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The Integrity of the Musician

People love music. It’s one of the first and most important means of expression known to man. People fall in love, find a cause, discover friendships and cure their ills every day thanks to the power of song. As it is with our current societies, though, sometimes being a musician (or an artist, for that matter) must come with a degree of corporate compromise: money. Virtuosos or not, an artist has to eat, and sometimes he/she has to adapt to what’s popular at the moment. In the end, the people rule even though sometimes it would seem otherwise.

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Fergie is a Very Odd Creature, or the Face-Shuffle Theory

Here’s a thought; In my daily commute of getting work done and my frag score up, I sink out and about into the internet. If you’re a regular here, this is no news to you. Anyway, one of my guilty pleasures is to peruse a couple of celebrity blogs… you know, those site where they […]

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And Now, a Gut-Wrenching Juan Carlos Navarro Advertisement for Panama’s PRD Primary

This is the set-up: a man that’s known both online and off as Rob Rivera is lying down in bed thinking about the things people like Rob Rivera think about when they’re lying in bed (answer: chocolate) perusing the TV channels of his basic cable service. Mind you, my TV set has been busted for months.

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Señor Loop – MCMLXXXII

Their first record in over four years, Panama-based alternative rock band Señor Loop returns with a rock-solid album full of emotion, force and resolution wrapped in an onslaught of sonic resolve: “MCMLXXXII” is the name of said album, and to listen to is is to walk down a landscape of Panamanian history’s past, present and future, woven together with sounds that entice and hypnotize. “MCMLXXXII” is, on almost every level, an evolutionary progression from the band’s previous album, “Madretambor.”

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Guildstock 2008 at the Ancon Theater Guild

Just a quick heads-up for those of you in Panama City; as a member of the Theater Guild of Ancon Board of Governors, it’s my duty (to please that booty) and honor to humbly invite you to get to know one of the oldest theaters in Panama City, and the only one that mounts plays […]

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Panama Jazz Festival – The Panama Suite

One of the big announcements that took place during the Panama Jazz Festival was the release of a commemorative CD celebrating five years of Jazz in Panama; a nifty album performed by the Danilo Prez Big Band and produced by Billy Herron and the Berklee College of Music called “The Panama Suite.” The name fits […]

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Panama Jazz Festival – Meeting Stanley Jordan

I was at the production office of the 2008 Panama Jazz Festival on a sunny Friday morning getting stuff done with Yamile, putting out fires that often came throughout the course of the week we worked there, when a gentle young man, tall as a lamp post and seemingly fragile, sat down next to me […]

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Bajo Tierra – “Los Killer Monkeys”

Colombian band Bajo Tierra has apparently been rocking all the bitches in the biker shots since 1988 and all I can think is “where in the world was I?” This punk rock fusion band is right up my alley, as evidences by their first single off their 4th album in 20 years, named Los Dias […]

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Marcos Beraha – “El Chico Para Ti Soy Yo”

I read an interview on Marcos Beraha a couple of months ago, and in it this engineer mentioned that he’s always had the need to express himself through song and, with the advent prowess of the Internet, it allowed him to purchase nifty sound recording programs so he could record tracks right from home. Out […]

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Street Fighter: The Movie

Neither I nor the world was ready for what was unleashed upon the earth on December 23rd, 1994. An avid fan of games as you can probably tell, a young lad named Robert was psyched when one of his favorite games at the time was getting a movie adaptation. As it was, I was an […]

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The Nintendo Day, Seussical

If this comes off as ranty then it is because I feel particularly touchy when it comes to the capacity for injustice in man. I’ve been preparing an article on Noriega and the 1989 invasion to Panama, labeled “Just Cause,” and that, tangled along with things happening at work and my personal life that I […]

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Queens of the Stone Age – “Era Vulgaris”

The new Queens of the Stone Age album, entitled “Era Vulgaris,” is like a targeted cruise missile: it comes in hard and fast, unavoidable and precise in its desire to destroy it all. Unapologetic. The album is a lot of this, and a “greatest hits” of rhythms found in their previous albums from the band, […]

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Koppas, Señor Loop and The Power of Music

A couple of weeks ago I went to this popular bar called Koppas. The time where I would go to trendy clubs and bars on a semi-daily basis is long and gone, but I had a good reason to step out of my comfort zone and expose myself to the sort of scenario trendy place […]

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Deftones, Blank Ads and Cell Phone Cameras

Day 2 of my Carnival Diary still pending, I just wanted to come in here and rant a little; it’s a practice I’ve somehow put aside as of late and I’m slowly trying to get back into the groove. Without further adieu then, I want to talk to you about 3 things that marked this […]

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Porto Diao Events for March 2007

Just a quick reminder of the events the Porto Diao gang has lined up for all of our readers and friends. There has been some rearranging in the House of Porto, mostly because this March 23rd marks the first anniversary of the dastardly charmer. That’s right, a year ago Quique and I bought a server […]

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