Spanglish 101

Spanglish 101

Various Artists

Kool Arrow

“Your people call it Korn, but we call it ‘Maiz’.” This collection of “rock en español” artists leans heavily towards the heavily rhythmic. Of course, with typical south-of-the-border ingenuity, this far outstrips the chug-by-numbers approach of the latest batch of metal/rap/hardcore bands. Even the band names — Peyote Asesino, Chicle Atomico, Control Machete — display more energy than their American counterparts. Control Machete’s straight-outta-barrio hip-hop style will make you wonder just what the hell is going on in Mexico. Chicle Atomico sounds like a guitarist, a drum machine, and a pissed-off riot-chica way in the front, dredging up issues of racial and sexual oppression.

Not everything is mean and nasty, though. Banana Hammock’s short and very sweet “Cuñado” reminds me of They Might Be Giants in a very odd way. Brujeria take one of the most awful Latin disco dance hits ever, strip it naked, roll it in manure, and make it dance in the middle of the street as “Don Quijote Marijuana”. What’s that burbling sound? Crack open that chain wallet and lay out the dinero for this one, compadre.

Kool Arrow Records, 5902 Monterey Road, #666, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Recently on Ink 19...

  • Tarik Aktaş
    Tarik Aktaş

    Dead Horse Nebula director, Tarik Aktaş, speaks with Generoso Fierro about his AFI Fest 2018-selected debut feature.

  • Beth Hart
    Beth Hart

    Beth Hart – Live At The Royal Albert Hall (Mascot Label Group/Provogue). Review by Michelle Wilson.

  • Nailed It!
    Nailed It!

    Is it a cooking show, or the funniest thing on TV?

  • Split Tooth
    Split Tooth

    The natural and the supernatural dance under the Northern lights in Tanya Tagaq’s first novel, Split Tooth.

  • Thoroughbreds
    Thoroughbreds

    Thoroughbreds is one of the most fun and playful dark comedies in ages.

  • Dennis Quaid & the Sharks
    Dennis Quaid & the Sharks

    Out Of The Box. (Omnivore) Review by Jeremy Glazier.

  • Florida Man Music Festival
    Florida Man Music Festival

    The Florida Man Music Festival lit up the Orlando Amphitheater with a bunch of acts chosen by FM 101.9 (Orlando’s New Alternative radio station). Jen Cray approved.

  • The Unnamable
    The Unnamable

    This ’80s adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s short story The Unnamable became a video store staple and is now reissued on Blu-ray for current audiences.

  • On Golden Pond
    On Golden Pond

    A retired couple deal with senility and their daughters love life in a family cabin in rural Maine.

  • Seaway
    Seaway

    Seaway rocked the Soundbar with Trophy Eyes, Microwave and more!

From the Archives