Bad times are ripe with great rock: introducing CONTRABANDA, the Spanish heroes

These are not good times in Spain: the economy breathes as rare as a yogin in trance, unemployment soars high and dark, like the fierce birds in The Wall.

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Bad times, no kidding.

But the lotus flower grows out of the mud and blossoms above the muddy water.

(shameless copy/paste from one of those rarely breathing, trance inducing yogin websites)

So is rock music, and my favorite places to look for great rock nowadays are the ones in dire straits!

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Summer ideas!

Here is a collection of SUMMER articles previously published on this blog.

Let me know if you like any of the ideas, and long live SUMMER!!!

Summer 2013: cottage life near Orillia, Ontario

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Baia Mare 2014: wrought iron and rose gardens.

I was born and raised in Baia Mare, a mining town with a history that goes beyond medieval times in Northern Transylvania, Romania.

Each time I visit in June, a trademark of my hometown pops up everywhere, reminding me of the happy childhood in the 1970s, and the beautiful people that populated it. It is the well manicured front yards, delimited by stylish wrought iron fences covered in roses.

Have a look!

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Tanya Tagaq at Luminato 2014: deep, quintessential performance!

The Luminato festival in Toronto never fails to bring at least one revolutionary performance each June. Laurie Anderson, the Kronos Quartet, Einstein On The Beach are just a few.

This year, it was “Tanya Tagaq presents Nanook of the North”

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Exhausted, hungry and thirsty after the performance, beautiful Tanya Tagaq took a moment to have her picture taken with myself (right) and friend Raz Constantine (left). Can you not love such an artist? Her new album, ANIMISM, was just released.

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Free today! Opening Night at the Luminato Festival Hub

Pan American Tropical Triple Bill Featuring: Interactivo, Emeline Michel and Jesse Cook with Special Guest Amanda Martinez

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Best funk bands in the world land in Toronto this June and July

OK, Toronto, this is a great gift for a great city, courtesy of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival and Beaches International Jazz Festival.

If you are serious about funk, these bands are your friends already.

But if you are not into deep funk yet, and want to probe my “best funk bands in the world statement”, here is where you need to be:

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Evenimentul baimarean al anului in Montreal: premiera filmului SOFTWARING HARD de Alex Pop, pe 6 iunie

Cind vechiul meu prieten baimarean Alex Pop, rocker fain de felul lui, m-a contactat sa ma anunte ca face un documentar de lung metraj despre software, mi-am batut fruntea cu palma si am zis: “ah, ce bestiala idee! Originala. Nu cred ca am vazut vreodata un documentar pe tema asta.”

Alex e nu numai un rocker cu gusturi alese, dar un creativ cum numai pe la Baia Mare mai apar.

A scris si publicat (proza, poezie), face film (e absolvent cu patalama la scoala de film in Montreal).

Dar ca sa puna pita pe masa, lucreaza in IT  – ca si mine – ca si Quality Assurance Analyst.

Pentru cei dinainte de ’89, eu si Alex sintem un fel de CTC-isti. Controlul tehnic al calitatii.

Filmul debuteaza pe 6 iunie 2014 la Montreal. Apoi speram sa circule in toata lumea.

Filmul debuteaza pe 6 iunie 2014 la Montreal. Apoi speram sa circule in toata lumea.

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Fecioreasca Baimareana V: 22-24 august 2014, Niagara Falls

A fost batuta bine in cuie in calendar data editiei jubiliare: 22-24 august 2014, la Niagara Falls pe partea canadiana.

Sa ne amintim…

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Hanging out with The Staxx Brothers

Davin Michael Stedman (left), myself and Jake Amster (right) on a May 2014 night at the Nectar Lounge in Fremont, Wa

Davin Michael Stedman (left), myself and Jake Amster (right) on a May 2014 night at the Nectar Lounge in Fremont, Wa === Davin is the band’s frontman and Jake is on bass. == Davin had me added on a VIP list that night at the Nectar for the THE WESTSOUND REUNION Annual Northwest Deep Funk Festival (where I discovered this sensational, horn-heavy, guitar and B3 driven band POLYRHYTHMICS)=== Jake had a couple of stories on how the Romanian moonshine that we gifted the band with (during my trip in 2011), traveled all the way to California in the band’s van.

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“Not to miss” free concerts at LUMINATO 2014 (June 6-15)

Tuesday, June 10

9:30 PM: Tanya Tagaq presents Nanook of the North

Thursday, June 12

8 PM: The Souljazz Orchestra

Friday, June 13

7 PM: Lemon Bucket Orchestra

8 PM: Saidah Baba Talibah

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Luminato 2014  website is here.

 

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