WATCH: The Most Awesomely Annoying Song We Have Ever Heard

This. There is just something about it. Maybe it’s the end that gets to us.

If this song intrigues you as much as it intrigued us, go to @LuckyMengMusic or go to Facebook.

NPR’s AltLatino Streaming Calle 13′s New “Multi_Viral” Album

Our friends at NPR’s AltLatino tweeted to us this morning:

New Calle 13. First listen.

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Listen to it here by individual tracks or here by full album.

Brian Williams Singing Rapper’s Delight: Oh, Yeah

This.

Calle 13′s Latest Single: #ElAguante (VIDEO)

Calle 13 dropped its latest single today:

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Here it is:

The #ElAguante hashtag has been trending globally all day. For more, go here.

LATINO REBELS EXCLUSIVE: Music Video/Novela Series by Del Exilio (Chapter 5)

You can catch Chapter 1 here, Chapter 2 here, Chapter 3 here and Chapter 4 here.

Indie-inspired, Latin-hearted group Del Exilio brings you new music videos from their new album PANAMERICANO, blending telenovela episodes with traditional music videos.  Check out this web video series that captures the story of how an immigration reform revolution is sparked, and how a young man’s identity is transformed by a journey through North and South America. You can catch the full album here.

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It’s the story of boy meets girl, loses girl, loses himself in a new land, then finds the will to start a revolution back home in the U.S., bringing about the advent of a long-awaited immigration reform. The songs follow his progress, thanks in part to the lush but funky touch of producer José Luis “Cheo” Pardo of Venezuela’s Los Amigos Invisibles.

As a special “thank you” to our readers, the first 10 people who share each video on Facebook or Twitter and get 10 likes/favorites, send a screenshot to [email protected] and you will get a free autographed CD!

And now, Chapter 5: Una Vida Nueva York.

We learn Miriela was persuaded by the self-interested Hector to abandon her desire to be with Fernando, in favor of her ambitions for her country and herself. She goes to New York, where she uses her position at the UN to break rank and call for radical reforms in Cuban and US policy.

Intro shot in a melodramatic telenovela style.

Celebrating Los Beatles

On the day when everyone is reminiscing about when four lads from Liverpool arrived in New York City 50 years ago, we decided to celebrate “Los Beatles.”

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Here is just a sampling of some our favorite finds:

From a 2012 Christian Science Monitor article:

In 1965, the Beatles announced a possible tour in Mexico, but Mexico’s then- iron-fisted authoritarian government blocked the plan, saying that Mexico’s youth weren’t ready for an event of that magnitude. And so fans were left eternally waiting.

Perhaps that’s why Mexico holds the record for radio time dedicated to Beatles music at 12 hours weekly. Fans can listen to Universal radio’s “Club de Los Beatles” every morning during rush hour; the station also sponsors an actual fan club which claims 1 million card-carrying members. The program’s host plays everything from the group’s happy early hits to its more dissonant, obscure later work.

At a 1965 press conference, the band was specifically asked about whether they were asked about whether they would do a South American or Russian tour. Here is what they said:

Q: ”George, have you and the Beatles ever been to South America and Russia for a tour?”

GEORGE:“No.”

Q: ”Why not?”

JOHN: ”The Russians don’t like us.”

GEORGE: ”And we don’t particularly want to go to Russia.”

PAUL: ”They burn us there.”

GEORGE: ”And South America– I don’t think they’ve ever heard of us down there.”

PAUL: ”Yes they have, George. We nearly went this time ‘cuz Brian (Epstein) wanted to see Mexico.”

JOHN: ”We tour the places our manager wants to see. He takes his camera. So, we’ll be going there pretty soon, eh Brian?”

(laughter)

By the way, the 2012 CSM piece was published just right before Paul McCartney played in Mexico City. You have to watch these two clips:

But Sir Paul was singing “Bésamo mucho” in the band’s early days:

We also found this cool pic from 1970 at the end of the band’s career (h/t to http://martinmrochaart.com/)

Via: http://martinmrochaart.com/2011/07/28/the-beatles-influence-in-latin-america-and-the-rolling-stones-disaster-at-altamont-by-martin-m-rocha/

Via: http://martinmrochaart.com

And this one from Argentina (via Beatlesite)

Via: http://beatlesite.blogspot.com/2008/05/south-americas-records.html

Via: http://beatlesite.blogspot.com/2008/05/south-americas-records.html

A cover from Uruguay:

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If you ever have a hour of your time, check out the YouTube site of Pako Alfie Giarazzolla. A few gem:

And don’t forget the “tropical tribute” to Los Beatles.

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Celia Cruz, anyone?

Here’s another one from the album:

And we had to include this:

¡Que vivan Los Beatles!

LATINO REBELS EXCLUSIVE: Music Video/Novela Series by Del Exilio (Chapter 4)

You can catch Chapter 1 here, Chapter 2 here and Chapter 3 here.

Indie-inspired, Latin-hearted group Del Exilio brings you new music videos from their new album PANAMERICANO, blending telenovela episodes with traditional music videos.  Check out this web video series that captures the story of how an immigration reform revolution is sparked, and how a young man’s identity is transformed by a journey through North and South America. You can catch the full album here.

DelExilio_cover

It’s the story of boy meets girl, loses girl, loses himself in a new land, then finds the will to start a revolution back home in the U.S., bringing about the advent of a long-awaited immigration reform. The songs follow his progress, thanks in part to the lush but funky touch of producer José Luis “Cheo” Pardo of Venezuela’s Los Amigos Invisibles.

As a special “thank you” to our readers, the first 10 people who share each video on Facebook or Twitter and get 10 likes/favorites, send a screenshot to [email protected] and you will get a free autographed CD!

And now, Chapter 4: Santa Maria del Buen Aire:

Fernando confronts Miriela after discovering that Miriela is both a Cuban diplomat and a dissident blogger.  Miriela leaves for her assignment but then asks Fernando to join her—and them mysteriously cancels, leaving Fernando to get sucked into the city of Buenos Aires.

Why We Love Grammy-Winning Band La Santa Cecilia

Last night, LA’s La Santa Cecilia (Marisol Hernandez, Miguel Ramirez, Jose “Pepe” Carlos,  Alex Bendaña) won a Grammy for Best Latin Rock, Urban Or Alternative Album. That album is called “Treinta Días” and if you don’t have it, get it. Like today.

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Ever since the band produced Ice El Hielo last spring, we have always loved them. But after last night, we loved them even more. Here are some of our reasons.

Even when they are being interviewed by some CBS dude who has no clue about them, the group is still really welcoming and loving. Watch this from last night. Talk about educating people, one interview at a time. (By the way, the band also dedicated their win to the the country’s undocumented. And yeah, band member Pepe Carlos is a DREAMer.)

Then they did this on their Facebook last night:

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How can you hate on that?

Another thing: the band’s music is good. Like real good. Just listen.

#Autodefensas Hip-Hop Track by Drack Cosmovición Rec

This was posted via YouTube on January 24.

Fallon. Springsteen. Christie Parody Video. Brilliance.

This.

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“I’m stuck in Gov. Christie’s Fort Lee New Jersey Traffic Jam.”