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My 14 of 2014

December 25th. I think the time for me to write my list of 2014 albums has finally arrived, even though I’ve been delaying this moment to the max.

I feel a bit frustrated because I’ve been so busy I haven’t been updated my album of the week section much, perhaps because I always like to develop the post a bit, add some story behind or develop my enthusiasm so I can sell the product in the best way, so to speak.

2014 in terms of album releases has been fabulous, and I’ve discovered many bands and discographies I had never been into before, which now I follow passionately. The two main reasons for a very eclectic list have been RockZone Magazine, which has placed names I wasn’t acquainted with right in front of my eyes, and since I’m more involved in the mag I felt the curiosity to dig into that stuff, and of course my beloved forum and the awesome people I have the luck to discuss about music and lots of other funny shit on almost a daily basis.

The problem here is that in a month I’ve written down a couple of lists and I’ve changed orders and modified/added records, because there’s so much stuff I haven’t managed to listen to I’m still discovering awesome things, which means that list could change in a month, but this list defines what I like the most lately.

Hope you find it interesting enough as to dig into the albums.

RYAN ADAMS / BEAUTY & RUIN

Sharing the throne like father and son, it couldn’t be any other way.

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 My fave messy hair boy has turned the screw magnificently and has delivered one of his most remarkable works up to date. I was a huge fan of The Cardinals era, and the last works left me a bit cold, but with Ryan Adams, breathing the essence of Tom Petty, has truly jumped to an upper level. More rock, more groove, and more livid. I think of ‘Trouble’, ‘Kim’, ‘am I Safe’ to start with, but I should mention all the songs as they are all absolutely terrific. As a complement, Adams previously issued a 16 minute ep named 1984, which was an excellent homage paid to 80’s American punk. 2014 has meant the rise of Ryan Adams at all levels, as he’s constantly playing life, issuing different singles and nonstop creating.

https://sincemybabyleftme.com/2014/09/09/ryan-adams-is-finally-here/

bob mould

Bob Mould is one of the biggest discoveries this year. I had barely listened to Hüsker Dü in the past, and this guy, thanks to Beauty & Ruin, has opened the doors to his universe. Another workaholic and singular character, very close to Ryan Adams nowadays, and with an immense talent. Songs such as ‘Low Season’, ‘I don’t know you anymore’ or ‘The War’ really make me vibe.

https://sincemybabyleftme.com/2014/10/19/album-of-week-42-beauty-ruin/

ANTEMASQUE

antemasque album

Cedric and Omar are back in track and this time they’ve got rid of lots of ornaments and progressive style to deliver straight and energetic songs so easy to assimilate, you get hooked in a nick of time.

https://sincemybabyleftme.com/2014/11/08/album-of-weeks-44-45-antemasque/

DO TO THE BEAST

do to the beast

The Afghan Whigs have assured their comeback releasing and impressive album which is not the continuity to their previous work but the starting point to a new promising future. Elegance and uniqueness are their trademark and once again they’ve proved they should be among the greatest bands on earth.

https://sincemybabyleftme.com/2014/04/10/album-of-week-15-do-to-the-beast/

INTO THE MAELSTROM

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Not being into prog, Into the Maelstrom is so expressive and grandiloquent, the result is a record with overwhelming songs. It’s like an intense trip to the vast corners of the land of the future, it opens your mind to a different experience and the ride is magnificent.

TILL MIDNIGHT

chuck ragan

Strong folkie tunes full of passion and intensity. Not the typical mild songs but rough ones as if it was a shot of bourbon you had. Harsh, hot, painful and glorious. Absolutely delightful, the more you listen to it, the more you love it, the more you want to fall in love with someone with Till Midnight as the most suitable soundtrack to live that with.

MÖNGOL HÖRDE

mongol horde

Frank Turner is not just a folkie boy. He’s got balls and he loves hardcore, and this project seems to be the perfect outlet for anger, rage and frustration. not many people around me are aware of this treasure, which contains absolute anthems.

https://sincemybabyleftme.com/2014/06/30/album-of-weeks-24-26-mongol-horde/

GREAT WESTERN VALKYRIE

rival sons

If Rival Sons had kept on tryinf emulate Led Zepp I wouldn’t be talking about this record, but these guys seem to have found a marking point to find their own style and sound and have delivered an outstanding album.

EVERYTHING WILL BE ALRIGHT IN THE END

weezer

First Weezer album which hooked me immediately. Very teenager melodies mixed with brilliant guitars, great structures with wonderful chorus, have this time caught my attention.

TRANSGENDER DYSPHORIA BLUES

against me transgender dysphoria blues

Emotionally speaking probably this album should be on top for all what Laura Jane Grace and Against Me! have meant to me this year. I’ve learnt about dysforia, I got the chance to interview Laura, and attend one of the greatest live shows this year. I have nothing but great words and it’s awesome to find such a great confession and statement on this album.

https://sincemybabyleftme.com/2014/03/20/album-of-week-12-transgender-dysphoria-blues/

WASTED YEARS

off

Punk and mayhem. What else do you need sometimes? OFF! deliver that shot of energy and rage you need which prevents you from blowing this world.

BACK FROM THE ABYSS

back from the abyss

My boys made it good again. Excellent album which confirms years of hard work have been worth the effort. There are outstanding anthems and songs are well built and developed. They seem comfortable with what they’re doing and it’s finally reflected on this album.

III

mariachi el bronx

If I had been told I’d be listening to mariachi few years ago I’d still be laughing but I’m currently doing it and the punk guys from California dressed in killing suits have stolen my heart. Viva Mariachi El Bronx!

*** Please don’t judge by the cover.

GIGANTOID

gigantoid

It’s true there are not anthems in this albums in the way Fu Manchu used to do, but the riffs are incredible, heavier songs and this road spirit will always be present, and the trio does never fail me.

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There are many other albums I’m discovering which probably would deserve to be included, but at this poin this is my list and the way I feel right now.

Still, I made this playlist with a selection of songs of my personal soundtrack of this year, which might be of your interest.

Do it right, baby! Well, at least the best you can.

Oh, God! It’s been ages since I wrote my last post, Germany won the World Cup, and that event seems to have been ages away. I had opened a draft document and written some stuff few days ago but I was so busy and last week was such a shitty one I think I deleted it at some point or just lost it. Meh! What a shit!

Guess I have to take control of this and some other writing homework for the magazine I still got pending to finish and start focusing, but summer is the killer season for a writer, blogger or any asshole who loves spending time in front of the computer, for this unbearable heat becomes even more terrible in front of a boiling screen. Believe or not, my inspiration and motivation go on holidays in summer, and it takes me ages to concentrate and think of anything interesting enough as to waste my time melting. But I’ll do it. I have to, and the best way to do it is to recover one of the funniest episodes occurred lately in my life.

3 hours later…

I had in mind telling you about the day I had to dj with just one CD player for a musical vermouth session at Es Xibiu. Finally I broke my curse and was invited to play some music  10 days ago. the offer couldn’t be placed in a better moment as there were some friends from Zaragoza and Madrid spending the weekend in Barcelona, and we had a reservation for dinner at O’Barquiño, a restaurant feauring some live performances of copla by some (unknown) old glories, freaks and transvestites. Really worth attending if you want to know something of deep Spain in a very underground way. Thus, with the vermouth Saturday was fully booked, with friends.

es xibiu july

Problem was when one of the CD players decided not to work, and cancelation was not an option. I had to deal with playing music with a single player the best I could manage, so I did, without the comfort and security of pre-listening songs and trying to the music gaps of changing Cds were the shortest possible. Imagine I chose mostly 1 or 2 tracks of the CDs without the titles included, sometimes with good luck and sometimes creating awkward changes. Once I overcame the tension of not knowing how to handle, I started getting relaxed and ended enjoying lots of the good companion of all those friends who stopped by. At the end of the day you gotta take things as they come and try to make your best, no matter the adversities.

What can I say? It wasn’t my best session, of course, but we had fun, which at the end of  the day it’s what matters and the main reason for doing this kind of stuff. But I hate that Spotify is constantly removing songs as they please, so this playlist will miss Danny & The Champions of the World, ‘Over The Edge’ of Fu Manchu or ‘No Way Out of D Generation’, among others. My apologies.

Hope my friend Leon reads this. He was a good backup playing music. Thanks a lot!

My first FIESTONER

In Spanish we call a stoner rock party Fiestoner, and that’s exactly what we celebrated last Friday night at La Ley Seca, a riff party.

fiestoner

The main reason I arranged the after show session and attended the event was the chance to see Sonora live act for the first time. My long time friend Dave is now playing bass for this stoner hard rock band in my hometown, and I’ve always liked not only his musical taste but his quality as musician, and since I had already listened to a couple of songs available on their bandcamp site time ago, I wanted to check them. And it was a really great surprise, even though the singer had his throat wasted for a month already (apparently he’s got a vocal cord damaged). To be honest, I got the idea that vocals were completely secondary, and the work on guitars and rhythmic part was the real shit. The band sounded pretty solid and the songs worked out very nice. I really dig their stuff, and I’m looking forward listening to properly recorded stuff.

The guest band was Twin Wolf from Barcelona introducing their album. I already knew their leader, Ramón, the owner of Hey Ho! Bar, place where I used to dj several times last year. Their style was completely different and songs were more complex and extended but not as catchy as Sonora’s. I loved the technique of Pepo, the drummer. He looked a mathematician of drums, very skilled rolling and a great play of wrists.

fiestoner cartel

So after the two acts I was in charge of keeping the heat, so I tried my best to entertain people and as far as I can recall I did it fine, especially when I played ‘Dragonaut’ by Sleep and all of a sudden there were more than 10 men on stage flipping. What a blast!

If I tell you the truth, I must be growing old, for my neck still hurts after so much headbanging, but it was terrific, so i don’t regret at all.

Hope we can enjoy another Fiestoner soon. It was a terrific night and a a great pleasure to discover Sonora.

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?

jaume and toi

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.

april and london 070

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.

red stripe

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.

heyhello

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.

wh3

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.

hawaii tetis

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.

FEBRUARY AND A NEW ERA

Finally February arrived, and with the shortest month of the year, so did some news. The most remarkable one is that Rockzone Magazine issue #100 was released free and digital, and people’s reactions seemed to be quite positive. After being collaborating for 7 months already, I feel attached to this transition, and very supportive after this decision.

toisintheattic

You know I’ve been reviewing shows and albums, interviewing some musicians and artists and from now onwards I will have my fixed column on every month’s issue named Toi’s in the Attic, as a tribute to classic Aerosmith. I never thought I could achieve having my own voice and opinion available to public in a magazine, but seems that I might have interesting crap to say. It is a great challenge to be worth enough reading. I’ll try hard not to disappoint.

I had thought of translating the text into English, but unless I get some input from your side, I won’t do it for the moment, basically because I don’t have much time. This month’s issue is also important to me, as the interview to Neko Case I told you about was finally published, and I’m quite happy with the result.

rockzone bipolar

On Saturday, Rockzone’s bosses held a barbecue party to celebrate this issue #100, the change to digital, and to introduce a compilation CD of the most remarkable alternative bands in the country covering bands such as Pearl Jam, The Mars Volta. Gallows or NIN. I found some of the versions particularly outstanding, proving that there’s a scene of great quality bands in very good shape. Young bands supported by the magazine from their beginnings, which have gained respect thanks to constancy and hard work throughout these years. The party was full of people, other collaborators, bands members, photographers, sponsors, family, kids…great vibe. And I was in charge of playing music for 2-3 hours. I loved the idea right away, even though, you know, sometimes you have to be concerned about people involved with music at the same level as you attending the event. But seems that I did it ok as there wasn’t any complaint, and I had lots of visits from friends and kids at the music booth.

As usual, I brought my notebook and wrote down the lists of songs I was playing, so I could create the playlist. So, this is what people listened to, among beer, hot dogs and hamburgers, and lots of joy. It was really nice to see people in such a celebrating mood.

I wish Rockzone, especially Jordi and Richard, good luck in this new adventure, and hope I can join them in the ride for a long time. Cheers!

THE FIRST VERMOUTH OF 2014 @ ES XIBIU.

Last weekend was meant to be a relaxing one. It wasn’t. I’ve decided not to mention words such as “relaxing” or “chilling out” to plan my weekend because lately there are always events bringing out at the very last minute.

Last Thursday evening Fe, one of the guys at Es Xibiu, invited me dj again on Saturday afternoon, for the vermouth, and since I didn’t have any plan and love playing music, feeling sorry for not having too much time to spread the word among friends, I accepted.

vermouth torero copia

Attendance wasn’t that bad all things considered, many friends stopped by to have a beer and say hello, and I’m proud to say there was a 4 month old kid, Mireia’s baby, gorgeous Marc, smiling and not bothered, so now we can confirm rock suits babies. It was an experience to be changing songs with a baby grabbing my finger, hahaha!

Definitely musical vermouths are a blast. People can go out with kids, it’s in daylight, and dj’n while having wonderful tapas, believe me, it’s a huge pleasure. Also the venue, a proper bar, it’s like quite accessible for people to interact with the dj, so I could talk to my friends and move from the table, and the volume is not deafening at all, yet songs can be identified easily.

As usual I didn’t have any stuff ready but on Saturday morning while picking up the CDs I decided to play unusual stuff, for instance The Modern Lovers, Big Star or Iron Butterfly, thus the final result was a very eclectic session, quite interesting from my point of view.

Once again here’s the list for the first session held in 2014. As usual, not all the songs are available on Spotify, so there are few missing. Hope you like it and enjoy it as much as I did playing this stuff.

Thanks again to Es Xibiu for the invitation and especially to Bel, who was feeding me all the time with wonderful tapas so I didn’t starve nor got too drunk. That was with her, afterwards. Ha! I’m quite sure we’ll repeat the experience.