Dude I just found a serious vein down into Youtube. I knew about Malo …
… and of course don’t listen nearly as much as I need to, but this Youtube channel Magrosi65 has some stuff I didn’t even know about! Caldera!
And some stuff I already dug like Idris Muhammad. Have a funky one listening to all this! Give yourself over to chance!
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.
Photo from the SJ Jazz website.
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”
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?