Producer and musician Dan Diaz turns out some of the hardest-hitting punk and indie rock tracks available anywhere. Packed with tons of raw material, this DVD showcases the authentic pace and volume of today's Southern California music scene. Raised in the Poway community of San Diego, famed by Blink 182, Diaz delivers tight, hard-thumping punk anthems and underground hits typical of middle-class Southern California suburbs. The drum and bass tracks alone are so rich that adding "Punk & Indie Rock" to your collection just for these elements is worth the price of admission. If you ever wanted to assemble slammin' tracks in the style of today's hottest indie bands, now is the time to take the "slammin' sounds of So-Cal" in the studio with you!
The second album pairing Palmieri and Tjader, Bamboleate moves beyond El Sonido Nuevo into the respective territories of each artist. "Bamboleate" is the Latin cooker ones expects from Palmieri but didn't find on the more subdued El Sonido Nuevo. "Semejanza" is an equally affecting jazz lilt led by Tjader. Framed by a melody that could have come straight off the Vince Guaraldi Trio's Charlie Brown Christmas album, it has an equally indelible, locomotive rhythm. Tjader's samba, "Samba de Los Suenho," is a welcome departure from the relative rigidity of El Sonido Nuevo.