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100% GUARANTEE SEAL

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Can’t believe it’s Friday at last! It’s been such a busy week and I’ve been doing so much extra time at the office I haven’t been able to write any single word. Don’t think I’m very happy about it, just the opposite. It’s quite frustrating when work overload absorbs you that much, free time is minimum and you’re so wasted your energy is reduced to none, so it’s impossible you get focused enough as to write a damn worth sentence.

Friday evening, in jammies already, I’ve said to myself I had to write something, not just for those following this blog (eternal thanks), but also because this is my therapy, my escape valve, and yes, my pride and joy.

On Wednesday I was so burnt out with my job I made it to The Quireboys show at the very last minute.

I wasn’t supposed to attend, considering the busy gig calendar scheduled for the next two months, and the fact that the show was on Wednesday really frightened me.

As the day of the show was getting closer I had this weird feeling of betrayal. I’m not a huge fan, in fact I only have an album I purchased quite recently, their outstanding debut A Little Bit of Fancy. I can’t remember the first time I saw them, but the truth is that every time they’ve played in town, I’ve never failed them, and they never disappointed me, their shows turning into a community party.

I joined a packed group of friends at this bar where Budweiser is sold cheaper than at any supermarket, so cheap everybody was feeling generous and buying beers to everyone. We all were in party mood. For real. And that’s what I needed.

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I don’t feel the need of reviewing the show right now. If you are acquainted with this band, it’s not difficult to figure out The Quireboys didn’t miss any of their hits: Mona Lisa Smile, Sex Party, 7 O’Clock, Hey You…Their set list never fails.

I’d like to talk about a couple of things worth mentioning.

When I arrived at the bar, I was told that the drummer had quit the day before. WTF? How are they gonna play? I was frightened the gig was altered or the substitute drummer they had just hired wasn’t able to learn the songs properly. That fact almost made step backward, however the guy was a pro, the band members were marking parts and changing, and we didn’t notice anything weird. Spike, the singer, requested a big applause to the drummer after explaining this incident.

Funniest thing is that this wasn’t the only awkward situation the band was passing through. Spike told us he broke his leg recently. Again, WTF??? He was wearing these flared jeans so  we hadn’t noticed anything and, to tell you the truth, probably after some beers and some bourbon, the singer wasn’t in pain, as he was moving as if nothing happened. Awesome!

Thinking of these two incidents in depth I reached several conclusions:

  • Spike can be a drunk but he’s a pro. He’s good at singing, is a great performer, a funny frontman, and I reckon he loves his job, and manages to transmit this party mood to everyone.
  • PROFESSIONALISM. Those who attend shows quite often can recall some terrible performances caused by erratic behavior, tension among band mates, lack of focus, terrible sets, and awful playing due to drunkness or highness or just because.
  • A drummer leaving the band 24 hours before a tour implies a complete disaster. Many bands have cancelled dates due to illnesses or personal problems, and if cancellation was announced nobody would be surprised. However they went ahead, covering the vacancy with a drummer, likely to be close to the band, or so it was the general impression.
  •  Nothing can stop you if you want to rock. I’ve seen amazing efforts coming from people in the name of rock, and I’ve travelled and done crazy things to fulfill my passion. You can be injured, with flu, or just sick. If you want, you can.

It’s amazing something as simple as the performance of a band can be so inspiring and enlightening. This time it wasn’t just the party, the friends, the music and the hangover.

Just for this, I won’t question whether to attend or not a Quireboys show in the future, because they’ve earned the title of one of the most effective and reliable bands in the world. 100% guarantee seal!

LAS TETIS ARE BACK

Last night was meant to be special, and I can assure you it was finally a blast.

On one hand my friend Javi with his Diesel Dogs offered a live show @ Rocksound, introducing their fantastic new album named Antihumanism. An  energic discharge of angry punk rock, influenced by Warrior Soul, early Manic Street Preachers, The Wildhearts and D-Generation, I’ll talk about in depth very soon. Their performance was perfect to continue with the effect Warrior Soul left few days ago. It was rad!

Remembering their last visit last year, and the after show improvised  dj’n session which happened, I tought it’s be great if Las Tetis could repeat and entertain the audience once again.

Yesterday I felt a bit sick in my stomach, but probably the appetite for sharing the mixer with Veronica after so many months, enhanced my recovery.

Since August we hadn’t enjoyed any dj’s session. It might sound not so long ago, but when you get used to play music every month, this summer break seems like an eternal punishment. It was great Antonio accepted my suggestion, because as far I could feel, people enjoyed our selection.

Thus, with these two hours session, the dj’n season 2012-2013 was officially open, and now I want more.

We are not cool enough as to create a proper mixtape, thus in the meantime, if you are interested, you can check the playlist I created on Spotify.

These were the songs we chose for amusing everyone @ Rocksound. Hope you like them:

AC/DC STIFF UPPER LIP
THE MONARCHS 2001
THE HELLACOPTERS BEFORE THE FALL
PULLED APART BY HORSES WOLF HAND
JACK WHITE SIXTEEN SALTINES
URGE OVERKILL POSITIVE BLEEDING
THE HIVES TICK TICK BOOM
AT THE DRIVE-IN ENFILADE
SOUNDGARDEN OUTSHINED
JANE’S ADDICTION JUST BECAUSE
WOLFMOTHER JOKER & THE THIEF
GLUECIFER EASING LIVING
FU MANCHU HANG ON
ORANGE GOBLIN THE FILTHY AND THE FEW
DANZIG MOTHER
MONSTER MAGNET ALL FRIENDS AND KINGDOM COME
AEROSMITH BACK IN THE SADDLE
THE HANGMEN BROKE, DRUNK & STONED
MOTHER SUPERIOR
OZZY OVER THE MOUNTAIN
THE STOOGES TV EYE
FAITH NO MORE MIDLIFE CRISIS
THE BLACK KEYS GOLD ON THE CEILING
TSOOL BIGTIME
HANK III HELLBILLY JOKER
SOCIAL DISTORTION DON’T DRAG ME DOWN
THE EIGHTIES MATCHBOX         B-LINES DISASTER CHICKEN
QOTSA FIRST IT GIVETH
DANKO JONES FIRST DATE
THE WILDHEARTS TV TAN
TURBONEGRO GET IT ON
L7 DRAMA
MÖTLEY CRÜE KICKSTART MY HEART
GUNS N’ ROSES MR BROWNSTONE
NEIL YOUNG ROCKIN’ IN THE FREE WORLD
ELVIS PRESLEY AN AMERICAN TRILOGY

AND FINALLY HA HA TONKA PLAYED HERE

Oh dears! This Sunday’s been rough. I had such a great time last night, hangover has been merciless to me and I’ve been dumber and lower than usual. In my head I had plenty of things planned which I’ve been unable to accomplish, and I feel kind of frustrated now. I thought taking a break from going out at nights and reducing the booze was fine, but after this hangover I confirm my forced retirement from night life is definitely something positive.

Anyway, the night was a blast. Finally Ha Ha Tonka, the guys from Springfield, Missouri, came to Barcelona to offer a wonderful show at Rocksound. I told you about their last album, Death of a Decade, some weeks ago. I voted for it among my top 5 albums of year 2011.

It’s true the rainy night didn’t help, but that wasn’t reason enough to justify we were only 25 people attending the show. Very sad. The wide offer of life shows in town is overwhelming, and it’s impossible to attend all of them, considering the rough times we’re living, even though the price of tickets are reasonably affordable.

At least I gotta admit I feel very proud of myself  for managing to convince some friends to give a try to the band, and then make  it to the show, because nobody was disappointed and the band deserved it.

Death of a Decade was chosen to break this unfriendly night, creating a warm atmosphere and getting the audience very packed and close to the stage. The band based their set on their last album, although they recover few songs of his previous work, Buckle in the Bible Belt.

Voices were what impressed me most last night. On one hand the voice of the lead singer Brian Roberts, very solid and rich, and on the other the work on double voices and melodies from all the members of the band. Love bands in which all sing, and in this case the intensity the 4 voices created was magic. This moment when the four guys were singing a capella only with Anderson’s mandolin as their guide was wicked.

The more I listen to this instrument the more I like it. With his mandolin, it was as if Brett Anderson’s was bringing us back to the rooted Missouri, you could feel these folks’ passion for their tradition.

The show was quite short, or at least we all missed few more songs in the setlist. I think the band was pretty stoked by the reaction of the audience during and after the show. We all went to talk to them, they signed up records, took pictures with us, and I could have a nice small talk and a shot of Jager with Lennon, the drummer, very good vibes! Special mention to the merch guy, Mark. One of the hugest men I’ve ever met, his moustache was awesome.

While stuffing the van, despite the rain, Roberts took his old guitar and started playing and singing Death of a Decade in the middle of the street. Awesome! Pity they couldn’t stay for some drinks, and perhaps more songs, they guys had to be up at 6AM on Sunday to drive till Zurich!

The future of these hard working guys is promising. I’m not really sure about seeing them again considering the poor audience in most of the shows in Spain, but I bet that, in future occasions, when they’ll get proper attention from media, they’ll play in front of larger crowds, at bigger venues, and then only 25 will be able to say “When nobody knew them I was there”. I’ll be one of those.

Good luck guys! It was a great pleasure.

UNCLE NEIL AND CRAZY HORSE ARE READY TO CONQUER THE WORLD

I’m sorry for not updating these days, but i’m working on all the posts related to the Film Festival I atended last week. I finally watched 9 films I’m reviewing little by little for Popcorn and Movies. I told you I wanted to recover and update it regularly again.

Probably some of you are already aware of the release of the last album of Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Psychedelic Pill, at the end of this month. If you weren’t, now you know 😉

Last week, the first official video of the single Ramada Inn was launched. I think I listened to it about 3-4 times straight. 17 minutes of trip, absolutely recommendable.

My main e-mail account receives lots of newletters from film, music, photography and magazine sites. I have to admit I don’t read most of them, otherwise I’d be hooked reading all the time, and usually depending on the subject I choose to read them or not. I recently subscribed to a magazine I saw a friend of mine usually share links from, so I decided to give it a chance. This magazine is a bitch as it’s unclear on its contents in the newsletters, thus I’m checking them all out.

There was a full set of Neil Young and Crazy Horse at Austin City Limits Music Festival available, which I’m listening to right now, and it confirms the axiom he’s been singing about for so many years

Rock n’ Roll Will Never Die

Yeah, he might be getting old, that’s the law, but friends, you gotta see and listen for yourselves, Neil Young and The Crazy Horse sound stunning. It doesn’t matter whether they are playing old or new stuff, the neat backing vocals and double melodies, the intensity of Young’s heartfelt singing, the raw sound of his distorted guitar… there are passages of the show which are overwhelming.

Not sure whether they’ll tour Europe next year, some say it’s possible, and others talk about the rumour of Young being too tired. I don’t know what to think, I can only cross my fingers and pray, to the Harvest Moon maybe, for a visit.

As for this performance, the chemistry among Young and the Horses remains intact, and they’re perfectly fit for touring or conquering the world.

I’m very excited for the upcoming album, and for any future events. It’s great feeling his presence and noticing his activity on the newsfeed. Yeah, I’m very glad!

So, here you are Neil Young at ACL, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed

** Actually is not the full set, it’s cut during Fuckin’ Up (pity! nchst!)