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Amoeba Hollywood World Music Best Sellers For April & May 2011

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, June 5, 2011 10:12pm | Post a Comment

1. Mana-Drama Y Luz (CD & CD/DVD)
2.V/A- Bossa Nova And The Rise of Brazilian Music in the 1960s (CD/LP)
3.V/A- Those Shocking Shaking Days: Indonesian Hard, Psychedelic, Progressive Rock and Funk 1970-1978. (CD/LP)
4. Zoe-MTV Unplugged (CD/DVD)
5. V/A- Bossa Nova And The Story Of Elenco Records (CD/LP)
6.V/A- Cartegena! (CD/LP)
7. V/A-Nigeria 70 Vol.3 (CD/LP)
8. Ceci Bastida- Veo La Marea (CD Only)
9.V/A-Fania Records 1964-82(CD/LP)
10. V/A- Cult Cargo Salsa Boricua De Chicago (CD/LP)

Mana was Amoeba Hollywood’s bestseller for the last two months thanks to their massive in-store autograph session on April 12th. It was pretty nuts, even for someone like myself who anticipated that the in-store would be huge. There were plenty of people leaving the autograph line either shaking or crying after they met the band. To those in L.A. who do not understand how big Mana is, they will be playing four nights at The Staple Center in June…that’s between 70-80 thousand tickets!

Alt-Latin darling Ceci Bastida landed in the eighth spot after a well-received in-store performance. Speaking of Alt-Latin darlings, Zoe’s MTV Unplugged CD & DVD put them at the number four positions. The rest of the slots when to various world compilations from Brazil, African and Latin America, all 1960 to 1980 retro collections.

Summer is a great time for African music. Out now in our African section is the reissue of Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou  First Album and Funky Rob Way by Rob, both on the Analog Africa Label. The domestic release of Youssou N’Dour’s Dakar-Kingston will be out June 7th and more Touareg rock from Terakaft, entitled Aratan N Azawad will be out on June 14th. Seun Kuti will be releasing his latest, From Africa With Fury: Rise on June 21st. We currently have the vinyl version of Seun Kuti’s latest on LP.






On the Latin side we have Joaquin Claussell’s Hammock House: Africa Caribe, which are reinterpretations of classic Fania tracks by the legendary House Music producer. From Soundway Records we have the LP & CD version of Michi Sarmiento and Y Su Bravos, Aqui Los Bravos. A must get is the Peruvian compilation, El Sonido De Tupac Amaru, an LP only release with a scorcher of a 7” single included. Fans of the Roots Of Chicha compilations will love this LP, which is limited to a numbered 500 copies. This is some massive heat coming from the Mass Tropicas label. Speaking of LP releases, the Secret Stash label will have a few new releases, The Rhythms of Black Peru, which features plenty of traditional Afro-Peruvian gems.

Another interesting release to check out is Los Tigres Del Norte’s MTV Unplugged, which has the band performing many of their hits with Latin America’s most known Pop & Rock artists, including Paulina Rubio, Juanes, Residente of Calle 13, Andrés Calamaro, Diego Torres and Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine. There are two versions, CD only and the CD/DVD combo.


 

Amoeba Hollywood World Music Best Sellers For March 2011

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, April 4, 2011 12:41am | Post a Comment

1. V/A-Cartagena! (LP & CD)
2. V/A- Brazil Bossa Beat! — Bossa Nova And The Story Of Elenco Records, Brazil (LP & CD)
3. V/A- Bossa Nova and the Rise of Brazilian Music In The 1960s (LP & CD)
4. V/A- Those Shocking Shaking Days: Indonesian Hard Psyche (LP & CD)
5. Cristian Castro -Viva El Principe (CD Only)
6. Zoe- Musica De Fondo / MTV Unplugged (CD & DVD)
7. Gloria Trevi-Gloria (CD Only)
8. Celso Piña-Sin Fecha De Caducid (CD Only)
9. Gustavo Galindo-Entre La Ciudad Y El Mar (CD Only)
10. V/A-Pomegranates (LP & CD)

 In the battle of World Music compilations, Soundway Records’ latest Discos Fuentes collection, Cartagena!, just outsold Soul Jazz Records' two Brazilian collections and Now-Again Records' Indonesian Psyche comp Those Shocking Shaking Days.  All four compilations are available on CD and LP formats, with the vinyl matching CD sales or, in some cases, surpassing them. The later part of the top ten featured a diaspora of Latin Rock & Pop artist. For the 16-24 Latin Alternative demographic we have Zoe’s MTV Unplugged. For the 55 years and older ladies we have Cristian Castro’s tribute to singer Jose Jose, Viva El Principe. For the gay set we had the latest from Gloria Trevi, Gloria. For the Cumbia set we had Celso Piña and newcomer Gustavo Galindo seem to appeal to well, his extended family, who all came at different times to buy copies of Entre La Ciudad Y El Mar.  Way to support your family, Galindos!

April will bring many new releases from the likes of former Heroes Del Silencio singer Enrique Bunbury, Persian fusion artist, Azam Ali, son of Fela, Femi Kuti, the legendary Cachao and Mexican rockeros Maná, who will also be signing copies of their latest release, Drama Y Luz, here at Amoeba Hollywood on April 12th. For more info, check out the Amoeba website.

Here’s a list of some of the new releases coming in April:

April 5th

Machito-A Man and His Music
Jose Alberto-Original
Cheo Feliciano-Cheo (reissue)
Johnny Pacheco & Pete "El Conde" Rodriguez-Tres De Cafe Y Dos De Azucar (reissue)
Sonora Poncena-Fuego En El 23 (reissue)
Hector Lavoe-Comedia (reissue)


April 12th

Maná-Drama Y Luz
Azam Ali- From Night to the Edge of Day
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo- Cotonou Club
Femi Kuti-Africa for Africa 
Ebo Taylor-Life Stories

April 19th

Enrique Bunbury-Gran Rex
Celia Cruz & Johnny Pacheco-Tremendo Cache (reissue)
Cheo Feliciano-Estampa (reissue)
Orchestra Harlow-Live In Quad (reissue)
Bombino- Agadez

April 26th

Olga Tañón- Ni Una Lagrima Mas
Roberto Carlos: Millon De Amigos Y Doce Mas (Roberto Carlos Tribute)
Cachao-The Last Mambo

Amoeba Hollywood World Music Best Sellers For January & February 2011

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, March 5, 2011 11:00pm | Post a Comment
                                                                                      
   1. Afrocubism-S/T
   2. V/A-Rise Of Bossa Nova
   3. Celso Piña-Sin Fecha De Caducidad
   4. Serge Gainsbourg-Historie De Melody Nelson
   5. Eydie Gorme Y Los Panchos-Cantan En Español
   6. V/A-Psych Funk: Sa-Ra Ga!
   7. V/A-Sofrito
   8. Enrique Iglesias-Eurphoria
   9. Cristan Castro-Viva El Principe
  10. V/A-Pomegranates

Hands down the biggest world music seller over the last three months has been the Afrocubism CD. However, giving it a good chase is The Rise Of Bossa Nova compilation on Soul Jazz Records. There's a CD version, two separate double LP sets and a book (all sold separately) with all the classic original Bossa Nova tracks that DJ’s have brought back into circulation over the last ten years.

Celso Piña’s excellent in-store performance on February 17th fueled the sales of his latest release, Sin Fecha De Caducidad. Although Celso’s performance was high-octane Cumbia, Sin Fecha is an album that is both subtle and sublime, with more Son and Paseo than Cumbia. Special guest vocalists on the album include the likes of Latin Alternative darlings Natalia LaFourcade and Ely Guerra, rockero Alex Lora and even a great performance by former talk show host and Latin gay icon Laura Leon.

Speaking of Latin gay icons, Ricky Martin’s Musica+Alma+Sexo is out now and along with Enrique Iglesias' Euphoria and Cristian Castro's Viva El Principe, shows that the Latin Pop machine continues to thrive while other pop genres in World Music are quickly losing steam.

On the World Music hipster tip, the latest Soundway Records release, Cartegena!, is out now. Cartegena! focuses on the music of Colombia with vintage Cumbia and Descargas from the Discos Fuentes label. This is easily as good or perhaps even a little better than Soundway’s brilliant Colombia! compilation that was released a few years back.

Coming out on March 8th is the latest release from Portuguese diva Ana Moura, entitled Colliseu. Also out on 3/8 will be another Psyche-Funk compilation on Now Again entitled Those Shocking Shaking Days, which is a look at Indonesia’s various underground 70s musical scenes. This release is heavy duty and much better than the average World Psyche releases. Finally, March 8 will bring new Fania LP reissues from Tito Puente, Vaya Puente, and Tipica 73’s self-titled.

March 15th brings us a release from legendary Malian guitarist Boubacar Traore, Mali Denhou. Nacional Records brings us two Los Amigos Invisibles related projects; Not So Commercial is a collection of remixes and b-sides from Los Amigos Invisibles’ Commercial album, and DJ Afro, Los Amigos Invisibles' guitarist and composer, releases his own solo album, Free. DJ Afro is the best part of Los Amigos Invisibles and is known across the world as one of the best house music remixers.

March 22nd has Reggaetoneros Alexis & Fido's latest, Perreologia, and another in the many tributes to Fela Kuti, this one by Mamud Band and called Opposite People: The Music Of Fela Kuti. Mexican bad girl Gloria Trevi returns, blonde and fierce, with Gloria, her first album since 2007's Una Rosa Blu. Fania Records will release the soundtrack to John Leguizamo’s Broadway play, Ghetto Klown: Music From My Hood that features many classic Fania cuts. Just in case you want to see John Leguizamo’s play, it currently running at The Lyceum Theatre in Manhattan.

For the last release date in March (3/29) we will have the domestic release of Hello Seahorse!'s latest, Legos: No Tan Legos. 21 year-old Corrido phenomenon Gerardo Ortiz will release a live version of last year’s hit, Morir Y Exstistir, entitled Morir Y Existir En Vivo. Lastly, there will be yet another Fania compilation, this time released by Strut Records out of England; Fania Records 1964-1980: Original Sound is a two CD/2 LP set of all the gems you come to love from the beloved Salsa label.

Coming in April, the latest from Mana, Aventura and Cachao’s final recording, The Last Mambo!

Amoeba Hollywood World Music Top 10 For October 2010

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, November 7, 2010 11:25pm | Post a Comment

1. Shakira-Sale El Sol
2. V/A-The Roots of Chicha 2
3. Yann Tierson-Dust Lane
4. V/A-The Lost Cuban Trios of Casa Marina
5. V/A-Fania Essential Recordings
6. Jane Birkin-Di Do Dah
7. Natacha Atlas-Moungaliba
8. Seu Jorge-Seu Jorge & Almaz
9. Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg-S/T
10. Spanish Harlem Orquestra-Viva La Tradicion

Without any surprise, Shakira’s Sale El Sol took the top spot on October’s chart. Likewise, I expected The Roots of Chicha 2 & Yann Tiersens Dust Lane to chart in the top five. The big surprise was The Lost Cuban Trios of Casa Marina at number four, which could have done better had the store not run out of stock so quickly. Fueled by a powerful PRI The World piece, this collection of unreleased music by forgotten Cuban boleros struck a chord with the NPR crowd and everyone seemed to be asking for it. We have been dealing directly with Ahi-Nama, the indie label who released The Lost Cuban Trios, for years. They mostly release modern Cuban music such as Timba, Cuban Reggaeton & Salsa, so it was a surprise to me that they released some vintage Cuban music. A nice surprise for us and I’m sure for Ahi-Nama as well.

At number six and nine are two Jane Birkin reissues by Light In The Attic Records, who are doing a fine job with reissues, including one of my favorite non-World Music releases, El Gusano’s Fantasia Del Barrio (review coming soon). Live shows in L.A. helped out Natasha Atlas (#7) and The Spanish Harlem Orquestra (#10). At number five is probably the best Fania Records compilation ever released for a DJ; Fania Essential Recordings, released by Strut Records is all bangers, no filler in the bunch! On both CD & vinyl, there is no reason to sleep on this one, unless you have all those collectible tracks already.

November 22nd will bring us the new Calle 13’s Entren Los Que Queiran, which has the group collaborating with all sorts of legends from around the world such as Toto La Moposina from Colombia, Maria Rita from Brazil, Susana Baca from Peru, Suen Kuti (son of Fela Kuti) and Mars Volta’s Omar Rodriguez-Lopez. You always have to expect the unexpected when it comes to Calle 13.

Out now is the AfroCubism release. This pairing of Cuban and West African musicians was supposed to happen years ago but was canceled when the West African musicians couldn’t get their visas into Cuba. With all that recording time booked, Nick Gold from World Circuit Records recorded a bunch of older Cuban musicians and made a little record called The Buena Vista Social Club. Now, almost fifteen years later, the project is finally completed and released. Buena Vista alumni Eliades Ochoa and his Cuarto Patria pair with the likes of West African musicians such as Toumani Diabate and Bassekou Kouyate. Should be worth the wait.

Amoeba Hollywood World Music Top Ten for September 2010

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, October 6, 2010 11:41pm | Post a Comment

1. Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg- Jane Birkin/Serge Gainsbourg (CD/LP)
2. Seu Jorge-Seu Jorge & Almaz (CD/LP)
3. Luis Miguel-S/T
4. V/A- The Afrosound of Colombia (CD/LP)
5. V/A-Afro-Beat Airways
6. Eydie Gorme Y Los Panchos-Cantan En Español
7. V/A-Pomegranates (CD/LP)
8. V/A-Let’s A Go-Go!
9. Enrique Iglesias-Euphoria
10. Jacky Chalard-Je Suis Vivant Mais J'ai Peur De Gilbert Deflez  (CD/LP)

There wasn’t much movement from last month’s top ten to this month. The only newbies were the funky prog-rock of Jacky Chalard’s Je Sus Vivant, Mais J'ai Peur De Gilbert Deflez (B-Music/Finders Keepers) and, on the other end of the spectrum, the latest by romantic Latin Pop singer Luis Miguel, which landed him in the third spot. Also, compilations such as The Afrosound of Colombia, Pomegranates and Afro-Beat Airways benefited thanks in part to Amoeba’s latest edition of the Music We Like book, with heavy praise given to each release by the staff from all three Amoeba stores. Get your copy of Music We Like at any Amoeba store or you can view it online.

A few September releases  worthy of mentioning that didn’t make the top ten are the latest from The Nortec Collective, Bulevar 2000, Natasha AtlasMoungaliba and Issac Delgado tribute to Nat King Cole, entitled L-O-V-E. On the vinyl front, we had the reissue of Milton Nascimento and Lo Borges' classic Clube Da Esquina. Original copies of the LP go for collector's prices. For fans of Peruvian Chicha, we have the limited edition LP of Ranil Y Su Conjunto Tropical, Ranil's Jungle Party.

 Speaking of Chicha, The long awaited Roots Of Chicha Vol. 2 comes out on October 12th and it's just as good as the first. The best way to describe Peruvian Chicha is as a mix of Cumbia rhythms and Andean melodies with surf and psychedelic rock guitar. It was performed by many popular Peruvian party bands played during the 60’s and 70’s. Some of those groups still exist today, playing updated versions of their hits. Outside of Peru, many bands are picking up the style and doing their own version of it, such as Chicha Libre (New York/France), Los Chinches (England) and La Chamba (Los Angeles), just to name a few.

I saw Joan Soriano a few years ago on the Bachata Roja tour. A bit younger than the older men he was touring with, he pretty much stole the show. His latest album, El Duque De La Bachata, is out and also comes with an hour-long documentary on Joan’s life and music. The sublime romantic songs on Soriano’s album are the perfect cure for all Pop Bachata currently being written for tweeners and housewives.

Also out this month: Two more Fania re-issues -- La Perfecta Combinacion by Johnny Pacheco and Pete Rodriguez and Right On! Ahi Na Ma! by Pete Rodriguez, out October 12. Also out on October 12th is Rita Y Los Misterios' Juidero, which I wrote about last month. October 19th brings us what will probably the biggest release Latin release for October. Shakira’s Sale El Sol is an all-Spanish release, minus the English version of the single “Loca” featuring Dizzee Rascal. Other collaborators on Shakira's new album are Urban Merengue sensation El Cata, Residente from Calle 13 and Argentine legend Gustavo Cerati, who unfortunately has been in a coma since May, when he had a stroke on stage during a concert in Venezuela.
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