Monday, September 05, 2005

Josh Martinez and Sleep are the Chicharones

Download: "Pork Rind Discotheque" by the Chicharones

A dirty secret of mine is that I like all manner of greasy, fattening pork products, including pork rinds with hot sauce on them AKA chicharrones, which inspires much distress in my vegetarian wife.

For my health, I should probably stick to Vancouver's Chicharones, a spicy rap duo made up of Josh Martinez (one of URB's Next 100) and Sleep (one of the founders of Oldominion), two fantastic performers who possess a clever wit and incredibly diverse influences, which show up in their hot backing tracks. Both Martinez and Sleep have absorbed myriad genres and artists into their lexicon--salsa, rock, blues (Sleep's dad played bass for Gatemouth Brown!), and more--and swing these influences around wildly with an emphasis on songwriting that's pretty refreshing considering what passes for "songs" in much of today's hip-hop. I particularly like the classical riffs that permeate some of the tracks on their new record, When Pigs Fly. Oh, and the record gets better as it goes along (and it starts out really strong)!

Download this track. And catch the Chichis on tour:


8th- Courtenay BC- Seven
9th-Victoria BC- Lucky Bar
10th- Tofino BC- The Legion
11th- Vancouuver BC- Sonar w/Prefuse 73
15th- Whistler BC- GLC w/Sweatshop Union (*private show)
*16h Kelowna BC - The Well w/Sweatshop Union(TBC)
*17th- Calgary AB- TBA w/Aceyalone
*18th- Nelson BC- Fluid (TBC)
*19th- Calgary AB- TBC
20th- Red Deer AB-
21st-Edmonton AB - TBC w/Aceyalone
25th- London ON- The Embassy
*26th-Ottawa ON- Babylon w/Aceyalone (TBC)
28th-1st: POP Montreal Conference/Showcase TBD

6th-Bozeman MT- Zebra Lounge Hatch Festival (Josh Martinez Solo)
14th- San Antonio Texas @ Kingston Tycoon Flats
*20th Vancouver BC- Richards on Richards TBC
*part of the Western Canadian Music Awards

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