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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Helado Negro

Helado Negro | Photo by Gabriela Barbieri for WXPN

Joining us in the studio for this Indie Rock Hit Parade is an artist who is no stranger to our performance space. Roberto Carlos Lange has been releasing music as Helado Negro for just over a decade and, in that time, has become a reliable source for intimate, expressive music. Combining sweeping electronics with rhythms gleaned from Floridian hip-hop and his own Ecuadorian heritage, Helado Negro’s latest album is This is How You Smile. The new songs expand on the socially- and culturally-minded lyrics of his last album, 2016’s Private Energy. For that album, Helado Negro performed a memorable World Cafe session accompanied by a string quartet (including IRHP session veteran Renata Zeiguer on violin) and a pair of tinsel-clad dancers. While on tour with Beirut earlier this year, Lange returned to our studio with two of the versatile musicians who appear on his new album: Angela Morris and Nathaniel Morgan. Both provide synth and saxophone parts on the record, and they reprise their instrument-hopping roles here. Continue reading →

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Where You Been: New Dinosaur Jr, Helado Negro & Nots on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Dinosaur Jr | Photo by Levi Walton, courtesy of the artist
Dinosaur Jr | Photo by Levi Walton, courtesy of the artist

It’s Friday (again) and that means it’s time (again) for the Indie Rock Hit Parade on XPN (again)! On tonight’s full two-hour show (starting shortly after Making Time RADio with Dave P), we’ll get to so many new tracks that you won’t know what to do with yourself. Anchoring this week’s IRHP is a spotlight on Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not, the newest album from Dinosaur Jr. The Amherst trio’s original lineup famously reformed a decade ago, and this new album is the fourth to come from this fruitful reunion. Also in the mix are new tracks from Memphis lo-fi punks Nots, Florida’s premier Ecuadorian-American electro wizard Helado Negro, Philly’s own noisemakers Purling Hiss and more! Preview out those new tunes below….

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The Week’s Best MP3s, incl. Jamie Lidell, Waxahatchee, Helado Negro

05302012_jamielidellJamie Lidell helped us kick off a new feature called XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week with his funky number “Do Yourself a Faver.”  The British electro-soul musician / producer released a self-titled album in mid-February and will be in town on April 14th for a show at Union Transfer with Empress Of and Ludwig Persik.  Tickets and information can be found here.  Download “Do Yourself a Faver” in exchange for your email address below.

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Watch the new Shaking Through episode with Helado Negro, curated by Wilco’s Mikael Jorgensen

HNEcuadorean / Brooklyn artist Helado Negro, aka Roberto Lange, accepted  Weathervane Music‘s Shaking Through challenge for this month’s episode, curated by Wilco keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen.  With Lange’s extensive gear collection paired with generous synth contributions from Moog Music, the session turned into a two-day experiment informed by the musician’s background in visual arts.  Approaching the recording experience from this standpoint resulted in “Mitad del Mundo,” a song that is as three-dimensional in layers and production as its namesake is in form.  From the Shaking Through website:

Spanish for “The Middle Of The World”, Helado Negro’s “Mitad Del Mundo” was born out of Lange’s childhood memories. “I feel like a lot of the songs that I have are almost like patch cables… like I’m patching in one end of a memory, and these non-chronological experiences come together to make up my lyrics.”

Watch the episode with Helado Negro below, and then download “Mitad del Mundo” here.  Helado Negro will be at the North Star Bar on March 23rd in support of his upcoming record Invisible Life, which you can stream here via SPIN.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here.

Shaking Through: Helado Negro from Weathervane Music on Vimeo.