Here is a novel idea: why not play local music on local radio? That’s the concept behind Mexican with Guns’ “Radio Revolucion,” a push to get new single “Me Gusto” on Mix 96.1. So, Clear Channel, why not? The electro-conjunto beats and Chico Mann’s laid-back Spanish raps collide with skittering drum ‘n’ bass (and cowbell!). People would love that shit. I can practically hear it as a tinny ringtone now. Tastemakers a lot more reputable than megacorporate radio, like magazines Fader and Xlr8r, are already all over the Friends of Friends track. Is it really too much to ask for it to be heard over the airwaves in MWG’s hometown? The lucha libre DJ originally targeted afternoon host Rush Russell (on from 2-7pm), and requested all 1,397 of Mexicans with Guns’ facebook friends to call in between 2-6 p.m. at (210) 470-5961, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or send a facebook message requesting “Me Gusto” on Monday, October 25. So far, our own requests have been futile, but as they say, “the revolucion has just begun.”
It should be a familiar feeling to San Antonians, demanding recognition of cultural relevance from the big dogs. Just on October 21, Lerma’s Nite Club, a turquoise gem of conjunto soul, received historical landmark status from the San Antonio City Council. Since a surprise visit from city code inspectors on July 6, the fate of Lerma’s art deco corner of a dumpy West Side strip center had been in jeopardy thanks to the fire hazards and a bad roof found by the city. Though several politicians acknowledged the importance of the 59-year-old club, it took a dedicated army of gente writing letters, attending Dangerous Structure Determination Board meetings, and enlisting the help of District 1 council member Mary Alice Cisneros and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, to get the building designated as a landmark and likely saved from demolition. Until owners Mary and Gilbert Garcia can bring the entire building (which they own) up to code, Lerma’s will remain closed, but not demolished. For more information, visit savelermas.org.