the fondest memories aren’t of the pictures hung on the walls but moments that were only captured in your mind that fire, water or anything you’ve done since can’t take away from you.
You remember when Conor referenced Tim Kasher in “Nothing gets crossed out” I wonder whether this again is in reference to those that came up with him, saying that they never really completed their childhood and were reluctant to have it taken away.
The little snippet at the end is about vibrationism, it’s a powerful theory that takes away suggested meaning in your life and replaces it with understanding of physical potency. A friend of mine was taken by it, I don’t get it.
“Now you are how you were when you were real.”
Approximated Sunlight is about the effect that belief has on your mindstate, how you can overcome reality by following a particular belief but at the same time taking away from your life because it narrows your view, meaning you miss out on other positive influences. It’s a commentary on the majority of the western world, how are we supposed to form our own beliefs if we have no time to ourselves? That’s why you need the media, religious groups and those who do have the time to tell you what to think.
As seems to be a persistant feature on this album he references chldhood or innocent views of reality and how modern life can force you to go back to your first instinct no matter how childish it seems. Closing the cupboard door, hiding under the covers, believing the unbelievable simply because you do.
The track plays like a cassette player with low batteries, slowing down the tempo and stetching out the vocals into a uncharacteristic harsh delivery. That is to say it’s amazing.
“I’ve seen stranger things, man”
Haile Selassi was Ethopia’s last emperor and though you can probably read alot about his life and effect on modern culture particularly in Africa, I think the reason for the references to him is due to the belief within the Rasta Fari movement that he is the reincarnation of God.  This is due to a passage in the bible which proclaims “Ethiopia shall soon stretch her arms unto God”, though I’m sure there’s more reasoning behind it than just that...
Anyway the line “I’ve seen stranger things man” I think is the situation of someone telling you their deepest and most extreme beliefs and expecting you to be shocked by them but finding you open to the idea due to not having found ultimate meaning yourself.
Sure that sounds kind of high brow but it’s the same as the first time you meet the person you’re meant to be with and finding it strange how well you get on and seem to have shared experiences and rather than dismissing it as a perculiar coincidence think, true love? Why not.
“The people’s key ringing through arena seats”
The people’s key is G major, so called for a number of debateable reasons but the least poetic and most sensible is that it’s the most frequently used key across classical and popular music, mainly due to ease.
There are a few references to Hitler on the album, not as a person but as an idea. Here it’s saying that 1. Hitler (and every other person) used to be a child, not thinking of socialism, communism, racism, war, money, or anything that corrupts adult minds. It’s probably something people don’t think about that often but basically these people used to be kids, the world’s done something to them to make them think the way they do, it’s not something they’re born with. Unless he was a crack baby, yeah maybe Hitler was a crack baby...
Secondly, that no matter what your dreams are- they're not all you dream about. The reference to Eva Braun's hair is the obvious one that Hitler shall we say, had a "thing" for blondes and she just wanted to be appealing to her partner. Likewise Hitler, when he wasn't thinking of the things that made him famous, his mind would be blank and able to think about anything. I think the commentary here is that sometimes when you take something so far, it's hard to go back.
Strangely the musical references in this song are almost second to the more abstract themes here, it’s coupled with the dialogue at the end about orchestration backing up Conor’s comment about the cyclical model and how it’s not so much decided what you’re going to do but it’s near impossible to deviate from it to such an extent that it would have a bearing on the rest of life and time.
“That’s the problem, an empty sky.
I fill it up with everything that’s missing from my life”
The triple spiral is a celtic symbol and from its discovery its meaning has only been speculated on but of course this has led to people either believing one thing or another rather than being open to possibilities. In terms of a song title, it’s pretty poignant. The song seems to be indebted to the three realms of land, sea and sky, the line “three worlds at once that blend together” making this pretty obvious and nothing else seems to contradict it.
Once more it’s about wanting to believe but this time taking on the realisation that you can’t rely on higher powers to guide you, “How sad it is to know i’m in control” and though most people believe this, once you realise it things seem a little more futile.
Early on it’s very reminiscent of the kind of song that Conor was indulging in during his time with Monsters of Folk but it takes on a life of its own once the miniscule female vocals, reverb and experimentation that is imperceivable early on, fight to get in the spotlight.
“You know what made you  infamous to them, don’t you?
You keep starting over”
Beginner’s mind is about deciding your own path in life and how you shouldn’t be made to take a certain path but take your time and choose your own.  Time, experiences and other’s opinions take away from your own views and that goes back to earlier themes in the album but developed upon by suggesting that it’s all transient you might as well choose to go against everything everyone else says.
It would be an extreme view years ago, but nowadays we breed generations of cynics who will go against other people just because they have the power to. Through freedom of speech and expession. That world view can become so engrained on you that it shows in every aspect of you making you less appealing to the mass population, and while you’re fighting against the tide though you might find a few others to fight the battle with you it is, unfortunately, one that is impossible to win. Eventually the tide will wash over you and make you like everyone else, every now and then you’ll see someone who still has some fight but know that eventually they’ll be the same as you.
“You’re not alone in anything”
I think ladder song is about how it’s expected that, before there can be a universal consciousness everyone must experience the worst case scenario and fight for themselves, feeding off the land the way nature intended. Once all energies are focused on the same goal and have forgotten what it’s like to live for posession that’s when the new age will begin where beauty, such as the sun will be appreciated, profoundly, for what it is.
A lot of energy these days is put into trying to cut yourself off from everyone else and the tone here is in keeping with what Conor said his inspiration for this album was before hand (walk into a room and everyone is cut off, looking at computer screens, headphones in etc) and no one can say you’re wrong in living that way because so is everyone else. Yet it doesn’t seem to cross anyone’s mind that even 50 years ago this wasn’t the case, things have changed and in our ignorance we think it’s for the better but when you think about it- how can it be?
“That’s love, you know- compassion, or- what do you call it?”
“Mercy?”
“What’s that?”
“Mercy?”
“Mercy.”
Once we’ve been around as long as we’re meant to, in the end we are left with our experiences, some good, some bad. Here it’s both sides divvying up the good and the bad between each other, accepting that there’s nothing you can do about it there’s always going to be good and bad and no matter whether you have more good or more bad experiences by the end of it you’ll be unrecognisable from the person you started off as and you can’t say to anyone else, partners, friends or musicians that they’ve changed because hopefully, you have too.
The previous paragraph was about Bright Eyes. If this is the end, it’s the perfect finale.
                                                                                                                                                                                10/10

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sábado, 14 de enero de 2012

Video ENTERTAINIMENT - December Song

Video Mitad Fundación Tony Manero, Mitad El Niño de la Hipoteca

SIDONIE COMIENZA LA GIRA 'DEL AULLIDO Y EL GATO SIAMÉS' PRESENTANDO SU ÚLTIMO DISCO "EL FLUIDO GARCÍA"






SIDONIE

COMIENZA LA GIRA 'DEL AULLIDO Y EL GATO SIAMÉS' PRESENTANDO SU ÚLTIMO DISCO "EL FLUIDO GARCÍA"

Hola dao,
Con “El Fluido García” ya en las tiendas de discos y ocupando puestos destacados en la mayoría de las listas de lo mejor del año, Marc, Axel y Jes suben a la furgoneta para dar el pistoletazo de salida a una larga gira que pasará, de momento, por las siguientes ciudades:

-Viernes 20 de enero, Valencia (Mirror)
-Sábado 21 de enero, Murcia (Auditorio Víctor Villegas)
-Viernes 27 de enero, Donosti (Gasteszena)
-Sábado 28 de enero, Gijón (Teatro Albéniz)
-Viernes 3 de febrero, León (Studio 54)
-Sábado 4 de febrero, Ponferrada (La Vaca)
-Sábado 18 de febrero, Santiago (Capitol) Heineken Music Selector
-Martes 28 de febrero, Barcelona (Palau de la Música, Festival del Millenni)

-Viernes 2 de marzo, Cartagena (La Matriz Creativa) Heineken Music Selector
-Sábado 3 de marzo, Málaga (París 15, Festival Purapasta)
-Viernes 9 de marzo, Toledo (Círculo de Arte) Heineken Music Selector
-Sábado 10 de marzo, Burgos (Hangar) + Dehra Dun, Heineken Music Selector
-Sábado 24 de marzo, Valladolid (Auditorio Miguel Delibes)
-Sábado 31 de marzo, Villalba, Lugo (Festival FIV)
-Miércoles 4 de abril, Palma de Mallorca (Mallorca Rocks Hotel)
-Sábado 16 de junio, La Roda, Albacete (Festival de los Sentidos)
-Viernes 20 julio, Quintanar de la Orden, Toledo (Festival Manchapop)

-Viernes 3 de agosto, Burriana, Castellón (Festival Arenal Sound)
-Sábado 4 de agosto, Santander (Santander Music Festival)
-9 al 12 de Agosto, Aranda de Duero, Burgos (Festival Sonorama)






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viernes, 13 de enero de 2012

Lo nuevo de Dehra Dun "Estás"

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pedalea hasta el Ganges
con lo nuevo de 
Dehra Dun

"Estás"
Sitar de Baluji Shrivastav.

Adelanto de su inminente nuevo álbum,
 "Variaciones imprevistas en el cauce del río"
(febrero, GELMAR)
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Pop, psicodelia, espíritu brit y letras en castellano, antes incluso que los mismísimos Sidonie. 
Dehra Dun adoptan su nombre artístico de una canción de su beatle favorito, George Harrison. Claro, que éste hubo de inspirarse antes en el nombre de una localidad situada en Uttaranchal, al norte de la India. 

Han pasado casi 5 años metidos en ese "Jardín" (¿con flores?) que supuso su disco debut para reclamar su sitio en la actualidad musical con el inminente "Variaciones imprevistas en el cauce del río", del que en muy poco tiempo escucharás todo el resultado... 


miércoles, 11 de enero de 2012

JIRM Band of The Year 2011 Contest
























Our band of the year 2011 was sellected by 
17 jury members  + 1 vote from the public


Results

 

 

 















Best Jimdo Indie Rock Music Band 2011: NEUMAN
Best International Band: RADICAL DADS
Best Spanish Band: NEUMAN
Best Band by Public Votes: KENEDY

Ranking

  1. Neuman: 5 (+267p)
  2. Radical Dads: 3 (+10p)
  3. Kenedy: 2 + 1 public (295p)
  4. Ambros Chapel: 2  (+6p)
  5. Land Lovers: 1 (+33p)
  6. Pennan Brae: 1  (+9p)
  7. Hang Glider: 1  (+7p)
  8. Louisiana: 1  (+3p)
  9. Bunk Jumpski: 1  (+3p)
  10. A Lazarous Soul:  (+16p)
  11. The Mare: (+10p)
  12. Hypocrite In A Hippy Crypt: (+3p)
  13. King sparrow: (+3p)
*(#) = Jury votes; (p) = Public votes

Jury Members

Jury members were sellected based on different specialities. Jimdo Indie Rock Music want to express our gratitude to every one, for their participation, their fast answer, their commitment and interest expressed on the participating bands. 
 
We want to thank our bands as well, for participating. We want to remind them that this was a friendly contest, our goal was to exposse their work. We hope that they liked our promotion project, and remember that this doesn't finish here :)
Mar (JIRM staff, Spain). I didn’t vote. How to choose 1 of my bands? No way! :)
  1. Dao (JIRM staff, Spain)
  2. Clara Debalia (JIRM former staff, France)
  3. Upsidedown81 (JIRM former staff, Spain)
  4. Dakradha (JIRM former staff, Austria)  
  5. Sammy (Indie Rock Playlist, Czech Republic)
  6. Noisedefm (New JIRM staff, France)
  7. Von Auken (New JIRM staff, Brazil)
  8. Boys and Frogs (Band, USA)
  9. Shayne Wray (Musician, USA)
  10. Nick Triani (Soliti Music, Finland)
  11. Ben Watson (US vs THEM, USA)
  12. Bob Lung (Broad Horizon Records, USA)
  13. Scott Solary (Film maker & Musician, USA)
  14. Javier Román (JIRM collaboration, Spain)
  15. Indienation (Music blog, Venezuela)
  16. Diego Sanchez Ruiz (JIRM Facebook follower, Spain)
  17. Daydream Nation (JIRM Tumblr follower, USA)

Public Votes

Public votes were counted using a QuizSnack poll. Captured image of the poll votes on 
January 9th 2012 at 24:00h Paris time:
 
 
 
 
Original poll can be checked here. Captured image shows the votes at the due hour/date of the contest.

2011 Participating Bands

Pennan Brae

City: Vancouver, Canada.
Music: American Folk Rock
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Neuman

Band of the year 2011

City: Murcia, Spain.
Music: Indie Folk Rock
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Hypocrite In A Hippy Crypt

City: Bloomington, Indiana. USA
Music: Indie Folk Pop
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Ambros Chapel

City: Valencia, Spain
Music: Indie Rock, Post-Punk
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Land Lovers

City: Dublin, Ireland
Music: Indie Pop
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Kenedy

City: Sevilla, Spain
Music: Indie Rock
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King Sparrow

City: Chicago, USA
Music: Indie Rock
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Louisiana

City: Zaragoza, Spain
Music: Indie Pop
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Bunk Jumpski

City: Minneapolis, USA
Music: Experimental punk/jazz
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A Lazarous Soul

City: Dublin, Ireland
Music: Indie rock
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Radical Dads

City: Brooklyn, USA
Music: Indie Rock
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Hang Glider

City: Los Angeles, USA
Music: Electronic Indie Rock
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The Mare

City: Stockholm, Sweden
Music: Indie Pop
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