The End of Nublowski

Sonar is the biggest electronic music festival in Europe and brings people from all over the world who love electronic music. And guess what, i'm american, so one of those people are not me. But everyone was going so I went anyway. You can go in the daytime or nighttime, day is cheaper. It was weird to party in the day so i couldn't get into it. Electronic music is huge here. For me I just can't get down with it. Maybe you could say the same of hip hop, that it is the simplest music in the world but at least it has lyrics, substance, and is rooted in a distinctly unique culture. Hip Hop to europeans is a joke and they dance to it all weird and in joke fashion and it's not their fault, it's unique to america because that's where the culture is and where all the ingredients for it are. I guess it would be hard to bump to music and a message that doesn't exist in your world. There was one hip hop act we saw and i never heard of them before.

forgot who this spanish joke band was but they're famous.

caught you promo girl!

this dude played/pre programmed some experimental music on sewing machines. I thought it was pretty cool.

There were tons and tons and tons of parties that weekend, all electronic music, all more beats per minute that i usually prefer. here is one secret party on someones rooftop.

The African guys have their counterfeit products rigged with a rope for when the police come.

Viena bocadillo shop on las ramblas was in the NY Times as highly recommended by the author. this is the famous bocadillo from there, forgot what it was. It was OK.

I saw this lady pushing one of those living statue things over to la ramblas and thought she was the owner and performer but then she crossed the street to get another one. Is there a company that rents these out to the performers for an expensive rate per day?

Montjuic. There is a cable car that goes not that far up to the castle. It looks like it's definitely not worth it.

Fundacio Miro, the Joan Miro Museum. Joan Miro influenced everyone from Mark Rothko and Alexander Calder to Jim Flora and Tim Biskup. He was Catalan, and I love his work.

terrace at fundacio miro

the giant cat statue

we went to a show called "WTF Jam sessions" at Jamboree in placa reial. It was billed at funk, hip hop, jazz. when we first got there they were playing traditional jazz and then 10 min later the lights came down and a very big boy started beat boxing and it lulled into beatboxing instrumental jazz and story rapping and was actually pretty cool. they brought on various rappers most of which sucked to different degrees. there were different drummers and instrumentalists too.

and then it was over, and immediately, i mean 2 seconds later the staff started collapsing the 4 to a row connected and collapsible chairs and the place turned into a hip hop club for mostly south americans and 18 year olds. I don't know how they flooded the dance floor area so quickly but they must have been waiting in the bullpen bucking and snorting and ready to go because it wasn't like a place that is slow and people gradually dance, they went for the gold immediately. seconds ago it was a jazz club and now it's the last place i want to be on earth (well if they were playing electronic music that would be the last place i want to be on earth). I guess being in placa reial you have to make revenue anyway you can.

Palau de la musica is a concert hall that is supposed to be super beautiful and it was but we soon found out there was no photography allowed for real, not even in this waiting area lobby. This angered me extremely as many things do, and it was especially sh!t for us photography enthusiasts. You have to go on a tour and it costs like 13 euros or something i think, or you can watch a concert which costs more. so p!ssed.

this is what it looks like in the main concert hall. natural light comes in from the sides and the sun stained glass skylight. sure i could have snapped sneaky shots but at that point i didn't want anything to do with it. photo taken from but i suspect he got it from somewhere else.

oh no am i going to spread photos of your beautiful concert hall on the internet sparking interest and tourism for you? Hsiang-wei Hsu

me punching the palau de la musica in the stomach. do not go on the tour for 13 euros it sucks. you might as well go to a concert for 20 euros and get something out of it.

if you go to boqueria in the late hours before it closes you can get awesome deals on the fresh fruit drinks that are usually 3 euros each. Marco and his classmates usually get 12 for 4 euros.

the indignants caused the park we wanted to go to to be closed by the police because of their shenanigans.

some small bar near escola massana, marco's school. we went there after their class one night and they had live jazz. cool

the door to the pipa club previously blogged about here.

a view of plaza reial from the 2nd floor of the pipa club makes you feel like you're in a secret bar, and you kind of are since most people don't know about it and could never find it.


Aurelio Santos said...

I am the "very big guy" hosting and beatboxing at the WTF Jam Session you attended last year.
Thanks a lot for your visit and for your review.
Hope to meet sometime in the future...

Jason Raish said...

hey Aurelio, thanks for looking at my blog and thanks for the great WTF Jam Session show! maybe i'll see you next time i'm back in Barcelona