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Friday, May 19, 2017

The Bloodbuzzed Jukebox Week 147

Due to several aspects (personal and working stuff), last week we were'nt able to post our TOP TEN Jukebox. Because you know, there are crazy, exhausting, stressful weeks and REALLY crazy, exhausting, stressful weeks. So you probably understand how in need of a break are we. But, as seems impossible right now, at least we have our new playlist for regaining energy. And what are we offering you this time? New discoveries (of course, it's a must for us) and some (recent) 'usual' faces like Amber Arcades or VLIVM. Enjoy and remember, all songs are available at our Soundcloud. (Join Us!).

Friday, May 12, 2017

Primavera Sound 2017: my draft schedule

Time to honour another Blog tradition! As the timetables of the Primavera Sound Festival 2017 have been unveiled, here's our personal schedule on a first, draft, impression (we are still working on it, and some additional bands could/should be added. Being honest, this isn't the best edition for us, on the contrary. Plus, some overlaps (as usual), are also eroding the choices on a year with some gaps with 'really nothing mandatory to listen'. Time to do some 'research' to complete the routes... but hey, discovering interesting bands is one of the most attractive things of Festivals. Anyway, this is what our PS 2017 looks like right now (we are open to suggestions)!

Tuesday, May 30th, Sala Apolo
20:00 Les Sueques (Sala Apolo)
21:00 Let's Eat Grandma (Sala Apolo)
22:00 Cigarettes After Sex (Sala Apolo)
As we are pretty unsure about Wednesday, why not starting the Festival on Tuesday?

Wednesday,  May 31st, Parc del Fòrum
20:30 Local Natives*
22:00 Saint Etienne*
Still under serious consideration, worth going to the Fòrum for just two gigs that are not exactly our 'cup of tea'?

Thursday, June 1st, Parc del Fòrum
17:00 Kokoshca (Adidas)
18:00 Kevin Morby (Heineken) or Jens Lenkman (Hidden Stage)
19:15 Alexandra Savoir (Pitchfork)
20:05 Julia Jacklin (Adidas)
21:45 The Molochs (Adidas)
22:40 The Afghan Whigs (Ray-Ban)
Pretty comfortable and reasonable day with only two choices to make. We have doubts between see Kevin Morby or Jens Lekman (not an enthusiast of Lekman's last record, but never seen him live, going to be a close call). And maybe The Zombies for The Molochs as last minute change. Also, if we have the day off at work the next day or we really want more music we would stay for Kate Tempest and The Damned.

Friday, June 2nd, Parc del Fòrum
17:00 Lawrence Arabia (Hidden Stage)
19:15 Mitski (Pitchfork)
20:15 The Magnetic Fields* (Auditori)
20:50 Mac Demarco (Heineken)
22:35 Grandaddy (Ray-Ban)
22:50 Swans (Pitchfork)
00:40 Sleaford Mods (Ray-Ban)
Just plain 'meh' day for us. It's a pity we have to decide between Mitski and Whitney on a day with not a lot to see (for our tastes, of course). We have to choose which day are we going to see The Magnetic Fields, as our main concert of Friday or as the earliest gig of the day on Saturday.

Saturday, June 3rd, Parc del Fòrum
16:00 The Magnetic Fields* (Auditori)
17:40 Weyes Blood (Primavera)
19:45 Van Morrison (Heineken)*
21:30 Teenage Fanclub (Primavera Sound)
22:35 Hamilton Leithauser (Pitchfork)
23:30 LVL UP (Adidas)
02:30 Preoccupations (Pitchfork)
Probably our 'biggest' day, but painfully affected with the cruel clash between our beloved Angel Olsen and Van Morrison (really? same time? makes no sense at all). The rest of choices should combine well... Teeenage Fanclub, finally!!!

Sunday, June 4th, 
Huge questions marks also for the closing day. Need to listen!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The System Awakens, The National Returns!

Welcome back excitement. Welcome daily mysteries of the human condition wrapped in four minutes. Welcome back Bryan's rattle and snare. Welcome back that inner tension within each song. Welcome back Dessners interplaying guitars (guitar solos?, this one rules). Welcome back choruses propelled to heavens. Welcome back interesting and intriguing lyrics. Welcome back Matt. Welcome back, The National, It's been a long time...

'The System only dreams in total darkness' (what a mind-blowing title for a song) is the first single of forthcoming album 'Sleep Well Beast' (same as aforementioned) out September 8th, plus first world tour dates (no Spain yet, but that can be managed). WE CAN'T WAIT!!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

The Bloodbuzzed Jukebox Week 146

First week of May and plenty to do ahead! A lot of work, obviously, but also very exciting things, like book fairs and, of course, the forthcoming edition of Primavera Sound Festival (working on our schedule, to be unveiled very soon). So, in order to warm-up this full event's month, here's a new round of our TOP TEN Jukebox. This week we have compiled a really eclectic playlist, almost full of discoveries, with only three proposals Dianas, Juanita Stein and Tunabunny, already featured at the blog previously. Have fun and remember! All songs are available at our Soundcloud. (Join Us!).

Friday, May 5, 2017

"I Am Not Your Negro" the song remains the same

I Am Not Your Negro

The story of the negro in America is the story of America. It is not a pretty story.” And you only need seconds to realize this is not going to be an average, entertaining yet easily forgettable movie. By no means.

I Am Not Your Negro’ is based on ‘Remember This House’, an unfinished project the GREAT James Baldwin began in 1979, where he wanted to trace a personal journey & account of the lives and murders of three beloved friends of him and fundamental African-American civil rights activists (and political leaders & social icons) Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. Unfortunately, when the masterful writer died in 1987 the manuscript was still merely started (only thirty completed pages). Luckily, filmmaker Raoul Peck found there was a story to be told, to be completed. A story so important and powerful today as it was when Baldwin envisioned his work.

I Am Not Your Negro’ is a fascinating piece from every point of view. First, as a documentary itself, it’s just surprising how much, considering the little stuff Peck had initially, there’s to say. It’s not really the somewhat expected historical reconstruction, rich on archival material, but the ability of the director to grasp and build the connections within the film and propel it into today. From slavery to John Wayne or Doris Day movies (oh, the lies we told kids that become fantasies that become political slogans that turn into idiotic policies, now let’s build a wall). From criminally offensive advertising and insufferable injustice to Martin, Malcolm and Medgar to Watts riots. From ultra-dumb reality shows to the latest Ferguson riots caused by the despicable police violence. Here’s why #BlackLivesMatter. ‘I Am Not Your Negroexamines race relations in a very scary country. Because what this film shows is that America really stands for doesn’t have much to do with the "land of the free", but with the "kingdom of fear" forged by white Middle America. You know the guy who now runs the oval office? Enough said...

Second, because of its starring, involuntary main character. It’s Baldwin’s figure, powerful and delicate, pessimistic and hurt, even broken (the TV interviews reveal a human being so passionate and afflicted it is absolutely compelling), but always bright and lucid, who steals the show. And, needless to say, his words, hauntingly performed (not just spoken) by Samuel L. Jackson in the film, both his writings as well as the fragments of the aforementioned interviews, are not just the brilliant account of his times and the struggles suffered during the country ancient & recent past by a essential part of America’s population, cornered, left behind, oppressed and humiliated by their fellow Americans. They are, sadly, prophetic, revealing, enduring. The wounds are still open and bleeding.

I Am Not Your Negro’ is not an easy film. Obviously because of the subject addressed. But also because Peck/Baldwin have things to show and say, and they are keen to sacrifice the rhythm sometimes, as well as, more importantly, they are willing to respect the viewer, not treating her/him as someone stupid that needs everything to be highlighted and pointed out. Instead, a Sidney Poitier classic film can say so much, a meeting with Bob Kennedy can be such a slap in the face for the white (frequently liberal) hypocrisy, making the documentary a movie that goes beyond racism, to talk about the nature and perverse mechanisms of power: win, dominate, maintain the privilege by convincing, creating the mindset you are always the “good guy”. As an European, it makes you think immediately on how the EU is shamefully behaving with the refugee crisis, or how we deal with inmigration at home.

There’s also confusion and fear on the black movement side. Who was the president during the arise of #BlackLivesMatter? And Baldwin himself has real fear, he feels and sees himself as an outsider, and all the clarity he has in his speeches and discourses turns into vulnerability when considering his position (the “accepted” intellectual, the power of the radical but maybe not-so-radical TV-goer). Couldn’t be any other way? Things are really complicated. The task is titanic, challenging, defying. As ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ is. Striking must-watch.

SCORE: 8,5/10

Saturday, April 29, 2017

The Bloodbuzzed Jukebox Week 145

'Turbulences', old friends, an urge for going (as Joni would sing), a desire for a change... lucky for us the (bit) long weekend has arrived! And here we are, ready to begin it with our latest TOP TEN JukeboxThis week, you can enjoy with the comeback of The Fireworks (what a pleasure to have their last proposal at our blog), as well as with the new The Death of Pop or Kane Strang songs. But hey, this wouldn't be our playlist if we wouldn't propose you some exciting discoveries, like Kidsmoke or Art School Jocks. Just give it a listen and enjoy your free time. We'll do for sure :)! And remember, all songs are available at our Soundcloud. (Join Us!).

Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Bloodbuzzed Jukebox Week 144

Back from the great Wales Goes Pop! Many many thanks to the organizers, bands and friendly people there. Awesome days... followed by a pretty exhausting week (what a let down to go back to "normal" after the memorable weekend), but here we are, ready to offer you a new chapter of our TOP TEN Jukebox while we work on the Festival review. Many discoveries, most of them new at the blog, plus the lovely return of Skittle Alley. See, we almost have time for everything! Enjoy and remember, all songs are available at our Soundcloud. (Join Us!).

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Bloodbuzzed Jukebox Week 143 (Wales Goes Pop Special!)

As we enthusiastically announced before, we are heading to the Wales Goes Pop this weekend! We are so excited about it that we have decided to prepare a special version of our weekly Jukebox with some of the bands and artists we are going to enjoy in Cardiff. Names we have been dying to see live finally, like Honeyblood, Joanna Gruesome or Martha Ffion, bands we are devoted of, as Fear of Men, Linda Guilala or The Schooland many "most promising discoveries" like Winter Coat, Sacred Paws or Neurotic Fiction. So, you really have a lot to listen! Have a really nice weekend and remember, all songs are available at our special Spotify playlist. (Join Us!). Wales awaits us!!

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

The Bloodbuzzed Jukebox Week 142

Easter break is almost here! We can touch it literally with the palm of our hands! While we are counting down days for our trip to the Wales Goes Pop (holidays and music, always the best combination) here's another round of our TOP TEN JUKEBOX. This week we have a really great playlist full of newcomers and the return to form of several Blog "crushes", like Mermaidens, Terry Malts or Cayetana. So take a deep breath and remember, all songs are available at our Soundcloud page (Join Us!).

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Discoverer 154: new indie findings

Our discoverer series today goes back and forth continents to introduce us into the exciting music of three diverse proposals (all female fronted). Prepare your ears and let the travel begin!

Hurray for the Riff Raff. We have to talk very seriously about Alynda Segarra, folks. This singer/songwriter of Puerto Rican descent grew at the Bronx, New York, initially getting into music through hardcore punk. But she shifted that noisy direction for American roots music, wandering around the country for a while, then settling in New Orleans in 2007. There she performed in the streets and with the Dead Man Street Orchestra. before, that same year, she first used that flamboyant moniker for the first time, self-releasing EP 'Crossing the Rubicon'. More self-releases, like the albums 'It Don't Mean I Don't Love You' or 'Young Blood Blues', followed until Spring of 2011, when Loose Music compiled the best of the aforementioned LPs for a self-titled record that pushed forward Segarra's career, who kept the rhythm of activity with third album 'Look Out Mama' and the bluegrass and folk covers collection 'My Dearest Darkest Neighbor' in 2013. Then Segarra signed with ATO, coming out with the praised 'Small Town Heroes' in 2014, while she relocated to Nashville. A singular trajectory that now has a superb latest chapter entitled 'The Navigator'. A concept, socially and politically committed album, out since this March, that is a big, bold and beautiful music statement, one in which Segarra expands her sonic palette beyond the folk-blues, embracing latino sounds (son cubano, salsa, bomba) and vintage pop. The result is a rich, meaningful and necessary XXI classic. Pa’lante, Alynda, pa'lante.

HaterIt's always a good idea to move to Sweden, and even more so if we add such a great reason as discovering this Malmö-based quartet formed in early 2016. They quickly debuted with EP 'Radius' that same summer after signing with the highly recommendable PNKSLM, quickly making some buzz within the music press and the blogosphere. And now they are back with first LP 'You Tried' out since this March. Intense and emotional indiepop, propelled by the arresting lead vocals of Caroline Landahl (what a powerful presence), recalling an urgent, bitter and straightforward version of Alvvays. Hater music is a powerful Lovers gonna love...

Lunch Ladies. And we end in New Jersey to meet this quartet formed in 2014, extremely young (half of the combo still in high school), but with great expectations and an already solid local reputation forged in their "other" bands. First demos surfaced in late 2015, followed in late December of 2016 by the solitary tune 'Daydreams', a bandcamp gift to anticipate the arrival of 'Down on Sunset Strip', mini-album debut out since this March via Good Eye Records. As if The Pastels where sittin'pretty in front of a hazy yet somewhat warm, inviting beach (does it makes sense?), the Ladies' music is melodious and melancholic, dreamy but not escapist, cinematic but still "flesh and bones" or, better said, humming guitars lines and Cynthia Rittenbach's irresistible vocals. Band to follow closely and check your heart with...        

Friday, March 31, 2017

The Bloodbuzzed Jukebox Week 141

IT troubles solved (not a computer crush but a pretty serious upset), so here we are, ready to fire back with our latest TOP TEN JUKEBOX. It's a diverse playlist conformed mostly with exciting "newbies" plus a few "repeaters", like Horsebeach or Rat Columns returning in knockout form, or the latest tune from our beloved Bleached. Lot to love here! Have a nice weekend and remember, all songs are available at our Soundcloud page (Join Us!).

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Bloodbuzzed Jukebox Week 140

Do you feel tired, kind of dizzy, without energy? Well, it's the first week of Spring, what did you expect? We are all feeling the same way (don't get me started about the nonsense but mandatory change of hour coming Saturday/Sunday), so we are ready to cheer up a bit our "seasonal emotional state" with our latest TOP TEN JUKEBOX. This time with few familiar faces, only Black Honey and Adult Mom, joining a bunch of new proposals to pay attention to, like The Bright Light Social Hour or Trementina's terrifc tunes. Plenty to discover! Have a nice weekend and remember, all songs are available at our Soundcloud page (Join Us!).

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Indie Anthology 78: essential songs

More immortal music coming in our Anthology section! From the Antipodes to the other kingdom of indiepop, Scotland, in order to get disarmed by one of the finest albums of the 90s, from a shamefully underrated band (happily reactivated by the way). It's all jangle over here!

Song: Obscurity Knocks
Artist: The Trash Can Sinatras
Year: 1990
First, the mandatory question. It's The Trash Can Sinatras or the plain & shorter Trashcan Sinatras? I discovered them as the first option, so that's why I'm sticking with it. When Internet & mp3 weren't so all over the place, and discovering music was quite a bit harder (but much more exciting), there were those sort of compilations folders in the computers made after too many hours of song-hunting. I had one (no kidding) named Scotland unknowns (work in progress) and my two standouts there were 'Obscurity Knocks' and 'Maybe I Should Drive' (I just tossed a coin to choose between the two!). It took me a while to properly listen to 'Cake', the majestic album that included the two gems. What a glorious record, still sounding as emotional and fresh as the first day I listened. Of course, there's the guitar lines, inviting and gently at first, more upbeat and anthemic as the chorus arrives, preparing the listener for the whole burst of pop adrenaline (the harmonies before the final rush, gosh!) arriving in its mesmerizing last minute. But there were also the lyrics, which I guess helped  A LOT to make the difference back then... You know when you discover a song at the right age and seems is talking about you? That's 'Obscurity Knocks' for me, with the killer line "looking at my watch and i’m half-past caring". The bites behind the beauty, the knocks of light beneath the darkness or viceversa.. What a song, what a band!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Bloodbuzzed Jukebox Week 139

The weekend is here, so it's time for more music! Our latest TOP TEN JUKEBOX arrives with some dear friends returning to action, like The King in Mirrors and When Nalda Became Punk, surefires as Diet Cig or Dream Wife, and a bunch of stunning new discoveries (granted won't be the last time for many of them at the Blog). Plenty to enjoy! And remember, all songs are available at our Soundcloud page (Join Us!).

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Indie Anthology 77: essential songs

For the next chapter of our revamped Anthology we haven't moved very long. From Dunedin to Adelaide (I have the feeling I could made all music Blog sections with music from the Antipodes), to introduce you to one of the greatest pop songwriters of Australia (which, in my book, means being one of the world's best), never praised enough and, sadly not known enough outside his country. Let's go South!

Song: Before Too Long
Artist: Paul Kelly and the Coloured Girls
Year: 1986

My beloved Neil Finn is, of course, the one who "blame". I got so obsessed with his music (solo, Crowded House, with his brother Tim, with Splitz Enz that makes me remember he might have another well-deserved spot in this section) that it was "mandatory" for me to seek for likewise artists/bands. It wouldn't take too long (sorry about that) for Paul's tunes to conquer me... I mean, how many songs as instantly addictive as 'Before Too Long' or 'Leaps and Bounds' (choruses, choruses, choruses!) can you resist before converting yourself into a devoted fan. The surprise (same as what happened with Crowded House, and sadly very similar with all the stunning music coming from the Antipodes) was discovering Kelly was pretty huge in Australia while he was mostly unknown here. So there was plenty to hunt back and got in love with. 'Careless', 'Dumb Things', 'To Her Door', 'Deeper Water'. Besides, Paul is also a great storyteller (please listen to 'Bradman'!)... for God's sake, he even wrote a tune, 'Everything's Turning Into White', and named an entire album, 'So Much Water Close to Home', based on Raymond Carver stories, beat that! I could go on for days as, like Neil, Paul Kelly is simply one of pop finest craftsmen. So when the two gathered in 2012-2013 for that 'Goin' Your Way' tour/album together it was a true feast... and a natural "match", made in music heavens (and I'll blame myself forever for not living there, what a magic bunch of concerts must had been). A maestro "found" thanks to another maestro.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Discoverer 153: new indie findings

It wasn't planned, we guarantee you! But this week's trio of music findings in our discoverer series, are all based in Texas (Dallas & Austin) so here comes our unexpected little tribute to the 'Lone Star State'. A place for great music!

Danny de la Matyr. Born & raised in Dallas, Texas, and following the footsteps of his father, a country musician, Danny quickly blossomed into a gifted artist (he majored in painting and drawing) within the emergent scene around Denton. Aside playing in a renowned Beatles cover band, A Hard Night’s Day, he fronted The Days, a celebrated local power-pop combo who published one album 'The Mystery Of The Watched Pot' in 1996 before calling it a day. Then De La Matyr moved to L.A., making himself a name as in-demand guitarist/singer (playing for Rhett Miller, Jesse Malin or Lukas Haas), while he assembled another short-fated band, The Sheers, who recorded LP 'Goodbye World' in 2006. Next step for Danny was backing Luther Russell on several albums and tours, as well as contributing harmonies to the self-titled debut album by Those Pretty Wrongs, Luther’s project with Big Star's legend Jody Stephens. In return, Luther got in charge of production duties of De la Matyr's first solo album, which got an anticipated release with the 7" 'Lines b/w “How Can It Be' in late 2013. Now, since February 2017, and thanks to our beloved Pretty Olivia Records, 'Crybaby' has seen the light of day. I could remark Danny's masterful songcrafting, his arresting voice... but these would be understatements. Let me say it sounds as exciting, haunting and disarming as finding there was another amazing Big Star record "missing", waiting to be discovered. This Blog album of the year so far...


Molly BurchBorn and raised in L.A., California, but now based in Austin, Ms. Burch was surrounded by the arts since a very early age, as both her parents work in the movie industry (as writer/producer and casting director). The old Hollywood musicals were a first but major influence. One that impulsed her finding her own voice as a teenager and packing up to University of North Carolina in Asheville to study Jazz Vocal Performance, where she met guitarist Dailey Toliver, a key contributor to her music. After moving to Austin Burch began to write her own songs, tunes that, with the help of Toliver and Dan Duszynski of Cross Record, have become 'Please Be Mine', debut album out since February via Captured Tracks. A soulful, smoky, vintage affair, one in which Burch's vocals stand out, an Angel Olsen close pal as well as a modern Patsy Cline reincarnation, warm, raw & real. Definitely one to watch, folks.
Blushing. And we remain in Austin for our last discoverer of the week, this promising dream-pop/shoegaze quartet (as a curiosity, formed by two married couples) formed in the summer of 2015, when Michelle Soto found the right music companion for her guitar compositions in Christina Carmona, quickly enlisting their respective husbands's talents on drums and lead guitar to assemble a proper band. Now we can enjoy their self-released debut EP 'Tether', out since January 13th, four tunes that are able to channel the eerie atmospheres of dream-pop, the most serene, ecstatic beauty of shoegaze, and the knack for pop melodies of, let's say, Lush or even The Sundays. A blissful beginning for a must-follow band.     

Saturday, March 11, 2017

The Bloodbuzzed Jukebox Week 138

Sunny day (Summer has arrived to Barcelona, but we sadly wonder where did the other seasons go, don't ask Trump administration or the GOP, they don't have ANY answer) and a new Minifestival ahead of us this afternoon. So, in order to start the "warm-up", here comes our latest TOP TEN JUKEBOX with some gems like the stunning new tune by Mark Lanegan, more hits from must-listens Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever and Hater, and the returns of The Coathangers (über catchy chorus...) and Chastity Belt. Have fun and remember, all songs are available at our Soundcloud page (Join Us!).

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