Los Super Elegantes are a unique punk-mariachi-hip-pop (electro)group from Los Angeles (via Tijuana and Buenos Aires). Milena Muzquiz and Martiniano Lopez-Crozet founded the group in 1995 and have mixed original music with theatrical stage improvisations in amusing live performances.
Featured in Index, Interview, ArtForum and the Fader, their 2002 album "Channelizing Paradise" was praised for its quirky, entertaining riffs, and they performed in 2004 as part of the Whitney Biennial in New York and in the Frieze Art Fair in London.
Los Super Elegantes have played with Beck, done a version of Nirvana's "Rape Me" in French, DJ'd throughout Europe and North and South America, and have received significant airplay on Indie 103.1, WFMU, and KCRW, on which they played live in 2001.
The band is currently working on a new album that will be released in 2007."Channelizing Paradise" can be purchased at Amoeba Records in Hollywood, at Sea Level Records in Echo Park, and online through Aquarius Records.
"Channelizing Paradise" is also available to download through the iTunes music store, as well as eMusic, Napster, and most other digital providers. For people living in places where the iTunes music store isn't offered (Mexico and South America), eMusic is the best way to download the album.
To download through iTunes click here. To download through eMusic click here (recommended for those in Mexico and South America). To download through Napster click here.Press:The Fader: "Less 'rock band' than all-out 'experience,' a thoroughly modern hybrid that defies easy categorization.
"LA Weekly: "A theatrically vibrant blur of thrash-mariachi, psychedlic distortion, histrionic vocals, performance art, punk rock, surrealism, Mexican telenovelas and five-dollar-store fasions."ARTFORUM: "Globe-trotting emissaries of trash in translation, a refreshing brand of cross-cultural misprision… Talk about a surprise vantage on the touchy elisions of imperialist modernism!"Fluxblog: "This is technically an ESG cover, but there's got to be a better word for what Los Super Elegantes do with this song.
The basic elements that make "Dance" one of the best dance songs ever written remain intact, but the band adds new verses and hooks that actually build on the greatness of the original. It's rather like buying a buying a beautiful old house and renovating it so that everything you add to the structure only enhances the aesthetic charm of the design.
"Gorilla Vs. Bear: "The band, whose name loosely translates to 'The Super Elegantes,' is unclassifiable in its greatness. Each song seems to dabble in about 3 different genres and multiple languages, and yet it somehow comes together perfectly.
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