The video for ‘Seasons (Waiting on You)’, the opening track on Future Islands’ ‘Singles’ album, is outstanding too.

More recommended listening and ‘Singles’, the fourth album by Future Islands from Baltimore released earlier this year on 4AD. Wonderfully energetic synthpop with a melancholy edge. I wasn’t aware of them until now, and this album has blown me away. Singer Samuel T. Herring has an extraordinary voice with powerful lyrics to match – available on their website at www.future-islands.com – and it’s hard to think of an adequate comparison. Blisteringly good, and they’re coming to Barcelona on October 20 (Spotify required.)

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The terrace plant collection is starting to take shape, but Vera will always be the queen (far left), 18 September 2014. Lunch with friends.

The terrace plant collection is starting to take shape, but Vera will always be the queen (far left), 18 September 2014. Lunch with friends.

Recommended listening this week is ‘Podcast #400: Skream’. With this special extended mix for the Data Transmission website, Skream shows once again why he’s one of the leading figures in electronic music as he effortlessly blends house, techno, bass and dubstep into two hours of glorious machine funk. Scorchin’.

View overlooking Barcelona from the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya rooftop terrace and viewing platform, 14 September 2014. Not to be missed when visiting MNAC with its 360-degree view of the city; check out www.museunacional.cat

View overlooking Barcelona from the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya rooftop terrace and viewing platform, 14 September 2014. Not to be missed when visiting MNAC with its 360-degree view of the city; check out www.museunacional.cat

The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya recently hosted ‘Josep Tapiró. Pintor de Tánger’, an exhibition of watercolours by a Catalan painter who had slipped out of public recognition since his death in 1913. For over 30 years he lived and worked in Tangiers, and this collection brought together many of his best paintings from this period. Mainly portraits and remarkable in their detail, particularly the hair and skin tones, they vividly depict the people and life of the city. A pleasure to see, and fine work by MNAC on bringing Josep Tapiró back into the public recognition. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/1piwxun

The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya recently hosted ‘Josep Tapiró. Pintor de Tánger’, an exhibition of watercolours by a Catalan painter who had slipped out of public recognition since his death in 1913. For over 30 years he lived and worked in Tangiers, and this collection brought together many of his best paintings from this period. Mainly portraits and remarkable in their detail, particularly the hair and skin tones, they vividly depict the people and life of the city. A pleasure to see, and fine work by MNAC on bringing Josep Tapiró back into the public recognition. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/1piwxun

The September issue of Barcelona Miniguide magazine is available around town now, and the clubbing section includes my preview of the #RunTheParty special event combining running and dance music at Parc del Forum on October 6. The music section, meanwhile, includes an article on Future Music Forum, a music conference taking place in Barcelona on September 17-19, and a preview of US folk and indie singer-songwriter Angel Olsen playing live at Apolo [2] on September 30. Visit the Miniguide website at http://miniguide.es

Lightning over Barcelona, 15 September 2014. This spectacular show lasted for over an hour.

If I had to recommend only one restaurant in Barcelona, it would have to be La Pepita on C/ Còrsega in Grácia. Amazing tapas and more with all kinds of special embellishments and flavours, and a quirky but very relaxing atmosphere. It’s easy to spend a couple of hours here and feel like you’re in another world. You can write a comment on the windows afterwards too. Don’t just take my word for it, however; read the review on the Barcelonadicta blog dedicated to food and restaurants in Barcelona. Visit http://barcelonadicta.blogspot.com.es

If I had to recommend only one restaurant in Barcelona, it would have to be La Pepita on C/ Còrsega in Grácia. Amazing tapas and more with all kinds of special embellishments and flavours, and a quirky but very relaxing atmosphere. It’s easy to spend a couple of hours here and feel like you’re in another world. You can write a comment on the windows afterwards too. Don’t just take my word for it, however; read the review on the Barcelonadicta blog dedicated to food and restaurants in Barcelona. Visit http://barcelonadicta.blogspot.com.es

Immersive panoramic photo of the giant ‘V’ created by the marches on Gran Via and Diagonal as part of the Diada Nacional de Catalunya protests supporting Catalan independence. ‘V’ stands for ‘voluntad de votar’ meaning the will to vote. I’m a long way from having a clear opinion on this issue (La Vanguardia.)