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First Mandala Of 2008...And It Starts With...Me !

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, January 9, 2008 12:29am | Post a Comment
electrocumbia-chicano chill-salsa clandestina-
south american psych & hip hop en español
plus:
classics from discos fuentes, fania, areito & rampart records

MANDALA is Amoeba's weekly in-house DJ series -- the evening when the Amoeba staff take to the stage to spin their favorite tunes!

Each MANDALA session is two 90-minute DJ sets, guided only by the far-ranging imagination of the DJs. Started at Amoeba San Francisco in 1998, MANDALA continues every Friday in San Francisco and Wednesday at Amoeba Hollywood.


The Story Of Calvin Weston (and Tony)-1986

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, January 8, 2008 01:53am | Post a Comment

Tony was uptight about loaning out his drum kit. It wasn’t because he thought another drummer would damage his kit. The reason was that he played in a band that opened up for the guitar legend James Blood Ulmer back in 1986. Ulmer’s band used to tour without a back line and would borrow the opening band’s equipment.

On that evening, Tony felt his playing was exceptional. After his set, James Blood Ulmer’s drummer Calvin Weston asked Tony if he could borrow his kit. Feeling confident, Tony agreed. Calvin liked Tony’s kit, it was set up just the way he liked he liked it and would have to make very little modifications to it.

After James Blood Ulmer’s first song, Tony regretted loaning out his kit. Calvin was amazing and had erased anything he had played before. It wasn't just that Calvin was better than Tony that night, but he showed him up on his own kit.

Currently, Calvin Weston is on tour, playing with the Noise Jazz group Monster Cock Rally, out of Oakland. They are playing several shows up and down California this week.

Here are some pic’s from their show at Mr. T’s Bowl with Mike Watt’s Missingmen. Damn...now I know what Tony meant.

Why You Should Shop In The World Music Vinyl Section #3 - Classic Disco Fuentes LPs

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, January 6, 2008 03:07pm | Post a Comment
colombia! the golden age
I asked a sales rep from Miami Records, the U.S. distributor of Discos Fuentes, why they don't release older Disco Fuentes titles with the original covers. She told me that their core market wants new music and doesn't care about the older titles anymore. I have to tell you, the biggest selling Discos Fuentes related title we had at Amoeba Hollywood last year was the Colombia! compilation, put together by the Soundway label out of England. Soundway licensed classic Discos Fuentes tracks that the Miami Records rep said no one cared about and added a great booklet with liner notes and photos of the original album covers. The Colombia! Compilation was geared towards the Anglo market, people who aren't familiar with the music, but many Latinos who grew up with the music bought it because it included many tracks that had been out of print for years. It goes to show you that most record company people tend to be oblivious about their own market.

The best place to find those out of print Fuentes titles is in the World Music Vinyl section, now located at the end of the Rock Vinyl section.

V/A-Cumbias Cumbias Cumbias

Rodolfo Y Su Tipica R.A.7-Show Bailable!
The Latin Brothers-Te Encontre
Latin Brothers-Suavecito, Apretaito
V/A-Salsa/Cumbia (double album)

Why You Should Shop In The World Music Vinyl Section #2 - Part 2 -The Salsa Arms Race

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, January 6, 2008 01:46am | Post a Comment
My roommate took me to a house party in which the owner of the house had this insane record collection. I try to live minimally, not buying more than I need, but when I saw the amount of Salsa vinyl this guy had, I went nuts. After that night, I made it a point to try to amass a Salsa Vinyl collection bigger than the one I saw at the party. I guess I had Salsa envy. Thus began the Salsa Arms Race. Check out what I've found lately at Amoeba's World Music vinyl section...Ha! take that, Salsa Vinyl Collection Guy!

Andy Montañez-Una Dimension Desconocida
Oscar D'Leon Y Su Salsa Mayor-2 Sets Con Oscar
 Grupo Irakere-Self-Titled X 2
El Gran Combo-In Alaska

Why You Should Shop In The World Music Vinyl Section - Part 1 - The Roc En Español Edition

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, January 6, 2008 01:09am | Post a Comment

Caifanes
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La Negra Tomasa










Manu Chao -
Radio
Bemba Sound System









Enanitos Verdes- Contrareloj  








Titan-
C'mon Feel The Noise


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