Tuesday, 19 June 2012

This station is now operational


El Paso, Texas, 1993. That was the year that legendary post-hardcore band At theDrive-in was born, with founding members Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Jim Ward.

In two thousand ATDI released its most acclaimed album, Relationship of Command and –a few months later- they announced an indefinite hiatus. For the last eleven years, they have been pursuing individual careers paths with the Mars Volta, Sparta and the soloist work of Omar Rodriguez-Lopez. 

In July 27th 2012 they will be at Splendor in the Grass, their only Australian date announced so far. 



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Photo.- Omar Rodriguez at the East Brunswick Club in November 2011.

Monday, 11 June 2012

My Brightest Diamond


Straight from Brooklyn, New York City to the Northcote Social Club: songwriter Shara Worden from My Brightest Diamond, offered a performance to remember.
For those interested in finding her voice somewhere else, please check Sufjan Stevens  and the Decemberists.

Cool tunes for a quiet arvo in the office. Thanks for reading.


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Thursday, 7 June 2012

King of the Road


Sunday 7th of May: Just got on the tram and a cold sweat started running down my back. I realised I forgot my earplugs and my only thought was running back before the night started:  Fu Manchu was playing at the HiFi. Just to clarify: I am now talking about the legendary Southern Californian stoner rock band from the 90s.

They had two shows in Melbourne and they were headliners at Cherry Rock. I was lucky enough to see them playing twice at the same venue and, honestly, the sound was so good that reduced 12dB -as my earplugs claim- it was still murky and loud, like a real stoner band should sound like.

They played the album ‘Action is go’ on Sunday and ‘In Search of’ on Monday, and delighted us on both nights with one of my favorite tracks, ‘King of the Road’, on the second night throwing the microphone to the audience that confidently screamed the main verse of the song –‘King of the road says you move too slow, king of the road says you move too slow!’- until the security guy grabbed the mic stand and put it back on the stage with a “that´s enough” kind-of-face. I could still hear the main riff way after the band left the stage.

It went quick and, with a smile on my face I said bye to everyone and jumped on the tram home. The song was still in my head… 

A week later my friend Ricky confessed he was so pumped up that night he got his first speeding fine in ten years on his way home. -‘King of the road!’-





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Sunday, 3 June 2012

Greetings


With this post I officially start my adventure documenting the city music scene. I am currently broadcasting from Melbourne (Australia) and I invite you all to join me over the next few months.

If you have some time, you will have the opportunity to read about music, swing by some of the recommended venues and listen to some good tunes.

No worries if you don´t. Maybe you can just live it through my photos.

Thanks for reading.