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Alt.Latino's Favorite Songs, Albums And Artists Of 2013

Clockwise, from top left: Bosnian Rainbows, Mala Rodriguez, Frikstailers, Raquel Sofia, La Santa Cecilia. i i

hide captionClockwise, from top left: Bosnian Rainbows, Mala Rodriguez, Frikstailers, Raquel Sofia, La Santa Cecilia.

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Clockwise, from top left: Bosnian Rainbows, Mala Rodriguez, Frikstailers, Raquel Sofia, La Santa Cecilia.

Clockwise, from top left: Bosnian Rainbows, Mala Rodriguez, Frikstailers, Raquel Sofia, La Santa Cecilia.

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As we combed through this year, Felix Contreras and I both marveled at the sheer amount of adventures that filled our 2013. It feels as if we've crammed several years into one.

We got to hang out with Spanish film director Pedro Almodovar, Oscar-winning producer Gustavo Santaolalla and Puerto Rican rapper Tego Calderon. We brought you killer music festivals — South by Southwest, Latin Alternative Music Conference and Vive Latino. And we did a lot of traveling: Much of the year found us in Venezuela, Puerto Rico and Mexico, as we gathered new music and great interviews and stories along the way. Speaking of big moves, this is the year we went international: With me in Mexico City and Felix in Washington, D.C., we can truly say that Alt.Latino is a fully bi-cultural show, with one foot in the U.S. and one in Latin America.

This year, we got to make you dance and picked you up, but we also had serious conversations with journalists and authors about issues that affect our community. But the conversation that means the most is the one we have with you — not just when our show comes out, but on Facebook and Twitter. Every day, you send us amazing music, stories, ideas, criticism and praise that makes this more than a podcast; it makes it a dialogue about who we are as Latinos, where we've been and where we're headed.

Now, before anyone jumps up to remind us who we left off the list — or who shouldn't be on here — remember that this, like everything we do on our show, is part of an ongoing conversation. We want to hear from you. Next week, the show will be made up entirely of your picks for the year's best songs, albums and artists.

Our Favorite Songs, Albums And Artists Of 2013

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Bosnian Rainbows

  • Album: Bosnian Rainbows
  • Song: Torn Maps
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  • "Torn Maps"
  • Album: Bosnian Rainbows
  • Artist: Bosnian Rainbows
  • Label: Sargent House
  • Released: 2013
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Frikstailers

  • Album: En Son de Paz
  • Song: Guacha
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  • "Guacha"
  • Album: En Son de Paz
  • Artist: Frikstailers
  • Label: ZZK
  • Released: 2013
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Mala Rodriguez

  • Album: Bruja
  • Song: 33
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La Vida Boheme

  • Album: Será
  • Song: "La Bestia"
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  • ""La Bestia""
  • Album: Será
  • Artist: La Vida Boheme
  • Label: Nacional Records
  • Released: 2013
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Juan Cirerol

  • Album: Cachanilla Y Flor De Azar
  • Song: Cerca Del Mar
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La Santa Cecilia

  • Album: Ice El Hielo
  • Song: Ice El Hielo [Album Version]
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  • "Ice El Hielo [Album Version]"
  • Album: Ice El Hielo
  • Artist: La Santa Cecilia
  • Label: Universal Latino
  • Released: 2013
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David Garza feat. Nina Diaz

  • Album: Human Tattoo
  • Song: Weigh You Down
 
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Palenke Soultribe

  • Album: Mar
  • Song: Africa Is The Mother Of The Beat
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Irene Diaz

  • Album: I Love You Madly
  • Song: I Love You Madly
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Aparato

  • Album: Aparato
  • Song: Estrellas
 
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Raquel Sofia

  • Album: No Me Importas
  • Song: No Me Importas
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Best Music Of 2013