Posts Tagged ‘Chile’

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)

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)

Throwback Thursdays: Los Prisioneros’ “Tren Al Sur”

June 4, 2009
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Los Prisioneros

The first time I heard this song I was 15 at an 18 & Over club in Chicago. Yeah, you did it too. Don’t lie. I wasn’t the only kid under age and it was quite evident. The only people on the dance floor were couples and girls in circles so tight they could’ve been beating someone inside it and no one would’ve ever known. Everyone else stood against the walls. It was what it was—a high school dance without the basketball court—until this song came on. A new DJ got on the decks, allowed some silence as he transitioned into his set, and then the haunting intro keys seemed to scare everyone away from what they were doing. Circles broke, and couples separated to dance along with everyone just as the drums dropped over the keys. Everything was perfect with this song—the catchy lyrics, key solos, drum solos, and vocals over those solos. These guys from Chile had a bunch of Latino kids in Chicago going crazy. And yeah, as a result, that night I got my first number from a girl—her beeper number, that is. So for getting me my first number, and just being a damn good classic, this is our first Throwback Thursday song. Someone get me Los Prisioneros‘ beeper numbers so I can thank them in a voicemail or number coded message.

Los Prisioneros–Tren Al Sur