DD Elle-Tell Me-Digital Single
Island Boy-Ashes-Basic Instinct
**Los Walters-San Juan-Verano Panoramico
**Helado Negro-Ojos Que No Ven-Double Youth (out september 2nd)
Daniel Grau-Dejando Volar El Pensamiento-The Magic Sound of Daniel Grau Compiled by Jazznova and Trujillo
NVA Orleans-Satanas-Las Caras De La Muerta
Thomas Barfod-Busy Baby ft. Nina K-Love Me
**Pedro Vian-African Echoes-Digital Single
**Chancha Via Circuito-Jardines ft. Lido Pimienta-
Icaro Del Sol-Imaginario-Icaro Del Sol
Survey Team-RBD-Split (ft. The Same Sky)
Silva-January (Teen Daze Remix)-Single
Very Be Careful-La Democracia-Remember Me From The Party?
Viento Callejero-Cariñito Ft. Leah Gallegos
Nightmares on Wax-Thinking of Omara-N.O.W. is the Time
Gepe-Bailar Bien Bailar Mal ft. Carla Morrison-GP
Perrowsky-Que Todos Se paren-Doblando al español
Maria Del Pilar-En El Dancefloor-Songs+Canciones
Valentin Y Los Volcanes-Baila Conmigo-Play al Viejo Walkman
**Florian Droids-Volans-Oso De Agua
**Le Butcherettes-Demon Stuck in Your Eye-Cry is for the Flies
Las Robertas-Dissected Affair-Days Unmade
Naked Geometry-It’s All About Time-Perfect Circle Ep
Mamacita-No Eres Tu-No Eres Tu
MKRNI-Dime Que Si-Canciones
Nva Orleans-Satanas-Las Caras de La Muerte
DJ Raff-Paseo Con Audifonos-Latino & Proud
Mariel Mariel-Los Bajos Vibran En Mi Pecho-Foto Pa Ti
Bill Yonson-Whatsapp-El Principe Del Mar
Gus Goose-Dulces en Tu Coche-Larchmont
Los Blenders-Chavos Bien
Las Robertas-Marlene-Days Unmade
Nubes en Mi Casa+ El Robot Bajo el Agua-El Gigante
Los Waldners-Papalote-Eclipse Total De Corazon
El Mato A Un Policia Motorizado-Mujeres Bellas Y Fuertes-La Dinastia Scorpio
Alex y Daniel-Mundo Real-Alex & Daniel
Siddhartha-Bacalar-El Vuelo Del Pez
Apache Oraspi-Cantar el Jilgero
El-Haru Kuroi-Roja Luna-Cantagallo
“I’ve never been to Pomona this much,” said my friend after we left The Glasshouse vicinity last Sunday night. “I’ve never been to Pomona this much…since my high school days!” I said in return and laughed. With the Viva! Pomona festival taking place over two days, I got the chance to visit the iconic Second Street venue as much as I did during my teens. The crowd was a mix, slightly leaning more towards the high school type, and why wouldn’t it? Two days of unsupervised festivities plus some good tunes brings out the young kid in all of us.
Oh to be young. I would have danced and moshed and crowd surfed just like the young-ins did on Sunday for Los Blenders and Santoros. Los Blenders, the Mexico D.F. foursome with contagious surf pop riffs, had an impressive crowd gathered around the Radical Stage; the audience divided into the minority who knew their songs and the majority who was discovering their new favorite band.
Right after Los Blenders was Santoro, and any shyness the crowd had during the previous act disappeared as soon as the LA locals took the stage. The seven band members seemed crammed into the tiny stage, but they looked right at home as they kept up the energy and the party vibes with their own take on psychedelic surf rock.
The psychedelic party continued inside the actual Glass House venue, where Chicano Batman effortlessly weaved between fuzzy psych guitars, synth heavy tropicalia, and Spanish and English lyrics. Wearing their signature powder blue matching shirts that makes them look ready to play at weddings or quinceañeras, the guys made sure everyone was having a good time. The rowdy guy behind me, however, was pretty upset when the band played their last song, and understandably so, as 30 minutes seem to fly by when you’re watching an entertaining band.
That was the same issue Saturday night when El Mato A Un Policia Motorizado took to the Glass House Stage. With their impressive 10 year catalog, El Mato has too many good songs to only play a half an hour; they deserve their own headlining tour stat, something we may see soon now that their La Dinastia Scorpio album is getting the proper U.S. release on July 29th via Nacional Records.
If Sunday was about rowdy shouting, moshing and crowd surfing, then Saturday was its more chill and mellow cousin. The light afternoon breeze was perfect to catch the fading sun rays and soak up some tunes. In the Thomas Plaza, the Guadalaran band Dorotheo got the early crowd head bopping and swaying to their bilingual brand of experimental progressive sounds.
Another experimental delight in the Thomas Plaza was Monterrey born, Austin based Gus Goose. His one man show proved to be endearing and honest, and when I spoke to him after the show he seemed genuinely pumped up to be playing for the Pomona crowd. His music has the intimacy of bedroom pop yet the electronic components translate it in earnest for an outdoor setting.
Based on the quality of these previous acts, I’d say the event was a relative success. With a sold-out Sunday (most likely due to headliners Thee Oh See’s) this DIY festival with handwritten cardboard signs and photocopied zines is carving a deep niche within the local alternative kids. As it’s been pointed out, the inclusion of the ”Latin” bands didn’t seem a desperate attempt to cater to the Latino alternative crowd, but a genuine desire to showcase not only Anglo talent but imports from across the border as well. With the growing internalization of these hybrid English/Spanish and Anglo/Latin sounds within the music scene, we can only hope that next year there’s an even stronger line up, and maybe even printed schedules, that both the young and old can enjoy.