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SXSW Preview///Nacional Record Showcase

By / March 13, 2014  


[Editor Note: Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the people affected in the drunk driving accident that occurred last night in Austin, we wish everyone that was injured a full recovery and may the justice system run it’s course in handling this awful incident.]

Nacional Records’ one of the pioneering labels in the United States has been home to some of our favorite artists’ for the past couple of years, with a label roster that features every genre of music imaginable(and some created along the way) presenting a diverse and honest snapshot of the progressive artists that Latin-America has to offer. Nacional arrives to SXSW this year with another stellar showcase that features some long-time favorites along with some new additions to the already stellar roster. Check out the bands playing below.  Showcase will be at the Palm on 6 street and starts at 8. Check the FB event page for more info

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Download///Nacional Records’ 20 Song Sampler

By / September 17, 2012  

For the last decade Nacional Records has found cutting edge artists from all corners of Latin America and help bring their music and present it to a larger audience in the United States. Nacional Records has helped created a new space in the  Latin-Music market which didn’t exist before. A Latin alternative/Independent market that is more indicative of the trends of music and aesthetics that are being found in both Latin America and New-Wave Latinos in the United States. While  maybe  still considered Niche, many of Nacional Records artists have played in the biggest festivals of the world(Coachella,Primavera Sound,SXSW)

While Nacional Records impact has been big in other major Latin-Markets(SF,Chicago and NYC), Dallas/Fort Worth has failed to catch on to the eclectic and vibrant sounds Nacional Records has to offer(even with 29 Grammy and Latin Grammy wins and nominations to their name). Well, Nacional Records has released a new Sampler for free that features some of the best tracks their artists have to offer,The sampler of Latino artists cover a wide range of  different genres,from the pop crooning of Alex Anwandter(Total Babe), sultry soul-foul sounds of Monica Lionheart and the Cumbia Genius of M.I.S. With songs both in Spanish and English there is a little bit everything for everyone. So download the sampler, share with your friends and lets help make Dallas un poquito mas Alternativo.

Download Nacional Records’ “The New Sounds Of Latin Music” sampler, Vol. 3 on Amazon.Com.  Click Here

Album Review: Astro////Astro

By / September 7, 2012  

Many in Ibero-American Circles were first introduced to Astro via Maestro distortion, an explosive introduction of international proportions.  The reverberation of that song was big in South-America, perhaps I underestimated or fully didn’t understand how big until I was in Barcelona this summer for Primavera Sound, one of the biggest stage Astro has graced(for the moment) and EVERYONE who was in attendance for Astro’s set every lyric to the song, it was at that moment when I realized the song had transcended from blogger favorite to a full fledge Latin-Indie Classic.

So naturally, when it came down for Astro to create their first full-album the expectations were a dad bit higher for the wild-boys of Chilean music scene. But as we have grown accustomed, Chileans always bring the goods.The album was first released for Chilean audience in 2011 but now has found a home in the United States being picked up by Latin-Alternative Record Label Nacional Records with this release and the earlier release of Alex Anwandter’s Rebeldes (instant classic) it seems the lovable Chileans are finally invading the United States on a larger-scale and in the process  Nacional Records roster has become even more eclectic(I didn’t think that was possible). Astro’s self-titled debut album is an inviting introduction for the American audience.  I’m sure hoping people will latch on to Astro’s and Chile’s generally awesomeness, hopefully leading  to more Chilean Music played at parties, more people saying Cachai and Chilean indie-babes magically appearing out of nowhere in our fine city(ok, the  last one went a little overboard).

Leading track Ciervos takes you on a run though an exotic selva in search of enlightenment-bouncing keyboards slowly elevate into the indie-rock riffs, bright shades of electronics and pounding drums, Astro innocently ponders questions of life and religion asking what would happen if  we asked Hindu god “Vishnu” to protect us, Dancing  with god or what it would feel simply dissolve of everything, run with arms opens,eyes closed and embrace the world as it. “¿Y que pasa si corro con los ojos cerrados? Con los brazos abiertos abrazando al mundo”

Coco reaches into some Ragatron range of psychedelic with lighting quick space-rock riffs, an electrifying chant of “dale coco dale coco” propels you way above over-drive as you  are entranced in the three fastest minutes of your life(then you repeat cause your like what the hell just happened?). Columbo navigates into a more shimmering  very danceable 80’s Electro-Pop terrain showcasing lead-singer’s Andrés Nusser’s charm, vocal talents and rabid enthusiasm with a fun as hell chorus “Hey na na hey na na”(How freaking catchy is that!) while lyrics gets more even trippy with dancing rabbits. In Panda,the synth and volume are cranked up as Astro pitches  their most complete song of the album finding an equilibrium between light inducing electronic arrangements, pop-minded vocals and that  savage-like intensity that has become fundamental trait of the group. As the album marches on at a feverish pace, the band slows down to explore a more delicate side of their persona in Manglares and Volteratas. 

We will immediately(perhaps way to easily) try to add this South-American MGMT tag to Astro for sake of making easy on our friends to catch our drift. For me that simply doesn’t serve them justice(although it’s not a totally bad thing). Do they have shades of Mgmt? Sure. El Guincho. You Betcha. Yet, the more you listen the more the Astro the more their own individualistic sound is recognizable.  It’s  a sound marked with nomadic unpretentious, youthful exuberance, grand imagination and supreme technical ability. These are the characteristics  that will propel Astro high above those taglines

Astro is a breath of fresh air in the Latin-American Scene. A break from the crooners,”rebels” and bores(Senor Larregui) . Astro is less concerned about creating some unifying band identity and more concerned with evoking sensations. Astro places you inside their vibrant landscapes where you too become the  protagonist, free to do whatever the hell you want. Jump in the pool? Yes. Run with purple bunnies? Why they hell not? Because in Astro’s neon colored world of tropical birds,red bananas and green water living is not a drag but rather a celebration. So let’s escape this painfully grey life and step into Astro’s world(bring the shrooms and chips while you’re at it).

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