Thursday, August 30, 2007

Smokin' Dubs

"Dub is a form of Jamaican music, which evolved out of reggae in 1960s Jamaica. The dub sound is usually accomplished by removing the vocals from an existing music piece, and adding extensive echo and reverb effects, and occasional snippets of lyrics from the original version." (Wiki)

Lee Scratch Perry - Disco Devil
King Tubby - King Tubby Dub
Augustus Pablo - Slave Masters' Execution
Junior Boys - Double Shadow Kode-9-remix
Ras Amerlock - Safe In The Fire Dub
Fleur Earth & Gringo Starr - Brennen Euch Ab

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Miamians Keeping It Hot Meng

Lucciano Pizzichini
Lucciano's Myspace Page


Lucciano Pizzichini was born in Buenos Aires on May 14, 2000. Every day his father would place speakers near his wife’s belly so that the unborn child could listen to Pat Metheny, Scofield, Benson and of course the Beatles. By the tender age of 2, Lucchy was already playing short melodies on a small one-string guitar specially built for him by his father. By 3, Lucciano was already reading classical pieces by Carcassi. By age 4, he started formally the reading of specific guitar methods. By 6 years old, Lucchy had completed the first method of guitar from the Berklee school of music, as well as other classical guitar books. Lucchy has just turned 7. He knows harmony and theory of music. He harmonizes all musical scales, accords and ciphers. In November 2006, together with his father they started to perform live in Miami. Lucchy has over 60 songs that he has committed to memory. He plays and sings. Lucciano reads music fluidly since he was very young, and he is currently attending elementary school as well as the program of the National Conservatory of Music of Buenos Aires under the private tutelage of his father.

Upcoming Shows

7 Sep 2007 20:00
Trio@BICE GRAND CAFÉ FALLS: Kendall, Florida
8 Sep 2007 13:30
LUCCIANO CUARTET @ Miami Childrens Museum Auditorium: Miami, Florida
8 Sep 2007 19:30
Trio@BICE GRAND CAFÉ FALLS: Kendall, Florida

Jesse Jackson
Mr. Jesse Jackson's Myspace Page

hi my name is jesse. i was born in italy and grew up in wyoming. my first instrument was the saxophone. i started playing it in the 6th grade in cody wyoming. i went to high school at the hyde school in bath maine. i graduated and attended the berklee school of music in boston where i studied jazz performance & music theory. i only attended for a few semesters. i left berklee and taught myself how to play the guitar and began writing songs in las vegas. i lived there for a couple months then moved to miami. i have lived in miami since.


Raffa & Rainer
Raffa & Rainer's Myspace Page

Upcoming Shows:

09/02/2007 09:30 PM - Circa 28
2826 N. Miami Ave., Miami, Florida - Free
cd release party for rabbit in a hat!!!!

09/05/2007 08:30 PM - churchills with acoustic ANR and Casette!
5501 ne 2nd ave, miami, Florida 33137 - 5 bucks
can you rock a little softer? with acoustic open mic 8:30 to 9:30 and again 12:00 to 1:00 featured performers 9:30 to 12 all you can eat curry buffet 9 bucks till 10pm come out!!

09/07/2007 08:00 PM - the luna star cafe
775 NE 125 st., N. Miami, Florida - 5.00

Spam Allstars
Spam Allstars Myspace Page

Spam Allstars released their third album Fuacata Live! in 2002 to critical acclaim. The band were pleasantly surprised when Fuacata Live! was nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2003. They were especially proud of this achievement considering that the album had been recorded live to a CD burner at Hoy Como Ayer in Little Havana.

FUACATA! Spam Allstars

Spam Allstars are DJ Le Spam (Andrew Yeomanson) on turntables and samplers, Tomas Diaz on timbales, AJ Hill and Steve Welsh on saxes, Chad Bernstein on trombone, Mercedes Abal on flute, and Adam Zimmon on guitar.

Upcoming Shows:

09/13/2007 11:45 PM - HOY COMO AYER
2212 SW 8TH ST
MIAMI, Florida

CHICAGO, Illinois

09/20/2007 11:30 PM - HOY COMO AYER
2212 SW 8TH ST
MIAMI, Florida

09/21/2007 10:00 PM - CITY LIMITS

09/22/2007 11:00 PM - JAZID

Afrobeta's Myspace Page

Afrobeta's karmic musical affair began in June 2006 when Tony "Smurphio" Laurencio met his muse and musical partner, the fiercely spunky and talented, Cristina "Cuci Amador" Garcia during one of his live performances. Since then, both have been riding an electronic, bilingular stream of sweet funk with Afrobeta. A cosmic mix of electronic funk and ghetto-tech house, Afrobeta's sound has spread feverishly through the Miami music scene in just a short span of time, awarding the dynamic duo with "Best Electronic Band 2007," as per The Miami New Times' reader's poll.

Upcoming Shows:
09/10/2007 09:00 PM - MAMA LILA’S BISTRO
1915 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Miami, - FREE!!!

09/22/2007 11:00 PM - With MOCCEAN WORKER at PS14
28 NE 14th St, - (305) 358-3600, DOWNTOWN MIAMI


Royal Blues

Charley Patton - A Spoonful Blues

Hometown: Hinds County, Mississippi near Edwards
First Recordings: 1929

If the Delta country blues has a convenient source point, it would probably be Charley Patton, its first great star. His hoarse, impassioned singing style, fluid guitar playing, and unrelenting beat made him the original king of the Delta blues. Much more than your average itinerant musician, Patton was an acknowledged celebrity and a seminal influence on musicians throughout the Delta. (

Mississippi Fred McDowell - Good Mornin Little Schoolgirl

Hometown: Rossville, Tennessee, near Memphis
First Recordings: 1959

When Mississippi Fred McDowell proclaimed on one of his last albums, "I do not play no rock & roll," it was less a boast by an aging musician swept aside by the big beat than a mere statement of fact. As a stylist and purveyor of the original Delta blues, he was superb, equal parts Charley Patton and Son House coming to the fore through his roughed-up vocals and slashing bottleneck style of guitar playing. McDowell knew he was the real deal, and while others were diluting and updating their sound to keep pace with the changing times and audiences, Mississippi Fred stood out from the rest of the pack simply by not changing his style one iota. (

Bessie Smith - Take Me For A Buggyride

Hometown: Chattanooga, TN
First Recordings: 1923

Boasting a combination of from-the-belly power, touching vulnerability, and assured grace, Bessie Smith weighs in as one of the blues' most proficient interpreters. "Got the world in a jug / the stopper's in my hand," she sang on her first recording, "Down Hearted Blues," and this perfectly summed up the feisty, in-your-face attitude that contributed greatly to the power of her work. (

Bessie Smith screams St. Louis Blues below:


Howlin' Wolf - Driving This Highway

Hometown: White Station near West Point, Mississippi,
First Recordings: 1951

In the history of the blues, there has never been anyone quite like the Howlin' Wolf. Six foot three and close to 300 pounds in his salad days, the Wolf was the primal force of the music spun out to its ultimate conclusion. A Robert Johnson may have possessed more lyrical insight, a Muddy Waters more dignity, and a B.B. King certainly more technical expertise, but no one could match him for the singular ability to rock the house down to the foundation while simultaneously scaring its patrons out of its wits. (

John Lee Hooker - Ground Hog Blues

Hometown: near Clarksdale, Mississippi
First Recordings: 1948

The latter tracks of this album were recorded in Miami.

He was beloved worldwide as the king of the endless boogie, a genuine blues superstar whose droning, hypnotic one-chord grooves were at once both ultra-primitive and timeless. But John Lee Hooker recorded in a great many more styles than that over a career that stretched across more than half a century. (

Hobo Blues Video Below


Bo Knows Best

Bo Carter - Please Warm My Weiner

"Bo Carter (Armenter "Bo" Chatmon) had an unequaled capacity for creating sexual metaphors in his songs, specializing in such ribald imagery as "Banana in Your Fruit Basket," "Pin in Your Cushion," and "Your Biscuits Are Big Enough for Me." He was one of the most popular bluesmen of the '30s..." (

Bo Diddley - Ooh Baby

"Born Otha Ellas Bates (later known as Ellas McDaniel), 28 December 1928, McComb, Mississippi, USA. After beginning his career as a boxer, where he received the sobriquet "Bo Diddley", the singer worked the blues clubs of Chicago..." (

Eddie Bo - Check Your Bucket

"Eddie Bo (Edwin Bocage to his mama) is one of the most important – and least known – of the great funksters of the 60’s and 70’s. His recording career, stretching from the mid-50’s on started out in New Orleans R&B..." (

Tuesday, August 28, 2007



Wurd is really spelled with an 'o' and not a 'u'....... Word.

Cold Cut feat Roots Manuva - True skool (Spank Rock remix)
Hot Chip - Boy From School (Acoustic)
Jurassic 5 – Concrete Schoolyard
Schoolhouse Rock - Conjunction Junction
Peter Bjorn and John - Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard
Downliners sekt - La Nueva Escuela (Featuring Mucho Muchacho)
Detroit Grand Pubas (ft. Miss Kitten) - After School Special

Greetings From Miami!!!

The name of this blog IS ¿Que Pasa 305? so it's only right to post some cool stuff about our little "American Riviera" once in a while. Here's a bunch of Miami related videos, songs, and random facts guaranteed to open your eyes to the coolness and tackiness of our city throughout the decades. Enjoy:

"Miami Modernist Architecture originated in the 1950s and 60s as a resort vernacular unique to Miami and Miami Beach. It was a popular response to the various modernist and post world war architectural movements that were taking place in other parts of the world, adding glamour, fun, and material excess to otherwise stark, minimalist, and efficient styles. Miami Modernism was heavily concentrated in Middle and Upper Miami Beach along Collins Avenue, as well as, but to a slightly lesser extent, the Biscayne Boulevard corridor in the city of Miami." (Wiki)
Here's a cool website about Mimo Architecture

In 1958 "the first domestic jet-airline passenger service is begun by National Airlines between New York City and Miami." (

Here's an audio clip by Lenny Bruce (who "was a controversial American Stand-up comedian social critic and satirist of the 1950s and 1960s.") describing his trip to Miami. (Wiki)
Lenny Bruce- My Trip to Miami

Criteria Studios is a music studio in Miami, Florida started in 1958 by Mack Emerman. Artists such as the Bee Gees, Eric Clapton, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Derek and the Dominos, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, David Bowie,Bob Marley, 2 Live Crew, The Eagles, Dr.Dre, Fleetwood Mac, and Bob Dylan have recorded singles and albums here. (Wiki)

In 1964 the film "Flipper" about a boy and his dolphin is shot at Greenwich Studios, 12100 Ivan Tors Boulevard, Miami and in Grassy Key, Florida... Both under the 305 area code. The Movie would later inspire a TV series in 1968.

In 1967 the film 'Clambake' was released starring Elvis himself! He plays the role of a water ski instructor at a swanky resort down here somewhere.... But..." Although this film is set in Miami, Elvis Presley's scenes were all shot in and around Los Angeles." (
Download Original Elvis Collection 50CD (Vol 2 of 5) which includes songs from the movie.

Don't forget the Bee-Gees... "At Eric Clapton's suggestion, the brothers relocated to Miami, Florida, early in 1975 to record."
Download bee gees - you should be dancin'

"¿Qué Pasa, U.S.A.? was America's first bilingual situation comedy, and the first sitcom to be produced for PBS. It was produced and taped in front of a live studio audience at PBS member station WPBT in Miami, Florida and aired on PBS member stations nationwide." (Wiki)........The show was filmed from 1977-1979.

"With Estefan on vocals, The Miami Sound Machine had its first English-language hit with “Dr. Beat,” which topped the dance charts across Europe and went Top 10 in the UK and Australia, from the album Eyes of Innocence, in 1984" (Wiki)
Listen to Mylo vs. Miami Sound Machine - dr. pressure

"Miami Vice was a popular and innovative television series (five seasons on NBC from 1984–1989) starring Don Johnson (James "Sonny" Crockett) and Philip Michael Tomas (Ricardo "Rico" Tubbs) as two Miami police detectives working undercover." (Wiki)
Listen to a sample from Jan Hammer's - Miami Vice Theme

1986- The Release of "Is What We Are" - the first 2 Live Crew album.
Richard Cheese- Me So Horny (2 Live Crew Cover)

"In April of 1987, three gentlemen opened what soon became the legendary Hot Wheels Skating Center in south west Miami. This facility introduced fog to the incredible array of lighting and total entertainment DJ's with live concerts by top artist." (

... I know most of you got in to freestyle at this place....

"Freestyle is also sometimes referred to (sometimes pejoratively) as "rollerskating music" due to its prevalence in roller rinks. In Miami (where Freestyle is largely prevalent), Freestyle is sometimes called Hot Wheels music after the Hot Wheels roller rink in Miami that was popular for playing Freestyle (the rink is now called Super Wheels)." (
Download Expose - Point of no Return
Listen to Shannon - Let the Music Play

Check in later for more fun and Random Miami Stuff.

Monday, August 27, 2007

The Grlz of Post-Punk

The Slits - Typical Girls

Along with the Raincoats and Liliput, the Slits are one of the most significant female punk rock bands of the late '70s. Not only did they bravely (or foolishly, you be the judge) leap into the fray with little, if any, musical ability (on their debut tour with the Clash, Mick Jones used to tune their guitars for them), but through sheer emotion and desire created some great music. This was especially true when they worked with veteran reggae producer Dennis Bovell, setting the stage for a future
generation of riot grrrls. Though much derided in their short existence, what the Slits achieved and what they meant to succeeding generations of young female rockers cannot be underestimated. (

Check out their video below titled "Instant Hit"


Maximum Joy - Stretch (Disco Mix Rap)

Maximum Joy was an offshoot of the Pop Group. They were a post-punk band that existed after the Pop Group's breakup in the early '80s. Signed to the Y label, Maximum Joy issued a trio of 12" and 7" singles prior to making Station MXJY, their lone album. Apparently the band split shortly thereafter. Former Pop Group members/guitarists Dan Catsis (who had previously spent time in the Glaxo Babies) and John Waddington formed the group, and they were joined by Janine Rainforth (vocals, clarinet, violin), Kev Evans (bass, piano, vocals), and Tony Wrafter (sax, flute, trumpet). (


ESG - My Love For You

It certainly wasn't by design that the South Bronx-based group ESG affected post-punk, no wave, hip-hop, and house music. They opened for Public Image Ltd. and A Certain Ratio, they released records on the same label as Liquid Liquid, they had their music sampled countless times, and they became a playlist staple at '70s dance clubs like the Paradise Garage and the Music Box. The group's only aspiration was to play their music -- simplistic in structure and heavy on rhythm -- and sell lots of records. (


Delta 5 - Mind Your Own Business

Initially inspired by the success of local heroes the Mekons and Gang of Four, Leeds, England's Delta 5 later emerged as one of the key figures of the feminist new wave. Formed in 1979 by vocalist/guitarist Julz Sale, fretless bassist Ros Allen, and bassist Bethan Peters, the group was begun on a lark, but following the additions of guitarist Alan Briggs and drummer Kelvin Knight, Delta 5 issued their debut single, "Mind Your Own Business," and found themselves thrust to the forefront of the Leeds post-punk community. (

Don't Mind Your Own Business and click below to play video


Pulsallama - Oui Oui

Pulsallama was a short-lived, yet legendary, 12 piece all-girl percussion band who ruled Manhattan nightlife for a brief period in 1981 and 1982. Their sound has been described as "13 girls fighting over a cowbell."
(From Dyxploitation's awesome Girls of the 80's East Village Sound Gallery)


The Flying Lizards - Sex Machine

Formed by and led by David Cunningham, the group included avant-garde and free improvising musicians, such as David Toop and Steve Beresford as instrumentalists, plus Deborah Evans and Patti Palladin as main vocalists. It also boasted Michael Upton. (From Wikipedia)


Kings of AfroBeat

Fela Kuti- Shenshema
It's almost impossible to overstate the impact and importance of Fela Anikulapo (Ransome) Kuti (or just Fela as he's more commonly known) to the global musical village: producer, arranger, musician, political radical, outlaw. He was all that, as well as showman par excellence, inventor of Afro-beat, an unredeemable sexist, and a moody megalomaniac. His death on August 3, 1997 of complications from AIDS deeply affected musicians and fans internationally, as a musical and sociopolitical voice on a par with Bob Marley was silenced.(from


Femi Kuti - Blackman Know Yourself
The son of Afro-beat legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Femi Kuti spent years playing in his father's band before eventually rising to superstardom following his father's death in the late '90s. Since few artists can match his father's legacy of not only music but influence, Femi's relation as his son is both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, it's never been difficult for Femi to garner press or attention, and MCA went out of its way to push his career with ridiculous amounts of publicity. Yet on the other hand, no matter his individual accomplishments, Femi will forever be known as Fela's son. (from


La Vie En Rose

"La vie en rose" (French for "Life in Pink," was the signature song of French singer, Édith Piaf. It is also one of the names of the film La Môme (2007) [1].

Piaf first popularized the song in 1946. The lyrics were written by Piaf and the melody of the song by "Louiguy" (Louis Gugliemi). Initially, Piaf's peers and her songwriting team did not think the song would be successful, but it became a favorite with audiences.[2] An English version of the lyrics was written later by Mack David. Owing to its popularity, the song appeared on most of Piaf's subsequent albums. A 1998 documentary about Edith Piaf was called, La Vie en Rose as was the 2007 biographical feature film La Vie En Rose.

The song has become a standard and has been performed by many artists. It was given a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1998.
(From Wikipedia)

Edith Piaf - La Vie En Rose

If there’s anything to be said about the life of Edith Piaf, it’s that it was an eventful one. Born Édith Giovanna Gassion (Piaf means ’sparrow’ and was a nickname-turned-stagename) in 1915, her life was doused in tragedy right from the start - her father left her to join the war effort in 1916, at the age of 3 she became blind, at 8 she became deaf, at 16 she had a daughter that died of meningitis shortly after birth. She lost the love of her life, a boxer, in a plane crash in 1949.
The movie "La Vie En Rose" about Edith is out in theaters now.... Go see it!

Grace Jones - La Vie En Rose
Grace Jones was one of the more unforgettable characters to emerge from New York City's hedonistic Studio 54 disco scene during the late '70s. Born May 19, 1952, in Kingston, Jamaica, Jones studied theater at Syracuse University before launching a career as a model. Jones' statuesque and flamboyant look proved to be a hit in the New York City nightclub scene, which led to a recording contract with Island Records in 1977. (

Sara Montiel also covers the song in Spanish. Titled, "La Vida Rosa", it's probably my favorite version. It's a tough song to find online, so if you ever see it around it's worth spending the cash!

:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::'s a great movie not related to Edith Piaf nor Grace Jones... But it is a Gender Bender and has a very similar title:

"Ma Vie en Rose" ("My Life In Pink") is the story of Ludovic, a little girl born in a little boy's body. For him, nothing is more natural than to change his gender. As a hopeful and sensitive child, he truly believes that a miracle is going to happen. He will be a girl, no doubt about it,

A Little Lost...

Arthur Russell – A Little Lost

"Arthur Russell was a musical wanderer best known as a disco producer, but understanding his place in the history of disco calls for a renegotiation of terms. For one thing, Russell followed an unlikely path to the dance floor. Before moving to New York in 1973 at the age of 22, he had lived in a Buddhist commune and studied Indian music in California. His early years in the city included a stay with Allen Ginsberg, an East Village address shared by punk maestro Richard Hell, and collaborations with Philip Glass and John Cage. He ran with filmmakers, painters, performance artists. His most beloved instrument, then and throughout his career, was the cello—not the first instrument one asks to dance to.

By the time Russell died of AIDS in 1992, he had already been forgotten; although he played an important role in disco, conventional history of the genre has never accounted for much more than bright lights and big clubs, where opulent dance music served as a soundtrack to showy social scenes. That is now changing, thanks in part to two new collections of Russell's work. The new discs—The World of Arthur Russell, a survey of his dance music, and Calling Out of Context, a set of previously unreleased pop songs—show Russell to be an artist worthy of rescue. They also shine light on a disco milieu now regarded as a critical flashpoint in music history.
(By Andy Battaglia)

Jens Lekman – A Little Lost

"Sweden's Jens Lekman emerged from relative obscurity to quickly establish himself as the darling of the global indie pop set, winning widespread acclaim from fans and critics for his uncommonly witty and well-crafted pop songs. Born February 6, 1981, in Gothenburg, Sweden, Lekman exhibited little interest in music as a child, but at 14 was recruited to play bass in a friend's cover band. Within weeks he was writing his own original material, quickly accumulating hundreds of songs. Assuming the alias Rocky Dennis (borrowed from the disfigured protagonist of the 1985 American film Mask), Lekman recorded and released a series of limited-edition CD-Rs beginning with 2001's The Budgie-Album. A year later, he compiled a collection of highlights and mailed the sole copy to the U.S. indie label Secretly Canadian, but remained largely unknown until the 2003 EP Maple Leaves became something of a cause célèbre on Internet file-sharing services." (