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Discostan Returns Wednesday, August 22nd

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, August 21, 2012 11:22pm | Post a Comment
 

D I S C O S T A N
Music from Beirut to Bangkok via Bombay

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DISCOSTAN returns with a unique brand of glamorous shadow disco, drawn from the cross-cultural sounds that stretch from the eastern edge of the Bosphorus, throughout the Maghreb, under the Balkans, down the Bekaa Valley, and all over the Subcontinent. 


Golden-era Bollywood filmi tunes
Turkish funk and disco
Arabic dabke stompers
Balkan brass attacks
Dangdut edits
Bhangra bangers
Hot soukous

...and endless more.

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SPECIAL GUEST DJ:

Bei Ru (Musa-Ler Music)
www.beirumusic.com


RESIDENT SELECTORS:

DJ Aruna Irani (Radio Sombra, Sublime Frequencies)

Gomez Comes Alive (Radio Sombra/Discos Inmigrantes)

Alky Holovic 

Ají 

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Footsie’s
2640 North Figueroa St.
LA, 90065


Every 4th Wednesday
10 p.m. to 2 a.m.


Free all night for you and yours ... ♥

Latin LP Blow-Out Sale Starts Friday, August 17th

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, August 13, 2012 10:30pm | Post a Comment
 

Ok, so the title is a little misleading. This is really not a blow-out sale in the classic sense. It's not like we are trying to discard a bunch of stock that has been sitting in the store for awhile. Rather, I like to think of this sale as a perfect storm of Latin LPs that has built up at the Amoeba Hollywood store and is ready to downpour on Friday, August 17th. The sale, which will be located at the bin west of the information counter, continues until August 23rd.

The selection is as incredible as it is diverse. Great selections of Salsa, Rancheras, Boogaloo, Corridos, Flamenco, Cumbia, Spanish Pop, early Latin Rock & Roll, many in pristine condition. Plenty from all your favorite Latin record labels such as Fania, Tico and Discos Fuentes, as well as others that most aren't that familiar with. Labels such as the classic Cuban label, Kubany and old school Corridos from the label, Anahual. Other record labels, such as Musart and Caytronic, which released a variety of Latin Music from Mexico and the Southwest. Lastly, great records out of Central American from the labels Profono and Dicesa.

Many records are old stock that are still sealed. Some are leftovers from the Queens collection that were saved specifically for this sale. Most of the Salsa/Cumbia titles came from separate collection acquired around the same time as the Queens collection. Prices range from $4.99 up to $25.00 for some of the rare collectables. Like I mentioned earlier, it's a perfect storm of  Latin LP stock all coming at once, probably the biggest I've seen in my eight years at Amoeba.

I browsed through the stacks to report on the sale,
I saw many great records by the likes of Joe Arroyo, Justo Benecourt, Vicente Fernandez (Pre-CBS) early Raphael (editions from Spain) La Playa Sextet, Joe Quijano, Lou Perez and Los Corraleros De Majagual. 

As always, these sales are first come, first serve. Hope to see you Friday at 10:30am! 

For more pictures of some of the albums we will be selling, check out The Gone World With Mr. Chadwick

The Great Chavela Vargas, Dead At 93

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, August 6, 2012 08:01am | Post a Comment
A few weeks back, while browsing the Queens collection, a private LP collection recently purchased and currently being sold at Amoeba Hollywood, I noticed several Chavela Vargas LPs were a part of it. At this point, I am pairing down my music to the bare necessities. When I see vinyl that I want to buy, I ask myself first, will I listen to it or will it sit in the shelf? Can I play it at a club or on my radio show, Discos Inmigrantes? If not, I don’t buy it.

After a few days of the collection being on sale, with some of the better international vinyl long gone in the selves of various record collectors, the Chavela Vargas records were still in the bins. I saw it as a sign. I had to get them. The day I bought them I had my radio show. I didn’t get to play the records on air, but I played one of the records as I was preparing for the show. Instantly as soon I dropped the needle on the recent purchase, I was glad I went back and bought the Chavela Vargas LPs.

As you read the various obituaries about Chavela Vargas, you will read the same facts. That she was a great interpreter of Mexico’s ranchera music. That she was contemporaries of many Mexican legends, including Jose Alfredo Jimenez, Augustin Lara, Diego Rivera and of course, Frida Kahlo, who she was rumored to have an affair with. That she was overtly gay but not out. She often dressed in men’s clothing and her sexuality was a secret that everyone seem to know. When she finally came out in 2000, it was an afterthought. She lived rough for a while, which only added to the pain in her voice. She recorded over 80 albums, dropped out during the mid-seventies only to have resurgence in the 1990’s, thanks to being included in a few Pedro Almodovar films as well as the movie, Frida. Recently, Spanish singer Concha Buika teamed up with Chucho Valdez to make a tribute album to Chavela called, El Ultimo Trago, in which Buika credits Vargas for teaching her how to "make a monument out of loneliness."

As I sat alone listening to Chavela version of “Volver, Volver” backed only with the solo guitar of  Antonio Bribiesca, I thought of Buika quote. I had read in an interview back when El Ultimo Trago was released in 2010. I remember thinking that the quote captured the essence of Chavela Vargas’ music. Some people say when they hear great Mexican music that they want to have a drink. But it’s usually in a group setting. It's either sharing a bottle of Tequila or a round of Margaritas. Even if there are tears flowing from your cheeks as you remember past lost loves, in that setting, you have your friends to commiserate with. That is not Chavela’s music. You listen to Chavela’s music alone. It’s music you listen to when you sit alone at the end of a bar, far from the others. It’s music you play alone in your apartment at 3 am. It’s music you listen to after heartbreak and personally, the only company I think you should you commiserate with is a bottle, period.  It’s blues music, albeit Mexican blues music, but still, blues music. Chavela just didn’t make monuments out of loneliness, she created universes out of it.



Gomez Comes Alive Shows With Novalima & Radio Sombra's Transmission

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, July 9, 2012 05:29am | Post a Comment
 On Thursday July 12th I will be DJ an opening set for a great double at The Conga Room in Downtown L.A. with Novalima & Jungle Fire.

For the last several years, the collective of Peruvian, European and Asian musicians have released quality Afro-Latin electro music that is often imitated but never matched. Novalima takes what folkloric Afro-Peruvian artists such as Peru Negro and Susana Baca have done previously. Yet with each release, Novalima delves deeper in their Afro-Peruvian roots and still remains relevant in the clubs. With a live band that includes both sequenced beats and live masters of Afro-Peruvian percussion, this show should be a soulful evening of dance and song. Opening the show is L.A.’s own Jungle Fire, putting the funk back into Latin Funk. The members of Jungle Fire as individual musicians have played with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Joe Bataan, Breakestra, Ozomatli, Quantic, La Santa Cecilia, Celia Cruz, and Orgone, so you know these guys are funky! They will be celebrating the release of their new 7” on Colemine Records.

Novalima w/ Jungle Fire and Gomez Comes Alive at The Conga Room
800 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 745-0162
$15/8PM

On Wednesday July 11th, Radio Sombra holds it monthly event, Transmission, at Eastside Luv to promote and to fundraise for the radio station. Recently, Radio Sombra added new radio shows by Maya Jupiter and Red Feminist Radio by the AF3IRM crew. With that in mind, our monthly fundraising event becomes even more important to accommodate our growing list of new programs. On this edition of Transmission, with have East Los finest, Thee Commons, performing live on the Eastside Luv stage. Personally, anytime a band put a “Thee” in front of their name, such as “Thee Midniters or “Thee Headcoats” I expect great things. The band does not disappoint. It a garage-y mess of Eastside rock & soul with some Psyche to boot. I will open the night with plenty of Worldly garage, soul, boogaloo and psyche. After the band, Heartbreak Radio’s DJ Phatrick and Art & Grooves’ Reyes will keep the dance party going till closing. Should be a great night of music.

Transmission with Thee Commons, Gomez Comes Alive, DJ Phatrick & Reyes
Eastside Luv Wine Bar y QUEso; 1835 E. 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA, 90033
Tel: 323-262-7442
$5/9PM/21 & Older
Listen to the show live on radiosombra.org

Check out last edition of my show, Discos Inmigrantes with my guest, Gaby Almanza from Amoeba. Gaby gets all Goth and shares her minimalist philosophy. Listen to it by going to this link


Best Of World Music For The First Half Of 2012 And Future Releases

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, July 2, 2012 07:49am | Post a Comment



Best Selling World Music CD’s At Amoeba Hollywood For 2012


1. V/A- Bossa Nova Rise of Brazilian Music in the 1960s
2. La Santa Cecilia-El Valor
3. Rodrigo Y Gabriela-Area 52
4. Serge Gainsbourg-Historie De Melody Nelson
5. Eydie Gorme Y Los Panchos-Cantan En Español
6. Enrique Bunbury-Licenciado Cantina
7. Caifanes-S/T
8. Lila Downs-Pecados Y Milagros
9. V/A-The Original Sound Of Cumbia
10. Calle 13-Entren Los Que Quieran

Best Selling World Music LPs
At Amoeba Hollywood For 2012

1. Serge Gainsbourg-Historie De Melody Nelson
2. V/A-Thai Funk Vol. 1
3. Atomic Forest-Obsession
4. Serge Gainsbourg-Initials B.B.
5. Los Miticos Del Ritmo-S/T
6. V/A-Thai Funk Vol. 2
7. V/A: Those Shocking, Shaking Days: Indonesian Hard, Psychedelic, Progressive Rock And Funk 1970-1978
8. V/A- The Original Sound Of Cumbia Vol.1
9. V/A- Jende Ri Palenge/People Of Palenque
10. V/A- Remolino De Oro Coastal Cumbias from Colombia's Discos Fuentes 1961-73

Gomez Top Picks For First Half Of 2012 (No Order)

Ana Tijoux-La Bala
Los Miticos Del Ritmo-S/T
Rocket Juice & the Moon-S/T
Bola-Volume 7
V/A-Jende Ri Palenge/People Of Palenque
Omar Khorshid: Guitar El Chark (Guitar of the Orient)
V/A- Remolino De Oro Coastal Cumbias from Colombia's Discos Fuentes 1961-73
Ceu- Caravana Sereia Bloom
V/A- African Guitar Box (Sorry, Out Of Print!)
Istanbul 70: Psych, Disco, Folk Edits by Baris K
Quetzal- Imaginaries
V/A-Dabke: Sounds Of The Syrian Houran

Upcoming Releases To Watch Out For in 2012

Las Cafeteras-La Bamba Rebelde
Mexican Institute Of Sound-Politico
Ondatropica-S/T
Sofrito-International Soundclash
B-Side Players-Revolutionize
Kinky- Sueno De La Maquina









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