Zuzuka Power @ CMJ on Friday!
10/19/2011, 11:41 am
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Zuzuka Poderosa + DJ Valissa hit CMJ on Friday, Oct 21st @ DROM for Roxy Cottontail‘s ‘Bunnyjawn’ showcase – she hits at 11:30 PM SHARP. Info below.  Zuzuka just released her newsletter where you can catch up on all the goods here.

– Friday October 21st –
…Roxy Cottontail Presents…
Japanther w/ Grimace
Jasmine Solano
Get Busy Committee
Fat Tony
Lil Friday Hoe
Freaky Franz
Amanda Lepore
Poison Ivory
Miss Martini
Zuzuka Poderosa w/ DJ Valissa
Roxy Cottontail 
Haruka Salt 999
Nitty Scott, MC
40 Thousand
85 Avenue A
(b/t 5th and 6th)
New York City
11PM – 4AM

FUTURE ROOTS: La Bacanería (Good Vibes Hero) AKA Pernett
10/07/2011, 4:14 pm
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“Yo Soy Fuego, Yo Soy Calor.”

I am absolutely thrilled to kick off my FUTURE ROOTS series at SOB’s this Sunday.  I touched a bit on my personal history with “Latin alternative” music after the 12th annual LAMC, so it’s only natural to just go out there and make a platform/collaborate with all these exciting sounds in NYC.

Quite fitting to be the night before Columbus Day, cause we’re taking it BACK; a ‘Tropical Takeback of Columbus Day’ – never mind celebrating the death and destruction, we’re going to celebrate the LIFE, the endless mutations of sound and ‘calor’ of el Caribe.  There’s no one better to help us do that then with Barranquilla, Colombia’s PERNETT (who also happens to be MTV Iggy’s ‘Artist of The Week’ this week!):

“Pernett’s dad was one of the founders of el Carnaval de Barranquilla. He grew up around amazing musicians his whole life. His aunt Carmencita Pernett was one of the first artists to take cumbia to mexico. Artists born in this type of conditioning? Femi Kuti comes to mind…”

That was Que Bajo!?’s Geko Jones – read his full, heartfelt post on Dutty ArtzUproot Andy + Geko are set to play, as Pernett recently played host to them on their recent trip to Colombia.

He’s also been collaborating with Quantic in Cali, Colombia – check out a cute but amazing little jam session they posted called “Currura” not too long ago that I play at least once a week.  Can’t all music sound like this?  “Last night I had a dream…”

“He’s someone that we should pay a lot more attention to. He’s so far ahead of the pack that it will probably be another couple years before the world catches up to his sound let alone his performance capabilities.  His ableton live set up lets him trigger and effect tracks, while playing gaita or any number of traditional instruments which he can also effect, while singing and dropping some surreal visuals using his filters on his laptop cam. He’s one of those artists that keeps pushing himself to do more. To be more. And you should too. Be there to see him Oct 9th and feel more.”

Yup.  Come feel more and take back Columbus Day with FUTURE ROOTS. Click on the flyer below (made by Fat Suggar Daddy – oh yeah to Palm Trees in Space!!!) for tickets.

Read this in-depth interview with MTV Iggy to get a better sense of Pernett‘s influence and sound.  He says if he could be a superhero, he’d be the GOOD VIBES hero (in Spanish: La Bacanería)…me too Pernett, me too!

Get a FREE DOWNLOAD from WNYC of Pernett‘s ‘El Mago’ (Translation: The Wizard).

“The result is music that manages to be traditional, electronic and psychedelic all at once, mashing up traditional Afro-Colombian drum sounds with space-echo trumpet licks and the kinds of twinkling ambiences you might hear at a planetarium.”

Demasiado Mujer: MIMA – ‘El Pozo’ is Out Now!
10/06/2011, 3:21 am
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This blog is no stranger to MIMA.  I have mused on and on and on.  She opened for Bomba Estereo last summer.  If there were only more hours in the day, I wish I could do more with her and Puerto Rico-based, DJ Nature.  But in the spirit of familia (they hosted me in Puerto Rico last year) – check out MIMA‘s latest release, El Pozo (get it on vinyl too – BOOYA!)

Single is ‘Como Un Anuncio

Tonight she rocked with an orchestra and gave a free show to the University of Puerto Rico.  It’s a brand new world, but give them what they want, good ass music, and the rest will follow.  Read this review in Puerto Rico Indie.

Follow her here.

Feeling The Rhythm Of Desire / La Gloria
10/03/2011, 4:11 am
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…purely for nostalgic reasons, I wrote this lil ditty for the homies at largeupdotcom on gloria estefan and my childhood through her sounds (including my ‘floor routine’ in gymnastics at age 11 or so):

““One, Two, Three, Four / Come on baby, say you love me!” or “Come on move your body / Baby, do that conga”…these were the first phrases embedded in my brain as a young girl growing up in the “Suburban Urban” of Staten Island, New York with a Cuban mom.  Mom was such a big fan of Gloria Estefan that floating around somewhere there is an exercise VHS with her doing aerobics to only La Glori’s music (thanks to a recent family BBQ and my brother for reminding us!) with some serious 80s hair and color schemes.  My recollections include constantly grabbing the vinyl, pulling the disc out of the sleeve — we had her “The Greatest Hits” (1992) on vinyl, but “1-2-3″ (below) and “Conga” were off of 1987′s “Let it Loose” and 1995′s “Primitive Love” (respectively) — the horns, the infectious salsa intro, the layers of Gloria’s voice, the seeming simplicity.  “It’s the rhythm of the island, and like sugar cane…” I would reminisce on that lyric from a concrete block on the island of Staten that was anything but tropical.  I must have wanted to feel closer to what mom grew up around and must have played that record HUNDREDS of times, gallivanting around the living room, “feeling the rhythm of desire,” all smiles “…so sweet.””