De Verdad - Matamoska!

from the album M Is For Murder (2016)

For the past few months, I have been collecting fallen branches and countless prunings into a massive pile.  This weekend, I plan to light them into the mother of all bonfires.  For such a primeval event, I wish I could share it with a select group of my funky friends - the ones who really appreciate Joe Strummer.

This has given rise to endless listening to Joe's music: before, during, and after The Clash.  It is amazing now to dissect all the influences that run through his music.

While I was adding to my pile, the outdoor speakers played a triplet of Clash tunes: Janie Jones, Bankrobber, and Should I Stay Or Should I Go.  It was the perfect mix of punk, dub, and spanish (as in Joe's backing vocals on Should I Stay...).

This led me down a path of listening to bands that were influenced by The Clash, like Rancid and Desorden Público.  That - in turn - led me to M Is For Murder, a new compilation by Matamoska!, a great underground band from Montebello, California.

What better way to celebrate Joe Strummer than with some hard-driving ghetto-punk-ska?  I dig their song De Verdad with its horns-a-blazin' to an uptempo riff.  The bass and drums are knocking it dead.  Best yet, the punk vocals are sung in español with a fierce energy.

I'm planning to crank this song while I sit by my bonfire.  I will raise a toast to friends who can't be there, including Joe.

Click Here to listen to De Verdad.

Comments

  1. Great song! And I would pay an admission fee to come to your Joe Strummer bonfire!!!

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    1. Winds from the distant hurricane cancelled the bonfire. So, there is still time to buy tickets to next week's burning !!!

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  2. Ok! Sounds like it will a Global a Glow-Go!!

    And "Winds from a Distant Hurricane" sounds like a song title. Get on that.

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    1. That does sound like a great title. Thanks !!!

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    2. I want album credit. Need to cross that off my bucket list.

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    3. OK. So what is your best rhyme with "Hurricane"?

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  3. Oh well....I'm no Marshall Mathers with the whole "palms are sweaty, there's vomit on his sweater already, mom's spaghetti." But off the top of the old coconut:

    There are some obvious ones, like Burning flame, yearning game, cheap champagne, aeroplane

    I know...so mundane. I feel ashamed and deep down you know you're to blame for asking me to play this game. :)

    I'm sure JB is much better at this!






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    1. JB is a high-octane Mark Twain. But your rhymes let you offer novocaine to Whooping Cranes.

      You can get a writing credit!!!

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    2. Yay!! Thanks!!

      Novocaine to whooping cranes? Are you doing cocaine on a train in vain???

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  4. In this vein, I hop on the train. Albeit insane, or deftly inane all still not in the rain, but to refrain and allowed to reign not fully drained in the brain incorporating the crane for you and all that is kung fu.

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    1. Ha!!! That is great JB.

      An airplane through the windowpane that you could never explain in the Ukraine.

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  5. Insane in the membrane-

    (not directed at anyone; just words from a song I recall from the 90's.

    Extra points to the person that knows the band.

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    1. That would be off color Cypress Hill. Drinking, thinking (or not) and tell it to the mike!

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    2. Perhaps this is next Ms. Doolittle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVmU3iANbgk

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    3. Although you fane Pygmalion stone, Miss Liza was closer to the bone, but regardless of their ilk, one always new that "Gin was Mother's milk!" Or at least to My Fair Lady.

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    4. Very nice JB- in fact, I call it loverly....;)

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