¡UN SALUDO! Bay Area Edition

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Xandão and Turbo Sonidero present a celebration of frontera-crossing cumbia sonidera in California. We are excited to bring ¡Un Saludo! to the Bay Area... Continue Reading

Xandão y Vicente Pedraza on LAndscape Radio

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Vicente Pedraza and I chatted with Dublab co-founder, Frosty for LAndscapes his show on Red Bull Radio, which explores the “rich and varied musical... Continue Reading

RELEASE PARTY! ¡Un Saludo! Mexican Soundsystem Cumbia in LA

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Xandão presents an upcoming compilation of border-crossing cumbia sonidera selected from the legendary Downtown Los Angeles label Discos Barba Azul. To celebrate, we will... Continue Reading

“We’re the Greatest Godfathers of the Piracy Industry”: Notes From Tepito’s Market

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My last full day in Mexico City in January 2012, I still hadn’t gone to Tepito’s street market. In my readings on the so-called piracy... Continue Reading

Xandão at Dinamita, Los Angeles

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Angelinos, come out to ¡Dinamita! this Friday. I’ll be joining Fuego, Sumo Deejay, and Fondo of the DJ collective, Metralleta de Oro, for a... Continue Reading

Movable Parts: A Bike Powered Soundsystem

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Re-posted from Pirate Anthroplogies: A couple weeks ago, I was lucky to DJ a truly green party: Movable Party, a pedal-powered dance party in... Continue Reading

Monday’s Robot Apocalypse

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMZ3DBtbNdI Will Tek Support avert robot apocalypse? Watch to find out. Continue Reading

Rio Parada Funk

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A week before Rio Parada Funk, the largest baile funk ever, Brazil’s Institute for Historical Patrimony and National Art (IPHAN) informed the press that... Continue Reading

Peace for the Pirates

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4LisTccRm8 Well not “pirates” exactly, but camelô, hawkers. For years I thought street vendors were... Continue Reading

Juninas

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A week ago as I walked besides the still-not-entirely-closed off sewer stream in Rocinha, the favela where I’ve been living in Rio de Janeiro,... Continue Reading

Attack. Recharge. Attack.

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Crafted in the depths of his basement studio in Highland Park, LA, Tek Support‘s Attack. Recharge. Attack., recently dropped onto the buyable interwebs. Expect... Continue Reading

¡¡Más Discoteca!!

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People of LA! This Saturday one-time Mudd Up! guest and great DJ Lengua will celebrate his record release party for his LP Cruzando put... Continue Reading

Death, Taxi Driver Knowledge, and Huaynos

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  “They’re widows,” the woman standing behind the till explained. I had spotted the two viudas, Rosita and Ricardina, dancing slowly to the huaynos... Continue Reading

All Lost Control

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Spoek Mathambo’s newest video from Mshini Wam.   And all February I’ve been listening to Grace Jones’ version from 1980. [Audio clip: view full... Continue Reading

Prohibited Songs, Prison, and YouTube

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(partial synthesis of posts on Pirate Antropologies) Just over a week ago, as I settled onto a couch in MC Doca’s living room, a... Continue Reading