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DECEMBER: LOVE/HATE

Oh shit! December already…AGAIN!

I can’t believe how fast time goes by lately. I always have the feeling I’m running out of time wasting it on shitty stuff, or suffering at work or sleeping too much. Nchst!

Change of weather is not helping much either, in fact I blame it for the flu I caught last week which has weakened me a little bit. I’m still a bit tired and low spirited. And now December. Cold and dark. Ugh!

The last month of the year has lots of pros, but awful cons, which you have to carry out as a burden and it’s impossible you can avoid them.

December

To start with, Xmas is the epicenter of most of our activity during this time.

On one hand, shopping. Not that I dislike making presents to beloved people, it’s just that I hate when this act becomes an obligation. A present for my mum is a real challenge (sorry but it’s the truth), as she’s got everything of everything and there are certain things,which are out of the picture. Our tastes are completely different and it’s hard for me. I want to give her something cool, but my concept of coolness is far from hers. Luckily, my dad is always willing to help and usually gives me a clue. With my brother and his wife I think it’s even worse. They always want clothes and I hate fashion and shopping clothes, plus it’s been clear through these last years that there’s no emotion or excitement in our presents. At least my dad and my nephew are closer to some sort of success, as I can easier identify cool presents for them. All this shopping issue wouldn’t be so stressful for me if I had more spare time to think and search, but December is usually a bad timing in my job, as the workload is huge, and all the holidays have a huge impact on the routine of the tasks I’m coordinating. Aaah! And all the stores are so packed…I really feel sorry for my parents when we were kids. It had to be a pain in the ass looking for the toys we wanted.

mall

Even though it’s the month with more days off and this year I will enjoy 9 days straight without visiting my office, all these breaks contribute to some sort of chaos and variation at work, in my daily life and everything. When this happens I also fall into a crazy spiral which might last till January if I’m not careful.

The familiar events are a delicate subject. They can work out fine or can turn into a complete disaster, and it all depends on everybody’s mood. You know when you grow up it’s been said you’re you and your circumstances, which doesn’t mean that your circumstances match the others’, so you have to be careful not to cause any trouble, but it’s hard sometimes.

Same with business Xmas dinner. It might be fine or it can be a source of trouble and gossip. I think I’m lucky though, but my expectations regarding this event are not very big, as, considering these last months at the office, everybody is tired, burnt, and fed up, so I’m not sure what will be the general mood.

But stop being grumpy about this season. I’m gonna see my family and my friends at home, I also have some interesting plans ahead, and hopefully if I overcome this writer’s shitty block caused by too much stress at work and this feeling of being exhausted, there are lots of interesting posts to write about, including list of the best releases of the year, my personal highlights and some other crap I have in mind.

I’m very happy about having scheduled 3 dj’n sessions in December, two in Barcelona and one in my hometown to open Xmas fests once I start my vacation.

The first one is the most exciting because it’s something different to what I’m used to. This Saturday, the 7th, my session will take place at a cool tapas bar named Es Xibiu near The Hellhouse, at vermouth time. Yeah, at midday, in daylight. I think it’s terrific! It’s like people can have their beers and wine with their kids, and enjoy some rock at the same time, and the atmosphere is not a “filthy” night venue. This will give the chance to some of my friends who are already parents, to bring their kids and spend some time with me. The sound is not too loud, tapas are fantastic, and the vibe at the place is really cool. I’ve already attended a couple of these musical vermouths with Jaume, and we’ve had a blast.

VERMUT ES XIBIU

Second one is in my hometown, at La Ley Seca, just the same day I arrive, as to open Xmas season. it was my best friend Diana who suggested I should talk to someone for arranging a session, as she enjoyed my birthday party lots, so I asked Patxi and he seemed thrilled with the idea. In fact he had said to me I could play music anytime I felt like. I think it will be cool, and a good chance to gather people, especially those like me living outside Zaragoza.

Finally the last session of the year will take at Hey! Ho! Bar, which is becoming a regular venue for me, last Saturday of 2013, the Fool’s day in Spain. I hope there are not many jokes. It will be a good training for New Year’s Eve.

There are also at least a couple of shows I’m attending, and hopefully some interesting plans will come up in the middle.

At the end of the day seems that it’s not gonna be such an awful month as I thought. We’ll see.

What are your plans for this loooong month?

 

LET’S ROCK THE HUMANS @ HEY HO! BAR

Last Saturday was terrific. You know when plans go along and everything works perfect? After enjoying a calm but nice week off, away from containers, with no typhoons in China to bother me, neither tons of mails demanding and complaining and away from deadlines, I knew weekend was to be also fine.

After updating this blog and editing a new post for Norma Jean I met a friend for some beers, as we hadn’t seen each other for a couple of months or so. What none of us expected was spending almost 7 hours chatting and cheering up with buckets of beer, but we did, and it was great.  Before the session I also met Veronica for some beers and tapas, and we also had very interesting conversations. Very funny.

mars attacks poster copia

At 23.20h the night started and it was a blast. Almost 4 hours playing music nonstop. Best thing is that lots of friends came over, and Hey Ho! Bar was quite packed most of time. I love when the vibe is party and people are in the mood, because that really turns me on and I get very enthusiastic. the place is also very warm, Sr Raker the owner is a very cool guy and I feel very comfy there. Hopefully I will repeat more often. That’d be a blast.

Basically this is what happened. I’ve created two playlists, Spotify and Grooveshark, but unfortunately this time  there are missing tracks in both.

After almost 60 songs, some gintonics, a Jägermeister party in between and friends stopping by, I still had the energy to watch The Big Lebowski at the Hellhouse till finally my batteries run out.

I really made the most of Saturday. Pretty, pretty pretty good!

THE BLACKOUT

I’m still in shock after what happened last Thursday. And a bit worried too.

I’m almost 37, responsible, a nutter sometimes, pretty active, and sometimes I like partying hard. I’d be a hypocrite if I didn’t admit it, no matter who’s reading this right now. Truth is that those endless boozing nights followed by nonsense mornings were not many and left behind long ago, and clubbing is not my thing, so my nights don’t finish vampire like, going to bed when the sun has already risen.

Of course there are cycles I go through. Sometimes I spend lots of time at home and prefer arranging indoor activities at the Hellhouse, such as pizza n’ movies sessions or poker nights, and on weekends I love vermouth time at midday, allowing to extend in the afternoon.

Summer is a crazy season which, in my case and due to events, starts at the end of May, with open air festivals and you know, lots of exciting plans knocking on my door. But August it’s too long to me and I only want summer ends in the middle of the month, so 3 weeks ago I decided this mayhem was to stop. I’ve spent 3 weekends straight being “a good girl” so to speak.

There’ a quite old and tradition shared with my friend Jaume which consists on meeting on Thursdays for having beers and gossiping nonstop. We update each other, fix our world, criticize, talk about music and so on. I really love this comradeship evenings too much.

This last Thursday we met as usual, and went to Hey Ho! Bar for 1Eur beers. We did really have much fun, and reached this point in which we had to decide whether to move for having dinner or staying the way we were. We chose the second option and Jaume suggested having a mojito. I should have rejected the idea but I didn’t, and we had this loaded mojito we found perfect at that moment. But something happened.

Something happened translated into one hour blackout. I woke up on Friday, and everything was a mess. Light was on, I was half dressed, my glasses on the bed, clothes spread on the floor, my phone without battery and I couldn’t remember how I arrived home the night before.

Monty Clift by Kubrick

I usually handle myself when going out. Usually get tipsy but keep the same level for the night. obviously sometimes things get a bit out of control (that last gintonic you shouldn’t have drunk kind of issue), but I hadn’t experience massive blackouts for 10 years to say the least. That’s a typical teenage thing. As an adult you can forget some things but at some point you assemble the puzzle quick and remember everything. Not this time.

Puzzle has been assembled after questioning Jaume, who also experienced a massive hangover, beyond normal, and can’t remember certain things as how the hell he bought 2 pack of cigarettes, and the bar owner.

Apparently we went for the second mojito, paid and left the bar at a very reasonable hour, 11,30pm, so Jaume could catch the tube on his way home. The bar is 10 minute far from The Hellhouse but I stopped a taxi because ,according to Jaume I wasn’t gonna make it till my place, paid in credit card the ridiculous amount of Eur 4, and crept the 3 floors to my house to my bed.

I still don’t understand what happened, and I can’t stop thinking about this shit trying to find some sense as this is not normal. I can’t remember one hour in my life and even though nothing wrong happened, I will always have in my mind a thought starting with “what if…”.

I’ve been talking to Jaume several times these two days and he’s also flipping about the whole story. we don’t know if the damned mojitos were super loaded or what, but we’ll never have mojitos at Hey Ho! Bar anymore, just in case.

Only for avoiding a Friday morning like mine yesterday, so absurd, and confusing, I might quit mojitos at all.

Shit, Toi, what happened?

DANGER, DANGER @ HEY HO! BAR

Sometimes I got the feeling I don’t do much stuff, but there are moments I need to stop to take breath because my life is reckless. In just a week I’ve received two visits from very close friends, and in less than 3 days I’ve dj’d twice.  And it’s August. Weeeeird!

Danger Danger

I discovered this place named Hey Ho! Bar some months ago, and liked it immediately. It’s like punk skate oriented, trashy yet groovie, and the atmosphere is pretty cool. Somehow it reminds me of some Alphabet City bars in NYC. I usually meet my friend Jaumie over there for some Eur 1 beers on our Gossip Thursdays, and we always have a great time.

It was precisely one of those Thursdays I asked El Sr Raker if I could play some records some evening, and we agreed one Saturday in August seemed like a good date for a trial. Saturday, yet not packed. I suggested it and he found it quite reasonable.

Many factors predicted a great night: friends In Barcelona in August with no interesting plans and in a party mood, my soul bro Pamp in town spending few days at the Hellhouse, Saturday night, and the previous session two days before still fresh. Ah! And my brand new acquisition: the coolest Hawaiian shirt in the world. Positive it was going to be a winner and my target was accomplished successfully: everybody danced and got knackered, the bar didn’t get empty, and the owners seemed to be happy and told me they’d look for another date soon. Believe me, my self esteem is on top right now. At the end of the day, I love amusing and entertaining people.

And this is what happened…

And this is my shirt. Sorry butI HAD TO post it. Ain’t it great?

hawaii toi