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I was wondering when you were going to start talking about the music, but it was a enjoyable read nevertheless ;)
Thanks. I appreciate, as I still struggle a bit writing essays/reviews in English, but It was enjoyable to me also, doing it. I’ve been working on my first day review. I hope to catch up later tonight and finish so I can post it.
 

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Day 1 NOS Alive
We got to the area, took some pics in the main entry. And he first thing I see it’s a band playing just there, for the people waiting or queuing. I thought it was cute.

Sharon Van Eten We went straight to Sagres Stage where she was playing. In the main stage there was a Portuguese band no one of us knew or had heard about before (Linda Marini). I liked what I saw but I wasn’t much sadly, when we got there it was halfway and then we had to move to NOS stage to wait for Weezer which was starting shortly.
This is the worst thing about these festival, you can’t handle everything, there are too many acts and even if you are committed to a tight schedule there are the inevitable clashes. However for my first approach to an act playing in this festival, I though the sound was so good, better generally than in other concerts or festivals I’ve gone. Maybe Sagres Stage could be bigger though.
Regarding the few songs I saw of Sharon, she was more rock that I expected but she was good and owning the stage.

Weezer Now this was a bit disappointing. There were very fun but I found the whole act a bit luckluster compared with everything that would come after. Worse sound too and what was that playlist? They are a band with a long story and have many hits, they could have really done without so many versions: Toto’s Africa, AHA’s Take on me and that weird mashup of a Green Day song and Happy Together (?). A bit too karaokey for my taste and expectations. All and all I had a good time and it was my first take on the main stage so I was very excited but fortunately for me it would only get better. Also like I said in the previous post, the crowd for these earlier evening sessions wasn’t really all there for such a big stage.

After that there was a bit of break. Another Portuguese band would come after, I heard in the radio that they were a sorta Portugal’s Vetusta Morla (VM is an Spanish indie rock band that is very successful in Spain and they are among my favorites, I’ve seen then many times already, as they have come to Sevilla quite often) so I decided to take some dinner (as it was almost 9 PM) and kill some time before the next artist:

Jorja Smith We come back to Sagres stage for Jorja who was scheduled to start at 21.45, just after Xavier Rudd, who neither had much interest in. I had discovered her just weeks before the festival, catching up through Spotify with some of the confirmed artists. She is very beautiful and moved very sensually, had a great voice too, but she really didn’t give much more live than that. It lacked something, don’t know what. It was too perfect and too calculated. It looks they are trying to make her a new Amy Winehouse. Anw the crowd was totally for her. First time I saw a full house or near and they were responding to her. Anw I wanted so bad to watch Mogwai who were starting about 3/4 an hour after her start, so I convinced my friend to come with me. He didn’t know them much. Most of the rest of the gang kept at Sagres for Jorja though.

Mogwai Well this was absolutely fantastic. I loved, loved them SO much. The sound was amazing, simply fantastic, so much better than recorded in YT or Spotify or whatever, they really would have made it worth the first day even if the rest would have sucked. I love how they play with the lighting, accompanying the music as one of the components of the band and that their music was the main protagonist during their show. They were often hiding behind all these lighting. I loved them already before watching them live so I was so happy. My friend was so happy too, to come, they were the discovery of the festival for him, he enjoyed it listening with close eyes and feeling it. Mogwai post rock music can be very emotional indeed so I’m not surprised at his reaction.
The about hour and a half concert felt so fast and leave me longing for more.

The Cure So Mogwai’s great show set a great atmosphere for one of the main attractions of the festival and they didn’t disappoint. For the almost 3 hours Robert Smith showed why he is still a legend. Man, he may look awkward now with all this makeup after so many years, but he sounds so good is still so charismatic and at 60 years old he carried it so well without any lows throughout. :worship: The playlist was a perfect mix of the more pop songs and some darker, gothic ones. As they are legends and closing the main stage (so no one was waiting) there were Encores and they made a mini concert with about 7-8 of their classics (Close to me, or Boys don’t cry with I think they closed with). It was a blast and people were crazy with them. Probably it got the biggest crowd overall.
Sadly this completely clashed with Robyn in the other stage (specially with the Encores at all. This was by far the longest concert. Actually it was that long that completely clashed with Loyle Carner who came before Robyn and who I heard/read good things about. Well maybe in another time) so it was impossible even watching her playing a song. Too bad because I think she would be the kind of artist that improves live and she has enough fun and genuinely good songs to make for a great time.
Sometimes I think the schedule could be much better with some big names clashing and then some weak spots in the evening like Saturday but I think this just happens in every festival. I missed other people that were apparently memorable but we’ll get there in the next posts.
Hot Chip They came in Sagres Stage after Robyn (and after The Cure in main) and honestly this is the perfect band for a 3 AM gig, they are so fun and danceable and I really tried but sadly after the almost 5 hour car travel plus all the emotions lived being my first time here and after Mogwai and after The Cure I was really tired so I couldn’t finish it and had to made way Home.
 

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Thanks, Javi. Sounds like some good gigs. Mogwai actually has a lot to thank The Cure (Interpol as well) as they took them with them on tour (early 2010, late 2000s?). For my taste, The Cure always plays too much pop songs, but I understand as a lot of people (even at their own concerts not at festivals) only know these songs. But my best memory of The Cure is when they performed the obscure song Sinking at a festival. I've seen Mogwai once as well and totally loved the gig!
 

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Thanks for the reviews, Javi :)

Sagres Stage is incredibly small especially when you consider that people will want to cram in there when no one is playing the main stage. I'm not the tallest guy but I've had so much fun in Sagres standing on top of the fence bases when the tent is at capacity.

I'm a firm believer that a lengthy show does not mean it is a better performance or that it is more value for money. The amount of sets I have seen where the artists take the audience for granted or ones where I lose interest completely because the artists do not care about pacing or nuance is quite high. I definitely believe in quality over quantity but of course, there's a fine line between getting the set time right and the balance correct.

In saying that, The Cure are one of the only bands who know how to put in a lengthy show and not lose the audience. Robert Smith seems to have perfected the pacing and flow of their sets by throwing in well known songs all throughout the set. I've also got more respect for The Cure's live sets because Robert Smith very rarely plays the same set twice.
 

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It's almost been a couple of months since any activity. I'm hoping everyone has been doing well :)

The last few weeks have been incredibly strong with some excellent albums. Bat For Lashes, Metronomy, Jenny Hval, JPEGMAFIA, Charli XCX, Men I Trust and (Sandy) Alex G have been on repeat for me. Another album that took me by surprise is Lana Del Rey's latest album, which might be her potential realised.

On the other hand, I was slightly disappointed with the latest album from Sleater Kinney. I believe this would have worked well as a Carrie Brownstein x St Vincent collaboration rather than a Sleater Kinney record. Change is good but I can understand why Janet Weiss felt the need to leave the band.

How has everyone else been doing?
 

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Hey Adey!

All good in Brussels, how is Australia?
I'm stacked about concert season in Belgium. Started with Sophie and the Giants on Wednesday and yesterday múm in an amazing cathedral here in Brussels.
For the rest, I've lined up the following concerts in 2019:

18-Oct KOMPROMAT
18-Oct Bagarre
19-Oct Georgia
19-Oct Metronomy
24-Oct Odezenne
24-Oct Juicy
26-Oct K.Flay
07-Nov FiftyFifty Lab
10-Nov Boy Harsher
10-Nov Deerhunter
10-Nov Jessica Pratt
11-Nov Aldous Harding
12-Nov MARINA
13-Nov Shura / Blood Red Shoes
19-Nov BANKS
21-Nov TR/ST
23-Nov Kedr Livanskiy
26-Nov Charli XCX
28-Nov Las Aves
29-Nov FAKA
02-Dec FKA Twigs
03-Dec blackwave.
10-Dec Hot Chip
11-Dec MONO

X,
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:eek: Artur :eek:

Nothing much to add. I've listened to most of the albums you listed Adam, but nothing caught my attention just yet. Bat for Lashes albums usually take awhile but when I connect to them... :hearts: Hope this one is not different.
 

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On the other hand, I was slightly disappointed with the latest album from Sleater Kinney. I believe this would have worked well as a Carrie Brownstein x St Vincent collaboration rather than a Sleater Kinney record. Change is good but I can understand why Janet Weiss felt the need to leave the band.
my thoughts exactly. very disappointing. i also get the feeling i was wrong about st. vincent all along.

i'm currently listening to pretty much the same albums as adam. i might add the new albums by fontaines d.c., blanck mass, clinic, plaid and ty segall. i was disappointed by the singles from bat for lashes and metronomy, but the albums turned out to be much better. oh, and ride have made a decent album as well, certainly better than most other 90s bands trying to come back.

i can't keep up with artur, LOL, but i'm going to see weyes blood and cate le bon in november. aldous harding was already sold out when i wanted buy tickets, which pissed me off mightily.
 

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For anyone wondering, this was a pretty eventful week for new releases. Angel Olsen, Chromatics, Nick Cave, Danny Brown, DIIV and Wilco all released new albums.

Angel Olsen and Nick Cave's albums will almost definitely feature in my Top 10 for this year. Both are absolutely grand albums. I still haven't warmed to Danny Brown's album although that could be due to it not being as eccentric as his last two releases. The Chromatics album is another stunner.

Concerts wise, I went to see The Flaming Lips play The Soft Bulletin as well as The 1975 the last couple of weeks. One was spectacular and the other was somewhat decent.
 

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Beat, I have an extra one for Aldous if you ever want to visit Brussels :haha:
i love aldous, but that trip is deifinitely a bit too far :lol: thanks for the offer anyway.

For anyone wondering, this was a pretty eventful week for new releases. Angel Olsen, Chromatics, Nick Cave, Danny Brown, DIIV and Wilco all released new albums.
i have the same albums added to spotify this week, lol. except nick cave (i already own so many albums by him, i just lost interest) and wilco (was never into them), but plus the new pornographers and jay som.

i'm also intrigued by slowthai, who just won the mercury prize (over people like anna calvi, cate le bon, idles, the 1975 etc.), definitely want to check that album out.
 

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Jonathan Bree is one I would probably not attend again unless it's cheap. One reason is that he has only one very good song. The other is his live sound. He has 5 people on stage, but the two women only dancing (except for vocals on one song and simple bass play on another). So for most of the songs only vocals, drums and bass guitar are being played live and the basslines are usually very simple. Especially his good song would have a lot of potential to be great live, if you imagine how good the keys, violin and guitar would sound. It felt a bit stupid to see the two dancers play air guitar on brooms instead of hearing the great guitar solo at the end of the song. However, I am a fan of performance art and like the general idea, but 5 people on stage should produce a richer live sound. Surprisingly, there were barely 100 people in attendance.
 

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I've seen Jambinai live the other week. I love melodic noise.

Probably no-one's interested, but I love the new (!) Magnapop album. I was a fan back in the day because they succeeded perfectly in merging grunge and pop. I hope @Perun doesn't read this :D
 

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I didn't want to travel all the way to Berlin or Dresden for Jambinai this time. Hopefully their schedule is better for me next time. "They Keep Silence" live :worship:

Instead, I saw Shortparis from Russia the same day, who are interesting enough to watch at least once.
 

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Did you sent a song of theirs to BSG?
pretty sure. very much a JMG kind of sound. :)

i loved jonathan bree's last album so that's disappointing to hear.

for more noise rock, check out the new girl band album "the talkies". i think you might like it, joris.
kim gordon also has a solo album out now.

 

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hi guys, how are you doing?

i went to see weyes blood plus band last monday, and it was absolutely gorgeous: great sound and amazing voice. she also seemed quite touched by the rapturous response she got from the crowd.

ana roxanne (and her bass guitar and some gadgetry) was the opening act. a bit boring and esoteric, but not uninteresting.

been listening to the new albums by swans, fka twigs, kazu (blonde redhead's singer) and the EP cate le bon and deerhunter's bradford cox have made together.
 

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Thank you for mentioning Kazu, I had no idea (typically for me to miss this kind of things). Is it any good? I love the whole Blonde Redhead package, so I'm a bit doubtful.
 

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Thank you for mentioning Kazu, I had no idea (typically for me to miss this kind of things). Is it any good? I love the whole Blonde Redhead package, so I'm a bit doubtful.
honestly, it's rather tuneless :unsure: i personally couldn't get into it.

but jarvis cocker is back with a great new song! :inlove:


did anyone listen to the new mark lanegan album? the few songs i heard so far made me think that there's a real trend this year for singer-songwriters (or whatever you want to call them) like mark, angel olsen or sharon van etten to experiment with vintage synthesizers.
 
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