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Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Latino USA’s ‘Coming of Age’ Music Playlist

This week’s “Coming of Age” podcast showcased Latino USA’s variety, and our official Spotify playlist for this week was no different. Here are 16 of the songs featured in this week’s show:

For more official Latino USA playlists, follow us here.

STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON Starting Conversations

A conversation with the three young men who play Dr. Dre, Eazy E, and Ice Cube in the new biopic Straight Outta Compton. And a very important reminder about a disease we just don’t talk much about anymore.

Photo via Universal Pictures

Latino USA’s Music Playlist for ‘Off Beat’

Did you know that for our latest “Off Beat” podcast we featured clips from more than 30 songs? I have tried to gather as many as I could in our newest Spotify playlist, and before I share all the results, I need to first share this important image:


Ok, now that we got that out of the way, here is the Spotify playlist:

Here are the songs featured in the show that were not on Spotify.

First off, Los Crudos.

This is Detestados with “Disparar a matar.”

Algodón Egipcio did a Youth Lagoon cover of “Afternoon.”

And finally, we close with some Kali Uchis songs not on Spotify.

When Music Debates Get All Crudo

The best thing about Mondays here at Latino USA? Since we are a weekend show, we love coming back to the office to check out what people are saying about the newest podcast. This Monday is not that different, especially since our latest show, “Off Beat,” covered a topic that will always elicit many reactions: music. Not surprisingly, two segments have already gone viral. The first one, “Hardpop: Dancing Through the Drug War,” discusses a topic few know about: how an electronic dance club in Ciudad Juárez became one of the top clubs in the world.

The other segment, about hardcore’s iconic Los Crudos band, also went viral, mostly because the Facebook page of Maximum Rocknroll shared the segment:

It was very cool of Maximum Rocknroll to feature the piece and even cooler to see their post get over 1,500 Facebook likes and 215 shares in just 18 hours. The Maximum Rocknroll community knows their music, so to see a Latino USA segment on their Facebook page kind of made our day.

Until we starting reading some of the comments, which were objecting to the story’s original web headline—”Los Crudos, Hardcore’s First Latino Band:”

“Great article; but to say that Los Crudos is the first hardcore latino band; is a complete understatement, specially since the genre was basically founded for the most part by hispanic Americans (Agnostic Front anyone?) and a lot of the values you see in hardcore came from the most part from traditional latino family culture. Needless to say I do have to say that Los Crudos is one of the most important and influential hardcore bands from the 90’s. Latino or not, there’s always at least one person that recognizes my Los Crudos patch at any show I go to; mind you that I attend shows from several genres (from country/bluegrass to death and black metal shows to chiptune and raves) i always get at least one person saying “holy ****! I love that band!” but yeah ..not the first ones for sure, even though theres a huge chance that the first punk rock band was actually formed in South America and not in England like it was first let to believe. (google Los Saicos from Peru)”

Good point about Los Saicos, and although many might not think of them as a “hardcore” band, they are considered to be the punk pioneers of Latin America (and to some, the entire world). This song, “Demolición,” is from 1964. That is 51 years ago.

But are Los Saicos “Latino?” At least in my worldview (not the definitive authority, by the way), I have always used “Latin American” to describe Saicos and I get that identities are getting blurrier these days, but yes, bands like Los Saicos were doing amazing things way before Los Crudos broke through.

As for Agnostic Front, lead signer Roger Miret is of Cuban descent, but not every original member in the band was Latino. So calling Los Crudos the first all-Latino hardcore band is not that far off, although yes, the headline should have been more clearer.

“Obviously they’re not the first, but what they and huasipungo did was start the explicitly latinx-identified hardcore scene in the US. Although I think huasipungo predates them by a bit. Esneider Huasipungo? I don’t think any of the bands made a point to publicly make statements identifying as latino bands before them to make it sort of a sub-scene, like straight edge or queer punk. Los Crudos and huasipungo set the ball in motion to create a the Latinx-punk scene in the US that exists today. But yeah, calling them the first was a bad choice of words.”

The Huasipungo comment presented a more valid reason for us to change the original web headline and say, “Los Crudos: Hardcore’s Latino Pioneers.” As one blogger wrote about Huasipungo:

“Huasipungo is a political, Latino hardcore band that started in NYC in 1991. During the ’90s i think they were kinda overshadowed by the more popular Los Crudos (also Latino and extremely political), but to me they were every bit as good. I prefer Huasipungo actually, and think more people should be exposed to them.”

Other comments from Maximum Rocknroll weighed in on the debate. It got kind of intense (so many amazing bands were named), but it was all in good fun. Anyway, we heard you and we changed the headline in the original Crudos piece.

Thanks to all of you who listened to the segment, and if you ever need to connect with us about any part of the show, just tweet @LatinoUSA or me @julito77.

Latino USA’s Preshow Video Riddle of the Week

Riddle me this. (I have always wanted to start a digital post with that sentence.)

But seriously…

This Friday August 14, Latino USA premieres a new show. It’s about music, although it’s not just about music. I mean (and I can’t reveal much), it’s about music that is “off beat.” (Not offbeat—there’s a difference.)

Producer Marlon Bishop and our Music Consultant Nadia Reiman will co-host the show. They both love music. A lot. In fact, our entire Latino USA loves music. A lot.

Anyway, we decided to do a little preshow promo for the show. After brainstorming with Marlon, Nadia and the rest of the team about what the show will cover, we decided to create this little video riddle teaser to get you ready for the August 14 premiere (subscribe to iTunes if you haven’t yet). Because of this video idea, I can proudly announce that we now have an official Preshow Video Riddle of the Week. Don’t expect a weekly series just yet because I want to know first if you like this idea or not. So, here is the video riddle:

The answer to the video is pretty obvious, right? I mean, you won’t win anything—except for the bragging rights to say you were the FIRST one to share the winning response with me.

Tweet me @julito77 or comment below.

Thanks to Marlon for the audio tracks and the entire Latino USA team for the inspiration and support.

Stay tuned for the latest show this Friday, August 14!

How to Write a Bomba Estéreo Song

Around the same time that Simón Mejía of Bomba Estéreo sat down to write songs for the band’s acclaimed fourth studio album Amanecer, he also became a father for the first time. While working in his home studio one day and entertaining his young son, he was suddenly inspired to compose the music for the song “Raíz,” the last song on the album.

After Simón wrote the music, he shipped it off to Liliana Saumet, the group’s singer, so she could write vocals for the song. She came up with lyrics inspired by the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta —a mountain range considered sacred by Colombian indigenous communities— and the connection between humans and nature. For Simón, it was a perfect fit.

Listen to go behind the curtain with Simón and hear how he and Liliana created “Raíz” from start to finish.

Here is the final product: “Raíz.”

Music From Latino USA’s LIFE SENTENCE Podcast

This week’s podcast, LIFE SENTENCE, looks into life before, during and after prison. In case you missed it, here’s the show:

Every Monday (today), we publish a Spotify playlist, which includes most of the music we feature in our most recent show. Here is this week’s playlist:

As an extra bonus —because, quite frankly, I thought the choice of the final music track for the show’s final minutes was brilliant (“No Broken Heart” by Daniel Salinas)— you can also listen to Salinas’ complete 1974 Atlantis album, considered a classic by some.

This Week’s Latino USA Music Playlist: Beauty

By now, you know the deal: on Friday, our team launches a podcast. On Monday, we create a Spotify playlist of the songs we featured in the Friday podcast (along with videos of the songs not on Spotify). Here is this week’s music:

Here is a song from Rando Camasta that we also featured.

This Week’s Music: Know Your Rights

Another week, another successful podcast. If you are a loyal Latino USA listener, you should know by now that each week we also post a Spotify playlist of the music we feature in each show. (If you are a new Latino USA listener, now you know, so welcome!) One more thing: do you have have a music suggestion? Tweet it to the fabulous Nadia Reiman, who has one of the coolest jobs around as our show’s music consultant. Anyway, here is this week’s music.

We also featured “Justicia” by Sidestepper.

This Week’s Music: Béisbol

Ok, guys, here’s the playlist for this week’s Béisbol episode. Follow us on Spotify to find the music we use in our shows. As always, a huge thanks to Nadia Reiman, our Latino USA music genius, for picking the songs that have become such a staple of our shows.

Not all the songs we featured were on Spotify this week, so we’re adding YouTube videos. First off, the famous WPIX 1970s New York Yankees theme song, the intro to the The Bronx Judas segment (that’s me), for obvious reasons.

I was also surpised to see that “Guavaberry” was not on Spotify, so I found this throwback video gem from 1987. 1987!!!

I guess I have to add this one, even though I am a Red Sox fan now.


We also included “Baby Elephant Walk.” Go 1960s!

Here is Mariachi Nuevo Real’s “Llévame al juego de béisbol.”

We close with “Alatagracia.” Brilliant.

This Week’s Music: Latino Icons

Now that you caught our Latino Icons rebroadcast, you can also listen to some of the music we featured in the show. Each week, we create an Spotify playlist like the one you see here. For more playlists, follow us on Spotify.



This Week’s Music: Rebels

Here’s the latest Spotify playlist we curated for the Rebels show. You can follow all the Latino USA playlists at our official Spotify site.




This Week’s Music: Lady Liberty

Here is our official Spotify playlist with all the tracks we featured in this week’s Lady Liberty podcast, along with a few videos of the artists we included.




This Week’s Music: Who Tells the Story?

Here is a list of all the music we featured during our Who Tells the Story? podcast. For more playlists, follow us on Spotify.

This Week’s Music: A Latino History of Hip-Hop, Part II

After catching our latest our podcast, give our latest Spotify playlist a listen. The following playlist and YouTube videos feature the full songs you heard as clips in “A Latino History of Hip-Hop, Part II.” And since this is hip-hop, we must warn you: some of the songs contain explicit language.


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