Archive for August, 2009

PBS Presents “Latin Music USA: It’s Gonna Move You”

August 29, 2009

Is it gonna move us? I don’t know.
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Take a sneak peek yourself. So far it looks like PBS did their homework in order to get across that our music is diverse. I caught glimpses of Hector Lavoe, Los Tigres Del Norte, El General, El Flaco Jimenez, and Carlos Santana.

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Natalia Lafourcade and Hello Seahorse!

August 19, 2009

Looks like Natalia Lafourcade has become good friends with Hello Seahorse! They’ll be playing together at Chicago’s Logan Square Auditorium on November 13. What a treat!

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Chi-Town friends, don’t miss this show! Natalia’s playful sounds and Hello Seahorse’s catchy tunes will have you feeling like you’re rocking out inside a cloud. To purchase tickets go here.

Here’s a look at what could happen:

Natalia Lafourcade with Denise LoBlondo from Hello Seahorse!

To hear more of Hello Seahorse please check out our previous post on them. It includes three tracks (MP3s). Click here.

Los Amigos en NPR

August 19, 2009

Los Amigos Invisibles

Los Amigos Invisibles

Los Amigos Invisibles talk with NPR about being commercial and liking it, how they got started, and about the music industry in Venezuela. The interview includes live versions of “Mentiras,” “Plastic Woman,” and “Ultra-Funk.” Click here to check it out.

Julieta Venegas Remixes Hello Seahorse!

August 8, 2009

Gotta thank our music-friends at Club Fonograma for this one here. Who knew Julieta Venegas had it in her to remix? Maybe it’s just that she likes and respects Hello Seahorse! as much as Mi Casa does. We don’t know, but she does a fine job remixing this track. Like the original, this remix of “Bestia” is a little dark, yet Julieta manages to bring some light into the song with hand claps and a few noise makers.

Hello Seahorse!

Hello Seahorse!

Maybe Julieta doesn’t want us to forget about Hello Seahorse! too fast in this music culture with attention deficit disorder. We sure don’t want you to. So to refresh your memory, we’re throwing in some extra tracks by Hello Seahorse!

Hello Seahorse! – Bestia (Julieta Venegas Remix) (MP3)

Hello Seahorse! – Bestia (Original) (MP3)

Hello Seahorse! – I Won\'t Say Anything (MP3)

Hello Seahorse!–I Wont Say Anything (Video (Note: music starts at 12 seconds))

Hello Seahorse!–Bestia

Ely Guerra Sings Ska

August 8, 2009

Ely Guerra shows a little hometown solidarity by singing a love song with Monterrey ska band, Inspector. You can find this skadorable track, “Noviembre,” in Inspector’s new self-titled album.

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Inspector

Now, I love Latino ska so much that I can admit that the genre lacks good singers. It’s okay because ska is not so much about vocals as it is about the quality of the music, the vibe, and the culture—and yes, about preserving those things. But this is why this collaboration works. Inspector lays out a nice traditional ska, while Ely gives the tune an emotional depth that makes Inspector’s music even more enjoyable to listen to. It worked for Mimi Maura, and here it works for Inspector and Ely.

Inspector featuring Ely Guerra–Noviembre (MP3)

Inspector with Ely Guerra–Noviembre (Track Video)