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Ask a Norteño Fan: Juan Carlos talks Movimiento Alterado


“The first time when I hear the corridos — ‘Sanguinarios del M1’ — when I hear that song and when I see how these guys dress, I like it, and I buy a lot of clothes and I like a lot of style of those guys, of those groups… the Movimiento Alterado.”

So says Juan Carlos, a 25-year-old norteño fan who lives and works mixing chemicals near Chicago. Though his family hails from the central Mexican state of Guanajuato, he mostly treasures the new corridos coming out of Sinaloa, a few states to the northwest. His first love, “Sanguinarios,” was the 2010 flagship song of Movimiento Alterado, a loose affiliation of wannabe millionaires playing ultraviolet horror-corridos under the aegis of Burbank-based producers Adolfo and Omar Valenzuela, aka “Los Twiins.” They’re the guys in the “Sanguinarios” video who scowl at you last, and the only ones who don’t sing a verse.

Listeners with a vested interest in the 100-year-old corrido tradition tend to despise Alterado, but for many young fans like Juan Carlos, the movement defines “corrido.” Continue reading “Ask a Norteño Fan: Juan Carlos talks Movimiento Alterado”

Catching Up With Corridos

Sorry for skipping the week’s new releases — they look like mostly exitos and live albums anyway — but I’ve been too busy getting BLOWN AWAY by La Nueva Rebelión’s stunning two-week-old album Me Hicieron Mas Fuerte. (La Nueva Rebelión approved this metaphor.) I know I compare norteño bands, in particular Noel Torres’s maelstroms, to rock groups a lot, maybe more than is healthy for an old gringo; but Rebelión invite the comparison. Just listen to the title single, with its rock chords and the second singer’s strained-neck melismas, and tell me it doesn’t rock harder than… wait, who was supposed to have rocked this year? Don’t say Foo Fighters. Don’t say Five Finger Death Punch either. If you said Behemoth or Against Me! I’d have to think about it.

This discovery, along with the hurried reshuffling it required of my year-end lists, made me decide to hunt for other albums I (and you?) have overlooked. I’ll be helped in this quest by Fonovisa’s Invasión Del Corrido 2014 disc.

For instance, Remmy Valenzuela! How’d I miss him? An album cover that gorgeous and steely gray doesn’t come along every day. “Te Tocó Perder” is a tempo-switching almost-jam, and on title track “De Alumno A Maestro” his fingers whirl like the wind. His voice blares like some obnoxious horn. These are good things. Remmy Valenzuela approved these similes.

Grupo 360 — styled “Grupo TR3S60,” which shouldn’t be confused with the computer I got from Radio Shack in 1985 — sound way too goony and nice to have any relation to the bullet scarred thug in their “Neto Roca” video. Their album Dos Jovenes Muchachos came out back in May, and presumably someone noticed.

More catching up to come!

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