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What We’re Listenting to Now

// November 9th, 2013 // No Comments » // Videos

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.

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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.

 

Colombian Punk In Spotlight This Weekend in U.S.

// October 28th, 2013 // No Comments » // Photos, Videos

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

// October 27th, 2013 // No Comments » // Videos

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.

Music Mix of Punk, Rockabilly, Roots Country & More

// October 16th, 2013 // No Comments » // Events, Music

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.

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Destroy D.C. – A Pretty Good Idea

// October 16th, 2013 // No Comments » // Videos

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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

 

Catch Trinidad’s Anti-Everything This Weekend on Raw Travel

// October 15th, 2013 // No Comments » // Videos

 

 

 

 

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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.

Raw Travel Launch Party – Raises $ for Project Learn Belize

// October 10th, 2013 // No Comments » // Photos

Special thanks to Minnie D’Moocha, DJ Boxxy Brown, Goma Films and a ton of good folks who helped us raise over $350 for Project Learn Belize at the recent Raw Travel Premiere Party. If you missed our premiere episode last week, never fear, a new one is just a weekend away. Check our newly designed website HERE to see all kinds of cool stuff.

Some cool punk rock stuff coming your way real soon.. but in the meantime, enjoy some pics from the party. Not punk enough for ya? Well, hey, I invited the Casualties.. but I guess they were busy!

Raw Travel Launches in 70% of U.S.

// October 4th, 2013 // No Comments » // Photos, Videos

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AIM TV’S “RAW TRAVEL” SET TO DEBUT IN 70% OF THE U.S. THIS WEEKEND
- New Travel Show Premieres with Aspirations of Shaking Up Sleepy Genre -

NEW YORK, NY: October 2nd, 2013 – AIM Tell-A-Vision® Group (AIM TV) announced today that their latest production Raw Travel® is set to debut in over 73 cities and almost 78 million homes via broadcast stations this weekend October 5th -6th, 2013.

The adventure travel series boasts timeslots in key cities including most of the top 10 markets. The show is set to debut in New York (WWOR-My9 Saturday @ 12 Midnight), Los Angeles (KCAL – 9, Saturday @ 6PM), Chicago (WFLD-Fox 32, Sunday @ 12 midnight), Boston (WCVB-ABC 5, Saturday @ 12 Noon), Atlanta (WUPA-CW 69, Saturday @ 5:30PM), San Francisco (KTVU-Fox 2, Sunday @ 11:30PM), Dallas (KXAS NBC 5, Sun @ 12:30 AM) and many more. Viewers can visit www.RawTravel.tv/wheretowatch for a complete listing of cities, affiliates and time slots.

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Raw Travel is an adventure travel & lifestyle series showcasing the rapidly growing wave of socially and environmentally aware, independent travel. The series weaves together themes of eco-tourism, volun-tourism (giving back) with underground music and authentic culture in a way unique to U.S. television.

Executive Producer and host for the ½ hour weekly series is AIM TV Founder Robert G. Rose, an experienced Executive Producer who has overseen over 300 episodes of 1st run programming and traveled to 30+ countries. Rose collaborated with key production members from his previous creations under his “American Latino Syndication” banner, which he sold to Los Angeles based LATV Networks in 2008.

While shooting Raw Travel, Rose & his crew traveled like typical budget travelers (by bus, boat and train) to destinations which offered unique opportunities for authentic cultural, environmentally sustainable, socially aware and life changing experiences. The Raw Travel crew endured earthquakes, stomach sickness, cramped chicken buses and creepy critters for the chance to experience authentic culture, view incredible landscapes and form long lasting friendships.

True to the title, the program illustrates the raw and often unglamorous reality of independent travel. The show simultaneously showcases how this type of travel is not only more affordable, but can spur personal growth and fulfillment.

“I’m humbled by the confidence our broadcasting partners have demonstrated with generous time periods in cities all over the U.S. They had plenty of programming options and they chose Raw Travel,” Rose says. “We’re looking forward to showcasing real travel for real people, that doesn’t revolve around games, contests or celebrities. Raw Travel instead celebrates the wonderful and diverse world around us, which thankfully, needs no gimmick to be both entertaining and life affirming,” Rose continues.

The website www.RawTravel.tv has undergone a complete facelift that allows fans to interact with producers, view bonus clips, get travel tips and help shape the direction for future episodes.

 

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ABOUT AIM TELL-A-VISION GROUP

AIM TV is an independent content, production and distribution company founded by media executive and entrepreneur Robert G. Rose. AIM TV aspires to produce and distribute positive, compelling content that reflects its mission of presenting Media That Matters. Visit www.AIMTVGroup.com and www.RawTravel.tv for more information.

Los Tiros & Raw Travel – Expect This!

// October 4th, 2013 // No Comments » // Videos

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Here is a cool little video that kind of illustrates what you can expect from the upcoming season of “Raw Travel”.  Special thanks to our very talented amigos Los Tiros and all our friends from all over the world who have had a part in making this project finally happen. May the universe bless you all. Good does overcome evil I am convinced.

New Music Video From Our Buddies Los Tiros

// October 1st, 2013 // No Comments » // Videos

I’ve been listening to Los Tiros’ music ever since I got back from Guatemala and Central America. These guys are just good.

Check their latest video out and remember to tune into Raw Travel beginning this weekend to hear some more of their music set to our travel show. The results are pretty cool. Check it out.