Chicano Batman, one of my favorite LA bands, has finally released some new music! Their self-titled LP was one of my favorite releases of 2010 (and they were one of the first guests on Melting Pot) and since then we’ve been waiting far too long to hear more from the group. Joven Navegante is a 4 song EP which hopefully is just a teaser for additional music later in the year or early next year. “Joven Navegante” and “Pomegranate Tree” both feature vocals and more of an upbeat eastside tropicalia funk sound to them. I’m most fond of the insturmentals, especially “La Tigresa” which sounds just about like what a meeting between Lanny, after having worked on Gal Costa’s Le Gal album, recorded with Los Angeles Negros in 1971. Additionally, Chicano Batman are playing a slew of shows in the LA area over the summer, hopefully we’ll be able to get them back, fully plugged in this time, to the KPFK studios as well!
June 22nd @ La Paloma Room
June 24th @ Lot 1 Cafe
June26th @ La Cita
June 29th @ M Bar
July 3rd @ Hip Kitty
August 9th @ the Hammer Museum
August 30th @ the Bootleg Theatre
Finally, the band has started a kickstarter campaign to fund the pressing of 10″ vinyl of the EP, if you can help them out, please click here. Below is a little video that introduces to the band and their campaign.