Archive for June, 2009

Throwback Thursday: Soda Stereo’s “Sobredosis De TV”

June 18, 2009
Soda Stereo

Soda Stereo

Soda Stereo is Argentina’s most successful and one of Latin America’s most influential bands. Soda Stereo was formed in 1982 by lead guitarist and vocalist, Gustavo Cerati, drummer, Charly Alberti, and bassist, Zeta Bosio. Soda Stereo blend New Wave, rock, and pop with a stylish image similar to their English contemporaries Television, the Talking Heads, and The Police. From 1984-1995, Soda Stereo released seven records including two of their most important releases, 1986’s Signos and then 1990’s Cancion Animal. “Sobredosis De TV” (“Television Overdose”), this week’s Throwback Thursday selection, is one of the band’s most recognized songs. It’s a perfect introduction to this iconic band.

Soda Stereo – “Sobredosis De TV” (MP3)

Soda Stereo – “Sobredosis De TV” (Live in Vivo en Viña, 1987)

Song of the Day: Antibalas’ “Che Che Cole”

June 18, 2009




I was happy to see Antibalas‘ horn section collaborating with The Roots and guest performers, Paul Simon and Public Enemy, on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. I was a bit shocked—in a good way. I mean, these guys are a talented bunch in a country that unfortunately chooses to put bad music on its mainstream waves. So as you can imagine, I was glad to see them get some air time. That’s why they’re our group for our Song of the Day. When I saw them on Late Night, I remembered the cover they did of Willie Colon and Hector Lavoe’s “Che Che Cole.” Willie Colon and Hector Lavoe’s purpose was to pay honor to Africa for the immense influence it has had on Latin American music and culture. In a sense, they were telling Latin-Americans to acknowledge our African roots. And there’s no doubt about that—it’s in our music, in our language, in our food, and in our blood. Lavoe sang it, “…todos somos hermanos/ lo bailan en Venezuela/ lo bailan en Panama/ este ritmo es Africano/ y donde quiera va acabar.” And Antibalas brought it closer to home, to U.S. Latinos, by adding their own spin to those lyrics with, “lo bailan en Puerto Rico/ lo bailan en Nueva York/ este ritmo es Africano y Antibalas te lo dio.” We’re giving you both Salsa and Afro-beat versions—’cause we love ’em both. 

Willie Colon & Hector Lavoe-Che Che Cole (MP3)

Antibalas-Che Che Cole (MP3)

Willie Colon & Hector Lavoe—Che Che Cole (Video)

Antibalas—Che Che Cole (Youtube Audio)

Rodrigo y Gabriela, New Album and Tour Dates

June 18, 2009

Rodrigo y Gabriela

Rodrigo y Gabriela

Rodrigo y Gabriela made a name for themselves by doing what no other Mexican act has done before: move to Dublin, Ireland. In fact, Rodrigo y Gabriela moved to Dublin because they liked the city’s music scene. Their self-titled release in 2006 was a strong effort but it was the duo’s energetic live shows at just about any music festival (and fresh off of Bonnaroo 2009 according to Brooklyn Vegan) that has gained Rodrigo y Gabriela notoriety. Now, R y G are set to release their follow-up, 11:11 (check out the album cover below) on September 8th. 11:11 was produced entirely by Rodrigo y Gabriela in Mexico with co-production by John Leckie (Los Lobos, Radiohead, My Morning Jacket) on two tracks and features collaborations with Costa Rican/Iranian musicians Strunz & Farah as well as Testament‘s Alex Skolnick.  The new record, according to their label ATO is “the band’s personal “Gracias” to 11 musicians, both past and present, who have inspired them along the way.”

In the meantime, the duo has a slew of dates at the end of June leading up to the release of the new record.

Rodrigo y Gabriela – 2009 Tour Dates
June 28 – Summerfest, Milwaukee, USA
September 16 New York City, NY Terminal 5
September 19 Denver, CO Temple Hoyne Buelle Theatre
September 21 Seattle, WA Moore Theatre
September 23 Oakland, CA Fox Theater
September 25 Los Angeles, CA Orpheum Theatre

Rodrigo y Gabriela's 11:11 (2009)

Check out 11:11's album cover. New album out, September 8th on ATO.

Rodrigo y Gabriela performing “Diablo Rojo” on David Letterman

Song of the Day: Ska Cubano’s “Marianao”

June 17, 2009

I get excited when music genres that I love come together for a good cause. In this case, the good cause is attending the need for good music. I just never imagined that it could happen with Jamaican Ska and Son Cubano. I tend to listen to them separately—when in different moods and for different occasions. But when I heard that they were being married it made sense—both are two of the Caribbean’s most respected music styles, and therefore have a loyal following. But how could something like that happen? 

Ska Cubano

Ska Cubano

London Ska artist, Natty Bo, and Cuban singer, Juan Manuel Villy Carbonell, were introduced to each other in Santiago de Cuba by a London promoter (who came up with the idea) to bring both sounds together. They met with a few musicians and formed a band with a self-explanatory name—Ska Cubano.  With their most recent album, Ay Caramba (2005), Natty and Juan Manuel proved to the world that traditional Son Cubano songs could fit nicely into a bouncy Ska. And then, to kick it up even more, they added a little Cumbia and Rumba to the mix. Sounds like a lot, but it works. “Marianao” is one of my favorite songs from Ay Caramba. The ode to Marianao, Cuba is done nicely with a few instrumental solos and a charming chorus. Don’t be scared if you’re still bouncing after the song is over—it’s totally normal. We’re waiting to see when the next album comes out, but in the meantime it’s worth to go back a few years for some Ska Cubano.

Ska Cubano-Marianao (MP3)

Federico Aubele takes Amatoria on the road

June 16, 2009
Federico Aubele on tour

Federico Aubele on tour

Argentine singer-songwriter, Federico Aubele has embarked on a tour in support of his latest record, Amatoria (out now on ESL Music).  Aubele’s first record, 2003’s Hotel Buenos Aires blended Latin lounge, dub with elements of ambient and hip-hop. That record was the demo that landed him on Thievery Corporation‘s label, Eighteen Street Lounge Music. His follow-up, 2007’s Panamericana saw Aubele expanding on the sound of its predecessor and sharing production duties with Thievery Corporation.  Amatoria sees Aubele self producing the record and collaborating with Cibbo Mato‘s Miho Hatori on “Riendo Asi”, Brazilian GirlsSabina Scuibba on “Otra Vez”, as well as Panamericana vocalist Natalia Clavier.

Aubele’s Amatoria tour kicked off in Boston on June 13th and takes him to Philly, The Montreal Jazz Festival,The Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC) in NYC, Lollapalooza and Ravinia Festivals in Chicago, and two date residency in Scottsdale, AZ (!?) before wrapping up at the Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 3rd.

Check out Federico Aubele’s performance on WNYC’s Soundcheck!

Federico Aubele’s Amatoria tour:

06/13:  Bank of America Pavillion, Boston, MA
06/17: The Filene Center, Vienna, VA
06/19: Mann Center, Philadelphia, PA
06/21: Pavilion Harbor Center, Portsmouth, VA
06/27: Ravinia Festival, Highland Park, IL
07/02: Montreal Jazz Festival, Montreal, CAN
07/03: Meadowbrook – US Cellular Pavilion, Gilford, NH
07/04: Tanglewood, Lenox, MA
07/09: Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
07/09: LAMC at Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
07/25: Surf Lodge, Montauk, NY
08/06: House of Blues, Chicago, IL
08/08: Lollapalooza, Chicago, IL
09/25: InterContinental Montelucia, Scottsdale, AZ
09/26: InterContinental Montelucia, Scottsdale, AZ
10/03: Austin City Limits Festival, Austin, TX

Federico Aubele “Sueña Mí Guitara” (Video)
Federico Aubele “La Esquina” (Video)

Song of the Day: People Project’s “Segundo Piso”

June 16, 2009
People Project People Project

Wonder who Natalia Lafourcade was hanging out with when she was in Canada? These guys. People Project is a collective of musicians that are breaking all kinds of borders with their talent. Their music comes with a mission statement:

People Project is an inter-cultural, multi-lingual cross-border group uniting collaborators from around the world to explore many genres and create both authentic and original music with a message.

Our belief in people, in humanity, manifests itself in our rich cultural exchange in the process and production of human creative skill and imagination between emerging artists from everywhere.

Based simultaneously in Canada and in Mexico and founded by Philippe Lafreniere (Canada) and Gabriel Bronfman (Mexico) in 2006, People Project created a dynamic intermixture of folk, funk and roots music in several languages. Afro rhythms meet the harmonic language of blues and jazz, in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese where the worlds of latin, hip-hop, reggae, and funk collide. At present, Mexico City and Ottawa now act as a hub for our international artists.

Although they’re working on a new album that’s due out sometime later this year, the first album should not go overlooked. “Segungo Piso” is one of the highlights of People Project’s debut album. Here, a bossa nova meets afro-beat, and a hip grabbing saxophone accompanies a smooth voice. You can’t stay still to this one.

People Project-Segundo Piso (MP3)

People Project rehearsing “Segundo Piso” with Natalia Lafourcade on the melodica (Video)

Song of the Day: Mallu Magalhães’ “Don’t You Look Back”

June 15, 2009
Mallu Magalhães

Mallu Magalhães

What do you get when you put together the vocals of Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash’s ‘tude, and the sentiment of Caetano Veloso? Believe it or not, you get a hip teenager from Brazil who plays guitar, banjo, wears a harmonica on a neck holder, and composes her own music. Mallu Magalhães caught the attention of many through her Myspace artist page and, just a few years later, her internet popularity led her to put out a self-titled CD. Her debut album was highly influenced by the music she loves the most, the music her grandparents’ raised her with—folk. But don’t think for a second that folk is a genre too mature for a 17 year-old. Mallu’s done her homework. She sings with raw vocals—sometimes even laughing between words—but has control over each note. She prefers to sing in English only because of a vulnerability she feels singing in Portuguese. Yet, in her first album, she allows herself to get personal with her new audience by singing in her native tongue. Unfortunately, the media is paying more attention to her romantic relationship with Marcelo Camelo (31 years-old) from Los Hermanos, instead of her music. But Mallu doesn’t seem affected by the fuss. I think she says it all with one of the many shirts that she designs: Folk You! She’s strong, and we can only hope that she continues to grow musically. It’s good to see the future of music in her hands. 

Mallu Magalhães-Don’t You Look Back (MP3)

“Don’t You Look Back” Studio Session (Video)

Song of The Day: Juan Son’s “Las Hadas”

June 12, 2009
Juan Son

Juan Son

Who is Juan Son? Here’s what you need to know: Juan Son was the lead singer of experimental indie rock band Porter. From 2004-2008 the band released the 2005 EP, Donde Los Ponys Pastan and their full-length, 2007’s Atemahawke.  Both records garnered attention and a small following but the band called it quits after performing at Coachella Music Festival in 2008. Juan Son took the time to develop his own solo work resulting in a set of demos and this year’s Mermaid Sashimi. His debut record is already garnering rave reviews for its ethereal vocal-orchestral stylings. He’s collaborated with Latin Alternative legend Julieta Venegas and was most recently heard on Natalia Lafourcade‘s Hu Hu Hu as well as the Voy A Explotar and Rudo Y Cursi soundtracks. This guy is someone to watch. No, really, download the song and watch his music video for “Nada.”

Juan Son “Las Hadas” -DEMO (MP3)

Juan Son “Nada” (Video)

Girl in A Coma @ Plush (Tucson, AZ), 2009 Tour Dates

June 12, 2009
Girl in A Coma

Girl in A Coma

San Antonio, Texas band Girl In A Coma will be at Plush in Tucson, Arizona on July 24th. The all-female rock band are touring in support of their new record, Trio B.C. which will be released later this summer. Lead singer Nina Díaz was 12 years old when the band started in 2005, her sister  is the band’s drummer Phanie Díaz, and her childhood friend, Jenn Alva is the bassist. The band’s first record, the 2005 EP Gira O Morir catapulted the band to super stardom and into the desk of label woman and rock legend Ms. Jett. She signed them to her Blackheart Records and released their first full length, Both Before I’m Gone in 2007.  Girl In A Coma’s music can best be described as alternative rock albeit with a Morrissey influence. The band’s name is a reference to The Smith‘s tune “Girlfriend in a Coma.” In late 2007, the band opened up for Morrissey and has since then opened up for Frank Black, Tega & Sara, and The Pogues and are SXSW veterans.

Trio B.C. is produced by Grammy-winning producer, Greg Collings (U2, Gwen Stefani), Gabriel Gonzalez (former band member of El Paso band Sparta), and Joan Jett. Their website describes the band’s new album as “exploring different styles and tempos with tracks ranging from the eerie and poetic love song “El Monte” to the fast and hard rocking “Static Mind.” Other tracks include the delicate ballad “Pink Lemonade” and the more sonically experimental “Ven Cerca,” Girl in a Coma’s first Spanish language song, a cover of a bright 1960s Mexican pop song, but made modern and dissonant with feedback and fuzzy guitars reminiscent of Sonic Youth at their grungiest best.”

Girl In A Coma’s remaining 2009 Tour Dates:


Girl in A Coma – “Clumsy Sky”

Café Tacvba Celebrate 20 Años, 20 Cuidades (Mp3 B-Side Mini Retrospective)

June 12, 2009
Café Tacvba's 20 Años, 20 Cuidades Tour

Café Tacvba's 20 Años, 20 Cuidades Tour

Café Tacvba are celebrating 20 years as a band by touring 20 select countries around the world. The Mexico City rockers wrapped up the SINO tour late last year. The 20 Años, 20 Cuidades (20 Years, 20 Cities) began this May with stops all over Latin America and Europe. Cafe Tacvba’s 20th anniversary tour coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution, lead singer Rubén Albaran’s first book, and a SINO tour rockumentary spanning the tour through Japan and Latin America as well as detailing the history of the band. The remaining dates (below) sees the band in Mexico, U.S., U.K., and Spain.

Café Tacvba’s 20 Años, 20 Cuidades Tour:

13 de junio – DF, México
16 de junio – León, México
17 de junio – Guadalajara, México
19 de junio – Monterrey, México
21 de junio – Tijuana, México
24 de junio – Los Ángeles, Estados Unidos
26 de junio – Chicago, Estados Unidos
28 de junio – Nueva York, Estados Unidos
23 de julio – Londres, Inglaterra
25 de julio – Barcelona, España

Mí Casa will celebrate with a b-side Mini retrospective:

“God: Dog” from Amores Perros (MP3)
“Futurismo Y Tradición from Homenaje a Los Tigeres Del Norte (MP3)
“La Venganza De Los Pelados” with Los Lobos (MP3)
“Insomnio” from Y Tú Máma Tambíen (Mp3)