If You Wait Long Enough: Songs Of Will Stratton
Will Stratton is a very talented musician: on his 25th birthday he had already produced four great albums full of amazing indie folk songs. Luckily I met Will last year, when he came from New York to Paris during his European tour with Paleo. I saw his concert in a charming apartment in Montmartre and the day after I saw him again in my favorite Parisian record store, Balades Sonores. With him Will brought his guitar and his last album, Post-Empire. The two little concerts made me fell in love with his songs and after that I listened to the album over and over again: it was my favorite album of 2012.
A few months later, I found a very sad new on the internet: Will was ill, with a state III testicular cancer. He cancelled his European tour scheduled for October and after that I started to follow him online, always waiting for good news. This has been a very tough moment for Will… However, he keeps working on his 5th album, proving that he not only a great musician but also a very courageous man.
More recently, some friends decided to cover several songs of Will, in order to collect some money to help him to face the medical expenses. The album is available on bandcamp for only $7. It is the opportunity to discovery another versions of Will’s work and also to help him to surpass this bad moment on his life. Will’s records are also available for sale on his bandcamp.
Good luck, Will! We are hoping for the best.
Optimus Primavera Sound 2013: Thursday, day 1
Optimus Primavera Sound 2013. Hugo Lima/Optimus Primavera Sound
Another year has passed and here we are, mssng Porto and the lovely Parque da Cidade, thinking about how perfect its location, its organization, its quiet pace, all the green spaces and, of course, its always interesting lineup (I can’t help but say it’s been really difficult to find some minutes to take a break and eat something both on Friday and Saturday) makes it the best - and the most confortable! - festival we’ve all been to. Primavera, please never change your mind. Expanding to Porto was the best thing you could’ve done for this city and for European music fans. Thank you.
House of Wolves @ Divan du Monde (Paris) – 24/05/2013
House of Wolves represents the direct translation of Villalobos, the Hispanic name of the owner of this musical project. After self-releasing his first album, Fold in the Wind, in 2011, almost two years later the album is distributed by the French label Fargo. This was the bridge to the inclusion of House of Wolves in the first edition of Fargo Rock City Festival in Paris. Divan du Monde was a bit empty, but it was somehow expectable, as we had Villagers and Deerhunter that played in two neighbouring venues in the same night…
Alone on stage with his guitar, Rey timidly started the concert with “Jealous”, showing everyone that his voice is as amazing live as it is on record. “Flight” came next and it was probably the song that filled most my heart with positive feelings (“Baby, you’re the one, baby, baby, you’re the one…”). The highlight of the concert was the opening song of Fold in the Wind, where Rey spreads a vintage tune and the sweet request “kiss me like if the 50’s…”.
Even without other instruments but the guitar, we all enjoyed the songs of this little man with a cool squared shirt that landed in Paris directly from Los Angeles. Maybe because the jetlag, the concert was too short, with only 8 songs… It was early and everybody was in concentrated in the songs, so it would be perfect to listen the entire album. At the end of the show, Rey came down directly among the public, handshaking almost everybody in the room. It was the perfect end of a nice and very intimate show.
You can check House of Wolves’ beautiful album on his bandcamp. Please try to catch him next time that he shows up in Europe!
Correction of “Updates on Día de la Música 2013”
Yesterday we published an article regarding the cancelling of Spiritualized, formerly in the line-up of Día de la Música 2013, taking place next days June 21st and 22nd on the past Friday, and today was the official press-conference of the event organization. (Here is the note, at the Event’s website.)
As expected, they won’t return the money for the tickets. Instead, DDM promoters will give you back half the money you paid for them. This will make a hypothetical second-hand selling of the entry passes even harder, i.e. they are basically forcing you to go, lowering the profits a bit but cleaning up their image a bit.
Despite being less incorrect than just doing nothing in front of such relevant cancellation in a festival with little more to offer, we would like to give the correct info to our readers without denying our opinion: it was not well done, the final line-up is rather poor and many people only bought the ticket because of the British act now canceled and wouldn’t do it now, even for those €30 tickets cost today.
Let’s see, however, if we can have a good time. Bolachas’ tip? Don’t miss Waxahatchee!
Updates on Día de la Música 2013 @ Matadero Madrid
And now for something (more serious and) completely different. So, here’s the thing: a couple of weeks ago, we posted about this festival which is happening approximately 20 days from now and was featuring some good artists, though mainly “small”/new acts, which despite being good are watchable in some more affordable events — but there was that artist, Spiritualized, which makes you think the ugliest, more unattractive festival is always worthy. That’s what happened with Día de la Música.
Tickets initially cost €40, then the price was raised to €50, and it was reasonable to say yes to it, via Spiritualized with the other interesting acts, even if the line-up also featured Spanish group Lori Meyers.
Then there was this day, Friday May 30th, when the organizer says (via Twitter, without even making a press release right away; fucking jerks!!!): “Yey! We are now announcing fresh names! Here’s the first one for ya: Spiritualized ain’t makin’ it to Día de la Música, and now here’s a bunch of stuff about which no one cares (in 2013), like These New Puritans :)))”. It may even not be their fault, but the least they could do was justify it a little bit or…
One may think that to watch The Fall plus Darkstar, Waxahatchee, Autre Ne Veut, et cetera it is decent to pay €40-50. It is! The problem is that many people bought the ticket (an anticipated one, in a awkward maneuver where 1000 tickets were sold in a day, and the other 1000 took several weeks to sell, huh?), or even the one with the raised price thinking that one of the best bands of all time was going to the festival. More: the date chosen to announce the removing of Jason “Spaceman” Pierce’s band from the line-up couldn’t be worse as it was late, it was the same day they were announcing those names — making us think that it could have been a swap of artists, who knows? — and the people of good were having a great time at a Festival with capital ‘F’ called Optimus Primavera Sound, with a View with capital ‘V’ over the Atlantic Ocean at Porto.
What was the polite and tasteful thing to do? To say: well folks, we’re sorry, we are not here to fool you, so if you don’t think you want to come, we’ll give you the money you paid for it. And then maybe I would say “Ok, never mind, we’ll go the same, it might as well be fun”. Not this crappy “hehe, got ya, now y’all comin’ anyhow unless y’all can sell them tickets for €60. Both of ‘em.
Screw you, Día de la Música :)
P.S.: real festivals like Primavera (Barcelona’s and Porto’s), when they cancel a name, one that, despite important, wasn’t that desired but the whole public, like Rodriguez, among tons of huge acts, do accept the return of the tickets.
!!!EDIT!!! As said in this new post, the organization of the Festival will return half the money you paid for the ticket if you bought it until today, June 4th.