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Throwback Thursday: Moenia’s “Ya No Es Así”

July 23, 2009
Electronic pop pioneers Mœnia

Electronic pop pioneers Mœnia (the woman's not in the band)

This week’s Throwback Thursday we’re going pop with Mœnia. The electronic band have often been compared to their English contemporaries Depeche Mode. However, don’t let the synths and drumbeats of much of Moenia’s catalog deter you. Moenia have spent more than fifteen years crafting some of the most engaging Latin pop music. What has always made Moenia one of the most successful bands in Latin America is their ability to record music that receives mainstream acceptance yet manages to challenge listeners with experimental compositions and arrangements otherwise unheard of in Latin mainstream pop outside of Aleks Syntek and more recent years Ms. Julieta Venegas foray into pop. Moenia was initially a quartet before original co-founder and lead singer, Juan Carlos Lozano, left the band soon after their 1997 self-titled debut. Alfonso Pichardo picked up the vocal duties on their sophomore and one of their most critically received album, Adición+ in 1999. “Ya No Es Así” is a standout electro pop song reminiscent more of Kraftwerk, Yaz, and Erasure than Depeche Mode. In fact, Mí Casa believes that Moenia often out-modes Depeche Mode. “Ya No Es Así” is also an excellent example of this Mexican band’s influence on the current revival of Electronic Latin pop. It’s simple, we wouldn’t have Mexico’s Belanova, Argentina’s Miranda! or even Chile’s indie electro pop princess, Javiera Mena if it wasn’t for Moenia. Enjoy “Ya No Es Así” and two extra vids, “Molde Perfecto” and the Moenia’s contribution to Amores Perros.

Moenia – “Ya No Es Así” (MP3)

Moenia – “Molde Perfecto” (Video)

Moenia – “Lado Animal” (Theme to Amores Perros) (Video)

Throwback Thursday: Soda Stereo’s “Sobredosis De TV”

June 18, 2009
Soda Stereo

Soda Stereo

Soda Stereo is Argentina’s most successful and one of Latin America’s most influential bands. Soda Stereo was formed in 1982 by lead guitarist and vocalist, Gustavo Cerati, drummer, Charly Alberti, and bassist, Zeta Bosio. Soda Stereo blend New Wave, rock, and pop with a stylish image similar to their English contemporaries Television, the Talking Heads, and The Police. From 1984-1995, Soda Stereo released seven records including two of their most important releases, 1986’s Signos and then 1990’s Cancion Animal. “Sobredosis De TV” (“Television Overdose”), this week’s Throwback Thursday selection, is one of the band’s most recognized songs. It’s a perfect introduction to this iconic band.

Soda Stereo – “Sobredosis De TV” (MP3)

Soda Stereo – “Sobredosis De TV” (Live in Vivo en Viña, 1987)

Throwback Thursdays: Los Prisioneros’ “Tren Al Sur”

June 4, 2009

Los Prisioneros

The first time I heard this song I was 15 at an 18 & Over club in Chicago. Yeah, you did it too. Don’t lie. I wasn’t the only kid under age and it was quite evident. The only people on the dance floor were couples and girls in circles so tight they could’ve been beating someone inside it and no one would’ve ever known. Everyone else stood against the walls. It was what it was—a high school dance without the basketball court—until this song came on. A new DJ got on the decks, allowed some silence as he transitioned into his set, and then the haunting intro keys seemed to scare everyone away from what they were doing. Circles broke, and couples separated to dance along with everyone just as the drums dropped over the keys. Everything was perfect with this song—the catchy lyrics, key solos, drum solos, and vocals over those solos. These guys from Chile had a bunch of Latino kids in Chicago going crazy. And yeah, as a result, that night I got my first number from a girl—her beeper number, that is. So for getting me my first number, and just being a damn good classic, this is our first Throwback Thursday song. Someone get me Los Prisioneros‘ beeper numbers so I can thank them in a voicemail or number coded message.

Los Prisioneros–Tren Al Sur