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Music del Dia- Bajofondo

ENGLISH

Bajofondo Tango Club, then shortened to just Bajofondo , is a collective of eight musicians from Uruguay and Argentina, who among them is Gustavo Santaolalla, two-time Academy Award winning film composer (credits include Babel, Brokeback Mountain, and The Motorcycle Diaries) and music producer (Café Tacuba, Molotov, among others). In the late 90’s Santaolalla started experimenting with tango and electronica; but Santaolalla is no newcomer to the fusion of sounds, in the 70’s he formed a band in Argentina, Arco Iris, in which he fused rock with traditional Latin American music, considered by then a pioneer in Latin America. So he began dealing with the traditional elements of tango, such as piano, violin, and the bandoneón, a type of accordion, traditional instrument in Argentina and Uruguay. Then came electronic music, samplers, drum and bass. But when they started seeing that their style went beyond electrotango, they took off Tango Club, and proclaimed their music as music of Rio de la Plata, which includes tango, rock, hip hop, among others. This is an example of a continuing tradition in music, instead of taking out the old and bringing in the new, they include it, they embrace it, it’s part of their culture. They’re presenting this traditional music and introducing it to new generations, keeping it relevant. A rather vanguard move on their part, an innovate band that is now internationally known, they were awarded a Latin Grammy in 2003 and played at Coachella this year. A band definitely worth listening to.

Songs to hear: Montserrat, Grand Guignol, El Mareo (feat. Gustavo Cerati), and No Pregunto Cuantos Son.

ESPANOL

Bajofondo Tango Club, después solo Bajofondo es un colectivo de ocho músicos de Uruguay y Argentina, que entre ellos esta el compositor y productor, Gustavo Santaolalla, reconocido por la música de las películas Amores Perros, Babel, Brokeback Mountain, entre otras y las ultimas dos galardonadas con el Oscar. Tambien ha sido productor de bandas como Café Tacuba y Molotov, pero en los 90’s empieza experimentar con los sonidos del tango y la electrónica. Santaolalla no es ningún principiante cuando se trata de la fusión músical; en los 70’s formo la banda Arco Iris, considerada como pionera en la fusión de la música  tradicional latinoamericana y el rock. Asi que mezclan los elementos tradicionales del tango, como el violin, el piano y el bandoneón, un instrumento típico de Argentina y Uruguay, como un acordion. Luego viene la música electrónica, samplers, drum and bass. Pero viendo que su estilo estaba expandiendo mas alla del tango, se dieron que no solo era  electrotango sino que otros sonidos como el rock, el hip hop, y mas el sonido del Rio de la Plata. Esto es un ejemplo de una tradición en la música que continua, fusionar lo viejo con lo nuevo, y no excluirlo. Muestra que la música tradicional de Latinoamerica sigue siendo relevante y de alguna manera quieren introducirlo a nuevas  generaciones para que no sea olvidada. Bajofondo, hoy es una de las bandas vanguardistas de Latinoamerica, reconocida mundialmente, por los Grammys Latinos en el 2003, y acaba de tocar en Coachella en abril. Escuchenlos.

Canciones a escuchar: Montserrat, Grand Guignol, El Mareo (con Gustavo Cerati), y No Pregunto Cuantos Son.

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Music del Dia

With such an ambivalent title, Enrique Bunbury’s song “La Senorita Hermafrodita” (Miss Hermaphrodite) is a worthy complement to Michel Foucalt’s edition of  “Heculine Barbin:Being the Recently Discovered Memoirs of a Nineteenth Century French Hermaphrodite.” The song was first released in his 2004 album “El Viaje a Ninguna Parte” and then part of his tour, with a very appropriate title Freak Show. The Freak Show consisted of five concerts in Spain in what was a type of vaudevillian travelling circus, with a Mexican luchadores, and a cabaret / jazz sound, all under a circus tent. The song seems fitting to the performance and as an exposition on the weird and abnormal. As far as the lyrics of the song, they evoke a certain ambiguity , between two worlds, two sexes, not revealing enough about her. She’s also described as un animal cuadrúpedo y palmípedo, con instinto mamífero (a four legged ,web-footed mammal) the only animal that comes to mind is a platypus, which means she identifies with the animal for its strange appearance and being looked down upon by society, (Miss Hermaphrodite, not the platypus). Here’s a link to the lyrics.

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Music del Dia

http://www.rock.com.ar/letras/1/1924.shtml  – a link to the lyrics

The song for today is “Salir de la Melancolia” from Argentine band Seru Giran, from their 1981 album Peperina, written by Charly Garcia, a pillar of Argentine rock. The first 15 seconds of the song is a dialogue from the Spanish dubbed version of Gilda (1946) directed by Charles Vidor. It is a dialogue between Gilda, played by Rita Hayworth and Johnny Farrell, played by Glenn Ford. This is after Gilda sings “Put the Blame on Mame” and Johnny approaches Gilda filled with jealousy.

Johnny: como te atreviste.

Gilda: y estaras muy felíz Johnny, no es lógico que sólo lo sepas tú, ya todos saben que al poderoso Johnny Farrel le engañaron y que su esposa es una…(then Gilda receives a tremendous slap in the face from Johnny)

I thing juxtaposing the film with this song is more than appropriate because both deal with the themes of jealousy and obsession. Johnny Farrell is obsessed with Gilda but hides his fears and insecurities with his jealousy. It represents the relationship between the object and possesion (symbol of power?) It is proof of the extent men will go when in a relationship with a woman as beautiful as Gilda and everyone is looking at  her.

Or what do you think?

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Music del Dia

E.S.

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Pachucos

Pachucos might not have had a positive perception in their time, thanks to their appearance (the zoot suit) and their part in the Zoot Suit Riots and Sleepy Lagoon Murder.

But there have been some revolutionary works that changed that perception such as Luis Valdez’s play Zoot Suit and 1981 film adaptation. One person in particular was influenced by his experiences in the border and imported the pachuco to Mexico. I’m of course talking about German Valdes, known to most as Tin Tan, who grew up in the border town of Ciudad Juarez and made calo famous through his many films as this funny character. At times harshly criticized for his image by intellectual Jose Vasconcelos, but accepted by the Mexican public and now is a memorable figure of Mexican cinema along with Mario Moreno “Cantinflas.”

Here is part of El Hijo Desobediente film that brought the pachuco Tin Tan to Mexico.

Another portrayal of the pachuco archetype is Mexican band Maldita Vecindad’s Pachuco, a song that depicts the pachuco as an alienated character from society by older generations. And to some extent, the song also suggests the alienation rock and other music (in this case, ska) in Mexico has faced by those people as well.

En el mensaje anterior le habia comentado de la jerga y habla de la Ciudad de Mexico expresada en la cancion de Cafe Tacuba, Chilanga Banda. El juego de palabras ilustrado en esa cancion es conocida como calo, popularizado por German Valdes por medio de su personaje, Tin Tan y tambien por la influencia de mexico-americanos. El Hijo Desobediente, 1945, nos introduce al pachuco y rapidamente se convierte en una figura memorable del cine mexicano, aunque fue criticado por su imagen por Jose Vasconcelos. El primer video es un excerpto de dicha pelicula, mientras que el segundo es de la cancion de Pachuco, original de la Maldita Vecindad. Esta cancion narra el rechazo de la imagen del pachuco por las generaciones anteriores y en paralelo, el rechazo del rock en Mexico. O como la ve?

E.S.

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