from afar the island of são jorge looks like a long reptile resting in the ocean, hiding mysteries, and old prohibited lovers. arriving by boat, we can see that there are some strips of land that enter the sea at the base of the cliffs caused by ancient landslides. the so-called fajãs. one of them, fajã do santo cristo (holy lord christ), remains a sacred place. unrivaled in its distance for the world.
there are some trails to get there and it will depend on how tired are you (but it will worth all the effort). the easiest (and perhaps least tiring) is the track that comes out of the neighboring fajã, the fajã dos cubres. from there we only rely on our strength. unfortunately, some motorcycles make the way which is clearly contributing to he pollution and decharacterization of the trail.
on arrival, although there are more and more tourists, we are dazzled by that mixture of gross dark green nature and the calm of the lagoon followed by an infinite atlantic. the ecosystem is unique there, even with the presence of exquisite bivalves that no one really knows how they got there. the chapel of the holy lord christ remains, a constant in the fajã’s skyline, could be our home at the end of the world.
são jorge, azores | august 2016
porto calling – loja de discos
rua da conceição 80 – loja 2 – tel: 220 945 501, official site & facebook
rock (all types and most of it), jazz, funk & soul.
its name is a tribute to ‘london calling’ by the clash, and for sure you breathe a nostalgic british air at the store that gave it a friendly atmosphere inviting you to go there many times. it’s mostly rock, but exploring all the shelves you will get more than that. recent records and old gems can be found at this record shop somehow hidden from the main street and headed by a nice guy that really knows what is selling.
rua do almada, 307 – tel: 222 010 384, official site & facebook
everything & everything
one of the oldest and still open record shops at porto. the place at almada’s street (there’s also a store at the portuguese capital), has a nice aura and you can find a bit of every type of music, from old bargains to the new trendy album. the last entry rack is perfect to find the most recent edited electronic, alternative and hip-pop records.
praça d.joão I, 31 – tel: 222 034 132, official site & facebook
all kind of music, maybe more alternative
a historic record shop at porto that re-opened a couple of years ago. the place is small but very distinct, its bright yellow walls and perfectly designed shop windows with contemporary art are not easy to escape when you walk by the street. their catalog appears to be very generalist, but there’s a predominance of alternative music and new editions of old kings of music. employees are helpful and always ready to guide you at the store or even place an online reservation for some records that are not physically available.
to be continued with more record shops
vulnicura is the eighth studio album from our beloved icelandic singer, björk. for a very long time i was waiting for an album so truthful like this. she told in some interviews that she wrote the album while her marriage was collapsing and so the album was constructed in a way to express her fillings for every stage of that painful event.
“our love was my womb
but our bond has broken
my shield is gone
my protection is taken
i am one wound
my pulsating body
my heart is enormous lake
black with potion
i am blind
drowning in this ocean”
in this album we can find amazing songs with beautiful videos like “stonemilker“, “lionsong“, “black lake“, “not get” or the visceral “mouth mantra“.
vulnicura, björk 2015
primavera is more than a music festival. its dreamy sunset atmosphere at the industrial parc del forum is the perfect conclusion for a day as a continuous space to the frantic and colorful barcelona. it was the third year in a row and still, there were mysteries to unveil. this edition was a greedy one, even with frank ocean cancelation.
day one: the gorgeous glowing solange as sovereign of the main stage proving out she deserve all the lights on her, followed by the dark and noisy bon iver showing how intricated was their last album. for the encore, an angry and resentful justin vernon’s version of ‘skinny love’. there was also time check kevin morby and miguel. yeh, we did miss the surprise show by arcade fire (damn! to our roaming wifi).
day two: the low profile sampha at rayban stage by the sea delivered his amazing and soulful music, it gets bigger every time we listen to it. the xx appeared to had grown in stage with time; we had seen their concert at the porto primavera some years ago and was somehow tedious, contrary to all we saw this year on the amazing line up they put with magical voices of romy and oliver conducted by the perfect jamie xx. speaking of it, he was funny enough to start his set with frank ocean’s ‘white ferrari’, but following it we would prefer that he had explored more his ‘in color’ rather than a disco revival. there was also time to check whitney and the insane strip and armpit burnt show by mac demarco.
day three: what a blast we had with grace jones. she turned us slaves of her rhythm from start to end with an indefatigable performance on diversity and joy, climaxed with that neverending hula hula. impressive! and, finally arcade fire on an epic show making the delights of a loud sea of fans almost in a sing a long. they literally put the stage on fire. at some instances, the fog was so much that we could see where we are. we guess that their perfect moto was everything there! there was also time to peak on angel olsen and metronomy.
barcelona, spain | june 2017
15 tracks on our primavera sound porto expectations.
we are just waiting
for the old thoughts to die
just killing time
“killing time”, nicolas jaar
26 tracks on our primavera sound bcn expectations.
every inch of sky‘s got a star
every inch of skin‘s got a scar
i guess that you’ve got everything now
“everything now”, arcade fire