Hecho En Mexico, the musical documentary/love letter about our neighbor to the south, received its second premiere last week with a star-studded concert and screening at the Ford Theatres in Hollywood.
The Topanga Film Institute helped director Duncan Bridgeman celebrate the release of his director’s cut of the film with a VIP party and concert featuring Gull, Sergio Arau, and Ximena Sariñana.
The original cut of the film was released in theaters last year. The movie features a number of important musicians, thinkers, and celebrities on-screen who share their thoughts about modern Mexico.
I’ve recently fallen in love with Mexico City-based Rock/Pop/Jazz trio MINK thanks to a friend of mine who gave me a copy of their full-length album Camino.
The trio, consisting of vocalist Carol Villagrán, guitarist Alex Sanchez and drummer bassist Adrian Paz, released an acoustic version of one of their hits, “Dejame Salir,” yesterday for Acústica Sesión, a production of Art En Stock and Tricyclo Music:
MINK formed in Mexico City in early 2007 months after Villagrán and Sanchez won a contest which led to a performance in Tokyo’s Asia Club. They released their debut, self-titled ep in 2009 recorded with the help of producer Tweety González.
MINK released Camino, also produced by González, the following year to positive reviews. It’s a great Pop record with touches of Rock, Jazz and a few dashes of Electronic music. And for those who noticed, yes, Villagrán does have a timbre similar to Ximena Sariñana.
No word yet on MINK’s plans for 2012 but I hope it includes a tour of the U.S.
Ximena Sariñana swung by the Warner Bros. Records office this past Friday for a mini-concert before her trip up north to San Francisco for the Outside Lands Festival. I was lucky enough to receive an invite to the event and, as always, took a few photos while there.
The world-famous WB water tower! No word if the Animaniacs still live inside of it:
Some of Ximena’s younger fans became distracted by the stage props:
Open bar courtesy of Red Bull:
There’s a livestream of the show courtesy of the WB which you can find HERE. Look for my cameo halfway through the show. There are a few more photos on my Flickr as well.
To those unfamiliar with Mexican singer/actress Ximena Sariñana, it will come as a shock to know that the appearance of such a tiny, unimposing figure such as herself could set a record for a capacity crowd at La Cita in downtown LA. Hundreds of dedicated fans stood in line a full hour before doors were open to the public for her performance at Mucho Wednesday’s weekly dance party where she premiered a number of songs from her highly-anticipated sophomore album.