Got to post this. One because I love it, and two because I’ve not posted in way too long. Again.
Anyhoo… This is the video to “Castillo de Arena” by El Pescao, the pet project / sabbatical project of David Otero from El Canto Del Loco. (Album in September I believe).
It’s in my head in a big way and runs the risk of being the sound of my summer; which I must admit I’m okay with ;-)
And if you like it then you can get the song on iTunes by clicking your mousey here….
I think I’m generally known now as a bit of an El Canto Del Loco nut, happily raving about them to whoever will listen, and running www.elcantodelloco.co.uk to spread news about the band around the English-speaking globe.
One thing that’s frustrated me hugely – particularly now I’ve managed to see them in concert in Madrid – is their absence from any concert venues in Britain.
There’s clearly fans here, witness the Facebook “UK Fans” group for instance, and it’s clear from films/clips such as “De Cerca” that they’re as comfortable in smaller venus as they are in large ones. So why not try and encourage the band to come over and play some kind of mid-size venue? – Although the lighting rig for the “Personas” and “Hasta Luego” tours was superb, they don’t actually need it to put on a kicking show….
So I’ve set up a petition over at www.elcantodelloco.co.uk to try and get as many names online as possible to back a UK show (or shows…) Please show your support and add your signature; it would be really good to get enough momentum going for Sony BMG and the boys themselves to take the plunge and give us a treat. CLICK HERE FOR THE PETITION…
Oh, and please spread the word and share the link too.
I was back in Spain at the weekend; the prime purpose of the visit being to see El Canto Del Loco in concert on the Friday night at the huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge Palacio de los Deportes, in Madrid.
Awesome gig; amazing lights, amazing atmosphere, superb playlist – and great crowd and band interaction.
Will be writing a review up on www.elcantodelloco.co.uk – but for now here’s some iPhone pics from the concert…
Or at least there’s been tumbleweed on here… my bad. Been stupidly busy trying to have the day job – coming to an end – and also to make inroads in setting up the new business and spending nights and weekends working on its first projects. As a result I’m 1) failing to post here anywhere near enough, 2) failing to post on my favourite forums and 3) utterly and completely shagged out.
Still a couple of nice weekends coming up… This Friday it’s off to Madrid to see El Canto Del Loco in concert at the Palacio de los Deports, which I’m giggly like a kid over. And then the following weekend it’s the final race in the MotoGP season; the Valencia GP at Cheste. Repeat giggly behaviour. I’m there as Media for BatiFans, Team Aspar and the other VROOM sites, and also to try and chase some business if poss – as well as being booked in to meet with the Official Alvaro Bautista Fanclub Saturday and Sunday.
It’s been a busy couple of days with me overhauling and relaunching a couple of my “pet project” sites. I won’t call them “hobbies” as they’re too important to me, and I felt that given the other rebuilds I’d done recently it’d be a great opportunity to carry on learning about WordPress and PHP and CSS geekery by giving both sites a complete makeover and moving them from Blogger to my own domains and building them from the ground up with revised designs.
And this is how I’ve reworked the new Pere Tutusaus website, although I’ve left the branding more or less intact on this one, compared to the hefty redesign of the whole styling that I’ve done with the ECDL site…
I’ve also been working on a very cool idea that I’ve come up with which will also be a WP project; although it’s huge by comparison, and also very secret squirrel, so I’ve got to try and stay excited about it for months yet while I mess around at refining and developing the idea and figuring out if there’s any money in it! Stay tuned… And stay patient…
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