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mi querido diversión

Is your wanderlust out of control? soy so lindo’s global edition of mi querido diversión is just what you need. Here’s how to feel like you’ve been to Chile and Brazil without stepping foot outside of the city this weekend.

Saturday, June 30: It’s almost too good of a night for music– there’s homegrown bands El Mató A Un Policía Motorizado (playing at the Roxy) and Los Alamos (playing at Petecos in Lomas de Zamora). But our pick is Javiera Mena, the Chilean smart-pop musician, whose one-peso show at C.C. San Martin is worth attending for the price alone.

21 hs, Ciclo Nuevo!, Centro Cultural San Martín, Sala Enrique Muiño, Sarmiento 1551. 4to Piso, entrada $1.

 

Sunday, July 1: Nothing says “weekend” like a good street fair. Especially a Brazilian street fair. Eat, drink, dance and be merry at this weekend fair in Palermo Viejo. And try to forget that you’ll be back to work in just a few hours.

Costa Rica between Malabia and Scalabrini Ortiz, Palermo Viejo, Saturday and Sunday.

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June 30, 2007 at 12:03 pm Leave a comment

debe ser un día muy especial

Rosario Bléfari is not a musician. She’s not an artist. She’s not an actress. She’s not a director, nor a screenplay writer, nor a journalist.

She’s not any one thing; instead, she’s all of these things and more.

We’re careful with hyperboles and the way we use them, but Bléfari warrants each and every one of them. She was part of the beloved 90s indie rock band Suárez, inspiring the current generation of underground bands that dot Buenos Aires’ underbelly. After the band broke up, she began her solo career, with every album besting the previous one. Her songs are true pop gems, three-minute reminders of why you fell in love with rock music in the first place.

And even if indie pop isn’t your thing, you’ll still find a reason to join the cult of Bléfari: she stared in the film Silvia Prieto, wrote a book of poetry, and wrote, directed, and acted in the play “Somos nuestro cerebro” and “¿Somos nuestros genes?” Oh, and in her spare time she writes articles for magazines like Plan V, urging readers to take action in protecting the environment. 

So it’s no surprise that for soy so lindo’s first interview, we chose Bléfari, our icon of cultural production in Buenos Aires.

After the jump, read about why Bléfari’s latest album, Misterio Relámpago, is getting a proper release party a year after it came out, how Argentina has effected her music, and where she goes for the best pizza in town. And don’t miss her album release show tonight at 21 hs at La Trastienda!

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June 29, 2007 at 7:14 pm 1 comment

lecciones

 

Among the many albums being released this winter, few have been more highly anticipated at the soy so lindo headquarters than Boreales’ Lecciones. We first saw Boreales perform in August 2005, in La Casa de Rock, a post-Cromañón era house-turned-music venue in Belgrano. But between outside obligations and line-up changes, the quartet wasn’t able to focus on the album until a year later. The result, Lecciones, proves that it was worth the wait.

The band cites Joy Division and the Cure as inspiration, but really, this is an album inspired by the angst of 90s rockers– from the sorrow of Nirvana to the grit of PJ Harvey. Singer Melisa Monge adds depth to the murky guitar strums and steady drum beats from her backing bandmates Chino and Andres Centrone, reaching both the steeliest and softest of notes in mere seconds. At times it’s surf rock on downers, at other times it’s space rock stuck on earth; in both instances, angst and heartbreak serve as a sonic blanket.

Quite fittingly, Lecciones includes a cover of The Lemonheads song “Style,” adding their own down-tempo twist to the 90s indie rockers’ tune. The other standouts on the album are “Al Caer” and “You Escape,” which you can listen to at the Boreales myspace page.

For more information on the band, to buy a copy of Lecciones, and look for future concert dates, check out their fotolog page.–REBECCA

June 28, 2007 at 7:07 pm Leave a comment

say you’ll be there

Clear your schedules and mark your calendars, the Spice Girls announced earlier today that they are reuniting and will be playing in Buenos Aires on January 24, 2008. At a press conference this morning, they shared the details of their plan: releasing a Best of album and doing a world tour at the end of the year.

I was too old to take part in the Spice Girls mania a decade ago (minus a momentary obsession with their gum while in middle school, but we don’t need to get into that), but enough time has passed that today I can actually enjoy the quintet and their songs for what they are– kitschy, catchy pop silliness. The work that I’ve been doing for an upcoming book about women, music, and pop culture in the 1990s certainly hasn’t helped the band’s newfound position as guilty pleasure, and I totally called the reunion a few days ago on soy so lindo. Needless tosay, I’ve already registered to get tickets. They’re making only eleven stops on the tour, and Buenos Aires is the only South American city to get a visit from the quintet, so this really is your only chance to bask in the glorious glow of 90s pop culture icons.

Check out their website to register for tickets, or watch their video for laughs. And, pretty please, take me as your plus-one if you score a pair of tix?!–REBECCA

June 28, 2007 at 4:53 pm 2 comments

peanut, peanut butter!

A peculiar reaction happens to many Americans who stay for an extended period of time in Buenos Aires: they suddenly become obsessed with peanut butter. It’s all that they talk about, all that they think about, all that they want. People who went through maybe a small jar of Jiffy a year are, within a few weeks of arrival, going on and on about how it’s a right, not a privilege, to have access to peanut butter. And no, dulce de leche just won’t do.

I don’t count myself among this group, but I’ve seen way too many expat friends throwing away their money on ridiculously overpriced peanut butter from the imported section at their nearby Disco. And it’s got to stop.

Luckily for those with an addiction that just can’t be kicked, there’s a homegrown solution: Crema de Bon o Bon. Up until a year ago, I’d never heard of it. But at an American-style brunch I hosted at my apartment last August, a friend (who speaks no English yet somehow knew of Americans’ obsession with PB) brought over a tub of it as a stand-in for peanut butter.

While it’s a bit sweeter than your average Skippy (which makes sense, since it’s the cream that fills the chocolate candies Bon o Bons), the texture and consistency are pretty comparable. Arcor, the company that makes Crema de Bon o Bon, must have caught on to this similarity, since it now includes the words “peanut cream” in English on the front of the container.

You can find Crema Bon o Bon in the baking aisle of your nearby mega- supermercado, and at $4.90 it’s a far cry from what you’ll be charged for a jar of imported peanut butter. I smeared some onto a piece of challah made by a friend, dropped a couple of banana slices on top, and voila–a medialuna free breakfast.–REBECCA

June 27, 2007 at 5:40 pm 2 comments

i’m missing you like candy

 

We’d call these candy-colored mini-booties (or are they giant-oxfords?) from Las Pepas the shoe of the season, but that doesn’t really cover it. Rather, they are the perfect transition shoes. You know, the shoes that will get you through the coldest stretch of winter when paired with your high-waisted jeans and then on into spring when worn with a baby doll dress. You could get a pair in navy, black, or even cream, but why when you could be walking around with what looks like a glob of gum on your feet?–REBECCA

Las Pepas, $299: Av. Sante Fe 1630, Paseo Alcorta Shopping, Alto Palermo Shopping. www.laspepas.com.ar

June 27, 2007 at 4:59 pm Leave a comment

for love or for money

  What do Rage Against the Machine, the Spice Girls, and Soda Stereo have in common? They are all part of the so-called reunion epidemic, where bands of yesteryear are re-forming and re-touring in the name of music (and, er, money).

Much has been said about the recent burst of bands from the northern hemisphere that have somehow gotten over their differences (the very differences that, in some instances, split the band apart in the first place), felt that their music was suddenly relevant, or just straight up needed money. 

But apparently this trend knows no boundaries. Case in point: over the next couple of months, Soda Stereo, Los Gatos, and Vox Dei will all be playing reunion shows in Argentina.

According to Los Gatos’ press release,

“LOS GATOS vuelven a tocar porque es su deseo y se les antoja. Porque son amigos y verdaderos pioneros. Porque saben que harán feliz a mucha gente. Porque por un asunto de aspecto casi excepcional…. Se reúnen 40 años después para tocar para un público que los ama y jamás pensó que esto pudiera suceder… También para un público que nunca pudo verlos en Vivo… Y también para un público que no sabe aún de que se trata este linaje…”

They started their tour on June 23 in Rosario, but won’t be playing in Buenos Aires until August 23-25.

Vox Dei are pulling a Police, reuniting to celebrate the band’s 40th anniversary. You can see them at Teatro Coliseo on July 7.

And Soda Stereo? Their reunion tour is in celebration of the 10 year anniversary of their…”goodbye” (ie breakup) tour! You’ll want to get your tickets well before the October 19-21 and November 3-4 dates.

I’m crossing my fingers that Los Brujos will be next. Who would you like to see?–REBECCA

June 25, 2007 at 8:10 pm 1 comment

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