Tigers Milk Records new Paco Zambrano/Juaneco 7 inch (review)

Check out my earlier post on Chicha music, you can actually hear the Juaneco y Su Combo song (my 45 ended up being the master for this project). Nevertheless, these guys from England purchased the rights and reissued the song on a new 7 inch.

The interesting part was that the Peruvian record label INFOPESA or DIMSA (I forget which one) didn’t even have the masters anymore. It just illustrates how important the reissue business can be, it’s like they’re doing the world a favor. Also, I had a record label once, and believe me you, there is no money in it. This is a labor of love if you think so or not.

But the great thing about all this is the Paco Zambrano boogaloo track. Great track and I never heard it before – I just hope I get my FREE!!! copy. Anyway, check out their site, purchase the 45. Highly recommended!

– Sonido Franko

Well, this is just a one off email to introduce you to a new record label set up by myself and Martin Morales, a sister project of Martin’s Ceviche restaurant based in Soho, London.

The label will be covering the spectrum of PERUVIAN music from vintage psych rock to electronica – the common thread will be it’s heritage. Artist albums, comps, the lot and for a quick listen to our first single, click on the bandcamp link.

Check us out if you have a moment,

– Duncan B

LISTEN & BUY: http://tigersmilkrecords.bandcamp.com/

Ranchera Rock y Frontera Funk

So I’ve been digging through some of the very last 45’s in the KRMX collection (it’s taken like 7+ years) and I recently set aside about a hundred or so records out of the last few batches. The bulk of the records were regional Mexican music that I ended up selling. But rest assured, I still have well over 2,000+ 45’s that hopefully I can re-examine and post at one point. I would like to add that I sold most of the Tex-Mex music in my collection to people who actually live in Texas and I believe I sold some to a music museum in Austin. I’m sure they are in good hands and I’m happy they found a home where the vinyl is super appreciated.

To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of the ranchera or Tex-Mex genres, but every now again I’d find gems like the 2 45’s in this post – great examples of something I’d keep rather than sell. The prerequisites were that they had to sound really good, they had to sound really odd/weird, artists playing music outside of their genre and/or most English/Spanish cover songs. Anyway, Laredo Texas’ Rene y Rene are probably the most popular band in this post and Los Mayans’ do a nice cover of the Mexican folk song “Cuatro Milpas“.

If you haven’t noticed I am posting more than usual – effectively my baseball season is over, so I’m sure you’ll be seeing more posts from me. Go Oakland A’s. Enjoy!

1. Los Mayans: Cuatro Milpas

2. Rene y Rene: Mi Corazon Esta Llorando

Dj Lengua: Perdido ***Official Music Video***

I just did a post on music from Peru, so I thought I’d toss this video up from artist/musician/homeboy Dj Lengua. Most the footage is taken in Peru, taken by Dj Lengua himself – and it’s really cool. I’m sure some animals were hurt in this production, but Lengua was kind enough to omit any of the bloody stuff.

I’ve been to a pelea de gallos once in Panama, and it is pretty hardcore stuff. People where acting so drunk and so fucking crazy that I thought the world was coming to an end. Anyway, cocks fighting and old ladies dancing is pretty standard stuff in Latin America. Please enjoy!

70’s Peruvian Funk-Rock with Zulu

Not quite sure how to classify this type of music. In fact, I couldn’t find much information about Zulu for that matter – it seems that the band came and went as quickly as their only self titled release. What I did gather was that the group was fronted by Lima native Miguel Angel Ruiz Orbegozo and that the song “Candela” appears on the Vampisoul compilation “Back to Peru Vol 1“.

I read other articles from Peruvian blogs which weren’t sure of the music’s origin. One author thought it might be Huayno rock (Native Peruvian) and other people argued that it’s possibly Landó rock (Afro-Peruvian). So people in Peru were just as baffled as I am. But apart from sounding like mellow 70’s rock/funk, if you listen to the last part of “Candela“, I can see where someone might think it’s Landó – which is an Afro-Peruvian/musica criolla drum driven form of music. I did find a photo of Miguel Angel Ruiz Orbegozo, but I ain’t even gonna try to determine his roots. Not going there. The music is great nevertheless. Enjoy!

1. Zulu: Candela

2. Zulu: Sueño De Amor

El Trío Servando Díaz – El Viejito Cañandonga

Sorry for the lack of posts on this site lately. When the IRS takes money out of your bank account, any inspiration you once had for music slowly gets diminished.

But thank god for the Cuban group El Trío Servando Díaz to light a fire under my ass, otherwise you people would be waiting for another two months. Check out my other posts on Arsenio Rodríguez and trio music – those posts somewhat cover what’s happening musically. I heard this song on a cd a while back and since then it’s been difficult finding music from Trío Servando Díaz – most records were made prior to the 50’s on 78 rpm format. But I recently grabbed this old school Cuban son/trio compilation album on the Peerless label via Panart. The whole album is great, but El Viejito Cañandonga was the real stand out.

Cañandonga is a fruit found in Central America and the Antilles. I think it’s called carao in Nicaragua, kind of a pod fruit similar to tamarind. The more I listen to the drunk old man complaining on the track, I think that cañandonga may have been also an alcoholic beverage in Cuba at one time and made famous by sending a known actor allegedly to alcoholism, but not sure about it. There are treatment for chronic alcohol abuse in Austin as well as in Cuba I’m sure. Thanks everyone asking/emailing me where the hell I was. I’ve been a hermit lately so sorry if I seemed flakey. Totally sorry. Anyway enjoy!

– Sonido Franko

1. El Trío Servando Díaz: El Viejito Cañandonga


Mexico City Bootleg 2

If you ever get a hold of a Mexican cumbia bootleg record that has no song names and only the dj’s names on the front cover – rest assured it comes from the cumbia sonidera subculture movement in Mexico City that was happening in the 80’s. Much like the Northern Soul movement that took place in England in the 70’s, it was Mexican sonideros discovering rare, previously overlooked tropical/cumbia songs, and putting them on wax. Oh yeah…and the same type of paranoid secrecy over the artist and song title that persisted in England was happening in Mexico as well. Luckily I know the name of the artist and song of the track I am presenting, unlike the first post I did about Mexico City bootlegs. Anyway, Los Borrachitos (the drunks) is performed by Junior y su Equipo who is actually led by Ecuadorian synthesizer virtuoso Polibio Mayorga. I have nothing to hide. Keep the faith!

1. Junior y su Equipo: Los Borrachitos


Day 29: Te Ves Buena

I couldn’t find much information about Grupo Mayor, but I do know that the song Te Ves Buena was written by Panamanian reggae artist Edgardo Franco, aka El General. Although reggae en español had been around for a while, El General had scored one of its first international hits with this dancehall tune. When I lived in Nicaragua in the early 90’s, this form of early reggaeton was blowing up all over Central America. There probably wasn’t one country where I didn’t hear this song or ones like it – even Banda Vallarta Show did their own banda version. On a side note, I did recall that reggae en español would only be played at house parties after the parents left or weren’t around. As insinuated by my cousins,  the music may have been too risque in Nicaragua for the time – I never understood that one.

Anyway, just wanted to thank everyone who helped out with the February 45 sessions: Adam Dunbar, Marcos Juarez, Eamon Ore-Giron, Oliver Wang, Alex LaRotta, and Cameron Thompson – thanks a ton guys!!! Gonna talk a break from the site for a while, but if you need anything at all please feel free to bother me – sonidofranko@gmail.com. Enjoy!

1. Grupo Mayor: Te Ves Buena

2. Banda Vallarta Show: Te Ves Bien Buena