LCH and Kokoshca


This past weekend I went to a show at a local bar in Santander. Not even halfway there I was already hating the fact that I had forgotten  to bring earplugs again, and knowing how little regard this particular bar has for music volume I was already preparing myself for a long night of intense music and post-show ear ringing.
The bands were LCH and Kokoshca, both from Spain, and I originally didn’t expect much from them, since a friend of mine had been talking constantly about both of them for the past week. We could say I had grown tired of their names without having even gone to the show yet.
This, however changed rapidly soon into the show.
LCH is a well known local band and as usual, they did not disappoint. It is however the second band that played that night that I’d like to comment on. Positively that is, of course.
With a well staged performance followed by a homy atmosphere with sofas and not too many people, one might think it would lack some kick. But as they went through their setlist their music gained in strength and carried quite a punch. I would describe them as a renewed, slightly more on the Pop side version of The B52’s, although that might be due to their vocalists, whose voices resemble those of The B52’s.

Overall, both highly recommended bands.

Liste to Kokoshca: HERE

Listen to LCH: HERE

Romantic Colors – Somepeople


El pasado viernes, a eso de las 10:00pm de la noche entre en el bar Rocambole. Tras pagar un simbólico precio de 2€ y recibir a cambio un disco con el recién lanzado primer álbum de Somepeople me dispuse a acercarme a la primera fila. No fue si no a medio camino que me cruce con uno de los miembros de este grupo y con una clara excitación me dijo “Ya llevamos 150 personas” y salió disparado en un arranque de nervios. Y con razón.

Fue hace escasas semanas que apareció en el Bandcamp de este grupo su nuevo álbum Romantic Colors y por conocerles ya de antes por conciertos y demás reseñas me dispuse a escucharle. Decir que este auto-editado álbum combina la potencia de sus directos con ese sonido a estudio como el de Nirvana seria quedarse corto.  Sin embargo no se quedan encasquillados en ese genero, canciones como “A Chance” o la corta pero divertida “You’re on a Elevator” cambian dramáticamente la opinión del álbum ya que amplían claramente el horizonte de géneros.
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Es un mundo moderno, moderno.


So as I’m sitting at an empty coffee shop with my decaf coffee and surfing the web it came to me that it was a must, a must i tell you, to see myself writing a blog post in this scene. The only piece that was missing was being actually writing a blog post. Try to picture it, small kind of place, relatively “indie” music, a guy wearing glasses with a Macbook and a fanzine in his hands…

So I named this post “Es un mundo moderno, moderno” which would translate as “It’s a modern, modern world”, a name i took from another article published on a spanish fanzine named Mondo Brutto that currently rests in my hands. Indeed it is, and i do have a strong opinion about this subject. It was only last night that I was out with a few friends and we were arguing about what type of place we were going to go. At a certain point, while describing one of said places the following sentence came out: “X is a really cool place but if you want to dance there is also Y but that is a more indie-mainstream sort of place”. Such sentence ended up with an argument about whether who or what, was or wasn’t Indie, Hipster, Alternative, Modern, Post-Modern or just Geeky.

And that is the whole point of this post, what is the bloody difference? What drives a person to say “Hey! Hey! HEY! I AM NOT …” or “Hey, I Am…”. This seems to be the subject these days. Over the past few months and after some field work I’ve had the chance to hangout and meet people who would never mark themselves as Indie or Hipster yet do want other people to mark them as such, since they believe they set an example to be followed by (however that must never be acknowledged). So lets divide our teams:

The Hipster-Indie Kids:

This is the guy who looks cool and seems to be cool, you can identify them by their glasses and their skinny pants, maybe some funky shoes. Their weapons are “Social pressure”,  “Influence” and their incredible capacity to drive you to death by spitting out names of band members that don’t really add any difference to the music such band makes.  Hipsters never say they are Hipsters.

Steve Urkel – The funny guy, “Haters gonna hate”

A funny thing about this kind, even thou their motive is the “Be open minded, be alternative, be original, dont follow the crowd…” They are the first ones to look down on you if  you don’t match their criteria when you hang out together. As a group, they must always save face; that is, if you are hanging out with them, it is fine, even if you are not one of them, for as long as you look like one of them. True story. They are slaves of change, they have to transform themselves all the time in order to avoid the trend, the main-stream. But when they do,  together at once, they are in fact creating or following another mainstream or trend themselves, this is of course, always masked as just looks. The Anti-fashionists became so themselves. Selective and self proclaimed, grasping the surface of everything and nothing. We could say that they collide with the original concept of indie. They are the result of having access to alternative sources of social influence, design specially for outsiders, for people who crave for more but lack the intrinsic value to obtain such; pop culture.

When you hang out with them, unless you are a hipster, in which case, why are you reading this? Since when do you care? Always remember this:

  •       You are cool, you are weird, you dont have to explain yourself, but do not forget to look cool. At all costs.
  •       Always have a plan B, a way out, in case it goes kaboom.

A hipster’s love is trendy.

“Hipster Art”. The kind of thing they reblog on tumblr (re.post if you will…)

The Geek:

This is for the most part the opposite thing to the later kind, their arch enemies. You’ve known them for your whole life (at least if you were born later than the 80s). To sum up, we could say that the geek is that kind of person who loves something to its very core. Needless to say it is useless to define someone as geek, since there isn’t such a thing as just a geek. Geeks are always specialised in something. The following picture explains this point in a humorous way a lot better than I could possibly do:

Types of geeks.

This picture was intended as a joke, so that geeks could laugh at the fact that even though they all belong to the general category of “geeks” they are still different.  Geeks adore their franchises for many reasons but mostly for the subjective impression they left on the individual. Note that geeks wear glasses because they need to. Geeks don’t pretend, they don’t care what others might think, in fact, there is nothing they love most than to show the world what moves them, what has become a part of them. The other side of the story is their lack of social abilities outside their group.

Their love is genuine.

The Nerd:

Well, here is a classic. It is true that  the meaning of this word has changed over the years, but I’m pretty sure this pictures it pretty well:

The beloved two main characters from the movie “Revenge of the Nerds”

Yes, those guys we all think of, good grades all their lives, unconditional love towards anything academic related and socially impaired. But they are on the good side, true to themselves, intelligent, usually share tastes with geeks:

The two types of interests that are most likely to be described as nerdy are:

  • Intellectual, academic, or technical hobbies, activities, and pursuits, especially topics related to science, mathematics and technology. (See below)
  • Hobbies, games, and activities that are described as obsessive and “immature”, such as trading cards, comic books, television programs, films, role-playing games and other things relating to fantasy and science fiction.

Heavy interest in art, formal music, hobbies (i.e., collecting), or other non-mainstream, “obscure” interests is also perceived to fit the stereotype, as is obsession with a topic that would otherwise be mainstream (such as a popular TV show, or sometimes even sports).

-Wikipedia.

These are the guys who own cool multimillionaire software companies, but… they sort of turn into geeks once the company becomes something, but nerds deep down.

The Freak:

This one is just weird, and creepy. You can check this video by The Lonely Island if you don’t believe me:

The Modern:

“Reason is what matters”. The moderns are a well established subculture with their own set of rules. Therefore it has at least some weight. Some say that precisely because of that it is destined to perish. I was lucky enough to come across that chart down there. For a Modern the good age is adulthood, reality is logic, there is a moral code to be followed so that it is possible to difference between right and wrong on a world full of randomness. Consciousness is on the spotlight, it’s real and reality. Knowledge is basic.

Looking good there mate!

The Post-Modern:

These are the guys responsible for the Hipster-Indie kids, their parents if you will. Basically, the opposite to The Modern. Truth is found on TV, Y.O.L.O, forever young. The needs of the flesh and appearances are on the spotlight. Probably the result of Modern wannabes but without their resources. As usual, somebody had to spoil it. Fantasy and grasping to surface of the topic in hand is the idea behind the message.

Having explained the Hipsters-Indie Kids, think of the Post-Modern as an earlier or beta version of the mentioned.

The way things looked like in 2001.

Other guys you might want to check out too that I’m too lazy to cover right now:

  • The Alternative: cross between Hipster-Indie Kids and Post-Modern.
  • The Dork: friends with the Nerds and some Geeks.
  • The Underground: rare kind.
  • The Punk: nice people.

“Take that you internez!” – Bearnie Casey

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Momo at Opium Party


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Sun Sand and Sea


So, basically a shot a took at the Sun Sand and Sea festival. Momo and Franky Four Fingers played first, shortly followed by Somepeople who could only played for a short time. Most appreciated thou, as usual, they rock.

Calendario Gira Momo


Concierto La Finca


Opening for Ruidoblanco at Opium Pub


Well, this Saturday Momo had the pleasure of opening for the band Ruidoblanco. After some technical difficulties we manage to keep it almost on schedule. A complete success, i think…

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Momo being really drunk and happy

More information: HERE

Momo, Concert at Opium Pub


Well, well, well…To say that our first show as Momo was a complete success, wouldn’t quite describe it!
It was awesome from the very beginning! And we hope that every one there enjoyed it!

We will be playing again on the following dates:
-11th of November at the Pub Opium, Santander at 22h OPENING FOR THE BAND RUIDOBLANCO!
-2nd of December at the Pub La Finca, santander at 22:30h
-23nd of December at the Pub Opium, Santander.

Check out our BandCamp: HERE
Check out our MySpace: HERE
Check out our Facebook Page: HERE
And follow us in Twitter: HERE

Lots of thanks to Esther for all the pictures:
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More information: HERE