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Best Of World Music For 2013

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, December 8, 2013 11:01pm | Post a Comment

Best Artwork:
El-Haru Kuroi - Cantagallo

Best Of The World Music Releases That NPR Likes:
Juana Molina - Wed 21

Best World Fusion Album:
Bombino - Nomad

Best Retro World Release:
William Oneyeabor
- World Psychedelic 5: Who Is William Onyeabor?

Best Reissue World Release On LP     
The entire Manu Chao catalog on LP!

Best New World Release On LP
Meridian Brothers - Devocion (Works 2005-2011)



Best World Music Compilation:
V/A - Daora; Underground Sounds Of Urban Brasil

Best Retro African Compilation:
V/A - Afrobeat Airways 2: Return Flight

Best Retro African Release:
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Coton - The Skeletal Essence Of Voodoo Funk 1960-1980
Vol. 3


Best New African Release:
V/A - Harafinso-Bollywood Inspired Music From Hausa Nigeria

Best Usage Of World Music Without Being A World Music Album:
Matias Aguayo - The Vistor

Best LP That I Wish I Bought But Now Is Sadly Unavailable:
V/A - Shik Shak Shock
 
Best New Brazilian Release:
Kassin - Sonhando Devagar

Best Retro Brazilian Release
Marcos Valle - Previsao Do Tempo

Best Retro Brazilian Compilation:
V/A - Brazuca!

Best Salsa Reissue
8 Y Mas - Juega Bilar

Best Salsa Compilation
V/A -Saoco Vol. 2 Bomba, Plena And  The Roots Of  Salsa In Puerto Rico 1955-1967
 
Best New Salsa/Boogaloo Release Of 2013
Boogaloo Assassins - Old Love Dies Hard

Best Middle Eastern Release:
Omar Souleyman - Wenu Wenu

Best Of The Many Retro Middle Eastern Releases In 2013
V/A - Choubi Choubi! Folk And Pop Sounds From Iraq Vol. 2

Best Of The Many Retro Chicha Releases In 2013
Teo Laura - El Sonido De La Carreterral Central Con El Rey De La Guitarra Teo Laura

Best Of The Many Retro Asian Releases in 2013
V/A - Nippon Girls-Japanese Pop, Beat & Bossa Nova 1967-69

Best Retro European Compilation:
V/A - C'est Chic: French Girl Singers Of The 1960's

Best New European Album:
Buika - Una Noche Mas Larga

Lifetime Achievement Award:
Zoe - Programaton

Rookie Of The Year:
Thee Commons

Best World Music Album That I Raved About Last Year That Got Popular This Year:
Leon Larregui - Solstis

Best World Music Album Of 2012 Sadly Not Available At Amoeba:
Chico Sonido - Nalga Bass

Best World LP Lifesaver When You Didn’t Bring Enough Records To The Club:
V/A - Peru Maravilloso

Radio Sombra's Second Anniversary

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, November 18, 2013 06:31am | Post a Comment
 
On Saturday, November 14th, Radio Sombra celebrated its second anniversary as an Internet radio station. Radio Sombra was started by Marco Amador as an important first step in creating more autonomous spaces throughout the Chicano community. Internet radio is nothing new to the world, but it’s an important first step in the advancement of communities such as Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles in looking beyond our traditional means of expression. From Radio Sombra came Espacio 1839, an art gallery/bookstore/record store/apparel shop that houses the station. Again, nothing new to most progressive communities, but Radio Sombra and Espacio 1839 has continued to flourish without corporate sponsorship, grants, and city funding or bank loans. This enables both entities to not compromise and continue defining itself.



Radio Sombra now has over twenty shows with the archives of past shows now running 24/7 in between the live shows. All radio shows pays dues for the upkeep of the station and equipment. Each show is required to run independently, with each host getting a course on how to engineer their shows and uploading them once completed on radiosombra.org. The shows vary from social/political talk shows to music shows specializing in every genre of music imaginable. There are youth programs that teach students from local high schools how to run their own shows as well as an ongoing achieve of interviews from important voices both locally and internationally.

Saturday’s broadcast was twelve straight hours of live programming. Starting at 11 am with This Is Not A Radio Show with Omar Ramirez & Gabriel Tenorio and Ending with Heartbreak Radio with Lady Imix & DJ Phatrick at 11 pm. Other shows that participated were AF3IRM Radio, an anti-imperialist transnational feminist national women’s organization. This was followed by O Lo Siento, a 90’s noise rock revival and platform for new groups personally recorded by studio engineer Eddie Rivas. Beatific Audio followed by DJ Cezar, a mixture of jazzy funk, hip-hop and social consciousness, Small Talk From Sapo is hosted by Moises Ruiz, aka Sapo, which on that day was a tribute to all the great jazz organists, all from vinyl. Steady Beat For Lovers by Mali is exactly what the name entails, a sweet blend of Rocksteady and Lover’s Rock. Nicotina hosted by Nico Avina, always plays political fueled rock and folk in Spanish and English. I did a set for Discos Inmigrantes, an all vinyl set of my favorite jams from past shows. Social Machine Broadcast with Becky & Dewey plays mostly powerful female-led rock in the first have and punk and metal in the second half. Heartbreak Radio closed it out with a set from DJ Phatrick followed by another tearjerker set by Lady Imix.

They were other shows that didn’t participate and were missed. Art & Grooves with Reyes, Radio Discostan with Arshia Haq, Shades Of Soul with O-Dub, Barrio Roots Radio, Counterstrike and lastly, Black Beans And Brown Rice Radio with Maya Jupiter, who had her first child not to long ago.

This Guy's In Love With You

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, November 3, 2013 10:28pm | Post a Comment


Herb Albert & The Tijuana Brass-"This Guy's In Love With You"
From the album, The Beat Of The Brass
Written By
Burt Bacharach and Hal David

This song brings back my earliest childhood memories.

 My sisters were old enough to attend school and I was still too young, even for the Head Start program. I stayed with my mother as she worked from home sewing wedding dresses for a bridal shop in Gardena. To keep her company, she would put the radio on a easy listening station that was dominated by Burt Bacharach compositions.

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ESL's 8th Annual Dia De Los DEAD '13 MusicA Festival November 2nd!

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, October 28, 2013 01:43am | Post a Comment
As Dia De Los Muertos becomes more corporate and commercialized, it’s easy to forget what is behind the day that makes it special to many of us. It’s a celebration of life as well as death. It’s a reminder that one day; we will leave this earth much like many who we come to cherish. Whether it’s family, friends or people who have inspired us to live our lives to the fullest, we remember them and the imprint they left with us. We celebrate them by creating altars, offering up our loved ones favorite flowers, food and libations. And since the spirit world can’t partake in the goodies we leave them in the physical world, we offer them the essence (and eat the goodies ourselves!)

Celebrating its 8th annual Dia De Los Dead celebration is the crew from Eastside Luv. What makes their event impressive is they pay for it all out of pocket. No corporate sponsorships, no city money and the event is free! Last year’s celebration was the first to be done outside of the bar and in the streets of Boyle Heights surrounding The Mariachi Plaza. This year the event adds another stage, more vendors and a full-liquor/beer garden. The line-up is impressive. Mexican Institute Of Sound, with record digger, beat maker and always fun Camilo Lara. Camilo will also do a DJ set inside the bar Eastside Luv after the event. Nina Dioz, straight reppin' on the mic from Monterey, Mexico, Familia Valera Miranda out of Cuba, Chicano Son featuring Alice Bag with guest Bob Robles (Thee Midniters) Los Diablos, who are a classic grupera that played started in 1969  that in their heyday played a wide spectrum of the Mexican-America experience. They play Rancheras, Disco, Boleros, Santana-esque rock, soul cover in Spanish, Grab you abuela and get ready to dance!
The State stage will have impressive line-up of newcomers such as Bongoloidz, Cherry Glazerr (The band, not the NPR lady) and Irene Diaz. Veteranas Locas such as Lysa Flores and Maria Del Pilar former known as Pilar Diaz or Lady P from the band, Los Abandoned. And what would a Day Of The Dead festival be at Mariachi Plaza without Mariachi?  Trios Ellas and Mariachi Los Toros will put a tear in your beer for sure. 
Besides the many booths, local business will be open late such as Espacio 1839/Radio Sombra (with a face-painting booth) Un Solo Sol, The MBar, Primera Taza Café and hopefully, Pati Zarate’s new taqueria will be open as well. She is formerly the badass head chef of the beloved Homegirl Café in Chinatown and her restaurant should be a sight for sore eyes (and stomachs) Not to mention some of my favorite old school spots La Placita Del DF (one of my personal favorites) Birriera Jalisco, Yeyas Restaurant (Kick-ass chilaques) La Serenata De Garibaldi, or get drunk with your borracho tio  for cheap at Las Palomas.

Other noteworthy celebrations are The Self-Help Graphics Dia de Los Muertos celebration. Self-Help is L.A.’s longest standing Day Of The Dead event celebrating its 40th Anniversary. They have the best collection of Dia De Los Muertos art in the city and will have performances by the likes of Quetzal and Arabian Prince. A few transfers on the metro and you can go to Grand Park in Downtown L.A., which will have music from the likes of The Nortec Collective, El Conjunto Nueva Ola and others. Hollywood Forever Cemetery is always fun with impressive altars, food, drinks and performances by Saul Hernandez, Ceci Bastida, Chicano Batman and many more. Plan accordingly at you could hit all of them.

ESL's 8th Annual Dia De Los DEAD '13 MusicA Festival is on 11/2/13,  located in Boyle Heights on East First Street between Boyle and State Street. It is suggested that you take the metro to The Mariachi Plaza stop to avoid any parking or sobriety issues. The Metro will run until 2 A.M. and the event will be from 12pm-12a.m. All Ages and Free/21 and older to enter the Beer garden

The Bands That Ruin Your Lives

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, October 21, 2013 12:10am | Post a Comment
I finally got my 18-year niece who is living with me to clean up her room.

As she is doing it, she is listening to music through Spotify, which most people her age do rather than download or buy physical product. She is playing The Stooges “I Wanna Be Your Dog” I can hear it through her door from the adjacent kitchen as I wash dishes. She repeats the song. When it was over, she repeats it again, then again. I finally knock on her door and say, “You know, there are plenty of great Stooges songs besides that one!” She opens the door, looks at me slightly embarrassed but then defends herself. “I’m listening to the Iggy Pop anthology and this is the only song I like. The rest of it is too poppy, like The Ramones”

I slightly gasp. Not that she couldn’t be any more wrong about The Stooges but she based her opinion from Iggy Pop's Anthology? It’s like basing a writer's’ entire work on  CliffsNotes. I told her to listen to the entire Funhouse album from beginning to end. I remember that album scaring me. It was so raw, so bluesy, so primal,  that I knew by listening to it that my life would never be the same. I was right. It was like a hex or voodoo, maleficio, a Fukú, something, was put on me once the first notes of that album played on a cassette player in my friend’s car. I remember listening to Iggy's guttural screams, Ron Asheton's complete mutilation of his guitar, the unrelenting trance that was the rhythm section and thinking, "Wow" Not to mention the free jazz sax on some songs, altogether it was a mind-blowing experience for my young head.

I also felt that way listening to Black Sabbath for the first time, at my friend Paulo's house back in the fifth grade. It’s almost like I could see the ghosts coming out of the speakers of his parent’s Curtis Mathes combo turntable, AM/FM console once he put the needle on the Paranoid  album. i felt cursed from that point on. Years later I had a band and on our first album we dedicated the album to Black Sabbath for “ruining our lives”  it was the bond that we had together. Back then you had a stigma if you loved Black Sabbath. You were a dirthead, lower class, a loser, a real zero, Now post-Meet The Osbournes? Not so much.

After those two bands ruined my life, it was a landslide of loving all the music that most people hated. That was my curse. Pick any music, any style and I always would gravitate to the ones that made most people cringe. Mississippi Delta Blues or Chicago Blues? Mississippi. Be-Bop or Free Jazz? Do you need to ask?  Even within other cursed souls, I differ. You want to talk about Black Flag fans being scared for life? Try telling Black Flag fan that hate anything past the Damaged album how much you like My War, Slip It In, Loose Nut or Who’s Got The 10 1/2?  Instant ostracization!

Hip-Hop is different. I seem to always love some form of it, from its inception to now. The curse is lenient on Hip-Hop i guess. But  Bleach over Nevermind, always. Couldn’t name a Pixies song to save my life but I could tell you about The Swans Filth album. I feel like I'm one of the few Mexican-Americans that dislike both Morrissey and Chente! If their rabid fan base could deport me to another universe for such blasphemy, they would. It.could just be that I just have bad taste but like most superstitious people, I'd like to blame it on the curse of listening  to The Stooges and Black Sabbath at an impressionable age.

I fear for my niece. She’s such a nice kid. A little naive but then again, who wasn’t at eighteen? From the kitchen I can hear the first few bars of “Down On The Street” I wonder in this day in age if it would have the same effect? A few seconds after Iggy’s first growl, she stops the song. Then I hear the familiar guitar riff, "dah dah dahdahdahdah dah", followed by the one note piano line. Yes, it’s “I Wanna Be Your Dog” again.

I'm a bit downhearted that she chose not to take that journey. She absolutely my sister's child, a little bit on the wild side but always pop. Secretly though,  I’m happy she wasn’t cursed.



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