Barcelona

aka The City of Counts

Free Rock for all

Paul | April 15th, 2014

za_grupo

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.

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Soundtrack to Present day Spain

Paul | April 12th, 2014

Antiguo-Régimen

If the economic sun has definitively set on Spain then Valencia’s Antiguo Regimen are the perfect soundtrack to it’s new gloomy reality. Which is a good thing, as their twitchy post punk is the best thing to come out of the country for ages. Read More

Bad bitches

Paul | April 11th, 2014

terrier

I saw this band - TERRIER- from Madrid at the beginning of the summer and they finished their set with the greatest, and longest, cover of The Modern Lover’s ‘She’s Cracked’ I’ve ever seen.

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Spoiled for CHOICE

Paul | April 11th, 2014

choice

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.

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Dressing Lilly Allen

Paul | April 10th, 2014

lilly

Madrid socialite and designer Patty Abrahamsson won the internet earlier this month when a bodysuit from her SS collection was donned by Lilly Allen in the video for her comeback single It’s Hard.

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The overlooked niceness of David Foster Wallace

Paul | April 10th, 2014

David_Foster_Wallace

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).

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The new crop of spanish directors are all Hooked Up

Paul | April 10th, 2014

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Despite the current Spanish government thinking that films emerge fully funded, Spanish and in particular Catalan cinema is actually in rude health.

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Anonymous still count for something in spain

Paul | April 9th, 2014

anon

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.

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I never thought i would feel like this about a machine

Paul | April 9th, 2014

DMC-GX7KS_400

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).

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Sticking it to the man

Paul | April 9th, 2014

diputado-cup-efe

“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

Pional deserves to go all the way.

Paul | April 9th, 2014

pional

I mentioned this guy in a post a couple of years ago, but it’s worth revisiting if only because his Invisible/Amenaza was the best Spanish dance release of 2013, and possibly the best dance release full stop.

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Why Arthur Russell’s country record is an overlooked masterpiece

Paul | April 9th, 2014

arthur

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.

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Ryanair’s PR loop the loop

Paul | April 9th, 2014

ryanair

“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.

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This band is too cool for their own good.

Paul | April 9th, 2014

StandUpAgainstHeartCrime

Stand Up Against Heart Crime are a three piece electro pop band who’s music has always been slightly overshadowed by how achingly beautiful they are. You’d think this would work in their favour, but despite having some excellent songs they’ve never really taken off .

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A vermut or two or three.

Paul | April 9th, 2014

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Much has been made of Barcelona’s gin and tonic culture, but another alcohol trend less shouted about in the pages of in flight magazines is the growing popularity of vermouth. 

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