## Tommy Guerrero, Laika, Nortec Collective

From: "andrew cooke" <andrew@...>

Date: Fri, 30 Jun 2006 21:02:00 -0400 (CLT)

Just come back from a shopping binge (winter sales).  Two new t-shirts,
two (identical - 2 for 1 offer) jumpers, and 3 CDs.

Tommy Guerrero - http://www.tommyguerrero.com/ - A Little Bit Of Somethin'
- is some laid back guitar work (found in the electronic music section) -
modern (pop, rock, latin infuences - cool; kind of Beck-like in his
latin/country moments), not flamenco.  I'm writing this after only
listening to a few tracks, so may be off.  It's a cardboard sleeve I
thought was from some Mexican guy; turns out he's an SF skateboarder and
this is an early album from what is now quite a large body of work (the
music makes more sense if you assume he's mexican).  Good music, and just
\$5,000.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tommy_Guerrero
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004SDQ6

Laika - http://www.laika.org/index_main.shtml - Lost in Space - is
electronic / trip hop (Sheffield sounding) - a double album compilation of
work from 93 to 02.  listening to 30 sec segments at the shop, some tracks
sounded familiar (a lot of the credits are peel sessions).  Not listened
to it yet.  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00006YXDB

Nortec Collective - http://www.nor-tec.org/ - Tijuana Sessions Vol 3 - one
of the standard mexican (nortegno - norther mexican with, apparently,
polka influences...) techno crossover albums I have apparently missed out
on.  Don't know where I heard about this, but it's been on my "to buy"
list for some time.  Not bad.  Techno with horns.  Much more western than
Mexican imho, but what do I know?  Not bad, anyway.  Nede to play it
louder, but it's late and I need to sleep.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009VI4B2

Andrew

### Laika CD Copy-Protected

From: "andrew cooke" <andrew@...>

Date: Sat, 1 Jul 2006 10:45:50 -0400 (CLT)

So avoid that one.  I guess the machine at work will read it, but it means
I can't listen to the damn thing over headphones for two weeks.  Pure
label, has the Compact Disc logo, but won't rip.

### Maybe Just Bad Disk

From: "andrew cooke" <andrew@...>

Date: Tue, 19 Dec 2006 17:47:41 -0300 (CLST)

Duh.  I've just dug out the Laika disc again, knowing what I now do about
ripping - http://www.acooke.org/cute/HowtoripCo0.html - and I think th
eproblem wasn't copy protection, but that the disc is bad.  Looking at the
surface, it's very "cloudy" in a couple of areas towards the outside
(which is where the problem tracks are).  And cdparanoia is claiming it is
"scratched", which is consistent.

Poop.  Way too late to take this back.

Andrew