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.

Catch Nortec on iTunes

Tijuana Sound Machine, the new album from Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich + Fussible, dropped digitally on Tuesday, just in time for your Cinco de mayo fiestas. The boys just shot the video for the album's first single, "Tijuana Sound Machine" - an homage to 70's disco, and will be performing live on KCRW's "Morning Becomes Eclectic" tomorrow.

Speaking of Cinco de Mayo - Nortec will be featured in CMJ on May 5th and the album will hit record stores on the 6th.

Come party with us at one of their live shows:

May 1 - Pomona, CA -- The Glass House
May 2 - Los Angeles, CA -- Performing on KCRW “Morning Becomes Eclectic”
May 3 - Los Angeles, CA -- The Echo
May 5 - Las Vegas, NV -- Dos Caminos Restaurant at the Palazzo
May 17 - Tijuana, Mexico -- Planeta Tijuana
May 24 - Mexicali, Mexico
May 25 - Mexico City -- Vive Latino
May 31 - Austin, Texas -- Pachanga Latino Music Festival (Waterloo Park)
June 6 - Bogota, Colombia -- Theatron
June 8 - Chula Vista, CA -- KBZT Independence Jam, Devore Stadium

OR catch one of Nortec's listening parties:

May 1 – San Francisco –- Elbo Room
May 2 – Boston –- Samba Bar [w/]
May 3 – Chicago –- Spot 6 [w/]
May 3 – Houston –- Azteca’s [w/ Rock En Houston]
May 3 – Portland -– Cha Taqueria and Bar [w/ Area 54]
May 5 – Los Angeles –- La Cita [w/ Mucho]
May 5 – San Francisco –- Club Unicornio
May 6 – Austin –- Club Deville
May 17 – Washington, DC –- Marx Café [Latin electrónica night The Pinker Tones/Nortec Listening Party]
May 24 – Philadelphia –- The Walnut Room [Latin electrónica night The Pinker Tones/Nortec Listening Party]
May 28 – New York City –- SOB’s [before Locos Por Juana] [Latin electrónica night The Pinker Tones/Nortec Listening Party]