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DC Reviews: Intocable ~ Highway

intocablecoverNot releasing an album in three years did not hurt Intocable. Twenty-two years of music has allowed them to amass quite a catalog of hits–hits that make for memorable set lists that always get their sell-out crowds singing along.

Still, one always wonders what else Intocable can accomplish on a new album. They have achieved much in the studio and on the road, but their newest album, Highway, is a project that reminds us of Intocable’s versatility, the excellent songwriters they hang with, and why we always get excited about their “next album” taking too long to be released.

In an interview a few years ago, band leader Ricardo Muñoz stated that he may not be the best vocalist in the business, but his on-stage confidence is bolstered by having some of the best musicians in the business. Highway leaves no doubt about this, especially the bajo sexto creativity of Johnny Lee Rosas. While Rosas recorded the entire album, he recently left to sew his own creativity with a band he founded years ago, Masizzo. Nonetheless, his and Alex Gulmar’s bajo playing on Highway is the best I’ve heard on a a Norteño album.

Although the run-up to the album’s release came with online releases of some of the tunes over the course of a few weeks, the band had been riding on a powerful single penned by Louie Padilla, Tu Ausencia. In another interview, Muñoz stated that the tune was a strong reminder of the loss of his father a few years ago. Having lost my Mom 6 months ago, I must say that as I sing along  to it, I usually get a lump in my throat. Released with an excellent video, the next single and video was a lighter one with Quiereme (Amame), a cumbia.

Highway is definitely a journey of experiences and of emotions. It’s also one of Intocable’s darker recordings, perhaps a journey of their own experiences as a band and as individuals. From love to love hurting to love lost, the band seems to describe just about anything that any given individual has gone through. Tunes like Te Perdono, a ranchera, reveal the pain of love lost by setting standards by which one forgives–and they’re not easy standards:  “Te perdono si un dia traes a Dios hasta mi puerta; cuando vea que a tus ojos salen lagrimas de sangre…” One even feels the sadness of the acordeon.

Equally haunting is the ballad, En La Obscuridad, about moving forward after losing on love, but what remains are the thoughts that cloud one forever. That much is noticeable in the song’s extended musical ending with the haunting back-and-forth of the acordeon and what can only be described as mind-noise in the background.

Intocable also hits on an important social issue, the missing and murdered women of Juarez. Wilfran Castillo’s Dia 730 tells the story of a 17 year-old girl with dreams of becoming famous lured by a man offering opportunities of success only to go missing and probably murdered. This cause has been around for years and the lack of response (few arrests and convictions) continues to instill fear in Juarez. Thankfully, Intocable adds to this discussion, including the pain families go through and the ineffectiveness of law enforcement. It’s a powerful and descriptive tune.

The band also reminds me that they grew up in the same rock era as I did, and Un Dia Sin Ti and Duele El Amor, both rancheras, have tinges of rock guitar and drumming (by Rene Martinez) that effectively set up the songs. The signature Intocable cumbias are also evident, with Cuando Me Vi En Tus Ojos and Sueño de Amor providing some danceable treats.

Intocable also invites a guest lead vocalist, Beto Zapata, on Cuestion de Tiempo, which he delivers quite well. The album is well-rounded out with Cuidare, Usted Me Encanta, and Quiza No Sea Tarde, making this a musically diverse album.

Intocable is:  Ricky Muñoz, Rene Martinez, Sergio Serna, Felix Salinas, Alex Gulmar, Juan Hernandez, and familiar new entrant, Danny Sanchez.

You can find the new album on various online outlets, but also exclusively for sale at Wal-Mart. Kudos to Ricky and the crew on a great production. They keep proving that independently produced records are the best ones out there.

DC Reviewed Music Among Latin Grammy Nominees

I’ve been watching the announcements from various musical performers who have been nominated for a Latin Grammy this year and I finally checked the entire list.  It turns out that among the nominees are Tejano and Regional Mexican artists that DosCentavos reviewed. Congrats to the DC Reviewed nominees, including:

Best Mexican Regional Album 
Intocable – En Peligro de Extincion (DC Review)
Best Tejano Album
David Lee Garza – Just Friends (DC Review)
Los Texmaniacs –  Texas Towns and Tex-Mex Sounds  (DC Review)
Jay Perez – New Horizons (DC Review)
Best Regional Mexican Song
Jay Perez – Tu Ultima Cancion (Songwriter: Adalberto Gallegos)

And a special congrats to Adalberto Gallegos. On top of being one of the best vocalists in the industry, he can write some amazing songs, too. All that’s left to be said is…can I pick ’em or what?


DC Reviews ~ Intocable – En Peligro De Extincion


That was my initial reaction to the intro to the first track, Nos Falto Hablar. With its obvious rock influences throughout the track, its soaring vocals and harmonies, it became obvious that Intocable had come up with something special for their new CD, En Peligro de Extincion (Universal Music).

The rock intros continue in the cumbia, Como Se Fue Ella, with a bold, tough beat offered through serious drum and percussion beats, this track offers some excellent lyrics. The ranchera Decidimos (Bien o Mal) has a smoother intro,  which immediately turns into a “rola bien Intocable” with its own rock influences evident in its hard drumming and pasadas on the bajo sexto.

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Anchia, Coleman Push to Repeal Gay Marriage Ban

Read the report from K-T at BOR. Some will say, “It’s about time!” I’ll say, it’s always been time! It’s just that a majority of Texans were a bit dumb in 2005 when they voted to basically limit a group of people’s civil rights. When a state that loves to boast about its freedoms  takes basic rights from people, well, that state really loses a right to any claims. If it’s time for anything, it is time to remove the ban on same-sex marriages.

Polls show Texans have changed over the last seven or eight years, so, perhaps an election to get rid of the ban will do the trick. The thing is, it still needs to get through the Lege, which is still as right-wing as 2005, at times. This is still something worth fighting for.

DREAM Act as Momentum Builder?

Congress Members Luis Gutierrez, Lucille Roybal-Allard, and Ileano Ros-Lehtinen are set to re-introduce the DREAM Act as a stand-alone bill.

“This isn’t a substitute or a fall-back for [comprehensive immigration reform],” Lee said in an email. “The members are still strongly committed to passing a broad reform package. The strategy in introducing it now is to build on the momentum that already exists for immigration reform and to highlight the impact of our broken immigration system on the Dreamers and their families.”

Others, like Xavier Becerra, prefer to stay the course on CIR that includes DREAM. Frankly, it’s the DREAMers who have worked hardest on this effort, and if this builds momentum toward a broader CIR, then great. But I tend to think that Republicans will drop CIR and go back to their usual divisive ways for 2014 if DREAM-only is delivered to the President’s desk.

It’s one of those damned if you do/don’t moments. And as a friend of mine stated, it may just be about taking the “higher road of the real” given all the “new” debate on CIR that sounds like 2006.

Arizona Racially Profiles Tejano Music Legend

Yeah, my friend, Tejano Music legend and unapologetic Barack Obama supporter, Johnny Hernandez was racially profiled by Arizona highway patrol recently, and let me tell you, he’s pissed not happy! And with every reason in the world, too! When stopped, along with fellow recording artist, Valentina Estrada, the trooper stated it was “a routine check.” I guess since he routinely looks like a Mexican American, it’s ok, then? HELL NO!

Always a musician-activist since his days with his brother, Little Joe y La Familia, he’s no stranger to being involved. We have not heard the last of this legend, I’m sure. And he definitely has the support and back-up of DosCentavos.

FYI:  He’s putting the finishing touches to a new CD and it should be out soon. Stay tuned for a review right here!

Music Break – Arjona and Intocable – Mojado – EMI Latin