The Unpredictable Sounds of Bareto

Peace & Rhythm Crew recommends the latest album called Impredicible from the really great Peruvian band Bareto – and it is indeed “unpredictable”!!

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Very wide-ranging soundscontained therein! Each record they do tops their previous effort (I put a track from their Grammy-nominated previous CD Ves lo que quieres ver 

on my Rough Guide to Psychedelic Cumbia 

plus they did a great compendium of their last 10 years with 10 Años), 

and this is their most evolved outing to date. From chicha to reggae to psychedelic folk to electronica and places in between and beyond, the band crafts indescribably beautiful original soul vibrations, meditations and reflections on identity, representation, healing, madness, surface v.s. substance (and ancient v.s. modern), creating a work infused with the tropical and jungle roots of their first albums,

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but taking in other influences mirroring the refracted polarities of urban Peru today. Bareto brings an incredibly diverse palette to a very satisfying release. Now if only they would do vinyl editions of their albums (hint)! Awesome CD packaging design by José Antonio Mesones and thanks to Press Junkie PR for getting the word out on this fab band in the USA! Let’s hope they come this way soon!

Check them out here:

The Grandfather of Rock & Roll in Cuba. LP Coming Soon


Back when it was virtually banned by the government, Iván Fariñas took a stand to play the music he loved


In November 2014, Pablo ‘Bongohead’ Yglesias visited Cuba for the first time on a legal educational tour. The following month, in an unprecedented move, the United States eased some restrictions between the two countries after decades of frosty relations. Although the trip was for personal reasons, Yglesias – who has contributed music writing to the likes of Wax Poetics and co-manages the Peace & Rhythm record label – stumbled onto a story in the form of Ivan Fariñas, an aging Cuban rocker with a lasting legacy on the local scene.

The chance encounter has since inspired Yglesias to spread Fariñas’s music internationally, including releasing a compilation of unreleased songs by Fariñas and his band Viento Solar called “Bloomer Plastico”. With the LP set to come out as a collaboration between Peace & Rhythm and Feeding Tube Records later this year, Yglesias revisited his first interactions with Fariñas for RBMA Daily, exposing the guitarist’s unique place in the history of Cuban rock & roll.

Read the story at Red Bull Music Academy.

 Photo by Elizabeth Opalenik

Peace & Rhythm Presents a free-admission weekly music series at The Root Cellar


“Peace & Rhythm Presents” is a weekly eclectic music series every Wednesday night at The Root Cellar, downtown Greenfield’s newest music venue. This premier season features bands and performers of various genres and styles, including funk, world music, jazz, reggae, rock, folk, DJs and more. Every Wednesday is FREE ADMISSION, 21+. Doors open at 8, music starts pumping at 9 and goes until 1230.

—Wed, July 27The Boogalistics (soul-jazz/funk) and Doctor Thing (freak-out psychedelic jazz-funk) –

The Boogalistics bring fresh energy to the classic sound of soul jazz. Boogaloo, soul-jazz, funk, this brand new group out of Northampton will satisfy your need for dancefloor-jazz. Justin Tomsevic (formerly of Melvin Sparks Trio)-drums, Nico D’Amico-guitar, Parker McQueeney-keyboards, Josh Owsley-bass, Adam Scotera-sax.

Doctor Thing play a groove based brand of freak out psych jazz. Joined by their nemesis, Doctor Ilya Kuryakyn, a cold war psychedelics researcher mysteriously turned into an elephant, they root their jazz improv sensibilities in grooves that will keep the dance floor pumping. The band consists of Parker McQueeney (keyboard), Andrew Atkin (guitar), Nico D’Amico (bass), Denny Ray Pellitier (drums).

—Wed, Aug 3I-Ganic Sound System – mobile reggae sound system, selecting the latest and classic sounds from the U.K. to Jamaica: Roots, Dub, Dancehall, Steppas… I-Ganic uses a series of effect processors, sirens and vibe enhancing sounds to produce a one of a kind, bass heavy, echo blurred dub mix, live on the sound system.

—Wed, Aug 10…Brook Batteau solo & band sets & DJ Afropanther – Brook Batteau is the demented frontman, the mad eponymous magician, who plays around with his voice so you get a little Roy Orbison, a little David Byrne, a little Antony & the Johnsons, a little Barry White, a little Rufus, both Wainwright and Chaka Khan. The band plays danceable neo-R&B/indy rock.

Born in Hartford, Connecticut and bred to be a hardcore musician; Afropanther is a Space Jungle Club DJ, Producer, and lyrical assassin. Afropanther provides MC skills, ground-breaking production, and DJ mixing techniques of one whose been on the 1’s and 2’s since the early 80s.

—Wed, Aug 17…Studebaker Hawk & DJ Andujar’s “Rumba Psicodélica” – representing the Peace & Rhythm crew. Vinyl DJ dance party, funk, afrobeat, dub, cumbia, boogaloo, highlife, international jams.

—Wed, Aug 24…Rebirth – Citing influences ranging from Fela Anikulapo Kuti and Steel Pulse to The Beatles and The Police to Nina Simone and Bill Withers, the group folds “Afro-influenced folk,” funk, soul, reggae, jazz, Latin & hip-hop elements into its expansive sound, along with other elements from music throughout the globe. Rebirth write honest and heartfelt songs and are proud to stand by a message of love and unification through music.

—Wed, Aug 31…Vimana plus TBA – psychedelic funk-rock jazz that pays tribute to Zappa, Sun Ra, The Boredoms, and Yusef Lateef, among others.

—Wed, Sept 7Matt Valentine & PG Six – Matt Valentine, of MV/EE, plays a solo set. Cosmic psych-folk, magical country & blues, mountain ragas, blissful strings, open roads. One of the leading lights of the freak underground for decades. Child of Microtones.

PG Six’s music fuses an unlikely range of influences including 60s British folk, country rock, & experimental music. In his various musical incarnations, Pat has shared the stage with the aforementioned Robin Williamson & The Incredible String Band, Yo La Tengo, To Live and Shave in L.A., Alan Licht, Tony Conrad, Tono Bungay, Ghost, Bert Jansch, Slint, the Shadow Ring, Michael Hurley and others.

—Wed, Sept 14The Soul Magnets and DJ Bongohead – based in Northampton MA, Soul Magnets are an up & coming neo-soul/funk band. Kaliis Smith :: lead vocal Janra Roberts :: backing vocal Luke Jaeger :: guitar Chris Fournier :: bass J.J. O’Connell :: drums Dave Trenholm :: sax Fred Hooven :: trumpet Zippy Paige :: trombone
Check them out on Bandcamp:

DJ Bongohead (Pablo Yglesias) is a co-founder of the Peace & Rhythm record label. His specialties: funk, latin, afro, soul. He is also a percussionist, artist, writer and designer.

—Wed, Sept 21Original Cowards & Rebel Base – Northampton-based, rock and some roll, soul, blues, punk from a distance, testifying… They have a full length LP and some brand new songs in the can to play for you.

Greenfield MA’s own lovable stoner-space-metal sci-fi band Rebel Base will open the show.

—Wed, Sept 28…Dave Noonan’s Green Island -featuring Jon Weeks, Chris Ball, and Dan Thomas, with special guests! Afrobeat, ska, jazz, reggae, a touch of funk, a bit of mariachi. Bring your dancing shoes!

—Wed, Oct 5Walking Ghosts & Beach Honey – Walking Ghosts are a four-piece garage rock band from Western Mass with a glow-in-the-dark vinyl 45! Beach Honey is a Kinks-inspired rock n’ roll quartet from the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts. The DailyHampshire Gazette calls the group “part bubblegum, part Velvet Underground and totally catchy”. The Honeys are currently working on a 7″ single for Rub Wrongways Records.

—Wed, Oct 12…Peace & Rhythm DJs w/ special guests– Our DJ curators throw down a funky vinyl dance party on a Wednesday night! Studebaker Hawk returns from his third tour of Asia and will be ready to get down. Andujar and a special guest TBA will also DJ.

Peace & Rhythm is a vinyl record label founded by DJs Andujar, Bongohead and associates. Pressing glorious independent music on vinyl. Funk, world and jazz are the launchpoints. Peace & Rhythm are excited to partner with The Root Cellar on this weekly series. For more info visit

The Root Cellar brings downtown Greenfield fresh, quality music six nights a week, including funk, rock, jambands, jazz, reggae, afrobeat, latin, folk, DJs and anything else! Quality, diverse selection of beverages (including the namesake house Root Cellar Pale Ale by Stoneman), full bar, non-alcoholic options such as kombucha and cold-brewed coffee from the tap, outdoor seating, great art and a killer sound system! A beautiful spot for your dancing, listening and socializing pleasure!

10 Fiske Ave, below Mesa Verde. This venue is wheelchair accessable via elevator.

Brand New Release!: Los Terrificos – Go South / Vaya Pa’l Sur – double album


Peace & Rhythm presents the brand new double 12” LP by Los Terrificos titled Go South/Vaya Pa’l Sur. Taking inspiration from Latin, African, Caribbean, North and South American sources as diverse as the “narco corridos” of Mexico and afrobeat, not to mention Cowboy Western film soundtracks, surf, psychedelic Amazonian cumbia, dub, electronica, funk, Andean folk, even disco, this record is wide ranging yet cohesive. Evocative of wild landscapes, dramas big and small, it’s also a concept story album, perhaps unlike anything in Latin-oriented music today. Order the album direct from the Peace & Rhythm webshop. 500 pressed, 160g vinyl, double album, 45rpm, gatefold. Cover art by Dr Alderete!
Jake Fader, one of the two principal members of the band, says the record “is a soundtrack that has no film (yet). It is a diverse album that is not a traditional representation of any of the many genres it is influenced by. The only real rules were that the songs had to be a little freaky and mysterious.” Go South spins an engaging if fanciful narrative through a series of musical vignettes and also via an extended story in the interior spread of the gatefold. According to the notes, the LP was made “in memory of victims of violence and greed, especially south of the border, and those that cross borders everywhere in order to pursue a better life.”
As the other primary member of Los Terrificos, Ray Lugo (Kokolo, The Boogaloo Destroyers), explains it, “it’s full of reflections on life and the triumphs and struggles of the central figure in the album, ‘El Gordo’, a character not unlike many in the Latin world who makes choices that affect people near and far.” ‘El Gordo’ is a drug kingpin who goes on a vision quest to try and come to terms with the destruction he has wrought, and the question at the end of the record is: does he find redemption, or oblivion? It’s an open-ended conclusion that is as intriguing as the music, and will leave fans craving more (stay tuned!).
Go South has a unique, dynamic hybrid ‘narco-delic’ sound that leaps out of the speakers (having the vinyl on 45 RPM helps). Ray Lugo sums it up thusly: We discussed how long the process of making an album can sometimes be and thought it would be fun to try to write, record and mix an album within 30 days. We chose the sounds of South America because we had been listening to a lot of super funky music from Peru, Colombia and Panama. Jake was working on the music score for [a] documentary…and this played a key role in the cinematic feel to the album. We wanted it to sound fresh, not over-planned and above all to share the fun we had making it with the listener.

The album is a double LP, 160g vinyl, 45rpm for extra boom. It features an original narrative story by Pablo Yglesias (in both Español and English) and a sturdy gatefold jacket with amazing artwork by Dr Jorge Alderete (Sonido Gallo Negro), as well as some interior art by Margot Glass. To listen to samples of the music visit Terrificos here

“Super new long-player from Los Terrificos on the Peace & Rhythm imprint. A cohesive trip on modern tropical influences, leaning on the succulent psychedelics of south american stylized electric guitars and fuzzed out keyboards, but with a decidedly funky and beat-driven approach. It’s the right dose of modern electrico and sonidero soundscapes to maintain a steady groove throughout. Not to be overlooked, the 45RPM pressing of the LP, for all your inevitable rebejada needs in the dance. Impressive gatefold package with extensive artwork and liner notes.”Independent Grand

Catalog: P&R-LP-002

Available: April 5, 2015

Artist: Terrificos

Album title: Go South / Vaya Pa’l Sur

Genres/styles: Latin Alternative / Psychedelic / Lounge / Narcodelica / Chicha / Funk / Electronica / Dub

Features: 45 rpm Double vinyl album, Color gatefold sleeve, 160 gram black vinyl, limited to 500

Cover art: Dr Jorge Alderete