Adios 2010: Alt.Latino Salutes The Albums Of The Year

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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

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9.6

  • Artist: La Bien Querida
  • Album: Romancero

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.

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  • "9.6"
  • Album: Romancero
  • Artist: La Bien Querida
  • Label: Elefant
  • Released: 2009
 
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Caballo

  • Artist: Alex Cuba
  • Album: Alex Cuba

Coming at you from: Cuba/Canada

Sounds like: A mellow, sexy ode to summer lust.

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  • "Caballo"
  • Album: Alex Cuba
  • Artist: Alex Cuba
  • Label: EMI Music Distribution
  • Released: 2010
 
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El Juidero

  • Artist: Rita Indiana Y Los Misterios
  • Album: El Juidero

Sounds like: A techno merengue bomb about dirty politics and diaspora that'll have you breaking into a sweat just from listening.

Coming at you from: Dominican Republic

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  • "El Juidero"
  • Album: El Juidero
  • Artist: Rita Indiana Y Los Misterios
  • Label: Sony U.S. Latin
  • Released: 2010
 
Ana Tijoux

1977

  • Artist: Ana Tijoux
  • Album: 1977

Sound like: An anthemic autobiographical song with tinges of Kanye West's "Diamonds From Sierra Leone." But comparing Tijoux to anyone is futile: She's in a league of her own.

Coming at you from: Chile

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  • "1977"
  • Album: 1977
  • Artist: Ana Tijoux
  • Label: Nacional Records
  • Released: 2010
 
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Latinoamérica

  • Artist: Calle 13
  • Album: Entren Los Que Quieran

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.

Coming at you from: Puerto Rico

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  • "Latinoamérica"
  • Album: Entren Los Que Quieran
  • Artist: Calle 13
  • Label: Sony
  • Released: 2010
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Compartir

  • Artist: Carla Morrison
  • Album: Mientras Tú Dormías

Sounds like: An old-school doo-wop-style ballad about going boy crazy.

Coming at you from: Mexico

How To Get It: Available from Amazon

 
Bulevar

Radio Borderland

  • Artist: Bostich & Fussible
  • Album: Bulevar 2000

Coming At You From: Mexico

Sounds Like: The combination of ranchera and electronica somehow produced something that sounds like it belongs on the streets of Paris: fun and quirky, yet elegant.

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  • "Radio Borderland"
  • Album: Bulevar 2000
  • Artist: Bostich & Fussible
  • Released: 2010
 
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Pintar el Sol

  • Artist: Chancha Via Circuito
  • Album: Río Arriba

Coming At You From: Argentina

Sounds Like: A train ride through Latin America, with wonderful mechanized beats chugging through beautiful indigenous songs.

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  • "Pintar El Sol (Chancha Via Circuito remix)"
  • Album: Rio Arriba
  • Artist: Chancha Via Circuito
  • Released: 2010
 
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Nunca Iré

  • Artist: No lo Soporto
  • Album: Avionls

Coming At You From: Argentina

Sounds like: A catchy Britpop-infused ballad featuring Argentine rock icon Gustavo Cerati.

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  • "Nunca Iré"
  • Album: Avionls
  • Artist: No lo Soporto
  • Label: BMG
  • Released: 2008
 
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Bachata en Fukuoka

  • Artist: Juan Luis Guerra
  • Album: A Son de Guerra

Coming At You From: Dominican Republic

Sounds Like: El maestro does it again with a beautiful bachata about singing the song you wrote for someone you love when you're far away from that person.

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  • "Bachata en Fukuoka"
  • Album: A Son de Guerra
  • Artist: Juan Luis Guerra
  • Label: EMI Latin
  • Released: 2010
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