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So What's New With You? The Shameless Self-Promotion of Gomez Comes Alive

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, April 10, 2011 11:33pm | Post a Comment
A few people have wondered why I don’t use the Amoeba Blog to promote myself, so here I go. I promise to return to World Music and Amoeba Hollywood on my next blog.

As a deejay I’ve had some great gigs recently. I have performed with the likes of Celso PiƱa, Very Be Careful, B-Side Players and Buyepongo. Anda! A monthly retro- Cumbia/Salsa/Merengue party that DJ’s Juan Lennon, Gazooo, Mando Fever and I started three years ago is still going strong. Our Next Anda on May 7th will have DJ Nu-Mark as our guest. If you haven’t heard Nu-Mark’s latest mix, “Take Me With You” on the Mochilla label, you are in for a treat. It is a mixtape of Jurassic worldly proportions, to say the least.

Anda With DJ NU-Mark

NU-Mark Take Me With You

I have a new residency at the Grand Star in Chinatown, joining the Intensified crew every second Saturday of the month. Intensified features great Reggae, Rocksteady and Latin sounds with The Lawless One and King Steady Beat. I am very happy to be joining them. Speaking of King Steady Beat, we will be releasing an all-vinyl Cumbia mixtape as The Mucho Lucho Sound System. That will be released in May. Artist Lalo Alcaraz did the artwork for the CD. He is the creator of the nationally syndicated comic strip "La Cucaracha” and it’s an honor that his art will be on the CD.

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DJ Gazooo's "Beats And Pieces" Mix Cassette Out Now!

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, January 24, 2011 09:00am | Post a Comment
DJ Gazooo Beats And Pieces
With the recent revival of cassette releases comes a Hip-Hop mix tape that is actually on cassette. DJ Gazoo has been on a tear of late. You can catch him almost any night in L.A., manhandling the turntables, playing anything from Soul to Punta, Reggae to Batucada and so on. But after one listen to Beats And Pieces, it’s hard to deny that Gazoo’s first love is Hip-Hop. Beats And Pieces is a throwback to those classic 90’s mix tapes that had every original song that beat makers were turning into monster hits. It's one of those mixes where you go,”Oh, so that’s where Black Star got that sample!” For any young digger, Gazoo’s mix is an essential tool to finding those records to beef up your collection. If your car still has a cassette player, throw it on and soon you'll find yourself rapping over the tracks. I’m so glad that my car still has a cassette player. I've only had the car for a few years and I think it was the first time I actually used it!

I remember many years ago giving a record to an ex-girlfriend and she didn’t know what to do with it because she grew up in the CD generation. So what happens now if you give a cassette to someone who only grew up with CDs and MP3’s? Will they try to shove the cassette into their computer?

Beats And Pieces is available at Amoeba Hollywood and at all of Gazoo’s DJ gigs. Like I mentioned earlier, he is always playing around town but you can catch Gazoo at some of these spots for sure!

Every 2nd and 3rd Sunday at Carbon for Pa’Gozar
Every Friday at The Little Temple for Resident Fridays
Every First Saturday at Mal’s Bar for Anda!
Every second Saturday at La Fonda for La Boa

LA 4 PK Benefit At Anda 9/4/2010

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, September 1, 2010 03:55pm | Post a Comment
LA 4 PK Anda flyer
It’s been disheartening to see the lack of coverage the floods in Pakistan have been getting in L.A. The relief efforts have been slow, and contributions to relief organizations have been much less than one would expect for a disaster of that magnitude. Surely the media's bias against Muslim countries doesn’t help. Add a depressed economy and other variables and most relief groups will tell you that funds are not rolling in to help the millions affected by the floods.

But how about the people that seem to champion every worldly cause? You, know, the ones that seem to Tweet or send Facebook links about global warming or “Haiti: One Year Later?" When local deejay Kutmah was deported, people came from all over the city to donate and help out, especially those not privy to immigrant rights issues. He is only one person and look at the effort that went to help him! It's amazing what people can do when focused. In Pakistan, there are 20 million people affected by the flooding. You would think there would be an uproar about the lack of aid and humanity.

How bout those artists that seem to write a song about any social issue in the media? There are no “We Are The World” style songs for Pakistan. I guess if the media isn’t covering Pakistan, then there will be no coverage for a song about Pakistan. Like the expression goes, "If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?" So why bother writing that song, right?

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Anda! 2nd Anniversary with Very Be Careful

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, June 3, 2010 01:43am | Post a Comment
Anda Cumbia Salsa Very Be Careful
When Juan Lennon and I started Anda two years ago, it was all about fun. We were two guys with an ever-growing vintage Salsa & Cumbia LP collection but with nowhere to play the records! Juan knew a spot called Mal’s Bar. I thought it was in downtown, but it turned out to be in the industrial part of town closer to the campus of USC. I admit, I had reservations about the location, but soon I came around. Mal’s is the last of the true neighborhood spots in Los Angeles. It is a throwback to bars that existed in L.A’s past, full of locals and native Angelinos. It doesn’t have valet parking or V.I.P. lounges. It lacks hipster credibility and it’s not the place to be if you want to be “seen.” It’s a neighborhood bar without pretensions. You drink, you dance, you meet people, you hook up (or don’t) and at Anda you get to hear dope Latin music from our residents DJ’s (Gazoooo, Mando Fever, Juan Lennon and myself) and either a band or guest DJ. It’s that simple. We have been blessed to present some of the best talent L.A. has to offer: La Santa Cecilia, Cava, Quinto Sol, DJ 8bits, Buyepongo, Wil-Dog Y Su Banda Juvenil, Rani D (Soul In The Park), Chico Sonido, Ganas (Mas Exitos), La Santa Maria, Reyes (Eclectica), Agua Dulce (actually from San Diego), Sloe Poke (Sonido/Descarga), Ervin Arana (Root Down), Concepto Tambor and, of course, Very Be Careful, who will be performing at our 2nd Anniversary show on Saturday, June 5th.
Very Be Careful Escape Room anda
Until recently, Very Be Careful was the only Vallenato/Cumbia game in town. Now you have the young upstarts Buyepongo (who played our first Anda ever!), Mr.Vallenato (re-located from Texas) and new up and comers La Chamba, who play Peruvian Chicha music via East Los Angeles. VBC continues to the beat of their own drum. They have half a dozen albums out; they have played to audiences in Japan, Europe and South America and their audience stretches from immigrants to punkers, bike-riding hipsters, tias y moms, Ethnomusicologists, dancers and Soul & Hip-Hop heads. If you have lived in Los Angeles over the last dozen years or so, chances are you have seen these hooligans perform. Sometimes they play drunk or just plain wasted on god knows what, but they are always a good time. Most accordion based Cumbia groups seem to worship at the house of Andres Landero (which is cool, I can’t knock that), but VBC’s love for Alejo Duran shows in their songs, full of romanticism and wit, especially on their most recent release, Escape Room, out on Barbes Records. Tales of regret and heartache are mixed with some real Vallenato burners, as if Nick Cave and Lisandro Meza made a record together. But it’s their live show you have to experience. The sweaty dance floor, the drunkenness and the rawness that is Mal’s, Anda and Very Be Careful…a match made some where between heaven and hell, South and East Los Angeles.

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Favorite Band Alert #3

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, December 15, 2008 12:16am | Post a Comment
Wil-Dog Abers, bass player and one of the O.G. members of Ozomatli, loves Mexican Banda music. He loves it more than most Mexicanos. So what to do with all that love of Banda music? Start your own Banda!

Here are some pics from the band's show at Anda!, a club I do once a month at Mal's Bar with fellow deejays Gazoo, Ray Ricky Rivera and Mando Fever. The show was a lot of fun and the banda blew the roof off the bar!

Wil-Dog Y Su Banda La Juvenil starts off the show with a banda version of Mr.Vegas' "Heads High."


Banda La Juvenil maybe young but they play like a banda twice their age.


The tuba player


They did everything from El Coyote to The Clash.


The audience dug it, of course.

Band La Juvenil gig all over town without Wil-Dog. Bandas make bank playing everything from large concerts to weddings. All of you who ditched your tuba after your band geek days lost your calling, and lots of money.

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