In Which Gomez Only Writes About One Grammy Category

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, February 9, 2009 12:38am | Post a Comment
I figured I can only write about what I know. I couldn't tell you what deserved album of the year, record of the year, song of the year, best rap/singing vocal or most anything nominated, because truthfully, I never bothered to listen to 99% of the albums nominated. There, I said it.

When I went down the list, there was only one category in which I had heard every album that was nominated, "Best Latin Rock Or Alternative Album," so here's what I thought:

Jaguares is one of those legendary Spanish Rock bands that is painfully dated. So dated that their Grammy winning album, 45, sounds like they finally tried to modernize. Now they sound like they reached deep into the future…to the year...1994! Dated or not, this is the first Jaguares record I could finish all the way through. This album reminds me of U2’s back to the basics, How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb, from a few years back. Better than previous releases, but more like a lifetime achivement award for Saul Hernandez. It wasn't quite a Jethro Tull winning over Metallica. It was more like Saul Hernandez, The Color Of Money.

I thought The Nortec Collective would give Jaguares a fighting chance. Their Tijuana Sound Machine album was in many top ten lists of 2008 (mine included) by both Anglo and Spanish press. Plus, they had the best plea to the academy to vote for them. With all the violence that has been happening in their hometown of Tijuana, MX, Nortec felt that winning a Grammy would be good for the image of Tijuana.

Locos Por Juana
was the token Latin fusion group, a mixture of Spanish Reggae, Cumbia, Dancehall and lots of fun…and that’s why they had no chance. Doesn’t mean you can’t have yours though. They are playing this Thursday at AfroFunke at Zanzibar.

Ximena Sariñana’s girl oriented rock was featured on NPR and soon everyone was fascinated by the Telenovela star turn Rockera. Still, Ximena is not a household name to most and has much to improve upon to be as good as her many predecessors. (Julieta Venegas, Fiona Apple and Natalia LaFourcade come to mind.)

How did the hell did Grupo Fantasma ever think they were going to win a Grammy when they can’t even get a decent show in Los Angeles? Don’t they know most of the voters live here? After a few poorly attended shows in L.A. in the past, they had a great opportunity Friday night to show their stuff at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood, only to have the show cancelled due to the closure of the club on Thursday. It looks like Hollywood wants The Knitting Factory gone. Too bad L.A. once again won’t get to know what Prince already knows. If you saw Prince at Coachella last year, it was Grupo Fantasma that was backing him up.

So thats it. One category. Damn, I better listen to more music in 2009.

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Nortec Collective (3), Latin Rock (5), Jaguares (1), Zanzibar (2)