18.1.11

CHILLY GONZALES



Gonzales, born Jason Charles Beck, is a Grammy-nominated Canadian musician currently residing in Paris, France. Though best known for his first MC and electro albums, he is also a pianist, producer, and songwriter.He regularly collaborates with the Canadian musicians Feist, Peaches and Mocky. Additionally, he has collaborated with Jamie Lidell on the albums Multiply and Compass, and Buck 65 on the album Secret House Against the World. According to The New Yorker, "when Gonzales released an album called 'Presidential Suite', Feist accompanied him on tour around Europe and Australia." As one of the most talented and flat-out entertaining musicians around, you’d expect Chilly Gonzales would have no trouble finding an audience. Yet aside from his successes as a producer, he is yet to make a solo record that lives up to the experience of his critically lauded live performances. Okay, there’s Solo Piano, a beautiful collection of original piano compositions, but somehow that record doesn’t feel like a Gonzales record at all, devoid of the character that makes him one of a kind.

His latest project Ivory Tower, the soundtrack to a film of the same name that he writes and stars in. While the very nature of a soundtrack makes this unlikely to be the record that thrusts him into the mainstream eye, it carries all the hallmarks of Chilly Gonzales the entertainer. ‘Knight Moves’ eases the album into motion in the form of a sweeping instrumental with delicate piano and string arrangements, before two minutes into the second track, Chilly utters his first words, “I’m a dogshit ashtray”. Just when you thought Gonzales had slipped into the realms of serious musicianship, he brings the tone back down with a series of witty and often hilarious one liners. The song continues: “I’m an imperial armpit sweating Chianti, I’m socialist lingerie, I’m diplomatic techno, I’m gay pastry and racist cappuccino...who am I? I am Europe”. Such a song might have had a short lifespan in other hands, but the strength of the accompanying melodies gives it replay value.




Stylistically, Ivory Tower finds Gonzales treading new ground once again: produced entirely by Boys Noize, the record has a pulsating euro-pop flavour. This approach has varying degrees of success, but for the few misplaced blasts of garish synths and computerised vocals, there are neat disco rhythms that add depth to a still-piano-dominated album. Elsewhere there are some down tempo instrumentals in ‘Bittersuite’ and ‘Final Fantasy’, and occasional witty interjections, but vocals are used sparingly throughout. This can make for some fairly long instrumental sections that feel padded out for the sake of the soundtrack, but don’t necessarily work as standalone pieces of music. The best moments, then, are those of joyous pop like ‘You Can Dance’, or clever wordplay as in ‘The Grudge’, that combine his personality with his prowess as a pianist.


"Eu, especulador, me confesso"

Ja algum tempo que sigo os posts que o Analista da DIF Broker custuma fazer no Jornal de Negocios, visao aguçada e um espirito critico bem limado. Para quem gosta de economia, ou apenas para quem tem interesse pelo mundo das finanças.




"Depois deste assustador primeiro parágrafo, já muitos leitores mudaram a página Eu sou um especulador.

Depois deste assustador primeiro parágrafo, já muitos leitores mudaram a página, incapazes de conseguir ler algo escrito por um daqueles que, segundo os políticos e a opinião pública, estão a dar cabo do nosso país.

Sou um especulador porque tento ganhar dinheiro nos mercados de capitais e tento fazer com que os meus clientes ganhem dinheiro. Sou um especulador porque tento comprar barato e vender caro. Sou ainda mais especulador porque, muitas vezes, tendo vender caro para depois comprar mais barato. Sou especulador porque vivo dos mercados financeiros.

Este parasita da sociedade que vos escreve lamenta informar-vos que sem especuladores não existiriam mercados financeiros. Eles existem desde o primeiro minuto da sua criação e a liquidez que os tornam apetecíveis são garantidos por estes parasitas da sociedade, como eu. Duvido, que sem, especuladores existissem tantos jornalistas a escrever neste jornal. Duvido também que as corretoras ganhassem tanto em comissões e os Estados em todas os impostos e taxas que o negócio dos mercados financeiros envolve.

Lamento também que, como analista, não esteja sistematicamente a dizer que a Bolsa portuguesa vai subir e que o futuro é cor-de-rosa. Bem sei que muitos leitores me acusam de estar a contribuir para o acentuar do pessimismo nacional e para o afundar da nossa confiança. Recordo que o meu papel é dizer o que penso e fazer dos meus leitores as pessoas mais bem informadas possíveis. Não sou eu que vou salvar a Bolsa portuguesa mas, se conseguir que quem me leia possa estar mais ciente da realidade, estarei seguramente a cumprir o meu papel. Mas lamento de novo não ter andado optimista no último ano e não me juntar à hipocrisia de quem via as recuperações em cada décima percentual de ganho num daqueles indicadores tão interessantes como as telenovelas mexicanas. Felizmente, não negoceio no mercado português (apenas para clientes portugueses), senão lá viria a acusação de dizer mal para comprar barato.

Todos os dias durmo de consciência pesada quando vejo José Sócrates, a sua equipa ministerial, o poeta candidato à Presidência da República e mais de metade dos deputados do Parlamento apontarem-me a mim e aos meus colegas especuladores como responsáveis pelo estado a que o país chegou. Por vezes, chego até a sonhar que fui eu que decidi as políticas fiscais, fui eu que tomei as decisões de investimento, tracei as linhas orientadoras das políticas sociais e fui eu que decidi que Portugal devia ser o rei dos Institutos Públicos porque temos dinheiro e perfil para isso.

Como especulador, gosto sempre de acreditar que a culpa dos nossos fracassos é nossa. Aprendi, com a dureza do mercado, que atirar a culpa para cima dos outros é apenas ter medo de enfrentar o erro, as opiniões dos outros e não nos conduz ao sucesso.

O Governo e a maioria dos deputados pensa o contrário. Acha que a culpa desta crise é minha e dos meus colegas especuladores. Provavelmente, ecos de José Mário Branco que no seu "FMI" clamava: "A culpa é vossa, a culpa é vossa, a culpa é vossa".

Se José Sócrates dormir mais descansado, eu assumo que a culpa do país estar neste estado é minha. Aliás, todos acreditam nisso.

Antes de lerem o meu artigo da próxima semana, pensem duas vezes. Afinal de contas, sou um especulador e não sabem se o vosso jornal ou computador se queimará nas vossas mãos por cometerem a heresia de me lerem. Cuidado, sou especulador." by Ulisses Pereira

SMD 20-01 LUX FRAGIL






Simian Mobile Disco are a UK based production and remix team. The band was formed in 2005 by James Ford and Jas Shaw of the band Simian. In addition to his work with Simian Mobile Disco, James Ford is a producer and has worked with bands such as Florence & the Machine, Arctic Monkeys, Peaches and Klaxons.
Delicacies is the third studio album by British electronic band Simian Mobile Disco. It was released on the iTunes Store on November 23, 2010, and released in physical form on November 29, 2010. It is a collection of tracks inspired and named for various unusual foods the band have sampled while touring the world, hence the name. It has a stronger techno influence than their first two albums. Not to forget the recent EP, that they made with the vocalist Beth Ditto of  Gossip.

Simian Mobile Disco, will be showing the goods,this thursday 20 of January in one of the best houses of Portugal, and i will dare to say from Europe, a show that you should not miss.






17.1.11




"Boardwalk Empire," HBO's crime drama which chronicles the life of Atlantic City gangster Nucky Thompson, played by Steve Buscemi, won the Golden Globe Award for "Best Television Series - Drama", star Steve Buscemi takes home the trophy for Best Actor in a Drama too.
The first episode was directed by Martin Scorsese and was the most expensive pilot episode produced in television history. On September 1, 2010, HBO picked up the series for an additional 11 episodes.
The series debuted on September 19, 2010.
With is creator, Terence Winter, wich is the father of the serie "The Sopranos". A big time hit for many years in the television, wining many globes as well.


15.1.11



The tale of Mickey and Mallory Knox, two victims of traumatized childhoods that became lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media. The message, if you can call it that, is that we are obsessed with violence, and the director Oliver Stone exposes our love for it and spits it back in our faces. Apart from the great role played by Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis, i have to distinguish the well done carachter by Robert Downey Jr.
The three words that will better describe this movie would be:
Hypnotic ,Violence and Media.






The film follows the story of Léon, played by Jean Reno, a professional hit man for an Italian Mob crew run by Danny Aiello. He lives next door to a ferociously independent 12-year-old girl named Mathilda - played by then newcomer Natalie Portman, whose father is involved in drugs and crooked cops. One day, a crew of the cops - lead by Gary Oldman in an over-the-top performance - kills her entire family while Mathilda is out buying groceries. Taking pity on her, Léon hides her in his apartment when she returns to save her life. Mathilda learns of Léon's hit man profession and decides to follow in Léon's footsteps as a 'cleaner.' She then falls in love with him and manages to reawaken emotions within Léon he has kept locked away as part of his profession. Good writing, and two well palyed roles.


12.1.11




Famous britpop rocker Jarvis Cocker sings & stars in the new video for Discodeine’s ‘Synchronize’ on DFA Records.






Recorded by Deconstruction Records, the EP got 4 tracks. An Partership between Beth Ditto e Simian Mobile Disco is out now.




11.1.11

THE LAST DAYS OF DISCO



First Mixtape of BKING, of 2011.





10.1.11

SOUND OF 2011

http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/soundof/2011/artists/


BBC, tell us all about his most precious to this year of 2011.



My attentions in this list goes first of all to a guy called James Blake.

#2 - James Blake has been announced in 2nd place for the Sound of 2011.
London producer James Blake sails into Sound Of 2011's 2nd spot at the forefront of the emerging post-dubstep sub genre of UK club music. The Deptford based artist started singing and studying piano at the age of six, a tutorage which eventually led to Blake's attendance of Goldsmiths University to study Popular Music. Early listening came in the form of his parent's classical and jazz collections, in addition to US Soul and R 'n' B from the likes of Stevie Wonder, D'Angelo and Sly & The Family Stone. Blake's love of electronic music came much later when the artist discovered dubstep duo Digital Mystikz a few months prior to his Goldsmiths enrolment.







My second attention goes to #5Claire Maguire, an awesome voice, even could be attached more to an Pop music, she could go far thats no arguing about that.

Clare Maguire has been announced as 5th place in the Sound of 2011.
This Birmingham chanteuse has kept her early fans waiting patiently before stepping into the limelight. Signed two years ago after a stream of impressive online demos, the singer has been hidden away since 2008 working on debut album Light After Dark.
Maguire has dreamt of a career in music since the age of seven. It wasn't until a teacher encouraged her to give up the dream at 17 that the Sister Rosetta Tharpe influenced singer found the motivation to quit school and go after her goals full-time. Demos on MySpace and Last FM soon showcased Maguire's impressive voice to a host of enthusiastic labels, and the Midlands girl flew stateside for meetings with Rick Rubin and shots with Jay-Z before finally settling on a deal with Universal.









9.1.11


 
From the Director of "Requiem for a Dream" cames now "Black Swan", another masterpiece to echoes for eternity.
The role played by Natalie Portman, it is superb,something that this actress as accustomed us.It came as an surprise, 
because when thinking about Opera in the fisrt point, i would not think an psychological thriller set in the world of New 
York City ballet would be so amazing.

In the end it is an must see movie.


8.1.11







Want to get up close and personal with Richie? The minimal star has been chosen as the first subject for Slices DVD magazine’s new ‘Pioneers of Electronic Music’ serie, this was a realease of 2006, but only now came to my hands, its still very fresh to the current days, going trough the begining of Richie Hawtin, passing to the amazing movement of Detroit showing the rise of the Plastikman.

The trailer speaks for itself, no more words from me would describe it better.
http://www.residentadvisor.net/feature.aspx?1220

RA Poll: Top 50 tracks of 2010

RA winds up its year-end polls with the staff's take on the top tunes of the year.

One thing you probably didn't see coming in 2010: the glorious return of the anthem. Unlike last year, when ultra-subtle tracks like STL's "Silent State" made the top 5, 2010's top 50 is packed with unapologetically catchy bangers, most of which probably got as much play in Ibiza as they did in Berlin. It's as if club music finally became so niched that the crowds once again yearned for collective experiences.

Indeed, if Motor City Drum Ensemble's epic remix of NUfrequency hadn't been officially released in 2009, it might've topped our chart this year. (It'll have to make to do with setting a record for most consecutive months at #1 on RA's DJ charts.) But the RA staff isn't composed solely (or even largely) of DJs. So our list has plenty of weird ones too. UK bass's latest mutations rank nicely, stonefaced techno is still going strong and Chicago's juke phenomenon crashes the party as well. All sorts of music took our fancy this year, this is simply 50 of the most popular among our staff.  


If you really like electronic music, this is an really good chart from the bests of the 2010.

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry  TEASER from Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry on Vimeo.

The first feature length doc on the iconic Chinese contemporary artist, Ai Weiwei. A good voice against the on party regime in Comunist China.
Coming 2011.

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