The Distribution Tango: 09.28.2007

It’s apology time. In our minds, our small, pea-sized minds, we always believed that we’d be better than the rest of the blogosphere, come hell or high water we’d post our columns in a timely fashion, and that would be the end of it. Yet, after a hellish week of working and drinking, working and drinking, not working and drinking, drinking and drinking, we’ve fallen behind. The Distribution Tango, our favorite distribution column, missed it’s Monday posting. Blame techmonkey Noah for his inability to put down a third bottle of Mad Dog 20/20 Sangria without losing his lunch, or blame a busy week coordinating two new releases (Summer Records Anthology and the brand new The Blakes full-length), or just take this apology and let us off the hook you merciless bastards.

So, for the six of you that read this merry little column: we apologize. Never again (… cough … bullshit … cough …), never ever again.

Groveling for your forgiveness aside – we’re back baby, we’re back! It’s a brand new Friday, and ooooooooooooo weeeeeeee do we have a treasure for you. Straight from the high hills of Peru, we bring you:

NILO ESPINOSA – Shaken, Not Stirred

What Is It: A comprehensive anthology of all the different music projects of outstanding peruvian flute and saxophone player Nilo Espinosa. On this compilation you can find most of his best and grooviest tracks from the 60s and 70s, playing with the Nil´s Jazz Ensemble, Bossa 70, Los Hilton´s, Nilo Espinosa & Los 007, or Nilo Espinosa y Su Orquesta. A total feast of tropical music, bossanova, boogaloo, latin soul, jazz funk, rumba, lounge, and even disco! Both the vinyl and the CD version come with extensive liner notes about this great artist. From Vampi Soul.

Why You’re Going To Like It: ‘Cause Nilo Espinosa is the saxophonist/flautist from Peru that you’ve never heard of. The man seemingly can do everything and this, at times excessively, comprehensive collection of his works hits on everything. From the just-a-wee-bit off-kilter redo of Enrico Morricone’s iconic “El Bueno, el Feo y el Malo(picture The Man With No Name sipping a cosmo in a swanky dinner club instead of capping greasy cowboys and you get the picture) to the sultry (The Distribution Tango’s favorite descriptive word these days) tones of The Door’s “Light My Fire”, Nilo Espinosa has done it all, and he’s done it all well. Still not convinced? Check out the nastily distorted bass on “Reflexiones”, that should do the trick.

What We’re Giving You: “El Gato” is the soundtrack to a Peruvian art heist flick that was never made. We always listen to it, shit-eater pasted on our face, picturing a lean Peruvian, decked out in black, sneaking from column to column, the thoughts of an priceless print flitting through his mind … well at least until the horns drop. Then it’s all police sirens, flashing blue lights, and a sweaty, comic chase through the back streets of Lima. Well you know, that’s what we think about.

NILO ESPINOSA – “EL GATO”

If You Like This Try: Gozalo! (Bugaloo Tropical: Vol. 1); Louie Ramirez – Louie’s Groove