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Back To The Future: Six Songs That Travel In Time

Alex Anwandter's "Como Puedes Vivir Contigo Mismo" pays homage to the film <em>Paris Is Burning. </em>
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Alex Anwandter's "Como Puedes Vivir Contigo Mismo" pays homage to the film Paris Is Burning.

Albert Einstein once said that "the distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion." This is certainly true for this week's show, which features new songs from across the Spanish and Portuguese speaking worlds. The music harks back to past decades and trends, while addressing themes that are relevant today.

Chilean pop prince Alex Anwandter's "Como Puedes Vivir Contigo Mismo" (How Can You Live With Yourself) pays homage to the 1990 film Paris Is Burning, but is also an instant gay pride anthem for a country that recently was the site of homophobic violence. And as tongue-in-cheek as "Putos Señora" by Spanish punk rockers SraSraSra is, with its video ode to Spanish '70s cinema, it has a sense of goofy rebellion that would have played just as well back when The Ramones reigned supreme (though in my heart they will always rule).

As always we hope you join in on the conversation. What music can you recommend that you've discovered or rediscovered? It may be from the past but if it's new to us, we want to know about it!


Volver Al Futuro: Seis Canciones Que Hacen Homenaje Al Pasado

Albert Einstein decía que "La diferencia entre el pasado, el presente y el futuro es sólo una ilusión persistente." Esa frase bien podría usarse para describir nuestro programa de esta semana, en el cual escuchamos canciones de todo el mundo latino que hacen referencias a décadas anteriores y modas musicales, pero con temáticas que son relevantes hoy en día.

l príncipe del pop chileno Alex Anwandter canta "Como Puedes Vivir Contigo Mismo", un homenaje a la película de los 90s Paris Is Burning. A pesar de ser un tributo al pasado, también es un himno de orgullo gay en un país que recientemente pasó por una violencia homofóbica horripilante. Y aunque los punks españoles del grupo SraSraSra celebren el cinema ibérico de los 70's en su video para la canción "Putos Señora", ese sentimiento de rebelión mezclada con payasada tiene tanta relevancia en la cultura joven de hoy como lo tenía en la era de Los Ramones.

Como siempre, queremos que ustedes, nuestros oyentes, opinen. ¿Que música has descubierto o redescubierto recientemente que nos recomiendes?

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Jasmine Garsd is an Argentine-American journalist living in New York. She is currently NPR's Criminal Justice correspondent and the host of The Last Cup. She started her career as the co-host of Alt.Latino, an NPR show about Latin music. Throughout her reporting career she's focused extensively on women's issues and immigrant communities in America. She's currently writing a book of stories about women she's met throughout her travels.