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El Mato a un Policia Motorizado con La Dinastia Scorpio

Argentinean band El Mato a un Policia Motorizado (great name) is coming to the US soon and they are adding some tracks to 'La Dinastia Scorpio', their previously released album is now new again with 4 extra songs. This is such a comfortable album, in a good way of course. While digging thru code and layouts I was also digging their sound and it made time fly and my play counts rise. From the first track 'Mujeres Bellas y Fuertes', off-kilter 'Prenderte Fuero' and the trippy 'Nuevos Discos', it's all fun and yet another reason why I'm loving spanish rock much more as of late. There's always that "thing" that's turned me off about some Latino rock bands then forgiving certain things because I just knew they were ultimately good, I think in the time that we live in and the rock (like this) that is literally exploding out of everywhere, we are lucky that we can all hear it loud and clear.

While still rockin', it also has a folky feel to it that soothes the overall album sound where you'll not want to skip a track. I had 'Yoni' and 'Noche Negra' on repeat for about half an hour, at the same time that it sounds funny, this is exactly one of those albums where if you lose the cd somewhere and then find it it'll light up your day. The love song 'El Fuego Que Hemos Construido' has a great twinkle in sound where it feels like it was made with true emotion, you can see it play in your head as the guy sings to the girl as the beautiful guitar sways at 5:24. A good deal of Harmony oozes out of 'El Dia del Huracan' then they end the album with 'El Magnetismo' and it makes you feel alone while still wanting to protect. Well done guys.

I'm bummed I won't be able to see their US debut at the Mercury Lounge (NYC) on July 9th, they will also be a part of the LAMC Showcase in acoustic form in SOB's (NYC) on July 11th. This spectacular album goes on sale on July 29th. Thanks to the awesome folks at Nacional Records for helping bring bands like this to the states. They always fight the good fight.

Ana Tijoux Disparas "La Bala"

The highly anticipated Ana Tijoux follow-up album to the Grammy nominated '1977' came out today and it continues what Ana is known for, multiverse lyrical gold that can take you from pride to ruin and back while it's sound is perfectly placed with her flow. Before '1977' was released I saw Tijoux perform In LAMC and she became the top buzz of all media and music watchers as she rhymed effortlessly on stage while everyone impressed. Her lyrics didn't hit me at first and I'm guessing it was because my first experience was live, loud and with a great amount of people screaming and having fun. After the album released I knew she was a force to recon with and can hang with the best of em, slaying words and thoughts intertwined with harmony... Yep it was too dope. After that she released the "Elefant Mixtape" which was a more hyped up and hard-hitting album sound wise, it gained but more fans for the dope emcee and gave her more exposure that she needed.

"La Bala" is the next step in her career with a friendlier sound and forward approach to lyrics rightfully sitting her in the Latina (or female) Hip-Hop throne. She spits history, life and beyond, heartfelt with each bar you can't help but nod away smiling. Yet another honest emcee achieving life as they create, at no point does she serve a cold/fake dish. The album has a bit of soul, street, great beats and immense knowledge pours out the speakers thanks to Tijoux's flow. "La Bala" continues her reign right where the last release left off... Killin' em, I'm proud to see more Latino emcees doing right by what they say and not just spilling garbage. Be aware that she rhymes in Spanish but I'm sure it won't make a difference for those that appreciate good sounds.

Dope Hip-Hop fired from Ana's gun with "La Bala" hits the spot, can't wait to see what's next and if Summerstage is in the picture this year! Check out the video for 'Shock' below and pick up the album now on iTunes or anywhere you can. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=177-s44MSVQ[/youtube]

ChocQuibTown In Full Effect at Summerstage LAMC

ChocQuibTown... damn they ripped it up! I heard of them first from my bro-in-law and liked their song "De Donde Vengo Yo" which is the same song on the video posted below but I didn't think their live performance was going to be THAT good. They had everyone bumping and singing along as the Columbian Hip-Hop group went from one track to the other there was flags waving in the air, people screaming and jumping while the heat beat down on us but couldn't bring the mood down. ChocQuibTown put on a great show and now I can't wait to see them again live, I have a few other vids coming up but wanted to put my favorite out there first! It was hot, intense, beautiful, and united in sound that day... Enjoy and stay on the look out for more performances from ChocQuibTown here soon. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lkvBKrWDLI[/youtube]

Rita Indiana Live at LAMC Summerstage

This last weekend we passed by the LAMC event at Central Park's Summerstage to finally catch a live set of Dominican artist Rita Indiana y Los Mysterios. As you will see her partners in dance had some questionable (FILA short shorts) gear on, but regardless it was awesome to finally see a Dominican artist on the LAMC bill. The energy was fantastic and so was the music, you will also hear Marlon a best friend of mine yelling "Semillaoooow" at the beginning of the first video compilation below of the songs "Jardinera" and "El Juidero"... retard haha. The second video is one of my favorite songs "La Hora De Volve" I hope you all dig it as much as we did. This event had a great representation from Columbia and DR in the crowd this year and as always nice to see people from different backgrounds uniting in music.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhYT4sZaUt4[/youtube]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mz7dDHLk9Bs[/youtube]

WGM Interviews Wil-Dog of Ozomatli

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7t8BeYC9prA&hd=1[/youtube]Another video from the unreleased WGM vaults is an interview I did with Wil-Dog from Ozomatli, a dope live band from Cali that has contributed many good things to life and music. They just came back from performing in China and Mongolia, and also representing the United States as cultural embassadors at the time of the interview. Ozo's sound is made up of many cultures and genres mixed together to create something that had all of us jumpin and thumpin in Brooklyn at last years LAMC. At the same time that they have everyone reciting and dancing to their music, they also do a lot in communities/countries and reach out to people in need. On level with the When Giants Meet vision of cultural and musical intake also lending a hand to those in need, Wil-Dog let's us know what goes on in their travels, sounds, and the causes that they are down with.

Yes it was mad noisy at the hotel, there was like 1000 sites and artists doing interviews at the same time haha. Hope you enjoy the interview!
For more information on Ozomatli check their site, and follow them on Twitter along with Wil-Dog!