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March 2017

T2: Trainspotting

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Are you in or not?, Well, technically if you went to see the movie then you’re in. And the movie is a yin yang of everything actually. It captures what growing up in late adulthood is, in a way. It’s what 20 years will do to you in a blink of an eye. It’s were all the daydreaming went. It was what you wanted your mirror to look like. It was the soundtrack that you grew up with (and then nothing happened). It was the jokes that you kept on telling and the punchline never changed (and in some cases neither did you).

The movie has a depressing feel to it. It also plays heavily on the nostalgia bit. So is the movie depressing because of all the nostalgia? Or, Does all the nostalgia make you depressed?, What comes first?, Does it even matter after 20 years and adulthood has hit you in the face? Have you realized that the unremembered 90’s are the new unremembered 80’s.

The movie, directed by the great Danny Boyle, does a fantastic job (again, what was his last bad movie?) stringing all 4 characters, Renton, Sick Boy, Begbie and Spud, back for one last romp. And the whole movie is immersed in remembering what it was like the first go around and it stitches it up perfectly for those that are unable to follow (it’s patronizing in some scenes, or it’s telling you how to feel and at what moment to feel it). The way it was adapted to be in the here and the now of 2017, felt just right and seeing all 4 characters struggling to be themselves in their 40’s and realizing, or trying to figure out, where the hell the life they wanted to choose went.
It offered some great morals in the story about having one more opportunity at trying to redeem their lives once again. Realizing some are unredeemable (Begbie) even if they have a tiny speck of a bright spot, some are junkies and always will be (Sick Boy), the glue that holds them together for better or for worse (Renton) and the most depressing character in the film, the one that manages to rise above all the crap that he’s gone through and was able to plow through it and create something of substance at the end, something that can be passed down to his son (Spud).
The music needed less Young Fathers and more Sleaford Mods and I personally could’ve done without Blondie. I understand Underworld being in there too, but overall the music felt flat. It felt like the life had been sucked out the soundtrack, if that was the idea for it then they succeeded at it. But the one undeniable fact is the greatness that is Iggy Pop (Bowie too).

Which brings me to the points that mattered the most to me in the film:

  • Most anti-climatic scene: The needle hitting the record, watching said record spin and after a couple of seconds of vinyl static hearing those first notes of “Lust for Life” and then immediately stopping the song and moving on to the next scene. It made me feel like a junkie waiting for the song to start.
  • Saddest moment: Spud’s redemption.
  • Funniest moment: 1690 sing-a-long.
  • Most memorable quote: “Nostalgia. It’s why you’re here. You’re a tourist in your own youth.” – Sick boy

And with that last quote is how I feel about the movie. It’s the most perfect way in describing what the film is about.

Trainspotting 2

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The Cadelighths, Palo Duro at The Soda Bar

Here is a photo gallery of what the show with The Candelights from Tijuana, MX and Palo Duro from Austin, TX, was like at the Soda  Bar.

The Candelights


Palo Duro


Silent – Osciloscopio 001

A group of independent media producers from Tijuana, Artileria and Ojus Morbidus, present their first episode as Osciloscopio, with a live music session by Silent, this was recorded previous to the release of their album “A Century of abuse“, available via Three One G records.
To continue producing more quality episodes, they are open to donations via Pay Pal.
The following people were also part of this project: JuLes LoPar, Rene Reyes, Aaron Gurrola, Verona Chang, Jorge Campos, Javier Leyva, Ojus Morbidus, Arti Leria, Jocelyn Tabancay Duffy, Paty TorresJesus Vasquez, Jrg MnTs, Gaba Cortes.

The Dears – To hold and to have

Watch The Dears latest video for the song “To hold and to have”, ours and Murray’s favorite song from the amazing album ‘Times Infinity Volume One‘ available via Dangerbird Records.

Feist – Pleasure

I am not a big fan of Feist, never got into her ‘hit’, “1,2,3,4”, that song kept me from trying to listen to more of her music.
But her new single “Pleasure”, which is not unpleasant at all to listen to, reminded me so much of one of my favorite albums by PJ Harvey ‘Rid of me’ (1993), that it makes me wonder if Feist is actually ripping off Polly Jean’s amazing song/album.
Feist’s new album is set to be released on April 28th via Polydor France.
It is a good thing that we get to see more women creating interesting, intense and why not, aggressive music, so please we need more rocking and less whiny.
Listen to both tracks, they are both good songs, just very similar.

Feist – Pleasure

PJ Harvey – Rid of me

James Blake – My willing heart

New video from James Blake featuring a very pregnant Natalie Portman, for the song “My willing heart” from the album ‘The Colour In Anything
The video was directed by Anne Rose Holmer and beautifully filmed in black and white by Natasha Braier.

Los Planetas – Zona Temporalmente Autónoma 

La espera fue de 7 años para que el regreso de Los Planetas terminara. El nuevo disco “Zona Temporalmente Autónoma” saldrá el 24 de Marzo del 2017.


Ya habían ofrecido un par de adelantos del nuevo disco, el primero fue ‘Espíritu Olímpico’, que tiene tintes a New Order y en mi no tan humilde opinión, suena mejor que la más reciente ‘Islamabad’ y viene cargada de reverb y un amor al shoegaze, con tonos en la voz a Matt Berninger, (The National), lo cual no es nada malo.

Aquí las puedes escuchar:
‘Espíritu Olímpico’ – https://open.spotify.com/album/1Ke0JDNn3CgYp2YzxiBhx7

 

‘Islamabad’ – https://open.spotify.com/track/7tpeenQfIPlwEQ3t5Y357Z

 

Aquí el tracklist:

  1.  Islamabad
  2.  Una cruz a cuestas
  3.  Soleá
  4.  Seguiriya de los 107 faunos
  5.  Hierro y níquel
  6.  Porque me lo digas tú
  7.  Libertad para el solitario
  8.  La gitana
  9.  Ijtihad
  10.  Espíritu olímpico
  11.  Zona autónoma permanente
  12.  Amanecer
  13.  Hay una estrella
  14.  Guitarra roja

Florent en una entrevista tuvo que decir de su nuevo LP lo siguiente, “Personalmente no me interesan las religiones, pero al leer (el manifiesto), comprendes cómo el islam y la doctrina anarquista suponen un movimiento liberador de las formas de control que ejerce el poder, desde un punto de vista filosófico”. Siendo este el tema que tomaran en su nuevo disco espero que sea fuerte y directo.

Ojalá y cuando estén de gira puedan tener en su itinerario a Tijuana y puedan volver.

Electric Healing Sound at The Ken Club

Electric Healing Sound played the Ken Club.

They played/tested out some new songs that will be on their new record.

I’ve said this before and I’ll state it again, Electric Healing Sound are the only garage rock band from the border that matters. They are the only ones wearing their influences on their sleeve. You can feel that these songs matter to Ricky, Julio, Eric and Beto. If given the right chance they might make you feel the way “Subterreanen Homesick Blues” played through a “Psychocandy” filter made you feel once.

Go over to their Spotify so you can listen to the best bass riff of at least half a decade and also “From an Oldsmobile”.     (why isn’t this a 7″?!??)

Young Man Highway Blues and From an Oldsmobile

Also, listen to what might be their next single:

Baby, It’s Suede (Ode To The King)

Shillelagh by DEAD CROSS on #SoundCloud

https://soundcloud.com/dead-cross-501975084/shillelagh

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