Posts Tagged ‘Mariachi’

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.

Song of the Day: Fidel Nadal’s “La Puerta Negra”

July 2, 2009
Fidel Nadal, Crucial Cuts

Fidel Nadal, Crucial Cuts

A “best of” album is only good if the artist is good, right? But even if the artist is a genius, I never get hyped for those albums. Yet, when I heard that Nacional Records just recently released a “best of” of Fidel Nadal‘s solo career, I got butterflies in my stomach. See, after his split with Todos Tus Muertos, I only skimmed through his solo work. This “best of” album, Crucial Cuts, gathers 17 songs from Fidel’s career. Of course, “La Puerta Negra” is one of the tracks included that really stands out from the rest. Yeah, it glows because it’s a cover of Los Tigres Del Norte—a group in a very different genre—but that’s not all that makes this song special. Fidel was really doing something new with this norteña. Here he blends together a little reggaeton with hip-hop, and mariachi trumpets! Now, I know a lot of folks don’t dig Fidel Nadal’s flow. For those folks: there’s an instrumental track in Crucial Cuts titled, “Luanda.” That joint is so smooth it needs to be bumping on a beach or in someone’s backyard party. For that reason we’re throwing it in as an extra.

Fidel Nadal-La Puerta Negra (MP3)

Fidel Nadal-Luanda (MP3)

Todos Tus Muertos-Andate (Video)

Fidel Nadal-Luanda (MP3)

Lila Down’s Collection of Hits and Tour

July 2, 2009

Lila Downs

Lila Downs

Our Mex soul sister, Lila Downs, has just released her first collection of hits titled, “The Very Best of El Alma de Lila Downs.” The collection has 18 tracks, including some of my personal favorite Lila tunes—“Paloma Negra,” “Arenita Azul” and “Naila”. This Oaxaqueña can rock a cumbia, sing with a Nahuatl tongue, and command a mariachi with her voice. Check her out if she’s in your area.

7.10.09 Montreal, Canada
7.12.09 Quebec, Canada  
8.24.09 Denver, Colorado
8.26.09 Anaheim, California
8.27.09 Santa Monica, California      
8.29.09 Anaheim, California        
9.05.09 Santa Fe, New Mexico      
9.05.09 San Diego, California    
9.05.09 Hollywood, California      

Lila Downs-Naila (Video)