31 diciembre 2016

La canción de la semana #559

...is Cumbia Volcadora by Orkesta Mendoza from Tucson, Arizona. This song appears on the band's new album, ¡Vamos A Guarachar! (out now on Glitterbeat Records).

25 diciembre 2016

La canción de la semana #558

I'm sure that you heard this song — with half an ear, maybe, but heard nonetheless. Unless you've spent this year on another planet, that is. On this planet, there's no escape. Luckily, the song is not half bad. Maybe there is a reason why Duele el Corazón got to all those chart positions other than just being performed by Enrique Iglesias with Wisin.

15 diciembre 2016

La canción de la semana #557

Frankly I have no clue who are Cubaneros (or Cuban Eros). I think they are based in Patras, but that's the extent of my knowledge. I just came across this salsa cover of LP's hit single Lost on You, the first of (so far) two videos of the band available on YouTube, and liked it more than the original. I hope you like it too.

    Anaisa Vega Castillo: vocals
    Indhira Xiques: vocals, shaker
    Panos Panagopoulos: keys and vocals
    Michalis Darmas: double bass
    Kostas Spiratos: percussion

11 noviembre 2016

La canción de la semana #552

This week's song is dedicated to the memory of Leonard Cohen who passed away on 7 November 2016.

Baila conmigo (hasta el fin del amor) (Dance me to the end of love) as performed by Perla Batalla. This song appears on 2007 album Acordes Con Leonard Cohen.

30 octubre 2016

La canción de la semana #550

This morning, as I was flying from Málaga, I suddenly realised that Malagueña was never featured on this blog. Composed by Ernesto Lecuona in 1928, it was covered and reinvented a gazillion times. This week, I'd like to present the version by American accordionist Nick Ariondo; Malagueña as you, most likely, have never heard before.

23 octubre 2016

16 octubre 2016

La canción de la semana #548

...is Revelación by Saúl Crespo Electric Quartet who just released their first album, The Journey. SCEQ are playing Friday 28 October in Black Bird, Santander (Calle Vista Alegre, 13).

Saúl Crespo's website features the following disclaimer (Instruccines de consumo):

La escucha recomendada de este disco deberá realizarse en una sola sesión de 66 minutos y 6 segundos, cerrando los ojos y dejando volar la imaginación. Sólo así podrá experimentar realmente el viaje propuesto. Saúl Crespo Electric Quartet no se hace responsable de posibles efectos secundarios.

17 septiembre 2016

10 septiembre 2016

La canción de la semana #543

Well, what do you know. Here in Andalucia Macarena appears to be as popular as 20 years ago. According to Wikipedia,

In VH1's 2002 documentary 100 Greatest One-hit Wonders, "Macarena" was ranked as No. 1. "Macarena" was also ranked No. 1 on a different VH1 documentary, 40 Awesomely Bad No. 1 Songs.
Whatever critics say, Macarena is here to stay. So, don't be surprised that this week's song is... Más Macarena by Gente de Zona featuring Los del Río. Enjoy.

04 septiembre 2016

La canción de la semana #542

I heard a lot (of good things) about Spanish indie band Love of Lesbian but still am not sure what to make of their music. La Noche Eterna (from their 2012 album La noche eterna. Los días no vividos), however, is unquestionably brilliant. As is this unofficial video clip directed by Sandra Suárez. The band's new album, El poeta Halley, is out now.

25 agosto 2016

24 julio 2016

La canción de la semana #536

Afro-Cuban-flamenco-jazz-funk fusionistas PATAX (Madrid) make Michael Jackson's Billie Jean sound (and look) much more interesting and fresh than the original ever was.

16 julio 2016

La canción de la semana #535

...is Carmen Prelude as performed by Eric Olsen's ReVision Quartet, featuring Don Braden on saxophones, Ratzo Harris on bass, Tim Horner on drums and Eric Olsen on piano. This interpretation of Bizet's classic appears on his latest album Sea Changes.

09 julio 2016

La canción de la semana #534

...is Mista Lobaloba, a collaboration of Romanian speed-metal brass band Fanfare Ciocărlia with Colombian group Puerto Candelaria. This song appears on Fanfare's new album, Onwards to Mars.

18 junio 2016

La canción de la semana #531

Last week, I had a pleasure to see Maite Hontelé braving the elements to perform alongside Olga Cerpa at Plaza de Santa Ana in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria — and playing a couple of songs solo. This week's song is Nochecita by Maite with Colombian band Herencia de Timbiquí.

04 junio 2016

La canción de la semana #529

...is Viento de cara, a title track of 2014 album by Supersubmarina, another Spanish indie band I learned about from La chica de Los Planetas (the first one was, naturally, Los Planetas).

Viento de cara

Te busco en el hueco que queda en mi alma
Tan frío y profundo que no encuentro nada
Quisiera volverme invisible y colarme esta noche en tu cama
Me acuesto a la sombra de un árbol sin ramas
Las dudas y el miedo me sirven de almohada
Dormirme seria imposible
La hierba me escuece en la cara

Que cada vez que te vuelva a mirar
Me resulte mas fácil morir
Que obligarme a decir la verdad

El rayo que no cesa
Mar en calma
Faro entre la niebla
Viento de cara
Viento de cara

La luna se asoma y parece de plata
El sol le hace frente al llegar la mañana
Quisiera que fuera invencible
Y que nunca jamás se apagara

Que cada vez que te vuelva a mirar
Me resulte mas fácil morir
Que obligarme a decir la verdad

El rayo que no cesa
Mar en calma
Faro entre la niebla
Viento de cara
Viento de cara

13 mayo 2016

06 mayo 2016

La canción de la semana #525

...is El Aire De Mi Corazón performed by Swedish guitarist Robert "Robi" Svärd and his band featuring Alfredo Tejada (vocals), Miguel "El Cheyenne" (percussion), Ann Sehlstedt "La Pantera" (palmas), Ahmad Al Khatib (oud), Sara Nilsson (violin) and Tove Brandt (bass). Robi's debut album Pa'ki Pa'ka is out now on Asphalt Tango.

09 abril 2016

La canción de la semana #521

...is Antônio Carlos Jobim's classic Corcovado performed by Andrea Motis & Joan Chamorro Quintet featuring Scott Hamilton. This songs appears on the band's 2013 album Live at Jamboree, Barcelona.

19 marzo 2016