Friday, November 20, 2020

The Grace Of Jeff Buckley



Two days ago was the birthday of Jeff Buckley.

I usually say that Jeff Buckley was the artist with more potential that was taken from us too soon. I also say that he is the dead artist that is more exploited by the recording industry. After he died, different labels released so many compilations, demos, live performances that is almost sick. I doubt that he would approve it, if he was here to decide.

He died when he was 30 years old, and he released only one solo album, Grace.

I want to remember him by this album. It is a mixture of 10 great anthems. You have great Indie-Rock songs like the album title song or So Real, and then you have super delicate pieces of music like Corpus Christi Carol, Lilac Wine or the eternal Hallelujah. I almost never prefer a cover version from the original one, but in this album, it happens twice. Or thrice, if you count with Corpus Christi Carol.

The reason that I usually say that he is special, that he could achieve unbelievable things its not only because of those 10 songs, but also because of Buckley's own musicality. He can sing, play guitar, and write (lyrically and melodically) like a monster. Without a doubt, he was blessed. He was a breath of fresh air on the American musical scene.

Jeff was, and still is, one of the best ever. I still keep (and will forever do) Grace as one of my top 10 favourite albums of all time, one of the ones that I would take to a desert island.

Is always a good day to remember Jeff Buckley, so let's celebrate his legacy, his music. 

Two days ago, Jeff would be 54.  


Friday, November 13, 2020

Pale Honey - Some Time, Alone Review

During this week, the album that was playing on my car was Devotion, the second album by Pale Honey. I love that album, it is still my favourite from them. It's very rock, brutal and raw. Direct. Brilliant.

Some Time, Alone, their new album, is  not exactly like the previous one. That's good of course, it's good to be different, it's good to evolve. Although, it's clear for me, and I want to be honest, I do prefer Devotion.

The new album is softer, calmer, a bit more electronic and has hard beating drums and killer guitar riffs. Of course, that we can find some exceptions. "Killer Scene" is a rock and heavy song, the one that could fit better to Pale Honey's previous works, it's a great song. "Treat You Good" and "Bad Things" also has that feeling during the chorus. 

Then, the rest of the songs switch between some pop/rock classic tunes, and some electronic dreamy moments.  "Beat Me" and "Heaven Knows How Far I've Gone" (quite forgettable song) are good examples of that melancholic moments. "Trouble Is The Only Thing I Know" is also introspective and it is the most heavier moments of the album, a great depressive rock song, cheers to that. The album-title song and "Set Me Free" show an attempt of the band to be more danceable and maybe, more, "modern", which is something that the band really doesn't need to; I do believe that the band is good in doing aggressive and direct rock music.

Funny enough, my favourite song of the album is "Friends" which is maybe the most commercial one. Its lunatic feeling is very sweet and enjoyable. I love it. I know it's stupid that I kinda criticised the softer songs, and my favourite one ends up being the most commercial one. But that's how music works, each tune hits you in a different way. 

So, as an overall, the album is great, a bit more relaxed then previous ones, less loud, but it has great great moments. As I said, the other albums are very direct, very plain, this one grows in you. As I am re-listening to it, I found it more and more enjoyable, specially now, in a cold Winter night.

Please, buy the album here and support Pale Honey.

https://palehoneyband.bandcamp.com/album/some-time-alone


Monday, August 03, 2020

Suede Are Coming Back To Portugal In 2021


Finally some good news about the music industry!
2020 is an almost cancelled year for music events, but things are getting for 2021.
Suede, my favourite band, are coming back to Portugal, this time for the legendary festival Vilar de Mouros.
The band is playing on the same night as Placebo, which will be a great dose of British music.
Vilar de Mouros is one of the oldest and more traditional festival in Portugal. After some years of a long hiatus, the festival came back and are raising the bar for 2021.
Suede, Placebo, Iggy Pop, Bauhaus and Wolfmother are among the confirmed acts.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Best Coast - Always Tomorrow Review



I discovered Best Coast 2 or 3 years ago, something like that.
Coincidentally, during this time the singer Bethany Cosentino was in a creative block while trying to get sober. The band was almost going to end but, however, they got back together to the studio and worked on what would be "Always Tomorrow" (between this they released a kids album).

Crazy For You is one of the best Californian chill albums of the last years. A perfect album to listen while going to the beach or having some beers. The band evolved, and went, in my opinion to a more pop sound.

However, in Always Tomorrow, they took a louder a rockier direction.
The songs have energy and they have speed. The first single, "For The First Time" doesn't really reflex the sound of the album and, actually is, for me, one of worst songs of the album.
"Different Light" is a cracker, a great opening. The same goes for "Everything Has Changed", which is probable my favourite song of the album. The opening riff is great, Bobb Bruno is, undoubtedly a very skilled guitarist and a riff master.

The main topic of the songs is the road to sobriety, how to deal with it, and how to get your life together after years of abuse, depressions, fears and hardcore life and how good it is the have all of that behind you.
Probably because of this, some songs have a very "charming" dark tone, like "Rollercoaster" or "Gracelles Kids".
"True" is also of the highest moments of the album. The latin, californian, lullaby sound of it is great. Bethany is, obviously a great singer, with a very beautiful voice, but, one thing I really appreciate or her vocals, and ou can listen well on this track, its her non-lyrical backing voice. It's beautiful, relaxing and chilling and I always loved them and really think it makes a difference and puts a great personality on their songs.
The rest of the songs flow in the same style. Fast pop/rock songs accompanied by a loud electric rhythm guitar. "Seeing Red" is catchy, "Master Of My Own Mind" is composed by 2 very different sections, "Make It Last" is also one of the best songs, with a strong message about relationship possessions (and a fantastic guitar) and "Used To Be" is the melancholic closing redeemer track.

Bascially, Best Coast are not anymore the "kids" from Crazy For You, they are much more mature now, and that is reflected in their music. Most of their songs are now heavier, darker and more complex.
And that's what life is about, changing, ageing, trying to feel better and be a better person.



Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Paul McCartney & Others to Play Online Fest



The world is facing probably the worst and most unlikely event ever.
We need to stay home, we need to do a social isolation and, when I see we, it's really the whole world, including politicians, actors, sportsmen and, of course musician.
The concerts are being cancelled all over the world, new music and albums are being postponed.
However, there is a huge supportive vibe all over the world. People are really trying to make a difference, and that's a very beautiful thing. Hopefully, when this crisis is over, this solidarity will continue to grow and we will be better human beings.
Musicians are doing their part. They are cancelling their gigs and, a lot of them are doing live Instagram or radio performances.
On the night of the 18th to the 19th of April, a lot of artists and entertainers will do live performances. This event will include some legendary names like Paul McCartney, Elton John, Eddie Vedder or Andre Bocelli. 
Check their official site for more information about the stream.
https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/connect/togetherathome/

Stay safe, stay home.

Monday, February 03, 2020

Coming Up Celebration



During the last days, Suede, my favourite band of all time, were teasing something related with their third album Coming Up (which is my favourite album of all time!).
Coming Up was released in 1996, the first album after the departure of Bernard Butler and the first album featuring Richard Oakes and Neil Codling. The album was a commercial and critical success. No one was expecting it, but the creative force of Suede was proven to be Brett Anderson, and it was a huge statement that the band would be OK without their original guitarists. Coming Up contains 10 fast and catchy songs, natural hits. and even their numerous b-sides are excellent.

Without any particular calendar reason, the band decided to celebrate this LP by going on a short European tour. The band will play the album in full, and possibly will play tons of b-sides and rarities. They will play in England, Germany, France, Scotland, Denmark and Sweden.

Some time ago I said that I could not live without watching "Europe Is Our Playground" live and I think this might be my best opportunity. So, I can't wait to to buy the tickets to Alexandra Palace and fly to London in October. It is a perfect opportunity to listen to some old, rarely played b-sides like Sound Of The Streets, This Time, Sadie or Young Man.

Can't wait!

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Postcards - The Good Soldier



The first thing to say, and the most important is that music really is universal, specially today.
Postcards are a Lebanese band, from their capital, Beirut. A couple of weeks ago I was listening to Portuguese radio and they passed their song "Lights Out". I enjoyed it, used Shazam to know more about them and soon I discovered that, in this edge of Europe, in a small country, a radio was playing music from Lebanon. Isn't it wonderful? Doesn't it open a lot of possibilities and a lot of fantastic cultural exchange? I think it is beautiful.

Anyway, I went home and noticed that Postcards had just released their second album, "The Good Soldier". I discovered also that they had been touring with the band Beirut, among other things.
They had released their debut album 2 years ago, which I listened to it after the new one.

Postcards are described as a indie/rock, dream/pop band. In my opinion, it's true, but they are definitely a typical dream/pop band. If we had to label their music, specially their second album, I would say it lays somewhere in a dark/dream/post/indie. For example, imagine more complex, darker and lyrical version of Beach House.
It's funny. Most of the songs really have their dark and depressing tone like "Dead End", "Lights Out" or the title track "The Good Soldier" but, in the same album you can listen to another ones that really have a joyful and lightning sound like "Fossilized" or "Spiderwebs". Actually, when I first listened to "Fossilized" I though it was super great, the best track on the album, beautiful and it should be the single (and later i discovered that it is).
Julia Sabra sings in a lyrical way, specially in the ballads, that favours to get the nostalgic feelings.
Also, there's 2 instrumental pieces, some speed up songs like "Hunting Season", some typical modern pop/rock songs like "Freediving" and a lot of introspective moments.

In a resume, although we are still in January, I think that "Fossilized" will be one of my top song of this year and "The Good Soldier" is an excellent album by an exotic and fantastic band. Their interior sound makes you feel part of them, makes you wonder about life, about the beautiful things.
That's way I always preferred the dramatic and darker music moments on the albums, they connect some much more with you, in a special way.
Hoping to see them soon in Portugal. Primavera Sound in Porto would fit them as a glove.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Afternoons With The Blinds Drawn - Review



Brett Anderson's released his volume II of his autobiography later last year.
The book is a treasure for every Suede fan, and, I guess, a very interesting reading for anyone that fancies the inner world of 90's indie music.

Like Coal Black Mornings, this is not a book about "coke and gold discs". Brett, apologies on the beginning of the book, saying that this is the work that he said that he would never write. I disagree, Brett said that he would never write a book about his success and failures, in a kind of lists of chart performances and ugly gossip about people and experiences. AWTBD is a biography of Brett's and Suede's life during their first run, during their golden and darker years, but the writer doesn't really gives a chronological story of his life. He writes a sensitive prose, that most part of his focus are the inspirations that led him write this or that song. It's an introspective biographical romance of his life at that time, that describes what he was thinking, and how did he deal with various situations.

I guess that, the big difference about a biography and an autobiography is really seen here. A biography tends to focus on the facts, numbers, success, gossips, interviews, etc. An autobiography writes a personal vision of life, a romantic and flowery explanation, always with a internal weighting. Why did I do that and how did that situation influenced my life and my writing. 

Comparing to CBM, for not English native speakers, AWTBD is more complex, more difficult to read. Most of its chapters has an introduction, that mirrors Brett's songwriting, a beautiful and detailed description of something. 

I enjoyed reading the part in which Bernard Butler leaves the band. You can almost feel Brett's pain in writing that part, always very delicate in order not to be misunderstood or to be over-judging in Butler's reaction.
Also, the part when both Ricardo and Neil join Suede is a great one. Brett explains in detail the strengths and creativity of his partners, and I'm happy to say that he didn't leave compliments to say, he treated both of them with beautiful words. 

I think it's also important that the writer didn't over-explored his extincted addiction problem. He talks openly about it, but he is direct and cold. We don't need to make a fantasist tale about taking drugs, and how we should avoid them. That happened, I reacted this way, it scared me, it has reflections on those songs and on those moments of my life, I regret them, end of story. As, not only a Suede fan, but also as music and poetry lover, I'm much more interested in knowing the true meanings and inspirations behind the songs, instead of a tale of struggling dependency. And that's what AWTBD is about.   

The rest of the book, it's like a very long Suede song. You read typical Brett's expressions that can be heard both on his songs as well in his book, using very smart metaphors.  

I doubt that there will be, soon, an autobiography part III that would cover his solo years and The Tears era. I'm not sure it it would be such a good book and it's 2 previous volumes. Maybe yes, it would be interesting to read about his feeling on reuniting with Bernard and how did his romantic life settled and how did he became a family man, while is solo career was drifting apart a little bit.
Let's wait and see! 

Friday, January 10, 2020

Morrissey - New Single Review



As I said in the beginning on this year, Morrissey is set to release a new album with 11 new original songs. The album will be called "I Am Not A Dog On A Chain".
The first single is "Bobby, Don't You Think They Know?"
Morrissey is a legendary artist. Yes, with a lot of political (terrible) opinions but I'm not here for that. I'm here to talk about music, and that's what we should talk right now.
Morrissey has stabilised his own style, I don't believe he will, ever gain, write a turning point album. He is what he is, and his music sounds like that. Exactly the same way some legendary artists like Paul McCartney, Depeche Mode, Rolling Stones, U2, etc. They will continue to write marvellous songs but will never re-invent themselves again, and that's fine and good!

So, this songs has of course a lot of typical Moz here, the lyrics are, most of it very abstracts and non-sense at first reading (like most of the poetry) but actually, I have the feeling that he might be talking about himself. He is like describing someone that, in the eyes of others did a bad thing but "ah the pleasure you bring for us, ah whenever you sing for us". Morrissey is very criticised in press, so he could be Bobby, the man who did the horrendous thing, but, whenever he sings, his forever full audience will come and enjoy the concerts. Of course I may be completely wrong. The sing could not be actually sing, could be a charm for being forgiven. But I think I did had a point.

Melodically, dispute what I said in the beginning of this article, he does gives a step forward, in a not so comfortable jazz trait. He has the help of the amazing Thelma Houston who gives a really big flow and chill to the song, but also the instrumental is amazing. The hard saxophones in the background and the twisted piano riffs give a really big soul to the song. Makes the difference. And the length of the song (almost 6 minutes) gives space and time for everyone have their moment and for the listener to internalize with the music.
In the middle of all of this jazzy world, then comes up that typical and characteristic voice, that pushes you away from the little bit 60's jazz groove, which makes it a pop and commercial song.  

It's a great song, I'm looking forward the album.

I know most people don't like Morrissey, me, also don't agree with his political views and I found terrible and wrong his comments, but I also think that he is a depressing difficult person, that can't handle life very well. And the music press seems to focus only on that.

The NME wrote a terrible non-sense review of this song. It's bad that they can be impartial and talk about the music, and only the music itself. I don't agree with that and I honestly think it is bad journalism. 
People that don't agree with Morrissey political views, be superior, be diplomatic, and don't be the person that you are trying to fight, be better, and give people a chance to release their work and for it to be appreciated it, musically is good. Fight with peace.

Here's Moz's new single:



Wednesday, January 08, 2020

First Playlist Of The Year


The process of revitalising the blog, consists a lot in listening and writing about new music.
For that, my dear Spotify playlist called Strange Sound, where I add the 10 (almost) new songs that I listened on the last days, is essential.
If I have a playlist, I memorise the singers, the songs, and can always come back to them later.
So, here's the new playlist, the first of this decade!


And don't forget to also see the other playlist, Indie Pendence, where I collect all songs that passed through Strange Sound.


Cheers!

Monday, January 06, 2020

New Music For 2020


We are turning the decade. And, once again, for the million time, the blog is back.
2020 is here, which means that new music is arriving.
So, what can I expect, personally from this year? My wishlist would be very long and, boringly, it would also be very predictable. In Portugal, every year, when you celebrate the new year at midnight, you eat raisins and secretly, make 3 wishes. It my wishes would be about new releases I would then say, a new album by Suede, a new album by Supergrass and a very strong Primavera Festival in Porto (unlike the 2019 edition).

Let's then focus on the new music for 2020 that is already confirmed and official. What caught my eye? We'll have new albums by Pet Shop Boys, La Roux, Morrissey, Weezer and The Strokes.
So, I would say that, for now, these artists are the ones that call my attention.
Some of them already have their singles out there.
Keep an eye on the Strange Sound Spotify Playlist to listen to some of these tunes.
I'll be posting some reviews, hopefully, more often than ever around here!

Happy New Year!

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Swim Deep - Emerald Classics



Swim Deep are one of those delightful bands that are simply very enjoyable.
I like them. They have amazing summery and uplifting songs. I don't expect them to come with a record that will save my life or will save modern music, I expect them to come with good and simple tunes, that will feel good listen to when you are drinking a beer with friends or when driving to work.
So, with "Emerald Classics" I had this feeling.
It's an album that doesn't go inside your head easily. Actually, on the first listen I felt the album was poor, but then I listened to it again and changed my opinion.
Swim Deep, are now in a more "80's electronic" vibe, you can hear a lot of influences by Pet Shop Boys or Elton John on "Emerald Classics". Also, it's obvious that the band also got inspiration form their 90's heroes, like Oasis.
The best track on it is "Sail Awat, Say Goodbye". It's a fantastic pop song. Emotional, catchy, great lyrics. It's a classic, my favourite Swim Deep song ever. If the album was a commercial success (which unfortunately it's not) this song would be their flag, their hit.
"To Feel Good" was the first single, and it's almost a spoken word song, with a nice chorus and a sample from the 1991 disco classic "Everybody's Free". Although this strange mix of decisions for this song, it is a very beautiful and inspiring song. One of the best moments of the record.
"World I Share" really sounds like a Pet Shop Boys song and "Father I Pray" is like a ballad with a sing-along chorus and a computerised baby voice, just like the one's from Akon's Lonely (yes, really). "Drag Queens in Soho" is a inspirational song, again with a "baby voice" (this time a falsetto) and reminds me a bit the song of Patrick Wolf "The Magic Position".

Almost all of the lyrics are great, very open-minded, very hopeful, very peacefully. It's like Swim Deep got out of the closet, and it feels good. They are singing for everyone about everyone, specially about the ones that are marginalised because of their own orientations and thoughts. The world needs more messages like this.

Top Of The Pops is the most beautiful ballad in the record, again, simple but universal and young lyrics. They are singing about their and our European world.
Never Stop Pinching Myself it's their Oasis song, really reminds me of the Gallagher brothers.
The rest of the songs that I didn't mention before, flow in the same direction of the album, fresh, electronic, good.

As an overall, although I think that "Emerald Classics" it's not an album to change lives, it is a very decent and good record, with a brilliant, brilliant song (Sail Away).
It is a happy album, a celebration of life and love.
The band will probably continually be remembered by their debut album (which is, in my opinion better) but we have here a fresh and good piece of work.


Saturday, September 21, 2019

Spirits In The Forest



Depeche Mode, one of my personal favourite bands, are going to release a new live concert documentary called "Spirits In The Forest"
The content of the film is still a bit unknown, but basically it seems to be a film about 6 different fans, from different parts of the world that go to see the band in Berlin, during their Global Spirit tour. The fans should explain the importance of the band in their lives, and how music gets these 6 different persons together. Between these moments, a lot of songs from the actual Berlin concert should appear.
The film is direct by long time genious collaborator Anton Corbijn and will be shown in a one-night event in more than 70 countries.
Although it wasn't announced yet, it is expected that "Spirits In The Forest" will also be release in DVD soon.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Supergrass Are Back!

Nostalgia is here to stay!
Supergrass, one of the coolest bands of the 90's, and a very influential band in modern indie rock music, have returned.
The band announced a couple of live shows for later this year and for the beginning of 2020.
Supergrass split up in 2010 and, during this time, the vocalist Gaz Coombes released 3 acclaimed solo albums.
However, the band have already said that, although they are playing together again, there is no plans to record any new music.
Well, let's wait and see!
Once they got tired of playing the same songs every night, hopefully they will join their creative sides again and write some amazing new music.

Monday, June 17, 2019

The Divine Comedy - Office Politics Review


The Divine Comedy are, today, the biggest example of "chamber pop". I could describe chamber pop as a kind of indie which uses a lot of horns, vocal harmonies and a balanced dose of comedy.

Their songs are usual funny, a bit silly in some kind of synth-indie-pop. 
Neil Hannon, the main force of this musical project sounds like a snob Irish Man. If someone asked me how I would describe him, I would say that he looks like a comic mix of Jarvis Cocker with Leonard Cohen.

First of all, Office Politics is a very well centered album.
These days, there a lot of albums with vague titles which contains songs about a big variety of subjects that really don't connect with each other. 
Here, the lyrics are about the normal working days, that we, the common people, have to suffer every day. Is not that normal for a rock star to sing about the monotony, the gossips or the Christmas dinner of a company, and that's actually refreshing. Also, the music is, sometimes a bit hard and industrial (although it never loses its funny satirical tone) which fits with the tittle.

"Queuejumper", "Office Politics" and "Infernal Machines" are, I would say, the key songs that represent most the subject of the album, both in lyrics as in melodies. 
"Absolutely Obsolete" and "The Life And Soul Of The Party" have a great disco rhythm, the kind of songs that you can really imagine dancing with your work colleges. 

Office Politics have also some sweet sad ballads with "Norman And Norma" and "A Feather in Your Cap" (this one really reminds Take My Breath Away by Berlin), and some others on the end of the album.

I'm sorry to say that some songs are a bit forgettable, specially "Psychological Evaluation", "The Synthesiser Service Centre Super Summer Sale" and "Phillip And Steve's Furniture Removal Company". Lyrically, they fit with the subject of the album, but musically, they don't add nothing, actually, they even make the album too long.

Best (and really good) moments on the album are, for me, "Dark Days Are Here Again", a sophisticated and elaborated charming song and, the best one "You'll Never Work In This Town Again". This song make you dance, makes you sing along, as the perfect dose of charm and suspense. A legendary track, that should be the main theme of a Sherlock Holmes' movie. Super song.

As an all, I enjoyed a lot the album. A charming, modern, focused and very well written and recorded album. Neil Hannon is one of the most charismatic singers of the UK and should have more credit for his work. The only "complain", if I may so, it's that I think that Office Politics is a bit too long, specially with the experimental tracks and I would cut off one of the ballads. It would make an easier to listen album.

7/10

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Radiohead And How To Brilliantly React To A Robbery



An internet hacker stole 18 hours of unreleased music from the personal archive of Thom Yorke from Radiohead's Ok Computer era. Between those 18 hours, you could find a lot of demos, unreleased songs, studio outtakes, live recordings, acoustic versions, etc.

Ok Computer is one of the most important albums of the 90's and, probably, the best by Radiohead, which includes classics like Paranoid Android, No Surprises or Lucky.

After the robbery, the hacker tried to sell the entire pack for 132.000€ but, surprisingly, the band reacted in the best way possible.

Instead of trying to win a lost fight (what goes to the internet, stays in the internet), the band officially released the entire pack for just 20€. The profits will be given to Extinction Rebellion (a party that fights for the recognition of the climate change).

In the end of the day, Radiohead might not be happy to, forcibly, release material that was never meant to be released but they will feel good for helping a natural and important cause. The fans will be happy because they will get a treasure for an affordable price. And the hacker will not get a cent for his crime.   

Sunday, May 26, 2019

North Music Festival - Franz Ferdinand


This weekend, my city, the beautiful Porto, hosted again the North Music Festival.
The festival is located in the customs of Porto, on the riverside. The view is amazing and the line-up is usually very good. It's a band-oriented weekend festival and, we really need that. Today, most of the big stars of the festival are DJ's or solo artists that most of the music is previously recorded.
Anyway, the big name this year were Bush, Emir Kusturica, Bastille and Franz Ferdinand.

Kusturica was great, a big, funny and very enjoyable gypsy party and Bush were good also.

But the best show was, undoubtedly, Franz Ferdinand.
The Scottish band are, in my opinion, one of the best bands around since their very first album.
Their songs are amazing, full of energy, full of rock and, through the years they evolved, and got a bit more keyboard oriented (although they are a guitar-band). Actually, the fact that know they have more keyboards only works even better. The new songs are more complex, more deep, more electronic, with more sound and less empty spaces.

This was their first concert of the year and the second in Portugal with the new two members.
Well, what to say about the show? It was perfect, probably the best concert I saw since last time I saw Suede.
They played a career spanning setlist (with 7 songs from their debut album!). The hits were all there and sounding as fresh as ever. Take Me Out is always the high point of course. Jacqueline is a total banger. This Fire was the perfect ending of the show, with a lot of interaction between the band and the crowd. As Alex asked, we were Feeling The Love Go, as he asked us to, on the song with the same name.
Then the set is always full of classics. Do You Want To and Ulysses are always super powerful.
The only thing I really didn't like was the end they shorted up the song Always Ascending. It's one of my favourites from the new album and it's a shame they didn't do a longer instrumental outro part. The same for Lucid Dreams, they performed a version of the song with a little different melody and cut off the electronic end.
Lazy Boy was, and is, an instant classic.
They even played Right Action for the first time in years and, played Black Tuesday, a totally new song, it was its live debut. Special.

From the performance, you could feel that the band feels good in Portugal. They are very welcome here, and, a lot of their songs play every night on the alternative pubs.

Franz are one of the best bands in world.In studio they continually record 5 stars albums and they are true monster on the stage.

And a quick note:
If you kinda like bands like FF, but you don't want to waste money on concerts that you think you won't know every song, just grab your money, and go! Concerts are almost always fun, and it's much better than to be sitting at home! GO TO GIGS!
 

Friday, April 12, 2019

Spotify Playlists

Hello to you all!

The playlists are renewed!

This week we have on Strange Sound:
01. Desperate Journalist - Satellite
02. U.S. Girls - Pearly Gates
03. Morrissey - It's Over
04. She Drew The Gun - Something For The Pain
05. The Prodify - Omen
06. Andrew Bird - Sisyphus
07. Inspiral Carpets - This Is How It Feels
08. The Leisure Society - God Has Taken a Vacation
09. Cigarettes After Sex - Apocalypse
10. Andrea Laszlo De Simone - Sogno L'amore


And don't forget to check the playlist that is a compilation of all of the Strange Sound playlists: Indie Pendence with currently 170 song.

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Mat Osman From Suede Is Writing a Book


The unexpected new from 2019.
Mat Osman, the bassist, and one of the founders of Suede, is writing a novel called "The Ruins".
The book already has a publisher and will be released in 2020.
Mat Osman already wrote (the instrumental) of several Suede songs, including the fan favourite Europe Is Our Playground and, according to Brett Anderson in some book (can't remember if it was in Love & Poison or in his Autobiograhy), on the beginnings of Suede, he wrote the lyrics of one of the very earliest songs that never reached even a live performance.
Mat was also connected to writing as, during the long Suede split, he was the editor of the online magazine Le Cool.
Let's wait to read it, and we're wishing Mat the best luck for his new project.

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Keith Flint Passed Away


Keith Flint, the charismatic singer, performance and dancer of The Prodigy died yesterday.
According to his band mates, Flint took his own life.
It is know that the artist had struggled a battle against depression.
He is being remembered by several artista as one of the nicest guys in the music industry. An animal o stage, however, when he was not performing he as a calm, relaxed and very pleasant man.  
The Prodigy opened the rave/rock music to millions, their, and specially, Flint's legacy is unparalleled. 
Thank you.