Now that their main band Za! has got popular enough for them to give up their day jobs, Pau du Pau and Spazzfrica Ehd have been focusing on even more free form, improve-based projects.
aka The City of Counts
My friend Loli set up this night about 6 months ago and it seems to be going well for them. There’s a depressingly narrow selection of venues in Barcelona, and those club nights there are tend to copy each other so much it’s hard to find a night that really has it’s own personality.
I spent most of the day today watching archived interviews with David Foster Wallace on Youtube. I’ve never actually read the guy, aside from the first few chapters of Infinite Jest in Spanish and that speech he gave at an american university about how modern life is drudgery and toil, and if you get to 40 without killing yourself it’s a miracle (he made it to 46).
Despite the current Spanish government thinking that films emerge fully funded, Spanish and in particular Catalan cinema is actually in rude health.
Whereas in the US and UK hacktivists associated with Anonymous are being chased down like west country badgers, its Spanish chapter has had a stellar year, responding to Spain’s very particular brand of social collapse with a series of high profile hacks on government institutions and finances.
The problem with digital SLR’s for me has always been that they’re bulky as fuck, the lenses are stupidly expensive, and the mark you out straight away as a journalist, (which equates as ‘arsehole’ in most places nowadays).
“The man” is a vague concept granted. But in Spain’s case, it would be hard to find a better candidate for a shadowy authority figure concerned with maintaining the status quo at whatever cost to the wider citizenry than Rodrigo Rato. The ex-government minister behind the merger of Spain’s toxic ‘cajas’ into one mega bank who’s share price briefly rocketed before falling off the map. Read More
Arthur Russell’s name is normally mentioned in relation to his mid 70’s output, either as the producer behind underground disco hits by Dinosaur or Loose joints or for his contribution to experimental rock with Tower of meaning.
“Do you mind if it’s with RyanAir?” is one of those throwaway lines that’s become a part of the lexicon of late, and it goes to show that when a brand as ubiquitous as Ryan air starts to go wrong, it’s goes seriously, seriously wrong.