Alternative Songs: Juana Molina, Aterciopelados, Zoe & Calle 13 feat. Cafe Tacvba

We don’t usually post info about new single releases, but this week has been truly amazing. It seems like some of my favorite artists wanted to uplift my spirit this week. The startling lineup of new songs is simply jaw-dropping, most of these artists will release their albums in October, let’s start saving some cash for what seems to be the best month for Latin alternative this year.

“Un dia”, Juana Molina
I was convinced Juana Molina would change Latin American music, and the new emerge of acts influenced by her music can’t prove me wrong. Careful, I’m not talking about innovations, it’s Molina’s deep-felt emotional approach to music; the power of music lies not in what’s hidden in between lyrics, treasure is found behind lyrics. Just like cinema is a visual media, music’s ultimate command is its sound resonance. “One day I will be a somebody else, I’m going to do things I didn’t do, I won’t care about what others say, neither if they will work out, I will travel, I will dance, dance dance, I want to dance!…” Starts with truly poetic lyrics, the entrance to a world of its own, one that reunites abstract vocals, sweet fairies and factories of sound loops creating new beginnings. My friends know I go nuts about her; again I can’t handle myself when taking about the single most visionary artist of Latin America. "Un dia" is available for free at Juana Molina's official website.

“Rio”, Aterciopelados
It only took me one listen to decide that this had to be the track welcoming readers to our MySpace (replacing “El Reloj” by Jovenes y Sexys). Aterciopelados is along with Café Tacvba the best rock band Latin America has ever had (you had read this statement before, I agree). Rio asks us to send our rivers some oxygen, to send prayers and hope for the fish to comeback. The song humanizes our rivers and seals a connection between nature and our bodies, both in need of clean waters. The backgrounds are particularly outstanding; Andrea Echeverri and Hector Buitrago are true mavericks of atmospheric sensibility. “Vienen las aguas del rio, corriendo, cantando!, por la ciudad van soñando ser limpias, ser claras.” One of the very best songs of the year.

“Reptilectric”, Zoe
Zoe went from the small and shy band that would replace Zurdok, to having the all-time best selling EP in Mexico to finally becoming the most popular band in Mexico nowadays. The band has yet to fully internationalize itself, but their long titled Grammy nominated Memo Rex Commander y el Corazon Atomico de la Via Lactea earned them enough recognition for their new album to travel new territories. The title of the song didn’t make any sense to me, I tried to google it and it seems Zoe has invented a word/species/new god? : reptile + electric. “Reptilectric, welcome to earth”, the song goes from confusion to illusion, seems like Zoe is waiting for the arrival of a prophet from another galaxy. Seems like they run out of patience with other gods and have transported themselves to a new cosmos; they ask for more love and less pain, to make them forget about everything that makes suffering. I like this new messiah, this “messenger of light”.

“No hay nadie como tu”, Calle 13 feat. Café Tacvba
Some months ago Calle 13 had asked its fans at their blog for suggestions on future collaborations. Calle 13 is a very appealing act that is mainly acclaimed by alternative music followers, so it came as no surprise that Los Tacubos ended as a favorite. The bad boys for the first time have overlooked reggaeton for a first single. “No hay nadie como tu” is a catchy song about so many things, about so many people and that special individual that connects them all. Here is hoping Calle 13 doesn’t loose its delicious explicit lyrics and political commentary. The song is simply triumphant and only makes us think that we’ll be getting another jewel with Los de atras vienen conmigo.


  1. Carlos, una pregunta. "Rio" es el primer single del nuevo álbum de Aterciopelados ?(que lleva el mismo nombre: "Río")

    Pregunto porque ellos ya grabaron el video de "Hijos de Tigre", la canción original de la película "la Milagrosa", y por ello, pensaría que es el primer single.

    Dejo el link del preview del video "Hijos de Tigre":

    Por otro lado, que pegajosa que es la canción de Calle 13 con Café Tacvba. Me pareció leer en alguna parte que una de las colaboraciones del nuevo álbum de los Calle 13 es con Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto, los ganadores del Grammy Latino 2007 a Mejor Album de Folklor, y que los acompañaron en vivo en su performance en los premios, el año pasado.

  2. En el link que dejé, no solo está un preview del video de "Hijos de Tigre", sino que Andrea Echeverri cuenta detalles sobre el nuevo álbum.

  3. Pues parece que "Rio" sera el primer single, pero no estoy completamente seguro. Tambien tendran a "Goyo" de Choc Quib Town en su disco.

    No se muchos detalles del disco de Calle 13, solo que tambien estara Ruben Blades y Juanes.

  4. Awesome reviews, so deep dude! Did you heard me today at Super Estrella? I hang out with the crew of La Regadera de la Chocolata "tu sabe'"

    It was dope.

    Much love Carlinhos!

  5. I just sent you an email, need to find more info on all 4 of these releases. Hopefully you can help this gringo.


    Susan V.

  6. Gus, I try not to listen to radio lol.. but cool! I've heard that show is kinda funny. You should send me the audio or somethin'

    Susan: email w/ info returned! thanks for your visit (come again) :)

  7. Rocola Vol.5
    Rio, Aterciopelados
    Los Pollos, Lila Downs feat. Gilberto Gutiérrez
    Más Papaya, Sidestepper
    Won’t say anything, Hello Seahorse!
    Un Paseo, Nuuro
    Vámonos, Café Tacvba
    Divine Hammer, Jóvenes y Sexys
    Vamos a casarnos, Hidrogenesse
    El Arbol, Natalia Clavier
    We Begin, Bufi
    Avant, En Ventura
    Dentro de mi cuerpo, 60 Tigres
    Mediocre, Ximena Sariñana
    Ya me voy, Ceci Bastida
    Move (Cut Copy Remix), CSS
    Tristeza Maleza, Manu Chao
    Palmitos Park (El Guincho Cover), The Ruby Suns
    Rosario, Los Amigos Invisibles
    Chicos Malos, La Casa Azul
    Andan Diciendo, Arcángel
    Colores, Pastilla
    My Party, Plastilina Mosh
    Mentiras, María Daniela y su Sonido Lasser
    Feliz, Maria Rita
    Carnaval de Brasil, Andrés Calamaro
    Pitica, Teleradio Donoso
    The Whistiling Song, The Pinker Tones
    Junjo, Esperanza Spalding
    Shiva, Austin TV
    Nacotheque Mix 8 Part I

  8. GREATEST HITS Acida, Argentina
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    Throughout the years we’ve been following the work by Tweety Gonzalez as a producer, which we found eclectic and wonderful. Greatest Hits is a compilation album that makes us realize he is also talented on record. Acida is formed back in 1999; a two-piece act by Gonzalez and his wife Alina Gandini, now celebrating their first decade together compile an album that will probably serve more as a presentation than a hits album. The album is an enjoyable ride of electro waves, sometimes soulful and obscure but always elegant and splendidly glossy.