An ancient eucalyptus tree in Parc de l’Oreneta with what looks like a demonic pagan figure looking down on Barcelona… and a guard dog on duty. Oreneta is the Catalan word for swallow (the bird) – golondrina in Spanish – so this is the park of the swallow. A wonderfully warm and sunny day in Barcelona, and it feels like spring is already here. Parc de l’Oreneta, Sarrià, 9 March 2014.
'One Half'… very excited to have tickets for Julianna Barwick performing at CaixaForum on March 28. 'One Half' is from the album, 'Nepenthe', released on Dead Oceans.
The March issue of Barcelona Miniguide magazine is available around town now, and it includes three articles of mine. The clubbing section features a preview of the launch party for Nit de Bons Records at BeCool on March 15 with special guest Marshall Jefferson. There’s also a preview of REK, a new night at the KER Club, with Scuba headlining on March 21, while the music section includes a piece about Michael Gira from Swans playing an acoustic set at La  de Apolo on March 8. Visit the Miniguide website at http://miniguide.es
My third visit to Camp Nou and a 4-1 victory for FC Barcelona over UD Almería from Andalusia. A brilliant free kick from Messi and a glorious shot from Xavi alongside goals from Alexis and Puyol gave Barça their victory. Real Madrid, Barça and Atlético Madrid are now within three points of each other at the top of La Liga – it’s getting very exciting!
Bill Callahan’s show at BARTS last night was masterful. Several of the songs were extended into almost psychedelic workouts, and superb musicianship all round. Matt Kinsey’s guitar solos were exceptional. The highlights for me were ‘Riding for the Feeling’ and a thunderous version of ‘Drover’, both from his ‘Apocalypse’ album. The unusual emotional intensity of his songs shone even stronger performed live. The support artist, Circuit des Yeux, was pretty cool too. Intriguingly, Callahan spent part of his childhood in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire.
Read the obituary to flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucía on EL PAÍS in English at http://bit.ly/1jEexur – I remember first hearing his music on José Padilla’s ‘Café del Mar: Volumen Dos’ compilation which included the wonderful ‘Entre dos aguas’ (Spotify required.)
A former light shop on C/ Llibertat in Gràcia; ‘luz fuerza’ means light force. That’s what you call signage.
Flamenco Barcelona, C/ Progres, 38, 14 February 2014: live flamenco featuring Miguel del Toleo (bailaor), Miguel de la Tolea (cantaor) and Eduardo Cortes (guitarrista) at this intimate studio space in Gràcia. Describing them as virtuosos hardly covers it, and the sheer physicality of dancer Miguel del Toleo is sensational. His body is an instrument in itself. A very enjoyable night out and for more information on Flamenco Barcelona, visit http://on.fb.me/NOBKzx