Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Taking advantage of Facebook.com's jukebox, I added some personal, favorite tracks of mine there; but you can also download them from here. Here's a little list of them:
Men At Work: "No Restrictions" (from Cargo, 1983)
Category: Classic Rock
Steely Dan: "Daddy Don't Live In That New York City No More" (from Katy Lied, 1975)
Category: Greatest Band on Earth
La 33: "La Pantera Mambo" (From the collection Latin Garden 2, 2006)
Category: Latin Tropical
Beatles: "Revolution 1" (From their White Album The Beatles, 1968)
Category: Greatest Band on Earth
Boz Scaggs: "Lowdown" (From Silk Degrees, 1976)
Category: Smooth Bay Area Resident playing with future band called Toto.
Building Factors: "Raffaella" (ah, this is just a single, recorded in 2001 by yours truly)
Category: That's me, there.
Charly García: "No Soy Un Extraño" (From Modern Clix, 1983)
Category: Urban Buenos Aires Blues
Daft Punk: "Rock And Roll" (from Homework, 1996) <--- serious shit
Category: Eardrum Destroyer
King Crimson: "21st Century Schizoid Man (Including 'Mirrors')" <--- serious shit
T-Rex: "Jeepster" (Outtake of Electric Warrior, circa 1971)
Category: Glam Rock
Orquesta Mondragón: "Lola, Lola" (From Cumpleaños Feliz, 1983)http://morenopollarolo.googlepages.com/OrquestaMondragn-LolaLola.mp3
Category: Pranky Spanish Rock song about a high class prostitute.
Pat Metheny Group: "(It's Just) Talk" (from Still Life (Talkin'), 1987)
Category: Easy on your ears and soul.
Police: "Hole In My Life" (from Outlandos D'Amour, 1978)
Category: Band who rocked but not anymore :(
Tequila: "Me Vuelvo Loco" (from Rock And Roll, 1979)
Soda Stereo: "Ni Un Segundo" (from Soda Stereo, 1984)
Category: Argentinean Phenomenon that hooked all South America and Mexico, but nothing else.
Pink Floyd: "Have A Cigar" (from Wish You Were Here, 1975)
Category: Showbiz vaudeville.
Bachman-Turner Overdrive: "Give It Time" (from Bachman-Turner Overdrive II, 1973)
Category: Rock and Roll
Rolling Stones: "2000 Light Years From Home" (from Their Satanic Majestic Requests, 1967)
Category: Acid trip.
I will have them available until December, 2007. After that date you can contact me and I can personally send you the file.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Subject: Questions for Cacao
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2007 19:50:08 -0700 (PDT)
Name = pablo
Country = mexico
Age = 15
Favorite Artist = guns n roses
Favorite Album = appetite for destruction
Visit = Yes, I would visit again
Hear About = Loco Disco
Comments = porque se considera al rey del rock a elvis? siendo que el rey del rock siempre o ha
sido y sera jim morrison
Teniente Gobernador Cacao: Me alegra muchísimo, pero en verdad un montón, ver que hay mocosos de 15 años empilados con el rock and roll y que salen con esta clase de comentarios que realmente me hace pensar en un futuro mejor. (otra vez, no estoy siendo irónico.) Mi cuate aquí nació después del Nevermind y ya lo tiene a Jim en un pedestal, a los Gunners como su banda favorita y a aquel Appetite como mejor disco. De hecho que su universo musical va en expansión dramática.
Verás, Pablito. Elvis es el precursor, el fundador, el creador del movimiento. El Hernán Cortez o el Francisco Pizarro quien tomó el ritmo original de los negros y lo volvió blanco, eléctrico, y sobre todo marketeable en el momento perfecto de la historia. De haber aparecido, digamos, la radio y la TV en el siglo XIX, el rock hubiera salido de esa época, pero con un nombre totalmente distinto.
Morrison fue la continuación natural del proceso que Elvis, Chuck Berry, Little Richard y Jerry Lee Lewis iniciaron. Un poeta rebelde con buen diente para el sexo y las drogas. No olvidemos el alcohol. Su obra es mucho más grande que su persona y su primer disco, The Doors, le perdona todo lo que hizo después, incluída su muerte.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
Britney Spears has, for starters, a very cool name, easy to remember and let's say she has charisma. A manipulative mother took her to the Mickey Mouse club (another bubble-maker) and made her a superstar. She even chose who she had to date: another Mouseketeer named Justin Timberlake who eventually got better (come on, that song "Sexy Back" is very cool!) after breaking up with her. They were not "falling out of love" because they never were in love. They were just right for each other but they got bored of the rat race their lovelife became.
Britney started to feel the weight of being famous and things, naturally, happened. Got married once, but the marriage didn't last more than 1 day. Met a dancer named Kevin and married him and under the sanctity of that marriage she had two kids. Then she divorced him after realizing he was just using her. Mrs. Spears was following the sign of the times: When a woman can use a man as an in-house sperm donor and pretend the conversations they're having mean they were in love. It was just another girl from the suburbs who happened to be very, very sexy and very clueless of her surroundings. What was unusual is the immense ammount of fame she got for doing simple things, like hooking up with a boy, or not wearing underwear while hanging out with Paris Hilton.
Notice I didn't talk about her music, or what albums she has released, or how good or bad her production is (it has to be accurate, but not necessarily creative). Britney's life, her own drama is what she gives to us. The most beautiful singer in the world in 2003 and a flop in 2007. Last night at the VMA's she was just not there. She didn't rehearsed at all, moved her body in a clumsy way and turned her critics into wolves who tore her apart like a wounded deer.
I think she wasn't that bad. She looked sexy, like a stripper, pretty much like what Madonna was doing in the early nineties. The song she sang, "Gimme More," (again, it's about me, me, me) is way better than the usual shit I get from the radio nowadays, and it's kinda catchy. She's still an attractive woman, a 25 year old with two kids looking that hot? in the U.S.? Very unusual. She's still a beautiful blonde. But she was being herself and that's what we are expecting of her. It was not a wise or a smart move but her life itself. I forgive this more, way more than that stupid comment she made in 2003 supporting the War in Iraq. Again, the number of supporters is going down and that's a good thing, but that's another story.
Britney, from this outpost I salute you. Artist of the Decade and future member of the Classic Rock elite.
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Luciano Pavarotti (1935-2007). If not the greatest tenor of all time, the greatest tenor who recorded with the best techniques (we know how intense he was thanks to tapes and Cd's, we just know Caruso by old 78RPM's). The voice of Opera, the synonym of "awesome vocie." He died today in Italy. Here's a performance of "La Mia Canzone Al Vento:"
Besides his voice, he will be remembered as the one who extended a hand to mass audiences so they can discover Opera. He even did the unthinkable for some purists: sing with the Spice Girls, Barry White, James Brown and even -yuck!- U2. He didn't care. He wanted all of us to discover old music. He was like the CacaoRock of Opera! Hee hee! There you go!
Rest in peace, Maestro.