Archive for the ‘Misc.’ Category

Mariachi Rock!

November 20, 2009

I’m in love with these Mariachi renditions of Marvin Gaye, The Cure, and Annie Lenox. This album is something else—a really good dream come true.

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Kumbia Queers Cover The Cure’s “Lovesong”

October 21, 2009

We’ve been missing in [blog] action for a few weeks now…but no worries! We’re back—back with the Kumbia Queers !

Kumbia Queers

Kumbia Queers

And who are they? In their own words: “Seis locas punk and rollers aburridas del rock actual deciden autoexplotar su lado Kumbianchero y Queer haciendo canciones de chicas para chicas…” For those who had a rough time understanding that, it’s: six crazy punk and roller girls bored with rock music, that decided to exploit their own Kumbianchero and Queer sides to make songs by girls for girls.

Kumbia Queers – Kumbia Dark (The Cure \"Lovesong\" Cover) (MP3)

Kumbia Queers – Kumbia Dark (The Cure “Lovesong” Cover)

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.

Música de Bolso: A New Music Video Experience with Mallu Magalhães, Marcelo Camelo, Rodrigo Campos, and José González

July 9, 2009

Música de Bolso (translating to Music of Pocket, or something like a “street performer”), describe themselves as an audiovisual project that present live performances by musicians in spaces where they wouldn’t usually play a live show. They offer a fresh music video experience by providing a new intimacy between the viewer and musician—one that typically lacks in fancy music videos. These videos are serious art works. You’ll want to have them playing on your computer all day. For those who liked our posts on Marcelo Camelo and Mallu Magalhães, here are three videos of them—so wonderful you’ll want to step into your screen. Also check out Rodrigo Campos—he’s new to Mi Casa, but we like this video of him and his samba so much, we’ll surely have him back. And for those who are already familiar with José González, here’s a chance to sit next to him at a restaurant as he plays “The Nest.” Find many more videos at their website, and follow them on Twitter, Facebook, and on their Podcast.

Mallu Magalhães-Make it Easy

Mallu Magalhães-Just Give Him the Girl…

Marcelo Camelo-Téo e a Gaivota

Rodrigo Campos-Fim da Cidade

José González-The Nest

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)

Mos Def en Español

June 11, 2009
Mos Def

Mos Def

The mighty Mos Def has always gone by the spanish nickname, “Pretty Flaco,” but who would’ve known he would actually embody the name. In his new album, The Ecstatic, the mighty Mos Def becomes Pretty Flaco, rhyming in spanish on the track, “No Hay Nada Mas.” The track is reminiscent of “Umi Says” from Mos’ solo debut album, Black on Both Sides. It takes on the “Umi Says” sound of a dim prayer authored by Mos (and I think he actually concludes his bars with “Amen”). But that’s the thing, I think. I say “I think” because some of the lyrics are unclear. It takes a few listens to get the idea. The words/lyrics that stand out are: “Guerra y vida” “Familia…la luz en la distancia” “Mi vista, mi casa, mi sueños, mi alma.”  Seems like Mos is saying that we live in a constant state of paranoia—feeling a need to protect ourselves and the things that we give weight. Kinda dark, I know, but I think he’s saying there’s nothing more to being a human being. . .”No Hay Nada Mas.” But there is more to Pretty Flaco and this new album, so pick it up!

Few Words, 1 Song: Cultura Profetica’s “Un Deseo”

June 9, 2009

Best Latin Reggae band (with all due respect to Gondwana and Los Cafres). From Puerto Rico, Cultura Profetica brings conscious reggae roots with lovely lyrics. The new album is in the works—coming later this summer. 

 

Cultura Profetica

Cultura Profetica

 

Cultura Profetica-Un Deseo (mp3)

Welcome to Mi Casa Music Blog!

June 3, 2009

Mi Casa Music Blog!

Mi Casa Music Blog!

Bienvenidos to Mi Casa Music Blog!

We’re Latinos that grew up in the U.S. listening to a lot of music from Latin America and from Latino acts right here in the States—and we haven’t stopped. Actually, that’s much of what we do now. We’re constantly picking up music and recommending albums and tracks to each other.

We want to do that with you! We’re gonna let you in our house.  We’ll be sharing with you the music that we play in our casas—from our showers, bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens, and backyards. So come to Mi Casa to check out what we’re playing. We’ll have everything from Pop to Bossa Nova, from classic tunes to the newest.

So here we go. Listen, sing, dance, enjoy, and most importantly, sharebecause this world is in need of good music.

Mi Casa es tu casa. Our house is your house. Invite your friends, let’s have a drink, and kick back.