La vida en un poema escrito en una servilleta. La vida en un Fa sostenido. La vida en una canción reproducida por un iPod. La vida en una nota.

Life on a love poem written on a napkin. Life on a F-sharp. Life on a tune played by an iPod. Life on a note.

lunes, agosto 31, 2009

cerca


cerca tenerte cerca

cerca quédate cerca


cerca olor de piel

cerca madera y miel



cerca porque lejos

lejos mucho tiempo



cerca humo canela

cerca calor de vela


cerca radar de pecas

cerca sombra bajo piernas


cerca bruma de cuello

cerca temblor ingenuo


cerca calor aliento

cerca pudor sediento


cerca inhalación interrumpida

cerca suspiros en tu orilla


cerca ojos entrecerrados

cerca gemidos sincronizados


cerca renuncian las palabras

cerca los cuerpos hablan



cerca cerca cerca

cerca quédate cerca

jueves, agosto 27, 2009

Curumin: optimistic brazilian indie funk


Brazil must be the most updated country of Latin America when it comes to making music in sync with what the rest of the world is creating. They made remarkable psychodelic rock in the 60's, outstanding soul in the 70's, excellent acid jazz in the 90's, and they even have the credit for inventing one of the sweetest genres in music: bossa nova. Brazil is definitely having a great moment in music nowadays. Curumin is one of those musicians responsible for that. In Japanpopshow (2008), his most recent album, you can listen to his well-achieved blend of MPB, hip-hop, funk and reggae that has gotten the attention of critics around the world. Curumin makes simple yet enjoyable music to sing along, dance and reflect about this fucked up world.

This is a live performance of Compacto


miércoles, agosto 26, 2009

"Pictures reframed": a multimedia recreation of Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an exhibition"


I've always felt fascinated by artistic projects that include music. I guess because that confirms that there are no different art forms rather than distinct art expressions.

Pictures reframed is a good example of what I'm trying to describe you. Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and visual artist Robin Rhode got together to elaborate an extraordinary recreation of the classic piano suite Pictures at an exhibition, composed by Mussorgsky in 1874.

Pictures reframed is a mélange of music, drawings, film & performance. This multimedia project will be released on a DVD as a film, and it is going to be played live in selected venues around the world.

If you want to have a better idea about this ambitious project, watch the next video:

jueves, agosto 20, 2009

La crisis como estímulo del ingenio


La crisis que afronta la industria musical en la actualidad ha fomentado la implementación de nuevas estrategias de mercadeo.


Esta es una GENIAL muestra de ello:



Soulive: always reinventing themselves, always blowing us away


Soulive's got to be one of the hardest working jam bands of America. They are always touring, they are always recording; they are always making new music. The greatest thing about them is their capacity to evolve, to always amaze us with their music. When everybody thought they were going to put out another instrumental record, they invited a singer and released No place like soul -my number one favorite record of 2007. And when everybody thought they were going to do the same thing for the next record, they edited Up here (2009) a mixed album -out of its 9 tracks only three are songs. This album brings us the best of Soulive's early years and the best of their most recent efforts. Up here captures the sound of a restless and extraordinary funk band.

lunes, agosto 17, 2009

"Hip-hop doesn't belong to people anymore"


The Wall Street Journal has organized a series of conferences regarding certain subjects of culture known as Summer Scoops. Art, technology and even the tragedy of Katrina seen from the point of view of a New Orleans born musician have been the issues under discussion.

Hip-hop is a topic especially due to be discussed. Born at the beginning of the eighties as a music genre whose lyrics involved social issues in its majority, its influence nowadays can be recognized on media, society and even fashion. But what does hip-hop mean today? Is it still a trendsetter music genre?


A selected panel of hip-hop artists and entrepreneurs, composed by Bajah, Chuck D, Steven Stoute, Richard Nichols and Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson gathered at the Lincoln Center to reflect on hip-hop and where is heading -if it's heading anywhere at all...

"I don't know what's hip-hop right now! Is it the drums? The lyrics? I really can't say what it is!", that's how Richard Nichols -manager of The Roots and creative director of Okayplayer.com- described his vision of the genre nowadays. Chuck D, leader and founder of Public Enemy, said: "If hip-hop were the Olympics, USA wouldn't win any medal! The other parts of the world took our seed and took it to another level".


In that respect, Bajah -a successful rapper from Sierra Leone commented-: "We started to imitate the american rappers in the 90's. I heard M.I.A.'s Paper planes and it talked about something that was happening. I love positive music that brings consciousness and hope. After the war, you have to talk about reconciliation and we had to play something positive. Rappers have to sing about peace too. Africa is really trying to break out with our voice. We're trying to pass our message".


Questlove -music producer and the drummer for The Roots- expressed: "Hip-hop stopped being edgy when it stopped criticizing. In the Bush age, The Dixie Chicks -a girls pop-country band- criticized even more than rappers!" Later on, he listed a group of artists that 'muted' their music throughout the nineties: "Mos Def started his acting career, Erykah Badu didn't make another record for 10 years, Lauryn Hill and D'Angelo didn't make another record ever. These voices remained silenced".


Chuck D agreed: "Since they didn't want to sabotage their careers, they ended in paralysis. The fear factor paralyzed those artists". He was emphatic when he remarked one of the reasons of the current hip-hop crisis: "The definitions of hip-hop now come from the outside, when they usually came from the inside."


The only person that sounded optimistic in the forum was Steve Stoute -brand manager and better known as the person who launched the careers of Eminem, Mariah Carey and Will Smith. He pointed out: "Kanye is the future of hip-hop. If you are honest, you can have a fan base. You gotta have an authentic voice. And that what Kanye is. Artists have to find ways of obtaining the lost income from record sales -in advertising, brands, etc. The music sales' slumping has nothing to do with the artist's popularity. Artists have to stick to a brand. The opportunities are bigger -Kanye is making sneakers for Louis Vuitton, Pharrell is making ice creams... ".

Richard Nichols -the most controversial of the panel- reacted quickly: "Kanye is a business person, and he is one of the most contrary black artists. Hip-hop is about celebrity now. It doesn't mean it's worse; it just doesn't belong to people anymore".


So how could hip-hop recover from this dark scenario? Chuck D was categorical when it came down to establish a solution: "There has to be honesty in the business. That has to come back; you have to build believers of music. To become a fanatic there hasn't to be a price on it. If you get people to believe in something, then that's authentic."


Questlove embraced Chuck's statement by saying: "That's why Common is one of the most loved artists in hip-hop, because he believes so much in himself that people end by believing in him".


"Exactly -Chuck D continued-, you cannot love something that won't love you back ".

jueves, agosto 13, 2009

Flying Lotus: when music goes beyond time and space


Music can be made not just for the joy of our ears, but as an invitation to the other senses as well. Music like the one made by the filmmaker/musician known as Flying Lotus. I have to confess that it was very difficult for me to digest his music at first, so you can imagine how hard it is for me to explain you how his music sounds like. I’m talking about the music of his most recent record: Los Angeles (2008). It took me almost five times to listen to this album in order to nearly understand his strange yet appealing proposal. Five times until, eventually, I got hooked. When you listen to Los Angeles you get into a multi-sensorial travel. You almost feel like you were under the effect of some substance. I might not be making myself clear, I'm afraid. But that's the thing about Flying Lotus' music: his beats, his strange sounds, his abstract work of art delights you while you are wondering what the hell have you just listened to...

This is the video for GNG BNG


miércoles, agosto 12, 2009

Sabía


Sabía que me iba a caer. La bicicleta era muy grande y aún no sabía manejar bien la bicicleta sin rueditas.

Sabía que si me caía me iba a dar un buen golpe. Que si me raspaba la rodilla iba a sangrar bastante. Sabía que vería al diablo cuando me echaran yodo en la herida.

Sabía que mis papás me iban a regañar. Que por lo menos un par de correazos lastimarían mi nalga izquierda.

Sabía que también me castigarían. Que no podría salir de la casa con mis panas del edificio por un mes. Mínimo.


Pero también sabía que robarme la bicicleta de mi primo iba a ser arrechísimo. Que tirarme por esa bajada en bicicleta iba a ser del carajo. Que hacer lo prohibido siempre es lo máximo.

Como contigo.

Sabía que me iba a doler que jode cuando ya no estuvieras a mi lado. Pero cada instante que estuviste no sólo fue del carajo. No sólo estuvo arrechísimo. No sólo fue lo máximo.


Fuiste lo mejor que me ha pasado.

Aunque ahora me duela.

Más que nunca.

miércoles, agosto 05, 2009

White Rabbits: when melancholy frightens you


White Rabbits is a New York indie rock band that haves two drummers. Strange, isn't? But their music is quite strange as well. Their songs have obscure piano's ostinatos, uncommon guitar chords, unpredictable drum patterns and a mesmerizing voice. But their music is great, don't get me wrong. The New York indie scene and the critics have hailed them, equally, since they edited Fort nightly in 2007. This year they released It's frightening, a title that says much of the type of music you can listen to in this album. Dark melodies sang along heartfelt lyrics constitute a well-achieved portrait of introspection. Looking at our inner-selves can be painful -and scary indeed. It's frightening fits appropriately as the soundtrack for that journey.

This is the video for Percussion gun