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Saturday, December 3, 2016

The Bloodbuzzed Jukebox Week 127

First days of December (please 2016, hurry up and end soon) and here comes a new TOP TEN Jukebox to, perhaps, join you in our forthcoming days off or anticipated holidays. It's a pretty eclectic combination of ace tunes this time. From the last songs of our dear Allo' Darlin (careful with the lyric), the excellent return of Nadia Reid, the terrific first glimpse of Tim Darcy's (Ought's frontman) solo effort, to the moody landscapes of Bodywash. Plenty to enjoy & discover! And remember, all songs are available at our Soundcloud page (Join Us!).

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Primavera Sound 2017: first impressions

No gala, no previous show, no videogame... not even a supposedly cool video on Youtube to mock people while they obsessively await for a rocket to be launched. Nothing. Just a not very remarkable imagery and a countdown at their Facebook page... And here it is! The Primavera Sound Festival 2017's line-up unveiled! Kaboom! Or wait... kaboom?

Because, at first glance, this is sort of a letdown. By far the less impressive line-up of the editions I've been lucky to attend. I never had such a limited number of artists/bands that are a MUST to watch. And there's also an inescapable feeling of deja vu (history repeating) mixed with very few surprises (Teenage Fanclub & Angel Olsen were mandatory, and having seen the latest in a small venue the excitement gets notoriously reduced...). Too much hip-hop, indietronic and electronic acts (don't we have Sonar Festival for that?) for my taste. Where are The Bats? The Julie Ruin/Le Tigre? Filthy Friends? The Decemberists playing 'The Crane Wife'? Rose Elinor Dougall? Novella? I could go on forever...

Needless to say, this is just my opinion... Besides, as it always happens with PS, there's always many names among the "small print" of the line-up worth watching and/or checking, something this year becomes even more obvious and necessary. So, honouring the Blog’s tradition, here’s our traditional rough (we don't have the timetables yet) “paint & colour” version of the line-up with our first impressions on the bands we are willing to see. Looks pretty yellow, right? Sure it will change (suggestions are welcomed)... A lot to listen ahead!!

31 May -4 June

!!! (Chk Chk Chk)   7 Notas 7 Colores   Abdullah Rashim   About Leaving   The Afghan Whigs   Against Me!   Agorazein   Alex Cameron   Alexandra Savior   Alien Tango   Âme live   Angel Olsen   Anímic   Annette Peacock   Aphex Twin   Arcade Fire   Aries   Aurora Halal   Autarkic   Avalon Emerson   BADBADNOTGOOD   Barbott   Belako   Ben UFO   Berri Txarrak   Bicep   The Black Angels   Bon Iver   Broken Social Scene   Cigarettes After Sex   CLUBZ   Dj Coco   Conttra   Converge   Cymbal Eat Guitars   The Damned   Dave P.   Death Grips   Descendents   Discos Paradiso Crew   Dixon   Don't DJ   Dj Dustin   El Petit de Cal Eril   Elmini   Elza Soares   Fatima Yamaha   Ferenc   Flying Lotus   Formation   Frank Ocean   Front 242   Gas   Glass Animals   Gojira   Gordi   Grace Jones   Grandaddy   The Growlers   Hamilton Leithauser   Henrik Schwarz   Her Little Donkey   Huerco S.   HVOB   InnerCut   Iosonouncane   It's Not Not   Japandroids   Jardín de la Croix   Jeremy Jay   JMII   Joey Purp   John Talabot Disco Set   Joy Orbison   Julia Jacklin   Julie Doiron   Junun featuring Shye Ben Tzur & The Rajasthan Express   Kelly Lee Owens   Kepa Junkera & Los Hermanos Cubero   Kevin Morby   Khidja   King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard   King Krule   King Sunny Adé   KiNK   Kokoshca   Kornél Kovács   Lady Wray   Lauer   Les Cruet   Les Sueques   Let's Eat Grandma   Local Natives   Lord Of The Isles   Lvl Up   Mac DeMarco   The Magnetic Fields   The Make-Up   Mannequin Pussy   Màquina Total   Maresme   Marie Davidson   Marta Delmont   Matrixxman   Medalla   Melange   Metronomy   Michael Mayer   Miguel   Mishima   Mitski   The Molochs   Moscoman   Muñeco   Murdoc   Museless   The Mystery Lights   Nikki Lane   No Zu   Noga Erez   Nots   Odina   Operators   PAVVLA   Pearson Sound   Pedro Vian   Pender Street Steppers   Phurpa   Pinegrove   Playback Maracas   Polar Inertia   Pond   Preoccupations   Priests   Rebuig   Recondite   Retirada!   Romare   Rosalía & Raül Refree   Royal Trux   Run The Jewels   S U R V I V E   Saint Etienne   Salfumán   Sampha   Sau Poler   Seu Jorge plays The Life Aquatic a tribute to David Bowie   Shelby Grey   Shellac   Sinkane   Skepta   Skinny Puppy   Slayer   Sleaford Mods   Sleep   Slim Cessna's Auto Club   Solange   Soledad Vélez   Sorry Kate   Swans   Swet Shop Boys   Talaboman   Teenage Fanclub   Dj Tennis   This Is Not This Heat   Triángulo de Amor Bizarro   Tuff City Kids   Tycho   Vaadat Charigim   Van Morrison   Vladimir Ivkovic   Vox Low   Wand   The Waterparties   The Wave Pictures   The Wedding Present   Weval   Weyes Blood   The Wheels   Whitney   Wild Beasts   William Tyler   The XX   Youandewan   The Zombies perform “Odessey & Oracle” 50th Anniversary

Green- Definetely seeing them. Absolute must
Orange- If there are no overlaps (in particular with the green ones), I'll be there for sure
Yellow- Curious about it/on "research mode"/nice option if there's no overlap

Friday, November 25, 2016

The Bloodbuzzed Jukebox Week 126

Despite some turbulences (as the changing, capricious weather) uncertainties and akward situations, another week comes to an end and we have a great TOP TEN Jukebox to close it with a bang. Eight fantastic discoveries, like the unmissable, mind-blowing, Gurr's track, or the latest discovery of the always reliable Matinée Recordings... plus a new tune from Fear of Men and the highlight of the week (month? year?) The Bats are back with a killer! Here's hoping for a tour with a spot in Barcelona, but from now, what a way to return. A lot to enjoy for sure. And remember, all songs are available at our Soundcloud page (Join Us!).

Thursday, November 24, 2016

The Indie Anthology 75: essential songs

For the next chapter of our Anthology I thought I was fated for a "protest", raging tune to epitomize how hard a part of the United States wants to ruin their own country. But while choosing among the candidates, I realized I didn't really want an angry tune. After all, I love that country too much. The books, the ideas, the never-ending landscapes & roads, the lights (been on both coasts, so I know, at least a bit, what I'm talking about), the mystery, the friendly, open, shiny, talented people, and of course, the music. So instead of blaming the deaf & the ones who are incapable/unwilling to listen, here's a song for the America I love, the one that will overcome...

Song: Our Time Has Passed
Artist: The Pernice Brothers
Year: 2001

If we talk about underrated bands, what about the Pernice Brothers?I was discovering Teenage Fanclub or, better said, getting completely knocked-out by the Scotts, when (again, thanks to the alternative radio) I heard for the first time 'Working Girls-Sunlight Shines' and 'Our Time Has Passed', arguably their landmark. The band from Massachusetts with a couple of eternal, gently, slightly melancholic yet shimmery & hopeful tunes. There was much more to haunt for, either going backwards and forward in their career, as the majestic 'Yours, Mine & Ours' would prove just a couple of years later. Joe, Bob and Co penned, once and again, the perfect soundtrack for bright, warm, embraceable days. Jangly? Umm, let's say heavenly. A remedy for letdowns or depressing times encapsulated within the lilting melodies, heartwarming vocal harmonies, the humming choruses, the delicate arrangements. I think it's about time for a new Pernice Brothers to heal some wounds, don't you agree?...

Friday, November 18, 2016

The Bloodbuzzed Jukebox Week 125

Still recovering from last week's major, gigantic, orange, political letdown? We are, too, with an added personal tough situation. Luckily, not everything is depressing. The "music stars" have aligned and our latest TOP TEN Jukebox is a true knockout. The mesmerizing return of our beloved Novella, new killer tunes from Martha Wainwright, Bruising and our dear The Artisans, plus six SPECTACULAR (capital letters are deserved) discoveries. They won't change the election results or bring back the missing ones, but for sure they are going to grab your attention, entertain you and comfort you for a (much needed) while. As always, all songs are available at our Soundcloud page (Join Us!).

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Discoverer 151: new indie findings

Inexplicably (and indefensibly), America chose the 'orange monster' instead of a highly qualified woman, not as progressive as one would like (by no means), but compared with the Republican abomination, a wonder. To start compensating the outrageous mistake, in our discoverer series we propose three mind blowing female artists that really deserve your loyal adhesion!A trio fated for the best of the year lists!

Springtime Carnivore. Born in Oak Brook, Illinois, but based in Los Angeles, California, to me Greta Morgan was immediately associated with the great Katy Goodman, as she is La Sera's guitar player and her music partner in that promising (but forgotten?, 'Space Love' was a delight) duo Books of Love and, more recently, the excellent punk-rock-meets-60's-pop covers album 'Take It, It's Yours', out this August. But that's just the tip of the "music iceberg", 'cause Ms. Morgan is a talented multi-instrumentalist with a heart melting voice that began her career when she was a teenager, first as a member of the Chicago-based groups the Hush Sound, with whom she released three LPs between 2004 and 2008 (plus a later EP and a reunion tour last year), then with Gold Motel, releasing two albums between between 2009 and 2012 (loving them at the moment). Afterwards, Morgan moved to L.A. California and, while she joined forces with Goodman, launched her solo project under the intriguing "seasonal predator" moniker. Springtime Carnivore's eponymous debut appeared in November 2014 via Autumn Tone Records, with follow-up 'Midnight Room', just came out past month. Instantly melodic but moody & evocative, this nocturnal dreampop with hazy textures, yet at the same time an incredible warm feel, should be part of your lifetime soundtrack to face the moon (even a supermoon). Pop in orbit.

Julia Jacklin. Born in 1991 in the Blue Mountains, Australia, but now based in Sydney, Ms Jacklin took all the worst influences to make something wonderful, and completely of her own (needless to say, and most luckily, diametrically opposed musically). Inspired by Britney Spears, at the age of 10 she took classical singing lessons. Later on, she joined a high school covers band, which made versions of Avril Lavigne and Evanescence (sic). She performed locally, forming the band Salta alongside Liz Hughes in 2012. But after moving to Sydney for her university studies, her career rocketed this year due to the phenomenal reception of first two singles 'Pool Party' and 'Coming of Age', embarking herself in a world tour (still no dates confirmed in Spain, damn it) and several Festivals, playing in support of artists such as Whitney or Okkervil River. Now her debut album 'Don't Let the Kids Win' out since October 2016 on Transgressive Records / Polyvinyl, confirms all the promise. Indie-folk-rock recalling the mind-blowing Angel Olsen, the also recently discovered Nadia Reid, but with some of the witty humour of Father John Misty, Jacklin's debut is astonishing. Confident, bright, clever, powerful, charismatic. A MUST of this 2016.  

Hazel English. And another Australian talent to finish our discoveries series today, although 25-year-old Hazel is now based in Oakland, CA. Taking the blogosphere under her spell since the first tunes (demos) surfaced the net last year, the Sydneyan musician has been carefully preparing her official debut while touring the west coast (Europe anytime soon?). A first release that now appears in the form of 12" EP 'Never Going Home', out since October (sold-out at the moment of writing this lines) via  House Anxiety / Marathon Artists, and it's an indiepop gem. Cinematic, lush, adventurous, wistful, breezy, this small collection of stunning, sun-soaked dreampop pieces are easily among the strongest EPs of the year, certifying here's a musician to follow closely.