LATIN CON ALMA: A NEW COLUMN FOR FANIA.COM


I just launched a new column for Fania’s revamped website called “Latin Con Alma.” It’s part of their regular blog (and thus doesn’t have a dedicated page) but I’ll update folks here when a new one goes up.

My first three posts are all about the history of Speed Records. I’ve been researching them for Wax Poetics and wrote these posts as a beginner’s guide of sorts to this small but popular Latin soul label. The formatting at Fania is still being worked out so I decided, for this post at least, to […]

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SUPER SONIDO SWAPS SOME SOUL


Johnny Rivera and the Tequila Brass: Johnny on the Warpath
Boogaloo Que La Traigo
From S/T (Cotique, 1967)

Johnny Rivera and the Tequila Brass: Run, Run, Run
Light My Fire
From Up, Up and Away (Cotique, 1968)

(Editor’s Note: Super Sonido is one of my favorite new blogs to hit the interweb. Excellent, in-depth posts about kick ass Latin music most of you will never hear outside of a plane ticket down south. Me and Sonido Franko decided to swap a pair of posts. Here’s his… -O.W.)

It isn’t any wonder that in late 1990’s I […]

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VIVA AVERNE

NPR.org just ran my Music List based around the tunes of Latin soul great Harvey Averne:

Harvey Averne: Viva Latin Soul : NPR

Read and enjoy!

JOE BATAAN: KING OF LATIN SOUL


Joe Bataan: Subway Joe
Joe Bataan: The Bottle (snippet)
Joe Bataan: Puerto Rico Me Llama (snippet)
All from King of Latin Soul (Vampisoul, 2009)

A few months back, Joe mentioned that he was working on some new projects, including an album with the Barcelona band, Los Fulanos. The album is finally here – King of Latin Soul and like Joe’s last album, Call My Name, it’s coming out on the Spanish label, Vampisoul.

(Contrary to rumor, this new album was not recorded with the same folks who worked on Call My Name).

The album are all updated […]

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JOE CUBA: RIP


Update (2/17): I wrote a short piece for NPR.com on Cuba’s music, including a five song playlist of some of his key recordings. Check it out here.

Update (2/17): (from Beto) “Joe Cuba will be viewed at the R&G Ortiz Funeral Home.

Wednesday & Thursday, February 18th & 19th from 2 to 10 p.m.

A funeral mass service will be held Friday morning at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s
Church located @ 213 E. 117th Street, between Park & Lexington.”

This one really hurts; Joe Cuba is one of the main reasons I ever developed an […]

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THE SOUL SIDES’ "UNDER COVERS" MIX FOR DUBLAB.COM


I recorded this mix for Dublab.com back in June and is now available on their website archive. I originally created it as a promo mix for Deep Covers 2 (though the timing was off since Dublab was back-logged over the summer). Still, I put in a nice selection of different cover songs here – some you’ve heard, some you haven’t. Here’s the tracklisting:

Simply Red – I Know You Got Soul – You’ve Got It – WEA

 

James Brown: Your Cheatin’ Heart – Soul On Top – King

 

Jimmy McGriff – Ain’t […]

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BOOGALOO CHECK: 1, 2

I was on WNYC’s Soundcheck earlier today, talking about boogaloo since my essay on it for The Nation was included in this year’s Best Music Writing 2008. Peep.

For those in Los Angeles, I’ll be reading from the essay this Friday, at Skylight Books in Los Feliz.

LATIN PARTY STARTERS



Someone recently wrote to ask: “You’ve eluded[sic] to a few of your [Latin music] favourites a couple of times, I was hoping you’d share more of your all time best with us.”

That seemed like a perfectly fair request so I set out to think how I’d approach answering it. For one thing, I’ve actually posted up a few of them over the years and I went back to a few old posts and reattached missing sound files. That will get you these three basic – but essential – Latin dance tunes:

Joe Cuba: Bang […]

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JOE BATAAN GIVEAWAY! (UPDATED)


Common feat. Bilal: Play Your Cards Right
From Smokin’ Aces soundtrack (Lakeshore, 2007)

Joe Bataan: Under the Street Lamp
Available on Under the Streetlamps: The Joe Bataan Anthology 1967 – 1972 (Fania/Emusica, 2008)

Joe Bataan was just here in Los Angeles the last week or so (and I feel stupid for not posting up links to his performances) and we caught up twice during that time, including one meeting where he broke down the entire history behind “Rap-O, Clap-O“. Fascinating stuff and I’ll have to try to write that up sometime.

Anyways, the other time we […]

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JOE BATAAN: THE LOST SIDES



Joe Bataan: Gypsy Woman (original, Futura version) + Latin Soul Square Dance
From Under the Streetlamps: 1967-1972 (Fania, 2008)

I’m very, very proud to announce the new Fania anthology focused on the work of Joe Bataan, Under the Streetlamps. I was fortunate enough to be asked to write the liner notes for the compilation – you can read a teaser here – and as always, it was a pleasure to rap with Joe but also my first opportunity to speak with the great Bobby Marin as well.

I’ve, er, waxed poetic about Joe on […]

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