Música en mi primer idioma: Silvio Rodríguez

Música en mi primer idioma: Silvio Rodríguez

We visit one of Latin America´s most recognized and controversial singer – song witters. A symbol of the Left. Sometimes called “the Cuban John Lennon”. In the break of the renewed relationships between the United States and Cuba, I thought I would do a post of a man who has come to represent the left in Latin America. He has established himself as the voice of an era and some ideals that are outdated and like all communist governments the world has had, clearly does not work as it is contemplated.  The man is one of those singers people love or love to hate. He Read more »

BB King – a tribute.

BB King – a tribute.

When the legendary blues singer and guitarist passed away on May 14th music lovers the world over mourned his passing. What was it that made BB King the ‘King of the Blues?’ “B.B. King bent the strings on a guitar like no one else, and we all owe him something now. Every guitar player that’s not known and well-known is playing something that man created on a guitar.” — Buddy Guy The world is full of musicians. Good, ones, bad ones, professional, amateur; musicians everywhere. Which is great, the world needs musicians. Every once in a while though a musician Read more »

New Reels – “All the Time” by Bahamas

New Reels – “All the Time” by Bahamas

Canadian musician Afie Jurvanen, also known Bahamas released his third album Bahamas is Afie on August 19, 2014. Jurvanen has worked with musicians Feist, Howie Beck, Jack Johnson and has had growing success with his previous 2 albums. His debut album Pink Strat was nominated for a Juno Award and his second album Barchords was also nominated for Adult Alternative Album of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. He might have been born in Toronto, but his music is warm and breezy, and I would say a counter spell against his birth place weather (Not saying there is anything Read more »

ZZ Top: Tres hombres y un coche

ZZ Top: Tres hombres y un coche

The 1980’s were in many ways a watershed time for popular music akin the the dawn of rock and roll in the 50’s. Many artists who had made their names in the preceeding decades found themselves struggling to keep up in an era where new technologies and new approaches to production were changing the way records sounded. A whole new musical aesthetic had arrived with synthesisers and huge reverbed drum sounds bleeding in to rock music. Coupled with this was the arrival of the MTV age which had the effect of placing greater emphasis on the visual aesthetic. Many acts Read more »

Slash Goes Beyond

Slash Goes Beyond

We take a look at the role of the band’s iconic lead-guitarist Slash on some of the most recognizable videos Guns n’ Roses made. For this analysis we’re going back to the early 90’s and the biggest rock band in the world at that time, Guns ‘n’ Roses. Having released two double lp’s at once – a statement of grandiose intent if ever there was one – the band were at the peak of everything: fame, creativity, cocaine use, rampant megolamania. Out of this period came what has become known amongst G’n’R fans as the Del James trilogy, videos shot Read more »

Foreigner´s “Cold as Ice” and Journey´s “Separate Ways”: No budget?

Foreigner´s “Cold as Ice” and Journey´s “Separate Ways”: No budget?

A comparative analysis between two of the worst videos ever: Foreigner´s “Cold as Ice” and Journey´s “Separate Ways”. Today, many hard rock and heavy metal bands pertaining to the Arena rock era from the late 60s and early 70s are considered classic bands. Among them are famous bands like Boston, Journey and Foreigner. It is pretty weird they represented an idea of “macho” rock which I grew up with. Maybe that is what is wrong with my friends? They believed these groups to be their role models? I am still trying to figure out why the music executives were willing Read more »