Now that #RecordOfTheDay has reached the 2 week mark this seems like a good point to pause and throw them all together in a single playlist. Enjoy.
Here’s one of my favorite Lebron Brothers tunes from their 1970 LP Picadillo A La Criolla to help everyone trying to stay warm during this frigid days across the US. (The high today in Minneapolis is 3º F! 😰)
La Pelanga is La Pelanga and La Peña 2nd Generation are super excited to host straight from Los Angeles,CHICANO BATMAN. Saturday, March 1 come celebrate the release of their 2nd album, Cycles of Existential Rhyme, on El Relleno Records live from the NEW La Peña Lounge in Berkeley, California. (LPs and CDs available at the show.)
Our favorite superheros have produced another one of a kind record filled with killer psychedelic latin soul to save the day. Check out Wednesday Morning and She Lives On My Block to see just what we’re talking about and why we are so excited to welcome them back to the Bay.
This show sold out last time so be sure to get your tickets early!
Arjuna and Jacobo host the 3rd episode of Pelanga en La Sala with special guest Adam Dunbar from Discos Alma. (note: episode #2 tragically perished with a faulty hard drive) Join the three as they explore the vibrant and often overlooked music of Panama with a few other Caribbean gems mixed in.
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- Eddie Palmeri – Mozambique
- Los Papacitos – Vienen Los Papacitos
- Pello El Afrokan – Ahora Si
- Los Mozambiques – Marcado
- Ibo Combo – Soeurette
- Bush Y Sus Magnificos – La Confianza
- Manito Johnson Y Los Diferentes – Los Diferentes
- Los Salvajes Del Ritmo – St John’s Guaguanco
- Los Beltons – Recuerdos de Don José
- Los Silvertones – You Call Be My Name
- Los Flamantes – Fanny
- Los Exciters – Something Deep Inside
- DP Express – Apran’n Pale
- Lord Panama – Fire Down Below / Fuego Abajo
- Sir Jablonski– Juke Juke
Please excuse our recent absence from this space. We’ve been doing some remodeling and maintenance, but we’re back now! We’re still very excited to continue sharing more music and culture. In fact, last week we got together and recorded our very first Pelangacast live from our LP clubhouse! The concept is not to have the typical radio “programmed show,” but instead to invite you into our cozy wall-to-wall collection of culture on vinyl as we share stories and discoveries from our musical addictions.
Below is our first episode with more to come soon. Have a listen, and let us know what you think.
- Advice – I. C. Rock
- Ce La Vie – Les Difficiles De Pétion-Ville
- Ah Ah Oh No – La Protesta (ft. Joe Arroyo)
- El Preso – Louis Towers [NOTE: This unlabeled record was in a Grupo Kuwait sleeve, but it’s actually Louis Towers]
- (Where Were You) Last Night – Sumy
- Banana Juana – Ralph Robles
- Guami Guami – Sir Victor Uwaifo and his Melody Maestros
- Jessie – Kanda Bongo Man
La Pelanga is incredibly excited to team up with the blue tux-shirted crusaders Chicano Batman from Los Angeles in an intimate affair at La Peña on Saturday, September 29. La Pelanga’s passion for connecting rare sounds from Africa, Latin America, and the Carribean in order to celebrate our communities goes hand in hand with Chicano Batman’s liberating music of Chicano tropicalismo and East Bay’s institution for arts and culture, La Peña. Come be a part of this convergence of soulful musical expression and beautiful people this Saturday at La Peña, 3105 Shattuck Ave, in Berkeley.
10 PM – 2 AM / Ten Bucks / All Ages (Click on poster above to RSVP)
It’s crackin’ this summer for many of our compañeros here at La Pelanga! Just a week after futboling, singing, dancing, and breaking bread with Las Cafeteras on their recent trip to the bay for all the Copa Communidad festivities, the good homie Bardo rolled by the house to update me on the latest Chicano Batman project – Joven Navegante.
After a hiatus filled with their individual travels and musical wonderings, these four Chicano soul brothers will be reuniting in their hometown of Los Angeles later this month to promote the recent release of their new four track EP Joven Navegante through a series of live shows and the filming of a music video for the EP’s title track.
While at times their new recordings are reminiscent of their first full length self titled LP, as a whole Joven Navegante offers an even more exploratory effort, layering drunken wah wah guitar with psychedelic organ vamps, bouncing reggae bass licks, exceptional drumming throughout, and of course Bardo’s inspired vocals. Some true ear candy for the auditory freak and a perfect fit for any car trip to the sun! Check the EP’s title track below.
Chicano Batman – Joven Navegante (2012)
To satiate the vinyl cravings of folks like myself Chicano Batman has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help raise funds for a proper 10″ vinyl pressing. Take a moment to watch their Kickstarter video and hear about what they’ve been up to. Real talk – they have some of best gifts I’ve seen on Kickstarter. To my folks in Southern California – pledge $250 and have Chicano Batman come thru for a pop-up beach party con music and fresh fruit!