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Why You Should Shop In The World Music Vinyl Section - Part 1 - The Roc En Español Edition

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, January 6, 2008 01:09am | Post a Comment

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No Manu Chao, No Problem - Notes From The Latin Rock And Pop Section #2

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, October 8, 2007 01:19am | Post a Comment
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Manu Chao’s catalog sells well enough in the Latin Rock & Pop section of Amoeba Music Hollywood that it’s usually in our Top 20 World Music chart every month. In fact, Clandestino, Manu Chao’s first solo album, has been out since 1998 and is usually in our Top Ten every month. Imagine my surprise to find out that three of the four Manu Chao releases, (Clandestino, Proxima Estacion: Esperanza and Radio Bembo Sound System) are currently out of print. It’s a little odd, I must say. It’s like having a Reggae section without Bob Marley or the Rock Section suddenly without Pink Floyd.

Not to fear. Our head buyer, Roxanne, told me that she expects all those titles will be back in print in the future in some form or another. But in the meantime, if you head to the Latin section to find those titles and can’t find them, it’s not on us. Maybe it’s a good time to venture out and find some new music, eh? The new Café Tacvba, Si No, will be out Tuesday, October 9th. Molotov’s supposed last album before they call it quits, Eternamiente, will be out the following Tuesday (10/16).

We also have plenty of Fania Reissues, Hip-Hop & Reggae En Español, 60’s and 70’s Psychedelia from South America, Cumbia, Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Reggaeton and Norteños. We have deep catalog of many Latin Rock classics from Soda Stereo, Heroes Del Silencio, Mana, Aterciopelados and Mano Negra.

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Manu Chao Listening Party @ Nativo 8/29 - La Radiolina out September 4th

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, August 30, 2007 12:40pm | Post a Comment
I have never liked the idea of listening parties, just because most of the listening parties I’ve been involved with have come off as being insincere marketing ploys by record labels. So, when it was suggested that Nativo, the club that I spin at, was to host the Manu Chao listening party, I was optomistic about the turn out. First off, this is Manu Chao’s first album in six years and fans have been waiting for this for a while. Manu Chao’s fans are generally open-minded and like a diverse variety of music. So, I hoped that we wouldn't have one of those listening parties where you play the album and everyone sits around and gets some cheap label promotional item.
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Myself, Mexican Dubweiser and Mando Fever took turns deejaying that night, playing Cumbia mash-ups, Latin Alternative remixes and some Brazilian House. After the crowd had a few drinks in them the dance floor started to come alive. Around 11:30 we decided to play Manu’s new album, La Radiolina. I watched  the Manu fans hearing the CD for the first time with a shared excitement. It’s been a while since I have been so into an artist I was excited about hearing a new album for the first time. The Manu fans were dancing as if they were at one of his concerts.

Nacional Records & Amoeba, who were sponsering the listening party, gave us some dope giveaways, including a $50 gift certificate for Amoeba Records that we raffled off during a slight intermission while playing the album. That gift certificate was a big hit! After the album was done playing, I expected most people to leave but people stayed until the end. Mexican Dubweiser played a straight-up Cumbia set and I finished the night with some Baile Funk. I enjoyed playing that stuff at the end of the night because people were so wasted by then that they started to dance pretty crazily!

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Manu Chao Live @ The Sport Arena 5/2/07

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, June 6, 2007 04:11am | Post a Comment
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The sounds of my neighborhood, Cypress Park, remind me of Manu Chao; a mixture of cultures clashing about on the streets -- police sirens, the bell ringing from a paletero’s ice cream cart, children playing in the streets, Sonidero blasting out of a big truck, teenage punk bands practicing in garages and loud TV’s trying to drown it all out. It all mixes together, creating its own symphony, much like Manu Chao's music, which is rooted in what bands like The Clash started. It is reggae influenced punk rock mixed with various influences picked up while traveling the world. While The Clash discovered America, Manu Chao found kinship in Latin America. In his music you can hear the Nueva Trova influences from South America. You can hear all the nights hanging out, drinking and playing every record from the Fania, Trojan and Disco Fuentes catalog. You can hear the influence of touring with such great bands like Tijuana No!, Maldita Vecindad and Negu Gorriak while he was in the band Mano Negra.

In all that, you can still hear his voice come through all the influences.
 
On Saturday, Manu Chao played The Sport Arena, located in the heart of South L.A. on MLK and Figueroa. The Sports Arena is rarely used now that the Staple Center is around a few miles away in the newly gentrified part of downtown Los Angeles. The only other show I've seen at The Sports Arena was Notorious B.I.G. (Biggie Smalls) -- The Wu Tang Clan and Ice Cube opened the show and absolutely rocked the spot. When it was time for Biggie to go on, a massive fight started and LAPD came in riot gear and the show ended early. A year later Biggie was dead and I never got my chance to see him perform.

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