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FAREWELL, THE JAYHAWKS! IT’S BEEN A GREAT PLEASURE

Last time I saw The Jayhawks on stage, was in 2009, at Primavera Sound Festival, right before Neil Young. It was a good show, but with this band, it’s never enough, shows always end with the feeling of missing too much stuff.  Although I haven’t listened to  Mockingbird Time much, because I don’t really connect to it, this wasn’t enough to miss a show, thus when the Spanish tour dates were announced. I got my ticket right away.

Yesterday breaking news shocked us, just the very same day they were starting this mini tour. Gary Louris admitted not having future plans for The Jayhawks. He sounded tired, and it was easy reading between lines that he admitted boundaries to his vocal mate, Mark Olson, no longer existed, and all the magic was gone. From the same interview you could distinguish a confession of Mockingbird Time to be a failure, with unfulfilled expectations. They have changed, their vibe didn’t flow, and nothing could return to the way it used to be.

After reading this pessimistic confession, it was hard to keep up the good spirits. It was a rough day for me too, as I had been advised my candidature for a job position in Madrid had been dismissed due to a cancellation in the recruiting process, but I was determined to have a good day, and enjoy the show regardless.

Many acquaintances from a music themed forum I regularly participate at, gathered at a bar to have the pre-show beer. Everybody was commenting on Louris’ statements, and even though expectations weren’t unreal and too high, we all thought the show was to be fine.

Punctuality was more than perfect, and the guys from Minneapolis opened with wonderful Wichita. Apolo is one of my favorite venues together. It used to be a proper music hall, and fortunately it’ very comfortable for the audience. You can see the stage from any corner and sound quality is quite decent. On this regard, this was something which couldn’t fail, The Jayhawks always sound neat and perfect, and yesterday was no exception.

They played around 5 songs of their new album, which, with all due respect, broke the rhythm of the show. We’re not talking about Megadeth, ok, but The Jayhawks, at this time, know exactly what their loyal Spanish fans want, thus, playing their new stuff they’re not even enthusiastic about, it’s like a waste of energy and time, and the risk of missing the audience attention easily, which happened too.

This didn’t happen when they played Two Angels, Take Me With You, Settled Down Like Rain, Blue or I’d Run Away. Those are the classic moments I wanna fall in love with someone and live happy ever after. Tears run down my cheeks with Rainy Day Music’s Angelyne, as this album is related to a season in my life I was falling in love, it was a very emotional moment, and yes, I’m too sensitive sometimes.

Thus, the setlist wasn’t that bad considering they completely dismissed some albums, sound was immaculate, but what was happening on stage was the confirmation of Louris’ statements. I’m 98% positive we’re not seeing this band all together on stage any more. Two perfect matching voices creating the most beautiful harmonies you can imagine are not enough to make Olson and Louris stand and endure each other any longer. Communication was non existent, they didn’t look at each other, Louris was hidden behind his dark glasses and his harp stand, Olson was smiling and laughing as if he was among friends in a barbecue party, but when addressing to the audience and starting the songs, you had this feeling of something not going well. They barely looked at each other, Olson was making jokes with the bass player while Louris was singing… a bit tense, really.

There was a moment Olson had to sing without the guitar, and the stamp was terrible. It was as if your drunken uncle was stealing the mic to sing a couple of shitty songs, demanding the audience attention. Very very sad.

Anyway, though I enjoyed the show, the band looked tired and old and the magic was gone, as advanced by Louris himself. They were professional enough as to deliver, but yeah, I had the feeling it was the last time, and now it’s time to look forward to see what Louris and Olson are capable of doing separated, because talent is something that remains after all.

It wasn’t a bad farewell. The Jayhawks, so long!

MY NEW HI-FI SYSTEM…AT LAST!

There’s a point in your life when you have to invest in certain things, in my case I had to forget about mini stereos and focus on a decent  hi-fi system, as I’m listening music on a daily basis.

I already had a good record player and had to buy something accordingly. Some people have been involved in my happiness. On one hand a friend of mine working for a company selling this stuff, who sold me both the receptor and cd player at their cost…super cheap. On the other, the muscle, a couple of friends installed the speakers yesterday and gave me a pair of tips about where to place them to optimize sound. You know who you are, so thank you once again!

Few days ago, I started wondering which the first cd would be the first one. I knew it immediately. I love hearing powerful bass, and had in my mind one of my favorite songs. It’s not necessarily one of the essential albums in my collection, but I reckon the more I’m listening to it, the more I like it.

I’m talking about Welcome to Poppy’s by the band Fun Lovin’ Criminals, released in 2003. I would remark Too Hot, Straight Bullet and You got a Problem or This Sick World, but in general I love this album, so groovie and sexy I can’t stop moving my butt and dance. But this always happens with FLC. They’re great, you should listen to them.

I chose The 59’ Sound, by The Gaslight Anthem to go on with the trial. You know I’m totally hooked  to this album. The rhythm is catchy, I adore the lyrics, and there are certain songs absolutely brilliant. They remind me of The Replacements, early Springsteen’s stuff and Social Distortion are somehow part of their background.

We ended up listening to my favorite Jayhawks album, not the most popular for  the fans though, Rainy Day Music. Voice melodies achieved by Gary Louris and Mark Olson move me.

After spending almost two months listening to music by the computer speakers, being able to hear it louder is a bless, and such pleasure is difficult to describe, if only someday you’re deprived of music played properly, you will understand what I’m talking about.

It was a great evening definitely and I’m pretty sure there are many to come. You’re more than welcome.