Archive for June, 2009

Song of the Day: Caetano Veloso’s “Negra Maluca/Billie Jean/Eleanor Rigby”

June 30, 2009
Caetano Veloso Caetano Veloso

In celebration of Michael Jackson‘s life and all the music he left us, we’re posting a medley by Brazilian living legend, Caetano Veloso, where he covers an MJ tune. The King of Pop influenced musicians all over the world, and in this case it was Caetano Veloso who he moved to cover “Billie Jean.” It was a perfect fit. Caetano rides a soft Bossa Nova guitar with his vocals, at times even daring to get off beat. The lyrics sharpen Caetano’s voice until it cuts the Bossa Nova to a painful end with The Beatles‘ “Eleanor Rigby.” For Michael!

Caetano Veloso-Negra Maluca/Billie Jean/Eleanor Rigby (MP3)

Ceatano Veloso-Negra Maluca/Billie Jean/Eleanor Rigby (Video)

Song of the Day: Quique Neira’s “Lady”

June 29, 2009

Quique Neira

Quique Neira

I was just in San Francisco for a little over a week. Although I was there for some serious business, I spent the first few days in search of a good reggae club. I found two that were decent, but it wasn’t those clubs’ music that I was impressed with–it was actually the most random places that played some of my favorite reggae tunes. While walking down Mission Street, a Mexican grocery store had Los Cafres playing outside over their produce. And when I stopped to eat at El Balazo, I was greeted at the door with today’s song of the day–Quique Neira’s “Lady.” A few days into my week, I talked with some reggae heads about reggae music, only to find out that they didn’t know that Latin America has a strong reggae scene. For that reason, we’re gonna take it back to 2005 with a track from this former member of Chile’s Gondwana. It’s a lot more laid back, compared to the serious reggae roots style he brought with Gondwana, but Quique still manages to deliver one of the best voices in Latin American reggae.

Quique Neira-Lady (MP3)

Quique Neira-Lady (Video)

Mí Casa’s MP3 Round Up #1

June 26, 2009

micasaroundupWe’re still reeling over the loss of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. E.P.D.  M.J.! So, we’re celebrating music this Friday by rounding up the week!

Cineplexx “A Mi Lado” (MP3)

BONUS! Cineplexx “I Feel You” (Depeche Mode Cover) (MP3)

Javiera Mena “Yo No Te Pido La Luna” (MP3)

Javiera Mena “Yo No Te Pido La Luna” (VIDEO)

Daniela Romo “Yo No Te Pido La Luna” (VIDEO)

Jason Mraz featuring Ximena Sariñana “Lucky” (VIDEO)

Juana Molina “Rudo Y Cursi” (MP3)

Juana Molina “Un Dia” (VIDEO)

Gael Garcia Bernal (as Tato Verduzco) “Queiro Que Me Quieras” (VIDEO)

Cheap Trick’s “I Want You To Want Me” (VIDEO)
Los Odio and Juan Son “I Want You To Want Me” (VIDEO)

Gael Garcia Bernal’s “Quiero Que Me Quieras”, Los Odio and Juan Son (Rudo Y Cursi Soundtrack)

June 24, 2009
Juan Son & Gael Garcia Bernal as "Toto Verduzco"

Juan Son as "himself" & Gael Garcia Bernal as "Tato Verduzco"

Oh, heck while we’ve featured Juana Molina‘s theme to film, Rudo Y Cursi, why not feature actor Gael Garcia Bernal‘s campy take on Cheap Trick‘s “I Want You To Want Me”? Bernal’s Latino hipster cumbia-norteño version is genius. Sure, Bernal can’t sing, but I swear I hear a little bit of Juan Gabriel. It’s not the first time Bernal has sung before, he dueted with Devendra Bernhart on the soundtrack to Michel Gondry’s The Science of Sleep. On “Queireo Que Me Quieras” Bernal is actually in character as Tato Verduzco, the talented soccer player who truly wants to be a music star. Below is the wonderful video featured in the film as well as the original Cheap Trick version. The Rudo Y Cursi soundtrack does boast an interesting English version of Cheap Trick’s tune by Los Odio and Juan Son (also below). Oh, enjoy.

Gael Garcia Bernal (as Tato Verduzco) “Queiro Que Me Quieras” (VIDEO)

Cheap Trick’s “I Want You To Want Me” (VIDEO)


Los Odio and Juan Son “I Want You To Want Me” (VIDEO)

Song of the Day: Juana Molina’s “Rudo Y Cursi”

June 24, 2009
Juana Molina

Juana Molina

Singer-songwriter Juana Molina needs very little introduction. She was already a household name in her native Argentina as a comedic television actress. In the last decade, Molina has made a name for herself as a premiere eclectic musician releasing a string of critical lauded independent releases that span a wide variety of genres: electronic, folk, ambient, and pop. Her 1996 debut, Rara introduced Molina as a prolific songwriter. Her 2002 release, Tres Cosas cemented a unique musician often drawing comparisons to other prolific muscians such as Beth Orton and Björk. Molina couldn’t be any more different than Orton and Björk, yet what Molina shares with these two women is their unique artistry. If you ever get a chance to catch Juana Molina in concert, do it. She’s incredibly funny, a master storyteller, and she creates a wall of sound with her voice alone. Molina’s last two releases 2006’s Son and last year’s Un Día were released on U.K.’s Domino Records. She was the first Spanish speaking muscian to land on that label. Today’s song of the day is Molina’s quirky theme to the Gael Garcia Bernal/Diego Luna dramedy Rudo Y Cursi. On “Rudo Y Cursi” Molina sings about the lives of both characters backed by an ambient drumbeat and acoustic gutiar.

Juana Molina “Rudo Y Cursi” (MP3)

Juana Molina “Un Dia” (VIDEO)

Jason Mraz + Ximena Sariñana, “Lucky” (Spanish Version/Music Video)

June 24, 2009
Ximena Sariñana and Jason Mraz?

Ximena Sariñana and Jason Mraz?

Our amigos at Club Fonograma reports a new video with quite an unlikely pair-up. American singer-songwriter, Jason Mraz and Mexican it-girl, Ximena Sariñana duet on a Spanish version of Mraz’s single, “Lucky.” Club Fonograma deem it a “bore.” We couldn’t agree more, but I’ll add the word “safe.” Even still, it’s good to see Mraz trying to sing in Spanish but better yet, more exposure for Ximena. So below is the music video for the Mraz/Sariãna duet.

Jason Mraz featuring Ximena Sariñana “Lucky” (VIDEO)

Song of the Day: Javiera Mena’s “Yo No Te Pido La Luna”

June 23, 2009
Javiera Mena

Javiera Mena

Chilean pop singer Javiera Mena has been recording and performing music since 2001, first as indie pop duo, Prissa, and then as a collaborator with friend and Chilean singer-songwriter, Gepe. Mena cites Brazilian chantuese Xúxa and Mexico’s pop icon Daniela Romo as influences, yet it’s her fascination with an AM monophonic sound she grew up listening to as a child that guides her acoustic-synth driven pop from her 2006 debut, Esquemas Juveniles (Virgin Argentina). “Yo No Te Pido La Luna” is a tune off of that record and a cover of Daniela Romo’s 1984 pop hit which was a #1 hit in Chile and once again became a hit for Mena a few years ago. Mena is currently recording a follow up to Esquemas Juveniles in Mexico, Argentina, and Chile and due out later this year.

Enjoy.

Javiera Mena “Yo No Te Pido La Luna” (MP3)

Javiera Mena “Yo No Te Pido La Luna” (Video)

Daniela Romo “Yo No Te Pido La Luna” (Original tune/video)

Song of the Day: Cineplexx’s “A Mi Lado” (Bonus track, “I Feel You” Depeche Mode cover)

June 22, 2009
Sebastian Litmanovich a.k.a. Cineplexx

Sebastian Litmanovich a.k.a. Cineplexx

Cineplexx is Sebastian Litmanovich. He is a graphic artist and musician based out of Barcelona by way of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Since 1997, Litmanovitch has been releasing records via Caipirinha, an NYC experimental electronic label. He’s played shows in Argentina, Europe, U.S., Spain, and Japan as his Cineplexx moniker or as his audio-visual side project, Cacahuetes Inc. In 2006, Federico Aubele asked Litmanovich to join his touring band. In 2008, Cineplexx’s released Picnic, a melodic, pop album framed on acoustic-electronic compositions that boasts collaborations with Jaid Fair (Half Japanese), Federico Aubele, Natalia Clavier, and Duglas T. Stewart of BMX Bandits and Teenage Fanclub‘s Norman Blake. Litmanovitch cites the Velvet Underground and ABBA as his biggest influences, but tunes like the ultra-catchy “A Mi Lado” flows on a sunny Beach Boys/Jens Lekman vibe. In May Cineplexx released a compilation record of old, new, and rare tunes called Nuevahola (Cherry Red Records).

As an added Monday bonus, Mí Casa is throwing a wonderful cover of Depeche Mode’s “I Feel You” from an Argentine tribute album Enjoy The Silence via Discos Sordos.

Enjoy.

Cineplexx “A Mi Lado” (MP3)

BONUS! Cineplexx “I Feel You” (Depeche Mode Cover) (MP3)

Cineplexx “A Mi Lado” (Video)

Song of the Day: Dancing Mood’s “Close to You” with Mimi Maura

June 19, 2009

 

Mimi Maura

Mimi Maura

I might have had too many whiskeys last night, and like every night (drunk or sober), I had an unforgiving friend bothering me as  I slept. This friend is a bird outside my window that is either really affected by light pollution or just likes to mess with me. I want to think that last night it was just trying to remind me about our Song of the Day. And it did by bringing to mind, “why do birds suddenly appear every time you are near.” I’ve been a fan of Mimi Maura ever since I got into the Latin-American Reggae scene, so when I heard that she was doing a Ska with Argentina’s Dancing Mood I was kinda excited. It wasn’t a disappointment at all. She has a rather deep voice, so to lighten it a bit for a classic American love song was a great move. And of course, Dancing Mood composed a perfect Ska cover of the track. It’s better than The Carpenters’ version. That’s it. I’m hungover. Enjoy.

Dancing Mood (featuring Mimi Maura)-Close to You (MP3)

Os Mutantes release Haih, first record in 35 years

June 18, 2009
Os Mutantes

Os Mutantes

Brazilian psychedlic/tropicalia masters Os Mutantes announced the release of their first record in over 35 years. Haih will be released on ANTI Records home of such artists as Antibalas, Nick Cave, Blackalicious, Daniel Lanois, Mavis Staples, N.A.S.A. and Tom Waits, on September 8th. Os Mutantes were formed in 1966 in São Paulo, Brazil by two brothers Arnaldo and Sergio Dias Baptista with vocal duties by Rita Lee. The band were heavily influenced at the time by The Bealtes, Jimi Hendrix, and Sly & The Family Stone, and in turn Os Mutantes have influenced the likes of Kurt Cobain, Kevin Barnes (Of Montreal), Beck, The Talking Heads as well as many other acts. This news comes with much anticipation as the group reunited in 2006 (without Rita Lee) and played a string of shows with Flaming Lips, Tom Zé, and Devandra Barnhart. Late last year, Os Mutantes released a new track, “Mutantes Depois” as a digital download. The song featured vocals by Bia Mendes and Fabio Recco. It is unknown yet whether Rita Lee will return as lead vocalist.

Os Mutantes’ Haih will be out on September 8th on ANTI Records.

Os Mutantes – “A Minha Menina” (VIDEO)