Greetings from Shitsville, London.

Every time I visit London the same doubts and uncertainty rise in my head. Will it be even more different than the last time? Will my own London still remain the same? Will I still be in love with the city?

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I don’t go to London to see friends anymore, even though there are still some I’m in touch with, and don’t go as a tourist either, as I already know what I needed to know about the city. Beside, in the last years, London is not the affordable destination it used to be, with accommodation and public transport at outrageous rates. Shows are my current motivation. Up to date, I’ve never enjoyed live shows most but in London. Venues are cool, beer is affordable, audience is extremely livid and intense, and bands love playing there. The gig culture reigning is, in my humble opinion, the best, and I always love the vibe and the atmosphere, no matter what kind of show I’m about to see.

This time there were many factors which helped this trip to be special. On one hand it was my friend Jaume’s first trip to the old city, so I had to be some sort of cool guide, with the responsibility it implies, and on the other because the show we were attending featured Hey!Hello! and our beloved The Wildhearts, band which Jaume introduced thanks to a best of, in my life.

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The stay was terrific. We enjoyed very good weather, had tons of laughs, joined my friend Ana, who is currently living and working there, for drinks, and I had a great surprise when coming out from the venue after the show, suddenly I was facing my best friend in my London years, Lukas, who is adorable, but a complete disaster getting in touch. Coincidence? Nah, I don’t think so. It was awesome, all the same.

I’d like to leave the leisure side of the trip aside, as the most remarkable event was no doubt the show. It was officially the 4th time I was seeing The Wildhearts. I remark  officially, because I happened to see them in one or two festivals in UK but since I wasn’t acquainted with them, didn’t pay them attention. Anyway, one of the shows was also in London in 2007 at the disappeared Astoria club, before Christmas, which also was full.

This time it was at Electric Ballroom in Camden, a venue I had only been before for clubbing and on Sunday market. A guy told us capacity was approx 1200people, less than Astoria’s, and tickets were sold out.

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We visited The World’s End pub for the previous drinks and it was then when I got my London vibe back. Classic British metal out loud, the pub packed, Ritch, The Wildhearts’ drummer was hanging with friends there, and this party atmosphere was so intense it really cheered me up.

After being warmed up enough we went to the venue as we wanted to see Hey! Hello! Ginger’s project with Victoria Liedtke. Their act featured 8 songs, included their hit ‘Swimwear’, and ‘Feral Days’, ‘How I Survived the Punk Wars’ and ‘Black Valentine’. We immediately noticed the impressive voice of Victoria, and the quality of sound at the venue, making it easy to distinguish and perceive the melodies of the different members in the band. She really looked nice, the way she jumped and danced, and the funny way she introduced the songs, making jokes all the time. A funny contrast between American and British. I liked it.

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We were a bit tired after our intense morning walk and decided to chill out a bit, while the second act was taking place. Mainly because it was a Swedish prog band playing, and at that moment we needed an upper, rather than something complex, musically speaking.

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When the time came, we couldn’t be more excited. The fuckin’ Wildhearts were playing and we were there ready to rock. And it was a hell of a show, damn! Never seen Ginger so happy, and the band so solid, compact and powerful. No doubt it was the best performance I had seen, in terms of quality. What a blast! They chose ‘Nothing Ever Changes’ as the starter, probably one of my top 3 favorite WH songs, and ‘TV Tan’ followed. By the third song, Jaume had already lost his voice and I was bawling all the songs as if that was my last day on Earth. The set list was perfect, hit after hit after motherfuckin’ hit, and the crowd was insane. Oh, man! It feels so good to be surrounded by unknown people mad about the band in the same way or even more passionate than you do!

It’s almost impossible a band like this comes back to Spain, when only 100 people attend their shows. It’s not worth it. We are not worthy. And it’s a pity, but we don’t have a proper rock culture and philosophy, supply/demand is nonsense here. And of course, The Wildhearts are one of the most underrated rock bands on Earth.

I feel pity for those who are not acquainted with this band, because I’m positive their lives would be much better if they could enjoy the work of The Wildhearts.

I only hope I manage to see them next time soon.

Bless Ginger, CJ, Scott and Ritch, and those who were left behind. Long Live The Wildhearts!

What a great day it was!

How many times have you enjoyed such a great time that you come to the conclusion it’s been one of the most thrilling days/time in your life? Think of it. Not many, huh?

I tend to enjoy spare time as much as possible, and always find amusement in very simple things. Watching movies, listening to records, water my plants, writing a post or just having a conversation. To sum up, my aim is never to get bored. I know some people unable to fill free time in something not necessarily productive, but just pleasant, except for sleeping. That’s not my situation, and as you already know, I feel very frustrated when I waste too much time sleeping due to hangovers or simply because I feel exhausted.

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Anyway, I’m being too repetitive. Been to Zaragoza, last weekend, to attend a mini rock fest named ORF. This time Veronica, aka Dra Feelgood, was also joining me for one of our sessions as Las Tetis DJs on Saturday night to close the event at La Ley SEca. It was a good chance to go out in the afternoon for one of our intense open-air vermouths with close friends of mine, and some other guys attending the festival we are acquainted with through the music forum we participate in.

The mixture of different people getting on well was terrific, beer never abandoned us, and the quality of conversations and laughs was super high. I don’t know, everything was so easy and natural…

And then our session started, with high spirits and people absolutely in the mood for partying hard, so we gave them what the attendants demanded and spent more than 5 hours playing music nonstop super loud. Everybody was drinking, dancing and singing wildly. To be honest, I was damned excited when we jumped onto stage and friends were calling out “Tetis, tetis!” like craze.

Today it’s Tuesday night, and I’m still knackered. My voice’s ruined, my eyes are puffy and I’m very slow, both in motion and thinking. Fortunately we’ve not been  too busy at the office, otherwise it’d have been Hell, but man! No matter how much I complain now, It’s been worth every minute and every beer.

Every time I remember conversations, or see any pictures circulating, think of my friends, I can’t help smiling. Because at the end of the day, what is real happiness but a succession of these moments and memories?

*** Thanks Tani for the pic.

Album of week 16: LA SEXORCISTO: DEVIL MUSIC VOLUME 1.

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22 years ago the American band led by that unique character named Rob Zombie, released his best work, La Sexorcisto. With this personal statement fans and not so fans have been served the bait for an argument in a silver plate, and there are reading this text rubbing their hands ready to attack when the time comes. Wish it was like that, but you seem too quiet lately, and this is not a universal assertion, but my humble opinion.

I’m sure many people disagrees on behalf of their following and last work, Astro Creep…, which sounded more industrial, and overproduced, but my favorite, remaking the fact that I’m not a huge fan of Zombie, and even less of his attempts to establish as a horror director (Lords of Salem, motherfucker, what a shitty joke), is La Sexorcisto regardless.

To put you in situation, this album came out in March 1992, through huge Geffen Records, and was produced by Andy Wallace, who had worked with Slayer, The Cult, Sepultura or L7, and was the man behind Nevermind. The odds for succeeding were obviously good, and they had a single. THE single.

Thunder Kiss ’65 could be included in a list of my top 10 most headbanging songs. We used to do it so hard and intensely it wasn’t rare any of us would get dizzy afterwards. Whenever I listen to it nowadays I remember going out was like attending an intensive gym class. Devizio was the venue, beer and calimotxo were running the whole night, and we had such energy we could be dancing for hours. Not to mention one of my teenager specialties: stage diving. I’ve always been very serious about how to have fun, you know?

Days ago I was accompanying someone to run some errands, and he played this album on the car stereo, really loud. My feeling was that it was more rocking than I remembered, very powerful but fresh at the same time. The samples of Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! Kill!, classic Batman of Plan 9 From Outer Space, was providing La Sexorcisto of a classic sci-fi horror halo, which became a constant feature within Rob Zombie’s universe.  It’s true that at some point I always think it’s too long, and therefore I lose interest after a while. But hey! It’s always great to travel back in time, and songs such as ‘Black Sunshine’ or ‘Grindhouse (A Go-go)’are pretty cool.

Album of week 15: DO TO THE BEAST

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It’s funny the way we change our minds with the passing of time. years ago Greg Dulli was denying the possibility of a reunion of The Afghan Whigs. Probably he felt comfortable with his band  The Twilight Singers and other projects such as The Gutter Twins with his friend Mark Lanegan.

According to the singer, it had to be an acoustic concert in Chicago, with his pal John Curley, in 2010, which made him be at peace with the band, the wonderful legacy they’d left behind and those past times. Suddenly he found a extreme pleasure in playing old songs he had written himself, and probably it was a feeling of nostalgia what made him look for the band to play some live shows.

As you know I was lucky to attend their performance at Primavera Sound Festival in 2012, and I was even luckier to enjoy a 5 minutes talk with Dulli when I found him in the middle of a path at the fest. It was a delightful experience, and the dude seemed to be so friendly and attentive, leaving his beautiful blue eyes staring at me aside, I really had a crush on him.

I’ve been following him on different networks, and love the pics he posts on Instagram. He started uploading pictures at a recording studio and I started getting excited. When the band announced their first album to be published in 16 years through Sub Pop records, I was thrilled.

If there was some doubt of the quality of Do To The Beast, when the first single ‘Algiers’ was premiered , I felt some sort of relief mixed with joy, as it’s so brilliant! The vibe brings you to Sergio Leone’s westerns, and you can feel a taste of the dry sand of the desert. Very catchy, very classy.

I was assigned the review of the album for Rockzone, and spent at least 5 days just listening to it exclusively, to get deeply coated by its essence, and I concluded it’s an outstanding record, different from the past works, yet keeping 100% of the essence and sound of the band, but taking advantage of the freshness of a new beginning.

It was funny to discover about the spending opening track ‘Parked Outside’ on a track-by-track analysis written by Dulli himself, defined as a stripper song, because I had this same impression. there’s filth and decadence, and at the same time it’s sexy. I like this combination, I got a taste for the decadent-sensual imagery and music.

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I’m not gonna dissect Do To The Beast in depth, but affirm that it’s one of the best comeback albums I’ve recently listened to, and I feel optimistic thinking it will encourage The Afghan Whigs to stay active for a long time.

This band is not easy accessible at a first hearing, but with the time melodies, guitars, piano parts, that perfect imperfection in Dulli’s singing, the elegance and the atmospheres of their albums eventually seduce you, as if it was one of the hardest drugs, until you are completely hooked to them.

Hats off to the gentlemen!

And 37 years ago a MIRACLE happened in Heildelberg

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…And the world became a much better place.

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Michael Fassbender

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Anxiety Reducer

Just a quick post before I go to sleep, to share with  you the single Fu Manchu has just advance few hours ago through Brooklyn Vegan, to introduce their upcoming album Gigantoid, published by their own label, Dojo Records.

Check the album cover. It’s stunning.

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I’ve just listened to ‘Anxiety Reducer’ 4 times, and apparently that it moves on the same path as the band’s previous work, Signs of Infinite Power. Fuzz to the must, heavy, repetitive riffs, first grade lyrics and the voice of Scott Hill at his purest. It’s definitely a great single, very catchy. I fuckin’ love it!

Let’s see what my belove Californian guys have in hands. Fingers crossed.

Can’t wait for the party!

Fire Walk With Me

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Gorgeous Norma refills my cup with one of the best black coffees I’ve ever tasted in my life, while I’m waiting for Shelley to bring me a piece of that fantastic cherry pie. Agent Cooper sits next to me, and we both smile at each other in pleasure, and deeply inhale at the same time. Everything is so peaceful here! The warm scent that makes me feel home, the buzz created by Donna and Maddie gossiping, the doorbell sounding, the noises coming from the kitchen and… the lady with the log chewing gum hysterically. That little bitch of Audrey Horne flips a coin into the jukebox, and this sensual and hypnotic jazzy tune spreads in the air, and makes me feel like dancing with her, in the middle of Double R diner, moreover, I wish I was that little adorable creature.

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Yes, I’m back in Twin Peaks, after so many years, and it feels like being at home. You know, a familiar place, surrounded by objects, sets and people you get the feeling of having been acquainted with for long time.

This is how I feel these days while enjoying my third time watching the series. And you know what? The more I watch the more I want. This time I’ve enjoyed the comedy remarks, the characters, the locations, and the coffee you know it has to be terrific but cannot smell nor taste.Every single detail is there for a reason, everything is planned and designed to fit perfectly.

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It’s been few days since I wrote this, and today it’s March 26. I’m very bad at calendar references mentioned in series and films but Twin Peaks fans sent me a remarkable reminder. March 25th 2014 was the date Laura Palmer referred to when she said to Agent Cooper she will see him in 25 years. Did it happen anything last night between them? In our minds it did, even though we didn’t have any news about it, but it’s amazing and way too cool to realize there are still people celebrating this kind of events, proving the magic of great and catchy stories which really left a mark on us, a particular generation .

Damn Lynch! You had a great day when your mind created all the Twin Peaks universe. It’s so unique! Let’s dance with the dwarf to celebrate!