Tuesday, December 30, 2008

digital80 presenta trabajo nuevo!


mis amigos moya e isra, conocidos en el mundo musical bajo el nombre de digital80, presentan su nuevo website y su tercer disco, plástica (4 de 5 en mi escala de ratings).


a diferencia de los dos primeros (ecuatorial 720 y cosas que no lastiman cuando se les ve de cerca), este nuevo material sale a la luz siguiendo los pasos de nine inch nails: gratis en forma digital (bitrate variable de los 141 a los 217 kbps, lo cual es un bitrate decente, aunque hubiera sido más rico tener todos los temas a 320).


digital80 se pule en plástica y logra un trabajo que va más allá de la autocategorización de "intelligent dance music" (idm, la cual muchos artistas detestan), para entrar en un mundo electrónico de múltiples influencias.


este es un review rápido de los tracks de plástica, que se pueden bajar gratis haciendo clic aquí:


  • plástica(s): excelentes intro y outro al tercer album de digital80... aunque hay que admitir que estas piezas son las que tienen menos mezclas de elementos fuera del ámbito electrónico.

  • sandunga: significa parranda y no queda duda. hay elementos sacados de thievery corporation pero a una velocidad entre el downtempo de ellos y un dance beat que hace de la pieza un buen inicio para una fiesta.

  • atman: una pieza que recuerda un poco a banco de gaia, destinada para mover el alma, pero para bailar con los ojos cerrados.

  • ciudad nunca: una pieza que recuerda cierto sonido de new order instrumental ochentero, pero sin una presencia marcada del bajo, sea sintetizado o real... la pieza se prestaba para eso (algo que resiento en general de plástica como un todo).

  • el vestido de andrea: la canción "romántica" del disco, con algunos elementos sacados de mike paradinas o aphex twin. un tributo a un idm clásico.

  • inmanente: esta pieza está que se cae para un remix salvaje! es puro chillout con posibilidades de clubbing, puro röyksopp con "poor leno". en versión original, cabe en una compilación "café del mar" sin problema.

  • exe iris: un momento orb para digital80.

  • apacible saturday: muy similar en estructura y sonido a exe iris. a ambas les daría un 3.5/5 por ser piezas que cuesta que vayan a algún lado.

  • perceptron: mejor que cualquier instrumental de depeche mode de los últimos 3 discos. me gustaría que la pieza llegara a las manos de un front242 para que la remezclaran, curiosamente.

el pan de tía alice...


cuando era pequeño, ir donde tía alice era todo un viaje de placer... primero que todo, no todos los días se viajaba a santa gertrudis sur de grecia a visitar a una tía abuela o tía bisabuela (no soy muy ducho en esto de la genealogía). recuerdo el viaje como un encuentro con una costa rica muy diferente a la que estaba acostumbrado, y cuando los cañales empezaban a surgir en el camino y el automóvil de mi abuelo (un fiat rojo placa 84117) tenía que bajar la velocidad por ir detrás de un tractor que jalaba caña a velocidad risible, sabía que estábamos por llegar... todo eso era parte del encanto del viaje.

llegar a casa de tía alice era llegar a un pasado distante para mí. la casa, ubicada frente a la plaza de fútbol del pueblo, tenía un aire de casa de 1920, hecha en madera y metal. un pequeño jardín al frente de la casa, seguido de una entrada que ya le advertía a uno que, una vez cruzado el umbral de la puerta, el tiempo retrocedía y se estancaba a lo más en 1960. cuartos vacíos que alguna vez fueron ocupados por un esposo y un hijo fallecidos muchos años antes, salas amplias que parecían haber sido el centro social del pueblo en alguna ocasión con un televisor que nunca vi encendido, una cocina muy amplia que siempre estaba esperándonos y un patio trasero que se convertía en una finca de gran extensión.

la historia del hijo merece un paréntesis rápido. no recuerdo haber visto foto alguna de ese hijo y lo único que sé me lo contaron después de la muerte de tía alice. al parecer, este niño nació perfectamente sano y muy bonito, pero poco a poco una enfermedad que nadie que me haya contado esto lo recuerda, lo empezó a deformar en forma irremediable y murió a los diez años de edad. me imagino lo devastador que pudo haber sido esto para tía alice y su esposo (cuyo nombre, al igual que el del hijo, desconozco).

las visitas a tía alice pasaban siempre en forma muy agradable, escuchando a mi abuela hablando con ella y los demás tratando de entrar en ese mundo de noticias sobre familiares que hoy ya tampoco nos acompañan o que anhelan llegar a los 100 años, como es costumbre entre muchas de las mujeres de la familia... pero para mí, era la cocina de tía alice la que siempre me llenaba de alegría. un mundo de bizcochos y pancitos caseros desfilaba ante mis ojos y nunca perdía la oportunidad de comer hasta la saciedad, mientras tomaba ya fuera un té o aguadulce en leche. era parte del ritual.

sin embargo, al morir tía alice a inicios de los 90 (creo), no hubo más viajes a santa gertrudis sur de grecia y no hubo más pancitos.

sin embargo, este domingo 28 de diciembre una de esas familiares que van a llegar a ser muy, pero muy viejitas, trajo un pancito dulce a una pequeña reunión familiar. al principio, era solamente un pancito dulce para acompañar el café de la tarde, pero pronto corrió una noticia como pólvora: el pancito dulce lo había hecho rosita zamora siguiendo la receta de mi tía alice. de inmediato, todo el mundo en mi mesa empezó a recordar esos viajes a santa gertrudis de grecia. mi tío francisco recordó que tía alice hacía melcochas con dulce salido de su propio trapiche y con maní que él mismo le agregaba en el momento en que tía alice le dijera... se le hizo la boca agua al hablar de ellas y por un momento, todos los que estábamos ahí retrocedimos en el tiempo por unos segundos (incluso me pareció ver a mi abuela sentada en otra mesa hablando con sus hermanas). comí tres pancitos de esos y me traje un cuarto en la bolsa de mi camisa para fotografiarlo como si fuera un carro clásico que ya no se puede adquirir en ningún otro lado.

el pan de tía alice fue parte de la infancia de muchos de nosotros y espero quede en mis recuerdos para siempre.

this is what i like about the brits...

ricky gervais couldn't have said it better:

"i think we play the loser well because england's full of them," he says. "we celebrate our losers, we celebrate our underdogs, we celebrate those people [...] whereas americans celebrate success. americans are brought up to believe they can be the next president of the united states. british people are told it won't happen to you. it sounds like a generalization, but it's true."

to all those losers who have made my life so great, i salute you!

Monday, December 15, 2008

how does it feel...

... to listen to yet a new cover of blue monday? i like it simply because it's close to the original, a woman sings it (emma lucia) and it's quite dancey in a retro way. :) click here and enjoy this version by meterhead!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

to my friends in europe: hibernate like it's 1900!


this is an extract from a very interesting article from graham robb on the new york times:

economists and bureaucrats who ventured out into the countryside after the [french] revolution were horrified to find that the work force disappeared between fall and spring. the fields were deserted from flanders to provence. villages and even small towns were silent, with barely a column of smoke to reveal a human presence. as soon as the weather turned cold, people all over france shut themselves away and practiced the forgotten art of doing nothing at all for months on end.


in the mountains, the tradition of seasonal sloth was ancient and pervasive. “seven months of winter, five months of hell,” they said in the alps. when the “hell” of unremitting toil was over, the human beings settled in with their cows and pigs. they lowered their metabolic rate to prevent hunger from exhausting supplies. if someone died during the seven months of winter, the corpse was stored on the roof under a blanket of snow until spring thawed the ground, allowing a grave to be dug and a priest to reach the village.


the same mass dormancy was practiced in other chilly parts. in 1900, the british medical journal reported that peasants of the pskov region in northwestern russia “adopt the economical expedient” of spending one-half of the year in sleep: “at the first fall of snow the whole family gathers round the stove, lies down, ceases to wrestle with the problems of human existence, and quietly goes to sleep. once a day every one wakes up to eat a piece of hard bread. ... the members of the family take it in turn to watch and keep the fire alight. after six months of this reposeful existence the family wakes up, shakes itself” and “goes out to see if the grass is growing.”


it is unlikely this was hibernation in the zoological sense. while extreme cold might have set off a biological response normally seen only in squirrels, bears and marmots, human hibernation probably reflects a sensible, communal decision to stay in bed for as long as possible.
but the french seem to have been particularly sleepy. they “hibernated” even in temperate zones. in burgundy, after the wine harvest, the workers burned the vine stocks, repaired their tools and left the land to the wolves. a civil servant who investigated the region’s economic activity in 1844 found that he was almost the only living presence in the landscape: “these vigorous men will now spend their days in bed, packing their bodies tightly together in order to stay warm and to eat less food. they weaken themselves deliberately.”


after the revolution, government officials complained that farmers were “abandoning themselves to dumb idleness,” instead of undertaking “some peaceful and sedentary industry.” income acted only as a deterrent. the people of beaucaire on the rhône made enough money at their summer fair to spend the rest of the year “smoking, playing cards, hunting and sleeping.”


until the 20th century, few people needed money. apart from salt and iron, everything could be paid for in kind. economic activity was more a means of making the time pass than of making money, which might explain why one of the few winter industries in the alps was clock-making. tinkering with tiny mechanisms made time pass less slowly, and the clocks themselves proved that it was indeed passing.


read the full article here.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

obama wins!


ok, dude, now do a good job. we'll keep record of every success and failure. don't screw this golden opportunity.

congrats,

people with brains.

image from getty images, courtesy of cnn.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

qué pasó con eso de no adorar ídolos?


aunque parezca salido de la peli de los 10 mandamientos, es real: un grupo de evangélicos se reunió alrededor del toro de oro en wall street para rezarle a dios por la economía. qué ironía que esta sea la misma gente que recita extractos de la biblia sin parar. deberían leer nuevamente el libro del éxodo, capítulo 32 y luego abandonar todo intento de religión.

gracias a la siempre aguda wonkette y a pharyngula por la imagen y cita bíblica.


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

the europeanization of america

the wall street journal has quite an interesting article on the upcoming presidential election in the u.s. and here are some of the highlights. the basis of the article is that obama will win the elections. the author is clearly a republican and very afraid of the u.s. becoming in many aspects europe 2.0 (which i think it's a good idea in some aspects, unlike the author). these are some of the changes he's foreseeing:
  • the u.s. military will withdraw from iraq quickly and substantially
  • protectionism will become our national trade policy; free trade agreements with other nations will be reduced and limited.
  • income taxes will rise on middle- and upper-income people and businesses, and individuals will pay much higher social security taxes
  • federal government spending will substantially increase. the new obama proposals come to more than $300 billion annually, for education, health care, energy, environmental and many other programs, in addition to whatever is needed to meet our economic challenges.
  • free speech will be curtailed through the reimposition of the fairness doctrine to limit the conservative talk radio that so irritates the liberal establishment.
the author states that "these [and other] policy changes will be the beginning of the europeanization of america. there will be many more public policy changes with similar goals—nationalized health care, kyoto-like global-warming policies, and increased education regulation and spending."

for the whole article, click here. and if you're american and a registered voter, go vote! obama needs to win.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Monday, October 06, 2008

new songs and tour from depeche mode!!!



i like the way the new songs sound! would love to listen to more snippets...

Thursday, October 02, 2008

from scandinavia, with love... josé gonzález

one if not the best cover from joy division's love will tear us apart. enjoy!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

british comedians predict in 2007 what is now happening!

an opinion i share... and not only when it comes to books

"when it comes to banning books, religion is the worst reason of the lot. religion, uncontaminated by power, can be the source of a great deal of private solace, artistic inspiration, and moral wisdom. but when it gets its hands on the levers of political or social authority, it goes rotten very quickly indeed. the rank stench of oppression wafts from every authoritarian church, chapel, temple, mosque, or synagogue – from every place of worship where the priests have the power to meddle in the social and intellectual lives of their flocks, from every presidential palace or prime ministerial office where civil leaders have to pander to religious ones.

my basic objection to religion is not that it isn't true; I like plenty of things that aren't true. it's that religion grants its adherents malign, intoxicating and morally corrosive sensations. destroying intellectual freedom is always evil, but only religion makes doing evil feel quite so good. "

philip pullman
for the whole article, read it here.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

40, rue de stosswihr, neudorf, alsace (bas-rhin)



this was my home for 2.5 years when i was a kid. lovely memories. more to come...

Friday, September 12, 2008

i do not drink coca-cola, but i sure like jack white's music!

this is by no means an endorsement of coca-cola. i can't wait for the next bond film!

Friday, September 05, 2008

this is who i am

according to news from the good ole beeb, the music one listens to allows to determine one's personality. given that i listen to quite a range of music, i am/have:
  • low self-esteem, creative, not hard working, not gentle (indie music listener, more than 40% of my music collection)
  • creative, outgoing, not gentle (dance music listener, more than 30% of my music collection)
  • low self-esteem, creative, not hard-working, not outgoing, gentle, at ease (rock/heavy metal, less than 15% of my music collection)
  • high self-esteem, creative, not hardworking, outgoing, gentle and at ease (reggae listener, less than 5% of my music collection)
  • high self-esteem, not creative, hardworking, outgoing, gentle, not at ease (chart pop, less than 5% of my music collection)

so, all in all, i do have low self-esteem, i am creative, not really hard-working, outgoing and not gentle. perfect material for a date, don't you think?

Monday, September 01, 2008

a mi abuela, lelia zamora, in memoriam.


a dónde no nos llevó su abuelo?

abuela siempre tenía una historia que contar… pero sus historias de viajes me emocionaban de pequeño y cada vez que las contaba una y otra vez las volvía a disfrutar casi como la primera vez. en esas historias había muchas cosas, pero algo común se sentía en ellas, era ese sentimiento de que abuela, fuera donde fuera, estaba siempre a la par de abuelo. se habían conocido más o menos al azar y se casaron, me parece a mí, al poco tiempo (“y con el tiempo aprendí a amarlo”, confesaría mi abuela muchos, muchos años después). se fueron de luna de miel a méxico, uno de los lugares donde más irían como pareja, creo… en ese primer viaje esa joven pareja llegó a un cuarto que tenía un espejo grande y pudieron admirar su desnudez reflejada en este… algo que harían nuevamente en su siguiente viaje, muchos años después, para darse cuenta, contaba abuela, que habían cambiado mucho… claro, 4 hijos (más 1 que no llegó a ver la luz del día) y el peso que cae al tener todos los días que garantizar que van a estar bien alimentados, que van a recibir una buena educación y que se les va a dar todo el amor del mundo había tenido sus consecuencias en ambos… pero igual estaban uno a la par del otro para contemplar esos cambios.

de sus viajes al exterior, colgaban en la casa pinturas traídas de europa, souvenirs que ayudarían probablemente a que los nietos que pasábamos más tiempo en su casa tuviésemos ese deseo de viajar, conocer, explorar y descubrirse a sí mismos. también había vasos de ahora difuntas aerolíneas (twa, panam) y portavasos de lugares que no sabíamos donde quedaban (como blackpool, que no sonaba nada bonito) y licores de cada región donde habían ido. y ambos, abuela y abuelo, recordaban cada uno de esos lugares como si hubieran estado ahí el día anterior. tal vez de europa se trajeron esa costumbre de tomar té a las 5, rodeados de toda la familia.

de sus viajes dentro del país, tomo las palabras de mi abuela… dónde no nos llevo el abuelo? a todo lado era la respuesta más rápida, aunque no fuera del todo cierto. pero si nos llevó a muchos lados y conocimos muchas cosas gracias a él. y sabíamos que si íbamos a puntarenas significaba que nos detendríamos en esparza a desayunar y cuando íbamos a la finca era donde hannia que haríamos lo mismo. tal vez de los nietos el que guarda recuerdos más nítidos de la casa de playa en mata de limón soy yo y me entristece mucho que los demás no la disfrutaran tanto como yo. los viajes en tren, los almendros, la familia junta pasando fines de semana o vacaciones de verano por allá.

papi le decía a abuela “la patrona” y la verdad es que todos sabíamos que ella era el poder detrás del trono. las cosas que abuelo quería hacer se llevaban a cabo si recibían su aprobación y casi podría apostar que, salvo por pequeñas gotas de rebeldía que no pueden faltar en la vida, toda una generación de hijos, sobrinos y primos y hermanos también se regía por esa misma regla (al punto de que decidió no tener mariachis para el funeral de abuelo, como él lo había pedido). con mucho amor y disciplina nos guió a muchos y nos dio todo su cariño pero también su dosis de autoridad, sin duda alguna…

si abuelo hubiera estado vivo cuando abuela murió, creo que tal vez habría escogido no seguir con nosotros al poco tiempo. qué haría el abuelo sin “tica”, como él le decía de cariño? los recuerdo irse a la cama juntos y aunque ambos empezaban a rezar al mismo tiempo, abuelo siempre era el primero en quedarse dormido, aún sentado. abuela tenía más fuerza de voluntad (aunque estuviera igual de cansada que él) y seguía rezando mientras abuelo dejaba de intentar mantenerse despierto y finalmente se acostaba a descansar. eso sí, al levantarse abuela en la mañana, ya el olor a café recién hecho inundaba la casa, porque abuelo se había puesto de pie para hacer parte o todo el desayuno. se complementaban muy bien.

así, no es de extrañar que esa fuerza llevara a abuela a aguantar la pérdida de abuelo, pero el día que él se fue de su vida se llevó la mitad de la de ella consigo. nadie más que abuelo pudo chinear a abuela como a ella le gustaba, ni darle tanto gusto ni soportar sus pequeñas quejas por dolores varios. sus hijos trataron, con todo su amor de hijos y con sus obligaciones de padres, madres, esposos y esposas, de brindarle a su mamá esa misma compañía que abuelo le hacía, solamente para darse cuenta que no era nada fácil, más bien casi imposible. abuela perdió su alegría y parte de su razón de ser con la partida de abuelo, pero su amor de madre y amor a una vida que la había visto levantarse de un santo domingo inimaginable hasta convertirse en la orgullosa maestra de la escuela rafael moya y esposa de miguel araya calivá, la mantuvieron viva, hasta hace muy poco.

todos la vamos a recordar por muchas cosas, hay de hecho demasiadas como para enumerarlas todas. yo la voy a recordar como esa abuela super alegre que se tiraba a la cama después de almuerzo a reírse con el programa de “rafela”, a la par de sus nietos para luego dormir una siesta mientras nosotros nos íbamos a jugar.

es hora de que abuela disfrute su siesta a la par de abuelo y que nosotros salgamos a jugar, contentos de haber disfrutado tanto con ella.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

we want the chinese president to come to costa rica, because...?

chinese security forces opened fire on a crowd this week in eastern tibet and may have killed 140 people, the dalai lama told a french daily on thursday.

"the chinese army again fired on a crowd on monday august 18, in the kham region in eastern tibet," he told le monde. "one hundred and forty tibetans are reported to have been killed, but the figure needs to be confirmed."

he said that since march, when china cracked down on protests against chinese rule in the himalayan territory, "reliable witnesses say that 400 people have been killed in the region of (tibetan capital) lhasa alone."
"killed by bullets, even though they were protesting without weapons. their bodies were never given back to their families," said the tibetan spiritual leader who is in france for a 12-day visit.

original news from afp here and the whole interview with the dalai lama can be found (in french) here.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

into my arms

written by nick cave for the boatman's call album, this is one of my favourite songs by him and the bad seeds. this song is simply beautiful. read and enjoy the song!

into my arms

i don't believe in an interventionist god
but i know, darling, that you do
but if i did i would kneel down and ask him
not to intervene when it came to you
not to touch a hair on your head
to leave you as you are
and if he felt he had to direct you
then direct you into my arms

into my arms, o lord
into my arms, o lord
into my arms, o lord
into my arms

and i don't believe in the existence of angels
but looking at you i wonder if that's true
but if i did i would summon them together
and ask them to watch over you
to each burn a candle for you
to make bright and clear your path
and to walk, like christ, in grace and love
and guide you into my arms

into my arms, o lord
into my arms, o lord
into my arms, o lord
into my arms

and i believe in love
and i know that you do too
and i believe in some kind of path
that we can walk down, me and you
so keep your candle burning
and make her journey bright and pure
that she will keep returning
always and evermore

into my arms, o lord
into my arms, o lord
into my arms, o lord
into my arms

Thursday, August 14, 2008

when olympic sports and world politics collide...


georgia vs russia in beach volleyball... the funny thing is that, apparently the georgian players are brazilian and have only been to georgia twice in their life. couldn't we do that with some good football players from abroad? maybe we can win something that way.

photograph by dan chung. more georgia vs russia pics in the guardian.

Monday, July 28, 2008

the dirty dozen


the "dirty dozen" are 12 fruits and veggies that, even when washed, tend to maintain high levels of pesticide residue unless they're grown organically. they are: apples, bell peppers, celery, cherries, spinach, strawberries, imported grapes, nectarines, peaches, pears, potatoes and raspberries. eggs and dairy products should also be bought organic, to cut down on exposure to hormones, antibiotics and disease-causing agents.


but if you're rushed, or organic isn't available, non-organic versions of the following crops, which don't tend to harbor pesticide residues, aren't so bad if you need to grab one on the run: bananas, kiwi, mango, papaya, pineapple, asparagus, avocado, broccoli, cauliflower, corn, onions and peas. always buy whatever products you use the most of organically though, since those are the products that will affect your health- and the environment more.


for the whole article, click here.

Monday, July 07, 2008

costa rica, pay attention! uk to slow expansion of biofuels

the uk is to slow its adoption of biofuels amid fears they raise food prices and harm the environment, the transport secretary has told the bbc.

ruth kelly said biofuels had potential to cut carbon emissions but there were "increasing questions" about them. "uncontrolled" growing of fuel crops could destroy rainforest, she told mps.

a government-commissioned report recommends ministers "amend not abandon" biofuel policies. the tories said policy had to change "right now".

ms kelly said the government acknowledged "that biofuels can have an important role in reducing carbon emissions and combating climate change". but she said: "we need to proceed cautiously until we can be certain that their expanded growth and use maximises the benefits and minimises the risks to our world."

environment secretary hilary benn said: "to tackle climate change we will need to develop new, cleaner fuels - but that doesn't mean pushing forward indiscriminately on biofuels that may do more harm than good."

for the conservatives, shadow transport secretary theresa villiers said a "mere slowdown" of the targets would not address problems. she added: "the rainforest is under threat right now. the orang-utans' habitat is being wiped out right now by palm oil plantations."

a panel of government experts, chaired by professor ed gallagher, head of the renewable fuels agency, has looked at the impact of energy policy on land use. its report calls for biofuels to be introduced more slowly than planned until controls are in place to prevent higher food prices and land being switched from forests or agriculture.

it predicts that current policies could see grain prices in the eu rise by 15%, sugar by 7% and oil seed by 50%. the review estimates that an extra 10.7 million people in india could find themselves in poverty, while countries such as kenya, malawi and bangladesh could see hundreds of thousands affected.

prof gallagher said the figures did not take into account the impact of climate change on poor people if biofuels were not introduced, or the help they could provide to rural economies or the fluctuating oil price.

his review says biofuel production should be focused on idle and marginal land and the use of so-called second generation biofuels. these use waste parts of plants for energy to avoid land use change and reduce competition with food production.

for the whole article, click here.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

biofuels are prime cause of food crisis, says leaked report


article from guardian.co.uk by aditya chakrabortty

biofuels have forced global food prices up by 75% — far more than previously estimated — according to a confidential world bank report obtained by the guardian. the damning unpublished assessment is based on the most detailed analysis of the crisis so far, carried out by an internationally-respected economist at global financial body.

the figure emphatically contradicts the us government's claims that plant-derived fuels contribute less than 3% to food-price rises. it will add to pressure on governments in washington and across europe, which have turned to plant-derived fuels to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and reduce their dependence on imported oil.

senior development sources believe the report, completed in april, has not been published to avoid embarrassing president george bush. "it would put the world bank in a political hot-spot with the white house," said one yesterday.

the news comes at a critical point in the world's negotiations on biofuels policy. leaders of the g8 industrialised countries meet next week in hokkaido, japan, where they will discuss the food crisis and come under intense lobbying from campaigners calling for a moratorium on the use of plant-derived fuels.

it will also put pressure on the british government, which is due to release its own report on the impact of biofuels, the gallagher report. the guardian has previously reported that the british study will state that plant fuels have played a "significant" part in pushing up food prices to record levels. although it was expected last week, the report has still not been released.

"political leaders seem intent on suppressing and ignoring the strong evidence that biofuels are a major factor in recent food price rises," said robert bailey, policy adviser at oxfam. "it is imperative that we have the full picture. while politicians concentrate on keeping industry lobbies happy, people in poor countries cannot afford enough to eat."

rising food prices have pushed 100m people worldwide below the poverty line, estimates the world bank, and have sparked riots from bangladesh to egypt. government ministers here have described higher food and fuel prices as "the first real economic crisis of globalisation".

president bush has linked higher food prices to higher demand from india and china, but the leaked world bank study disputes that: "rapid income growth in developing countries has not led to large increases in global grain consumption and was not a major factor responsible for the large price increases."

even successive droughts in australia, calculates the report, have had a marginal impact. instead, it argues that the eu and us drive for biofuels has had by far the biggest impact on food supply and prices.

since april, all petrol and diesel in britain has had to include 2.5% from biofuels. the eu has been considering raising that target to 10% by 2020, but is faced with mounting evidence that that will only push food prices higher.

"without the increase in biofuels, global wheat and maize stocks would not have declined appreciably and price increases due to other factors would have been moderate," says the report. the basket of food prices examined in the study rose by 140% between 2002 and this february. the report estimates that higher energy and fertiliser prices accounted for an increase of only 15%, while biofuels have been responsible for a 75% jump over that period.

it argues that production of biofuels has distorted food markets in three main ways. first, it has diverted grain away from food for fuel, with over a third of us corn now used to produce ethanol and about half of vegetable oils in the eu going towards the production of biodiesel. second, farmers have been encouraged to set land aside for biofuel production. third, it has sparked financial speculation in grains, driving prices up higher.

other reviews of the food crisis looked at it over a much longer period, or have not linked these three factors, and so arrived at smaller estimates of the impact from biofuels. but the report author, don mitchell, is a senior economist at the bank and has done a detailed, month-by-month analysis of the surge in food prices, which allows much closer examination of the link between biofuels and food supply.

the report points out biofuels derived from sugarcane, which brazil specializes in, have not had such a dramatic impact.

supporters of biofuels argue that they are a greener alternative to relying on oil and other fossil fuels, but even that claim has been disputed by some experts, who argue that it does not apply to us production of ethanol from plants.

"it is clear that some biofuels have huge impacts on food prices," said dr david king, the government's former chief scientific adviser, last night. "all we are doing by supporting these is subsidising higher food prices, while doing nothing to tackle climate change."


link to article here.

Friday, June 27, 2008

don't miss it! björk and sigur rós team up for náttúra concert


on june 28th, 2008 icelandic superstars björk and sigur rós will team up to perform a free concert in their hometown of reykjavik.

the náttúra concert is a bid to raise awareness of the destruction of iceland's natural landscape, and will be webcast live from from 7pm to 10pm gmt (3pm—6pm est) on nat geo music.

the náttúra concert will be an open-air event, held at the botanical garden on laugavegur, near the center of reykjavik, iceland. the country boasts the largest unspoilt wilderness left in europe, and náttúra is being organized as a response to the ongoing enviornmental degradation caused by iceland's increasingly invasive aluminium smelting activity. "too often battles being fought for nature turn into something negative and into mudslinging," björk said in a recent press statement. "we will not go that way, we are not saying that this and that is forbidden, we are rather asking 'what about all these other possibilities?' the 21st century is not going to be another oil century but rather a century where we need to recycle, think green and design both power plants and our surroundings in harmony with nature."

the náttúra concert will also spotlight the book dreamland: a self-help manual to a frightened nation by andri snær magnason. the book, a best-seller in iceland, is published in english next month by citizen press and has already won the icelandic literary award and the icelandic bookseller prize. both headlining artists have recently finished a series of touring commitments, with sigur rós releasing their brand new album 'með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust' on june 23 and björk following 2007's 'volta' with a huge worldwide tour.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

more radiohead!

this is such a nice cover! radiohead (well, jonny and thom) play portishead's "the rip". this song has been apparently done in soundchecks but hasn't made it to the final setlist. it's a very nice version. thank you, w.a.s.t.e. central! enjoy!


Find more videos like this on w.a.s.t.e. central

Saturday, June 07, 2008

radiohead: super collider (new song, live in dublin)

esta canción no viene en el "in rainbows" y todo indica entonces que ya thom & co. están probando nuevos temas para un nuevo álbum... habrá que esperar a ver qué más se tiran en los siguientes conciertos, pero si por la víspera se saca el día, lo que viene va a estar demasiado bueno. disfruten!

again: ethanol is not the answer!

(for the full article, go to blatant reality).

ethanol fuel is probably one of the worst things we could do from both an environmental and an economic standpoint.

the most common version is made from corn, one of the most important grains produced in the united states. now, having to process corn to create ethanol isn’t the problem because, as you well know, we have to refine crude oil to create gasoline and such. The problem comes when you look to see just how much energy it takes to create ethanol.

it can takes roughly 1.29 gallons of fossil fuel to produce just 1.0 gallon of corn-based ethanol fuel. now, when one of the main reasons to use biofuels is to decrease co2 emissions, this figure just makes the whole process seems outrageous.

one must also take into account another environmental impact caused by promoting biofuel production. according to basic economics, the more of some product that is demanded, the higher price that product fetches in the marketplace. with higher potential to make money, more suppliers will then enter into the market in order to supply that product.

what this means from an environmental standpoint is that farmers are going to have more incentive to plow under land to produce corn. this might be tracks of forest on their properties or just land that, at previous corn prices, wasn’t economically feasible to plow under. less forested land and natural habitats = less biodiversity and less co2 sequestration = very bad.

this whole corn ethanol business is very heavily subsidized. for example, in 2006, the ethanol business got $7.0 billion to produce just 4.9 billion gallons of ethanol . that comes out to being about $1.45 per gallon of ethanol. in my opinion, that is a completely outrageous amount of money for such an impractical solution to our energy needs.

more importantly, because of these subsidy, corn prices are kept at an artificially high level. a high price of any other commodity might not be too bad but since it is corn, the results can be an increase in almost all food prices. the reason for this is that the price of corn basically controls the price of every single staple we eat.

cereal? made from corn.
beef? chicken? pork? fed corn. (another reason to go vegetarian).
milk? produced by cows that have been fed corn.
cheese? yogurt? made from milk that was produced by cows that have been fed corn.
those little fruit cups? i guarantee that they are made with high fructose corn syrup.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

a nadar con los adultos!




para bajar todo el disco en forma gratuita, hagan clic aquí.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

girls against boys: she's lost control

esta pieza me llega de muchas formas. la letra, aunque no autobiográfica, describe el dolor que llegaría a pasar el mismo ian curtis con sus ataques de epilepsia. la música, una delicia de bajo, batería y guitarra (y lata de spray, por supuesto!). este cover de los girls against boys le devuelve un poco del sonido crudo que los joy division tenían en vivo y le agrega elementos para un mosh bien salvaje. disfruten!

tributo a la polla records: 3 de mayo en club capone!

Saturday, April 05, 2008

april 1st, 2008 - courtesy of the bbc

new order gone country: love vigilantes


laura cantrell, a nashville singer, goes alt.country with her rendition of new order's "love vigilantes". i guess her moving to nyc exposed her to old, good music from the uk and she decided to give this song a try. this has always been one of my favorite songs by new order and i think cantrell's version is a nice addition to my mp3 library.

to listen to it, click here. check her myspace page here.

to watch sam beam of iron & wine performing love vigilantes, click here.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

fucking the environment, courtesy of the human race



cattle wander around their still-smouldering pastureland in rondonia, brazil, one of the many huge tracts of the amazon rainforest which are being torched to make way for agriculture. in the first five years of this century alone, brazil burnt an area the size of england and wales. deforestation is responsible for 17% of human greenhouse gas emissions [ghce], mainly through the burning of wood, which results in even fewer trees to absorb co2.

more on this on today's guardian.

eddie izzard - easter and christmas

Saturday, March 15, 2008

ides of march - 2008 edition


in order to celebrate my 37th birthday, i decided to create a 37-song compilation called "ides of march". all these songs are drawn from my personal cd collection and i felt like sharing a tiny fraction of it with friends who read this blog.

here's the playlist:
1. Love Is Stronger Than Death - The The
2. Wish You Were Here - Catherine Wheel
3. Some Velvet Morning - Slowdive
4. Sanctified - Nine Inch Nails
5. The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get - Morrissey
6. Without You I'm Nothing - Placebo Feat. David Bowie
7. Here Comes Your Man - Pixies
8. She's Lost Control - Joy Division
9. The Passion Of Lovers - Bauhaus
10. Love Vigilantes - New Order
11. Time Is Running Out - Muse
12. Kool Thing - Sonic Youth
13. Bright Yellow Gun - Throwing Muses
14. Goodbye, Blue Monday - The Feverfew
15. I Could Be Dreaming - Belle & Sebastian
16. Here Forever Always - His Name Is Alive
17. Stars Die - Porcupine Tree
18. Beautiful Brutal Thing - Marc Almond
19. Down By The Water - PJ Harvey
20. The Universal - Blur
21. 500 (Shake Baby Shake) - Lush
22. Karma Police - Radiohead
23. Lilies - Cranes
24. Airbus Reconstruction - Portishead
25. Með Blóðnasir - Sigur Rós
26. Darling Effect - Insides
27. 2 Wicky - Hooverphonic
28. U.K. Girls (Physical) - Goldfrapp
29. Bloodline - Recoil
30. .38.45 (A Thievery Number) - Thievery Corporation
31. Polyesterday - GusGus
32. Sea Of Sin (Tonal Mix) - Depeche Mode
33. Panic Attack - UNKLE
34. Contrique - 808 State
35. Lullaby For Gaia - BT
36. Dark & Long - Underworld
37. Lift me up (Mylo Remix) - Moby

and here are the download links:
vol1 (tracks 1-18)
vol2 (tracks 19-37)

if you really like the songs, please help the artists and buy their albums.

thanks to all of you who joined me last night!

cover model: neo

Thursday, March 13, 2008

biofuels: the fake climate change solution (avaaz.org)


eu and us demand for biofuels is pushing up world food prices and increasing climate emissions. we should feed people, not cars--so join the call for global standards to clean up the biofuels industry.

each day, 820 million people in the developing world do not have enough food to eat. food prices around the world are shooting up, sparking food riots from mexico to morocco. and the world food program warned last week that rapidly rising costs are endangering emergency food supplies for the world's worst-off.

how are the wealthiest countries responding? they're burning food.

specifically, they're using more and more biofuels--alcohol made from plant products, used in place of petrol to fuel cars. biofuels are billed as a way to slow down climate change. but in reality, because so much land is being cleared to grow them, most biofuels today are causing more global warming emissions than they prevent, even as they push the price of corn, wheat, and other foods out of reach for millions of people.

not all biofuels are bad--but without tough global standards, the biofuels boom will further undermine food security and worsen global warming. click here to use our simple tool to send a message to your head of state before this weekend's global summit on climate change in chiba, japan, and help build a global call for biofuels regulation:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/biofuel_standards_now/9.php?cl=60311209

sometimes the trade-off is stark: filling the tank of an suv with ethanol requires enough corn to feed a person for a year. but not all biofuels are bad; making ethanol from brazilian sugar cane is vastly more efficient than us-grown corn, for example, and green technology for making fuel from waste is improving rapidly.

the problem is that the eu and the us have set targets for increasing the use of biofuels without sorting the good from the bad. as a result, rainforests are being cleared in indonesia to grow palm oil for european biodiesel refineries, and global grain reserves are running dangerously low. meanwhile, rich-country politicians can look "green" without asking their citizens to conserve energy, and agribusiness giants are cashing in. and if nothing changes, the situation will only get worse.

what's needed are strong global standards that encourage better biofuels and shut down the trade in bad ones. such standards are under development by a number of coalitions, but they will only become mandatory if there's a big enough public outcry. it's time to move: this friday through saturday, the twenty countries with the biggest economies, responsible for more than 75% of the world's carbon emissions, will meet in chiba, japan to begin the g8's climate change discussions. before the summit, let's raise a global cry for change on biofuels.

a call for change before this week's summit won't end the food crisis, or stop global warming. but it's a critical first step. by confronting false solutions and demanding real ones, we can show our leaders that we want to do the right thing, not the easy thing.

as an avaaz member wrote about biofuels, "turning food into oil when people are already starving? my car isn't more important than someone's hungry child."

it's time to put the life of our fellow people, and our planet, above the politics and profits that too often drive international decision-making. this will be a long fight. but it's one that we join eagerly--because the stakes are too high to do anything else.

with hope,

the avaaz.org team

sources:

[1] world food programme. "hunger facts." accessed 10 march 2008. http://www.wfp.org/aboutwfp/facts/hunger_facts.asp
[2] the sunday herald (scotland). "2008: the year of global food crisis." 9 march 2008. http://www.sundayherald.com/news/heraldnews/display.var.2104849.0.2008_the_year_of_global_food_crisis.php
[3] the australian: "biofuels threaten 'billions of lives'" 28 february, 2008. http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,23336840-11949,00.html
[4] afp: "wfp chief warns eu about biofuels." 7 march 2008. http://afp.google.com/article/aleqm5hpcff3spgcdquuilk5jfv-6nl1dg
[5] new york times: "biofuels deemed a greenhouse threat." 8 february 2008. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/08/science/earth/08wbiofuels.html
[6] the times: "rush for biofuels threatens starvation on a global scale." 7 march 2008. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article3500954.ece ... also see bbc: "in graphics: world warned on food price spiral." 10 march 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/7284196.stm
[7] the economist: "the end of cheap food." 6 december 2007. http://www.economist.com/opinion/displaystory.cfm?story_id=10252015
[8] see http://www.globalbioenergy.org, http://cgse.epfl.ch/page70341.html, and http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article3489640.ece.
[9] government of japan. "percentage of global carbon dioxide emissions (fy 2003) contributed by g20 nations." http://www.env.go.jp/earth/g8/en/g20/index_popup.html

photo courtesy of getty images.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

tributo sudaca a joy division


los amigos de licor de mono records acaban de poner en la net un muy buen tributo a joy division titulado "transmitiendo desde américa del sur". el tracklist es el siguiente:

01- aloof - remember nothing
02- tres cuervos - something most break
03- feliz dia - ceremony
04- cajamúsica - shadowplay
05- mufa - disorder
06- ddt - they walked in line
07- procesion - insight
08- kristal - isolation
09- rnlace - 24 hours
10- fernando Baes - new dawn fades
11- cloudseek - day of the lords
12- ctx - transmission
13- gotico - a means to and end
14- flormaleva - the eternal

uno pensaría que como es un disco gratis, va a ser una mierda... pues no, todo lo contrario. hay versiones muy buenas, sobre todo las que traducen las letras de ian al español. bajen este disco y bailen, bailen, bailen, bailen, bailen con la radio!

link 1
link 2
link 3

televisor: anuncio

banda con música original con demos y experiencia, busca baterista, bajista, y guitarrista. buscamos gente que tenga influencias como las nuestras; entre ellas: the cure, cocteau twins, slowdive, joy division, the chameleons, the radio department, siouxsie & the banshees, new order, etc.

nuestro sonido está influenciado por el new-wave y la música alternativa de los 80's.

necesitamos que los interesados posean su equipo propio (muy importante), y que dispongan de tiempo para ensayar los fines de semana. nuestra idea es formar un grupo serio donde podamos hacer cosas a nivel profesional y al mismo tiempo divertirnos y pasarla bien. La idea también es estar dispuestos a adoptar la actitud e imagen que se requiera para la banda (muy importante!!!).

los interesados pueden escribir a televisorrock@gmail.com

Saturday, March 08, 2008

ed force one


gracias a mario vargas, otro fan de iron maiden que sí pudo llevar cámara al arribo del ed force one al aeropuerto juan santamaría, es que puedo compartir esta foto (y las demás que están en flickr) con ustedes. mario estaba a la par mía al costado sur del aeropuerto y de verdad que le debo un favor gigantesco al haberme pasado estas fotos que quedaron demasiado bien!

Monday, March 03, 2008

nine inch nails: new 36-song album!


we all remember pretty hate machine... it's been a long time since the release of trent's first album under the nine inch nails moniker... and since then, the music business has changed for good and trent had had a lot to do with it (he even told australians to steal his album!)

first it was radiohead, then saul williams (trent's hip-hop protegé) and now it's trent's turn to release part of his new album for free. "ghosts i-iv" is a 36-song instrumental album and you can get the first 9 songs for free on his site or on any torrent site.

trent has had some issues with the digital release of ghosts... i, for one, have been unable to download either the free sampler or the $5 full album (which includes a 40-page pdf which is simply what every artist should do in these days). here's what trent wrote regarding ghosts:

"i've been considering and wanting to make this kind of record for years, but by its very nature it wouldn't have made sense until this point. this collection of music is the result of working from a very visual perspective - dressing imagined locations and scenarios with sound and texture; a soundtrack for daydreams. i'm very pleased with the result and the ability to present it directly to you without interference. i hope you enjoy the first four volumes of ghosts."

go to nin's site now!

Friday, February 29, 2008

alan wilder: excellent essay on the state of music business and technology

alan wilder posted an essay on music called "music for the masses - i think not" on the excellent side-line site.

here are some excerpts:
" true excitement comes from variation in rhythm, tone, pitch and a wide range of dynamics which in turn provides space and warmth - something you're unlikely to find in much of today's rock/pop music."

"
even the audiophiles have moved on to multi-media - the ipod or iphone being the 'must have' item of choice. many have lost interest in high-end stereo systems while younger listeners have grown so used to dynamically compressed music that the battle has already been lost."

"
i would like to see a return to high quality art, embracing all the wonders of technology and science, delivered at a price that reflects the time and effort the artist has put in."

"
the mute home (now part of the emi building) is a shadow of its former self. A few lost souls wandering around in a post-apocalyptic daze, like a scene from '28 days later'. there are some good people at the label who have their hands tied. and their feet bound. and some gaffer taped firmly across their mouths, helplessly kidnapped having been lured into the corporate machine."

"
is modern music regarded as an art form at all anymore? or is it just another business now?"

read the whole thing here.

seguimos con más música: festival mundoloco!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

iron maiden: recuento del concierto según la prensa centroamericana


estos son algunos de los reportajes sobre el concierto de iron maiden en costa rica:

la nación:
centroamérica sacudida
el concierto fue inolvidable
la despedida del ed force one (excelente foto!)

la prensa libre (guatemala):
iron maiden aclamado en cr

el salvador:
eddie los conquistó


foto de eyleen vargas en la nación.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

marea negra: concierto de iron maiden en costa rica (26.02.08)



que impactante cuando se hace un sueño realidad... recuerdo aquellos días de colegio cuando, contagiado por los gustos musicales de adrián, tomás, sergio e isaac, iron maiden sonaba en mi pequeña grabadora portátil y me impresionaba cada acorde, la voz de bruce dickinson y el arte de riggs. verlos en vivo era parte de un sueño que no se hizo realidad desde el momento en que el ed force one (el cual tuve la oportunidad de ver aterrizar en el país) toco suelo y se materializó aún más anoche.

el 26 de febrero 2008 definitivamente marcó un hito en la historia musical de este país. ya antes hemos tenido conciertos de muy buenos grupos, intentos de festivales musicales y otras cosas similares, pero no fue sino hasta anoche cuando más de 27,000 almas se unieron para dejarle saber a iron maiden que la cantidad de fans que hay en el país y en la región es gigantesca. esto tiene que abrirnos las puertas a más conciertos de grupos grandes en un futuro ojalá cercano.

hay que reconocer que los fans que vinieron desde otro país (tan lejos como guatemala y por tierra) son los que mayor mérito se merecen, pero lo importante es que esos 27,000 fanáticos vivimos una noche imposible de olvidar.

desde un setlist prácticamente impecable, la fantástica puesta en escena (con cortinas con las diferentes portadas de discos), la salida de eddie (algo que me dejó boquiabierto como niño en circo), la reacción de la gente ante la emoción de bruce dickinson, cantar los coros en todas las canciones, cantarle "cumpleaños feliz" a adrian smith (es hoy, y hasta bruce se apuntó a cantarle), los pequeños cambios de vestuario, la emoción de nico en la batería (no dejó de sonreír en todo momento y sigue siendo una bestia en la batería), la camaradería de la gente, ver a 2 generaciones de fans de maiden, la marea de camisetas negras con la única buena intención de pasar las mejores 2 horas de sus vidas, las banderas centroamericanas e inglesa ondeando a diestra y siniestra, ver a los digital80, a yita de acetatos, a abel guier de gandhi, a henri d'arias de tribal, todos estos géneros unidos por maiden... todo eso fue simplemente inolvidable. de solo acordarme, se me salen lágrimas de emoción.

los lunares del concierto fueron, en ningún orden particular:
  • el sonido, hubo muchas fallas que no estuvieron a la altura de un concierto de este tipo y de tanta importancia
  • el cambio sobre la autorización de (no) llevar cámaras al concierto. bien por los que las pasaron, lástima por aquellos como uno quien, por no arriesgarse a perderla, no tuvo la oportunidad de tomar fotos propias como recuerdo personal.
  • dr. leo, quien debería dedicarse a otra cosa que no tenga que ver con música, tuvo una presencia que era igual a escuchar una estación de radio mala, con journey al final de su "set", si es que se puede llamar así
  • lauren harris, quien se salvó de ser la hija de steve harris para que no la sacaran a patadas del escenario, con unas canciones tipo avril lavigne pero con letra más floja, música pop-dura y voz pobre... todo un intento fallido de llegar a la fama que tiene su papá
gracias a clubbing culture (!!!) por el video en youtube.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Dark Knight: Final Supper

It was another evening dinner for charity and Bruce wasn't really focusing on nothing else but the company and the food. everything had been set extremely gracefully and, after doing some initial chit chat, we were about to start with our first course. I took my napkin and placed it on my lap and so did everybody else. Had I noticed something when Bruce did it, I could be telling this story in a different light.

Our avocado, cheese and nuts salad was simply exquisite, as was the white wine that accompanied it. Miss Fuller was obviously flirting with Bruce and for some minutes, he didn't mind at all how close she was to him. As I was enjoying my food and my drink, I had more time than the rest and managed to notice Bruce had dropped something that looked like the back of a card. I looked at Bruce and told him to pick his business card and he gave me a “you know I don't have a business card” look and proceeded to pick whatever it was from the floor.

Bruce went slightly pale, excused himself and left the room. I didn't manage to say a word to him but my intuition told me that I should follow him. I managed to excuse myself without creating a fuss, but when I got to the hotel lobby where I thought Bruce would be, I found nobody there except for the hotel staff.

“Mr. B.?”, one of the bellboys inquired.

I nodded and he handed me a card, the one that Bruce had picked up from the floor. It was a Joker card and I didn't need anything else being said to me. The Joker had avoided Batman for months now, but it wasn't until now that Bruce found out that the Joker knew who the man behind the mask was.

Knowing both Bruce and the Joker, this was an open invitation to a manhunt, one where both participants were hunter and hunted, depending whom you asked. I went out in the street and found that the cold weather of Gotham was waiting for me in full force, but I had no time to waste. Bruce was on his own and there was no time to go home, change, get all the necessary gadgets from the cave and come back. The Joker wanted him now and Bruce was obliging. But this was as vulnerable as Bruce has ever been, and I'm sure the Joker knew it.

As I ran down J street, I noticed that every single lamp post had a Joker card glued to it, making the task of following Bruce much easier... and I got more concerned than before. This was too obvious a trap for Bruce to fall in, but the Joker had been so elusive that Bruce wanted him behind bars badly.

As I turned left on 23rd Avenue, I managed to see Bruce chasing a slim shadow and heading towards a dead end street. The closer I got to Bruce (something that was very strange giving how unfit I am these days), the more exhausted he looked, which made me wonder what was going on. I called his name and Bruce turned around and called me with a voice that sounded strange, as if he were being strangled.

“Arsenic! I was poisoned with arsenic in the salad!”, Bruce faintly articulated.

As I held Bruce in my arms, his last words came as a shock to me.

“Tell Penelope's family I am deeply sorry”.

I recalled Miss Fuller enjoying part of Bruce's salad as she was flirting with him and as the Dark Knight died in the most graceless way a hero can die, Miss Fuller died, too.


Loosely based on a dream from a couple of nights ago.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

email urgente de federico miranda (gandhi)

hola amigos.. escribo porque me robaron una computadora portátil macbook (negra) con información valiosa (principalmente música, demos y letras del disco nuevo de gandhi que comenzaremos a grabar pronto) y quisiera que por favor me ayuden y se corra la bola, tal vez y solo tal vez tengamos suerte en recuperarla.

fue en la zona de lourdes cerca de la u fidelitas y el número de serie es W8747AWEZ64.

muchas gracias y si por casualidad saben algo mi tel es 381-2348. ofrezco recompensa sin preguntas.

federico miranda.



foto cortesía de 89decibeles, donde aparece una buena entrevista con federico.

the president of the lsd golf club


al parecer, hooverphonic se aburrió de la manera en que su sello disquero los trataba, no renovaron su contrato y decidieron sacar un disco en forma independiente. lo grabaron en forma análoga, sin pro-tools y con más músicos que de costumbre. el resultado es lindo: una mezcla entre trip-hop, indie pop y hasta un poquito de "trip jazz" si el género existe.

el disco se puede escuchar en su totalidad en la página de hooverphonic, haciendo clic aquí.

disfruten!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

amplive authorized to release in rainbows remixes for free!


when amplive's in rainbows remix project got a cease & desist a couple of weeks ago, many were unsure if any of those tracks would ever be released. i guess thom & co. decided to allow the release, under a simple condition: we get no money, you get no money... fame, on the other hand, is priceless. thom's voice is either sampled or used as background snippets and the whole thing is a very interesting project... maybe not for radiohead purists, but very good nevertheless.

if you want to download rainydayz remixes in zip format, click here.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

creación del movimiento indie straight edge

no fumo.
no tomo. (*)
no consumo drogas.
no como carne de ningún tipo.
... pero no escucho tanta música hardcore como debería todo un straight edge.

es más, propongo a partir de hoy la creación de un movimiento "indie straight edge" (ise) en el cual el hardcore se reemplaza por música indie.

¡bienvenidos todos los que quieran unirse! también se aceptan ideas para el logo del movimiento.

(*) admito tomar a lo más 2 bebidas al mes, lo cual es despreciable desde cualquier punto de vista.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

download before it's too late: scylla


in 1995, bob edwards was lucky enough to be the road manager for scylla, toni halliday's (of curve fame) project. they spent the summer touring around the uk, playing small clubs and toni stipulated that her name be kept off of any advertising posters for the gigs, it was all very low key. there were 2 girl guitar players and 2 guys on bass and drums and toni on vocals.

at the end of the summer, they went into the studio to record some demos for a possible album, and that's as far as the band went. shortly after completing the demos, toni decided to call it a day. so, all that was left were these 12 tracks recorded with the help of toni's husband alan moulder and their good friend flood.

luckily, bob got a copy of the demo on cassette. he transferred the music to his computer and then to mp3 (256 kbps) and has decided to share it with the rest of the world until a proper album is released (something that could maybe happen someday, since one of the songs ended up on the showgirls original soundtrack). in the meantime, here's the page where you can download this 12-song demo tape from scylla.

track list: trip to another planet, helen's face, get a helmet, cruiser, no idea, afterglow, butter, rumour, under her command, missing, fools rule, rag doll.

televisor: anuncio y mini entrevista exclusiva

en un comunicado oficial que hiciera max durán la semana anterior, televisor anunció un cambio de alineación, debido a "diferencias musicales y artísticas, diferentes puntos de vista y de objetivos lo cuál no es malo pero si impedía el crecimiento como banda y la satisfacción de todos sus miembros", según max.

por el momento, televisor seguirá siendo keysi en la voz y max en las guitarras. para profundizar un poco en la separación (sin ver hacia atrás), le hice un par de preguntas a max, quien tuvo el gusto de contestarlas.

seguirán llamándose televisor?
- sí, keysi y max son los fundadores

van a tratar nuevos ritmos/género?
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acerca de los géneros, no seguiremos por ese lado, creo que nuestras intenciones originales se desviaron y fue una de las razones por las que nos separamos de los otros músicos. nuestra intención es seguir con un poco de new wave, post punk, shoegaze o sea las influencias británicas, pero no queremos que suene tan distorsionado o tan "gringo".

eso pese a la buena aceptación del público con lo que estaban haciendo?
- bueno, no nos desviaremos mucho, pues la mayoría de canciones han sido compuestas por mí y keysi y nuestras influencias van desde siouxsie hasta pixies o the sundays..creo que solo refinaremos un poco más el repertorio. más detalles en la producción de las canciones.

van a conseguir batero y bajista nuevos, o van a hacer música con apoyo electrónico?
- s
í pensamos en conseguir baterista y bajista. de hecho, ya hay dos posibles personas que tal vez se unan a televisor, hay que hacer unos ensayos primero y ver si todos estamos a gusto, sino como lo he dicho, seguiremos haciendo esto aunque sea con teclado y una caja de ritmos, porque es algo que necesitamos hacer, algo que no podemos dejar tan fácilmente. la música nos "exorcisa" nos limpia, nos da vida y eso hace que no la podamos dejar...

cuáles son las influencias más cercanas para televisor?
- the smiths, sex pistols, the cure, morrissey, slowdive, the sundays, siouxsie & the banshees, echo & the bunnymen, the church, sinead o'connor, cranberries, my bloody valentine, david bowie, pixies, joy division, the stone roses, cocteau twins, psychedelic furs, belle & sebastian, talk talk, chameleons uk, etc...

si les tocara compartir escenario con 2 o 3 grupos locales, quiénes serían?
- tal vez sería con versión beta, con digital 80, con polaroyd, o con trival...creo que las influencias de ellos son muy parecidas a las de nosotros y tal vez a la hora de proponer un concierto no sea tan dispar el sonido, aunque el sonido no sea el mismo.

Friday, February 08, 2008

93.9: la radio "inteligente"


para los que de vez en cuando escuchamos radio solo para darnos cuenta que, salvo contadísimas excepciones, no hay nada nuevo bajo el sol, hoy se dio a conocer el nuevo nombre de la estación 93.9 fm: IQ (la radio inteligente).

aunque no me opongo al nombre de la radio, lo que si me pareció una ofensa por partida doble fue primero que todo, que dijeran que es un nombre actual, cuando el concepto de coeficiente intelectual y dicha abreviación datan de 1920... tan actual como mi abuelita.

lo segundo, y de lo que cualquier agencia de publicidad que le haga hecho la cuña a 93.9, es que la publicidad diga lo siguiente "IQ tiene ahora 2 significados: coeficiente intelectual de sus siglas en inglés, "intellectual coefficent"... casi choco el carro por morirme de risa al escuchar eso. IQ son las siglas de "intelligence quotient" como cualquier creativo pudo haberse dado cuenta al consultar el diccionario que viene con su mac o con webster.

termino diciendo que llevo escuchando 3 piezas de la nueva radio y lo que han tocado es roy orbison (you got it), men at work (down under) y van halen (jump)... digo, solo para recordarles que estamos en el 2008, no 1984 o algo así y que hay cientos de grupos (y muchos locales) que se merecen más espacio en radio que estos 3 temas que están más quemados que la galera.

imagen cortesía del grupo omega.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

festival imperial 2008: primicia!


tal y como lo comenté en el foro de rubber ring 2 y como también leo coto lo confirmó por otro lado, duran duran es el primer grupo que se sabe que definitivamente va a tocar en el festival imperial de este año (entre el 19 y 20 de abril).

la crítica ha sido muy favorable con el último disco de simon lebon y cía., red carpet massacre, y si a eso le sumamos sus éxitos de los 80s y 90s, esa presentación promete ser un éxito. de este disco, les dejo aquí uno de los temas: falling down (sebastian leger remix).

aún no hay confirmación en los sitios oficiales del festival o de duran duran, pero esperamos que pronto aparezca ahí la noticia.

por ahora, solo nos queda esperar el resto de los grupos y los precios de los tiquetes para hacer un análisis detallado de lo que va a representar cada colón gastado en la guácima.

foto cortesía de duranduran.com

Friday, February 01, 2008

time does not exist

it's been proposed before: time does not exist. einstein had already proposed that time is far from being a universal constant, and what has physicists puzzled since then is: why does the arrow of time only points towards the future? but what if one day time stopped altogether for some of us? what would it be like? let's enjoy this video from 207 people in grand central station in new york. frozen time is just as fun as no time at all!