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Lhasa de Sela 1972-2010

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, January 4, 2010 01:15am | Post a Comment

Singer Lhasa de Sela passed away on January 1st 2010, after a twenty-one month battle with breast cancer. Lhasa, as she was known, released three albums. 1997's La Llorona, 2003's The Living Road and her self-titled release in April of 2009. She also performed at Amoeba Hollywood in 2004 just before I started working here, and at the San Francisco store later that same week.

She was born on September 27, 1972, to a Mexican father and an American mother. She spent much of her childhood traveling back and forth through Mexico and the U.S. This nomadic lifestyle contributed to her creativity and by the age of thirteen, she started singing in restaurants. In 1997, La Llorona brought her much praise in Canada, where she relocated after moving out on her own. La Llorona was sung entirely in Spanish. The Living Road, her second album, made her an international star, as she sang in Spanish, French and English, easily flowing from one language to the next. 2009's self-titled release, Lhasa, was her first entirely in English, which, after reading the lyrics, I can only assume chronicled her bout with cancer.  Due to her sickness, Lhasa was forced to cancel her tour slated for last fall. She also planned to record an album of the songs of  Victor Jara and Violeta Parra, but died before the album could come to fruition.

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(In which we reunite, even as we bid a fond adieu.)

Posted by Job O Brother, January 3, 2010 01:12pm | Post a Comment
Well, it’s the middle of September and there’s nothing novel or interesting about this week.

No, no – of course we’re standing at the precipice of a new decade as a fresh millennium dawns and everything’s fraught with poignancy. I get it. But just for a second, wasn’t it nice to hear otherwise?

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, which is a sure-fire way to get people to forget about me. By now my regular readers have probably been reduced to the Amoeblog staff, my Mom, and myself (and I’m just barely skimming them).

Chalk it up to an action-packed holiday season, kiddies. Since last we met, I shot the footage for an upcoming webisode series with the fantastically rad Elizabeth Keener. Once it’s up and running I’ll let y’all know about it.

Also freelance articles, while hardly pouring in these days, are vying for my time. I just finished writing an article for Gourmet Magazine for their “traditional dishes of Indonesia” series. My piece focused on the Åland crisis and its impact on the League of Nations in the wake of the First World War, and how the Islands’ current Finnish loyalties but Swedish-speaking majority stand as a metaphor for modern Scandinavian policy. What does that have to do with Indonesian food? Nothing. But it’s all in how you spin the article.
yummy
Välsmakande mat som du kan äta med din jävla mun!

Also, the boyfriend’s parents were here for a week to celebrate Jesus’ birthday with us. They’re from Texas, so in cooking for them I had to make sure to restrain myself from culinary flourishes. Example: Spaghetti & meatballs are fine, but in lieu of Italian herbs, why not use fresh-roasted cumin seed and Walla Walla sweet onions caramelized in aged balsamic vinegar?

Amoeba Hollywood World Music Best Sellers For 2009

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, January 2, 2010 05:00pm | Post a Comment
These are the forty World Music releases that Los Angeles shoppers went gaga over the last year.


1. Zoe-Reptilectric
2. Aventura-Last
3. Amadou & Mariam-Welcome to Mali
4. Mahssa-Oyun Havasi Vol.1
5. Eydie Gorme Y Los Panchos-Cantan En Español
6. V/A-Nigeria 70 (re-mastered)
7. Rodrigo Y Gabriela-11:11
8. Manu Chao-Clandestino
9. Shakira-She Wolf
10. V/A-Panama Vol. 2
11. V/A-Legends Of Benin
12. V/A-African Scream Contest
13. Mexican Institute Of Sound-Soy Sauce
14. Bomba Estereo-Blow Up
15. V/A-Nigeria Rock Special


16. V/A-The Sound Of Wonder
17. Poncho Sanchez- Psychedelic Blues
18. Serge Gainsbourg-Histoire De Melody Nelson
19. V/A-Black Rio Vol.2
20. Rodrigo Y Gabriela-Live In Japan
21. V/A-Colombia!
22. Mulatu Astatke-Inspiration Information
23. Bebel Gilberto-All In One
24. Buika-Niña De Fuego
25. V/A-Nigeria Disco Funk
26. Arthur Verocai-S/T
27. Los Amigos Invisible -Commercial
28. Os Mutantes- Haith Or Amortecedor
29. La Excelencia-Mi Tumbao Social
30. Buika-El Ultimo Trago

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Picasso’s Toy Guitar

Posted by Whitmore, January 2, 2010 04:56pm | Post a Comment
Picasso's Toy Guitar

Carabinieri
police in Rome have tracked down the world’s most priceless toy guitar. The sculpture created by Pablo Picasso for his daughter Paloma has been missing the last couple of years. Picasso, several decades back, had given the piece to the Italian artist Giuseppe Vittorio Parisi, but two years ago Parisi lent it to a businessman, who convinced Parisi he could make a glass showcase for it. Then Parisi died last January 2009 at the age of 92. The priceless piece was to go on display at the civic museum in Maccagno, a small town on Lake Maggiore in northern Italy where Parisi was born. Nothing ever came of it. Police say the businessman never returned the work; instead he kept it hidden away in a shoe box in his apartment in Pomezia, a town just south of Rome. The Little Guitar was tracked down with aid from Parisi’s widow, who told police that the piece was most likely still in the hands of the businessman. The unnamed businessman was charged with fraud and is now out on bail. An expert has authenticated the work, which bears the inscription “Paloma.” The Little Guitar will now, as once planned, go on display at the museum in Maccagno.

Top Forty World Music Releases of 2009 Vol-4

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, January 2, 2010 02:20pm | Post a Comment

10. Major Lazer-Guns Don't Kill People... Lazers Do

The quote attributed to Ken Kesey in Tom Wolfe’s The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test comes to mind when I listen to Major Lazer: "You're either on the bus or off the bus." The future of so-called “World Music” has everything mixing the past with the present. This is where most purists jump off the party bus and the rest of us keep going. On the bus still are producers Diplo and Switch, along with Vybz Kartel, T.O.K., Ms. Thing, Turbulence, Mr. Vegas, Mr. Lexx, Santigold, Nina Sky and Amanda Blank. Major Lazer is the link between Reggae Dancehall, Baltimore Club music and Favela Funk, all under the guise of a hard partying Jamaican commando who lost his arm in a secret zombie war in 1984. Think of a club at its peak: dirty, sweaty and full of people trying to make it on the dance floor and that is what Guns is. Major Lazer, along with Buraka Som Sistema and Toy Selectah, are bringing the party back into global party!


9. V/A- The Sound Of Wonder!

This is the latest installment in the B-Music/Finders Keepers series of obscure World Music. The Sound Of Wonder! focuses on Pakistan's little known-to-westerners “Lollywood” sound. What is Lollywood, you say? Lollywood was a tongue in cheek term made up in the late 80’s by Glamour gossip columnist Saleem Nasir because all the Pakistani films were filmed in the city of Lahore. The Pakistani film industry thrived, much like India’s film industry, but had little success outside of Pakistan’s borders. The music on this compilation sounds like a lo-fi, spaced out version of Bollywood music with Urdu lyrics. Most of the tracks on this compilation are done by composer M. Ashraf and singer Nahid Akhtar, with one track containing Noor Jehan, the legendary Pakistani singer who recorded over 10,000 songs in her lifetime and was the first female Pakistani film director. Of all the Finder Keepers releases, I feel this one is their strongest to date.


8. Chico Sonido-Chico Sonido

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