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If you live in the U.S. and are sick of turkey and way too early Xmas commercials encouraging you to consume, consume, consume… then tune into Raw Travel this weekend 11/30 & 12/1.
We are featuring our buddies from Quito, Ecuador Demeter or DMTR for short.
Yes, it’s a re-run, but if you didn’t see the first episode (and I know a lot of you didn’t) then it’s still brand new to you. If you live in the U.S. find out where you can watch here.
If you don’t live in the U.S. I promise, it’s coming to a channel near you very soon. Patience my friends. And if you don’t care.. well that’s cool too. It takes all time and we try to be a tolerant bunch.
Here is a little video reminder about DMTR and why I dig them so much.
Oh and here is what else you can expect to see on the show.
Hope you dig it.
This weekend (11/16-11/17) Raw Travel features one of my favorite cities, Buenos Aires Argentina. I’ve been to BA a few times but if you’ll recall this is the city I hit up for a month in 2010 before getting robbed.
But this time in 2011, I had my crew and we had a blast filming this episode because we were able to visit all my old spots like Galeria Bond Street where we hooked up with Sebastian who owns a cool clothing shop called “Faith” as well as some tattoo artists.
Then we stopped by the world famous rockabilly bar of “Mundo Bizarro” where our buddy Pablo hooked us up with some great martinis that he’s famous for.
And we capped off the night at Salon Pueyrredon, one of the first underground bars I discovered in Buenos Aires and a must stop to hear some good old fashioned punk rock in this legendary city where rock-n-roll still rules the day.
Here’s a little preview for you
What is it about the U.S. that sometimes brings out the worst in people. There is such a violent culture and mental health crisis in our country that news like this barely made the front page of the newspapers in NYC (one of the safest big cities in the U.S.) as there was another more horrific murder in Bryant Park featured the same day instead.
This is not how this band dreamed of making it big I’m sure. I know these guys are from Iran but to say there is a mental health crisis in the U.S. is an understatement.
It’s as obvious as walking down the street in NYC on a daily basis. People need help. Ever notice, fellow New Yorkers, how mentally ill people can still act quiet sane (I.e. attacking old ladies or women as opposed to big thugs or an athletic male). Mental illness is not excuse for destroying life!
We are slowly but surely destroying ourselves… with seemingly no shot of redemption or coming back from the brink. Everyone is angry and feels they’ve been dissed and therefore doing whatever they can to screw their fellow man… I’m depressed.
Read about the murder / suicide HERE.
RIP Yellowdogs. I didn’t know you or your music but I feel for you.
I’ve been listening to Corazones Intoxicados (Drunken Hearts) from The Casualties latest (and might I add excellent) release “Resistence” almost daily and non-stop since I discovered it a few months ago.
Thought it was time I shared it with you guys. No habla espanol necessary to understand this is a really good song. I love, love, love it and I’m gonna keep on listening until I get sick, sick, sick of it.
Nice job amigos.
As anyone who has followed this blog for any period of time will know.. I love Colombia.. and I particularly love the punk scene in Colombia. The Colombian punk scene is probably the most robust of anywhere in the world.
Now I haven’t made it to Southeast Asia and I hear Indonesia is one hell of a punk paradise, but until I get there (hopefully in 2014), I’m going to go out on a limb and say Colombia’s punks are one of the top 5 most hardcore, loyal bunch in the world. They certainly put the scene in the U.S. to shame.
Well now, Colombia punks are finally going to get some well deserved attention and recognition. This weekend Nov. 2nd & 3rd, will be the debut of “Raw Travel” episode 105 – Bogota, Medellin & Cartagena and tucked into the middle of the Medellin section will be our buddies from Medellin, Los Suziox, who just so happen to also perform the Raw Travel opening theme (an instrumental piece from their song “Armas Silenciosas”).
Now the punks haven’t been so supportive to “Raw Travel” so far… and I get it. Punks don’t owe me a thing and the shows thus far have just touched on the punk movement with DMTR from Ecuador and Anti-Everything from Trinidad… but now that all changes. We’re focusing on the scene itself and I hope my punk amigos will respond, support and let their U.S. friends know about the show.
Colombia is a Raw Traveler’s haven and no one and I mean no one, not even my idol Anthony Bourdaine has done this country justice when covering it from a traveler’s perspective. Well, I’m not sure if we do or not… it was after all our very, very 1st episode and my very, very 1st time on camera as a host. So there are definitely some things I’d love to do over if I could.
But in the end… we tried sincerely to communicate our feelings for Colombia. A land I consider my second home… not just for the natural beauty and no, not even for the robust and powerful punk scene… but for all the very, very friendly and hospitable people who were nothing but kind to me during my 10-11 months or so when I lived there and every trip before and after.
Colombians have every right to be proud of their country… and yes, they still have plenty of problems with violence, drug running, inequality, corruption and injustice.. but that is where the punk scene comes in.
Though most punks in Colombia seem content to just have a good time… there are those who believe very much in the potential their country is now starting to taste… and many like our good buddies “Los Suxioz” consider it their responsibility to sing powerful lyrics about it.
I hope travel can help, and I hope in some small way, our episode this weekend (and the following weekend when we travel through rural Colombia) can help.
And you my friend, my dear loyal readers can help if you will… please view and share the video below anywhere and whenever you can. From the bottom of my independent producer’s heart… I sincerely thank you. Mil Gracias Amigos!
Algerian punk & hardcore? Yes, indeed it does exist and by the look of things it’s a pretty healthy scene at that. Thanks to our pal Alex from Bulgaria for turning us on to this impressive bit of punk & hardcore.
Alex, like me, travels the world in search of punk music in off the wall places. Now he’s heading to Guatemala and Mexico City soon. Hope you guys will show him a lot of love and hospitality. What am I saying? Of course you will.
Missed the Raw Travel TV Hootenanny & Launch party in NYC a couple weeks back? No worries, we got you.
DJ Boxxy Brown provided a great mix of punk, rock, rockabilly, ska, world music and even country with Johnny Cash well represented. Listen to some cool mixes from artists we’ve come in contact with while putting together the show including Normandie Blue (Mexico City), Los Tiros (Guatemala), Dorados Rockabilly Trio (Colombia), Los Suziox (Colombia), DMTR (Ecuador) and many more.
In addition to a good time by all we raised some much needed funds for Project Learn Belize.
Thanks to DJ Boxxy Brown, our pals at Goma Films and everyone who contributed to make our launch event so successful.
So much anger in the U.S. these days. Could it be we’ve been pampered and spoiled for so long and now that our toys are threatened we are angry?
Nahhh…. my international readers, many of which have never even stepped foot in the “bubble” that is the U.S.
That’s an easy, anti-American answer oft repeated in the media and while there is a grain of truth in some instances (just as there are spoiled, rich, entitled folks in almost every country I’ve ever visited, most of them the exploiters of their fellow countrymen), it’s just not true as a general statement.
Sure there may be some entitled, rich, spoiled folks in this country… probably more in total volume than anywhere else in the world, but the vast majority are hard working, good folks with big hearts.. many of whom are now struggling thanks to a variety of factors.. such as mighty dysfunction in D.C. (hey that’s a good band name!).
You know an even better band name? Destroy D.C., and I’m pretty sure the name alone will get these guys (an actual band from DC.. home of punk legends such as Bad Brands, Henry Rollins, Minor Threat and other punk legends) a listen.
Here is a little taste of the punk, roots & dub sound “Destroy DC”… a pretty good band and an even better idea.
DESTROY DC – “SERVICE WITH A SNEER” VIDEO
Remember our buddies, the only punk band in Trinidad “Anti-Everything” from our trip there a couple year’s back? Well finally, these guys are going to get the attention they deserve when they premiere this weekend’s upcoming episode of “Raw Travel”. Find out where the show is airing in your city HERE.
See our interview with the guys below. And remember to tune in this weekend to see Raw Travel in Port of Spain, Trinidad hanging out with the Anti-Everything crew.