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Sunday, November 17, 2019

The Bloodbuzzed Jukebox Week 247

After our "very special" playlist dedicated to Spanish politics (there might some hope for the future, but we don't want to say it very loudly), we return to our traditional form with the TOP TEN JUKEBOX. An ideal soundtrack for this wintry weekend (ski lovers can already enjoy the mountain) that we encourage you to dive into, full of new discoveries and, particularly, several arresting female voices. Ten tunes to listen under the warmth of a good blanket. And remember to join us in our Soundcloud page!

Saturday, November 9, 2019

The Bloodbuzzed Jukebox Week 246

We have a special Jukebox today. That's because tomorrow it's (another) election day here in Spain. And seeing the electoral polls and some social network "mantras" that you see and hear repeatedly, like "is so horrible we have to vote again", "all politicians are the same" or "why should we bother?" we at the Blog can't remain silent, fuelled by an explosive tune of one of our favourite bands, Comet Gain. Because no, sacrificing a little bit of you Sunday it's not a great effort. No, all the parties are not the same. If you are thinking on voting fascists, then you are a fascist. Or if you are considering voting a party that is capable to reach political pacts with fascists, then you are supporting fascism, as simple as that. As a matter of fact, we have reached such a despicable point that even the current ruling party has a lot to be blamed for in order to understand why are we here… but we need a longer post for that. That's why we all should bother, listen and vote. Don't be a fucking moron! And remember to join us in our Soundcloud page!

Sunday, November 3, 2019

'A Rainy Day in New York', Woody in (his) Wonderland

A Rainy Day in New York

I skipped the last two movies by Woody Allen, ‘Wonder Wheel’ and ‘Cafe Society’, just because one couldn’t help having that very sad feeling the maestro is dealing with a serious case of creative exhaustion. For the same reason, I was also considering passing on ‘A Rainy Day in New York’, but some amiable reviews commenting the veteran director was revisiting 'The Great Gatsby' and 'The Catcher in the Rye' in a romantic comedy settled in his beloved Manhattan made me think it was worth trying. Unfortunately, I was wrong.

There’s a powerful sense of Allen rehashing himself from almost the very first frame of the film, with a plot, a very young couple spending the weekend in Manhattan where, under bad weather, they will live a series of adventures and (romantic, familiar) revelations, being a mere excuse for the New yorker to indulge himself into his most well-known territory, his comforting Wonderland. Because ‘A Rainy Day in New York’ is so woodyallenesque that at some point I thought the movie was done just for his own pleasure. Even more so considering what has been going around his persona and career lately.

With that idea in mind, the movie could be seen as the work of a nostalgic director surrendering to a serene, anachronic yet friendly contemplation of the things he loves. That personal, trademark look to art, cinema, and more importantly, life, runs through Gatsby Wells (Timothée Chamalet), an alter ego with the most presumptuous name ever, who considers himself somewhat of an illustrated beatnik, the last romantic hero, an unbeatable gambler forced to study at Yardley (elite university, of course), and who is rebelling (at least he thinks so) against his extremely wealthy family… while the pay the bills of his dreamlike life. Gatsby’s romantic partner, yet at the same time opposing force in the movie is Ashleigh Enright (Elle Fanning), an optimistic, innocent girl from Kansas (the "other America"), also a young millionaire, whose journalist duties at Yardley allows her to interview a cult-movie director in the 'Big Apple'.

So, we have two very different leading characters involved in a crazy, romantic adventure that splits into two stories, one of them including an inside portrait of the world of cinema (by far the most entertaining side of the movie, with enjoyable supporting roles played by Jude Law, Liv Schreiber or Diego Luna), a lot of jazz everywhere, dozens of literary references, conversations about love and philosophy taking place within stunning apartments, museums and the coolest bars of 'the city that never sleeps'. It’s the kind of stuff that should work smoothly in the hands of Woody Allen… But it doesn’t.

To begin with, because ‘A Rainy Day in New York’ sounds completely unbelievable, Allen’s young people talk as if they were playing a period piece, being posh and annoying as anything he has ever portrayed. One thing is to fall into nostalgia, but being that rigid and from another era (not even a Whatsapp message?) kills the possibility to relate with the main characters. But there’s worse. The film is not funny at all, jokes seems outdated and the situations the two confront (particularly Gatsby) are missing the comical element. Appalling considering who wrote the script, the satire about the upper classes and intellectual elites is pretty shallow in my opinion… And that’s not all folks. Because when Allen tries to shift from a comedy to a serious tale about Gatsby’s finding his true identity… all the lightweight “watchability” of the script and tone of the movie falls apart.

To my eyes, there’s only one aspect of ‘A Rainy Day in New York’, aside from Vittorio Storaro’s photography, that deserves to be highlighted. That’s Elle Fanning performance, graceful, bright and loose enough to make her side of the story engaging (wish the movie would have been about her movie quest instead, so much potential), the lonely anchor of otherwise a pretty lifeless film. Guess I know this might sound pretty harsh. The movie could have a pass as a failed yet well-intentioned comedy. But again, this is Woody Allen who are talking about. He has done this film a hundred times before, and way way better.

SCORE: 4,75/10

Friday, November 1, 2019

The Bloodbuzzed Jukebox Week 245

Whether you celebrate Halloween, La Castanyada, All Saints' Day or Day of the Dead, we are sure you need a soundtrack for this special days (a long weekend ahead), so here we are, ready to provide you a pretty stunning option thanks to our flamboyant latest TOP TEN JUKEBOX, full of exciting newcomers but also arresting surefires, including the comebacks of The Orielles, Woolen Men or Tacocat, plus the man himself: our beloved Matt Berninger. A lot to listen, as you can see. Have fun,  and remember to join us in our Soundcloud page!

Saturday, October 26, 2019

The Bloodbuzzed Jukebox Week 244

Too many things happening at the same time. The political situation in our country reached another cornerstone, so it made much more sense to us (it's not about independence, but about human rights and justice this time) to be on the streets that planning a jukebox. Then some work turmoil, plus an ear infection… But the tunes were there and, after the somewhat 'forced' hiatus, here we are, back with our TOP TEN JUKEBOX. Have a listen, and stay tuned, more coming son (we have more music on the shelves, awaiting to be listened). Have fun and remember to join us in our Soundcloud page.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

The Bloodbuzzed Jukebox Week 243

Yeah, we are a little bit delayed again, we know, we know. But it has a pretty busy weekend, being part of a very special anniversary (a local record shop!), talking about eternal tunes and their intrinsic relation with our lifes, plus discussing about the current state of music/industry, as well as about the role of the music critic today. There were some nostalgia, fear of missing out and pessimism all the way. But also some hope that, in the end (we, and we hope listeners) are still moved by the power of great tune. Here's a bunch, in the form of our regular TOP TEN JUKEBOX to help us prove our thesis, and hopefully, enlightening your Sunday. And as always, remember to join us in our Soundcloud page.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

The Bloodbuzzed Jukebox Week 242

A bit later this week, but still on time to bring you another TOP TEN JUKEBOX. And what playlist we have gathered for your ears only! A magnificent selection of indiepop with stunning comebacks from surefires like A Certain Smile, Night Flowers or Soccer Mommy plus the usual dose of new findings! As you are about to hear, there's a lot in this music list to help you to enjoy the Sunday. And as always, remember to join us in our Soundcloud page.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

The Bloodbuzzed Jukebox Week 241

After two weeks in Baltic lands (what a pleasure to finally travel, discover new places, and disconnect from routine) we have returned to our beloved-hated Barcelona, just in time to celebrate the festivities of the city, with great concerts ahead... if the weather allows it. So, taking advantage of this happy mood, we restart our TOP TEN JUKEBOX, as many great tunes are awaiting you to be heard. Hope you enjoy them, and remember to join us in our Soundcloud page.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

The Bloodbuzzed Jukebox Week 240

We are so tempted (again) to devote the post to enumerate all the ridiculous, embarrassing and/or shameful political actions that are happening around the globe right now, from the uncontrolled fires in the Amazon and Siberia (let's thank their respective dictators for the great job done), the dramatic refugee and migrant crisis, with the supposed leaders of the free world from the States and Europe behaving like straight fascists, or basically looking at their own navel (elections coming soon), doing nothing for humans being suffering... Oops we already did it. Sorry for the rant, but this are simply disgraceful times. Luckily, we can take a break (or momentary shelter) in music, so here's our new TOP TEN JUKEBOXfull of gems awaiting to be discovered (some standout tracks here, guaranteed), plus the stunning comebacks of Whitney and Blog 'old pals' The Weeding Present. A way to avoid falling into pessimism and bleak reality. So, please enjoy, take care, and remember to join us in our Soundcloud page.

Friday, August 16, 2019

The Bloodbuzzed Jukebox Week 239

Finally it's Friday! Because who says there is no one working at the office in August? Well, there's still some crazy people (like us) going around and getting up early (with the same expression as you at the subway, meaning why are we here and still working?). While we discount days for our desired holidays (not until September this year), we continue bringing you some music discoveries, because luckily for all of us, good music doesn't take holidays either. This time, with a very varied and eclectic TOP TEN JUKEBOX where you can explore and immerse yourself in different musical styles and rhythms. Have fun and remember don't forget to join us in our Soundcloud page. 

Sunday, August 11, 2019

The Bloodbuzzed Jukebox Week 238

This post was supposed to be about our latest batch of exciting music findings, packed in the latest TOP TEN JUKEBOXaccompanied by some references on how unpleasant and uncomfortable is living under a permanent heatwave in and even more disgusting Barcelona in August. But the great David Berman, one of these criminally underrated music genius, passed away this week. We were just starting to unveil his new, out of the blue, songs under the moniker of Purple Mountains (as expected, several gems awaiting to be heard), getting excited with the chance of a tour that would include Spain (a Primavera Sound with Pavement and Berman, can you imagine?) but reality has shown its most brutal face. Deeply sad. Although we admit it has been somewhat heartwarming to see how many people have shown their love for the (not so known, we thought) artist online. We are certain the best way to pay a tribute to this wry indiepop poet is recovering/discovering his amazing legacy (if you don't know about Silver Jews, you're about to enter into a goldmine, enjoy), as well as searching for all the stunning tunes that are available out there like, maybe, the ones we propose in our Soundcloud. (Join Us!)

Saturday, August 3, 2019

The Bloodbuzzed Jukebox Week 237

Back from (another) emotionally intense week, although this time, the happy news have won by a landslide, and already into the first weekend of August. The month in which everything seems to stop, but here we are, providing you with more exciting new tunes in our latest TOP TEN JUKEBOX. So, wherever you read us, we are pretty sure this collection of songs will supply you with the perfect soundtrack for to let yourself go, disconnect and relax as much as possible. Hit play, have fun, and remember all the songs are available at our Soundcloud. (Join Us!)