Specially recommended by Anne Mancuso of The New York Times, Radio Jarocho will be playing at the 10th Anniversary of Celebrate Mexico Now! alongside Rana Santacruz, Sweet Electra, The Villalobos Brothers, and DJ Sultán Balkanero. Saturday, September 14, 11pm Le Poisson Rouge.
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In an August 8. 2012 report for New York’s Daily News, José Manuel Simían covers Radio Jarocho’s new release, describing Café, Café as “a vibrant collection of 10 songs with deep foundations in s on jarocho while also containing elements of other genres.” The article talks about RJ’s collaborations with other musicians, such as Rana Santacruz and Patricio Hidalgo, and how one track has a surprising inspiration–The Beatles’ “Revolution.”
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Listen up! Here’s a new interview with Radio Jarocho’s Julia del Palacio and Gabriel Guzmán on “The World,” a weekly radio show co-produced by Public Radio International, the BCC, and WGBH/Boston. The segment, called “Global Hit,” includes clips from the new album as the band talks about the tradition of son jarocho and why they chose to record an album of original songs. You can hear Bruce Wallace’s report “An Urban Twist to Son Jarocho Music” above or read more here.
So…what are people saying about the new release?
“I haven’t heard something this sexy in a night club in a really long time,” says NPR Music Alt.Latino‘s Jasmine Garsd about the the title track. The program praises the song for its “edgy attitude“.
“The rhythmic instrumental and vocal interplay is top-notch, as the lilting percussion and jarana, requinto, punteador, leona, marimbal, and zapateado take center-stage. The ten tracks are evocative, mesmerizing,” writes Matthew Forss for Inside World Music.
“This New York based band mine flinty traditional Mexican jarocho music, then fracture it through a modern sensibility of their own,” says Daily News‘ Jim Farber for his weekly Top Ten in music column.
“With this album, Radio Jarocho is the only current band to record a full album of original compositions and nontraditional songs in this genre. Café Café sums up the sounds that have influenced the band such as traditional jarocho songs, Afro-Caribbean rhythms, and pop sensibilities,” says the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York’s La Vitrina, calling Radio Jarocho “the preeminent son jarocho band on the East Coast.”
“Radio Jarocho is leading the way in preserving and expanding son jarocho…” – Alex Brown, Splinters & Candy.
New York Music Daily blog calls Radio Jarocho a “high-energy acoustic Mexican folk-punk band.”
“While you won’t hear another cover of ‘La Bamba’ on this disc, you will hear the title track with its quick-fire vocals and the slightly slower ‘La Tristeza’ and ‘Morena es la Virgen,'” says the Whole Music Experience. “However, the spirited ‘Se ve que sabes bailar’ with soaring vocals harmonizing with the quick tempo vocals will definitely grab your attention.
The blog My World Music Friend says: “Café Café preserves the fine tradition of son jarocho thanks to a group of young talented musicians“.
Daily News‘ Jim Farber’s on his Top Ten in Music writes for the second time about Radio Jarocho and says: “The woody, string-happy, sound of son jarocho — indigenous to the Mexican town of Veracruz — gets a personal make-over here. Radio Jarocho puts original twists to traditional Mexican folk songs”.
Tespis Magazine praises the Café Café release party and says: “Grupos como Radio Jarocho aportan una nueva vena que enriquece nuestra cultura común“.(Groups like Radio Jarocho contribute with a new vein that enriches our common culture).
Chris Spector from Midwest Record writes: “For a taste of real Mexico that might be fading into history (haven’t been back in years), check this out while it’s still played by players who have a pulse connected with the original sound“.
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We’re honored to have received such great press over the years! Check out an archive of some of our press hits, including a feature in Time Out New York and coverage in leading news outlets such as El Diario La Prensa, The Wall Street Journal, Letras Libres, NY1’s Contraportada, Milenio, and El Universal.
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10.6.2011 Diario La Prensa NY (print)
6.23.2011 Hora Hispana del Daily News (print)
5.23.2011 Changing New York
9.15.2010 New York Daily News
8.27.2010 Somerville News (MA)
8.16.2010 El Universal (Mexico)
5.20.2010 The Wall Street Journal )
5.27.2010 Time Out New York (print)
5.14.2010 The Brooklyn Paper
9.08.2009 El Universal (Mexico)
6.23.2007 The New York Times (Semilla)