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Where does one start with Yukako Hayase? That’s the question I asked myself when debating, for what seemed like forever, what would be the album I would recommend others to explore, to give them a better sense of why Yukako is such a deeply important artist (and one sadly lost to time). Thankfully, with time, […]

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/ September 15, 2017 / Comments Off on Joan Bibiloni: For A Future Smile (1988)

Joan Bibiloni: For A Future Smile (1988)

Six years after our first introduction to Joan Bibiloni, via his fantastic debut (Joana Lluna), the world had moved under him. For A Future Smile presented Joan Bibiloni in a way unlike anything before. Just a year earlier Joan had been commissioned by a Spanish TV network to create a soundtrack for a nature documentary. […]

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imply, phenomenal, a landmark release of Spanish music. The more I hear Eliseo Parra y MOSAICO’s Homenaje A Agapito Marazuela, the more I am convinced of my declaration. This album, a musical homage to the massively influential and important Castilian folklorist, musician, and dulzaina master Agapito Marazuela, does so many things right. Released a year […]

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/ January 9, 2017 / Comments Off on Ray Barretto: Rican/Struction (1979)

Ray Barretto: Rican/Struction (1979)

Peak power. Few albums have moments that just leave me breathless. Drop a needle, or seek to, any track on Ray Barretto’s Rican/Struction, and in a matter of moments, musical ideas that are operating at an otherworldly level, and are rendered in such ways that are nearly impossible for anyone to resist. Far be it for this […]

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/ December 2, 2016 / Comments Off on Silvio Rodríguez: Días Y Flores (1975)

Silvio Rodríguez: Días Y Flores (1975)

Looking back at recent history, one wonders why certain wounds seem to take so long to heal. We already saw a huge wound open up, yet again, for reasons that defy easy explanation. The rise of neo-fascism and alt-know-nothings has to be a reaction to something. Just this past week another reminder of a seemingly […]

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/ September 18, 2014 / Comments Off on Camarón de la Isla: Volando Voy (1979)

Camarón de la Isla: Volando Voy (1979)

Camarón de la Isla – 1979 Flamenco music, oh what bane you have been dealt with. If, you ever encounter flamenco music in popular culture its usually as a type of dead language music. Seeing billowy dressed people stomp their feet, sing with overdramatic melisma, and pointless guitar flourishes you wouldn’t be wrong to have […]

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/ May 4, 2014 / Comments Off on Musica Tzotzil: San Lorenzo

Musica Tzotzil: San Lorenzo

This track called “San Lorenzo” is actually a traditional devotional song from the indigenous Tzotzil people from Chiapas in Mexico. The harmonic singing is all traditional, the use of violins and 12-string guitars is all traditional, but the music itself…the way they perform the song…is completely otherworldly. Imagine Tom Waits getting stuck in the Appalachian mountains […]

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/ May 2, 2014 / Comments Off on Willie Colon and Hector Lavoe: “Ah-Ah/Oh-No” (1972)

Willie Colon and Hector Lavoe: “Ah-Ah/Oh-No” (1972)

I don’t know how to quite describe my choice for today. Its a great salsa song from Willie Colon that’s driven by the unique voice of Hector “La Voz” Lavoe. Hector is known as the greatest salsa vocalist, his work as lead vocalist with artists such as Willie Colon, Ruben Blades and other Fania label […]

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