Silk-Robe Songs: A Decadent Alt.Latino Playlist : Alt.Latino A mixtape for when you're leaning out onto your balcony, looking melancholy and pretending to be a classic Hollywood dame.
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Silk-Robe Songs: A Decadent Alt.Latino Playlist

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Silk-Robe Songs: A Decadent Alt.Latino Playlist

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I was recently on assignment in Los Angeles, where I was fortunate to stay at a nice, classic old Hollywood hotel. It sure beat the assignment where I had to stay at the "Banana Motel" in a border town in Central America, but that's another story.

So I did what anyone in my position would do: I put on my PJs, pretended they were a silk robe, imagined I was a black-and-white movie star, and leaned over the balcony nostalgically while creating a playlist. Here's some of that mixtape, which was originally titled "Music For Nostalgically Leaning Over The Balcony And Pretending To Think Of A Long-Lost Lover." I am neither melancholy nor mourning a lost love, so instead, let's just be wistful and enjoy this sweet summer mix.

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Cartola

  • Song: Preciso Me Encontrar
  • from Cartola [O Mundo e um Moinho]
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Cartola [O Mundo e um Moinho]
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Cartola [O Mundo e um Moinho]
Artist
Cartola
Label
Melopea Records
Released
1976

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Seu Jorge

  • Song: Life on Mars?
  • from Life Aquatic Studio Sessions
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Life Aquatic Studio Sessions
Album
Life Aquatic Studio Sessions
Artist
Seu Jorge
Label
Hollywood Records
Released
2005

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Chavela Vargas

  • Song: Macorina
  • from Canta a Mexico
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Canta a Mexico
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Canta a Mexico
Artist
Chavela Vargas
Label
Orfeon
Released
1995

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Simone

  • Song: O Que Será (À Flor Da Terra) [DVD]
  • from Ao Vivo [DVD]
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Ao Vivo [DVD]
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Ao Vivo [DVD]
Artist
Simone
Label
EMI Music Distribution
Released
1999

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Raphael

  • Song: Franceska
  • from Grandes Leyendas de La Musica
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Grandes Leyendas de La Musica
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Grandes Leyendas de La Musica
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Raphael
Label
ANS

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The Flamingos

  • Song: Mio Amore
  • from Best of the Flamingos
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Best of the Flamingos
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Best of the Flamingos
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The Flamingos
Label
Rhino
Released
1990

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Carlos Gardel

  • Song: Volver [El Día Que Me Quieras]
  • from 100 por Carlos Gardel
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100 por Carlos Gardel
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100 por Carlos Gardel
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Carlos Gardel
Label
EMI Music Distribution
Released
2004

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Buika

  • Song: Volver
  • from En Mi Piel: The Best of Buika
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En Mi Piel: The Best of Buika
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En Mi Piel: The Best of Buika
Artist
Buika
Label
Warner Music Latina
Released
2011

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Frank Sinatra

  • Song: If You Go Away
  • from If You Go Away
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