Saturday, December 15, 2007

H2CR: donaciones

Ya tenemos la primera donación vía paypal: $10.

Gracias, Michelle!

Francisco

regalo de navidad de 4ad

celebration: fly the fly (holy fuck remix)



holy fuck: frenchy (celebration remix)



para más noticias e info de 4ad, haz clic aquí.

H2CR: donaciones


¿no pudiste ir al concierto?
¡todavía hay una última posibilidad de ayudar a los damnificados por inundaciones en costa rica!
andá a paypal y da la opción de "send money" a la cuenta beatmaster23@hotmail.com
¿el monto? lo que vos querás, pero si fuera algo parecido a lo que costaba la entrada al super concierto de anoche (US$6), ¡mucho mejor!
el período de donaciones se abre del 15 de diciembre 2007 al 5 de enero 2008 inclusive...
¡gracias por su colaboración!

H2CR: los videos

proyecto jirondai (étnico electrónico, cantado en idioma ngäbe)



digital 80: electrónico caústico


the heredians: ska por media calle!


los acetatos: rock sicodélico a lo... acetatos!


el guato: rock nacional de exportación!

H2CR: un recuento positivo de la noche


  • llegaron todos los grupos musicales a tocar.
  • mi hermana y daniel (serpent de l'air) me salvaron la tanda con un grupo que no quiso venir a última hora.
  • muchos de mis amigos más cercanos llegaron a apoyar el evento. 
  • amigos de amigos llegaron a apoyar el evento.
  • el sonido del club capone estuvo muy bueno.
  • proyecto jirondai dejó a muchos, sino a todos, impresionados con esa calidad artística y cantos en ngäbe.
  • digital 80 comprobó que se puede hacer música electrónica de alta calidad en este país... y la última pieza a lo blue monday nos dejó con ganas de escuchar más!
  • the heredians empezaron a mover el ambiente, y de buena forma. excelente ska por media calle!
  • los acetatos movieron hasta a los que no son fans y eso ya es decir montones... y gracias por sharon (la canción dedicada a ian curtis) y por arco iris (la canción que me dedicaron!)
  • los acetatos se quedaron hasta el final del evento y sus fans también, lo que ayudó montones a que...
  • ... el guato finalizara h2cr como los grandes! baile, mosh, despelote total, demasiado bueno!!!
  • absolutamente todos los grupos tocaron no como si hubieran 34 personas viéndolos (que fue la cantidad de gente que pagó por entrar, algo malo tenía que haber en este recuento positivo), pero como si fueran 34,000... fiesta increíble, profesionalismo de todos los grupos y del club.
  • la gente del club capone se portó demasiado cool con nosotros. gracias!

¿volvería a hacer algo así? ¡sin duda alguna!

gracias a todos los grupos, a capone, a mi familia (los que llegaron, con los otros hablo después), amigos y a todos los que llegaron a disfrutar de h2cr a lo máximo!
las fotos las pueden ver en flickr aquí y voy a subir unos videos pronto.

gracias nuevamente! los mantendré informados de lo que vamos a hacer con la plata recogida por este mismo medio.

francisco

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

¡tenemos visitantes!


el hecho de que el texto que pueden bajar (en formato pdf) haya sido escrito por mi papá (geógrafo, geomorfólogo y dios sabe qué más) tiene para mí toda la credibilidad científica que necesita este relato auténtico. 

no quiero distraerlos más, así que sin más preámbulo bajen el texto y comenten aquí sobre las fotos tomadas en diciembre 2007 en guanacaste... ¡yo me quedé sin palabras!

el archivo se encuentra aquí por tiempo limitado.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Friday, November 23, 2007

actualizacion sobre h2cr

- el bajista de televisor tiene un compromiso para el 14, por lo cual están fuera de la alineación original
- el guato no está muy de acuerdo sobre el lugar del concierto, lo cual me puede dejar sin uno de los grupos más fuertes para el concierto... veamos si giovanni cambia de opinión...
- buenas noticias: tal vez se puedan meter unos 2 grupos adicionales esta semana. candidatos: seka, poper, parque en el espacio.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

h2cr: de sueño a realidad

hace unas 2 semanas, cuando iba hacia el trabajo, hacía un buen sol y me dije "no pareciera que hay gente sufriendo en este país a causa de las inundaciones"... y de repente, me di cuenta lo contradictorio de lo que acababa de pensar con respecto a la dura realidad y tuve una idea.

ese mismo día, preparé una carta que envié a grupos locales y extranjeros, con la esperanza de que alguien respondiera a mi sueño: organizar un concierto pro-ayuda a los damnificados por las inundaciones.

la respuesta no se hizo esperar. 6 grupos confirmaron su participación en lo que pasé a llamar h2cr: los acetatos, digital80, el guato, the heredians, televisor y trival y mi hermana me contactó con un grupo de belly dancing tribal, serpent de l'air. además de esto, ana me va a ayudar con el diseño del afiche, joz con las cuñas para radio y tengo la esperanza de poder conseguir algo para rifar durante el concierto (gracias eli por la idea!).

a partir de ahora, quedan una serie de detalles pequeños, pero ya todo va viento en popa para que el 14 de diciembre 2007, el club capone se llene con 1000 personas y podamos hacer historia con este concierto benéfico.

hago público desde ahora mi agradecimiento a todas las bandas por esa respuesta tan rápida y super positiva, a anna por el apoyo, preguntas e ideas; a ana por el afiche y por los contactos, a caro por las ganas, a joz por el tiempo y la creatividad, al fabio por las fotos que va a tomar, a eli por el apoyo y las ideas.

a bretear!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

loads of free music!!!

if you allow the warner group uk to have your email address (which can probably be a fake one, but don't tell them i told you that), you can download free tracks from the likes of switches, garbage, wilco, ash, battle, fields, jill cunniff (ex-luscious jackson singer), rifles and other indie bands!

i have no idea how much longer these tracks will be online, so act quickly and enjoy!

as a teaser, download "no love lost" from the rifles by clicking here.

fantastic scary shit: iron maiden in costa rica!


well, it's already being confirmed by iron maiden themselves: after playing in mexico, they will fly down to costa rica for what is expected to be a fantastic concert at the ricardo saprissa stadium. they will play mostly their 80s hits, which will definitely guarantee a good mix of old and young fans.

this is a band one has to go to the airport and wait for the plane to land, not only because the plane will have iron maiden painted on the side and eddie in the tail, but also because iron maiden's singer, bruce dickinson will be the pilot! need i say more?

remember, the date is february 26, 2008.

for those who have 10 quid to spare, join the fan club now and hope to get vip treatment for the concert.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

anton corbijn interviewed


although there are many movies being played in this country at the moment, there is one that i would love to see that might not come (legally) to costa rica: control. for the ones following this blog regularly, i've written or let people know about this film in previous posts. from friends that have already seen it in the uk, it's a fantastic film. the film, as anton puts it, is not about joy division, it's about ian curtis who happened to be the singer of joy division.

now, paste magazine offers an interview with control's director, anton corbijn. for those who know me personally, you already know that i love anton's work as a photographer, so this is basically it: a fantastic photographer directing a fantastic film.

read the whole interview here.

photo by dean rogers.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

free music!

i had never heard of this band before, but i jumped in for the time-limited offer. go to a brief smile's site and download their whole album, now we all have horns, for free! the music is very good and i think i will go back and actually buy more of what they have done!

Friday, October 26, 2007

rock hudson: you could be me

... de lo mejor que he escuchado en mtv latino en mucho tiempo. aparentemente el grupo es chileno, pero no tengo nada sobre ellos... buscar en google sobre "rock hudson" es como buscar una aguja en un pajar.

que disfruten este video que esta super bueno!

trent goes hip hop for free!


the inevitable rise and liberation of niggytardust!, a new saul williams album produced by trent reznor and mixed by alan moulder (of curve, smashing pumpkins and blonde redhead fame) will be released on november 1st, 2007. according to saul's site, the wall of sound that they've created is tagged with such graffiti that a passerby would seek outdoors and ways to enter. once inside a world defined by dreams come true they'd find aligned with the simplest act of sharing what we treasure. ok...

anyway, the album is $5 if you decide to pay for it, $0 if you have no idea how good it is and want it for free. my advice is for you to go to saul's myspace site, listen to the songs and decide if the whole album at 192 kbps, drm-free is really worth it. i'm going for the $0 option just because i'm not entirely into this kind of music, but i'm willing to give it a chance. if i like it, i'd ask for a way to donate $1 to the cause.

cheers!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

para aquellos que les hace falta buena música...


espero que disfruten esta pequeña fiesta musical!

canciones incluidas:
orbital - belfast (sasha vs the light mix)
asobi seksu - thursday (the twelves remix)
client - it's not over (mark moore & kinky roland mix)
dave gahan - kingdom (digitalism remix)
lcd soundsystem - all my friends (amigaman remix)

Monday, September 24, 2007

because costa rica needs yet another reality show...

this time, it's from the point of view of a couple of australians who come here to open a bar, kashmir.
the bar will open its doors this friday and i guess everybody in this country will be there, just to get a chance to be on the reality show, sadly called "no way san josé"... i'm sure there could have been better titles than that.
anyway, what better way to open a bar in san josé than to have it all financed by a reality show... excellent marketing campaign, mates!

as for those interested in the trailer for the reality show, here it is.
to top it all, gandhi will be playing an acoustic set. as we say here, a pair of tits can pull more than a pair of oxen.
enjoy the demo for gandhi's una ilusión (more mp3s available on their site).



Sunday, September 23, 2007

revista colectiva - juegos tradicionales en el cenac

video


la gente de revista colectiva no para de sorprenderme! me confieso un lector esporádico de sus publicaciones, pero con el festival de juegos tradicionales (mekos 4) que organizaron en el cenac, se lucieron! no solo porque llegó mucha gente (la mayoría joven, universitarios o recién post-uni), sino porque los stands ofrecían productos de muy alta calidad (como la gente de las camisetas vudu, que se lucieron con el empaque y el diseño) y porque no podía dejar de admirar la cantidad de producción local que debería estar en tiendas grandes al estilo zara y que desgraciadamente no lo están. definitivamente hay que hacer algo al respecto, no es posible que dependamos solo de ñ para comercializar todos estos productos.


un aspecto super positivo de la actividad: las cajitas (1000, en edición limitada) que estaba vendiendo la gente de la revista con un set de juegos tradicionales y 42 ilustraciones alusivas, todas super bonitas. ojalá las hayan vendido todas!


adjunto un videito de la actividad y hay una buena dosis de fotos en mi página en flickr.





Thursday, September 20, 2007

dave gahan - kingdom

remember back when videos used to tell a story? not anymore. the video for kingdom is as low-budget as you can imagine (nothing wrong with that, it's just a bit of a surprise for someone who pays anton corbijn a massive amount of money for a basic rendition of an hourglass) and there's no plot to it (this is the wrong bit). how dave gahan agreed to do this video for his first single is a mystery to me. no wonder they disabled all possibility of comments in youtube for this one. oh, and the song is OK. I'm sure there are already 2 or 3 dance mixes somewhere.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

28 weeks later


anoche fui a verla al cine... y definitivamente vale la pena verla. el soundtrack a cargo de john murphy es sencillamente magnífico, tenía tiempo de que un soundtrack me impactara como el de 28 weeks later. habrá que conseguirlo. para muestra, un botón: in the house, in a heartbeat.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

his name is alive: more news on xmmer


well, this is it! xmmer's release is just around the corner and war and friends have released all possible information on his name is alive's site. you can read the lyrics to all 12 songs and read who played what and all that, but most important... we have songs and a video! the songs i've listened so far are fantastic, very hnia, very fresh. andrea fm's voice is very nice!!!

here's come to me and go to hell mountain, both from xmmer.

enjoy the video for come to me!

titulares de hoy alrededor mundo

times online: Pentágono planea ataque de 3 días a Irán (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article2369001.ece)

cnn: irán alcanza blanco nuclear (http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/meast/09/02/iran.nuclear.ap/index.html)

le monde: Teherán afirma haber pasado una etapa decisiva en su programa nuclear (http://www.lemonde.fr/web/article/0,1-0@2-3218,36-950321@51-677013,0.html)

la nación (costa rica): bush se encuentra cada vez más solo e impopular (http://www.nacion.com/ln_ee/2007/septiembre/02/mundo1225577.html)

así, mientras londres informa, cnn da una "razón" para un ataque a irán (pese a las declaraciones de la iaea quienes afirman que las actividades nucleares de Irán son pacíficas, ver http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=6655), le monde anucia lo mismo pero de forma más cautelosa y diplomática, la nación parece un diario de búsqueda de parejas... "hombre exitoso en hacerse misteriosamente millonario, pero recientemente impopular, busca país que lo comprenda y apoye en toda circunstancia"... se escuchan comentarios.

Monday, August 27, 2007

apoyo a la música local: todos a ver a televisor!


no hay mucho que decir, salvo que la página de myspace de televisor me vendió inmediatamente la idea de ir a verlos. el afiche es sencillamente de lo mejor que he visto en la escena local en años y la música me encantó. escuchen los tracks que adjunto aquí (son los mismos de myspace, pero ya listos para que los suban a su ipod) y lléguense al cuartel este miércoles... no hay excusa, hay que apoyar la música local y en especial a televisor!

disfruten de amnesia y de vivir haciendo click en sus respectivos links (archivos mp3 en yousendit).

Saturday, August 25, 2007

costa rica and china: where are our ethics towards human rights?


given that our current president (oscar arias) won the nobel prize for peace and given our tradition (?) of defendants of human rights, the whole ditching of taiwan and welcoming of china came as a bit of a surprise to me. if you go to wikipedia and look for info on china's human rights, you will find this:




  • china admits to lacking laws to protect civil rights


  • although china has signed many agreements on improving their human rights, there is basically no change on their attitude towards torture, arbitrary detention and religion


  • china has the highest number of death penalties in 2005


  • china has made profits using its executed prisoners to have their organs harvested for transplants and sold there and abroad


  • china is known for its intolerance of organized dissent towards the government


  • china has got what can be called a regime of spatial and social apartheid towards rural chinese, keeping them in a subordinate status


  • china's one-child policy contributes to female infanticide, abandonment and sex selective abortions


  • when it comes to workers' rights, the criticism aims at minimum wage violations, long work hours, and inappropriate actions towards workers by management


  • china has got very tense relations with the dalai lama, another nobel prize for peace winner... which makes you wonder what our president thinks of that... but more important than that, what do you think about it?


is this the country we want to have commercial relations with? is this the example to follow? are we blinded by all the money that china is pouring into this country and the central american region? where are we heading?

more about human rights in china can be seen here:


the beautiful picture can be found on north sullivan's page on flickr.

Friday, August 10, 2007

anthony wilson died today


anthony wilson, the music mogul behind some of manchester's most successful bands, has died of cancer. anthony wilson was an influential figure in the "madchester" scene.

the salford-born entrepreneur, who founded factory records, the label behind joy division, new order, james, the durutti column and the happy mondays, was diagnosed last year.

the 57-year-old, also famous for setting up the hacienda nightclub, passed away on Friday evening at the Christie Hospital surrounded by family.
more info on the bbc site.
here's lcd soundsystem's cover of joy division's no love lost. enjoy it, tony!


Thursday, August 09, 2007

siouxie releases mantaray!

siouxie sioux's new album, mantaray, will be out on september 14. here's the first single, into a swan... this sounds quite interesting!

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

his name is alive: more xmmer news


i asked some questions to war about xmmer and i managed to get answers to most of them. i could not get a mp3 of the new album, but please, do yourself a favor, start saving for it!


without further ado, directly from the war's mouth, er, keyboard (ok, i admit there was some editing to make it look like he writes all these things nicely), here's what war had to say.


who's singing this time?

andry aka andy fm aka andrea francesca morici


will it be only instruments or samples as well?

i quit using samples in 1993. it was a moral choice, i really do think it's the same as stealing


what inspired you to write the songs?

at first i tried to write differently than i have in the past. i tried writing songs from other people's perspectives, and making up characters, but in the end it's still nonfiction with true life stories of all my mistakes and poorly decided lifechoices.


how would you describe the sound of the album?

it's pretty raw, there's a lot of clanging and banging sounds


will it be released on cd only?

we're working on a deal with a new york city label to do a vinyl pressing, but it'll probably pretty limited.


will you be touring as a whole band in the us and europe to promote it?

we've got some east coast shows in september that i think will be mostly acousticand then we've got a midwest tour that'll be a full-style band and after that nobody knows.


what instruments do you play this time around?

i tried to play all the drums and i tried to learn saxophone and trumpet, but in the end i still had to call some expert friends (ringers) to save it. elliot got the phone call for a couple tenor saxophone parts and it was amazing, and then i called bread over to fix up some drum fills, they saved the album!! sorry thats all i got for now.


thanks,


war

ministry - riding into the sunset in 2008


the last sucker will be ministry's final studio release.
the last sucker will be released on september 18 followed by a world tour in 2008, and then, after 11 studio albums and 27 years, including four grammy nominations ("n.w.o."/1993, "bad blood"/2000, "the great satan"/2005, "lieslieslies,"/2006), al jourgensen will lay ministry to rest and focus on expanding his borderland compound, 13th planet records."i've got a lot of side-projects and new projects i want to focus on," explained jourgensen. "we have our our own label, 13th planet records, we're building, and i want to sign, produce and collaborate with other artists. being in the studio writing, recording and collaborating is my favorite part of this snake-oil industry. i'd rather be behind the console than behind the mic. plus, i kinda like the synchronicity of dubya and ministry riding off into the sunset hand in hand."

the new 11-track ministry cd, the last sucker, is the third in an unrelenting and uber-critical trilogy aimed at exposing the foils, failures and fabrications perpetrated by the george w. bush administration. the last sucker, which follows houses of the mole (2004) and rio grande blood (2006), is the final nail in the dubya coffin.the last sucker was produced and recorded by al jourgensen at his 13th planet compound in el paso, tx with musicians thomas victor (prong) on guitars, paul raven (killing joke/prong) on bass and guitarist sin quirin (the revolting cocks). burton c. bell (fear factory, aotw) makes a vocal appearance on "die in a crash," as well as the album's final two songs, "end of days" parts one and two.
this is the tracklisting (click on the link for a sample of what the last sucker will sound like):
2. watch yourself
3. life is good
4. the dick song
5. the last sucker
6. no glory
7. death and destruction
8. roadhouse blues
9. die in a crash
10. end of days part one
11. end of days part two
more info on their website.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Sunday, August 05, 2007

beauty is goodness: the acoustic session

fans were asking for it. the band was not too sure about it, but in the end, they all agreed to re-release "i never thought i could fall this low" as a slower, acoustic version to be played on xfm.

the first thing macca noticed when he entered the recording studio, was a big black piano. he thought he was in the wrong recording room but when the engineer double checked and assured him this was where beauty is goodness were going to record their acoustic song, he stormed out and called his bandmates.

did any of you punters request a piano for the song?

the response was negative from everybody, which basically helped the band to disappear from existence. macca had been extremely clear from the beginning: no pianos were going to be allowed in any of their songs. the acoustic session was no exception.

we were not conceived as a coldplay copycat!, macca shouted over the phone. he was sick and tired of every single band that now played the piano onstage. he was happy to see tori amos live, but that was a different story. the way he saw it, tori was a piano godess and didn't deserve any of the bitching. but when it came to coldplay, keane and the like, please... a piano onstage!!!

when the rest of beauty is goodness arrived to the studio, the piano was gone and macca was having a cup of tea, still smiling at the fact of doing things his way and nobody else's. it only took one take to get the song right.

the impromptu video for the acoustic version of "i never thought i could fall this low" was the most watched video in youtube for 4 weeks.

Friday, August 03, 2007

new his name is alive album!


i'm going to ask war for more details on xmmer, the new album by his name is alive, but i have to admit that, if it's just as good as detrola (their previous release), i will be buying it on the day it's released (september 18, 2007).

the tracklist goes like this:

01. young blood
02. go to hell mountain
03. the wolf put his mouth on me
04. how dark is your dark side
05. what color was the blood
06. oh miss flower
07. put it in your mind
08. sangaree
09. intra ultra
10. come out the wilderness
11. when you fall for someone
12. come to me

i will keep you posted with more news as soon as i get something from hnia's hq. in the meantime, don't forget to download their silver makeup ep (4 lovely songs) for free by clicking here.

Monday, July 30, 2007

le tour de farce (by james bennett)



[ceci est une copie d'un émel que james nous a envoyé a un groupe de francophones aujourd'hui. j'ai décidé que c'était un tres bon commentaire, digne d'etre publié ici]



je vous écris, lors de la fin de ce tour de france 2007, pour m'exprimer sur le scandale ou bien les scandales qui ont entoure cet évènement historique et sportif qui fait, sans doute, partie de la culture française depuis très longtemps.



pour commencer le sport et la france sont si fortement bien lies. c'était un français qui a envisage la renaissance des jeux olympiques. c'etait encore un français qui a envisage la création de la coupe du monde. le français est la langue officielle du cio, de la fifa et de l'uefa. il y a aussi un quotidien "l'équipe" qui se consacre au reportage du sport en général et autant que je sache, il n'existe rien de pareil ailleurs en europe. en plus, c'est encore un français et un belge francophone qui sont actuellement les présidents de ces fédérations sportives de haute prestige. ayant passe beaucoup de temps en france en tant qu'étudiant et qu'habitant, je reconnais que les français sont bien passionnes de sport et que le sport se participe beaucoup partout en france. si on y réfléchit donc, c'est incontestable que le sport fait grande partie de la culture française
ici, on parle du cyclisme, mais il faut d'abord comprendre le statut du sport au sein de la culture française pour bien ou mieux comprendre, on dirait même reconnaitre, le désastre qui a bouleverse la france ces dernières semaines. il y a souvent des évènements sportifs qui peuvent engager tout un pays. en angleterre, il y a wimbledon et il y a la f.a. cup. en france, c'est roland garros et le tour de france qui engagent tout le public. alors difficile a imaginer un scandale qui fait de ces évènements un cauchemar.



et pourtant voila justement ce qui est arrivé avec le tour de france: le leader éliminé, deux équipes qui se sont retirées et le mot de "drogues" qui se fait des maintenant ecrire, lire et chouchouter. la crédibilité, il y en a plus! la culpabilité, cela reste avec qui? les équipes? les participants? les officiels? a mon avis tout le monde est responsable. c'est a tout le monde de rendre la crédibilité au tour, c'est a tout le monde de faire débarrasser le tour des drogues. c'est difficile a croire, aujourd'hui, ou tous les sports dénoncent l'utilisation des drogues par nos sportifs et sportives pour améliorer leurs chances, qu'il existe toujours le cyclisme qui en reste aveugle. c'est sur que le cyclisme reconnait l'utilisation des drogues, mais est le seul sport, semble-t-il, qui jusqu'a présent n'en fait rien ou a du mal a bien s’en occuper. ce n'est pas la première fois que le tour a connu un tel cauchemar. ce cauchemar a commence il y a quelques ans et cela a continué jusqu'au point ou cette année le tour a perdu toute crédibilité aux yeux des français qui regardent le tour et des médias qui transmettent cette course a travers le monde.



bref, il faut recommencer. certes, le maillot jaune a été passée, mais ce vêtement n'a plus la même importance. on attend, chaque année, l'annonce du premier "tricheur" et donc la perte de crédibilité. le sport, c'est participer a son mieux a soi sans chercher les moyens de se rendre "extraordinaire". espérons que le tour de france sait revenir a ce principe qui gouverne le sport a fin que sa "credo" soit restaurée et qu'il retrouve sa place au sein de la culture de france.

music: kraftwerk - tour de france (available for limited downloads). video available here.

crédit photo: l'internaute sport.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

real id project cancelled: why do we in costa rica have to put up with it?


the real id project in the united states was cancelled, according to this article by american civil liberties union (aclu). as the article points out,


"real id poses serious privacy threats. the federally mandated ids would hold machine-readable data of every american. that information would be stored in a national database available to government employees at all levels, putting every american at risk of identity theft and security breaches.


ultimately, real id could pave the way for a society that tracks americans’ movements and warehouses personal information in centralized databases that are rife with errors and highly enticing to identity thieves. because real id promises to be such an integral part of our lives, from boarding a plane to opening a bank account to verifying your eligibility to work, a small glitch could have disastrous consequences."


i think this is really interesting. not because americans are standing against this id card that would basically expose their every single move, but because this is what we, in costa rica, are mandated to do once we turn 18.


our id card displays our full name, address, picture, signature, where we vote, birth place and date and a bar code that stores all this info as well as our fingerprints... in a nutshell, everything an identity thief needs! for us costa ricans, no id card means no chance of getting a job, getting a passport (which means that there's no way of getting in the united states), buying certain goods (car, house, to name some), creating your own company, opening a bank account, etc...


why did we let this happen?


it's time for a revolution! no more identity cards!


more info on the threats of identity cards can be found on realnightmare.org



Friday, June 29, 2007

aol music sessions

nice videos
nice music
nice downloadable flv files (check your temp files for them)

go to aol music sessions and enjoy these artists and more:

interpol
tori amos
sarah mclachlan
the killers
yeah yeah yeahs
iggy pop
beastie boys
death cab for cutie
snow patrol
david gilmour
matisyahu
weezer
coldplay

Thursday, June 28, 2007

who is madeleine mccann, really?


i have to admit i have no idea how many kids go missing around the world every year. in the united states, it is believed that 85% out of the 876,213 people who went missing in 2000 were children, so we can round that number to one in the vicinity of 744,781 missing children per year. that is a huge number. imagine what is like for the rest of the world, considering illegal traffic of children across borders and all that. but that happens to all kinds of children.


and then, there's maddie.


madeleine mccann went missing in portugal on may 3, 2007. i don't know if missing kids' faces end up in milk cartons in portugal, but that certainly wasn't what the mccanns ended up doing. i don't remember seeing such a huge media display for a missing kid. don't take me wrong, if my child were to go missing, i'd do everything in my might to find him/her (not that i have no idea about my child's gender, it's only that we have no children yet).


still, 1 missing kid out of millions around the world has turned into:


  • 1 website

  • 1.6 million us dollars in contributions (and counting!)

  • "look for madeleine" bands

  • brian adams not suing the mccanns for using one of his most recognizable songs on their site

  • benny (known in catholic circles as benedict xvi) receiving maddie's parents for an audience at the vatican, after they were flown in philip green's jet (he of bhs and topshop stores and who's willing to give 2 million dollars for her safe return). let's keep in mind that the current pope was the leader of what was once known as the holy inquisition, now called congregation for the doctrine of the faith. but i digress, as usual.

who is madeleine mccann, really?


is she somehow connected to the church?

is she the direct descendant of someone very important, alive or dead thousands of years ago, that cannot be named that easily?

is the whole thing part of a master plan, a hidden agenda?

what's with her eye? is she an alien? half-alien? (the more i look at her pictures, the more i suspect there's something dodgy)

is she our last chance for salvation of any divine kind?


if she's ever found alive (and i hope it'll be the case), i really hope there'll be some unbiased journalist that finds out what the whole fuzz about madeleine is/was?
last but not least, what were mr and mrs mccann thinking when they decided to go for dinner that night and leave three children, count them, three! unattended in their unlocked hotel room?
i'll sit and wait for all the answers to come soon...

Sunday, June 24, 2007

who the fuck...?

and, who the fuck do you think you are, mate?

macca swore he had not being rude at the dutch guy at all... it was a simple request and after all, the label was paying for the photo session, so he rightfully thought he was entitled to make one simple request.

we would like to have a nice colour picture on our cd sleeve, mr. corbijn, he said.

do you know who the fuck i am, mate?

yes, mr. corbijn. we've seen all these pictures you've taken of bowie, geldof, bono, the killers and stuff, but hey... we were just wondering... wouldn't it be a bit nicer to have something in colour on our cd sleeve? it would definitely contrast with the somber tone of that single and i'm sure people would notice it immediately.

well, anton said, first of all, i don't have colour film with me. second, it's usually me who decide what type of film i'm going to use and, who the fuck do you think you are, mate?

anton was just back from austria where he had taken a couple of pictures of agnes milewski for her next album and he had agreed to do it in colour, simply because it was summer and it would have been unfair to portray her in only black and white. but these guys, well... they'd be lucky if he shoot them using a discardable camera.

macca couldn't take anton's reply and simply punched him in the face and walked out of the studio.

the punch made the news.

the single hit the charts. it was the first single in years without a proper cd sleeve and yet managed to reach #2 in the first week, #1 the next for 6 consecutive weeks.

anton corbijn lost a tooth but still managed to charge 50 grand for the photo session.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

beauty is goodness

it was a bit of a curse, really. macallister sumner was born in liverpool in 1982. that 9th of may was just another day for many other people, but for the sumners it was a blessing. thomas had been diagnosed cancer only two weeks before and linda was already too old to be a mother, but both were able to live long enough to see macallister grab his first instrument.

it was thomas's four-string bass. macallister was four and he loved the loud, deep sounds his little hands were producing by hammering the bass. his dad didn't mind macallister killing his bass, he simply smiled from his deathbed. thomas died hours after this incident.

by the time macallister was 16, almost 17, he could play the bass like no other kid he knew could. he started playing thomas's old bass, but macallister found out that he was left handed and playing it upside down didn't allow him to play at his best. he managed to convince linda to buy an appropriate bass and a whole new world opened in front of his eyes.

macallister was good.

very good.

by the time he was 20, he was in a band. as many other bands, they had loads of trouble finding the right name for them. books they had read, street names, words concatenated at random: they tried everything and decided to stick to beauty is goodness, after a quote by tolstoi, whom macallister admired.

by the time he was 23, beauty is goodness was already on the cover of q, nme and les inrockuptibles and were about to play glasto for 150,000 muddy people. good riddance.

by that time, macallister sumner was no longer called that. it was just macca. and he hated it.

he was no paul mccartney. although he was also left-handed and played the bass, and co-wrote most of the hit singles of beauty is goodness (who could ever forget their first hit, i never thought i could fall this low?), he hated being called macca. he hated being called the next big hope of britpop, but not as much as macca.

by the time he was worldwide famous, he was already an orphan. his mum died shortly after i never thought i could fall this low made it to top of the pops, with a calm, satified smile on her face.

(end of part 1. can someone tell me if they like this short story, please? should i carry on?)

fete de la musique 2007

if anyone is interested, this is the mix cd i created for today. want it? let me know and i'll see what i can do for you.

Song Of The Sibyl - Dead Can Dance
Ne Me Quitte Pas - Natacha Atlas
Dark Escape - MIDIval PunditZ
Daw Da Hiya - Ofra Haza
Light - Talvin Singh
Sekoi Fali - Bulgarian Vocal Choir
Desert - Emilie Simon (Thievery Corporation remix)
Sem Contenção - Bebel Gilberto (DJ Sin Plomo remix)
Perfume - Luciano Supervielle Feat. Adriana Varela
Amarily Lov Reggae - Mekatelyu
Semplice Mente - Ust Mamo
Jerusalem - Matisyahu
Diablo Rojo - Rodrigo y Gabriela
Dr. Gilbert/Devils Of Dublin/Black Pat's - Lúnasa
Brestir Og Brak - Björk Gudmundsdóttir & Trió Gudmundar Ingólfssonar
Face A La Mer - Les Negresses Vertes
Elle et moi - Koffi Olomide
Sama Yaye - Souleymane Faye
Marie Laveaux - ¡Cubanismo!
Clocks - Coldplay/Buena Vista Social Club
Sexy - Los Amigos Invisibles
Clandestino - Manu Chao
Melting Pot - King Changó
Bonus Track
Money Money (root of all evil) - Horace Andy

to people at work who think i compiled this music during working hours, sod off!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

a massive list for your downloading pleasure!


as you can imagine, this collection of albums and live concerts is for you to download for a limited amount of time, listen to them and then decide to support the artists by actually buying their albums. i recommend going to your local shop (hopefully not part of a big chain) or buying mp3s at emusic.

some of the artists with recordings available to download are: annie, architecture in helsinki, camera obscura, clinic, cocteau twins, daft punk, sonic youth, deep dish, electrelane, freezepop, john digweed, joy division, ladytron, m.ward, m83, mstrkrft, massive attack, ms john soda, new order, of montreal, paul oakenfold, ratatat, regina spektor, the decemberists, the magnetic fields, the shins, voxtrot and ¡forward, russia!

the list can be found here.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

anne clark


i think it was my mate adrian who made me listen to anne clark for the first time. there was something about her writing and about her style that made her quite unique. i guess the only music store at the time that carried any music by her was auco disco (now defunct, much to my chagrin) and i remember buying "the sitting room" without hesitating.

this is a short album. 7 songs in 15 minutes or so and yet, one is able to find the beauty in anne's poetry and music.

for all 4ad fans, dominic appleton (credited in my uk release as domonic appleton) played the keyboards on this release. he later joined 4ad for the this mortal coil releases, filigree & shadow and blood.

download short story (party mix!) by clicking here. if i get at least one comment on this release, i might post the whole album for everybody's aural pleasure.

short story (party mix!)
there is a little place
in a little room
where a little chap
hides away amidst the gloom
tucks his little legs
underneath a well-worn chair
plucks a piece of paper
and attacks at his despair
a stubby lead pencil
scratches through the fears
of every little cruelness
that reduces us to tears
sharp is the lead
but will it penetrate
all the nooks and crannies
that this world creates
there is so little time
for us to stop and look
as he places the cover
upon his little book
there will come a day
when this little man will die
and they'll put him in a tiny hole
underneath the sky
his little lead pencil,
book and chair
will be placed inside a plastic bag
and taken who knows where ...

Monday, June 11, 2007

mac your pc!


little by litte, apple is taking care of all of us, neglected pc users of the world. first it was quicktime, then came itunes and now, safari! proved and loved by millions on their macs, safari comes to the windows world to help us out of explorer, even out of firefox!

i'll be trying it this week on my home computer and i'll hopefully be posting how good it is by saturday.

download safari 3 beta by clicking here.

diamond sea

i've got a major crush on this song by sonic youth. the first version i heard was the edited version for a cmj cd and it blew me away. the guitar, the distorsion, the beat, the lyrics! everything was perfect.

then i bought the album and i realised that the version there lasted more than 15 minutes and i was speechless. 15 minutes and more wall of sound than anything i've heard before. brilliant!

and now, the calm after the storm. the yeah yeah yeahs grab an acoustic guitar and go easy on diamond sea. feel free to download this version and use it as your indie lullaby.

diamond sea
time takes its crazy toll
and how does your mirror grow
you better watch yourself when you jump into it
'cause the mirror's gonna steal your soul
i wonder how it came to be my friend
that someone just like you has come again
you'll never, never know how close you came
until you fall in love with the diamond rain
throw all his trash away
look out he's here to stay
your mirror's gonna crack when he breaks into it
and you'll never never be the same
look into his eyes and you can see
why all the little kids are dressed in dreams
i wonder how he's gonna make it back
when he sees that you just know it's make-belief
blood crystalized as sand
and now I hope you'll understand
you reflected into his looking glass soul
and now the mirror is your only friend
look into his eyes and you will see
that men are not alone on the diamond sea
sail into the heart of the lonely storm
and tell her that you'll love her eternally
time takes its crazy toll
mirror fallin' off the wall
you better look out for the looking glass girl
'cause she's gonna take you for a fall
look into his eyes and you shall see
why everything is quiet and nothing's free
i wonder how he's gonna make her smile
when love is running wild on the diamond sea

the daily green

as i was redditing this morning (i know, that's not a real word... yet!), i stumbled upon the daily green, a site focused on the imminent green revolution.

go to the site and look at the interesting tips to save on energy, water and so forth. it's a shame that the site is not vegetarian as well, but hey, nobody's perfect.

the picture above is from ushuaia, argentina in 2006. that area used to freeze completely in winter and people would use it as a ice skating ring. guess what? that's no longer the case. thanks to everybody for their contribution to global warming!

now, go to the daily green and start doing something about the environment today!

Sunday, June 10, 2007

gusgus - the cductive release



back in '99, with web 1.0 trying its best to sell music, cductive was born (the site doesn't exist anymore). it was a good idea in the pre-ipod years. pick the music you want, pay a fair amount for the tracks to be burnt onto a cd and wait for it in the mail. they even offered cd samples to get you hooked (i got the drum'n'bass, techno, ambient and big beat ones). i got hooked.

around that same time, 4ad's band of the year was no other than gusgus (whose new record, under pineapple records should be bought at once if you like to dance non-stop). 4ad teamed up with wb to offer the possibility of creating a custom-made gusgus album. i jumped at the opportunity and created what cductive called "your custom-cut slice of gus gus".

if you click here in the next 7 days, you might enjoy my "personally selected feats of textured groove, surrealist mood and dancefloor daring-do from the masterminds of hypnordic pop who once again defy all definition and prediction".


long live cductive.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

nitzer ebb - i give to you

un flashback de esos días cuando mtv/120 minutos valía la pena.

ingredientes:
1. nitzer ebb
2. flood de co-productor
3. alan wilder de co-productor
4. alan wilder utilizando una orquesta de verdad para "i give to you"

disfruten!

Friday, June 08, 2007

recoil interview

this comes from machine music (from hungary)... somehow the east europeans always get the first details regarding dm and dm-related artists. i guess it's some kind of pact with the devil, so to speak. anyway, some very interesting things in it. read and enjoy!

mm: why did we have to wait so long for the new recoil album?

aw: basically because i needed a break. after 'liquid', i felt quite quite mentally drained and this coincided with the birth of our second child, stanley. i thought that i should spend more time performing child-care duties (even though my wife hep still does most of it!). i did try to get some sort of project going on a couple of occasions during the last 5 years but i just couldn't get on a roll, so i took that as a sign that i needed more time away from the studio. eventually, with a caring but firm shove from hep, i got my act together and started work again in earnest. this was late 2005.

mm: how much does 'subhuman' follow that musical direction which characterized the 'liquid' and 'unsound methods' albums?

aw: 'subhuman' still supplies many of the typical recoil trademarks in that it is quite dark with strong atmosphere - so there are definite links to former albums. my favourite records are always those that the listener has to 'learn' - albums that take several plays in order to appreciate the arrangements and the more subtle elements. i think this lp is possibly less experimental and contains more obvious melodies but it's still a long way from 'pop'. (that's never been a problem for me!) i just do what comes naturally and in this case, most of the music i came up with veered off in a blues direction - similar to a few tracks i have produced in the past, not only on 'liquid' and 'unsound methods' but also 'bloodline' and even at times, with depeche mode. i followed up on that by searching for an authentic blues singer and came up with joe richardson via the internet.


mm: do you plan any co-operation with other musicians, artists for side-projects or does recoil gives you enough occupation?

aw: i have no plans at this time to collaborate on any other projects. since i started work again, recoil has taken up all my time and i hope to get moving quite soon on another album. i guess i will be looking for people to contribute to that but it is still a long way off.

mm: many music sites describe recoil's music as 'electro-blues' or complex soundtrack-like sound. do you agree with this label?

aw: well i suppose that's a way to describe it but the results often cross into many other areas. i certainly like to experiment with sound and different genres. i often use pieces of classical orchestration as well as ethnic instruments and strange percussion loops. in fact, there is far more organic sound and human performance than pure electronics. in the end, it's not that important to me what the ratio is or how people wish to describe the music. mm: the uncommon and unique recoil tracks are not so radio or club friendly. do you want to stay away from the commercial pop scene?aw: for me, creating music is almost a subconscious process which means not getting clouded by worrying about the commerciality of the results. as i said, it's important to be instinctive and to have the confidence to allow it just to flow. by applying my methodology, what we end up with usually has a recognisable recoil 'sound' - despite the wide variety of vocalists and other contributors. if the results happens to be commercial, fine. if not, that's also fine.

mm: you have been in the music business more than 25 years. what are the most important development in music making (e.g. tools, producing, marketing, engineering process, etc.)?


aw: i think the computer has made it so much easier to experiment with sounds and, particularly, structure. it allows you to just try things that would have been impossible in the more traditional recording environment where everything had to be committed to tape at a much earlier stage. of course, one always needs good ideas but i like the concept that anyone can have a go - and get decent results from the comfort of their own home, on an affordable budget.

mm: what kind of music are you listening to nowadays?

aw: i have always enjoyed the diversity of lots of areas of music, and from different eras. i don't listen to radio much (it's mainly shit in england) or music tv (also shit) so i'm probably quite out of touch with most of what's happening - but i do have a huge library of cds and records from the last 35 years.

mm: what were the last 5 cds you bought or downloaded?aw: grinderman lpjohnny greenwood (radiohead) - 'bodysong' cocteau twins - compilationair - 'pocket symphony'the raconteurs - 'broken boy soldiers'the dears - 'gang of losers' (i was disappointed with this - preferred their previous album - 'no cities left')mm: do you prefer to buy cds rather than download from legal sites?

aw: i prefer the sound of vinyl or cd which is currently far superior to mp3, and i am also from the generation that loves to hold the actual product in our hands! but i do download sometimes and will do so more in the future as soon as the quality improves. it is obviously the future of music sales and i welcome the new technology. for an artist like recoil, trying or even expecting to get your cds into the shops is pretty much a non-starter these days. on-line purchasing is the way to go and people are far more willing to search for your product that way. the idea of taking the shops and stores out of the equation is quite satisfying. let them dumb down selling madonna, elton john and nintendo games while the rest of us move forward. of course, the downloading issue is also throwing the record business into crisis as cd sales are plummeting. the companies are desperately trying to find clever ways to integrate themselves into the new buying trends.

mm: are you going to make any video clips?

aw: not sure yet. it depends whether their is enough interest in the recoil singles. videos probably form the highest percentage of the overall budget for the making of each album. considering the amount of times they actually get shown, i would question whether they are worth making.

mm: can we expect any live shows?

aw: it's unlikely

thanks to recoil19.net for the pictures!

Sunday, June 03, 2007

whatever happened to... supreme beings of leisure?


to answer that question quickly, i have no idea.

but i found out that kiran shahani (from sbol) and shana halligan formed a band in 2006 called bitter:sweet (quango). fans of portishead, zero 7 and björk should like this, too.

the following are 3 songs (in mp3 format) from their debut (and only?) album, the mating game.

enjoy!

download "the mating game"
download "bittersweet faith"

as i usually recommend, buy this and more at emusic

can i go from homer to charles?














the challenge began this last saturday, june 2st, 2007. back to the gym with 90 kg of fat. the goal: 80 kg of muscle. i'll keep everybody posted!

Sunday, May 27, 2007

trascendencia de los 70s (parte 1)

no puedo esconder mi impaciencia de ver "control", el primer largometraje dirigido por anton corbijn (que muchos recordarán por los videos que ha dirigido para u2, depeche mode, nirvana y que le ha tomado fotos a cientos de artistas).

la razón principal de anton para pasarse a vivir a inglaterra fue precisamente la música del ahora legendario joy division, una banda de macclesfield (manchester) que en 3 años logró crear un nuevo género musical y redefinir las expectativas musicales de ya varias generaciones.

el imbécil de ian curtis terminó suicidándose, imposibilitado de manejar su enfermedad, su fama, sus problemas con deborah y con annik, todo al mismo tiempo. nos dejó un legado musical sin comparación y por eso esperamos con los dedos cruzados para que los baker traigan la cinta a la sala garbo (aunque me imagino que mario giacomelli quisiera verla en el magaly, lo que no me enojaría tampoco).

disfruten el "trailer" con subtítulos en francés (imagino que debido a la presentación de control en el festival de cannes).



como video "bonus", los killers haciéndole honor a su nombre y asesinando shadowplay de joy division... espero que esta versión solo salga en los créditos al final de la película o en el soundtrack de "canciones inspiradas por la película", porque vocalmente es de lo peor que brandon flowers ha hecho en años. para los insaciables, busquen "a means to an end" (disco tributo a joy division con excelentes participaciones) y les dejo otro video de lo más reciente, la versión de lcd soundsystem de "no love lost"... eso sí es un cover!

the killers, shadowplay


lcd soundsystem, no love lost

Friday, May 18, 2007

this is such a nice remix!

Collected Remixes
i actually had to edit this post, simply because i was surprised to find a song by the one am radio on my ipod today. i liked that song and then i thought about what i had written as the post title.

i still don't know much about the one am radio and admit to have never heard about alias, but this remix of "what you gave away" is worth your downloading time. if i were you, i'll look for more on both the band and the remixer.

without any further ado, download "what you gave away - remix for the one am radio" (mp3) from "collected remixes" by alias

Thursday, April 26, 2007

let's change the mood a bit...


lol tolhurst delights us with a new album, house by the sea. way too distant from his cure days, it's nice to see him reinvent himself with a new sound and a female vocalist (his wife). here's one of the songs, never going to dream again... now that i think about it, maybe the title is not too much of a change from the previous post... but you have to admit the music's lovely.

download "never going to dream again" (mp3) by levinhurst

if you like the song, feel free to buy it at emusic (my kind of shop!)

about the VTM




only a couple hours or at the most a day after 30+ people were killed at virginia tech (what will for ever be known as v-tech massacre or VTM, for short), the writings of the killer were made public for the whole world to see.

i will not deny the guy was mentally unstable.

i will not deny the facts.

but, how can I, also a writer (albeit not as famous for obvious reasons) keep on writing when this guy's scripts were shown all over the world as the "evidence" of a potential murderer? how can i ever prove that whatever i have written or will ever write has been/will only be part of my creative self and not my innermost thoughts or desires? it really worries me.

many years ago, i wrote a short story called "john jones". a simple guy who was basically raised on his own, worked on his own and lived on his own until he met a girl he fell in love with. the end of the story is probably expected, but it was a way to observe that mankind has been able to adapt to its own environment through the ages and that people will continue to do so, in their own way. i don't dare to publish "john jones" now, because i'm afraid people will think i'm john jones, and probably talking about the story will suffice to make people think twice about me when they meet me... "there's that weirdo..."

i hope i will change my mind about "john jones". it's a nice fictional short story if you ask me.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Luto por las madres muertas

Nos están matando a las madres. Nos las están matando con balas, machetes y sierras. Hoy amaneció una muerta a la orilla de la playa, donde la luz del sol que ilumina la vida, iluminó la muerte. Le abrieron el vientre mientras paría a sus hijos, y se los arrancaron de raíz como se arranca un árbol. La dejaron tirada, sin el mayor respeto, con la mayor de las crueldades. Sin aliento, sin hijos, sin la posibilidad de engendrar más vida.

A las otras las mata el amor. La obsesión y la pasión desenfrenada. Los celos que originan los deseos más perversos, más egoístas. Les parten la cara, les quiebran los huesos, las entierran con vida. Las matan aquellos a quienes ellas entregaron su cuerpo y alma, tiempo y vida; aquellos con quienes compartió cama, y les dieron hijos.

Pero sigue la muerte cosechando a su paso, y hay un genocidio que se está quedando escondido en el silencio. Porque cientos de madres han sido taladas a lo largo de muchos caminos, y han sufrido torturas desmedidas. Les cortan los miembros, les arrancan sus frutos que con tanta dedicación habían hecho crecer en sus ramas. Dejan sus pedazos tirados en la vía, evidencia de una crueldad que queda impune e imparable. Esas madres nos protegían de erosiones, derrumbes, calores excesivos, y paisajes áridos.

Por eso el luto me cubre los ojos, me cubre el alma, y lloro con las lágrimas de las madres muertas. Cuántas de ellas tendrán que morir para darnos cuenta de esta torpeza. Cuántas más para exigir leyes que las protejan y personas que velen por ello como sus propias madres velaron noche tras noche su sueño.

Hoy estoy de luto, y quién sabe por cuánto tiempo más he de estarlo. Porque estoy de luto por las madres muertas, y por aquellos que no se percatan que hay que estarlo. Por aquellos que no hacen nada, y por aquellos que no se conmueven por su pérdida. ¿Es que acaso tendré que vestir de negro hasta mi propia muerte?

Espero que así no sea.

Ana Gabriela Brenes
26.03.07

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

how to cook the perfect steak


this is a graphic story, very graphic indeed... and i'm sure you'll stop asking me why i became a vegetarian after this.


see the detailed story by clicking here.

Monday, January 29, 2007

love parade en costa rica!


al parecer, se nos cumplió: la gente de promosónica productions (no voy a entrar en detalles para no lastimar egos) se está comprometiendo en hacer un desfile por medio chepe en algún momento de marzo, a semejanza del love parade alemán. lo que hay de información hasta ahora lo pueden ver en el sitio de promosónica. el nombre tentativo de la actividad va a ser proda fest, que suena como medio checo en vez de tico, pero bueno... mejor le hubieran puesto chepe parade o algo menos amarrado al nombre de la compañía organizadora.

en todo caso, esperemos que esta sea una buena oportunidad para que salga a la calle todo ese gentío que de una u otra forma le gusta la música electrónica. va a ser un carnaval atípico (y sin comparsas, a dios gracias) y la verdad habrá que ir a disfrutarlo, con o sin disfraz/maquillaje/ropa/drogas. ojalá que toda la gente que va a los eventos electrónicos a clubes/fiestas privadas/dens y demás se llegue sin ese temor a "qué polada" o "yo no voy a esas varas", "qué color que lo vean a uno como un teknoyonki (o que se den cuenta de eso)" porque sino esta va a ser la primera y última vez que algo así suceda.

para los organizadores: recuerden que el primer love parade en berlín se hizo con 150 personas (aunque ahora todo el mundo jure que estaba ahí ese día)... así que cualquier número de gente de ahí para arriba ya es ganancia!

cruzo los dedos para que haya un buen afiche del evento, camisetas oficiales, dvd del evento y disco compilación de los mejores mixes del día.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

nick cave: you are my hero


después de haber abandonado su actitud punk en birthday party y haber sido parte, en conjunto con los bad seeds, de mi refinamiento musical, nick cave vuelve a las andadas este año con un album nuevo pero bajo otro nombre. con muchos de los bad seeds a bordo (warren ellis, martyn casey y jim sclavunos), nace "grinderman". el proyecto es una revisión de birthday party, con la madurez que le han dado los últimos 25 años de carrera a nick cave...


el disco sale en pocos días vía mute records, pero mientras tanto, pueden bajar el video una de sus nuevas canciones, "no pussy blues" (no necesita explicación, video un tanto gráfico, nsfw), haciendo clic aquí). necesitan el flv player para verlo.


para más info, vayan a la página de grinderman en myspace (donde también se puede escuchar "get it on", igual de buena).

i'm drinking a girlie beer... and loving it!

la cervecería costa rica acaba de lanzar (o por lo menos yo me acabo de dar cuenta) una cerveza con solo 2.5% de alcohol y con sabor a lima-limón. se llama "stones radler", de supuesto origen alemán desde 1922, pero dejando todo esa historia de lado, está bien buena!

usualmente no tomo cerveza, pero me entró la curiosidad de probar la stones radler y tengo que admitir que me gustó desde el primer trago! hay que hacerle caso a la recomendación en la botella: sírvase bien fría y sin hielo.

a tomar!