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Mercury Mourns Napa Winery Profits

As enormous swathes of smoke reached the south bay, this week the Mercury News published an outcry over Napa wineries’ profits getting burnt in this latest rash of catastrophic Northern Californian fires.

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It took days before they mentioned the hundreds of working families and retirees who lost everything in places like Santa Rosa, and has not countenanced the plight of the unrecognized and undocumented workers who make the whole Napa economy move. Above is a digest of what is now a series of articles by Mary Orlin, George Avalos, Paul Rogers, et al.

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Roadbeers: Coronita

Found this guaife-proof Coronita, seven lousy ounces, once again tossed in the recycling in a pack of empties. Froze solid on top in the freezer. Approaching the mid-20s of how many road beers I’ve found since I started looking!

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After Reading Jimmy Baca’s Black Mesa

Now this is poetry, people. I should have this on regular rotation on my nightstand. And more Heine, too, I suppose. Few poets’ language really speaks to me, and Baca’s has always gone straight to the heart.

As part of the Progressive Asshole Tax, there ought to be a Form JB1: whether you’ve read some Jimmy Baca this year. Would read approximately as follows:

If YES, thanks for filing this form. Please itemize the poems from this year in the space below and return; notice will be filed that no further action is required.

If NO, one percent up on your taxes, jueputa!

If WHO’S JIMMY BACA?, two percent up on your taxes, asshole!

Thanks to computers, failure to show progress could be set to automatically interfere with car registration, smog certification, credit rating, passport, probation status, whatever it god damn takes to get people to spend some time with this stuff.

 

Roadbeers: Two Tecate Light

My savage neighbor about two blocks down is always chucking empties into the azalea and I chase after them often. After a few weeks off I finally went burrowing under the azalea and what have we here amongst the redeemable container weight but Tecate Light.

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Turns out I got two; photographed the one with the ruined top before I realized the second one was there. Due to the lack of fizz and therefore feeling that the can was less than full, I must’ve mistaken the damaged one for an empty and only known at first that I had the one intact can but switched them when I arrived … uhh … at the park.

Anyhow, that’s like, what, 23 since I’ve been counting. Road beers!

In related news, I also acquired a large plastic can of protein powder a few years ago, yknow, with all the lifting I do, but have been trepidatious about trying it. Turns out it’s still good. Roadtein!

SONEX – The best band in the world

I saw the best band in the world last night in a cheapass converted truck at the SJ Jazz Summer Fest. They’re called Sonex, from Mexico City, and you must listen to them immediately!! Sonex because their songs are focused on the son beat (two triplets, for you gringos). They had big harmonies and would throw big fusion windups into the songs like a Mexican Mahavishnu thing. We have one more chance to see them the 16th of August in SF.

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On top of everything, on two occasions the longhaired requinto player broke down and tapdanced. Anyhow, THIS WEEK they’re headlining the Son Jarocho Festival in San Francisco and I know you fuckers up in SF can come and go from work as you please, except those of you serving them coffee and lunch. http://www.sfsjf.org/

Get to see these dudes 16 August in San Francisco at all costs!!

Here’s a sweet video of them doing zapateado in the song “Luna de mi corazón”

 

Bandas norteñas stepping up the rhythm

I got into this band from Culiacán Grupo 360 about three years ago. I think they’re great for a few reasons. First, they use more tone-leading –on both bajo sexto and accordion –and minor chords, which makes the music more emotional and interesting than that produced by older groups relying on the tonic and fifth (except in the case of great singers like Cadetes de Linares). Secondly, they have way heavier rhythm than those old bands. It turns out that there’re more than just this one group who’re stepping up the rhythm in the northern cities. I found this other band just now called Enigma Norteño, who also have a full drum kit powered by an artistic drummer, and for some reason two bajo sextos. What unites these two latter groups is a super-slick Youtube video producer who loves Go-Pro, name of Servando. I can’t find out anything about the person, though. It’s not just that the sound is busier, but it’s constructed really well, and people who like punk or whatever heavier rhythm can enjoy it. Go listen to it! One funny thing about these clean-cut youngsters playing corridos is that I’m just not convinced by them, with their fancy new instruments, singing about drug trafficking and dying in a senseless hail of gunfire. But we have to remember that singing narcocorridos is a genuine cultural product of the Mexican north, and as such is better than singing about me and these other 12-year-olds are taking over an adult disco, and having a lost Friday night, and whatever the fuck Hollywood is selling. We’ll see if any of these new bands extend to playing their heavy norteño sound beneath other themes, even new themes. Eco-corridos?