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Shake Your Fists And Hips: 12 New Music Releases

Young DJ and producer Munchi
Gina Manning
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Young DJ and producer Munchi

This week on Alt.Latino, we are not to be messed with. The musical mood of the last few shows has been mellow, romantic and even lovey-dovey. Now we're listening to a whole lot of grunge and just plain rock 'n' roll. Whether it's Brazilian lo-fi, Spanish post-apocalyptic punk or Mexican pop-rock, we're definitely feeling feisty.

Yet it wouldn't be an Alt.Latino show if there weren't a few dance tracks. So we take our boxing gloves off and groove to the sounds of a moombahton master from the Dominican Republic and his smooth Puerto Rican sidekick. We'll also hear an Argentine mastermind living in San Francisco and a Venezuelan's ode to traditional music called cardenche.

Speaking of cardenche, I have to apologize to our listeners twice this week. First, you may notice that at the time of this taping I was grappling with something that felt like the bubonic plague but turned out to be a regular flu. I'm all better now, but I sound like a very angry Donald Duck on today's show. Also, I mispronounced the word cardenche (I said "cardeneche") partly because it's a completely new genre to me and partly because, to paraphrase Rick James, Nyquil is a hell of a drug.

Having said that, I hope you join us, because whether you feel like shaking your fists or your hips, Alt.Latino is definitely the place to be.


Esta semana en Alt.Latino, como dirían en algunos países de América Latina, "nos pusimos bravos." La onda de los shows más recientes ha sido tranquila, romántica y hasta se podría decir cursi. Pero hoy estamos de un humor totalmente distinto, escuchando un montón de música grunge y puro rock. Ya sea música brasilera de lo-fi, punk español post-apocalíptico o pop rock mexicano, en definitiva nos estamos sintiendo bastante roqueros.

Claro, no sería Alt.Latino si no hubiese algo de música bailable. Dejamos de hacer pogo por unos instantes para movernos al son de un maestro dominicano del moombahtón, y su encantador colega, un aspirante a rey del reggaetón boricua. También tocamos algunos discos de un impresionante músico argentino radicado en San Francisco, y escuchamos una oda, escrita por un venezolano, al cardenche, una música tradicional mexicana.

Hablando del cardenche, tengo que disculparme dos veces con nuestros oyentes. Primeramente, notarán que cuando grabamos este programa, me sentía como si tuviese la plaga bubónica. Solo resultó ser una simple gripe, pero de todos modos, sueno un poco como el Pato Donald en el programa de esta semana, así que sepan excusarme. Por otro lado, pronuncié mal la palabra cardenche (dije cardeneche) en parte porque es un género completamente nuevo para mi, y en parte porque los anticongestivos son tremenda droga.

Sin embargo, espero que puedan disfrutar del programa. Ya sea para bailar o para hacer pogo, Alt.Latino es el mejor lugar para estar.

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Jasmine Garsd is an Argentine-American journalist living in New York. She is currently NPR's Criminal Justice correspondent and the host of The Last Cup. She started her career as the co-host of Alt.Latino, an NPR show about Latin music. Throughout her reporting career she's focused extensively on women's issues and immigrant communities in America. She's currently writing a book of stories about women she's met throughout her travels.