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ALBUM OF WEEK 23 – #1

What a mess, we’re in the mid of week 24 and still I haven’t commented on the past week album, sorry everyone! You might not believe it, but been pretty busy lately. Not that I’ve done anything productive at all, well, work volume has alarmingly increased and we’re in peak season, but apart from that, let’s say I’ve been self indulging and done some mess outdoors 🙂

Anyway, you know I’m about to see Ryan Adams in Oporto, more or less in 45 hours or so, thus I’m basically listening to his albums, except when working or going to places. I’ve been forcing myself to listen to other stuff, but variety hasn’t been my best, to be honest.

10 days ago I went with my fratello Kiko to a very popular and probably the best record store in Barcelona, Revolver. Gotta say the worst thing you can do after having some beers is going to such place. I’m quite broke as you already know, owe a lot of dough to the damn IRS, and Oporto getaway and Azkena are right here, yet this didn’t stop me to buy some stuff., beside my fratello took this CD and told me I HAD to have it. Couldn’t say NO, he also knows what I like and he’s good at recommending stuff, so I bought it.

Took me few days to feel in the mood to play #1, and when I did, I listened to the album like 5 times at once. I really love this way of discovering and enjoying new stuff. There’s so much stuff available at one single click on your keyboard, it’s easy you to become a compulsive music consumer, missing the essence, and judging 12 tracks by just a couple of listens. That’s not fair, nor pleasant, and sooner or later, you end up not being able to retain a shit. Miss my teenage days, when I listened to an album doing nothing else, laying on my bed, lights off…aaah! We are running so out of time, I always do something while playing music.

#1 is characterized  by beautiful pop melodies totally influenced by The Beatles (pending subject to me, I’ve been more Stones fan), combined with cool electric riffs, and acoustic sounds, as Kiko told me, Big Star are, or better said, were, the pioneers in power pop wave, which later on, bands such as Redd Kross would follow.

I got charmed from the very first song, Feel, and kept on delighted by other tunes such as Thirteen, Don’t Lie to Me or My Life is Right, just to name some. To be honest, from top to bottom this #1 is simply marvelous, one of these albums which make you feel fine anytime.

I’ve purchased through Play.com (God bless that site) Radio City, Big Star’s second work, and if it’s as good as this one, this band will become a MUST in my life for sure.

Here is In The Street, as an appetizer

Fratello! Thanks again for keeping me in the right path.

THE SOUNDTRACK OF A DIFFERENT DAY @ WORK

My apologies for pouring my hormonal rage episode last week, when talking about radio and general music taste, it wasn’t my week at all. Certain things altogether can bring out my dark side, hahaha! No regrets regarding the message, I still mean what I said, truth is could have been told in a better way though.

Today has been totally different, despite it was local holiday and I’ve been working on watch. i don’t feel like going to work when the day arrives, but I reckon it’s worth, because I advance lots of stuff without being interrupted with stupid phone calls or incidences.

Yet, the best of working on a local holiday day, apart from the two extra days I add to my vacation calendar, is that I bring my own CD’s to the office, and believe it or not, I get much more concentrated and focused on what I’m doing, plus I don’t have that frequent feeling of boredom and waste. I feel fine no matter how much work I have to do.

Sergio is my best pal at work, and I think we’re becoming good friends. Let’s say he’s my soul mate for 8 hours, 5 days a week. Although we have different points of view regarding stuff, and different musical taste, it’s true he’s the one I can share most of my passions with, you know, we can comment on films, music, experiences…we’re different, but have quite much in common.

As we had to work together today, and because he’s more open minded regarding music than the rest of people and he’s into metal, I’ve brought very different CD’s. Despite what I said the other day, I’m very respectful towards people’s taste in music, thus I never play too noisy stuff, but just the opposite, selection is of the quietest type.

But as Sergio was the one to swallow my session, I knew he’s more tolerant and up to harder stuff.

We haven’t played all the CD’s but here is what we’ve been listening to, while dealing with our containers, space issues in vessels, and incidences with China, Indonesia and other places  :O

BIG STAR – #1. This has been my latest discovery and I’m totally hooked to it. I’ll tell you about it later, as finally it’s become the album of the week, but as a quick introduction, I’ll tell you these guys are told to be the pioneers in power pop style.

STEVE EARLE – EL CORAZON. The hard-core troubadour is amazing, Earle is a rock n’ roll outlaw for real, he did jail time, has been playing with drugs real hard, and  married 7 times. You can label his style as country, folk, bluegrass…this guy’s lyrics have something to say. El Corazon is a MUST.

THE BLACK KEYS – BROTHERS.  This is modern stuff, don’t know how to define it. Pop? Alternative? I thought these guys from Akron were a temporary hype, but cannot deny I’m changing my mind and find their stuff very enjoyable. Dan Auerbach’s voice is particular and very special, I love it.

RYAN ADAMS – 29. 8th album delivered by my favorite music workaholic, I’m specially delighted with it and listening to it on a daily basis. If only clones of Ryan Adams were sold, I’d be the happiest person in the world, singing for me these beautiful songs. 29 is magic and compiles many of his finest songs. Strawberry Wine, Carolina Rain, Blue Sky Blues…whenever I listen to this album I wish I was in love with someone.

THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM – THE ’59 SOUND. I’ve talked enough about this album. Obviously I love it, huh?

THE WILDHEARTS – EARTH VS. THE WILDHEARTS. I reckon this is my favorite album together with The Wildhearts. Their debut album is one hit after another, every riff is a pleasure, every rhythm change is wonderful. Everlone, My Baby is a Headfuck, Greetings from Shitsville, News of the World… there’s no song here expendable.

I was worried Sergio would eventually get tired of my music, but surprisingly, not only he’s been asking me about the bands I was playing, showing interest and commenting as we were listening, so I could provide some feedback too, but he’s asked me to lend him stuff of The Wildhearts. Hell yeah! Whenever someone follows my suggestions and ends up enjoying and liking them, I feel like the queen of the world, and not because I believe myself to be any kind of guru, but because I’ve manage to share my passion for something as to someone becoming passionate too. So, Sergio, probably you’ll read this, thus right here I warm welcome to The Wildhearts’ world! I know you’ll end up loving them, hahaha!

You see? There’s nothing like working in good atmosphere and comfortable. Hours have gone really fast, and to be honest, I think I’ve been more productive than any other day last week, so boss…let me play my stuff from time to time, and you’ll have a happy worker by your side 🙂