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This week on Alt.Latino, we are a lot of things. We are madly in love, but we are also wishing we could forget a heartless jerk. We are celebrating, but we are also dreading what happens when the party is over. And while Spain's Vetusta Morla tells us something horrible is happening down by the river, the lovely Lhasa de Sela has us running to the desert to forget a love gone awry.

We also feature a lot of artists making music with things you might not consider particularly musical. For example, the members of Argentine indie folk group CLDSCP are a bit like sound sculptors — they incorporate digital toys and found objects into their songs. It's a subtle, offbeat quirkiness that works only because it's embedded in their lovely vocals and charango work. Similarly, Spain's Pegasvs uses what is a typical background noise in many countries — the sound of the knife sharpener announcing he's passing by the neighborhood — in an exhilarating song.

Although I confess that I'm obsessed with CLDSCP's "Encanto" ("Charm") and Pegasvs' "El Afilador" ("The Sharpener") I also loved the depth and poetry of Brazilian rapper Emicida's "Quero Ver Quarta Feira" ("I Want To See Wednesday.") The song, which contains enough slang for me to have had to call up a friend in Brazil for translation help, offers a perspective you don't often hear: that of a Brazilian who has grown disenchanted with Carnaval because of the tremendous poverty it masks, and the tourist exploitation it often invites.

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While we always aim to showcase artists who are doing new and exciting things, we also like to show our respect for the classics. This week one of our listeners picks out the iconic "Lamento Boliviano" ("Bolivian Lament") by Argentine band Los Enanitos Verdes, and I share one of my favorite songs, another spine tingling lament. And as always, we want to hear about what your favorite classic songs are.

As I mentioned earlier, we aren't quite sure how we feel this week. We've got some tremendously sad tunes, and some elating melodies. But we do know one thing: We've got some great music for your ears.

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Esta Semana En Alt.Latino

Esta semana en Alt.Latino, no estamos seguros sobre como nos sentimos. Estamos tristes, e increíblemente felices. Estamos locamente enamorados, pero también desearíamos poder olvidar a ese maldito que nos rompió el corazón. Estamos de humor festivo, pero a la vez nos atemoriza pensar en que pasará una vez que la fiesta se termine. Nos encanta lo nuevo de la banda española Vetusta Morla, que nos dice que algo horrible esta a punto de ocurrir en el rió, pero también se nos antoja seguir a la encantadora Lhasa de Sela al desierto, a llorar por un amor que se perdió.

También en el show de hoy oímos a varios artistas que crean música usando objetos que comúnmente no se consideran instrumentos musicales. Por ejemplo, la banda Argentina CLDSCP suele construir esculturas de sonido, incorporando objetos encontrados y juguetes digitales en sus canciones. Es un detalle que les funciona como adorno a una buena base musical: CLDSCP cuenta con una bella voz e impecable instrumentación, por lo tanto su experimentación no suena desarreglada, sino fascinante. Algo parecido esta haciendo Pegasvs de España, al samplear un típico ruido de fondo en muchos países- el sonido de un afilador de cuchillos anunciando su llegada al barrio.

Aunque les confieso que me obsesiona la canción "Encanto" de CLDSCP y "El Afilador" de Pegasvs, también me enamoré de la poesía del rapero brasileño Emicida en la canción "Quero Ver Quarta Feira." Gracias a la ayuda de una amiga brasileña, entendí que la canción se trataba de una perspectiva que uno suele no oír: la de un brasileño que se ha desilusionado con el Carnaval, debido a la tremenda pobreza y explotación sexual que suele esconderse tras todo ese glamour y sensualidad.

Siempre buscamos compartir con ustedes artistas nuevos que están haciendo música innovadora, pero también nos gusta oír a los clásicos. Esta semana, uno de nuestros oyentes eligió la icónica banda Argentina Los Enanitos Verdes y su "Lamento Boliviano". Y para cerrar el show, yo también comparto una de mis canciones favoritas- otro lamento angustiante pero bello. Y como siempre, queremos saber cuales son sus clásicos preferidos del rock en español/música alternativa latina.

Como ya les mencioné, esta semana estamos un poco inestables. Tenemos canciones terriblemente tristes, y también melodías alegres. Una cosa si es segura: tenemos un show lleno de música espectacular para compartir.

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