First posted on Mark Is Cranky:
I was over to a friend's house the other night for a few (extremely hoppy) beers and some fine listening. This time around I was turned on to Ry Cooder's latest and ultra-fine record: Chavez Ravine.
Cooder takes the story of the chunk of land beneath Dodger Stadium and turns it into an incredible collection of songs meant to tell the story of that long lost Mexican-American mini-community. As always, Cooder brings along some interesting and talented guests. To these ear-parts, the results are brilliant.
Never heard of the story of Chavez Ravine and Dodger Statdium? Me neither. Apparently, when the government moved to evict the residents...things got ugly. Though some folks left peacefully, other had to be dragged out of their homes. Ah, progress.
Whatever your feelings on the subject of eminent domain, I bet you'll be moved to relive the experiences of those concerned via this beautiful music. And, socio-politcal hooey aside, this album is just plain excellent summer listening. Seriously.
Pass the salt.