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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Jamiroquai's lead singer and one man figure, Jay Kay, announced in Sidney that he's leaving Sony Music for good after a Greatest Hits album.

He's so pissed with them he's putting his next album on the internet for five fucking dollars. Everything is about Marketing, and a total lack of creativity. He's making sense now that he's about to finish his 8-record deal with Sony, a contract he signed with the big big record label in 1992. Recently, Sony merged with BMG and that makes just four major record labels in the world: EMI, Warner, Universal and Sony. Jay wants creativity freedom, and he knows he won't get it from Sony. He's a rebel, a pioneer, a stubborn kid... He can't be part of something that big like Sony, and I'm sure his departure has something to do with those bugs Sony/BMG CDs have that spy on computers that might make copies of their crappy releases. I wonder if Jamiroquai will release his next albums on his record label, Long Lost Brother...


At least somebody is making sense. We'll wait for the Greatest Hits album (even tho I'd like to see a live album instead of a Best Of collection.



Here's the article! Long live Rock And Roll :)

Monday, November 28, 2005

Los diez mejores momentos en vivo en San Francisco!

10. Keith Jarrett Viernes 9 de Marzo del 2005 en el Zellernbach Hall de la UC Berkeley: Cuando la gente aplaude a Jarrett están aplaudiendo su performance musical de primer nivel, mas no su actitud arrogante y amargada. ¿Detener una performance porque un monitor no le devolvía el sonido que él quería? Jarrett demostró ser un payaso con pasado glorioso, nada más. Aunque, ojo... Jarrett ha producido obras maestras del jazz como Spheres y The Bremen Solo Concerts, e influenciado a músicos como Steely Dan hasta a tal punto de hacerles componer canciones sin que ellos se dén cuenta que estaban pirateando a Jarrett (“Gaucho” es una copia descarada del “As Long As You Know You’re Yours”.) Es un cabrón arrogante, pero nos quitamos el sombrero por su música.

9. Coal Pitts Wash: Viernes 30 de Septiembre del 2005 en el Red Devil Lounge. Abrieron para Storm y nos dejaron un forado en los oídos con un recargado rock lésbico inspirado en AC/DC y Bachman Turner Overdrive. Una banda que promete mucho. Su primer CD va a dar que hablar, si es que aquel EP de cinco canciones a cinco dólares no lo está haciendo ahora. Rock lésbico con una violinista capaz de rompernos los tímpanos y aplaudir por ello. http://www.coalpittswash.com/

8. Vinyl: 30 de Marzo del 2005 en el Shattuck Downlow de Berkeley. Funk sin resolver, canciones instrumentales que no acaban nunca, solos de saxo y trompeta. Para bailar, claro está. http://www.vinylgroove.com/

7. Tainted Love: Sábado 15 de Octubre del 2005 en Bimbo’s 365 Club. Una banda de covers que va en camino a convertirse en banda de culto ya que: a. Todos sus conciertos son Sold Out automáticos, b. Sus performances son impecables y el sonido ochentero fluye cual nube tóxica de Chernobyl, y c. Porque la experiencia Tainted Love incluye un reencuentro con el pasado. http://www.taintedlove.com/

6. Stung: Viernes 11 de Febrero del 2005 en el Last Day Saloon de San Francisco: su interpretación de Reggatta De Blanc fue suficiente para ponerlos a la luz, para que se vuelvan nuestros amigos. Bee Lundy, Eric Swihart y John Messier están encontrando su propio estilo en cada performance, llevando a Police a una amplificación totalmente nueva. Stewart Copeland los adora, Andy Summers no ha dicho ni pío y Sting, estamos seguros, no está muy contento sabiendo que hay una banda que le restriega en la cara todas las semanas lo bueno que sonaba él en un grupo, no como solista. http://www.stunglive.com/

5. Jamiroquai: Sabado 5 de Noviembre del 2005 en el Fillmore Auditorium de San Francisco. Yerbas humeando por todo el recinto dieron la bienvenida a un renovado Jay Kay con las venas más limpias, más ágil pero lamentablemente sin la presencia del tecladista Toby Smith y el gran bajista Stuart Zender, heredero directo del legado de Jaco Pastorius. El show nos produjo un choque nostálgico al que nos hemos acostumbrado. Jamiroquai ha estado sonando en nuestros reproductores de CDs desde 1993 sin parar, aunque la calidad de sus discos ha ido en franco declive a partir del coqueado Synchronized (Sony, 1999.) El A Funk Oddisey fue lanzado al mercado el mismo día que dos aviones se lanzaron contra las Torres Gemelas y fue menos insufrible que el atentado, pero dejó un mal sabor de boca –Toby Smith debió haber dejado la banda debido a la pobre recepción de la prensa y de su más exigente crítico: él mismo. Este 2005 Jamiroquai se esmeró y lanzó Dynamite primero en Inglaterra y varios meses después en los Estados Unidos, sin explicación aparente, con un DVD de “regalo” y una canción más. Debimos haber esperado, ¿no? http://funkin.com/

4. Storm And Her Balls: Viernes 13 de Mayo del 2005 en Red Devil Lounge. Tremenda mujer de 6 pies 2 pulgadas con un trio de piano eléctrico, bajo y batería que despedazan canciones separadas, las pegan entre sí y producen cócteles eróticos que son dignos de ver. http://www.stormlarge.com/

3. Colin Hay: Miércoles 6 de Julio del 2005 en el Red Devil Lounge. Qué gusto tener a Colin Hay en San Francisco cantando esos temas de su grupo Men At Work que ya son endémicos en nuestro subconsciente y además admirar su material solista, especialmente cuando toca “Beautiful World” y “I Just Don’t Think I’ll Ever Get Over You.” La voz de Colin no ha perdido ese toque melancólico y fraternal, ayudado por las cuerdas vocales de su esposa Cecilia Noël. Colin sigue siendo nuestro hermano mayor, y Cargo de Men At Work, uno de nuestros discos de sobremesa favoritos y eternos. http://www.colinhay.com/

2. Pat Metheny Group: The Way Up Tour, 3 de Marzo del 2005 en el Paramount Theater de Oakland. Una canción de 60 minutos llamada The Way Up en donde Pat cuenta la historia de su trayectoria musical en compañía de Lyle Mays al teclado y Steve Rodby al bajo. Casi treinta años compilados en una performance impecable de Jazz de vanguardia, Smooth Jazz… música, a fin de cuentas. http://www.patmethenygroup.com/

1. Los Amigos Invisibles: Viernes 15 de abril del 2005 en Bimbo’s 365 Club. Valió la pena esperar casi un año y verlos de nuevo. Apreciar su música, bailar con su ritmo imparable. La mejor banda en vivo del planeta (sólo que el planeta todavía no lo sabe) nos hizo sacudir como nunca, sudar la gota gorda con su ritmo irresistible. Lamentamos que no hayan ganado el Grammy a mejor álbum “alternativo” (carajo con las clasificaciones) y haberlo perdido ante los pazguatos de Ozomatli (¿con qué cara alguien que no sea de la RIAA me va a decir que “Love And Hope” es una canción mejor que “Bruja”?) pero la vida continúa y los Amigos lanzan SuperPop Venezuela en su país de origen este primero de diciembre. A mantener ese equilibrio, Amigos. Imitando al presidente Chávez, les decimos desde aquí: ¡El futuro bolivariano de la gozadera y del orgullo venezolano está en sus manos, mis panas! http://www.amigosinvisibles.com/

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Van Halen's "Hot for Teacher" doesn't exist because of nothing. This is one of the most interesting, complicated and fun case I ever read. It raises questions about how sexist our society is, and where are we going to with all this discrimination. She's the hottest sex predator ever to be in a trial, no question about it. She ruined her career as a teacher, wife and probably mother. She won't be able to be alone with a minor. She won't be able to make money out of this mess either (even tho posing for any adult magazine in Europe might be still an option...) Anyways, here's the story. There's also a forum where people are discussing their guts out about this judicial incident, and of course I couldn't resist posting this bitter-sweet-erotic-twisted-complicated slideshow. Ah, Florida.



Fla. Teacher Pleads Guilty in Sex Case



By MITCH STACY, Associated Press Writer Tue Nov 22, 6:58 PM ET



A female teacher pleaded guilty Tuesday to having sex with a 14-year-old student, avoiding prison as part of a plea agreement.



Debra Lafave, 25, whose sensational case made tabloid headlines, will serve three years of house arrest and seven years' probation. She pleaded guilty to two counts of lewd and lascivious battery.



The former Greco Middle School reading teacher apologized during the hearing, saying "I accept full responsibility for my actions."



The boy told investigators the two had sex in a classroom at the school, located in Temple Terrace near Tampa, in her Riverview town house and once in a vehicle while his 15-year-old cousin drove them around Marion County.



The boy told investigators Lafave told him her marriage was in trouble and that she was aroused by the fact that having sex with him was not allowed. He said he and Lafave, a newlywed at the time, got to know each other on their way back from a class trip to SeaWorld Orlando in May 2004.



If convicted at trial in Hillsborough County, she could have faced up to 15 years in prison on each count.



The plea agreement also was designed to resolve similar charges in Marion County, where Lafave was scheduled to appear in court Dec. 8. But prosecutor Ric Ridgeway said his office wants to speak with the boy's family first.



Hillsborough Circuit Judge Wayne Timmerman said LaFave also will forever lose her teaching certificate, must register with the state as a sexual predator, may not have any contact with children including the victim, and will not be allowed to profit from the sale of her story or personal appearances.



The victim's mother said afterward that the public scrutiny had taken its toll on the family, and they just wanted to see it all end.




"If we had continued along this path, this would have followed him forever," said the mother, whose name was being withheld to protect her son's identity. "My prayer is that he can leave this behind him and go on and be a happy, healthy young man."



After Tuesday's hearing, Lafave's attorney, John Fitzgibbons, said the plea was "a fair resolution of this case." Asked how she felt afterward, Lafave said "tired."



Fitzgibbons said in July that plea negotiations had broken off because prosecutors insisted on prison time, which he said would be too dangerous for someone as attractive as Lafave. He said then that she planned to plead insanity at trial, claiming emotional stress kept her from knowing right from wrong.



One thing is for sure. The boy has something to brag about for the rest of his life. Like I don't know teenage boys. I was one!

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Gary Glitter ranks #2 of the creepiest rockers in the history. Number #1 is, of course, Michael Jackson with his Bahrain-Dubai-Ladie's-Bathroom-Visit adventure. Are they trying to hide from something?

Police to Arrest Glitter

Glam rocker faces child-abuse charges in Vietnam Authorities in Vietnam are searching for British glam rocker Gary Glitter over his alleged relationship with a Vietnamese fifteen-year-old girl.

Officials confirmed Glitter (born Paul Francis Gadd), 61, was living in the city of Vung Tau and had applied for permanent Vietnam residence before fleeing his home on November 12th. Police have conducted several interviews with the girl to clarify her relationship with Glitter.

"If evidence of a [legal] violation is found against Mr. Paul Francis, and especially evidence of sexual child abuse, I believe that very strict legal measures will apply to him," Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Dung told the Associated Press.

Glitter, who scored his biggest U.S. hit in 1972 with "Rock and Roll Part 2," was convicted in Britain of possessing child pornography in 1999 and served two months of a four-month sentence in jail. He later moved to Cambodia, where he was blacklisted in 2002, though Cambodian officials did not specify the charges.JESSICA ROBERTSON (Posted Nov 17, 2005)

Sunday, November 13, 2005

http://www.world-science.net/othernews/051028_braintimefrm.htm This is an article about how the brain can act like a watch, or a clock, or a microwave timer.

Saturday, November 5, 2005

Jamiroquai in San Francisco!

Seems like the 90's decade doesn't want to go away. Too bad, but it's good that Jamiroquai stays around. The british funk band is going to play the Fillmore on 11/05 and 11/06. Tickets available on ticketmaster.com . I'm sure the 11/05 gig was sold out, since it was packed at maximum.

Jamiroquai's show was an interesting display of seventies sounds upgraded for the hi-fi digital standards of today. Drummer Derrick McKenzie stole the show completely playing flawless disco-soul shuffles worth of the legacy of Narada Michael Walden and Bernard Purdie. Jay Kay's voice was the usual Steviewonderesque...