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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.

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.

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.

LAST CHAPTER OF 2013: MY HIGHLIGHTS.

This is the last post related to 2013 I’m gonna write. It’s been another rough year (the second in a row), with many ups and downs, and some disappointments, but fortunately not everything was dark, and thanks to some people, music and some personal achievements I survived it, and pounding both good and bad things, I prefer using the adjective rough instead of shitty.

I reckon writing down a list of highlights is a positive way to close a year in the best way possible, so with no particular order I’m starting to remember my personal best of.

JORDI AND RICHARD

It’s still shocking that after living so many years in Barcelona I still don’t know, or haven’t been introduced to certain people I’ve seen thousands of times at bars and shows. At the end of the day, the rock scene in the city is quite reduced, so it’s easy to know who is who. It’s also funny the fact that it was Andrea who properly introduced us, considering she lives in our hometown, and not in Barcelona.

toi jordi and richard

And it’s wonderful to feel a crush at first sight on these two guys with whom I share so many things in common, especially the passion for music and this will to enjoy and have fun. And I love their strong friendship, and the way they connect and complement each other.

I reckon 2013 is the starting point of a long relation with them, and feel very happy and proud of feeling so welcome by them.

ALVARO LLORAR

carmen

I think it was a great idea to start a dark year getting tattooed by one of the artists I admire most: Alvaro Llorar. The result was Carmen, a gorgeous woman with a flame coming out of one of her eyes. The design, the palette of colors used, and the composition are amazing, and I’m very pleased and proud of my girl.

KRISTONFEST

This festival will last in my memory for several reasons. First, the lineup, Orange Goblin and Clutch; Second, I could spend some time with my British pals; Third, I met adorable people I already knew virtually but nor physically (Iñigo, Ostaika, Alberto…); Fourth, it was my first assignment for Rockzone Magazine.

ROCKZONE MAGAZINE AND MY FIRST INTERVIEWS

I started writing for Rockzone in June, and since then I’ve been doing some homework reviewing albums and shows until I was assigned my first interview to Dave Wyndorf, of Monster Magnet, and I’ve been doing few more in the last 3 months.

I love music and writing, so you can imagine the possibility of combining these two passions is a blast. Again I have to thank Jordi and Richard for the support and trust.

JAUME AND TANI

I’ve always expressed how lucky I am for having the friends I have, and the meaning of this highlight is not making any favoritism, but I feel like celebrating my friendship with these two people, who are so important and dear to me.

On one hand I’m supper happy of Tani coming back to my life in a solid way. I’m positive there won’t be more distance between us, and it’s great to have the funniest chick in the world (apart from me, heh) by my side. Every minute we’ve spent together has been top quality and I know there are many more to come.

tani and toi

As for Jaume, my first internet friend, my best supporter and my best confidant, his life’s changed quite much this year, and I only hope I have supported him enough. Truth is that such change has also strengthened our friendship one step beyond. Cubism, gossip, movies at The Hellhouse and many nights of fun. For many years!

DJ’N SESSIONS

It’s been a very busy year with sessions almost every month at different venues: Psycho Club, Hey Ho! Bar, Es Xibiu tapas bar, La Caja Tonta and La Ley Seca in Zaragoza, and the most remarkable event, with Veronica, as guest djs at Siberia Festival in Vitoria.

djn

Playlists I post here are becoming  popular and the crew seem to be pleased, and as for myself, I’m getting more comfortable and confident with the sessions. Very proud, to be honest.

#DADDYCOOL

I’m especially pleased with the current relationship with my father. We can have different points of view, argue, and get pissed off with each other, but I reckon we’ve never been so well as nowadays. Perhaps certain circumstances have encouraged the closeness of it, and I regard it as something very positive.

We still got some Japanese beers pending at the basement. I remember, Randy.

NEIL YOUNG IN NIMES

I feel lucky for being able to attend another show of the old man, with Crazy Horse. You never know when it’ll be the last chance, so whenever it’s possible I’ll move wherever to see him. The show was neat and beautiful, the place, wonderful, and the experience unforgettable.

HUEY MORGAN

As weird as it might sound, Fun Lovin’ Criminals’ singer, Huey, has managed to cheer me up every day thanks to his philosophy quotes, his jams of the day, his replies on Twitter, and his show on BBC6 Music. I’m positive I’ll meet him in person in the future, and I hope that future comes soon. #jeah!

Huey Morgan

THE SOCIAL NETWORKS

Again, they must be included as a highlight. The ARF forum, Facebook, Twitter and this blog, have allowed me to get to know very interesting people, get closer to artists I admire and be in touch with people living far away. How can anyone hate internet?

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I only hope 2014 is a bit more positive, or at least steadier, that these last ones, with no extreme ups n’ downs. There are cool events ahead which make me feel optimistic at this moment but you can never trust Fate whims, right? Let’s see what happens… I got my fingers crossed.

THE NIGHT OF THOUSAND HOURS

2013 Xmas season primed the pump last Saturday with a dj’n night at La Ley Seca in my hometown in Zaragoza. And it was a blast, and the night turn to be an endless epic one, so at this moment I’m in better mood to face the real Xmas thing, if you know what I mean.

ghostbusters cartel

After having some beers with friends and attending a show of a Spanish band named Nueva Vulcano, which wasn’t too much of my style, I was ready for the session.

To be honest I didn’t know how many people were attending, because the night before some friends had gone out for their companies’ Xmas dinner parties, and the word I had read and heard most during the day was “hangover”. Fortunately the pilgrimage was fluid, stepped and constant, and even though the night started a bit cold, temperature and moods were rising until that chaos and fun stage that I love so much, was reached, with Michael Jackson’s Off The Wall song ‘Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get It On’ as the peak of the night and everybody dancing madly.

If there’s one thing I like in my hometown is that whenever the crowd feel like dancing regardless of the place, they dance. I love dancing, my friends love dancing and we all love having fun.

I quit playing music after 60 songs, because I was exhausted, wanted a relaxing gintonic with those friends remaining, and also to focus on some other interesting options to go along with the night of thousand hours as I christened last Saturday.

I only hope 2014 can give me as many chances to DJ as this year, which has been quite generous in this sense and I reckon it’s helped me to improved the quality of my sessions a lot.

Thanks for the support, for listening the playlists and for the feedback, and moreover expressing my eternal gratitude to all those who’ve managed to attend any of the life sessions.

Here’s the list!

VERMOUTH ON THE ROCKS

What an awesome day, yesterday! I’m so exhausted after so many events, beers and vermouth, shows (I saw 5 bands yesterday!), music…I don’t feel like writing too much, but I have to tell you about the vermouth session I told you about few days ago.

The experience of djn in daylight from 1 till 5 pm was very positive. On one hand because some friends with kids could stop by, have some drinks and some tapas, and enjoy some music at a place suitable for children, avoiding the inconvenience of having to find someone to look for them. Also because while I was playing music I could enjoy some tasty nachos with cheese and guacamole. And finally because dj’n at a limited volume and at the same level as the attendants allowed me to interact with my friends.

es xibiu

I can’t thank enough for the attention received by Fer and Samuel, who made me feel very comfortable, and also fed me and supplied with drinks all the time. The atmosphere at Es Xibiu is excellent, and food outstanding. Everybody seemed to be delighted with the tapas they enjoyed and prices were very reasonable. This place has turn into a regular option at midday, and the combination of music sessions with food and drinks is unbeatable.

Last but not less, I wanna thank all the friends who came by for their support, and chats and the laughs. I think we all had a great time and I can’t wait for the next event with them.

Yesterday everything was perfect.

As usual, here’s the playlist. Hope you like it.