Just looking for some U2 stuff I ran into this video of one of my favourites songs ever done. It’s a live version of “Sunday Bloody Sunday“. Apart from the great song itself, watching this video reminded me what music used to be: art.
It seems like there’s not too much of that these days. The speech at the beginning is good, but what Bono says to the crowd just before the fourth minute is unvaluable…

I was just guessing, what would happen if a group had so much speech and politics in a concert nowadays? Probably they would be calified as “tiring”, “pain in the ass” or some other delightful adjective.

Well, here it is, judge by yourself:



Long time withouth posting… I just saw something today that drove me so mad I had to tell.

Many people may have heard the song “Infinitza Tristeza” by Manu Chao. In it, there’s a remixed extract of a “Metro de Madrid” informative message. It exactly is this short 3 seconds message “Próxima estación… Esperanza”, as the record’s title. If you know just a little bit of Spanish you might have realized what phrase it is. It’s a phrase that comes out of the speakers when you’re approaching the metro station called “Esperanza” (which translation to English is “hope”). It’s just the same kind of phrase that all metros, undergrounds, subways (whatever is your choice) around the world have, sounding thousands of times a year throughout all this years. Just the same kind of phrase as “Next station… Grand Central Station” in NYC. That’s it.

Well… not too much deal, is it? All right here it’s the DEAL. As said on Barrapunto (the Spanish version of Slashdot), it turns out the people who recorded the phrase for “Metro de Madridsued Manu Chao for intelectual property infrigment. Not that amazing these days… many people wanna get rich doing as little as possible, and extreme intelectual property rights have enhanced that. The scary part is… the judge’s ruling have given reason to the claimants oblying Manu Chao to pay an unveiled economic quantity and write a public apology saying what he did was bad… almost like if he was a little child. Amazing… just amazing how intelectual property is being treated and how law and judges are getting it free of any context and rationality. Also as scary as that is seeing possitively voted comments on Barrapunto justifying the sentence. Is it me or people is leaving their thinking to what puts on a paper? Is this really the way we wanna go? Is this the law we want to live by? I guess the answer is… it’s all right for too many people, even if it’s really not.
I don’t have too much “esperanza” right now for this to change…

Be careful… exacerbated intelectual property is round there, keep an eye on it or you may be the next one…

Quote of the day: (this time in Spanish as I didn’t find the exact quotation in English) «En todas las cosas sólo una es imposible – ¡racionalidadFriedrich Nietzsche


The new of the week in the NBA: Allen Iverson finally goes to Denver Nuggets. After spending 11 years with the Philadelphia 76ers, Allen Iverson “The Answer”, finally decided to move forward into his career and go to a more competitive team with higher aspirations than the 76ers. He is a legend in Philadelphia, I hope he can continue it in Denver. He will meet there with Carmelo Anthony and Marcus Camby, we’ll see how they work together… but it’s promising.

I personally love Iverson… is that kind of players that does it nearly all, and does it well, the kind who can stand up a whole crowd, one that makes the ticket’s price worth it. I am willing to see him in action when Carmelo returns in later January after his suspenssion.

On the Spanish side… Yesterday I saw Memphis Grizzlies VS New Orleans Hornetts, which the later won in the extra time. Gasol is back, though not at 100%, but he did an awesome game with 28 points (or so) and 10 rebounds (or so, I can’t remember and am not willing to look for it). What seems obvious is that Memphis depends on him, and that he needs to move to other team if he wants his career to progress. Boston seems each day the best and most factible option… we’ll see.

Well… good luck Iverson, good luck Gasol. This is the NBA… I love this game!

Quote of the day: If I don’t believe it, then they don’t need me on the court. I’ve just got to believe that in my heart. – Allen Iverson


A couple of weeks ago I finished reading this awesome book. I read it in English which I think it was quite a good decission due to what I’ve heard from people who read it in Spanish.

This was a pretty controversial book when it was first edited around the 50s. I didn’t find it sooooo outrageous… but I suppose you always have to figure the time and social context there was back there.

I enjoyed it a lot, either the style, the characters, and the story. There are parts in it you just laugh wheter you’re in a crowded bus or at home, and others where it makes you travel to other place in your mind, and finally some other where you can’t help feeling sorry.
Anyway, I recommend it to anyone who hasn’t read it yet.

As you can always learn something through Wikipedia… there some side-notes who helped the black legend of the book grow even more. This are… John Lenon’s killer, Mark David Chapman, had this book with him when he killed the music star. Besides, John Hinckley Jr., the man who supposedly shot Ronald Reagan was also kind of obssesed with this book. I don’t personally believe in all these “you know this amazing thing?!?!?!?!?”, but there they are for whoever who cares.

The book, at present, is an obligatory reading in most of USA high-schools.

Quote of the day: I hate cameras. They are so much more sure than I am about everything. – John Steinbeck


ESPERANZA
Esperanza,
araña negra del atardecer.
Tu paras
no lejos de mi cuerpo
abandonado, andas
en torno a mí,
tejiendo, rápida,
inconsistentes hilos invisibles,
te acercas, obstinada,
y me acaricias casi con tu sombra
pesada
y leve a un tiempo.

Agazapada
bajo las piedras y las horas,
esperaste, paciente, la llegada
de esta tarde
en la que nada
es ya posible…
Mi corazón:
tu nido.
Muerde en él, esperanza.

Ángel González


Just got back from an outstanding concert!

Inlogic is the band a friend of mine plays in, formed here, in Madrid. They sing in English (yay!), and produce quite an easy-to-listen rock. From happy songs to some other deeper ones, absolutely everyone is excellent and authentic.
That’s one of the things I appreciate more of them, their authenticity. Being in one of their concerts is like going out with friends to just have fun. Oscar, the lead singer, and from whom I knew about the band makes the people be part of the concert, always encouraging the people to move, sing and the most important part: have fun. And they all really achieved that this night.
They were presenting their first released record and played all the songs from it, plus two new songs and three outstanding versions of very well known songs.
Oh! And we also could watch their first videoclip, from the song “Sweet little girl”. Really, it was an amazing piece of fun and good music tonight.

The concert was held in “Sala Moby Dick” one of Madrid’s most important ones, and it was full of people, press, and friends. It’s a shame I didn’t take any picture, but I promise to do it next time.

Hope this is just the beginning of a long road… They really deserve it. You can listen to some of their songs in their official webpage and their myspace.

Rock on!

Quote of the day: “He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream,
and he sometimes wondered whose it was, and whether they were enjoying it.” – Douglas Adams


Real Madrid VS F.C. Barcelona: one of the most important sport events in the world, and I just came back from the Santiago Bernabeu stadium.
They’re both the two most important teams in Spain, and two of the most important in Europe. The traditional rivalry between the two of them adds the spice to this classical match. As I said, it’s probably one of the Top5 most important football (soccer for those of you from US) in the world.
I’m not a Real Madrid supporter nor a F.C. Barcelona one, but it’s an awesome spectacle to assist a match like this. I went with a friend of mine, who really is a Real Madrid fan, and think he enjoyed it a lot.
Real Madrid won 2-0 with goals of Raúl and Van Nistelrooy, so one can imagine the party round the stadium after that.

With this I’ve just rubbed out a line of my things-to-do-before-die list.

Quote of the day: “Most of our lives are a series of images, they pass us by like towns on a highway. But sometimes a moment stuns us as it happens and we know that this instant is more than a fleeting image. We know that this moment, every part of it, will live on forever”.