Sunday, December 26, 2010

Juan Torres - Organo Melodico de Juan Torres



Somewhere between a Mexican baseball game and a seaside lounge Juan Torres holds his eternal residency entertaining lovers and loners with his witty arrangements of classic Mexican standards on his eerily romantic melodic organ. Under the musical microscope, este vato is holding a revolution on Latin American music traditions of the time with his stylized versions of rancheras, boleros, and swanky swingin' 6/8 numbers.


Saturday, December 11, 2010

Bee Gees - Odessa (1969)



                                        Gorgeous music. An essential album.

Years ago before the first human beings uttered the word "disco," the Bee Gees we're just another one of those bands from across the pond riding the wave of psychedelia caused by the gravitational pull of The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." Although these salad days were quite prolific and fruitful, their glacial ascension to the top of the pops would be stunted by one of their more ambitious undertakings. 

"Chamber Pop." "Baroque Pop." Whatever cool phrase you think is witty to describe stuff like this is all acceptable but not limited to as well. This one also comes in a strong second as one of the first ventures into country-rock/alt-country right behind The Byrds' "Sweetheart of the  Rodeo," released just barely a year before in 1968, and obviously being way ahead of its time, the album didnt really have the coveted "hit" that all the labels were searching for in those times and thus, another masterpiece fell through the cracks. 

Now, we fast forward almost 40 years later to the time when labels are unearthing buried musical history, Odessa receives the reissue-deluxe edition-extras-bells and whistles treatment. Four disc's consisting of a stereo mix, a mono mix, demos, alternate mixes and outakes. If you're nerdy enough to even want to own all this music, grab your wallet and click here or just take this one disc of the mono mixes below.







Thursday, November 25, 2010

eXCLUSIVE - eL Stinkeyes - "Poder de Chicha 2 Mix" (2010)



Its that time of year folks. We're all gorging ourselves for the winter. Maximizing our fat reserves for the coming months. Would you like more starch with your starch? Seconds? Thirds? Elevensies? Save room for dessert mijo. And the gravy flows like a thick brown iridescent Angel Falls. What better way to say goodbye to the golden warmth of the sun than with one more mixtape of those tropical Chicha jams. I've logged many hours these past few months, searching the dregs, combing the fine mesh of the internet to bring us a new stable of tracks to play into the dirt. I've surprised myself with this years harvest. New names. New faces. New tones. "New." Some of these remind me of the time I traveled in Peru back in 2001. Especially when I was on the northern coast. I definitely remember riding a bus around Huanchaco with the conductor blasting a tiny boombox to the point where it was breaking up and distorting but it still sounded awesome. I had no idea at the time that that was this that I'm collecting these days. I just thought it was some weird sounding cumbias. Having said that, I'll shut up.


Tracklist:


1.) Los Ecos - Aqui en la fiesta (I don't want to spoil the party)
2.) Los Walkers - Siboney
3.) Los Orientales - Tormentosa
4.) Los Destellos - Cumbia de Desierto
5.) Popi y sus Pirasas - Guayaba
6.) Aniceto y sus Fabuloso - Cumbia de Machaguay
7.) Los Mirlos - Tiro al Blanco
8.) Eusebio y sus Banjo - Banjo Pannadero
9.) Jose y sus Antillanos - Melodia Antillano
10.) Los Pakines - Estacion 76
11.) Los Mirlos - Makumba
12.) Grupo Flash - Infierno Verde
13.) Los Orientales de Paramonga - Machete ala Casa
14.) Los Mirlos - Cumbia Thriller
15.) Los Tigres de Tarapoto - El Tunchi Loco
16. Grupo Maravilla - Danza, Bruja, Danza



Monday, November 22, 2010

Ennio Morricone - Danger: Diabolik - OST (1968)



A classic film with a classic soundtrack. Swinging, soothing, sketchy. The maestro covers all bases once again and giving the time period, it's very contemporary. Surf, Go-Go, Jazz, Funk, String Motifs. Highly recommened for those who like Morricone but want to hear something else than his brilliant spaghetti western pieces. This zip comes interspersed with actual dialogue clips from the movie as well and supposedly the original tapes of the recording sessions were lost in a fire. We'll take what we can get.



Friday, November 19, 2010

Dwarr - Animals (1986)





Duane Warr really lets it all hang out on this one. This one man band from South Carolina brings the doom and gloom like Black Sabbath coming down off a bad acid trip. Really weird, really rocking and a really rare gem that needs to be placed firmly in the glorious crown of heavy metal history. Animals, his second LP, is currently being reissued by our good friends over at Drag City and YES! they are keeping that original artwork entact.






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Friday, October 1, 2010

DOUBLE FEATURE - Duo Ouro Negro - "Selections" & "com Sivuca"








Great vocal group from Angola around in the 50's and 60's. Just got turned on these guys this year. Good if you dig Los Zafiros but not always on that Doo-Wop tip. Just lush heavenly vocal harmonies and due to the whole Portugese colonization and African diaspora thing, Brazilian music lovers will easily feel at home with this.


Saodade

Gayngs - Related (2010)




I usually try not to post current stuff. A.) To much red tape with Web Sheriffs and all that and B.) Most of these releases are already everywhere in the blogosphere and thus not possesing that "buried treasure" mojo to them but I'm making a exception this time for Gayngs. This is some smooth shit. Sexy. Their cover of 10cc spin-off Godley and Creme's "Cry" is awesome as well. If you dig slow jams, have a guilty pleasure for yacht rock or looking for bedroom music, check this out. They've somehow made a soprano sax and fretless bass tolerable in modern music again. And now I hear Prince digs these dudes. I'll say no more.

Get it before I have to remove this link

The Dead Milkmen - Big Lizard in my Backyard (1985)




If there's anything in the world that gives music a run for its money as one of my personal best's it would be comedy. Well, wait a minute. Girls are pretty awesome as well. Eh, music gear is always rad. No wait, my dogs and cats are the best. Where was I?

The Dead Milkmen were there in middle school teaching me two vitals lessons in life. How to make great music and how to be hilarious. Seriously, this is definitely a soundtrack to a chapter in my life and thanks to Fun Fun Fun Fest here in Austin, Tx., I recently saw them live for the first time 20 plus years later. I literally got watery for a couple of classic choruses. Yeah, call me a romantic. Call me a pussy. This was a completion of a huge circle in my life. This made my whole youth flash before my eyes. The most minute details made so much sense. To put it simply, it was a moment of enlightenment.

Oh wait, maybe it was all that LSD I ate.


For you

XOXO

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Sandy Bull - Still Valentine's Day Live (1969)



Sandy Bull is a poster child for bohemian genius. Mastering numerous stringed instruments, Bull would perform solo accompanied only by tape machines in which he played over himself, his own overdubs. Think 1960's folk revialism meeting a more sophisticated compositional outlook.





LINK

Petet Sarstedt - S/T



Here's one from the dusty drives of my collection. Ever since Wes Anderson used one of his songs in one of his movies, there has been a rediscovery of Sarstedt's work. Definitely a psyche-pop gem right here folks.







LINK

Saturday, July 31, 2010

eXCLUSIVE - eL Stinkeyes - "Soul Power Mix" (2010)



It's been real busy around these parts. I don't call. I don't write. Bad.

Here's my soundtrack to July. (not pictured)


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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Pacho Galan - El Rey de Merecumbe




Once again, good ole' fashioned Colombian Brass Band music from the Discos Fuentes label. Basically Merecumbe is "a mixture of native cumbia merengue with the department of Magdalena, and Dominican merengue." That's what this guy said and he invented the genre. 



DESCARGAR

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Suicide - Suicide (1977)




Here's another classic "rock" record that forever changed my musical scope. Suicide rules. They claim they recorded this in 4 hours. Now that's punk. Even though the were never received until much later in their career because of a.) their sound and b.) their oh so weird live performances (look below) Suicide will forever be regarded as pioneers for so many genres and various art mediums.


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Fun fact: "The Boss" himself encored with his rendition of "Dream Baby Dream" during his "Devils and Dust" solo tour in 2005.


Monday, June 14, 2010

Julio Jaramillo - Pasillos para el Mundo (circa 1950's-1960's)






One time during one of my Mexico explorations, I was on the beach in Oaxaca. It was mother's day. I was hanging out in the shade at the cabana I was renting, surrounded by a bunch of little old Mexican women. All of the men were running around cooking, working, serving, etc. The ladies just sat back and relaxed enjoying their day, retelling stories of their youth and the soundtrack for the day was endless cassettes of this man.

Julio Jaramillo is to Ecuador as Frank Sinatra is to New Jersey. King of the pasillos and boleros with a birthday as a national holiday. He leaves behind at least 20 legitimate and illegitimate children. If I was in Latin America in the 50's with a talent like this, I would be getting mad trim as well.



Tuesday, June 8, 2010

WANTED: Eusebio y Su Banjo




I've looked everywhere. Nada. I got that "Roots of Chicha" forever ago. If anybody has any leads or links to more of this guy's music, it would be much appreciated.

eL

Monday, June 7, 2010

eXCLUSIVE - eL Stinkeyes - "Caimán en Celo Mix" (2010)




Technically the air in central Texas should be classified as a solid rather than a gas these days. Hot. Thick. Swampy. Its what our Louisiana neighbors call "Alligator Hot" or something you'd experience in Latin American jungles. That's why I'm not doing shit. My adaptations to my environment are achieving vampirical status. The sun is my mortal enemy and I long for dusk just to remerge from my hermitage and revel in the power of the night, and usually my PM activities are festive in nature and any night can be treated as a "Michelob Weekend." Ergo, this mix. Its got a little afro-beat, a little cuban funk, cumbias, my obligatory chicha tangent and some weirdness as usual. I was gonna call this mix "Browntown"(which is what I refer to any non-western music, specifically Latin America and Africa where music and dance is just like food and drink: essential.) but chose "Alligators in Heat." Sweaty good times.


Tracklist:

1.) Algo Nuevo/Juan Pablo Torres - Y Viva La Felicidad
2.) Mulatu Astatke - I Faram Gami I Faram
3.) Eric Showboy Akaeze & His Royal Ericos - We Dey Find Money
4.) Jovens Do Prendo - Coio
5.) Madman Jaga - Hankuri
6.) Mulatu Astatke - Asiyo Bellema
7.) Gonjasufi - Sheep
8.) Sobanza Mimanisa - Kiwembo
9.) Los Zafiros - Rumba Como Quiera
10.) Los Wawanco - La Burrita
11.) Armando Hernandez Y Su Conjunto - La Zeniada
12.) The Tropical Combo - Quinceanera
13.) Aniceto y Sus Fabulosos - Cumbia de Machaguey
14.) Eusebio y Su Banjo - Mi Morena Rebelde
15.) Popi y Su Piranas - Guayaba
16.) Los Sanders - Linda Mujeres
17.) Los Pakines - Estacion 76
18.) Los Walkers - La Pampa y La Puna
19.) Los Mirlos - La Danza del Petrolero
20.) Kampala Group - La Yuca Raya
21.) Nicanor Lobaton con El Conjunto Gente Morena - El Payande


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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Meet The Ronettes - Compiled by eL Stinkeyes (2010)










Throughout the decades there have been many adaptations on the "Girl Group." The Go-Go's, The Bangles, En Vogue, The Spice Girls, onto the flashes in the pan of "lo-fi" bands today and you get the picture. None of these come close to the original idea. There are many factors involved here besides the ladies. There were A-list songwriters, arrangers, musicians, singers, and producers all behind them working on "the" hit. Out of all these pioneering femmes, my favorite would have to be The Ronettes.
Ronnie Spector's uncanny vibrato. Beehives. Tight-ass skirts. Attitude. Sex Appeal. All these elements added up to revolutionizing the role of woman in song and on stage. One of the first rain drops of the women's rights storm brewing in the sixties.



You go girls.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

(Los) Blops - Iquique (1979)




Chilean psychedelic chameleons Los Blops/Blops formed in 1970. Their first record was recorded in less than a day and released by Discoteca Del Cantar Popular De Las Juventudes Comunistas, only to be destroyed by the military for association with the communist youth. They collaborated with the legendary Victor Jara and became part of the neo-folk umbrella Nueva Cancion Chilena. This is all during the brutal revolution and coup of Salvador Allende which led to the even more brutal military dictatorship. Nine years later they composed music for a documentary about the northern province of Chile, Iquique that is never officially released until a bootleg cassette appears with side A as the soundtrack and side B as filler from their first LP. Easy on the ears pastoral acoustic music with a whiff of psychedelia in the air. Peaceful resistance music.

For chingos of downloads from Nueva Cancion and Victor Jara click here.

Iquique is here.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Los Holy's - Sueno Sicodelico (1967)




Once again leave it to Peru to dig up some pure awesomeness. Los Holy's  debut album is basically fuzzed out Duane Eddy surf guitar, sopping wet with reverb farfisa, Ayahuasca and alot of imagination. Very cinematic in scope save the Hawaii Five-O cover. It reminds me of  Joe Meek's Vampires, Cowboys, Spacemen and Spooks. Maybe I'll post that someday too.


Here

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Teenage Fanclub - Bandwagonesque (1991)






This album is still amazing. Shoegaze guitar sweeps. Lush vocal harmonies. Pop hooks. Punk flare. Like it matters but Bandwagonesque won Spin magazine's 1991 end of the year poll for best album, beating out Nirvana's Nevermind, Creation label mates My Bloody Valentine's Loveless and R.E.M.'s Out of Time. If you knew, sit back and remember. If you dont know, get you some.



Oi













Saturday, May 1, 2010

Mike Patton's Mondo Cane - Live @ Teatro Rossini, Lugo, Italia 5/24/2007




Let's be frank. I grew up on Faith No More and Mr. Bungle but eventually Mike Patton became just annoying to my ears. I respect him as an intrepid, prolific artist and entrepreneur but......I don't know. Tomahawk? OK. Peeping Tom? Yuck. Lovage? Meh. Fantomas? Barely. Even his Ennio Morricone compilation released on his label Ipecac was about 20 songs too long, but wait! Look! (Inserting foot in mouth) Mike Patton is using his unique and amazing voice to recreate Italian pop and folk songs from the 60's. This project, Mondo Cane, is said to be years in the making. The official release date is set in this first week of May. In honor of this occasion, here is a live show from 2007 in Italia. Natural Born Crooner.


Mangia!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

A Very Special Request - Los Destellos












One of my favorites from the Chicha scene and also one of the trailblazers of the genre itself. All of this is owed to Enrique Delgado, the band's director and founder. His vision and his unique guitar style molded the Peruvian cumbias that we all love today. Here is all of my Los Destellos I could scrounge up from my hard drives.


Your welcome.












Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Misfits - Legacy of Brutality (1985)




Oh Legacy, you're right there in my childhood memories with first broken bones, first loves, first fucks, first star wars figures for christmas. You definitely deserve a post on this blog to represent the "eL Stinkeyes Collection." Instead of talking about music history, I'll opt for all the comedy The Misfits/Glenn Danzig has provided for me throughout the years.

One time a friend and I brainstormed all night drinking and smoking about replacing the word "dancing" with "Danzig", i.e. "Danzig with the Stars", "Dirty Danzig", "You Should be Danzig", "Danzig on the Ceiling", etc. Another time we tried to come up with a cover band but our schtick would be a gay Misfits, i.e. "Some Kinda Hate Crime", "Mommy, Can I Come Out?", "I turned into Ricky Martin", "Anal Remains", etc. Also, since half the time you can't understand what Danzig says anyway, we replaced all those unintelligible syllables with "yo"s. It works with The Misfits, Samhain, Danzig, and pretty much anything where he's on the mic. After awhile it became the funniest thing ever. Thank you Glenn.



YO!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Ennio Morricone - Il Clan dei Siciliani - OST (1969)




Right from the first "BOING!" you automatically know this is going to be a classic Morricone soundtrack. A gorgeous theme through and through sets the mood only to vanish and reappear over and over again till its finale. This is the maestro in his prime doing what the stuff thats made of legend. The film is pretty rad in itself. What gets me with these old euro movies and soundtracks is that there is always slight variations with certain song versions in the movie verses the actual LP. Does anybody know why this is? Did Morricone record a version for the film and a separate version for the LP?







Mangia

Friday, March 26, 2010

Meet Sandro - Compiled by eL Stinkeyes (2010)






Let's state the obvious. I'm a sucker for anything old and latino. So, in honor of Sandro's passing I compiled my picks from the 4 out of 50 something records he made. "Pintados Por Dios" is worth the download itself. We'll call it "Beat Latino." Here's to The Argentine Elvis. He has officially left the casa.




Meet Sandro

Saturday, March 13, 2010

eXCLUSIVE - eL Stinkeyes - "Euro '60 Mix" (2010)








This mix started out with a Italian girl pop theme then I got bored and broadened it to European girl pop then the ADD kicked in and I settled on a blend of weird shit and pop gems all from the swingin European 60's. Add one part pop idol, one part flower power, one part ye-ye and one part soundtrack and mix well. Serve immediately.


Tracklist :


1.) Kronos - Cadavere Spaziale
2.) Miranda Martino - L'ultimo Appuntamento
3.) Francoise Hardy - Never Learn to Cry
4.) Rita Pavone - Ahi Ahi Ragazzo
5.) Dynastie Crisis - Faust 72
6.) Frances Gall - Laisse Tomber Les Filles
7.) I Baronetti- Isola Souvenir
8.) Gli Astrali - Non siamo como voi
9.) Unknown Artist
10.) Rita Pavone - La Commessa
11.) Clem Sacco E I Suoi Califfi- Change Twist
12.) Brigitte Bardot - Ca Pourrait Changer
13.) Andre Verchuren - Je Me Seis Bien
14.) Francoise Hardy - Je N'Attends Plus Personne
15.) Unknown Artist
16.) Nini Rosso - La Ballata Della Tromba
17.) Crociati - Milano




Sunday, February 28, 2010

Los Belkings - (I really have no idea what the name of this record is.)







In September 2001, a young eL Stinkeyes applied for his Egyptian Visa. I saved up all my monies, planning on checking out the pyramids and temples, go swimming in the Red Sea, you know the whole "Egypt thing." A couple of days later I wake up to a phone call. It's my mother. She sounds really upset and she asking me if I'm okay. "Of course." I say half asleep. "What do you mean?" "You don't know? Terrorist flew a plane into the World Trade Center and it's on fire." This is just too surreal and I'm still half asleep and I finally convince my mother that there are no terrorist at my front door and hop on my bike to ride down the street to my friends house who has a TV. I didn't have one at the time. This is not a "where were you the day..?" story so I'll fast forward through the carnage and brimstone and get to the part where I got back home later and checked my mail and aside from the normal mail, I received my Egyptian visa. The following week my mother called me daily, begging me not to the Middle East. Me being young and carefree thought nothing of it but through numerous guilt laden trips I finally agreed to not go to Egypt. All for my mother. So my obvious plan B was to go to Peru and see Machu Pichu. Eventually I wound at a seaside town called Trujillo where I got the most awful food poisoning ever. The worst pain ever felt in my entire life. Having said that, ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Trujillo's surf rock gods, Los Belkings.



Enjoy!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Johnny Cash "Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian" (1964)








In honor of SXSW steadily approaching, I am posting this because A.) Its a great album with a great back story. B.) There is a great book about the subject being promoted right now and C.) I will be participating this year by performing pieces from this record with the author and many special guests.

To begin with, in 1962 Johnny Cash began dipping his feet in the civil rights pool emerging at the time, more specifically the American Indian Movement. Upon completion of this record in 1964, Columbia records decided not to release it due to its political content and this when Cash was riding the wave of success off of "Ring of Fire." Today the album is available on digital format but the demand from Cash fans for its "proper release" grows daily. I would suggest to go here for a well scripted historical account.

The book, "A Heartbeat and A Guitar" by Antonino D'Ambrosio, is critically acclaimed and a must read for both Cash fans and civil rights advocates. We will be performing works from "Bitter Tears" while the author reads passages from his book. My good friend and music boss, Martin Perna will be in the house along with Wayne Kramer of legendary proto-punk institution MC5 plus some "surprise guests" and giving the fact that guests in the past have been Chuck D, Billy Bragg, and Tom Morello, there's no telling who's going to show up. Dates are below.

3/18 - 6-9 @ Rabbit's Lounge - Austin, Tx.
3/19 - 6:30-8:30 @ Resistencia Bookstore - Austin, Tx. 



The album is here.


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Las Raices de la Chicha… La Leyenda Continua - Volumen 1 (2010)




Oh internets, how do I love thee. You bring the whole world together while I just sit on my ass and stare at a monitor. This compilation you see before you was sent to me from the source, my new Peruvian friend Wilmer. To summarize part of the text document in the file as well, "Chicha is more than a musical movement. It is a social movement of the mestizos." This is music of the people. I will no longer consider Lima the capital of Peru. Viva Cusco!


Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Som Imaginario "s/t" (1970)




Pop Quiz:

Q: What do Milton Nascimento, Elis Regina, Gal Costa, Wagner Tiso, Nana Vasconcelos, Robby Singh and a bunch of other brilliant Brazilian musicians have in common?

A: This band.



Your welcome.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Bo Diddley - "Bo Diddley is a Gunslinger" (1960)"







Bo Diddley, "The Originator" as many called him, is responsible for assisting in the fusion on blues and rock n' roll. His self-invented legacy manifested itself into a reality where he changed music culture forever. Ed Sullivan cursed Bo calling him "one of the first colored boys to ever double-cross him" and stating he "wouldn't last six months"......stupid gringo. One of the only guitar players to a have a drum beat named after him. A man that named many of his works after himself. This being the case, you can say he influenced hip hop as well with his self-revelry. Plus you cant deny that he's rapping on "Who Do You Love", no matter how primitive it may sound by today's lyrical standards. He released over thirty albums and in short, he's "The Shit."




Enjoy

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

eXCLUSIVE - eL Stinkeyes - Brown Acid Mix Vol 2. - "Vamos ala Go-Go Mix" (2010)





Oh the road of crate digging, analog or digital, it can be rough most of the time and the rewards are few. Listening to hours of middle of the road music just to find that one gem. Culling through the dregs of music history. Its kinda like cleaning up somebody's house after they passed away and going through a bunch of bullshit. 90% of everything winds up in the garbage while you go home with a lamp or something. Well guess what? Who passed away? Psyche rock (R.I.P.) and here is the lamp I'm bringing home to you that's gonna shed some light on the Latin American psyche scene in the 60's.

Now I must admit I'm more of a fan of the gear than the music of the 60's. I like the sound of the recordings more so the sound of the music itself. No, I dont want to hear "Satisfaction" or "Day Tripper" covered in Spanish. No, I dont care if your wearing Syd Barrett's dirty underwear dipped in LSD. Just be a young Latino and give me a hook goddamnit!


Tracklist:


1. Pina y sus Estrellas - Los Extranos
2. Los Flippers - Flipprotesta
3. Los Gatos - Que Piensas de Mi
4. Sandro y Los de Fuego - Peggy Peggy
5. Los Speakers - Borracho
6. Los 4 de la Torre -  Vuelo 502
7. Los Gatos Salvajes - Donde Vas
8. Las Quatro Monedas - Caminando por la Calle
9. Los Gatos - La Balsa
10. La Joven Guardia - Me Siento Solo
11. Los Mentales - La Calla Principal
12. Los York's - Abrazame Baby
13. Los Speakers - Mr. Spaceman
14. Sandro y Los de Fuego - Pintados por Dios
15. Los Monstruos - Hey Monstruo
16. Jeanette - Porque Te Vas
17. Los Saicos - Ana
18. Los Destellos - Guajira Sicodelica


Disfrutar!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Mulatu Astatke - New York - Addis - London (The Story of Ethio Jazz 1965-1975) 2009




Back in the late nineties I stumbled upon a CD entitled Ethiopiques. After listening to it I realized that I wasn't as funky as I, a young twenty-something chicano kid, thought I was. I knew James Brown. Who doesnt? I was just getting into Fela Kuti, who you should know. But, this was Eastern African. Arabian style modes and scales. Polyrhythms in 4 and 6 stacking on each other. Menacing riffs. Like The JB's armed with a bunch of those squiggly knives. At the heart of this new found world of Ethiopian music was my man, Mulatu Astatke. The father of "Ethio jazz". This guy is to popular Ethiopian music like what Duke Ellington is to jazz. There's just no way around him and America is finally catching on.

This compilation covers his early years when he studied in London and New York (he was also the first African to attend Harvard) and his triumphant return back to Ethiopia. All killer. No filler.


Enjoy!


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

nomeansno - Wrong (1989)




Talk about nostalgia. 1991, I was a freshman in high school. Some wayward skater kid who liked playing guitar and The Misfits. Learning how to smoke shitty cigarettes my friend would steal from his old man. Then I met this dude, lets call him......Clarence. Clarence was one of the cool kids who played drums in a local punk band. One of those kids who had a badass leather jacket, doc martins, odd hair, piercings and happened to live in my neighborhood. We could go over to Clarences house and smoke weed and cigarettes and what not in peace because his parents were "cool." One day Clarence puts this record on and, I still remember this moment, this beast of a bass guitar sound just slaps my face. Clarence is air-guitaring and drumming away, banging his head around. I'm there probably making a ugly face melting face and grinding my teeth in rock-inspired awe. The first song ends. I ask "Who is this?" He says nothing and throws the record cover at me while the second song starts.

This is definitely one of those records that made me want to seriously play music. Even to this day this album is amazing. Many consider this to be nomeansno's best. I am one of them.


Let us rock!

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Nino Rota - "Amarcord" (1973)




One of my favorite movies ever. Federico Fellini recalls and morphs his childhood growing up in Rimini in  the 1930's in Fascist Italy. Amist all of the political chaos, this little town is still full of character and warmth. Sexual. Masculine. Comical. Provocative. All of these elements are wrapped together in a beautiful package by Nino Rota. Rota scored the majority of Fellini's films but he is probably most famous in America for his work with Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather Trilogy".

The main theme of Amarcord appears in various forms. Sometimes playful, sometimes swingin', sometimes heavenly but always brilliantly executed. The finale is a go-to uplifter for myself. Its like seeing all of my loved ones waiting for me at the pearly gates. Who what have thought a descending progression could be so optimistic. And of course, what would a Nino Rota soundtrack be without his circus marching band romps.


Mangia!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Juan Pablo Torres - " Algo Nuevo: Con Todos Los Hierros/Super Son" (1977)




One of the premier Cuban trombonist, Juan Pablo Torres, combines his native latin music with funk, soul, jazz, and pure quirkiness. What stands out to me on this record is Torres employing Casio sounding keyboards. Imagine if the original Super Mario Bros. were Cuban instead of Italian. "Extracto de Son" reminds me of the underwater levels of the original Nintendo game. You'll understand it when you hear this. Also, the string arrangements are so dense and dramatic but rhythmic.

The bottom line: this is so funky its hard to recognize all these details in one listen.

I've also included 2 extra tracks from a compilation that wound up on my hard drive somehow.



Wednesday, January 27, 2010

eXCLUSIVE - eL Stinkeyes - "Poder de Chicha Mix" (2010)




This mix is strictly chicha. Primarily, chicha is usually a old fermented corn beverage that dates back to the Inca Empire. In the late 60's it referred to a form of peruvian pop music that fused cumbia with electric guitars, fuzz pedals, wah wahs, and farfisa. For a good historical account go here.


Tracklist:


1. Los Destellos - (Unknown)
2. Los Beltons - Cumbia Beat
3. Amor Indio - Amor Indio
4. Los Galax - Lamento de un Galax
5. Juaneco Y Su Combo - (Unknown)
6. Los Henry's - Cumbia del Amor
7. Los Destellos- (Unknown)
8. Manzanita - Serrano con Orgullo
9. Los Iguales - Sara Chaca
10. Juaneco Y Su Combo - (Unknown)
11. Los Yabar Juniors - Marionetas
12. Manzanita Y Su Conjunto - Arre Caballito
13. Los Destellos - Ronda Tropical
14. Los Mirlos - El Milagro Verde
15. Los Destellos - (Unknown)


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Andres Landero "Grandes Cumbias de Andres Landero"




I'm a born and raised Tejas boy and proud. Tejas is Mexico. Always will be. So, this popularity of cumbia is great. I love the fact that it's creeping into American dance music. Some DJ friends of mine throw a monthly dance party in Austin, Tx. that brings out chingos of kids and they all love to get down to those infectious latino jams. Now just because you hear that triplet on a guiro, it does not always mean its a cumbia and there are many variations of cumbias depending on which region you look at in Latin America. Let's go to the source, Columbia. Andres Landero plays one of the traditional forms of cumbias. Its not stylized with big brass sections and tail coats. Its raw. Its playful. Its from the land. His accordion style is erratic with some minor dissonances. This particular style is classified as vallenato, which means from the valley. Although Landero never achieved the amount of success as other vallenatos of his day, his popularity rises with time and trends and is now considered a legend.


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Scott Walker "Scott 3" (1969)





Noel Scott Engel A.K.A. Scott Walker achieved teen idol status with The Walker Brothers in mid 1960's.  Tired of the symphonic pop ballads of the group, Scott Walker broke away and began his solo career. With each solo record his compositions simultaneously delved more into classical western music and reached out towards experimental dissonances and drones. All while Scott's heavenly barritone croons overhead. "It's Raining Today" is a perfect example. Beginning with eerie screeching string trills, that recalls one of the many horror movies I've seen in my lifetime, and then shortly followed by the band with fragile guitars, chimes and a gentle brush-worked drum beat. Scott Walker is an artist in the purest form: Always progressing forward, sometimes ahead of his times and never looking back.




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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

EXCLUSIVE - eL Stinkeyes - "Brown Acid Mix Vol. 1 - El Estilo Tranquilo" (2010)




Fact: I have way too much music. Fact: I have way too much time on my hands. So, I am now making mixtapes for the people and I am starting with a laid-back latino psyche-rock compilation.  All of these songs have been pre-approved "choice" by me. I just have a penchant for old shitty recordings, twangy guitars, echo chambers, lush string arrangements, and lost Latin American culture.

Tracklist:

1. Bichos de Candy - Tu Figura
2. The Brazilain Bites - Fas Feliz Assim
3. Os Brasas - Meu Eterno Amor
4. Los Gatos - Viento dile a la lluvia
5. O Terco - Imagem
6. Freddy Fender - Dime
7. Los Pasteles Verdes - Esclavo y Amor
8. Los Zafiros - Corazon Herdido
9. Los Blops - (Unknown)
10. Los Brincos - Sol en Julio
11. Los Gatos - Lo Olvidaras
12. Los Flippers - Las Dunas de la Arena
13. Los Angeles Negros - (Unkown)
14. Los Pasteles Verdes - Caminito
15. Os Brasas - Beija me Agora
16. Los Speakers - El Era un Amigo Mio
17. El Polen - Mi Cuerva
18. Los Nocturnos - Volvere a Buscarte


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