Monday, December 1, 2008

Fresh Face: Rue Melo

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Though she's no gum shoe (she started working with producer Bemd Bergdorf - who's worked with Tom Waits and Pink - in 2005), Rue Melo's music is raw enough to consider her a fresh face for the Latin Alternative music scene.

The Uruguayan/French urban pop princess writes and records her own music, sings in three languages (English, French, and Spanish), and even creates some of her own beats.

Rue performs with a band comprised of bassist Bryan Bush, drummer Idris al-Mutazz Tate, and guitarist Claudio Tomasello, and has hits including "Can't Deny" and "Check It" which was featured in the first episode of The Hills season 4.

She lists Bob Marley, Lauryn Hill, Aaliyah, Orishas, Alicia Keys, Biggie, and Lil Wayne as her influences and, although she is unique in her own right, she reminds me of a mix between Lumidee and Pink (In her early, "There You Go" days).

To find out more about Rue Melo and/or check out more tracks, visit her official MySpace page.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Let Me Put You On: Choc Quib Town

If The Fugees, Immortal Technique and Yerba Buena merged to create one sound, the result would be Choc Quib Town.

Choc Quib Town (Chocó Quibdo Nuestro pueblo) is a Colombian Latin hip hop/funk group whose music invokes pride for their mother country but, more specifically, their place of birth: Chocó.

Chocó is a state in the Pacific Coastal region of Colombia, a place full of "flavor and open hearts, of tears and struggle and of people with the hope of survival." Chocó is also known for the plight of AfroColombians living in the area - a reoccurring theme in Choc Quib Town's music.

Aside from hip hop and funk, fans can find rumba and rural sounds that go along with their tight flow and high energy. I've found a lot of Latin hip-hop bands to sound pretty hokey and sub-par, but I could see Choc Quib Town finding mainstream success in the future.

The group just released their latest album, Oro, and will be playing a few shows in Colombia and Brazil.

To learn more about Choc Quib Town visit their official MySpace page.

Rockera Extrordinaire - Ceci Bastida

This is for you Andrew!

photo by B.C.

It's hard to stave off musical success when your resume includes lead vocalist and keyboardist for the legendary Latin Ska band Tijuana No! and back-up vocalist and keyboardist for Latin Alternative phenom Julieta Venegas, but now Tijuana native Ceci Bastida will come of musical age with the release of her debut solo album Veo La Marea, set to release in 2009.

I've listened to a lot of musicians over my 22 years of existence and I have to say - the girl's got a gift. She's funky, talented and rocks major musical swagger, but (for whatever reason) she is currently under the radar. Her sound is a blend of Julieta Venegas and The Ting Tings, but with an undeniable edge. My favorite track of hers is "Cuando Vuelvas a Caer." If you're looking for a new artist to brighten up your iPod or Zune, Ceci Bastida would be a great choice.

Ceci will be opening for Ozomatli December 14th at The Filmore in San Francisco and December 19th at the House of Blues in Los Angeles.

For more information check out her official MySpace page.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Monte Negro @ Roxy Theater

If you like your punk mixed with reggae, rock, new wave, and bilingual lyrics then you'll love the Los Angeles-based super group, Monte Negro.

The fantastic foursome released their album Cicatrix on August 5th and will be playing Hollywood's Roxy Theater with fellow Latin Alternative stars Pilar Diaz and Beatmo this Thursday, November 20th.

For more info on Monte Negro visit their MySpace page.

Cypress Hill's Eric Bobo To Release Debut Album

Eric Bobo, percussionist behind the iconic multi-platinum hip hop group (and first Latin hip hop group to go platinum) Cypress Hill, will release his debut solo album, Meeting of the Minds this Tuesday, November 18th. Bobo will also perform that night in Los Angeles for the Latin Rap Conference.

Eric Bobo (Born Eric Correa) is the son of Latin Jazz percussionist (and legend) Willie Bobo, and has worked with some of music's biggest names: Beastie Boys, Ella Fitzgerald, Smashing Pumpkins, Mike Shinoda (of Linkin Park fame ), Rage Against the Machine, y mas.

Bobo has a chameleon-like ability to blend and incorporate different generes of music from hip hop to rock, jazz, and even metal. With an eclectic tracklisting and long list of collaborations, this album will truly be a Meeting of the Minds.

For more information on Eric Bobo visit his official MySpace page.

Meeting of the Minds Tracklisting:
1. M.O.T.M. ft. Tony Touch, Thurstin Howl III, Hurricane G. & Willie Bobo
2. Fiesta ft. Cultura Londres & Kemo The Blaxican
3. Apocalypse Now ft. B Real, Sick Jacken & Ill Bill
4. The Good, Bad & Ugly ft. The Hoodcats
5. Wake Up ft. Northern Alliance
6. Muevelo ft. Outthere, Minus P, and Unkwon
7. Mucho Calor ft. Sonidero Nacional
8. 4 Short Of 80 ft. Minus P
9. Ink On The Concrete ft. Enmicasa & Zed
10. Crawling ft. Death By Hollywood
11. Aqui Estoy ft. Andie
12. Bobo Meets Rhettmatic ft. DJ Rhettmatic (of the World Famous Beatjunkies)
13. Chicken Wing ft. The Demigodz
14. En Mi Barrio ft. Mellow Man Ace

Live performance

With Cypress Hill

Latin Alternative Rocks the Latin Grammy's

On Thursday night the entire Latin music community celebrated the 9th annual Latin Grammy's in Houston, Texas.

Highlites of the evening include:
* A performance by the night's multi-award-winning artist, Juanes (who named Soda Stereo's Gustavo Cerati as one of his inspirations - go Gustavo!) and John Legend (one of my favorites)

* Gloria Estefan being honored as Person of the Year

* Cafe Tacvba performing "Esta Vez"

* Julieta Venegas getting down to an accordion jam session while performing "El Presente" with the squeeze box backings of Norteno artist Michael Salgado, Veallenato artist Emiliano Zuleta, Tango artists Fernando Ortero and Hector del Curto, and Tejano star David Lee Garza

One thing is certain - Latin Alternative music was definitely represented in a positive (and award-winning) light. World - take notice!

Here is a list of the night's Latin Alternative winners:

Best Alternative Song - Cafe Tacvba "Volver a Comenzar"

Best Rock Song - Cafe Tacvba "Esta Vez"

Best Alternative Music Album - MTV Unplugged: Julieta Venegas

Best Rock Album by a Duo or Group w/ Vocal - Molotov Eternamiente

Best Rock Solo Vocal Album
- Andres Calamaro La Lengua Popular

Best Pop Album by a Duo or Group w/ Vocal - Belanova Fantasia Pop

Best Singer-Songwirter Album - Fito Paez - Rodolfo

Best Long Form Music Video - MTV Unplugged: Julieta Venegas

For a complete breakdown of the 2008 Latin Grammy's click here.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

What's Rockin' the Charts?

According to one of the top music industry/radio publications, Radio and Records, here are some of the songs rockin' the Latin Alternative chart.

[Note: not all the songs on the chart are present and that's only because they weren't available on imeem]

Diva Approved - "Dispara" by Gonzalo Yañez

Voted iTunes Latino's "Canción de la Semana," Chilean-born Gonzalo Yañez's intro track off his self-titled debut album, "Dispara," brings the noise, the funk, and the rock. This retro synth single is said to invoke sounds from acts like the Beatles and the Flaming Lips. All I know is I've been rockin' out to it on repeat. OJO: Visit the iTunes store now to download "Dispara" for free.

Let me put you on: Wait. Think. Fast.

Check out this profile I wrote for LA Remezcla on the Los Angeles-based Latin Alternative group, Wait. Think. Fast.

This female-fronted foursome breathes new life to the Indie and Latin Alternative music scenes with their unique blend of alt rock, post-punk, and dream pop.

Wait. Think. Fast will be releasing their latest album, Vuelve al Mar, next Tuesday, November 18th @ The Echo in Los Angeles. Click here for details.

Visit their MySpace page to listen to songs off of Vuelve al Mar. I recommend "Clear Our Name" and "Cura."

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

BARACK AND ROLLIN' - Celebrating the election with style

Instead of watching the elections in bed, like I normally would, I partied with and Voto Latino at their Election Night Party at SOB's. Watching the results come in on big screens in the middle of club, cheering along with a hyped up crowd, listening to the DJs spinning music during commercial breaks, and hearing hip hop artist Malverde spit some spoken word was an awesome experience. Congrats to President-Elect Barack Obama and Vice President-Elect Joe Biden,, and Voto Latino for pulling off an amazing night.


Check out some pics from last night:


Celebrating Obama's win

Si Se Puede

Celebrate Good Times!

Andrew and Nuria from Remezcla and me

Spinning on the 1s and 2s

Josh Norek, Deputy Director of Voto Latino and member of Hip Hop Hoodios, reacts to Obama's win

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Some Comic Relief

There are only a few more hours until the polls close and people are getting tense. So, whether you side with the Hip Hop Hoodios (click here to see their video for "Shalom Obama") or Daddy Yankee, check out these videos. They gave me a pretty good laugh.

What do you think?

When it comes to Daddy Yankee's endorsement of John McCain, do you agree with David Ortez? Watch this and comment!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Una Chica Escandalosa

Alejandra Alberti made an appearance on Univision's popular gossip show, Escandolo TV, today to promote her new single "Blanco Fatal." The single showcases Alejandra's beautiful voice and musicality, and the video, although a tad dark, showcases her artistic side. I think it's a great follow up to her power anthem "Dignidad de Mujer."


Get Out and Vote!

In a matter of hours, US citizens across the nation will cast their votes in one of the most exciting and historic presidential elections in US history. There are plenty of motivations to cast your vote - hey, even Ben and Jerry's and Krispy Kreme encourage voting with free treats - whatever moves you, make sure you get out there and vote!

...And after you hit the polls get out and party! Voto Latino, an organization dedicated to spreading the word about Latino issues, Latino registration and involvement in the campaigns and election process , is teaming up with to throw an election night party in New York City. Come out to SOB's and watch the commentary and results on big screen TVs with music and dancing by DJS La Mixta, D'Marquesina and Nacotheque.

Click here for more details. You might even see me there ;)

So remember, let your voice count - GO VOTE!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Win a Guitar Signed by Beto Cuevas!

Beto Cuevas conquered the Latin Alternative music scene as the voice and creative force behind the Grammy (and Latin Grammy) award-winning Chilean pop rock group, La Ley [1987-2005]. Now, to celebrate the release of his solo album Miedo Escenico [September 2008], is giving you the chance to win a guitar signed by Beto Cuevas.

Click here for your chance to win.

To learn more about about Beto Cuevas visit his offcial website.

Spend Halloween with Cafe Tacvba

Cafe Tacvba has a special treat for their New York City fans on the night of toil and trouble: a Halloween show. The kings of Latin Alternative will be playing Terminal 5 this Friday at 8pm. Click here for more details.

This show kicks off a whole string of concerts around the US to promote their latest album, Sino. They might be coming to city near you!

US Tour Dates (November 2008):

1st - Boston: Club Lido
2nd - Washington DC: State Theatre
4th - Charlotte: Amos Southend
6th - Detriot: St. Andrews Hall
7th - Chicago: Aragon Ballroom
8th - Kansas City: Beaumont Club
9th - Denver: Ogden Theatre
10th - Salt Lake City: Karamba
14th - San Francisco: Warfield
15th - Ventura: Fairgrounds
16th - Anaheim: The Grove of Anaheim
17th - Anaheim: The Grove of Anaheim
18th - San Diego: 4th and B
19th - Phoenix: Celebr
21st - Loredo: Cananas
22nd - Macallen: Civic Center
23rd - Austin: Stubb's
25th - Dallas: Far West Rodeo
26th - Oklahoma City: Ok Corral
27th - Houston: Arena Theatre
28th - New Orleans: Tipitina's
29th - Atlanta: Far West Rodeo
30th - Orlando: Club Eternity

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Ragin' Invasion

The College Music Journal (CMJ) kicked off their annual Music Marathon and Film Festival last night. For the 28th year in a row, indie artists from April Smith to Zimbabwe Legit have invaded the big apple, taking over the city's hottest music venues.

Much like the Latin Alternative Music Conference, the CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival brings together fans, artists, filmmakers, and industry pros the world over through panels, events, and, of course, performances.

Though the artists span a variety of genres, Latin Alternative acts are not in short supply. Zigmat, Monareta, Cuchillo, Maniqui Lazer, Los Fancy Free, and Todosantos are just some of the artists bringing the LA flavor to this year's marathon.

Click here
for more info on show times and venues. The conference ends this Saturday, the 25th.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Vamanos Pa'l ...RIO!

Today marks the release of the highly-anticipated 11th album from Latin Alternative pioneers, Aterciopelados. Recorded in their hometown of Bogotá and mixed by Hector Castillo [of Brazilian Girls, Gustavo Cerati and David Bowie fame], Rio [River] is a passionate, socially-conscious album that continues to stay true to the duo's signature rock sound.

Like their Latin Grammy award-winning album, Oye [Listen], Rio calls fans to action. "Errante Diamante" [Wandering Diamond] is the theme song behind "Destierro y Reparacion" [Exile and Reparation], a Colombian project focused on forced displacement and its effects on society, and "Bandera" [Flag], another single on the album, takes on immigration. "Rio," the albums first single, takes its inspiration from a Colombian referendum dedicated to the basic rights of the country's bodies of water.

There's a certain soulfulness to "Rio" that keeps me playing it over and over. It's definitely worth a listen. Andrea Echeverri, the voice behind the duo, says musically and lyrically, the track is unlike any previous Aterciopelados song. "I'm even singing in a different way than in the past. With this one, we reached an entirely new place," she adds.

Echeverri and Hector Buitrago make beautiful music together and with a unique range of guest artists [Gloria "Goyo" Martinez of the Colombian hip hop act Choc Quib Town and the Andean group Kapary Walka to name a few] Rio will not only meet Oye's success - it will surpass it!

First single: "RIO" *Note: this is not the official video. It's just a fan video I found, but the audio is authentic.

Here's what the critics are saying:

“A Spanish-language Patti Smith, Colombia's Andrea Echeverri offers prayers for the polluted Bogotá River over the sultry, syncopated funk rock of "Río"... Girl's got flow, like Rio itself.” -- Rolling Stone

“Aterciopelados audaciously and convincingly reinvent themselves like no one's business... On "Rio," the garage punks turned trip-hopsters turned folk-rock fusionistas musically sound like an amalgam of themselves... Andrea Echeverri’s spunkiness is cool, contemplative, mature and poetic, as well as unabashedly confrontational.” -- The Washington Post

So what are you waiting for? Rio - a la venta ya!

Fun Facts:

* Aterciopelados will be touring the U.S. to promote Rio in 2009, so be on the look out for concert dates.
* Echeverri gave birth to her second child this past week - felicitaciones chica!

Check out these interviews:




Tuesday, July 8, 2008

LAMC 101

In order to prepare for the Latin Alternative Music Conference here's an overview of some of the acts. Some are staples, some are "need to know" artists, but all of them will be reppin' Latin Alternative in one of the greatest cities on earth: New York City.


Thursday, July 10 6:00pm - 8:30pm
LAMC/Cyloop Acoustic Showcase @ SOB's (204 Varick St.)
Co-Presented by Gibson


With influences that range from Stereolab and Gorillaz to Aterciopelados and Julieta Venegas, LA-based chanteuse Chana perfects her brand of "global hip-pop." Not only is Chana a talented musician but the NYC-born Dominicana danced under famous choreographers like Martha Graham and Twyla Tharp. Her single, "No Me Mandes Flores" is described as "Andrea Echeverri fronting a funk band." Chana will be bringing her flavor across the US this summer so be sure to catch her if you can (for tour dates check out her myspace page).

Fun Fact/Interesting Connections:

Chana, whose real name is Rosanna Tavarez, made her first visit to the recording studio in the now defunct WB's American Idol-esque series "POPSTARS" back in 2001. Tavarez was selected to be a part of the 5-member girl group Eden's Crush along with the lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls, Nicole Schzeringer.

LAMC 101

In order to prepare for the Latin Alternative Music Conference here's an overview of some of the acts. Some are staples, some are "need to know" artists, but all of them will be reppin' Latin Alternative in one of the greatest cities on earth: New York City.


Thursday, July 10 6:00pm - 8:30pm
LAMC/Cyloop Acoustic Showcase @ SOB's (204 Varick St.)
Co-presented by Gibson

Formed in 2004 in Brazil, Udi e a Geral performs a mix of reggae, rock, funk, and samba music. Though they've established a presence on European and South American airwaves, they will be making a big splash state-side at this year's LAMC.

If you can read Portuguese:
Visit their myspace page.

LAMC 101

In order to prepare for the Latin Alternative Music Conference here's an overview of some of the acts. Some are staples, some are "need to know" artists, but all of them will be reppin' Latin Alternative in one of the greatest cities on earth: New York City.



Wednesday, July 9 8:00pm - 1:00am
LAMC/GoTV Indie Showcase @ The Mercury Lounge (217 E. Houston St.)
Co-Presented by Gibson, Discmakers, and Myspace Latino

Their music is described as disco house, ghetto tech, and funk, but this Miami-based duo is no ordinary act. Afrobeta was recently named "Best Songwriters" in 2008 and were previously named "Best Electronic Band 2007" by the Miami New Times. Formed in 2006 after "Smurphio" Laurencio met his muse, Cristina "Cuci Amador" Garcia, at one of his live performances, Afrobeta has become a staple in the Miami music scene. Now, Smurphio and Cuci will be bringing their disco flavor to the NYC Latin Alternative scene.

Fun Fact:
Cuci is often referred to by the nickname "Latin Bjork" in local music circles.

LAMC 101

In order to prepare for the Latin Alternative Music Conference here's an overview of some of the acts. Some are staples, some are "need to know" artists, but all of them will be reppin' Latin Alternative in one of the greatest cities on earth: New York City.


Wednesday, July 9 8:00pm - 1:00am
LAMC/GoTV Indie Showcase @ The Mercury Lounge (217 E. Houston St.)
Co-presented by Gibson, Discmakers, and Myspace Latino


This Colombia-based act was formed in 2003 after unanimously winning a battle-of-the-bands concert in Bogotá. With the release of their album "Lo Que No Sabias" in 2007, Don Tetto took home "Best Drummer" and "Best New Artist" at the Subterranica Rock Awards. They also took home a SHOCK award for "Best New School Artists." The band's rock skills has earned them so much clout that they're presently sponsored by guitar connoisseurs, Gibson. Don Tetto hopes to reach audiences with their latest video, "Ha Vuelta a Suceder," and their 2008 national tour.

If you like what you see/hear:

Visit their myspace page

LAMC 101

In order to prepare for the Latin Alternative Music Conference here's an overview of some of the acts. Some are staples, some are "need to know" artists, but all of them will be reppin' Latin Alternative in one of the greatest cities on earth: New York City.



Wednesday, July 9 8:00pm - 1:00am
LAMC/GoTV Indie Showcase @ The Mercury Lounge (217 E Houston St.)
Co-Presented by Gibson, Discmakers, and Myspace Latino

Hailing from Hialeah, Florida, the boys from Guajiro came from Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Long Beach to perform their mix of classic rock, '77 English punk, and 80s Latin rock to bring energy and soul back to the music industry. The band hopes to create lasting albums and bring their fans "honest, straight to the point, no bullshit music." The band performs in English, Spanish, or a combination of both.

Vistas Politicas:
Their recent single, "Ole" was not only used as the Latin American Soccer anthem but also as a means to put their support behind 2008 presidential candidate, Barack Obama.

LAMC 101

In order to prepare for the Latin Alternative Music Conference here's an overview of some of the acts. Some are staples, some are "need to know" artists, but all of them will be reppin' Latin Alternative in one of the greatest cities on earth: New York City.



Wednesday, July 9 8:00pm - 1:00am
LAMC/GoTV Indie Showcase @ The Mercury Lounge (217 E Houston St.)
Co-Presented by Gibson, Discmakers, and Myspace Latino

This Chicago-based group rocks the Latin Alternative scene with their groundbreaking brand of psychedelic pop music. Made up of brothers Jorge and Angel Ledezma and their chanteuse Lupe Martinez, Alla's influences include Brazilian tropicalia, Motown, German Krautrock, traditional Mexican trio music, and 60's pop sounds. With the recent release of their debut album, "Es Tiempo," this trio is set to make an impact.

Fun Facts:
Alla has been featured in Spin and FADER magazines

Monday, July 7, 2008

LAMC 101

In order to prepare for the Latin Alternative Music Conference here's an overview of some of the acts. Some are staples, some are "need to know" artists, but all of them will be reppin' Latin Alternative in one of the greatest cities on earth: New York City.


Wednesday, July 9 8:00pm - 1:00am
LAMC/GoTV Indie Showcase @ The Mercury Lounge (217 E Houston St.)
Co-Presented by Gibson, Discmakers, and Myspace Latino

You may recognize Pilar from her successful Latin Alternative band "Los Abandoned," but she's decided to go solo. The multi-faceted singer-songwriter describes her sound as a mix of acousmatic, tape music, Spanish pop, and visual. She graduated from CalArts, where she majored in classical voice, she was a part of a Bulgarian women's quire, has vocals featured in blockbusters like Spiderman, and she can even play the Ukulele. To find out more, visit her myspace page.

Her Influences:
Los Tres, Violeta Parra, Elis Regina, Yma Sumac, Bidu Sayao, Siouxsie Sioux, Cafe Tacvba, The Go-Go's, Pedro Almodovar, Ira Glass, Luscious Jackson, Deborah Harry, Kim Deal, Bjork, Les Rita Mitsuko, Feist, Cyndi Lauper, that dog, Happy Mondays, Wendy & Lisa, Soul Train, Debbie Deb, Dolly Parton, Los Angeles Negros, REM, Joe Strummer, Terry Hall, Jonathan Richman, Magnetic Fields, Morrissey, Camilo Sesto, Mike Patton, Andrea Echeverri, Pauline Black, Marisa Monte, XTC, Emily Haines, Le Tigre, CalArts, Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares, Meryl Streep, mural paintings - especially Siqueiros, Chile, mi mama la Fufita cantando folklore y mi papa Gerardo tocando harmonica en los Bi-Bops y Ritmo Tres, mi tio Eduardo tocando guitarra con sus hijos en los asados de Nuñoa. Last but not least - root beer floats & french fries.

LAMC 101

In order to prepare for the Latin Alternative Music Conference here's an overview of some of the acts. Some are staples, some are "need to know" artists, but all of them will be reppin' Latin Alternative in one of the greatest cities on earth: New York City.


Wednesday, July 9th 8:00pm - 1:00am
LAMC/GoTV Indie Showcase @ The Mercury Lounge (217 E Houston St.)
Co-Presented by Gibson, Discmakers, and Myspace Latino


With their new brand of Forro (traditional Brazilian country music), Forro in the Dark aims to excite the hipster, club-going masses in the city that never sleeps. Putting together electric guitars, a variety of flutes, and percussion instruments, this NYC-based act takes their audiences on a audio trip to Brazil through their experimental, bilingual (English and Portuguese) music and their creation of a smooth, groove-filled ambiance.

If you like what you see/hear:

The band will be touring the US from now until December. To find out more check out their myspace page.

LAMC 101

In order to prepare for the Latin Alternative Music Conference here's an overview of some of the acts. Some are staples, some are "need to know" artists, but all of them will be reppin' Latin Alternative in one of the greatest cities on earth: New York City.


Wednesday, July 9th 8:00pm - 1:00am
LAMC/GoTV Indie Showcase @ The Mercury Lounge (217 E Houston St.)
Co-presented by Gibson, Discmakers, and Myspace Latino

Thursday, July 10th 6:00pm - 8:30pm
LAMC/Cyloop Acoustic Showcase @ SOB's (204 Varick St.)
Co-presented by Gibson

This Brooklyn-based indie act performs a mix of electronica, punk, dance, and rock music. Monica, the group's lead singer has an ethereal punky sound reminiscent of a mix between Gwen Stefani (in her No Doubt years) and Frou Frou's Imogen Heap - if they were bilingual. Relatively new to the scene (the group formed back in 2006), Zigmat will be releasing their new EP "Sounds of Machines" at their performance at the Mercury Lounge.

Critics Say:
"Brooklyn's Zigmat plays punky songs spiked with electronics; occasionally, singer Monica Rodriguez switches to Spanish. The international flavor is part Yeah Yeah Yeahs, part Brazilian Girls." - Time Out New York

Saturday, June 28, 2008

New Posts Coming Soon

As most of you already know, we are coming upon one of the greatest events for Latin Alternative music - the Latin Alternative Music Conference (aka the LAMC), July 8th until the 12th. As we get closer there will be plenty of news on shows and new artists. I will be sure to keep you posted on all the details I get my hands on.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Canciones Para El Verano

Kick back y relajense - Enjoy :)

summer time 1

Cop This: The Pinker Tones' "Wild Animal"

So, I got my hands on the new Pinker Tones album, Wild Animals, and I highly recommend it for those of you who like their Latin Alternative mixed with electronica/lounge.

Released on June 3rd, the album is sure to please. Check out the first single, "Happy Everywhere," and be sure to keep an eye out for my article on talking about my favorite boys from Barcelona.

All U Need Is ...Mosh?

You heard it right here - Plastilina Mosh is releasing their next studio album, "All U Need Is Mosh," on August 5th. The release, which follows 2006's "Best of" collection, will come after the band's appearance at the Latin Alternative Music Conference (July 8th-12th - NYC) where they will be co-headlining Central Park Summer Stage on July 12th.

For those of you wondering about the band's Latin Alternative cred, here's what CNN had to say:

"Plastilina Mosh twists, stretches, and plies an amalgamation of musical styles to produce an act most often likened to Beck and the Beastie Boys."

Keep an ear this summer!

1. Toll Free
2. Jonaz Goes To Hollywood
3. My Party
4. Let U Know
5. Cut The Crap
6. Arriba Dicembre
7. Danny Trejo (feat. Niña Dios)
8. Going To Mars Bolton
9. Comeback Bitch
10. San Diego Chargers
11. Paso Fino (feat. Adrian Dargelos from Babasonicos)
12. Pervert Pop Song (feat. Ximena Sariñana and Patricia Lynn)

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

LA Triple Play

Just a reminder for all you Latin Alternative fans set to check out the Locos Por Juana Release party tonight at 9PM - there's a Nortec Collective and The Pinker Tones album listening party - same night, same place.


Date: Wednesday, May 28th
Time: 6PM - 8PM
Location: Sounds of Brazil - 204 Varick ST @ West Houston
Recommended Route: 1 train to Houston, A/B/C/D/E/F train to West 4

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Airwave Love for The DEY

If you listen to the radio for even a half-hour each day, I'm sure you've heard the new Sean Kingston single, "There's Nothin'." Well, not only does the song feature Hip-Hop staple Juelz Santana, but it also features The DEY - the up-and-coming Latin Alternative/Hip-Hop group we featured back when the trio was MTV Tr3s's "Discubre y Download" artist of the month.

Élan makes the Kingston single, holding it down with her hot vocals on the pop track, while Divine and Yeyo showcase their rhymes and urban hip-hop style.

Unfortunately, Embedding is disabled, but check out youtube to see the video for "There's Nothin'," which also features The DEY's "Give You the World" video.

To find out more about the group or to purchase their new (as of 5/20/08) debut album, The DEY Has Come, check out their official website.

Summertime Aviso!

As promised, here are 17 pages of pure summer bliss in the form of the 2008 Remezcla Summer Guide. Released yesterday, the guide is an inside look of all things Latin in NYC entertainment from Memorial Day until Labor Day.

Check out the Summer Guide online and/or look for hard copies floating around a borough near you.

If you're curious about who made the guide, check out this video to learn more about the gang:

They're Baaaaaacccccckkkkkkkkk

The infamous Nacotheque DJs Amylulita and Marcelo Cunning will be spinning the hottest indie music from Latin America, Spain, and Puerto Rico and that's not all - you can enjoy a nice afternoon/evening picnic along with your fresh beats.

The Nacotheque-istas are hosting this rocking picnic along with Stereo Total (a duo out of Berlin that has a new EP in Spanish) and Something in Spanish (an avante-pop group straight out of Brooklyn). Did I mention another guest, DJ Soulkitten, will be playing Castillian riot grrrl, Italian Post-Punk, and French Pop?

This event is best served hot, so get yourself down to Brooklyn and enjoy.

Date: Saturday, May 31st
Time: 4PM - 9PM
Price: $10
Location: The Yard - 388-400 Carroll Street, Brooklyn
Recommended Route: Take the F, G to Carroll Street, or the N/R to Union Street

For more info about this event visit NYRemezcla

Also, check out this video to find out more about Nacotheque:

Locos Por Juana CD Release Party

If you're in the New York City area, hop down to the West Village tomorrow to celebrate the CD release of the Latin Grammy Nominated band, Locos por Juana at Latin Alternative hot spot SOB's (Sounds of Brazil).

Their new album, La Verdad, is the group's third album and features musical guests such as Toy Selectah (who has worked with Julieta Venegas and Calle 13), AT Molina (who has worked with Huey Dunbar of DLG, Mariah Carey, and Hector Manuelle), and Beatsmith (who has worked with THE DEY and Lil Wayne).

Locos por Juana have become an institution for the Latin Alternative music scene and are said to be one of the most promising bands in the United States, so if you're around, check them out!

Date: Wednesday, May 28th
Time: 9:00PM (Doors open at 8:00PM)
Price: $14 for advanced tickets, $16 at the door
Location: Sounds of Brazil - 204 Varick Street at West Houston
Recommended Route: Take the 1 or the 9 to Houston

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Algo Especial para Mi Gente en NYC

New York City's Latin Media and Entertainment Commission has partnered up with New York Remezcla (Your source for local latin culture)to bring you "The Official 2008 Latin Summer Events Guide."

This guide brings you the best in Latin Entertainment from Memorial Day to Labor Day and even includes a Fall Preview.

The events range from Art exhibits, and performances to the best in movies, food, and street fairs and festivals. But most of all the guide directs you to what's hot in Musica: concerts, festivals, weekly events, and parties - this includes a listing of concerts, festivals, and parties for the Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC)

"The Official 2008 Latin Summer Events Guide" will be released digitally and in print starting memorial day.

Nueva Pacha Massive

Pacha Massive just posted their latest video for their single, "All Good Things" on youtube yesterday, and believe me when I say that both the song and the video should be a mainstay on your playlist.

The Bronx-duo that make up Pacha Massive are famous for their chill rhythms and hot lyrics. New York City serves as one of the main characters of the video as Maya and Nova take you through a laidback back tour that features a roof top jam session, a walk through the city streets, an apartment sing-a-long featuring members of the staff, and a record store purchase of some albums including label-mate Manu Chao's La Radiolina.

Maya's sweet vocals mixed with laid back vibe of the song and the video truly gives listeners the sense that Pacha is in it for the music - not the fama. Check it out and let me know what you think. For more info on Pacha Massive visit their myspace page.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Mas Shows

The North Hollywood-based Latin Alternative music label Nacional Records (the brains behind the Latin Alternative Music Conference) has announced shows in the U.S. for Nortec Collective and listening parties for both Nortec Collective and the Barcelona duo The Pinker Tones who will be releasing their latest album, Wild Animals.

Here are the details:


May 31st – Austin, TX @ Pachanga Music Festival

June 6th – Bogota, Colombia @ Theatron

June 8th – San Diego, CA @ KBZT-FM Independence Jam, Devore Stadium

Listening Parties:

May 17th – Washington, DC – Marx Café [Latin electrónica night – The Pinker Tones/Nortec Listening Party]

May 28thth – New York City – SOB’s [before Locos Por Juana]

Semana Caliente

NYRemezcla announced a series of hot LA events to hit New York City in their newsletter "ocio cosmopolatino" (cosmopolitan leisure). So if you're in the area check these shows out:

Today (May 15th) - Bonde Do Role

Bowery Ballroom - 8PM
Other bands playing: The Death Set

"They dance. They laugh. They brawl like sister and brothers. They make songs about partying, fucking, going to the beach, partying and fucking on the beach, secret agents and queuing at the post office, all wrapped up in an unintelligible but perfectly logical barrage of Portugese gay slang which even most Brazilians don’t understand..."

Tomorrow (May 16th) - Turn Tables on the Hudson (although it's on the East River)
Water Taxi Beach: 2-03 Borden Ave., Long Island City
8PM - 2AM, $10
Artists: DJ Nickodemus, DJ Mariano + Nappy G & Christian Rogers on percussion with special guest DJ QUANTIC (Tru-Thoughts)
Recommended route: 7 to Vernon Blvd/Jackson Ave; G to 21st St.; E/F to 23rd St./Ely Ave.

"The sounds of COLOMBIA, PUERTO RICO, AFRICA, BALKANS inna funky house, hip hop, salsa, swinging style...try getting there early for Sunset & chill on the beach by the River or get on the nice wood dancefloor. $10 at the door, 21 & over, bring ID..."

Saturday (May 17th) - Navegante
Pianos: 158 Ludlow St at Stanton St, Lower East Side
11PM, price TBD
Recommended route: F/V to 2nd Avenue

"Former Radio Mundial member Navegante is flying solo now, and has been playing shows around town for the last few months. Haven’t checked him out yet? Now’s your chance..."

Congrats Syracuse University/State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry - Class of 2008!

As some of you may not have known, the reason the source has not been able to fill you in on the latest Latin Alternative news is because she just received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Syracuse University. She graduated magna cum laude(3.6 GPA) in magazine journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and Spanish language, literature, and culture from Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences. SU celebrated their 154th Commencement on mother's day along with SUNY ESF. The guest speaker was ABC Journalist Bob Woodruff and the ceremony was held in SU's famous Carrier Dome. Almost 5,000 students graduated.

The source is back in the Bronx and amped for all the Latin Alternative upcoming events in NYC. It's going to be one hot summer!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

LAMC Artist Lineup and Panels

In approximately 37 days, the Latin Alternative Music Conference, aka the LAMC will be coming to New York City. Here's a sneak peak at what will happen July 8th - 12th.


Tuesday, July 8th:
LAMC Underground Film Night - 282 North Henry Gallery, Brooklyn - 8PM - 11PM. Featuring ¿Habrán Esperanzas?, a film by Felipe Monsalve With DJ set to be provided by special Guest DJ [Presented by Zune]

Wednesday, July 9th:

LAMC Music and Film Night at Central Park SummerStage - 5PM - 8PM. Featuring Bragging Rights: Stickball Stories, a film by Sonia N. Gonzalez, with musical performance by CuCu Diamantes (of Yerba Buena) and prelude by Andres Levin.

LAMC Indie Showcase at The Mercury Lounge - 8PM - 1AM. Co-Presented by GoTV, Gibson, Discmakers, and Myspace Latino. Performances by Zigmat (New York), Che Sudaka (Barcelona), Allá (Chicago), Forro in the Dark (New York), Guajiro (Puerto Rico/Miami), and special guests

Thursday, July 10th:
Panel Discussions [Day 1] - 11AM - 5PM.
-WIDENING LATIN MUSIC'S GLOBAL REACH: How new tour markets and new technologies are creating opportunities at home and abroad Presented by Cyloop
-CAN I OUTSOURCE MY RECORD LABEL (OR NOT)?: New business models in a changing marketplace
-HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE: How the U.S. Latin listener hears new music
Presented by Batanga

LAMC Acoustic Showcase at SOB's - 6PM - 8:30PM. Co-Presented by Cyloop and Gibson
Performances by: Che Sudaka, Udi E Geral, Chana, Emmanuel Horvilleur, Zigmat, Very Be Careful, and special guests

LAMC Bowery Ballroom Showcase - 9PM - 1AM. Presented by Terra. Performances by Pacha Massive, Emmanuel Horvilleur, Sussie 4, Mexican Institute of Sound, Ximena Sariñana, and special guests!

Friday, July 11th:

Panel Discussions [Day 2] - 11:30AM - 5PM
- BLOGUEANDO: How Latino-oriented and indie music blogs and bloggers are helping artists connect with new audiences and brands
- FROM UGLY BETTY TO TIGER WOODS: Licensing opportunities for new Latin sounds

Moses Avalon Q&A Session - 2PM - 3PM

LAMC Celebrate Brooklyn Show at Prospect Park Bandshell - 7:30PM - 11PM. Presented by ZUNE. Performances by: Brazilian Girls, Ticklah and Miranda!

Saturday, July 12th:

LAMC Central Park SummerStage Show at Rumsey Playfield - 3PM - 7PM. Presented by MTV Tr3s. Performances by Julieta Venegas, Plastilina Mosh and DJ Bitman

Pepsi Blue Carpet Bash/LAMC Closing Night Party - 8PM - 10PM. Sponsored by ZUNE, Pepsi, and others. Celebrate with the spirits and sounds of some of Latin Alternative's hottest artists


July 11th - Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park - FREE! - Brazilian Girls, Miranda!, and Ticklah

July 12th - Central Park SummerStage Concert - FREE! - Julieta Venegas, Plastilina Mosh, and DJ Bitman

The LAMC is "the biggest event in the world for cutting-edge Latin music" and will take place in the Roosevelt Hotel from July 8th-12th. A discounted registration rate (available on the LAMC website) of $249 will be available until June 1st.

The event will feature leading artists as well as the music industry's most prominent decision-makers.

"Major music events like the 9th Annual Latin Alternative Music Conference draw music fans from around the world to New York City," says 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."

LAMC will be returning for its second year in Mexico City and Buenos Aires on September 5th and September 22th-24th, respectively.

Rooftop Rave ft. Brazilian Girls

Tomorrow, Friday - May 2nd, Brooklyn, New York's Studio B will be throwing a Rooftop Launch Party featuring the Brazilian Girls. Studio B will open up the roof for Friday's kick-off party featuring the fresh beats of DJ The Rub, DJ Roxy Cottontail and additional performances by Spank Rock and Chester French.

Brazilian Girls is an electronic, experimental, pop band that's a favorite of the Latin hipster site, To learn more about the band visit their website.

TARGET gives props to Pacha and Latin Alternative Music

Pacha Massive has a full schedule: they just rocked El Theatron in bassist and singer, writer, and bassist Maya's hometown of Bogota, Colombia, they made a surprise appearance at, "La Otra Puerta" concert series at Crash Mansion in NYC, AND their single "De Pies a la Cabeza" is featured in a new TARGET commercial that just aired nationally.

Check out the new commercial that not only gives props to Pacha Massive, but to the cool, ultra hip, and funky genre of Latin Alternative music. Felicitaciones Pacha!

What's next for Pacha? A new video for their single, "All Good Things" is on the way and here is a list of their upcoming shows:

For all my NYC people --
Bowery Ballroom on July 10th at 8PM

For all my LA people --
Ford Amphitheater on September 26th at 8PM

To get the latest in Pacha Massive news visit their myspage page.