Archive for May, 2010

Diverse stuff from Nicaragua

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

I’m always intrigued (but never surprised) by the sheer diversity of music that was pumped out of Central America in the 60’s and 70’s, whether it’s from El Salvador or Panama. My latest reminder of this comes from a group called Los Hermanos Cortez, who hail from Leon, Nicaragua.  The notes on the back of their Aqui Los Exitos LP insinuate that they formed while in University there, and undertook the goal of adding a Nicaraguan twist to American musical styles all the while trying to perfect “their parent’s music.”

“La Locura de los Hippies” is a psych rock track that starts off hard and heavy before mellowing out in stretches with some stylish keys.  Pretty tough shit!

But my two favorite tracks from the LP are the Latin ones.  “Ritmo y Palmeras” is the best cumbia I’ve heard from Nicaragua hands down. (Please inform me of others if you feel otherwise!  And finally, their song “La Tumba Hombre” exudes equal parts Musica Tipica and Rock n Roll.

Also keep an eye out for their super rare and excellent salsa/descarga records from the 1970s.

Los Hermanos Cortez – , “La Locura De Los Hippies”, “Ritmo y Palmeras”, & “La Tumba Hombre”

From the Aqui Los Exitos  LP (Arcoiris, Nicaragua, 196?)


GUEST MIX: GESI by Gravelheadwrap

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Guest mixing today is my homie Chris aka GRAVELHEADWRAP, who decided to pick out his favorite tracks from one of Cuba’s coolest bands, Grupo de Experimentacion Sonora del ICAIC (GESI for short). Comprised of great tracks from four of their albums from the 1970s, this mix is a great introduction for those of us (me included) who may have slept on GESI for whatever reason. Thanks, Chris! And viva GESI!

-Adam aka Slim Jenkins

Grupo de Experimentacion Sonora del ICAIC was formed in 1969 as an experimental collective of musicians by Alfredo Guevara, who then was president of the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry. The idea was to get back to the roots of Cuban culture. But also, the group was founded on the same experimental ideas as the Tropicalia movement from Brazil. So, GESI took to Nueva Trova or “new song” and experimented with jazz, rock, samba, and electronics. Known Nueva Trova artists in the group included Silvio Rodriquez, Pablo Milanes and Noel Nicola.

This mix is a sort of “favorites mix” made up of the groove-oriented side of Grupo de Experimentacion Sonora del ICAIC.

I want to thank Adam for giving me the opportunity to share a guest mix and post.




1. Grifo
2. Cuba Va!
3. Radiografia de una Apariencia
4. Vocacion
5. Sondeando
6. Repentino
7. El “Bala”
8. Comienzo El Dia (Daniel Viglietti & GESI)
9. Bachiana Popular Cubana No. 2
10. Cancion Con Todos