A couple cool online reads about the ever more omnivorous mash-up that is music these days.
Great online story on the Hiphop Hoodios here. The Hoodios - name is a pun on Judios, the Spanish word for Jews, and hiphop hood - are a pair of Jewish-Latino guys, Josue Noriega (Josh Norek) and Abraham Velez. Both work in the Latin music world (Josh was a publicist, co-founder of the Latin Alternative Music Conference, and is now also a lawyer who works a lot with Latino civil rights issues, plus music, not to mention setting a damn high bar for doing a lot of stuff simultaneously; Velez was (is?) a writer). They make a madly funny, smart, culturally dizzying mix of Jewish, Latin, rock, hiphop, rude and kinda brilliant music.
Full disclosure - I love my Hoodia Honey t-shirt, size too tight.
Check out the second online roundtable on Haitian music at the New Yorker, with Miami author Edwige Danticat, the amazing writer Ned Sublette (no, he doesn't have a website, but he's a musician, musicologist, producer, Cuban music pioneer and expert, passionate communicator, and author of two of the best ever books on music, Cuba: From the First Drums to the Mambo and The World That Made New Orleans, and the coolest guy to ever wear a cowboy hat in NYC). Ned's new book, The
Year Before the Flood, about his year in New Orleans before Katrina, is available for pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. He says it's his best work yet, which is saying something.