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Tv Girl: Who really cares (2016)

El último artefacto de Tv Girl no difiere demasiado de sus anteriores lanzamientos: ambiente musical y estético cercano a la imagen y la música (y se demuestra en muchos samplers) de los sesenta. Letras ingeniosas y un ambiente en general bastante hedonista. Brad Petering continúa dando con la fórmula… “An album about Sex, or lack thereof, and its consequences or lack thereof”

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TV Girl – 2016 Tour Dates
Mar 31 The Hi Hat Los Angeles, CA
Apr 01 Hideout San Diego, CA
Apr 02 Trunk Space Phoenix, AZ
Apr 03 Lowbrow Palace El Paso, TX
Apr 05 Rubber Gloves Rehearal Studios Denton, TX
Apr 06 RBC Dallas, TX
Apr 07 Hi Tones San Antonio, TX
Apr 08 CHEER UP CHARLIES Austin, TX
Apr 09 Walter’s Downtown Houston, TX
Apr 11 Circle Bar New Orleans, LA
Apr 13 New World Brewery Tampa, FL
Apr 14 Sidebar Miami, FL
Apr 15 Will’s Pub Orlando, FL
Apr 17 FooBar Nashville, TN
Apr 19 Odditorium Asheville, NC
Apr 20 Local 506 Chapel Hill, NC
Apr 21 Comet Ping Pong Washington, DC
Apr 22 Alphaville Brooklyn, NY
Apr 23 Ortlieb’s Philadelphia, PA
Apr 24 Middle East Cambridge, MA
Apr 26 Casa Del Popolo Montreal, Canada
Apr 27 Smiling Buddha Toronto, Canada
Apr 28 Mahall’s – Locker Room Cleveland, OH
Apr 29 Majestic Cafe Detroit, MI
Apr 30 Downstairs Chicago, IL
May 04 Hi-Dive Denver, CO
May 05 Kilby Court Salt Lake City, UT
May 07 Barboza Seattle, WA
May 08 Liquor Store Portland, OR
May 13 Brick & Mortar San Francisco, CA
May 14 Troubadour West Hollywood, CA

29 abril, 2016 Posted by | TV Girl | Deja un comentario

Tv Girl: Natalie Wood (Single, 2015)

Como un regalito veraniego nos llega Natalie Wood, el último sencillo de Tv Girl, un antiguo proyecto de dormitorio que con el tiempo se ha expandido y convertido en algo mucho más serio. Sus temas hoy en día tienen más poso y algo más de transcendencia.
Es el caso de este sencillo (que no aparecerá en su siguiente álbum): “a titillating tune full of sex, violence, and movie star glamour”. Puedes descargarlo poniendo el precio.

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Tv Girl anuncian, además, una extensa gira por los States:

July 8 – Santa Monica – Touch Vinyl
July 9 – San Diego – Legend Records (w/ Nature’s Kid)
July 10 – Los Angeles – Lot 1 (w/ Monster Rally) (21+) 
July 11 – Oakland – Leo’s (w/ Pastel Ghost) (18+)
July 12 – San Francisco – Honey Hive
July 14 – Eugene – The Boreal
July 15 – Vancouver – Media Club
July 18 – Seattle – Vera Project (w/ Red Alder)
July 19 – Portland – Analog (w/ Studenets) (Early-ish Show)
July 21 – Salt Lake City – Nest (House Show)
July 22 – Denver – Larimer Lounge
July 23 – Omaha – The Slowdown (w/ State Disco)
JULY 24 – Des Moines – Des Moines Social Club
July 25 – Chicago – Abbey Pub (w/ Spencer Radcliffe)
July 26 – Cleveland – Beachland Tavern (w/ Tapes)
July 27 -Detroit – Majestic Cafe
July 28 – Toronto – Handlebar (w/ TV Sets)
July 29 – New York – Webster Hall (w/ Current Joys)
July 30 – Boston – Lilypad
July 31 – Brooklyn – Shea Stadium (w/ Jerry Paper)
Aug 1 – Washington DC – Comet Ping Pong
Aug 2 – Philly – The Fire

10 julio, 2015 Posted by | TV Girl | Deja un comentario

Tv Girl: French Exit (2014)

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French Connection

Tv Girl ha pasado, en estos cinco últimos años, a convertirse en un sencillo proyecto de Bedroom-Pop y samplers que publicaba sus propios sencillos y Ep´s a algo más consolidado, llegando a publicar el año pasado este French Exit, el que fue su álbum de debut. En TJB me atrevería a asegurar que fuimos uno de los primeros blogs que les dio cancha en España. Su sonido no ha ido cambiando mucho con el paso del tiempo: Pop sencillo, toques de Tropicalia, sabores filo-europeos, delicadeza y un sutil aderezo de un fino sentido del humor presente en muchos de sus temas.
Doce cortes a cual más tierno, sincero y delicado. Disfrutable cien por cien.
Si deseas una copia digital, lo puedes hacer gratuitamente desde su Bandcamp, aunque la edición en vinilo ha sido editada de nuevo en plástico de colores.

“French Exit is TV Girl’s debut album. Depending on how you look at it. 12 songs about lost lust, too much love and not enough”

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24 marzo, 2015 Posted by | TV Girl | Deja un comentario

TV Girl: French exit (2014)

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Back to Summer

Bandcamp y Soundcloud han servido, en estos últimos años, como medio de expresión para numerosísimos talentos que de ninguna manera hubieran tenido acomodo en los medios habituales y tradicionales de grabación y edición. 
TV Girl surgió allá por 2010 como el proyecto Bedroom-Sampler-Pop de Brad PeteringTrung Ngo. Éste último abandonó el barco el año pasado, pero sin embargo, TV Girl se ha consolidado, y en este 2014 han editado su álbum de debut.
Como en anteriores entregas, Tv Girl han continuado apostando por ese Pop de dormitorio, de líneas sencillas, trazos sobrios y adornos sampleados o encajados.

Birds don´t sing es su primer sencillo, pero a ella le acompañan otros cortes que hacen de este French exit todo un ameno entretenimiento que puede acompañar las tórridas tardes veraniegas que (se supone) nos acompañarán durante esta temporada estival, una colección de pequeñas gemas Pop sabiamente encajadas y ensambladas para tu disfrute.

“French Exit is TV Girl’s debut album. Depending on how you look at it. 12 songs about lost lust, too much love and not enough”

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Tour:

Wednesday July 16: Vancouver at Fortune City Sound Club with Reef Shark

Thursday July 17: Seattle at Sunset Tavern with USF

Friday: July 18: Olympia at the Northern with Globelamp

​Saturday: July 19: Tacoma at Bob’s Java Jive with Hot Cops

Sunday July 20: Portland at Mississippi Studios with Vektroid

Monday July 21: Enterprise Oregon at The OK Theatre

​Tuesday July 22: Boise at the Crux with Leaf Raker

Wednesday July 23: Salt Lake City at Kilby Court with Dirty Gold

July 25-27: Denver doing Various Shows at the Underground Music Festival

16 julio, 2014 Posted by | TV Girl | Deja un comentario

Tv Girl: Lonely women (2013)

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Trung Ngo y Brad Petering, responsables (o no) de Tv Girl, acaban de publicar este nuevo Ep, un disco titulado Lonely Women, que responde efectivamente a lo que el título del mismo nos plantea: cinco historias sobre chicas, con ciertos denominadores comunes y con un cierto sentido del humor digamos que algo sutil e irónico a lo largo de las cinco.
Musicalmente hablando, el dúo ha abandonado en parte sus presupuestos iniciales basados en el Sampler-Pop (quizás debido a ciertos problemas legales con algunos de los samplers), para acercarse a un Pop digamos que algo más sofisticado y elegante, a la par que armónico. ¿Quiere ésto decir que Tv Girl han perdido cierta parte del encanto que les caracterizaba en sus primeros tiempos? La opinión y la decisión final es más tuya que mía. Si he de compartir la mía, te diría que sí, que Tv Girl eran un grupo basado en samplers y ahí radicaba gran parte de su atractivo y cierta fascinación. Muchos de esos pedacitos de música ajenos pasan a convertirse ahora en teclados y en ritmos secuenciados, que no están mal, pero que en muchos momentos parecen no llegar a la altura.
Con todo, Lonely Women es un buen disco, muy fácil de digerir y con dos momentos realmente notables: She smokes in bed (donde aparece ese sentido fino del humor del que hablaba) y Laura, probablemente dedicada a la cantante Laura Nyro (¿O es de otro planeta?)
Disco de transición, pues, este Lonely Women, quizás a la espera de nuevos sonidos por parte de Tv Girl. Los responsables de The wild, the innocent, the tv shuffle seguro que sabrán salir del paso y volverán a sorprendernos.

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She Smokes In Bed” opens on Mary, wiping ashes from her clothing, surrounded by piles of spent matches, and eternally adorned with a lit cigarette. Despite the jaunty break-beat, TV Girl point to Mary’s insecurities and lethargic attitude toward the world around her. Mere observation switches to hypothetical arson, wherein Mary sets fire to her hair and the thought is disarmed by poppy vocals and a shimmering, summery visage. The track is so engaging and light-hearted that Mary’s demise is fairly easy to miss. TV Girl neatly packages each personality with humor and unmistakable realness, as if a very real Mary had fallen victim to what began as an off-hand, sagely joke.
The piano-driven ode to the unattainably cool “Laura” is similarly tempered. Though TV Girl switches up the lyrics by delivering them from a narrative perspective, the percussion sounds rooted in hip-hop and could have been lifted from an early Beastie Boys tape and then funneled through the same manic, dance-worthy energy of Matt and Kim. On the surface, there’s a certifiably youthful tone to the lyrics, which transmit from the thoughts of a guy writing songs about a girl from the comfort of his couch. The lyrics equates death and middle-age-dom, but also labels Laura as an alien, which is accentuated by a spooky falsetto. TV Girl have annotated the lyrics for your pleasure, which not only explain more about Laura, their writing process, and appreciation of David Foster Wallace, but also a little bit about the actual couch itself. They also explain that “Laura” is about Laura Nyro, a famous singer from the seventies.
TV Girl noticeably tones down “My Girlfriend” to place a spotlight on a clinically depressed, significant other who barely has the patience to lie about cleaning their living space, let alone get dressed for her day. There’s a rattling beat and xylophonic sleights, but the backing female vocals carry a sadness that bring a darker implication to the song, as if you can hear “My Girlfriend” just going through the motions. The narrative tone, again, reverts to finding humor in the situation, singing, “my girlfriend/always leaves a mess/she says she’s going to clean/but always forgets” and “when she wakes up/and the sun hits her right/she doesn’t even look half-bad”.
While there are countless relatable lyrics, the overarching theme of loneliness takes a darker turn, the Lonely Women are in closer proximity to the narrator, and they aren’t monumentally different. The blank-faced woman in “Easier to Cry” is left by a lover leaving her straight up suicidal. Thanks to the upbeat delivery from TV Girl, the song has a happier tone and such a catchy hook that, again, it’s easy to glaze over the lyrical content. The final woman, and pinnacle of Lonely Women is “Melanie”, who is identical to someone you know but also reveals a loneliness that isn’t initially obvious. TV Girlwatches as “Melanie” lucidly makes small talk while scoping out guys at the bar, one of which will probably go home with her. She’s promiscuous (“she swallows awkward silences” and “she’s always looking across the room/at someone who just came inside”), siren-like (“how the hell did she get to me/the way that she is/how could anyone say they really loved her” and, moments later, “she’s nature’s great creation”) but also, perhaps most tragically, anonymous (Melanie/looks a lot like Bethany/she looks a lot like Tiffany/she looks a lot like Natalie). TV Girl can’t decide whether she’s sweetness on light or the devil incarnate but, eventually, they threaten to rip her apart, lock her up, shave off her eyebrows, and more, simply out of frustration, sexual or otherwise.
Lonely Women is, at it’s heart, a collection of short stories that toys with different characters; Mary the spinster, the hypnotic muse found in Laura, and even the dead-eyed woo-girl, Melanie. TV Girl is at its best when their lyrics are humorous and built in a clean pop structure, heavily bound to playful beats. Each song on Lonely Women is simple and hilarious, maybe because they reflect personalities that are universally apparent and rarely examined” (Listen Before You Buy)

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12 julio, 2013 Posted by | TV Girl | Deja un comentario

Tv Girl & Monster Rally: Average guy (Blame) (Single, 2013)

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El ingenio de Monster Rally y la fina ironía de Tv Girl, maestros del sonido Sampler y del Pop más exótico, se han fusionado en este precioso sencillo titulado Average guy (Blame).
TV Girl and Monster Rally have teamed up to bring you ‘Average Guy’. 
TV Girl has added vocals and a new arrangement to Monster Rally’s track ‘Blame’ off of the Beyond the Sea LP. 
‘Average Guy’ is being released in anticipation of TV Girl and Monster Rally’s very special Los Angeles (4/27 at the Bootleg) and San Diego (5/25 at Soda Bar) performances” (Bandcamp)

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23 abril, 2013 Posted by | Monster Rally, TV Girl | Deja un comentario

Tv Girl: The wild, the innocent, the Tv shuffle (2012)

Por fin llegó el momento. Por fin Tv Girl, una de las agrupaciones que más han aparecido por el blog en estos últimos tiempos, han estrenado todo un Lp: The wild, the innocent, the Tv shuffle (2012) es el título del mismo. Trung Ngo y Brad Petering han facturado un disco tremendo: toda una maraña de samplers, Retro-Pop, Electrónica, Chillwave… dan como resultado final un álbum muy entretenido en el que prácticamente no hay desperdicio. Quince cortes en su mayoría breves que repasan toda su filosofía del Pop.
Algunos tramos del disco les han quedado muy digamos Retro-Pop, con temas como Misery, It evaporates, I wonder who´s kissing now, Mirror mirror (con introducción del “Killer” Jerry Lee Lewis), Sweater, On the fence
Igualmente pasan por un pequeño período más “electrónico” (Loneliness can be demanding, The artist); para pasar al mejor tramo del disco, ese en el que se dejan llevar por la vena más cool y verseada: Loud and clear, Flip the record!
Tv Girl ha decidido, para evitar problemas legales, denominar a su disco Mixtape, con idea de que los numerosísimos samplers que aparecen en el mismo (afirman que unos 85, algunos repetidos), puedan pasar digamos que “desapercibidos”. En sus propias palabras:
we wanted to make something completely different. Something that was sprawling and ambitious and conceptual. So that’s what we did.This record is our farewell love letter to sampling. As an unsigned band, we are in a unique position to take advantage of this legally nebulous practice, and we wanted to push that particular aspect of our songwriting to its logical extreme before changing courses. There are around 85 sampled elements in the mixtape, not including individual drum hits (but including full drum breaks). It’s a tribute to the music, TV, and Internet ephemera that has captured our hearts and minds as we composed it in our various bedrooms over the past year or so”

Lo cierto es que el invento les ha salido a las mil maravillas, y funciona, ¡vaya que si funciona! El nivel de diversión y de excitación apenas si se resiente durante toda su audición, y raro sería que no encontrases uno o dos temas con los que ambientar tu lista de reproducción o tu pinchada veraniega.
Por cierto, dos notas curiosas: Tv Girl vuelve a regalar su disco, acompañado de un librito con actividades variadas en Pdf desde su Facebook o desde la plataforma de Stereogum. Segundo: como entretenimiento, el dúo propone reconocer al menos diez de los samplers utilizados. Yo he localizado algunos pero otros son más difíciles… ¡Anímate! 

Tv Girl – The wild, the innocent, the Tv shuffle (2012)

“The Wild, The Innocent, The TV Shuffle is the debut album for San Diego duo TV Girl. But it’s being called a mixtape, due largely to the fact that it’s assembled almost entirely from the “nebulously legal” practice of sampling. TV Girl made their name by a song, “If You Want It,” that rather brazenly lifted a large Todd Rundgren sample, and that holds throughout their free-to-have mixtape. 
TV Girl aren’t coming at samples from your standard hip-hop crate-diggers angle, but from a far more inspired, 2010s specific one. When confronted with the deluge of pop-cultural stimulus that pours from computers every second of every day, sampling becomes a necessary daily skill, a coping-mechanism that helps us make sense of all that’s coming at us. 
“There aren’t enough television shows or songs on radio to keep me distracted,” sings either Trung Ngo and Brad Petering —biographical and technical details are very thin on the ground thus far— as a symbol of just how lovelorned the narrator is mid-“Keep Me Distracted”; the idea that anyone could find a lack of television or music circa 2012 being utterly absurd. 
The duo use television as a symbol of the constant noise of contemporary life: their band name a commentary on the modern day; The TV Shuffle that feeling of constant flicking between entertainments in search of something, anything. They flick through samples like a wandering channel surfer, endlessly restless and happy to mash up genres. And they even invite the “TV in the Bedroom,” singing “I don’t know what’s real or dream” as bedroom gymnastics reflect the sex acts on the television, and every night you drift off to sleep to the soft blue light of the screen” (about.com)

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Foto: I give you the dates for our big summer tour. Don't forget, a 100 dollar donation to our kick starter gets you a guest list spot +1 and a song dedication at any of these shows (plus a t-shirt, a 7", and other goodies) Also keep in mind that we plan on hitting most major cities this year. See you around!

8 junio, 2012 Posted by | TV Girl | Deja un comentario

Tv Girl: Benny and The Jetts (Ep, 2011)

Tv Girl, una vez superados los problemas legales surgidos tras la utilización de un sampler de Todd Rundgren en su anterior y glorioso trabajo de debut (TJB, Diciembre 2010), acaban de editar este verano el que es su segundo trabajo, este Benny and The Jetts, un disco que se aleja algo de los parámetros más popperos de su anterior entrega, para centrarse, aun sin alejarse del Pop con sampleados, en un sonido con algunos toques más Soul. A destacar, sin embargo, Your own religion, el tema que cierra el Ep, un precioso corte con un sampler digamos que hawaiano y con una melodía tremendamente contagiosa. El otro tema destacable es Benny and The Jetts, el titular del disco, canción que trata de manera desenfadada de una chica que escucha el tema de Elton John. El arrope del mismo es absolutamente Soul, y su base rítmica es contundente.
Benny and The Jetts es una perfecta continuación para aquel gran disco de debut, y confirma al dúo californiano como unos verdaderos magos del sampler empleándose a fondo en un formato que, a la postre, resulta el más adecuado para una formación como ésta, utilizando el Ep como el medio idóneo para dar rienda suelta a este tipo de canciones sin abusar demasiado de los samplers. Por cierto, puedes descargar su Ep desde su Facebook.

Tv Girl – Benny and The Jetts (2011)

“You can’t keep a good band down.  Case in point: San Diego’s TV Girl had a run in with the major labels not so long ago.  Their self-titled debut EP featured a Todd Rundgren sample on the single “If You Want It.”  Trying to do the right thing the band reached out to the Warner Music Group, who owns the rights to the sample, hoping to get it cleared.  Warner agreed, but only on the condition that TV Girl would agree to pay a $5,000 clearance fee and100% of any proceeds earned from the track. When TV Girl, who had shared the song for free and weren’t earning any money off of it, unsurprisingly declined Warner’s ransom, Warner promised to snuff out the track by sending takedown notices to the file hosts of every blog that had posted the track (including this one).  Basically, Warner said “We’ve got all the cards – play by our rules or walk away from the table.”  I can imagine that as a new band, having your biggest hit to date fall victim to extortion must be discouraging.
Nonetheless, TV Girl wasn’t about to let that stop them. They are back with brand-spanking new EP titled Benny and The Jets.  The new EP is packed full of bass-filthy pop jams that’ll get your head bobbing and your toes tapping.  The tracks were recorded around the same time as their prior EP, and unsurprisingly have a similar vibe. The Rocket Man referencing title track features a chugging, beefy rhythm section, a glimmering piano melody and more of the slightly-woozy, affectless vocals that helped define their music last time around.  “Baby You Were There” has more of that dirty, busted-speaker bass mingled with a technicolor, tropical vibe built around it’s 50′s-hula-esque sample.  To get to the point: the collection is solid.  Oh yeah, and it is available for FREE.  Download the Benny And The Jets EP from TV Girl’s Facebook (turntablekitchen.com)

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23 septiembre, 2011 Posted by | TV Girl | Deja un comentario

TV Girl​/​Dirty Gold Split Digital 7″ (Single, 2011)

TV Girl/Dirty Gold Split Digital 7" Cover Art

Tv Girl realiza un tema de Dirty Gold (Overboard), con su característico sonido luminoso y Retro-Poppero; mientras que Dirty Gold abordan un cover de Tv Girl (On land), bajándole bastante la intensidad y llevándola a su terreno. Este Split lo puedes conseguir gratuitamente desde el Bandcamp que han abierto para la ocasión.

Tv Girl / Dirty Gold Split Digital 7″ (2011)

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24 junio, 2011 Posted by | Dirty Gold, TV Girl | Deja un comentario

TV Girl: TV Girl (Ep, 2010)

 

Si ayer nos hacíamos eco del estupendo Ep de Temple Songs, hoy volvemos nuestros oídos con avidez hacia la música de un dúo de San Francisco que se hacen llamar TV Girl. Trung Ngo y Brad Peterson facturan eso que se dio en llamar Sampler-Pop o lo que es lo mismo: fusilar fragmentos de tema con la intención de incluirlos como base rítmica o acompañamiento para tus propias composiciones. La moda -por las prohibiciones de las leyes de copyright- es hoy por hoy menos utilizada, pero hay ejemplos como los de TV Girl, Monster Rally o The Fantasies que siguen haciendo del Sampler un estupendo medio de expresión. TV Girl es un Ep que se digiere de un tirón y al final del mismo te queda una sensación de necesidad. Porque sus temas son pequeñas explosiones del mejor Pop floreado. Como esas pequeñas bocanadas de aire fresco que tomas cuando sales a hacer footing por las mañanas. TV Girl pueden ser una de las sensaciones del Pop en un futuro próximo. Por lo pronto, temazos como On land (con cierto tono a lo Jesus and Mary Chain), If you want it (con sampler de Todd Rundgren), It´s not something o I don´t care levantan el ánimo de un cadáver.

TV Girl – TV Girl (Ep, 2010)

“You’ll recall San Diego’s TV Girl from our recently released November 2010 Mix.  By way of a little background, TV Girl is the project of duo Trung Ngo and Brad Peterson.  Their recently unveiled self-titled debut EP is free on their bandcamp page and features a series of upbeat tunes that makes indifference sound like it might really be synonymous for having too much fun.  The standout track from this EP is the Todd Rundgren sampling cut “If You Want It.”  It’s a shimmering, but woozy lament from the perspective of a disposable lover, “one last dance and then you delete me from your phone.”  Nonetheless, the fellas from TV Girl don’t seem to mind being used, as they conclude on the chorus: “If you want it, then you’ll get it.”  The preceding track, “I Don’t Care,” is a jittery, bawdy bopper laying out just how much they really, really don’t care about stock market crashes, wars, air pollution, and more, in a way that calls to mind a more roughly-hewn and obscenely glittering version of R.E.M.’s “It’s The End of the World (And I Feel Fine).”  Seriously, try on these rapid-fire lyrics for fun: “I smoke a pack of reds and drink a six pack every day.  I want to stay sane and there ain’t no better way . . . the SATs are unfair — I don’t really care — there are toxins in the air — I don’t really care — the market dropped a million shares — I don’t really care — people are oppressed, but I couldn’t care less — because I don’t really care.” Go ahead and download the EP by following the link above — or don’t — after all, I don’t really care” (turntablekitchen.com)

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17 diciembre, 2010 Posted by | TV Girl | Deja un comentario

   

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