Monday, December 29, 2008

PERRY FARRELL

I was walking by the Lower East side with a friend and we saw a picture on a bus stop of Perry Farrell (Jane's addiction front man) on a John Varvatos ad.
Nice ad by the way.
Here's a video of Perry Farrell and Jane's addiction

Sunday, December 14, 2008

JASON LINDNER: The MoogeyMan

There is a lot to say about Jason Lindner (JL). As Chick Corea said: he's a "musical universe".
Everytime I seem to forget what a great musician he is, he decides to refresh my memory with a better performance.
It's not only the fact that he plays with different formats that can start with a solo and grow to a big band, or the fact that he may perform with acoustic sounds (instruments) as well as sound effects and elecronic instruments, but even if he plays a simple melody or the most complex rhythm it will always sound natural.
JL is so daring that he merges everything with his playing. I'm sure that if you really pay attention to his music you'll be able to listen to life juncture or the most basic human emotions, or maybe, just have fun with the music; simple beautiful and cool music.
Even if you are familiar with JL's style, he'll always be able to surprise you with his warm sound.
I couldn't pick a favorite project in which he's involved but I love the live performances with Baba Israel who's encharged of dub poetics and beatbox on Now V.S. Now, a project with Panagiotis Andreou on bass, Mark Guiliana on drums and sometimes Avishai Cohen on trumpet and effects. (I really recommend the special with Now v.s Now they broadcasted on NPR) Now V.S. Now will release a recording next spring -I can't wait-

Anyway, I saw JL's Big band for the first time about a month ago @the new Zinc bar and I've been meaning to write this post for a while but just did it today.
Let's leave the music speak for itself. Here's a video of Jason Lindner's big band and if you like it I strongly suggest you go to his web page by clicking on the title of this post and also go to his myspace http://www.myspace.com/jasonlindner and listen to Monserrate, a beautiful song which I guess has something to do with Bogotá, Colombia.
Enjoy the video
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Thursday, December 11, 2008

COVER ART CENSORSHIP...FILLING THE BRIM


The germand band Scorpions released Virgin Killer under RCA Records label in 1976 but the cover art created souch controversy that they had to create an alternative cover so the reissue was under Polydor, Capitol records.
on 2008, 32 years later, the UK's Internet Watch Foundation(IWF)banned the original cover image on Wikipedia for a while. Can you believe that?-I'm not going to write on this subject because this will turn into a really long post. I have very strong thoughts on this subject- The IWF argued that they wanted to keep children's porn out of sight, and that's ok, but why censor an art cover that only music lovers remember?.
Although guitar player Rudolf Schenker accepted that we're living other times, "We wouldn't release a cover like this today.Infant pornography is terrible. But we where living other times. It wasn't a problem then." After a big controversy and the fact that some text was banned too (it really makes me angry, specially comming from a so-called first world country),last Tuesday they decided to back down on their censorship decision.
Just a little example of what free expression and free press are today

Here's a little background on the original cover art for Virgin Killer
The image was designed by Steffan Böhle, and the girl on the cover is the daughter of Böhle's niece who was photographed by Michael von Gimut.
This was what Rudolf Schenker said on the art cover:
"We didn't actually have the idea. It was the record company. The record company guys were like, 'Even if we have to go to jail, there's no question that we'll release that.' On the song 'Virgin Killer', time is the virgin killer. But then, when we had to do the interviews about it, we said 'Look, listen to the lyrics and then you'll know what we're talking about. We're using this only to get attention. That's what we do.' Even the girl, when we met her fifteen years later, had no problem with the cover. Growing up in Europe, sexuality, of course not with children, was very normal. The lyrics really say it all. Time is the virgin killer. A kid comes into the world very naive, they lose that naiveness and then go into this life losing all of this getting into trouble. That was the basic idea about all of it."

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

POP-QUIZ or should I say PUNK QUIZ?

Ok, I promise I'll drop the punk subject because I know I can get obnoxious, but one last thing...
What inspired The Ramones' band name?
Well, that Paul Ramon was an early pseudonym used by Paul McCartney. You didn't knew that, did you?

Sunday, December 7, 2008

"We're living in the age of the IPhone and this shit still happens" WHAT THE PUNK?


I've always wondered if I'm a punk spirit who happened to have been born in the wrong decade, but as we all know, New York is the best city in the world, and last night I had the chance to try a sip of what would've been if I had actually been around while the New York punk scene was hangin' out in 1982 @ A7.
"We where the right age at the rigt time. Anything seemed possible in NY then, and maybe it was.Until reality began to set in a few years later in the late 80s (you know...responsability, drug addiction, etc.) We had the time of our lives. Wether we came from good or bad families, educated or not, we found each other and hung. Really hung. And laughed...a lot. Although I wasn't in the original line-up of Borscht, they were(and are) like brothers to me, and I was eith them all the way, starting with Chappaquiddick+5. Places like A7 and CBGB (and quite a few others) were our own little world. Although I've read that punk was never about escape, looking back not from this point, I can see how it was. And that's not necessarily a bad thing. We created our own thing from the bottom up, from our gut, with our hearts. I can't speak for all the guys in Borscht, but I think they'd agree with me. And we're still laughing. I love these guys, and all four of us are grateful for the opportunity to play. (...)" said a member of Borscht, one of my favorite bands that played last night and dedicated their set to the memory of Adam Nodelman, Borscht bassist.
videoBorscht set
After listening to 4 bands I understood that I'm clearly not a punk lost soul, and although I enjoy hard core music and I loved their scene, I guess I'll never be able to understand them completely because I'll always be an outsider.
Besides observations like "It's 2 fucking chords all the time!" by a young guy on the stairs while heading to another stage, and the fact that I can't imaine how hard it is to fill a 15 min. set with songs that last between 30 seconds and 1 minute at aprox. 250 BPM (beats per minute) -and that'll definitely explain the sweat-
I'm never going to be able to fully understand punk. Anyway, my love for music is clearly marked by their energy, their musical structure, and their thoughts. I'm just a daughter of my time, not a regular one because I felt like the feedback that was sounding las night to which a guitar player said:"We're living in the age of the IPhone and this shit still happens"...

Here are some pics, quotes, and videos from last night (37 bands together) remembering the A7 scene and the music that changed NYC playing @ the Knitting Factory, a venue that's celebrating it's 20th anniversary and the end of its days in Manhattan because they're re-locating to Brooklyn.
"To somebody like me who never went to their high school reunion or prom, or to a lot of us who were high school drop outs, misfits or black sheep, this is as close as it gets to a high school reunion for any of us. That club opened up my eyes to a whole different way of looking at things. I was coming from a neighborhood that was full of conformity and to hear a band like Reagan Youth sing about things that I was concerned about as a young teenager was really important to me. I was looking up to guys who were like big brothers to me and they were just kids themselves...we were all just kids...with a lot of inspiration and issues and concerns...and some of us still do...but in general it was a very positive experience, especially as a 13 year old, to simply be part of ot" Kevin Kash/Adam 12
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"I found the A7 by accident, on a flier that I found on the ground on 2nd ave. my best friend and I were looking for fun and trouble; we found it...the best club in the whole world. $3 admission at the door with your LESRAMAS (Lower East Side musical appreciation society) card. How cool the owner dave was to put up a dozen bands in a room that brought a whole scene together. the coolest people I've ever hung with. Some shows we fought for our lives not to suffocate and loved every minute of it. Bad Brains, Black Flag in my living room and it only got better..." Kenny Waste/Urban Waste
I have trouble uploading pics and videos again...
Anyway, here's the list of the bands that performed
-STAGE 1-
FATAL RAGE
76% UNCERTAIN
PAYLOAD
JERRY'S KIDS
ANTIDOTE
PURE HELL
ISM
URBAN WASTE
THE ABUSED
FALSE PROPHETS
NIHILISTICS
VIRUS
-STAGE2-
ARMED CITIZENS
ADAM 12
BORSCHT
RAPID DEPLOYMENT
SEXUAL SUICIDE
FED UP
VIOLEN SOCIETY
ULTRAVIOLENCE
BUTCH LUST
MAJOR CONFLICT
SUX (AOD)
REAGAN YOUTH
-STAGE3-
ICU
MODERN CLITZ
REASON TO FIGHT
WASTE MANAGEMENT
DISGRACE
LOST GENERATION
CARDIAC ARREST
GOVERNMENT WARNING
KRIEG KOPF
PSYCHO
OPPRESSED/BETRAYED
BLACKOUT SHOPPERS
US CHAOS

"The only things that survive are cockroaches and twinkies" said Reagan Youth's front man.

If you want to read more click on the title of this post and you'll go to the Village Voice article "Back to the shoebox" by Tony Rettman

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

LAST NIGHT'S DREAM:VOLVER

Last night I had one of those dreams when you're not sure if things really happened or you made them up and turned out just to be a dream. I spent all day recovering from it because it really got to me. Those dreams are almost like a memory. Just a little reminder of something you once where able to feel although it might have been 20 years ago and you almost forgot that once upon a time you where in fact, able to feel that, and those feelings actually inhabited your feel-like dynamic spectrum.
But the most shocking thing with last night's dream is that I actually have a song that perfectly matches the feeling. I've never been able to match a song in souch a perfect way, so off course it'll be a mauve tango by Carlos Gardel with Lyrics by Alfredo Le Pera, and in a perfect version by Adriana Varela.
So here's the perfect song that describes my dream.
VOLVER

Friday, November 28, 2008

POP-QUIZ x 3

Here are 3 pop-quiz questions.
1.This one's a little technichal but I'm thinking of Thelonious Monk.
-What's the only song Thelonious Monk wrote in 3/4?


Well, "Ugly beauty"

2.Now I'm thinking of spoken, shouted, whispered and sampled intros, so what are the songs for this?

-"I know when to go out. I know when to stay in. Get things done"

1983!! David Bowie "Modern Love". I love this song!!!!
Here's the song with better audio


-"OK, Tokyo, South America, Australia, France, Germany, UK!"
This is a pretty shitty song, but here's a hint: Two top musicians who had the worst results working together. Here's the proof

Mick Jagger and David Bowie "Dancing in the street".
Have you ever seen a worst duet in history? I bet you have. hahaha

Thursday, November 27, 2008

MAKE IT SOUND LIKE THE OCEAN: HAPPY BIRTHDAY JIMI HENDRIX


Eventhough everyone's eating turkey or tofurkey on thanksgiving day, here's a little rock n' roll reminder.
The so called best guitar player of all times, James Marshall Hendrix, was born on November 27 1942.
On october 16 1968 the double album electric ladyland was released. This was the third and final album of the Jimi Hendrix experience.
I'm not going to review it because many things have been said about electric ladyland, about the summer of love and 1968's music in general, so eventhough it's a great album by one of the best musicians of all time, and used the best technology from the US and the best technology from teh UK, this is just a brief reminder for you to be aware of the date.
Here's All along the watchtower live version. Bob Dylan's original song coverd by Hendrix on electric ladyland

IT'S ALL ABOUT MOBY


As usual Moby can't stop 'till he gets enough!. As eclectic as he is, last Monday (November 24) Moby released his album Last nigt remixed. A remix by Brooklyn-based DFA Records signees, who re-imagined Last Night's original album that was released earlier this year. I just heard some of the new mixes @ http://www.myspace.com/thisislastnight.
This is a good record, so good that Moby answered to Peter Gaston when he asked him about the track "I like to move in here" remixed by Holy Ghost the following: "It wasn't so much a remix, as they actually re-recorded the entire song. They even hired a horn section and a new singer. I like the original, but I actually prefer their version."
Good new version by the way. Everything points to the rave rebirth thanks to AC Slater the Bushwick-Broklyn based DJ/producer who remixed my favorite song of Last night:"The stars".
AC Slater is as Moby called him the "re-inventor of the old rave aesthetic".
You can hear to the remix here: http://www.myspace.com/theacslater and warm up
for next Saturday December 13 Degenerates party. My favorite dance party in which this time Moby will be dj-ing with AC slater, Drop the lime and JDH+Dave P, this time they'll spin @ le Poisson Rouge not @ Hiro Ballroom as they used to.
See you there.

Here's another remix of "I like tomove in here" I found on Youtube. Pretty minimal techno elements that match my taste on music.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

MUSIC INVASION

I planned to blog on las Friday's concert: Jason Lindner's big band @ new Zinc bar but I haven't been able to stop humming "it swell" a song by Jeff Taylor.
It seems Jeff Taylor's music has invaded my brain because besides the catchy and very sticky melodies and warm harmonies, I can't seem to be able to come down from the feeling I cought last Saturday.
Can't believe I missed him at CMJ because here's what he wrote on that night
"Friday, October 24, 2008
CMJ Blog ’08
Whoa... Last night was crazy.
We played 205 Christie on Thursday.
Equipment was flying around the stage, I knocked myself in the forehead with my telecaster, started bleeding...
I may have had a couple too many....
Blurrrrrr........
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Hope you had a good time if you were out in the audience; it was a blast up on stage.
Had lots of fun with 'Progress,' a new song where I get to stomp around on effects pedals.
Thanks for supporting, see you at Rockwood on Saturday for an 11pm show!
Yours,
Jeff"

Here's a video of It Swell with Thing (Mark Guiliana's trio)@ Rockwood

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If you want to listen to Jeff Taylor's music click on the title of this post

Saturday, November 22, 2008

MARK GUILIANA'S THING


The thing with Mark Guiliana's music is that it's based on good taste and deep emotion.
Beyond the technical aspects, which he clearly controls, he's the type of musician that transfers life to music and viceversa.
Nothing's evident but everything's there. It's as if he had chosen my favorite elements of music and merged them to play with the THING (his trio with Nir Felder on guitar and Malcom Kirby on bass), but that's not the only thing that strikes me about Guiliana's music.
He can play different genres but his stamp's always there, not in an narcissistic way but to serve his energy and the music.
Honesty is what you'll percieve if you listen to him, and to me that makes Mark Guiliana NYC's best drummer.
That being said, here's a video of the solo he played last night to end his concert @ Rockwood music hall.
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you can check out Mark Guiliana's music by clicking the title of this post

THOUGHTS ON WRITING ABOUT MUSIC

I think I shouldn't admit this but recently I got to the conclusion and finally understood that there are not perfect words that could possibly describe music.
That's the reason I stopped bloggin' for a while.
Anyway, there are many ways of communication and music is the most direct way for me, but I also want to share my thoughts with words so that's why I'm back and I'll keep writing and sharing my perspective with whoever wants to read...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

QUESTION 6

Barak Obama was elected which makes me believe in human kind. I'm optimistic, and hopefully racial attacks will cease, and there may be peace, as Dee Dee Bridgewater sang while collecting founds for Obama's campaign. But singers and racial conflict have always been related and here comes my question:

Which 1964 song was Nina Simone's response to the killing of Medgar Evers by a white gang?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GpOGtGCLyk

Mississipi Goddam
Medgar Evers was a civil rights activists from Mississipi and was murdered by Byron De La Beckwith, a member of the Ku Klux Klan.

And now that we're into songs related with human rights listen to this classic.
Strange fruit, an anthem that can be one of the firs anti racism songs remembered, specially in Billie Holiday's voice

Sunday, November 2, 2008

ROCK AL PARQUE HAS BEGUN


The most important rock festival in South America is taking place this weekend in Bogotá, Colombia (Nov1,2,3). The free "Rock al parque" festival in it's XIV version started yesterday with the metal day which is the day that attracts more public. 80 thousand people went yesterday to see the local bands and the international bands that included Paradise Lost and Carcass (England), Ratos de Porao (Brazil), and Muscaria (Ecuador). The other 13 bands that played yesterday where local and national bands. For the record Colombia is a very strong country on metal music production.
It's a shame I'm not in Bogotá for Rock al parque and eventhough I never go to the metal day, it's a shame I couldn't see Koyi K Utho, a Bogtá based band that has played 5 times in different versions of this fest. and that's sponsored by GIBSON guitars.
Today and tomorrow are my favorite days of the festival because the two stages will present diverse music souch as 1280 almas, a rock legend from Bogotá, Gondwana, Nawal and Sargento García for the reggae-tropical lovers, la Kinky Beat (Spain), Black rebel motorcycle club (U.S.A) and BLOC PARTY!!! (England).It's really bad that I'll miss Bloc party's show, specially now when they just released their new album...
In terms of organization and weather conditions (it's an outdoors fest)I really hope this year's Rock al parque is better than last year's because last year an unexpected ice-rain storm fell upon Bogotá and chaos ruled because besides the fact that the park was covered with ice rain (10 c.m) people went CRAZY (remember that Colombia has no seasons so we're not used to those types of "natural hazards").
And now that we're into natural phenomenons this year the slogan for Rock al parque is: "Rock for the water and the earth". Maybe some of Radiohead's and Al Gore's global warming awareness is filtering to the south. Anyway, I'll have to wait to see some of the youtube videos and maybe share them with you because this year's Rock al Parque will present 37 national bands and 15 international bands. We'll just have to wait to see how it went and while we do, let's check out some videos:
Bloc Party



LAST YEAR'S ICE-RAIN AND CANCELLATION OF THE PRESENTATIONS


GONDWANA


Koyi K Utho


For the official website of Rock Al Parque click on the title of this post

Friday, October 31, 2008

HAPPY HALLOWEEN

I saw this on youtube and I can't keep it to myself because I want you to laugh with me on this creepy day.
A cheesy Cumbia Colombiana to celebrate
Que viva Colombia!
Salud!!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

MUSIC UNDER NY

You better start turning your ipod off while you catch the train because there's a lot going on under New York.
Today I randomly took off on Atlantic Av train stop which transfers to Atlantic-Pacific in Brooklyn, and while I was walking I had the good fortune to hear the Alex LoDico ensemble. This trombonist leads different ensembles and today what really made me stop and listen was Kazuki Kitamori's alto saxophone solo. I've never seen a street musician playing the way he did. UNBELIAVABLE!!! and the band was just the Real thing. They where really swingin' 'till they drop. I guess they all follow their band leader's advice who said to NPR "You see the crowd...you get the beat right, you touch their heart. You try to put everything in that one note; the whole world in that one note."
I wish I had my camera but I din't. Good thing youtube exists so here's a video with Kazuki playing

For more info on Music on the MTA go to http://www.mta.info/mta/aft/muny/bios_samples.html?l=-2112758760
And if you want to know more about trombone player Alex Lodico here's his page
www.alexlodico.com

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

CHINESE DEMOCRACY COMMING SOON

Chinese Democracy - Guns N Roses
On November 25 Chinese Democracy will finally be released, Axl Rose anounced. This is not the first time this has been said, so we'll just have to cross our fingers and don't promise anything until it's true or we'll be in trouble just like Dr Pepper's representatives. 7 months ago Dr Pepper's representatives announced that they would give a free soda to everyone in the United States if the record came out...and now, things have changed. Anyway, everybody is saying that "Chinese Democracy is the most anticipated album in rock n' roll history" as Steve Baltin wrote for the Rolling Stone on January 17/08, but besides the fact that the last recording with original tracks released by Guns N' Roses was in 1991 "Use your Illusion I&II" (Which I LOVE) what's the fuss all about?
First of all, there are only two original gunners left in the band; Dizzy Reed (Keyboards) and Axl because in the 90's they got in a legal fight and Axl Rose got to keep the name of the band, so after some months besides the name and the beginning of the so called Chinese Democracy which has been in the studio for over 14 years there was nothing left of Guns N' Roses.
Axl dared to say that this album is going to be big and different and he said: "some of the arrangements are kind of like Queen", so we'll have to wait...just a little longer...
The truth is that without Slash with his guitar signature and the energy of Matt Sorum who hits the drums with his fists it's going to be very tough to feel the original energy of Guns N' Roses.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

THE SAME BOAT CROSSING THE SAME RIVER

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On Saturday Oct 18th the Keith Jarrett trio played @ Carnegie hall. I went to see this legendary concert because when I first listened to jazz music I was into great pianists souch as Jarrett but the truth is my taste has changed and my perception of the trio was a shock to me.
The three musicians, Jarrett (piano), Jack DeJohnette (drums) and Gary Peacock (bass) are masters of their instruments and eventhough I'm sorry to admit it, I went to a very boaring concert. This was one of the concerts on my list of great music to see live, but after 5 songs and Keith's comments I had enough.
Beyond their skill on their instruments, which is close to perfection, and the fact that their dinamic range is infinite, the polifonic statemets, as well as their communication (which we should take for granted because they've been playing together for 25 years), there was nothing left for me in terms of expression and sensibility.
Sometimes perfect music doesn't touch you and that's exactly what happened to me last Saturday.
There was nothing new in terms of musical statements, I really felt as if I was watching a video taped 20 years ago. The only thing that made me feel something were the comments that Jarret did to the audience, and it wasn't a good feeling because this man believes that because he plays the piano in a perfect way he's a superior person...But Mr. Jarrett, let me tell you that life and music are not about that.
I'lljust quote his words so you can understand what I'm talking about:
"I just want to say I'm not going to say anything tonight" was his opening statement. As if we where there to hear him speak...And it would've been better if he had kept his mouth shut.
Later on he burped this: "don't listen to anybody tell you what energy source we need"
???? What???????
but then he ended his statements with this: "I'm sorry to be the one to say it but this is the world's best trio"
I'm surprised that there was space in the Carnegie Hall to fit Keith Jarrett's EGO and a bunch of people who admire his music mastery in terms of polifony, dinamics, technique, etc...but the truth is I had enough of this narcissistic pianist.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

CAN WE GO BACK WHERE WE BEGAN?

CD RELEASE
Oct 23
Freddy's Backroom (485 Dean Street Brooklyn, NY 11215 That's the corner of Dean Street and 6th Avenue in Brooklyn.phone: 718.622.7035)
@ 9 p.m.

If someone asked me how to define The Karl Walters Jr Trio's music I'd say something like Motion-Static music. Sometimes when you listen to them you feel as if time didn't exist, but suddenly things will have a turning point where all the time that you didn't thought was there is catching up. That's the core of this Motion-Static merge that Matt Ferry on Drums, Westbrook Johnson on Trombone and Pedals, and Keegan Schelling Bass and Pedals added up. This moody trio explores different sonorities that encircle simple musical textures and aggresive New York behavior expresed by electric motionless sounds.
The intriguing part after listening to their music came when I read their notes:
"Can We Go Back Where We Began?" If so, could we keep all that we've learned in getting here? Would our new knowledge rebirth our old places? Or would we walk the same paths, take the same turns, and arrive again here?And if we could reach a new place from our old beginnings, would our present place become "where we began"? Upon arriving at this new place, would we only desire to return here, to where we began?
So, while you reflect on the idea you can listen to their music







Fluxura by The Karl Walters Jr Trio



Monday, October 20, 2008

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

If you read my entry on The Cure's concert on July 20th you're aware that as usual I couldn't upload my video. The good thing's that life's always sending me unexpected things like the "Just like Heaven" video I shot that day. The thing is my friend Pedro, who I met at that concert, uploaded the video on youtube for my b-day so here's posted for all of you, a little late but it's still worth watching.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

QUESTION 5

Pop-quiz again. Now that I have b-days on my mind because I'm turning 28 today I want to ask you something:
What was the firs video screened on MTV?

Obviously!!
Video Killed the radio star by the Buggles

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

MUSIC-POLITICS-MUSIC

These days there's a lot to say about music and politics. John McCain has been sued by the Foo Fighters for using their song "My Heroe" in rallies, and last month the band Heart demanded that the McCain campaign stop playing its song “Barracuda” in public appearances by Sarah Palin. At the same time musicians are gathering in NYC to found raise for Barak Obama's campaign. But to open the relationship between music and politics I was checking out DJ Olive's myspace because I love his music. I met him in SIM, the free music workshop I took in August and it turns out that all the music I love has a weird way of relating so he's playing a set next Friday Oct 17 at The Bunker. Anyway, I went to his myspace and this picture caught my eye

Woodie Guthrie
I went to his home page and this is the first quote you see
"A folk song is what's wrong and how to fix it or it could be
who's hungry and where their mouth is or
who's out of work and where the job is or
who's broke and where the money is or
who's carrying a gun and where the peace is.”

If you click on the title of this post you'll automatically go to his page. And if you want to check out DJ Olive go to http://www.myspace.com/theaudiojanitor

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

MUSIC MATH

All the 3.1416 (Pi...I guess my computer has that sign hidden so I wouldn't even think about using it), the Fibonacci series, and perfect proportion on music that's shown in master classical works was lost with some rock musicians that forgot how to count. I just want to see where you're standing so let's start with my math pop-quiz for today.
Multiply The Beatles' days in a week by the number of times The Doors want you to love them



yes, pretty simple uh?
8*2=16 ( I guess my comp's hidding my multiplication sign also)
Greetings,
The stupid Alien

Monday, October 13, 2008

SANTA MARADONA: THE PASSION OF LIFE

I'm not a football fan, but last Saturday Colombia lost a match again. Nothing new for the last 5 years. My friends who are football freaks felt defeated and to feel better they played the classic 1994 match 5-0 Colombia-Argentina.
Afterwards they showed me a video that inspired me for this post.
Music's life, football's life, life is passion but LIFE IS LIFE!
Take a look to Diego Armando Maradona dancing to Life is Life during a warm up and you'll understand why they say, well, that music's life

Thursday, October 9, 2008

YOU CAN'T FIND IT ANYWHERE...YET


Pianist, composer, singer and drummer Dave Treut just recorded with his band "Clarify"@58 North six media labs (58N6ML) over the last week. Last night they had a viedeo shoot while they played his songs @ 58N6ML and I enjoyed being there.
Lots of different sounds and infinite influences make Treut's music interesting because despite the fact of the unexpected mixture, his music is authentic, and I say it in a good way, because more authenticity doesn't necessarily means more brilliant. In Treut's case I enjoyed the blend of his grunge-alternative voice with his simple rhodes chords, his rage drumming, and his "nothing's nothing, everything's everything" lyrics. Besides Dave's music and stage jumping between the Rhodes and the drum set, I had a great time listening to his unbelievable band(2 guitars, bass, drums, trombone, trumpet, barit. sax and tenor sax).
You should listen to Dave Treut's new songs to understand better what I'm trying to say. Unfortunately, I had my small camera and the video has the worst sound... and image...hahaha, and I've been trying to upload the video for over 4 hours and nothin'..., so maybe next time.
You can check out David Treut's myspace: http://www.myspace.com/davetreut

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

QUESTION 4

I've had a lot of things during the week so for now, let's keep it up with my Pop-Quiz.

The first Lennon/McCartney song to enter the US charts was a cover. Which song and by whom?





Believe it or not: "From me to you" by Del Shannon

Thursday, October 2, 2008

POLITICS CAN ALWAYS USE SOME MUSIC


Artists reflect our society, they're the living (or dead) product of an enviroment, a society, and a historic period. I've always criticized artists, specially musicians, who are unaware of politics and current affairs, but last night I learned that great artists always know where they're standing.
Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves, Joe Lovano, Roy Haynes, Brad Mehldau, Roy Hargrove, Christian McBride, Stanley Jordan, Kurt Elling, Hank Jones, Charlie Hunter, Doug Wamble, Bilal/Robert Glasper, Stefon Harris, Jeff “Tain" Watts,and Roberta Gambarini performed last night @ the Kaufmann Concert Hall (Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street NYC) @ 7:30 p.m. They performed without charging for a cause in which they all believe: All proceeds benefit the Obama For America Presidential Campaign.
The concert was produced by Jazz for America's Future, a foundation that was created to support musicians and their art.

Last night was a long evening that showed passion, love and evoked hope. Listening to these amazing musicians play live made me believe there's still some people in the world who believe in change and above all in PEACE!.
Last night they collected more than 65.000 U.S dollars for Obama's presidential campaign, but beyond the political convictions there was a greater lesson:
tolerance and togeatherness is the way to find peace and tranquility.
These amazing artists set the example playing jazz together, and they did their best and set an admirable example for the world.
That's why I'd like to say: politics can always learn something from great music.
Just take a look @ the video.
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As usual I couldn't upload the other videos so I'll upload them on my next entry.
I hope you enjoy!...and please reflect on PEACE, and afterwards, MAKING PEACE A REALITY. Please!
There will be another concert on Oct.7 @8:00 p.m. It'll be @ SOB (www.sobs.com) 212 243 49 40 @ 204 Varick St @ W. Houston.
The artist that'll be performing are:
Maiysha, Arturo O'Farril, Claudia Acuña, Alyson Williams and Geri Allen.
Donations start: $50

Monday, September 29, 2008

FOLLOW THE PURPLE LIGHT ROAD TO UGA BOOGA



When I first got to New York City I thought I would find the best Dj's in the world, but I confirmed my ignorance on electronic music when I got here and found a very poor techno music scene.
Bad taste is the rule for booked Dj's in NYC, and after some months of searching, and thanks to a friend, I came across Wolf+Lamb:Zev Eisenberg and Gadi Mizrahi, two Newyorkers who come from Egyptian and Jew cultures who had to find their own venue to perform decent techno. They created "The first label of it's kind, Wolf + Lamb Music a label designed as a no-frills distribution medium that reflected their ideals: a simple, single release oriented, open source music label offering free source downloads for all releases."
I wouldn't say they play straight ahead minimal techno because their BPM (beats per minute) are slower and they use some nice warm extra layers and a special characteristic bass, specially Gadi, who played a remarkable set the second weekend of September. But besides the sub-genre names, they're heading a nice electronic music field that needs more "good taste" explorers.
Last Saturday Wolf+Lamb reached their party number 50. I hope they keep it up.
If you want to find their catalogue go to beatport.com or to their homepage http://www.wolflambmusic.com
Just click on the title of this post and you'll be there.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

QUESTION3

I'd like to post something on Wolf+Lamb but I'm tired and I haven't downloaded the pics, I guess I'll do it during the week so for now let's continue with my "pop-quiz". Today I'm into CLASSIC SINGLES.

Which David Bowie song was a Top20 hit in two different versions, seven years apart?


And the sigle is...
"John, I'm only dancing"

Here's the single version:

Thursday, September 25, 2008

IS THIS MUSIC?

I randomly bumped with the following video

Is this possible? I haven't made up my mind. Is it amazing or just a waste of time?
I give he/she the credit: It's very boring to find the pitch on a phone. Actually I thought most of them where A (la). is this music?
I'm speechless...not even, I'm like this:

imagen what was going trough the phone player's head.
¡SALUD!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

QUESTION2



More "pop-quiz". Today I chose another COVER ART question on one of my favorite bands: RADIOHEAD but before I forget here's the link to listen to a concert from their last tour. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=94315732

Under what pseudonym has Thom Yorke designed sleeves for Radiohead releases?




Thocky.

The pics I uploaded are part of the limited edition that was presented in a red hard bound book filled with illustrations by Stanley Donwood and Thom Yorke who used the pseudonym. This Cover Art won the Grammy.

Monday, September 22, 2008

MESSAGE FROM TRENT REZNOR

Ok, so I still don't understand why NIN cancelled some of their South American shows but today I got this on my e-mail and I want to share it with you because when I got it I felt guilty for my previous post but I'm not exactly sure why. (Colombian fans showed their interest on the band so I shouldn't feel bad...). Anyway, here's the message:

Message from Trent:

Hello everyone.
I'd like to thank everyone for a very successful year so far in the world of Nine Inch Nails. I'm enjoying my couple of weeks off between legs of our Lights In The Sky tour and got to thinking... "wouldn't it be fun to send out a survey to everyone that's shown interest in NIN?" Well, that's not exactly how it went, but regardless - here it is. As we've moved from the familiar world of record labels and BS into the unknown world of doing everything yourself, we've realized it would benefit us and our ability to interact with you if we knew more about what you want, what you like, what you look like naked, etc. I know it's a pain in the ass but we'd truly appreciate it if you'd take a minute and help us out. As an incentive, everyone who completes the survey will be able to download a video of live performance from this most recent tour (and I know what's going through your little minds right now: "I'll just grab this off a torrent site and not have to fill out the survey!!!" and guess what? You will be able to do just that and BEAT THE SYSTEM!!!! NIN=pwn3d!!!)
BUT
What if we were to select some of those that DO complete the survey and provide them with something really cool? I'm not saying we'll ever get around to it, but if we did maybe something like signed stuff, flying someone to a show somewhere in the world, a magic amulet that makes you invisible, a date with Jeordie White (condoms supplied of course), you know - something cool. See, you'd miss that opportunity AND be a cheater.
Do the right thing - help us out. You'll feel better.

Thank you and I've had too much caffeine this morning,
Trent

Visit here to take the survey:
https://www.questionpro.com/akira/TakeSurvey?id=1049187

Friday, September 19, 2008

NIN CONCERT CANCELLED


Pic. by raquel Castaño

Everybody's upset because NIN's concert that was programmed for Oct. 12 2008 was cancelled in Bogotá, Colombia (South America).
There was a lot of speculation about the cancelation but Alfredo villaveces, Evenpro's representative was clear when he said that it was the band who decided to cancel the concert because it's not a profitable show if you think about the production expenses and all the equipment that needs to be transported and stored for the show.
Yes, it's true it's easier to have the gig in the U.S, but what about the music? and the fans? and the experience?. I guess some people forget about the beauty of art when money comes in the way, and I'm not saying they should loose money, but WHAT ABOUT THE MUSIC?
Well, NIN also cancelled their shows in Sao Paulo and Porto Alegre and Trent Reznor wouldn't dare to talk to Colombian media.
So, eventhough I like NIN's music, it looks like they've forgotten about it and this is just bussines, so here's something I want you to think about. Specially you colombian NIN fans (just so you stop blaming Evenpro):
It's true Trent Reznor is responsible for creating the first industrial album to sell a million copies with Pretty Hate Machine in which he wrote the songs, coproduced and played every instrument. But beyond that, and the fact that you can enjoy NIN's music for purely enterteinment and not a critical experience, what's the ultimate creation of Reznor?.
Really, I mean, we're talking about a guy that described himself in 1997 in a Spin interview like this: "I'm boring...and I kind of made this pact with myself that I would just be honest(...)I am 31. I was born in Pennsylvania. I wasn't a male prostitute. I'm not gay. My tongue is my own. It's not like a Marilyn Manson situation".
So I guess I agree with Melissa Maerz (senior editor of Rolling Stone) when she says that "ultimately the most interesting art reznor has ever created is Marilyn Manson".
So yes, the show was canceled but still, Marilyn Manson WAS in Bogotá. So no worries.

QUESTION 1

More questions on COVER ART.
Which John Lennon album sleeve features his own childhood drawings?





Walls and bridges

Thursday, September 18, 2008

QUESTION

Usually I hate quizes and questions, specially when they're related with music but yesterday I bought Uncut, a great magazine, and it came with a little book that made me laugh like an idiot. It's a little book called The Uncut Inquisition: The ultimate music and movie quiz book. Just with that name it took me a day to decide to open it, but when I read it I loved it. I found it very funny and I found interesting things in it, that's why I'll be posting some of these questions in my blog just to share them with you. It'll be my new trend. A question and an answer.
For my deffense, I'll only post questions that I found usefull, like things that appear on cereal boxes..he he he, or things that relate to my favorite artists. Off course if you have any suggestions I'm always open but for now let's begin with COVER ART:

Which Blur album sleeve was creation of graffiti artist Banksy?







Yes, Think Tank!!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

PICTURES OF YOU BY THE CURE

Let's keep the blue feeling. Here's The Cure with a nice sad song.
I like what they say on the info: "An alternate video version from 1990 released by The Cure. Only aired a few times; this is a gift to all real cure fans..." at least this is a living legend... because I'm still grieving R.Wright

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

WET REALITY:RICHARD WRIGHT'S DEAD


Yesterday I read the bad news: Richard Wright's dead. Today I was walking on 12 street and 1 av. and saw this graffiti that show my feelings.

"Music was our drug" said Richard Wright, Pink Floyd's keyboard player who died yesterday (Monday, Sept.15). He had cancer.
I will not write an obituary. I'll be brief, these last five years many of my favorite musicians have died. It's the law of life... But still it's hard to know.
One of my favorite keyboard players is dead. He inspired me, and in a way determined my sound, and also, was ahead of time with some of the things he did. R.Wright's not going to be one of the musicians I love and had the chance to see live. I wish at least I'd seen him on a bad concert, even in the fake 2005's live 8...shiiiiit.
O.k, prepare to read the phrase You'll see and hear a 1.000 times: R.Wright wrote the Great gig in the sky the 4th track on "The dark side of the moon" Pink Floyd's record that sold about 40 million copies.
Well, We all know that music pretty well, here's some of Wright's music from Wet Dream

And here's a nice video I found

Thursday, September 11, 2008

LUCÍA PULIDO WANING MOON

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In This video: Stomu Takeishi on bass and Lucía pulido on cuatro and voice. They where playing Tonada de Luna Llena, at the Encuentro de Música Colombiana in NYC, Nov. 2007.

In November last year I heard Lucía Pulido for the first time and she made me cry. Lucía is a Colombian singer that stands out not only for her special approach to music, but also for being an authentic folclore interpreter. Basically, she's the REAL THING and not a folclore thief.
I'll explain the term folclore thief: I've found, as a Colombian musician, that many Colombians exit my country and come to NY or go somewhere else to study music. Meanwhile,they discover what real and authentic folclore lovers have known for centuries; Colombian music is aesthetic, unique, beautiful, and good, so, what these thiefs do is sell our ethnic and folk music by learning some songs while being in another country. They exploit our songs playing them with no respect, or spirit, or tradition, or even accuracy. Meanwhile they take the opportunity to make money and allege to be unique, rare, and even special, but the truth is they're only a cheap fake.
Being that said, Lucía's music is the opposite of that definition. Lucía is a complete and true musician that brings the listener to the essence of Colombian music from an intimate and modern approach. Lucía works with outstanding musicians like bassist Stomu Takeishi, drummer Ted Poor, and clarinetist and flutist Adam Holker all under guitarrist Sebastián Cruz's gudance.
I really recommend Lucía Pulido's most recent recording "Waning moon"/"Luna menguante" which will be released September 16th and you can find under the label Adventure Music (www.adventure-music.com).

Sunday, September 7, 2008

REAL SOUL BY BROTHER JOSCEPHUS


Last Friday I went to the Sullivan Hall to a great concert. It was Brother Joscephus and the live revival revolution orchestra. I've never heard them before but the arrangements as well as the tight sound of the ensemble where perfect. The good thing is that they know exactly how to balance old tradition with new, and as they state on their myspace: "Brother Joscephus offers the best gospel-style music without the bothersome "subservience to Jesus" part. Throw in a liberal amount of Ray Charles/Al Green/Otis Redding soul and some good ol' roots rock and you've got a perfect stew simmered to porchswing perfection". My favorite musician was the music director, pianist and arranger...Whom I forgot his name but it's the guy in the second picture, and he is a great musician and performer and it also took me a while to recognize him after the show because without the sunglasses and the white colthes looked as a complete different person.
If you wan to listen to their music go to http://www.myspace.com/brotherjoscephus

DEGENERATES ARE BACK...FINALLY


After a long break my favorite party's back. Moby and Aaron J of Brazilian girls. Yeah!
Don't forget it's Thursday September 18 @ Hiro Ballroom 371 w16th street. At 9th Av.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

COOL SIGN


I saw this sign @ Sullivan Hall. Every auditoriun should have one. I just bought a new small camera and this is the first pic I post with my new Polaroid...I'll upload some of the other pictures I shot yesterday later

THE EARPLUG MYTH


Yesterday I was at a very loud concert and a friend asked me if I smoked. I was courious about the question so he told me that cigarette filters worked as good earplugs. I thought this was the perfect soulution for loud situations. I woke up today and did my research. This is what I found.

EXAMPLE:
"Using some Malboro extralight filters we conducted a quick experiment to see just how effective they might be. The results:They afford no protection below 500Hz and about 6 Db @ 500, 12 Db @ 1000, and 22 Db @ 2000, just like you would expect from a leaky earplug. It is also important to note that the numbers above are only for filters sized exactly right and sealed tightly around the perimeter of the ear canal. Since the diameter of a cigarette filter is only about 8 mm, they are on the small size for most of the population" (found @ audiology online. Hearing protection)

CONCLUSION:
"DO NOT expect any benefit from such non-standard earplugs as cotton, cigarette filters, putty, gum and even empty bullet casings (on the shooting range). They present multiple risks to your hearing because they don't effectively attenuate sound, they are uncomfortable and they are unhygienic" (found @ www.hear-it.org)

"Make-shift protectors, such as cigarette filters, cotton, or bullet casings do NOT protect you and are not hygienic" (found @ Army webpage)

Thursday, September 4, 2008

ANARCHIST SOUND SPONSORED BY ANDY WARHOL

Yes, it's true I should know these things but I didn't, so I'm thrilled 'cause I just found out Andy Warhol was manager and self proclaimed PRODUCER! of The Velvet Underground. Can you imagine? I knew the sixties where surrealistic but this is just too much. Warhol got the Velvets a deal with Verve records and he was labeled as their producer,liberating the band so they could explore their raw sound.
Now, lets go back.
By 1965 Warhol was VU's manager and he also suggested that the band featured the german-born singer Nico, so the Velvets recorded in three days in New York City their debut album "The Velvet Underground and Nico" which was released in May 1967.
The symbiosis between Warhol and VU is shown in "a symphony of sound" a video that captured a rehearsal of the band at The Factory in NYC with Nico and her son Ari which off course was filmed by Warhol.
Here's the Youtube video for you to watch

Monday, September 1, 2008

SHAI MAESTRO


Israeli pianist Shai Maestro at the Blue Note while performing in Avishai Cohen's trio.
He was listening to Avishai's solo that later was joined by drummer Mark Guiliana

MORE LOVE WE GET,MORE LOVE YOU GET

"More love we get, more love you get" said bassist Avishai Cohen last night during his last performance at the NYC's Blue Note where he presented his most recent recording "Gently disturbed". The trio,with Shai Maestro on piano and Mark Guiliana on drums, played music so intimately that a spiritual vibe got into me, specially when they presented "Eleven Wives" where Mark, as usual, extended on an impressive solo, not only as a virtuoso but also as an explorer of the spiritual mood that the music lead to.
Bass intros. as well as Shai's introduction to the last tune they played ("Nunu"), explored extreme dinamics in the pianissimo range and brought to life the intimate sound of souls.


Here´s a picture of Shai while listening to Avishai's solo that was then joined by Mark...Shit...as usual I can't seem to upload it. I guess I'll have to hang it on my next entry

Saturday, August 30, 2008

BROOKLYN NIGHTS

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Yesterday I had a gig at Freddy's backroom and this is the guy that went before us. His name is Jesse.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

MUSIC THAT FITS THE WEATHER


Bajofondo performance last Friday at Summerstage (Central Park NYC) was very intense.
After a rainy afternoon the band showed as usual the best they had.Santaolalla, composer of award winning soudtracks souch as Brokeback mountain and Diarios de motocicleta, said it: "esta música es perfecta para este clima" (This music fits the weather) or something like that. Eventhough I was unconfortable because I was soaked and all the tall Newyorkers (or visitors) where in front of me, the concert was worth it. The band is better live than on a CD, and the energy I got from them is more uplifting that the usual tango music. It's a very interesting and original art form that comes straight from Argentina and Urugay.
Here´s a video. Hope you enjoy!
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Friday, August 15, 2008

NYC'S ROCK N' ROLL HALL OF FAME


In November 2008, the Rock N' Roll hall of fame plans to open an annex in 76 Mercer Street in Manhattan.
The actual space is in Cleveland and was opened to the public in 1995, eventhough the foundation started in 1983 by a group of music executives.
The point of opening an annex in NYC is to call attention to the Cleveland exhibit that's visited by half a million people per year.
For now, in the 25.000 square-foot annex there'll be Jonny Ramone's and Eric Clapton's guitars, a CBGB's Phonebooth and Bruce Springsteen's first car, a yellow 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

KANYE'S GOT IT ALL



Kanye West,the nine times Grammy award winner, has one of the best web music pages I've seen.
I'm not talking about his music, who personally I don't like, but this man knows exactly what he's doing.
The page's designed by Takashi Murakami, the japanese artist and exponent of global fan-geek culture who made Kanye UniverseCity as a crayon-colored cartoon. As VIRGINIA HEFFERNAN wrote for the Nwe York Times: "an ever-expanding metropolis on the order of Shanghai".
Kanye's web page also has a blog, videos, music, photos, tour dates, and everything you want to know.
Check it out and have fun

http://www.kanyeuniversecity.com

Sunday, August 3, 2008

DESTINO

In 1946 Salvador Dalí and Walt Disney worked on the animation for "Destino", a song by the Mexican composer Armando Domínguez. After 8 months of work the project wasn't finished so in 2003 it was completed under the direction of Dominique Monterey.
Sometimes I feel like this sureal movie.
Here´s an abstract I found on youtube.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

JUST LIKE HEAVEN


Last night I went to one of my dream concerts: The Cure.
I'd like to share with you some thoughts, but also some videos and some pictures, so if you missed it, here´s a little bit of it.
Robert Smith consecrated as a legend last night. His sureal domain of music and audience are the most admireable qualities that this artist has. He´s been able to hold The Cure together for decades and the sound as well as the show was timeless, not only because some songs had the essence that could bring me back to the early videos, and with that I mean all the feeling that I could recieve from this music when I was 13 years old, but also because that concept and that feeling is still alive and felt more contemporary than ever.
I'm not going to review the show, I just want to share some thoughts.
The combination of the bass player with his punk style, the guitar player that looket as if he'd just come out of a Miller comic, the drum player as an hybrid pop 80's star and singer and guitarist, the tender freak Robert Smith, was the perfect blend for a 50 song set list that returned me to my primitive feelings and thoughts. Pure human sensibility that lasted for ever and that ended with the pop encore, the retro encore and the real encore:Killing an Arab.
I just want to say that to me,in a very special way, real artists consecrate themselves as my philosophers so here are some of The Cure's teachings.
I wish my videos where a little shorter and had less definition so I could share the ones I taped, but as I've been trying to upload them for a week and they're very heavy, here are some youtube videos I found for you.