Anyone who grew up in a Spanish-speaking household will be very familiar with Sábado Gigante, and its ringleader, Don Francisco. It was the be-all and end-all of Latin American variety shows, and it spawned countless cheesy imitators.
The king has given up his throne. 53 years of fun and silliness will always be appreciated.
The Hollywood Reporter has more on the end of an era here.
Wonder of wonders, the Los Angeles Times reports on spectacular news! Apparently, some lost poems written by the Chilean Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda have surfaced in Chile, and will be published by Seix Barral, a publishing company from Spain.
The Los Angeles Times has more on this wonderful news here.
16 Pieces for Electric Guitar & Electroacoustic Ensemble by Santiago Fradejas
Because there is so much incredible music coming out all the time, documenting it is becoming a bit of a nightmare. Thankfully, I’m subscribed to enough Facebook music groups to keep me abreast as to what new sounds are popping up.
One of the best new artists I’ve come across is a Chilean composer called Santiago Fradejas. He works comfortably in the fields of electroacoustic music, post-industrial soundscapes, drone, improv and contemporary classical. This particular album really highlights the wide range of genres he’s able to tackle.
Santiago’s work is worth seeking out. It’s my hope that he gets signed to a label who can properly promote him, and soon.
Though his politics were disgusting, his poetry was perfect. Pablo Neruda writes (and gives voice to) the finest poetry, and this particular piece is perfect reading when you and your love have some down time.
The text of the poem can be read here, courtesy of Poemas del Alma.