Guest DJ: Gael García Bernal's Music Diaries

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Several years ago, when I decided to become a journalist, I hung this saying above my office computer: "Unless you are absolutely sure that there is life after death, this is the only chance you get to prove your humanity."

Actor and director Gael García Bernal's work certainly embodies that quote. He exploded onto the Latin American film scene in 2000 with the now classic Amores Perros, and a year later achieved international recognition with Y Tu Mamá También. Since then, the films he's worked on have shown a commitment to artistry, and tend to be thoughtful, profound commentaries on the state of Latin America and Latinos today. His vision is apparent in his acting (in award-winning movies like The Motorcycle Diaries, about the life of Ernesto "Che" Guevara) and in the works he produces (Sin Nombre is a personal favorite, and I'm looking forward to the upcoming Who Is Dayani Crystal? with bated breath).

The other thing that unifies all of Bernal's work is amazing soundtracks — which is why we invited him to join us on this week's Alt.Latino. He works with renowned artists like Gustavo Santaolalla, Molotov, Julieta Venegas and Café Tacvba, while at the same time providing a platform for yet undiscovered artists who deserve a chance. In the words of Alt.Latino host Felix Contreras, Bernal's films call to mind those of Mexican cinema's "Epoca De Oro" (Golden Age), and have redefined Latin American cinema to be synonymous with excellent soundtracks.

Bernal joined us this week to share some of his favorite new bands, discuss how he is involved in the musical selections for his films and answer the million dollar question: How did he prepare to sing his ranchera-themed cover of Cheap Trick's "I Want You to Want Me" for the movie Rudo Y Cursi?

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Esta Semana En Alt.Latino: Invitado Especial Gael García Bernal

Hace varios años, cuando decidí que lo mio era el periodismo, colgué el siguiente refrán en mi oficina: "A menos que estés absolutamente seguro que existe la vida después de la muerte, ésta es la única oportunidad que tienes para demostrar tu humanidad."

El trabajo de Gael García Bernal parece abrazar este concepto. Se hizo conocer en el cine latinoamericano con Amores Perros, un verdadero clásico desde su estreno en el 2000. Un año después, recibió reconocimiento internacional por su actuación en Y Tu Mamá También. Desde entonces, sus películas han demostrado un gran compromiso artístico y profundos comentarios acerca de la realidad de América Latina y de los latinos en Estados Unidos. Esta visión se ve claramente en su actuación en Diarios De Motocicleta, una biografía sobre la vida de Ernesto "Che" Guevara, pero también en los proyectos que ha decidido producir, tales como Sin Nombre y Los Invisibles

Todas las películas de Bernal tienen bandas sonoras espectaculares. Trabaja con artistas de renombre como Gustavo Santaolalla, Molotov, Julieta Venegas y Café Tacvba, pero a la vez colabora con músicos que no son conocidos, pero merecen ser descubiertos

Gael nos habla está semana desde su casa en Buenos Aires, contándonos sobre sus nuevos artistas favoritos, como elige la música para sus películas y la pregunta del millón: ¿A quién se le ocurrió la canción "Quiero Que Me Quieras" de Rudo Y Cursi?

This Week On Alt.Latino: Guest DJ With Gael Garcia Bernal

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La Revolución de Emiliano Zapata

  • Album: Revolucion De Emiliano Zapata
  • Song: Nasty Sex

Coming at you from: Mexico

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Nasty Sex
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Revolucion De Emiliano Zapata
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La Revolucion de Emiliano Zapata
Label
EMI Music Distribution
Released
1992

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Nacha Pop

  • Album: Amores Perros
  • Song: Lucha De Gigantes

Coming at you from: Spain

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Lucha De Gigantes
Album
Amores Perros
Artist
Gustavo Santaolalla
Label
Universal Latino

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Control Machete

  • Album: Amores Perros
  • Song: Si Señor

Coming at you from: Mexico

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Si Señor
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Amores Perros
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Gustavo Santaolalla
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Universal Latino

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Silvio Rodriguez

  • Album: Rabo de Nube
  • Song: Con Diez Años de Menos

Coming at you from: Cuba

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Con Diez Años de Menos
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Rabo de Nube
Artist
Silvio Rodriguez
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EMI Music Distribution
Released
1995

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Carla Morrison

  • Album: Aprendiendo A Aprender
  • Song: Esta Soledad

Coming at you from: Mexico

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Dick El Demasiado

  • Album: No Nos Dejamos Afeitar
  • Song: Flaca De Las Coloradas

Coming at you from: Argentina

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Los Tigres Del Norte

  • Album: Idolos Del Pueblo
  • Song: Tres Veses Mojado

Coming at you from: Mexico

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Tres Veses Mojado
Album
Idolos Del Pueblo
Artist
Los Tigres del Norte
Label
Fonovisa
Released
1988

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Devendra Banhart & Gael García Bernal

  • Album: Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon
  • Song: Cristobal

Coming at you from: Texas

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Cristobal
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Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon
Artist
Devendra Banhart
Label
XL
Released
2007

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Gael García Bernal

  • Album: Rudo Y Cursi Soundtrack
  • Song: Quiero Que Me Quieras

Coming at you from: Mexico

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Caifanes

  • Album: Caifanes
  • Song: Viento

Coming at you from: Mexico

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Jessy Bulbo

  • Album: Telememe
  • Song: Flores y Frutos

Coming at you from: Mexico

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Gilberto Gil

  • Album: Louvação
  • Song: Procissão

Coming at you from: Brazil

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Procissão
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Louvação
Artist
Gilberto Gil
Label
Universal Distribution
Released
1967

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