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#41 ExtraMSG

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 08:19 PM

Yeah, but no flame war yet, so it's still in the realm of Podnah's, Tasty n Sons, Tanuki, Kenny & Zuke's, or Apizza Scholls. I need to say that I'll have $20 tacos topped with caviar so we can move on to the realm of Lucier pre-opening piss fight mega post.

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 08:46 PM

Don't forget the water feature and $1 million renovation! That's when the hissing fit really started with the pre-opening renderings.

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 10:04 PM

I'm reserving judgment until I see how many authentic Mexicans are working there.

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 11:13 PM

I'm reserving judgment until I see how many authentic Mexicans are working there.


I'm only hiring faux-Mexicans, ie, Salvadorans with sombreros. An extra dollar an hour if they exclaim, "Ay-ay-ay! arriba! arriba!" every fifteen minutes, followed by a quick jig around the sombrero tossed to the floor. I want to make sure that people feel they're getting an authentic experience by providing them with the stereotypes they expect from a real Mexican restaurant and real Mexicans. Unfortunately, only Salvadorans can provide this experience.

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 12:47 AM

Sarcasm aside, I will post this. One thing that will be different is the music. There will be no banda at Mi Mero Mole. I like banda well enough, but there is a hell of a lot more out there than banda or norteno, yet that's all you ever hear in Mexican restaurants. Either that, or you hear '50s Afro-Latino music from Cuba or the like. (Which I also really enjoy.) What you rarely hear is alternative and urban latin music, which is fantastic stuff. Manu Chao is incredibly inventive and fun music. Cafe Tacuba (named for a pretty good restaurant in Mexico City) are masters of multiple styles, extremely creative and enjoyable, often blending traditional with modern. Psychadelic rock has been trending in latin rock. A personal favorite of mine is Los Fancy Free, which is led by a white Mexican from the Mennonite communities outside Monterrey (which has one of the best music scenes in North America). Another personal favorite is Babasonicos, an Argentine band that's been around a while. They have a nice moody pop rock sound that fits well with my tastes for stuff from Joy Division to The Cure to The Shins.

But then there's stuff that will let wanna-be-gangstas like Flynn get their rap fix, like reggaton voice-modding superstars Don Omar and Daddy Yankee. And, of course Calle 13. But Mexican stuff, too, like Control Machete or the never-PC Molotov. Not sure what to do about all the explicit lyrics, even if 90% of people won't notice them. I'd hate not to have a song like Frijolero because of the lyrics. Hell, maybe I'll just do a Tanuki and show Machete in continuous loop and say fuck it.

Anyway, here's the album list in my playlist so far:

60 Tigres, 24 Horas
Adanowsky, Original Music and Songs Inspired by: Rudo y Cursi
Ana Tijoux, Nacional Card 2010
Angel & Khriz, Latin Urban Kingz 2
Ángel & Khriz, Latin Urban Kingz
Angel Doze, Reggaeton Hits
Arcangel featuring Ivy Queen / ZIon / Jadiel, Latin Urban Kingz 2
Babasónicos, Jessico
Babasónicos, Anoche
Babasónicos, Mucho
Banda De Turistas, Magical Radiophonic Heart
Banda de Turistas, Nacional Card 2010
Bomba Estereo, Blow Up
Café Tacuba, Re
Café Tacuba, Avalancha De Exitos
Calle 13, Los De Atrás Vienen Conmigo
Cartel de Santa, Cartel de Santa, Vol. 2
Chino & Nacho featuring El Potro Alvarez / Baroni, Latin Urban Kingz 2
Chocquibtown, Oro
Clorofila, Nacional Card 2010
Control Machete, Artilleria Pesada: Presenta
Cuarto Poder, Nacional Card 2010
CuCu Diamantes, Cuculand
Cypress Hill, Cypress Hill
D3ndron, We Come In Piece
Daddy Yankee, Reggaeton Hits
Daddy Yankee, El Cartel: The Big Boss
División Minúscula, Defecto Perfecto
Don Omar, King Of Kings
Don Omar, Reggaeton Hits
Don Omar, Latin Urban Kingz 2
Don Omar Featuring Aventura, Latin Urban Kingz
Fidel Nadal, Nacional Card 2010
Flex, Latin Urban Kingz
Franco El Gorilla featuring Tico El Immigrante, Latin Urban Kingz 2
Furland, Nacional Card 2010
Héctor "El Bambino", Reggaeton Hits
Héctor "El Father", Latin Urban Kingz
Hello Seahorse!, Bestia
Ivy Queen, Reggaeton Hits
Jaguares, 45
Jessy Bulbo, Saga Mama
Jessy Bulbo, Taras Bulba
JKing y Maximan, Latin Urban Kingz 2
Jorge Drexler, Eco [Bonus Track]
Jorge Drexler, Amar la trama
Joseph, Reggaeton Hits
Jovenes Y Sexys, Original Music and Songs Inspired by: Rudo y Cursi
Juan Son, Mermaid Sashimi
Juana Molina, Original Music and Songs Inspired by: Rudo y Cursi
Juanes, Un Día Normal
Juanes, Mi Sangre
Julieta Venegas, Limón Y Sal
Julieta Venegas, Otra Cosa
Jumbo, Superficie
Kinky, Kinky
Kumbia Queers, Original Music and Songs Inspired by: Rudo y Cursi
La Bien Querida, Nacional Card 2010
Las Ketchup, Hijas Del Tomate
LoCura, Animas
Los Amigos Invisibles, Nacional Card 2010
Los Amigos Invisibles, Arepa 3000
Los Amigos Invisibles, The New Sound Of The Venezuelan Gozadera
Los Aterciopelados, La Pipa De La Paz
Los De Abajo, Actitud Calle
Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Nacional Card 2010
Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Fabulosos Calavera
Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Rey Azúcar
Los Fancy Free, Never Greens Vol. 1
Los Latigos, Original Music and Songs Inspired by: Rudo y Cursi
Los Rakas, Nacional Card 2010
Luis Fonsi, Palabras Del Silencio
Makano, Latin Urban Kingz 2
Maldita Vecindad & Los Hijos Del Quinto Patio, Circular Colectivo
Maldita Vecindad & Los Hijos Del Quinto Patio, El Circo
Maná, Amar Es Combatir
Maná, Revolución De Amor
Maná, Esenciales: Luna
Manu Chao, Clandestino: Esperando La Ultima Ola...
Manu Chao, La Radiolina
Manu Chao, Proxima Estacion: Esperanza
Mexican Institute of Sound, Nacional Card 2010
Misterio, Nacional Card 2010
Molotov, Eternamiente
Natalia & La Forquetina, Casa
Nicky Jam, Reggaeton Hits
Niña Dioz, Original Music and Songs Inspired by: Rudo y Cursi
Novalima, Afro
Orishas, A Lo Cubano
Ozomatli, Don't Mess With The Dragon
Ozomatli, Street Signs
Pacha Massive, If You Want It
Pastora, Circuitos de Lujo
Pastora, Lola - EP
Quiero Club, Original Music and Songs Inspired by: Rudo y Cursi
R.K.M & Ken-Y, Latin Urban Kingz
Reggaetones, Cangri Hits - Culeo Mix
RKM & Ken-Y, Latin Urban Kingz 2
Shakira, ¿Dónde Están Los Ladrones?
She's a Tease, Happy-Fi Compilacion 4
She's a Tease, Happy-Fi Compilacion Vol.5 Coyote Nights
Tego Calderón, Reggaeton Hits
The Latin Project, Musica De La Noche
Tito "El Bambino", Latin Urban Kingz
Tito "El Bambino", Reggaeton Hits
Tony Dize & Yandel, Latin Urban Kingz
Tony Dize, Latin Urban Kingz 2
Wibal & Alex, Reggaeton Hits
Wisin & Yandel, Latin Urban Kingz
Wisin & Yandel, Reggaeton Hits
Wisin y Yandel, Latin Urban Kingz 2
Xtreme, Latin Urban Kingz
Yaga & Mackie Ranks, Reggaeton Hits
Yerba Buena, President Alien
Yomo featuring Wisin y Yandel, Latin Urban Kingz 2
Zion, Reggaeton Hits
Zoé, Memo Rex Commander Y El Corazón Atómico De La Vía Láctea
Zozaya, Martes De Pornopad

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 12:49 AM


I'm reserving judgment until I see how many authentic Mexicans are working there.


I'm only hiring faux-Mexicans, ie, Salvadorans with sombreros. An extra dollar an hour if they exclaim, "Ay-ay-ay! arriba! arriba!" every fifteen minutes, followed by a quick jig around the sombrero tossed to the floor. I want to make sure that people feel they're getting an authentic experience by providing them with the stereotypes they expect from a real Mexican restaurant and real Mexicans. Unfortunately, only Salvadorans can provide this experience.

And you have to blare Jarabe Tapatío during all open hours. Heck, it has to be going 24 hours a day. No exceptions.

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 01:27 AM



I'm reserving judgment until I see how many authentic Mexicans are working there.


I'm only hiring faux-Mexicans, ie, Salvadorans with sombreros. An extra dollar an hour if they exclaim, "Ay-ay-ay! arriba! arriba!" every fifteen minutes, followed by a quick jig around the sombrero tossed to the floor. I want to make sure that people feel they're getting an authentic experience by providing them with the stereotypes they expect from a real Mexican restaurant and real Mexicans. Unfortunately, only Salvadorans can provide this experience.

And you have to blare Jarabe Tapatío during all open hours. Heck, it has to be going 24 hours a day. No exceptions.


No, just every fifteens minutes everyone hums it while a random Salvadoran dances it around his sombrero.

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 04:43 AM

I bet BMI will still be calling trying to collect royalties for their "clients" south of the border!

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 06:44 AM

Superdog and I will be there opening night to judge the authenticity of your donkey show.
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Posted 06 September 2011 - 07:34 AM

Congrats, and I love the playlist! Whenever I'm in Florida visiting my nieces, I drive as much as I can so I can listen on the car radio to the hot contemporary Latin dance and other music on Miami radio. Don Omar is one of my faves! We'll be there to support you as soon as you put out the word, Nick.

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 11:10 AM

Where's the damn Like button?

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 11:22 AM

I'm reserving judgment until I find out if you are charging for chips and salsa.

edit: Also, I have been to Mexico, so I know.

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 12:14 PM

Love the playlist but you know you have non-Mexicans in there, right (that I absolutely adore)? Columbia and Argentina are some great hotbeds of music. So happy to see Las Ketchup & Molotov listed. How about Soda Stereo or Gustavo Cerati? Or some spanish rock like Ojos de Bruja or La Oreja De Van Gogh?

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 12:38 PM

Yeah, that's why I called it Latin, not Mexican, music. Of course, if I was going to be truly authentic -- enough for Austin -- I'd play The Beatles.

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 12:56 PM

Mole schmole, I'm coming just for that playlist. Hello Seahorse! is a great band.

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 01:02 PM

Superdog and I will be there opening night to judge the authenticity of your donkey show.

Yip, I'll and the strippers will be there with bells on.
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Posted 06 September 2011 - 01:37 PM

Mole schmole, I'm coming just for that playlist. Hello Seahorse! is a great band.


Nacional Records kicks ass. I mean, look at their YouTube channel. Try to find even a mediocre song. ChocQuibTown, eg, might be the best of the Latin hip hop groups. Great Latin beats, really nice flow, very "full" sound production. I often have a hard time making it through an entire rap or hip hop album (as much as I like the occasional reggaton, eg, the shit all blends into one song after a while), but no problem with them.

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 03:32 PM

Hola,

That is a good playlist, but I agree with VJ that it's a bit light on Spain's contributions. I agree that Ojos de Bruja would fit that list well. How about some of the other flamenco fusion acts...Son de la Frontera and Martieres del Compás por ejemplo (both a modern take with adherence to traditional flamenco forms). If you're looking to include the solo flamenco guitar instrumental then Sabicas, Paco de Lucía, Carlos Montoya, Paco Peña, Manolo Sanlúcar, Pepe Romero (his first few albums were pure flamenco guitar) and many other solo guitarists are worthy of consideration.

You should almost be required to play some Rodrigo y Gabriella in a Chilango restaurant, since that's where they got their start.

The Gypsy Kings and Jarabe de Palo are a bit to "pop" for my tastes, although they are generally popular (especially the Gypsy Kings with their rhumba). They would work very well in a restaurant setting.

Glad to see Cypress Hill made the list, they do have an album of songs all rapped in Spanish. You can tune up your street slang about mota y las armas de fuegos. I think their high water mark was their Temples of Boom album, but the Spanish language disc is pretty cool.

Another category neglected in your list is the metal. Argentina's A.N.I.M.A.L. and Mexico's Brujeria are both blisteringly hard and serious metal with highly offensive language and serious political themes. It's not for everyone, but if you like the metal they are both absolutely worth a listen. Los dos son muy fuertes (especialmente Brujeria).

Good times!

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 03:54 PM

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 04:03 PM

What, no Gloria Estefan or Shakira???

EDIT: ok shakira is on the list. need new eyes.
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