Tuesday, June 22, 2010
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.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
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.
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
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
Monday, June 7, 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.
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