By Jef With One F
By Rocks Off
By Chris Lane
By Angelica Leicht
By Corey Deiterman
By Angelica Leicht
By Corey Deiterman
"It's a good mix," agreed Ramos last week, just before he left Southern California on the way to the four-year-old Fabulocos' first-ever Houston show Friday night.
Chatter: Were you a Blazers fan?
Kid Ramos: I was a Blazers fan. We did a few shows together; that's where I met Jesse and Mike. Big fan of theirs. [Ex-Blazers vocalist/guitarist Manuel Gonzalez] Big Manny's great. We do shows with him still.
C: Chicano rock bands, especially from East L.A., must have a hard time stepping out of Los Lobos' shadow. Is that true?
KR: I think there's always going to be some kind of comparison there, but, you know, Los Lobos has been well established for a long, long time. They have their own thing, and they've gone in some different directions. They're a stellar band, but I think we're coming from a little bit different thing.
C: L.A. is sort of on the western edge of the Tex-Mex sphere. What Texas artists is your band keyed into?
KR: Probably Doug Sahm quite a bit. And then all the conjunto music came from Texas, it's Texas music. It comes from the German influence — there's a lot of German people that settled in Mexico. Conjunto music and norteño music, the accordion, they're basically polkas, and then the Mexican people put their own taste to it.
C: I was a little surprised to read your singer is a big fan of Bakersfield country.
KR: That's James [bassist/vocalist Barrios]. He really likes Buck Owens, but he likes Hank Williams and a lot of other country artists [like] Jim Webb as well. We all have different styles, but it blends together really well.
C: Not many rock bands, Chicano or otherwise, use bajo sexto either.
KR: It works great. I picked it up when I first got in the band. Jesse had a bajo, and he says, "Hey, can you play bajo?" I said, "Well, I've never played it before," so I learned the basic stuff and just went from there. I'm still working on getting better at it, but it has a certain rhythmic texture to it you can't get from a regular guitar.
Congratulations to Dirty Honey DJ and former Houston Press music listings editor Brett Koshkin, who recently received an Idea Fund grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation. Koshkin says he'll use the statewide grant, administered locally through arts organizations such as DiverseWorks, the Aurora Picture Show and Project Row Houses, to put together an exhibition of Houston soul and R&B artifacts including photographs, concert posters, written works and audio recordings (both interviews and music). "It really hasn't been done before," he says. "The magnitude of stuff that came out is jaw-dropping." Koshkin is seeking donations of both the financial and material nature; contact him at email@example.com or www.bayoucitysoul.com, the Web site he hopes to have up and running in another week or two.
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1. Jailbreak, The Rocker (LP)
2. Various Artists, Electric Holyland (LP)
3. Beach House, Teen Dream (LP/CD)
4. Dark Funeral, Angelus Exoro (CD)
5. Circulatory System, Signal Morning (LP/CD)
6. Various Artists, Well Hung Vol. 1 (CD)
7. Ihsahn, After (CD)
8. Obituary, Live Xecution (DVD)
9. Barn Owl, The Conjurer (LP)
10. The Ex, 30 Years of The Ex (CD)
1. Train, "Hey Soul Sister"
2. Rob Thomas, "Someday"
3. Michael Bublé, "Haven't Met You Yet"
4. Kelly Clarkson, "Already Gone"
5. Lady Gaga, "Bad Romance"
6. Kings of Leon, "Sex on Fire"
7. Kris Allen, "Live Like We're Dying"
8. Daughtry, "Life After You"
9. Theory of a Deadman, "Not Meant To Be"
10. Uncle Kracker, "Smile"
(lists compiled by Chris Gray)