OZOMATLI: Embrace the Chaos: CD

Here is a band that I love listening to when I need a punk rock break. My wife and I love to go see them every chance we get. We dance (or try at least…) and always have a good time when we go see them. I missed the Santa Monica Pier show recently and heard that it was a great show. My friends told me that the you could feel the pier flexing from all the people dancing and jumping up and down. I did catch them two weeks later at the John Anson Ford Theater and had a great time with my wife for a great date. I love going to their shows because you see people from all walks of life and from all age groups. It is there for all to enjoy. This is their second full length following a self-titled release and a self-released EP. They are one of my favorite bands of the moment and they are infectious with their blend of Latin and hip hop. They’re always fun and the musicianship is impeccable. They were sort of inactive for about a year and when they played the Democratic Convention with Rage Against the Machine and got shut down, they got re-energized and wanted to continue on their quest. The music is not their only focus. If you go to their website, (www.ozomatli.com), you will see that they are activists also. Jimmy Alvarado tells me they used to play community centers benefits before they got more popular. I respect that and even though they are on a major, they play great music and try to educate those who are open to being educated. I know I like this. I hope you will too.

 –don (Interscope)