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Chico Mann At Sonido 10/24... Don't Miss It!

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, October 22, 2010 08:15am | Post a Comment
Chico Mann Amoeba Hollywood
With the reissue of Chico Mann’s Analog Drift album on Wax Poetics Records comes another chance for you to experience the brilliance of Marcos Garcia. Analog Drift was one of my favorite releases of last year, a limited self-release by Marcos (aka Chico Mann) that was only on sale at his shows and a few stores, like Amoeba Hollywood. Chico Mann’s blend of Afro Beat and 80’s Freestyle over Cuban & Puerto Rican influences is still one of the freshest sounds around. The energy that Chico Mann’s three-piece group puts out live is so contagious; you’ll find yourself on the dance floor busting a move to their Afro Cha-Cha rhythms.

Sunday, October 24th finds Chico Mann performing live at Sonido, located at the Little Temple. I have been blessed to also be on the bill with the gregarious DJ Sloe Poke and Mando Fever. King Steady Beat, a long time Los Angeles Ska and Reggae aficionado that also kills it with the Cumbias will be playing too. All in all, it should be a great night.

Chico Mann At Sonido

Two Great Shows On Wednesday, 10/20/10

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, October 18, 2010 09:18am | Post a Comment
The problem with living in a town as big as Los Angeles is sometimes you have too many choices. October 20th will be one of those days.

Celso Pina w/Blanquito Man

Celso Piña's monster hit, "Cumbia Sobre El Rio" was the best song that came out of the last decade, in my opinion. Its crossover appeal makes people of all ages dance their ass off when the track is played in a club or party. It’s the first song in recent memory that was championed by immigrant culture, gangsters and by hipster Latinos. It's also said that this song was key in influencing the whole Cumbia remix, mash-ups and Digital Cumbia culture of the last several years. Celso was already one of Mexico's biggest Cumbia artists when 2001’s Barrio Bravo was released. But with the help of Blanquito Man and Toy Selectah, they gave Cumbia a new twist, adding their Hip-Hop and Dancehall Reggae influences and making Celso Piña became a household name. Celso has released dozens of excellent Cumbia albums before and since Barrio Bravo, but that was his brightest moment.

Celso returns to L.A., along with Blanquito Man (formerly of King Chango), with dj sets from the Mas Exitos Crew.

Celso Piña-"Cumbia Sobre El Rio"

Maneja Beto

Also on Wednesday and just a few blocks away is the return of the Austin, Texas based Maneja Beto. Maneja Beto continues on a path that bands from Mexico no longer follow. Maneja incorporates traditional Mexican musical influences with their Anglo and Roc N' Español influences. They are part early Café Tacuba, part The Smiths and part Texas flavored Cumbia. They write great songs and play all assortments of electric and traditional Mexican instruments. A trip to L.A. for Maneja Beto is a rare thing these days, as one of the main songwriters, Alex Chavez, has become a college professor at Notre Dame. Maneja Beto will be rocking out at Mucho Wednesdays, located at La Cita. Also performing will be a new group called Chicano Son, a mixture of L.A. and Austin Texas Son Jarocho musicians with a different take on the classic traditional Mexican music.

Amoeba Hollywood World Music Top Ten for September 2010

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, October 6, 2010 11:41pm | Post a Comment
je suis vivant, mais j'ai peur
1. Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg- Jane Birkin/Serge Gainsbourg (CD/LP)
2. Seu Jorge-Seu Jorge & Almaz (CD/LP)
3. Luis Miguel-S/T
4. V/A- The Afrosound of Colombia (CD/LP)
5. V/A-Afro-Beat Airways
6. Eydie Gorme Y Los Panchos-Cantan En Español
7. V/A-Pomegranates (CD/LP)
8. V/A-Let’s A Go-Go!
9. Enrique Iglesias-Euphoria
10. Jacky Chalard-Je Suis Vivant Mais J'ai Peur De Gilbert Deflez  (CD/LP)

Natacha Atlas There wasn’t much movement from last month’s top ten to this month. The only newbies were the funky prog-rock of Jacky Chalard’s Je Sus Vivant, Mais J'ai Peur De Gilbert Deflez (B-Music/Finders Keepers) and, on the other end of the spectrum, the latest by romantic Latin Pop singer Luis Miguel, which landed him in the third spot. Also, compilations such as The Afrosound of Colombia, Pomegranates and Afro-Beat Airways benefited thanks in part to Amoeba’s latest edition of the Music We Like book, with heavy praise given to each release by the staff from all three Amoeba stores. Get your copy of Music We Like at any Amoeba store or you can view it online.
Ranil's Jungle Party
A few September releases  worthy of mentioning that didn’t make the top ten are the latest from The Nortec Collective, Bulevar 2000, Natasha AtlasMoungaliba and Issac Delgado tribute to Nat King Cole, entitled L-O-V-E. On the vinyl front, we had the reissue of Milton Nascimento and Lo Borges' classic Clube Da Esquina. Original copies of the LP go for collector's prices. For fans of Peruvian Chicha, we have the limited edition LP of Ranil Y Su Conjunto Tropical, Ranil's Jungle Party.
roots of chicha vol. 2
 Speaking of Chicha, The long awaited Roots Of Chicha Vol. 2 comes out on October 12th and it's just as good as the first. The best way to describe Peruvian Chicha is as a mix of Cumbia rhythms and Andean melodies with surf and psychedelic rock guitar. It was performed by many popular Peruvian party bands played during the 60’s and 70’s. Some of those groups still exist today, playing updated versions of their hits. Outside of Peru, many bands are picking up the style and doing their own version of it, such as Chicha Libre (New York/France), Los Chinches (England) and La Chamba (Los Angeles), just to name a few.
Joan Soriano El Duque De La Bachata
I saw Joan Soriano a few years ago on the Bachata Roja tour. A bit younger than the older men he was touring with, he pretty much stole the show. His latest album, El Duque De La Bachata, is out and also comes with an hour-long documentary on Joan’s life and music. The sublime romantic songs on Soriano’s album are the perfect cure for all Pop Bachata currently being written for tweeners and housewives.

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Best of the Fall 2010 Latin Releases: Rita Indiana Y Los Misterios - El Juidero

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, September 22, 2010 01:29pm | Post a Comment
Rita indiana Y Los MisteriosRita Indiana Y Los Misterios-El Juidero
Out October 12th

Rita Indiana is probably the most interesting artist I have heard in a while. Hailing from the Dominican Republic, she was not known for her music at first. Instead, she was known for her literary skills, as the author of two books, Papi (2005) and La Estrategia de Chochueca (2003), that are now are part of the curriculum in some Latin American universities. Thanks to some dedicated blog sites around the world, she started to become somewhat of an internet sensation, offering her music for free downloads. I started to play some of her music in my deejay set throughout last year and this year, especially the beautiful “Jardinera,” which I usually opened my sets with when I could.

Rita Indiana Y Los Misterios-"Jardinera"



Visually, she is striking; her tallish, androgynous look reminds me of Annie Lennox with some Grace Jones mixed in. Musically, she blends her Caribbean influences (Merengue, Afro-Cuban, Reggae & Bachata) and mixes it her Anglophile influences. It’s the synths and scratchy guitars that remind me of what a CaribbeaRita Indianan-crazed England was creating in the eighties. Everyone -- The Clash, The Specials, Bow Wow Wow and even Bananarama -- had some Caribbean influence in their hit songs. What makes this album interesting is that Rita’s take is the reversal of the Anglos. She is a resident to Caribbean music and not a visitor, yet she gets the arty side of what the English were trying to do. Whether it’s the Merengue-Techno fusion of “Como Un Landron En La Noche” and “La Hora De Volve” or the Dub meets Bachata of “Paseme A Buca,” it’s the fusion of thoughts and cultures that continues to keep music interesting around the world.

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Amoeba Hollywood World Music Chart for August 2010

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, September 13, 2010 08:54am | Post a Comment
Jane Birkin/Serge Gainsbourg
1. Seu Jorge-Seu Jorge & Almaz
2. V/A-Let’s A Go-Go!
3. Arthur Verocai-S/T
4. DJ Sloe Poke- Fiesta Tropical
5. V/A-Afro-Beat Airways:West African Shock Waves Ghana & Togo 1972 to 1979
6. Jane Birkin &Serge Gainsbourg- S/T
7. V/A-Saigon Rock & Roll
8. Enrique Iglesias-Eurphoria
9. V/A-Pomegranates
10. V/A-World Ends: Afro Rock & Psychedelia In 1970s Nigeria

There was little change from July's chart. Seu Jorge & Almaz took the top spot after debuting at number three last month. New releases in August included the reissue of infamous collaboration between Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg, which was released on CD and limited edition vinyl with a bonus seven inch. At number five is the latest release from Analog Africa, Afro-Beat Airways. I’ve had this gem on heavy rotation during much of the month of August. It’s probably the funkiest African compilation to come out in a while.

For those who haven’t been in the Hollywood store in a while, we've made some changes in the World Music section. With the increase in vinyl sales, we decided to change a World Music CD end rack into a World vinyl end rack, with many beautiful World Music and Reggae LPs now on display. The results have been tremendous, especially with the non-traditional world music consumer. People who collect Jazz, Rock, Soul, House and Hip-Hop now have a whole new world (pardon the pun) of vinyl to collect. So whether you’re a seasoned DJ or someone just starting a vinyl collection, here are some must have new World Music releases on LP:

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