Live video of Camila at El Teatro en el El Museo del Barrio (NYC). The building used to be an orphanage decades before. Some say that you can still listen to children’s laughter at night. This was a special interactive Balún concert for children and adults that incorporated live visuals, instrument making and audience participation. For this song we were joined by Julio Cesar Morales from the experimental puppet theater company Y No Había Luz (http://http://www.ynohabialuz.com/). Thanks so much to Armando Croda for putting this video together!
We have a brand new song in Revista Plástica’s first ever compilation “Plásticos y Etereos”. This is our first song with Justin, who is our percussionist! Real drums are now living alongside rhythmic found sounds (hello 2011). The song is about being in the middle of an earthquake, among other things. You can download the compilation for free at http://plastica.bandcamp.com
1. Hyperpotamus (London) – Jorge y Daniel 1987 2. Dënver (Santiago de Chile) – De explosiones y delitos 3. Pegasvs (Barcelona) – La melodía del afilador 4. Balún (NYC) – En el medio del desastre 5. Trisfe (Sevilla) – Vida normal 6. Roldán (Barcelona) – Mal día, (Raúl Querido cover) 7. Chico Sonido (L.A.) – De un lado a otro, (inédito), y Más Discotheque 8. Chin Yi (Granada) – Iben ma catcha 9. Los Negretes (México D.F.) – Puta ciudad 10. Piyama Party (Monterrey) – Bandas de chicas
Club Fonograma just recently released their 10th compilation of the Fonogramáticos series and it’s a very special one! Bands from all over Latin America and Spain covering each other. We fell in love with Pau y Sus Amigos’ “Fiesta Permanente” upon first listen and decided that this was a great chance to show them how much we liked their song. So we did! A lot of other great artists appear in this compilation and you can download it for free!
Also our song “Camila” has been reaching new ears and getting reviews. We are very happy that this song in particular is spreading out more as we feel it synthesizes the sound that we want to capture and that better defines the group as of now. The good people over at Life: Aquatic, International Tapes, Rocktantra, and Flashlight Tag had some beautiful words about the song and we can’t be more happy. And as a bonus Club Fonograma included the song in their Halloween Mixtape.
We are going to play at this year’s Imagine Science Film Fest in NYC on October 18th. It will be held at the Bell House in Brooklyn and the night will feature avant-garde movies related to science! It’s completely free. So, you should go!
Playing another show with an amazing line-up in lovely Greenpoint! This time is our friend Dominique Leone (Important Records) will join us as well as Wobbly (Tigerbeat 6) and Instant Coffee (M.C. Schmidt from Matmos + peeps) and Safety Scissors will DJ! Electronics, lot’s of instruments, weird sounds, and some repurposed pop.
So once in a while we go off and do some music outside Balún that later ends up in the group. This one is the latest audiovisual collaboration between three of us in the band. La Aldea (The Village) is inspired and accompanied by the sensationalist documentary “Menace of Guatemala” (1934) which focuses on the threat of volcanoes in the Agua area of Guatemala.
This one is an interview after our “set” at the IRMF 2010 in Puerto Rico last May. Long story short we got to play only three songs because of rain and some disorganized dudes. So we had something to say. Also, look who’s back! Andrés! and his words are classic Andrés at it’s best.
We were invited by our friends from Frecuencias Alternas to be part of their Musica Realenga series which takes bands and musicians and asks them to play acoustic versions of their song in unusual settings around San Juan. We performed in manifestation that took part by students, faculty and other supporters from the University of Puerto Rico that at that moment were on a strike that lasted two months and paralyzed the whole public higher education system of the island. For this special presentation our first guitarist Andrés re-joined the band and we played as a quintet for the first time!
Vamos para el West! We are playing this year’s Coors Light Indie Rock Fest in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. The line-up looks promising and it will be our chance to catch up with the San Juan music scene. Also expect an unexpected surprise from us. Show details below!
Robi Draco Rosa Superaquello Balun Mima Juventud Crasa Los Convertibles Campo Formio Tach.de Polidesto Go Organ
Saturday, May 29, 2010 2 PM
Aeropuerto Rafael Hernández (map) Aguadilla, PR, Puerto Rico 00603