Last night our residency as the house DJs for Friday Nights @ OMCA (Oakland Museum of California) wrapped up. For those unfamiliar, every Friday night OMCA closes down 2 blocks, and it basically hosts a big family after work “happy hour” with live music. This month featured: Bang Data, Fito Reinoso, Los Rakas, and Phillip Montalbán and the Bluefields Sound. Big thank you to event’s organizer, Preston Freedom, for the continued love and support. Typically for anything we are a part of we bring our crates full of vinyl, however last night due to other circumstances I rolled with just the laptop. Even though I have a lot of my vinyl digitized when I play them through Serato it just doesn’t feel as good. So for my contribution I went with all newish digital-only tracks that skew dance floor-ready. Here’s a playlist from what I had going last night. Shoutouts and big congrats to DJ Papicultor’s students who just graduated and had the dance floor lit.
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