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THE SOUNDTRACK OF A DIFFERENT DAY @ WORK

My apologies for pouring my hormonal rage episode last week, when talking about radio and general music taste, it wasn’t my week at all. Certain things altogether can bring out my dark side, hahaha! No regrets regarding the message, I still mean what I said, truth is could have been told in a better way though.

Today has been totally different, despite it was local holiday and I’ve been working on watch. i don’t feel like going to work when the day arrives, but I reckon it’s worth, because I advance lots of stuff without being interrupted with stupid phone calls or incidences.

Yet, the best of working on a local holiday day, apart from the two extra days I add to my vacation calendar, is that I bring my own CD’s to the office, and believe it or not, I get much more concentrated and focused on what I’m doing, plus I don’t have that frequent feeling of boredom and waste. I feel fine no matter how much work I have to do.

Sergio is my best pal at work, and I think we’re becoming good friends. Let’s say he’s my soul mate for 8 hours, 5 days a week. Although we have different points of view regarding stuff, and different musical taste, it’s true he’s the one I can share most of my passions with, you know, we can comment on films, music, experiences…we’re different, but have quite much in common.

As we had to work together today, and because he’s more open minded regarding music than the rest of people and he’s into metal, I’ve brought very different CD’s. Despite what I said the other day, I’m very respectful towards people’s taste in music, thus I never play too noisy stuff, but just the opposite, selection is of the quietest type.

But as Sergio was the one to swallow my session, I knew he’s more tolerant and up to harder stuff.

We haven’t played all the CD’s but here is what we’ve been listening to, while dealing with our containers, space issues in vessels, and incidences with China, Indonesia and other places  :O

BIG STAR – #1. This has been my latest discovery and I’m totally hooked to it. I’ll tell you about it later, as finally it’s become the album of the week, but as a quick introduction, I’ll tell you these guys are told to be the pioneers in power pop style.

STEVE EARLE – EL CORAZON. The hard-core troubadour is amazing, Earle is a rock n’ roll outlaw for real, he did jail time, has been playing with drugs real hard, and  married 7 times. You can label his style as country, folk, bluegrass…this guy’s lyrics have something to say. El Corazon is a MUST.

THE BLACK KEYS – BROTHERS.  This is modern stuff, don’t know how to define it. Pop? Alternative? I thought these guys from Akron were a temporary hype, but cannot deny I’m changing my mind and find their stuff very enjoyable. Dan Auerbach’s voice is particular and very special, I love it.

RYAN ADAMS – 29. 8th album delivered by my favorite music workaholic, I’m specially delighted with it and listening to it on a daily basis. If only clones of Ryan Adams were sold, I’d be the happiest person in the world, singing for me these beautiful songs. 29 is magic and compiles many of his finest songs. Strawberry Wine, Carolina Rain, Blue Sky Blues…whenever I listen to this album I wish I was in love with someone.

THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM – THE ’59 SOUND. I’ve talked enough about this album. Obviously I love it, huh?

THE WILDHEARTS – EARTH VS. THE WILDHEARTS. I reckon this is my favorite album together with The Wildhearts. Their debut album is one hit after another, every riff is a pleasure, every rhythm change is wonderful. Everlone, My Baby is a Headfuck, Greetings from Shitsville, News of the World… there’s no song here expendable.

I was worried Sergio would eventually get tired of my music, but surprisingly, not only he’s been asking me about the bands I was playing, showing interest and commenting as we were listening, so I could provide some feedback too, but he’s asked me to lend him stuff of The Wildhearts. Hell yeah! Whenever someone follows my suggestions and ends up enjoying and liking them, I feel like the queen of the world, and not because I believe myself to be any kind of guru, but because I’ve manage to share my passion for something as to someone becoming passionate too. So, Sergio, probably you’ll read this, thus right here I warm welcome to The Wildhearts’ world! I know you’ll end up loving them, hahaha!

You see? There’s nothing like working in good atmosphere and comfortable. Hours have gone really fast, and to be honest, I think I’ve been more productive than any other day last week, so boss…let me play my stuff from time to time, and you’ll have a happy worker by your side 🙂

TURN THE (DAMN) RADIO DOWN

For the first 4 years I was working in the fascinating world of the container business, never had music of any sort accompanying me during those times of both extreme stress or massive boredom, and to be honest, I didn’t miss it either.

I guess Danish companies have these strict rules never to be trespassed in order you don’t get too much distracted and become a Terminator productive machine of making money. We never had a radio switched on, and remember most people were complaining accordingly…but me. I used to complain about other stuff, such as the ridiculous dress code we had to suffer, especially the guys, just for working in front of a computer for 8 hours, that, I found ridiculous!

Probably because of my classy and selective taste in good music, I always knew having something at everybody’s hand would cause much trouble, plus most people have a very disgusting taste in music. Don’t mean to offend anyone, yet I positive mean it.

Typical war between mates deciding what to play, my music, with all the prejudice on Earth, is considered freak, noisy and heavy metal. I didn’t know many people are able to put the same label to Neil Young or Ryan Adams as to Iron Maiden and The Dead Boys…but yeah, such is life! I’ve been listening I’m musically intolerant for many years, and the I despise music I don’t like.

Ok, that’s true in many occasions, the fact is that I cannot stand certain commercial shit with the business standing behind them, who only perform others’ compositions, of the worst kind.

I was living very happy before I ended up working at offices where radio was the driving force of the daily workflow, and let me tell you, I hate it!

First, quality of most radio stations is more than questionable. Second, as we already know, musical culture in this country, S-pain, is absolutely  pathetic. The few decent broadcasts are immediately rejected for being too experimental or whatever the adjective you wanna put here, and finally, to avoid arguments, the fuckin’ two most mainstream stations are selected, so at the end of the day, I’m sick of Rihanna, Shakira, stressing and disgusting dance music, and worst of all, our marvelous defended and supported outrageous Spanish bands.

As some of you, dear readers, already know me well, it’s easy to imagine me exploding from time to time when I can’t swallow more shit and start swearing their mothers and the rest of their families.

You can call me Nazi, Taliban or whatever you want, I’d smash the shitty radio set hour after hour, day after day, I’m tired of listening same songs repeated nonstop, same artists considered kings…what the fuck!! Have you ever listened to The Black Crowes? Do you know who Tom Petty is? No? Then go fuck yourself…and better you to be dead!

My apologies for my bad language and my roughness, today hasn’t been my day at all, and I’m in Get In The Ring mood…ah, you don’t know where this come from? Good you’re not close to me right now or I’d kick you ass!! 😉

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