MIA rocker Charlie Pickett uses talent to raise $$ for Irma

Miami home boy and blues rocker Charlie Pickett has teamed up with R.E.M.’s Peter Buck to raise money for Hurricane Irma victims through sales of a digital single, “What I Like About Miami.”

The catchy tune pays tribute to Cuban girls, bananas and South Beach, with a telling line that probably applies to many residents, both native and non-native: “I never meant to stay here.”

Here’s the blurb from Bloodshot Records promoting the song:

In light of the recent unfortunate and disastrous events of Hurricane Irma in Charlie Pickett’s home state of Florida, the Miami garage rock hero releases a new track with fellow Southeastern guitarist Peter Buck (R.E.M., The Baseball Project, The Minus 5) to pay tribute to Pickett’s humble beginnings in Florida, a part of the fertile and groundbreaking underground music scene of the Southeast in the early ’80s. “What I Like About Miami” is a burly, brawny piece of Southern rock riffage, an amalgam of layed-on-thick distorted blues guitar, snarling punker vocals, and gospel harmonies à la Exile on Main Street. It’s a fitting barroom singalong number for the beachside haunts that Pickett calls home.

“Watching the storm approach, I wanted to do something to raise spirits as much as money,” Pickett says. “This song has been a celebration in our shows, and it’s a song that rallies around what makes South Florida what it is.

“When I started working on my first album in years, “What I Like About Miami” cried out for something more, something special, so I called Peter. He not only agreed to play on the track, what he sent just burned. So when I wanted to do something to help, dropping this track right now seemed to be the right thing to do.

Mallea snags Jeb! en español

Miami brewmeister Jose Mallea, Miami Republican with close ties to the Bush dynasty, released a Spanish-language radio ad Monday featuring former Gov. Jeb Bush.

Mallea, who’s facing off against lawyer Daniel Perez in a heated GOP special primary election to replace state Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, worked as a campaign aide for Bush and for U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, another Hispanic South Florida home boy whose connection Mallea has tried to capitalize on.

In a press release from his campaign Monday, Mallea touted his support from former governor, who backed Mallea early on in the battle for District 116.

“Governor Bush is one of Florida’s greatest leaders, and I am honored to have him behind our campaign,” said Mallea. “I plan to keep working hard in the home stretch of this primary to make sure District 116 has a representative in Tallahassee who will work hard for conservative policies that will improve education and increase opportunity for everyone.” 

Here’s the translation of the ad:


“This is Jose Mallea asking for your support for the special election on July 25th.

I am asking that you don’t believe the lies from the low campaign my opponent is running.

Our district deserves better! Less taxes and more opportunity.

This is why former Governor Jeb Bush is supporting me in my campaign for State Representative.

“Hello, this is Jeb Bush. Jose Mallea is a trusted friend that’s going to defend us. Jose will use his Republican values to work for you in the Florida Legislature.

That’s why I am asking you to vote for Jose on July 25th.