We’re back for the high season and this week’s playlist is a double playlist – that means we couldn’t put together a 14-16 song playlist like we do every week or two weeks, but we did a 2h+ playlist with 30 of our favorite tunes from the past weeks, starting with the surprisingly motorik new Lambchop 18min tune and visiting new albums by Angel Olsen (pictured above), Big Thief, Kelsey Waldon, Carl Broemel, BJ Barham, or Cass McCombs. Plenty of our favorite singer-songwriters are featured here, so if that’s what you’re looking for, this is your lucky day.
American Autumn is the collection of concerts I would love to book in a small café I would love to own. Café & Pop Torgal in Ourense, Galicia, Spain, is truly an inspiration for any independent promoter who books shows at a small venue in a small town. If you’re ever around the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula, be sure to check out the place! This fall they’ve got concerts by Vetiver, Juan Wauters, Lady Lamb, Steve Wynn and Denison Witmer – and the festival has already expanded to Madrid, where bigger acts like Low or Alela Diane will also play shows under the American Autumn umbrella. Sometimes I wish I lived in Spain!
First of all, my apologies to those who were more anxious regarding our review on Día de la Música, the event that took place at Matadero Madrid, outdoors, past June 21st and 22nd. It has been a rather busy month. Srsly. And secondly… well I have to admit that there isn’t much to say about it. It wasn’t bad, I had a good time (as in it was fun), although good company always helps in that field (:3). But, with no further delay, here are the highlights of this light and low-cost (this you’ve gotta hand ‘em) urban festival – VERANIEGO!
In the first day there was plenty of people. It was so cheap, and Spaniards have such a huge love for music made-in-Spain. Even when it’s not that good, like awful Lori Meyers (I only heard ‘em slightly, but everybody seemed to enjoy it; even on the queue to take a piss there was this guy who approached a friend of mine and I to be outraged acknowledging our dislike for that act), or when it’s better, like Hola a Todo el Mundo. And then there was one of the most acclaimed indie acts of 2013, Autre Ne Veut, which I wasn’t able to watch as I was having a delicious stake in Madrid on some sort of celebration (not gonna get into details, soz). Oh, and The Horrors was, in a scaring way, quite bad, adding ugly illumination and stuff like that. Had to left before the end, not without ordering an expensive gin and tonic – told you, it was a celebration! Meh…
Fortunately, there was yet to happen a second day saved by, and I’m starting by the very end, Disclosure. I thought I disliked them, by hearing their LP a couple of times, plus that catchy single (RIGHT? AND IT STARTS TO SPREAD?), but c’mon, what a fucking party, gals and guys, geee! 9.0/10, to say the least. Oh, and Darkstar with some beer before those tapas and always very pleasant conversations was cool and gave me a good profile pic for me [sic] fcbk page. Finally, this review wouldn’t be “complete” – will never be without the quotation marks, as I lacked the interest to watch the other unknown or dislikeable names in the line-up – without the amazing performance of Waxahatchee: she was (is) cute, her band played nicely, her songs are sweet, the “““crowd””” (lol, three people) was the best, and then that beautiful cover of “Knocking on Heaven’s Door”…
Sure, I missed Spiritualized, but for that price, it’s pointless to regret going, or to complain about it too much. It was what it was: okay. Let’s wait and see what these guys will do next year. They had already had great acts. I can only wish them luck!
Día de la Música – the Madrilenian urban festival which has in the past few years brought very relevant international indie acts such as Destroyer, St. Vincent, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and The xx; but also hugely acclaimed Spanish ones like Sr. Chinarro, Delorean and Hola a Todo el Mundo – will take place a month and a half from now.
This year, the organization started by confirming one of the greatest bands of all time, and one of the most loved around here, British space-rock group Spiritualized, along with post-punk legends The Fall; The Horrors and others, and again one of our favorite indie acts of current Spanish scene Hola a Todo el Mundo, plus Extraperlo (Continental Breakfast om nom nom). On past April 25th we have been awarded with quite a few more interesting names, such as the new Scout Niblett, Waxahatchee, Yeasayer-sound-alike’s Autre Ne Veut, and decent-Animal-Collective-in-2013, English trio Darkstar. Awesome.
On June 21st and 22nd, first two days of summer 8) – and what a hot summer it is in Madrid –, the mentioned above and more (and more to come yet) will play at Matadero, a nice venue near the center of the city. Passes for both days currently cost €50 and single-day tickets are available for €30.
Like we always say: being able to, go!
Beautiful and talented, Chilean singer/songwriter, Valencia, ES based Soledad Vélez is playing tonight (February 20th) at the Ritz Club, via the Grito Rock festival along with Nice Weather For Ducks and Erica Buettner.
She will also be playing for the next three days in the other venues of Grito Rock:
Feb 21st: Coimbra @ Salão Brazil (A Jigsaw, First Breath After Coma)
Feb 22nd: Porto @ Maus Hábitos (Birds Are Indie, Olavo Lüpia)
Feb 23rd: Leiria @ Beat Club (La Inesperada Sol Dual, Team Maria)
Tickets for each day cost €6.
See you there!