So, here we are again. Another week, another edition of The Playlist. Do I get tired of this eternal recurrence? Did Nietzsche ever get tired of it? Wait – did I write his name right? How does one pronounce Nietzsche, anyway? Is it “neechah,” as the continental philosophers propose, or is it more of a spectrum of fluid interpretation in tune with his revisionist philosophy? Being true to him, I should call him what I want. Power to the people!
Papa Neech also said what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. I wonder if that is always the case. Breaking a leg won’t kill me, but I doubt it will make me stronger. At least, my football free kick won’t be. Perhaps we should restate that phrase to “what doesn’t kill me makes me feel alive.” I like that one. I can picture it over a Norwegian landscape in fluffy letters of encouragement. That’s what philosophy really is – self help for those who need to invent problems like “the incapacitation of the noumena” and “the immanent unreachability of the categorical imperative,” in the light that they have no problems of their own.
Sorry, Kierkegaard, I have to pay the bills. I can’t be worrying about transcendental problems when I gots to pay da bills, ya dig? Oh, my fellow meta-musicologists, I am here to help. Instead of expounding my recently finished thesis against the thought of thought, I’d rather share with you these events that are happening this week in Buenos Aires. They’re the best kind of philosophy – not the one that’ll make you think, but the one that will make you feel.
So dive in and get a glimpse of what’s going on, zero nonsense. It will soothe your particular insanity in ways Dr. Freud knew not and it will keep you spending that dime not to incur in the need of inventing more complicated problems once you take care of your finance. Enjoy your poverty, I say! There is more adventure in hunger than joy in satisfaction. And for those who actually have complicated things for themselves, and are now rich and lonely, drinking wine and reading the complete works of Soren Kierkegaard, well, for them we’ll always have the Playlist!
The grand-van-diva has finally arrived to BA! She had been booked for this year’s Lollapalooza, and as an opening act for Anderson Paak in the Vorterix, but had to cancel both functions due to force majeure. The third time’s the charm, they say. And here we are in front of a force majeure herself, who seeks to conquer all between dance steps and heart-wrenching tunes. Nathy Peluso is an Argentine ex-patriate, for she resides in Madrid although she was born in Luján.
As an interdisciplinary artist she was raised at the beat of swing, jazz, bossanova, and theatre. She has found a way to combine all these elements in an original way and now presents her show as the feminist fun bandwagon that she really is. Although she constantly fights for the rights of her sisters, she knows that deep down the ultimate reality has to do with laughter, and irony – and this is what most of her songs are about.
11 PM | AR $550 | Niceto Club | Niceto Vega 5510
Juan Hansen is part of the creative vortex of musicians dedicated to fuse the world of electronic music with the stage performance of rock. He was born in BA, has been active and involved in the electro-rock scene since 2008, and has played at known clubs such as Niceto, Club Cultural Matienzo, Festival Consciente and even the MALBA. As any other respectable solo act, he composes, records, and produces everything himself in his home studio.
His music is based around house beats, soul samples, progressive use of the analog moog module and the experimental addition that flows through his Abelton Live, adding guitars, synths and vocals. A master of the loop, his music becomes a trance that becomes a trip that becomes a unique journey. Don’t miss this guy!
7 PM | FREE | Centro Cultural Recoleta | Junin 1930
Presenting his first solo-act LP, Julien Barbagallo, the intrepid french drummer of Tame Impala, has arrived with great expectations. The album is called Danse Dans les Ailleurs, and it is as diverse and catchy as any Tame Impala record, but with an obvious close attention to the rhythm section. In these days it seems that everyone in Tame Impala has a parallel project, as though they were becoming Animal Collective; this has made me think that it is actually Tame Impala which is the side project of all these talented musicians.
Hence, Barbagallo is a stand-alone sound-crafter on his own arena – no one overdubs and composes such psychedelic pop tunes with a fully analogue guitar section like him. If all this hasn’t been enough to convince you, all I can add is that Pitchfork has given this album an incredible amount of attention, adding it as part of their Best New Music selection. If those snobby buzzkills say this rocks – and it is rock, by the way – then we may invest our chances in getting our minds blown away.
9 PM | AR $600 | Xigru Espacio UNTREF | Chacabuco 875
Sig Ragga is an Argentine fusion reggae band formed in 1997 in the Rosario city of Santa Fe. I got the chance of seeng them in the Arggae Fest a couple of years ago, amidst clouds of smoke and glassy-eyed teenagers; I felt as though Luca Prodan was alive and was jamming with the guys from Mastodon. These guys are incredibly progressive, and although they retain the “reggae” title to define their audience, they are closer to Hindi Raggas meet Tool. They also have this way to merge into their solid beats various samples of experimental jazz that somehow perfectly collide with their own insanity.
Needless to say, their vocals are done in a fantasy language only J.R.R. Tolkien dreamt about, and their stage persona includes all band members with costumes and masks recreating scenes from an imaginary mythology. Do I really need to say anything else? This is what I call putting on a show!
9 PM | AR $300 | Niceto Club | Niceto Vega 5510
El Plan de la Mariposa
Formed in 2008 by the band of brothers of Andersen, Andrés Nor & Julián Ropero, “The Plan of the Butterfly” is a Latin and psychedelic rock band that has been harnessing fans and stomping on the underground scene for too long for us not to mention it. The band began as a search for the sounds that fell amidst the abyss of their interests – cumbia and rock. Although the 90’s brought forth a ridiculous amount of cumbia villera ensembles that used a rock-style performance on stage, this band prefers the folklore side of cumbia and the psychedelic side of rock, so that their spectrum of curiosity is as wide as the sky and as irreconcilable as east and west.
However, all directions meet in the same point – ourselves – so that the apparent un-mixability of both genres was only a facade that was merely testing their skills to do it. Zhuang-zu, the famous taoist philosopher, once said that the beat of a butterfly’s wings could stir a hurricane on the other side of the world. These guys manage to show you how that’s done.
9 PM | AR $300 | Teatro Opera | Av. Corrientes 860
This is a band that emerged from the pit of Avellaneda’s grimy and competitive rock scene almost twenty years ago. Their career has been as prolific as any other stellar band of our memories, having released nine LP’s in an independent fashion, having been their own producers. They have this DIY style that may take some time to get used to but is incredibly raw and original once your ears get accustomed to their unusual way of doing things. Although their music is pretty straight-forward Argie-Rock, they have a lot of smooth cues to let you know they’re not just another band trying to hit it in BA.
Rolando Sartorius, the vocalist of the band, usually sings in the voices of his two sisters, who passed away due to cancer in the same year. This keeps him motivated, because his music is intimately for them, and it is also them who take possession of his soul and make him feel and act in the moment. This is one man the Church needs not to exorcise – and even their name, La Beriso, is an allusion to the most famous Catholic priest in their native town of Avellaneda.
4 PM | AR $600 | Velez Sarsfield | Av. Juan B. Justo 9199
An Italian saying goes, “everyone has a blonde in their life.” That’s immediately true, at least, if you know Blondie. And how not to know her? She was the pop queen of the 70s and 80s! Blondie herself is Debbie Harry, and together with Chris Stein, the guitar virtuoso, they were pioneers of the early American new wave and punk scenes of the mid-to-late 70’s. Their first two albums contained strong elements of these genres, and although successful in the United Kingdom and Australia, Blondie was regarded as an underground band in the United States until the release of Parallel Lines in 1978.
Over the next three years, the band achieved several hit singles including Heart of Glass, Call Me, Rapture, and The Tide Is High and became noted for its eclectic mix of musical styles incorporating elements of disco, pop, reggae, and early rap music. An important piece of the musical jigsaw, Blondie returns to Argentina after more than ten years to give their fans a slap in the soul and make them remember that their glory hasn’t faded away.
9 PM | AR $1,800 | Hipódromo de Palermo | Av. del Libertador 4101
A quick reminder. We want to make sure we cover as much material as possible each week; but with a scene this active, a lot can slip through the cracks. So, in our effort to remain on top of things, we’ve set up an e-mail address where you – that’s right, you, dear reader – can submit your own suggestions for shows for us to cover. If you have a gig coming up, or you know of one, we want to hear about it! Hit us up at [email protected].