Sebastian Cubillos

A Holiday Skandal

Posted by Sebastian Cubillos on 22 December 2014

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Working through December inside a busy mall made holiday shopping a beast I had to tooth-and-claw with instead of a list I had to check. Everyone who has done it knows the frustration felt when people keep walking in right when you were supposed to take your lunch, and so the only thing that keeps you from shooting at the ceiling, is a quick thought of the money you’ll be getting so you can then in turn use it to terrorize other retail workers. During my battles in that lion's den, the ten versions of the songs we call christmas music were played over, and over, and over… brainwashing me so that now I almost go into A-Clockwork-Orange-type shock when I hear the first note of those few and overplayed versions. Just so you don't think I'm a grinch, however, that is the reason why I always eagerly welcome good, and refreshing, music made in honor of the end-of-year season. 

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Ska-Punk Chop to the Ear!!!

Posted by Sebastian Cubillos on 7 November 2014

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One of the most pure forms of the Ska-Punk (or Punk-Ska) sound you’ll ever hear, comes from the Tijuana natives Los Kung-Fu Monkeys, who with their multi-cultural background have carried the torch of Latin music to far-away places like Germany and Belgium, while still inspiring the underground ska-core/punk scene in Southern California be what it is today. 

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Mi Vida Loca Y La Banda Sigue

Posted by Sebastian Cubillos on 7 November 2014

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A song that everybody should listen to: La Guitarra by Los Autenticos Decadentes. A classic chant proper of argentinian rock, that is more resemblant of a fútbol cheer than a singing choir, tells the chorus of the story of a musician confessing to his father that his calling in life is to play the guitar for the whole world. The caring father then responds by threatening to break the instrument over his son’s head because he continues to drink all the beer without finding a job. The great success that this song was, saw its release in the mid 90s as part of the album Mi Vida Loca and gave the band its place in history.

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La Santa Cecilia

Posted by Sebastian on 5 September 2014

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It’s not everyday you get to talk to people who are risking it all by speaking out. We caught up with Latin-Grammy winners La Santa Cecilia after seeing them perform two sets back-to-back in an intimate TV taping session for the KCET show Studio A. They became really popular after  making a video for the song “Ice El Hielo,” where they cleverly, and quite accurately, portrayed the unjust and dehumanized practices of repatriation and deportation. They showed the effect that one ‘law enforcement’ group has in society when deciding that the best to for them to make a news headline is to break American families apart. Although sad, it was a great video directed by Alex Rivera (Sleep Dealer) and the best part about, it’s that they used real families and immigrants as actors and at end, some of them come out admitting they are undocumented. As if that wasn’t enough to show that they are not afraid of repatriation aficionados, one of the band members also comes out admits that he was also undocumented at the time, even though he only lived in Mexico the first 6 years of his life. 

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An Interview with Roncovacoco

Posted by Sebastian on 5 September 2014

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Long Beach and Orange County, California, have given us some of the greatest US ska/reggae of recent times, and with bands such Sublime and No Doubt, you could say that they’ve also deliver the most popular. A “new” band is emerging from here also and promises to brake new barriers for this new generation of skankers. Roncovacoco has just released their debut self-titled album with ten years of production behind it, so it’s not a surprise that it reached the iTunes latin charts with only the support of their fans collected in a period of over a decade. 

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Reggae Royalty: Gondwana

Posted by Sebastian on 3 June 2014

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In the lobby of a Hollywood hotel I await for the artist to have his breakfast and brush his teeth before we start the interview. It’s not everyday that I get to interview the pioneering force of Reggae in the Americas, so I relax and enjoy the air conditioned room while I stare out to the bright and hot pavement of Highland Street. Then, between all the suit-wearing executives and camera-holding tourists, an unbelievably well kept set of dreadlocks appears. I-Locks Labbé, bassist and founding member of Gondwana, greets me with a very friendly handshake even though his breakfast had to be cut short. A remarkable attitude especially after I find out that the night before during their show at the House of Blues on Sunset Blvd, the bag with all the important items that couldn’t get lost, got stolen, earning him the dreaded process of getting a duplicate of his passport.

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