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Fleeting Youth Records: Blooming (A Fuzz- Fucked Compilation w. r/cassetteculture, 2014)

33 tracks. 33 bands (US, UK, Canada, Brazil, Chile, Australia, Netherlands). 90+ minutes of pure fuzz-rock bliss. This is Blooming– the latest compilation from us at Fleeting Youth Records. 

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1 noviembre, 2014 Posted by | Mixtape | Deja un comentario

Posse: Soft Opening (Beating a Dead Horse, 2014)

El Indie-Rock de Posse encuentra en este su segundo trabajo un acomodo en las fórmulas más a medio tiempo tipo Pavement-Yo la Tengo de sus etapas más maduras. Digo ésto porque según parece, a algunos los guitarrazos “mal entendidos” les suenan a falta de madurez y a salidas de tono. Lo cierto es que personalmente, considero que Soft Opening es un buen disco, evidentemente (la huella de Yo la Tengo por fuerza tendría que dejar una semilla brillante). Pero lo cierto es que también me pueden sonar a Galaxie 500, a sonidos neoyorquinos vía Lou Reed y a otras historias de los noventa. Un disco aprovechable pero al que no le hallo la brillantez que en ciertos medios le otorgan.


“Posse describe their sound as “delay pedals and 27 years of disappointment”, which may not be factually correct; you hear a lot more of the latter than the former, and the second line of opener “Interesting Thing No. 2” is “You turned 25, so many things you haven’t tried.” It’s theoretically sound all the same, since Soft Opening’s self-deprecation is a big part of its appeal. For all of its invocations of 80s and 90s A-listers, Soft Opening is an of-the-moment record in the way it aligns with the sort of sitcoms that dominate the viewing habits of people Posse’s age: the actors involved are presented as friends, yet they don’t really seem to like each other all that much.
In the case of Soft Opening, nearly every song is a subtly hilarious metacommentary on some sort of communication breakdown. Maxim sings, “I know you’re gonna talk through this and not care,” and you can easily visualize the shoulder shrug, the eye-rolling, the internal defeat she anticipates with this interaction. With every repetition, it cuts deeper and deeper as an insult: you are someone who simply can’t handle sitting in silence with their own feelings. A song later on “Shut Up”, a drunk and bored Wittmann-Todd fantasizes about a time when he’s going to work up the nerve to tell someone to shut their yap, even if it’s himself: “I’m gonna watch you go outside now/ And make a stupid face/ And shut up.”
And yet, none of this venting comes off as mean-spirited. In fact, most of Soft Openingunwinds with the casual bonhomie of three post-work beers over darts; the deleterious effects are minimal compared to the necessary release and bonding. And hell, if Posse seem to have a strange enjoyment for each other’s company in spite of it all, well, it’s because the outside world doesn’t have that much more to offer. “Cassandra B.” relates a date between overeducated, underfunded Seattlites as they down too much vodka, go to an “intelligent rap” show (“A bald white guy/ With a mumu onstage”) and lie about reading Willa Cather books that were bought at college and promptly shelved. As with every dryly hysterical line on Soft Opening, there’s never any “pitchiness”; it’s never trying to be any more droll and absurd than life itself.
Despite the litany of disappointments, misunderstandings, and aimlessness befalling the narrators in these songs, Soft Opening is a record of oddly stoic presence. For one thing, the austere sonics and plainspoken lyrics ensure that nothing gets glossed overso it’s a tough record to tune out. But also, Posse sound exactly like the band they want to be—you don’t sense any musical ambition unmet, any word misplaced. It’s a modest record done confidently, enough to end with a six-minute guitar workout based around the lyric that perfectly encapsulates Soft Opening’s comforting sadness, its satisfied misanthropy: “Don’t touch me/ I’m in my zone.” (Pitchfork)

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30 octubre, 2014 Posted by | Posse | Deja un comentario

The Cherry Dolls: Crystal pistol (Single, 2014)

The Cherry Dolls comprises of five enigmatic young men who exuberate the timeless charm of authentic musicians; Joshua Aubry (vocals), Lachie Gilmour (guitar), Jacob Kagan, Mick Byers (bass) and Jimmy Leahy (drums).
Their influences behind their music come from the legendary likes of The Rolling Stones, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Velvet Underground and early Kings of Leon, but once you’ve had an audible taste of their latest single ‘Crystal Pistol’ you will find they have created a sound that is refreshingly their own.

An inhale of fresh air (and many other substances) on the rock n’ roll scene that will stand the test of time. So for those of you who still appreciate what wholesome music is all about – do yourselves a favour and consume the very latest, but certainly not the last, musical delicacy from The Cherry Dolls, ‘Crystal Pistol’.

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30 octubre, 2014 Posted by | The Cherry Dolls | Deja un comentario

Bart Davenport: Physical World (Lovemonk,2014)

Sensaciones algo encontradas en este cuarto trabajo del cantautor Bart Davenport. En su disco, el de Los Angeles es capaz de teletransportarnos desde el Power-Pop del inicio del disco (Wearing the changes, Fuck game), al Pop más cercano al standard más comercial de los setenta (Every little step), pasando por momentos incluso Jangle (Vow), o a la sofisticación Pop de Style Council (Dust in the circuits, Physical world).
Lo cierto es que pese a ese cierto estrabismo sonoro, su sonido se centra más o menos en algo así como una reencarnación de Joe Jackson mezclado con detallitos aquí y allá de Paul Weller, Alex Chilton, The Cars y otras influencias clásicas. El cuarto álbum de Bart Davenport es un disco entretenido, preñado de emociones, de vivencias cercanas y un sentido del humor suave (Pamela).


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“Davenport’s Physical World is a world of record sleeves, thumbed through masterfully. The album opens with “Wearing The Changes”, a fond and affectionate tribute to a woman who is “Wearing the changes well,” which is an elegant way to phrase aging gracefully. It’s a lion-in-winter flirtation, and the bittersweet green-apple tang of the guitar chords provide the wink and the proffered champagne glass, while Davenport slides in the clincher line: “Don’t stop doing whatever you’re doing something so right”. Again, you think: didn’t Daryl Hall say something like this?
This sense of constant, nagging nostalgia is kind of the point for songwriters like Davenport, who keenly understands his place in the wider universe. However, he plays too many games on Physical World to sustain a listener’s interest: he affects a British accent on “Dust in the Circuits,” although it’s less of a specific accent and more of an All-Purpose Morrissey.  “Pamela” traces a chord progression distractingly similar to “Wearing the Changes”, but with twice the glucose.
What he lacks is a presence that feels definitely Bart Davenport, and after a while, it begins to feel like an album full of someone else’s songs—or, rather, anyone else’s songs. His best moments are breezy and autumnal, where a five’o’clock shadow of soulfulness shades the proceedings. “We rely on the physical world for love/ See me cry when invisible things still hurt,” he croons gently on the title track, and while the words are lovely, the melody is the focal point, coasting up and breezing down with a reassuring ease. “Keep it light and keep it loose,” he sings, and it’s one of the album’s few telling lyrics. Davenport keeps it light, but too much so, and it doesn’t take much for the entire album to float gently from your notice” (Pitchfork)

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29 octubre, 2014 Posted by | Bart Davenport | Deja un comentario

VLMA: Slime (Single, Fleeting Youth Records, 2014)

VLMA (pronounced Velma) son un trío de Maryland, y reconozco que me vuelven loco con esa furia y esa energía desbordada que les caracteriza. Aparecieron hace bien poco por TJB, y hoy lo hacen de nuevo para presentarnos Slime, un nuevo corte anticipo del que sin duda será uno de los discos más epatantes del otoño. Proto-Garaje y Grunge a partes iguales. Geniales.

Laced with a restless, surf-y bass line and an infectious rhythm, SLIME continues to show how flawlessly VLMA balances gritty grunge yelps and chords with buttery melodies and backbeats. 

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28 octubre, 2014 Posted by | VLMA | Deja un comentario

Tashaki Miyaki: I Came (Single, 2014)

Unos Tashaki Miyaki más electrificados y algo recrudecidos se nos presentan en este I Came, un bonito tema que les presenta como uno de los mejores grupos manufacturadores de sencillos por excelencia.

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TOUR DATES:
Nov 14 – Austin, TX – The Parish #
Nov 15 – San Antonio, TX – Limelight #
Nov 16 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s Downstairs #
Nov 18 – New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks #
Nov 19 – Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn #
Nov 20 – Asheville, NC – The Mothlight #
Nov 21 – Washington, DC – The Rock & Roll Hotel #
Nov 22 – Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery #
Nov 23 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle #
Nov 24 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg #
Nov 26 – Montreal, QC – Petit Campus #
Nov 27 – Toronto, ONT – Horseshoe Tavern #
Nov 28 – Detroit, MI – Lager House #
Nov 29 – Chicago, Il – Lincoln Hall #
Dec 01 – St. Paul, MN – Turf Club #
Dec 04-Vancouver, BC- The Electric Owl #
Dec 05 – Seattle, WA – Chop Suey #
Dec 06 – Portland, OR – Star Theater #
Dec 08 – Arcata, CA – Jambalaya Arcata #
Dec 09 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst Atrium #
Dec 10- San Francisco, CA- Brick and Mortar *without Allah-Las
Dec 12 – San Diego, CA – The Casbah #
Dec 11- Los Angeles, CA- The El Rey #
Dec 13 – San Ana, CA – Observatory- Constellation Room #

# with Allah-Las
* without Allah-Las

28 octubre, 2014 Posted by | Tashaki Miyaki | Deja un comentario

No Fucks: No Fucks (High Five Discos, 2014)

NO FUCKS

No Fucks son un trío que llega de Gijón, tienen relación con Linda Guilala (les han producido este Ep), y facturan un Fuzz-Surf-Pop bastante coqueto y resultón. 

25 oct – Stereo Club – GIJÓN + La La Love You
8 nov – Dabadaba – SAN SEBASTIÁN + Los Punsetes
22 nov – Sala Fax – MADRID + Assertive + Muerte Mortal
6 dic – Sweet01 – GIJÓN + Assertive + Catete Rococó
19 dic – La Fábrica de Chocolate Club – VIGO + Linda Guilala
20 dic – BAR LABRANZA – PONTEVEDRA + Linda Guilala

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27 octubre, 2014 Posted by | No Fucks | Deja un comentario

Lúpulo: Te amplifico / Resiste (Single, 2014)

Sevillanos, frescos y Power-Poperos. Publicarán en breve su primer trabajo. Se llaman Lúpulo, y tienen la energía suficiente para sacar adelante un repertorio vibrante.

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27 octubre, 2014 Posted by | Lúpulo | Deja un comentario

Arts & Leisure: Weekend / Over you (7″, Test Pattern Records, 2014)

Arts & Leisure son una banda ya conocida en TJB que suele facturar sonidos amables y cercanos al Twee-Fuzz mezclados con elementos sixties y cierta dosis de crudeza que nos agrada bastante.
Su último lanzamiento vía Test Pattern Records se llama Weekend/Over you, un 7″ que nos vuelve a acercar los sonidos de esta banda de Sacramento.

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26 octubre, 2014 Posted by | Arts & Leisure | Deja un comentario

Magic Bones: Anytime Anywhere (Pavement Records, Single, 2014)

Una buena dosis de Garage-Punk. Hace tiempo que no aparecían por TJB estos sonidos. Los australianos Magic Bones son los responsables.

“Melbourne band Magic Bones release their follow-up single and video for 2014.“Anytime Anywhere” is a driving garage punk duet, a stay or go scenario, drawing influences from 70’s rock and 80’s new wave garage punk”

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25 octubre, 2014 Posted by | Magic Bones | Deja un comentario

Temples: Sun structures (Heavenly Records, 2014)

¿Ángeles o Villanos?

El debut de los británicos Temples provocó reacciones encontradas entre la prensa especializada: desde los que los consideraron como la mejor banda británica del momento y el mejor debut en años (Noel Gallagher dixit), hasta los más escépticos que los tomaron por un hypster en toda regla y consideran Sun structures un primer disco que juega con las cartas marcadas.
Personalmente, tiro por la calle de enmedio. Desde luego que su sonido no es estrictamente nuevo, y ahí están los dos álbumes de Tame Impala para comprobarlo. Pero es cierto también que han sabido jugar con la Psicodelia de finales de los sesenta dotándola de cierta amabilidad y gusto por el estribillo (Colours to life), tirando de referencias clásicas (Pet Sounds, Pink Floyd primigenios, Grateful Dead…) o más contemporáneas (Tame Impala, Pond, Kasabian). Pero o mucho me equivoco, o creo que Temples pueden ser un grupo de futuro. Al menos al escuchar el inicio de este trabajo es la sensación que me queda: Shelter song, Sun structures, The Golden Throne, Keep in the dark, Mesmerise… tienen la fuerza suficiente para convertirse en auténticos pildorazos lisérgicos que ponen en marcha ciertas zonad de tu cerebro casi al instante.
Luego están las apreciaciones de tipos como Gallagher. Mejor que hubiese mantenido su boca cerrada…

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23 octubre, 2014 Posted by | Temples | Deja un comentario

City Reign: Dissapear (Car Boot Records, Single, 2014)

“City Reign burst into the open in 2013 with debut album, Another Step. Harnessing the sounds of Salford Trinity Church was producer Sam Jones (Band on the Wall, Alex Turner), who captured the band’s energy and intensity perfectly.
The result earned the band support from the likes of Steve Lamacq, Clash Magazine and Shell Zenner of Amazing Radio, and many more.
They are now back with new single, Disappear, in which they embark on a part daydream, part crushingly real portrayal of the daily grind. All against the backdrop of guitar fuzz, clatter and excitement that can only be the mark a band pushing each other to their limits, and destined for great things”

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22 octubre, 2014 Posted by | City Reign | Deja un comentario

Rhythm Scholar: Come together (Rythmn Scholar Remix, 2014)

La mayor parte de las remezclas de Rythm Scholar suelen ser más que epatantes, y desde luego sorpresivas. Para conmemorar el aniversario de la edición de Come Together, RS ha empleado la ayuda de gentes como  James Brown, Donna Summer, George Benson, Led Zeppelin y algunos otros. 
El resultado es, sencillamente ESPECTACULAR.
Puedes descargarlo desde el enlace de Soundcloud.

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21 octubre, 2014 Posted by | Rhythm Scholar | Deja un comentario

Tibican: It runs deep (Ep, 2014)

“Influenced by My Bloody Valentine, Mogwai, Muse and Foals among many others. Tibican’s music can be described as Indie/Shoegaze mixed with a tinge of psychedelic garage. All music has been written, performed and produced by Tibican”

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Burrito Panza: Colección de inseguridades (Vídeo-Single, El Genio Equivocado, 2014)

Un temazo grabado en vivo de una sola toma, con un vídeo que atestigua la crudeza de su directo, así como su enorme talento compositivo. Fascinante.

Tras un debut fascinante titulado “Solo y mal acompañado“, editado en 2011 por El Genio Equivocado, llegó el turno al segundo asalto, al que titularon “Una familia desestructurada”, trabajo que editaron oficialmente el 24 de febrero de 2014 y que fue grabado y mezclado en los estudios de Paco Loco en el Puerto de Santa María. El disco contó con la colaboraron en su realización de Isabel León (Is), Joaquin Pascual,Samuel Cuevas, Pablo Errea (Edwin Moses), Paco Loco, Muni Camón, María Jesús Trivesy Laura Martinez. Paco Loco ha sido el productor y Ana Cuevas ha realizado el art-work del disco.
Burrito Panza vuelven a la actualidad, ya que estrenamos un nuevo vídeo de que pertenece a la grabación en directo del tema “Colección de inseguridades” y ha sido realizado por Miguel Ángel Gascón, amigo además del grupo, con la ayuda de Miguel Pascual. El video está englobado dentro de una tanda de sesiones que Miguel Ángel ha ido grabando en su estudio, llamado Calypso Studios, siempre con sonido directo y sin recordings posteriores ni nada parecido.

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20 octubre, 2014 Posted by | Burrito Panza | Deja un comentario

Mequetrefe: Christmas Pudding (Vídeo para la campaña Clean FW 14 fashion film) (El Genio Equivocado)

“A serious band” era el nombre del EP que contenía meses atrás las nuevas canciones de Mequetrefe después de un primer LP publicado en 2010. Con “Play Off” (2010), aparecían todas las señas de identidad de su peculiar sonido: sobredosis de delays y reverbs, voces con efectos, baterías electrónicas, loops, guitarras distorsionadas, largos pasajes instrumentales, sintetizadores, samples, ausencia de estribillos y coqueteos con el dub, la electrónica, shoegaze, la psicodelia o el lo-fi. Todos estos elementos seguirían presentes en “Gobi” (2013), aunque el sonido era un poco menos denso, ya que el feedback de los delays y reverbs habían disminuído. El grupo intentó en este segundo disco asentar el sonido “Mequetrefe” y al mismo tiempo ampliar más la cantidad de timbres utilizados y las variantes de las estructuras de los temas. Con este disco, los gallegos consiguieron un montón de buenas críticas de la prensa especializada.
Mequetrefe vuelven ahora a la actualidad con un video realizado para la campaña Clean FW 14 fashion film, de la marca de ropa KLEAN, y que utiliza el tema “Christmas pudding” de los Mequetrefe como banda sonora.
El vídeo, creado a partir de un guión desenfadado realizado por Chloe Wallace y Adam Carpenter, fue dirigido por la propia Chloe Wallace.

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20 octubre, 2014 Posted by | Mequetrefe | Deja un comentario

The Fresh and Onlys: House of Spirits (Mexican Summer, 2014)

Balas de Fogueo

La principal apreciación que se me ocurre oyendo este nuevo trabajo de The Fresh and Onlys es que, de golpe y plumazo, han dejado de ser Frescos, y desde luego, no son, para nada Únicos. Algo que, desgraciadamente, y aprovechando el chiste fácil, ya comenté allá por diciembre del año pasado en TJB.
Su música transita, sin más, por un piélago de influencias ochenteras, del Folk-Rock, pero, desgraciadamente para ellos, casi nunca pasa nada. Quiero rastrear algo interesante de sus antiguas andanzas garajeras en Hummingbird, pero cualquier vana ilusión se evapora al instante.
Desgraciadamente, su música no creo que vaya a convertirse en himno generacional ni siquiera en buenos recuerdos para amantes del Indie. Puede convertirse en carne de recopilatorio anual de algún sello, en pequeño hipster, o en el sonido ideal para el hilo musical de algún centro comercial molón.


“House of Spirits finds the Fresh & Onlys in a gloomy place. It’s a spooky, desert-rock answer to the Cure’s Faith, another record awash in both reverb and metaphysical turmoil. “The point of forgetting is so you can live,” despairs Cohen on the chilly “Animal of One”. “The purpose of living is harder to find.” The Fresh & Onlys’ music has touched on downcast themes before, but in the past, these bummin’ sentiments were often tempered a touch of self-effacing humor. Here, Cohen’s gonzo imagery and weirdo-narratives feel more earnest in their evocation of hard times.
To be fair, there’s been a lot going on for the Fresh & Onlys’ over the last couple of years: most of the band’s San Francisco garage rock comrades have split town, bassist Shayde Sartin’s apartment burned down, and Cohen had a kid and temporarily re-located to an isolated Arizona horse ranch, where he demoed most of the record’s songs. On prior LPs, the rest of the band—Sartin, guitarist Wymond Miles, and drummer Kyle Gibson—took Cohen’s home demos and pushed them into headier territory, transforming a mostly acoustic track like “Tropical Island Suite” into the 7-minute centerpiece from 2010’s Play It Strange. OnHouse of Spirits, the divide between the singer’s folksier solo output and his work with Fresh & Onlys has gotten a little harder to spot. With it’s clean guitars and bobbing rhythm, “Ballerina” could have easily slotted into River of Souls, Cohen’s latest effort with his side project Magic Trick.
On the second half of House of Spirits, the mood leavens a bit. “Hummingbird” and “April Fools” find Fresh & Onlys sounding a little more like their old selves—and if the bulk of House of Spirits is lacking a bit of urgency, the band compensates in other ways. When they were still recording the bulk of their music at home, the Fresh & Onlys worked fast and as a result it sometimes seemed like the clock was working against Cohen’s lyrics, which recycled or smudged only a few words from verse to verse. House of Spirits, then, contains some of his most uniquely weird and vivid work, whether he’s contemplating supernatural-style domestic unrest on “Home is Where” or reconciling abandonment issues with a demonic possessor on “Who Let the Devil”. Album closer “Madness” finds Cohen reflecting on an LP’s worth of emotional unrest with a touch of nostalgia. “Madness has a heart, letting me rejoice in the most peculiar things,” he sings. “Your occurrence in my heart, giving me a voice, is the most beautiful thing.”
When the Fresh & Onlys’ released their first 7″ back in 2009, the band was preoccupied with scuzzy psych-rock homage. Since then, they’ve covered more grounds than most of their Bay Area peers, swapping in stylistic nods to the gothy end ’80s LA punk and ’80s UK guitar rock.House of Spirits doesn’t bring much in the way of sonic surprises beyond a few drum machines and synths, but it does find the band making subtle changes to its M.O., delivering a set of songs that’s less urgent, but—in a freaky-yet-endearing way—more personal” (Pitchfork)

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18 octubre, 2014 Posted by | The Fresh and Onlys | Deja un comentario

Lazyeyes: Adaptation (Single, 2014)

“Adaptation,” the newest single from Brooklyn-based trio Lazyeyes, wastes no time getting off the ground. A fast-paced, garage-tinged guitar riff draws the listener in, propelling you through chorus and verse. It is both urgent and reassuringly familiar. “It was initially inspired by our adaptable and often transformative nature as humans, but also as artists and musicians,” explains guitarist and singer Jason Abrishami of the track. “There’s always a desire to break free of our restraints and push the boundaries,” he continues. “This song is a bit of a nod to that, trying new things and never being too complacent.” (Interview Magazine)

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17 octubre, 2014 Posted by | Lazyeyes | Deja un comentario

7777777 Singles (Wiaiwya Records, 2014)

“There aren’t many sets of this year’s singles club left; so if you fancy seven exclusive 7″ picture discs (by Freschard, Trick Mammoth, the Leaf Library, the School, My Favorite, the Human Hearts and eagleowl) that together form a fully illustrated seven step guide to releasing your own records you should probably order quite soon – they’d even make a lovely christmas present, if you’re thinking that far ahead” 

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16 octubre, 2014 Posted by | Mixtape | Deja un comentario

My Favourite: Second empire (Single, Wiaiwya Records, 2014)

Baterías sintetizadas, teclados analógicos, esos saxos tan horteras… todo me recuerda a los tiempos de los Nuevos Románticos, a las hombreras, a los cardados… ¡Ochentas por todos lados!

16 octubre, 2014 Posted by | My Favourite | Deja un comentario

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