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Gomez' Belated Blog On Mexican Independence Day

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, October 20, 2008 12:35am | Post a Comment
I forgot to mention that I did a set at Amoeba for Mexican Independence Day way back on September 16th. Most Non-Mexicans (and some Mexicans as well) think that Cinco De Mayo is Mexican Independence Day. Mexican Independence Day celebrates a declaration of independence from Spain in 1812. Mexico would not become independent until 1821. Cinco De Mayo is the celebration of a victory over the French army at Puebla de Los Angeles in 1862. It was a war that eventually Mexico would lose a year later.

For Mexicans living in the United States, Cinco De Mayo and Mexican Independence Day have become a way to show pride in our culture and people. For that reason, It was fun to play an entire set of mostly Mexican artists. I tried to play as many different genres of Mexican music possible, from traditional to the newer Electronica groups. Again, there are misconceptions that Mexican music is simply traditional. Others lump in any music sung in Spanish as Mexican music such as Salsa or Flamenco. In my set I tried to defuse the myths, yet still play the songs that make Mexicans...well...Mexicans. Some songs are fun, some political, some are heart breakers and some are timeless classics.

Below is the set list that I played that day. The links will take you to the artist's videos for the songs on YouTube. Some of the older ones are gems. Check Out Vicente Fernandez & Los Dinners!

"El Rey"- Jose Alfredo Jimenez
"Pachuco"- Maldita Vecindad
"Mexico 70"- Perez Prado (not a Mexican, but he moved to Mexico from Cuba post-Castro)
"La Chica Sexy"- Los Tucanes De Tijuana
"Yepa Yepa Yepa"- Silverio
"Don Quijote Marijuana"- Brujeria
"The Clap"- Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich+Fussible
"Jefe De Jefes"- Los Tigres Del Norte
"Chaparra De Mi Amor"- Ramon Ayala
"La Cumbia Del Rio"- Los Pikadientes De Caborca
"La Bala"- Los Dinners
"Cumbia De Mole"- Lila Downs
"Eres Para Mi" (Sonidero Nacional Cumbow Remix)- Julieta Venegas
"Metrosexual"- Amandititita
"Cumbia De Moonra"- Moonra Y Su Batallon
"Cumbia Sobre El Rio"- Celso Piña
"La Negra Tomasa"- Caifanes
"Falso Amor"- Los Bukis
"Las Fabulosas I"- Contol Machete
"Viva La Raza"- Latin Playboys
"Se Me Hizo Facil"- Chavela Vargas
"Rata De Dos Patas"- Paquita La Del Barrio
"Volver Volver"- Vicente Fernandez

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The Los Angeles Dodgers

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, October 19, 2008 11:39pm | Post a Comment
Game five do or die: DJ Sloe Poke shows us which side he's on.


Dodger Fans cheering in a half full stadium. A 5:30 start time doesn't help the cause.


A doomsday sky above Chavez Ravine, thanks to the smoke from the all the local wildfires and a Phillies 5-0 lead over the Dodgers. The end is indeed near.


A picture of a Dodger fan tradition: leaving early to beat the traffic when your team is down.


Phillies celebrate their victory over the Dodgers. It was hard to watch.


In the parking lot, heading home. An ironic sign for us broken-hearted Dodger fans.
Better sign Manny!

Juaneco Y Su Combo

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, October 19, 2008 10:01pm | Post a Comment

Due to the success of last year’s The Roots Of Chicha: Psychedelic Cumbias From Peru, Barbes Records is now releasing full album by the some of the groups included on that compilation. Juaneco Y Su Combo is not a household name, but it should be. Masters Of Chicha Vol.1 is a collection of the group’s work from when Juan Wong Jr. took over his father’s band in the late 60’s to the late 70’s. Juaneco Y Su Combo combined Cumbia, Peruvian Folk Music and Rock to create the sound that was later dubbed Chicha music.

The group was also known for their look as well as their sound. They dressed in traditional Shipibo costumes, a native tribe from their home in Pucallpa. Much like a country band dressing like cowboys, even if none of them are actually cowboys, Juaneco Y Su Combo dressed like the Shipibo as a way to show their pride in where they are from. The Shipibo influenced even the song subjects, as the group often wrote songs about life in the jungle.

There are two reasons why this band sounds so unique. First, when Juaneco took over his father’s band, he switched from playing the accordion to the Farfisa Organ, which gave the band that 60’s garage rock sound. The second was guitar player Noé Fachin, who was much older than the rest of the group. He came into the group with Brazilian and African music influences and soon became the main songwriter. Upon listening to the Juaneco Y Su Combo: Masters of Chicha disc, one knowledgeable enough will notice the Congolese guitar influence on Noé Fachin's guitar playing. They often covered Brazilian standards as well as the hit Cumbia Juaneco Y Su Comboand Rock songs of the day.

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Massacre At Central High

Posted by phil blankenship, October 19, 2008 06:23pm | Post a Comment
Massacre At Central High seventies cult film  Massacre At Central High directed by Rene Daalder

Massacre At Central High plot synopsis

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Viking Video Classics #1020

"We will not walk in fear, one of another"

Posted by Whitmore, October 19, 2008 09:16am | Post a Comment

I usually don’t write about politics. I find that the best political writing should employ (exploit?) a subtle and sophisticated hand, especially in these days of tightrope walks and frayed nerves that seem to deal better with cardboard emotions than sheets of facts and figures. I am seldom subtle and, unfortunately, never sophisticated. I’m better off subjecting readers to unintelligible flights of fancy and weirdness than operating a scalpel around the lesions of politics lessons.

But even after witnessing this long, never ending line of fear mongering from the right, I was simply bowled over by the most recent hysteria coming from Minnesota Rep. Michelle Bachmann who suggested that major newspapers should investigate other members of Congress to "find out if they are pro-America or anti-America.” (Of course my first thought was, “I thought the media was controlled by the leftist elite, so how could such an investigation actually work … the left will protect their anti-American progeny!” Then again, I think it's only fair that we should start the investigation with Rep. Bachmann -- you know, she who throws the first stone...just to make sure her aim is true?)

Joseph McCarthy. Not exactly our finest moment as a nation. And now, well here we are ... But then out of nowhere, my rarely seen sunny-optimistic side crawled out from beneath my bleak crusty disposition, swatting away my pesky depression in one mighty blow. I suddenly remembered a quote from Edward R. Murrow’s show See It Now and the special episode entitled “A Report on Senator Joseph McCarthy” that aired on the evening of May 9, 1954.   

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