La rentrée

Yep!

Slowdance

So far, 2013 has been a somewhat interesting year featured by opposites. Academically, I lost 3 big opportunities but I got 3 fairly acceptable new options. I kicked off this year really sick, which made me lose lots of pounds  that I regained by June :P. I lost one important person, and yet got new smart and lovely friends, who also are my coworkers, and whom I deeply admire. Particularly, I’m amazed by the creative mind, intellectual abilities, acute smartness, and wide smile of my boss.

He’s the type of guy who’s always in a good mood, and his laugh is contagious. I think that I couldn’t have run into anyone as patient and as willing to teach as him. Therefore, I try now and then to make him notice how thankful I am for picking me for the job, among all candidates, and for teaching me so much every day. And I do it the way I know best, that is by sharing the tracks I love the most, now compiled in weekly playlists.

This gave me as well a good excuse to start writing again, which is something I really love. So here you go, a playlist, a comeback, une rentrée :)… Enjoy this, it’s barely 85 minutes long, and I bet you’ll find something you’ll like from now on.

That being said, xoxo

Listen to this playlist directly via my Youtube channel by clicking here:

  1. La Prima Estate - Erlend Øye
  2. I’d Rather Dance With YouKings Of Convenience
  3. No SurpriseJames Yuill
  4. Call 1-800 FearLali Puna
  5. Stick To My Side - Pantha Du Prince
  6. These Streets Will Never Look The SameChromatics
  7. Found OutCaribou
  8. Parallel LinesJunior Boys
  9. Oiamamiwhoami
  10. SlowdanceMatthew Dear
  11. Cut By The BrakesGrand National
  12. LindisfarneJames Blake
  13. Candil de la Calle - Apparat
  14. Stars And SonsBroken Social Scene
  15. Please - Chikita Violenta
  16. Mrs Blaileen - Primus

Stream: ‘The Next Day,’ by David Bowie

'The Next Day' artwork.

‘The Next Day’ artwork.

David Bowie, The Next Day (Iso Records), tracklist:

  1. The Next Day
  2. Dirty Boys
  3. The Stars (Are Out Tonight)
  4. Love Is Lost
  5. Where Are We Now?
  6. Valentine’s Day
  7. If You Can See Me
  8. I’d Rather Be High
  9. Boss Of Me
  10. Dancing Out In Space
  11. How Does The Grass Grow
  12. (You Will) Set The World On Fire
  13. You Feel So Lonely You Could Die
  14. Heat
  15. So She (Deluxe Track)
  16. I’ll Take You There (Deluxe Track)
  17. Plan (Deluxe Track)

Last Tuesday, David Bowie revealed the video for his bright single The Stars (Are Out Tonight), starring Bowie himself and androgynous and wonderful actress Tilda Swinton. On February 28th, his upcoming album The Next Day was made available for full streaming, two weeks ahead its release date by mid March and 10 years after his previous album, Reality (2003). Improve your Monday and listen to it immediately ;), for free, via iTunes

Rumor has it that Bowie won’t tour for this album, which is a real shame ’cause it’s brilliant and it would be not only wonderful but also interesting to watch him sing some of its songs. Anyway, we’ll have to simply listen to it over and over again and enjoy the result of two years of top secret recording sessions produced by longtime coworker Tony Visconti.

That being said, xoxo…

Pre-gig songbook: Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers by Ellen Von Unwerth

Red Hot Chili Peppers by Ellen Von Unwerth

The California based band Red Hot Chili Peppers continue this year their I’m With You Tour . Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th March are possibly the most expected days for us, their Mexican fans, who will attend at least one of their gigs at the Palacio de los Deportes, especially because we had to wait 6 long years for them to come back to our beloved Big City.

…Well, to be honest, I had the chance to see them performing last summer at Lollapalooza and I loved them :D! But their gig wouldn’t have been as exciting if I hadn’t known by heart the lyrics to most of their songs. As a non native English speaker, I enjoy far more those gigs in which I can actually sing along with the band and reinterpret my favorite songs.

Therefore, I decided to start a new section in my slowly rekindled blog. The section is called Pre-gig Songbook, and I intend to write one related post per gig I attend from now on… And yeah, I’m fully aware of the risk that it is to name this section using a somewhat awkward grammatical construction but hey, this is my blog! :P

So I did my research and, in a very general way, I bet that the following 13 songs (which you can listen to as a playlist via my Youtube channel by clicking here) will definitely be part of their setlist. I added two more songs at the end that I wish they’ll play. Anyway, memorize the lyrics or at least read them if you haven’t just yet and see you at The Chilis gig!

That being said, xoxo…

  1. Monarchy Of Roses
  2. Around The World
  3. Otherside
  4. Dani California
  5. Can’t Stop
  6. Under The Bridge
  7. Snow (Hey Oh)
  8. Scar Tissue
  9. Californication
  10. By The Way
  11. Look Around
  12. The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie
  13. Give It Away    And two more songs that I wish they’ll perform:
  14. What In The World (David Bowie Cover)
  15. Right On Time

Video: ‘Retrograde,’ by James Blake

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last 24 hours, chances are that you’ve already heard James Blake‘s new song, Retrograde, at least 15 times in a row… Well I have…

The track was premiered on Zane Lowe’s broadcast on BBC Radio 1 and, right after the song, James Blake talked about what he tried to do in his new record. Essentially, he stated that he reimagined on the new album, and that his fans are definitely going to notice not only the musical but also the lyrical changes that he made, compared to his well known writing. My expectations are high :).

Retrograde , the first single from James Blake‘s sophomore record, Overgrown (due April 8th), will be released on February 11th. But the day before we’ll all be able to watch via James Blake’s official Youtube Channel the Retrograde video, directed by Martin de Thurah.

That being said, xoxo…

PS Please don’t hesitate to comment on my English vocabulary/grammar/syntax mistakes, I’ll happily learn from all of your comments.

[Update: 10.02.13]

Ignore everybody else, we’re alone now

Dedicated

This black cloud above me is ruthless…

The art of letting go is mastered by few…

ImageBut as painful as losing someone who you still love might be, it’s actually better to call it quits on time before mutual damage grows and saying goodbye becomes extremely grievous.

And like Marilyn Monroe once said, ‘A girl doesn’t need anyone who doesn’t need her.’

So farewell… Farewell to you my first, my one, and my only prince.

I never stopped thinking that you were my very own prince, by the way. I never forgot all the good reasons that I had to start dating you in the first place. I took you just as you are, considering that you were already you when we met and that I probably wouldn’t like you as much if you weren’t you. But most importantly, I don’t think I ever tried to change a thing of you because I loved your imperfection. I loved you. So goodbye after 185 days that meant nothing to you. Goodbye after all those days and nights, and words and silences that were just not enough for you… August 11th 2012 must be an ordinary date for you, whereas for me is the day I took a leap of faith. I fell in love with you. And I’m still painfully in love. But you say this is impossible, so I need to let you go and say goodbye. Goodbye after watching a whole different film during six months, in which I voluntarily fooled myself. Goodbye after writing two sonnets that you never read ’cause I just didn’t have the chance to hand them to you (as many other chances that you cut off me with a single stroke). And finally, goodbye after crying all my tears from Monday night to Friday Saturday Sunday the following Monday morning in a row …because of you. I miss you :(.

But then again, to paraphrase wise Marilyn, I might never stop loving you; but I’ll just learn to live without you. No matter how long it takes me.

That being it for now, xoxo

 

El soundtrack de mi vida (parte 6)

Milagro que escribo de vuelta!

MatthewDear_Slowdance

Había empezado hace varias semanas a escribir algunos posts en inglés. También había tratado de volver a escribir antes de que pasara más tiempo desde mi último post, el de Apparat. La verdad es que han pasado muchas y pocas cosas a la vez, por lo cual no había abierto espacios en mis días para retomar el blog. Pero mi cumpleaños amerita unos cuántos párrafos, qué no?

Quienes conocen la serie de posts sobre El soundtrack de mi vida sabrán que cada año elijo una canción que, además de gustarme, represente mi año, aunque no siempre sea un track recién dado a conocer. Y bien, dado que actualmente siento que 2012 me juega chueco y por ello voy perdiendo, Slowdance de Matthew Dear, la cual apareció en el álbum Black City (Ghostly, 2010), fue la ganadora de este año, en mi aniversario 27. Por cuestiones de continuidad de esta serie de posts, héme aquí redactando en el hermoso idioma materno que me tocó, el español :)…

matthewdearEn el largo camino de altibajos que me ha tocado recorrer los últimos doce meses, puedo decir que los mejores momentos no los he pasado sola. Ello ha sido reconfortante tras tanta batalla perdida, pues durante diez años pensé que los noviazgos no eran para mí. Sin embargo, aún no sé si lo que siento es algo más que un profundo e incondicional cariño por mi pareja. No sé si este nuevo y extraño equilibrio es estable, y lo que más me angustia es que no puedo evitar sentir que me faltan muchas cosas por lograr en ámbitos más relevantes que el sentimental. Atravieso alguna especie de crisis que me hace sospechar del momento y temer lo peor. Nunca he deseado con mayor fuerza estar equivocada.

Por lo pronto, xoxo

Download: Apparat’s podcast for Resident Advisor

RA.326: Apparat, tracklist:

  1. Space Dimension Controller2257 AD
  2. PionalIn Another Room
  3. Tevo HowardSpend Some Time
  4. Jacob Mikesh FilburthAt the Ranch (Lauer remix)
  5. Todd TerjeSwing Star Pt II
  6. ZZT – ZZafrica(Julio Bashmore remix)
  7. Jacques GreeneThese Days
  8. Glass CandySugar & Whitebread
  9. Bostro Pesopeo & PionalYes 
  10. CollegeIncident
  11. DaphniAhora (Margot remix)
  12. M83 - When Will You Come Home
  13. Tahiti 80Darlin Adam Eve Song (John Talabot remix)
  14. Zodiac Free Arts ClubLindos Express
  15. Tim HeckerHatred of Music II
Hey everyone!

Yesterday, I synchronized my iPod in order to add some new music stuff I recently got when I happily realized that a very interesting download started on its own. It was Resident Advisor‘s podcast number 326, which was mixed by one of my favorite German musicians, Sascha Ring, aka Apparat.

So I immediately listened to it and didn’t even feel those almost 54 minutes it lasts. I actually felt it was too short and listened to it again. It put me in such a good mood, which actually turns out not to be just a coincidence. Ring stated that not only is him feeling in a better and happier mood, but he’s also DJ’d with another brilliant boy in today’s electronic music scene, John Talabot, who made him enjoy his ‘good mood music.’ And that made Ring get to a turning point: he decided to focus on happier tunes from now on! And in the short term, some more Moderat stuff will be cooked :).

After such great and exciting news, I proceed to recommend you to download Apparat‘s podcast. You can either click here and just download it or, even better, go and subscribe to RA’s weekly podcasts for two reasons. Firstly because you’ll automatically get them every Monday (UK time, which in Mexico’s time is very late night Sunday) and secondly because you won’t miss any other brilliant podcast in the future ;).  Finally, I couldn’t help posting this lovely tweet that reinforces this good mood Sascha Ring is currently experiencing… hopefully, this recommendation will please your ears.

That being it for now, xoxo

PS Please don’t hesitate to comment on my English vocabulary/grammar/syntax mistakes, I’ll happily learn from all of your comments.