Oct 17

matthewmcvickar:

Kevin Drumm — Trouble (Editions Mego, 2014)

This is a very quiet album.

turn down for what

(Reblogged from matthewmcvickar)
Oct 16
(Reblogged from zammutosound)

juanalikesmusic:

oneweekoneband:

"Martín Fierro" from Segundo 

The opening track from Segundo is one of the strangest track in Juana Molina’s discography. To start with, I think that I should explain a little bit about what Martín Fierro is, but also, who he is. Argentina has a very important figure in its culture: the gaucho. It has been translated as “cowboy”, but it’s something different, especially for the values that a gaucho carries within him. The epic poem Martín Fierro by José Hernández, published in two parts in 1872 and 1879, and the character that gives its name, is the most important representation of the gaucho and a national symbol for Argentina.

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This is one of the posts I’m most proud of writing for my One Week// One Band on Juana Molina. “Martín Fierro” is a unique song, and I’m not sure that non-Argentines know what’s behind it. 

I’m not all the way caught up yet, but so far these just keep getting better and better.

(Reblogged from juanalikesmusic)
Oct 14

juanalikesmusic:

oneweekoneband:

"Rara"

“Tengo tanto sueño;

Ganas de hacer nada;

Lo de él me ha dejado rara.

Rara.”

How is it possible to describe those first seconds from Rara’s title track? In an album that is rather conventional — poppy alternative music from the ‘90s — finding suddenly a voice that is so desolated is shocking. It’s true that we already had a glimpse of this side of Juana Molina in “En los días de humedad”, but “Rara” is different. Both songs were the ones that American radios like KCRW found interesting – they got to know her music because producer Gustavo Santaolalla left a CD at the radio. 

In “En los días de humedad” the acoustic and the electric guitars act together as one, to speed up the melody and give it a gentler sound. Although it has its dark side, it’s a very pleasing song. But “Rara”, instead, is oppressive. The atmosphere is the one of a rainy day; but the kind of rain that just doesn’t stop and it seems that there’s no way it will; the kind of days in which you don’t feel like doing anything at all, that you don’t even want to lay in bed and you just wish that you could disappear to stop feeling and thinking for that day, that you could be absent from your own body and mind. 

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This is one of my favorite songs by Juana Molina. You should all listen to it!

This is a staggeringly good song

(Reblogged from juanalikesmusic)
Oct 13

mbmelodies:

Oricon Trail For The Week Of 9/29 To 10/05

#1 Sexy Zone “Otoko Never Give Up” (125,463 Copies Sold)

I think I’ve managed to find at least one redeeming thing about every Johnny’s project under the sun - except for Sexy Zone. Maybe they were cursed from the start, by choosing a name meant to conjure up the sexiness of Michael Jackson that still manages to out-ridiculous a pop scene full of dumb names. Maybe they were doomed after making a goofy yay-Dubai song (gotta get that Dubai money!). Maybe it was when they pretended to be in a sci-fi RPG or something. I don’t know - but I can trick myself into saying nice things about Kanjani8 or V6 or whoever, but I can’t even lie to myself about Sezy Zone, who deliver a hyper awkward “yes we can!” midway through this video that made my body shiver.

Reading Patrick doing Oricon Trail for the past couple months has been kind of like the end of Super Size Me when Morgan Spurlock’s doctor is like “I appreciate your dedication to this project, but if you don’t stop you could hurt yourself, you could be permanently trapped in… Sexy Zone”

(Reblogged from mbmelodies)