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February 6, 2010 9:32 AM   Subscribe

I'm from Barcelona is making the 27 songs from their new album--one from each member of the band, one per day--available for free download, starting last Jan. 27th.
posted by brenton (21 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
On the 12th day of downloadmas
Barcelona gave to me
A song about a yellow jersey.

(which i seem to remember Kraftwerk doing first)
posted by UbuRoivas at 9:57 AM on February 6, 2010


I can speak English. I learn it from a book.
posted by Joe Beese at 10:03 AM on February 6, 2010 [5 favorites]


que.
posted by UbuRoivas at 10:06 AM on February 6, 2010 [4 favorites]


Don't mention the .war file.
posted by Babblesort at 10:12 AM on February 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


If you've never heard of these guys, I'd recommend watching this and deciding if you want to hear more or suddenly perforate your own eardrum.
posted by Adam_S at 10:14 AM on February 6, 2010 [2 favorites]


Watch the most awesome video ever? GOOD IDEA, Adam_S!
posted by kathrineg at 10:27 AM on February 6, 2010


Going by Adam_S's link, not really bad, but uninteresting and rather pointless.
posted by orthogonality at 10:27 AM on February 6, 2010


It makes everyone happy in a bittersweet, mildly creepy way. And I can effortlessly execute the accompanying dance.

It's like getting hugged by the slightly less talented and prodigious offspring of ABBA and Belle and Sebastian.
posted by kathrineg at 10:29 AM on February 6, 2010 [2 favorites]


They are so much fun live. When they tour, they bring the entire ensemble with them overseas. They know how to crowd a stage.
posted by yeti at 11:35 AM on February 6, 2010


I like the cute, slightly goofy one.
posted by dhartung at 11:51 AM on February 6, 2010 [6 favorites]


Here's a Take Away Show of them. I also like the loony fun of the stamp collecting ditty (.mov).
posted by progosk at 1:41 PM on February 6, 2010


I like I'm from Barcelona a lot. They've got a Polyphonic Spree vibe, very joyful and great. You're missing out if you dismiss them before listening through their first album.

So, thanks for the link!
posted by Solon and Thanks at 2:12 PM on February 6, 2010


While I listen to this I'm going to be Bruce Willis.
posted by srboisvert at 3:40 PM on February 6, 2010


I love this! It's like Polyphonic Spree, but without the Jonestown Massacre feel with the costumes and everything.
posted by banannafish at 4:22 PM on February 6, 2010


As a promo activity they should fight Stephin Merritt from New York.
posted by Free word order! at 4:40 PM on February 6, 2010


Perhaps the title of this FPP is some sort of ironic joke that I'm not getting, but I thought I'd chime in and say that they're actually from Sweden, not Barcelona.

They're not bad; I'm sure they'd be a hoot live. Here are a few Swedish indie pop bands and performers I'd rather listen to, though (in no particular order):

Pelle Carlberg
Loney, Dear
Jens Lekman
Suburban Kids With Biblical Names
Peter Bjorn and John
Lykke Li
El Perro del Mar

If you just listened to I'm From Barcelona for the first time and liked it even a little bit, and you haven't listened to those artists, do give them a listen.

Also, if you're into mp3 blogs, check out Swedesplease. I haven't been following it lately, but the guy is pretty damn comprehensive in his coverage of Swedish Indie music.
posted by defenestration at 5:03 PM on February 6, 2010 [2 favorites]


They aren't going to go down in music history as changing the landscape or challenging us in new ways, but I really like their album. It's fun, it's poppy (and I generally don't like poppy*), it's interesting, and I can remember the words while I bounce around with my 9 month old daughter in my arms. So I give it a thumbs up and will be checking out the downloads.

*for opium, however, I am a fiend.
posted by deliquescent at 6:21 PM on February 6, 2010


**not really
posted by deliquescent at 6:22 PM on February 6, 2010


Perhaps the title of this FPP is some sort of ironic joke that I'm not getting

The chorus of their biggest hit is "I'm going to sing this song with all of my friends, and we're all from Barcelona."
posted by brenton at 7:18 PM on February 6, 2010


My birthday is January 27th so I'm counting this as a present.

I'm From Barcelona. To Mike Mongo. From Metafilter.

[gushes]

Ahh! You all are the best!
posted by Mike Mongo at 10:32 PM on February 6, 2010


Yeah, brenton, but they're not. They're from Sweden.
posted by defenestration at 11:44 AM on February 7, 2010


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