Lam Rim unveils Lost in Sane

Posted February 23, 2011 by lamrimmusic
Categories: Alternative music, Community, Lam Rim, Madrid, Music, Philharmonic Orchestra, Pop, Rock, Spanish, Spanish music, The Arts

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Lam Rim have emerged from the shadows again, quietly, confidently and not unnoticed. Lost in Sane is a new collection of songs to get your teeth into. Not entirely new, you’ll agree, as I Cry.. has been re-recorded with the Galician Philharmonic Orchestra supplying a generous helping of strings and horns, which they went on to do in almost all of the songs. You’ll recognise, too, I’m Missing You (version II) by it’s lyrics, although the melody is completely reconstructed. You may recognise – as you tap your foot to – the final, produced and polished recording of I Feel Fine, previously aired in concerts and YouTube.
Mixing a band like Lam Rim with an orchestra like the Philharmonic was hardly a walk in the park on a spring morn but we like to think we all did a good job and we’re in no hurry to nip into the nearest studio and pull another bunny from the dusty old hat just yet.


Perfuctory Exhibitionist a new single by Lam Rim

Posted January 10, 2011 by lamrimmusic
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Perfunctory Exhibitionist is the first song released publicly on Lam Rim’s official website from the forthcoming album due to reach us in February 2011.

"Glamour cannot exist without personal social envy being a common and widespread emotion" (John Berger, art critic, novelist and painter).

Perfunctory Exhibitionist describes a character who exists only to be seen (the exhibitionist) and goes through the motions for the “delight” (or indifference) of the public eye. However, the mascaraed has become so ingrained in the person’s behaviour that it has become perfunctory (automatic, without thought and superficial).

It’s the extreme exaggeration of glamour, voyeurism and an au revour to private life. It’s a world dominated by cameras, where marketing yourself is a 24-hour-a-day activity because “smile, you’re on TV, baby, whether you like it or not, honeybunch”. Whether it be the police surveillance cameras or the accidental YouTube video a tourist uploaded of your city just when you happen to be stepping out, you’re an exhibitionist and one day you’ll accept it so thoroughly that you’ll become a Perfunctory Exhibitionist.


I think you’re someone else whose trying to live a show.
Tell me I’m going mad,I s’pose I must be getting old.
And if you want to go on
just know that I won’t believe you.
I turn the camera round
so how’s it make you feel?
Tell me you want to cry
as if you want to make it real.
You’re gonna see no more
and I don’t need it to go on.
I’m gonna love you baby;
I’m gonna give my soul
so please try to make it happen;
it doesn’t take so long.
You’ll see that you feel something there in your soul.
One day I’m gonna find you’re trying to make a deal.
Tell me you’re growing up
I guess I don’t know how to feel.
But if you wanna go
just know that I won’t release you.
Let’s put this underground, it’s time to get it clear.
Our pains won’t slip away
or even try to disappear.
But, if you want it so,
you know that I can’t resist you.
And if you’re on the go for something you can feel
don’t hang around and hope that I’m about to make it real.
And if you think that you can break a heart of steel
don’t wait to fight the round if winning means you have a deal.
And if you wanna go just know that I won’t release you, no.

(Lyrics by Joâo Mirat)

I’m Missing You: An old song with a new video to tug at the heartstrings

Posted January 12, 2010 by lamrimmusic
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CONTENT: It may sound like “just another love song” as if there weren’t enough. But is it ever really that simple? Where does music cross the boundary of feelings? How does it identify them and how does it describe them?
Why is music such an effective vehicle for portrayal?
Compare I’m Missing You to “Every Breathe You Take” by The Police.

STYLE: You might find the continous verbs add to the feeling of being trapped in the present and give it duration
“I’m loving you everyday…
…I hope you’re hearing this song
…I’m missing you”

VOICE: it doesn’t need describing, just noticing.

“I Feel Fine” Music is good for you even if noise pollution could drive you to the grave.

Posted July 4, 2009 by lamrimmusic
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While the new song, I Feel Fine, is successfully doing the rounds in the concerts with it’s enthusiastic reaction, we’ve scraped together and compiled some ideas also doing the rounds about the relationship between music and health. Is music good for you? Or perhaps it’s like food, maybe some music is more beneficial to your mental,physical and psychological health while other music causes more negative effects. Do we, then, need a healthy and balanced music diet to really benefit from it? Could musical addictions be bad for you?

Certainly not all music is always good for you. Mobile phones with built-in loudspeakers are a real pain in the neck and that’s not figurative, we’re talking real neck damage. Why, when there are perfectly good sets of headphones on the market, did some undesirable blob in a sound-proofed office in Matarola or Nok-ear have to decide to give teenagers another toy to be noisy in public with? The last thing anyone needs on a sleepy Monday morning on the way to a day full of deadlines, phone calls and irate bosses is the latest latin-orgy-rap fusion tinnily rattling the already rattling tin-like wagon; it’s nearly as bad as the obnoxious ringtone that cuts the smell and stupor of public transport like the plastic stirrer in the treacle-thick coffee that awaits you when you finally get to work. It does little more than add to your discomfort and increase the stress levels by a few degrees… as well as make you wonder why you still use the coffee machine.

Noise pollution causes all kinds of stress-related illnesses from insomnia to muscle tension to heart disease and this is still only the tip of the iceberg: perhaps in twenty or more years there will be enough symptoms of noise pollution for health experts to seriously insist on respectful regulations. It’s anyone’s guess why telephone manufacturers want to drive us to the grave before our time but, then again, it’s a miracle these mobiles have a life expectancy of more than three minutes, I’m often more than a little tempted to relieve my mounting discomfort on the inner workings of the barbaric gadget in question.

On the other hand, reaching for the discrete MP3 player on the way to a full day’s work or study, or choosing your favourite CD to soothe the frustration of the upcoming traffic jam doesn’t just make your journey more comfortable, the subsequent calming effect of the music helps you cope better and even drive better. Needless to say, selectiveness is the secret in this: satanic thrash metal might not soothe the nerves as effectively and, for the sake of your ears, your music shouldn’t be loud enough for other people to be able to sing along. If the bass-line makes your eyes vibrate then don’t be too surprised when people replace conversation with you for a few minutes of mime.

According to an article in The Telegraph on Sunday 19 October, experts around the world have demonstrated that music helps improve sleeping habits, relieve asthma and, believe it or not, singing helps tone your abdominal muscles as well as helping to develop healthy breathing habits.

It won’t be long before gyms and slimmers clubs incorporate singing exercises and you can finally say goodbye to the cardboard-textured breakfast cereal.

Ever tried a drum circle? The idea is really simple, you see informal versions of them in most city parks at the weekend: people who get together to play percussion instruments creating such an ethnic vibe it makes you wonder whether there was something special about the mushrooms you had for lunch. It doesn’t really matter if you didn’t grow up in the jungle; unofficial statistics show that the most expensive possession of the majority of art students is their authentic African drum and the closest they ever get to living in the jungle is the cockroach-friendly mouldy washing up tower in their kitchens. The trick is to just flow with it, have a great time and if it appeals to you to wave a couple of yo-yos dangerously around your head then so much the better, providing you have plenty of space and you don’t string up any unsuspecting tourists who are too busy asking themselves what they had for lunch . Some medical centres have taken to the idea have opened drum circle workshops as a form of stress release not just for patients but for the workers as well, like this one:

Maybe one day, offices will provide music rooms for their workers where taskmasters and subordinates can unite in tribal unwinding.

It wouldn’t even be shockingly original: it was acceptable and encouraged to sing at work as recently as the 1940’s as a way of boosting the morale of the workers. Singing was ‘seen as a sign of a happy workforce’ according to a report by the BBC. Not unlike the soldiers in the wars:

Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag and smile, smile, smile.

How important is it, then, to feel fine like the song goes? How useful is it for us to be active users and participants of music? Why not test the theory for yourself and monitor the results. Whether it means replacing the radio for a calm CD on the way to work or replacing the chatter of the TV with one of your favourite albums at meal times and never forget the all important rule by the great philosopher S. White:

‘Whistle while you work’

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Summer concert after a spring break

Posted May 30, 2009 by lamrimmusic
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Lam Rim (“Life Stages” in Tibetan Buddhism) are all set for another energetic concert in Cafe La Palma, Madrid on the 20th June, 2009. Kicking off at 10pm with the video of “I Cry” and moving on through the different “stages” -the “Rim”- of their evolutional musical style which specialises in juxtaposing different musical tendencies and styles ( putting them next to each other on a different landscape as a way of exploring – on one hand – their similarities and divergences and – on the other – highlighting the unique aesthetic qualities of each style. I know it sounds a bit “ponsy” and unfashionably academic so I’m going to sugget you explore some of the videos on Youtube for yourself or head over to Lam Rim’s Myspace profile and make up your own mind.

Champeon Surfers suicidally daring against the greatest odds

Posted February 22, 2009 by lamrimmusic
Categories: ASP World Tour, Lam Rim, Marlon Lipke, Surf

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Marlon Lipke competing
Marlon Lipke competing

Thanks to Loose Films in the U.K, Lam Rim are currently riding a wave unlike any previous as they accompany Marlon Lipke, the first German representative,  on the ASP World Championship Tour  in 2009.  From the Lam Rim crowd, we’re rooting for you, Marlon: Feel all your dreams come true

The Lam Rim single “The Suicide” is available for listening and download on Lam Rim’s official website

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More about Marlon? Have a look at his entry in worldprosurfers where he talks about qualifying for the ASP and a detailed interview with some cool photos on Freakfish

Two optimistic images of why the internet isn’t solely a mind-devouring monster

Posted February 1, 2009 by lamrimmusic
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But first,the antithesis:

A unscrupulous vampire with blood poisoning.

theres no protection from the onslaught of harsh and lewd advertising, spam, extremist propaganda and a million other social deseases which seeps into the unsuspecting and unprepared minds

there's no protection from the onslaught of harsh and lewd advertising, spam, extremist propaganda and a million other social deseases which seep into the unsuspecting and unprepared minds

The combination of all your nightmares digitally run together.  The internet is often criticised as the vicious, bloodlusting creature that worms its way into our minds with all its infection and disease and contaminates them with an addictive poison.

Accusations are it:

robs innocence

scrambles objectivity

undermines the authority of research and proof by mixing it with the words of fanatics, radicals and perverts who all have a non-closable Window into the home, university and workspace

builds anti-trust by spamming friend networks, phishing and attaching viruses to your mail.

"Resistance is futile"

Rather than being a user of the net, you become assimilated into it. Your thoughts, feelings and opinions are being re-written to make you into the perfect consumer: "Resistance is futile"

The first image: A human mind inside a collection of machines

The Intenet, the real Ghost in the Machine a computers soul.

The Intenet, the real "Ghost in the Machine" a computer's soul.

Well, perhaps we can’t prove that humans have a soul but the Internet is the closest a computer has to one… the most human part of all those circuits is the data that runs through them: a song uploaded on Myspace or Last FM, a poem published in a blog or a short film on YouTube. The Internet is the power to turn all that deeply personal and perfected work into a computer language and deliver it to anybody.

The Second Image: A interactive wall-painting for the future.

People in future generations will be able to find out so much about ordinary people’s lives and feelings from being able to read our blogs, listen to our music, watch our films and  read our comments.  It’s not the cold facts of a history lesson, it’s the real life of people who once lived and communicated.  Hundreds of years after we’ve all died how much information will we have left behind for future generations to stumble across?

Interactive Wall Painting

Interactive Wall Painting