Just a heads up - I was invited by the hosts of the Monday night weekly, Dub Dynamite, to drop a guest DJ set this coming Monday, August 6th at The Office in North Park. I'll be going over all di musical place with lots of worldly dubs! My set is from 10 to 11pm!
So I'm still processing everything amazing that was the Latin Alternative Music Conference last week in New York. Still so much on my mind! When I last updated, I was across the street from the conference hotel at one of the busiest Starbucks I've ever been to. After quickly updating, I headed over to the Gramercy Theatre for one of the many prime LAMC showcases.
So I'm out here. NYC is incredible! LAMC is even more incredible! I don't know where to start since there's been so much going on. Last night, the conference started with a show at Mercury Lounge. While getting to the venue a little later than expected, I was able to catch the last three acts: Alex Anwandter, Monica Lionheart and La Santa Cecilia. Everyone got down last night.
When you combine two amazingly talented rhythmic guitarists with a 13-piece Cuban orchestra, you get to Area 52. With this album being the first collaboratively done between El Rodri and La Gabi and an orchestra combined of Havana's finest young players, you get this mesmerizing musical piece of art. “The album is called Area 52 because we felt like Mulder and
Scully approaching this — it was just a crazy idea, to see if a big
Cuban band could play our music, a step in the dark. We knew it was out
there, everyone has heard of Area 51, but we wanted to take it a little
further,” Rodrigo says. “We saw it as a trip into the unknown, an
experiment,” he continues. “Okay we knew the producer, and had spoken to
the arranger on Skype; but we didn’t know the musicians or the studio,
or Cuba for that matter.”
Be sure to hear another cut off this album next week's One World on January 26!
With the start of the new year, there's been a good amount of new music I've played on One World. One of my favorite releases right now is Shawn Lee's Incredible Tabla Band "Tabla Rock" put out recently on one of my favorite labels, Ubiquity Records. Inspired by the Incredible Bongo Band's classic 1972 "Bongo Rock" album, Shawn Lee completely re-did the album after having noted that it'd never been re-done in an Indian style. Here's the band's version of one of the most heavily sampled drum breaks of all time: