Felix Contreras http://wdiy.org en First Listen: Quetzal, 'Quetzanimales' http://wdiy.org/post/first-listen-quetzal-quetzanimales Twenty years is a long time in the life of a band. In the case of Quetzal, its two decades have been spent playing the soundtrack of its East L.A. neighborhoods: an evolving mash-up of Mexican <em>son jarocho</em>, low-rider oldies, cumbia, boleros, rock and blues.<p>Many Angelenos consider Quetzal as much as an institution as its East L.A. brethren in Los Lobos. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 03:03:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 44105 at http://wdiy.org First Listen: Quetzal, 'Quetzanimales' A New World Of Expression: Latino Identity Through Music http://wdiy.org/post/new-world-expression-latino-identity-through-music <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXUsTS5pRks</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPIncGcMlU4</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSalMU6Oz9A</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3iNSnKL2d8</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxnoGgwMY98</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 17:18:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 42705 at http://wdiy.org A New World Of Expression: Latino Identity Through Music Guest DJ With Adrian Quesada, A Man Who Needs Four Bands http://wdiy.org/post/guest-dj-adrian-quesada-man-who-needs-four-bands <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PcG6yT2kGY</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tKIPuLfeKg</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqR4CZj0mJQ</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwW6Fiall6Y</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxPe9xjk_oE</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99FrA6KAua0</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNgjmn3YrOM</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gQf4l6VdPg</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:33:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 42269 at http://wdiy.org Guest DJ With Adrian Quesada, A Man Who Needs Four Bands First Listen: Rolê, 'New Sounds Of Brazil' http://wdiy.org/post/first-listen-rol-new-sounds-brazil This is not your parents' Brazilian music.<p>This is the Brazil where samba, bossa nova and Musica Popular Brasileira meet hip-hop, rock, jazz and electronica. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 03:36:51 +0000 Felix Contreras 42031 at http://wdiy.org First Listen: Rolê, 'New Sounds Of Brazil' First Listen: Brownout, 'Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath' http://wdiy.org/post/first-listen-brownout-brownout-presents-brown-sabbath One of my first album purchases ever was <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/123664999/black-sabbath">Black Sabbath</a>'s <em>Masters of Reality</em> in 1971. I actually took it back to my local Tower Records where I bought it because it sounded like there was something wrong with the sound. The guitars, I told them, they sound muffled and fuzzy.<p>That long forgotten hippie record store clerk must have had quite a laugh at the goofy 13-year-old who was clueless about the burgeoning sound of heavy metal guitars. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 03:03:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 42028 at http://wdiy.org First Listen: Brownout, 'Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath' Ethereal Jazz Singer Jimmy Scott Dies http://wdiy.org/post/ethereal-jazz-singer-jimmy-scott-dies Singer <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15395174/little-jimmy-scott" target="_blank">Jimmy Scott</a> died of natural causes Thursday morning at his home in Las Vegas at age 88, according to his booking agent, Jean-Pierre Leduc. <p>Scott suffered from Kallmann's syndrome, a lifelong affliction that prevented his body from maturing through puberty. The condition slowed his growth, leaving his stature at 4 feet 11 inches until his late 30s. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 21:30:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 41944 at http://wdiy.org Ethereal Jazz Singer Jimmy Scott Dies First Listen: Pasatono Orquesta, 'Maroma' http://wdiy.org/post/first-listen-pasatono-orquesta-maroma They had me at "vintage Mexican circus music." <em>Maroma</em>, the new album by the roots band Pasotono Orquesta, is dedicated to music of the one-man circuses — known as <em>maroma</em> — that traveled in rural Mexico during the late 19th century. Mon, 12 May 2014 03:03:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 40002 at http://wdiy.org First Listen: Pasatono Orquesta, 'Maroma' The Grateful Dead's Ultimate 'Dark Star' To Be Reissued http://wdiy.org/post/grateful-deads-ultimate-dark-star-be-reissued <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMGUQTK8tXw</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 19:20:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 39695 at http://wdiy.org The Grateful Dead's Ultimate 'Dark Star' To Be Reissued Remembering Armando Peraza, An Afro-Cuban Percussion Giant http://wdiy.org/post/remembering-armando-peraza-afro-cuban-percussion-giant It's hard to imagine a musical career that included musicians as varied as Charlie Parker, Peggy Lee, George Shearing and Carlos Santana. But such was hand percussionist Armando Peraza's resumé after almost 70 years making music.<p>A boyhood friend of Mongo Santamaria, Peraza was part of the first wave of Cuban drummers to arrive in the U.S. in the late 1940s, bringing authentic Afro-Cuban rhythms to pop music and jazz. His last full-time gig was with Carlos Santana, with whom he toured and recorded for nearly three decades. Thu, 01 May 2014 19:08:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 39417 at http://wdiy.org Remembering Armando Peraza, An Afro-Cuban Percussion Giant First Listen: Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Orchestra, 'The Offense Of The Drum' http://wdiy.org/post/first-listen-arturo-ofarrill-afro-latin-orchestra-offense-drum <em>The Offense of the Drum</em> is one of those moments when the course of music with a long tradition is altered slightly — when music moves forward in a subtle and graceful way that's likely to have a lasting impact.<p><a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/90792805/arturo-o-farrill">Arturo O'Farrill</a> has had to fill big shoes: His father Chico O'Farrill was one of the architects of Latin jazz in the late 1940s, and he maintained a presence in the music until his death in 2001. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 03:03:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 39183 at http://wdiy.org First Listen: Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Orchestra, 'The Offense Of The Drum'