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Banda UO is a Brazilian techno brega ("cheesy techno") outfit with a new album called Motel. (Courtesy of the artist)

Sabor Extraño: Crazy Combinations That Make Musical Sense

Sep 13, 2012

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During my childhood summers, I was often dropped off at a family friend's house, where I discovered the most unusual and delicious treat: homemade sweet tomato jam. Like bacon and chocolate, strawberries and pepper or chocolate and chili, it's one of those combinations that might seem strange or unappetizing to the uninitiated, but actually work fantastically well.

That's a great analogy for this week's show, which is filled with unexpected pairings of musical flavors. Banda U is a great example of techno brega, a style of northern Brazilian music that literally means "cheesy techno." It fuses 80's synth pop with a distinctly Brazilian feel. If that sounds scary, don't sweat it — the blend is smooth.

Kumbia Queers is a project by Mexican and Argentine musicians. They blend two aesthetics that have traditionally been opposed, bringing LGBT punk rock lyrics to the typically male, often sexist vibe of Argentine cumbia. The result? Infectiously danceable music and hilarious parodies of macho attitudes. In both these cases, combinations that could be catastrophic sound innovative, smart and fun.

We've got so much amazing new music on this week's show, and as always we want to hear from you. What have you listened to lately that has surprised you? (And if know where to get good tomato jam, we're all ears.)

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Algunos fines de semana de mi infancia transcurrieron en casa de unos amigos de la familia, donde descubr un delicioso manjar: mermelada de tomate casera. Tal como otras celebradas combinaciones culinarias (chocolate con tocino o chiles, fresas con aj, el tomate con azcar es una combinacin agridulce que puede llegar a parecer rara y no muy apetitosa pero en realidad sabe fantstica.

sta es una buena analoga para tener en cuenta mientras escuchan el show de esta semana. Banda U es un ejemplo del llamado tecno brega, un estilo musical brasileo (literalmente significa "tecno cursi") que se apropia del pop pegajoso de los 80s y lo combina con elementos estticos distintivamente brasileos. El resultado es una msica divertidsima. Similarmente, la banda mexicana-argentina llamada Kumbia Queers, mezcla dos estticas tradicionalmente paradjicas: la cumbia argentina (generalmente repleta de connotaciones machistas y cosificacin de la mujer) y el punk rock con sensibilidad LGBT [que es esto para los que no saben]. El resultado es una msica contagiosa,y una hilarante parodia de las actitudes sexistas que abundan en el mundo de la msica. En ambos casos, lo que podra llegar a ser una combinacin catastrfica, termina siendo innovadora y muy provocativa.

Tenemos mucha y buena msica nueva esta semana,y, como siempre, queremos saber de ustedes, nuestros oyentes. Que han estado escuchando ltimamente que les ha provocado sorpresa? Y por supuesto, si alguien sabe de algn buen lugar donde comprar mermelada de tomate, se aceptan recomendaciones.

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