RECORD WHEEL #4/SIDEBAR #37: LATIN BOOGALOO WITH FILMMAKER MATHEW RAMIREZ WARREN

We Like It Like That – Official Trailer from Mathew Ramirez Warren on Vimeo.

I promised (threatened?) that I’d drop some Latin on you all for a future podcast and what better than to bring in We Like It Like That filmmaker Mathew Ramirez Warren to come in and talk boogaloo with me. We chatted about the inspiration behind the film, tracking down Latin music old-timers, and the importance of public-funded arts (save the NEA!) Then Mathew joined me in running down a playlist of some of our favorite boogaloo jams.

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ISLAND BOOGALOO

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First things first: Mathew Warren’s We Like It Like That: The Story of Latin Boogaloo is finally available for home download. I’m biased – since I’m in it – but as the first documentary to really plumb the history of the music, I think it’s absolutely worth checking out.

Second, I had been meaning to post this for a while anyway, so what better timing than now?

Les Play-Boys: Play-Boys Boogaloo (Aux Ondes, 196?, S/T)

The group hails from the French Antilles, having recorded on Aux Ondex/Disque Cellini which […]

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KANTÉ MANFLA: AFROBOOGALOO

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Kanté Manfla: Mosso Gnouma (Boogaloo) (Djima, 196?, 7″)

I was writing the other day about Afro-Latin music…out of Africa and this track by the Ivory Coast’s Kanté Manfla highlights that tradition with a deliberate spin on New York’s boogaloo style. I love examples of how music criss-crosses regions to create spin-offs like this, especially with how soulful this version becomes thanks to those guitars.

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SHADES OF SOUL, EP 1.2: W/ GUESTS BILLY GOODS AND BOBBY SOUL OF THE BOOGALOO ASSASSINS

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Episode 1.2 of my new Shades of Soul program on Radio Sombra included guest DJ sets by Billy Goods & Bobby Soul of the Boogaloo Assassins. Their new album, Old Love Dies Hard is just out (liner notes by moi) and the three of us spun a slew of Latin soul/boogaloo jams for over an hour.

On a sadder note, I dedicated the show to the late Richard Marin, who I just learned passed away a couple of months back. Marin (the older brother of Bobby Marin) was a key […]

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93 TIL + MORE

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(93 ‘Til line from Hiero + Adapt)

Question from Morgan: What would you rank as the top three albums you enjoyed in the last ten years that would have surprised the guy you were back in 2003? Follow up: Same question, but for the guy you were in 1993.

Answer: The 2003-2013 question is hard to answer in the way you’re asking if only because 2003 marked an important shift in my thinking about/relationship to music. It was the year I re-embraced pop music in a profound way, […]

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SLAUGHTERHOUSE: CUTTIN’ LOOSE WITH AVERNE

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Slaughterhouse: Cut You Loose
From S/T (E1, 2009)

Harvey Averne: You’re No Good
From Viva Soul (Atlantic, 1968)

Total late pass for me but I love the original enough that, even 3 years later, still worth posting. Nice flip by Mr. Porter here.

ALFREDO LINARES + LAT-TEENS: LATIN WHALES

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Alfredo Linares: El Pito
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From El Pito (Adria, 1960s). (First two songs also on ¡Gózalo! Vol. 1. “Descarga” on ¡Gózalo! Vol. 4.

Lat-Teens: Lat-Teens
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Now You Know
From S/T (Cotique, 1968)

In the last couple of months, I’ve finally been able to knock down two key Latin white whales. As proper white whales should be, both have proved extremely elusive for a few years and to make matters worse, I’m constantly teased by other, similar titles by […]

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LONG LIVE BOOGALOO + GIVEAWAY

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Pete Rodriguez: Pete’s Boogaloo
Herbie Oliveri and the Latin Blues Band: We Belong Together
Bobby Quesada and His Band: Ritmo Moderno
All from Long Live Boogaloo (Secret Stash, 2012)

It’s been a while since there’s been new boogaloo anthology/comp to hit the market and the folks at Secret Stash didn’t half-step in assembling their new Long Live Boogaloo. They got legendary Latin promoter/designer Izzy Sanabria to draw the cover and write the liner notes, adding a personal touch from a boogaloo insider. Moreover, while previous anthologies tended to serve […]

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ALFREDO LINARES: BAILA BAILA!

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Alfredo Linares y su Salsa Star: Baila Montuno
From 7″ (Caliente, 1973)

This appears on Linares’s 1973 Sensacionales! album but I didn’t catch wind of it until I picked it up on 7″ first. I’m a huge fan of Linares’s work and so I was pleased and a bit stunned to realize that, unless I’m totally off-base, this is a cover of Bobby Matos’s “Nadie Baila Como Yo” (from his seminal My Latin Soul album of the mid/late ’60s). Matos isn’t credited (not an unusual happenstance) but certainly, there’s more than enough […]

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REMEMBERING JIMMY SABATER

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Sad news: Jimmy Sabater, the “velvet sound” of Latin soul, just passed away. To me, Sabater is one of the most undersung of the boogaloo giants, the literal voice to many of the style’s great hits. I had a chance to interview him a couple of years back for the liner notes to the Joe Cuba Sextet’s We Must Be Doing Something Right and am grateful to have had that opportunity.

Sabater and Cuba were, for the most part, inseparable from one another. It’s impossible to consider the accomplishments of one without […]

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