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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

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Please Please Me

Posted by Whitmore, March 22, 2008 07:29pm | Post a Comment

45 years ago today,  March 22, 1963, the Beatles released their first album Please Please Me. This mono version was rush-released to the public in the UK to capitalize on the success of the hit single of the same name which had reached #2 on the charts. The album contained six cover songs, but more importantly it contained eight songs written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. A stereo version of this album was later released in 1963 on April 26th.

In the U.S., most of the songs from Please Please Me were first released in 1964 on the Vee-Jay Records label on the renamed album Introducing The Beatles. And in 1965 a similar collection was issued once again on Capitol Records as The Early Beatles. The unexpurgated Please Please Me was not released in the U.S. until the Beatles catalog was released on CD in 1987.

Other than the singles and the flip sides of "Please Please Me" and "Love Me Do" (the Beatles' first single which had charted and reached #17 in the UK), all the other tracks were recorded in a marathon session on Monday, February 11th, 1963, at Abbey Road Studios. The Beatles, with George Martin producing, essentially recorded their live act in 9 hours and 45 minutes. The entire day's session cost around £400. And besides John, Paul, George Harrison and Ringo Starr playing their respective instruments, George Martin also played a little piano. The earlier tracks recorded the previous September and November had session player Andy White on drums, who has also recorded with the likes of Marlene Dietrich, Herman's Hermits, and Tom Jones.

The Darjeeling Limited: Style Over Substance

Posted by Miss Ess, March 21, 2008 08:37pm | Post a Comment
I must be in an overly cynical mood today. Regardless, I just finished watching Wes Anderson's The Darjeeling Limited, which has recently come out on DVD.

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This movie is yet another suitably quirky Anderson film. I'm all for directors who put their stamp on their pictures, especially when it's to the degree where you can tell who made it just by looking at a brief clip.  I'm also all for characters that are idiosyncratic and different. What I'm darjeeling limited jason schwartzman owen wilsontrying to say is, I really do like Wes Anderson, perhaps mostly because he doesn't make Julia Roberts movies. Ever. He has his own voice, and I applaud that.

That said, this movie was all style, no substance, which is what his movies sometimes can be, at their worst.

The Darjeeling Limited is built around a wonderful, interesting concept: Three adult American brothers unite in India to reconnect.  The brothers are, of course, suitably quirky togwyneth paltrow royal tenenbaums wes anderson the nth degree. They are played by Owen Wilson (Francis), Adrian Brody (Peter) and Jason Schwartzman (Jack). These oddball brothers are wealthy enough to stay endlessly at gorgeous Parisian hotels, tear up their return tickets from India and carry an Ipod with a speaker dock all through their Indian trip by train/bus/bike/etc, but they are duly pained by their father's death and their mother's negligence. It was difficult for me to invest myself in their story-- they come off as exceedingly self absorbed, and while thdarjeeling limited aiden brody owen wilson jason schwartzmanat may have worked for Margot Tenenbaum (in Anderson's highly enjoyable The Royal Tenenbaums), she was not filmed interacting with locals throughout third world India-- rather, she appeared in her natural environment of upper class New York City. The characters here seemed to have permanently down turned, achingly sad eyes, overly glorified by many closeups and slow pans. Oh, the pain of great wealth and great luggage!

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