For this podcast we decided to try something we have never done before — set out to do a show without any records from our collection. Instead we went to a local record swap meet with a set budget of $50 each to create our playlist for the day.
North Oakland record swap meet—time to start digging
Arjuna (DJ Smokestack) is in his happy place
May-Li (DJ China Tu Madre) previewing a possible winner
Jacob (Dj Pozole) scrutinizing each track
Federico (DJ Papicultor) sampling West African treasures
After a full afternoon of digging through many boxes of records from all over the world we headed straight back to La Sala to see if we spent our money wisely. We think we did pretty well, but have a listen and let us know what you think.
Fela Ransome-Kuti and Africa ’70 with Ginger Baker – Let’s Start
20th Century Steel Band – Heaven and Hell is on Earth
Monarco – Silenciar A Mangueira
Avohou Pierre Et L’Orchestre Black Santiago – Makoba Houi Dé O
On Nov 2, we had the honor of DJing Radio Ambulante’s live show “Outsiders” at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. If you aren’t listening to their podcast yet, we can’t recommend it highly enough. They just won the 2014 Premio Gabriel García Márquez de Periodismo too! You can tune in at http://radioambulante.org.
Sometimes you can’t help but brag about your friends. Radio Ambulante was founded by novelist (and Pelanga cofounder!) Daniel Alarcón, Carolina Guerrero, and a super talented team of Latin American journalists and radio producers. They use radio, the most widely trusted and most popular media within the Latino community, to tell captivating, human stories from across Latin America.
The “Outsiders” live show featured stories about people who skirt around the edges, taking the audience to meet Cuban metalheads in the dark corners of La Habana; to recall the grim early days of the AIDS epidemic in the Castro; to hear the story of an accidental witness to a Mexico City wedding; and even to hear about our 17-year old neighbor’s first kiss.
We had a blast watching the stories grow into their final form, and choosing a soundtrack for the event. It was also incredibly humbling to see first hand how much work, talent, and love goes into the production of Radio Ambulante.
The selections will make much more sense to you if you were at the event; but in any case, we hope you’ll enjoy them!
May-Li and Federico
1. Velcro – Me voy de NY
2. Sismo – Evo (excerpt)
3. Juan Piña – El emigrante latino
4. Tremor – Viajante (excerpt)
5. Tribu Baharú – El besito
6. Very Be Careful – El tigre
7. Village People – Go west
8. Souls of Mischief – 93 ’til infinity
9. Cecil González – Trutruca y kultrun (excerpt)
10. Amores Vigilantes – Millions of brazilians
11. A.N.I.M.A.L. – Chalito
12. La Mákina del Karibe – El vendedor
Last February, La Pelanga teamed up with Chicano Batman for their Bay Area album release party of Cycles of Existential Rhyme. The show quickly sold out and it killed us to have to turn so many people away at the doors. But as promised, they’re back and this time at a larger venue—The New Parish in Oakland, CA! Just to make the night even more special, we got straight out of Richmond, V.A. by way of Peru and Mexico, rapper CHHOTI MAA. Of course La Pelanga will be providing our unique blend of música Latina, Caribeña, y Africana for you to get your dance on before and after. The whole evening is being sponsored by Social Justice Collaborative, a non-profit on the legal front lines of fighting deportation of undocumented youth and their families. Proceeds from this night will go directly towards providing attorneys to youth.
Join us Sunday, November 16 for a night of amazing music and solidarity. Note the working people friendly time from 6 PM to 10 PM. Guarantee yourself tickets AND save money by buying early bird tickets for just $15! ($20 at the door) Official Face Book invite
ALSO, checkout our most recent podcast featuring Chicano Batman’s frontman Bardo Martinez where he discusses his love for vallenato and gives us a preview of new music he’s working on.