New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Unknown Mortal Orchestra

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra What's in My Bag

Unknown Mortal Orchestra is the brainchild of New Zealander Ruban Nielson (formerly of the Mint Chicks). After relocating to Portland, Oregon, Nielson met future bandmates Jacob Portrait (bass) and Riley Geare (drums). In 2010, Nielson released a self-produced home recording of the track "Ffunny Ffriends" on the music site Bandcamp. With virtually no info on the band or music, bloggers and digital music diggers started sharing the song and word of the band started to spread. In the summer of 2011, the band released a self-titled album on Fat Possum Records. Check out what Lou Barlow (Dinosaur Jr, Sebadoh) had to say about UMO's debut album in his "What's In My Bag?" episode here. In 2013, Unknown Mortal Orchestra signed with the Jagjaguwar label and released the album II . 

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Eclectica Moves To Wednesdays, New Latin Releases for March

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, March 4, 2013 07:26am | Post a Comment
Every first Sunday over the last three years and change, DJ's Reyes & Glenn Red have provided a great party called Eclectica. I have spent many Monday mornings groggy after a night at Eclectica, but it's a great way to kick of the work week.The name of the night says it all. If you like to dance to soul music from all over the world, this night is a great place to start. I've heard Reggae, Samba, Afro-Beat, Cumbia, R&B, Hip-Hop, Modern and classic Cuban music, Reggaeton, Balkan Brass bands, Bollywood classics. Its a chance for their guest DJs to stretch out and get away from the norm of weekend hits and the resident DJs always up to the challenge to match their diversity.
Starting on Wednesday, March 6th, Eclectica moves to every first Wednesday. For that reason, Eclectica is bringing out the big guns. Guests include DJ Sloepoke and Fresko, two deep crate diggers just waiting to be unleashed to any unsuspecting crowd. Be prepared for anything. I'm hoping the Sloepoke and Fresko are going to bust out their expansive Cumbia record collection.

Speaking of Cumbia, I'm not in the habit of recommending Rough Guide compilations. Although the people at World Music Network are no slouches to the World Music game, I often don't think about them when it comes to Latin Music. However, their latest foray into Latin Music is an absolute barn burner! The Rough Guide to Cumbia (Out now) and The Rough Guide To Latin Psychedelia (Out in April) were both compiled by Pablo Yglesias, a writer/graphic designer and DJ better known as DJ Bongohead. Yglescias has compiled collections for Vampisoul and Masstropicas and is the author of the book, Cocinando: Fifty Years Of Latin Album Cover Art. Each disc is full of classics and modern takes on the genres that work together seamlessly. Each release has a bonus disc of rare tracks by the likes of the Cumbia supergroup, Los Corraleros De Majagual (RG To Cumbia) and Peruvian Chicha masters Los Destellos (RG To Latin Psychedelia) My only complaint is that these two releases aren't slated to be released on vinyl as of yet.

Speaking of vinyl, the new Bomba Estereo, which has slowly become my favorite new release in the first part of this year, is now available on LP. Also on LP is the latest release from Cafe Tacuba, imported from Mexico. We only have a few so I wouldn't wait to long to get them.

Co-Founder of ZZK Records El G In Los Angeles This Week

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, January 13, 2013 10:08pm | Post a Comment
Back in 2008, after reading many blogs about a happening party in Buenos Aires, Argentina that played Electro-Cumbia music, one of the persons responsible for that party showed up at Amoeba Hollywood with CD copies of The ZZK Sound Vol. 1-Cumbia Digital. We were the first U.S. store to carry any of their product and it quickly became one of my favorite releases of that year. Since then, ZZK Records has released many great CD/LPS/Downloads from such artists as Chancha Via Circuito, Fauna, Tremor and last year's excellent compilation, The Future Sounds Of Buenos Aires, which was my favorite release of 2012. 

The sound of ZZK Records combines several electronic movements, such as Electro-Cumbia, Dubstep and other forms of experimental Electro with a sound that goes back to the folkloric groups of Argentina's past. If Atahualpa Yupanqui and Mercedes Sosa grew up listening to Dancehall Reggae, Cumbia Villera and Electro, maybe it would sound like this.

That person that came into the store back in 2008 is Grant C.Dull, also known as El G. He is currently on tour promoting The Future Sounds Of Buenos Aires and has three shows in the Los Angeles area. Be sure to check out one or all of them.

You can check out El G's shows at:

Wednesday, January 16th
In-Store Performance at Espacio 1839
1839 E. First Street
Los Angeles, Ca. 90033 (Boyle Heights)
From 6-9pm
Live broadcast on
7pm-9pm PST

After the event at Espacio 1839, the party moves two doors down at Eastside Luv for one of L.A.'s most happening club nights, Subsuelo

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Best Of World Music For 2012, Part 1

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, December 17, 2012 01:09am | Post a Comment
Best Artwork:
Chicano Batman-Joven Navegante

Best World Music Album Title:
Very Be Carefu
l -Remember Me From The Party?

Best Of The World Music Releases That NPR Likes:
Ana Tijoux
-La Bala

Best World Fusion Album:
Fanga & Maalem Abdallah Guinea
- Fangnawa Experience

Best Retro World Release:
Tim Maia
- Nobody Can Live Forever

Best Retro World Release On LP     
Myrian Makenwa
La Extraodinaria

Best New World Release On LP

Best World Music Box Set:
Jende Ri Palenge
- People of Palenque: the Music & 
People of Palenque

Best World Music Compilation:
-Future Sounds Of Buenos Aires

Best Retro African Compilation:
- Ivory Coast Soul 2 – Afro Soul In Abidjan From 1976 to 1981

Best Retro African Release:
Francis Bebe
y- African Electronic Music 1975 – 1982

Best New African Release:
Janka Nabay
- En Say Ya

Best Usage Of World Music Without Being A World Music Album
Rocket Juice & The Moon-S/T

Best LP That I Wish I Bought But Now Is Sadly Out Of Print:
V/A-African Guitar Box
Comeback Player(s) Of The Year
Chicha Libre -Canibalismo

Best New Brazilian Release:
Criolo-Nó Na Orelha

Best Retro Brazilian Release
Dom Salvador -Dom Salvador Trio

Best Brazilian Compilation:

V/A- Soul Braza – Brazilian 60s & 70s Soul Psych Vol 2

Best Salsa Reissue

Cortijo y Su Combo Con Ismael Rivera- La Quiniela Del Dia

Best Salsa Compilation

V/A-Subway Salsa: Montuno Records Story
Best New Salsa Release Of 2012
Freddy Cruz Y Su Fuerza Latina- La Solucion

Best Middle Eastern Release:
V/A-Dabke – Sounds Of The Syrian Houran

Best Of The Many Retro Middle Eastern Releases In 2012
- Khana Khana – Funk, Psychedelia, & Pop From The Iranian Pre-Revolution Generation

Best Of The Many Retro Chicha Releases In 2012

Los Jharis De Naña-Creadors Del Sonido De La Carretera Central

Best Of The Many Retro Asian Releases in 2012
Shin Joong Hyun & Yup Juns-S/T

Best Of The Many Retro Indian Music Releases In 2012

Ilaiyaraaja -Fire Star – Synth-Pop & Electro-Funk From Tamil Films 1985 to 1989

Best Retro European Compilation:

V/A- Skanish Sound

Best New European Album:

Taraf De Haidouks & Kocani Orkestar -Band Of Gypsies 2

Lifetime Achievement Award:
Café Tacuba- Objeto Antes Llamado Disco

Rookie Of The Year:


Best World Music Album That I Raved About Last Year That Got Popular This Year:

Sistema Bomb-Electro Jarocho

Best World Music Album Of 2012 Sadly Not Available At Amoeba:
La Excelencia- Ecos Del Barrio

Best In-Store Performance By A World Music Artist:
La Santa Cecilia - El Valor

Best World LP Lifesaver When You Didn’t Bring Enough Records To The Club:
Diablos Del Ritmo – The Colombian Melting Pot – 1975 to 1985

The Future Sounds Of Buenos Aires-A Review By Gomez Comes Alive

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, November 19, 2012 08:04am | Post a Comment
There will always be an argument about where the whole “Digital Cumbia “ movement started. Did it arrive from German electronic composer Uwe Schmidt, (aka Señor Coconut) forays into tropical music that merge German electro-sensibilities with Latin American rhythms? Was it Toy Selectah’s production, mixing urban Hip-Hop with Sonidero that made Celso Piña’s massive hit, “Cumbia Sobre El Rio”? Was it British world travelers, Up Bustle & Out, whose journeys into Mexico led them to discover Sonidero, mixed with Reggae and Hip-Hop? Was it 2005 white label 12” release of Cumbia Mash-Ups made by Chico Sonido & Toy Selectah, mashing up Missy Elliot and Rick Ross acapellas with Cumbia Rebajada? One can argue it was ZZK’s landmark ZZK Sound Vol.1 Cumbia Digital, which received tons of international press which led every remixer who had an account of SoundCloud to add guacharaca on every insignificant remix they made.

In the end, it really doesn’t matter. What matters is what is good and what isn’t. All those names mention above has its place in the creation of Nu Cumbia, Electro-Cumbia, Digital Cumbia, Moombaton and every-related sub-genre that was created to describe a new sound that mixed the barrios of Latin America and it’s counterparts from academia and entitlement. In the end, barrio kids and the college kids created a baby and that’s what we have now.

Nothing more exemplifies this than ZZK’s latest release, The Future Sounds Of Buenos Aires. Besides defying what it means to be a Digital Cumbia artist in 2012 beyond creating dance floor jams, it is an example of the modern day Argentina. Argentina has been criticized as being the most European of all the Latin American countries, mainly for embracing the culture of their conqueror that other Latin American cultures are quick to dismiss it. When we think of the music of music of Argentina, we think of the Eurocentric Tango, or the thousands of Latin Rock groups that imitated the sounds of whatever was happening in Anglolandia, whether it was the Kinks and The Beatles in the 60’s, Led Zeppelin and Queen in the 70’s or The Police and Depeche Mode in the 80’s. It’s hard to remember that such brilliant artists as Mercedes Sosa, Atahualpa Yupanqui, Facundo Cabral, all who embraced the indigenous roots and incorporated it with their European influences, came from Argentina.

The Future Sounds of Buenos Aires doesn’t hide its European roots. Yet the latest roster from the ZZK label shows more of their indigenous leanings and immigrant roots. Cumbia Viera, a street Cumbia coming from the barrios of Buenos Aires via the Ecuador and Peru, still lay heavy on the ZZK roster, but now those rhythms are mixed with native flutes from the Andean mountains and folk instrumentation from Bolivia and Venezuela. The mixture of Argentine folklore with Cumbia, Glitch and Dubstep, makes perfect sense. The experimentation from this release may comes at a cost to the dance floor, but in the end, it makes for a better listen. The chances that you will have The Future Sounds Of Buenos Aires stuck on repeat is far greater than finding the next Cumbia re-edit banger on SoundCloud, and more rewarding as well.    

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