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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.

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coming out today...5/15...rufus wainwright...

Posted by Brad Schelden, May 14, 2007 09:29pm | Post a Comment
Today is the release day of the new album "Release the Stars" by Rufus Wainwright. This is his fifth album. Rufus comes from one of those crazy music families just full of crazy talent. It kind of makes me a little jealous. His dad is the great Loudon Wainwright III and his mom is Kate McGarrical. His sister, Martha, is also a musician. His first self titled album came out in 1998. I have to admit that I first got into Rufus when I found out that he was gay. Even today, very few musicians actually admit to being gay. Especially when starting out in the music business. It took Elton John like 50 years to come out. I felt it was my duty to support him and I was intrigued. But I actually ended up liking his debut album "Rufus Wainwright" quite a bit. Some might find him a bit dramatic but he really does have  a stunning voice.




Although you will have a hard time noticing it, Neil Tennant from the Pet Shop Boys is the  executive producer. When I first heard about Neil being involved, I was expecting a very different album. I was sort of expecting a mix of Erasure and Liberace. However, nothing could be farther away from what the album actually turned out to be. It is still a very Rufus album. The album also features Richard Thompson. The Thompson and Wainwright families are often intertwined.  Teddy Thompson, the son of Richard and Linda Thompson, is a good friend and often plays live with Rufus. His new album is brilliant. He really is a great songwriter. He manages to capture a tragic feeling in all his songs even if they seem to be at first happy little ballads. His signature voice carries you through the album and brings you into his little Rufus world. Its hard not to notice his love of the showtunes and the opera. He for sure likes the drama. However, its not done in a mocking way or even a kitschy way. Rufus plays his own piano on most of the songs. Sometimes you might even feel you are at a piano bar listening to your favorite song. But a really good piano bar that you would keep coming back to. He has his own unique style but also manages to create an album that even your grandma might like. Just as long as she doesn't look to deep into the lyrics.

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Thou Shalt Always Kill

Posted by Mike Battaglia, May 14, 2007 10:03am | Post a Comment


While it's quite obviously inspired by LCD Soundsystem, this gem of a single from Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip has wormed its way into my brain and continues to make me chuckle upon repeated listenings/viewings. "Thou Shalt Always Kill" is the best kind of rant: one that is intended ultimately to be beneficial for the listener. Sac and Pip are (presumably) both English, and there are a few references in the tune that non-Britishes might not get, like Stephen Fry, but the rest of this list of commandments applies everywhere - and definitely in San Francisco. Check out the video:




Love that video, especially how it gets more visually clever as the song progresses. While it starts with a couple of cute and slightly cheesy puns like the pedestal, the bit about using music to get into girls' heads then appearing in the woman's thought bubble to tell her "thou shalt not watch Holyoaks", it gets better with the animated map of global inequity and the photocopier running off  "repetitive generic music".

These two seem to be part of the loosely-grouped scene of message-board mashup DJ's, IDM-influenced laptop glitch producers and booty-music afficionados that's been rumbling about since the early days of the century. The single has been quite hard to find but is blowing up iPods virally via the 'net, which is a good place to keep up with these two.  Also of note is that this single is put out by the venerable Lex Records, a Warp-affiliated label that puts out lots of other great music from the likes of Boom Bip and Amoeba's Own Subtle. Lex has been around for a few years now and is worth your time and money, so check them out.

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War Bus Commando

Posted by phil blankenship, May 14, 2007 01:40am | Post a Comment
 





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roller derby!...in denver!...

Posted by Brad Schelden, May 13, 2007 10:14pm | Post a Comment
So I am a big fan of the roller derby. And I am so excited there are roller derby leagues popping up all over the country. I have been to the B.ay A.rea. D.erby Girls events out here in the bay area a couple of times. They have had some bad news lately. They lost their old place where they had the events and are on a search for a new venue. I have heard that they will be having it at the Cow Palace soon! They are having a fundraiser soon so check our their website.

We were looking for something else fun to do in Denver and happened to find a flyer for the derby girls at  Wax Trax. The Rocky Mountain Rollergirls were playing against the Salt Lake City team. It was the 5280 Fight Club vs. Salt City Derby Girls. We were staying with my boyfriend's sister in Denver. And we knew her and her husband were gonna love some roller derby. I only wish we would have brought their daughter who is almost two. She is for sure a roller girl in the making. So of course, we had to go to the roller derby. I wanted to know if the kids in Denver were as crazy for roller derby as they are out here in the bay area. They had a really nice venue for their derby in Denver in the Stapleton area. It made me a little jealous for the ladies back here. It was very similar to the bay area derby. It was a rowdy crowded event. Just a little less rowdy and a little less crowded. Possibly the only improvement over the bay area was that you could hear the announcers. But I don't know if this was because they had a better sound system or if there was less people yelling.

The Denver girls were really awesome and beat the Salt Lake City girls pretty badly. These girls are seriously awesome. They take the sport really seriously but also have a lot of fun with it. It is hard to explain if you have never seen a roller derby before. So you just have to go. I am not really a big fan of organized sports. You will never find me at a football or baseball game. But this is different. It is so much more than just a sport. I also do love the referees for the roller derby. In Denver there is actually a party bus that will take you to and from the event. Its only like 20 dollars and you get a ticket to the show and free beer on the bus!


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