El Guincho, the nom de tune of Barcelona experimentalist Pablo Díaz-Reixa, fueled some underground buzz with his 2007 album Alegranza. A principal in the Spanish band Coconot, he fashions otherworldly soundscapes out of samples, keyboards and dashes of tropicalia, dub, Afrobeat and rock.
His EP — out next week on vinyl on the Young Turks imprint (home to The xx and Holy Fuck) — offers spaced-out excursions with five South American standards, including Miguel Matamoros “Mientes,” Orefiche y Valdespi's “Hindou” and Noro Morales y Miguelito Valdés' “Marimba” (on which Adrián de Alfonso guests).
El Guincho, whose sophomore album Pop Negro, is due this fall, was last spotted in L.A. hanging with the Dublab guys in a rain forest — the Natural History Museum's rain forest, that is. Check out their “VisionVersion” video for “Kalise,” recorded at the museum.
As for the real deal, El Guincho will be at Spaceland on Saturday, with the Holloys supporting.
Elsewhere: Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti plays the Echoplex tonight in their first local show since the release of their critically lauded 4AD album “Before Today.” Magic Kids and Puro Instinct (formerly known as Pearl Harbor) open. … Upstairs at the Echo, Austin garage-rockers Harlem are joined by like-minded Angelenos the Black Apples. … Peter Case does two shows tonight at McCabe's in support of his new album “Wig!” … And Dawes does the early-evening Saturdays Off the 405 series at the Getty. …
Also tonight: The first of the monthly “Music in the Zoo” series (it's world music night) at the L.A. Zoo; The first of the three-night A Beatles Celebration at the Hollywood Bowl, featuring Patti Austin, Rob Laufer, Bettye LaVette, Todd Rundgren and more; Banda Cuisillos at the Gibson Amphitheatre; Yes and Peter Frampton at the Greek Theatre; the Wailers at Hollywood Park; Jordin Sparks at Club Nokia; the Donkeys and Big Search at Spaceland; Bobby Long at the Troubadour; Sky Parade and Shine Brothers (Nate Ryan of the Black Angels) at the Bootleg Theater; Lady Sinatra at the Cat Club; HoneyHoney and Tyrone Wells at the Hotel Cafe; Wrong Way Driver at Casey's downtown; the Superbees at the Redwood Bar; and Saccharine Trust at the Smell.
Also Saturday: Lilith Fair with Sarah McLachlan, Emmylou Harris and others, at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre; Beatles at the Bowl, second night; Chris Botti and Katharine McPhee at the Greek Theatre; the Dan Band at Club Nokia; Lukas Rossi at the Viper Room; Swahili Blonde and We Are the World at the Echoplex; the Briggs at the Troubadour; Don Carlos at the Key Club; Bad Astronaut at the Eagle Rock Center for the Arts; Mary Gauthier at McCabe's; the Stevenson Ranch Davidians at Casey's downtown; Former Ghosts at the Smell; and Freedy & Francine at the Bootleg Theatre.
Also Sunday: Los Lobos and the Steve Miller Band at the Greek; the final night of A Beatles Celebration at the Hollywood Bowl; a free 7 p.m. show with Wait Think Fast at the pavilion in MacArthur Park; White Arrows and Vanaprasta at Cinespace; Papa, the Damn Sons and Sweaters at the Bootleg Theater; Full Frontal at the Echo; a second night of Mary Gauthier at McCabe's; DM Stith at Spaceland; and Ollin at the Redwood Bar.