New Spanish Indie Music: La Bien Querida

441x273_thumb_00000683Spain’s own Ana Fernandez-Villaverde first made a name for herself in the Indie circuit with a demo recorded with Horacio Nistal under the band name La Bien Querida, which translates to “The Well Loved”.  After winning an annual demo competition, they signed to Spanish label Elefant Records and quickly release their first album titled “Romancero” that quickly gained them the recognition they deserved with their live performances and festivals throughout Spain.

With the first single off there debut, apply titled 9.6, the song garnered re-mixes by Guille Milkyway and Hidrogenesse that showcase the disco pop sounds of the song. Now with Spain taken care of, La Bien Querida had its sites on the rest of the world, including the U.S.A.  Released here in the states on the well known L.A. based Nacional Records, La Bien Querida’s “Romancero” was starting to make waves here as well.  The future looked bright!!!!

Released in 2011, La Bien Querida’s second album called “Fiesta” further demonstrated their creative and eclectic brand of pop combining different genres and sounds with Ana’s introspective lyrics.  On June of that year, “Queridos Tamarindos” is released as a limited-edition red-vinyl single.  This song is accompanied by two previously unreleased tracks, with one of them called “Diferente”. Ana herself describes the single as “A summer song where everything is different on vacation”.  And to top it off, she pays homage to her idol “The Cure’s” Robert Smith by designing the cover of the “Diferente” single with a collage made by Ana herself to hide a homage to “Boys Don’t Cry”.

With their latest release, titled “Ceremonia”, La Bien Querida, which are now a highly establish Spanish act, have created a masterpiece which crosses New Order, Kraftwerk, Love & Rockets and My Bloody Valentine with a post-punk sound that just elevates them to the next level.

With their “Ceremonia 2013 Tour” underway in Spain, look for a U.S. tour later in the year and in 2014.  Also check out Slacker’s “Indie Rockero” for songs like “A Veces Ni Eso”, “Golpe De Estado: and many

New Song Stuck In My Head – Marc Anthony’s “Vivir Mi Vida”

Screen Shot 2013-05-01 at 1.56.15 PMAfter months out of the spotlight, Marc Anthony is back with a new single, “Vivir Mi Vida.”

 

This title track from his forthcoming album, due out in July, embraces the New York singer’s salsa origins and moves away from the pop sound of his previous albums.

 

“Vivir Mi Vida” is the new Song Stuck In My Head on Slacker so remember, you can listen to the tune on demand all week!

Update: The week to listen to “Vivir Mi Vida” on demand has passed- but you can still hear the tune (plus all of Marc Anthony) on Slacker here.

 

Aleks Syntek Celebrates New Album and New Home

Aleks Syntek Syntek AlbumAleks Syntek has jumped ship from his old label and has a new home, Sony Latin Music- who rolled out the red carpet and had Syntek visit Los Angeles for some much needed radio schmoozing, album promoting and celebrating.

While in town, the Mexican musician-singer-songwriter offered a special showcase at the label’s Beverly Hills offices to present his new album “Syntek,” a throwback to the 80s with a synth-heavy sound throughout the 12 songs that the artist declared as “Mexican electronic music.” We had the opportunity to attend the showcase where the multi-talented pop singer gave us a sampling of some of the new tracks on the album, including the single “La Tormenta,” as well as some classics like “Sexo, Pudor y Lágrimas.”

Aleks Syntek Album PartyThe special gathering brought together a who’s who of L.A.’s Spanish-language media and radio stations, including sponsoring outlet KSSE (Súper Estrella) and of course some of us at Slacker.  Syntek’s friends, including Mexican actor Diego Boneta (that cutie from Rock of Ages), celebrity Michelle Salas (famous for being the daughter of superstar Luis Miguel and rumored to be dating Boneta), Edward James Olmos and a few other celebs.

It was a lively and fun night, which was refreshing to see in a day and age when labels don’t tend to throw these kinds of shindigs any more, at least not Latin labels. Times are tight in this “sequester” reality we live in so it was nice to experience a party reminiscent of music label glory days.