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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.

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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.

ALBUM OF WEEK 16: COME FIND YOURSELF

come find yourself

When Spring breaks I’m always in the mood for Fun Lovin’ Criminals. Temperature’s rising, sun is shining (not today nscht!) and you feel like spending time outdoors having a cold beer or a Martini. And then you need some groovie soundtrack.

Fun Lovin’ Criminals fit my requirements perfectly. They got the groove, they’re classy and sexy  and like I said before, they always make me feel like moving my ass and dance. Trying to define their style so you have a clear idea is a bit difficult: rock, rap, soul, funk…I insist the combination is explosive.

Few weeks ago (delay commenting albums at this point is unacceptable, I know) while adapting to my new working situation, I decided to add an extra push, a motivation to have an outstanding week, thus I planned it was going to be the Fun Lovin’ Criminals week.

Yep, I spent the whole week listening to their stuff, and it was fantastic. The more I listen the more I love them. I reckon they are one of my top 5 favorite bands ever.

This time I’ve chosen their debut album as the album of the week.

100% Colombian blew my head off, and with Welcome to Poppy’s they stole my heart, but being realistic, the series of hits they faced the world with Come Find Yourself quickly caught my attention, showing they weren’t just another alternative 90’s band. They were Huey, Fast and Steve (former drummer), and they were ready to kick ass.

Probably those who are not acquainted with this band’s discography, sure remember the single Scooby Snacks including Pulp Fiction’s opening samples, which cost them a lawsuit. It’s a pity because the connection FLC-Tarantino could have been one of the most successful ones, as they share many features in common.

Elegance and class are perfect synonyms to Fun Lovin’ Criminals. Huey provides the attitude, the sensuality thanks to his rapping singing style and his deep voice. Neat and very defined drums mark the tempo masterly. Steve, Mackie or currently Frank, FCL features excellent drummers.  And finally the orchestra man, the genius, Fast. Bass, keyboards, trumpet and all kind of arrangements. Awesome!  If you ever get the chance to see FLC or any of their side projects I strongly encourage to attend their shows. This trio is spectacular on stage, really.

Well, so regarding Come Find Yourself, apart from Scooby Snacks there are some FCL classic anthems such as The Fun Lovin’ Criminal, King of New York (La-di da-di, free John Gotti), The Grave and the Constant, and Come Find Yourself among others. The style varies from one to another. Some are more rockin’, others are groovier, and some are slower, but there’s one thing in common: all of them cause you the urge of dancing, and give you the good vibes.

I love many many bands, but there are quite few which can get me in such great mood as Fun Lovin’ Criminals. And the best thing is that every time I play their songs in parties among friends, most of times everybody ends up dancing. #Jeah!

SUNDAYS SUCK LESS WITH THE HUEY SHOW

Thanks to my friend Artie’s podcast Viva Las Vegas, I’m recovering back my forgotten friendship with radio. It’s true sometimes it’s not very comfortable to listen to a program straight for certain time, especially if it’s your shitty laptop the vehicle to play it, with poor quality and wasted inner speakers, so you have to make sure you’ll be doing something else right next to it.

Even though I’ve never been a proper radio person, for a certain period of time, basically when I was a teenager, it became not only a source of entertainment, but also thanks to more specific programs, a way to discover new bands and receive updates. You have to bear in mind the internet concept was closer to sci-fi rather than to reality, we were stuck to the basics, radio, magazines and some TV channels.

There was this program “De 4 a 3” (From 4 till 3)on weekends, I discovered when I was 15-16 and the Seattle Sounds were at their peak. The program covered this scene together with underground musical trends. Summer specials were live shows of classic bands, from AC/DC to Alice in Chains or Soundgarden, and the gay used to accept musical requests his listeners were sending to him via ordinary mail. I wrote to him once with the excuse of replying a contest, and asked for 4-5 bands. Paco Perez Bryan, the host, played 4 of them the following weekend. I was delighted!

Unfortunately except for some programs, radio in Spain is, musically speaking, poor and limited, mainly focused on mainstream singles or recovering classic songs from the past. There are not rock stations, and programs are to flat, without style peaks. It was a matter of time I forgot about radio.

Recently I’ve discovered a new radio program, on BBC Radio 6 hosted by one of my favorite characters ever, Huey Morgan, the lead singer of Fun Lovin’ Criminals. You know how much I love this band and its members, and I’m following their steps closely. How come I had never listened to The Huey Show until last week? Well, even though I move among social networks, better say, I’m an Internet junkie, sometimes it takes time for me to comprehend and assume radios can be listened anywhere thanks to it. You can listen to the show in streaming, or access to the podcast, to listen to programs you missed.

I admit not listening to BBC6 chaannel too much, but considering the British style, my impression is that Huey is an American fresh air wave, playing all different styles which eventually catch the attention of everyone, spreading this good vibes-take it easy scent.

The show is very dynamic, with different sections, and music moving from 50’s classic rock with Gene Vicent to rap with Gang Starr, also including hard rock bands or more alternative. To sum up, Huey is able to include Pokey Lafarge, The Cult, Danzig, Wu- Tang Clan or RATM, in his list. The variety is precisely the key for this show, which lasts 3 hours no less.

Huey’s voice is definitely a radio one. Deep, manly, strong sexy, wiseguy type and powerful, 100% American. He always mentions his Twitter followers, and those fans who send him requests through e-mails, and the truth is that the New Yorker makes the listener feel at home. I, as occasional DJ, love this random sequence of songs he plays, but I appreciate he introducing the songs, relating them to artists, films or musical scenes, thus I end up listening to the program with pen and paper ready to write down any song I find particularly attractive, as for instance, this New York I love You, But You’re Bringing Me Down, by LCD Soundsystem.

I strongly encourage you to give this show a try, especially if you consider yourselves open minded in terms of music. So many bands and styles, those peak moments you feel like dancing nonstop, Sundays have an added value since I’ve discovered Huey on the radio.

It’s highly recommendable to those who consider themselves as musical open mind, 3 wonderful hours of classy entertainment, and an excellent selection of songs.  If you don’t trust me, believe in Huey…he was born quality stamped. #Jeah!