Manu Chao Vinyl Out Now!

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, September 29, 2013 11:09pm | Post a Comment

  I can't tell you how many times people ask for Manu Chao music on vinyl. So it's my duty to inform you that  Because Music out of France is re-releasing most of Manu Chao catalog on LP. All the early Manu Chao's catalog on CD as well as the original LPs have been long out of print and sell for collector's prices. Six of his titles, Clandestino, Promxima Estacion: Esperanza, La Radiolina, Radio Bemba Sound SystemBaionarena, and Siberie M'Etait Conteee, his all French language album that was never released on LP, will be released November 12th. All releases are double LPs (Baionarena will be a triple LP) that will come with a CD version of the album.

Clandestino was Amoeba Hollywood's best selling World Music title up until Virgin Records discontinued the CD. Proxima Estacion is also out of print and has his contains his biggest hit, "Me Gustas Tu" La Radiolina and 
Baionarena were released a few years back on Nacional Records. Both LP versions of those albums are now out of print.

Although the release date is scheduled for November 12th, we just might get these a little earlier. Stay tuned! OUT NOW!

Amoeba Hollywood World Music Best Sellers For Jan. 2010

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, February 1, 2010 09:13am | Post a Comment

1. Charlotte Gainsbourg-IRM
2. Aventura-Last
3. Shakira-She Wolf
4. Mahssa-Oyun Havasi Vol. 1
5. Manu Chao-Baionarena
6. Charlotte Gainsbourg-IRM (LP version)
7. Tinariwen-Imidiwan: Companions
8. V/A-Colombia!
9. V/A-Tumbele! Biguine, Afro & Latin Sounds from the French Caribbean, 1963-74
10. Buika-El Ultima Trago

Even though Charlotte Gainsbourg’s IRM has only been out for the last week, it has already sold well enough to take the top spot on Amoeba Hollywood’s World Music chart. IRM was produced by Beck and was the first anticipated release of the year. The vinyl version of IRM also took the sixth spot and probably could have sold more had we not sold out over the weekend. Last year, Charlotte's father, Serge Gainsbourg, was the only artist to also have the CD and vinyl version of a record in our top forty best sellers of the year, with the reissue of Histoire De Melody Nelson.

At number five is Manu Chao's second live album, Baionarena, which includes two CD’s and one DVD. Baionarena was recorded and filmed over the last couple of years while supporting the La Radiolina release. Having caught two shows during this tour,  Baionarena triggers many great memories I had attending the shows. Baionarena is also available on vinyl, which also comes with the DVD.

Most of the January sales reflected post Christmas sales. Aventura and Shakira continued their dominance of the Latin Music, as people bought for themselves what they really wanted for Christmas with gift certificates. Artists such as Buika and Tinariwen topped many 'Best of 2009' lists and their sales reflected that.

With the disasters in Haiti came, so did people’s interest in Haitian music. Our Caribbean section, which had been the bastard child of the Reggae section, has found new life ever since it was added to the World music section the middle of last year.  Unfortunately, many releases by popular Haitian artists have gone out of print over the last few years. I hate to think that it would take a disaster to spark people’s interest in Haitian music, but hopefully the renewed interest may spark some new releases and reissues from Haitian artists in the near future.

On the local front, we now have the CD version of Chicano Batman’s self-titled debut, with the vinyl version coming in a month or so. Local Cumbia heads Buyepongo also dropped off some of their debut release as well. Coming up in February will be, Bassekou Kouyate + Ngoni ba's I Speak Fula, which is hands down one of my favorites of this year thus far. Another favorite is the Now And Again compilation of Fela Kuti covers entitled Black Man’s Cry, which includes covers from around the world. There will also be a limited edition 4X10' vinyl box set version of this compilation as well, so start saving your money! I expect it to be a top seller for most of the coming year.

Amoeba Hollywood Latin Rock & Pop Best Sellers

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, December 29, 2008 01:22am | Post a Comment
These are the top selling Latin Rock & Pop titles at Amoeba Hollywood from the dates of November 28th through December 28, 2008. Maybe you were lucky enough to get one of these releases as a gift. If not, maybe you can buy it for yourself!
1. Aterciopelados-Rio
2. Rodrigo Y Gabriela-Live In Japan
3. Calle 13-Los De Atras Vienen Conmigo
4. V/A-Arriba La Cumbia
5. Ricardo Arjona-Quinto Piso
6. Eydie Gorme Y Los Panchos -Cantan En Español
7. Juana Molina-Un Dia
8. Monica Naranjo-Tarantula
9. Juanes-La Vida Es Un Ratico En Vivo
10. Manu Chao-Clandestino

Aterciopelados' newest release took the top spot. Released in early November, it didn’t sell that well upon release but it picked up steam as the gift giving days approached. The same went for the live Rodrigo Y Gabriela. For the most part, live releases don’t do too well but Rodrigo Y Gabriela are known for the intense live shows and this made a great gift for anyone who went to their shows or hopes to see them live in the future.

Calle 13s latest is good but it’s hard not to compare it their previous releases. It’s not that Los De Atras is a bad album, it's just that they set the bar so high with last year’s Residente o Visitante that anything they would have done would be considered a drop-off. Still, there are plenty of great tracks on the album and Calle 13 continues to be one of the most original groups around.

At the number four spot is the Arriba La Cumbia compilation on the Crammed label. Compiled by Russ Jones out of England, Jones mixed Electro, Villiera, Traditional, Reggaeton and Merengue all with Cumbia elements. This was the perfect impulse item, as every time we played in the store we sold a bunch.   

I think people buy Eydie Gorme Y Los Panchos as a gift to relive their childhood memories. Like drinking water out of the manguera triggers memories of playing outside on hot summer days, Cantan En Español reminds people of hanging out with their parents/grandparents at a family gathering with Eydie Y Los Panchos playing in the background. It’s the perfect gift to give to your elders that will make them say, “Oh, I haven’t heard this in years!” Still, I can’t help to think the grandparents secretly wished they got Marco Antonio SolisLive In Madrid or Julieta VenegasMTV Unplugged instead. Both performances have been on T.V. so much that I often see moms & pops buying it for themselves. I think the best way to buy music for your parents or grandparents is to find out what they are listening to now rather what they were listening to back in the day. Don’t make gifts a way for you to walk down memory lane. If you want to do that, go run around in the backyard and drink from that water hose!
Our core Latino Gays that shop in the Latin Rock & Pop section begged us to get the import version of Monica Naranjos Tarantula, which was released in Spain during the summer. But at a hefty $39.99 list price and a with domestic release date on the horizon, I didn’t feel it was fair for someone to pay that much for a single CD. It was a hard wait, because the album’s release date was pushed back several times until finally it was released in late November. Now that it is out, it reached the eighth spot on the Christmas chart, which means it was probably worth the wait.

At the tenth spot is Manu Chao’s Clandestino, perhaps the Srgt. Pepper of Latin Rock albums. I listened to it the other day from beginning to end and it still sounds as fresh as it did the day it came out. It is always a great gift for anyone who is adventurous and has never heard of him…or for that special someone who wore out their copy and needs a new one.

Politik Kills

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, March 23, 2008 09:22pm | Post a Comment
Ever thought after listening to one of those remix CD by one of your favorite artists, "Damn, I could have done a better remix than that!" Well, here is your chance.

Manu Chao has a new website, On it, you can preview his new remix EP, Politik Kills and watch the new video. According to a press release by Nacional Records, the site will also include include "commentary from social leaders, writers, artists and more; all in the name of reflecting on the misuse and abuse of power plaguing the world."

Besides the commentaries, there is a link that allows you to download the parts of the song Politik Kills and create your own remix. Then once you are finished with it, you can upload it back on the site for everyone to hear. Hear your remix along the ones created for the E.P. by such artists as Linton Kwesi Johnson, Dennis Bovell and The Nortec Collective. Even the ol' vampire himself, Island Records founder Chris Blackwell has a remix as well.

I love this idea and I hope other artists in the future will let people download wave files from their recording sessions so that we can all have a chance to remix our favorite artists. So far, most of remixes I've heard are of the Reggae variety. I think I'll go a whole other route with mine. How about Freestyle Manu Chao???

Songs About Immigration, Part 3 - Manu Chao - Clandestino

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, January 13, 2008 11:16pm | Post a Comment
Solo voy con mi pena
Sola va mi condena
Correr es mi destino
Para burlar la ley
Perdido en el corazón
De la grande Babylon
Me dicen el clandestino
Por no llevar papel
Pa' una ciudad del norte
Yo me fui a trabajar
Mi vida la dejé
Entre Ceuta y Gibraltar
Soy una raya en el mar
Fantasma en la ciudad
Mi vida va prohibida
Dice la autoridad
Solo voy con mi pena
Sola va mi condena
Correr es mi destino
Por no llevar papel
Perdido en el corazón
De la grande Babylon
Me dicen el clandestino
Yo soy el quiebra ley
Mano Negra clandestina
Peruano clandestino
Africano clandestino
Marijuana ilegal
Solo voy con mi pena
Sola va mi condena
Correr es mi destino
Para burlar la ley
Perdido en el corazón
De la grande Babylon
Me dicen el clandestino
Por no llevar papel

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