Over to Mexico City tonight for a concert by Instituto Mexicano del Sonido (Mexican Institute of Sound), recorded on August 28th of this year.
Around since 2001, IMS is the brainchild of Camilo Lara who refers to himself as a “One Man Music Machine”. A mixture of electronica, beats, synthesizers, Alternative Rock and political statement, IMS have embarked on their first tour of Europe, playing in Oslo, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris and Biarritz. And as Lara so eloquently nails it; “IMS is a good example of how borders exist only in maps”. Aside from the musical labels, IMS is also a union of Mexico’s diverse culture in music and it’s evolution of cosmopolitan culture in what is becoming a truly international city.
It will be interesting to hear the response of audiences in Europe and I am hoping one of the broadcast outlets in any of those countries run one of IMS’s concerts during this tour.
But tonight it’s a concert on home turf and another example of just how wide the spectrum of Rock Music has become. IMS is only a sampling of what else is going on with our neighbors to the South. They promise to be the tip of the iceberg.
Further evidence music is everywhere and, as Camilo Lara puts it; borders exist only on maps.
Never assume everything that’s ever been discovered, played, listened to or released by an artist has been done already. There are always things lurking around in warehouses, basements, libraries, private collections, garage sales. It’s all out there.
This is Janis Joplin as Blues Historian; turning a small audience on to some obscure and forgotten performers, whose music would serve as the foundation for an entire genre yet to come. It’s straight acoustic; no drums, no crowds. Just Janis and a small group of people gathered to hear some samples of Rural Blues, done by an enthusiast from Texas.
If it wasn’t her it wouldn’t get too much better than that. But because it is her, and we know now what was to come, it makes listening to this all that much more a historic snap-shot of a moment and place in history.
Spirit – A lot of people’s idea of what The West Coast looked and sounded like.
While we gear up for next week, and all that Monday usually brings, I thought I would keep things quiet and introspective and toss some Spirit on to the turntable.
Spirit personified the West Coast as much, if not more, than a lot of L.A. bands from the period. They were pigeon-holed for a time, as a kind of Jazz-Rock-Fusion outfit. But that didn’t stick very well. They were a competent band with a unique drummer and their debut album in 1968 quickly established them as one of the guiding forces in West Coast Rock from the late 60’s to the early-mid 1970’s.
Here is a track from their self-titled Debut album. Topanga Windows most likely did a lot to help popularize that fledgling New-Age community back in 1968. And tonight you have proof, with or without Granola.