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Yet another digital me

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Well, since my videos on youtube are really shitty, I created a musical profile on myspace so I could upload a few better records. Check out especially the Purple Haze cover, I’m really proud of it. Drop by sometime.


James – Upside

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James – Hey, ma – Review

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heymaalbumart.pngThe album is out. Finally. After a seven year hiatus, a reunion, a tour, a new best of compilation, Hey, Ma is finally in the stores. I’ve waited almost a week before saying anything about it for two reasons: I haven’t had much time to write anything and if I did after one hearing, I wouldn’t write the wonderful things that I’m about to write.

I’m re-hearing the album for the millionth time as I write this review, so I will write about each song separately. At least this way I have an excuse to enjoy once again each song with a glass of whiskey in one hand. Let’s do it. Glass in one hand, just press play, and start typing.

Bubbles: A soft start for a screaming album. The simple acoustic guitar riff and the steady drum beat open the door to a strangely calm voice of Tim Booth (the original, of course) . This kind of beginning reminds me of the beautiful Out to get you start to the hit album Laid, back in ’93. The song starts peacefully but ends in a crescendo of trumpets and keyboards. The lyrics could be interpreted in two ways: the “official” explanation of the birth of Tim Booth’s first son or, in a more broad view, the rebirth of a soul, in this case, the soul of a great band. 9/10

Hey, Ma: Third-single material in my opinion. Strong and straight forward political anti-war lyrics (kinda like the old Mother), simple song structure, small chorus and clean instrumentals. It’s a simple song, however, a beautiful one. Personally, this kind of lyrics isn’t my favourite type: too literal (Hey, Ma, the boys in body-bags coming home in pieces), but I can see the power rising from this song. Tim’s great voice isn’t well explored yet, except in the last bit of the song. An overall good song, however a bit distant from the rest of the album and the trademark of James. 8/10

Waterfall: It starts with a good drum beat (as always, courtesy of the master Bayton-Power) and after a bit the distinctive Andy Diagram trumpet riff kicks in. A single, surely. A relaxed song about growing up. As the lyrics say, Under the waterfall it’s cold and clear, after a certain barrier, all seems much clear. The I’m so cynical bit is a classic Tim’s footprint. 7/10

Oh my heart: The first really loud song of the album. It remembers me of such albums as Millionaires with a more common song structure and a really powerful guitar riff in the chorus. That’s my favourite part of the song. Tim’s voice begins to show itself in this track. It’s almost chaotic with all the instruments playing at the same time, and that’s the beauty of this song. Not one of my favs, but surely one that will get massive attention. 7/10

Boom Boom: A flavourless all at once start for this song. I’m sorry, but I just can’t find the enchantment in this song besides the pre-chorus. The chorus isn’t catchy and the guitar is too clean for this sort of song. It wouldn’t hurt some distortion in the guitar riff and the trumpet is barely doing it’s job. Positive mark for Mark Hunter (nice pun, hey?) keyboards and Saul Davies violin. The song that I dislike the most in the whole album, but a good song nonetheless. 6/10

Semaphore: Great start to one of the quietest songs in the whole album. Beautiful guitar intro. Angst lyrics, although a bit clichètic if there is such a word. The whole music kinda sounds like Top of the world on speed, although it can’t achieve that quality. I don’t like the fade out ending, but I assume that it was an hour long jam for an ending, which will do marvellous on a live show. Great song. 9/10

Upside Down: A passionate song for the whole gang. The first really passionate song in the album, I would say. Powerful, yet simple lyrics. This is not the cry about Immigrant labour that I’ve been hearing out there. Come on people, listen to the damn song: My work’s about words and sounds you can taste/Violins and trumpets, and chocolate cakes the words “words”, “sounds”, “violins” and “trumpets” mean anything to you guys? They’re talking about themselves and the time they spend away from their families, for God’s sake. Stop trying to glue a social commentary to such simple lyrics. I love Tim’s start in this song and I simple adore the passionate way he sings this track. It really shows he ments every word he sings. His voice too almost full potential in here and Andy’s trumpet, although not very distinctive, really creates a great harmony. Larry’s (not sure if it’s he or Saul here) solo is as powerful as it is catchy. Truly a great song and the best in the album for me. I would only change that middle soft part, but hey, that’s just me. Upside: A great song; Downside: None. 10/10

I just finished my whiskey, so I think I will be briefer in the last bunch of songs.

White Boy: The first single. Very well chosen, I would say. It really shows all their potential, however, it will be very strange for most people and won’t get much air time in radios. But it’s James at their best. Andy’s trumpet is the best in the album, and boy, it is great. Magical I would say, and most definitely, my favourite part in the song. Tim’s lyrics are the funnier and most relaxed in the whole album and his voice really shows itself in the chorus. Very good song. Not a perfect 10, because I promised myself I would only grant one, or else almost all the other songs would get 9’s and 10’s, and that would just mess up the grading system. 9/10

72: The only spiritual song in the album. Not really my cup of tea, I wouldn’t apply so many effects to the voice track. A bit funkier than the rest of the album, but a little change is always very welcome. The lyrics are a bit shadowed by the excessive effects, but are really powerful, in the same spirit of the classic God only Knows. It could’ve been one of the best songs in the cd, but lacks something I can’t quite put my finger to. But it’s growing on me, I will give it some more attentive listening, maybe my opinion will change. I will let you now if that happens. 8/10

Of Monsters, Heroes and Men: Just love Larry’s start to the song. It will mislead you, it’s a very sweet song, not the hard rock it may seem in the first second. I haven’t heard the lyrics with the attention they deserve, but up until now it seems to talk about the personal quest to surviving to life’s minor setbacks (either way, we’ll survive). Andy’s trumpet it’s a bit more lyrical and classical in contrast with the power showed in other songs. It also suits him, he’s a great musician. The crescendo end seems familiar but I can’t link it to any other song. Maybe to Sound, but I just can’t be sure. 9/10

I want to go Home: Starts of with a mix of Saul’s violin and some of Mark’s keyboard effects. The voice seems a bit out of tune in the very beginning of the song and it’s the only negative point to the whole song. The album starts softly and ends homesick (Come Home, anybody?), a recurring theme to Tim’s lyrics. They are clearly desperate (sex is NOT overrated, right guys?). It’s a first person monologue of a man who’s trying to pull himself out of the bottom of a bottle, crying to get his old life back. It’s a very pleasing song and a sad end for a great record. 9/10

And that’s it. I was really cheap in giving the songs ratings, but I didn’t want to seem to partial. To me, they all deserve perfect 10’s. I couldn’t end this review without mentioning Jim Glennie’s steady bass. Unfortunately, in this record, he doesn’t show the potential we all known that he has (Sound in the live cd Getting away with it… Live is a great example), but I couldn’t afford not to mention the only founding member of the band still in it (if we count the time they lived before being called James, curiously after the man Glennie himself). He’s a great bass player and deserves credit for it. And for reuniting my favourite band of all time. Kudos for you, Jim my man.
In overall, it is more than a simple comeback album. It’s not their best work, but it’s definitely in their top 5. It makes us ache for a next record, with the same formation, after all the engines in the complex machine that is James being well oiled. An overall rating of (drum roll David, please): 8,3/10

Give the album a chance, don’t give up on your very first listening, you probably won’t like it very much. But a warning is issued: If you re-hear it, it will grow on you.

And I know, such a long post is boring and time consuming to read. But give it a try, I spent at least ten times the time you took reading, writing it. For those brave ones who lasted until the last line of this review, I salute you!


Boa vida.

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Eu sei.


My new baby (part IV… no wait, V. No, wait… I don’t know.

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Processador: Intel Core2 Duo T7250 (2x 2.00GHz) com Tecnologia Intel Centrino Duo Mobile
Cache: 2MB L2
Memória: 2GB DDR2 667 (2x 1GB), Máx. 4GB
Disco rígido: 250GB SATA
Drives: Gravador DVD±RW com tecnologia LightScribe
Ecran: TFT 15.4″ WXGA (1280 x 800)
Placa Gráfica: nVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS
Memória Placa Gráfica: 128MB (dedicada)
Interfaces: 4x USB 2.0
1x i.LINK (Firewire)
1x TV-Out S-Video
1x VGA
1x DVI-D
Comunicações: Wireless LAN 802.11a/b/g
Rede 10/100
Modem 56Kbps
Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR
Sistema Operativo: Windows Vista Home Premium Português
Expansibilidade: 2x slots de memória (0 disponíveis)
1x slot ExpressCard
Dimensões: 36,5 (L) x 26,95 (C) x 4,05 (A) cm
Peso: 2.76 Kg
Outros: Leitor de cartões 8 em 1
Webcam Integrada de 1.3 Mega-Pixel
Intel Turbo Memory (1 GB)
Garantia: 2 Anos

Cristaltec courtesy. Beautiful.


Rita Redshoes

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A new star is born in the portuguese music scene: Rita Redshoes is the name of the beautiful girl who’s bright songs put a smile in all our faces. She plays with David Fonseca and sings in duet with him in the popular music Hold Still, so, she is no stranger to the fans. Her beautiful voice and figure cast a spell on the viewers and it’s impossible not to sing along or smile at one of her shows.

Yesterday I attended one of her first concerts in Porto, at PlanoB, a beautiful and well known bar in the northern city. And it was just marvellous. I’m now a devoted fan. I’ve even registered to MySpace just to be able to send her a comment…

Enough chit-chat, I’ll leave you with the video for one of my favourite songs, Hey Tom.


Hey Tom



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It’s a beautiful city.


I can’t belive it II

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Eu sei que é na concorrência… mas porra, se isto se confirmar mesmo, já são duas vezes num ano que os vou ver, quando esperei a minha vida toda para os ver uma única vez…

Agora perfeito perfeito, era vê-los na Queima do Porto. E não escondo a publicidade à Super Bock, é graças ao dinheiro desses senhores que os vou ver duas vezes este ano…

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I can’t belive it.

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Wish you were here

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This time I improvised along Pink Floyd’s Wish you were here. It was a improvisation with no rehearsal, so, some bits are a little weird. The sound is really bad and the audio is out of sync with the video. However I don’t have any better equipment. And you get the point.



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This year I won’t do any analysis and/or predictions about the winners. For one, my lack of time kept me from seeing the new movie realeses. Also, the last time I tried it, I didn’t write anything in here for almost a year!

So, if you are watching, good award ceremony to you all.


Take me out

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Now a take me out video. It’s not perfect, not even close. But was recorded in  one take and I was too lazy to do it again. Here I play a mix between the two guitars, but mostly the Nick McCarty bit.



40 ft

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I didn’t post a video in a while. Now, it’s Franz Ferdinand turn. In this video I’ve played 40 ft. Unfortunately the sound isn’t synchronized with the video, but that’s a question with the upload, on the original everything’s fine.
Well, check it. I thinks the solo part turned out ok. Then, criticize at will.


Um pouco de publicidade gratuita…

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Eu adoro informática. E novas tecnologias. E tudo isso.

Também adoro música. Toca-la, ouvi-la, falar sobre ela, tudo.

Mas a minha verdadeira paixão (e talento, se existir) é a escrita.  Ainda não tinha cá deixado isso claro. Tenho outro blog onde exercito essa paixão. Então resolvi fazer um pouco de publicidade gratuita. Passem por lá…

I love IT’s. And new technologies. And all that.

I also love music. Play it, hear it, talk about it, all that.

But my real passion (and talent, if I have any) is writing. I’ve failed to mention this here. I have another blog where I practise that passion (mostly in portuguese, sometimes in english and, so far in only one phrase, in italian). So I decided to do some free advertising.  Drop by sometime…



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It’s really annoying when you spent almost one hour writing a post in English in a forum to discover that your login has expired and your writing was in vain.

Fortunately, that didn’t happened.


Drumming to Super Mario 2

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I’m not just a guitar man, altough is the only thing that I can play, I love to hear other instruments.
And this drumming, oh boy… Amazing. Played along the Super Mario 2 sound track. It really makes you hear the drums, not just a drum noise in the background of a song. Beautiful.
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7 Nation Army

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Ok, now, in order to test my new amp I recorded a new song: a cover of 7 Nation Army by the White Stripes.

The amp is loud. The camera is shitty. The sound in the video isn’t great, but you get the point. The back track can be found at GuitarBT. Enjoy.

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Ok, isto está a começar a ficar ridículo…

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Já lhe perdi a conta às coisas novas que comprei em pouco mais de um mês. Agora foi o amplificador. Um Crate GX-30M, usado mas em bom estado. Enorme mas com um som bastante razoável. Só o comprei há umas horas, por isso não vou tecer grandes considerações, apenas vos vou mostrar o bicho:


Olha ali o cachecol de Engenharia, tão bonitinho…



30 Watts, Overdrive, Reverb, Equalizer and Chorus.



Jimi Hendrix’s Purple Haze Intro

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Ok, keep in mind three things:

1. I’ve only owned this guitar since Saturday;

2. I’m in exams season, so I really don’t have time to practice;

3. It was recorded with an 3.1 MP photo camera, so both image and sound sucks;

4. And last, I used my DVD player as an AMP so the sound sucks. Plus it adds that annoying echo effect that you hear in the background.

Ok, that was four things. Sorry about that. So, here it is, my version of Jimi Hendrix Purple Haze Intro and Chorus:

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A minha nova miúda

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Parece que têm aparecido muitas miúdas novas ultimamente na minha vida: o meu novo telemóvel, a minha nova bicicleta, e agora, para completar, esta rapariga:


É verdade. Finalmente resolvi aumentar a minha colecção: a juntar à minha clássica com que aprendi os primeiros acordes e à electroacústica com que me tornei o que sou hoje, comprei ontem, em segunda mão, esta Squier Strat by Fender.


Exactamente. By Fender. Sou o orgulhoso dono. A Squier foi comprada pela Fender há sensivelmente 25 anos atrás, e, desde então, a Fender tem-na utilizado para chegar a outros sectores de mercado. Uma Squier Strat é basicamente uma Fender Stratocaster
mais acessível aos bolsos de um guitarrista amador. Enquanto que o modelo original ronda os 600€, este não passa dos 350€. Comprei-a por cerca de metade do preço em estado practicamente novo.


Tem tudo o que uma Fender Stratocaster tem: dois reguladores de tone , um de volume, três pickups simples (pescoço, meio, ponte enviusado), um selector de pickup de cinco posições (só ponte, ponte e meio, só meio, meio e pescoço, só pescoço), um acabamento em preto com placa branca, braço em maple, e trémulo.

Não a estou a tocar há tempo suficiente para a analisar como queria, mas para já estou deliciado com ela. Apenas a altura das cordas é um pouco elevada demais para mim, mas nada que uma afinaçãozinha não resolva.

Agora é só arranjar um amplificador de qualidade and rock on!



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Estou orgulhoso de mim. Há duas semanas atrás, no meu aniversário a minha namorada deu-me uma bicicleta. A minha primeira bicicleta de adulto. Já não andava numa coisa daquelas praí desde os meus 4 ou 5 aninhos.

Desde que a tenho, tenho andado todos os dias, a tentar recuparar a forma, isto de se ser estudante e programador não faz nada bem à barriguinha.

Hoje resolvi fazer um percurso mais longo que o habitual: desde a minha casa, na Cruz de Pau em Matosinhos, até à Ribeira no Porto, pela marginal, e voltar a Matosinhos. Um percurso com um total de cerca de 23km.


Farol da foz


A minha miúda e a ponte D. Luís



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Is it April 7 yet?

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I’ve missed them…

They’re my favourite band of all time. Their lead singer, Tim Booth, lend me my screen name. And they’re about to release their new album. I can’t wait to hear it.

Last year they played hear in Portugal at Sudoeste Festival, however I was unable to attend it. I really hope they come back this year…

This video is from the DVD “Getting away with it… Live”, from their last tour pre-breakup. I just love that bit were Tim stops the music because the feedback was ruining the moment for him. And the fans loved him for that.

They’re brilliant. They made me love music. And I can’t wait to see and hear them again.



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Could it BE anymore funny?