Have you ever met a MALE feminist?

url -1When was the last time that an artist put out music for women?

I’m talking about songs with lyrics that are in no way degrading to or focused on sexualizing a woman, but a series of songs that touches on issues that affect women today.

New York City’s revolutionary rockers, OUTERNATIONAL, created a buzz in 2009 with their anti-war anthem ‘Sir, No Sir,’ a protest to Obama’s troop surge in Afghanistan.  In 2012, they gained acclaim for ‘Todos Somos Ilegales: We Are All Illegals‘, the bilingual concept album set on the US-Mexico border (with collaborators: Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine, Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Residente of Puerto Rican super group, Calle 13).

Valentine’s Day 2013 and they’re taking it a step further.

They are releasing an EP in conjunction with One Billion Rising..

The V-Day event’s goal is to end violence against women and girls around the world, and the cause is backed a multitude of artists.

“We are releasing the Here is The Rose EP right now, in time for One Billion Rising and International Women’s Day, because right now millions of people, and millions of women in particular are speaking and acting out against their daily oppression – patriarchy, rape culture, sexual objectification and dehumanization,” said Outernational guitarist Leo Mintek.

Listen to the first single of the EP, “Here is the Rose,” at Paste. And download it. It’s free in honor of One Billion Rising!

Musica: Downloads of all kinds

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Hello amigos. I’m back with some music recommendations:

  • Heavy Hitter DJ Yonny (NYC) just posted this great remix of Alex Clare’s “Too Close,” otherwise known as the song in the Microsoft IE9 commercial. Cop it while you can. We all know Soundcloud caps the number of downloads.
  • This World Carnival #3 mix posted by Hipsters Don’t Dance has been my gym music since I downloaded it last month. It’s an incredible hip-shaking, tropical bass mix. Download it, play it, close your eyes, move yo ass and pretend we’re drinking something with rum at CARNIVAL!
  • Speaking of Hipsters Don’t Dance, their party for World Carnival featured DJ So Shifty, who is responsible for one of my absolute favorite salsa mixes here.
  • My Argentinian-from-the-Bay Area homeboy Juan Data, who frequently picks his favorite mixes for Remezcla, has given us a new remix! Download Gloryhole 2 (heh!) here. For this mix, Juan Data says he wanted to “focus mainly on current releases, modern stuff … to give a promotional extra push to all those record labels who truly love music.”
  • Keeping with the Bay Area theme, Los Rakas (and AOL Spinner) are giving away a free download for the bass heavy banger, “Bien Ribetiao.” Cutie Raka Rich explains, “Bien Ribetiao’ means ‘swaggin.’ It’s a Panamanian slang word.

“The beat is a style of hip-hop originally from Oakland, California. Songs like Drake‘s ‘The Motto’ and Tyga‘s Rack City,’ which have been popular over the last year at a mainstream level, are drawn from a Bay Area-sound. One example is E-40’s ‘Tell Me Where to Go’ from 2005. This style has never been done in Spanish, so we wanted to do it really well and visually have it rep all our styles being born in Panama and raised in The Bay.”

Lead singer Miles Solay tells American Songwriter:

“In the beginning of our working relationship Tom was fond of giving ‘assignments’. In essence, these were creative devices intended to jumpstart the process of writing a song or a way of focusing on a musical element to lay the foundation for the jam to come. With this song we were instructed to take the bass-line from Metallica’s ‘Seek & Destroy’ and make it the bass-line of our song with the exception being that it would be played backwards. That’s right, the same bass-line note-for-note but with the notes in opposite order. The song was also to be fast tempo and needed a gang vocal saying ‘BO!’ in the chorus.”

By the way, Outernational’s “FUTURE ROCK” EP release party in New York City is this Friday. I’ll be there. It’s an all ages show and features a hot opening band: The Skins. You don’t want to miss it!!!

Outernational on ‘jumpstarting the next wave of revolutionary culture’

Photo by Ashley Noelle

“… that’s kind of the essence of Outernational. We’re a band. We’re not a political organization. We may be involved with different things, but as a band, we’re trying to jump start … a next wave of revolutionary culture among a new generation of young people and people all around the world.”

-Miles Solay in the RiverfrontTimes

Outernational: The Beginning is Here

Much has been written about Outernational‘s “Todos Somos Ilegales.” The video for the pro-humanity anthem features Tom Morello, Chad Smith, Residente from Calle 13 and 100 fans proclaiming, “Todos Somos Ilegales!”

But #TODOS isn’t the band’s only music video. Check out “The Beginning is Here,” which was directed by Jessica Habie and produced by Misfit Media’s Nicole Brydson. (Nicole is also Outernational’s web designer/guru.)

This is one of my favorite songs on the album, which you can download by naming your own price here. It was shot while the band was on tour in the Southwest. Check out one of Leo Mintek’s (guitarist) tour diaries here.

 

The ‘CounterCulture’ of the Latin Alternative Music Conference

Image via Latin Recap.

My first time at the Latin Alternative Music Conference was enlightening.

I’ve always liked music that falls into this category, and it’s interesting to see it evolve. Where years ago this conference would have filled with Rock en español, this year’s artists encompass a variety of genres: electronic, indie pop and so on. NYC-based writer Marlon Bishop explains more about that here.

And, as the Associated Press’ Laura Wides Munoz explains in this piece, “alternative Latin musicians, some of whom have fan bases back home, are finding new audiences in the United States thanks in part to that online scene and the growth of second generation Latino audiences.” This only points to more growth in this area.

The panel discussions were enlightening. Calle 13’s Residente and Visitante discussed politics, religion and how Latin America on a whole inspires their music. They weren’t shy about throwing digs at tropical, urban radio stations, who play “music with botox” and the same artists, over and over again.

The LAMC press room was a flurry of activity on day one, with artists from Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Panama via Oakland and more chatted with journalists from all over. It was nice to see so many Latin American focused outlets in one place, especially since many of them no longer limit their interviews to Spanish-language only, something I find to be challenging when pitching Outernational.

The radio panel, featuring my Fordham colleague Rita Houston from WFUV, was informative and I loved that during the audience Q & A, artists from the States, Costa Rica, and Colombia asked how to overcome the radio hurdle. Most of the experts agreed: find your niche, send your music to college radio and just get your music out there to the people any which way you can.

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(Above: Residente & Visitante of Calle 13, Tego Calderon, Raka Dun and Raka Rich of Los Rakas and Miles Solay & Leo Mintek of Outernational. All pics by me.)

The four-day conference continued today with panel discussions on how to make that number one hit and a free concert by Calle 13 and Ana Tijoux for Celebrate Brooklyn! this evening at the Prospect Park bandshell.

I’ll have a couple of posts about LAMC coming out soon in Sounds and Colours so stay tuned.