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Sucre Daddy

Stuff I listened to whilst studying Spanish in Sucre, Bolivia last month.
1The Devin Townsend Project

In the home of the coca leaf, being in the same room as a gram of Bolivian dancing powder is likely to earn you a bullet in the spleen. So just sip some mate (coca tea), put this on, and imagine you're in a spaceship snorting the wild stuff off the sublimely-sculpted breasts of an opera-singing alien succuba. With robots and coffee somewhere in the equation.
2Within Temptation
The Unforgiving

This is the perfect vacation music. It goes so far beyond cheese, it's veritably calcium-rich transcendence. I'm not even going to try to do it justice in this small space (although I have a slobbering hero-worship liturgy of a review in the pipeline). Just listen to it.
The New Normal

This is the album of my life, which is what just about any Sydneysider with too much money and too few people skills will tell you. So you might like it if you're Swedish or something.

Bolivians are too damn nice for their own good. To stay grounded while you're over there, you'll need some good ol' vapid, developed-world misanthropy from the world's most successful spoiled brat. Maybe it was the altitude sickness, but I found this quite clever and funny in parts. Not a masterpiece, but underrated.
5Imogen Heap
Speak For Yourself

Bolivian organisational philosophy is a simple matter of throwing all relevant articles together in a pot/hole/building/jungle/armed camp. This album will help you make sense of it.
6 Igor Stravinsky
The Rite of Spring

A ballet about a girl dancing herself quite literally to death may not be the best motivational music for throwing yourself into Bolivian nightlife. Unless you're the type who thinks Eminem is funny, of course.
7The Mars Volta

"Asilos Magdalena" is in Spanish, so I translated it as a piece of homework (which is not to say I get the point of the flaming thing). One of the most difficult albums in my collection, so it gives me plenty of hours of entertainment... well, consternation, mostly.
8 The Herd
The Sun Never Sets

Surrounded by Bolivians and Danes, I was determined not to lose my Aussie accent. But a Canadian I met at the end of the trip confirmed that I had done so nonetheless.
Angel of Babylon

More of the cheesy shit. Becomes spellbindingly sophisticated and immersive with the aid of a bottle of rum.
10The Drones

Ingenious. Insane. Indescribable. While I was half-drunk, anyway.
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