Posts Tagged ‘Peru’

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Matt Nathanson recently made a trip to Peru with the Starkey Hearing Foundation on a mission to fit people with free hearing aids. As Matt says,

” i’ve been trying to write a short piece
about my experience for weeks now.
it’s been really hard. words kinda fail it.
if i didn’t have my hearing, i wouldn’t have music.
and if i didn’t have music, i definitely wouldn’t have
survived my childhood. listening to albums and
seeing bands and being connected to songs was
EVERYTHING to me. it still is. it makes me feel not
alone. it helps me transcend my broken brain.
in fact, the only reason i play music is because i
love it so much. i couldn’t stay on the sidelines,
i HAVE to be a part of it.

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Going to peru was super heavy.
the people were incredible.
to be in service to them, to assist in
connecting them to their kids laughter,
to their parents voices, to MUSIC!…
it was completely humbling.
and overwhelming.
i felt love and gratitude towards other human
beings on a level i’ve never experienced.

see? it’s really hard to put into words…
so i’m glad we shot footage and made a video while
we were there. it does a WAY better job explaining
than i ever could.” 

Matt released a video for his song, Headphones featuring LoLo and it includes the footage from his trip to Peru. As you may not know, I am 100% Peruvian so it really is great to see the wonderful work that he and the Starkey Hearing Foundation has done. 100% of artist and label proceeds from this video are being donated to Starkey Hearing Foundation. For more information on how you can help, go to http://headphones.starkeyhearingfoundation.org/

Download the song on iTunes http://smarturl.it/mnheadphones Amazon http://amzn.to/1uKZ2E8Listen on Spotify http://spoti.fi/1sVEy03

Check out the video here:

 

What an amazingly inspirational video and truly heartwarming! Matt is currently in London working on the next record and we truly can’t wait for it. Make sure to visit his social media sites and stay up to date on his latest news.

~ Enjoy, Marisol

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Just last month we introduced you to the hard rock band from Peru, Cocaine Cowboys. In case you missed it, you can read that article here: Cocaine Cowybos from Peru. Today I want to share with you their live video feature celebrating their 2nd anniversary as a band. The song is their bad ass track, Come N’ Get It. Check out the video here:

 

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They have fierce guitars, gritty powerful vocals and a style that screams Rock! I just love those vocals, they are almost a blend of Tom Keifer and Sebastian Bach. Love them! The guitars have this dirty, raw edge vibrato similar to a Velvet Revolver style. The spot on precision drumming comes in and set the even tone without being overbearing which can happen so much with today’s music. I am really looking forward to check out more of their music. They are currently working on their debut album.

Band Members:

  • Vitucho – Vocals
  • Diego Daga – Guitar
  • Miki Tay – Guitar
  • Kike Ilave – Bass
  • Carlos Llontop – Drums

Make sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date on their latest news.

~ Marisol

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We return with our Tuesdays Travels where we highlight a band from another country. Tonight we travel all the way to South America to a town where I visited back in 1983 with my parents; Lima, Peru. I am sure when people think of Peru, they think of Machu Picchu or the great food (particularly my famous Causa or Papa a la Huancaina), and not ROCK n ROLL. But Peru has a great history rich in culture/music and if you haven’t read it yet, check out my article, Punk Rock Originated in Peru with Los Saicos in 1964.  Yes, I am proud to say that I am 100% Peruvian so this is quite an honor to find a band that I completely ROCKS and is from the hometown of my parents. I am talking about the bad ass rockers, Cocaine Cowboys.

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Cocaine Cowboys is a hard rock band from Lima, Peru that bring to life my love for straight up ROCK n ROLL. They have fierce guitars, gritty powerful vocals and a style that screams Rock! Check out their video here for their song, Leave Me Alone and get hooked:

I just love those vocals, they are almost a blend of Tom Keifer and Sebastian Bach. Love them! The guitars have this dirty, raw edge vibrato similar to a Velvet Revolver style. The spot on precision drumming comes in and set the even tone without being overbearing which can happen so much with today’s music. I am really looking forward to check out more of their music. They are currently working on their debut album.

Band Members:

  • Vitucho – Vocals
  • Diego Daga – Guitar
  • Miki Tay – Guitar
  • Kike Ilave – Bass
  • Carlos Llontop – Drums

Make sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date on their latest news. I will see if I can bring you an interview with these bad ass rockers!

~ Marisol

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I have always loved Punk Rock. I remember back in High School in the early ’80s and I think it might been my classmate and friend Chris who listened to The Clash and opened my eyes to the new sound. I was listening to everything at the time. I have always been open to all music and have had a love for all types of music. I could listen to some Hank Williams Jr. or Randy Travis one minute with my then boyfriend and then would listen to some Ratt or Scorpions out cruising with  my friend Sheila, then would head home to listen to some Michael Jackson or other pop bands. But I do remember listening to The Clash and thinking, this is different and I LIKE IT! I soon developed my taste for punk as I started checking out The Ramones, Sex Pistols and so much more. I of course thought Punk originated in UK or maybe even New York….. but guess what….. I was wrong…

I recently was asked to view a documentary on Los Saicos from Lima, Peru. I am 100% Peruvian, born in the States but my parents were proud Peruvians born in Lima. I couldn’t believe there was this documentary about a band from Peru who were playing Punk Rock over a decade before Punk Rock was even considered a genre.

I watched it and it was awesome! Definitely, when you first listen to Demolicion,  you know that that is the original Punk band! Take a listen to the song here:

 

What is even better is the story about how the singer didn’t know how to sing so he just screamed everything. The video is up on Youtube and is really great to watch. Even though, Los Saicos were only around for a couple years, I am glad to see that they are finally getting the recognition of their success.  What a great story!  I just may have to pour myself some Peruvian Pisco Sours and make some Causa to celebrate my Peruvian heritage as I blast some Los Saicos! Check out the following video on Los Saicos here:

 

In addition, in 2011 a documentary “Saicomania” was released in Miraflores, Lima, Peru and was even showcased in San Francisco. Now, I am on a mission to find a Los Saicos vinyl! If only my father were alive today to share his stories. The even played at a couple places where my father frequented, just to think he might have know them. My father always loved music and I can only imagine the stories he could share.  They had reunited a couple years back and have even played a couple shows.   You can even get the music of Los Saicos on Itunes here.

~ Marisol

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