By WEXT/Josh Norek
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The weekly syndicated radio show "The Latin Alternative" airs regularly in more than ten markets nationwide, but fans hoping to get their fix of the best new Latin rock, funk, hip-hop and electronic music need not wait for terrestrial radio broadcasts: "The Latin Alternative" is now available for streaming podcast as well. Among the artists featured on the show are Manu Chao, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Cafe Tacuba, Kinky, Julieta Venegas and Ozomatli.
||The Latin Alternative Show 1426||With the recent passing of Latin rock icon Gustavo Cerati after a tragic five year coma, we pay homage to Cerati's influential career in a special one hour episode. We survey Cerati's work as the leader of pioneering Argentine rock band Soda||1/11/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Latin Alternative Show 1431||Uruguay is a country of just 3 million people, but seemingly has one million artists. Our co-host Josh Norek recently visited Uruguay to spotlight its thriving indie rock, electronic and hip-hop scenes. Artists interviewed in this episode include||1/11/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Latin Alternative Show 1427||This week we delve into the wonderful head-trip of Latin Psychedelia, featuring our favorite psychedelic-tinged tracks of all time. Featured artists include Os Mutantes, El Chicano, Chicha Libre, Fruko y Sus Tesos, Brownout and more.||1/11/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Latin Alternative Show 1424||This week we take it back to the old country with a spotlight on Spain's contributions to the Latin Alternative movement. From pioneering Spanish rock acts of the 1960's like Los Brincos and Monolo y Ramon to cutting edge indie artists like||1/11/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Latin Alternative Show 1429||Today we're gonna party like it's 1999.... Yes, 'The Latin Alternative' revisits 1999, a seminal musical year for the development and artistic breakthrough of artists in the genre. Featured acts include Los Fabulosos Cadillacs,||1/11/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Latin Alternative Show 1432||This week we are extremely honored to be joined by Saul Hernandez, the frontman of Mexican rock icons Jaguares and Caifanes. Saul Hernandez joins us for a special one hour 'takeover' episode in which he talks about his new solo album||1/11/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Latin Alternative Show 1423||Mexico is a powerhouse of Latin-Alt music, and this week we turn a spotlight to the country's rich rock and electronic scenes and history. Featured artists include Cafe Tacuba, Nortec Collective, Carla Morrison, Mexican Institute of Sound,||1/11/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Latin Alternative Show 1406||This week we are joined by Enrique Bunbury, the iconic Spanish rocker who co-founded Heroes del Silencio and went on to an even more accomplished solo career. Plus new music from Ana Tijoux, Fidel Nadal, Campo and much more!||1/11/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Latin Alternative Show 1408||This week we bring you our inaugural survey of Colombia's Latin Alternative scene, both past and present. From the electro-cumbia grooves of Bomba Estereo and Monareta to old school tropical legends Fruko y Sus Tesos and Grupo Niche, we've||1/11/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Latin Alternative Show 1420||This week we're celebrating the 50th anniversary of Fania Records, the iconic label that single-handedly changed the history of Afro-Caribbean music and engineered the explosion of Salsa and Boogaloo. Featured artists include Ruben Blades, Tito||1/11/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Latin Alternative Podcast 20||Café Tacvba "Takeover" Episode||3/21/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Latin Alternative Podcast 21||Kinky "Takeover" Episode||3/21/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Latin Alternative Podcast 18||Ozomatli "Takeover" Episode co-hosted by Wil-Dog||8/7/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Latin Alternative Podcast 19||Los Lobos "Takeover" Episode co-hosted by Louis Perez||8/7/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Latin Alternative Podcast 17||Latin Hip-Hop special w/Ana Tijoux, Orishas & more!||5/20/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Latin Alternative Podcast 16||Girl In a Coma interview, Los Lobos & more!||3/22/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Latin Alternative Podcast 15||Calle 13 interview, Ritmo Machine & more!||12/13/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||Latin Alternative Podcast 14||La Vida Boheme interview, Gaby Moreno & more!||9/28/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||Latin Alternative Podcast 13||Diego Garcia interview, Rey Pila, Calle 13 & more!||8/15/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||Latin Alternative Podcast 12||Los Amigos Invisible interview, Diego Garcia, Chocquibtown & more!||6/20/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
the best (and only?) Latin Alternative music show on the radio
I've been a fan of "The Latin Alternative" for some time and frequently listened to the live-streamed edition from WEXT in Albany. It's great to see the show finally available as a podcast on iTunes. You really couldn't ask for better co-hosts and authorities on the Latin-alt genre than Ernesto Lechner and Josh Norek (Lechner wrote the book 'Rock en Espanol' while Norek co-founded the Latin Alternative Music Conference and fronts the band Hip Hop Hoodíos). Probably my favorite aspect of the show is how well the program explains the significance of acts like Manu Chao, Julieta Venegas and Cafe Tacuba to an English-speaking audience. As a Latina whose first language is English, I find Latin rock, funk and electronic music genuinely innovative; "The Latin Alternative" gives the music proper context to a wider audience that may not understand Spanish. If you're someone looking for musical kicks and adventures, I assure you that you'll dig this show.
Ahhhhh I LOVE this podcast. I just started listening to the show on the radio on Thursday nights in LA (on 88.5 between 9 and 10PM!). Me encantan todas las canciones que Ernesto Lechner y Josh Norek play, y ellos son super fun to listen to! They talk about the songs in English, most of the songs are sung in spanish, with some spanglish and a few english songs mixed in there. Whether you speak spanish or not, if you enjoy alternative music, definitely check this show out!! I was already a fan of latin-alternative music before i started listening to them, but I've learned about many new great artists through them! El podcast es arrechisimo!
It's about time that public radio got with the program....
"The Latin Alternative" is the first syndicated public radio show to spotlight the broad range of Latin rock, funk, hip-hop and electronica that is frequently deemed 'Latin Alternative' music. The show's hosts Ernesto Lechner (author of the book "Rock en Espanol" and a frequent LA Times contributor) and Josh Norek (co-founder of the Latin Alternative Music Conference and frontman of Hip Hop Hoodíos) take an approach to the genre that is fun and informative without being overly academic. It's great to see the radio show finally available as a podcast in the iTunes store!