Wednesday, January 23, 2008


ran across this article at the kiko jones spot. four of my top 10 '07 are in the popmatters' most overlooked of the year category (which ... cough ... also includes britney's latest-- and you thought irony died in the 90s!!!). considering 3 of my four came out on major (or near) labels, and 4 of the 4 have played lollapalooza or something near it, i don't feel like there's an 'i told ya so' needed ... i'm just sayin.

1 comment:

Kiko Jones said...

Thanks for the link.

Glad you enjoyed the post on Jumbo from Mexico. There are a lot of great bands to discover from all over Latin America--if the language barrier is not a problem. Here are a few I recommend:

- Re (WEA-1994)
- Cuatro Caminos (Universal-2003)
Art school rockers who draw equally from their heritage as well as The Beatles, The Who and XTC. They've also collaborated with Kronos Quartet.

- Plomo Revienta (Sony-1997)
Old school ska meets Afro-Cuban grooves and various elements of straight up rock. Think South American version of The Clash and you're in the ballpark.

- Vagabundo (Sony-1996)
If Alice in Chains' Dirt had been made by a romantic junkie poet with a feel for psychedelia it would probably sound like this. It's considered one of the greatest rock records ever recorded in Spanish. (Rosa was once in Menudo and also wrote Ricky Martin's biggest solo hits--yes, including "Living La Vida Loca"--but we all have our pasts to contend with. Ha!)

SODA STEREO (Argentina)
- Dynamo (Sony-1993)
- Sueño Stereo (BMG-1995)
Dynamo is a cross between U2's Achtung Baby and Depeche Mode's Violator, while Sueño is influenced by late period Beatles with hints of electronica. The most popular Spanish-language rock band of all time.