I'm going through a "non-corporate" music/movie phase. I have no clue what is going on in the mainstream anymore, even with mainstream bands I DO like, except when it comes to Latin stuff. I don't why it is that I can tolerate any genre in the Spanish language, yet there are some things I won't listen to in English, even if they are a direct translation of something I'm listening to in Spanish. For example, I can listen to most norteñas and banda music, but I just can't stand country or top 10 english music. Maybe it's because Spanish stuff is like a trip home to me.
I've also been listening to a lot of Quetzal, los Cojolites, Lila Downs, Son de Madera, etc. Perhaps it's my way of dealing with the fact that I can't go to El Salvador this year again. I was there for an entire month last year, and it was great. I love going to the mall, eating ice cream, and looking at volcanoes to my left and right. That's just not something you see here.
I've been reading the Communicados of Subcomandante Marcos. They've got to be the most correct political insight in the world. Like globalization affects the indigenous peoples of the world, so too does the monopoly of record labels affect artists. It's sad that everything in our world is so corporatized and commodified. Everything from the way we look, to what we eat and listen to.
Oh well.... now I am listening to the "Save the Farm" soundtrack. For those of you who don't have it, you should download it here:
and download Sherman's Music while you're at it. He's a socially conscious rapper with great lyrics and a great message.