I’ve been in Spain a little over a week now and already I’ve talked to some drunk Madrileños in a bar about Nick Cave and pestered a local for recommendations. She gave me a list of Spanish bands, and so far my favorite is Los Planetas, a stoner pop band in the vein of Yo La Tengo who’ve been around since the mid-’90s. Last night during a stint of Idolator Pop ’07 data entry I happily listened to the songs on their MySpace page several times through, soaking up the ’90s college radio aesthetic.
Los Planetas is one of those bands who seem like they’re kind of just flimsily strumming their instruments, wearing plaid, looking bored, when in fact they’re weaving hooky melodies in and out of droning vocals, creating solid atmospheric rock that’s perfect for mindless tasks and long road trips. I recommend the song “Alegrias del Incendio,” which is downloadable from their official site, and “Reunion en la Cumbre,” which is on their MySpace page. And here’s a quintessential mid-’90s music video for their song “David y Claudia”:
(So disaffected! So frumpy!)