Sunday, November 29, 2009

Yeah, You Get Props Over Here

~noticed some extra hits coming up on one of my Fairtilizer mixes, so did some quick google research super-sleuthing and found the link above...looks like a great blog, filled with the same sort of musical/cultural fun stuff I love to post...also, noticed this....

~looks like a great London. But noticed they put my "Cumbia Int'l" on their mixtape, so BIG UPS to them cats for that...

"Fftang is a rum-fuelled safari through the clubs of the Tropics and beyond, exploring mutating party rhythms and culture-sound-clashes. Brazilian dubstep meets Middle Eastern mambo? Swedish hip hop over Congolese speed disco? Boundaries are melting and genres breed as worlds collide.

This week we're proud to have DJ IZEM from our favourite radio station GROOVALIZACION with us. In between delivering his monthly podcasts the Dublin based DJ and producer has played all over the globe, blazing up such musical hotspots as Recife, Casablanca, Valencia, Paris, Buenos-Aires and for tonight Matthew - Brick Lane.

Expect a global beat inferno taking in cumbia, samba, reggae, hip-hop and scorching tropical-meets-western-grooves mashups.

Joining him will be Huskiii (afro/latin/traditional-regional-music fused with b-boy beats and bastard bass) and musicians Captain Trumpet (brass) and Paolo (percussion) on jamming duty.

FREE ENTRY and 2 bottles of beer for a fiver until 8:30pm."

The FFtang crew have also been so kind as to run a feature promoting The 13th Tribe & VOCA movements on their outstanding blog.If u cant make it along to 93 Feet East to witness the aural delights live and direct then u can still sample the juice from afar-their mixes are already the stuff of legend on the 13t ipod.

grab the Fftang Mixtape 02 here

check this track list !!!

Totó la Momposina – El Porro Magangueleño
Super Sonido Changorama – La Suave Cumbia De
Kinfolk Kia Shine – So Krispy (cumbianativo remix)
Sonido Del Principe – Boom Boom
Balkan Beatbox – Red Bula (bbb remix)
Dunkelbunt – Dunkelbunt Rocks da Funky Beats
Hernan Builes – Chela (sneaky p remix)
DJ Avatar – Cumbia Int’l Mas Cultura Prod.
DJ Rage – La Companera (remix)
Tupolev Sound Crash – Green Curry Cumbia (facon darcyr remix)
De Leve – Cão Fudido
Palov & Mishkin – Ouist Atou
Willie Colón – Che Che Cole
Joe Cuba Sextet – Bang Bang
Rye Rye ft. MIA – Bang (prince of ballard remix)
Riot Kid – Shalom
Amadou & Mariam – Sabali (uproot andy remix)
Paulinho Pinheiro – Merengue Rebita (dj dolores rmx)
G.Rag und die Landlerg’schwister – Schorschl Take 3 (Isartaler Ghettoschützen Schlachthofbronx remix)
Grandpamini – Pégalé
Os Mutantes – Bat Macumba
Som Tres – Take it Easy my Brother Charle

nice playlist!! next time Im in London (lol) I'll be sure to swing by

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Gin and Juice--the Country version??????

~seriously, if I was at a show and these dudes came on stage and did this song...I'd be in the front row gettin hype to this....Im officially a fan....this shit is hilarious!!!!!!!!

update---holy shit!!! these dudes are from Austin...Im sleeping

Crazy Diver

~back in the day, we used to cliff dive out at the lake...i swear we thought we were 'those dudes' cause we were jumping off 20-30 ft cliffs into the lake...this guy here is jumping 172 ft!!!!!!! this is crazy

Method Man--Sub Crazy

Whats Up in AFRICA??

~feelin this!!

~not too sure what to think of doesnt emerge out of a vacuum, so Im tryin to pinpoint this guy's influences...gary numan?? the chorus sounds eerily familiar...interesting.....

Monday, November 23, 2009

La Kmbia Kontinental

La Kmbia Kontinental by Pernett

~received this in the soundcloud dropbox the other day...from Pernett in Colombia...really feelin this cut...check his blog too...I get the feeling that big things are goin down in Colombia and much of South/Latin America these days...something on the verge of an all out musical explosion...dont say I didnt warn you.....

cool psychedelic video w/ some funny moments--the dancing Bin Laden!! too much...

from his blog:
By Toto González
Vuelve Pernett, with a hand full of tricks and a track selection that can be described as his best work yet. A true artist that follow his instincts and his roots taking it to a next level and presenting them to the world in a release called “El Mago”.

The style can be described as a new generation “Folklore” Colombiano going deep and most important, studying the mastermind behind this sounds like “Toto La Momposina”, “Joe Arroyo”, "Batata" or “Petrona Martinez” to name a few. 10 tracks well layered and organized in a way that you can listen to the whole CD non-stop and not skip a track. “La Kmbia Del Sol” opens as a welcome, almost like a ritual to the good spirits of cumbia with positive lyrics that can take you to a full moon breezy beach en el caribe. “Ponte Firme” blends the typical “tambora” sounds with the usual Pernett signature of electronic beats and synth that can be delighted on different tracks like “El Mago” and the part II of “La Rumba Bacana”, which I select as my favorite track at the moment. “La Vida No Es Pa Llorar” resembles the good spirit and the optimism from the beautiful people of the pacific. “Fantasia Tropical” has a great string section that combines, once again, the classic with the autoctonal.
This is a CD that will travel in time making Pernett a pioneer and fearless Latin-American producer.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Rumi Callin--Sufi Dub

Ive been a fan of Rumi's poetry for some time now. His work is considered amongst the finest of Persian poets. So when I came across DJ Umb's "Rumi Calling" I was intrigued to say the least.

What I heard didnt disappoint. The sound is straight up King Tubby-Kingston Dubbed-Out Bliss, rockin a soundclash in the heart of ancient Persia---the sounds of post-industrial Western civilization grinding against the spiritual landscape of the revered Sufi Jodeci might say, "Dont talk, just listen."

RUMI CALLING : SUFI DUB (November 2009) by djumb

Friday, November 20, 2009

History 101: 99th Anniversary of the Mexican Revolution


Nov 20, 1910-Nov 20, 2009

For those that dont know, Im a bit of a history geek. So, today, as you now know marks the 99th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution. Yes, that explains why every town in Mexico has a street called "20 de Noviembre".

Babe Ruth--The Mexican
Mexican Institute of Sound--Cumbia Deathface Rmx
Unknown--El Imperialismo Yanqui (not actual title)--sounds more Peruvian than Mexican, but you get the idea

books on the Mexican Revolution worth reading:

John Mason Hart- Revolutionary Mexico: The Coming and Process of the Mexican Revolution--absolutely essential reading!! This book altered the way scholars viewed the Mexican Revolution.

Paul Hart--Bitter Harvest--friend and mentor, Paul Hart examines the origins of the Zapatista rebellion in Southern Mexico---from>>>

"This very good book fills a major gap in Mexican history. The movement led by Emiliano Zapata made the Mexican Revolution revolutionary. It developed in the State of Morelos, a warm basin south of Mexico City, where sugar estates jostled peasant communities from the sixteenth century. We have solid histories of the region in the colonial era: we know the sugar industry's early foundation under Hernán Cortés; we know the long and contested history in which estates expanded and stabilized in long waves, imported African slaves, and saw those slaves find their way into local communities that kept limited lands while providing vast reserves of cane-cutting labor.
The historiography of Zapata's 1910 rising and of the years his villagers ruled Morelos and shaped a revolution is vast. But we have lacked a history of estates and villages in Morelos from independence to the revolution. Thus we have not understood how the contested stability that marked the region at the end of the colonial era turned into waves of conflict from the 1840s through the 1870s, then stabilized again only to explode in revolution in 1910.

John Reed-Insurgent Mexico--the same John Reed from which the movie "Reds" is based. Reed rides along with Villa and his Division del Norte, documenting his experiences along the way. Thrilling first hand account.

--apologies for the blurry pic--

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Rai_Cheb Khaled

A number of years ago, I discoverd the genre of music originating in North Africa known as Rai. I found the music to be beautiful and, although I couldnt understand the lyrics, I sensed a passion emanating from deep within the Rai artists, particularly Cheb Khaled.

Heres what wikipedia has to say on Rai:

"Rai is a form of folk music that originated in Oran, Algeria from Bedouin shepherds, mixed with Spanish, French, African and Arabic musical forms, which dates back to the 1930s and has been primarily evolved by women in the culture. Raï literally means opinion but is colloquially used as an interjection along the lines of "oh, yeah!"

Singers of raï are called cheb (shabb, young) as opposed to sheikh (shaykh, old), the name given to Chaabi singers. The tradition arose in cities like Oran, Relizane and Mostaganem, primarily among the poor. Traditionally sung by men, at the turn of the 20th century, female singers became common. Raï musicians as early as the 1930s were singing about social issues which affected native populations. These ranged from disease to the policing of European colonies.

Raï is a popular music style that originated in Algeria in the 1930s. It became popular among young people who sought to modernize the traditional Islamic values and attitudes. Regional, secular, and religious drum patterns, melodies, and instruments were blended with Western electric instrumentation. Raï music mixes with hip hop, reggae, funk, blues and with North African beats and rhythms. Raï's lyrics song speak to a new nationalistic identity that encourages the union of contemporary and traditional ideals. "

Apparently, Khaled has dropped the "Cheb" and just goes as Khaled now, like when Buckshot Shorty dropped the "Shorty"...makes sense...this track Ive uploaded has more of a hiphop feel to it, but still retains some elements of Rai...also, Ive stopped using Divshare--too many problems--and am now going with Mediafire...

Cheb Khaled and Iam--Oran Marseille

Saturday, November 14, 2009

El Hijo de la Cumbia--La Mara Tomaza

came across this on the emayocutz of my favorite psychedelic cumbias out good, great teaser!!

i obviously have a fondness for videos shot in cities in Latin a way, i feel I'm reminiscing about those days I spent backpacking through Mexico, loafing about aimlessly, stopping at various towns, sightseeing, wandering, soaking in the sights and sounds of the streets, slowly transitioning from one beach to another...cocos frios, fresh pan dulce, sleeping in a hammock, staring out into the vast expanse of the Caribbean................................

you feel me??

b/w this aint no Corona commercial

Friday, November 13, 2009

Bebel Gilberto feat Mark Ronson--The Real Thing

now, Ive been a fan of Bebel Gilberto since day one...her lovely, sultry vocals over electro-samba and bossa nova beats just made for some great sunday morning music to cook pancakes and sip coffee when i came across this track, i was glad to see shes teamed up with Mark Ronson, whose soulful r&b funk productions hearken back to the sounds of the 70s...Brasilian Funk?? yes please...

Well, what we get is closer to any Amy Winehouse track w/ Bebel taking Amy's place. Gone are the Brasilian rhythms and instrumentation of her native country, with Ronson's funk-based sound replacing them....and rather than sing in Portuguese, Bebel opts to sing in English...Portuguese is far more gentle on the ears, plus it sounds so SEXY coming from a woman's voice...its a good track and will do well Im sure, but I miss the old Bebel sound that transported me to the beaches of Brasil.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Mexicans with Guns


Mexicans with Guns---came across this track on Soundcloud...really diggin the sound here...some Latin Bmore with some nice horns thrown in for good measure...Im a sucker for horns, so you know Im sold on this...Will have to keep an eye out for these guys, as I missed their last visit to Austin

Bring It On Home (Mexicans With Guns Remix) by Exponential

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

dj hannibal drops some remixes on me


ive been postin too much on my damn self already...anyone got some music--or any other artistic venture--they wanna share, do feel free to hit me up...otherwise....ill keep sharing whatever i come across...k?

seriously, if it wasnt for this dude i probably never wouldve gone out and bought some turntables...honestly, i felt compelled to go out and get some tables b/c i couldnt hang out at his spot all nite/every nite practicin on his...

anyhow, for those that dont know, this cat has been makin some of the illest remixes/blends/smasups, whateva u wanna call em, for some time now...Spoon v. Gorilla Zoe, Three Six Mafia v. Benny Benassi....the Britney Spears v. Marilyn Manson...damn, i could go heres a couple more he was kind enough to lace me with....

MJ-Smooth criminal (hannibal rmx)


Ice Cube-It was a Good Day (hannibal rmx)

that bassline on the MJ track is crazy...definitely flips the vibe on it...the Cube refix is like some smooth, souled-out funk bizness...some slow rolling funk that just oozes out the speakers, plus Cube's voice fits the beat like a fresh pair of sneaks...

Sunday, November 8, 2009



years ago, i was listening to a local community sponsored station that features a variety of music from virtually every walk of life...this was back in 2000, and the show i was listening to featured music from the Middle the time i was not very familiar with any of the music, so it was refreshing to hear some music that was new and, dare i say, "exotic" to the ears...well, before long this song came on and i immediately stopped doing whatever else i was doing at the time and listened, actually i probably pushed 'record' on the tape deck as that was the norm for me in those days---anyhow, the song, as i discoverd after calling the station and speaking with the dj, was by none other than the legendary Fairuz...

In some ways i mark this point as the beginning of my interest in music from the Mediterranean/Middle East, as i took very little interest in it prior to this encounter. perhaps this was the song that played...its been a while and i dont recall; she has so many great songs, it couldve been any number of them really

Fairuz--Sa Alony El Nas

a short time later, i made a track of my own and used a sample of her voice from a different song in the track...i think it was a fitting homage.

DJ Avatar--Dreams of the East

heres another great song of hers

Thursday, November 5, 2009


finally signed up...took me a while, yes...i was a bit hesitant, as im trying to limit my online pitstops...but thats a futile task i realize...

ok, so heres a track i did a while still needs something else, i just havent quite figured out what...

01 - Avatar Like u the Champion by dj avatar

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Y Chile Verde Mix__tracklist

so ive been meaning to get the tracklist for this up...finally gettin round to it after a few listeners have requested some detailed info.....apologies for not knowing the names of all the songs...

1) Nortec Collective--El Lado Oscuro de Mi Compadre
2) ??
3) Christopher Goze--Sirocco
4) Morcheeba--Shoulder Holster (dj swamp rmx)
5) Max Sedgley--Happy
6) Home Team--Pick it Up
7) Supreme Nyborn--Style
8) Antibalas--Che Che Cole Makossa
9) Nico Gomez--Lupita
10) Lupita Break v. Rakim (Avatar Blend)
11) El General--Caramelo rmx
12) DJ Food--??
13) DJ Format--English Lesson
14) Le Peuple le Herbe--??
15) Frank T--Nuevo Ser
16) DePhazz--Mambo Craze
17) Alma Tropical--Que te Parece Cholito

Monday, November 2, 2009

PsychRock__Shocking Blue


im still learnin the ropes of the whole psych genre...once you get into it, and you realize how deep the rabbit whole goes, you can feel a bit overwhelmed...hence, new discoveries lurk upon the horizon...

one of my first psych discoveries was this lil' gem i found on 45 whilst diggin one day...these cats are Dutch, i believe, and on another level as far as im concerned

hot sand--shocking blue

this is the same band that Nirvana covered for their 'Love Buzz' single off one of their first releases on SubPop...the self-titled album is fantastic and actually is not too hard to get a hold of

my life, my life in the sunshine

the weather has been perfect skies, cool temps, with a full moon that just illuminates the night sky...great time of year here in i leave you with

Roy Ayers: Everybody loves the sunshine

and the live version as well

and of course---Erule's 'Listen Up"