This has been a good year for Alt.Latino. We started a weekly program to showcase great new alternative and rock music from across the Latin world, as well as a blog in which we update you on music news and happenings.People sometimes ask us if it's hard to build a show from scratch, and while the answer is a resounding "yes," 2010 has been a great year to do it. It was a year of amazing releases from Argentina to Mexico, and from the Caribbean to Spain.
This was also a year in which we made a lot of good friends, so when we decided to do our "Best of 2010" show, we invited one of them: Ernesto Lechner, co-host of WEXT's The Latin Alternative and author of Rock En Español: The Latin Alternative Rock Explosion. We asked him to pick a handful of his favorite albums of 2010, and together, we chose and discussed our favorites.
The result reflects an eclectic mix of musical tastes. We've got a duo of Puerto Rican rabble-rousers, an Argentine producer whose music is like a voyage across the Americas, a Mexican singer who cast her spell on us all and a Dominican singing bachata in Japan. We didn't all agree on each other's selections, but that made the conversation even more interesting.
To see Alt.Latino's full list of song selections, click here. And, as always, we invite you to offer your own selections. What did we miss? What were your favorite albums of 2010?
Adios 2010: Alt.Latino Salutes The Albums Of The Year
by La Bien Querida
Coming at you from: Spain
Sounds like: An ethereal European dance song about the day you meet Mr. Wrong, but everything turns out all right.
Sounds like: Calle 13 had originally hoped for Mercedes Sosa to sing the hook for this gorgeous ode to Latin America and Latinos. And, although Sosa died earlier this year, her spirit is present in this chacarera-inspired tune.