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Against the World Music category

Anybody who knows me a little bit (or has seen my profile at Last.fm) has probably realised that my musical taste is quite varied.  On any given day I could be listening to raï, ranchera, punk, samba, rock, jazz, metal, classical music, ska, axé, or electronica from Mexico, Japan, Brazil, Algeria, France, Belgium, Israel, India, Canada, Argentina, Egypt, China, etc… which if they’re not your usual Anglo-Saxon pop-rock will usually be clumped together into World Music, with very awkward results.

For example, with the current version of iTunes you have a “Genius” feature that promises to make perfect playlists for you.  However, the database they use seems to have been made by the record companies instead of users, so when it does find the music I have (which is less often than I would expect), if I ask to create a Genius playlist out of e.g. one of my favourite Mexican rock bands it will put it together with Mexican & Argentine traditional music too since they’re “Latin”, something akin to lumping James Brown together with Enya because they come from the English-speaking world.  It gets even better when I try it with some of my favourite samba artists, as they will be lumped together  with salsa, raï, Bollywood and tango acts because they are “World Music”, even if I do have plenty of MPB (Música Popular Brasileira) to make a list with.

David Byrne said it best: he hates world music.


I was recently in the cradle of Grunge, but 15 years on, didn't really see much of it when I was there (I didn't visit the Experience Music Project then, so that's for sure a reason). 

The climate, however, made me understand immediately why such a sound would find its origin there since it is pretty similar to what is found in the Nordic countries and as you may know hereabouts heavy metal, which can also be kind of depressing, is very popular.

I was very excited to visit the place of origin of bands I've liked since my teenage years, such as Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam & Foo Fighters, but I was not able to attend any gigs.

Volver a Comenzar

Como he mencionado antes, me la he pasado escuchando el último disco de Café Tacuba.  Después de chutarme la colección completa y poner el disco en su contexto, el sonido es un poco más 70’s, un poco más pop, pero las letras son francamente el punto fuerte del álbum.  El primer sencillo, que según tengo entendido ya tiene tiempo sonando en la radio en México, se llama “Volver a Comenzar”, y francamente me gusta bastante.

Si hiciera una lista de mis errores
de los menores hasta los peores
que expusiera todas las heridas,
los fracasos, desamores y las mentiras

Ofreceré el aroma del ámbar
ofreceré el cedro y mis lágrimas
con la paciencia del mar esperaré toda una vida
a que sane la confianza
si volviera a comenzar
no tendría tiempo de reparar

Si hiciera un viaje a mis adentros
y sobreviviera a los lamentos
pediría fuerzas para decir cuánto lo siento
si volviera de un viaje a mis adentros

si volviera a comenzar
no tendría tiempo de reparar
el agua derramada está
la sed que siento no saciará

¿Cuántas cosas mas puedo guardar?
¿Cuántas cosas puedo atesorar?
dulce tentación
de dejarlo todo

¿Cuántas espacio mas quiero ocupar?
(hasta los recuerdos ya no caben en este lugar)
¿Cuántas cosas más puedo llevar?
(la última mudanza debe ser la más ligera)
dulce tentación
de dejarlo todo
dulce tentación
regalarlo todo

Si volviera a comenzar
no tendría tiempo de reparar
El agua derramada está
la sed que siento me sanará

El agua derramada está
la sed que siento me sanará

Do the evolution

This rather disturbing (but at the same time, pretty good) song and video are by one of my favourite bands from the 90’s: Pearl Jam, from Seattle, WA.  The message conveyed is, unfortunately, still rather current. One only has to watch the news to understand that.  If only we learned to leave the reptile parts of our brains behind

Lyrics below as well.

I’m ahead, I’m a man
I’m the first mammal to wear pants, yeah
I’m at peace with my lust
I can kill ’cause in God I trust, yeah
It’s evolution, baby

I’m at peace, I’m the man
Buying stocks on the day of the crash
On the loose, I’m a truck
All the rolling hills, I’ll flatten ’em out, yeah
It’s herd behavior, uh huh
It’s evolution, baby

Admire me, admire my home
Admire my son, he’s my clone
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
This land is mine, this land is free
I’ll do what I want but irresponsibly
It’s evolution, baby

I’m a thief, I’m a liar
There’s my church, I sing in the choir:
(hallelujah, hallelujah)

Admire me, admire my home
Admire my son, admire my clones
‘Cause we know, appetite for a nightly feast
Those ignorant Indians got nothin’ on me
Nothin’, why?
Because… it’s evolution, baby!

I am ahead, I am advanced
I am the first mammal to make plans, yeah
I crawled the earth, but now I’m higher
2010, watch it go to fire
It’s evolution, baby
It’s evolution, baby
Let’s do the evolution
Come on, come on, come on