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Friday, February 5, 2016

The Bloodbuzzed Jukebox Week 88

Once again we are here to bring you our TOP TEN Jukebox, full of tunes that we have liked most lately. This time we have mixed playlist, with a consecrated artist, Father John Misty, new exciting bands like VLIVM (from our beloved Discos de Kirlian) or Jawbreaker Reunion, and rising acts like Flowers. Great songs to begin this Carnival weekend with a very good mood despite all the craziness surrounding us, starting from a weather as dry as the Sahara (three months without rain in Barcelona) and a state of political affairs that is fated to drive everyone insane. So, let's take shelter in the music, try to relax and have fun and remember, all these songs are available at our Soundcloud.

Direct links to 2015 Jukebox playlists
Week 36  Week 37  Week 38   Week 39  Week 40  Week 41  Week 42 Week 43   Week 44  
Week 45  Week 46  Week 47   Week 48  Week 49   Week 50  Week 51   Week 52  Week 53   
Week 54   Week 55  Week 56   Week 57  Week 58  Week 59   Week 60 Week 61  Week 62 
Week 63  Week 64  Week 65  Week 66   Week 67   Week 68  Week 69   Week 70  Week 71  
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Week 81   Week 82   Week 83  Week 84  Week 85  Week 86   Week 87

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Spanish Indie 25: suggesting the best national bands

This section has been hibernating for too long. Not anymore. Many exciting national discoveries are ready to blow your mind. Here are the first three!

Hazte Lapón. Born in Madrid en 2009, the band leaded by Manuel González Molinier and Saray Botella (that expands to a quintet-sextet live) started rolling a year later with first gigs and the recording of self-released debut EP 'Las fatigas del querer'. Single 'Romance en la oficina' and the song 'Bucles' appears in 2011, showing the initial noise sound was evolving into a much poppier sound, with another single, 'El baile de la medusa' and second EP 'Gentil colapso (broma privada)' arriving in 2012 anticipating their first album. 'Bromas privadas en lugares públicos' surfaced in late 2013, out via Discos del rollo, making a cult band of the combo, but the best was yet to come, with the magnificent EP 'El traje del emperador' released by our friends Discos de Kirlian a year later and, finally, with sophomore LP 'No son tu marido' via our beloved label El Genio Equivocado. The best national record of 2015 by far, they deliver pluperfect indiepop (noise, traditional Spanish music, electropop, post-punk, jangle), very diverse and with, arguably, the best lyrics out here in Spain, a mix between intimate confession, sardonic humour and witty social comment. Think Luke Haines meeting Manos de Topo, Raymond Carver partying with The Magnetic Fields, or Talking Heads discovering El Niño Gusano... Thinking on changing your nationality (we all know Trump, Cameron, Rajoy, long etc. embarrasses you to death)? Welcome to Laponia, the land of pop!   
Los Bonsáis. Hailing from Asturias (Gijón and Llanes) Helena Toraño and Nel González joined forces, at first a very casual affair, on April of 2010, recording homemade demo 'La Mecedora', in just a matter of months that circulated among friends. A year later they doubled the bet with the demos EP ' Ultramar' and single 'Es Mejor/ Un instante', recorded with our friends Linda Guilala and impressing the wise people at Elefant Records who quickly signed them and released the proper debut EP 'Ultramarinos' in January 2012, collecting four of their best initial tunes and following in at the start of 2013 first LP 'Martin Pescador'. A delightful punk-pop reality, the lovely duo appeared in Family and Los Planetas' tribute records during 2014, warming-up for 2015, on which they came out wit sophomore album 'Nordeste' in February and '¡Fanzine! EP in November, on which they cover The Pastels, Black Tambourine, Television Personalities and The Vaselines. Echoing the aforementioned bands as well as Marine Girls, Talulah Gosh or Shop Assistants, Los Bonsáis are one of our best kept secrets... revealed. Instant, shaky, irresistible love.

Selvática. Manu y Paula (formerly of the band Indómitos) migrated from Galizia to Río de Janeiro, Brasil, in 2012, coming out with the idea of a new music project a couple of years later. They quickly recorded the demos of what was going to be their debut album, channelling the vibes and energy of their new home with their music indierock tastes. They returned to Spain on early 2015 to assemble a proper band (they are a cohesive quintet live) and record LP 'Un Mundo Extraño', out since November through Discos de Kirlian and Mama Vynila. A stunning collection of fuzzy indiepop tunes, with post-punk, garage rock, surf and psych-pop vibes melting with vital tribal rhythms. Welcome to their rocking jungle!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Discoverer 133: new indie findings

Let's travel again to our Antipodes to meet three more talented women and their very diverse music projects at our discoverer series. You can't go wrong going back down under!

Totally Mild. We begin our music trio in Melbourne, Australia. with this quartet leaded by Elizabeth Mitchell. As a matter of fact, Totally Mild originally was her solo and much folkier project, that got an official release with 2013's 'Castanet' cassettte. But then came the change, with the addition of Mitchell's friends, regular contributors and live shows support Zachary Schneider (Full Ugly, The Great Outdoors), Lehmann Smith (Kes Band) plus Ashley Bundang (Zone Out) to the mix, also expanding their sounds to embrace a wider palette delving into indiepop realms. The new incarnation of the band came out with debut album 'Down Time' on May 2015 via Bedroom Suck Records, much to overwhelming praise, being nominated for the Australian Music Prize, among others, and touring extensively throughout Europe, supportin the likes of Real Estate, Best Coast or The Chills. The buzz is very easy to understand. Mitchell's voice is simply irresistible, impossibly sweet, fragile and melancholic. There are celestial harmonies. The guitars chime, jangle, arrest you. The songs make waves and stay with you for a long time. What a cracking band!

Nadia Reid. Jump to Port Chalmers, New Zealand, to meet the many wonderful talents of this young artist (just in her middle twenties) that statess began her music career around 2012, although if you check her bandcamp you'll find out an EP titled 'Letters I Wrote and Never Sent', released in October 2011. Whatever the case, in November 2015 we, poor Europeans, finally got able to enjoy her debut album 'Listen To Formation, Look For The Signs', out on Spunk! Records, which saw the light of day a year before in her part of the world. A standout album, Reid not only possesses a voice that immediately demands your attention, full, assured, warm, but her surprisingly honest and mature take on Americana and folk is richer, enduring and affecting in a way that looks eye-to-eye with extraordinary and well-established artists like Gillian Welch, Laura Marling or my beloved Sharon Van Etten. Immense debut.

Fazerdaze. And we end in Auckland, NZ. to meet the even younger Amelia Murray and her haunting dreampop music. Born in Wellington, Amelia relocated to Auckland in 2012 to study music and began her homemade bedroom project, that acquired the form of a debut, self-titled and self-released EP in October 2014. Love from local radios and Internet arrived, with live shows following, on which Murray assembles a full band, with supporting slots for Luna and Unknown Mortal Orchestra. This past December she offered a digital glimpse of the forthcoming first album with the lovely song 'Little Uneasy'. The latest gem to add to a small collection of tunes enveloped in haze, but always letting the sun reach you through the reverb and occasional fuzz. Warm, intimate, comforting yet mysterious. Expectations couldn't be higher.

Friday, January 29, 2016

The Bloodbuzzed Jukebox Week 87

Last weekend of January! The "warm-up" of the new year is nearly over, so music, gigs (a special one today, for example, with The New Raemon, check our winter-spring agenda of concerts!) and reads are starting to spread (don't you love when culture starts to blossom? oh! the wonders mankind can do). Many things to discover ahear. Like this weekend's TOP TEN Jukebox, full of bands that have never appeared here previously (with one exception). So please, have a listen and enjoy the weekend! Remember, all these songs are available at our Soundcloud.

Direct links to 2015 Jukebox playlists
Week 36  Week 37  Week 38   Week 39  Week 40  Week 41  Week 42 Week 43   Week 44  
Week 45  Week 46  Week 47   Week 48  Week 49   Week 50  Week 51   Week 52  Week 53   
Week 54   Week 55  Week 56   Week 57  Week 58  Week 59   Week 60 Week 61  Week 62 
Week 63  Week 64  Week 65  Week 66   Week 67   Week 68  Week 69   Week 70  Week 71  
Week 72   Week 73  Week 74   Week 75 Week 76   Week 77   Week 78  Week 79   Week 80
Week 81   Week 82   Week 83  Week 84  Week 85  Week 86

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

These Go to 11: interviewing Postal Blue

Keeping with our interview series, this time we the pleasure of having Adriano do Couto Ribeiro, the man behind Postal Blue responsible of, in our opinion, one of the best records of 2015, answering our questionnaire. Big pleasure, hope you like it and These Go to 11!

Adriano do Couto Ribeiro, Postal Blue
Pop postals in the sunlight
This Brazilian musician has been making pop waves since 1998, first leading a quartet which released two EPs on Drive-In Records and our dear Shelflife Records and. But then came changes, first with the bossanova tinged folk-pop debut LP 'International Breeze' in 2004, the EP 'Road to happiness' sung in Portuguese in 2006 and, finally, the band dismembering, Luckily, Adriano still got plenty to say, so kept the band's name, and after a couple of singles, 3" on Cloudberry Records and a 7" part of the Dufflecoat / Jigsaw Singles Club co-release, at the end of last year, he came out with sophomore album 'Of Love & Other Affections', also on Jigsaw. It might seem a slow ride, but when a career is flourished with so many memorable tunes of pure, elegant indiepop gems echoing legendary bands like The Byrds, The Smiths or our beloved Go-Betweens, you know it has been worth the wait. Adriano pens pop classics, folks! Here we go!

Devotional and controversial
1.First record that you bought (be honest)
I have no idea. My initial record collection was inherited from my parents, my mom mostly, as my dad has always had awful taste in music and doesn't care much for it. I remember there were some Elvis records, some horrible soap opera soundtracks, a Bill Haley live album, some Roberto Carlos and a 7" with George Harrison's 'My Sweet Lord' that I played into oblivion.

2. First and last concert you have attended (be honest too!)
The first was some unknown punk band in high school. It was horrible. Does that count? Last was many years ago, it was a sort of local festival with many bands whose names I can't even recall. I'm not much of a concert goer and I have terrible memory, unfortunately.

Blogger's note: Neil Finn rules. A kiwi-pop legend
3. Guilty pleasure (song/band you shouldn’t like but you do, yes, it’s the embarrassing question)
I really don't feel any guilt about liking or listening to anything as I have a pretty open mind about music. I had my metal phase when I was a teen, and I can still appreciate some of it from time to time, although I never listen to it on purpose. I like Neil Finn, who I think is an amazing songwriter. Is that uncool? I don't really know. I like some disco music, but again I don't usually listen to it.

4. Most precious music item you own (collector mode on)
I'm not a big collector, but I have an old copy of Adrian Borland's 'Alexandria' that I've seen go on Ebay for a couple hundred bucks.

Brisbane's staples!
5.Favorite lyrics (not yours)
I recall a schoolboy coming home / Through fields of can / To a house of tin and timber /And in the sky a rain of falling cinders. /From time to time /The waste memory-wastes /I recall a boy in bigger pants /Like everyone /Just waiting for a chance /His father's watch /He left it in the showers / From time to time /The waste memory-wastes /I recall a bigger brighter world / A world of books /And silent times in thought /And then the railroad /The railroad takes him home /Through fields of cattle /Through fields of cane /From time to time /The waste memory-wastes /The waste memory-wastes / Further, longer, higher, older. 'Cattle and Cane', The Go-Betweens

O maestro du 'Saudade'
6.Musician/s you would like to meet (should be alive, for obvious reasons, but you can choose a dead one too)
I'd like to hang around with Johnny Marr sometime. On the dead front, probably Tom Jobim.

7. Favorite artwork album (not yours)
I love Peter Saville, and a bunch of his pieces are not only beautiful but very iconic, like Joy Division's 'Closer' and 'Unknown Pleasures', OMD's first album, New Order's 'Brotherhood'. But you only wanted one, right? Sorry.

'Incognito': exploring the
limits of consciousness
8. Books or movies? Depending on your answer recommend us one (trick: you can choose both) 
Both, definitely. I majored in English, so I had to read a lot, which I've always loved. Besides literary fiction, I'm a huge sci fi and fantasy fan. If you're looking for a recommendation, I could make you a list, but let's start with the last one I read which is Margaret Atwood's 'Oryx and Crake'. I have a thing for science books too, and one of the best I've ever read is David Eagleman's 'Incognito - The Secret Lives of the Brain'.

9. Release (of yours) you are most proud of
Hm, that's really hard. On the last album, I suppose my favourite is 'I Always Knew'. Although 'Isn't It Funny' comes very close behind.

10. What does it mean indie for you? (yes, the “serious question”)
To me it means DIY. It also means freedom to do whatever I please regardless of whether other people like it or not.

11. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? 
Pretty much the same, only better.

                                                                                                                             Zillion thanks Adriano!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Discoverer 132: new indie findings

For today's discoverer series we are traveling to one of the kingdoms of indiepop: our beloved Sweden, with a trio of most exciting bands. Njut av!

YAST. The origins of this band can be traced from the steel-producing town of Sandviken in 2007, when Carl Kolbaek-Jensen, Tobias Widman and Marcus Norberg joined forces before luring down to Malmö and, a couple of years later became a quintet with the additions of Markus Johansson and Niklas Wennerstrand. In February 2012 they began a trilogy of singles, 'Believes'. 'Strangelife' and 'Stupid', which anticipated their selt-titled debut album, out on January 2014 via Adrian Recordings. After the good reception of their music and tours supporting acts like TOY, The Drums, Tame Impala and DIIV, in October 2015 they doubled the bet with sophomore LP 'My Dreams Did Finally Come True'. A joyous collection of dream pop pieces, where melody stuns and melancholy haunts you. Check their music, YAST could be ready to soundtrack your seasons...  
Animal Daydream. We move North to Gothenburg to meet Daniel Fridlund Brandt and Alexander Wahl, a very enigmatic duo that appeared on the scene in 2014. They have released two EPs to date, both out thanks to the always reliable Jigsaw Records, first debut 'Easy Pleasures' in January 2015 and now, exactly a year later, 'Citrus'. Eight majestic tunes of psych-pop and sunshine pop, recalling The Byrds, the joyous side of CSNY and, looking forward in time, the poppier side of our dear Teenage Fanclub. Harmonies, chiming guitars and the smoothiest vibes from a band fated to make you smile. A pure delight.  

We. the Pigs. And we end once again in Malmö with a sextet that began their career at the beginning of this decade, working slowly on their songs while playing in a few European festivals. Our wise friends at Discos de Kirlian, who already included their song 'Too Young' in their 2012 digital compilation, now offers us their first proper release in the form of a 7" self-titled EP, out just now. Four arresting songs (plus some exclusive digital demos) of highly melodic shoegaze, channeling the intensity of killer guitars and charging drum beats with the irresistible vocals of Veronika. Heavy-fuelled beauty. More please!

Friday, January 22, 2016

The Bloodbuzzed Jukebox Week 86

Maybe the bands proposed at our weekly; TOP TEN Jukebox won't be at Primavera Sound but they all have extraordinary tunes and would have been great additions to the line-up! From the anger of our beloved The Coathangers (really looking forward for the album) to the talented Martha Ffion, or the exciting Antipopdean rhythms of Day Ravies, this playlist isn't going to let you down! As always, all these songs are available at our Soundcloud, so check it out and join us!

Direct links to 2015 Jukebox playlists
Week 36  Week 37  Week 38   Week 39  Week 40  Week 41  Week 42 Week 43   Week 44  
Week 45  Week 46  Week 47   Week 48  Week 49   Week 50  Week 51   Week 52  Week 53   
Week 54   Week 55  Week 56   Week 57  Week 58  Week 59   Week 60 Week 61  Week 62 
Week 63  Week 64  Week 65  Week 66   Week 67   Week 68  Week 69   Week 70  Week 71  
Week 72   Week 73  Week 74   Week 75 Week 76   Week 77   Week 78  Week 79   Week 80
Week 81   Week 82   Week 83  Week 84  Week 85