VARIOUS ARTISTS: SOUNDS ECLECTICO (Nacional)
Lovers of modern Latin music will drool over this 16-track compilation of live recordings from the studios of KCRW. The disc features some of the biggest and hottest bands in the Alt Latin universe: Cafe Tacuba, Sidestepper, Juana Molina, Aterciopelados, Manu Chao, Ozomatli, El Gran Silencio. The fine song notes include the invitation extended to KCRW host Nic Harcourt by 70-year-old Cuban chantruese Omara Portuondo to join her in her hotel room (he would have gone, he says, but he had a girlfriend). A great sampler of new Latin sounds from ballads to electronica to hiphop - just don't expect your abuelo's traditional music! Would love to hear more from the KCRW vaults!