Music We Love (That Isn't Latin Rock)

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Reggaeton artist Tego Calderon is a favorite of hosts Jasmine Garsd and Ernesto Lechner.

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Growing up, you are told from a very early age to respect rules and stay within designated boundaries. But if you look at the cultural game changers, it's precisely the people who ignore those rules who make a mark. Among the artists we love most here on Alt.Latino, there's little room for purists. We celebrate people who laugh at the established norms and take seemingly clashing genres and fuse them together into something completely new and exciting.

If you checked out my own personal music collection, you might be surprised. Latin alternative is only a part of the music that fills my iPod. It's also loaded with salsa, reggaeton, cumbia, American rap, pop and '60s R&B. Some are genres we rarely get to talk about on the show, but they have all informed the music we play on Alt.Latino.

This week we're doing something different. We're spinning the records we listen to when we aren't listening to Latin alternative, and talking about how they've influenced the genre. The result is an eclectic mix — from Venezuelan salsa to Puerto Rican reggaeton and even some British prog rock.

I'm doubly excited because while co-host Felix Contreras is out on assignment, we're joined by my friend and esteemed colleague Ernesto Lechner. He co-hosts The Latin Alternative and writes for the LA Times. At one point during our soundcheck we were having some technical problems, and Ernesto (who spoke to us from KPCC in California) joked that it felt like he was talking to his cousin back home in Buenos Aires. There's a grain of truth in that, since Ernesto has always felt to me like an older cousin who astounds me with knowledge and fantastic storytelling. I can only hope to be as well versed in music as him when I grow up.

Yet the most important members of the Alt.Latino family are you guys, our audience. We want to know — when you aren't listening to the music we play, what genres are you simply unable to live without?

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Homenaje A Los Clásicos: Salsa, Cumbia, Samba... Y Hasta Un Poco De Reggaetón

Desde muy pequeños nos enseñan que hay que respetar las reglas y adherirnos a las normas. Pero si observamos a los personajes que han marcado la historia, son precisamente aquellos que ignoran las reglas. Aquí en Alt.Latino, tenemos poca paciencia para las personas que se adhieren a las normas. Celebramos aquellos artistas que unen géneros completamente distintos, y crean mezclas musicales nuevas, distintas y emocionantes.

Si le echan un vistazo a mi colección personal de música, posiblemente se sorprendan. El rock latino solo es parte de mi ipod. También escucho mucha salsa, reggaeton, cumbia, rap, pop y R&B de los años 60. Estos son géneros sobre los cuáles tenemos pocas oportunidades de hablar en el programa, pero que realmente han influenciado la música que solemos poner al aire.

Esta semana, vamos a hacer algo distinto: vamos a escuchar los discos que solemos escuchar cuando no estamos oyendo música alternativa, y hablar sobre como estos géneros nos han influenciado. El resultado es una divertida mezcla de salsa venezolana, reggaetón Boricua y hasta rock progresivo de Inglaterra.

También estoy muy contenta porque esta semana, ya que mi colega Felix Contreras esta de viaje, se une a nuestro elenco mi amigo y estimado colega Ernesto Lechner. Ernesto tiene un excelente programa de música llamado The Latin Alternative y escribe para el diario Los Angeles Times. En un momento durante nuestra prueba de sonido tuvimos problemas técnicos y Ernesto (que nos habló desde los estudios de KPCC en California) bromeó que se sentía como si estuviese charlando con su prima en Buenos Aires. Como todo chiste, contiene algo de verdad, ya que siempre he sentido que Ernesto es como un primo mayor que comparte su inmenso conocimiento sobre la música y sus fascinantes anécdotas.

Claro que los integrantes más importantes de nuestra familia son ustedes, nuestros oyentes. Por eso hoy les preguntamos ¿Cuáles son sus géneros de música latina preferidos?

Kickin' It Old School: Music We Love That Isn't Latin Rock

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Cheo Feliciano

  • Album: Best
  • Song: Anacaona

Coming at you from: Puerto Rico

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Cheo Feliciano
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Globo Records
Released
1994

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Oscar de Leon

  • Album: Salsa, Vol. 1 [International Music]
  • Song: Llorarás

Coming at you from: Venezuela

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Llorarás
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Salsa, Vol. 1 [International Music]
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Various Artists
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International Music
Released
1996

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Sylvia Telles

  • Album: Amor, O Sorriso e a Flor
  • Song: Samba de Uma Nota Só [One-Note Samba]

Coming at you from: Brazil

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Samba de Uma Nota Só [One-Note Samba]
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Amor, O Sorriso e a Flor
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João Gilberto
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Él
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1960

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Antonio Carlos Jobim

  • Album: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Antonio Carlos Jobim
  • Song: Girl from Ipanema

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Girl from Ipanema
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Antonio Carlos Jobim
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Hip-O Records
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Genesis

  • Album: Seconds Out
  • Song: Los Endos

Coming at you from: England

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Los Endos
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Genesis
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Atlantic
Released
1977

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Tego Calderon feat. Oscar De Leon

  • Album: Super Exitos
  • Song: Lloraras

Coming at you from: Venezuela

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N.O.R.E. feat. Nina Sky, Daddy Yankee, Gem Star, Big Mato, Tego Calderon

  • Album: N.O.R.E. y la Familia...Ya Tú Sabe
  • Song: Oye Mi Canto [*]

Coming at you from: Puerto Rico/New York/Dominican Republic

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Oye Mi Canto [*]
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Roc la Familia
Released
2006

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Los Ilusionistas

  • Album: Roots of Chicha 2: Psychedelic Cumbias from Peru
  • Song: Colegiala

Coming at you from: Peru

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Colegiala
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Roots of Chicha 2: Psychedelic Cumbias from Peru
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Various Artists
Label
Barbes Records
Released
2010

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Carla Morrison

  • Album: Buscando Una Salida
  • Song: Buscando Una Salida

Coming at you from: Mexico

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The Danleers

  • Album: Best of the Danleers: The Mercury Years
  • Song: One Summer Night

Coming at you from: New York

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One Summer Night
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The Danleers
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Mercury
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