Wednesday, February 20, 2008

A Death in the Family

Sadly, MTV Tr3s has killed Indie 101, their show dedicated to showcasing up and coming indie, alternative talent. Hopefully, MTV Tr3s will find another way to represent alternative music, in the mean time check out Los Burbanks on Indie 101. Indie 101: you will be missed.


DJ Bitman is debuting his newest video for "Tropilove" on MTV Tr3s week. The video takes you on a Caribbean vacation by land and by sea. With images of coral reefs, pink palm trees, and bikini clad women bouncing around the screen, it's the perfect answers to days were it's 17 degrees and snowing (like today). The song itself epitomizes island rhythm and is great to mellow out to, so enjoy.

Keep Your Fingers Crossed For Aterciopelados!

Colombian rock sensation, Aterciopelados, has been nominated for Rock Album of the Year for their album, Oye, for Univsion's Premios Lo Nuestros. Cheer on the legendary duo by tuning in tomorrow night. Buena Suerte!

Monday, February 18, 2008

Props to Manu Chao

Manu Chao has been nominated for a Latin Billboard award for Rock/Alternative album of the year for his album, La Radiolina, and his myspace page has reached over a million hits. Thank you Manu for keeping Latin Alternative on the map. Keep your eyes and ears open for his new video for "Politik Kills" and hot, new remixes coming soon.

Party with Sr. Flavio

In honor of Supersaund 2012, Sr. Flavio (of Los Fabulosos Cadillacs) will be having album release parties on both coasts. So if you're in Chi-town, Bean Town, LA, Hollywood, or Queens, check these events out.
Supersaund 2012 a la venta March 4th - check your record stores

Feb. 18th - Chicago, IL @ Spot 6
Feb. 28th – Boston, MA @ Samba Bar
Mar. 1st- Los Angeles, CA @ Sabor Lounge
Mar. 4th – Hollywood, CA @ Knitting Factory
Mar. 7th – Queens, NY @ D’Antigua

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Soft Spot: "De Que Sirve"

"De Que Sirve" is an infectious, pop rock hit with saccharin sweet vocals and melody that work its way into your mind until your singing along with the track. It barely counts as Latin Alternative, but in my mind, they have LA street cred. Let's face it - if Belanova's "Baila Mi Corazon" is considered Alternative, everyone's got a fair shot. Plus, they're no where near as popular as Mexi-Pop sensation RBD so they're still safe. And bands who play their own instruments will always have an edge over run of the mill, generic, pop acts. To me, they're a mix between Paramore and BBmak, and despite what hardcores have to say - "De Que Sirve" is still cool and will continue to play on my iPod for days to come.

Noteworthy: "Eres Para Mi"

Julieta Venegas is the Alicia Keys of Latin Alternative music. But instead of hot lyrics laced over a piano melody, add in an accordion, keyboards, guitar, and a sexy Latin groove. Not only is Julieta beautiful like Alicia, ever since "Me Voy" first hit the air waves, she's taken the music world by storm. With her hip-hop infused single, "Eres Para Mi," featuring a rapping Julieta, hit makers like Daddy Yankee took notice (see below). "Eres Para Mi" is a great tune to jam out to, so disfrutala.

Todos Tus Muertos "Greatest Hits" Album Out Tuesday, February 19th

If you're in the area, check out their record release parties:

Feb. 18th – Chicago, IL @ Spot 6
Feb. 18th – Boston, MA @ Samba Bar
Feb. 19th – Hollywood, CA @ Knitting Factory
Mar. 1st – Los Angeles, CA @ Sabor Lounge

LAMC 2008 Info Announced

The 9th annual Latin Alternative Music Conference will take place July 8th - 12th at the Roosevelt Hotel. The event features prominent artists, as well as the music industry's biggest decision-makers, coming together for panels, live performances, showcases, film screenings, art exhibits, y mas.

Free concerts at Central Park SummerStage and Celebrate Brooklyn Festival, are on the agenda for the 2008 LAMC. Past conferences saw 1,250 music industry attendees and 25,000 concert fans each year.

"Major music events like the 9th Annual Latin Alternative Music Conference draws music fans from around the world to New York City," says New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg. "Through the work of the Latin Media and Entertainment Commission, New York has been able to attract and retain major Latin events generating millions in economic activity for our City. As we continue to showcase the talent and rich cultural diversity of Nueva York, hosting events like the LAMC helps us as we stake our claim as the Latin media and entertainment capital of the world."

Here's a list of last year's LAMC artist's:

Manu Chao
Cafe Tacvba
Calle 13
Austin TV
Plastilina Mosh
Enrique Bunbury
Gustavo Cerati
Los Bunkers
Pacha Massive
The Pinker Tones
Mexican Institute of Sound
Julieta Venegas
Nortec Collective
Tres Coronas
La Ley
Mala Rodriguez
Yerba Buena
Ivy Queen
Autenticos Decadentes
Coheed and Cambria
Los Amigos Invisibles
Tony Touch
El Gran Silencio
Maria Empumer
Kevin Johansen
Erica Garcia
Leo Garcio
Natalia Lafourcade
Ely Guerra
Jorge Drexler
Fermin IV
Sergio Lagos
Las Ultrasonicas
Los de Abajo
Panteon Rococo
Go Betty Go
Alex Lora of El Tri
Vico C
Volumen Cero
Tatiana Klauss
Kronos Quartet
Delinquent Habits
Frederic Aubele
David Garza
Cielo Ceniza
Candela Soul
Los Pinguinos
Hip Hop Hoodios
Cuarto Poder
Los Rumbers
Los Abandoned
B Side Players
Ceci Bastida
Gonzalo Yanez
La Sista
Santos de Los Angeles
Jorge Moreno

A day in the life of The Source


That's pretty much a short summary of how my life has been since February 5th, my last post. Between frigid, snow-filled Syracuse weather, and endless amounts of school work I've been going bananas. I apologize for keeping you all outside the Latin Alternative loop, but now things seem to be cooling down a bit for the source, so let's get back to what's hot and fresh on the LA scene.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

More Shows

Here's a list of some more shows for you world travelers:

Nortec Collective presents: Bostich + Fussible

March 14th – MaerzMuzik Festival, Berlin – Germany
April 5th – I.D.E.A.L. Festival, Nantes – France


Feb. 3 – Restrepo, Meta – Colombia
Mar. 13 – Punto G, Bogota – Colombia
Apr. 4 – Universidad Nacional, Bogota – Colombia
European dates also planned for the spring!

Plastilina Mosh
Feb. 15- Centro de Convenciones, Maracaibo – Venezuela

MIS To Heat Up MX

Here's some news that will make you wish you were in Mexico. So, if you have the opportunity (or the funds $$$) - GET THERE!!!

February 14th - Mexico City, MX - Salon Cuervo
The Go! Team
Mexican Institute of Sound

February 16th - Guadalajara, MX - Beat Fest
The Hives
The Go! Team
Holy Fuck
Mexican Institute Of Sound
Los Dynamite
Disco Ruido

February 23rd - Puebla, MX - Beat Fest
A-Trak+Kid Sister
Brodinski+ Yuksek (Live)
Mexican Institute Of Sound
Disco Ruido (dj set)
Six Million Dollar Weirdo
Jessy Bulbo

March 1st - Monterrey, MX - Beat Fest
Thieves Like Us
Scenario Rock
Punks Jump Up
Aaron Lacrate
Mexican Institute Of Sound
Disco Ruido Live
Sonidero Nacional
Quiero Club

March 8th in Mexico City! MX Beat
Beastie Boys,
Cold War Kids,
Mexican Institute of Sound
Jarvis Cocker
The Cribs,
Cut Copy,
The Teenagers,
Shy Child,
hello seahorse!,
Playmovil Proyect

Los Beats - What's Hot on the L.A. Scene

Flavio Returns

Área Alternative is counting down the days till the release of Supersaund 2012 , Señor Flavio's (founding member of Los Fabulosos Cadillacs) latest album, on March 4th.

We spread the word back in December, but this is a comeback not to be missed. Not only will Supersaund contain the Rock and Ska that Flavio's known for, he'll also be trying out some new styles like garage rock, psychobilly, and punk.

Supersaund 2012 – Tracklisting:

1. Malito

2. Ministra

3. Polaroid 66

4. El Apagon

5. Lo Mejor del Mundo

6. La Herida

7. Oportuna

8. Lucha Libre Lovers

9. Guamont

10. De Story of de Loko Univers-love

11. Tropicana 50

12. Cristina

13. Retirada Murguera Portena

Here's the first single off the new album:

Tropi-Audio Getaway

Check out DJ Bitman's new single, "Tropilove." It's the audio equivalent of a vacation in the tropics. Drop a line to let us know what you think.