Seeing as I am having quite an exciting wander around the place over the next few months thought it might be a swell idea to attempt one of these bloggaton shaped devices, and Dustin and Cian have lent me their stream.
So lets call this Part 1:
I arrived in Barcelona about two weeks ago and stayed at the house of none other than Cesar The Spanish Fly. He has an orse pad with a terazza not far from the center. Luckily enough i timed my visit there to coincide with the Primavera Sound Festival and Cesar helped me get some crazy cheap tickets. It went over four nights, and to be honest a lot of the bands i hadnâ€™t heard of before, which sounded like a good opportunity to broaden my horizons. Unfortunately most of what I saw didnâ€™t inspire me a whole lot. The festival was sponsored by Ray Ban, which seemed a little unnecessary as every 2nd person on stage and in the crowd had on Wayfarers. No exaggeration, i have never seen an eye wear epidemic this bad since the early 90â€™s Oakley bloom. There were however some mean highlights. Acts like The Jesus Lizard completely obliterated any attempts the yoof were making when it came to Rock â€˜nâ€™ Roll. Throwing Muses were amazing, as was Neil Youngâ€¦ his guitar work kind of pretty much floored me. Surprise new act that blew my mind was a band called Art Brut - well worth checking out, brilliant lyrics and energy - reminded me of Crass for any old punkers out thereâ€¦ Also of mention are teen UK sweethearts Kitty. Daisy & Lewis who are all siblings, under 18 yrs old and play stand up rockabilly skiffle business with there Dad. Cute as hell and %100 authentic, playing on strictly vintage gear.
After my time at Cesarâ€™s i caught a plane to that haven of mythology - Ibiza. My old man lives here so i have had the opportunity to visit a few times. I got all the clubbing bits out of my system a few years ago now so didnâ€™t venture near the likes of Pacha or Amnesia, although by the looks of the posters and fliers around these scenes are still going strong. Biggest party seems to be â€˜Wonderlandâ€™ @ Eden with Pete Tong and Groove Armada. Last Sunday went down to a local beach near my Dadâ€™s house in the hills called Benirass. This is a place particularly favored by hippy drummers, and every Sunday is a drumming party on the sand as the sun sets. I went along with an Argentinian Rastafarian friend and had a few warm beers, listening to some very av drumming (man those hippies needed a Batucada leader of some sort!) and watching eccentric German MILFs dance as if possessed by the spirit Shango. I met a gypsy fulla from Seville on the outskirts of the drumming circle who was playing flamenco on a beautiful Spanish guitar, and i asked if i could have a strum. I just played a few blues riffs along with the hippies but the gypsy dug it and was soon wailing along in typical flamenco vocal style. It was a magical moment i can tell you, and we ended up jamming for about half an hourâ€¦ def a highlight to date!
This afternoon i catch the ferry to the mainland and drive down to Morocco, where i am hopefully getting myself a press pass into a world music festival called Gnaoua World Musica Festival - pretty bloody excited bout that I can tell you what! So that is all for this postâ€¦ hopefully have some interesting shiz to rave about in about a weekâ€¦ till next time