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Amoeba Hollywood World Music Best Sellers For Jan. 2010

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, February 1, 2010 09:13am | Post a Comment


1. Charlotte Gainsbourg-IRM
2. Aventura-Last
3. Shakira-She Wolf
4. Mahssa-Oyun Havasi Vol. 1
5. Manu Chao-Baionarena
6. Charlotte Gainsbourg-IRM (LP version)
7. Tinariwen-Imidiwan: Companions
8. V/A-Colombia!
9. V/A-Tumbele! Biguine, Afro & Latin Sounds from the French Caribbean, 1963-74
10. Buika-El Ultima Trago

Even though Charlotte Gainsbourg’s IRM has only been out for the last week, it has already sold well enough to take the top spot on Amoeba Hollywood’s World Music chart. IRM was produced by Beck and was the first anticipated release of the year. The vinyl version of IRM also took the sixth spot and probably could have sold more had we not sold out over the weekend. Last year, Charlotte's father, Serge Gainsbourg, was the only artist to also have the CD and vinyl version of a record in our top forty best sellers of the year, with the reissue of Histoire De Melody Nelson.

At number five is Manu Chao's second live album, Baionarena, which includes two CD’s and one DVD. Baionarena was recorded and filmed over the last couple of years while supporting the La Radiolina release. Having caught two shows during this tour,  Baionarena triggers many great memories I had attending the shows. Baionarena is also available on vinyl, which also comes with the DVD.

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Lhasa de Sela 1972-2010

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, January 4, 2010 01:15am | Post a Comment

Singer Lhasa de Sela passed away on January 1st 2010, after a twenty-one month battle with breast cancer. Lhasa, as she was known, released three albums. 1997's La Llorona, 2003's The Living Road and her self-titled release in April of 2009. She also performed at Amoeba Hollywood in 2004 just before I started working here, and at the San Francisco store later that same week.

She was born on September 27, 1972, to a Mexican father and an American mother. She spent much of her childhood traveling back and forth through Mexico and the U.S. This nomadic lifestyle contributed to her creativity and by the age of thirteen, she started singing in restaurants. In 1997, La Llorona brought her much praise in Canada, where she relocated after moving out on her own. La Llorona was sung entirely in Spanish. The Living Road, her second album, made her an international star, as she sang in Spanish, French and English, easily flowing from one language to the next. 2009's self-titled release, Lhasa, was her first entirely in English, which, after reading the lyrics, I can only assume chronicled her bout with cancer.  Due to her sickness, Lhasa was forced to cancel her tour slated for last fall. She also planned to record an album of the songs of  Victor Jara and Violeta Parra, but died before the album could come to fruition.

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Amoeba Hollywood World Music Best Sellers For 2009

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, January 2, 2010 05:00pm | Post a Comment
These are the forty World Music releases that Los Angeles shoppers went gaga over the last year.


1. Zoe-Reptilectric
2. Aventura-Last
3. Amadou & Mariam-Welcome to Mali
4. Mahssa-Oyun Havasi Vol.1
5. Eydie Gorme Y Los Panchos-Cantan En Español
6. V/A-Nigeria 70 (re-mastered)
7. Rodrigo Y Gabriela-11:11
8. Manu Chao-Clandestino
9. Shakira-She Wolf
10. V/A-Panama Vol. 2
11. V/A-Legends Of Benin
12. V/A-African Scream Contest
13. Mexican Institute Of Sound-Soy Sauce
14. Bomba Estereo-Blow Up
15. V/A-Nigeria Rock Special


16. V/A-The Sound Of Wonder
17. Poncho Sanchez- Psychedelic Blues
18. Serge Gainsbourg-Histoire De Melody Nelson
19. V/A-Black Rio Vol.2
20. Rodrigo Y Gabriela-Live In Japan
21. V/A-Colombia!
22. Mulatu Astatke-Inspiration Information
23. Bebel Gilberto-All In One
24. Buika-Niña De Fuego
25. V/A-Nigeria Disco Funk
26. Arthur Verocai-S/T
27. Los Amigos Invisible -Commercial
28. Os Mutantes- Haith Or Amortecedor
29. La Excelencia-Mi Tumbao Social
30. Buika-El Ultimo Trago

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Top Forty World Music Releases of 2009 Vol-4

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, January 2, 2010 02:20pm | Post a Comment

10. Major Lazer-Guns Don't Kill People... Lazers Do

The quote attributed to Ken Kesey in Tom Wolfe’s The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test comes to mind when I listen to Major Lazer: "You're either on the bus or off the bus." The future of so-called “World Music” has everything mixing the past with the present. This is where most purists jump off the party bus and the rest of us keep going. On the bus still are producers Diplo and Switch, along with Vybz Kartel, T.O.K., Ms. Thing, Turbulence, Mr. Vegas, Mr. Lexx, Santigold, Nina Sky and Amanda Blank. Major Lazer is the link between Reggae Dancehall, Baltimore Club music and Favela Funk, all under the guise of a hard partying Jamaican commando who lost his arm in a secret zombie war in 1984. Think of a club at its peak: dirty, sweaty and full of people trying to make it on the dance floor and that is what Guns is. Major Lazer, along with Buraka Som Sistema and Toy Selectah, are bringing the party back into global party!


9. V/A- The Sound Of Wonder!

This is the latest installment in the B-Music/Finders Keepers series of obscure World Music. The Sound Of Wonder! focuses on Pakistan's little known-to-westerners “Lollywood” sound. What is Lollywood, you say? Lollywood was a tongue in cheek term made up in the late 80’s by Glamour gossip columnist Saleem Nasir because all the Pakistani films were filmed in the city of Lahore. The Pakistani film industry thrived, much like India’s film industry, but had little success outside of Pakistan’s borders. The music on this compilation sounds like a lo-fi, spaced out version of Bollywood music with Urdu lyrics. Most of the tracks on this compilation are done by composer M. Ashraf and singer Nahid Akhtar, with one track containing Noor Jehan, the legendary Pakistani singer who recorded over 10,000 songs in her lifetime and was the first female Pakistani film director. Of all the Finder Keepers releases, I feel this one is their strongest to date.


8. Chico Sonido-Chico Sonido

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Top Forty World Music Releases of 2009 Vol-3

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, December 26, 2009 02:00pm | Post a Comment

juan son mermaid sashimi20. Juan Son-Mermaid Sashimi

Juan Son's first solo outing since the demise of Porter is a symphonic collage of songs in both English and Spanish. Musically, the arrangements are sophisticated, capturing the same imagination the likes of Brian Wilson and XTC had in the past. Juan's high, Bjork-like voice sometimes leaves me with a bit of a headache, but I also can’t stop listening to it, especially the track “Nad,a” somewhere between The Rolling Stones “She’s A Rainbow” and Café Tacvba at their best.






19. Tinariwen-Imidiwan: Companions

Tinariwen's latest release finds the band returning home after constant touring to the Sahara desert. Perhaps their homecoming sparked a return to a sound that I felt they lost on their last release, Aman Iman. Imidiwan has the band once again rocking out. In ways it reminds me of their second album, Amassakoul, but with more vision and clarity this time. With this release, Tinariwen continues to remain the standard of the Toureg rock scene that has grown over the last decade.



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