December 9, 2009 at 1:02 pm , by Rafael Cardenas
Olmeca completed his second CD titled “La Contra Cultura/ Counter Culture” and celebrated the release at Self Help Graphics last Friday December 4th with a packed house of loyal fans. Perfomances by Pachamama (I missed them), Las Ramonas and MC76 also blessed the stage.
I picked up a copy of the CD and It’s been bumping in my car since. His music reminds me of what I felt like when I was in my first Chicano Studies class. Reminds me of when I first heard Public Enemy, Rage Against the Machine and Aztlan Underground. It’s a sense of pride mixed with anger. Like when I first heard Richard Montoya scream, “I’m confused and full of rage!”
Olmeca has the sickest flow I know right now. His lyrics are brave and well informed. He also gets personal on tracks like Pieces of Me and Pa’ Mi Mama.
Back up vocals, beautiful and soulful, are credited to La Marisoul. I’m pretty sure that is Marisa Ronstadt from MC76 who backed him up on the live show.
The CD is well produced, performed, written and designed. Down to the corn grenade stencil on the sleeve. Cheers to Joel “Rage” Garcia for the design.
Pick up the CD at all the indie stores :
Imix, Nahui Ollin, Mi Vida and Amoeba.
Below is a quick slideshow I posted on YouTube with photos from the December 4th performance. Included are photos of Olmeca, Monte Carlo 76 and Las Ramonas.
I also posted the photos online for you. Feel free to steal here:
and I posted a flash slideshow here. This is the best one to view the images on:
Shout out to all you hard working activist out there putting in work.