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Tango Meets Reggaeton - Calle 13

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, April 27, 2007 02:25am | Post a Comment
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Everyone's favorite Reggaeton group, Calle 13, released their second album on Tuesday. Residente O Visitante packs as much of a punch as their first release, with many collaberations with other artists. Working with Calle 13 on this release are Tego Calderon from Puerto Rico, La Mala Rodriguez from Spain and Orishas from Cuba. By far the most interesting pairing is Calle 13 with Bajofondo, the electro-tango group from Argentina. If you can imagine Kanye West, Luny Tunes and The Gotan Project getting together to make a song, then you get an idea what the song "Tango Del Pecado" is like. Check it out for yourself:


I know the infamous Viola Galloway, Amoeba Hollywood's world music buyer and Tango enthusiast, is just going to love the new Calle 13! She has been rallying for Reggaeton to fuse with Tango for the last three years!

Hot New Compilation 2 - Colombia! The Golden Age Of Discos Fuentes 1960-1976

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, April 26, 2007 01:02pm | Post a Comment
colombia the golden age of discos fuentes

Soundways Records
out of England does it again! Their Panama and Afro-Beat releases are excellent, but this release is their best by far. Discos Fuentes are to Colombian music what Stax & Motown are to soul, Trojan to Reggae, Blue Note to Jazz and what Sun Records is to rock music. They've released thousands of records since 1934 and still do to this day. The compilation covers the classic years of Discos Fuentes (1960-1976) and is mostly Cumbia and Salsa music with Champeta and some modernized versions of traditional South American music.

Much of what is on this comp hasn’t been released in quite some time and has only been available through out of print records. Included are rare tracks from well known Colombian artists Fruko Y Su Tesos, The Latin Brothers and Afrosound, plus classic tracks from Los Corraleros De Majagual, Pedro Laza y Su Pelayeros and Lucho Bermudez. This is straight up dance floor madness! Even those who can't dance will have a tough time resisting the rhythms produced by this release. Great liner notes with many pictures of the original album covers will make the record collector in you salivate.

Babe's & Ricky's Inn - Blues and Soul Food On A Monday Night

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, April 26, 2007 11:38am | Post a Comment

Babe’s & Ricky’s
on a Monday night is something that everyone should experience. Owner Laura Mae Gross, or Mama, as many call her, greets you at the door. At eighty- seven years old, she is still at the club every night. The eight-dollar cover gets you a free soul food dinner and all night Blues, including a brief set by Mickey Champion.

My first Babe’s & Ricky’s experience was last Monday. I got there early to walk around Leimart Park. I didn’t see the late night chess matches that once went on into the wee hours of the night. There used to be these intense chess matches just outside the legendary 5th Street Dick’s. I hadn’t seen them the last few times I been to Leimart Park. I passed by Project Blowed and The World Stage, both closed for the night. All these locations mentioned are known promoting culture, creativity and improvisation in the black community. Leimart Park is the place you need to be to improve your musical and word skills, with multiple Blues, Hip-Hop, Poetry and Jazz open mic sessions.

Babe’s & Ricky’s has a varied selection of beers, from New Castle to Ole English Malt Liquor. I noticed they had Guinness and I wondered if anyone had the nuts to make their own Black Eight at the bar. For those who don’t know, a Black Eight is a concoction of Ole 8 and Guinness, a throwback to my youth often done as a tribute to Tha Alkaholiks. (…Oooh don't I sound great when I down a black eighth, my style is much hotter than the enchilada plate...) I thought about doing it for a sec, then thought against it, as it’s a long drive from Leimart Park back to Cypress Park.

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Air Guitar - Why?

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, April 23, 2007 09:33am | Post a Comment


It’s been a minute since I’ve been to a metal club. Things are just different at metal clubs. Nobody dances, the ratio from men to women is severely slanted towards the men (although still better than at underground hip-hop shows) and I saw several grown men playing air guitar. Air guitar, Jesus…I can’t believe people do this, let alone in public! I see it sometimes at Amoeba when Iron Maiden or Metallica albums get played in the store. I watch the fingers start wiggling, the faces start grimacing and the arms go sliding up and down the neck the imaginary guitar. I usually cover my eyes in disbelief. I can understand a teenager doing it, but when you’re in your twenties, you might think of letting it go. If you are in your thirties and still doing it, seek professional help! Any older than thirty and still feel the need to rock the imaginary axe, you probably have worse problems, so rock on!

Maybe I have the problem. After all, Amoeba Hollywood is located oh-so very close to the Sunset Strip, the once home of 80’s hair metal. Maybe I should move to Ojai, where they had the insight to have a temporary ban on air guitar. Or maybe I should get with the program and join the US Air Guitar Championship. What song would I choose?

"Eruption?" Naw, too obvious.

Richard Thompson’s guitar solo on “The Border” would be cool. It’s a little obscure but I would need to find some air violin and air pan pipe players to accompany me. Dio-era Black Sabbath would be cool, but I would need circles and rings, dragons and kings.

Maybe I’ll just wait until they have the air deejaying contest...

Men In Black: Black Flag and N.W.A. - L.A.'s Musical Influence On The World Part 1

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, April 19, 2007 11:56am | Post a Comment
N.W.A. and Black Flag had much in common. Their music spoke of oppression, police brutality and the party life. The cops continuously harassed both groups. Riots sprung at both group's shows, making it hard for the groups to perform. On top of that, they were practically neighbors. Compton is just a few miles away from Lawndale.


BLACK FLAG

Black Flag played hardcore punk that woke suburbia from its sleep. When the rock clubs banned Black Flag from playing their venues, they created alternative venues for their shows and created the first D.I.Y. touring circuit for alternative rock bands. Black Flag released hundreds of records on their own label (SST Records) by other influential punk rock groups. They were the godfathers of the 90's grunge movement as well as every hardcore punk band that came after them. Black Flag saved punk rock from dying a premature hipster's death, yet unfortunately introduced the whole knucklehead element into the punk scene. Circle pit, anyone?


N.W.A.

No disrespect to Too Short or The Geto Boys, but there would be no gangster rap in mainstream media if it weren’t for N.W.A. They achieved massive commercial success and mainstream appeal without the help of radio airplay or MTV. They helped expose society to "ghetto life," putting South L.A. and Compton on the map. Lyrically they helped inspire the revolt of 1992 (Some of you called it a riot; some of us call it a revolt!) and amputated the east coast stronghold held on hip-hop for many years, focusing attention not only on the L.A. rap scene but on other federations of rap music such as Houston, Atlanta and the Bay Area.
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