Adiós 2011: 8 Songs To Celebrate The End Of The Year

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A little over a year ago, as I worked very long hours in the NPR newsroom, one of the highlights of my day was going to the third floor and running into Mr. Felix Contreras, a producer who sat strategically close to the vending machine. I looked forward to this because (a) I love pretzels and (b) we'd chat endlessly about music we loved, in particular Latin rock and hip-hop. We enjoyed our talks so much, we decided to start a little show about Rock En Español on our own time and our own dime.

It's pretty amazing that NPR gave our hobby project a shot, and enough support so that we no longer had to tape it secretly, after work hours. Once a week, we get to share great new music with listeners around the world. We sit down and chat with guests like Calle 13, Manu Chao, Julieta Venegas and Aterciopelados.

And we've got big plans for 2012 — guest DJs we know you'll be thrilled to hear, Tiny Desk Concerts and exclusive First Listens from artists you know and love, and emerging musicians you definitely should check out.

Most of all, we're just excited to spend another year with you, our listeners. As corny as it may sound, while running down to the vending machine and talking to Felix used to be the highlight of my day, now it's hearing from listeners — life stories, what you think of our show, how we can grow and what new music we should be listening to.

Here's a list of songs for saying goodbye to 2011. We look forward to another year with you, and hearing what music 2012 brings.

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Adiós 2011: 8 Canciones Para Celebrar El Fin De Año

Hace un año y unos meses, yo trabajaba largas e inusuales horas en el noticiero de National Public Radio. Durante esa época, siempre era un placer bajar al tercer piso y encontrármelo al Sr. Felix Contreras, un productor cuyo cubículo estaba estratégicamente ubicado al lado de una maquina de golosinas. Era un placer para mi porque (1) me encantan los pretzels que vende esa maquina (2) Felix y yo teníamos largas conversaciones acerca de la música latina, en particular el Rock En Español.

Eventualmente decidimos comenzar un show acerca de la música "Alternativa" Latina en nuestro tiempo libre.

Me resulta increíble que NPR le dio a nuestro proyecto una oportunidad, y el suficiente apoyo como para que ni Felix ni yo tengamos ya que quedarnos hasta entrada la madrugada grabando el show en secreto.

Una vez a la semana, tenemos la oportunidad de compartir música con oyentes que nos siguen de todas partes del mundo. Y a cambio, ellos nos recomiendan bandas y artistas favoritos. Hemos tenido la oportunidad de sentarnos a charlar con invitados como Calle 13, Manu Chao, Julieta Venegas y Aterciopelados.

Y tenemos grandes planes para el 2012. Invitados especiales que sin duda nuestros oyentes apreciaran, conciertos acústicos y First Listens con artistas reconocidos, y también artistas aun desconocidos, que merecen ser descubiertos.

Sin embargo, lo que más nos emociona del año que viene, es poder seguir compartiendo buena música con ustedes, nuestros oyentes. Puede sonar cursi, pero si antes yo aguardaba el momento en la tarde en que bajaba al tercer piso a charlar con Felix sobre música, hoy por hoy, lo que mas me alegra el día es poder hablar con nuestros oyentes. Historias de vida, opiniones sobre el programa, y en particular, sugerencias musicales.

Aquí les paso una lista de canciones para despedir el 2011. Y brindamos por otro año junto a ustedes.

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