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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 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!

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?

 

AND THE PARTY WENT ON…

Halloween didn’t stop in just a hangover full of makeup. The party went on for two more days in Zaragoza, my hometown, to celebrate my soul bro Gonzalo’s birthday. And it was a hell of a party. Damn!

He brought the whole brotherhood from Ibiza, Uncle Sal, to play at La Ley Seca on Saturday, and many friends from Madrid, Valencia, Barcelona and Ibiza joined the animal party. A gang of 20 wild guys. Very very dangerous. You can imagine, there was plenty of food and lots of booze and it will take some time to recover from the event. But it was worth attending, as it was an unforgettable one.

I’m glad the venue was packed for the show. Uncle Sal offered a very intense and brilliant fix of Southern rock, which we all enjoyed much, and then I was in charge of going on with the party with one of my sessions. To be honest, it was one of the longest, as I was playing for almost 5 hours straight, and it was probably the craziest. I was even thrown a pair of pants to the stage. They were clean and smelled good, ha! I must confess I was delighted. Finally I had made someone going nuts. Mission accomplished!

I reckon most of songs were written down, sometimes I had some assistants helping, there were other friends adding some nasty artwork, and lots of people were jumping to the stage for dancing, taking pictures, asking for songs and getting me crazy. Therefore, with so many visits I got a little distracted, plus I had been having few (many) gin tonics… Sure I missed some songs.

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Been thinking these last days I really feel very comfortable during the sessions. I’m not carrying too much stuff, approx 80 CDs, most of them quite rockin’, but the selection is enough to be constantly changing the style and the vibe. There was a time I was like dj’n in style segments, like some hard rock songs, then to be followed by some metal, to finish with Scandinavian rock, for instance, but now I’m changing the style and the vibe with every song, which I think helps the sessions to be more dynamic and energetic.

My target is having a session at least one night a month, no matter where, as long as I’m allowed to play what I want and people have fun.

 Here is the list. As usual, there are many albums missing, therefore you won’t find songs of L7, Toilet Boys or Clutch I played, but still you can get the essence of what went on last Saturday.

In case any who attended the event remembers a song it’s missing, please let me know.

Enjoy!