Podcast: Cleaning up in México

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Digging for records can get dirty, very dirty. So we get to cleaning some of our grimiest records, many of which we found in México and Colombia. DJs China Tu Madre, Papicultor, Smokestack, and Pozole all in La Sala sharing some filthy good music.

Tracklist:

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Los Hermanos Flores Otra Vez

Los Hermanos Flores – Flor de Pithaya

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Los Sonadores de la PazEl Sudcaliforniano

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Miguel Angel LizarraTu Mi Destino

Manuel CelestinoNaciste Bonita

Baja 5

Grupo LaserBuscalo

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Los Hermanos FloresLa Paz

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Los Sonadores de la PazLlegando a la Paz

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Los Hermanos FloresTodos Santos

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Acapulco Tropical – La Pollera Amarilla

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Ray BarrettoHipocresía y Falsedad

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Ismael RiveraTraigo Salsa

Bobby SmallCompas de Cumbia

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Grupo Miramar – Cerro Hermoso

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Andrés LanderoNoche de Cumbia

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Acosta y sus TremendosY Me Critican

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Hermanos Martinez de Allende, N.L. – Bailando en Shorts

Podcast: Diggin at the record swap

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.

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.

 

Playlist:

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Fela Ransome-Kuti and Africa ’70 with Ginger BakerLet’s Start

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20th Century Steel BandHeaven and Hell is on Earth

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MonarcoSilenciar A Mangueira

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Avohou Pierre Et L’Orchestre Black Santiago – Makoba Houi Dé O

Hirt

Al HirtHarlem Hendoo

ChicoChe

Chico Che Y La CrisisSagitario

Doves

The DovesGive Peace to the People

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Orquestre Le Peuple – Massavi Fololo Y’ Africa

The NumonicsYou Lied

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El Gran ComboEl Jolgoria (Wepa-Wepa)

Joey Pastrana – Let’s Ball

Here’s some more heat from my recent trip to Colombia.

As I told you a couple of years ago, I spent a few (pre-internet) years trying to figure out who played this incredible song, and several years after that trying to track down a copy of Joey Pastrana’s brilliant debut album. This wasn’t easy – I like to buy my records in person, and don’t like to pay a fortune for them – but I finally found it.

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Man, I love the sound of this group. From the fat rhythm and horn sections, to Joey’s breaks on the timbales, to Ismael Miranda’s voice, to the groovy “Rivera sisters” – who aren’t really sisters, and are definitely not just ‘backup singers’ – I feel like I’m hearing Cortijo’s younger, crazier sibling. (And Cortijo is pretty crazy himself.)

It’s hard to choose a song or two from this album. Every song is gold! Anyway, here’s a soulful boogaloo:

Bien Dulce by Joey Pastrana/Let’s Ball

a savage descarga:

Mani Picante by Joey Pastrana/Let’s Ball

and please go check out Rumbón Melón if you haven’t.

Joey tells the story of how Cotique’s George Goldner sent him straight to the recording studio after hearing his band play just one song. Dude was so excited with what he heard, that he rushed to get the album out as quickly as possible. It seems that he didn’t even have time to check the spelling of ‘Pastrana’ on the cover…

Enjoy,
papicultor

Occupy Oakland – Occupy El Radio

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This Wednesday, November 2 in Oakland California there will be the first mass general strike in the Occupy Wall Street movement. Thousands are expected to be converging on Oscar Grant/Frank Ogawa Plaza to protest the current system that has allowed the massive disparity in wealth across the world. Su pelangueros plan to be there to protest and contribute. We’ll be playing our favorite take-to-the streets, power-to-the-people, el-pueblo-unido inspired records LIVE, just blocks away from the heart of the protests at All Day Play (Youth Radio studios).

Our good friend DJ Smokestack will be hosting us on his weekly live podcast radio show Accepted Eclectic at 6 PM, (time has been moved up to 5 or 5:30PM) PST. Hopefully many of you will be able to participate directly, but for those who can’t—be sure to tune in online as we join the sounds of La Pelanga with the chorus of the 99%.

Here is a little taste…

La Ley De Gravedad by Grupo Taoné

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Mon Rivera

I was superhappy to finally find this record at a reasonable price in Puerto Rico last month! Mon Rivera’s monster track Lluvia con Nieve has always been a Pelanga favorite – from Eddie Palmieri’s badass piano intro, to the horn section consisting of a trombone, a trombone, and a trombone, to the eloquent lyrics on the boricua experience in Nuebayol (“Lluvia con nieve, lluvia con nieve, lluvia, nieve, lluvia con nieve”.) If you like the hard-hitting, trombone-heavy sound of the salsa orchestras of the 70s, say thank you to Mon Rivera y su Orquesta – they were doing this in 1963, you understand?

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This is an incredible album, where he is really pushing the possibilities of the plena and of Puerto Rican music in general. I can’t recommend it enough. I had a really hard time choosing what song to post, but the chorus of this song has been stuck in my head for a couple of weeks, so that’s a good sign. (It’s also the scratchiest one on the record, sorry ’bout that! That is how it is.)

Monina by Mon Rivera

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I’ve also gotta show you what he was doing with the plena:
Qué Gente Averiguá by Mon Rivera

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In case you don’t know what a plena is (or if you do), I’ll let him explain:

 

Enjoy,
papicultor