So wehen I was walking by Recycled Records up on Haight St and spotted the "Rhythms Del Mundo" disc in the window as I waited for a bus, I knew it might hold some Havana-esque heat & hope...
Turns out it features members of The Buena Vista Social Club and other Latin musical specialists getting down on modern rawk hits with members of bands like Franz Ferdinand, Arctic Monkeys & U2...
I had never heard of it, or Demetrio Muniz who did the arrangements, but why it isn't on the shelf at every frickin' Starbucks is a mysytery to me...
Not only does it offer some palatable spicy sonic tapas, it even includes the late Ibrahim Ferrer's last vocal recording done in Madrid of the Casablanca classic "As Time Goes By"
Then the booklet is chock full of info on global warming / climate change from folks like Al Gore etc, and even the inner disc tray is some sort of bio degradable corn fiber paperboard... Plus you know the P.C gods have shined on a project the all mighty Sting is included.
So it seems like a perfect match for the greedy yet guilt-free gravitas of corporate cafe culture...why do I not see it it in my local latte' line?
Well, thanks to Al Gore inventing the internet at least ya can check it out here eh?
Here's a video of The Arctic Monkeys tune Dancing Shoes mashed into a more mambo friendly mix and then below that, an mp3 of the track I'd pick as most likely to succeed in rotation at a friendly Frappucino shoppe near you...
From The Rhythms Del Mundo Cuba CD
Cold Play - Clocks ( Cuban Mix)
If I had a solid case of Hannukah fever I might've gotten around to mentioning this when i first came across it...
However I veer away from the religious like Anorexics from All You Can Eat Buffets, Superman from Kryptonite, Gazelles from Lions ...
but this still is pretty interesting and since I saved it in my drafts folder... and I am a little shy of inspiration this afternoon...here we go
Irving Fields Bagels & Bongos - Cha Cha No. 29.3.1416 -Mexican Institute of Sound Mix
See Irving himself give ya the low down on how it came about in this quicktime movie
STEREOPHONIC | Irving Fields
other Reboot Stereophonic Releases
since I ain't been too prolific a poster over the first 10 or so days of the new year...
here's a few random weekend sonic fillers in a mini mix of sorts for y'all, (get em now, as some of these tracks are due to expire soon as i clean the ol' server space for the neu year around here...)
from Air's upcoming release available: Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Pocket Symphony (2007) Click & Pre-Order Now!
Amadou & Miriam w/ Manu Chao - Senegal Fast Food
Click for more Amadou & Miriam
T- K.A.$.H w/ The Coup - What The Po Po's Hate
Other tracks by T-K.A.$.H.
on his CD "Turf War Syndrome"
available via Guerrilla Funk Recordings
Turtle Island String Quartet - Rachel's Dream
click for more Turtle Island String Quartet
Slackers - Int'l War Criminal
click for more Slackers