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Freethinker

2017.05.16

It’s been almost twenty years since I saw that Mother Earth’s video. I saw it only once, in a catalan tv show called Sputnik. Loved it and I write the name of the band down in a piece of paper. That TV show was asome to discover new music which wasn’t mainstream. The problem was to get a CD from most of the artist. Moreover if you lived in a little town.

One day I was just looking in a local record store and found “The desired effect”. Couldn’t believe it! It was a live CD from Mother Earth! The following years I started to buy their CDs online. When they split, I keep on searching for news. There were some reunion gigs I obviously would have loved to attend, a rare recordings and b-sides CD I also bought, not many videos… I used to google for all of them at least once a year.

I bought all Matt Deighton’s solo albums which are also fantastic. I must admit I would have liked to write the kind of songs he does, every aspect of his music electric or acoustic is a source of inspiration.

Well, I said I discovered them twenty years ago and it wasn’t easy to get their recordings. Now everything is different, I currently have no CD player and all the music I listen to is from paid streaming services. I didn’t need to buy Matt’s latest electric project, “The family silver” (which is awesome!) it took me seconds to search for it on Google Play Music and click play.

Internet is also shortening distances in terms of comunication. The proof is that a few days ago I just needed to ask Matt Deighton on Twitter if he had a copy of the “Freethinker” video. A couple of days after, he uploaded it to YouTube… twenty years after I could watch it for the second time in my life.

This is awesome. Thanks Matt, Neil, Bryn and Chris for your music.

Black Sails

2017.04.18

Black Sails is over. It took four season to re-create the Golden Age of Piracy having real pirates like Edward Teach (aka Blackbeard), Charles Vane, Jack Rackham or Anne Bonny mixed up with characters from “The Treasure Island” like Long John Silver and the Captain Flint. There’s too much effort in making the historical characters fit in that it’s not fair to say it was just a prequel,

If you think it twice, it could not last longer than that because the timeline of real events was carefully respected. Not a documentary, but an entertaining way to get in touch with that brief chapter of history.

The cast of Black Sails is overall excellent. I’m going to need time to see these characters played by someone else. And yes, I really want that crew in an adaptation of R.L. Stevenson’s book.

Although you know already which fictional characters are going to survive, and that almost every famous pirate is not gonna make it, the fourth season succeeds in giving a decent ending, spectacular battles overseas, and making all the pieces of the puzzle fit in.

Yes there are no dragons, or white walkers… but who needs them when you’ve got pirates? Yaarrr!

Got soul

2017.03.28

Robert Randolph & The Family Band’s fifth studio album gets deep into joyful soul and funk (even gospel) music bringing the power of his unique Pedal Steel style one step forward.

You just need to listen to the single “Love do What it Do” or the Sam & Dave’s “I thank you” cover to get the real intention and feel of that album.

If you think Pedal Steel is only for country, Robert Randolph is here to tell you that you’re wrong.