Shameless Self-Promotion - ¡de volada! @ 2nd Street Jazz 5/17

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, May 14, 2007 11:05pm | Post a Comment
For those of you who enjoying kickin' it in a club, listening to DJ's spin good music while you get your DRANK on, have we got a club for you!

May 17th is the first ¡de volada! night at 2nd Street Jazz in beautiful Little Tokyo with three impulsive DJ's playing whatever they feel.

DJ La Luz (Lucas Brause) spins some great jazz, all types of Brazilian music, Boogaloo and Funk. He has a great show on 88.7 KSPC called Bright Moments. La Luz is starting to add Salsa and Cumbia to his repertoire, so as they say, Watchale!
                                                                        DJ Pan Dulce is Pati Garcia, who also has a show on 88.7 KSPC called Panaderia. Pan Dulce plays a mixture of Hip-Hop and Reggae En Español, Sonidero and Funk Carioca. Then she hits you with some of the old school Debbie Deb and Joe Bataan jams. You can take the girl out of Baldwin Park, but you can't take the Baldwin Park out of the girl.

As for Gomez Comes Alive??? hmmm... I like my Salsa and Cumbia, but I never mix them together. I keep them separated like two rabid pit bulls waiting to attack each other. I also like my Reggae and I love me some Old School Chicano jams, especially if it involves a Hammond Organ.

Yep, it's got to have a Hammond Organ...and some congas.

Thursday, May 17th @
LAND @ 2nd Street Jazz
366 E. 2nd Street
Los Angeles, Ca. 90012
Phone # 213-680-0047

For more info go to the ¡de volada! myspace page

Paying Respects - Black Sheep Live @ The Temple Bar 5/9/07

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, May 10, 2007 12:09pm | Post a Comment

So I rushed over to the Temple Bar in Santa Monica on a late Wednesday night thinking, “I hope I get in.” The reason I wasn't sure was because Black Sheep was making a rare L.A. appearance in a place that doesn’t hold that many people. Maybe it’s because I live under a rock, but I was thinking the place was going to be packed. My first inclination that it wasn’t was when I found parking right in front of the club. As I walked in Tre Hardson from The Pharcyde was setting up. He’s been doing his solo thing for a minute now. I saw him perform a few years back when he had members of The Rebirth in his group, but they are no longer with him. Trey’s music is not bad; it reminded me of something that I would have heard in a club on Telegraph Ave in Berkeley in the 1990’s, adequate at best. The half-filled room seem to feel the same way, as the only reaction he got from them was when he launched into two Pharcyde classics, “Runnin’” and “Passing Me By” at the end of his set. That seemed to wake people up.

Black Sheep is just Dres now, with Mr. Lawnge long gone from the group. After his DJ did a brief set, Dres came out with a few classics before launching into some of his newer material. I like Dres's new material. His new style is sharper and more aggressive, but he still has his signature flow. Unlike many of the older MC’s who stick to their style for years, Dres sounds like someone who has evolved as Rap music has evolved. Everyone at the show seemed hyped for the new stuff as much as the classics. Black Sheep closed with “The Choice Is Yours” and the place lit up. Where were you when you first heard that song? Can it be 15 years old already?

Dres is your next MF Doom, Kool Keith & Del The Funky Homosapien waiting to happen -- rappers temporarily forgotten until a whole new audience rediscovers them. Until then, Black Sheep will be touring in your city soon, playing to half empty clubs and waiting for people to catch on.

Making L.A. Believe in Life - DJ Life @ Groove, Thursday Nights

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, May 7, 2007 12:00am | Post a Comment

When DJ Life used to work at Amoeba, he was everyone’s favorite. He’s always full of positive energy and never has anything bad to say about anyone. He is a glass half full in a world full of half empty glasses. Besides his positive demeanor, he is a damn good DJ.
DJ Life always has the right cuts at the right time. His mixes are seamless and he's making Los Angeles into believers in his blend of soulful Deep House.

Having had residencies at various L.A. hot spots such as the Standard and The Room, Life wanted to break away and do his own thing. Groove is where you will hear him at his best and doing exactly what he wants. Along with DJ’s Vika & Kaleem, a night at Groove will keep you on the dance floor the whole evening with their blend of Soul, House, Hip-Hop, Disco classics and World Rhythms. Then again, you never know what DJ Life will bring out of the crates. All you need to know is that you won’t want the night to end.

Groove happens every Thursday @The Blu Monkey Bar & Lounge
5521 Hollywood Blvd. @ Western Ave.

Doors @ 9 p.m.
21 and Over
DJ Life’s deep house mix CD’s are available in the house section of Amoeba Records Hollywood.

L.A. May 1st Immigrant March - Rubber Bullets Won't Stop Us

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, May 6, 2007 12:00am | Post a Comment

we will march on.

Thanks to Marisa Ronstadt for the words and Joanna Hernandez for the photo.

An American Prayer

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, May 3, 2007 12:43pm | Post a Comment
The other day I saw the legendary keyboardist from The Doors, Ray Manzarek, shopping at Amoeba. Seeing him brought back a flood of memories of hanging out with my stoner friends during my high school years that absolutely worshiped The Doors. They bought into the whole "Jim Morrison’s mystique" and his “Lizard King” persona. Personally, other than a few songs, I was never really into them. The record we would listen to over and over again was the posthumous An American Prayer.

American Prayer was released in 1978, a record that combined spoken word that Jim Morrison recorded in 1970 with music that the remaining members of The Doors created in 1977. It was a possible glimpse of what The Doors would have sounded like if they stuck around that long. I remember hating it. For one, it didn’t have any of songs I liked and two, I never liked Jim Morrison’s poetry. There were even a few Discoesque tracks on the album. It seemed like all the rock artists at the time were trying to play disco back then: David Bowie, The Doobie Brothers, The Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, all had Disco hits on the radio. For most Blacks and Latinos in the 70's/early 80's, it was our first tastes of those classic rockers because they were playing music we familiar with.
A few years back I heard L.A. DJ Garth Trinidad spin “Ghost Song” at a club. It fit perfect with other R&B tinged house tracks he was playing that night. I few days later I was at a record shop in St. Paul, Minnesota, and found a copy of American Prayer for 99 cents. After a few listens it occurred to me that American Prayer was way ahead of its time. It was an updated version of the Beat poetry records that came out in the 50’s at a time when no one was doing anything like this. Most of Jim Morrison’s poetry on this album is dated but set with the semi-funky beats the poems come off as modern club tracks.
There are a few cuts from this album I love to spin at clubs. “Ghost Song” and “The Hitchhiker” always get reactions from people. “Who does this song?” they ask me. When I tell them it’s The Doors, they then ask me, “Who did the re-mix?” My favorite track to spin is “Latino Chrome.” I always pull it out when I’m spinning the Chicano old school jams. It a perfect fit with classic El Chicano or Timmy Thomas style jams.
I feel like many musicians must have had the same experience as myself of being stuck in a room with idol-worshipping stoners listening to that album. Yet something about American Prayer left a lasting impression on the music that we would all create later. On the track “Dawn’s Highway” Jim Morrison talks about seeing...
“Indians scattered on dawn's highway bleeding,” and how the souls of the dead Native Americans penetrated his...“Young child's fragile eggshell mind.”
Whether I like to admit it or not, I guess American Prayer left a little Doors influence on my own “young fragile eggshell mind.”
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