Saturday, June 07, 2008


Simon Reynolds roped me into this online meme:

"List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they’re not any good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying now, shaping your spring. Post these instructions in your blog along with your 7 songs. Then tag 7 other people to see what they’re listening to."

I don't pay much attention to mainstream radio, and MTV hardly ever plays videos anymore - most of the videos I see are on mun2, the local Latin channel. So let's see...

Akwid, "Ombligo A Ombligo" (Mexican-American twins who rap and produce their own beats; on this one, they've got norteƱo group Los Tucanes de Tijuana singing the chorus - through a vocoder)
Kumbia All Starz, "Rica y Apretadita (Feat. Melissa Jiminez)" (the track is generic Latin dancefloor stuff, cumbia thoroughly disguised under a wall of technotronica, but the chorus sounds extremely Bollywood to me, and that's what holds my attention)
Los Tigres del Norte, "Jaula de Oro" (this one's a classic; the title translates to "Golden Cage," and it's about a Mexican immigrant who's succeeded in America, but feels himself losing touch with his Mexican side, especially when it comes to his kids, who don't speak Spanish and don't share any cultural references with him - at one point the voice of his teenaged son is heard saying, "What? I'm not going back to Mexico, dad, no way!")
Black Sabbath, "I" (Rhino's putting out a box containing all the Dio-era albums, and this non-single cut from 1996's Dehumanizer is absolutely crushing, featuring a mind-destroying Iommi riff and one of Dio's greatest lyrics ever)
The Hygrades, "In The Jungle" (a psychedelic hard-rock instrumental from a 1970s-era Nigerian band I've never heard of before and expect I'll never hear anything else from; it's on the Nigeria Rock Special compilation from Soundway, a must-own)
Prostitute Disfigurement, "Killing For Company" (I blame John Darnielle)
Soundmurderer & SK1, "Bad Sound" (from 2003's amazing Brick Smack compilation, which I just heard this week)

OK, who's up?

Hank Shteamer
Phil Nugent
Steve Smith
John Darnielle
Adrien Begrand
Ned Raggett
Leonard Pierce


Madam Miaow said...

Hi, I'm next generation tagee, courtesy of Ned. I enjoyed this very much.

Also, I really like your masthead sub-heading. Glad to see bloggers putting up the good fight.

Anonymous said...

Heya MM, glad to see y'all here too!

Timjim said...

Try this: