We’re now 4 weeks into 2018 so time for another playlist of the last 2 weeks of #RecordOfTheDay posts to jump start your work week.
Two legends. One pure 🔥🔥🔥 tune. They may no longer walk this earth, but what they left us sure as hell keeps it moving.
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.
I’m personally done being depressed about everything from last year. Time to get disciplined about being creative and sharing what we’re passionate about. Let’s try this—at least 1 song a day from our record collection for you to 🎧. Let’s start with a dedication to 🇵🇷
Sears, the U.S. everything store that everyone used to shop at for Christmas. Back in the 1970’s they were the Walmart, Target and Ikea all rolled into one. I’m guessing U.S. followers of this blog probably didn’t wrap any gifts this year purchased from the once giant retailer. However, in 1974 if someone would have bought this Sears record from one of their many stores to give to you for Christmas I think you would have been as pleased as anything you received this year—or at least I would have been.
What makes this record so great is that it’s NOT full of Christmas carols that you know and hate—rather it’s a collection of Puerto Rican artists from the Borinquen label performing the type of Christmas music we love and need more of. Oddly they made this a “live” record by inserting crowd applause between tracks though the recordings are normal studio songs. Nonetheless, it’s full of beautiful bailables to dance to because that’s what the holiday season is all about—celebrating with good food and music right?
This track from the great Raphy Leavitt just about sums it all up:
Raphy Leavitt & Orquesta La Selecta – Fiestas De Navidades
There’s absolutely no way you can have a Puerto Rican Christmas record without a song about Lechon:
Pellin Rodriguez – Lechon A La Varita
Now lets really get our dancing feet moving:
Orquesta Felíx Del Rosario – Candela
Ok, if you insist on having a Jingle Bells in your mix at least do right:
Orquesta Felíx Del Rosario – Cascabel
I hope this proves that some of the best gifts are not always shinny new ones and that there’s no better time to dance.
-Jacobo (dj pozole)
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.
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
Al Hirt – Harlem Hendoo
Chico Che Y La Crisis – Sagitario
The Doves – Give Peace to the People
Orquestre Le Peuple – Massavi Fololo Y’ Africa
The Numonics – You Lied
El Gran Combo – El Jolgoria (Wepa-Wepa)