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Why You Should Shop In The World Music Vinyl Section #4

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, March 23, 2008 08:32pm | Post a Comment
I got some great Salsa records the other day. Nothing amazingly rare but L.P.'s one should have if you are going to compete in the Salsa arms race. I have to say I'm proud of my little collection. However, when  I saw the cover of the new Jesus Pagan CD, I nearly flipped. Now that's a collection! I don't know if that's his personal collection, but from the sound of his first album, he must of dug through plenty of crates. Jesus Pagan's first release, Salsa De La Mata - From The Roots, is out now and is red hot!



One day ... I keep telling myself. One day.
Here are some of my finds:

Dimension Latina-Salsa Brava
(with Oscar D'Leon on vocals)



Roberto Roena Y Su Apollo Sound-Pa'Fuera



Grupo Fascinacion-Fascinating Sounds
(w/Johnny Rivera on Vocals)



Happy Easter!

Posted by Eric Brightwell, March 23, 2008 12:38pm | Post a Comment
In terms of beloved figures central to Christian children's mythology, the Easter Bunny would probably show up near the top, well below Santa Claus but higher than Jesus, The Sandman and the Tooth Fairy. Actually, I was never too crazy about the Tooth Fairy. What does she does with all those teeth? Why does she buy our silence with micropayments left under our pillows?

    

Questions about the Easter Bunny are less frightening and more practical. How does a rabbit lay eggs? Where does the Easter Bunny live the rest of the year? How does he carry the Easter basket? And perhaps, what does he have to do with Christ Jesus' resurrection (if you're Rod or Tod)?

Of course, like all great holy days, Easter's roots aren't in Christianity. Whereas usually the Churchies change the name of the holiday when moving their religious observance onto its pagan foundation, in this case they left the old name. This could be because Eostre, a goddess of the Angles and Saxons, hadn't been actively worshiped for some time when Jesus' resurrection was being celebrated.

      

HAPPY EASTER!

Posted by Whitmore, March 23, 2008 08:23am | Post a Comment

Art Don't Sleep & Fania Records Present:

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, March 23, 2008 12:56am | Post a Comment
Art Don’t Sleep has been putting together some incredible shows over the last four years. Tonight was no exception. The show was a record release for San Francisco DJ Sake 1, who is part of the Fania Live CD series released by the newly reformed Fania Records. Los Angeles was blessed to hear a set from Sake 1, whose Fania Live release is the best of the series so far. Master percussionist Francisco Aguabella, now 83 years old and still going strong, followed Sake 1's set.  Aguabella's first set of Latin Jazz and Salsa kicked into high gear when Chuchito Valdez, piano virtuoso and son of the infamous Chucho Valdez joined in on the keyboards. His thunderous keyboard playing shook the audience out of their seats and on to the dance floor. After Aguabella's first set, the infamous Bobbito from New York went on the ones and two and rocked a great DJ set full of Fania classics and remixes by the likes of The Candela All Stars and others. I know Bobbito is a great Hip-Hop and Soul DJ so I was anxious to hear what he could do with Latin music. He did not disappoint.

The dance floor was full of all types, from the Salsaheads who look like they are in competition with each other to the Fania geeks like myself that have no Salsa dance skills whatsoever. I was better off snapping photos and having drinks. Salsa is tricky. Take a person who looks great dancing to Hip-Hop and R&B and put them on a Salsa dance floor.  Most of the time they look like they have to go to the bathroom.

I left the show before Aguabella's second set. I wish I could have stayed longer but that’s the pitfalls of working Sunday morning. I’m sure as I write this the show is still going strong.

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Dark Tide

Posted by phil blankenship, March 22, 2008 10:22pm | Post a Comment
 

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