Los Planetas Sneak Into Your Galaxy

Jan 15th, 2008 // 2 Comments

losplanetas.jpgI’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!)

Los Planetas [Official Site]
Los Planetas [MySpace]
“David y Claudia” [YouTube]

  1. Anonymous

    Is that an cane an homage to vaudeville, or is he like the guy from Boyz II Men? The indie rock irony contingent is dying to know.

  2. nerdlinger

    This post totally takes me back. I studied abroad in Madrid in the spring of ’96, and I remember discovering “Que Puedo Hacer” (the best Lemonheads song Evan Dando never wrote…in Spanish) and Los Planetas, and what a wonderful thing it was. As an alt-rock/college rock-loving youngster, I had found the Spanish rock of the time to be lacking in that certain I-don’t-know-what, but Los Planetas were like a fizzy, fuzzy breath of fresh air. I bought all their tapes at El Corte Ingles. Buenas epocas.

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