• Monochromatic Rainbows (and other awkward truths)

    3 Mar 2008, 03:24 by tadmaster

    I pride myself on having diverse interests, musically, so I was dismayed to review my Top 50 Artists recently and discover the over-abundance of white dudes that populate it. Granted, I've been giving heavy rotation to my good friends, Emlyn Ellis Addison (Lucky) and One to Hold the Lightbulb (Cursin' the One I Love), but I really expected to see a much wider variety reflected in my choices.

    So, admitting that "shuffle" has betrayed me, I decided to emphasize and celebrate the standout representatives of my Top 50: those that defy the pattern of anglos with guitars, and bring a little something different to the table. If you haven't sampled their wares, I strongly urge you to do so.

    In order of their appearance on my current chart:

    5. Los Lobos - Their most acclaimed album was Kiko, but my personal favorite is the collection of traditional Mexican folk songs they recorded after the success of the La Bamba soundtrack, La Pistola y El Corazon. …